Sunday, July 3, 2022

The Holy Communion on the Fourth Sunday after Pentecost

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Harvest at Provence

Vincent Van Gogh (1853-1890)



Jesus sends his disciples to proclaim the Good News of the Kingdom


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 exiles have returned to Jerusalem from Babylon, but the restored kingdom seems to be far off still. The prophet promises the people that God will indeed keep his promises. He compares God’s provision to a mother’s who satisfies her child with milk from her breasts. In his own time, Martin Luther identifies ‘Jerusalem’ with the Church and the milk as the Word of Gospel:


[The prophet] pictures us as babies who must suck their fill from the consoling breast. This is true. When the consolation of the Word comes, the breast is full, abounding in consolations, even in extreme despair, misfortunes, and prisons. All of these are put out of commission by the Holy Spirit who promises better things. The breasts of the Holy Spirit are full, consoling us by giving us our fill to the very depths of our heart. Consolations offered by the world do not reach the hearts of Christians. He does not experience joy. The church’s breasts satisfy through the Word.  (Lectures on Isaiah)


SECOND READING: Paul encourages the Galatians to behave in ways which will build up life in community. In an agricultural image, he reminds the Galatians that sowing seed ‘according to the flesh’ will lead to ruin; to sow according to the Spirit will lead to a rich harvest of righteousness. He concludes the letter by calling attention to his impaired vision which causes him to write poorly and usually employ a scribe. He references his infirmity to remind the Galatians once again that ‘a good showing in the flesh’ is not what is important, but Christ’s achievement for us on the cross.


GOSPEL: The seventy are sent on an urgent errand. They must travel light and be laser-focused on the mission. The disciples are given promises: they will not lose the peace of the Kingdom no matter the ‘success’ of their proclamation, and they will be rejected or accepted not in their own person, but as ambassadors of Jesus and of his Father. When the disciples return, they are flush with victory. But Jesus reminds them that they are not to rejoice in what they have done, but what God has done for them.


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OPENING MUSIC                                                                         

Hark, the Voice of Jesus Calling – David P. Dahl

Praise, My Soul, the King of Heaven – 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                Praise, My Soul, the King of Heaven      Green LBW 549

1      Praise, my soul, the King of heaven;

        to his feet your tribute bring.

        Ransomed, healed, restored, forgiven,

        evermore his praises sing.

        Alleluia! Alleluia!

        Praise the everlasting King!


2      Praise him for his grace and favor

        to our forebears in distress.

        Praise him, still the same forever,

        slow to chide and swift to bless.

        Alleluia! Alleluia!

        Glorious in his faithfulness!


3      Tenderly he shields and spares us;

        well our feeble frame he knows.

        In his hands he gently bears us,

        rescues us from all our foes.

        Alleluia! Alleluia!

        Widely as his mercy flows.


4     Angels help us to adore him,

        who behold him face to face.

        Sun and moon bow down before him;

        all who dwell in time and space.

        Alleluia! Alleluia!

        Praise with us the God of grace.


Text: Henry F. Lyte, 1793-1847




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.


Boundless, O God, is your saving power;

your harvest reaches to the ends of the earth.

  Fill us our hearts with zeal for your kingdom

  and place on our lips the tidings of peace.

Grant us perseverance as heralds of the Gospel

and joy as disciples of your Son, Jesus Christ our Lord,

  who lives and reigns with you

   in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God,

   now and forever. Amen


Lord of the nations,

guide our people by your Spirit to go forth in justice and freedom.

  Give us what outward prosperity may be your will;

  but above all things give us faith in you,

  that our nation may bring glory to your name

  and blessings to all peoples;

through your Son, Jesus Christ our Lord.




Jesus said to the disciples: ‘Whoever listens to you listens to me.’

