Monday, January 26, 2015

Cycle B Epiphany 4 Lectionary 4

2/1/2015 Confession

Sunday Title: Authority Sunday
Sermon Title: Who’s in charge here?

Previously:  
Sunday Title: Authority Sunday
Sermon Title: Yielding?

Scripture Cuttings:
Deuteronomy 18:15-20 I will raise up for them a prophet like you from among their own people; I will put my words in the mouth of the prophet, who shall speak to them everything that I command.
Psalm 111 The works of his hands are faithful and just; all his precepts are trustworthy. They are established forever and ever, to be performed with faithfulness and uprightness. He sent redemption to his people.
1 Corinthians 8:1-13 Knowledge puffs up, but love builds up.
Mark 1:21-28 What is this? A new teaching—with authority! He commands even the unclean spirits, and they 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:  We are accountable to the Lord, let us not evade our sinfulness. (pause to cease evasion)
  O God,
C: we puff ourselves up with accumulated knowledge,
  but without love for you we have no wisdom.
We take advantage of the liberty you give us through grace,
  and become bad examples to our sisters and brothers.
We alternate between fear of your authority
  and denial of your authority.
We dread to face our demons,
  and we are faithless in the presence of your power over them.
Forgive us Lord for the sins we name,
save us Lord from the sins we hide.
   (pause for reflection and self-examination)
P:  Our Lord Jesus Christ, the Son of God, has come into our world with authority. The authority to destroy the demons that haunt us: our past, or weakness, our sin, our grief, our loss, our frailty, our mortal nature. Through Christ’s faithfulness our loving God grants us the forgiveness of all our sins and the promise of eternal life. Through faith offered by the Holy Spirit we may count on God’s intervening power, and live redeemed lives 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!


Monday, January 12, 2015

Cycle B Epiphany 3 Lectionary 3

1/25/2015 Confession 

Sunday Title: Kingdom Sunday
Sermon Title: When Is the Kingdom?

Previously:  
Sunday Title: Beach Sunday
Sermon Title: Lakeshore Drive
Sunday Title: Good News Sunday 
Sermon Title: “Who get to hear the Good News?”
Sunday Title: Repent Sunday  
Sermon Title: "Repent- an Instant Thing?"

Scripture Cuttings:
Jonah 3:1-5, 10 The word of the Lord came to Jonah a second time, saying, "Get up, go to Nineveh, that great city, and proclaim to it the message that I tell you."
Psalm 62:5-12 Trust in him at all times, O people; pour out your hearts to him, for God is our refuge.
1 Corinthians 7:29-31 Brothers and sisters, the appointed time has grown short….
Mark 1:14-20 And immediately they left their nets and followed 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:  Let us put our trust in God and open our hearts to the Lord (pause- consider the great difference between God's call and our response)
  O God,
C: how often have we heard your call to repent,
  from prophets and your Son,
    only to evade your demand for holiness?
Your call is urgent
  but we struggle to keep our will intact.
You look to change the world,
  to change the way we think and act,
    still we want to keep things the way we like it.
Forgive us Lord for the sins we know,
save us from the sins we hide. (pause for time to turn our hearts around)
P:  The time is ripe, the kingdom of God is at hand. There is good news in the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Though we deserve punishment and the full weight of our sin, our sins are forgiven by the atoning sacrifice of God’s Son, Jesus Christ our Lord. In this good news we may live again in the power of the Holy Spirit in the new world of God’s royal rule. 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!

Thursday, January 8, 2015

Cycle B Epiphany 2 Lectionary 2

1/18/2015 Confession

Sunday Title: Listening Sunday
Sermon Title: “Hide & Seek” “Come & See”

Previously:  
Sunday Title: Call Sunday
Sermon Title: Hearing
Sunday Title: Leading and Following Sunday 
Sermon Title: “What do you follow”
Sunday Title: Call Sunday
Sermon Title: "Welcome Pastor George Gaiser"

Scripture Cuttings:
1 Samuel 3:1-20 Speak, Lord, for your servant is listening.
Psalm 139:1-6,13-18 How weighty to me are your thoughts, O God! How vast is the sum of them! I try to count them - they are more than the sand; I come to the end - I am still with you.
1 Corinthians 6:12-20 “All things are lawful for me,” but not all things are beneficial. “All things are lawful for me,” but I will not be dominated by anything.
John 1:43-51 Nathanael said to [Philip], “Can anything good come out of Nazareth?” Philip said to him, “Come and see.” When Jesus saw Nathanael coming toward him, he said of him, “Here is truly an Israelite in whom there is no deceit!”

