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The Word Proclaimed and Shared

Miss church last week? not feeling well? away from home? what did pastor say?
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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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
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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
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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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