Sunday, August 1, 2021

The Holy Communion, Sunday August 1, the Tenth Sunday after Pentecost

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August 1, 2021, 9:30 a.m.

The Tenth 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: The book of Exodus recounts the saving act of God in sending his people the manna from heaven, which sustained them in the wilderness until they reached the Promised Land. In John 6, Jesus refers to another ‘bread from heaven’ which God the Father gives. This bread goes beyond earthly food and even beyond the miraculous manna of Exodus. Jesus himself is the bread which gives life to the world.


NEW TESTAMENT: Paul exhorts the Christians of Ephesus to a life ‘worthy of the calling to which (they) have been called.’ This is life together in the community of faith, and is marked by humility, gentleness, patience, and bearing with one another in love. God himself makes this life possible by granting spiritual gifts to the community. These spiritual gifts are meant not for self-promotion, but for the building up of the body of Christ. The twin standards of ‘truth’ and ‘love’ are not mutually exclusive, but in fact are inseparable. Anyone who claims one standard over the other does an injustice to them both. And yet the impossibility of either ever fully comprehending truth or ever acting in perfect love should lead us to deeper humility and adoration of the one who is himself Love and Truth.


GOSPEL: The opening hymn, Guide Me Ever, Great Redeemer, imagines the singer tracing the forty-year wilderness journey of Israel, asking God for help in reaching the promised land. However, this wilderness journey is a metaphor for the journey of the believer through life. The pilgrim is headed for ‘Canaan,’ here understood as the kingdom of heaven, and must traverse the ‘Jordan River,’ or death, in order to reach it. On the way the pilgrim is led by God’s Word, sustained by the water from the crystal fountain (a reference to baptismal life in the Spirit) and is fed with bread from heaven (the Eucharist).



OPENING MUSIC        Guide Me Ever, Great Redeemer      Ralph C. Schultz                  




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                                                                    Guide Me Ever, Great Redeemer


 1      Guide me ever, great Redeemer,

        pilgrim through this barren land.

        I am weak, but you are mighty;

        hold me with your pow’rful hand.

        Bread of heaven, bread of heaven,

        feed me now and evermore,

        feed me now and evermore.


2      Open now the crystal fountain

        where the healing waters flow;

        let the fire and cloudy pillar

        lead me all my journey through.

        Strong deliv’rer, strong deliv’rer,

        shield me with your mighty arm,

        shield me with your mighty arm.


3      When I tread the verge of Jordan,

        bid my anxious fears subside;

        death of death and hell’s destruction,

        land me safe on Canaan’s side.

        Songs and praises, songs and praises,

        I will raise forevermore,

        I will raise forevermore.


Text: William Williams, 1717-1791; tr. William Williams and Peter Williams, 1722-1796, alt.



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.




Father, giver of lasting life,

satisfy our hunger through Christ, the bread of Life,

and quench our thirst with your gift of faith,

  that we may no longer work for the food that perishes,

  but believe in the One whom you have sent.

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.




This is the work of God,

that you believe in him whom he has sent.                                        John 6:29

  Let us hear the Word of the Lord.



First READING                                                        Exodus 16:2-4, 9-15


2The whole congregation of the Israelites complained against Moses and Aaron in the wilderness. 3The Israelites said to them, “If only we had died by the hand of the Lord in the land of Egypt, when we sat by the fleshpots and ate our fill of bread; for you have brought us out into this wilderness to kill this whole assembly with hunger.”
4Then the Lord said to Moses, “I am going to rain bread from heaven for you, and each day the people shall go out and gather enough for that day. In that way I will test them, whether they will follow my instruction or not.”
9Then Moses said to Aaron, “Say to the whole congregation of the Israelites, ‘Draw near to the Lord, for he has heard your complaining.’
10And as Aaron spoke to the whole congregation of the Israelites, they looked toward the wilderness, and the glory of the Lord appeared in the cloud. 11The Lord spoke to Moses and said, 12“I have heard the complaining of the Israelites; say to them, ‘At twilight you shall eat meat, and in the morning you shall have your fill of bread; then you shall know that I am the Lord your God.’
13In the evening quails came up and covered the camp; and in the morning there was a layer of dew around the camp. 14When the layer of dew lifted, there on the surface of the wilderness was a fine flaky substance, as fine as frost on the ground. 15When the Israelites saw it, they said to one another, “What is it?” For they did not know what it was. Moses said to them, “It is the bread that the Lord has given you to eat.”


