Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Cycle B Lectionary 15 Proper 10

7/12/2015 Confession 

Sunday Title:  “King” Herod Sunday
Sermon Title: “the haunting Gospel”

Previously:
Sunday Title:  Word Sunday
Sermon Title: Shepherds of the Word
Sunday Title:  Hearing Sunday
Sermon Title: “Hearing vs. Listening?”
Sunday Title:  Gruesome Sunday  
Sermon Title: "Welcome Pastor Duane Culler and his wife Barbara"
Sunday Title:  Plumb Sunday,
Sermon Title: “Talking our Way out of Sin”

Scripture Cuttings:
Amos 7:7-15 This is what [the Lord God] showed me: the Lord was standing beside a wall built with a plumb line, with a plumb line in his hand.
Psalm 85:8-13 The Lord will give what is good, and our land will yield its increase. Righteousness will go before him
Ephesians 1:3-14 In him you also, when you had heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation, and had believed in him, were marked with the seal of the promised Holy Spirit; this is the pledge of our inheritance toward redemption as God's own people, to the praise of his glory.
Mark 6:14-29 King Herod heard of [Jesus’ power], for Jesus' name had become known.

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 and be honest with God. (pause for self-examination)
P:  Lord...
C: we know you are an exacting God
and you measure us with your rightness,
  yet we get out of line and take pleasure and pride in it.
We choose to run in front of danger
  but we think it a tragedy when we fall
    and get kicked in the head.
We act as kings in our castles,
  we accumulate our fortunes and virtues,
    and manipulate our morality in self service,
      until we make wrong into right.
How can we hope to measure only what you can measure?
Forgive us for the sins we name,
   save us from the sins we hide. (pause for reflection)
P:  Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in Christ. In him we have heard the word of truth, the gospel of our salvation: we are redeemed through Christ's blood and forgiven our trespass. God freely bestows upon us this glorious grace. We are also marked with the seal of the Holy Spirit that we might set our hope on Christ, and live for the praise of his glory. 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!


Cycle B Lectionary 14 Proper 9

7/5/2015 Confession

Sunday Title: Friend Sunday
Sermon Title: Jesus loves you just the way you are!
And Jesus loves you too much to let you stay that way!

Previously:
Sunday Title:  Mortal Sunday (or Perspective Sunday)
Sermon Title: Is that all ya got?
Sunday Title:  Sending Sunday
Sermon Title: “So What?”
Sunday Title:  Prophet Sunday
Sermon Title: "Where? Who? When? Does authority rest?"
Sunday Title:  Home Town Sunday,
Sermon Title: “Recognizing the Prophet”

Scripture Cuttings:
Ezekiel 2:1-5 “Thus says the Lord God.” Whether they hear or refuse to hear (for they are a rebellious house), they shall know that there has been a prophet among them.
Psalm 123 To you I lift up my eyes, O you who are enthroned in the heavens!
2 Corinthians 12:2-10 Three times I appealed to the Lord about this, that it would leave me, but he said to me, "My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness."
Mark 6:1-13 Where did this man get all this? What is this wisdom that has been given to him? What deeds of power are being done by his hands!

P:  Mortals, let us stand on our feet
and hear our God who will speak with us. (pause for self-examination)
All may make the sign of the cross in remembrance of baptism
as the presiding minister begins:
Our God is revealed to us as Father, Son, + and Holy Spirit.
C: Amen

P:  Lord,
C: we are so familiar with ourselves,
and we know the ways of the world,
  how much we do accumulate!
    but we forget you made it all, and us.
      And we forget you know us better than we do.
You give us your word, send your prophets, even your Son,
  still we refuse to hear, we take offense,
    you pour out your blessings
      and we decide it is our good fortune.
        we suffer in our errors and mortality
          and offer you our complaint.
Lord God, you reveal truth, grace and righteousness,
  we are stubborn, impudent and self -righteous.
How can we ever get our head straight?
Forgive us the sins we can name,
   save us from the sins we hide. (pause for reflection)
P:  Blessed are we to hear the word “repent.” Open is the invitation to know God’s love and be familiar with our redeemer. It is for Christ's sake our sins are forgiven. God’s grace is sufficient for us. It rescues us and installs us in right relationship with God. When we yield our “strength ” the Holy Spirit may fill us, God's power is made perfect in our weakness. All to the glory of the Father, Son, + and Holy Spirit.
C: Amen. -wjw

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

C: And also with you!

