Pentecost Eight Worship Bulletin | 7-23-23

St. Peter’s Evangelical Lutheran Church

PENTECOST 8

07-23-2023     10:00AM “Hybrid” Worship

 

+  We Rejoice in the Spirit  +

OPENING SONG: “MINE EYES HAVE SEEN THE GLORY”                                 Brown #297

THE OPENING RITE OF CONFESSION AND FORGIVENESS:     

L   People of God, we have survived another week! Now let us prepare for a fresh anointing of the Holy Spirit by being honest before God and one another about the reality of sin in our own lives. It is so tempting to observe, judge, and condemn what we perceive as sin in others. But it is humbling to see and confess our own sin. Maybe today we are willing to be honest about ourselves…

C O Lord, I confess that I too am a sinner with no excuses.

I don’t always think, speak, or act in a way that accepts and responds to your love.

Even when I want to do what is right, I find myself doing the opposite. 

Every day is an opportunity, every day is a challenge, and sometimes I am losing the battle.

I pray for your mercy, I seek your grace. 

I know of no other solution to try, and no other savior to turn to, than Jesus Christ. Amen.

L   My fellow children of God, do not panic, do not fear, for our God is gracious and full of compassion, slow to anger and full of kindness and truth. While we were yet sinners, Christ died for us, and God raised him up from death that we might walk in the newness of life. Let Jesus make it right in you! He knows your inner conflict. He knows your burdens and addictions, your weaknesses and selfish desires. He offers you (+) grace, forgiveness, and another chance. Nothing can separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus.  Amen.

PRAYER OF THE DAY (together):

O God – both the Sower of the Field and Lord of the Harvest – continue to be gracious and patient with us, that we might ripen into the good seed of your Kingdom and bear your justice, mercy, and love.

And, dear Lord – because we are not God – help us to not be so eager to judge and destroy others that we believe to be sinners beyond your justice, mercy, and love.   Amen.

+  We Rejoice in God’s Saving Word  +

FIRST READING:   ISAIAH 44:6-8

[There is only ONE GOD solid enough to worship and serve in your life. Get “the ROCK”!]

44:6 Thus says the LORD, the King of Israel, and his Redeemer, the LORD of hosts: I am the first and I am the last; besides me there is no god.

44:7 Who is like me? Let them proclaim it, let them declare and set it forth before me. Who has announced from of old the things to come? Let them tell us what is yet to be.

44:8 Do not fear, or be afraid; have I not told you from of old and declared it? You are my witnesses! Is there any god besides me? There is no other rock; I know not one.

SECOND READING:   ROMANS 8:12-25         

[God’s hasn’t finished with me yet – choosing “the Spirit” over “my flesh” and suffering my way into hope for God’s promise!]

8:12 So then, brothers and sisters, we are debtors, not to the flesh, to live according to the flesh —

8:13 for if you live according to the flesh, you will die; but if by the Spirit you put to death the deeds of the body, you will live.

8:14 For all who are led by the Spirit of God are children of God.

8:15 For you did not receive a spirit of slavery to fall back into fear, but you have received a spirit of adoption. When we cry, “Abba! Father!”

8:16 it is that very Spirit bearing witness with our spirit that we are children of God,

8:17 and if children, then heirs, heirs of God and joint heirs with Christ–if, in fact, we suffer with him so that we may also be glorified with him.

8:18 I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worth comparing with the glory about to be revealed to us.

8:19 For the creation waits with eager longing for the revealing of the children of God;

8:20 for the creation was subjected to futility, not of its own will but by the will of the one who subjected it, in hope

8:21 that the creation itself will be set free from its bondage to decay and will obtain the freedom of the glory of the children of God.

8:22 We know that the whole creation has been groaning in labor pains until now;

8:23 and not only the creation, but we ourselves, who have the first fruits of the Spirit, groan inwardly while we wait for adoption, the redemption of our bodies.

8:24 For in hope we were saved. Now hope that is seen is not hope. For who hopes for what is seen?

8:25 But if we hope for what we do not see, we wait for it with patience.

GOSPEL VERSE

“There’s a sweet, sweet Spirit in this place, and I know that it’s the Spirit of the Lord.         There are sweet expressions on each face, and I know they feel the presence of the Lord.

SWEET HOLY SPIRIT, SWEET HEAVENLY DOVE, STAY RIGHT HERE WITH US, FILLING US WITH YOU LOVE.

AND FOR THESE BLESSINGS WE LIFT OUR HEARTS IN PRAISE. WITHOUT A DOUBT WE’LL KNOW THAT WE HAVE BEEN REVIVED WHEN WE SHALL LEAVE THIS PLACE!”

HOLY GOSPEL:   MATTHEW 13:24-30, 36-43

[Wheat and weeds growing together – a patient, loving, and just God will do the judging. We have a different role to play.]

