Friday, August 29, 2014

Cycle A Lectionary 24 Proper 19

9/14/2014 Confession(s)

Sunday Title:  Rally Day - Homecoming Sunday
Sermon Title: Welcome Pastor Jim Brandis

Previously:
Sunday Title:  Discipleship Sunday
Sermon Title: Forgiveness- what a great concept.
Sunday Title:  Catch Sunday
Sermon Title: “Here’s Your Sign”
Sunday Title:  God's Sunday  
Sermon Title: “What Does God Intend?”

Scripture Cuttings:
Genesis 50:15-21 But Joseph said to them, "Do not be afraid! Am I in the place of God? Even though you intended to do harm to me, God intended it for good, in order to preserve a numerous people, as he is doing today. So have no fear....
Psalm 103:1-13 He does not deal with us according to our sins, nor repay us according to our iniquities. For as the heavens are high above the earth, so great is his steadfast love toward those who fear him....
Romans 14:1-12 Why do you pass judgment on your brother or sister? Or you, why do you despise your brother or sister? For we will all stand before the judgment seat of God.
Matthew 18:21-35 Then Peter came and said to Jesus, "Lord, if my brother or sister sins against me, how often should I forgive? As many as seven times?"

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:  Let us approach the Lord with reverence and awe
and present repentant hearts. (listen for the sound of repentant heartbeats)
  God...
C: our sins are fully in your view
yet you do not punish as we deserve.
  We are foolish to think that you don't notice.
    We are blind to miss your steadfast love.
      We are ungratefully living without regard to forgiveness.
Still when we are wronged, we seek vengeance,
  even from you.
We are heartless with our double standards.
  We are ruthless with our retribution.
    We are ridiculous to think you don't care
Again forgive us Lord for the sins we name.
Save us Lord from the sins we hide. (pause for reflection and self-examination)
P:  The Lord is merciful and gracious, slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love. The Lord does not deal with us according to our sins, or repay us in proportion to our iniquities. God's loving ways are so great and good that they astound us. Love sends our Savior. For the sake of Jesus Christ our Lord our sins are forgiven. By the power of the Holy Spirit we may come to understand and live in that mercy. 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!

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

P:  What if God paid us back in full for all the wrong we have done? (pause)
  O Lord we seek your mercy...
C: yet we ourselves look for payback when we are wronged.
We think it “only fair” and “what is right” when we retaliate
  and use harsh words
    and withdraw from relationship.
The forgiveness you offer on our account
  is larger than we can comprehend,
    still we withhold forgiveness
      and carry the grudge over petty items.
We are eager to do your judging.
And the worst: we conspire our inner thoughts
  to secure your forgiveness
    while avoiding honest repentance.
Forgive us Lord for the sins we know in our hearts.
Save us Lord from the sins we hide. (pause for reflection and self-examination)
P:  The Lord is full of compassion and mercy, slow to anger and does not deal with us according to our sins. Instead God chooses the sacrifice of God’s own son on our account. Because Jesus Christ pays the last full measure: our sins are forgiven. This gift of forgiveness, makes us able, with the power of Holy Spirit to choose to forgive, renew and live again in right relationship with each other, and with our God. 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, August 25, 2014

Cycle A Lectionary 23 Proper 18

9/7/2014 Confession

Sunday Title:  Instructions Sunday
Sermon Title: What? More Instructions.

Previously:
Sunday Title:  Discipleship Sunday
Sermon Title: Outsiders in- interpreting the Law and Gospel.
Sunday Title:  Turn Sunday
Sermon Title: “The Law minimizes while Love maximizes”
Sunday Title:  Remembering Sunday
Sermon Title: “Remembering Who We Are” 

Scripture Cuttings:
Ezekiel 33:7-11 ...As I live, says the Lord God, I have no pleasure in the death of the wicked, but that the wicked turn from their ways and live; turn back, turn back from your evil ways;
Psalm 119:33-40 Turn my eyes from looking at vanities; give me life in your ways.
Romans 13:8-14 Let us then lay aside the works of darkness and put on the armor of light; let us live honorably as in the day,
Matthew 18:15-20 For where two or three are gathered in my name, I am there among them.