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 listen for the Lord (pause without distraction to listen)
                                                              or (sometimes God speaks softly)
  O God search us for our sin,
C: we clutter our lives
  with more and more choices and preferences,
    yet we can’t find time to listen for you.
We take ownership of the gift of our very bodies
  and do not use them for your glory.
We learn from you,
  and praise your work,
    but when you call, do we follow?
Forgive us Lord from the sins we know,
save us from the sins we hide. (pause for reflection and self-examination)
P:  We deserve it, but God does not condemn us. Instead we have been bought, at the price of God’s own Son: Jesus of Nazareth, who is given as a sacrifice for our sin. For his sake our sins are forgiven. We may now recognize our own bodies as a dwelling place of the Holy Spirit. With purified hearts we can hear our Lord calling. And our response:
C: Speak, for your servant is listening.
P:  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!


Thursday, January 1, 2015

Cycle B Baptism of Our Lord

1/11/2015 Confession

Sunday Title: Baptism of Our Lord
Sermon Title: A “brief” history of the Spirit of God

Previously:  
Sunday Title: Baptism of Our Lord
Sermon Title: What is God doing?
Sunday Title: Baptism of Our Lord 
Sermon Title: “Repentance vs. Holy Spirit”
Sunday Title: Baptism of Our Lord 
Sermon Title: "Counting on Our Baptism"

Scripture Cuttings:
Genesis 1:1-5 In the beginning when God created the heavens and the earth, the earth was a formless void and darkness covered the face of the deep, while the Spirit of God swept over the face of the waters.
Psalm 29 The Lord will give power to his people. The Lord will bless his people with peace.
Acts 19:1-7 Paul... found some disciples. He said to them, "Did you receive the Holy Spirit when you became believers?"
Mark 1:4-11 And just as he was coming up out of the water, he saw the heavens torn apart and the Spirit descending like a dove on him. And a voice came from heaven, "You are my Son, the Beloved; with you I am well pleased."

All may make the sign of the cross in remembrance of baptism
as the presiding minister begins:
P:  As it was said at our baptism:
In the Name of the Father, and the Son, + and the Holy Spirit.
C: Amen
P:  Did you know that: we receive the Holy Spirit when we are baptized?
       (or does it takes a lifetime of living to remember clearly)
  O Great God,
C: your promise to us is always great
  even from the beginning of creation,
    still we do not recognize your authority or guardianship.
You make us pure in your promise of grace,
  and we defile your forgiveness by reneging on our repentance.
In our baptism you give us the potency
  and great power of your Holy Spirit,
    but our self-centeredness overshadows this gift
      and we live in our weakness.
We are your people.
Save us Lord from the sins we know,
save us from the sins we hide. (pause for reflection and self-examination)

P:  Our God sends God’s own Son, the Beloved, and upon him the Spirit of God descends. Jesus of Nazareth anointed with the Holy Spirit and with power, suffered death and was raised on the third day. Through the power of his faithfulness our sins are forgiven. In the power of this grace we now live, and by our words and actions we are to testify and prophesy to God’s fulfilling promises. As it was said at our baptism: 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-
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:  Now, here, in God’s presence, let our pride be absent. (pause)
  Lord….
C: you are the God that is,
your word creates,
  your voice thunders,
    your Spirit rolls.
yet we abuse your gift of creation,
  we do not obey your instructions,
    we do not faithfully follow.
In our repentance forgive us the sins we name.
Save us from the sins we hide.
Come to us,
  show us what you are doing now.
 (pause for reflection and self-examination)

P:  The God that is, is tearing open the heavens and reveling the Beloved: the Son of God. It is for the sake of Jesus the Christ that our sins are forgiven. God the creator continues to redeem in Christ and sanctify in the Holy Spirit, so that all peoples may hear the glory revealed 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!