13:24 He put before them another parable: “The kingdom of heaven may be compared to someone who sowed good seed in his field;

13:25 but while everybody was asleep, an enemy came and sowed weeds among the wheat, and then went away.

13:26 So when the plants came up and bore grain, then the weeds appeared as well.

13:27 And the slaves of the householder came and said to him, ‘Master, did you not sow good seed in your field? Where, then, did these weeds come from?’

13:28 He answered, ‘An enemy has done this.’ The slaves said to him, ‘Then do you want us to go and gather them?’

13:29 But he replied, ‘No; for in gathering the weeds you would uproot the wheat along with them.

13:30 Let both of them grow together until the harvest; and at harvest time I will tell the reapers, Collect the weeds first and bind them in bundles to be burned, but gather the wheat into my barn.'”

13:36 Then he left the crowds and went into the house. And his disciples approached him, saying, “Explain to us the parable of the weeds of the field.”

13:37 He answered, “The one who sows the good seed is the Son of Man;

13:38 the field is the world, and the good seed are the children of the kingdom; the weeds are the children of the evil one,

13:39 and the enemy who sowed them is the devil; the harvest is the end of the age, and the reapers are angels.

13:40 Just as the weeds are collected and burned up with fire, so will it be at the end of the age.

13:41 The Son of Man will send his angels, and they will collect out of his kingdom all causes of sin and all evildoers,

13:42 and they will throw them into the furnace of fire, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.

13:43 Then the righteous will shine like the sun in the kingdom of their Father. Let anyone with ears listen!

SONG SELECTION: ALL SAINTS CHOIR

THE SERMON: Pastor Neil or Pastor Gwen

SONG RESPONSE: “LORD, LET MY HEART BE GOOD SOIL”       Brown #131

Lord, let my heart be good soil, open to the seed of your Word.

Lord, let my heart be good soil, where love can grow and peace is understood.

When my heart is hard, break the stone away.

When my heart is cold, warm it with the day.

When my heart is lost, lead me on your way.

Lord, let my heart, Lord, let my heart, Lord, let my heart be good soil.

THE PRAYERS…  We pray for NEW LIFE in the Spirit and for the MISSION of the Church to the world!    

+  We Rejoice in God’s Nourishing Meal  +

THE OFFERING…  May the Spirit of God within us guide us to grateful, generous, and fruitful discipleship!

SONG SELECTION: ALL SAINTS CHOIR

THE OFFERTORY SONG:    

“Blessed assurance, Jesus is mine! O what a foretaste of glory divine!

Heir of salvation, purchase of God, born of his Spirit, washed in his blood.

THIS IS MY STORY, THIS IS MY SONG,

PRAISING MY SAVIOR ALL THE DAY LONG![sing the chorus 2 times]

We are God’s people, we are Christ’s Church, called by God’s Spirit into the world.

We have God’s power from heaven above, we’ll share God’s justice, mercy and love!”

OFFERING PRAYER led by the Communion Assistant:    

Lord God, we thank you for making a way out of no way in our life! During this summer may we dedicate our leisure and our work, our rest and our travel, our service and our spending, our health and our wealth, our worship and our witness to glorify You and to extend your Kingdom to others. Someone somewhere is in need of your Good News.  Amen.

THE PREFACE:

        L   The Lord be with you.             C   And also with you. 

        L   Lift up your hearts!       C   We lift them up in love for God!

        L   Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.               C   It is right to give God our thanks and praise.

        L   Come, Holy Spirit, fill the hearts of your faithful…       C   … and set us on fire with your love! Alleluia!

        L   [continues the Preface]… we praise your name and join their unending hymn:

C   [singing…]   “Holy, holy, holy, holy, 

    holy, holy, Lord God Almighty!

    and we lift our hearts before you as a token of our love,

    holy, holy, holy, holy.

    Precious Jesus, precious Jesus, 

    We’re so glad that you redeemed us, precious Jesus…

    Holy Spirit, Holy Spirit, 

    come and fill our hearts anew, O Holy Spirit…”

THE EUCHARISTIC WORDS by the Celebrant, who recalls and re-enacts Jesus’ Holy Meal.

THE LORD’S PRAYER  (spoken)

COMMUNION AND BLESSINGSAll believers in Jesus Christ are welcome at the Lord’s Table! The wine may be received from the pouring chalice; we also have grape juice on the tray. You can receive God’s peace, power, and promises for true life!

COMMUNION SONGS:            Brown #119            Brown #249         

THE COMMUNION BLESSING by the Celebrant after all have communed.

POST-COMMUNION PRAYER by the Communion Assistant.    

+  We Rejoice in Our Mission  +

THE BENEDICTION by the Pastor.

CLOSING SONG: “SATAN, WE’RE GONNA TEAR YOUR KINGDOM DOWN”       Brown #207

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