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!

Saturday, March 7, 2015

Cycle B Lent 5

3/22/2015 Confession 

Sunday Title:  Seeking Sunday
Sermon Title: Still Seeking?

Previously:
Sunday Title:  Hour Sunday
Sermon Title: Ripe Times
Sunday Title:  Seed Sunday
Sermon Title: “A Mystery Planted”
Sunday Title:  Hour Sunday
Sermon Title: "Out of Time"
Sunday Title:  Humility & Glory Sunday
Sermon Title: “The Unbelievable Foretelling”

Scripture Cuttings:
Jeremiah 31:31-34 No longer shall they teach one another, or say to each other, "Know the Lord," for they shall all know me, from the least of them to the greatest, says the Lord; for I will forgive their iniquity, and remember their sin no more.
Psalm 119:9-16 Blessed are you, O Lord; teach me your statutes. With my lips I declare all the ordinances of your mouth.
Hebrews 5:5-10 Although he was a Son, he learned obedience through what he suffered; and having been made perfect, he became the source of eternal salvation for all who obey him.
John 12:20-33 "Now my soul is troubled. And what should I say—'Father, save me from this hour'? No, it is for this reason that I have come to this hour. Father, glorify your name."

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:  The Lord desires a new covenant with the people of God.
Let us open our hearts and minds. (pause to create a blank slate for God to write upon)
  Lord God...
C: we do not contemplate the depth of your humility on the cross,
  because it would cause us to contemplate our lack of depth.
We are unprepared for the magnitude of your glory,
  because we are so attached to our life in this world.
We are comfortable giving you some
  of our time and possessions this morning,
    but we would prefer that you not write your law on our hearts.
Save us, save us, Lord from the sins we know,
Save us, save us, from the sins we hide. (pause for reflection and self-examination)
P:  The Lord desires to forgive our iniquity and remember our sin no more. God the heavenly Father wants this badly enough to lift up his only begotten Son. To lift him up on a cross and to lift him up in a resurrection from the dead. Because of Jesus Christ’s reverent submission, he has become the source of eternal salvation and will draw all people to himself. (For Christ's sake our sins are forgiven). By the power of the Holy Spirit we too are drawn to this God who would write upon our hearts. In the name of the Father, and the Son, + and the Holy Spirit.
C: Amen. -wjw


Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Cycle B Lent 4

3/15/2015 Confession

Sunday Title:  Rescue Sunday
Sermon Title: Rescue or Salvation?

Previously: 
Sunday Title:  Love Sunday
Sermon Title: Save not condemn.
Sunday Title:  Heads up Sunday
Sermon Title: “Bickering with Grace”
Sunday Title:  Trouble Sunday
Sermon Title: "How do you understand trouble?"
Sermon Title: Elevation Sunday  
Sermon Title: “Death by Faithlessness?”

Scripture Cuttings:
Numbers 21:4-9 So Moses made a serpent of bronze, and put it upon a pole; and whenever a serpent bit someone, that person would look at the serpent of bronze and live.
Psalm 107:1-3, 17-22 Let the redeemed of the Lord say so
Ephesians 2:1-10 For we are what [God] has made us, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand to be our way of life.
John 3:14-21 And just as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, so must the Son of Man be lifted up….

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:  We are dead to our sin and trespass.
  Let us look up to the Lord for our life. (who ya gonna call?)
  Lord God...
C: why do we wait to earnestly examine our faith,
  until we look at death? 
Why do we think we live in the light,
  when we choose to stimulate our senses,
    satisfy our desires, and indulge our passions?
And those of us who are “good”,
  why do we lift ourselves up in righteousness,
    for others to look at,
      instead of lifting up your Son our Lord?
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 would be a fair judgment and right that we would die for our sin and faithlessness. But God, who is rich in mercy, great in love, makes us alive together with Christ. It is by grace that we have been saved through faith. (For Christ's sake our sins are forgiven). If we live in the Holy Spirit, we do what is true and come to the light, all of our deeds clearly seen as done in God. In the name 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!
during Lent the Absolution may be withheld


Monday, February 23, 2015

Cycle B Lent 3

3/8/2015 Confession

 Sunday Title:  House Sunday
Sermon Title: Where do we Abide?

Previously: 
Sunday Title:  Religious Sunday
Sermon Title: Whip our Faith into Shape.
Sunday Title:  Emporium Sunday 
Sermon Title: “Only one item and not for sale.”
Sunday Title:  Instruction Sunday
Sermon Title: "Safety Tips"
Sunday Title:  Sign Sunday
Sermon Title: “Is that a big enough sign?”

