Saturday, May 23, 2015

Cycle B Holy Trinity

5/31/2015 Confession

Sunday Title:  Holy Trinity Sunday
Sermon Title: Understanding? God.

Previously:
Sunday Title:  Worship Sunday
Sermon Title: Worship vs. Denial vs. Worship
Sunday Title:  Holy Trinity Sunday
Sermon Title: “Welcome Pastor Jim Brandis Chaplain at Shepherd of the Valley”
Sunday Title:  Holy Trinity Father's Day Sunday  
Sermon Title: "Put me in coach, I'm ready to play"
Sunday Title:  The Holy Trinity, Father’s Day
Sermon Title: Sunday School Recognition Sunday, “Safety Zone”

Scripture Cuttings:
Isaiah 6:1-8 Then I heard the voice of the Lord saying, "Whom shall I send, and who will go for us?" And I said, "Here am I; send me!"
Psalm 29 Give to the Lord glory and power. Give to the Lord the glory his name deserves. Worship the Lord in his holy splendor.
Romans 8:12-17 For you did not receive a spirit of slavery to fall back into fear, but you have received a spirit of adoption.
John 3:1-17 The wind blows where it chooses, and you hear the sound of it, but you do not know where it comes from or where it goes. So it is with everyone who is born of the Spirit.

All may make the sign of the cross in remembrance of baptism
as the presiding minister begins:
P:  In the Name of the Father, and the Son, + and the Holy Spirit.
C: Amen

P:  Woe to us,
C: for we are unclean,
  and we live among the unclean,
    How can we approach the Holy? (pause for self-examination)
P:  Lord God,
C: only you can blot out our sin and make our guilt depart,
  but foolishly, we try to redeem ourselves.
We have memorized the Church’s doctrine
  and accept the tri - unity of Father, Son, + and Holy Spirit,
    but instead of knowing You,
      we choose knowledge about God:
        We evade the relationship you reveal.
We seek your truth, yes we are here,
  but we don’t take the risk of bearing witness to the truth.
Some sins we understand enough to name; forgive us Lord.
Some sins we hide; save us Lord. (pause for self-examination)
P:  God reveals divinity to us mortals. We call the Almighty: “Abba! Father!”, God a heavenly “Papa” giving an only son, for our salvation. For Christ's sake our sins are forgiven, relationship restored, born of the water and the Spirit, released from slavery to sin, adopted into God’s family, made by love: Children of God for the glory of the Father, and the Son, + and the Holy Spirit.
C: Amen. -wjw

P:  The peace of the Lord be with you always!
C: And also with you!

Thursday, May 14, 2015

Cycle B Pentecost

5/24/2015 Confession(2)


Sunday Title:  Pentecost & Memorial Sunday
Sermon Title: Sighs too deep for words.

Previously:
Sunday Title:  Pentecost Memorial Sunday
Sermon Title: What keeps us from hearing the Spirit of Truth?
Sunday Title:  Pentecost Sunday
Sermon Title: “Gentle Spirit”
Sunday Title:  Pentecost Sunday
Sermon Title: "Sighs too deep for words...."
Sunday Title:  Pentecost Sunday,
Sermon Title: “Conventional Methods, Unconventional Results”

Scripture Cuttings:
Ezekiel 37:1-14 Mortal, can these bones live?
Acts 2:1-21 "...we hear them speaking about God's deeds of power." All were amazed and perplexed, saying to one another, "What does this mean?" ... the coming of the Lord's great and glorious day. "Then everyone who calls on the name of the Lord shall be saved."
Psalm 104:24-35 When you send forth your spirit, they are created; and you renew the face of the ground. May the glory of the Lord endure forever.
Romans 8:22-27 Likewise the Spirit helps us in our weakness; for we do not know how to pray as we ought, but that very Spirit intercedes with sighs too deep for words.
John 15:26-27, 16:4b-15 When the Spirit of truth comes, he will guide you into all the truth; for he will not speak on his own, but will speak whatever he hears, and he will declare to you the things that are to come.

