Sunday, July 10, 2022

The Holy Communion on the Fifth Sunday after Pentecost, July 10, 2022, 9:30 a.m.

 The livestream may be found here. 

This picture was taken inside a replica of a typical nineteenth-century Swedish schoolhouse at Skansen, an open-air museum of history and culture in Stockholm. Posters to illustrate Biblical stories were common in these schools, as in American schools of the time. The depiction might have been especially memorable in a world without television, color photography, or even easy access to books. 


Jesus teaches of the compassion and mercy of God


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


FIRST READING Deuteronomy 30:9-14: Moses exhorts those about to enter the promised land to observe the covenant God made with them at Sinai. He anticipates an objection: the people will say that the will of God is unclear. Moses says that God has given them all they need to discern his will; the words of the covenant themselves, if they recite them and learn them with a willing heart, will guide them in covenant faithfulness.


SECOND READING Colossians 1:1-14: Many scholars believe that the different writing style from letters such as Romans and Galatians indicate that the letter was written in Paul’s name by a disciple of Paul. Whether that be true or not, Paul’s signature themes of sanctification and justification are present in this letter, as the writer tells of God’s action in Christ to redeem human beings and of the Gospel bearing fruit among the Colossians and in the whole world.


GOSPEL Luke 10:25-37: The ‘lawyer’ is not a criminal or civil attorney, but one who is well-versed in the Law of God as delivered to Israel in Torah, the first five books of what we call the Old Testament: Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, Deuteronomy. He is asking Jesus for a professional religious opinion. Jesus turns the question back around at him, and he answers by quoting Deuteronomy 6:4 and Leviticus 19:18. Jesus is satisfied with this answer, but the lawyer is not. He wants Jesus to define the limits of the people whom he should love as himself. Jesus refuses to do so, but with an imaginative story he describes, not the boundaries of concern for the people of God, but how the people of God should act towards all people.





 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                                                                         

Jesu, Jesu, Fill Us with Your Love – J.M. Strobel

Hope of the World – Donald Busarow






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                Hope of the World                  Green LBW 493




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.


God of mercy and compassion,

in Christ you draw near to us,

lifting us out of death,

binding up our wounds,

and nursing our spirits back to health.

  Let such a tenderness as yours

  compel us to go and do likewise,

  finding and serving the neighbors

  in whom you choose to be found.

We ask this through Jesus Christ, our Lord,

who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,

one God, now and forever.




God guides the humble in doing right and teaches his way to the lowly.

  Let us hear the Word of the Lord.                                                    Psalm 25:8


FIRST READING          Deuteronomy 30:9-14


9The Lord your God will make you abundantly prosperous in all your undertakings, in the fruit of your body, in the fruit of your livestock, and in the fruit of your soil. For the Lord will again take delight in prospering you, just as he delighted in prospering your ancestors, 10when you obey the Lord your God by observing his commandments and decrees that are written in this book of the law, because you turn to the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul.
11Surely, this commandment that I am commanding you today is not too hard for you, nor is it too far away. 12It is not in heaven, that you should say, “Who will go up to heaven for us, and get it for us so that we may hear it and observe it?” 13Neither is it beyond the sea, that you should say, “Who will cross to the other side of the sea for us, and get it for us so that we may hear it and observe it?” 14No, the word is very near to you; it is in your mouth and in your heart for you to observe.


The Word of the Lord.  

  Thanks be to God.


PSALM 25:1-9


1 To you, O Lord, I lift up my soul; my God, I put my | trust in you;*

                let me not be humiliated, nor let my enemies triumph | over me.

2 Let none who look to you be | put to shame;*

                let the treacherous be disappointed | in their schemes.

3 Show me your | ways, O Lord,*

                and teach | me your paths.

4 Lead me in your | truth and teach me,*

                for you are the God of my salvation;

in you have I trusted all | the day long.

5 Remember, O Lord, your compas- | sion and love,*

                for they are from | everlasting.

6 Remember not the sins of my youth and | my transgressions;*

                remember me according to your love

                and for the sake of your good- | ness, O Lord.

7 Gracious and upright | is the Lord;*

                therefore he teaches sinners | in his way.

8 He guides the humble in | doing right*

                and teaches his way | to the lowly.

9 All the paths of the Lord are | love and faithfulness*

                to those who keep his covenant and his | testimonies.      



SECOND READING    Colossians 1:1-14


1Paul, an apostle of Christ Jesus by the will of God, and Timothy our brother,
2To the saints and faithful brothers and sisters in Christ in Colossae:
  Grace to you and peace from God our Father.
3In our prayers for you we always thank God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, 4for we have heard of your faith in Christ Jesus and of the love that you have for all the saints, 5because of the hope laid up for you in heaven. You have heard of this hope before in the word of the truth, the gospel 6that has come to you. Just as it is bearing fruit and growing in the whole world, so it has been bearing fruit among yourselves from the day you heard it and truly comprehended the grace of God. 7This you learned from Epaphras, our beloved fellow servant. He is a faithful minister of Christ on your behalf, 8and he has made known to us your love in the Spirit.
9For this reason, since the day we heard it, we have not ceased praying for you and asking that you may be filled with the knowledge of God’s will in all spiritual wisdom and understanding, 10so that you may lead lives worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing to him, as you bear fruit in every good work and as you grow in the knowledge of God. 11May you be made strong with all the strength that comes from his glorious power, and may you be prepared to endure everything with patience, while joyfully 12giving thanks to the Father, who has enabled you to share in the inheritance of the saints in the light. 13He has rescued us from the power of darkness and transferred us into the kingdom of his beloved Son, 14in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins.


