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The Word Proclaimed and Shared

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Each week the the service at Good Shepherd is recorded and the lessons and sermon are posted here. So if you missed hearing the "Word Proclaimed" for any reason, or just want to share it with a friend you can listen here.

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September 16, 2018  - Seventeenth Sunday in Pentecost

Readings

Isaiah 50:4-9a
The servant is vindicated by God

James 3:1-12
Dangers of the unbridled tongue

Mark 8:27-38
Peter’s confession of faith

 

Readings ==>Seventeenth Sunday in Pentecost


 

Prayer of the Day

O God, through suffering and rejection you bring forth our salvation, and by the glory of the cross you transform our lives. Grant that for the sake of the gospel we may turn from the lure of evil, take up our cross, and follow your Son, Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord.
Amen.

Sermon ==>Take Up Your Cross; What Does It Mean?


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Anthem ==>Rejoice and Sing


September 9, 2018  -Sixteenth Sunday in Pentecost

Readings

Isaiah 35:4-7a
Like streams in the desert, God comes with healing

James 2:1-10 [11-13] 14-17
Faith without works is dead

Mark 7:24-37
Christ healing a little girl and a deaf man

Readings ==>Sixteenth Sunday in Pentecost


 

Prayer of the Day

Gracious God, throughout the ages you transform sickness into health and death into life. Open us to the power of your presence, and make us a people ready to proclaim your promises to the whole world, through Jesus Christ, our healer and Lord.
Amen.

Sermon ==>Our Potential for Ministry


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Anthem ==>I'm So Glad Jesus Lifted Me


September 2, 2018  - Fifteenth Sunday in Pentecost

Readings

Deuteronomy 4:1-2, 6-9
God’s law: a sign of a great nation

James 1:17-27
Be doers of the word, not hearers only

Mark 7:1-8, 14-15, 21-23
Authentic religion

 

Readings ==>Fifteenth Sunday in Pentecost


 

Prayer of the Day

O God our strength, without you we are weak and wayward creatures. Protect us from all dangers that attack us from the outside, and cleanse us from all evil that arises from within ourselves, that we may be preserved through your Son, Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord.rd.
Amen.

Sermon ==>Beware of the Sin Within


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Anthem ==>Seek Ye First the Kingdom of God


August 26, 2018  - Fourteenth Sunday in Pentecost

Readings

1 Kings 19:4-8
Elijah given bread for his journey

Ephesians 4:25--5:2
Put away evil, live in love

John 6:35, 41-51
Christ, the bread of life

Readings ==>Fourteenth Sunday in Pentecost


 

Prayer of the Day

Gracious God, you have placed within the hearts of all your children a longing for your word and a hunger for your truth. Grant that we may know your Son to be the true bread of heaven and share this bread with all the world, through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord.
Amen.

Sermon ==>Lord, To Whom Shall We Go?


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Anthem ==>Day By Day


August 19, 2018  - Thirteenth Sunday in Pentecost

Readings

Proverbs 9:1-6
Invited to dine at wisdom’s feast

Ephesians 5:15-20
Filled with the Spirit, sing thanks to God

John 6:51-58
Christ the true food and drink

Readings ==>Thirteenth Sunday in Pentecost


 

Prayer of the Day

Ever-loving God, your Son gives himself as living bread for the life of the world. Fill us with such a knowledge of his presence that we may be strengthened and sustained by his risen life to serve you continually, through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord.
Amen.

Sermon ==>Consuming Jesus


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August 12, 2018  - Twelfth Sunday in Pentecost

Readings

1 Kings 19:4-8
Elijah given bread for his journey

Ephesians 4:25--5:2
Put away evil, live in love

John 6:35, 41-51
Christ, the bread of life

Readings ==>Twelfth Sunday in Pentecost


 

Prayer of the Day

Gracious God, you have placed within the hearts of all your children a longing for your word and a hunger for your truth. Grant that we may know your Son to be the true bread of heaven and share this bread with all the world, through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord.
Amen.

Sermon ==>Feast On God's Word


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Anthem ==>Taste and See


August 5, 2018  - Eleventh Sunday in Pentecost

Readings

Exodus 16:2-4, 9-15
The Lord gives manna in the wilderness

Ephesians 4:1-16
Maintain the unity of the faith

John 6:24-35
Christ the bread of life

Readings ==>Eleventh Sunday in Pentecost


 

Prayer of the Day

Gracious God, you have placed within the hearts of all your children a longing for your word and a hunger for your truth. Grant that we may know your Son to be the true bread of heaven and share this bread with all the world, through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord.
Amen.

Sermon ==>I Am the Bread of Life


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Anthem ==>Bread of Life


July 29, 2018  - Tenth Sunday in Pentecost

Readings

2 Kings 4:42-44
Elisha feeding a hundred people

Ephesians 3:14-21
Prayer for wisdom, strength, and Christ’s indwelling

John 6:1-21
Christ feeding the five thousand

Readings ==>Tenth Sunday in Pentecost


 

Prayer of the Day

Gracious God, you have placed within the hearts of all your children a longing for your word and a hunger for your truth. Grant that we may know your Son to be the true bread of heaven and share this bread with all the world, through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord.
Amen.

Sermon ==>Being Fed by Jesus


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Anthem ==>Bind Us Together Lord


July 22, 2018  - Ninth Sunday in Pentecost

Readings

Jeremiah 23:1-6
From David’s line, a righteous shepherd for Israel

Ephesians 2:11-22
Reconciled to God through Christ, our peace

Mark 6:30-34, 53-56
Christ healing the multitudes

Readings ==>Ninth Sunday in Pentecost


 

Prayer of the Day

O God, powerful and compassionate, you shepherd your people, faithfully feeding and protecting us. Heal each of us, and make us a whole people, that we may embody the justice and peace of your Son, Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord.
Amen.

Sermon ==>Looking for God in Your Interuptions


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Anthem ==>The King of Love My Shepherd Is


July 15, 2018  - Eighth Sunday in Pentecost

Readings

Amos 7:7-15
The sign of the plumb line: God’s judgment on Israel

Ephesians 1:3-14
Chosen in Christ to live to the praise of God’s glory

Mark 6:14-29
The death of John the Baptist

Readings ==>Eighth Sunday in Pentecost


 

Prayer of the Day

O God, from you come all holy desires, all good counsels, and all just works. Give to us, your servants, that peace which the world cannot give, that our hearts may be set to obey your commandments; and also that we, being defended from the fear of our enemies, may live in peace and quietness, through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord.
Amen.

Sermon ==>Finding Our Source of Power


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Anthem ==>The Gift of Love


July 8, 2018  - Seventh Sunday in Pentecost

Readings

Ezekiel 2:1-5
The call of Ezekiel

2 Corinthians 12:2-10
God’s power made perfect in weakness

Mark 6:1-13
Sending of the Twelve to preach and heal

 

Readings ==>Seventh Sunday in Pentecost


 

Prayer of the Day

God of the covenant, in our baptism you call us to proclaim the coming of your kingdom. Give us the courage you gave the apostles, that we may faithfully witness to your love and peace in every circumstance of life, in the name of Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord.
Amen.