All may make the sign of the cross in remembrance of baptism
as the presiding minister begins:
P:  In the Name of the Father, and the Son, + and the Holy Spirit.
C: Amen

P:  Lord, our sin lays as a valley of dry bones before you.
    (pause; taking our next breath as a Spirit gift from God)
P:  Lord...
C: you call us to righteousness and justice.
  and you give us the Spirit of truth.
But we refuse the love you offer in these gifts,
  by seeking our own kingdoms and security.
We chase explanations of what went wrong,
  rather than visions of your glory in our future.
We write new rules to prevent old problems,
  instead of seeing the aim of faithfulness.
Can these bones of ours live?
We can barely name these sins, forgive us Lord,
only you can save us from the sins we evade.
  (pause for reflection and self-examination)
P:  It is only through the power of the Holy Spirit that we may look deep enough into ourselves to repent fully before God. Fortunately for us, God provides the Spirit. The Advocate reveals the truth of God’s great love in Jesus Christ. It is for Christ’s sake that our sins are forgiven. Now, with sins forgiven, the Spirit may guide us into all truth and we will know the glory of the Father, and the Son, + and the Holy Spirit.
C: Amen. -wjw

P:  The peace of the Lord be with you always!
C: And also with you!

-or-
All may make the sign of the cross in remembrance of baptism
as the presiding minister begins:
P:  In the Name of the Father, and the Son, + and the Holy Spirit.
C: Amen

P:  Can we hope for words to pray as we ought?
C: The Holy Spirit intercedes with sighs too deep for words.
  (take a spiritual sigh)
P:  Lord God
C: we have more spirit for our favorite team,
  than desire for your Holy Spirit.
We claim to believe in the work of the Son,
  but we do not trust the power of the Holy Spirit.
Even when our own abilities are clearly not enough,
  we choose to rely on ourselves,
    and decline the advantage given in the Spirit.
We fail to listen when we do the Holy work of your Church.
  We will not call upon your power even when we fall into temptation.
Save us from the sins we know in our heart.
Save us from the sins we hide. (pause for reflection and self-examination)
P:  It is only through the power of the Holy Spirit that we may look deep enough into ourselves to repent fully before God. Fortunately for us, God provides the Spirit. The Advocate reveals the truth of God’s great love in Jesus Christ. It is for Christ’s sake that our sins are forgiven. Now, with sins forgiven, the Spirit may guide us into all truth and we will know the glory of the Father, and the Son, + and the Holy Spirit.
C: Amen -wjw

P:  The peace of the Lord be with you always!

C: And also with you!

Monday, May 11, 2015

Cycle B Easter 7

5/17/2015 Confession

Sunday Title:  Prayer Sunday
Sermon Title: Jesus is praying for us!

Previously:
Sunday Title:  World Sunday
Sermon Title: Where in the world is Jesus sending us?
Sunday Title:  Memorial Day & Prayer Sunday
Sermon Title: “A Prayer for Us”
Sunday Title:  Witness Sunday
Sermon Title: "The Complete Witness "
Sunday Title:  Home Sunday,
Sermon Title: “Strangers in a Familiar Land”  “In but not Of”

Scripture Cuttings:
Acts 1:15-17, 21-26 Then they prayed and said, "Lord, you know everyone's heart. Show us which one of these two you have chosen to take the place in this ministry and apostleship from which Judas turned aside to go to his own place."
Psalm 1 They are like trees planted by streams of water, bearing fruit in due season, with leaves that do not wither, everything they do shall prosper.
1 John 5:9-13 And this is the testimony: God gave us eternal life, and this life is in his Son. Whoever has the Son has life....
John 17:6-19 All mine are yours, and yours are mine; and I have been glorified in them. And now I am no longer in the world, but they are in the world, and I am coming to you. Holy Father, protect them in your name that you have given me, so that they may be one, as we are one.