Sunday, June 21, 2015

Cycle B Lectionary 13 Proper 8

6/28/2015 Confession

Sunday Title: Nesting Sunday
Sermon Title: The Story Within.

Previously:
Sunday Title:  Mercy Sunday
Sermon Title: Kissing the Ground.
Sunday Title:  Faith Sunday
Sermon Title: “Far from Faith”
Sunday Title:  Follow Through Sunday
Sermon Title: "Who Ya Gonna Call? "
Sunday Title:  Free Grace Sunday,
Sermon Title: “Wait a Minute, I Don’t Need to Know”

Scripture Cuttings:
Lamentations 3:22-33 “The Lord is my portion,” says my soul, “therefore I will hope in him.” The Lord is good to those who wait for him, to the soul that seeks him.
Psalm 30 I will plead to the Lord for mercy: "How will you profit if my blood is shed, if I go into the pit? Will the dust of my body give thanks to you? Will it tell about your truth?" Hear, O Lord, and have pity on me! O Lord, be my helper!
2 Corinthians 8:7-15 For you know the generous act of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though he was rich, yet for your sakes he became poor, so that by his poverty you might become rich.
Mark 5:21-43 [Jesus] said to her, "Daughter, your faith has made you well; go in peace, and be healed of your disease.".... Jesus said to the leader of the synagogue, "Do not fear, only believe."

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 repentance is called, by freely given grace.
(can't earn it, can't expect it, can't demand it, but freely given it is:
pause for self-examination)
P:  Almighty God,
C: we are more afraid of losing our spot in the crowd
  than loosing our place with you.
we are imprisoned by the way it could have been,
  and will not see what you can make it.
how perfect we think we are to walk with you,
  yet your healing is upon the desperate begger.
Forgive us for the sins we can name,
  save us from the sins we hide. (pause for reflection)
P:  The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases. We know the generous act of our Lord Jesus Christ; that though he was rich, yet for our sakes he became poor, so poor as to die on a cross, that by his poverty we may become rich. For Christ’s sake our sins are forgiven. In this renewed wealth we may excel in faith, in speech, in knowledge, in eagerness, and in genuine love for one another and for our saving Lord. To the glory of God, the Father, Son, + and Holy Spirit.
C: Amen. -wjw

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

C: And also with you!

Sunday, June 14, 2015

Cycle B Lectionary 12 Proper 7

6/21/2012 Confession 

Sunday Title:  God Sunday
Sermon Title: The imperative of faithfulness.

Previously:
Sunday Title:  Muzzle Sunday
Sermon Title: Stifle the Chaos
Sunday Title:  Stormy Sunday
Sermon Title: “Fear in the Awe or Awe in the Fear”
Sunday Title:  Trouble Sunday
Sermon Title: "Fear<=====>Faithfulness"
Sunday Title:  Peril Sunday
Sermon Title: “The World in Which We Live”

Scripture Cuttings:
Job 38:1-11 Who is this that darkens counsel by words without knowledge? Gird up your loins like a man, I will question you, and you shall declare to me. Where were you when I laid the foundation of the earth? Tell me, if you have understanding.
Psalm 107:1-3, 23-32 Then they cried to the Lord in their trouble, and he brought them out from their distress.
2 Corinthians 6:1-13 As we work together with him, we urge you also not to accept the grace of God in vain.... ...our heart is wide open to you. There is no restriction in our affections, but only in yours. In return— I speak as to children— open wide your hearts also.
Mark 4:35-41 "Who then is this, that even the wind and the sea obey 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:  God’s grace is not given in vain, nor is it accepted in vain.
C: Now is the acceptable time; now is the day of salvation.
    (pause for self-examination)
P:  Almighty God,
C: in the greatness and complexity of creation
  your wisdom is revealed.
But we think ourselves the center of the universe you made,
  and we darken our lives by ignoring you.
You limit all things under the heavens.
  You even stop the wave of our pride with mortality.
    Still we test every boundary and cross every line,
      mistaking ourselves as sovereign lives.
With all that you make, and all you give us,
  we remain ungrateful, untrusting, and filled with fear.
Lord, some sins we know and some sins we hide.
  Only you can save us Lord. (pause for self-examination)
P:  Now is the day of salvation. There are no restrictions in God’s love for us! Our sins, trespass, iniquity, offenses, misdeeds.... are forgiven; wiped out by the power of the sacrifice of the Son of God: Jesus Christ. Now is the acceptable time for us to live without fear; in purity, knowledge, patience, kindness, holiness of spirit, genuine love, truthful speech, and in the power of 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!

