Sunday Worship Service: 11 July 2021


Donate to the Thanksgiving in July Drive

During the entire month of July, First Lutheran is participating in Churches United’s Thanksgiving in July Drive to help replenish the food banks in our area.

You may bring your items to the church where there are boxes in the Narthex below the bulletin board. On the bulletin board, there is a list of the food and other items that are needed. Also, there are two boxes in the Parish House entry where you may bring your donations on Tuesdays and Wednesdays when the Parish House office is open. If you would like to make a monetary donation, make your check out to First Lutheran Church; there is a container in the Narthex for monetary donations.

All food, essential items and monetary donations will be given to the food pantry at Church of Peace, Rock Island.

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Order of Worship for July 11, 2021


Prelude: “Meditation” for flute, by Jules Massenet. Robin Asay, flute.


When Amos reports his vision of God judging Israel for its mistreatment of the poor, he becomes a threat to the power of the priests and the king. John the Baptist also speaks truth to power, and Herod has him killed. In Herod’s fear that Jesus is John returned from the dead, we may hear hope for the oppressed: all the prophets killed through the ages are alive in Jesus. We are called to witness to justice in company with them, and to proclaim God’s saving love.

Confession and Forgiveness

Blessed be the holy Trinity,☩ one God, the God of manna, the God of miracles, the God of mercy.


Drawn to Christ and seeking God’s abundance, let us confess our sin.

Silence is kept for reflection.

God, our provider,

help us. It is hard to believe there is enough to share. We question your ways when they differ from the ways of the world in which we live. We turn to our own understanding rather than trusting in you. We take offense at your teachings and your ways. Turn us again to you. Where else can we turn? Share with us the words of eternal life and feed us for life in the world.


Beloved people of God: in Jesus, the manna from heaven, you are fed and nourished. By Jesus, the worker of miracles, there is always more than enough. Through Jesus, ☩ the bread of life, you are shown God’s mercy: you are forgiven and loved into abundant life.


Prayer of the Day

O God, from you come all holy desires, all good counsels, and all just works. Give to us, your servants, that peace which the world cannot give, that our hearts may be set to obey your commandments; and also that we, being defended from the fear of our enemies, may live in peace and quietness, through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord. Amen.

Opening Hymn: ELW 645- “Christ is Made the Sure Foundation,” verses 1, 3, & 4.

First Reading: Amos 7:7-15

Amos is not the kind of prophet attached to temples or royal courts. Rather, he is an ordinary farmer from Judah (the southern kingdom) called by God to speak to Israel (the northern kingdom). God’s word of judgment through Amos conflicts with the king’s court prophet Amaziah, whom Amos encounters at Bethel.

7This is what the Lord God showed me: the Lord was standing beside a wall built with a plumb line, with a plumb line in his hand. 8And the Lord said to me, “Amos, what do you see?” And I said, “A plumb line.” Then the Lord said,
 “See, I am setting a plumb line
  in the midst of my people Israel;
  I will never again pass them by;
9the high places of Isaac shall be made desolate,
  and the sanctuaries of Israel shall be laid waste,
  and I will rise against the house of Jeroboam with the sword.”
10Then Amaziah, the priest of Bethel, sent to King Jeroboam of Israel, saying, “Amos has conspired against you in the very center of the house of Israel; the land is not able to bear all his words. 11For thus Amos has said,
 ‘Jeroboam shall die by the sword,
  and Israel must go into exile
  away from his land.’ ”
12And Amaziah said to Amos, “O seer, go, flee away to the land of Judah, earn your bread there, and prophesy there; 13but never again prophesy at Bethel, for it is the king’s sanctuary, and it is a temple of the kingdom.”
14Then Amos answered Amaziah, “I am no prophet, nor a prophet’s son; but I am a herdsman, and a dresser of sycamore trees, 15and the Lord took me from following the flock, and the Lord said to me, ‘Go, prophesy to my people Israel.’ ”

Second Reading: Ephesians 1:3-14

In Jesus, all of God’s plans and purposes have been made known as heaven and earth are united in Christ. Through Jesus, we have been chosen as God’s children and have been promised eternal salvation.

3Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in Christ with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places, 4just as he chose us in Christ before the foundation of the world to be holy and blameless before him in love. 5He destined us for adoption as his children through Jesus Christ, according to the good pleasure of his will, 6to the praise of his glorious grace that he freely bestowed on us in the Beloved. 7In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of his grace 8that he lavished on us. With all wisdom and insight 9he has made known to us the mystery of his will, according to his good pleasure that he set forth in Christ, 10as a plan for the fullness of time, to gather up all things in him, things in heaven and things on earth. 11In Christ we have also obtained an inheritance, having been destined according to the purpose of him who accomplishes all things according to his counsel and will, 12so that we, who were the first to set our hope on Christ, might live for the praise of his glory. 13In him you also, when you had heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation, and had believed in him, were marked with the seal of the promised Holy Spirit; 14this is the pledge of our inheritance toward redemption as God’s own people, to the praise of his glory.

Gospel: Mark 6:14-29

As Jesus and his disciples begin to attract attention, Mark recalls the story of John the Baptist’s martyrdom. Like John, Jesus and his disciples will also suffer at the hands of those opposed to the gospel of salvation.

14King Herod heard of the disciples’ preaching, for Jesus’ name had become known. Some were saying, “John the baptizer has been raised from the dead; and for this reason these powers are at work in him.” 15But others said, “It is Elijah.” And others said, “It is a prophet, like one of the prophets of old.” 16But when Herod heard of it, he said, “John, whom I beheaded, has been raised.”
17For Herod himself had sent men who arrested John, bound him, and put him in prison on account of Herodias, his brother Philip’s wife, because Herod had married her. 18For John had been telling Herod, “It is not lawful for you to have your brother’s wife.” 19And Herodias had a grudge against him, and wanted to kill him. But she could not, 20for Herod feared John, knowing that he was a righteous and holy man, and he protected him. When he heard him, he was greatly perplexed; and yet he liked to listen to him. 21But an opportunity came when Herod on his birthday gave a banquet for his courtiers and officers and for the leaders of Galilee. 22When his daughter Herodias came in and danced, she pleased Herod and his guests; and the king said to the girl, “Ask me for whatever you wish, and I will give it.” 23And he solemnly swore to her, “Whatever you ask me, I will give you, even half of my kingdom.” 24She went out and said to her mother, “What should I ask for?” She replied, “The head of John the baptizer.” 25Immediately she rushed back to the king and requested, “I want you to give me at once the head of John the Baptist on a platter.” 26The king was deeply grieved; yet out of regard for his oaths and for the guests, he did not want to refuse her. 27Immediately the king sent a soldier of the guard with orders to bring John’s head. He went and beheaded him in the prison, 28brought his head on a platter, and gave it to the girl. Then the girl gave it to her mother. 29When his disciples heard about it, they came and took his body, and laid it in a tomb.

Sermon: Pastor Chris Lee

Hymn of the Day: ELW 717- “Let Justice Flow Like Streams,” verses 1, 2, & 3.

Prayers of Intercession

Let us come before the triune God in prayer.

Holy parent, you welcome your people into one family and gather all things to yourself. Bestow your grace upon your beloved church, lavish your wisdom upon us, and redeem us from our faults, that by our witness all might praise your glory. Lord, in your mercy,

hear our prayer.

Awesome Creator, you steadfastly tend to the smallest of seeds and the mightiest of sycamore trees. Spring up green growth from the earth, nourish the growth of fruit, grain, and other crops, and bless the work of farmers and laborers. Lord, in your mercy,

hear our prayer.

God of the oppressed, turn the ears of those who are in power to the voices of prophets in our own day. Protect those who speak difficult truths when it is risky to do so. Lord, in your mercy,

hear our prayer.

God of strength, you are near to those who endure difficulty. Comfort all who are survivors of violence, guard the refugee and the immigrant, and protect all those who are victims of prejudice and discrimination. Lord, in your mercy,

hear our prayer.