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consider using Remembrance of Baptism

Cycle ABC Epiphany

1/6/2015 Confession

Sunday Title:  Worship Sunday  
Sermon Title: “The Partial Buy In”

Previously:
Sunday Title:  Homage Sunday  
Sermon Title: “Gifts for a King”
Sunday Title:  Heaven and Earth Sunday  
Sermon Title: “When Worlds Collide”
Sunday Title:  Light Sunday  
Sermon Title: “What are we going to do with all this light?”

Scripture Cuttings:
Isaiah 60:1-6 Arise, shine; for your light has come,
and the glory of the Lord has risen upon you…. They shall bring gold and frankincense, and shall proclaim the praise of the Lord.
Psalm 72:1-7, 10-14 May all kings fall down before him, all nations give him service. For he delivers the needy when they call, the poor and those who have no helper.
Ephesians 3:1-12 This was in accordance with the eternal purpose
that [God] has carried out in Christ Jesus our Lord, in whom we have access to God in boldness and confidence through faith in him.
Matthew 2:1-12 "Where is the child who has been born king of the Jews? For we observed his star at its rising, and have come to pay him homage."

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:  Tis’ the season of light,
let us step out of the darkness, repenting our sins. (pause)
  Turn us Lord, back to you…
C: We are your children.
  Baptized into the light of the world
    Yet we do not let our light so shine before others….
      We choose darkness over faithfulness.
We do not offer you our best: gifts fit for a king,
  but present our leftovers,
    and consider that, paying homage.
We speak of your royal rule and the kingdom of heaven
  and then do not hold our rulers to your standards,
    lest we ourselves be held to your standards.
We claim you as our king: a light for all nations.
  And then become exclusive in our claims of salvation.
    Attempting to possess truth in smaller corners,
      seeking differences instead of community.
Forgive us Lord, the sins we know in our heart.
Save us Lord from the sins we hide.
    (pause for reflection and self-examination)
P:  Arise and shine for our light is come and the glory of the Lord is risen upon us. God carries out God’s own eternal purpose in Christ Jesus our Lord. It is through Christ’s faithfulness that we may have access to God. For Christ’s sake our sins are forgiven. Let us seek again to shine brightly 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!

Cycle ABC Christmas 2

1/4/2015 Confession

Sunday Title: Beginning Sunday
Sermon Title: Grace from the beginning.

Previously:  
Sunday Title: Cosmos Sunday
Sermon Title: From all that is to now.
Sunday Title: The Plan Sunday
Sunday Title: Redemption Sunday 
Sermon Title: "Twelve Days?"
Sunday Title: Again Still Christmas Sunday
Sermon Title: “live for the praise of Christ’s glory”

Scripture Cuttings:
Jeremiah 31:7-14 “He who scattered Israel will gather him, and will keep him as a shepherd a flock.” For the Lord has ransomed Jacob, and has redeemed him from hands too strong for him.
Psalm 147:12-20 Praise your God, O Zion!  For he strengthens the bars of your gates; he blesses your children within you. He grants peace within your borders; he fills you with the finest of wheat.
Ephesians 1:3-14 In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of his grace that he lavished on us. With all wisdom and insight he has made known to us the mystery of his will, according to his good pleasure that he set forth in Christ,
John 1:1-18 From his fullness we have all received, grace upon grace.

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:  Knowing there are no places to hide from God, let us be honest in our confession. (pause)
  Lord you come into the world
C: and still the world does not know you.
  You are the true light and you enlighten our path,
    but we stumble.
You desire to make know to us the mystery of your will,
  yet we do our will
    and keep you a mystery.
Save, O Lord, your people.
Save us from the sins we know in our heart.
Save us from the sins we hide.
(pause for reflection and self-examination)
P:  God of salvation...
C: lead us back home. Amen.
P:  Our God freely bestows on us a glorious grace, in the Son: Jesus Christ our Lord. In Christ we have redemption through his blood. Our sins are forgiven. We also obtain an inheritance, that setting our hope on Christ we might live, live for the praise of Christ’s glory. To this purpose we are marked with the seal of the promised Holy Spirit. 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 ABC Nativity of Our Lord Christmas Eve Set 1

12/24/2014 Confession 

Worship Title: Nativity of Our Lord
Sermon Title: Ready?