Sunday, June 7, 2015

Cycle B Lectionary 11 Proper 6

6/14/2015 Confession

 Sunday Title:  Seed Sunday
Sermon Title: One is not like the other.

Previously:
Sunday Title:  Faith Planting Sunday
Sermon Title: “Please Welcome Pastor Jim Brandis Chaplain of Shepherd of the Valley”
Sunday Title:  Father’s Day
Sermon Title: “Good Seeds”

Scripture Cuttings:
Ezekiel 17:22-24 On the mountain height of Israel I will plant it, in order that it may produce boughs and bear fruit, and become a noble cedar.
Psalm 92:1-4, 12-15 They are planted in the house of the Lord; they flourish in the courts of our God.
2 Corinthians 5:6-10 [11-13] 14-17 So if anyone is in Christ, there is a new creation: everything old has passed away; see, everything has become new!
Mark 4:26-34 With what can we compare the kingdom of God, or what parable will we use for it? It is like a mustard seed….

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:  All of us must appear before the judgment seat of Christ.
C: Lord have mercy (pause for self-examination)
P:  Christ have mercy…
C: Lord have mercy
we love your kingdom Lord
  it is such a lovely thought,
    giving us hope when we are in distress
      and high expectation in our prosperity.
So we should be fruitful
  when you plant your promise in our world.
But we resist the change in your transforming work.
  Prefering our productivity to your kingdom.
You desire to make us florish in your faithfulness
  still we choose self-reliance over a faithful life,
    and select security over trust.
      Help us see your new creation in us as you bring in your kingdom.
Some sins we understand enough to name; forgive us Lord.
Some sins we hide; save us Lord. (pause for self-examination)
P:  The mystery is revealed! We are new creations in Jesus Christ. For Christ has died and he is risen, our sins are forgiven. For the love of Christ we are urged on: in him we no longer live to ourselves but to all. 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, May 31, 2015

Cycle B Lectionary 10 Proper 5

6/7/2015 Confession

Sunday Title:  Authority Sunday
Sermon Title: Mind Tricks

Previously:

Scripture Cuttings:
Genesis 3:8-15 "Who told you that you were naked?
Have you eaten from the tree of which I commanded you not to eat?"
Psalm 130 If you, O Lord, should mark iniquities, Lord, who could stand?
2 Corinthians 4:13-5:1 we know that the one who raised the Lord Jesus will raise us also with Jesus, and will bring us with you into his presence. Yes, everything is for your sake, so that grace, as it extends to more and more people, may increase thanksgiving, to the glory of God.
Mark 3:20-35 "Who are my mother and my brothers?" And looking at those who sat around him, he said, "Here are my mother and my brothers! Whoever does the will of God is my brother and sister and mother."

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 you, O Lord, should mark iniquities, who could stand?
(pause for self-examination)
P:  Lord God,
C: We fear your presence.
  We hide from you with useless rationalizations;
     masks inside our minds, distorted intentions,
      avoiding the close relationship you desire,
We dodge responsibility for our actions.
  We blame, trick, conspire.
We can recognize power
  but we do not value authority.
We make adversaries, and keep grudges.
  We call evil, good; when it suits our purpose,
    and when it does not suit, then good is evil.
Still we can not tell these two apart.
And we tolerate only the tolerant.
Who would befriend us?

P:  With the Lord there is steadfast love and great power to redeem.
C: Forgive us the sins we name.
Save us from the sins we hide. (pause for self-examination)

P:  Because we know that the one who raised the Lord Jesus will raise us also with Jesus, and will bring us into his presence, we may know God’s steadfast love. For Christ’s sake our sins are forgiven. Through the Holy Spirit we may extend this grace to more and more people, and our thanksgiving may increase; 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, 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!