God of compassion, you became vulnerable in the person of Jesus Christ in solidarity with the disempowered. Strengthen those who feel faint, give courage to those who fear, and bring wholeness to those in need especially John Westensee; Trenton Arnold; Marijane Cook; Nancy and Bob Bosco; Charysse and Adean Heritage; Bonnie Neu; Becky and Bill Hall; Randy McIntyre; Karen Bemowski; Marilyn Hubbard; Nancy Johnson; Helen Schubert, Richard Hotchkiss; Kurt Dasso, and 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.

God of love, we pray for this holy house and all those who worship here. We pray especially for those whose efforts behind the scenes often go unnoticed; for the custodians and maintenance workers, for our office staff, for those in positions of leadership, and for all of our volunteers. Lord, in your mercy,

hear our prayer.

We thank you, God, for the saints, martyrs, and prophets who have died in the faith especially Benedict of Nursia. We remember those in this community who have recently died, especially Loran Anderson and his family. United with them as God’s children, assure us that we are yours forever. Lord, in your mercy,

hear our prayer.

We lift our prayers to you, O God, trusting in your abiding grace.



Great Thanksgiving

The Lord’s Prayer

Communion Hymn: ELW 494- “For the Bread Which You Have Broken.”

Communion Hymn: ELW 760- “O Christ the Same.”

Blessing after Communion

The body and blood of our Lord Jesus Christ strengthen you and keep you in his grace.


Prayer after Communion

Jesus, Bread of life, we receive from your table more than we could ever ask. As you have nourished us in this meal, now strengthen us to love the world with your own life. In your name we pray.



The blessing of God, who provides for us, feeds us, and journeys with us, ☩ be upon you now and forever.


Sending Hymn: ELW 771- “God, Who Stretched the Spangled Heavens,” verses 1 & 3.


Go in peace. Christ is with you.

Thanks be to God.

Postlude: ELW 710- “Let Streams of Living Justice.”

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Image credits: John the Baptist and Herod, Pinterest; Canned Goods,; and Hydrangea, by Therese Guise.

Music credits:

Vocalist/ Songleader: Mike McCalster. Flutist: Robin Asay; Pianist/ Organist & Music Director: Pam Edwards.

“Meditation” for flute, by Jules Massenet (1842 – 1912). Robin Asay, flute.

“Christ is Made the Sure Foundation.” Text: Latin hymn, c. 7th cent; tr. John Mason Neale, 1818 – 1866, alt.. Music Henry Purcell, 1659 – 1695; arr. Ernest Hawkins, 1802 – 1868. Public domain.

“Let Justice Flow Like Streams.” Text: Jane Parker Huber, b. 1926. Music: Aaron Williams, 1731 – 1776. Text copyright 1984 Jane Parker Huber, admin. Westminster John Knox Press. All rights reserved. Permission to podcast/stream and print the music in this service obtained from One License with license #A-704843.

“For the Bread Which You Have Broken.” Text: Louis F. Benson, 1855 – 1930, alt.. Music: Gross Catolisch Gesangbuch, Nurnberg, 1631; arr. William Smith Rockstro, 1823 – 1895. Text copyright Robert F. Jefferys Jr.. All rights reserved. Permission to podcast/stream and print the music in this service obtained from One License with license #A-704843.

“O Christ the Same.” Text: Timothy Dudley-Smith, b. 1926. Music: Carl F. Schalk, b. 1929. Text copyright 1984 Hope Publishing Company. Music copyright 2006 Augsburg Fortress. All rights reserved. Permission to podcast/stream and print the music in this service obtained from One License with license #A-704843.

“God, Who Stretched the Spangled Heavens.” Text: Catherine Cameron, b. 1927. Music: W. Walker, Southern Harmony, 1835. Text copyright 1967 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.

“Let Streams of Living Justice.” Text: William Whitla, b. 1934. Music: Gustav Holst, 1874 – 1934. Text copyright 1989 William Whitla. 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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