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September 6, 2020 The Fourteenth Sunday After Pentecost

You are reading that correctly, we are renovating! No, no, no... we aren't renovating the church. We are renovating how we do our online worship! We are working very hard towards a live stream service. Over the last few months, so much work, time, dedication, and love has gone into building a whole new program for Anacortes Lutheran Church. Welcome to the front row seats as we explore a whole new way to reach out and spread God's Good Word.

Today's service has been pre-recorded. We did use the footage from the new live-stream equipment and have been able to edit this offering. We simply ask your patience as we shift from pre-recorded productions to this whole new experience. Our goal is to help us all feel as connected as possible, while providing the opportunity to worship together in a unique-to-us way.

Please, join us in worship:



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

C: Amen.

P: We come before our God in need of your grace. Confident in God’s love we dare to be honest, to take off our masks to God 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 and 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 As We Gather At Your Table” (vs. 1&3) ELW #522


P: The Lord be with you.

C: And also with you.

P: O Lord God, enliven and preserve your church with your perpetual mercy. Without your help, we mortals will fail; remove far from us everything that is harmful, and lead us toward all that gives life and salvation, through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord.

C: Amen.

SCRIPTURE READING - Romans 13:8-14 (Read by Carter Eggleston)

HOLY GOSPEL - Matthew 18:15-20

SERMON - Pastor Rice “The Wild Man and the Black Box” (Pastor Walter Rice)

HYMN OF THE DAY Blest Be the Tie That Binds (vs. 1&4) ELW #656


A: Drawn together in the compassion of God, we pray for the church, the world, and all those in need.

A brief silence.

A: Unite your church, O God. Grant us the gifts of repentance and reconciliation. Open our eyes to see other Christians and denominations as partners in the Gospel and not as competitors. Bring together the people of Anacortes Lutheran Church; even though we are apart, unite us in one ministry and one hope.

A: Protect your creation, O God. Teach us ways that do not harm what you have entrusted to our care. Be with those who battle wildfires, those who care for victims of storm and flood, and all who watch over the welfare of this planet. Heal the earth and protect the l creatures with which we share this world.

A: Turn nations and leaders from ways that lead to death. Shape new paths toward peace and cooperation, teaching us to recognize one another as neighbors. Protect and guide legislators, civil servants, judges, and police as they work for the wellbeing of all. At this time of campaigns and looming elections, we pray for wisdom for candidates and voters alike.

A: Tend to all in need of your compassion. Hear the cries of those awaiting justice and those yearning for forgiveness. Give community to the lonely and neighbors to the outcast. Shelter all who are vulnerable in body, mind, or spirit. Heal the sick. Comfort the bereaved. Touch the lonely with your love.

A: Sustain all who labor. Be with those who are unemployed or facing poverty. Grant economic relief and recovery for your children throughout the world.

A: All these things and whatever else you see that we need, we entrust to your mercy; through Christ our Lord.

C: Amen.


P: Blessed are you, O God, maker of all things. You have set before us these gifts of your good creation. Prepare us for your heavenly banquet, nourish us with this rich food and drink, and send us forth to set tables in the midst of a suffering world, through the bread of life, Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord.

C: Amen.

SPECIAL MUSIC Lift Every Voice and Sing

(David Holzemer - violin and Laurie Julius Carver- Piano)


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.

P: It is indeed right, our duty and our joy,

that we should at all times and in all places

give thanks and praise to you, almighty and merciful God,

through our Savior Jesus Christ;

who on this day overcame death and the grave,

and by his glorious resurrection opened to us the way of everlasting life.

And so, with all the choirs of angels,

with the church on earth and the hosts of heaven,

we praise your name and join their unending hymn:

A Sanctus follows.

P: In the night in which he was betrayed, our Lord Jesus Christ took bread, gave thanks, broke it, and gave it to his disciples saying: take and eat. This is my body given for you. Do this in remembrance of me.

In the same way after supper he took the cup, gave thanks, and gave it to them saying: Drink of it, all of you; this cup is the new covenant in my blood, shed for you and for all people for the forgiveness of sins. Do this as often as you drink of it in remembrance of me.

For as often as we eat of this bread and drink from this cup,

we proclaim the Lord’s death until he comes.

C: Christ has died. Christ is risen. Christ will come again.

P: Reveal yourself to us in the breaking of the bread, O Lord. Raise us up as the body of Christ for the world. Breathe new life into us. Send us forth, burning with justice, peace, and love.

To you, O God be all honor and glory in your holy church, now and forever.

C: Amen.

C: 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 those who trespass against us. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. For thine is the kingdom and the power and the glory, forever and ever. Amen.

P: Now may this body and blood of our risen Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, strengthen you and keep you in faith. Amen.


P: We give you thanks, gracious God, that you have once again fed us with food beyond compare, the body and blood of Christ. Lead us from this place, nourished and forgiven, into your beloved vineyard to wipe away the tears of all who hunger and thirst, guided by the example of the same Jesus Christ and led by the Holy Spirit, now and forever.

C: Amen.

BLESSING (Read by Harlan Eggleston)

P: May the surprising God of wonder and grace journey with you now and throughout all your days, in the name of the Father, Son (+), and Holy Spirit.

C: Amen.

SENDING HYMN Sent Forth By God’s Blessing (vs. 1)


P: Go in peace. Christ has set you free.

C: Thanks be to God.

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