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August 30, 2020 The Thirteenth Sunday After Pentecost

Updated: Aug 31, 2020


and PRAYER of the DAY

Confession and Forgiveness:

P: In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.

C: Amen.

P: We come before you in need of your grace. Confident in your love we dare to be honest, to take off our masks to you and one another, and to make confession of our sin.

Brief Silence for Reflection

P: Merciful God,

C: we are broken and battered. We have rebelled against your commandments and your will. We have been selfish, stubborn and prideful. Our sins are manifest in actions done and words spoken. We have forgotten our baptismal call. Yet you promise forgiveness and life. In mercy and grace, forgive our sins. By your Holy Spirit bring forth a new creation in us that we might serve you in faithfulness, love and joy. Restore us, O God.

P: In the mercy of Jesus Christ, our sins have been forgiven. The Holy Spirit fills our hearts with promise and life. Go forth in confidence in love, bringing hope and renewal for all.

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: Step By Step (2X)

Prayer of the Day:

P: The Lord be with you.

C: And also with you.

P: O God, we thank you for your Son, who chose the path of suffering for the sake of the world. Humble us by his example, point us to the path of obedience, and give us strength to follow your commands, through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord.

C: Amen



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Reading - Elijah Eckert

Scripture Reading: Romans 12:9-21

The Holy Gospel: Matthew 16:21-28

Hymn of the Day: Will You Come and Follow Me (vs. 1&2) ELW #798



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.

A brief silence.

A: God of faithfulness, you bid your people to follow Jesus. Set the mind of your church on divine things. Grant us trust that we might pick up our cross and follow. Transform us in new life so we find joy in discipleship and fulfillment in service.

A: God of wonder, the earth is yours and all that is in it. Heal your creation. Protect forests and grasslands from fire. Be with those who face storms and flood. Give us the hearts of faithful stewards that we faithfully care for the world you have given us.

A: God of Salvation, you promise to deliver us. Give those who suffer a strong sense of your presence and love. Accompany those who are uncertain, raise the spirits of those who are despairing, and heal the sick. We remember especially those suffering who are close to our hearts. Embrace your little ones, O Lord.

A: God of all grace, you give us everlasting life. In love we recall your holy ones who now live in your undying light. Be with all who grieve, and in our remembering, give us a foretaste of the feast to come.

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

C: Amen.

Special Music: O the Deep, Deep Love of Jesus

Performed by: Ruth Backlund



Blessing - Elijah Eckert

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: Neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor rulers, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus. God, the creator, Jesus, the Christ, and the Holy Spirit, the comforter, bless and keep you in eternal love. C: Amen.

Sending Hymn: I Will Follow (vs. 1&2)

Sending Sentence:

A: Go in peace. Christ, is with you.

C: Thanks be to God.

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