All may make the sign of the cross in remembrance of baptism
as the presiding minister begins:
P:  In the Name of the Father, and the Son, + and the Holy Spirit.
C: Amen

P:  Lord, you know everyone’s heart.
        (Lord you know my heart better than I do)
P:  Lord...
C: we speak of you as the foundation of life
but where do we center our living?
  we choose to belong to the world,
    not to belong to you,
      the world is more fun!
We do not intend to be servants of Jesus,
  rather, we pursue our own pleasures,
    and the joy of Christ is not within us.
Christ prayed for us to be one,
  but even in this church we separate ourselves,
    young or old, just family and friends, member from stranger.
      who could see the truth of your word in us?
These are the sins we can name, forgive us Lord,
and You must save us from the sins we hide.
  (pause for reflection and self-examination)
P:  God chooses forgiveness. The Lord is risen!
C: He is risen indeed! Alleluia!

P:  Our risen Lord has secured our salvation. For Christ’s sake our sins are forgiven. We are sanctified in Christ, in truth and love. We may now be in the world but no longer of the world. It is now God’s testimony in our hearts. And we are chosen apostles: messengers of this love to the glory of the Father, and the Son, + and the Holy Spirit.
C: Amen. -wjw

P:  The peace of the Lord be with you always!

C: And also with you!

Sunday, April 26, 2015

Cycle B Easter 6

5/10/2015 Confession 

Sunday Title:  Love Sunday Mother’s Day
Sermon Title: Chosen and chosen and chosen again.

Previously:
Sunday Title:  Love Sunday
Sermon Title: Love or Command What is the difference?
Sunday Title:  More Love Sunday
Sermon Title:Chosen Love”
Sunday Title:  Commandment Sunday
Sermon Title: "Obey and Faithful"
Sunday Title:  Ask Sunday,
Sermon Title: “In My Name”

Scripture Cuttings:
Acts 10:44-48 "Can anyone withhold the water for baptizing these people who have received the Holy Spirit just as we have?" So [Peter] ordered them to be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ.
Psalm 98 ...[the Lord] is coming to judge the earth. He will judge the world with justice and its people with fairness.
1 John 5:1-6 By this we know that we love the children of God, when we love God and obey his commandments. For the love of God is this, that we obey his commandments. And his commandments are not burdensome, for whatever is born of God conquers the world. And this is the victory that conquers the world, our faith.
John 15:9-17 If you keep my commandments, you will abide in my love, just as I have kept my Father's commandments and abide in his love. I have said these things to you so that my joy may be in you, and that your joy may be complete. "This is my commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you.


All may make the sign of the cross in remembrance of baptism
as the presiding minister begins:
P:  In the Name of the Father, and the Son, + and the Holy Spirit.
C: Amen

P:  God has chosen us, let us be pure before God.
          (reflection: pure is mostly a 100% proposition)
P:  Saving Lord...
C: we keep the Good News,
  for ourselves, and those most like us,
    but you give it to all nations and generations,
      and pour out your Holy Spirit everywhere.
We are so confident in our abilities,
  we do not seek to act in faith,
    we are not willing to go with God.
We have been chosen, and appointed to bear fruit,
  still we ask of you for our own sake,
    and not in the name of Jesus Christ.
Lord you know what does abides in us,
Forgive us for the sins we name,
save us from the sins we hide. (pause for reflection and self-examination)
P:  God chooses forgiveness. The Lord is risen!
C: He is risen indeed! Alleluia!
P:  Jesus Christ lays down his life for us. There is no greater love than this. For Christ’s sake our sins are forgiven. Because we are restored our lives may bear much fruit, and we may live each day in the completed joy we have in Christ. To the glory of the Father, and the Son, + and the Holy Spirit.
C: Amen. -wjw

P:  The peace of the Lord be with you always!
C: And also with you!


Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Cycle B Easter 5

May 3, 2015 Confession

Sunday Title:  Another Real Love Sunday
Sermon Title: Well Connected

Previously:
Sunday Title:  Mother’s Day
Sermon Title: Love Mother Vine True
Sunday Title:  Mother’s Day First Communion Sunday 
Sermon Title: “First Love”
Sunday Title:  Abiding Sunday
Sermon Title: "How do you interpret abiding?"
Sunday Title:  Love Sunday
Sermon Title: “God is Love”

Scripture Cuttings:
Acts 8:26-40 So Philip... heard him reading the prophet Isaiah. He asked, "Do you understand what you are reading?" He replied, "How can I, unless someone guides me?" And he invited Philip to get in and sit beside him.
Ezekiel 19:10-14 (2009) Your mother was like a vine in a vineyard transplanted by the water, fruitful and full of branches from abundant water. Its strongest stem became a ruler's scepter; it towered aloft among the thick boughs; it stood out in its height with its mass of branches.
Psalm 22:25-31 ...future generations will be told about the Lord, and proclaim his deliverance to a people yet unborn, saying that the Lord has done it.
1 John 4:7-21 God is love, and those who abide in love abide in God, and God abides in them.
John 15:1-8 I am the vine, you are the branches. Those who abide in me and I in them bear much fruit, because apart from me you can do nothing.

All may make the sign of the cross in remembrance of baptism
as the presiding minister begins:
P:  In the Name of the Father, and the Son, + and the Holy Spirit.
C: Amen

P:  God is love, let us see where we fall short. (pause)
P:  Saving Lord...
C: we find your love in our lives,
  but we are reluctant to share with our brothers and sisters,
   even to spread the Gospel.
The power of the word lays open before us,
  interpretation and understanding are available,
    still we do not want to grow in faith.
We feel your love abides in us – inside ourselves,
  yet we have no spirit of reconciliation or trust.
    so your love abides not in us;
      not to our brother and sister nor into this community.
Lord you know what does abide in us.
Forgive us for the sins we name,
save us from the sins we hide. (pause for reflection and self-examination)
P:  God is love, let us see where we are raised. The Lord is risen!
C: He is risen indeed! Alleluia!
P:  Jesus Christ is the atoning sacrifice for our sins. Our sins are forgiven. As we come to know God’s love for us in this way, we testify to the love of God the Father. Our testimony comes to the world as we love our brothers and sisters as we build this faithful community. This love bears much fruit to the glory of God the Father, and the Son, + and the Holy Spirit.
C: Amen. -wjw

P:  The peace of the Lord be with you always!
C: And also with you!


Saturday, April 18, 2015

Cycle B Easter 4

4/26/2015 Confession 

Sunday Title:  Shepherd Sunday  Name Sunday
Sermon Title: The Legacy of the Name of…

Previously:
Sunday Title:  Shepherd Sunday
Sermon Title: What- Who- is the Shepherd?
Sunday Title:  Shepherd Sunday
Sermon Title: “Welcome Pastor Jim Brandis Chaplain at Shepherd of the Valley”
Sunday Title:  Mother's Day
Sermon Title: "In the Name of Love"
Sunday Title:  Shepherd Sunday,
Sermon Title: “What Is in a Name?”

Scripture Cuttings:
Acts 4:5-12 ...let it be known to all of you, and to all the people of Israel, that this man is standing before you in good health by the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth....
2 Samuel 5:1-25 (2009) Then all the tribes of Israel came to David at Hebron, and said, "Look, we are your bone and flesh. For some time, while Saul was king over us, it was you who led out Israel and brought it in. The Lord said to you: It is you who shall be shepherd of my people Israel, you who shall be ruler over Israel."
Psalm 23 He leads me in paths of righteousness for his name's sake.
1 John 3:16-24 Little children, let us love, not in word or speech, but in truth and action.
John 10:11-18 I am the good shepherd. I know my own and my own know me, just as the Father knows me and I know the Father. And I lay down my life for the sheep. I have other sheep that do not belong to this fold. I must bring them also, and they will listen to my voice. So there will be one flock, one shepherd.

