Sunday, August 8, 2021

The Holy Communion on the Eleventh Sunday after Pentecost: August 8, 2021

The livestream may be found here.

August 8, 2021, 9:30 a.m.

The Eleventh Sunday after Pentecost





The color green, used for the vestments and paraments for the Sundays after Pentecost, represents growth and life in the Holy Spirit.


OLD TESTAMENT: Last week, we heard of God’s provision of manna to sustain the Israelites in their wilderness journey to the Promised Land. This week, a similar story is told. Elijah is sent to Mt. Horeb for an encounter with God that will renew his ministry. He is given supernatural food which sustains him for a forty-day sojourn.


NEW TESTAMENT: The community of believers is called to speak the truth, to refuse to allow anger to rule over them, to labor for the sake of sharing with those who are poor in the community, to speak for the sake of building up others, and to forgive each other. By acting in this way, the members of the community become imitators of God, and their life together becomes an imitation of Christ, who sacrificed his life as an offering to the Father for their sake.


GOSPEL: Though the manna of Exodus was given for the Israelites’ forty-year journey to Canaan, and Elijah’s food given for his forty-day journey to the mountain of God, Jesus gives us himself for our journey through this life to eternal life. His last statement, ‘the bread that I will give for the life of the world is my flesh,’ points forward to his self-giving offering on the cross, which we receive in the Holy Communion.



Today’s organ music gives thanks to God for Jesus Christ who is our spiritual joy and whose cross we raise!  Born in Kansas, Gordon Young is most associated with the renowned First Presbyterian Church in Detroit MI.  Donald Busarow was a music professor at Wittenberg University, a Lutheran school in Springfield OH.  Considered by many as the most profound composer of all time, Lutheran organist/composer J.S. Bach was barely appreciated in his time.  Benedetto Marcello composed many musical paraphrases of the Psalms for contrasting instrumental groups, exploiting the reverberant acoustics of Saint Mark’s Cathedral in Venice. Wayne Earnest  

OPENING MUSIC        Lift High the Cross      Gordon Young (1919-1998)                    




In the name of the Father, and of the X Son, and of the Holy Spirit.



Almighty God, to whom all hearts are open, all desires known, and from whom no secrets are hid: Cleanse the thoughts of our hearts by the inspiration of your Holy Spirit, that we may perfectly love you and worthily magnify your holy name, through Jesus Christ our Lord.



If we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. But if we confess our sins, God who is faithful and just will forgive our sins and cleanse us from all unrighteousness.


Silence for reflection and self-examination.


Most merciful God,

  we confess that we are in bondage to sin

  and cannot free ourselves.

  We have sinned against you

  in thought, word, and deed,

  by what we have done

  and by what we have left undone.

  We have not loved you with our whole heart;

  we have not loved our neighbors as ourselves.

  For the sake of your Son, Jesus Christ, have mercy on us.

  Forgive us, renew us, and lead us,

  so that we may delight in your will and walk in your ways,

  to the glory of your holy name. Amen


Almighty God, in his mercy, has given his Son to die for us and, for his

sake, forgives us all our sins. As a called and ordained minister of the Church of Christ, and by his authority, I therefore declare to you the entire forgiveness of all your sins, in the name of the Father,

and of the X Son, and of the Holy Spirit.







I will go to the altar of God,

  to the God of my joy and gladness.                                        Psalm 43:4a


X HYMN                                                                         Joyful, Joyful We Adore Thee



1      Joyful, joyful we adore thee,

        God of glory, Lord of love!

        Hearts unfold like flow’rs before thee,

        praising thee, their sun above.

        Melt the clouds of sin and sadness,

        drive the gloom of doubt away.

        Giver of immortal gladness,

        fill us with the light of day.


2      All thy works with joy surround thee,

        earth and heav’n reflect thy rays,

        stars and angels sing around thee,

        center of unbroken praise.

        Field and forest, vale and mountain,

        flow’ry meadow, flashing sea,

        chanting bird, and flowing fountain

        call us to rejoice in thee.


3      Thou art giving and forgiving,

        ever blessing, ever blest,

        wellspring of the joy of living,

        ocean-depth of happy rest!

        Thou our Father, Christ our brother,

        all who live in love are thine;

        teach us how to love each other,

        lift us to the joy divine!



Text: Henry van Dyke, 1852-1933

Tune: Ludwig von Beethoven, 1770-1827











The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, the love of God,

and the communion of the Holy Spirit be with you all.

  And also with you.