Sermon ==>Making a Loss a Win


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Anthem ==>Day By Day


July 1, 2018  - Sixth Sunday in Pentecost

 

Readings

Lamentations 3:22-33
Great is the Lord’s faithfulness

2 Corinthians 8:7-15
Excel in generosity, following the Lord Jesus

 

Mark 5:21-43
Christ healing a woman and Jairus’s daughter

 

Readings ==>Sixth Sunday in Pentecost


 

Prayer of the Day

Almighty and merciful God, we implore you to hear the prayers of your people. Be our strong defense against all harm and danger, that we may live and grow in faith and hope, through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord.
Amen

Sermon ==>Trusting in the Longshot


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Anthem ==>Hymn of Promise


June 24, 2018  - Fifth Sunday in Pentecost

 

Readings

Job 38:1-11
The creator of earth and sea

2 Corinthians 6:1-13
Paul’s defense of his ministry

Mark 4:35-41
Christ calming the sea

 

Readings ==>Fifrth Sunday in Pentecost


 

Prayer of the Day

O God of creation, eternal majesty, you preside over land and sea, sunshine and storm. By your strength pilot us, by your power preserve us, by your wisdom instruct us, and by your hand protect us, through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord.
Amen.

Sermon ==>Why You Need to Know Your Bible


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Anthem ==>The Lilies of the Field


June 17, 2018  - Fourth Sunday in Pentecost

 

Readings

Ezekiel 17:22-24
The sign of the cedar, planted on the mountain of Israel

2 Corinthians 5:6-10 [11-13] 14-17
In Christ, a new creation

Mark 4:26-34
The parable of the mustard seed

 

Readings ==>Fourth Sunday in Pentecost


 

Prayer of the Day

O God, you are the tree of life, offering shelter to all the world. Graft us into yourself and nurture our growth, that we may bear your truth and love to those in need, through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord.
Amen.

Sermon ==>Mustard Seed People


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Anthem ==>For the Beauty of the Earth


June 10, 2018  - Third Sunday in Pentecost

 

Readings

Genesis 3:8-15
God confronts Adam and Eve in the garden

2 Corinthians 4:13--5:1
Renewed in the inner nature

Mark 3:20-35
Doing the work of God as brothers and sisters of Christ

 

Readings ==>Third Sunday in Pentecost


 

Prayer of the Day

All-powerful God, in Jesus Christ you turned death into life and defeat into victory. Increase our faith and trust in him, that we may triumph over all evil in the strength of the same Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord.
Amen.
 

Sermon ==>Brothers and Sisters in Christ - Eric Faret


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Anthem ==>Shine Jesus Shine


June 3, 2018  - Second Sunday in Pentecost

 

Readings

Isaiah 6:1-8
Isaiah’s vision and call

Romans 8:12-17
Living by the Spirit

John 3:1-17
Entering the reign of God through water and the Spirit

Readings ==>Second Sunday in Pentecost


 

Prayer of the Day

Almighty and ever-living God, throughout time you free the oppressed, heal the sick, and make whole all that you have made. Look with compassion on the world wounded by sin, and by your power restore us to wholeness of life, through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord.
Amen.

 

 

Sermon ==>Remember the Sabbath: You Have Been Freed
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Anthem ==>My God is a Rock in a Weary Land


May 27, 2018  - Trinity Sunday 

Readings

Isaiah 6:1-8
Isaiah’s vision and call

Romans 8:12-17
Living by the Spirit

John 3:1-17
Entering the reign of God through water and the Spirit

Readings ==>Trinity Sunday


 

Prayer of the Day

Almighty Creator and ever-living God: we worship your glory, eternal Three-in-One, and we praise your power, majestic One-in-Three. Keep us steadfast in this faith, defend us in all adversity, and bring us at last into your presence, where you live in endless joy and love, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.
Amen.

Sermon ==>Called To Service
     
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Anthem ==>Here I Am to Worship


May 20, 2018  - The Sunday of Pentecost 

Readings

Acts 2:1-21
Filled with the Spirit to tell God’s deeds

Romans 8:22-27
Praying with the Spirit

John 15:26-27; 16:4b-15
Christ sends the Spirit of truth

Readings ==>Sunday of Pentecost
     

 

 

 

Prayer of the Day

Mighty God, you breathe life into our bones, and your Spirit brings truth to the world. Send us this Spirit, transform us by your truth, and give us language to proclaim your gospel, through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.
Amen.

 

 

Sermon ==>The Ridiculous Message of Pentecost
     
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Anthem ==>I Will Sing With the Spirit


May 13, 2018 The Seventh Sunday of Easter 

Readings

Acts 1:15-17, 21-26
Matthias added to the apostles


1 John 5:9-13
Life in the Son of God

John 17:6-19
Christ’s prayer for his disciples

Readings ==>Seventh Sunday in Easter
     

 

 

 

Prayer of the Day
Gracious and glorious God, you have chosen us as your own, and by the powerful name of Christ you protect us from evil. By your Spirit transform us and your beloved world, that we may find our joy in your Son, Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.
Amen.

 

Sermon ==>God as Our Mother
     
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May 6, 2018 The Sixth Sunday of Easter 

Readings

Acts 10:44-48
The Spirit poured out on the Gentiles

1 John 5:1-6
The victory of faith

John 15:9-17
Christ the friend and lover

 

Readings ==>Sixth Sunday in Easter
     

 

 

 

Prayer of the Day
O God, you have prepared for those who love you joys beyond understanding. Pour into our hearts such love for you that, loving you above all things, we may obtain your promises, which exceed all we can desire; through Jesus Christ, your Son and our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.
Amen.
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Sermon ==>Love is Sacrifice
     
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April 29, 2018 The Fifth Sunday of Easter 

Readings

Acts 8:26-40
Philip teaches and baptizes an Ethiopian

1 John 4:7-21
God’s love perfected in love for one another


John 15:1-8
Christ the vine

 

Readings ==>Fifth Sunday in Easter
     

 

 

 

Prayer of the Day
O God, you give us your Son as the vine apart from whom we cannot live. Nourish our life in his resurrection, that we may bear the fruit of love and know the fullness of your joy, through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.
Amen.

 

Sermon ==>Abiding in Jesus
     
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April 22, 2018 The Fourth Sunday of Easter 

Readings 

Acts 4:5-12
Salvation in the name of Jesus

1 John 3:16-24
Love in truth and action

John 10:11-18
Christ the shepherd

 

Readings ==>Fourth Sunday in Easter
     

 

 

 

Prayer of the Day
O Lord Christ, good shepherd of the sheep, you seek the lost and guide us into your fold. Feed us, and we shall be satisfied; heal us, and we shall be whole. Make us one with you, for you live and reign with the Father and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.
Amen.

 

Sermon ==>God Loves You
     
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April 15, 2018 The Third Sunday of Easter 

Readings  for the Third Sunday of Easter

Acts 3:12-19
Health and forgiveness through the risen Jesus
Psalm 4

1 John 3:1-7
The revealing of the children of God

Luke 24:36b-48
Eating with the risen Christ


 

 

 

 

Prayer of the Day
Holy and righteous God, you are the author of life, and you adopt us to be your children. Fill us with your words of life, that we may live as witnesses to the resurrection of your Son, Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.
Amen.

 

Sermon ==>You Shall Be My Wittnesses
     
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April 1, The Resurrection of Our Lord - Easter Day

 

Easter Banner

 

Readings  for Easter Sunday

Acts 10:34-43
God raised Jesus on the third day

1 Corinthians 15:1-11
Witnesses to the risen Christ

Mark 16:1-8
The resurrection of Jesus is announced, and the response is one of terror and amazement.

Readings Audio ==>Readings for Easter Sunday

 

 

 

Prayer of the Day
O God, you gave your only Son to suffer death on the cross for our redemption, and by his glorious resurrection you delivered us from the power of death. Make us die every day to sin, that we may live with him forever in the joy of the resurrection, through your Son, Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.
Amen.

