Sunday, June 19, 2022

The Holy Communion on the Second Sunday after Pentecost, June 19, 9:30 a.m.

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The Healing of the Possessed at Gadarene

Frank Wesley (1923-2002)



“This is an unusual work for Frank Wesley because of its abstract form combined with detailed, realistic human faces and hands. The impact is of greater momentum than that found in many other of his paintings. The movement of the demons out of the two twisted figures swirls through the canvas in almost full circle, gradually becoming the head of a thousand-headed cobra as it spills down the hillside in the bodies of the pigs. Demonic faces of men and animals are picked out indistinctly in red, blue and grey. All seem to rush with violence and speed to the lower left corner where the wild-eyed swineherds are looking over their shoulders as they race from the frightening event. Jesus is holding the twisting, writhing bodies of the two naked men with gentleness, his head bowed over them in concern and caring. He holds the shoulder of one man from underneath to support him while his other hand is grasping the chin of the frothing naked man who is breaking the chains with which he is bound. Earlier these chains were broken in madness; now their destruction signals a return to sanity. The artist says that Jesus always meets the needs of people where they are and with only what they require and are able to use or accept at that moment. At the lower right of this work, sharp jagged rocks symbolize the harsh place to which the men were exiled – the world where we all live until healed of our madness by God’s love…The bodies of these two who are healed are the same mixture of the ugly and unexpected beauty. The beauty is Jesus’ love exercised so firmly and gently in this terrifying situation…Between their writhing bodies and that of the healer is a space of sky-blue color, indicating the presence of God.” From Frank Wesley: Exploring Faith with a Brush by Naomi Wray.



Jesus delivers from the power of evil


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


FIRST READING: The words ‘sit inside tombs and spend the night in secret places’ refer to the fact that the people of Israel are participating in the occult practice of attempting to consult the dead regarding their fortunes, rather than trusting in the living LORD. Blessed Martin Luther explains the Second Commandment in the Small Catechism:


You shall not make wrongful use of the name of the LORD your God. What is this?

We should fear and love God, so that we do not curse, swear, practice magic, lie, or deceive using God’s name, but instead use that very name in every time of need to call upon, pray to, praise, and give thanks to God.


God brings his rebellious people to judgment for this and many other evils. Nevertheless, God will preserve a faithful remnant, delivering them from their possession in the midst of an unfaithful people.


SECOND READING: Having exalted faith in Christ as the way of salvation, Paul now considers the question of why the Law was necessary. He uses the metaphor of a ‘guardian’ of a minor. While faith in Christ was yet to be known, the Law was like a disciplinarian who kept order. But now that faith has come, the people are to be ‘mature’ sons and daughters of God. Anyone who believes, either Jew or Gentile, is offspring of Abraham, who is the father of faith.


GOSPEL: The details of the story of the Gerasene demoniac -- the sudden appearance of the man who lived in the tombs, the casting of the demons into the swine, the response of the swineherds and the population to Jesus’ act of power – make this story memorable. The story serves to emphasize Jesus’ lordship over all that would oppress the people of God, an act which confirms his proclamation of God’s kingdom. We pray, ‘deliver us from evil,’ in confidence that he will indeed deliver us from every power which opposes his glorious and gentle rule.

 We include in the online order of worship all hymns which are in the public domain. Texts which are copyrighted may not be included in the online order of worship. If you need a copy of the hymnals for your home use, please contact us so that we may provide you with one. Thank you!

OPENING MUSIC                            

Rise, Shine, You People – David P. Dahl

God of Grace, and God of Glory – Paul Manz





The sign of the cross may be made by all in remembrance of their Baptism.


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.

(1 John 1:8-9)

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.  Amen




I will go to the altar of God;

  the God of my joy and gladness.


WHymn                  God of Grace, and God of Glory         Green LBW 415

1      God of grace and God of glory,

        on your people pour your pow’r;

        crown your ancient church’s story;

        bring its bud to glorious flow’r.

        Grant us wisdom, grant us courage

        for the facing of this hour,

        for the facing of this hour.


2      Lo! The hosts of evil round us

        scorn the Christ, assail his ways!

        From the fears that long have bound us

        free our hearts to faith and praise.

        Grant us wisdom, grant us courage

        for the living of these days,

        for the living of these days,


3      Cure your children’s warring madness;

        bend our pride to your control;

        shame our wanton, selfish gladness,

        rich in things and poor in soul.

        Grant us wisdom, grant us courage,

        lest we miss your kingdom’s goal,

        let we miss your kingdom’s goal.


4     Save us from weak resignation

        to the evils we deplore;

        let the gift of your salvation

        be our glory evermore.

        Grant us wisdom, grant us courage,

        serving you whom we adore,

        serving you whom we adore.


Text: Harry E. Fosdick, 1878-1969





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.                                                                             2 Corinthians 13:13








The Lord be with you.

  And also with you.


O Lord God, we bring before you the cries of a sorrowing world.

  In your mercy set us free from the chains that bind us,

  and defend us from everything that is evil.

