Whether this is your first time with us or your one thousand and first, we are glad that the Spirit has drawn you here today! Visitors are invited to sign the Guest Book near the front doors of the church and take home a welcome brochure to learn more about us.
The Holy Spirit calls us together as the people of God.
God of Wonders
- Lord of all creation, of water, earth and sky,
The heavens are Your tabernacle;
Glory to the Lord on high
Chorus: God of wonders, beyond our galaxy; You are holy, holy;
The universe declares Your majesty; You are holy, holy.
- Early in the morning, I will celebrate the light,
And when I stumble in the darkness,
I will call Your name by night. (chorus X2)
CONFESSION & FORGIVENESS
Blessed be the holy Trinity, ☩ one God, who forgives all our sin, whose mercy endures forever. Amen.
Almighty God, to whom all hearts are open, all desires known, and from whom no secrets are hid: cleanse the thoughts of our hearts by the inspiration of your Holy Spirit, that we may perfectly love you and worthily magnify your holy name, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
Let us confess our sin in the presence of God and of one another.
A brief silence
Most merciful God, we confess that we are captive to sin and cannot free ourselves. We have sinned against you in thought, word, and deed, by what we have done and by what we have left undone. We have not loved you with our whole heart; we have not loved our neighbors as ourselves. For the sake of your Son, Jesus Christ, have mercy on us. Forgive us, renew us, and lead us, so that we may delight in your will and walk in your ways, to the glory of your holy name. Amen.
In the mercy of almighty God, Jesus Christ was given to die for us, and for his sake God forgives us all our sins. As a called and ordained minister of the church of Christ, and by his authority, I therefore declare to you the entire forgiveness of all your sins, in the name of the Father, and of the ☩ Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.
Open Our Eyes Lord
Open our eyes, Lord, we want to see Jesus,
To reach out and touch Him, and say that we love Him.
Open our ears, Lord, and help us to listen,
Open our eyes, Lord, we want to see Jesus.
PRAYER OF THE DAY
Let us pray. Lord God, with endless mercy you receive the prayers of all who call upon you. By your Spirit show us the things we ought to do, and give us the grace and power to do them, through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord. Amen.
God speaks to us in scripture reading, preaching, and song
FIRST READING ISAIAH 58:1-9A
A reading from Isaiah.
1Shout out, do not hold back! Lift up your voice like a trumpet! Announce to my people their rebellion, to the house of Jacob their sins.
2Yet day after day they seek me and delight to know my ways, as if they were a nation that practiced righteousness and did not forsake the ordinance of their God; they ask of me righteous judgments, they delight to draw near to God.
3“Why do we fast, but you do not see? Why humble ourselves, but you do not notice?” Look, you serve your own interest on your fast day, and oppress all your workers.
4Look, you fast only to quarrel and to fight and to strike with a wicked fist. Such fasting as you do today will not make your voice heard on high.
5Is such the fast that I choose, a day to humble oneself? Is it to bow down the head like a bulrush, and to lie in sackcloth and ashes? Will you call this a fast, a day acceptable to the Lord?
6Is not this the fast that I choose: to loose the bonds of injustice, to undo the thongs of the yoke, to let the oppressed go free, and to break every yoke? 7Is it not to share your bread with the hungry, and bring the homeless poor into your house; when you see the naked, to cover them, and not to hide yourself from your own kin?
8Then your light shall break forth like the dawn, and your healing shall spring up quickly; your vindicator shall go before you, the glory of the Lord shall be your rear guard.
9aThen you shall call, and the Lord will answer; you shall cry for help, and he will say, Here I am.
Word of God, word of life. Thanks be to God.
CHILDREN’S MESSAGE Pastor Jeff
After the children’s message, children ages 3 – 6th grade are invited
to go into the fellowship hall for a Bible lesson and craft.
Visitors are welcome to join!
GOSPEL MATTHEW 5:13-20
The Holy Gospel according to Matthew.
Jesus said: 13“You are the salt of the earth; but if salt has lost its taste, how can its saltiness be restored? It is no longer good for anything, but is thrown out and trampled under foot.
14“You are the light of the world. A city built on a hill cannot be hid. 15No one after lighting a lamp puts it under the bushel basket, but on the lampstand, and it gives light to all in the house. 16In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father in heaven.
17“Do not think that I have come to abolish the law or the prophets; I have come not to abolish but to fulfill. 18For truly I tell you, until heaven and earth pass away, not one letter, not one stroke of a letter, will pass from the law until all is accomplished. 19Therefore, whoever breaks one of the least of these commandments, and teaches others to do the same, will be called least in the kingdom of heaven; but whoever does them and teaches them will be called great in the kingdom of heaven. 20For I tell you, unless your righteousness exceeds that of the scribes and Pharisees, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven.”
The Gospel of the Lord. Praise to you, O Christ.
SERMON Pastor Jeff
Bring Forth the Kingdom
1. You are salt for the earth O people, salt for the kingdom of God
Share the flavor of life O people, life in the kingdom of God
Chorus: Bring for the kingdom of mercy, bring forth the kingdom of peace
Bring forth the kingdom of justice, bring forth the kingdom of God
2. You are a light on the hill O people, light for the city of God
Shine so holy and bright O people, shine for the kingdom of God (chorus)
3. We are a blest and a pilgrim people, bound for the kingdom of God
Love our journey and love our homeland, love is the kingdom of God (chorus)
I believe in God, the Father almighty, creator of heaven and earth.
