Sunday, September 11, 2022

The Holy Communion on the Fourteenth Sunday after Pentecost, 10:30 a.m.

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Joy over the lost who are found


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


FIRST READING: God ‘repents’ or ‘changes his mind’ about the disaster that he plans to bring upon his rebellious people. What it looks like for God to change his mind is left to our imagination. Perhaps it is from the human perspective only that God seems to change his mind, but what is certain from our perspective is that despair over our plight is changed into hope for the future. Sin and evil, judgment and wrath do not have the last word. God turns toward his people so his that people might turn to him.   


SECOND READING: Paul’s letters to Timothy are the ‘passing of the torch’ to the next generation of Christian leaders. In this reading, Paul briefly recounts his story: he was lost and was found by God in Jesus Christ. In Paul’s understanding, he was called not only to teach with words, but to be a living example of those who are ignorant of God’s will and who may be saved by God’s mercy.


GOSPEL: Today we hear two of the three parables of the lost from Luke 15. (The third, the parable of the lost sons, was read in Lent.) Jesus answers the objections of the Pharisees who grumble against him because he associates with known sinners. Using homespun images easily grasped by his hearers (and us) Jesus explains the divine joy that is present when sinners turn back to God. The implication is clear: those who grumble should instead embrace God’s joy when the lost are found.



OPENING MUSIC                         Jesus Sinners Will Receive - Gunter Raphael

Now that the Daylight Fills the Sky - Carl Schalk





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


Blessed be God: Father, X Son, and Holy Spirit;

  And blessed be his kingdom, now and forever. Amen


Since we have a great high priest who has passed through the heavens, Jesus, the Son of God, let us with confidence draw near to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need.

Hebrews 4:14-16


Let us confess our sins in the presence of God and of one another.


Silence for reflection and self-examination.


I confess to God Almighty, before the whole company of heaven, and to you, my brothers and sisters, that I have sinned in thought, word, and deed by my fault, by my own fault, by my own most grievous fault; wherefore I pray God Almighty to have mercy on me, forgive me all my sins, and bring me to everlasting life. Amen


 The almighty and merciful Lord grant you pardon, forgiveness,

  and remission of all your sins. Amen


  I confess to God Almighty, before the whole company of heaven,

  and to you, my brothers and sisters, that I have sinned in thought,

  word, and deed by my fault, by my own fault, by my own most

  grievous fault; wherefore I pray God Almighty to have mercy on  

  me, forgive me all my sins, and bring me to everlasting life. Amen


The almighty and merciful Lord grant you pardon, forgiveness, and remission of all your sins.                                                            Amen







I will go to the altar of God;

  the God of my joy and gladness.


WHymn                Now that the Daylight Fills the Sky      Green LBW 268


1      Now that the daylight fills the sky,

        we lift our hearts to God on high,

        that he, in all we do or say,

        would keep us free from harm today;


2      Would guard our hearts and tongues from strife;

        from anger’s din would shield our life;

        from evil sights would turn our eyes,

        and close our ears to vanities;


3      So we, when this new day is gone

        and night in turn is drawing on,

        with conscience by the world unstained

        shall praise his name for vict’ry gained.


4     “All praise to you, creator Lord!

        All praise to you, eternal Word!

        All praise to you, O Spirit wise!”

        we sing as daylight fills the skies.


Text: Latin hymn, 7th or 8th cent.; tr. John Mason Neale, 1818-1866, 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.                                                                             2 Corinthians 13:13









The Lord be with you.

  And also with you.


Patiently you seek the lost, O God,

and exultant you bring home the found.

  Touch our hearts with grateful wonder

  at the tenderness of your forbearing love.

  Grant us delight in the mercy that has found us

  and bring all to rejoice at the feast of forgiveness.

We ask this through Jesus Christ, our Lord,

who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,

one God, now and forever.




God makes us hear of joy and gladness.

  Let us hear the Word of the Lord.                                                  Psalm 51:9a











First READING           Exodus 32:7-14


7The Lord said to Moses, “Go down at once! Your people, whom you brought up out of the land of Egypt, have acted perversely; 8they have been quick to turn aside from the way that I commanded them; they have cast for themselves an image of a calf, and have worshiped it and sacrificed to it, and said, ‘These are your gods, O Israel, who brought you up out of the land of Egypt!’ 9The Lord said to Moses, “I have seen this people, how stiff-necked they are. 10Now let me alone, so that my wrath may burn hot against them and I may consume them; and of you I will make a great nation.”
11But Moses implored the Lord his God, and said, “O Lord, why does your wrath burn hot against your people, whom you brought out of the land of Egypt with great power and with a mighty hand? 12Why should the Egyptians say, ‘It was with evil intent that he brought them out to kill them in the mountains, and to consume them from the face of the earth’? Turn from your fierce wrath; change your mind and do not bring disaster on your people. 13Remember Abraham, Isaac, and Israel, your servants, how you swore to them by your own self, saying to them, ‘I will multiply your descendants like the stars of heaven, and all this land that I have promised I will give to your descendants, and they shall inherit it forever.’
14And the Lord changed his mind about the disaster that he planned to bring on his people.