All may make the sign of the cross in remembrance of baptism
as the presiding minister begins:
P:  In the Name of the Father, and the Son, + and the Holy Spirit.
C: Amen

P:  God knows everything, let us receive the truth in our confession.
    (take time to contemplate everything)
P:  Saving Lord...
C: We love in word and speech
  but not in truth and action,
    so we like those most like ourselves,
      and we take instead of give,
        and we try to fill our physical and spiritual needs
          instead of the needs of others.
We do not declare the power of Jesus name,
  not even for our own life, and so
    living is not centered on you.
      How can we bring the Good News to all people?
Our Lord Jesus gives us the greatest gift:
  he lays down his life for us, and takes it up again,
    but we desire lesser gifts
      and we are unwilling followers of our Shepherd, Jesus.
Lord you know the truth in our hearts, better than we do,
Forgive us for the sins we can name,
  save us from the sins we hide. (pause for reflection and self-examination)
P:  God reassure our hearts: The Lord is risen!
C: He is risen indeed! Alleluia!
P:  Jesus Christ lays down his life for us, and takes it up again. For Christ's sake our sins are forgiven. Because we know the love of Christ we know the love of our Heavenly Father. This love continues through the Holy Spirit and we may be filled with wisdom and courage to hear and speak the truth, to declare Jesus is "My Messiah." In the name of God the Father, and the Son, + and the Holy Spirit.
C: Amen. -wjw

P:  The peace of the Lord be with you always!
C: And also with you!


Friday, April 3, 2015

Cycle B Easter 3

4/19/2015 Confession

Sunday Title:  Still Still Resurrection Sunday
Sermon Title: Are We Still Working on the Resurrection?

Previously:
Sunday Title:  Eyes Open Sunday
Sermon Title: Ghost Story? -I doubt it!
Sunday Title:  Joy Sunday 
Sermon Title: “Opening Minds”
Sunday Title:  Mission Sunday
Sermon Title: "What a Country!"
Sunday Title:  Author Sunday,
Sermon Title: “The Living Author of the Living Life”

Scripture Cuttings: 
Acts 3:12-19 Repent therefore, and turn to God so that your sins may be wiped out....
Psalm 4 Know that the Lord singles out godly people for himself.
1 John 3:1-7 And all who have this hope in him purify themselves, just as he is pure.
Luke 24:36b-48 Thus it is written, that the Messiah is to suffer and to rise from the dead on the third day, and that repentance and forgiveness of sins is to be proclaimed in his name to all nations, beginning from Jerusalem. You are witnesses of these things.

All may make the sign of the cross in remembrance of baptism
as the presiding minister begins:
P:  In the Name of the Father, and the Son, + and the Holy Spirit.
C: Amen

P:  Let us repent and turn to God so that our sins may be wiped out. (pause)
P:  Saving Lord...
C: We have received the faithful witness of the resurrection,
  but we hoard our joy, and are reluctant servants of Jesus.
We do not offer real hope as ministers to the needs of others,
    we continue disbelief, doubt and even fear in Christ presence.
Instead of building on the foundation of our Lord: the Author of life,
    we center our living and faith
      in our own property, power and piety.
Forgive us Lord for the sins we can name,
    save us from the sins we hide. (pause for reflection and self-examination)
P:  The Author of life lives, The Lord is risen!
C: He is risen indeed! Alleluia!
P:  Our Lord Jesus Christ is revealed to take away our sins. Our sins are forgiven. To the glory of God the Father we are made righteous. See the love our Heavnely Father gives us, that we are called children of God. Through the Holy Spirit we may begin to proclaim repentance and forgiveness in Christ’s name to all nations. To the Glory of the Father, and the Son, + and the Holy Spirit.

C: Amen. -wjw

Monday, March 30, 2015

Cycle B Easter 2

4/12/2015 Confession

Sunday Title:  Still Resurrection Sunday
Sermon Title: There really is a lot going on here.

Previously:
Sunday Title:  Spirit Sunday  Pentecost?
Sermon Title: Spirit Old -Spirit New

Scripture Cuttings:  Acts 4:32-35; Psalm 133; 1 John 1:1--2:2; John 20:19-31 (White)
Acts 4:32-35 With great power the apostles gave their testimony to the resurrection of the Lord Jesus....
Psalm 133 For there the Lord ordained his blessing, life forevermore.
1 John 1-2:2 God is light and in him there is no darkness at all. If we say that we have fellowship with him while we are walking in darkness, we lie and do not do what is true; but if we walk in the light as he himself is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus his Son cleanses us from all sin.
John 20:19-31 Have you believed because you have seen me? Blessed are those who have not seen and yet have come to believe.

