Sunday, June 28, 2020

4th Sunday after Pentecost

Welcome

Confession and Forgiveness

All may make the sign of the cross, the sign marked at baptism.

Blessed be the holy Trinity, ☩ one God, whose steadfast love is everlasting, whose faithfulness endures from generation to generation. Amen.

Trusting in the mercy of God, let us confess our sin.

Silence is kept for reflection.

Reconciling God, we confess that we do not trust your abundance, and we deny your presence in our lives. We place our hope in ourselves and rely on our own efforts. We fail to believe that you provide enough for all. We abuse your good creation for our own benefit. We fear difference and do not welcome other as you have welcomed us. We sin in thought, word, and deed. By your grace, forgive us; through your love, renew us; and in your Spirit, lead us; so that we may live and serve you in newness of life. Amen.

Beloved of God, by the radical abundance of divine mercy we have peace with God through ☩ Christ Jesus, through whom we have obtained grace upon grace. Our sins are forgiven. Let us live now in hope. For hope does not disappoint, because God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit. Amen.

Opening Hymn: All Are Welcome

I selected this song in celebration of Pride weekend. One of the reasons I love BLC so much is how openly and actively affirming and welcoming this community is of ALL people, and we celebrate those differences: gender, ethnicity, race, religion, status, ability, and sexual orientation. And as you sing from wherever you are, you can be Christ in the world: “All are welcome in this place!”
Let us build a house where love can dwell
and all can safely live,
a place where saints and children tell
how hearts learn to forgive.
Built of hopes and dreams and visions,
rock of faith and vault of grace;
here the love of Christ shall end divisions:
All are welcome, all are welcome,
all are welcome in this place.

Let us build a house where prophets speak, 
and words are strong and true,
where all God's children dare to seek
to dream God's reign anew.
Here the cross shall stand as witness
and as symbol of God's grace;
here as one we claim the faith of Jesus:
All are welcome, all are welcome,
all are welcome in this place.

Let us build a house where love is found
in water, wine and wheat:
a banquet hall on holy ground
where peace and justice meet.
Here the love of God, through Jesus,
is revealed in time and space;
as we share in Christ the feast that frees us:
All are welcome, all are welcome,
all are welcome in this place.

Let us build a house where hands will reach
beyond the wood and stone
to heal and strengthen, serve and teach,
and live the Word they've known.
Here the outcast and the stranger
bear the image of God's face;
let us bring an end to fear and danger:
All are welcome, all are welcome,
all are welcome in this place.

Let us build a house where all are named,
their songs and visions heard
and loved and treasured, taught and claimed
as words within the Word.
Built of tears and cries and laughter,
prayers of faith and songs of grace,
let this house proclaim from floor to rafter:
All are welcome, all are welcome,
all are welcome in this place!

Prayer of the Day

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.

Children’s Sermon

Scripture Lessons

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

Reader: Jeremy Dierst

5The prophet Jeremiah spoke to the prophet Hananiah in the presence of the priests and all the people who were standing in the house of the Lord; 6and the prophet Jeremiah said, “Amen! May the Lord do so; may the Lord fulfill the words that you have prophesied, and bring back to this place from Babylon the vessels of the house of the Lord, and all the exiles. 7But listen now to this word that I speak in your hearing and in the hearing of all the people. 8The prophets who preceded you and me from ancient times prophesied war, famine, and pestilence against many countries and great kingdoms. 9As for the prophet who prophesies peace, when the word of that prophet comes true, then it will be known that the Lord has truly sent the prophet.”

The Word of the Lord. Thanks be to God.

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

Reader: Jeremy Dierst

12Do not let sin exercise dominion in your mortal bodies, to make you obey their passions. 13No longer present your members to sin as instruments of wickedness, but present yourselves to God as those who have been brought from death to life, and present your members to God as instruments of righteousness. 14For sin will have no dominion over you, since you are not under law but under grace.
  15What then? Should we sin because we are not under law but under grace? By no means! 16Do you not know that if you present yourselves to anyone as obedient slaves, you are slaves of the one whom you obey, either of sin, which leads to death, or of obedience, which leads to righteousness? 17But thanks be to God that you, having once been slaves of sin, have become obedient from the heart to the form of teaching to which you were entrusted, 18and that you, having been set free from sin, have become slaves of righteousness. 19I am speaking in human terms because of your natural limitations. For just as you once presented your members as slaves to impurity and to greater and greater iniquity, so now present your members as slaves to righteousness for sanctification.
  20When you were slaves of sin, you were free in regard to righteousness. 21So what advantage did you then get from the things of which you now are ashamed? The end of those things is death. 22But now that you have been freed from sin and enslaved to God, the advantage you get is sanctification. The end is eternal life. 23For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.

The Word of the Lord. Thanks be to God.