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  Our transgressions and our sins weigh upon us. (wait for the weight)
  O Lord...
C: you call us always from the depth of our sin,
  but we see our own wickedness, not.
You teach us your statutes, law, commandments,
  decrees, ordinances, and precepts,
    and we stick with selfish gain and vanity.
You show us love,
  and sum all the commandments in love,
    still we cling to the works of darkness.
We are sentinels of our neighbors sin,
  and waste away because of our own transgressions.
How can we live? (pause for reflection and self-examination)
P:  The Lord has no pleasure in the death of the wicked, rather that the wicked turn from their evil ways and live. To that end God sends Jesus the Christ, more that a teacher, more than a prophet: the Savior. It is by his blood that our sins are forgiven and we might have new life. It is by his love that we may gather together and renew ourselves as brothers and sisters and a holy community; fulfilling the law in 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!

Monday, August 18, 2014

Cycle A Lectionary 22 Proper 17

8/31/2014 Confession

Sunday Title:  Follow Sunday
Sermon Title: Crossing Over

Previously:
Sunday Title:  Discipleship Sunday
Sermon Title: God’s way’s are not our ways. Thank God!
Sunday Title:  Behind Sunday
Sermon Title: “What is in a preposition?”
Sunday Title:  Labor Day- Our Way Sunday 
Sermon Title: “My way or the High-Way”

Scripture Cuttings:
Jeremiah 15:15-21 I will deliver you out of the hand of the wicked, and redeem you from the grasp of the ruthless.
Psalm 26:1-8 ...I walk in your faithfulness I do not sit with the worthless, nor do I consort with hypocrites; I hate the company of evildoers, and will not sit with the wicked.
Romans 12:9-21 ..."if your enemies are hungry, feed them; if they are thirsty, give them something to drink; for by doing this you will heap burning coals on their heads." Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.
Matthew 16:21-26 "Get behind me, Satan! You are a stumbling block to me; for you are setting your mind not on divine things but on human things."  Then Jesus told his disciples, "If any want to become my followers, let them deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me.

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:  If we turn back, we will be taken back,
let us stand before the Lord with our confession.
    (now quiet contemplation)  O Lord...
C: we do not deny ourselves
  and take up our cross
    and follow you.
We do fill ourselves
  and take up our cause
    and drive for easy street.
We embarrass ourselves as disciples:
  we wear the cross
    but do not bear the cross.
We claim you as savior
  but forfeit our lives for profit and gain.
We are distracted Lord
  by our own selves.
Forgive us Lord the sins we name.
Save us Lord from the sins we hide.
    (now earnest self-examination)
P:  The Son of Man is to come with his angels in the glory of the Heavenly Father. We know the Son of Man as Jesus the Christ, whose coming brings us mercy and redemption. For Christ's sake our sins are forgiven. By the power of the Holy Spirit we may put our sin behind us, bear the cross given us, and faithfully follow Our Savior. 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!

-or-

use Psalm 26:1-8

Monday, August 11, 2014

Cycle A Lectionary 21 Proper 16

8/24/2014 Confession

Sunday Title:  Image Sunday
Sermon Title: Who do you say that I am? Call ‘em like you see ‘em

Previously:
Sunday Title:  Discipleship Sunday
Sermon Title: Responsibility Discipleship
Sunday Title:  Promise Sunday
Sermon Title: “The Purpose of the Promise”
Sunday Title:  Blessed Sunday
Sermon Title: “Blessed to do What?”

Scripture Cuttings:
Isaiah 51:1-6 Listen to me, you that pursue righteousness, you that seek the Lord. Look to the rock from which you were hewn, and to the quarry from which you were dug.
Psalm 138 On the day I called, you answered me, you increased my strength of soul. All the kings of the earth shall praise you, O Lord, for they have heard the words of your mouth.
Romans 12:1-8 I appeal to you therefore, brothers and sisters, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship. Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your minds, so that you may discern what is the will of God—what is good and acceptable and perfect.
Matthew 16:13-20 Blessed are you, Simon son of Jonah! For flesh and blood has not revealed this to you, but my Father in heaven....

