Sunday, November 23, 2014

Cycle B Advent 1

11/30/2014 Confession

Sunday Title: Shine Sunday
Sermon Title: Ready

Previously:
Sunday Title: Waiting Sunday
Sermon Title: Stop watch waiting or in the time waiting?
Sunday Title: Peace Sunday
Sermon Title: “Happy ? New Year”
Sunday Title: Hope Sunday 
Sermon Title: “Happy ? New Year” 
Sunday Title: Hope Sunday 
Sermon Title: "Could be worse. How could it be worse? Could be raining!"

Scripture Cuttings:
Isaiah 64:1-9 Yet, O Lord, you are our Father; we are the clay, and you are our potter; we are all the work of your hand.
Psalm 80:1-7, 17-19 But let your hand be upon the one at your right hand, the one whom you made strong for yourself. Then we will never turn back from you; give us life, and we will call on your name.
1 Corinthians 1:3-9 He will also strengthen you to the end, so that you may be blameless on the day of our Lord Jesus Christ. God is faithful; by him you were called into the fellowship of his Son, Jesus Christ our Lord.
Mark 13:24-37 Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will not pass away. But about that day or hour no one knows, neither the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father. Beware, keep alert; and pray for you do not know when the time will 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:  We have all become like one who is unclean. (pause)
  O God,
C: do we concentrate to much on future signs
  instead of being prepared for your arrival? 
Have we distanced ourselves from you
  with our sin and iniquity? 
Have we forgotten we are your people
  and you are our God? 
Do we really believe we are the clay
  and you are the potter?
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:  The Lord is our heavenly Father. We are being redeemed by the work of God’s faithful hand through Jesus Christ. For Christ's sake our sins are forgiven. Through the power of the Holy Spirit we may be blessed with every spiritual gift and be continually strengthened in the fellowship of  God’s son, Jesus Christ 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!

Monday, November 17, 2014

Cycle A Christ the King

11/23/2014 Confession 

Sunday Title: Christ the King Sunday 
Sermon Title: Relevant Lordship

Previously:
Sunday Title: Christ the King Sunday 
Sermon Title: Shepherd King
Sunday Title: Christ the King 
Sermon Title: “Hearing your Blessings”
Sunday Title: Christ the King Sunday -
Sermon Title: “What Crown? What King?”

Scripture Cuttings:
Ezekiel 34:11-16, 20-24 I will seek the lost, and I will bring back the strayed, and I will bind up the injured, and I will strengthen the weak....
Psalm 95:1-7a Come, let us bow down in worship, let us kneel before the Lord our Maker; for he is our God and we are the people of his pasture, the flock under his care.
Ephesians 1:15-23 I pray that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give you a spirit of wisdom and revelation as you come to know him, so that, with the eyes of your heart enlightened, you may know what is the hope to which he has called you....
Matthew 25:31-46 Truly I tell you, just as you did it to one of the least of these who are members of my family, you did it to me.

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 seeks the lost.
C: O God, we have strayed, and we call out to you. (pause)
P:  Heavenly Father hear us….
C: In the blessings you have given us
  we forget you are the champion of the weak, the injured, the lost.
We call ourselves your church
  but in our fellowship we look past the stranger,
    the hungry, the naked, the sick, those in prison.
We call Christ our King
  but we do not let your Son reign over our lives.
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:  Our Lord rescues us from all the places we scatter ourselves. In the working of God’s great power, Jesus Christ, God’s own Son is given for our sake. And our sins, which separates us from God, are forgiven. We may gather together in Christ name. Through the Holy Spirit we may receive the immeasurable greatness of his power. 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, November 3, 2014

Cycle A Lectionary 33 Proper 28

11/16/2014 Confession

Sunday Title: Igneous Sunday
Sermon Title: “Abundance vs. Scarcity”

Previously:
Sunday Title: Veterans Sunday
Sermon Title: Loyalty to Go

Scripture Cuttings:
Zephaniah 1:7, 12-18 Their wealth shall be plundered, and their houses laid waste. Though they build houses, they shall not inhabit them; though they plant vineyards, they shall not drink wine from them.
Psalm 90:1-12 So teach us to count our days that we may gain a wise heart.
1 Thessalonians 5:1-11 For God has destined us not for wrath but for obtaining salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ, who died for us, so that whether we are awake or asleep we may live with him.
Matthew 25:14-30  For it is as if a man, going on a journey, summoned his slaves and entrusted his property to them; to one he gave five talents,  to another two, to another one, to each according to his ability. Then he went away.

