Thursday, April 10, 2014

Cycle A Resurrection of Our Lord

4/20/2014 Confession

Sunday Title:  Resurrection of Our Lord
Sermon Title: “Where do we go from here?”

Previously:  
Sunday Title:  Resurrection of Our Lord
Sermon Title: “This Changes Everything!”
Sunday Title:  Resurrection of Our Lord
Sermon Title: “Is life different now?”
Sunday Title:  Resurrection of Our Lord
Sermon Title: Friendly Fear”

Jeremiah 31:1-6 I have loved you with an everlasting love; therefore I have continued my faithfulness to you. Again I will build you, and you shall be built,
Psalm 118:1-2, 13-24 I was pushed back and about to fall,  but the Lord helped me. The Lord is my strength and my song;    he has become my salvation.
Colossians 3:1-4 So if you have been raised with Christ,
seek the things that are above, where Christ is….
Matthew 28:1-10 …as the first day of the week was dawning…. …suddenly there was a great earthquake;
for an angel of the Lord, descending from heaven, came and rolled back the stone and sat on it.

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 have not allowed You in the true center of our lives.
  Unlike the women going to the tomb early in the morning,
    we become discourage by large obstacles.
We do not trust you to roll away the stones,
  that keep us from bringing your Good News to all people.
In fact, we can even let early mornings
  deter us from being willing servants of Jesus.
Lord we are disconnected
  and 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!

Monday, April 7, 2014

Cycle A Palm Sunday

4/13/2014 Confession

Sunday Title:  Hero Sunday 
Sermon Title: “Holding out for a Hero”

Previously:  
Sunday Title:     I have not written a confession for Passion Sunday 
Sermon Title:     

Scripture Cuttings:
Isaiah 50:4-9a The Lord God has given me the tongue of a teacher, that I may know how to sustain the weary with a word.
Psalm 118:1-2, 19-29 Open to me the gates of righteousness, that I may enter through them and give thanks to the Lord. This is the gate of the Lord; the righteous shall enter through it.
Philippians 2:5-11 …so that at the name of Jesus every knee should bend, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.
Matthew 21:1-11 The crowds that went ahead of him and that followed were shouting, “Hosanna to the Son of David! Blessed is the one who comes in the name of the Lord! Hosanna in the highest heaven!”

P:  In the Name of the Father, and the Son, + and the Holy Spirit.
C: Amen
P:  Let us take this time to be honest with God. (pause)
  O Lord...
C: too often we ask you to be our champion
  over the enemies we choose.
We don’t pay attention to the enemies you choose.
We fight poverty by accumulating wealth
  while following the lives of the rich and famous.
We fight injustice by denouncing the famous
  who escape punishment,
    instead of rejecting the rush to judgment
      that only quenches community fear.
We closely follow lives of athletically and artistically skilled 
  and neglect our relationships with family, friend, neighbor.
Save, O Lord, your people.
Hosanna! Save us from the sins we know in our heart.
Hosanna! Save us from the sins we hide.
    (pause for reflection and self-examination)
P: God is faithful! God saves! The one sent in the name of the Lord does come to save. Jesus Christ comes to empty himself, being faithful to the point of death, even death on the cross.(For Christ's sake our sins are forgiven). It is in this God that we may trust and with the Holy Spirit we too may forsake all other distractions, living faithfully 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!
during Lent the Absolution may be withheld

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Cycle A Lent 5

4/6/2014 Confession

Sunday Title:  Lament Sunday 
Sermon Title: “Why Wait for the Resurrection?”

Previously:  
Sunday Title:  Death Sunday 
Sermon Title: “Facing Death. (ahead of time)”
Sunday Title:  Redeem Sunday
Sermon Title: “From the Frying Pan into the Fire?”
Sunday Title:  Dry Bones Sunday
Sermon Title: “How Dry are your Bones?”
Sunday Title:  Trust Sunday
Sermon Title: “In God We Trust - Easier Said than Done”

Scripture Cuttings:
Ezekiel 37:1-14 "Mortal, can these bones live?" I answered, "O Lord God, you know."
Psalm 130 O Israel, hope in the Lord! For with the Lord there is steadfast love, and with him is great power to redeem.
Romans 8:6-11 To set the mind on the flesh is death, but to set the mind on the Spirit is life and peace.
John 11:1-45 I am the resurrection and the life. Those who believe in me, even though they die, will live, and everyone who lives and believes in me will never die. Do you believe this?