Previously:
Sunday Title: Nativity of Our Lord
Sermon Title: Binding Love.

Scripture Cuttings:
Isaiah 9:2-7 For a child has been born for us, a son given to us; authority rests upon his shoulders; and he is named Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. His authority shall grow continually…. He will establish and uphold [His kingdom] with justice and with righteousness from this time onward and forevermore.
Psalm 96  Sing to the Lord, all the whole earth. Sing to the Lord and bless his name, proclaim the good news of his salvation from day to day. Declare his glory among the nations and his wonders among all peoples.
Titus 2:11-14 For the grace of God has appeared, bringing salvation to all….
Luke 2:1-20 “Do not be afraid; for see I am bringing you good news  of great joy for all the people: to you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is the Messiah, the Lord….”

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

P:  The birth of our Lord is upon us,
and we are not ready.
        (decorations, dinner, wraping, traveling, is not the ready God needs.)
P:  Mighty God, Everlasting Father...
C: We think we are enlightened,
  yet we walk in great darkness,
    and live in a land of deep darkness.
All together we think joy is getting what we want.
  And we exault in having the spoils of our petty wins.
We ignore your zeal for the redemption of all peoples,
  while we zelously defend for ourselves our traditions.
You come as the Prince of Peace with good will to all,
  and we fight over the reason for the season,
    instead of seasoning our faithfulnes
      with your Wonderful Counsel.
With the good news of great joy in our hearing,
  we do not seek your salvation,
    we do not speak what has been told us. Instead;
we muffel, shade and hold down justice and righteousness.
Together our sins are many: we blame others.
  And in the quiet of our heart we think our sins few.
We are not ready.
Save us, forgove us, prepare us.
    (Pause for reflection)
P:  Fear not! The grace of God appears: bringing salvation to all! Our sins are forgiven! It is the will of our great God and Savior: Jesus Christ; who gave himself for us, to redeem us from all iniquity and purify for himself a people of his own, zelous for good deeds; all to the Glory of the Father and to the Son, + and to the Holy Spirit.
C: Glory to God in the highest heaven,
  and on earth peace and goodwill to all. Amen. -wjw

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

C: And also with you!

Monday, December 15, 2014

Cycle B Advent 4

12/21/2014 Confession

Sunday Title: Ready Sunday
Sermon Title: Ready for the Word?

Previously:  
Sunday Title: Full Sunday
Sermon Title: Mary was the first one to carry the Gospel?
Sunday Title: Love Sunday 
Sermon Title: “Kingship”

Scripture Cuttings:
2 Samuel 7:1-11, 16 Thus says the Lord: Are you the one to build me a house to live in? I have not lived in a house since the day I brought up the people of Israel from Egypt to this day, but I have been moving about in a tent and a tabernacle.
Psalm 89:1-4, 19-26 “I have made a covenant with my chosen one, I have sworn to my servant David: ‘I will establish your descendants forever, and build your throne for all generations.’”
-or-
Luke 1:47-55 “My soul magnifies the Lord, and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior,
Romans 16:25-27 but is now disclosed, and through the prophetic writings is made known to all the Gentiles, according to the command of the eternal God, to bring about the obedience of faith—
Luke 1:26-38 “Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favor with God. And now, you will conceive in your womb and bear a son, and you will name him Jesus. He will be great, and will be called the Son of the Most High, and the Lord God will give to him the throne of his ancestor David. He will reign over the house of Jacob forever, and of his kingdom there will be no end.”

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 respect,
pondering anew what the Almighty will do. (pause)
  Most High God,
C:  our plans are not yours,
  our ways are not yours.
Yet you would choose to use us
  and we would take your choice as our license
    and choose to use you.
You reveal your glory,
  and we hide it away.
You plant your word within us,
  we pick and choose our words,
    building our fiefdom
      instead of proclaiming your Gospel.
Forgive us Lord the sins we name,
Save us Lord from the sins we evade.
  (pause for reflection and self-examination)
P:  The Most high God is sending a son: Jesus, his reign is without end. It is for the sake of Jesus the Christ that our sins are forgiven. God’s faithfulness is revealed to bring our obedience in faith, that we to might say:
C : “Here am I, the servant of the Lord;
let it be with me according to your word.”
P: 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, December 8, 2014

Cycle B Advent 3

12/14/2014 Confession

Sunday Title: Ready Sunday
Sermon Title: Who are you?

