Sunday Worship Service: 15 August 2021: Feast of Saint Mary, Mother of Our Lord


Happy Feast Day of Mary, Mother of our Lord!

As mentioned in our prayers, special thanks for the special music today:

Nena Myers, handbell, prelude, Faith of Our Fathers

Siobhan Dunn, vocal, Communion Hymn, In Christ Alone


Pastor Chris Lee


Centerpiece altar flowers for service are from Dorothy Berg, in memory of her husband, Richard Berg, whose birthday was August 5th.

Mary, Mother of Our Lord: Sunday, August 15, 2021

The church, including Martin Luther, honored Mary with the title theotokos, meaning “God-bearer,” for her role in giving birth to the Son of God. Her song, the Magnificat, speaks eloquently of God’s lifting the lowly and feeding the hungry.

Order of Worship for Sunday, August 15, 2021:

Prelude: ELW 812- “Faith of Our Fathers.” Nena Myers, Handbell Soloist.



Wisdom prepares a feast, sets her table, and invites all to come and eat her bread and drink her wine. The first chapter of John’s gospel owes much to the biblical tradition that imagined Wisdom as existing before anything was created and having a role in the work of creation. Christ, the wisdom of God (1 Cor. 1:24), today invites us to eat his flesh and drink his blood. John’s gospel includes no account of the institution of the Lord’s supper, but here we can’t help hearing Jesus’ words as an invitation to the meal of bread and wine we share.

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.

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.


Opening Hymn: ELW 556- “Morning Has Broken,”- all 3 verses.

Prayer of the Day

Ever-loving God, your Son gives himself as living bread for the life of the world. Fill us with such a knowledge of his presence that we may be strengthened and sustained by his risen life to serve you continually, through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord.


First Reading: Proverbs 9:1-6

Wisdom is portrayed as a woman who invites people to partake of her banquet. Just as ordinary food is necessary for physical life, Wisdom’s food—insight and understanding—is necessary for fullness of life with God. Partaking of Wisdom’s banquet is the way to life.

1Wisdom has built her house,
  she has hewn her seven pillars.
2She has slaughtered her animals, she has mixed her wine,
  she has also set her table.
3She has sent out her servant-girls, she calls
  from the highest places in the town,
4“You that are simple, turn in here!”
  To those without sense she says,
5“Come, eat of my bread
  and drink of the wine I have mixed.
6Lay aside immaturity, and live,
  and walk in the way of insight.”

Second Reading: Ephesians 5:15-20

True wisdom integrates our new reality in Christ with our Christian fellowship and daily conduct. Because we are filled with the Spirit, Christians regularly rejoice together, give thanks to God for one another, and care for one another. In this way we revere our Lord Jesus Christ.

15Be careful then how you live, not as unwise people but as wise, 16making the most of the time, because the days are evil. 17So do not be foolish, but understand what the will of the Lord is. 18Do not get drunk with wine, for that is debauchery; but be filled with the Spirit, 19as you sing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs among yourselves, singing and making melody to the Lord in your hearts, 20giving thanks to God the Father at all times and for everything in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.

Gospel: John 6:51-58

In John’s gospel, the feeding of the five thousand leads to extended teaching in which Jesus identifies himself as the true “bread of life.” Finally, in these verses, he makes a connection that would not be understood until after his death, in light of the church’s celebration of holy communion.

Jesus said, 51“I am the living bread that came down from heaven. Whoever eats of this bread will live forever; and the bread that I will give for the life of the world is my flesh.”
52The Jews then disputed among themselves, saying, “How can this man give us his flesh to eat?” 53So Jesus said to them, “Very truly, I tell you, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink his blood, you have no life in you. 54Those who eat my flesh and drink my blood have eternal life, and I will raise them up on the last day; 55for my flesh is true food and my blood is true drink. 56Those who eat my flesh and drink my blood abide in me, and I in them. 57Just as the living Father sent me, and I live because of the Father, so whoever eats me will live because of me. 58This is the bread that came down from heaven, not like that which your ancestors ate, and they died. But the one who eats this bread will live forever.”

Sermon: Pastor Chris Lee

Hymn of the Day: ELW 421- ,”By All your Saints,” verse. 1, 18, and Last (commemoration of Mary, Mother of our Lord).