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

Reader: Pastor Bethany Hull Somers

[Jesus said to the twelve:] 40“Whoever welcomes you welcomes me, and whoever welcomes me welcomes the one who sent me. 41Whoever welcomes a prophet in the name of a prophet will receive a prophet’s reward; and whoever welcomes a righteous person in the name of a righteous person will receive the reward of the righteous; 42and whoever gives even a cup of cold water to one of these little ones in the name of a disciple—truly I tell you, none of these will lose their reward.”

The Gospel of the Lord. Praise to you, O Christ.

Sermon: Pastor Bethany Hull Somers

Special Music: Take My Life

Take my life and let it be 
consecrated Lord to Thee
Take my moments and my days
Let them flow in ceaseless praise
Take my hands and let them move
At the impulse of Thy love
Take my feet and let them be
Swift and beautiful for Thee

Take my voice and let me sing
Always only for my King
Take my lips and let them be
Filled with messages from Thee
Take my silver and my gold
Not a mite would I withhold
Take my intellect and use
Ev'ry power as You choose

Here am I all of me
Take my life it's all for Thee
(2x)

Take my will and make it Thine
It shall be no longer mine
Take my heart it is Thine own
It shall be Thy royal throne
Take my love my Lord I pour
At Your feet its treasure store
Take myself and I will be
Ever only all for Thee

Take myself and I will be
Ever only all for Thee

The Prayers of the People

Although distant from each other, we are called to join together to pray for our needy world. In response to each bid, you are invited to offer your own prayers, silently or aloud, and to conclude each petition with the words Hear us, O God, our light and our shield.
Your mercy is great.

Let us pray for the church of Jesus Christ around the world.

A time for prayer.  

Hear us, O God.
Your mercy is great.

Let us pray for our own congregation and for its leadership.

A time for prayer.  

Hear us, O God.
Your mercy is great.

Let us pray for the health of the earth – its lands, its seas, its animals.

A time for prayer.

Hear us, O God, our light and our shield:
your mercy is great.

Let us pray for those who work in our fields and produce our food.

A time for prayer.

Hear us, O God.
Your mercy is great.

Let us pray for peace between and within nations.

A time for prayer.

Hear us, O God.
Your mercy is great.

Let us pray for President Trump, the Congress, and the Supreme Court.

A time for prayer.

Hear us, O God.
Your mercy is great.

Let us pray for a right observance of the Fourth of July. Keep our families and communities safe during this time.

A time for prayer.

Hear us, O God, our light and our shield.
your mercy is great.

Let us pray for those who are oppressed, or enslaved, or poverty-stricken.

A time for prayer.

Hear us, O God.
Your mercy is great.

Let us pray for an end to racism.

A time for prayer.

Hear us, O God.
your mercy is great.

Let us pray for both protesters and police.

A time for prayer.

Hear us, O God.
Your mercy is great.

Let us pray for all who are sick.

A time for prayer.

Hear us, O God.
your mercy is great.

Let us pray for all who are sick or sorrowing from the coronavirus.

A time for prayer.

Hear us, O God.
Your mercy is great.

Let us pray for medical workers and researchers.

A time for prayer.

Hear us, O God.
Your mercy is great.

Let us pray for families facing an unprecedented summer.

A time for prayer.

Hear us, O God.
Your mercy is great.

Let us thank God for Bishop Irenaeus, the apostles Peter, Paul, and Thomas,
and all those who have died in the faith,
and let us pray that at our end we will join them in God’s presence.

A time for prayer.

Receive our prayers, O God.
Your mercy is great.

O God of justice and love, we give thanks to you that you illumine our way through life with the words of your Son. Give us the light we need, awaken us to the needs of others, and at the end bring all the world to your feast; through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord, to whom, with you and the Holy Spirit, be honor and glory forever.

Our Father, who art in heaven,
hallowed be thy name,
thy kingdom come,
thy will be done,
on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread;
and forgive us our trespasses,
as we forgive those
who trespass against us;
and lead us not into temptation,
but deliver us from evil.
For thine is the kingdom,
and the power, and the glory,
forever and ever. Amen.

Benediction

Closing Song: Go In Peace

I learned this song at summer bible camp. I’m not even sure the chords are right. I found out today it’s written by David Yantis, and there are verses, too. Maybe one day we’ll sing the verse, but for now this refrain just loops in my head. Go in peace, friends. Hope to see you soon.
And He said, "Go in peace
And love one another
As I first loved you.
Proclaim to all who'll hear
The good news of my coming.
Keep faith in all you do."
 (3x)

God be with you til we meet again.

Remember that you can still send in offerings and tithes. Either through our on-line giving account or through general mail.

Burlington Lutheran Church; 134 East Victoria Avenue; Burlington WA 98233

Peace+Grace

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