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:  Let us seek the Lord
  and pursue right relationship with our God (pause)
  O Lord...
C: we seek our own way in life,
  and ignore our roots in your faithfulness.
We conform ourselves to the ways of the world,
  and make feeble attempts to discern your will.
We think justice is how to keep what is ours safe,
  yet we ourselves, must be transform
    to do what is good, acceptable and perfect.
Save us Lord from the sins we know in our hearts.
Save us Lord from the sins we hide.
  (pause for reflection and self-examination)
P:  God sends the Messiah, a Savior, the Son of the living God. He is Jesus the Christ. And it is for Christ’s sake our sins are forgiven. Furthermore we are blessed by our heavenly Father to know grace, and we are now as Christ’s church; charged to proclaim it. With the presence of the Holy Spirit and by God’s mercy, we are able to present our own selves as living sacrifices, holy and acceptable to God. In the name of 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!


Cycle A Lectionary 20 Proper 15

8/17/2014 Confession

Sunday Title:  Mercy Sunday
Sermon Title: Mercy - Who is the Intended Target

Previously:  
Sunday Title:  Discipleship Sunday
Sermon Title: Inside Outside Discipleship Sunday Title:  New Turf Sunday
Sermon Title: “Just how big id the Mission Field?”
Sunday Title:  All Peoples Sunday
Sermon Title: “Who do you get along with?”

Scripture Cuttings:
Isaiah 56:1, 6-8 And the foreigners who join themselves to the Lord, to minister to him, to love the name of the Lord, and to be his servants, all who keep the sabbath, and do not profane it, and hold fast my covenant—these I will bring to my holy mountain, and make them joyful in my house of prayer.
Psalm 67 Let the peoples praise you, O God; let all the peoples praise you.
Romans 11:1-2a, 29-32 I ask, then, has God rejected his people? By no means!
Matthew 15:[10-20] 21-28 "I was sent only to the lost sheep of the house of Israel."

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:  Let us return to the Lord and confess our sin (pause)
  O Lord...
C: we are so ready to do what is right... for us,
  but you ask for justice.
We make easy to keep rules about good behavior
  and forget the purpose you have in mind.
Lord you pursue us relentlessly,
  but we hedge our faithfulness.
Save us Lord from the sins we know in our hearts.
Save us Lord from the sins we hide.
  (pause for reflection and self-examination)
P:  God does not reject God’s people. The gift of right relationship is irrevocable. God sends Jesus Christ so that we may receive God’s mercy. For Christ’s sake our sins are forgiven. Furthermore we are called by this mercy out of our disobedience and into covenant with God. In the name of 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!

Cycle A Lectionary 19 Proper 14

8/10/2014 Confession

Sunday Title: Worship Sunday
Sermon Title: Back in the boat.

Previously:  
Sunday Title:  Discipleship Sunday
Sermon Title: Peter! Get back in the boat!
Sunday Title:  Surface Tension Sunday
Sermon Title: “Should Faithful Disciples Walk on Water”
Sunday Title:  Deep Water Sunday
Sermon Title: “Surface Tension”

Scripture Cuttings:
1 Kings 19:9-18 Then there came a voice to him that said, "What are you doing here, Elijah?"
Psalm 85:8-13 Mercy and truth have met. Righteousness and peace have kissed. Truth sprouts from the ground, and righteousness looks down from heaven. The Lord will certainly give us what is good,
Romans 10:5-15 For there is no distinction between Jew and Greek; the same Lord is Lord of all and is generous to all who call on him. For, "Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord shall be saved."
Matthew 14:22-33 But when he noticed the strong wind, he became frightened, and beginning to sink, he cried out, "Lord, save me!"

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:  With our heart’s faith, let us call upon the name of the Lord and confess our sins. (pause)
  O Lord...
C: we fill our lives with noise
  and we do not keep our eyes focused on you.
We think we are the last faithful people,
  yet we act in unfaithful ways.
We preserve our religion for ourselves,
  and doubt you when we notice that courage is necessary.
Save us Lord from the sins we know in our hearts.
Save us Lord from the sins we hide.
          (pause for reflection and self-examination)
P:  Our God saves. Jesus Christ, God’s own Son saves us. Christ secures salvation and justification. Christ forgives our sins. Glorious and powerful life is available in the Holy Spirit for those who believe and confess. 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!