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 take this time to be honest with God. (pause)
  O Lord...
C: you know where our confidence lies;
you see we trust our abilities,
  our strength, even our intuition.
We rely on our intelligence ahead of your faithfulness.
You make us stewards,
  but we think we are masters.
And not until we see the death of the flesh
  do we consider turning to your Spirit.
Save, O Lord, your people.
Forgive us the sins we know in our heart.
Save us from the sins we hide. (pause for reflection and self-examination)
P:  Lord are we dried up...
C: is our hope lost, are we cut off completely?

P:  Even though our flesh is dead because of our sin, the Spirit of the one who gives life to the whole house of Israel, the Spirit of the one who raises Christ from the dead, gives new life to our mortal bodies. (For Christ's sake our sins are forgiven). And we may live trusting not in our own flesh but rather in the Spirit of God that dwells in us. 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, March 24, 2014

Cycle A Lent 4

3/30/2014 Confession


Sunday Title:  Power & Light Sunday
Sermon Title: Who is In-Charge?

Previously:  
Sunday Title:  Complete Sunday
Sermon Title: Redemption as completion
Sunday Title:  Gift Sunday
Sermon Title: “Invitation to the Light”
Sunday Title:  Darkness Sunday 
Sermon Title: “I was blind but now I see” 
Sunday Title:  Change Sunday 
Sermon Title: “Thank goodness we don’t have to change!”

Scripture Cuttings:
1 Samuel 16:1-13 The Lord said to Samuel, "How long will you grieve over Saul? I have rejected him from being king over Israel. Fill your horn with oil and set out; I will send you to Jesse the Bethlehemite, for I have provided for myself a king among his sons."
Psalm 23 Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life, and I shall dwell in the house of the Lord my whole life long.
Ephesians 5:8-14 For once you were darkness, but now in the Lord you are light. Live as children of light—for the fruit of the light is found in all that is good and right and true.
John 9:1-41 Jesus said, "I came into this world for judgment so that those who do not see may see, and those who do see may become blind." Some of the Pharisees near him heard this and said to him, "Surely we are not blind, are we?" Jesus said to them, "If you were blind, you would not have sin. But now that you say, 'We see,' your sin remains."

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:  Lord, we do not see as you do, open our eyes. (pause)
  O Lord...
C: we love what we have made for ourselves,
the way we like to do things,
  we love it so much we think
    what makes us comfortable
      is also what makes us right.
We are so secure in our “rightness”
  we don’t try to please you Lord.
We miss your way because we are set in our way.
Forgive us Lord the sins we know in our heart.
Save us Lord from the sins we evade.
   (pause for reflection and self-examination)
P:  Lord shepherd us...
C: along the right pathways
    for your name sake. Amen
P:  God does not desire for us to walk in darkness. God sends the light of Christ into our world. The light to expose our sin and call us again to right relationship. (For Christ's sake our sins are forgiven). Through the Holy Spirit our eyes can be opened again. 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

Friday, March 7, 2014

Cycle A Lent 3

3/23/2014  Confession

Sunday Title:  Question Sunday
Sermon Title: “Is the Lord with us or not?”

Previously:
Sunday Title:  Need Sunday
Sermon Title: “Wants vs. Needs”
Sunday Title:  Desert Sunday
Sermon Title: “Water in the Desert”
Sunday Title:  Water Sunday
Sermon Title: “The Basic Thirst”

Exodus 17:1-7 ...‘Why do you test the Lord?’ But the people thirsted there for water; and the people complained against Moses and said, ‘Why did you bring us out of Egypt, to kill us and our children and livestock with thirst?’
-or-
Moses…called the place Massah (test) and Meribah, (quarrel)
because the Israelites quarreled and tested the Lord saying,
“Is the Lord among us or not?”
Psalm 95 O come, let us worship and bow down, let us kneel before the Lord, our Maker! For he is our God, and we are the people of his pasture, and the sheep of his hand.”
Romans 5:1-11 But God proves his love for us in that while we still were sinners Christ died for us.
John 4:5-42 A Samaritan woman came to draw water, and Jesus said to her, ‘Give me a drink.’ 
-or-
 “Everyone who drinks of this water will be thirsty again, but those who drink of the water that I will give them will never be thirsty. The water that I will give will become in them a spring of water gushing up to eternal life.”