Prayers of Intercession

Rooted in Christ and sustained by the Spirit, we offer our prayers for the church, the world, and all of creation.

God of wisdom, enlighten your church. Guide theologians, biblical scholars, authors, and seminary professors as they seek greater knowledge and invite others into deeper understanding. Teach us to ask faithful questions and open our minds to new ideas. God, in your mercy,

hear our prayer.

God of creation, mend the earth. Cool warming oceans and preserve melting ice caps. Increase our awareness of changing climate patterns and reveal new approaches to the ecological challenges we face. Shield those in the path of hurricanes or tropical storms. God, in your mercy,

hear our prayer.

God of all nations, direct our leaders. Grant them courage to lay aside political grudges and renew their determination to address difficult conflicts. Guide them in the work of reconciliation. God, in your mercy,

hear our prayer.

God of compassion, tend to the wounded. Rescue those tormented by mental illness or mired in addiction. Ease the anxiety of those struggling with dementia. Come quickly to help all who are grieving and all those who are sick and suffer especially Maddi Codvelli; Bill and Virginia Thorpe; Lyndon Esping; Richard Hotchkiss; John Westensee; Marijane Cook; Nancy and Bob Bosco; Charysse and Adean Heritage; Randy McIntyre; Karen Bemowski; Marilyn Hubbard; Olivia DeWitt; Helen Schubert, and all those we name before you aloud or in our hearts. Give them tangible signs of your steadfast love.

God, in your mercy,

hear our prayer.

God of beauty, inspire artists. Bless those whose visual and musical gifts enliven this assembly especially Pam Edwards, Miriam Anderson and our special musicians today: Nena Myers and Siobhan Dunn. Bless the creative work of poets, hymnwriters, composers, painters, sculptors, and others that enrich our worship and daily life. God, in your mercy,

hear our prayer.

God of resurrection, bring us to new life. Give us the living bread from heaven through which we abide in your love, and on the last day raise us with Mary, mother of Jesus and all the saints to eternal life. God, in your mercy,

hear our prayer.

We lift these and all our prayers to you, O God, confident in the promise of your saving love; through Jesus Christ our Lord.



Great Thanksgiving

The Lord’s Prayer

Communion Hymn: “In Christ Alone”- arr. Larson. Siobhan Dunn, Vocal Soloist.

Prayer after Communion

Jesus, Bread of life, we receive from your table more than we could ever ask. As you nourish us in this meal we have received, 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: ELW 537- “On Our Way Rejoicing,” both verses.


Go in peace. Christ is with you.

Thanks be to God.

Postlude: “My Faith Looks Up to Thee,” -arr. Young. One License #106175

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Image credit: Living Bread John 6, Flickr; saint Mary Theotokos Mother of God, Pinterest; Potted Plants on Parish House patio, Therese Guise

Music credit:

Special guest musicians: Nena Myers, Handbell Soloist and Siobhan Dunn, Vocal Soloist.

Miriam Anderson: Vocalists

Pam Edwards: Music Director/ Organist

“Faith of Our Fathers.” Text: Frederick W. Faber, 1814 – 1863, alt. Music: Henri F. Hemy, 1818 – 1888; James G. Walton, 1821 – 1905, refrain. Public domain.

“Morning Has Broken.”Text: Eleanor Farjeon, 1881 – 1965. Music: Gaelic tune; arr. hymnal version. Text copyright Miss E. Farjeon Will Trust, admin. David Higham Associates. Arr. 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.

“By All your Saints.”. Text: Horatio Bolton Nelson, 1823 – 1913, alt.; hymnal version, sts. 4, 9. Music: English folk tune. Text sts. 4, 9 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.

“In Christ Alone,”by Keith Getty and Stuart Townend. Arr. Lloyd Larson. Copyright 2002 Thank You Music. Hope Publishing Inc. Administered worldwide by One License #00-26343. All rights reserved. Permission to podcast/stream and print the music in this service obtained from One License with license #A-704843.

“On Our Way Rejoicing.” Text: John S. B. Monsell, 1811 – 1875, alt.. Music: Frances R. Havergal, 1836 – 1879. Public domain.

“My Faith Looks Up to Thee,” -arr. Gordon Young. One License #106175. Copyright 1994 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.

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