 

Sermon ==>We are Resurrected Too
     
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March 25, 2018 - Palm Sunday and The Sunday of the Passion

The Opening of the Palm Sunday Service

 

Reading==>The Entry of Jesus Into Jerusalem

Palm Sunday

 

Prayer of the Day
Everlasting God, in your endless love for the human race you sent our Lord Jesus Christ to take on our nature and to suffer death on the cross. In your mercy enable us to share in his obedience to your will and in the glorious victory of his resurrection, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.
Amen.

 

Readings  for the Passion
Isaiah 50:4-9a
The servant of the Lord submits to suffering

Philippians 2:5-11
Humbled to the point of death on a cross

 

Lesson Reading Audio==> Passion Sunday

 

The Gospel Reading ==>The Passion of Our Lord

The Pssion

 

March 25, 2018 - Palm Sunday and Passion Sunday

Readings
Jeremiah 31:31-34
A new covenant written on the heart

Hebrews 5:5-10
Through suffering Christ becomes the source of salvation

John 12:20-33
The grain of wheat dying in the earth

 

Readings Audio==> Fifth Sunday in Lent

Prayer of the Day
O God, with steadfast love you draw us to yourself, and in mercy you receive our prayers. Strengthen us to bring forth the fruits of the Spirit, that through life and death we may live in your Son, Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.
Amen.

Gospel Acclamation
Unless a grain of wheat falls into the earth and dies, it remains a single grain; but if it dies, it bears much fruit. (John 12:24)


 

Sermon ==>Do not Dispair

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March 18, 2018 - Fifth Sunday in Lent

Readings
Jeremiah 31:31-34
A new covenant written on the heart

Hebrews 5:5-10
Through suffering Christ becomes the source of salvation

John 12:20-33
The grain of wheat dying in the earth

 

Readings Audio==> Fifth Sunday in Lent

Prayer of the Day
O God, with steadfast love you draw us to yourself, and in mercy you receive our prayers. Strengthen us to bring forth the fruits of the Spirit, that through life and death we may live in your Son, Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.
Amen.

Gospel Acclamation
Unless a grain of wheat falls into the earth and dies, it remains a single grain; but if it dies, it bears much fruit. (John 12:24)


 

Sermon ==>Do not Dispair

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March 11, 2018 - Fourth Sunday in Lent

Readings
Numbers 21:4-9
The lifting up of the serpent

Ephesians 2:1-10
Saved by grace through faith for good works

John 3:14-21
The lifting up of the Son of Man

Readings Audio==> Fourth Sunday in Lent

Prayer of the Day
O God, rich in mercy, by the humiliation of your Son you lifted up this fallen world and rescued us from the hopelessness of death. Lead us into your light, that all our deeds may reflect your love, through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.
Amen.

Gospel Acclamation
God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him should not perish, but have eternal life. (John 3:16)


 

Sermon ==>So Must the Son of Man Be Lifted Up

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March 18, 2018 - Fifth Sunday in Lent

Readings
Jeremiah 31:31-34
A new covenant written on the heart

Hebrews 5:5-10
Through suffering Christ becomes the source of salvation

John 12:20-33
The grain of wheat dying in the earth

Readings Audio==> Fourth Sunday in Lent

Prayer of the Day
O God, with steadfast love you draw us to yourself, and in mercy you receive our prayers. Strengthen us to bring forth the fruits of the Spirit, that through life and death we may live in your Son, Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.
Amen.

Gospel Acclamation
Unless a grain of wheat falls into the earth and dies, it remains a single grain; but if it dies, it | bears much fruit. (John 12:24)

 

Sermon ==>So Must the Son of Man Be Lifted Up

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March 4, 2018 - Third Sunday in Lent

Readings
Exodus 20:1-17
The commandments are given at Sinai

1 Corinthians 1:18-25
Christ crucified, the wisdom of God

John 2:13-22
The cleansing of the temple

Readings Audio==> Third Sunday in Lent

Prayer of the Day
Holy God, through your Son you have called us to live faithfully and act courageously. Keep us steadfast in your covenant of grace, and teach us the wisdom that comes only through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.
Amen.

Gospel Acclamation
We proclaim Christ crucified, the power of God and the wisdom of God. (1 Cor. 1:23, 24)

 

Sermon ==>Cleansing The Temple Gains Us Access


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February 25, 2018 - Second Sunday in Lent

Readings
Genesis 17:1-7, 15-16
God blesses Abraham and Sarah

Romans 4:13-25
The promise to those who share Abraham’s faith

Mark 8:31-38
The passion prediction

Readings Audio==> Second Sunday in Lent

Prayer of the Day
O God, by the passion of your blessed Son you made an instrument of shameful death to be for us the means of life. Grant us so to glory in the cross of Christ that we may gladly suffer shame and loss for the sake of your Son, Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.
Amen.

Gospel Acclamation
May I never boast of anything except the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ,
by which the world is crucified to me, and I to the world. (Gal. 6:14)

 

Sermon ==>Take Up Your Cross


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February 18, 2018 - First Sunday in Lent

Readings
Genesis 9:8-17
The rainbow, sign of God’s covenant

1 Peter 3:18-22
Saved through water

Mark 1:9-15
The temptation of Jesus in the wilderness for forty days

Readings Audio==> First Sunday in Lent

Prayer of the Day
Holy God, heavenly Father, in the waters of the flood you saved the chosen, and in the wilderness of temptation you protected your Son from sin. Renew us in the gift of baptism. May your holy angels be with us, that the wicked foe may have no power over us, through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.
Amen.

Gospel Acclamation
One does not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes from the mouth of God. (Matt. 4:4)

 

Sermon ==>Temptation


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February 11, 2018 - Transfiguration of Our Lord

Readings
2 Kings 2:1-12
Elijah taken up to heaven and succeeded by Elisha

2 Corinthians 4:3-6
God’s light seen clearly in the face of Christ


Mark 9:2-9
Revelation of Christ as God’s beloved Son

Readings Audio==> Transfiguration of Our Lord

Prayer of the Day
Almighty God, the resplendent light of your truth shines from the mountaintop into our hearts. Transfigure us by your beloved Son, and illumine the world with your image, through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.
Amen.

Gospel Acclamation
Alleluia.

This is my Son, my Chosen, listen to him!

Alleluia. (Luke 9:35)

 

Sermon ==>Listen to Him!

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February 4, 2018 - Fifth Sunday after Epiphany

Readings
Isaiah 40:21-31
The creator of all cares for the powerless

1 Corinthians 9:16-23
A servant for the sake of the gospel

 

Mark 1:29-39
The healing of Peter’s mother-in-law

Readings Audio==> Fifth Sunday after Epiphany

Prayer of the Day
Compassionate God, you gather the whole universe into your radiant presence and continually reveal your Son as our Savior. Bring wholeness to all that is broken and speak truth to us in our confusion, that all creation will see and know your Son, Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord.
Amen.

Gospel Acclamation
Alleluia.

The servant of God took our infirmities and bore our diseases.

Alleluia. (Matt. 8:17)

 

Sermon ==>Cured by Jesus

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January 28,2018 - Fourth Sunday after Epiphany

Readings
Deuteronomy 18:15-20
The prophet speaks with God’s authority

1 Corinthians 8:1-13
Limits to liberty: the case of food offered to idols

Mark 1:21-28
The healing of one with an unclean spirit

Readings Audio
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Fourth Sunday after Epiphany

Prayer of the Day
Compassionate God, you gather the whole universe into your radiant presence and continually reveal your Son as our Savior. Bring wholeness to all that is broken and speak truth to us in our confusion, that all creation will see and know your Son, Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord.
Amen.