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Cycle A Lectionary 18 Proper 13

8/3/2011 Confession

Sunday Title:  Compassion Sunday
Sermon Title: Welcome Pastor Paul Camp

Previously:  
Sunday Title:  Discipleship Sunday
Sermon Title: Disciples Feast
Sunday Title:  Miracle Sunday
Sermon Title: “So which is the greater miracle?”
Sunday Title:  Bread Sunday
Sermon Title: “Why do you spend your money for that which is not bread, and your labor for that which does not satisfy?”

Scripture Cuttings:
Isaiah 55:1-5 Why do you spend your money for that which is not bread, and your labor for that which does not satisfy?
Psalm 145:8-9, 14-21 You open your hand, satisfying the desire of every living thing.
Romans 9:1-5 They are Israelites, and to them belong the adoption, the glory, the covenants, the giving of the law, the worship, and the promises; to them belong the patriarchs, and from them, according to the flesh, comes the Messiah, who is over all, God blessed forever. Amen.
Matthew 14:13-21 When [Jesus] went ashore, he saw a great crowd; and he had compassion for them and cured their sick. When it was evening, the disciples came to 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:  Let us be honest with God. (pause)
  O Holy One...
C: how we distract ourselves from you.
You provide our daily bread,
  but we spend our money on things that do not feed us.
You call us to listen to your lessons of life,
  but we make our labor and effort for ourselves,
    for our affluence.
We do not trust you in our prosperity,
  or in our hunger.
Lord forgive the sins we know in our hearts.
Save us Lord from the sins we hide.
    (pause for reflection and self-examination)
P:  The Lord is gracious and full of compassion. God has sends Jesus Christ, God's only Son to bring us back into right relationship. When we are repentant we can see again God's invitation to feast at the table of righteousness. Through the Holy Spirit we may speak and live the truth in Christ as God's Holy People. 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!

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Cycle A Lectionary 17 Proper 12

7/27/2014 Confession

Sunday Title:  Unexpected Sunday
Sermon Title: “Mustard Weed Seed - Who is God Gonna Use?”

Previously:  
Sunday Title:  Discipleship (still) Sunday
Sermon Title: “Have You Understood All This?”
Sunday Title:  Scribe Sunday
Sermon Title: “Still Haven’t Found what I’m Looking For”
Sunday Title:  Wisdom Sunday
Sermon Title: “Have You Understood All This?”

Scripture Cuttings:
1 Kings 3:5-12 Give your servant therefore an understanding mind to govern your people, able to discern between good and evil;
Psalm 119:129-136 Keep my steps steady according to your promise, and never let iniquity have dominion over me.
Romans 8:26-39 We know that all things work together for good those who love God, who are called according to his purpose.
Matthew 13:31-33, 44-52 "Have you understood all this?" They answered, "Yes." And he said to them, "Therefore every scribe who has been trained for the kingdom of heaven is like the master of a household who brings out of his treasure what is new and what is old."

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:  Let us bring our repentance before God the giver of all things.
   (pause)
  O Lord my God...
C: You give me an understanding mind,
and the ability to discern good from evil,
  but I make the goals of my life,
    wealth, triumph, even long life.
You show me your steadfast love,
  yet I struggle in all my relationships,
    with my spouse, my children, my siblings, my parents.
Your love could be the greatest discovery of my life.
  You make marvelous things from the smallest beginnings.
    Yet I search elsewhere for joy and glory.
Save me Lord from the sins I know.
Save me Lord from the sins I hide. (pause for reflection and self-examination)
P:  The Holy Spirit helps us in our weakness as we try to pray to God. The Spirit intercedes with sighs too deep for words. And God who searches our hearts knows our repentance. In God’s steadfast love, Jesus Christ, God’s only son is given for us. For his sake our sins are forgiven. We may walk in faithfulness, righteousness and in uprightness of heart, because nothing will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord. 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!


Friday, July 4, 2014

Cycle A Lectionary 16 Proper 11

7/20/2014 Confession

Sunday Title:  God Sunday
Sermon Title: Theory vs. Practice?

