Sunday, September 13, 2020

15th Sunday after Pentecost

A prayer to ready our hearts for worship:
We join with our brothers and sisters to sing praises to you, O God, knowing that in this sacred place you will heal, restore, forgive and embrace. Amen.

Welcome & Announcements

Confession and Forgiveness

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

Blessed be the holy Trinity, ☩ one God, who creates, redeems, and sustains us and all of creation. Amen.

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

Silence is kept for reflection.

Faithful God, have mercy on us. We confess that we are captive to sin and cannot free ourselves. We turn from your loving embrace and go our own ways. We pass judgment on one another before examining ourselves. We place our own needs before those of our neighbors. We keep your gift of salvation to ourselves. Make us humble, cast away our transgressions, and turn us again to life in you through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord. Amen.

God hears the cries of all who call out in need, and through his death and resurrection, Christ has made us his own. Hear the truth that God proclaims: Your sins are forgiven in the name of ☩ Jesus Christ. Led by the Holy Spirit, live in freedom and newness to do God’s work in the world. Amen.

Opening Song: Kyrie Eleison

Kyrie Eleison on our world and on our way 
Kyrie Eleison ev'ryday 

For peace in the world, for the health of the church, for the unity of all, 
for this holy house, for all who worship and praise, 
let us pray to the Lord, let us pray to the Lord

That we may live out your impassioned response to the hungry and the poor, 
that we may live out truth and justice and grace, 
let us pray to the Lord, let us pray to the Lord

For peace in our hearts, for peace in our homes, for friends and family, 
for life and for love for our work and our play, 
let us pray to the Lord, let us pray to the Lord

For your Spirit to guide, that you center our lives in the water and the word, 
that you nourish our souls with your body and blood, 
let us pray to the Lord, let us pray to the Lord

Words and Music by Larry Olson 

Scripture Lessons

First Reading: Genesis 50:15-21 Joseph reconciles with his brothers

Reader: Clarence Wash

15Realizing that their father was dead, Joseph’s brothers said, “What if Joseph still bears a grudge against us and pays us back in full for all the wrong that we did to him?” 16So they approached Joseph, saying, “Your father gave this instruction before he died, 17‘Say to Joseph: I beg you, forgive the crime of your brothers and the wrong they did in harming you.’ Now therefore please forgive the crime of the servants of the God of your father.” Joseph wept when they spoke to him. 18Then his brothers also wept, fell down before him, and said, “We are here as your slaves.” 19But Joseph said to them, “Do not be afraid! Am I in the place of God? 20Even though you intended to do harm to me, God intended it for good, in order to preserve a numerous people, as he is doing today. 21So have no fear; I myself will provide for you and your little ones.” In this way he reassured them, speaking kindly to them.

The Word of the Lord. Thanks be to God.

Second Reading: Romans 14:1-12 Accepting diversity in the community of faith

Reader: Clarence Wash

1Welcome those who are weak in faith, but not for the purpose of quarreling over opinions. 2Some believe in eating anything, while the weak eat only vegetables. 3Those who eat must not despise those who abstain, and those who abstain must not pass judgment on those who eat; for God has welcomed them. 4Who are you to pass judgment on servants of another? It is before their own lord that they stand or fall. And they will be upheld, for the Lord is able to make them stand.
  5Some judge one day to be better than another, while others judge all days to be alike. Let all be fully convinced in their own minds. 6Those who observe the day, observe it in honor of the Lord. Also those who eat, eat in honor of the Lord, since they give thanks to God; while those who abstain, abstain in honor of the Lord and give thanks to God.
  7We do not live to ourselves, and we do not die to ourselves. 8If we live, we live to the Lord, and if we die, we die to the Lord; so then, whether we live or whether we die, we are the Lord’s. 9For to this end Christ died and lived again, so that he might be Lord of both the dead and the living.
  10Why do you pass judgment on your brother or sister? Or you, why do you despise your brother or sister? For we will all stand before the judgment seat of God. 11For it is written,
 “As I live, says the Lord, every knee shall bow to me,
  and every tongue shall give praise to God.”
12So then, each of us will be accountable to God.

The word of the Lord. Thanks be to God.

Gospel: Matthew 18:21-35 A parable of forgiveness in the community of faith

21Peter came and said to [Jesus], “Lord, if another member of the church sins against me, how often should I forgive? As many as seven times?” 22Jesus said to him, “Not seven times, but, I tell you, seventy-seven times.
  23“For this reason the kingdom of heaven may be compared to a king who wished to settle accounts with his slaves. 24When he began the reckoning, one who owed him ten thousand talents was brought to him; 25and, as he could not pay, his lord ordered him to be sold, together with his wife and children and all his possessions, and payment to be made. 26So the slave fell on his knees before him, saying, ‘Have patience with me, and I will pay you everything.’ 27And out of pity for him, the lord of that slave released him and forgave him the debt. 28But that same slave, as he went out, came upon one of his fellow slaves who owed him a hundred denarii; and seizing him by the throat, he said, ‘Pay what you owe.’ 29Then his fellow slave fell down and pleaded with him, ‘Have patience with me, and I will pay you.’ 30But he refused; then he went and threw him into prison until he would pay the debt. 31When his fellow slaves saw what had happened, they were greatly distressed, and they went and reported to their lord all that had taken place. 32Then his lord summoned him and said to him, ‘You wicked slave! I forgave you all that debt because you pleaded with me. 33Should you not have had mercy on your fellow slave, as I had mercy on you?’ 34And in anger his lord handed him over to be tortured until he would pay his entire debt. 35So my heavenly Father will also do to every one of you, if you do not forgive your brother or sister from your heart.”

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

Sermon: Pastor Bethany Hull Somers

Song of the Day: When We Are Living

When we are living, it is in Christ Jesus,
And when we’re dying, it is in the Lord.
Both in our living and in our dying,
We belong to God, we belong to God.

‘Mid times of sorrow and in times of pain,
When sensing beauty or in love’s embrace,
Whether we suffer, or sing rejoicing,
We belong to God, we belong to God.

Across this wide world, we shall always find
Those who are crying with no peace of mind;
And when we help them, or when we feed them,
We belong to God, we belong to God.

And when we help them, or when we feed them,
We belong to God, we belong to God.


Closing Hymn: Praise to the Lord, the Almighty

Praise to the Lord, the Almighty, the God of creation!
My heart is longing to offer up sweet adoration.
Melody make; dulcimer, harp, now awake.
Sound forth your praise, every nation.

Praise the Almighty, o’er all life so wondrously reigning,
And, as on wings of an eagle, uplifting, sustaining.
Have you not seen? All that is needful has been
Sent by God’s gracious ordaining.

Praise the Almighty, who prospers your work and defends you;
See from the heavens the showers of mercy God sends you.
Ponder anew what the Almighty can do;
Infinite Love here befriends you.

Praise the Almighty! In wonder my spirit is soaring!
All that has life and breath, come now with praises outpouring.
Let the amen sound from God’s people again,
Gladly forever adoring!

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


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