  Let us hear the Word of the Lord.                                                   Luke 10:16a



FIRST READING    Isaiah 66:10-14


10Rejoice with Jerusalem, and be glad for her,
  all you who love her;
 rejoice with her in joy,
  all you who mourn over her—
11that you may nurse and be satisfied
  from her consoling breast;
 that you may drink deeply with delight
  from her glorious bosom.
12For thus says the Lord:
 I will extend prosperity to her like a river,
  and the wealth of the nations like an overflowing stream;
 and you shall nurse and be carried on her arm,
  and dandled on her knees.
13As a mother comforts her child,
  so I will comfort you;
  you shall be comforted in Jerusalem.
14You shall see, and your heart shall rejoice;
  your bodies shall flourish like the grass;
 and it shall be known that the hand of the Lord is with his servants,
  and his indignation is against his enemies.


The Word of the Lord.  

  Thanks be to God.


PSALM 66:1-8 


 1 Be joyful in God, | all you lands;*

                sing the glory of his name; sing the glory | of his praise.

2 Say to God, "How awesome | are your deeds!*

                Because of your great strength

your enemies | cringe before you.

3 All the earth bows | down before you,*

                sings to you, sings | out your name."

4 Come now and see the | works of God,*

                how wonderful he is in his doing | toward all people.

5 He turned the sea into dry land,

so that they went through the wat- | er on foot,*

                and there we re- | joiced in him.

6 In his might he rules forever;

his eyes keep watch o- | ver the nations;*

                let no rebel rise | up against him.

7 Bless our | God, you peoples;*

                make the voice of his praise | to be heard,

8 who holds our | souls in life,*

                and will not allow our | feet to slip.             R       




SECOND READING    Galatians 6:1-16


1My friends, if anyone is detected in a transgression, you who have received the Spirit should restore such a one in a spirit of gentleness. Take care that you yourselves are not tempted. 2Bear one another’s burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ. 3For if those who are nothing think they are something, they deceive themselves. 4All must test their own work; then that work, rather than their neighbor’s work, will become a cause for pride. 5For all must carry their own loads.
6Those who are taught the word must share in all good things with their teacher.
7Do not be deceived; God is not mocked, for you reap whatever you sow. 8If you sow to your own flesh, you will reap corruption from the flesh; but if you sow to the Spirit, you will reap eternal life from the Spirit. 9So let us not grow weary in doing what is right, for we will reap at harvest time, if we do not give up. 10So then, whenever we have an opportunity, let us work for the good of all, and especially for those of the family of faith.

 11See what large letters I make when I am writing in my own hand! 12It is those who want to make a good showing in the flesh that try to compel you to be circumcised—only that they may not be persecuted for the cross of Christ. 13Even the circumcised do not themselves obey the law, but they want you to be circumcised so that they may boast about your flesh. 14May I never boast of anything except the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, by which the world has been crucified to me, and I to the world. 15For neither circumcision nor uncircumcision is anything; but a new creation is everything! 16As for those who will follow this rule—peace be upon them, and mercy, and upon the Israel of God.


The Word of the Lord.  

  Thanks be to God.







Gospel             Luke 10:1-11, 16-20


The Holy Gospel according to St. Luke.

  Glory to you, O Lord.


1After this the Lord appointed seventy others and sent them on ahead of him in pairs to every town and place where he himself intended to go. 2He said to them, “The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few; therefore ask the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into his harvest. 3Go on your way. See, I am sending you out like lambs into the midst of wolves. 4Carry no purse, no bag, no sandals; and greet no one on the road. 5Whatever house you enter, first say, ‘Peace to this house!’ 6And if anyone is there who shares in peace, your peace will rest on that person; but if not, it will return to you. 7Remain in the same house, eating and drinking whatever they provide, for the laborer deserves to be paid. Do not move about from house to house. 8Whenever you enter a town and its people welcome you, eat what is set before you; 9cure the sick who are there, and say to them, ‘The kingdom of God has come near to you.’ 10But whenever you enter a town and they do not welcome you, go out into its streets and say, 11‘Even the dust of your town that clings to our feet, we wipe off in protest against you. Yet know this: the kingdom of God has come near.’
16“Whoever listens to you listens to me, and whoever rejects you rejects me, and whoever rejects me rejects the one who sent me.”
17The seventy returned with joy, saying, “Lord, in your name even the demons submit to us!” 18He said to them, “I watched Satan fall from heaven like a flash of lightning. 19See, I have given you authority to tread on snakes and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy; and nothing will hurt you. 20Nevertheless, do not rejoice at this, that the spirits submit to you, but rejoice that your names are written in heaven.”


