Order of Worship for June 28, 2020
Prelude: Amazing Grace – arr. Wood; Pam Edwards, pipe organ.
Confession and Forgiveness
Opening Hymn: ELW 757 – “All My Hope on God is Founded,” vs. 1, 2, 3. Miriam Anderson, vocalist; Pam Edwards, pipe organ.
Prayer of the Day
Readings: Tim Anderson
First Reading: Jeremiah 28:5-9
Through a symbolic action Jeremiah insisted that Judah and all the surrounding nations should submit to the king of Babylon (Jer. 27). Hananiah contradicted the word of Jeremiah, who in reply insisted that Hananiah’s rosy prediction should not be believed until it came true. God confirmed the word of Jeremiah and sentenced the false prophet Hananiah to death (vv. 16-17).
5The prophet Jeremiah spoke to the prophet Hananiah in the presence of the priests and all the people who were standing in the house of the Lord; 6and the prophet Jeremiah said, “Amen! May the Lord do so; may the Lord fulfill the words that you have prophesied, and bring back to this place from Babylon the vessels of the house of the Lord, and all the exiles. 7But listen now to this word that I speak in your hearing and in the hearing of all the people. 8The prophets who preceded you and me from ancient times prophesied war, famine, and pestilence against many countries and great kingdoms. 9As for the prophet who prophesies peace, when the word of that prophet comes true, then it will be known that the Lord has truly sent the prophet.”
Second Reading: Romans 6:12-23
Sin is an enslaving power which motivates us to live self-serving, disobedient lives. Sin’s final payoff is death. We, however, have been set free from sin’s slavery to live obediently under God’s grace, whose end is the free gift of eternal life.
12Do not let sin exercise dominion in your mortal bodies, to make you obey their passions. 13No longer present your members to sin as instruments of wickedness, but present yourselves to God as those who have been brought from death to life, and present your members to God as instruments of righteousness. 14For sin will have no dominion over you, since you are not under law but under grace.
15What then? Should we sin because we are not under law but under grace? By no means! 16Do you not know that if you present yourselves to anyone as obedient slaves, you are slaves of the one whom you obey, either of sin, which leads to death, or of obedience, which leads to righteousness? 17But thanks be to God that you, having once been slaves of sin, have become obedient from the heart to the form of teaching to which you were entrusted, 18and that you, having been set free from sin, have become slaves of righteousness. 19I am speaking in human terms because of your natural limitations. For just as you once presented your members as slaves to impurity and to greater and greater iniquity, so now present your members as slaves to righteousness for sanctification.
20When you were slaves of sin, you were free in regard to righteousness. 21So what advantage did you then get from the things of which you now are ashamed? The end of those things is death. 22But now that you have been freed from sin and enslaved to God, the advantage you get is sanctification. The end is eternal life. 23For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.
Gospel: Matthew 10:40-42
When Jesus sends his disciples out as missionaries, he warns them of persecution and hardships they will face. He also promises to reward any who aid his followers and support their ministry.
[Jesus said to the twelve:] 40“Whoever welcomes you welcomes me, and whoever welcomes me welcomes the one who sent me. 41Whoever welcomes a prophet in the name of a prophet will receive a prophet’s reward; and whoever welcomes a righteous person in the name of a righteous person will receive the reward of the righteous; 42and whoever gives even a cup of cold water to one of these little ones in the name of a disciple—truly I tell you, none of these will lose their reward.”
Sermon- Pastor Chris Lee
Hymn of the Day: ELW 591- “That Priceless Grace,” all 4 verses. Miriam Anderson, vocalist; Pam Edwards, piano.
Prayers of Intercession: Tim Anderson
Sending: ELW 719- “Where Cross the Crowded Ways of Life,” vs. 1, 3, 4, 6. Miriam Anderson, vocalist; Pam Edwards, pump organ.
Image credits: Free images from ThingInAPot.com (cup of cold water) and Pexels (thermos photo by Oziel Gomez).
“Amazing Grace,” arr. Wood. All rights reserved. Permission to podcast/stream the music in this service obtained from the Lorenz Corporation.
“All My Hope on God is Founded.” Text: Joachim Neander, 1650 – 1680; para. Robert Bridges, 1844 – 1930, alt. Music: Herbert Howells, 1892 – 1983. Music copyright 1968 Novello & Co. Ltd., London. All rights reserved. Permission to podcast/stream the music in this service obtained from One License with license #A-704843.
“That Priceless Grace.” Text: Emmanuel F.Y. Grantson, b. 1949. Music: Ghanaian traditional. Text copyright 1999 Augsburg Fortress. All rights reserved. Permission to podcast/stream the music in this service obtained from One License with license #A-704843.
“Where Cross the Crowded Ways of Life.” Text: Frank M. North, 1850 – 1935, alt. Music: W. Gardiner, Sacred Melodies, 1815. Public domain. All rights reserved. Permission to podcast/stream the music in this service obtained from One License with license #A-704843.
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