The Word of the Lord.  

  Thanks be to God.







Gospel             Luke 10:25-37


The Holy Gospel according to St. Luke.

  Glory to you, O Lord.


25Just then a lawyer stood up to test Jesus. “Teacher,” he said, “what must I do to inherit eternal life?” 26He said to him, “What is written in the law? What do you read there?” 27He answered, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your strength, and with all your mind; and your neighbor as yourself.” 28And he said to him, “You have given the right answer; do this, and you will live.”
29But wanting to justify himself, he asked Jesus, “And who is my neighbor?” 30Jesus replied, “A man was going down from Jerusalem to Jericho, and fell into the hands of robbers, who stripped him, beat him, and went away, leaving him half dead. 31Now by chance a priest was going down that road; and when he saw him, he passed by on the other side. 32So likewise a Levite, when he came to the place and saw him, passed by on the other side. 33But a Samaritan while traveling came near him; and when he saw him, he was moved with pity. 34He went to him and bandaged his wounds, having poured oil and wine on them. Then he put him on his own animal, brought him to an inn, and took care of him. 35The next day he took out two denarii, gave them to the innkeeper, and said, ‘Take care of him; and when I come back, I will repay you whatever more you spend.’ 36Which of these three, do you think, was a neighbor to the man who fell into the hands of the robbers?” 37He said, “The one who showed him mercy.” Jesus said to him, “Go and do likewise.”


The Gospel of the Lord.

  Praise to you, O Christ.






WHYMN OF THE DAY                                 

Jesu, Jesu, Fill Us with Your Love        Blue WOV 765


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.


Father, you have made your compassion and mercy known to the world in Jesus Christ our Lord. Guide your church in the ways of his love for others, showing us our neighbors in the vulnerable, the friendless, and those in any need. Lord, in your mercy,

  hear our prayer.


Grant that the people of our congregation may walk in your truth and bring forth good fruit to your praise. Lord, in your mercy,

  hear our prayer.


Defend us and all people from the blights of violence and terror. Be light in the darkness for those who face persecution for their faith. Have mercy upon those who serve in government, that they may perform their duties with zeal for justice. Lord, in your mercy,

  hear our prayer.


Come to the aid of those who suffer from every disease of body, mind, and spirit. Bless those in healing ministries of every kind, and fill them with wisdom, compassion, and patience. Make all of us instruments of your peace and your power to deliver from evil. Hear our prayers for the healing of all and of those we name before you…


Lord, in your mercy,

  hear our prayer.


Lead us to heaven, and in Christ’s great day bring us to stand with our loved ones and with all who have striven to live in his truth and compassion. 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.




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. Through him you rescued us from the power of darkness and brought us into your Kingdom, that we may know your mercy and compassion and bring forth the good fruit of the word of truth. 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


This is the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world.

Happy are we who are called to his supper.

  Lord, I am not worthy to receive you,

  but only say the word and I shall be healed.                                  

                                                                                      John 1:29; Revelation 19:9; Luke 7:6-7



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 Mercy, God of Light                     Green LBW 425

1      O God of mercy, God of light,

        in love and mercy infinite,

        teach us, as ever in your sight,

        to live our lives in you.


2     You sent your Son to die for all,

        that our lost world might hear your call;

        oh, hear us lest we stray and fall!

        We rest our hope in you.


3      Teach us the lesson Jesus taught:

        to feel for those his blood has bought,

        that ev’ry deed and word and thought

        may work a work for you.


4     For all are kindred, far and wide,

        since Jesus Christ for all has died;

        grant us the will, and grace provide

        to love them all in you.


5     In sickness, sorrow, want, or care,

        each other’s burdens help us share;

        may we, where help is needed, there

        give help as though to you.


6     And may your Holy Spirit move

        all those who live to live in love,

        till you receive in heav’n above

        those who have lived to you.


Text: Godfrey Thring, 1823-1903, alt.

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.



May you be made strong with all the strength that comes from Christ’s glorious power, and may you be prepared to endure everything with patience, while joyfully giving thanks to the Father, who has enabled you to share in the inheritance of the saints in the light.

  Amen                                                                                                     Colossians 1:11-12


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.

  Amen                                                                                                     Numbers 6:24-26



Lord, Whose Love in Humble Service       Green LBW 423


1          Lord, whose love in humble service

Bore the weight of human need,

Who upon the cross forsaken,

Worked your mercy’s perfect deed:

We, your servants, bring the worship

Not of voice alone, but heart;

Consecrating to your purpose

Ev’ry gift which you impart.


2        Still your children wander homeless;

Still the hungry cry for bread;

Still the captives long for freedom;

Still in grief we mourn our dead.

As you, Lord, in deep compassion

Healed the sick and freed the soul,

By your Spirit send your power

To our world to make it whole.


3         As we worship, grant us vision,

Till your love’s revealing light

In its height and depth and greatness

Dawns upon our quickened sight,

Making known the needs and burdens

Your compassion bids us bear,

Stirring us to ardent service,

Your abundant life to share.



Text: Albert f. Bayly, b. 1901, alt.


Go in peace. Serve the Lord.

Thanks be to God!



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