God, our Father and provider,

whose Son has given his flesh for the life of the world,

sustain your pilgrim Church on her journey

with the word of life and the bread of heaven.

  Draw us nearer to him in whose name we gather,

  that, following his way of sacrificial love,

  we may come to the banquet of eternal life.

We ask this through Jesus Christ our Lord,

who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit,

one God, now and forever.




Let your words give grace to those who hear;

what is useful for building up, as there is need.                              Eph. 4:29

  Let us hear the Word of the Lord.



First READING                                                                      1 Kings 19:4-8


4[Elijah] went a day’s journey into the wilderness, and came and sat down under a solitary broom tree. He asked that he might die: “It is enough; now, O Lord, take away my life, for I am no better than my ancestors.”5Then he lay down under the broom tree and fell asleep. Suddenly an angel touched him and said to him, “Get up and eat.” 6He looked, and there at his head was a cake baked on hot stones, and a jar of water. He ate and drank, and lay down again. 7The angel of the Lord came a second time, touched him, and said, “Get up and eat, otherwise the journey will be too much for you.” 8He got up, and ate and drank; then he went in the strength of that food forty days and forty nights to Horeb the mount of God.


The Word of the Lord.                                                                                                    

  Thanks be to God.




PSALM 34:1-8

Read responsively between pastor and congregation.


Taste and see that the Lord is good.                          (vs. 8)  

  Taste and see that the Lord is good.                  


1 I will bless the Lord | at all times;*

                his praise shall ever be | in my mouth.

2 I will glory | in the Lord;*

                let the humble hear | and rejoice.

3 Proclaim with me the greatness | of the Lord;*

                let us exalt his | name together.

4 I sought the Lord, and he | answered me*

                and delivered me out of | all my terror.

5 Look upon him | and be radiant,*

                and let not your faces | be ashamed.

6 I called in my affliction, and | the Lord heard me*

                and saved me from | all my troubles.

7 The angel of the Lord encompasses | those who fear him,*

                and he will de- | liver them.

8 Taste and see that the | Lord is good;*

                happy are they who | trust in him!


Taste and see that the Lord is good.   


SECOND READING                                                      Ephesians 4:25—5:2


25So then, putting away falsehood, let all of us speak the truth to our neighbors, for we are members of one another. 26Be angry but do not sin; do not let the sun go down on your anger, 27and do not make room for the devil. 28Thieves must give up stealing; rather let them labor and work honestly with their own hands, so as to have something to share with the needy. 29Let no evil talk come out of your mouths, but only what is useful for building up, as there is need, so that your words may give grace to those who hear. 30And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, with which you were marked with a seal for the day of redemption. 31Put away from you all bitterness and wrath and anger and wrangling and slander, together with all malice, 32and be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ has forgiven you. 5:1Therefore be imitators of God, as beloved children, 2and live in love, as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us, a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God.


The Word of the Lord.                                                          Thanks be to God.



Hebrews 11:1                  

Spoken in unison by the congregation.

Alleluia. Faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen. Alleluia.


Gospel                                                                                    John 6:35, 41-51


The Holy Gospel according to St. John.

  Glory to you, O Lord.


35Jesus said to [the crowd,] “I am the bread of life. Whoever comes to me will never be hungry, and whoever believes in me will never be thirsty. 41Then the Jews began to complain about him because he said, “I am the bread that came down from heaven.” 42They were saying, “Is not this Jesus, the son of Joseph, whose father and mother we know? How can he now say, ‘I have come down from heaven’?” 43Jesus answered them, “Do not complain among yourselves. 44No one can come to me unless drawn by the Father who sent me; and I will raise that person up on the last day. 45It is written in the prophets, ‘And they shall all be taught by God.’ Everyone who has heard and learned from the Father comes to me. 46Not that anyone has seen the Father except the one who is from God; he has seen the Father. 47Very truly, I tell you, whoever believes has eternal life. 48I am the bread of life. 49Your ancestors ate the manna in the wilderness, and they died. 50This is the bread that comes down from heaven, so that one may eat of it and not die. 51I 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.”


The Gospel of the Lord.                                              

  Praise to you, O Christ.














X HYMN OF THE DAY                                                             Hope of the World

Hope of the World


1      Hope of the world, thou Christ of great compassion:

        speak to our fearful hearts by conflict rent.

        Save us, thy people, from consuming passion,

        who by our own false hopes and aims are spent.


2      Hope of the world, God’s gift from highest heaven,

        bringing to hungry souls the bread of life:

        still let thy Spirit unto us be given

        to heal earth’s wounds and end our bitter strife.