Gospel Acclamation
Alleluia.

The people who sat in darkness have seen a great light; for those who sat in the shadow of death | light has dawned.

Alleluia. (Matt. 4:16)

Sermon ==>Cleansed by Jesus

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January 21,2018 - Third Sunday after Epiphany

Readings
Jonah 3:1-5, 10
Repentance at Nineveh

1 Corinthians 7:29-31
Living in the end times

Mark 1:14-20
The calling of the disciples at the sea

Readings Audio
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Third Sunday after Epiphany

Prayer of the Day
Almighty God, by grace alone you call us and accept us in your service. Strengthen us by your Spirit, and make us worthy of your call, through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord.
Amen.

Gospel Acclamation
Alleluia.

The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God has come near; repent, and believe in | the good news.

Alleluia. (Mark 1:15)

Sermon ==>Called by Jesus

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January 14,2018 - Second Sunday after Epiphany

Readings
1 Samuel 3:1-10 [11-20]
The calling of Samuel

1 Corinthians 6:12-20
Glorify God in your body

John 1:43-51
The calling of the first disciples

Readings Audio
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Second Sunday after Epiphany

Prayer of the Day
Thanks be to you, Lord Jesus Christ, most merciful redeemer, for the
countless blessings and benefits you give. May we know you more clearly, love you more dearly, and follow you more nearly, day by day praising you, with the Father and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.
Amen.
 
Gospel Acclamation
Alleluia.

We have found the Messiah:Jesus Christ, who brings us grace and truth.

Alleluia. (John 1:41, 17)

Sermon ==>Commited to Jesus

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December 24, 2017 - The Nativity of Our Lord

Special Music==> The Nativity of Our Lord

 

Readings
Isaiah 62:6-12
God comes to restore the people

Titus 3:4-7
Saved through water and the Spirit


Luke 2:[1-7] 8-20
The birth of the Messiah revealed to shepherds

Readings Audio
==>
The Nativity Proclamation

                                    The Nativity of Our Lord

Prayer of the Day
All-powerful and unseen God, the coming of your light into our world has brightened weary hearts with peace. Call us out of darkness, and empower us to proclaim the birth of your Son, Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.
Amen.
 
Gospel Acclamation
Alleluia.

A holy day has dawned upon us. Come, you nations, and adore the Lord.

For today a great light has come upon the earth.

Alleluia.

Sermon
==>Be Born In Us Today

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October 29, 2017 - Reformation Sunday
Readings
Jeremiah 31:31-34
I will write my law in their hearts, says the Lord

Romans 3:19-28
Justified by God’s grace as a gift

John 8:31-36
Jesus says, Continue in my word and you will know the truthfeast
 
Readings Audio
==> Reformation Sunday
Prayer of the Day
Almighty God, gracious Lord, we thank you that your Holy Spirit renews the church in every age. Pour out your Holy Spirit on your faithful people. Keep them steadfast in your word, protect and comfort them in times of trial, defend them against all enemies of the gospel, and bestow on the church your saving peace, through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.
Amen.
 
Gospel Acclamation
Alleluia. If you continue in my word, you are truly | my disciples,* and you will know the truth, and the truth will | make you free. Alleluia. (John 8:31-32)

Sermon
==>The Truth Will Set You Free

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October 22, 2017 - 20th Sunday after Pentecost
Readings
Isaiah 45:1-7
An earthly ruler as the instrument of God’s will

1 Thessalonians 1:1-10
Thanksgiving for the church at Thessalonica

Matthew 22:15-22
A teaching on giving to the emperor and to God
          
Readings Audio
==> 20th Sunday after Pentecost
Prayer of the Day
Sovereign God, raise your throne in our hearts. Created by you, let us live in your image; created for you, let us act for your glory; redeemed by you, let us give you what is yours, through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord.
Amen.
 
Gospel Acclamation
Alleluia. Shine like stars in the world, holding fast to the word of life.
Alleluia. (Phil. 2:15, 16)


Sermon
==>What image do you give to God?

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October 15, 2017 - 19th Sunday after Pentecost
Readings
Isaiah 25:1-9
The feast of victory

Philippians 4:1-9
Rejoice in the Lord always

Matthew 22:1-14
The parable of the unwelcome guest at the wedding feast
 
Readings Audio
==> 19th Sunday after Pentecost
Prayer of the Day
Lord of the feast, you have prepared a table before all peoples and poured out your life with abundance. Call us again to your banquet. Strengthen us by what is honorable, just, and pure, and transform us into a people of righteousness and peace, through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord.
Amen.
 
Gospel Acclamation
Alleluia. This is the Lord for whom we have waited;
let us be glad and rejoice in God’s salvation.
Alleluia. (Isa. 25:9)


Sermon
==>Invite the Uninvited

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October 8, 2017 - 18th Sunday after Pentecost
Readings
Isaiah 5:1-7
The song of the vineyard

Philippians 3:4b-14
Nothing surpasses the value of knowing Christ

Matthew 21:33-46
The parable of the vineyard owner’s son

Readings Audio
==> 14th Sunday after Pentecost
Prayer of the Day
Beloved God, from you come all things that are good. Lead us by the inspiration of your Spirit to know those things that are right, and by your merciful guidance, help us to do them, through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord.
Amen.
 
Gospel Acclamation
Alleluia. Jesus says, I chose you and appointed you to go and bear fruit
that will last. Alleluia. (John 15:16)


Sermon
==>Worker's in the Vineyard

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September 10, 2017 - 14th Sunday after Pentecost
Readings
Ezekiel 33:7-11
The prophet’s responsibility to warn the people

Romans 13:8-14
Live honorably as in the day

Matthew 18:15-20
Reconciliation in the community of faith


Readings Audio
==> 14th Sunday after Pentecost
Prayer of the Day
O Lord God, enliven and preserve your church with your perpetual mercy.
Without your help, we mortals will fail; remove far from us everything
that is harmful, and lead us toward all that gives life and salvation,
through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord.
Amen.
 
Gospel Acclamation
Alleluia.
In Christ God was reconciling the world to himself, entrusting
the message of reconciliation to us.
Alleluia. (2 Cor. 5:19)

Sermon
==>In Jesus' Name---What does it mean?

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September 3, 2017 - 13th Sunday after Pentecost
Readings
Jeremiah 15:15-21
God fortifies the prophet against opposition

Romans 12:9-21
Live in harmony

Matthew 16:21-28
The passion prediction and rebuke to Peter


Readings Audio
==> 13th Sunday after Pentecost
Prayer of the Day
O God, with all your faithful followers of every age, we praise you, the rock of our life. Be our strong foundation and form us into the body of your Son, that we may gladly minister to all the world, through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord.
Amen.
 
Gospel Acclamation
Alleluia.
May the God of our Lord Jesus Christ enlighten
the eyes of our hearts, so that we may know the
hope to which God has called us.
Alleluia. (Eph. 1:17, 18)

Sermon
==>Get Behind Me Satan

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August 27, 2017 - 12th Sunday after Pentecost
Readings
Isaiah 51:1-6
The enduring foundation of God’s salvation

Romans 12:1-8
One body in Christ, with gifts that differ

Matthew 16:13-20
The profession of Peter’s faith

Readings Audio
==> 12th Sunday after Pentecost
Prayer of the Day
O God, with all your faithful followers of every age, we praise you, the rock of our life. Be our strong foundation and form us into the body of your Son, that we may gladly minister to all the world, through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord.
Amen.
 
