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This week we will hear a sermon from the presiding bishop of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America, Rev. Elizabeth Eaton. This week’s service is adapted from the worship resources sent out by the ELCA Churchwide to accompany this sermon. The readings and prayers are taken from those worship resources.
We can emphasize the unity of the Church by using many of the same words and music and by hearing the same sermon as Lutherans across the country. This Sunday is also a reminder that the congregation of Trinity Lutheran is a part of a much larger church body, and it gives us an opportunity to hear from the Presiding Bishop.

L=Leader A=All



Brief Order for Confession and Forgiveness

L: In the name of the Father and of the + Son and of the Holy Spirit
A: Amen
L: Almighty God, to whom all hearts are open, all desires known, and from whom no secrets are hid: Cleanse the thoughts of our hearts by the inspiration of your Holy Spirit, that we may perfectly love you and worthily magnify your holy name, through Jesus Christ our Lord.
A: Amen
L: If we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. But if we confess our sins, God who is faithful and just will forgive our sins and cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
Silence for reflection and self-examination.
Most merciful God,
A: we confess that we are in bondage to sin and can-not free ourselves. We have sinned against you in thought, word, and deed, by what we have done and by what we have left undone. We have not loved you with our whole heart; we have not loved our neighbors as ourselves. For the sake of your Son, Jesus Christ, have mercy on us. Forgive us, renew us, and lead us, so that we may delight in your will and walk in your ways, to the glory of your holy name. Amen
L: Almighty God, in his mercy, has given his Son to die for us and, for his sake, forgives us all our sins. As a called and ordained minister of the Church of Christ, and by his authority, I therefore declare to you the en-tire forgiveness of all your sins, in the name of the Fa-ther, and of the ☩ Son, and of the Holy Spirit.
A: Amen

Songs #408 – Come Thou Almighty King

Greet One Another in Christian Love and Fellowship

Song Praise Song

Prayer of the Day

L: The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Love of God, and the communion of the Holy Spirit, be with you all.
A: And also with you.
L: Let us pray,
A: God of heaven and earth, before the foundation of the universe and the beginning of time you are the triune God: Author of creation, eternal Word of salvation, life-giving Spirit of wisdom. Guide us to all truth by your Spirit, that we may pro-claim all that Christ has revealed and rejoice in the glory he shares with us. Glory and praise to you, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, now and forever. Amen.

Bible Readings

L: A reading from Genesis 1:1–2:4a
L: Word of God, word of life.
A: Thanks be to God.
L: A reading from 2 Corinthians 13:11-13
L: Word of God, word of life.
A: Thanks be to God.
L: The holy gospel according to Matthew.
A: Glory to you, O Lord.
Matthew 28:16-20
L: The gospel of the Lord.
A: Praise to you, O Christ.

Sermon Presiding Bishop Elizabeth Eaton
(via recorded video)

Song #413 – Holy, Holy, Holy, Lord God Almighty!


L; Called into unity with one another and the whole creation, let us pray for our shared world.
L: God of community, you form us as your church. Guide our bishops, pastors, and deacons as they lead the church in these trying times. With all the baptized, may they be strengthened to share the good news of Jesus Christ, and in prayer and action, strive for peace and justice in all the earth. Hear us, O God.
A: Your mercy is great.
L: God of creation, you called everything into being. Sustain this world with your renewing care. Instill in us a deeper wonder for the created world you’ve called good, and a greater humility for our place within it. Kindle in us a creative and resilient spirit as we care for the earth and its creatures. Hear us, O God.
A: Your mercy is great.
L: God of counsel, all authority belongs to you. Encourage leaders to seek wisdom and respond with courage and compassion to those most in need. We pray for community leaders in this time of unrest, especially for bishops of churches, for mayors and governors and the president, and for the leaders of protests and counter protests. Further the work of advocates who pursue justice in often ignored communities (like Chief Seattle, whom we commemorate today). Hear us, O God.
A: Your mercy is great.
L: God of care, you created us in your image; we are your beloved children. May we recognize your likeness in one another. We pray for all mourning the death of your beloved child, George Floyd. Hold in your loving embrace all experiencing trauma, fear, uncertainty, and loss. Protect vulnerable children and adults from violence or neglect; provide what is needed for those lacking access to food, shelter, and other services. Hear us, O God.
A: Your mercy is great.
L: God of healing, you accompany us in sickness and suffering. Bring relief to all afflicted with the corona-virus and all those isolated now more than ever, especially those in prison or care facilities. Strengthen caregivers, health workers, and all whose work ensures the safety and well-being of others. Console, heal, and nourish all in need this day, especially Skip Meisner, Barb Curry, Doug Walker, Jim Mandicino, and Jim Sorvaag’s sister, Karen, as they face the ordeals of cancer. We also pray for Ken Cain, Merle Hanslip, Janet Burrack, and Mary Olorundami’s grandfather, Ray Horton, as they continue to face health issues; and Katie Linder. Hear us, O God.
A: Your mercy is great.
L: God of connection, you call us to make your presence known. Accompany people of faith as they nurture relationships in new ways. Where the sin of racism fractures our relationships, bring repentance and reconciliation. Free us for the difficult work ahead in our congregations and communities. Open our hearts for attentive listening so that our places of connection are filled with your Spirit. Hear us, O God.
A: Your mercy is great.
Here other intercessions may be offered.
L: God of compassion, you comfort us in our grief with the promise of the resurrection. We give you thanks for the saints of all time and in our lives. Hear us, O God.
A: Your mercy is great.
L: Receive these prayers, O God, and those too deep for words; through Jesus Christ our Lord.
A: Amen.

Lord’s Prayer


L: The Lord bless you and keep you, the Lord make his face shine upon you and be gracious to you, the Lord look upon you with favor, + and give you peace.

Sending Song Praise Song