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:  From our wilderness of sin let us make our confession to the God who knows everything we have ever done. (pause)
  O Lord...
C: you know what we thirst for,
and it is not your righteousness.
  You know how we cling to the ways of old,
without regard for the evil in them,
  and how we reject even your living water
    because it means change.
Lord you know in our hour of greatest need
  we find a quarrel
  instead of turning to your faithfulness.
Save us Lord from the sins we know in our heart.
Save us Lord from the sins we hide.
     (pause for reflection and self-examination)
P:  Lord you are a great God...
C: the rock of our salvation. Amen
P:  For the Lord who made all the earth and freed God’s people from slavery has offered us a hope in sharing the glory of God. God proves love for us, that while we were still sinners Christ died for us, that we might be saved through him. (For Christ's sake our sins are forgiven)And God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit that has been given to us. 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!

-or-
P:  In the Name of the Father, and the Son, + and the Holy Spirit.
C: Amen
P:  The Lord is our Maker
C: and our provider.
P:  Shall we bring our parched lives before God. (pause)
  Merciful God...
C: we live in a spiritual wasteland,
and thirst for pleasures that do not satisfy.
  We grumble about the life we are given,
    and complain throughout your greatest gifts.
We suffer the tyranny of the urgent,
  allowing crisis to direct our days,
    and fatigue to set our nights.
So rarely are we ready to accept your grace
  maybe because we know our way but not your way..
Forgive the sin we recognize.
Save us from the sin we shroud. (pause for reflection and self-examination)
P:  The Lord our Maker does indeed provide all our needs. Even to call us out of the desert we make. Though God knows all our sin he chooses to redeem. For this God has sent his Son to give us the living water. (For Christ's sake our sins are forgiven) When we receive the living God we may become true worshipers, in Spirit and truth. 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!
during Lent the Absolution may be withheld

Monday, March 3, 2014

Cycle A Lent 2

3/16/2014 Confession (s)


Sunday Title:  Journey Sunday
Sermon Title: “Journey from the Sensible to the Spiritual”

Previously:
Sunday Title:  Blessing Sunday
Sermon Title: Where are you going?
Sunday Title:  Faithful Sunday
Sermon Title: “Faithful Blessing”
Sunday Title:  Invitation Sunday 
Sermon Title: “Invitation to Faithfulness” 
Sunday Title:  Champion Sunday   
Sermon Title: “A Crisis of Tradition”

Scripture Cuttings:
Genesis 12:1-4a Now the Lord said to Abram, ‘Go from your country and your kindred and your father's house to the land that I will show you. I will make of you a great nation, and I will bless you, and make your name great, so that you will be a blessing.’”
Psalm 121 I lift up my eyes to the hills- from where will my help come?  My help comes from the Lord, who made heaven and earth.
Romans 4:1-5, 13-17 Abraham believed God, and it was reckoned to him as righteousness.
John 3:1-17 For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him may not perish but may have eternal life. Indeed, God did not send the Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him.

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:  From where is my help to come?
C: My help comes from the Lord,
   the maker of heaven and earth!
P:  Let us make our confession to the God who watches over us. (pause)
  O Lord...
C: I boast to myself
  in my pride
    what a righteous person I am.
I am proud to be here so early on this morning.
  I give to your church what I can.
    I am a good person.
      I have done all that I should do,
even from birth,
  at my Baptism, born again of the water and of the Spirit.
I say I have faith,
  yet Lord, I resist you each day,
    holding on to the will born in my flesh
      and unyielding to your will born of the Spirit.
Save me Lord from the sins I know in my heart.
Save me Lord from the sins I hide. (pause for reflection and self-examination)
P:  Lord...
C: teach me to trust your Spirit. Amen
P:  The Lord shall preserve us from all evil. Even when we distract ourselves. For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him shall not perish but may have eternal life. (For Christ's sake our sins are forgiven) Through the power of the Holy Spirit we may receive this gift, not as wage due our work but as being reckoned by God as righteous. 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:  The Lord is our keeper,
C: our mistakes should not haunt us,
  nor our sin destroy us.
P:  Let us call upon God with true repentance. (pause)
  Merciful God...
C: we forget you decide righteousness
and so we pretend to earn your favor
  with our acts of piety.
We would rather win our salvation
  than listen to your promise.
We trust ourselves
  not your faithfulness.
Save, O Lord, your people.
Forgive the sin in our understanding.
Redeem us from our ignorance. (pause for reflection and self-examination)
P:  The very God who gives life to the dead and calls into existence the things that do not exist sends the Son into the world, not to condemn but to save. The Son will be lifted up. And we will be saved. (For Christ's sake our sins are forgiven) We will be a blessing to all of nations 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!
during Lent the Absolution may be withheld