Gospel Acclamation
Alleluia.
You are the Messiah, the Son of the living God.
Alleluia. (Matt. 16:16)

Sermon
==>Who Do You Say That I Am?

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August 13, 2017 - 10th Sunday after Pentecost
Readings

1 Kings 19:9-18
The Lord speaks to Elijah on Mount Horeb

Romans 10:5-15
Hearing and confessing the word of faith

Matthew 14:22-33
Jesus walking on the sea


Readings Audio==> 10th Sunday after Pentecost
Prayer of the Day
O God our defender, storms rage around and within us and cause us to be afraid. Rescue your people from despair, deliver your sons and daughters from fear, and preserve us in the faith of your Son, Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord.
Amen.
 
Gospel Acclamation
Alleluia.
I wait for you, O Lord;
in your word is my hope.
Alleluia. (Ps. 130:5)

Sermon
==> Get Back in the Boat

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August 6, 2017 - 9th Sunday after Pentecost
Readings

Isaiah 55:1-5
Eat and drink that which truly satisfies

Romans 9:1-5
The glory of God’s people Israel

Matthew 14:13-21
Christ feeding five thousand


Readings Audio==> 9th Sunday after Pentecost
Prayer of the Day
Glorious God, your generosity waters the world with goodness, and you cover creation with abundance. Awaken in us a hunger for the food that satisfies both body and spirit, and with this food fill all the starving world; through your Son, Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord.
Amen.
 
Gospel Acclamation
Alleluia.
One does not live by bread alone,
but by every word that comes from the mouth of God.
Alleluia. (Matt. 4:4)
 

Sermon
==>Jesus said, "You Feed Them"

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July 30, 2017 -8th Sunday after Pentecost
Readings

1 Kings 3:5-12
Solomon’s prayer for wisdom

Romans 8:26-39
Nothing can separate us from God’s love

Matthew 13:31-33, 44-52
Parables of the reign of heaven


Readings Audio==> 8th Sunday after Pentecost
Prayer of the Day
Beloved and sovereign God, through the death and resurrection of your Son you bring us into your kingdom of justice and mercy. By your Spirit, give us your wisdom, that we may treasure the life that comes from Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord.
Amen.
 
Gospel Acclamation
Alleluia. Many will come from east and west and will eat
in the kingdom of heaven.
Alleluia. (Matt. 8:11)

Sermon
==>The Disruptive Mustard Seed

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July 23, 2017 - 7th Sunday after Pentecost
Readings

Isaiah 44:6-8
There is no other God than the Lord

Romans 8:12-25
The revealing of the children of God

Matthew 13:24-30, 36-43
The parable of the weeds



Readings Audio==> 7th Sunday after Pentecost
Prayer of the Day
Faithful God, most merciful judge, you care for your children with firmness and compassion. By your Spirit nurture us who live in your kingdom, that we may be rooted in the way of your Son, Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord.
Amen..
 
Gospel Acclamation
Alleluia. My word shall accomplish that which I purpose,
and succeed in the thing for which I sent it.
Alleluia. (Isa. 55:11)
 
 
Sermon
==>Called to be Wheat

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July 16, 2017 - 6th Sunday after Pentecost
Readings

Isaiah 55:10-13
The growth of the word to accomplish God’s purpose

Romans 8:1-11
Live according to the Spirit

Matthew 13:1-9, 18-23
The parable of the sower and the seed



Readings Audio==> 6th Sunday after Pentecost
Prayer of the Day
Almighty God, we thank you for planting in us the seed of your word. By your Holy Spirit help us to receive it with joy, live according to it, and grow in faith and hope and love, through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord.
Amen.
 
Gospel Acclamation
Alleluia. The word is very near to you;
it is in your mouth and in your heart.
Alleluia. (Deut. 30:14)
 
 
Sermon
==>You are Bearers of the Seed

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July 09, 2017 - 5th Sunday after Pentecost
Readings

Zechariah 9:9-12
The king will come in humility and peace

Romans 7:15-25a
The struggle within the self

Matthew 11:16-19, 25-30
The yoke of discipleship


Readings Audio==> 5th Sunday after Pentecost
Prayer of the Day
You are great, O God, and greatly to be praised. You have made us for yourself, and our hearts are restless until they rest in you. Grant that we may believe in you, call upon you, know you, and serve you, through your Son, Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord.
Amen.
 
Gospel Acclamation
Alleluia. Blessed are you, Lord of heav’n and earth;
you have revealed these things to infants.
Alleluia. (Matt. 11:25)
 
Sermon
==>His Burden is "Light"

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July 02, 2017 - 4th Sunday after Pentecost
Readings

Jeremiah 28:5-9
The test of a true prophet

Romans 6:12-23
No longer under law but under grace

Matthew 10:40-42
Welcome Christ in those he sends


Readings Audio==> 4th Sunday after Pentecost
Prayer of the Day
O God, you direct our lives by your grace, and your words of justice and mercy reshape the world. Mold us into a people who welcome your word and serve one another, through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord.
Amen.
 
Gospel Acclamation
Alleluia. You are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation,
in order that you may proclaim the mighty acts of the one who
called you out of darkness into his marvelous light.
Alleluia. (1 Peter 2:9)
 
Sermon
==>Imitating Christ

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June 25, 2017 - 3rd Sunday after Pentecost
Readings

Jeremiah 20:7-13
The prophet must speak despite opposition

Romans 6:1b-11
Buried and raised with Christ by baptism

Matthew 10:24-39
The cost of discipleship

Readings Audio==> 3rd Sunday after Pentecost
Prayer of the Day
You are great, O God, and greatly to be praised. You have made us for yourself, and our hearts are restless until they rest in you. Grant that we may believe in you, call upon you, know you, and serve you, through your Son, Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord.
Amen.
 
Gospel Acclamation
Alleluia. Blessed are you, Lord of heav’n and earth;
you have revealed these things to infants.
Alleluia. (Matt. 11:25)
 
Sermon
==>Imitating Christ

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May 07, 2017 - Fourth Sunday of Easter
Readings

Acts 2:42-47
The believers’ common life

1 Peter 2:19-25
Follow the shepherd, even in suffering

John 10:1-10
Christ the shepherd



Readings Audio==> Fourth Sunday of Easter
Prayer of the Day
O God our shepherd, you know your sheep by name and lead us to safety through the valleys of death. Guide us by your voice, that we may walk in certainty and security to the joyous feast prepared in your house, through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.
Amen.
 
Gospel Acclamation
Alleluia. Jesus says, I am the good shepherd. I know my own and my own know me. Alleluia. (John 10:14)
 
 
Sermon
==>Being a Good Shepherd

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April 16, 2017 - Resurrection of Our Lord - Easter Day
Readings
First Reading
Acts 10:34-43

Second Reading
Colossians 3:1-4

Gospel
Matthew 28:1-10


Readings Audio==> Easter Day
Prayer of the Day
O God, you gave your only Son to suffer death on the cross for our redemption, and by his glorious resurrection you delivered us from the power of death. Make us die every day to sin, that we may live with him forever in the joy of the resurrection, through your Son, Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.
Amen.
 