P:  In the Name of the Father, and the Son, + and the Holy Spirit.
C: Amen
P:  Our iniquity is before the Lord, who sees even our secret sin. (pause)
  O Lord,
C: we are complacent and sedentary in our faith,
  it occupies little of our lives
    and is inconvenient against our desire for pleasure.
We seek security in the wrong places
  and think about judgment as a long, long time away.
We fail to use the gift you have given us in salvation
  and we hoard your grace and love in our tiny pieties.
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:  Even though we deserve it, God has not destined us for wrath, but rather for obtaining salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ. Our sins are forgiven. This forgiveness and restoration to a right relationship with God is not just a future event, but by the power of the Holy Spirit it is alive and active right now! We are called out of darkness and fearfulness to be awake in our faith, to live boldly as children of the light. 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 A Lectionary 32 Proper 27

11/9/2014 Confession

Sunday Title: Veterans Sunday
Sermon Title: Ready

Previously:
Sunday Title: Light Sunday 
Sermon Title: "Job Descriptions"

Scripture Cuttings:
Amos 5:18-24 But let justice roll down like waters, and righteousness like an ever-flowing stream.
Psalm 70 Let all who seek you rejoice and be glad in you. Let those who love your salvation say evermore, "God is great!"
1 Thessalonians 4:13-18 Therefore encourage one another with these words.
Matthew 25:1-13 Ten bridesmaids took their lamps and went to meet the bridegroom.

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:  Why delay? Lets prepare to meet Jesus right now.
    (pause to think, when you meet Jesus, will it be in shame or with delight)
  Lord, Lord,
C: we know who you are,
  we know you bring in the kingdom of heaven.
But when you assign us the job of lighting the way,
  we barely announce your divine rule to ourselves
    let alone the ends of the earth.
Our worship hour has solemn times and festivals.
  And we celebrate your redemptive action in history
    with our calendar - Sundays, seasons, year after year.
Yet we become drowsy: unprepared,
  because we are not disciples each day, at all hours.
    Those times we live for ourselves.
We do not need you right now.
  So we do not want justice, unless we judge for ourselves,
    and self-righteousness is easier than right relationship.
Forgive us Lord the sins we can bear to name,
Save us Lord from the sins we will not speak.
    (pause for reflection and self-examination)
P:  God redeems. Our hope lives in the one we call Jesus the Christ. Time and again we go to this hope, ready or not. For Christ's sake our sins are forgiven. May the flood of God's love in Christ Jesus be poured out in our lives and cease not at this worship's end. 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, October 25, 2014

Cycle A All Saints

 11/2/2014 Confession

A Great Sunday to use Thanksgiving for Baptism -ELW

Sunday Title: All Saints Sunday
Sermon Title: Present Tense Saints

Previously:
Sunday Title: All Saints Sunday
Sermon Title: Saint “hood” (the neighborhood of saints)
Sunday Title: All Saints Sunday
Sermon Title: “Hearing your Blessings”
Sunday Title: All Saints Sunday
Sermon Title: “Pure in Heart”

Scripture Cuttings:
Revelation 7:9-17 These are they who have come out of the great ordeal; they have washed their robes and made them white in the blood of the Lamb.
Psalm 34:1-10 & 22 The Lord redeems the life of his servants; none of those who take refuge in him will be condemned.
1 John 3:1-3 And all who have this hope in him purify themselves, just as he is pure.
Matthew 5:1-12 Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God.

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 down our defenses and be honest with God.
  (what defense can you set down in this silence?)
  Lord of all,
C: we search for the wrong things,
  our desires make an illusion of our lives.
We dislike the depressed for their mood,
  we judge the weak in their inadequacies.
We value traits of strength and self-rightness
  above purity in relationship.
We are even proud of our humbleness.
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:  Our Lord does desire for us to be blessed with pure hearts to know God. For our sake God provides the blood of the Lamb so that we might be able to stand before the throne of God and worship in God’s own temple. The Son of God: Jesus Christ is that Lamb, the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world. Our sins are washed away. We are made pure in Christ. By the power of the Holy Spirit we may live together in hope as children of God. In the name of the Father, and the Son, + and the Holy Spirit.
C: Amen. -wjw

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

C: And also with you!

Friday, October 10, 2014

Cycle ABC Reformation

10/26/2014 Confession

Sunday Title: Reformation Sunday
Sermon Title: “Independence Day?”

Previously:
Sunday Title: New Sunday
Sermon Title: “From faithfulness to religion and back”
Sunday Title: Heritage Sunday
Sermon Title: What is Your Favorite Passage in Scripture?
Sunday Title: Reformation Sunday
Sermon Title: God and God Alone
Sunday Title: Reformation Sunday
Sermon Title: dismembering
Sunday Title:  Reformation Sunday
Sermon Title: Freedom.
Sunday Title:  Affirmation Sunday
Sermon Title: What is next?
Sunday Title:  Reformation Sunday
Sermon Title: "Grace is that hard to believe"
Sermon Title: "Free to Choose Freedom"
Sermon Title: "Inner Bondage"
Sermon Title: "Slave or Free"
Sermon Title: “Why Reform”
Sermon Title: “Know the Lord!- Compliance or Confidence”

Scripture Cuttings:
Jeremiah 31:31-34 I will put my law within them, and I will write it on their hearts; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people.
Psalm 46 The Lord of hosts is with us: the God of Jacob is our fortress.
Romans 3:19-28 For there is no distinction, since all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God; they are now justified by his grace as a gift, through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus....
John 8:31-36 Very truly, I tell you, everyone who commits sin is a slave to sin.

