Sunday, August 23, 2015

Cycle B Lectionary 23 Proper 18

9/6/2015 Confession

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

Previously:
Sunday Title: Healing Sunday
Sermon Title: What ails us?
Sunday Title: Rally Day
Sermon Title: Reaching beyond.
Sunday Title: Rally Day  
Sermon Title: "Opening Day"
Sunday Title: Rally Day,
Sermon Title: "Are you ready?"

Scripture Cuttings:
Isaiah 35:4-7a Be strong, do not fear! Here is your God.
Psalm 146 Praise the Lord, O my soul!
James 2:1-17 have you not made distinctions among yourselves and become judges with evil thoughts? ...mercy triumphs over judgment.
Mark 7:24-37 He has done everything well; he even makes the deaf to hear and the mute to speak.

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 trail of unfaithfulness lays behind us.
  If we are ready God will strengthen our repentance.
    (silently reflect on an inward choice to follow Christ)
P:  Lord God...
C: how firmly rooted are we in our faith?
We ignore your judgment to count on your mercy.
  We abandon works since they can't buy salvation.
We are afraid of the changes you may make in our lives,
  and so we do not seek you with our whole heart.
We judge others, as unworthy of your mercy,
  or as too far gone to be changed,
    and we fail to see your power, for them and for us.
We name sins, forgive us Lord.
We hide sins, save us Lord.
 (Pause for reflection)
P:  Our God does come and save us. In the person of Jesus Christ, the Son of God, abundant mercy is poured upon us. It is for Christ's sake our sins are forgiven. Through the Holy Spirit our healing may take the effect of a testimony to the saving power of God. We also may testify in our own works of mercy, 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!


Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Cycle B Lectionary 22 Proper 17

8/30/2015 Confession 

Sunday Title: Grace Sunday
Sermon Title: “Holy” traps that lead us away from grace.

Previously:
Sunday Title: Tradition Sunday
Sermon Title: Please Welcome Pastor Jim Brandis
Sunday Title: Pure Sunday 
Sermon Title: What is Pure?
Sunday Title: Witness Sunday
Sermon Title:"Faithful as Witness"
Sunday Title: Hypocrite Sunday,
Sermon Title:"Hypocrites only, others need not apply"
Deuteronomy 4:1-2, 6-9; Song of Solomon 2:8-13 (semicontinuous); Psalm 15; Psalm 45:1-2, 6-9 (semicontinuous); James 1:17-27; Mark 7:1-8, 14-15, 21-23 (Green)
Scripture Cuttings:
Deuteronomy 4:1-2, 6-9 You must neither add anything to what I command you nor take away anything from it.
Psalm 15 O Lord, who may abide in your tent? Who may dwell on your holy hill?
James 1:17-27 But be doers of the word, and not merely hearers who deceive themselves.
Mark 7:1-23 (Mark 7:1-8, 14-15, 21-23)
Isaiah prophesied rightly about you hypocrites...
    'this people honors me with their lips,
      but their hearts are far from 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:  We, who speak with our lips for each others ears,
  let us talk with God from our hearts. (pause for self-examination)
P:  Lord God...
C: we are not careful with words and deeds,
we do not watch closely our intentions,
  we forget: disobedience destroys our witness of you.
We abandon your commandments,
  to hold fast to our self-serving traditions.
    Mostly, we are hearers of your word, seldom doers.
We excuse ourselves from studying your instructions,
  not learning what is wrong and right, and why.
    Devoted are we to following our hearts,
      discerning ourselves what feels wrong and right.
Here Lord we have named sins,
  forgive us in our honest repentance.
Here Lord we have hidden sins,
  save us from the evil we will not acknowledge. (Pause for reflection)
P:  God chooses us as God's own people to show the light of salvation to the world. Jesus Christ is revealed to us, and for his sake our sins are forgiven. Hearers of God's mercy, forget not this liberty from sin, be inspired by the Holy Spirit to know the truth in the law and the love of God. Let us not remain hypocrites, rather let us become hearers and doers of God’s word. Let us make God's mercy alive in thought, word and deed, by the power 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 10, 2015

Cycle B Lectionary 21 Proper 16

8/23/2015 Confession

Sunday Title: Chosen Sunday
Sermon Title: Chosen and Choice

Previously:
Sunday Title: Fed Sunday
Sermon Title: Please Welcome Pastor George Gaiser
Sunday Title:  Body Sunday
Sermon Title: Be the Body.
Sunday Title:  Choice Sunday
Sermon Title: "The Choice vs. Inertia"
Sunday Title:  John 6 Sunday - Part 5,
Sermon Title: "Bread and Body - Part 5 – "Lord and Disciple. The Time to Choose"