The Gospel of the Lord.

  Praise to you, O Christ.



Sermon                                                                                          Pastor Frontz



WHYMN OF THE DAY                                 

Hark, the Voice of Jesus Calling           Green LBW 381

1      Hark, the voice of Jesus calling,

        “Who will go and work today?

        Fields are white and harvests waiting,

        who will bear the sheaves away?”

        Loud and long the master calls you;

        rich reward he offers free.

        Who will answer, gladly saying,

        “Here am I. Send me, send me”?


2      If you cannot speak like angels,

        if you cannot preach like Paul,

        you can tell the love of Jesus;

        you can say he died for all.

        If you cannot rouse the wicked

        with the judgment’s dread alarms,

        you can lead the little children

        to the Savior’s waiting arms.


3      If you cannot be a watchman,

        standing high on Zion’s wall,

        pointing out the path to heaven,

        off’ring life and peace to all,

        with your prayers and with your bounties

        you can do what God demands;

        you can be like faithful Aaron,

        holding up the prophet’s hands.


4     Let none hear you idly saying,

        “There is nothing I can do,”

        while the multitudes are dying

        and the master calls for you.

        Take the task he gives you gladly;

        let his work your pleasure be.

        Answer quickly when he calls you,

        “Here am I. Send me, send me!”


Text: Daniel March, 1816-1909, alt.



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.


That the Church may continue to proclaim the Gospel of the coming Kingdom of God: Lord, in your mercy,

  hear our prayer.


That the members of this congregation may bear one another’s burdens and sow the seed of the Spirit that will bear fruit at the harvest time: Lord, in your mercy,

  hear our prayer.


That as the citizens of the United States observe the two-hundred forty-sixth anniversary of their independence, they may be sustained in their freedom and use that freedom wisely: Lord, in your mercy,

  hear our prayer.


That all who hold public trust, including the President, the Congress, the Courts, the Governor of Pennsylvania and our Legislature, all who serve in government, and the members of the armed forces, may be strengthened in their tasks for the good of all: Lord, in your mercy,

  hear our prayer.


That all who suffer may be lifted up in body, mind, and spirit, and given the rich consolation of the saving Word of the Kingdom, especially these whom we name before 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.


That at the great harvest of all the redeemed, we may rise to live forever with you and all those who have made their glory the Cross of Jesus Christ: 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:

  who sends his disciples to the end of the earth to sow the seed of the Gospel of the Kingdom, through which the Spirit brings forth a harvest of faith to your glory.

  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


Come now and see the works of God,

how wonderful he is in his doing toward all people.           Psalm 66:4

  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.



All Who Love and Serve Your City         Green LBW 436

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.




My God, How Wonderful Thou Art       Green LBW 524


1      My God, how wonderful thou art,

        thy majesty how bright!

        How beautiful thy mercy seat

        in depths of burning light!


2      How wonderful, how beautiful

        the sight of thee must be--

        thine endless wisdom, boundless pow'r,

        and awesome purity!


3      No earthly father loves like thee;

        no mother, e'er so mild,

        bears and forbears as thou hast done

        with me, thy sinful child.


4     Yet I may love thee too, O Lord,

        almighty as thou art,

        for thou hast stooped to ask of me

        the love of my poor heart.


5      My God, how wonderful thou art,

        thou everlasting friend!

        On thee I stay my trusting heart

        till faith in vision end.


Text: Frederick W. Faber, 1814-1863


Go in peace. Serve the Lord.

Thanks be to God!




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