The Word of the Lord.                                                             Thanks be to God.

PSALM 78:23-29

Read responsively between pastor and congregation.


The Lord rained down manna upon them to eat.                                 (vs. 24)  

  The Lord rained down manna upon them to eat.        


23 [The LORD] commanded the | clouds above*

                and opened the | doors of heaven.

24 He rained down manna upon | them to eat*

                and gave them | grain from heaven.

25 So mortals ate the | bread of angels;*

                he provided for them | food enough.

26 He caused the east wind to blow | in the heavens*

                and led out the south wind | by his might.

27 He rained down flesh upon | them like dust*

                and winged birds like the sand | of the sea.

28 He let it fall in the midst | of their camp*

                and round | about their dwellings.

29 So they ate and | were well filled,*

                for he gave them | what they craved.


The Lord rained down manna upon them to eat.


SECOND READING                                                      Ephesians 4:1-16


I therefore, the prisoner in the Lord, beg you to lead a life worthy of the calling to which you have been called, 2with all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another in love, 3making every effort to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. 4There is one body and one Spirit, just as you were called to the one hope of your calling, 5one Lord, one faith, one baptism, 6one God and Father of all, who is above all and through all and in all.
7But each of us was given grace according to the measure of Christ’s gift. 8Therefore it is said,
 “When he ascended on high he made captivity itself a captive;
  he gave gifts to his people.”

9(When it says, “He ascended,” what does it mean but that he had also descended into the lower parts of the earth? 10He who descended is the same one who ascended far above all the heavens, so that he might fill all things.) 11The gifts he gave were that some would be apostles, some prophets, some evangelists, some pastors and teachers, 12to equip the saints for the work of ministry, for building up the body of Christ, 13until all of us come to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to maturity, to the measure of the full stature of Christ. 14We must no longer be children, tossed to and fro and blown about by every wind of doctrine, by people’s trickery, by their craftiness in deceitful scheming. 15But speaking the truth in love, we must grow up in every way into him who is the head, into Christ, 16from whom the whole body, joined and knit together by every ligament with which it is equipped, as each part is working properly, promotes the body’s growth in building itself up in love.


The Word of the Lord.                                                            

  Thanks be to God.




John 14:23                                       

Spoken in unison by the congregation.

Alleluia. Jesus said, Those who love me will keep my word, and my Father will love them, and we will come to them and make our home with them. Alleluia.


Gospel                                                                                John 6:24-35


The Holy Gospel according to St. John.

  Glory to you, O Lord.


24When the crowd saw that neither Jesus nor his disciples were [beside the sea,] they themselves got into the boats and went to Capernaum looking for Jesus.
25When they found him on the other side of the sea, they said to him, “Rabbi, when did you come here?” 26Jesus answered them, “Very truly, I tell you, you are looking for me, not because you saw signs, but because you ate your fill of the loaves. 27Do not work for the food that perishes, but for the food that endures for eternal life, which the Son of Man will give you. For it is on him that God the Father has set his seal.” 28Then they said to him, “What must we do to perform the works of God?”

29Jesus answered them, “This is the work of God, that you believe in him whom he has sent.” 30So they said to him, “What sign are you going to give us then, so that we may see it and believe you? What work are you performing? 31Our ancestors ate the manna in the wilderness; as it is written, ‘He gave them bread from heaven to eat.’ 32Then Jesus said to them, “Very truly, I tell you, it was not Moses who gave you the bread from heaven, but it is my Father who gives you the true bread from heaven. 33For the bread of God is that which comes down from heaven and gives life to the world.” 34They said to him, “Sir, give us this bread always.”
35Jesus said to them, “I am the bread of life. Whoever comes to me will never be hungry, and whoever believes in me will never be thirsty.”


The Gospel of the Lord.                                               Praise to you, O Christ.






X HYMN OF THE DAY                              How Sweet the Name of Jesus Sounds


 1      How sweet the name of Jesus sounds

        in a believer's ear!

        It soothes our sorrows, heals our wounds,

        and drives away all fear.


2      It makes the wounded spirit whole

        and calms the heart's unrest;

        'tis manna to the hungry soul

        and to the weary, rest.


