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!
-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:  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!

Monday, September 15, 2014

Cycle A Lectionary 26 Proper 21

9/28/2014 Confession

Sunday Title:  Discipleship Sunday
Sermon Title: Please Welcome Pastor Richard Bowen

Previously:
Sunday Title:  Repent Sunday
Sermon Title: “Please Welcome Nancy Scopic”

Scripture Cuttings:
Ezekiel 18:1-4, 25-32 “The parents have eaten sour grapes, and the children’s teeth are set on edge”? As I live, says the Lord God, this proverb shall no more be used by you in Israel. Know that all lives are mine; the life of the parent as well as the life of the child is mine:
Psalm 25:1-9 Do not remember the sins of my youth or my transgressions; according to your steadfast love remember me, for your goodness' sake, O Lord!
Philippians 2:1-13 And being found in human form, he humbled himself and became obedient to the point of death—even death on a cross.
Matthew 21:23-32 What do you think? A man had two sons; he went to the first and said, 'Son, go and work in the vineyard today.' He answered, 'I will not'; but later he changed his mind and went. The father went to the second and said the same; and he answered, 'I go, sir'; but he did not go. Which of the two did the will of his father?

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

P:  The Lord God will judge all of us according to our ways,
therefore let us repent and turn from our transgressions.
  (pause to remember God does judge)
  O Lord...
C: we know that your way is the way of forgiveness,
  still we don’t like repenting.
We would rather talk the righteous talk
  than walk the faithful walk.
We don’t intend to question your authority,
  but is all this humility necessary? 
Save us Lord from the sins we know in our hearts.
Save us Lord from the sins we hide.
   (pause for reflection and self-examination)
P:  Because Jesus Christ, God’s only son, born in human likeness, and being found in human form, humbled himself and became obedient to the point of death - even death on a cross, because of this our sins are forgiven. Our repentance counts. By the power of the Holy Spirit we may bend our knee in humility and confess that Jesus Christ is Lord to the glory of God the Father. 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!

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Cycle A Lectionary 25 Proper 20

9/21/2014 Confession

Sunday Title:  Community Sunday
Sermon Title: I’m just happy to be here!

Previously:
Sunday Title:  Discipleship Sunday
Sermon Title: Mercy? Generosity?
Sunday Title:  Labor Relations Sunday
Sermon Title: “Who hears what?”

Scripture Cuttings:
Jonah 3:10-4:11 And the Lord said, "Is it right for you to be angry?"
Psalm 145:1-8 The Lord is gracious and merciful, slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love.
Philippians 1:21-30 I will know that you are standing firm in one spirit, striving side by side with one mind for the faith of the gospel, and are in no way intimidated by your opponents.
Matthew 20:1-16 For the kingdom of heaven is like a landowner who went out early in the morning to hire laborers for his vineyard.

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 put aside the arrogance of our religion
       and have confidence in God.
       (pause- because arrogance takes a moment to put aside)
  O Lord...
C: we count on your mercy,
  yet expect you to punish the wicked.
We serve you in faith,
  but when others don’t,
    we forget the joy of doing your work.
We pout in our prosperity
  when you distribute your generosity so . . . “unjustly”.
Forgive us Lord for the sins we know in our hearts.
Save us Lord from the sins we hide. (pause for reflection and self-examination)
P:  The Lord is gracious and full of compassion, slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love. Jesus Christ, the only son of our Heavenly Father, comes so that we might know God’s mercy. He suffered and died paying the wages of our sin. Our sins are forgiven. We have been graciously granted the privilege of believing in Christ. By the power of the Holy Spirit we may live our lives in a manner worthy of the gospel of Christ. 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!

Friday, August 29, 2014

Cycle A Lectionary 24 Proper 19

9/14/2014 Confession(s)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

C: And also with you!

Monday, August 25, 2014

Cycle A Lectionary 23 Proper 18

9/7/2014 Confession

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

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

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

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

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

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

C: And also with you!