Grant this through our Lord, Jesus Christ, your Son,

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

one God, now and forever.





I will declare your name to my brethren;

in the midst of the congregation I will praise you.                           Psalm 22:21

  Let us hear the Word of the Lord.




FIRST READING    Isaiah 65:1-9


1I was ready to be sought out by those who did not ask,
  to be found by those who did not seek me.
 I said, “Here I am, here I am,”
  to a nation that did not call on my name.
2I held out my hands all day long
  to a rebellious people,
 who walk in a way that is not good,
  following their own devices;
3a people who provoke me
  to my face continually,
 sacrificing in gardens
  and offering incense on bricks;
4who sit inside tombs,
  and spend the night in secret places;
 who eat swine’s flesh,
  with broth of abominable things in their vessels;

5who say, “Keep to yourself,
  do not come near me, for I am too holy for you.”
 These are a smoke in my nostrils,
  a fire that burns all day long.
6See, it is written before me:
  I will not keep silent, but I will repay;
 I will indeed repay into their laps
  7their iniquities and their ancestors’ iniquities together,
 says the Lord;
 because they offered incense on the mountains
  and reviled me on the hills,
 I will measure into their laps
  full payment for their actions.
8Thus says the Lord:
 As the wine is found in the cluster,
  and they say, “Do not destroy it,
  for there is a blessing in it,”
 so I will do for my servants’ sake,
  and not destroy them all.
9I will bring forth descendants from Jacob,
  and from Judah inheritors of my mountains;
 my chosen shall inherit it,
  and my servants shall settle there.

The Word of the Lord.  

  Thanks be to God.


PSALM 22:18-27  


18 Be not far a- | way, O Lord;*

                you are my strength; hast- | en to help me.

19 Save me | from the sword,*

                my life from the power | of the dog.

20 Save me from the | lion's mouth,*

                my wretched body from the horns | of wild bulls.

21 I will declare your name | to my brethren;*

                in the midst of the congregation | I will praise you.

22 Praise the Lord, | you that fear him;*

                stand in awe of him, O offspring of Israel;

all you of Jacob's | line, give glory.

23 For he does not despise nor abhor the poor in their poverty;

    neither does he hide his | face from them;*

                but when they cry to | him he hears them.

24 My praise is of him in the | great assembly;*

                I will perform my vows

in the presence of those who | worship him.

25 The poor shall eat and be satisfied,

    and those who seek the | Lord shall praise him:*

                "May your heart | live forever!"

26 All the ends of the earth shall remember and turn | to the Lord,*

                and all the families of the nations shall | bow before him.

27 For kingship belongs | to the Lord;*

                he rules o- | ver the nations.                                      R                                

SECOND READING    Galatians 3:23-29


23Now before faith came, we were imprisoned and guarded under the law until faith would be revealed. 24Therefore the law was our disciplinarian until Christ came, so that we might be justified by faith. 25But now that faith has come, we are no longer subject to a disciplinarian, 26for in Christ Jesus you are all children of God through faith. 27As many of you as were baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ. 28There is no longer Jew or Greek, there is no longer slave or free, there is no longer male and female; for all of you are one in Christ Jesus. 29And if you belong to Christ, then you are Abraham’s offspring, heirs according to the promise.


The Word of the Lord.  

  Thanks be to God.







Gospel             Luke 8:26-39


The Holy Gospel according to St. Luke.

  Glory to you, O Lord.


26[Jesus and his disciples] arrived at the country of the Gerasenes, which is opposite Galilee. 27As he stepped out on land, a man of the city who had demons met him. For a long time he had worn no clothes, and he did not live in a house but in the tombs. 28When he saw Jesus, he fell down before him and shouted at the top of his voice, “What have you to do with me, Jesus, Son of the Most High God? I beg you, do not torment me”—29for Jesus had commanded the unclean spirit to come out of the man. (For many times it had seized him; he was kept under guard and bound with chains and shackles, but he would break the bonds and be driven by the demon into the wilds.) 30Jesus then asked him, “What is your name?” He said, “Legion”; for many demons had entered him. 31They begged him not to order them to go back into the abyss.
32Now there on the hillside a large herd of swine was feeding; and the demons begged Jesus to let them enter these. So he gave them permission. 33Then the demons came out of the man and entered the swine, and the herd rushed down the steep bank into the lake and was drowned.

34When the swineherds saw what had happened, they ran off and told it in the city and in the country. 35Then people came out to see what had happened, and when they came to Jesus, they found the man from whom the demons had gone sitting at the feet of Jesus, clothed and in his right mind. And they were afraid. 36Those who had seen it told them how the one who had been possessed by demons had been healed. 37Then all the people of the surrounding country of the Gerasenes asked Jesus to leave them; for they were seized with great fear. So he got into the boat and returned. 38The man from whom the demons had gone begged that he might be with him; but Jesus sent him away, saying, 39“Return to your home, and declare how much God has done for you.” So he went away, proclaiming throughout the city how much Jesus had done for him.


The Gospel of the Lord.

  Praise to you, O Christ.