3      Hope of the world, afoot on dusty highways,

        showing to wand’ring souls the path of light:

        walk thou beside us lest the tempting byways

        lure us away from thee to endless night.


4     Hope of the world, who by thy cross didst save us

        from death and dark despair, from sin and guilt:

        we render back the love thy mercy gave us;

        take thou our lives and use them as thou wilt.


5      Hope of the world, O Christ, o’er death victorious,

        who by this sign didst conquer grief and pain:

        we would be faithful to thy gospel glorious;

        thou art our Lord! Thou dost forever reign!




Text: Georgia Harkness, 1891-1974








The pastor and people confess the faith of the Church in the words of the Apostles’ Creed.



I believe in God, the Father almighty,

creator of heaven and earth.


I believe in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord.

                He was conceived by the power of the Holy Spirit

                                and born of the virgin Mary.

                He suffered under Pontius Pilate,

                                was crucified, died, and was buried.

                He descended into hell.

                On the third day he rose again.

                He ascended into heaven,

                                and is seated at the right hand of the Father.

                He will come again to judge the living and the dead.


I believe in the Holy Spirit,

                the holy catholic Church,

                the communion of saints,

                the forgiveness of sins,

                the resurrection of the body,

                and the life everlasting. Amen



Father, you so loved the world that you gave your only Son, so that all who believe in him might not perish, but have eternal life. Hear the prayers we offer in the Spirit for the Church, the world, and all who are in need.


A brief silence


Father, your Son is the bread of life. By this food, sustain us on our journey, set us on straight and level paths, and satisfy our hunger and thirst for your life in us. Lord, in your mercy,

  hear our prayer.


Father, for our sake, your Son made himself a fragrant offering and sacrifice to you. Help us to offer ourselves to each other, sacrificing our selfish desires to you, in imitation of his great love. Lord, in your mercy,

  hear our prayer.




Have mercy, O God, upon the nations of the world, that by your power peoples would be reconciled and peace and justice may reign. Lord, in your mercy,

  hear our prayer.


Let your mercy rest upon the bereaved, those oppressed by systems of power, those who are sick and injured, hungry and thirsty, who live without faith, and those who have no one to care for them. Hear our prayers, and give us spirits of love to share in your mercy.


The pastor reads those names which have been submitted for prayer.

The people are invited to offer petitions and thanksgivings.


Lord, in your mercy,                                       

  hear our prayer.


Father, those who have died in Christ share in your great feast and celebration. We thank you for those who have gone before us in faith, especially for your servant Dorothy Uhlemann. As we participate today in the meal of the body and blood of Christ, point us toward that day when we will feast with the saints in heaven. Lord, in your mercy,

  hear our prayer.


Into your hands, Father, we commend all for whom we pray, trusting in your steadfast love,

through your Son, Jesus Christ our Lord.




The peace of the Lord be with you always.

  And also with you.


The people exchange a sign of peace with the simple words, Peace be with you.



The Lord’s Table is prepared.



Holy God, We Praise Thy Name – arr., Donald Busarow (1934-2011)






OFFERTORY  Psalm 104:13-15           

Spoken in unison by the congregation.

The earth is fully satisfied by the fruit of your works. You make grass grow for the flocks and herds, and plants to serve humankind; that they may bring forth food from the earth, and wine to gladden our hearts, oil to make a cheerful countenance, and bread to strengthen the heart.



As the grain once scattered in the fields

and the grapes once dispersed on the hillside

are now reunited on this table in bread and wine,

so, Lord, may your whole Church be gathered together

from the corners of the earth into your kingdom.





 The Lord be with you.                                   

  And also with you.                     

Lift up your hearts.                                         

  We lift them to the Lord.                        

Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.                                  

  It is right to give him thanks and praise.


  It is indeed right and salutary that we should at all times

and in all places offer thanks and praise to you, O Lord, holy Father, through your Son, Jesus Christ.

  On this, the day of the Lord, you gather his people together

to celebrate his paschal mystery of redemption. By your saving word you teach us, and in the supper of the Lord you feed this assembly with the bread of heaven; so that with joy we may know ourselves as a people reborn in a living hope, and walking in the fellowship of love

as we await in faith the return of our Savior.

  And so, with the Church on earth and the hosts of heaven, we praise your name and join their unending hymn:

 Holy, holy, holy LORD, God of power and might!

                Heaven and earth are full of your glory.

                Hosanna in the highest!

Blessed is he who comes in the name of the LORD!

                Hosanna in the highest!


You are indeed holy, almighty and merciful God;

                you are most holy, and great is the majesty of your glory.