Gospel Acclamation
Alleluia. Christ, our paschal lamb, has been sacrificed.
Therefore, let us keep the feast. Alleluia. (1 Cor. 5:7, 8)
 
Sermon
==>Share the News - Christ IS Risen



April 9, 2017 - Palm Sunday/The Sunday of the Passion
Readings
Processional Gospel
Matthew 21:1-11

Isaiah 50:4-9a
The servant of the Lord submits to suffering

Philippians 2:5-11
Humbled to the point of death on a cross

Matthew 26:14--27:66
The passion of the Lord


Readings Audio==> Palm Sunday/The Sunday of the Passion


The Reading of the Passion of Our Lord
Prayer of the Day
Everlasting God, in your endless love for the human race you sent our Lord Jesus Christ to take on our nature and to suffer death on the cross. In your mercy enable us to share in his obedience to your will and in the glorious victory of his resurrection, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.
Amen.
 
Gospel Acclamation
Christ humbled himself and became obedient to the point of death—
even death on a cross. Therefore God also highly exalted him and
gave him the name that is above ev’ry name. (Phil. 2:8-9)
 
Sermon
==>Love to the Point of Sacrifice

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April 2, 2017 - The Fifth Sunday in Lent
Readings

Ezekiel 37:1-14
The dry bones of Israel brought to life

Romans 8:6-11
Life in the Spirit

John 11:1-45
Baptismal image: the raising of Lazarus


Readings Audio==> The Fifth Sunday in Lent
Prayer of the Day
Almighty God, your Son came into the world to free us all from sin and death. Breathe upon us the power of your Spirit, that we may be raised to new life in Christ and serve you in righteousness all our days, through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.
Amen.
 
Gospel Acclamation
I am the resurrection and the life;
whoever believes in me will never die. (John 11:25, 26)

Sermon
==>Raising Your Dry Bone

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March 26, 2017 - The Fourth Sunday in Lent
Readings

1 Samuel 16:1-13
David is chosen and anointed

Ephesians 5:8-14
Awake from sleep, live as children of light

John 9:1-41
Baptismal image: the man born blind


Readings Audio==> The Fourth Sunday in Lent
Prayer of the Day
Bend your ear to our prayers, Lord Christ, and come among us. By your gracious life and death for us, bring light into the darkness of our hearts, and anoint us with your Spirit, for you live and reign with the Father and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.
Amen.
 
Gospel Acclamation
Jesus says, I am the light of the world;
whoever follows me will have the light of life. (John 8:12)

Sermon
==>You Have Been Chosen by GRACE

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March 19, 2017 - The Third Sunday in Lent
Readings

Exodus 17:1-7
Water from the rock in the wilderness

Romans 5:1-11
Reconciled to God by Christ’s death

John 4:5-42
Baptismal image: the woman at the well

Readings Audio==> The Third Sunday in Lent
Prayer of the Day
Merciful God, the fountain of living water, you quench our thirst and wash away our sin. Give us this water always. Bring us to drink from the well that flows with the beauty of your truth through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.
Amen.
 
Gospel Acclamation
Lord, you are truly the Savior of the world; give me this living water that I may never thirst again. (John 4:42, 15)
Sermon
==> Tell Others that You Have Met Jesus

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March 12, 2017 - The Second Sunday in Lent
Readings

Genesis 12:1-4a
The blessing of God upon Abram

Romans 4:1-5, 13-17
The promise to those who share Abraham’s faith

John 3:1-17
The mission of Christ: to save the world



Readings Audio==> The Second Sunday in Lent
Prayer of the Day
O God, our leader and guide, in the waters of baptism you bring us to new birth to live as your children. Strengthen our faith in your promises, that by your Spirit we may lift up your life to all the world through your Son, Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.
Amen.
 
Gospel Acclamation
The Son of Man must be lifted up, that whoever believes in him may have eternal life. (John 3:14-15)

Sermon
==> You are Called by God

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March 5, 2017 - The First Sunday in Lent
Readings

Genesis 2:15-17; 3:1-7
Eating of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil

Romans 5:12-19
Death came through one; life comes through one

Matthew 4:1-11
The temptation of Jesus in the wilderness for forty days




Readings Audio==> The First Sunday in Lent
Prayer of the Day
Lord God, our strength, the struggle between good and evil rages within and around us, and the devil and all the forces that defy you tempt us with empty promises. Keep us steadfast in your word, and when we fall, raise us again and restore us through your Son, Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.
Amen.
 
Gospel Acclamation
One does not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes from the mouth of God. (Matt. 4:4)

Sermon
==> Dealing with Temptation

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February 26, 2017 - The Transfiguration of Our Lord
Readings

Exodus 24:12-18
Moses enters the cloud of God’s glory on Mount Sinai

2 Peter 1:16-21
The apostle’s message confirmed on the mount of transfiguration

Matthew 17:1-9
Revelation of Christ as God’s beloved Son




Readings Audio==> The Transfiguration of Our Lord
Prayer of the Day
O God, in the transfiguration of your Son you confirmed the mysteries of the faith by the witness of Moses and Elijah, and in the voice from the bright cloud declaring Jesus your beloved Son, you foreshadowed our adoption as your children. Make us heirs with Christ of your glory, and bring us to enjoy its fullness, through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.
Amen.
 
Gospel Acclamation
Alleluia.
This is my Son, my Chosen,listen to him!
Alleluia. (Luke 9:35)

Sermon
==> The Transfiguration of Jesus

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February 19, 2017 - The Seventh Sunday after Epiphany
Readings
Deuteronomy 30:15-20
Choose life

1 Corinthians 3:1-9
God gives the growth

Matthew 5:21-37
The teaching of Christ: forgiveness


Readings Audio==> Seventh Sunday after Epiphany
Prayer of the Day
O God, the strength of all who hope in you, because we are weak mortals we accomplish nothing good without you. Help us to see and understand the things we ought to do, and give us grace and power to do them, through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord.
Amen.
 
Gospel Acclamation
Alleluia.
You are the light of the world. A city set upon a hill cannot be hid.
Alleluia. (Matt. 5:14)

Sermon
==> It Takes Guts to be Chicken

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February 12, 2017 - The Sixth Sunday after Epiphany
Readings
Deuteronomy 30:15-20
Choose life

1 Corinthians 3:1-9
God gives the growth

Matthew 5:21-37
The teaching of Christ: forgiveness


Readings Audio==> Sixth Sunday after Epiphany
Prayer of the Day
O God, the strength of all who hope in you, because we are weak mortals we accomplish nothing good without you. Help us to see and understand the things we ought to do, and give us grace and power to do them, through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord.
Amen.
 
Gospel Acclamation
Alleluia.
You are the light of the world. A city set upon a hill cannot be hid.
Alleluia. (Matt. 5:14)

Sermon
==> A Difficult Teaching

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February 5, 2017 - The Fifth Sunday after Epiphany
Readings

Isaiah 58:1-9a
The fast God chooses

1 Corinthians 2:1-12 [13-16]
God’s wisdom revealed through the Spirit

Matthew 5:13-20
The teaching of Christ: salt and light


Readings Audio==> Fifth Sunday after Epiphany
Prayer of the Day
Holy God, you confound the world’s wisdom in giving your kingdom to the lowly and the pure in heart. Give us such a hunger and thirst for justice, and perseverance in striving for peace, that in our words and deeds the world may see the life of your Son, Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord.
Amen.
 
Gospel Acclamation
Alleluia.
Rejoice and be glad, for your reward is great in heaven.
Alleluia. (Matt. 5:12)

Sermon
==> You are the Salt of the Earth

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January 29, 2017 - The Fourth Sunday after Epiphany
Readings
Isaiah 9:1-4
Light shines for those in darkness

1 Corinthians 1:10-18
Appeal for unity in the gospel

Matthew 4:12-23
Revelation of Christ as a prophet

Readings Audio==> Fourth Sunday after Epiphany
Prayer of the Day
Holy God, you confound the world’s wisdom in giving your kingdom to the lowly and the pure in heart. Give us such a hunger and thirst for justice, and perseverance in striving for peace, that in our words and deeds the world may see the life of your Son, Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord.
Amen.
 