Previously:
Sunday Title: Identity Sunday
Sermon Title: Who are you?
Sunday Title: Peace Sunday
Sermon Title: “Words of Encouragement?”
Sunday Title: Peace Sunday
Sermon Title: "Where Does True Peace Come From?"

Scripture Cuttings:
Isaiah 61:1-4, 8-11 The spirit of the Lord God is upon me, because the Lord has anointed me; he has sent me to bring good news to the oppressed, to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and release to the prisoners; to proclaim the year of the Lord's favor, and the day of vengeance of our God; to comfort all who mourn.
Psalm 126 Those who go out weeping, bearing the seed for sowing, shall come home with shouts of joy, carrying their sheaves.
1 Thessalonians 5:16-24 Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you. Do not quench the Spirit. Do not despise the words of prophets, but test everything; hold fast to what is good; abstain from every form of evil.
John 1:6-8, 19-28 There was a man sent from God, whose name was John. He came as a witness to testify to the light, so that all might believe through him. He himself was not the light, but he came to testify to the light.

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 who calls us is faithful to us,
Let us be faithful in our confession. (pause- what is faithful?)
  O God,
C: so little of our lives are devoted to you
We only turn to our relationship with you,
  when we need something special.
We count on your everlasting covenant
  but our prayers end quickly
    and our thanks are only for exceptionally good things;
      all for our own interests, so they do not to display your glory.
You even give to us the light of the world,
  but we turn off our relationship
    and hold fast to evil
      and abstain from what is good.
Save us Lord from the sins we know.
Save us Lord from the sins we hide.
  (pause for reflection and self-examination)
P:  Light is coming into the world , witnesses testify to the light that we may become believers through him. Our God sends to us Jesus Christ so our relationship with God may be restored. For Christ’s sake our sins are forgiven. Christ is that light, revealing the glory of the 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!

Sunday, November 30, 2014

Cycle B Advent 2

12/7/2014 Confession

Sunday Title: Ready Sunday
Sermon Title: Ready for God’s Victory?

Previously:
Sunday Title: Beginning Sunday
Sermon Title: When does this start?
Sunday Title: Peace Sunday
Sermon Title: “Words of Encouragement?”
Sunday Title: Peace Sunday
Sermon Title: "Where Does True Peace Come From?"

Scripture Cuttings:
Isaiah 40:1-11 Comfort, O comfort my people, says your God. Speak tenderly to Jerusalem, and cry to her
Psalm 85:1-2, 8-13 Steadfast love and faithfulness will meet; righteousness and peace will kiss each other. Faithfulness will spring up from the ground, and righteousness will look down from the sky.
2 Peter 3:8-15a But do not ignore this one fact, beloved, that with the Lord one day is like a thousand years, and a thousand years are like one day. The Lord is not slow about his promise, as some think of slowness, but is patient on your account not wanting any to perish, but all to come to repentance.
Mark 1:1-8 I have baptized you in water; but he will baptize you with in the Holy 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:  Let us approach the Lord in repentance,
seeking the forgiveness of our sins. (pause)
  O God,
C: we rely on our history and tradition
  to secure relationship with you.
We take lightly this act of confession,
  as if the depth of your mercy
    excludes the need for self-examination.
Our lists do not include you.
  We are too hurried
    and do not make a straight paths in our hearts,
      and we ignore your messenger.
We are not preparing ourselves to come into your presence.
Save us Lord from the sins we know.
Save us Lord from the sins we hide.
  (pause for reflection and self-examination)
P:  God is sending one who will baptize us with the Holy Spirit. It is God’s own Son, Jesus Christ our Lord. Because of Christ, our sins are forgiven. But our baptism may count for even more than the forgiveness of sins. We may receive the power of the Holy Spirit and become the messengers crying out in our wilderness the hope of our coming Lord. In the name of the Father, and the Son, + and the Holy Spirit.

C: Amen. -wjw