Sermon                                                                                           Pastor Frontz



WHYMN OF THE DAY                                 

Rise, Shine, You People!        Green LBW 393



CONFESSION OF FAITH         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




Let us pray for the whole people of God in Christ Jesus, and for all people according to their needs.


A brief silence is kept.


O God, deliver your Church from the oppression of evil, that we may be set free to praise you forever and tell of the good things you have done for us. Lord, in your mercy,

  hear our prayer.


Deliver us from the desire for revenge, from coldness of heart, and from fear of the future. Deliver us from all that would harm us in body or spirit. Give us faith in your saving promises. Lord, in your mercy,

  hear our prayer.



Deliver the people of the world from terror, war, famine, plague, and environmental degradation. Let the poor eat and be satisfied. Raise up leaders and innovators, and bless those in civil authority, that they may firmly resist whatever is demonic. We pray for nations and people in need…             Lord, in your mercy,

  hear our prayer.


Deliver those imprisoned by any malady of body or spirit, and show them signs of your healing grace, that they may be witnesses to your goodness. Hear the cries of those who call upon you.


The pastor reads the names submitted for prayer.

The people are invited to offer prayer and thanksgiving.


Lord, in your mercy,

  hear our prayer.


Deliver us from the fear of death, and strengthen us to walk the way of faith, that at your call we may join all those who praise you in eternal life. We especially remember this day our fathers who have died and who have received your paternal welcome. Lord, in your mercy,

  hear our prayer.


Into your hands, Father, we commend all for whom we pray, trusting in your steadfast love; through Jesus Christ our Lord.



On this day in which our nation honors fatherhood, let us give thanks for our earthly fathers and for all who have shown us the care of fathers, and pray for those who have been given the holy vocation of fatherhood.


Silence for reflection and thanksgiving.


O God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, you entrusted your Son to the care of Joseph, and you bless with your heavenly grace all those who are called to act as fathers to children. We give you thanks for our fathers and for our fathers in faith, and for all the good you have done to us through them. Empower all fathers to be wise and faithful servants, that with gentleness and strength they may provide for, teach, and guide their daughters and sons. Make them examples of faith active in love, that generations to come may praise you; through Jesus Christ, our Lord.     




The peace of the Lord be with you always.

  And also with you.


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



The Lord’s Table is prepared.



O Bread of Life from Heaven (LBW 222), stanza 1

1      O Bread of life from heaven,

        O Food to pilgrims given,

        O Manna from above:

        feed with the blessed sweetness

        of your divine completeness

        the souls that want and need your love.



Blessed are you, Lord God of all creation:

through your goodness we have this bread to set before you,

which earth has given and human hands have made.

It will become for us the bread of life.

  Blessed be God for ever.


Blessed are you, Lord God of all creation:

through your goodness we have this wine to set before you,

fruit of the vine and work of human hands.

It will become for us the cup of salvation.

  Blessed be God for ever.





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 Christ our Lord. He has won the victory over the powers that held the world in bondage; through him we are called your children, heirs of the promises you give to all the faithful. And so, with the Church on earth and the hosts of heaven, we praise your name and join their unending hymn:


 The pastor leads the people in praying the Eucharistic canon:


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.                     Amen

In the presence of Christ, we pray to his Father using the words he gave us.


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                                                                     Matthew 6:9-15


The poor shall eat and be satisfied;

and those who seek the LORD shall praise him.                  Psalm 22:25

  Thanks be to God.



O Bread of Life from Heaven, stanza 2

2      O Fount of grace redeeming,

        O River ever streaming

        from Jesus’ wounded side:

        come now, your love bestowing

        on thirsting souls, and flowing

        till all are fully satisfied.





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.


Please come forward, take a communion cup from the tray, and kneel at the altar rail on your ‘side’ of the worship space. Please make an effort to leave some distance between your family unit and the next family unit. When your side has finished communing, please place your empty cup in the tray provided.




O God of Light            Green LBW 237

When all have received, 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.


O Bread of Life from Heaven, stanza 3

      3      We love you, Jesus, tender,

        in all your hidden splendor

        within these means of grace.

        Oh, let the veil be riven,

        and our clear eye in heaven

        behold your glory face to face.



Almighty God, you gave your Son both as a sacrifice for sin and a model of the godly life. Enable us to receive him always with thanksgiving, and to conform our lives to his; through the same Jesus Christ our Lord.






Silence for meditation.



The Lord bless you and keep you;

the Lord make his face shine on you and be gracious to you;

the Lord look upon you with favor and X give you peace.




Sent Forth by God’s Blessing     Green LBW 221



Go in peace. Serve the Lord.

Thanks be to God!




From Sundays and Copyright 2022 Augsburg Fortress. All rights reserved.

Reprinted by permission under Augsburg Fortress Liturgies Annual License #20540.

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.

Wesley, Frank, 1923-2002. Healing of the Possessed at Gadarene, from Art in the Christian Tradition, a project of the Vanderbilt Divinity Library, Nashville, TN. [retrieved June 6, 2022]. 

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