Blessings to you today.
Today we began the 6-week fall course on Growing as Disciples and Stewards, leading up to our fall financial stewardship pledge Sunday on Oct 24. Our first topic today was “Pray”, please be attentive to how/who/why we pray in our lives as disciples and stewards!
Thanks to Mike McCalester for being our song leader this morning!
Peace, Pastor Chris Lee
Order of Worship for Sunday, September 12, 2021:
Prelude: “Immortal, Invisible, God Only Wise,” Innes.
Stewardship Presentation: Nena Myers
Three weeks ago we heard Peter’s confession of faith as told in John’s gospel. This week we hear Mark’s version, when Peter says, “You are the Messiah.” In John, the stumbling block is Jesus’ invitation to eat his flesh, given for the life of the world. In Mark too the scandal has to do with Jesus’ words about his own coming death, and here Peter himself stumbles over Jesus’ words. But Jesus is anointed (the meaning of messiah) in Mark only on the way to the cross (14:3); so we are anointed in baptism with the sign of the cross.
Confession and Forgiveness
Blessed be the holy Trinity, ☩ one God, whose teaching is life, whose presence is sure, and whose love is endless.
Let us confess our sins to the one who welcomes us with an open heart.
God our comforter:
like lost sheep, we have gone astray. We gaze upon abundance and see scarcity. We turn our faces away from injustice and oppression. We exploit the earth with our apathy and greed. Free us from our sin, gracious God. Listen when we call out to you for help. Lead us by your love to love our neighbors as ourselves.
All have sinned and fall short of the glory of God. By the gift of grace in ☩ Christ Jesus, God makes you righteous. Receive with glad hearts the forgiveness of all your sins.
Opening Hymn: ELW 660, “Lift High the Cross,” verses 1, 3, & 4.
Prayer of the Day
O God, through suffering and rejection you bring forth our salvation, and by the glory of the cross you transform our lives. Grant that for the sake of the gospel we may turn from the lure of evil, take up our cross, and follow your Son, Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord.
First Reading: Isaiah 50:4-9a
The image of the servant of the Lord is one of the notable motifs in the book of Isaiah. Today’s reading describes the mission of the servant, whom early Christians associated with Jesus. Like Jesus, the servant does not strike back at his detractors but trusts in God’s steadfast love.
4The Lord God has given me
the tongue of a teacher,
that I may know how to sustain
the weary with a word.
Morning by morning he wakens—
wakens my ear
to listen as those who are taught.
5The Lord God has opened my ear,
and I was not rebellious,
I did not turn backward.
6I gave my back to those who struck me,
and my cheeks to those who pulled out the beard;
I did not hide my face
from insult and spitting.
7The Lord God helps me;
therefore I have not been disgraced;
therefore I have set my face like flint,
and I know that I shall not be put to shame;
8he who vindicates me is near.
Who will contend with me?
Let us stand up together.
Who are my adversaries?
Let them confront me.
9aIt is the Lord God who helps me;
who will declare me guilty?
Second Reading: James 3:1-12
This text uses various images to illustrate how damaging and hurtful the way we speak to and about others can be. Not only are we to control our speech, but what we say and how we say it are to reflect our faith.
1Not many of you should become teachers, my brothers and sisters, for you know that we who teach will be judged with greater strictness. 2For all of us make many mistakes. Anyone who makes no mistakes in speaking is perfect, able to keep the whole body in check with a bridle. 3If we put bits into the mouths of horses to make them obey us, we guide their whole bodies. 4Or look at ships: though they are so large that it takes strong winds to drive them, yet they are guided by a very small rudder wherever the will of the pilot directs. 5So also the tongue is a small member, yet it boasts of great exploits.
How great a forest is set ablaze by a small fire! 6And the tongue is a fire. The tongue is placed among our members as a world of iniquity; it stains the whole body, sets on fire the cycle of nature, and is itself set on fire by hell. 7For every species of beast and bird, of reptile and sea creature, can be tamed and has been tamed by the human species, 8but no one can tame the tongue—a restless evil, full of deadly poison. 9With it we bless the Lord and Father, and with it we curse those who are made in the likeness of God. 10From the same mouth come blessing and cursing. My brothers and sisters, this ought not to be so. 11Does a spring pour forth from the same opening both fresh and brackish water? 12Can a fig tree, my brothers and sisters, yield olives, or a grapevine figs? No more can salt water yield fresh.
Gospel: Mark 8:27-38
This story provides the turning point in Mark’s gospel. Peter is the first human being in the narrative to acknowledge Jesus as the Messiah, but he cannot accept that as the Messiah Jesus will have to suffer. Moreover, Jesus issues a strong challenge to all by connecting discipleship and the cross.
27Jesus went on with his disciples to the villages of Caesarea Philippi; and on the way he asked his disciples, “Who do people say that I am?” 28And they answered him, “John the Baptist; and others, Elijah; and still others, one of the prophets.” 29He asked them, “But who do you say that I am?” Peter answered him, “You are the Messiah.” 30And he sternly ordered them not to tell anyone about him.
31Then he began to teach them that the Son of Man must undergo great suffering, and be rejected by the elders, the chief priests, and the scribes, and be killed, and after three days rise again. 32He said all this quite openly. And Peter took him aside and began to rebuke him. 33But turning and looking at his disciples, he rebuked Peter and said, “Get behind me, Satan! For you are setting your mind not on divine things but on human things.”
34He called the crowd with his disciples, and said to them, “If any want to become my followers, let them deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me. 35For those who want to save their life will lose it, and those who lose their life for my sake, and for the sake of the gospel, will save it. 36For what will it profit them to gain the whole world and forfeit their life? 37Indeed, what can they give in return for their life? 38Those who are ashamed of me and of my words in this adulterous and sinful generation, of them the Son of Man will also be ashamed when he comes in the glory of his Father with the holy angels.”