3      Dear name! The rock on which I build,

        my shield and hiding place;

        my never-failing treasury, filled

        with boundless stores of grace.


4     By thee my prayers acceptance gain

        although with sin defiled.

        The devil charges me in vain,

        and I am owned a child.


5      O Jesus, shepherd, guardian, friend,

        my prophet, priest, and king,

        my Lord, my life, my way, my end,

        accept the praise I bring.


6      How weak the effort of my heart,

        how cold my warmest thought;

        but when I see thee as thou art,

        I'll praise thee as I ought.


7      Till then I would thy love proclaim

        with every fleeting breath;

        and may the music of thy name

        refresh my soul in death!


Text: John Newton, 1725-1807, alt.


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, through the wilderness of life you are leading us to the promised kingdom, and you sustain us with gifts both temporal and spiritual. Now hear our prayers for the Church, the world, and all in need, that the world may believe in him whom you have sent.


A brief silence


Thanks be to you, O God and Father of us all, for giving us the true bread from heaven, your Son, Jesus Christ our Lord. By his incarnation, death, and resurrection, satisfy our hunger and thirst for your salvation. Lord, in your mercy,

  hear our prayer.


United in the one body by the one Spirit, we rejoice in one hope, one faith, and one baptism into Christ. Help us grow deeper in our unity with you and with each other, leading a life worthy of the calling by which we have been called. Lord, in your mercy,

  hear our prayer.


We ask your blessing upon those traveling to Corpus Christi, Texas, for this year’s Lutheran Week. Be among the delegates and visitors to the Convocation of the North American Lutheran Church, that the work they do may be to the glory of your name and for the benefit of your whole Church. Lord, in your mercy,

  hear our prayer.


Inspire the leaders of the world to do justice, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with you. Be with all people; that they may live together in harmony in their nations and communities. Lord, in your mercy,

  hear our prayer.


Even as you fill our souls with living bread, we thank you that you open wide your hand and satisfy the needs of every living creature. Come to the aid of all who long for daily bread, and provide for their needs that they may serve and seek you in health and strength. Inspire us to come to their aid; and give us the Spirit of self-control, so that we may use your gifts of food and drink for your glory and not in self-indulgence. Lord, in your mercy,

  hear our prayer.


Hear the cries of all who suffer any need of body, mind, and spirit, and visit them in their distress. Uphold all those who fall; lift up those who are bowed down. Come to the aid of all who we name before you.


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.


We give you thanks, for you have given us the food which endures to eternal life. We thank you for all who have died in the faith and for our departed loved ones. Continue to feed us with the bread of heaven, until the day when we join with them in the feast which is to come. 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.



OFFERTORY  Proverbs 3:9-10                           

Spoken in unison by the congregation.

Honor the Lord with your substance and with the first fruits of all your produce; then your barns will be filled with plenty,

and your vats will be bursting with wine.



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 the first day of the week, 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

Jesus said: ‘I am the bread of life.

Whoever comes to me will never be hungry,

and whoever believes in me will never be thirsty.  

  Thanks be to God.                                                            John 6:35



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.



I Come, O Savior, to Your Table

Sung by the congregation.


 1      I come, O Savior, to your table,

        for weak and weary is my soul;

        you, Bread of life, alone are able

        to satisfy and make me whole.



        Lord, may your body and your blood

        be for my soul the highest good!


2      Your body, giv’n for me, O Savior;

        your blood, which once for me was shed:

        these are my life and strength forever,

        by them my hungry soul is fed.  Refrain


3      With you, Lord, I am now united;

        you live in me and I in you.

        No sorrow fills my soul; delighted

        it finds its deepest joy in you.  Refrain


4     My heart has now become your dwelling,

        O blessed, holy Trinity.

        With angels I, your praises telling,

        shall live in joy eternally.  Refrain


Text: Friedrich C. Heyder, 1677-1754; tr. The Lutheran Hymnal, 1941, alt.


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.


 Lord, now you let your servant go in peace;

your word has been fulfilled.

My own eyes have seen the salvation

which you have prepared in the sight of every people:

A light to reveal you to the nations

and the glory of your people Israel.

Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit;

as it was in the beginning, is now, and will be forever. Amen   

Song of Simeon (Luke 2:29-32)


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!