Scripture Cuttings:
Joshua 24:1-2a, 14-18 Therefore we also will serve the Lord, for he is our God.
Psalm 34:15-22 Many are the trouble of the righteous, but the Lord will deliver them out of them all.
Ephesians 6:10-20 Therefore take up the whole armor of God....
John 6:56-69 ...Do you also wish to go away? ...Lord, to whom can we go? You have the words of 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:  Where can we go with our unworthiness?
  How can we present ourselves before God? (we can run but we can not hide)
P:  Lord God...
C: we call ourselves your children,
but we turn away as soon as your teachings become difficult.
  We stake our claim, on your claim of us.
    Your chosen people we are.
      But are you the Lord of our living?
We say the words and confess you as Lord,
  yet we do not follow as disciples.
    Instead we choose to serve ourselves.
This hour we do not wish to go away,
  Lord to whom can we go?
Forgive us Lord for the sins we think to name.
Save us from the sins we hide. (Pause for reflection)
P:  It is the Lord God who brings us out of the bondage of unworthiness and the slavery of sin. Our Heavenly Father has chosen us, for Christ Jesus is revealed to us. For Christ's sake our sins are forgiven. On this day we choose to live the words of eternal life. By the power of the Holy Spirit we may choose to serve our risen Lord; disciples of truth and faithfulness. 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!


Saturday, August 8, 2015

Cycle B Lectionary 20 Proper 15

8/16/2015 Confession

Sunday Title: Truth Sunday
Sermon Title: Blasphemy and Truth.

Previously:
Sunday Title: Still Fed Again Sunday
Sermon Title: Literally walking on the Sun.
Sunday Title: Grace Sunday
Sermon Title: "The Revelation of Full Grace"
Sunday Title: John 6 Sunday - Part 4,
Sermon Title: "Bread and Body - Part 4 - "Are You Ready to Hear This?"

Scripture Cuttings:
Proverbs 9:1-6 Lay aside immaturity, and live, and walk in the way of insight.
Psalm 34:9-14 ...seek peace and pursue it.
Ephesians 5:15-20 ...giving thanks to God the Father at all times and for everything....
John 6:51-58 “Very truly, I tell you, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink his blood, you have no life in you.

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

P:  Are we ready to hear this? God calls us to right relationship.
  Let us admit our error: living outside God's will for us.
    (pause to think what might distract us from God's will)
P:  Lord God...
C: You invite us to your feast of wisdom.
  but we choose our folly.
We ignore and rationalize our mortality,
  pretending we don't need you for life.
You call us to step up the living of our lives,
  but we will not yield our religion or piety,
    to listen to your voice or find your redemption in Christ.
Save us from ourselves.
  Forgive us our sins. (Pause for reflection)
P:  Our living Heavenly Father sends to us his only Son, to give his very life for the life of the world. For you and for me. It is for Christ's sake that our sins are forgiven. It is through the power of the Holy Spirit that we may lay aside our immaturity and feast at the banquet of wisdom. We may live and walk in the ways of insight, insight of God's grace. 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, August 1, 2015

Cycle B Lectionary 19 Proper 14

8/9/2015 Confession 

Sunday Title:  Heaven Sunday
Sermon Title: New Bread New Life

Previously:
Sunday Title:  Fed Sunday
Sermon Title: Harder than you think - harder than you can think.
Sunday Title:  Still Fed Sunday
Sermon Title: Drawn by the Heavenly Father
Sunday Title:  Touch Sunday
Sermon Title: "Touched by an Angel?"
Sunday Title:  John 6 Sunday - Part 3,
Sermon Title: "Bread and Body - Part 3 - "Rope's End"

Scripture Cuttings:
1 Kings 19:4-8 [Elijah] asked that he might die: "It is enough; now, O Lord, take away my life .
Psalm 34:1-8 Taste and see that the Lord is good.
Ephesians 4:25-5:2 Put away from you all bitterness… and be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ has forgiven you. Therefore be imitators of God, as beloved children, and live in love, as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us, a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God.
John 6:35, 41-51 Very truly, I tell you, whoever believes has eternal life.  I am the bread of 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:  Let us restart our journey with God
    by taking time for serious confession.
  (pause to remember what stalled this journey)
P:  Lord God...
C: we call ourselves people of faith,
but we think when we reach the end of our rope,
  it is the end of the rope.
We fill up our hearts with wrangling, bitterness and malice,
  and call it "standing up for what's right",
    yet your overwhelming message to us is your grace.
We need your redemption, we need it badly,
  and you deliver to us: "the bread of life."
    But we resist allowing it to nourish us,
      and so we wallow in despair,
        or self-righteousness.
Forgive us for the sins we can name,
Save us from the sins we hide. (Pause for reflection)
P:  Our Heavenly Father draws us to him through the word and the word made flesh. Jesus Christ is the word made flesh, the living bread come down from heaven. It is for Christ's sake our sins are forgiven. Through this grace we may regain our strength and put away anger and wrath and all sorts of evil dealing. Even our words may give grace to those who hear. In the Holy Spirit, as beloved children of God, living in love as Christ loved us, we give ourselves as an offering and sacrifice to 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!

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!