Previously:  
Sunday Title:  Discipleship (again) Sunday
Sermon Title: Who’s Inside?
Sunday Title:  God Sunday
Sermon Title: “Who’s your God?”
Sunday Title:  Weeds Sunday 
Sermon Title: “Who’s Your Neighbor”

Scripture Cuttings:
Isaiah 44:6-8 You are my witnesses! Is there any god besides me? There is no other rock; I know not one.
Psalm 86:11-17 But you, O Lord, are a God merciful and gracious, slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love and faithfulness.
Romans 8:12-25 For you did not receive a spirit of slavery to fall back into fear….
Matthew 13:24-30, 36-43 'Master, did you not sow good seed in your field? Where, then, did these weeds come from?' He answered, 'An enemy has done this.'

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:  Let us prepare our hearts and minds for repentance before God. (pause)
  O Lord...
C: you are God and there is none like you,
  but we distract ourselves with other allegiances.
    We think of ourselves as good and upright
      and so become judge in your place.
We call ourselves children of your kingdom,
  yet we act like...
                spoiled children.
Save us, O Lord, from the sins we know,
save us from the sins we hide. (pause for reflection and self-examination)
P:  We can cry, even to God: “Abba! Father!” as we are God’s children led by the Spirit. A spirit of adoption through God’s son: Jesus Christ; so that we might know salvation. For Christ's sake our sins are forgiven. Through the Holy Spirit we may put to death the sinful deeds of our bodies and bear witness as children of God, and live as heirs of the kingdom to come. 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!

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Cycle A Lectionary 15 Proper 10

7/13/2014 Confession (s) 

Sunday Title:  Extravagant Sunday
Sermon Title: Extravagance - harder to deal with than you think.

Previously:  
Sunday Title:  Discipleship (still) Sunday
Sermon Title: Insider- inside out.
Sunday Title:  Word Power Sunday
Sermon Title: “Good Soil”
Sunday Title:  Seed Sunday
Sermon Title: “What grows in your Garden?”
Sunday Title:  The Word Sunday
Sermon Title: “A Word Study”

Scripture Cuttings:
Isaiah 55:10-13 ...so shall my word be that goes out from my mouth; it shall not return to me empty, but it shall accomplish that which I purpose, and succeed in the thing for which I sent it.
Psalm 65:1, 9-13 The pastures of the wilderness overflow, the hills gird themselves with joy....
Romans 8:1-11 For those who live according to the flesh set their minds on the things of the flesh, but those who live according to the Spirit set their minds on the things of the Spirit.
Matthew 13:1-9, 18-23 But as for what was sown on good soil, this is the one who hears the word and understands it, who indeed bears fruit and yields, in one case a hundredfold, in another sixty, and in another thirty.

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:  The Lord sends the word to us,
 let our repentance not be empty. (pause)
  O Lord...
C: you sow your word with a purpose.
We are hard ground
  and are too busy to try understanding.
We are rocky ground
  and we receive your word with respect,
    but do not let it take root in our lives.
We are thorny ground
  and let lust and desire choke out your message.
We do not hear, listen, understand or obey your word.
Save us, O Lord, from the sins we know,
save us from the sins we hide. (pause for reflection and self-examination)
P:  The Lord is the God of our salvation. God sends salvation in Jesus Christ, God’s Son. And for those who are in Christ Jesus there is no condemnation. Our sins are forgiven. We may be renewed and set our minds on the Holy Spirit and our lives may be devoted to life and peace. The word of the Lord will not return empty but rather bear fruit, thirty, sixty, even a hundred fold. 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!

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

P:  The Lord sends the word to us, let our repentance not be empty. (pause)
  Lord...
C: you sow your word, and we hear,
  but we frolic with evil which snatches it away.
Lord you sow you word, and we hear,
  and we receive it with joy,
    but it does not take root because we are shallow.
Lord you sow you word, and we hear,
  then we are distracted by the cares of this world,
    and the pursuit of wealth,
      so we choke off what it may yield.
Lord these are sins we are willing to say. Forgive us.
Lord there are sins we will not speak of. Save us.
  (pause for real reflection and self-examination)
P:  The Lord sows the word and it will not return empty. God’s word is given in the flesh: Jesus Christ our Lord. God does what we cannot: by sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh, to deal with our sin. For Christ’s sake our sins are forgiven. There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus. And we may now walk according to the Spirit, bearing fruit, thirty, sixty, even a hundred fold. 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!