Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Cycle B Lectionary 18 Proper 13

8/2/2015 Confession

Sunday Title:  Seek Sunday
Sermon Title: Seeking the Bread of Life

Previously:
Sunday Title:  Fed Sunday
Sermon Title: The Work of God
Sunday Title:  Fed Sunday 
Sermon Title: Hunger Again
Sunday Title:  Manna Sunday
Sermon Title: "True Bread"
Sunday Title:  John 6 Sunday - Part 2,
Sermon Title: "Bread and Body - Part 2 - "Motive - the test of Faith"

Scripture Cuttings:
Exodus 16:2-4,9-15, "...enough for that day. In that way I will test them...."
Psalm 78:23-29 ...He rained down manna upon them to eat and gave them grain from heaven.
Ephesians 4:1-16 ...lead a life worthy of the calling to which you have been called....
John 6:24-35 Do not work for the food that perishes, but for the food that endures for eternal life....

All may make the sign of the cross in remembrance of baptism
as the presiding minister begins:
P:  In the Name of the Father, and the Son, + and the Holy Spirit.
C: Amen

P:  We do not follow the Lord's instructions, let us confess our sin.
    (pause for self-examination)
P:  Lord God...
C: we are prosperous beyond anyone's imagination,
  except our imagination.
We would rather be fed and comfortable,
  than committed in service to you.
we seek the junk food that perishes,
  not the spiritual food that endures for eternal life.
We even think we can achieve purity through personal virtue.
Forgive us for the sins we can name,
  Save us from the sins we hide. (Pause for reflection)
P:  Our God loves us so much as to put before us the very spiritual food that endures for eternal life. It is Jesus Christ, God's only Son our Lord. For Christ's sake our sins are forgiven. In the power of the Holy Spirit we may lead a life worthy of the calling to which we have been called, with all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing one another in love. To the Glory of God 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, July 13, 2015

Cycle B Lectionary 17 Proper 12

7/26/2015 Confession

Sunday Title:  Vector Sunday
Sermon Title: How far does God go to show God’s love?

Previously:
Sunday Title:  Fed Sunday
Sermon Title: What are the leftovers of our spiritual meal?
Sunday Title:  Passover Sunday
Sermon Title: “Hunger”
Sunday Title:  Imagination Sunday
Sermon Title: "Offerings & First Fruits"
Sunday Title:  John 6 Sunday- Part 1,
Sermon Title: "Bread and Body - Part 1 - The Approach - Faith"

Scripture Cuttings:
2 Kings 4:42-44 A man came from Baal-shalishah, bringing food from the first fruits to the man of God: twenty loaves of barley and fresh ears of grain in his sack.
Psalm 145:10-18 The eyes of all look to you, and you give them their food in due season. You open your hand, satisfying the desire of every living thing.
Ephesians 3:14-21 I pray that you may have the power to comprehend... the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge... who by the power at work within us... is able to accomplish abundantly far more than all we can ask or imagine.
John 6:1-21 There is a boy here who has five barley loaves and two fish. But what are they among so many people?... Then Jesus took the loaves, and when he had given thanks, he distributed them to those who were seated; so also the fish, as much as they wanted.

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 deal honestly with God, our God, who comes to be with us. (pause to invite God to center our awareness)
P:  Lord...
C: you promise you will provide,
  again and again in the scriptures.
You do provide, again and again in our lives.
  Still we look to hoard
    a super abundance
      through our own means,
        and so do not trust you with our first fruits.
We always want enough to have left overs,
  but then our left overs are not good enough,
    so we give them as offerings to you.
We quantify what we can and can not do,
  with our knowledge of what we do and do not have.
We use fear instead of faith to make our decisions,
  fooling ourselves about what is possible in your sight.
Forgive us for the sins we can name,
  save us from the sins we hide. (pause for reflection)
P:  It is for the glory of God that we should know the love of Christ. That Jesus himself, the Son of God, is given up for our sake for the forgiveness of our sins. Our sin are forgiven. And according to the riches of our Heavenly Father's glory we may be strengthened in our inner being with the power of the Holy Spirit. It is Christ who may dwell in our hearts and we may be rooted and grounded in love and faith. 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, July 12, 2015

Cycle B Lectionary 16 Proper 11

7/18/2015 Confession

Sunday Title:  Compassion Sunday
Sermon Title: “Compassion gets Around”

Previously:
Sunday Title:  GPS Sunday
Sermon Title: Where are we Now?
Sunday Title:  Righteous Sunday
Sermon Title: “Righteous Shepherd”
Sunday Title:  New Sunday
Sermon Title: "Strangers from Faithfulness"
Sunday Title:  Teaching Sunday,
Sermon Title: "Abolishing the waLs (Laws)" by Rev Alex Stevenson

Scripture Cuttings:
Jeremiah 23:1-6 In his days Judah will be saved and Israel will live in safety. And this is the name by which he will be called: "The Lord is our righteousness."
Psalm 23 You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies.
Ephesians 2:11-22 ...you also are built together spiritually into a dwelling place for God
Mark 6:30-34, 53-56 When they had crossed over, they came to land at Gennesaret and moored the boat. When they got out of the boat, people at once recognized him, and rushed about that whole region and began to bring the sick on mats to wherever they heard he was.

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 lost sight of our hope,
we are aliens from the faithful people of God.
(pause for reflection: in this world, the faithful people are the strangers)
P:  Lord...
C: you give us gifts to lead your people,
in our families, among peers, at work, or in the church,
  but we fail to attend to the matters of leading.
we forfeit justice and righteousness for our comfort,
  we withhold mercy for self interest.
    We speak as leaders and live as a bad examples.
We claim fatigue, or inexperience, or lack of resource,
  when your sheep are scattered, hungry, lonely,
    and in need of what you give us abundantly.
Forgive us for the sins we can name,
   save us from the sins we hide. (pause for self-examination)
P:  We who once were scattered and far off, now are brought near by the blood of Jesus Christ. God will find us, the lost, and raise us up as leaders. For Christ's sake our sins are forgiven. For the purpose of salvation we are made members of the household of God. By the power of the Holy Spirit we may all come together as one holy temple in the Lord. 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!

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!