Scripture Cuttings:
Exodus 20:1-17 Then God spoke all these words: I am the Lord your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of slavery; you shall have no other gods before me.
Psalm 19 The heavens are telling the glory of God; and the firmament proclaims his handiwork. Day to day pours forth speech.... and night to night declares knowledge. the ordinances of the Lord are true and righteous altogether. More to be desired are they than gold
1 Corinthians 1:18-25 For God's foolishness is wiser than human wisdom, and God's weakness is stronger than human strength.
John 2:13-22 Destroy this temple, and in three days I will raise it up.

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:  This may be the first moment in a week,
  we have no other gods before the Lord God.
(contemplate the desire for purity of worship,
and now, the lack of desire for purity in living)
  Lord God...
C: we know your power in the created world,
  and you redeem us through a fallen Christ,
    but we put idols and false gods before you.
We see wisdom in your commandments,
  especially for others,
    but we ourselves evade your instructions.
Now we talk ourselves out of living from within your grace
  and we rely on our foolish “wisdom” and weak “power”.
Save us from the sins we know in our heart.
Save us from the sins we hide. (pause for reflection and self-examination)
P:  Our God creates us free, extracts us from slavery, and redeems us from the bondage of sin. It is through the humbleness of God’s own Son Jesus Christ that God’s power is perfected for our salvation. (For Christ's sake our sins are forgiven). The power and wisdom of God is in the cross. And now the Holy Spirit reveals our opportunity as called people of God: people of faith, living in the blessing of the resurrection. In the name 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!

during Lent the Absolution may be withheld

Saturday, February 21, 2015

Cycle B Lent 2

3/1/2015 Confession(s)

Sunday Title:  Name Sunday
Sermon Title: What is in a Name?

Previously: 
Sunday Title:  Cross Sunday
Sermon Title: Did I sign up for this?
Sunday Title:  Still Promise Sunday 
Sermon Title: Still Trusting the Promise
Sunday Title:  Covenant Sunday
Sermon Title: "Following in Faithfulness"
Sunday Title:  Promise Sunday
Sermon Title: “Acts of Faith and Righteousness”

Scripture Cuttings:
Genesis 17:1-7, 15-16 God said to Abraham, "As for Sarai your wife, you shall not call her Sarai, but Sarah shall be her name. I will bless her, and moreover I will give you a son by her. I will bless her, and she shall give rise to nations; kings of peoples shall come from her."
Psalm 22:23-31 future generations will be told about the Lord, and proclaim his deliverance to a people yet unborn, saying that he has done it.
Romans 4:13-25 For the promise that he would inherit the world did not come to Abraham or to his descendants through the law but through the righteousness of faith.
Mark 8:31-38 And Peter took him aside and began to rebuke him. But turning and looking at his disciples, he rebuked Peter and said, "Get behind me, Satan! For you are setting your mind not on divine things but on human 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:  Shall we trust the Lord with our confession?
(perhaps trusting God will be easier than trusting ourselves to end our sinful ways)
  God Almighty...
C: we say your name,
  without understanding who you are.
We set our minds on human things
  not on divine things.
We are pleased to serve you
  but only in an advisory capacity.
We are unwilling to trust your faithfulness,
  perhaps because we are so unimpressed with our faithfulness.
Save us from the sins we know in our heart.
Save us from the sins we hide. (pause for reflection and self-examination)
P:  To our great fortune, faithfulness does not rely on us. Indeed God keep the promises made throughout the generations. Even to this sinful generation, the promise and fulfillment of salvation is made through Jesus the Christ, the Messiah, the Holy one of God. (For Christ's sake our sins are forgiven). We are invited into this faithfulness in order that the promise may rest solely on God's grace. In the name 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!
during Lent the Absolution may be withheld

-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:  God Almighty calls us to walk blameless before God. (pause)
  O Lord...
C: you make great promises in your plan of divine love,
  but we lack faith and turn our minds toward human things.
You give us an everlasting covenant of right relationship
  and we choose instead to pursue the whole world.
You reconcile our trespasses
  through the death and resurrection of Jesus our Lord,
    yet in our lives outside these church walls,
      we may be silent and passive,
        as though we are ashamed of Jesus and his words.
Save us from the sins we know in our heart.
Save us from the sins we hide. (pause for reflection and self-examination)
P:  In faithfulness our God is tireless. Through the righteousness of the faith of Jesus Christ we are heirs of the everlasting covenant. (For Christ's sake our sins are forgiven). The Holy Spirit provides for us opportunity to live; not as adherents of the law, but as people of faith, faith in our risen Lord Jesus Christ. In the name 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!

during Lent the Absolution may be withheld