P:  In the Name of the Father, and the Son, + and the Holy Spirit.
C: Amen

P:  Together let us prepare to confess:
C: If we say that we have no sin,
  we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.
If we confess our sins, God, who is faithful and just
  will forgive us our sins and cleanse us from all unrighteousness. (pause)
P:  Saving Lord...
C: Oh, how good and pleasant it is
  when brothers and sisters live together in unity.
    Too bad we don’t do that.
Lord you know that we are slow to trust and come together.
We find such inventive ways of separating ourselves:
  different generations, rich, poor,
    those with needs: physical and spiritual,
      those who don’t need or want anything,
        each a new prejudice for us to overcome.
How blessed are we, who have not seen, yet we have come to believe
    Still we doubt when you come to send us to any task.
Forgive us Lord for the sins we can name,
save from the sins we hide. (pause for reflection and self-examination)

P:  To the Glory of God the Heavenly Father, The Lord is risen!
C: He is risen indeed! Alleluia!
P:  In our risen Lord, Jesus Christ is the atoning sacrifice for our sins. Through him we receive forgiveness of all our sins. Because of this we no longer may retain the sins of our sisters and brothers. We are free from this burden. The Holy Spirit is breathed upon us, and we may live together in unity. To the Glory of the Father, and the Son, + and the Holy Spirit.
C: Amen. -wjw

P:  The peace of the Lord be with you always!

C: And also with you!

Sunday, March 29, 2015

Cycle B Resurrection of Our Lord

4/5/2015 Confession

Sunday Title: Resurrection Sunday
Sermon Title: Sharing the Good News!

Previously:
Sunday Title: Resurrection Sunday
Sermon Title: Run Don’t Walk!
Sunday Title: Resurrection Sunday
Sermon Title: “It’s 11:00! Do you know where….”
Sunday Title: Resurrection Sunday
Sermon Title: "Plan-Execution-Completeness"
Sunday Title: Resurrection Sunday
Sermon Title:  “Stuck in a Rut”

Scripture Cuttings:
Isaiah 25:6-9 It will be said on that day, Lo, this is our God; we have waited for him, so that he might save us. This is the Lord for whom we have waited; let us be glad and rejoice in his salvation.
Psalm 118:1-2, 13-22 I was pushed hard, so that I was falling, but the Lord helped me. The Lord is my strength and my might; he has become my salvation.
1 Corinthians 15:1-11 Now I would remind you, brothers and sisters, of the good news that I proclaimed to you, which you in turn received, in which also you stand, through which also you are being saved, if you hold firmly to the message that I proclaimed to you—unless you have come to believe in vain.
John 20:1-18 “They have taken the Lord out of the tomb, and we do not know where they have laid him.”

Confession:
All may make the sign of the cross in remembrance of baptism
as the presiding minister begins:
P:  In the Name of the Father, and the Son, + and the Holy Spirit.
C: Amen

P:  There is Good News here today,
but we need to be honest with God
to understand what it means for us. (pause for reflection: honest- without our disguise)
  Lord God...
C: we are not like the first witnesses of the Resurrection.
We do not pursue you as the true center of our lives.
    We do not treat the good news with utmost importance.
        We do not share it with others.
We do not trust the Resurrection to change our lives,
    and see no urgency in the redemption you raise up.
In fact, we can even let early mornings
     deter us from being willing servants of Jesus.
Lord we have become disconnected
  and we are not ready for your Glory.
Forgive us Lord for the sins we know,
save from the sins we hide. (pause for reflection and self-examination)

P:  There is Good News this morning, because we do not own a single fear, or doubt, or hesitation, the Lord our God does not overcome. It is by God’s own faithfulness that Jesus Christ died for our sins and that he was buried and that he was raised on the third day. For Christ's sake our sins are forgiven. By the power of the Holy Spirit we too are to become witnesses- apostles to proclaim the Resurrection of our Lord so that all may believe. To the Glory of the Father, and the Son, + and the Holy Spirit.
C: Amen. -wjw

P:  The peace of the Lord be with you always!

C: And also with you!