I believe in Jesus Christ, God’s only Son, our Lord, who was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died, and was buried; he descended to the dead. On the third day he rose again; he ascended into heaven, he is seated at the right hand of the Father, and he will come to judge the living and the dead.
I believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy catholic church, the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and the life everlasting. Amen.
Change My Heart O God
Change my heart, O God, make it ever true;
Change my heart O God, may I be like You.
Called together to follow Jesus, we pray for the church, the world, and all in need.
Call your people to seek your wisdom in difficult conversations and action. Give the church everywhere courage to repent for the ways we have tolerated and practiced injustice, and especially for the times we have been too fearful to speak out against systemic racism, economic inequality, and other oppressions.
Inspire our wonder at creation, from the light of dawn to the beauty of the dark night. Sustain the unseen depths of the ocean to the plants and animals we know well. Bring healing to lands and communities experiencing natural disasters, including the flooding in New Zealand.
Instruct the powerful in your ways. Provide upright leadership in business and industry, so that workers are treated fairly and given the wages they deserve. Throughout the world, inspire voters, activists, and community organizers, and raise up politicians to heed your call for nations to practice righteousness.
Loosen the bonds of injustice in our midst. Grant peace to endless quarrels, put an end to hunger, and break every yoke of oppression. Shelter all who flee abuse in their homes or violence in their communities. Satisfy those afflicted in body or mind and in need of your healing, especially Warren, Don, Ed, Ellie, Michael, Maria, Bill, the family of Matt Herzberg, Marcia, Alyssa, all those affected by addiction or mental illness, and all military personnel and first responders.
Shape our congregation to be salt for the earth. Give us delight in your commandments and in this community of followers you have gathered, that we are generous with those in need. Make us steadfast in our trust in you, ready with understanding and compassion for our neighbors.
The cross and resurrection bring redemption from sin and death. We praise you for all whose resilient faith in Christ shines forth in their witness. Keep them in our remembrance and bring us with them into the kingdom of heaven.
We bring to you our needs and hopes, O God, trusting your wisdom and power revealed in Christ crucified. Amen.
From the Day
I Am They
God feeds us with the presence of Jesus Christ
The Lord be with you. And also with you.
Lift up your hearts. We lift them to the Lord.
Let us give thanks to the Lord our God. It is right to give God thanks and praise.
Holy, Holy, Holy
Holy, Holy, holy Lord, God of p’wer and might,
Heaven and earth are full of your glory. (X2)
Hosanna! Hosanna! in the highest!
Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord.
Holy, just, and merciful God.
In the intersection of the waters above and the waters below, you created life out of the void.
We thank you for the gift of creation.
Through Miriam and Moses, you led your people from oppression into liberation.
We thank you for your gift of liberation.
You sent the prophets to implore us to love instead of hate,
and guide us to your faithfulness in your promises.
We thank you for your promise to love.
In the intersection of the divine and humanity, you made us whole through Jesus Christ.
We thank you for the gift of Christ.
In the night in which he was betrayed… (Pastor Jeff shares the words of institution)
Let us pray as Jesus taught us, each in the words or language of our choice.
Our Beloved Parent in heaven,
let your name be sanctified
let your realm come
let your will happen in heaven
and also upon earth.
Give to us today our nourishment
that is necessary for life
And forgive us our debts
as we forgive our debtors.
Do not ever carry us into testing situations
but rescue us from the evil one.
For yours is the kin-dom, the power,
and the glory forever. Amen.
At this table, Christ is both host and meal, and offers himself to all who hunger and thirst for his presence. We believe that he is truly present in this sacrament.
When you come forward, the pastor will place bread in your hand. Gluten-free wafers are available upon request. You can receive wine by taking a cup from the tray (the cups in the center contain white grape juice).
If you do not wish to commune, you are welcome to come forward and receive a blessing.
If you need to receive communion in your seat, simply notify an usher.
No one is too young to receive this sacrament, though some families wish to give their children some instruction before they take their first communion. If a young child accompanies you, please indicate to the pastor whether they should receive bread or a blessing.
Touch of Heaven
God blesses us and sends us in mission to the world
May the God of creation bless you and claim you
May the Savior give you peace and wholeness
And may the Spirit guide you and lead you to mercy + love, and justice. Amen.
Michael W. Smith & Amy Grant
Thy word is a lamp unto my feet and light unto my path.
Thy word is a lamp unto my feet and light unto my path.
When I feel afraid, think I’ve lost my way,
Still You’re there right beside me.
And nothing will I fear as long as You are near.
Please be near me to the end.
I will not forget Your love for me and yet
My heart forever is wandering.
Jesus be my guide, and hold me to Your side,
And I will love you to the end.
Go in peace. Serve the Lord! Thanks be to God.
Lector/Communion Assistant: Stephanie
New Direction Praise Band: Randy, Michelle, Linda,
Sam & Lawrence
Altar Care Stephanie, Holly, & Linda
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