Sermon: Pastor Chris Lee
Hymn of the Day: ELW 651 “Oh, Praise the Gracious Power,” verses 1 through 5.
Prayers of Intercession
Made children and heirs of God’s promise, we pray for the church, the world, and all in need.
Revealing God, you have made yourself known through bread and wine, water and word. Continue to nurture your church, that it is a place where your presence is experienced and shared. Lord, in your mercy,
hear our prayer.
Creating God, you brought life into being and called it good. Bring new creation to lands devastated by tornadoes, hurricanes, floods, fires, and other disasters especially the Dixie and Caldor and other fires in the American West; Hurricane Ida; life-threatening droughts in Vietnam and Serbia; flooding in Ghana, South Sudan, and Germany; the earthquake and tropical storm Grace in Haiti; and the coronavirus pandemic throughout the world. Ease the suffering of your world and lift up those who suffer alongside creation. Restore forests and curb overflowing waters. Lord, in your mercy,
hear our prayer.
Protecting God, you desire all people to live in peace and safety. Provide for all who are in danger. Strengthen first responders to help meet to the complex needs of others. Provide care and compassion as they face trauma themselves. Lord, in your mercy,
hear our prayer.
Transforming God, you announce release to the captives and freedom to the oppressed. Break chains of discrimination and injustice. Amplify voices that go unheard and inspire us to advocate for the those who are overlooked. Lord, in your mercy,
hear our prayer.
Forming God, you gather this community together. Shape our communal life, that in our prayer, praise, and worship, we honor you and encourage one another. Keep our disagreements civil and increase our joy in working together. Lord, in your mercy,
hear our prayer.
We pray for all who are in need. Come quickly to help all who are sick and suffering especially Noah Stoutt; Art Renfro Jr.; Bonnie Sellers; Shelley Collis; Barbara Witt; Barb Martin; Karl, Linda, and Creed Kasselman; Sarah, Jadyn, and P.J. Esping; Deb Shafer; Alivia DeWitt; Bill and Virginia Thorpe; Richard Hotchkiss; Marijane Cook; Nancy and Bob Bosco; Charysse and Adean Heritage and Family; Randy McIntyre; Karen Bemowski; Marilyn Hubbard; Helen Schubert, and all those we name before you aloud or in our hearts. Give them tangible signs of your steadfast love. Lord in your mercy,
hear our prayer.
Redeeming God, you accompany your people through every stage of life. We give you thanks for the saints who now rest in your embrace. Lord, in your mercy,
hear our prayer.
Receive these prayers, O God, and those in our hearts known only to you; through Jesus Christ our Lord.
The Lord’s Prayer
Communion: ELW 583 “Take My Life, That I May Be.”
Communion: ELW 748 “O God in Heaven.”
Prayer after Communion
Lord of life, in the gift of your body and blood you turn the crumbs of our faith into a feast of salvation. Send us forth into the world with shouts of joy, bearing witness to the abundance of your love in Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord.
The blessing of God, who provides for us, feeds us, and journeys with us, ☩ be upon you now and forever.
Sending Hymn: ELW 733 “Great is Thy Faithfulness,” all 3 verses.
Go in peace. The living Word dwells in you.
Thanks be to God.
Postlude: “Psalm 19,” arr. Marcello.
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Mike McCalester: Song Leader
Pam Edwards: Music Director/ Organist-Pianist
“Immortal, Invisible, God Only Wise.” Welsh melody, arranged by John Innes. Copyright 1983 by Fred Bock Music Company. All rights reserved. Permission to podcast/stream and print the music in this service obtained from One License with license #A-704843.
“Lift High the Cross.” Text: George W. Kitchin, 1827 – 1912; rev. Michael R. Newbolt, 1874-1956. Music: Sydney H. Nicholson, 1875 – 1947. Text and music copyright 1974 Hope Publishing Company. All rights reserved. Permission to podcast/stream and print the music in this service obtained from One License with license #A-704843.
“Oh, Praise the Gracious Power.” Text: Thomas H. Troeger, b. 1945. Music: Carol Doran, b. 1936. Text and music copyright 1984 Oxford University Press, Inc.. All rights reserved. Permission to podcast/stream and print the music in this service obtained from One License with license #A-704843.
“Take My Life, That I May Be.” (Toma, oh Dios, mi voluntad) . Text: Frances R. Havergal, 1836 – 1879, adapt.; Spanish text: Vicente Mendoza, 1875 – 1955. Music: William Dexheimer Pharris, b. 1956; arr. Mark Sedio, b. 1954. Music copyright 1999 Augsburg Fortress. All rights reserved. Permission to podcast/stream and print the music in this service obtained from One License with license #A-704843.
“O God in Heaven.” Text: Daniel T. Niles, 1908 – 1970, alt.. Music: Ilonggo (Philippines) traditional, adapt. Elena G. Maquiso, 1961 – 2005. Text copyright 1964 Christian Conference of Asia. Music copyright 1962 Elena G. Maquiso, admin. Augsburg Fortress. All rights reserved. Permission to podcast/stream and print the music in this service obtained from One License with license #A-704843.
“Great is Thy Faithfulness.” Text: Thomas O. Chisholm, 1866 – 1960. Music: William M. Runyan, 1870 – 1957. Text and music copyright 1923, ren. 1951 Hope Publishing Company. All rights reserved. Permission to podcast/stream and print the music in this service obtained from One License with license #A-704843.
“Psalm XIX” arr. Benedetto Marcello. Copyright 1952 Concordia Publishing House. One License #96790. All rights reserved. Permission to podcast/stream and print the music in this service obtained from One License with license #A-704843.
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