The Word of the Lord.                                                                                                      

  Thanks be to God.
















PSALM 51:1-11


Antiphon                                                                                                                                                                         Ps. 51:1




1 Have mercy on me, O God, according to your | lovingkindness;*

                in your great compassion blot out | my offenses.

2 Wash me through and through | from my wickedness,*

                and cleanse me | from my sin.

3 For I know | my transgressions,*

                and my sin is ev- | er before me.

4 Against you only | have I sinned*

                and done what is evil | in your sight.

5 And so you are justified | when you speak*

                and upright | in your judgment.

6 Indeed, I have been wicked | from my birth,*

                a sinner from my | mother's womb.

7 For behold, you look for truth | deep within me,*

                and will make me understand | wisdom secretly.

8 Purge me from my sin, and I | shall be pure;*

                wash me, and I shall be | clean indeed.

9 Make me hear of | joy and gladness,*

                that the body you have broken | may rejoice.

10 Hide your face | from my sins,*

                and blot out all | my iniquities.

11 Create in me a clean | heart, O God,*

and renew a right spir- | it within me.    


SECOND READING                    1 Timothy 1:12-17


12I am grateful to Christ Jesus our Lord, who has strengthened me, because he judged me faithful and appointed me to his service, 13even though I was formerly a blasphemer, a persecutor, and a man of violence. But I received mercy because I had acted ignorantly in unbelief, 14and the grace of our Lord overflowed for me with the faith and love that are in Christ Jesus. 15The saying is sure and worthy of full acceptance, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners—of whom I am the foremost. 16But for that very reason I received mercy, so that in me, as the foremost, Jesus Christ might display the utmost patience, making me an example to those who would come to believe in him for eternal life. 17To the King of the ages, immortal, invisible, the only God, be honor and glory forever and ever. Amen.


The Word of the Lord.                                                          

  Thanks be to God.



VERSE    Romans 15:4                                   Setting by Robert J. Powell

Alleluia. Whatever was written in former days was written for our instruction, that by steadfastness and by the encouragement of the Scriptures we might have hope. Alleluia.


Gospel             Luke 15:1-10


The Holy Gospel according to St. Luke.                  

  Glory to you, O Lord.


1Now all the tax collectors and sinners were coming near to listen to [Jesus.] 2And the Pharisees and the scribes were grumbling and saying, “This fellow welcomes sinners and eats with them.”
3So he told them this parable: 4“Which one of you, having a hundred sheep and losing one of them, does not leave the ninety-nine in the wilderness and go after the one that is lost until he finds it? 5When he has found it, he lays it on his shoulders and rejoices. 6And when he comes home, he calls together his friends and neighbors, saying to them, ‘Rejoice with me, for I have found my sheep that was lost.’ 7Just so, I tell you, there will be more joy in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine righteous persons who need no repentance.
8“Or what woman having ten silver coins, if she loses one of them, does not light a lamp, sweep the house, and search carefully until she finds it? 9When she has found it, she calls together her friends and neighbors, saying, ‘Rejoice with me, for I have found the coin that I had lost.’ 10Just so, I tell you, there is joy in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner who repents.”


The Gospel of the Lord.                                              

  Praise to you, O Christ.






WHYMN OF THE DAY                                 

Jesus Sinners Will Receive             Green LBW 291

St. 1 and 3/ Choir

1      Jesus sinners will receive;

        may they all this saying ponder

        who in sin’s delusions live

        and from God and heaven wander!

        Here is hope for all who grieve:

        Jesus sinners will receive.


2      We deserve but grief and shame,

        yet his words, rich grace revealing,

        pardon, peace, and life proclaim.

        Here our ills have perfect healing;

        we with humble hearts believe

        Jesus sinners will receive.


3      When their sheep have lost their way,

        faithful shepherds go to seek them;

        Jesus watches all who stray,

        faithfully to find and take them

        in his arms, that they may live--

        Jesus sinners will receive.


4     Come, O sinners, one and all,

        come, accept his invitation;

        come, obey his gracious call,

        come and take his free salvation!

        Firmly in these words believe:

        Jesus sinners will receive.


5      Jesus sinners will receive.

        Even me he has forgiven;

        and when I this earth must leave,

        I shall find an open heaven.

        Dying, still to him I cleave--

        Jesus sinners will receive.


Text: Erdmann Neumeister, 1671-1756; tr. Evangelical Lutheran Hymn-Book, 1912, 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.


We pray for the Church. We are born children of a fallen humanity; in the waters of baptism we are made children of God and inheritors of eternal life. Help us to live in the covenant you have made with us. Lord, in your mercy,

  hear our prayer.


We pray for our congregation. Center us on Christ; that we may be salt and light, a seasoning of the world and a beacon to guide home the lost. Lord, in your mercy,

  hear our prayer.