Gospel Acclamation
Alleluia.
Rejoice and be glad, for your reward is great in heaven.
Alleluia. (Matt. 5:12)

Sermon
==> Blessed are the Poor In Spirit


January 22, 2017 - The Third Sunday after Epiphany
Readings
Isaiah 9:1-4
Light shines for those in darkness

1 Corinthians 1:10-18
Appeal for unity in the gospel

Matthew 4:12-23
Revelation of Christ as a prophet

Readings Audio==> Third Sunday after Epiphany
Prayer of the Day
Lord God, your lovingkindness always goes before us and follows after us. Summon us into your light, and direct our steps in the ways of goodness that come through the cross of your Son, Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord.
Amen.
 
Gospel Acclamation
Alleluia.
Jesus preached the good news of the kingdom and cured every sickness
among the people.
Alleluia. (Matt. 4:23)

Sermon
==> Be a Bridge of Reconciliation

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January 15, 2017 - The Second Sunday after Epiphany
Readings
Isaiah 49:1-7
The servant brings light to the nations

1 Corinthians 1:1-9
Paul’s greeting to the church at Corinth

John 1:29-42
Revelation of Christ as the Lamb of God

Readings Audio==> Second Sunday after Epiphany
Prayer of the Day
Holy God, our strength and our redeemer, by your Spirit hold us forever, that through your grace we may worship you and faithfully serve you, follow you and joyfully find you, through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord.
Amen.
 
Gospel Acclamation
Alleluia.
In the Word was life, and the life was the light of all people.
Alleluia. (John 1:4)

Sermon
==> What Do You Seek? - Come and See!

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January 8, 2017 - The Epiphany of Our Lord
Readings

Isaiah 60:1-6
Nations come to the light
 
Ephesians 3:1-12
The gospel’s promise extends to all

Matthew 2:1-12
Revelation of Christ to the nations of the earth

Readings Audio==> Epiphany of Our Lord
Prayer of the Day
O God, on this day you revealed your Son to the nations by the leading of a star. Lead us now by faith to know your presence in our lives, and bring us at last to the full vision of your glory, through your Son, Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.
Amen.
 
Gospel Acclamation
Alleluia.
We have observed his star at its rising, and have come to worship him.
Alleluia. (Matt. 2:2)

Sermon
==> Following the Star

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January 1, 2017 - First Sunday of Christmas

Readings


Isaiah 63:7-9

Psalm 148

Hebrews 2:10-18

Matthew 2:13-23


Readings Audio==> First Sunday of Christmas
Prayer of the Day
O Lord God, you know that we cannot place our trust in our own powers. As you protected the infant Jesus, so defend us and all the needy from harm and adversity, through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.
Amen.
 
Gospel Acclamation
Alleluia.
Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, and let the word of Christ dwell in you richly.
Alleluia.

Sermon
==> The Christmas Savior

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December 25, 2016 - The Nativity of Our Lord (Christmas Day Service)

Readings

Isaiah 52:7-10

Psalm 98

Hebrews 1:1-4 [5-12]

John 1:1-14

Readings Audio==> Christmas Day Readings
Prayer of the Day
Almighty God, you gave us your only Son to take on our human nature and to illumine the world with your light. By your grace adopt us as your children and enlighten us with your Spirit, through Jesus Christ, our Redeemer and Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.
Amen.

Gospel Acclamation
Alleluia.
I am bringing you good news of great joy for all the people: to you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is the Messiah, the Lord.
Alleluia. (Luke 2:10-11)

Sermon
==> And the Word Became Flesh

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December 24, 2016 - The Nativity of Our Lord (Christmas Eve Service)

Readings

Isaiah 9:2-7
Light shines: a child is born for us

Titus 2:11-14
The grace of God has appeared

Luke 2:1-14
God with us


Readings Audio==> Christmas Eve Readings
Prayer of the Day
Almighty God, you made this holy night shine with the brightness of the true Light. Grant that here on earth we may walk in the light of Jesus’ presence and in the last day wake to the brightness of his glory; through your Son, Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.
Amen.

Gospel Acclamation
Alleluia.
I am bringing you good news of great joy forall the people: to you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is the Messiah, the Lord.
Alleluia. (Luke 2:10-11)

Sermon
==> God Rescues Us

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December 18, 2016 - The Fourth Sunday of Advent

Readings

Isaiah 7:10-16
The sign of Immanuel

Psalm 80:1-7, 17-19
Let your face shine upon us, and we shall be saved. (Ps. 80:7)

Romans 1:1-7
Paul’s greeting to the church at Rome

Matthew 1:18-25
A God near at han

Readings Audio==> Advent Four Readings
Prayer of the Day
Stir up your power, Lord Christ, and come. With your abundant grace and might, free us from the sin that hinders our faith, that eagerly we may receive your promises, for you live and reign with the Father and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.
Amen.
 
Gospel Acclamation
Alleluia. The virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and they shall name him Emmanuel. Alleluia. (Matt. 1:23)
 
Sermon
==> Children's Christmas Program

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December 4, 2016 - The Second Sunday of Advent
Readings
Isaiah 11:1-10
From David’s line, a ruler bringing justice and peace

Psalm 72:1-7, 18-19
May the righteous flourish; let there be an abundance of peace. (Ps. 72:7)

Romans 15:4-13
Live in harmony, welcoming one another

Matthew 3:1-12
A voice cries: Prepare the way of the Lord






Prayer of the Day
Stir up our hearts, Lord God, to prepare the way of your only Son. By his coming nurture our growth as people of repentance and peace; through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.
Amen.
 
Gospel Acclamation
Alleluia. Prepare the way of the Lord. All flesh shall see the salvation of God. Alleluia. (Luke 3:4, 6)
 
Sermon
==> Being a Voice in the Wilderness

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November 27, 2016 - The First Sunday of Advent
Readings
Isaiah 2:1-5
Weapons of war transformed into instruments of peace

Psalm 122
I was glad when they said to me, “Let us go to the house of the Lord.” (Ps. 122:1)

Romans 13:11-14
Salvation is near; time to wake from sleep

Matthew 24:36-44
The sudden coming of the Son of Man






Prayer of the Day
Stir up your power, Lord Christ, and come. By your merciful protection save us from the threatening dangers of our sins, and enlighten our walk in the way of your salvation, for you live and reign with the Father and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.
Amen.
 
Gospel Acclamation
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lleluia. Show us your steadfast love, O Lord, and grant us your salvation. Alleluia. (Ps. 85:7)
 
Sermon
==> Be Prepared
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November 20, 2016 - Christ the King Sunday
Readings
Jeremiah 23:1-6
Coming of the shepherd and righteous Branch who will execute justice

Psalm 46
I will be exalted among the nations. (Ps. 46:10)

Colossians 1:11-20
Hymn to Christ, firstborn of all creation; peace through his blood

Luke 23:33-43
Jesus is crucified between two thieves: you will be with me in Paradise





Prayer of the Day
O God, our true life, to serve you is freedom, and to know you is unending joy. We worship you, we glorify you, we give thanks to you for your great glory. Abide with us, reign in us, and make this world into a fit habitation for your divine majesty, through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.
Amen.
 