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 aside our good works
  and remember that we do sin and fall short of the glory of God.
    (silence is a good way to end a public boast
      confession is a good way to end a private boast)
  Lord of all,
C: the demands of your righteousness
are too hard for us to fulfill alone,
  so we rush off with this excuse
    and ignore your law.
You forgive our iniquity and remember our sin no more,
  and we abuse this freedom
    as if it were a license to selfishness,
      self-indulgence and self-righteousness.
You give us the gift of grace: atonement in the blood your Son,
  yet we make it cheap without serious repentance.
We fail to see the power of your faithfulness.
We are your people, but do we know you as our God?
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:  God of our refuge and strength...
C: have mercy on us, write on our hearts. Amen
P:  God does show us God’s own righteousness, and divine forbearance. Through the work of the Holy Spirit given to us, we may come to know the truth and be made free. Jesus Christ the Son of God sets us free from our slavery to sin. Our sins are forgiven. Through his death and resurrection a place is made for us in the household, and we may be know as children 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!
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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 have all sinned and fall short of the glory of God,
  before we worship we should prepare our hearts...
      (pause for self-examination)
P:  Faithful Lord...
C: we are slaves to our sin,
  we choose this bondage each day.
Sometimes we plot a wicked deed,
  or use our status for personal gain.
    We follow through with an unfair advantage,
      and always remain oblivious in small offenses.
Whatever our sin is we justify it to ourselves,
  ignore our conscience,
    rationalize it to the authorities
      and boast of it to our friends.
This remains our habit, our way
  because we do not tend to our relationship with you.
Rather we consider ourselves all right with you.
  We treat your forgiveness like permission.
Lord, forgive the sin we confront.
Lord, save us from the sin we evade in heart and mind. (Pause for reflection)
P:  God's righteousness is shown to us. We are now justified- that is brought into right relationship- with God by God's grace, as a gift, through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus. For Christ's sake our sins are forgiven. In this state of grace we may recognize God is writing on our hearts, and live as faithful people of God. 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!

Cycle A Lectionary 30 Proper 25

10/26/2014 Confession

Sunday Title: Authority Sunday
Sermon Title: “Why are we good?”

Previously:
Sunday Title: Law Sunday
Sermon Title: “Too Many Laws”

Scripture Cuttings:
Leviticus 19:1-2, 15-18 You shall not take vengeance or bear a grudge against any of your people, but you shall love your neighbor as yourself: I am the Lord.
Psalm 1 Happy are those… but their delight is in the law of the Lord,  and on his law they meditate day and night.
1 Thessalonians 2:1-8 For our appeal does not spring from deceit or impure motives or trickery, but just as we have been approved by God to be entrusted with the message of the gospel, even so we speak, not to please mortals, but to please God who tests our hearts.
Matthew 22:34-46 On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets.

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 Lord God is holy and just and good,
and our Lord God requires us to be holy and just and good. (pause)
  O Lord...
C: your list of laws is too great,
we can not remember them all:
  no vengeance, no grudge,
    no hate, no partiality in justice, no slander....
Books and books of your law,
  not even counting all our special cases and exceptions.
Yet in our freedom we encroach upon your will.
  It is our nature to do so.
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:  God holds our relationship with God above even God’s own stiff requirements of us. It is in this love that God gave Jesus Christ as a sacrifice to pay the price of our sinfulness. Our sins are forgiven. Calling us in love to repentance. We have even been given the power of the Holy Spirit that we might seek to love the Lord our God with all our heart and all our soul and all our mind, and even our neighbor as our self. 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! 

Saturday, October 4, 2014

Cycle A Lectionary 29 Proper 24

10/19/2014 Confession

Sunday Title:  Loyalty Sunday
Sermon Title: “Welcome Pastor Jim Brandis Chaplain at Shepherd of the Valley”

Previously:
Sunday Title:  Debt Sunday
Sermon Title: “Please Welcome Pastor Linda Hilliard”
Sunday Title:  God's Sunday 
Sermon Title: "What Is Owed to God?"