You so loved the world that you gave your only Son,

                that whoever believes in him may not perish

 but have eternal life.

Having come into the world, he fulfilled for us your holy will

                and accomplished our salvation.


In the night in which he was betrayed,

                our Lord Jesus took bread, and gave thanks;

                broke it, and gave it to his disciples, saying:

                Take and eat; this is my body, given for you.

Do this for the remembrance of me.



Again, after supper, he took the cup, gave thanks,

                and gave it for all to drink, saying:

                This cup is the new covenant in my blood,

                shed for you and for all people for the forgiveness of sin.

Do this for the remembrance of me.


Remembering, therefore, his salutary command,

                his life-giving Passion and death,

                his glorious resurrection and ascension,

and his promise to come again,

                we give thanks to you, Lord God Almighty,

                not as we ought, but as we are able;

and we implore you mercifully to accept our praise and thanksgiving, and, with your Word and Holy Spirit,

to bless us, your servants,

                and these your own gifts of bread and wine;

that we and all who share in the body and blood of your Son may be filled with heavenly peace and joy,

                and, receiving the forgiveness of sin,

may be sanctified in soul and body,

                and have our portion with all your saints.


All honor and glory are yours, O God, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit,

                in your holy Church, now and forever.



Christ is in our midst.

By the power of the Spirit,

we pray to his Father, saying:


Our Father, who art in heaven,

                                hallowed be thy name,

                                thy kingdom come,

                                thy will be done,

                                                on earth as it is in heaven.

                Give us this day our daily bread;

                and forgive us our trespasses,

                                as we forgive those who trespass against us;

                and lead us not into temptation,

                                but deliver us from evil.

                For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory,

                                forever and ever. Amen

Behold, the living bread come down from heaven.

  Whoever eats this bread will live forever.                             John 6:51


AGNUS DEI (Lamb of God)          

 Lamb of God, you take away the sin of the world; have mercy on us.

Lamb of God, you take away the sin of the world; have mercy on us.

Lamb of God, you take away the sin of the world; grant us peace.




Admission to the Sacrament is by invitation of the Lord, presented through the Church to those who are baptized.


They may receive the Lord’s Body and Blood who are baptized in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, who commune in their home churches, and who believe that Jesus Christ, crucified and risen, is truly present in, with, and under the forms of bread and wine for the forgiveness of sins, life, and salvation.


The communicants will be invited forward one family unit at a time. Please do not come forward until the pastor directs you to come forward, do not approach all the way to the table until the pastor has retreated.


 When the pastor says ‘The body of Christ, given for you,’ eat the bread. When the pastor says, ‘The blood of Christ, shed for you,’ drink the wine.  Please take the plate and the glass(es) and place them on the table that is indicated.







     Improvisation on I Am the Bread of Life

                        Jesu, Joy of Our Desiring – J.S. Bach (1685-1750)


After all have returned to their places, the congregation stands at the direction of the pastor.


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




Pour out upon us the Spirit of your love, O Lord, and unite the wills of those whom you have fed with one heavenly food, through Jesus Christ our Lord.





The Lord bless you and keep you.

The Lord make his face to shine on you and be gracious to you.

The Lord look upon you with favor and give you peace.




Go in peace. Serve the Lord.                                        

  Thanks be to God!


POSTLUDE:             The Heavens Declare – Benedetto Marcello (1686-1739)




Sun/ Aug 8          WORSHIP 9:30 AM

                                Prayer at the Close of the Day (livestream) 9:30 PM

Mon/ Aug 9        Uhlemann Funeral 11:00 AM

Wed/ Aug 11       Evening Prayer (livestream) 7:00 PM

Sat/ Aug 14          NA Meeting 11 AM

                                SATURDAY EVENING WORSHIP 6:30 PM

Sun/ Aug 15         WORSHIP 9:30 AM

                                Prayer at the Close of the Day (livestream) 9:30 PM                               






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New Revised Standard Version Bible, copyright 1989, Division of Christian Education of the

 National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

Common Worship: Times and Seasons, material from which is included in this

service, is copyright © The Archbishops’ Council of the Church of England, 2006.

Opening Prayers: Collects in Contemporary Language,

copyright 1997 International Commission on English in the Liturgy. All rights reserved.

Prayer of the Day from Opening Prayers: Collects in Contemporary Language,

copyright 1997 International Commission on English in the Liturgy. All rights reserved.

Proper Preface from We Give You Thanks and Praise: The Ambrosian Eucharistic Prefaces, Sheed and Ward, 2000.

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