Gospel Acclamation
A
lleluia. Blessed is the one who comes in the name of the Lord. Blessed is the coming kingdom of our ancestor David. Alleluia. (Mark 11:9)
 
Sermon
==> Jesus Christ, Our King


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November 13, 2016 - The 26th Sunday after Pentecost
Readings
Malachi 4:1-2a
A day of blistering heat for the arrogant; a day of healing sun for the righteous

Psalm 98
In righteousness will the Lord judge the world. (Ps. 98:9)

2 Thessalonians 3:6-13
Do not be idle, but do what is right for the sake of Christ

Luke 21:5-19
Jesus speaks of wars, endurance, betrayal, and suffering for his sake







Prayer of the Day
O God, the protector of all who trust in you, without you nothing is strong, nothing is holy. Embrace us with your mercy, that with you as our ruler and guide, we may live through what is temporary without losing what is eternal, through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord.
Amen.
 
Gospel Acclamation
A
lleluia. Stand up and raise your heads, because your redemption is drawing near. Alleluia. (Luke 21:28)
 
Sermon
==> Overcoming Anxiety

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November 6, 2016 - All Saints Sunday
Readings

Daniel 7:1-3, 15-18
The holy ones of the Most High shall receive the kingdom

Psalm 149
Sing the Lord’s praise in the assembly of the faithful. (Ps. 149:1)

Ephesians 1:11-23
God raised Christ from the dead and made him head over all the church

Luke 6:20-31
Jesus speaks blessings and woes






Prayer of the Day
Almighty God, you have knit your people together in one communion in the mystical body of your Son, Jesus Christ our Lord. Grant us grace to follow your blessed saints in lives of faith and commitment, and to know the inexpressible joys you have prepared for those who love you, through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.
Amen.
 
Gospel Acclamation
Alleluia. They are before the throne of God, and the one who is seated on the throne will shelter them. Alleluia. (Rev. 7:15)

Sermon
==> The Moral Code of Jesus      11-06-art




October 30, 2016 - The 24st Sunday after Pentecost 
Readings

Isaiah 1:10-18
Learn to do good, seek justice, and rescue the oppressed

Psalm 32:1-7
All the faithful will make their prayers to you in time of trouble. (Ps. 32:6)

2 Thessalonians 1:1-4, 11-12
Faith and love amid persecution and adversity

Luke 19:1-10
Zacchaeus climbs into a tree to see Jesus





Prayer of the Day
Merciful God, gracious and benevolent, through your Son you invite all the world to a meal of mercy. Grant that we may eagerly follow his call, and bring us with all your saints into your life of justice and joy, through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord.
Amen.
 
Gospel Acclamation
Alleluia. Today salvation has come to this house, for the Son of Man came to seek out and to save the lost. Alleluia. (Luke 19:9, 10)

Sermon
==> A Mighty Fortress 10-30-art




October 23, 2016 - The 23st Sunday after Pentecost 
Readings

Jeremiah 14:7-10, 19-22
Jerusalem will be defeated

Psalm 84:1-7
Happy are the people whose strength is in you.
2 Timothy 4:6-8, 16-18
The good fight of faith

Luke 18:9-14
A Pharisee and tax collector pray together




Prayer of the Day
Holy God, our righteous judge, daily your mercy surprises us with everlasting forgiveness. Strengthen our hope in you, and grant that all the peoples of the earth may find their glory in you, through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord.
Amen.
 
Gospel Acclamation
Alleluia. All who exalt themselves will be humbled, but all who humble themselves will be exalted. Alleluia. (Luke 18:14)

Sermon
==> We are Healed to Serve 10-23-art

October 16, 2016 - The 22st Sunday after Pentecost 
Readings

Genesis 32:22-31
Jacob’s struggle with the angel: I’ll not let go until you bless me

Psalm 121
My help comes from the Lord, the maker of heaven and earth. (Ps. 121:2)

2 Timothy 3:14--4:5
In the presence of Christ the judge, proclaim the message

Luke 18:1-8
The widow begs for justice; God grants justice to those who cry to him



Prayer of the Day
O Lord God, tireless guardian of your people, you are always ready to hear our cries. Teach us to rely day and night on your care. Inspire us to seek your enduring justice for all this suffering world, through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord.
Amen.
 
Gospel Acclamation
Alleluia. The word of God is living and active, able to judge the thoughts and intentions of the heart. Alleluia. (Heb. 4:12)

Sermon
==> Struggle
 
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October 9, 2016 - The 21st Sunday after Pentecost 
Readings
2 Kings 5:1-3, 7-15c
Naaman washes in the Jordan and is cleansed

Psalm 111

I will give thanks to the Lord with my whole heart. (Ps. 111:1)

2 Timothy 2:8-15

If we die with Christ, we will live with Christ

Luke 17:11-19
One leper made clean by Jesus gives thanks to God



Prayer of the Day
Almighty and most merciful God, your bountiful goodness fills all creation. Keep us safe from all that may hurt us, that, whole and well in body and spirit, we may with grateful hearts accomplish all that you would have us do, through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord.
Amen.
 
Gospel Acclamation
Alleluia. Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you. Alleluia. (1 Thess. 5:18)

Sermon ==> Grace and Gratitude - Rev. David Meyer
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October 2, 2016 - The 20th Sunday after Pentecost 
Readings
Habakkuk 1:1-4; 2:1-4
Wicked surround the righteous; wait for the Lord

Psalm 37:1-9
Commit your way to the Lord; put your trust in the Lord. (Ps. 37:5)

2 Timothy 1:1-14
Guard the treasure entrusted to you: faith and love in Christ

Luke 17:5-10
Faith the size of a mustard seed




Prayer of the Day
 Benevolent, merciful God: When we are empty, fill us. When we are weak in faith, strengthen us. When we are cold in love, warm us, that with fervor we may love our neighbors and serve them for the sake of your Son, Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord.
Amen.
 
Gospel Acclamation
Alleluia. The word of the Lord endures forever. That word is the good news that was announced to you. Alleluia. (1 Pet. 1:25)

Sermon ==> Increase Our Faith
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 September 25, 2016 - The 19th Sunday after Pentecost 
Readings
Amos 6:1a, 4-7
Warnings to those who are comfortable or wealthy

Psalm 146
The Lord gives justice to those who are oppressed. (Ps. 146:7)

1 Timothy 6:6-19
Eager to be rich or eager to pursue richness of God’s justice?

Luke 16:19-31
Story of poor Lazarus and the wealthy man




Prayer of the Day
O God, rich in mercy, you look with compassion on this troubled world. Feed us with your grace, and grant us the treasure that comes only from you, through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord.
Amen.
 
Gospel Acclamation
Alleluia. You know the generous act of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though he was rich, yet for your sakes he became poor, so that by his poverty you might become rich. Alleluia. (2 Cor. 8:9)

Sermon ==> Across the Chasm

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 September 18, 2016 - The 18th Sunday after Pentecost 
Readings
Amos 8:4-7
Warnings to those who trample on the needy and poor

Psalm 113
The Lord lifts up the poor from the ashes. (Ps. 113:7)

1 Timothy 2:1-7
One God, one mediator—Christ Jesus—who gave himself for all people

Luke 16:1-13
A shrewd manager: faithful in little, faithful in much; serving God/wealth



Prayer of the Day
 
God among us, we gather in the name of your Son to learn love for one another. Keep our feet from evil paths. Turn our minds to your wisdom and our hearts to the grace revealed in your Son, Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord.
Amen.
 
Gospel Acclamation
Alleluia. Live your life in a manner worthy of the gospel of Christ; strive side by side for the faith of the gospel. Alleluia. (Phil. 1:27)

Sermon ==> The Shrewd Manager

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