Isaiah 45:1-7 For the sake of my servant Jacob, and Israel my chosen, I call you by your name, I surname you, though you do not know me. I am the Lord, and there is no other; besides me there is no god.
Psalm 96:1-9 For great is the Lord, and greatly to be praised; he is to be revered above all gods. For all the gods of the peoples are idols, but the Lord made the heavens.
1 Thessalonians 1:1-10 For we know, brothers and sisters beloved by God, that he has chosen you, because our message of the gospel came to you not in word only, but also in power and in the Holy Spirit and with full conviction....
Matthew 22:15-22 Give therefore to the emperor the things that are the emperor's, and to God the things that are God's.

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 God, and there is no other
let us turn from our idols. (listen for the sound of turning hearts)
  O Lord...
C: we come to this place to worship you,
  the one; the only true God,
    and still we will leave
      and put everything else in our lives ahead of you.
We take personal pride in the work of our hands
  and all we accomplish,
    we forget you give us every resources,
      even our very selves.
We give our best to the world for our own sake
  and give to you our Lord: leftovers.
Forgive us the sins we know in our hearts.
Save us Lord from the sins we hide. (pause for reflection and self-examination)

P:  Our God is not rejected by our rejections. The Lord’s grace is more powerful than any human idolatry. For our sakes Jesus the Christ, the Son of God died for our sins. The good news is: our sins are forgiven. This  message of the gospel comes to us in word, and in power and in the Holy Spirit and with full conviction; so that we might become examples of believers; 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, October 2, 2014

Cycle A Lectionary 28 Proper 23

10/12/2014 Confession

Sunday Title:  Banquet Sunday
Sermon Title: “keep the change - be changed by the change”

Previously:
Sunday Title:  Discipleship Sunday
Sermon Title: Please Welcome Pastor Richard Bowen
Sunday Title:  Invite Sunday
Sermon Title: “Welcome Pastor Jim Brandis”
Sunday Title:  Invitation Sunday 
Sermon Title: "RSVP"

Scripture Cuttings:
Isaiah 25:1-9 On this mountain the Lord of hosts will make for all peoples a feast of rich food, a feast of well-aged wines, of rich food filled with marrow, of well-aged wines strained clear.
Psalm 23 You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies;
Philippians 4:1-9 Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, Rejoice. Let your gentleness be known to everyone. The Lord is near. Do not worry about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.
Matthew 22:1-14 For many are called, but few are chosen.

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  We are invited to God's Banquet, let us cover ourselves in humbleness and confess our sin. (pause cause humble don't come easy)
  O Lord God...
C: we receive your invitation
and we really want to attend your banquet
  yet we attend to so much other business.
We are grateful you extend your invitation to all people,
  not just the pious privileged.
But now that we are members of your church,
  we screen the guest list,
    so that people will be like us,
      think like us, and ...like us.
We count on your faithfulness in the open invitation
  but do not RSVP with our faithfulness.
Lord forgive the sins we reveal.
Lord save us from the sins we cover.
   (pause for reflection and self-examination)
P:  The invitation to God's Banquet remains open. The covenant is sealed by our Savior's victory over sin and death. For Christ's sake our sins are forgiven. Let us Respond to our Savior's Victory Party, and live out the gift given to us 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!

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Cycle A Lectionary 27 Proper 22

10/5/2014 Confession

Sunday Title:  Attention Sunday
Sermon Title: Raising the Stakes

Previously:
Sunday Title:  Discipleship Sunday
Sermon Title: Please Welcome Pastor Richard Bowen
Sunday Title:  Faith Sunday
Sermon Title: “Whose turn in the vineyard?”
Sunday Title:  landLord Sunday 
Sermon Title: "Paying the landLord"

Scripture Cuttings:
Isaiah 5:1-7 My beloved had a vineyard on a very fertile hill. He dug it and cleared it of stones, and planted it with choice vines; he built a watchtower in the midst of it, and hewed out a wine vat in it; he expected it to yield grapes, but it yielded wild grapes.
Psalm 80:7-14 You brought a vine out of Egypt....
Philippians 3:4b-14 Yet whatever gains I had, these I have come to regard as loss because of Christ.
Matthew 21:33-46 Therefore I tell you, the kingdom of God will be taken away from you and given to a people that produces the fruits of the kingdom.

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 the landLord. (pause to remember God does judge)
  O Lord...
C: we know all good things come from you,
  we know we are only tenants in your creation,
    we know our prosperity is all your blessing.
But we place our confidence in our own efforts,
  rather than your mercy.
And we claim ownership of all your gifts,
  as if  we earn them.
Still we grumble at your blessings:
  they are not good enough,
    so we fail to see You are asking us,
      to give in love as we receive in love.
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:  Because our landLord is both gracious and merciful we have been given all that is good, and we have been redeemed from all that is evil, even the evil that we do ourselves. For Christ's sake our sins are forgiven. Through the power of the Holy Spirit we may live faithful lives 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!