We pray for our bishop, Dan; our pastors, and all ministers of the Word. Give them the spirit of joy as they preach the Word which both judges and saves. Lord, in your mercy,

  hear our prayer.


We pray for those who are lost in the darkness of ignorance or error. Keep them from despair or presumption, and bring them to your house to delight in your will and walk in your ways, to the glory of your holy name. Lord, in your mercy,

  hear our prayer.


We pray for the peace of the world; for good government and health of community; for the relief of those stricken by disaster and war; for those who live in poverty; for migrants and refugees, and for all in any need of body, mind or spirit. Lord, in your mercy,

  hear our prayer.


We pray for the ill of our congregation; the grieving; the dying, and all who need our prayers:


The pastor reads the names and situations submitted for prayer.

The people may offer spoken or silent petitions or praises.


Lord, in your mercy,

  hear our prayer.


We pray in thanksgiving for those who were lost who have been found, and we pray that we may share in the joy of those who stand in awe in the presence of your love; 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.




OFFERTORY                  Romans 14:6-8          Setting by Robert J. Powell

Those who observe the day, observe it in honor of the Lord. Those also who eat, eat in honor of the Lord, since they give thanks to God. None of us lives alone, and none of us dies alone. If we live, we live to the Lord, and if we die, we die to the Lord; so then, whether we live or whether we die, we are the Lord’s.




Hear us, O Lord Jesus Christ, from your dwelling place,

from the glorious throne of your kingdom, and come and cleanse us.

  You are seated on high with the Father,

  and you dwell also with us here, although unseen.

By your mighty hand render us worthy to receive in holy communion

your spotless body and your precious blood.





It is indeed right and salutary that we should at all times and all in places offer thanks and praise to you, holy Father, through Christ our Lord: who like a tender shepherd seeks the lost sheep; who like a patient woman searches out the lost coin; who came into the world to save sinners and by his death and resurrection restores our joy. 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:


Lord, you are holy indeed.

All creation gives you thanks and praise.


In the wonder of your love for us,

  you created life through your Word made flesh,

  Jesus Christ our Lord,

  by the power of the Holy Spirit.


From every time and place

  you gather a people to yourself,

  so that those you claim as your own

  may glorify your wondrous grace and mercy.


As we now gather this Table to celebrate the Supper of your Son,

  we ask that by the power of your Spirit

  these gifts of bread and wine may be for us

  the body and blood of our Lord Jesus Christ.


That same Lord Jesus, on the night he was betrayed,

  took bread; when he had given thanks,

  he broke it and gave it to the disciples, and said;

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

  Do this for my remembrance.


When supper had ended, he took the cup;

  when he had given thanks, he gave it to them and said:

  All of you, drink from this,

  for this cup is my blood of the new covenant,

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

  Do this for my remembrance.


Let us proclaim the mystery of faith:

  Christ has died. Christ is risen. Christ will come again.


Mighty Lord, Gracious Father:

  As we call to mind the death your Son endured for us,

  his glorious resurrection and ascension,

  and his promise to come again,

  we offer you our sacrifice of praise and thanksgiving.


Grant that we who gather for this holy supper

  may be filled with the Holy Spirit,

  united in Christ as his living body in the world,

  awaiting the world to come where his love will be fulfilled.

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 bread that comes down from heaven

and gives life to the world.

  Lord, give us this bread always.                            

                                                                                      John 6:33, 34




We adore Christ, present in bread and wine.





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.


Around You, O Lord Jesus      Green LBW 496

St. 2/ Choir

1      Around you, O Lord Jesus,

        your own you gather still

        to share the feast you give us

        with grace our lives to fill.

        You say to us so lovingly,

        “Take, eat! This is my body!

        Take, drink! This is my blood!”


2      We hear your invitation,

        and heed, O Lord, your call;

        your word of consolation

        is spoken here to all.

        It draws us to your loving heart;

        it brings to us your blessing,

        which never will depart.


3      We are your own forever;

        until our final breath

        we will be true and never

        in joy, in grief, in death

        depart from you, for you are still

        among your people dwelling,

        as you have said you will.


Text: Frans Mikael Franzén, 1772-1847; tr. composite

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.



Silence for meditation.


We give you thanks, almighty God,

that you have refreshed us through the healing power of this gift of life;

and we pray that in your mercy

you would strengthen us through this gift,

in faith toward you and in fervent love toward one another;

for the sake of Jesus Christ, our Lord.








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



Praise God. Praise Him      Green LBW 529



Go in peace. Serve the Lord.

  Thanks be to God!


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New Revised Standard Version Bible, copyright 1989, Division of Christian Education of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

Prayer of the Day from Opening Prayers: Collects in Contemporary Language: Norwich, UK: Canterbury Press, 2001.

Additional material from Foretaste of the Feast to Come: Devotions on Holy Communion, by Philip Pfatteicher, copyright 1987 Augsburg Publishing House.
Eucharistic Canon reprinted by permission from A Little Book of Canons, Rod L. Ronneberg, STS, copyright 1997 and 2010.

Agnus Day appears with the permission of

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