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August 16, 2020 The Eleventh Sunday After Pentecost


and PRAYER of the DAY

Confession and Forgiveness:

P: Blessed be the holy Trinity, one God, whose steadfast love is everlasting, whose faithfulness endures from generation to generation.

C: Amen.

P: Trusting in the mercy of God, let us confess our sin.

Silence is kept for reflection.

P: Reconciling God, we confess that we do not trust your abundance, and we deny your presence in our lives. We place our hope in ourselves and rely on our own efforts. We fail to believe that you provide enough for all. We abuse your good creation for our own benefit. We fear difference and do not welcome others as you have welcomed us. We sin in thought, word, and deed. By your grace, forgive us; through your love, renew us; and in your Spirit, lead us; so that we may live and serve you in newness of life.

P: Beloved of God, by the radical abundance of divine mercy we have peace with God through Christ Jesus, through whom we have obtained grace upon grace. Our sins are forgiven. Let us live now in hope. For hope does not disappoint, because God's love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit.

C: Amen.


P: The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, the love of God, and the communion of the Holy Spirit be with you all.

C: And also with you.

Entrance Hymn: In Christ There is No East or West (vs. 1&3) ELW #650

Prayer of the Day:

P: The Lord be with you.

C: And also with you.

P: God of all peoples, your arms reach out to embrace all those who call upon you. Teach us as disciples of your Son to love the world with compassion and constancy, that your name may be known throughout the earth, through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord

C: Amen.



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Reading - Lois Cassidy

Scripture Reading: Isaiah 56:1,6-8

The Holy Gospel: Matthew 15:21-28

Hymn of the Day: Healer of Our Every Ill (vs. 1&3) ELW #612



Prayers of Intercession:

A: Confident of your care and helped by the Holy Spirit, we pray for the church, the world, and all who are in need.

Lord, you gather the church to be part of your mission as ambassadors of Jesus Christ. As Jesus acknowledged the great faith of a woman from outside his people, help your church discover and find blessing in the faith of people we might reject.

You have blessed us with the bounty of the earth. Grant us wisdom to protect our world. Be with those threatened by winds, heat and drought. Protect those who battle the fires which destroy the forests, plains, and cities. Keep us vigilant in our stewardship of the planet.

Nations rise up against nations, yet you call us to be one people and one humanity. Guide world and local leaders that we might all find the way to peace, mercy, justice and reconciliation.

You reached out and healed a woman's daughter. We ask that you would heal those sick with virus or other ailments. Walk with the grieving. Restore the brokenhearted. Accompany the lonely. Grant hope and promise to all in poverty or financial crisis. We pray especially for those nearest to us that they would find healing in your love and grace.

In you we live and move and have our being. Grant Anacortes Lutheran Church grace to find our life refreshed in you. Accompany us in times of confusion. Give us rest and renewal, and strengthen us for mission in your name.

In the certain hope that nothing can separate us from your love, we offer these prayers to you; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Special Music: On Eagles Wings

Performed by:  John Parker, Dave Bjornson, and Rodney Rothlisberger

Accompanied by: Laurie Julius-Carver and Joanne Evans



Blessing and Sending - Lois Cassidy

Holy Communion:

P: The Lord be with you.

C: And also with you.

P: Lift up your hearts.

C: We lift them to the Lord.

P: Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.

C: It is right to give God thanks and praise.

The Lord's Prayer:

Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our trespasses as we forgive us our trespasses against us. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. For thine is the kingdom and the power, and the glory. Amen.

Post Communion Prayer:

P: God of the welcome table, in this meal we have feasted on your goodness, and have been united by your presence among us. Empower us to go forth sustained by these gifts so that we may work your fields, sharing your neighborly love with all, through Jesus Christ the giver of abundant life.

C: Amen.


A: You have mercy on all people. Grant us great faith to follow where you lead. In such love and grace send us forth in the name of God the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.

C: Amen.

Sending Hymn: On Our Way Rejoicing (vs. 1) ELW #537

Sending Sentence:

A: Go in peace. Christ is with you.

C: Thanks be to God.

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