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July 19, 2020, The Seventh 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.

A: Amen.

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

(Silence for reflection)

P: Reconciling God,

A: 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; 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. We live now in hope; for hope does not disappoint, because God's love has been poured in 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: This is Amazing Grace (vs. 1, 2, and 4.)

Prayer of the Day:

P: The Lord be with you.

C: And also with you.

P: Faithful God, most merciful judge, you care for your children with firmness and compassion. By your Spirit nurture us who live in your kingdom, that we may be rooted in the way of your Son, Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord.

C: Amen



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Reading - The Lowrie Family

Scripture Reading: Romans 8:12-25

Gospel Reading: Matthew 13:24-30, 36-43

Hymn of the Day: Goodness is Stronger Than Evil ELW #721 (2x)



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.)

God of the harvest, you sow the good seed of the gospel of Jesus Christ into your field. Help your church throughout the world to be both diligent and patient, full of resolve and gentleness, that our witness may be faithful to your intentions.

God of all space and time, your whole creation groans in labor pains, awaiting the gift of new birth. Renew the earth, sky, and sea, so that all your creation experiences freedom from the bondage of decay.

God of the nations, teach us your ways, that we may walk in your truth. Mend the fabric of the human family, now torn apart by our fearful ignorance, prejudices and warring ways. Guide us by your mercy, grace, and steadfast love.

God of hope, you accompany those who suffer and are near to the brokenhearted. Open our hearts to your children who are lonely and abandoned, who feel trapped by despair, and especially those in this congregation who suffer in any way.

God of life, those who have died in you shine like the sun in your endless kingdom. We remember with thanksgiving the saints of all times and places and saints close to us. Gather us with them on the day of salvation.

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: Shout to the Lord - Ruth Backlund



Blessing - The Lowrie Family

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: In hope we have been saved. In that hope and grace may the blessing of God the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit be with you now and forever.

C: Amen.

Sending Hymn: Lord Dismiss Us With Your Blessing (vs. 1&3) ELW #545

Sending Sentence: A: Go in peace. Christ is with you.

C: Thanks be to God.

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Jul 19, 2020

thank you. Great message and a great service for our church and community.

i know it’s a lot of work and is a job well done!

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