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July 26, 2020 The Eighth Sunday After Pentecost


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: Before God, and in the company of our sisters and brothers, let us confess our sins.

(Silence for reflection)

C: God of grace and love, we are a stubborn and rebellious people. We have turned from the path you have commanded, and wandered off into a barren wilderness. We have ignored the calling of your Holy Spirit. We have set our own priorities. We have damaged our relationships with others, and injured the earth. We have established our own salvation systems while turning from your mercy. The path we have chosen leads only to death. In your mercy, forgive us, cleanse us, and heal us. In the name of Jesus our Savior, make us whole again.

P: Through water and the Spirit, we have been born anew. In Christ, we are a new creation. By the very authority of our Lord Jesus Christ, I announce to you the forgiveness of all your sins, in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. May the Holy Spirit empower you to walk humbly with your God.

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: Gather Us In (vs. 1&2) ELW #532

Prayer of the Day:

P: The Lord be with you.

C: And also with you.

P: Beloved and sovereign God, through the death and resurrection of your Son you bring us into your kingdom of justice and mercy. By your Spirit, give us your wisdom, that we may treasure the life that comes from Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord.

C: Amen.



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Reading - Jan and Jerry Woodall

Scripture Reading: Romans 8:26-39

Gospel Reading: Matthew 13:31-33, 44-52

Hymn of the Day: Seek Ye First (vs. 1&2)



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.

Merciful God, your reign is revealed to us in common things: a mustard shrub, a woman baking bread, a fishing net. Help your church witness to the surprising yet common was you encounter us in daily life.

When your word is opened, it gives light and understanding. Increase our understanding and awe of your creation; guide the work of scientists and researchers, especially as they seek cures for the coronovirus. Treasuring the earth, may we live as grateful and healing caretakers of our home.

Gather the nations of the world into welcoming shade of your merciful reign. Direct leaders of nations to build trust with each other and to walk in the way of peace. Give wisdom to those who govern this nation that justice and peace may rain down upon all.

Your Spirit helps us in our weakness and intercedes for the saints according to your will. Help us when we do not know how to pray. Give comfort to the dying, refuge to the weary, justice to those who are oppressed, and healing to the sick; those close to this community and close to our hearts.

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

C: Amen.

Special Music: Gather Us In -Ruth Backlund



Blessing - Jan and Jerry Woodall

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 wiht all, through Jesus Christ the giver of abundant life. Amen.

Sending Hymn: 10,000 reasons

Sending Sentence:

A: Go in peace. Christ is with you.

C: Thanks be to God.

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