PRELUDE: Come, Thou Fount of Every Blessing- arr. Natalie R. Blanton
GATHERING HYMN: Come, Thou Fount of Every Blessing ELW 807
1 Come, thou Fount of ev'ry blessing,
tune my heart to sing thy grace;
streams of mercy, never ceasing,
call for songs of loudest praise.
While the hope of endless glory
fills my heart with joy and love,
teach me ever to adore thee;
may I still thy goodness prove.
2 Here I raise my Ebenezer:
"Hither by thy help I've come";
and I hope, by thy good pleasure,
safely to arrive at home.
Jesus sought me when a stranger,
wand'ring from the fold of God;
he, to rescue me from danger,
interposed his precious blood.
3 Oh, to grace how great a debtor
daily I'm constrained to be;
let that grace now like a fetter
bind my wand'ring heart to thee.
Prone to wander, Lord, I feel it;
prone to leave the God I love.
Here's my heart, oh, take and seal it;
seal it for thy courts above.
CONFESSION & FORGIVENESS
SHARING OF THE PEACE
HYMN OF PRAISE: I’m So Glad Jesus Lifted Me ELW 860
PRAYER OF THE DAY
THANK YOU FOR YOUR STEWARDSHIP
2 Corinthians 4:13--5:1
13Just as we have the same spirit of faith that is in accordance with scripture—“I believed, and so I spoke”—we also believe, and so we speak, 14because we know that the one who raised the Lord Jesus will raise us also with Jesus, and will bring us with you into his presence. 15Yes, everything is for your sake, so that grace, as it extends to more and more people, may increase thanksgiving, to the glory of God. 16So we do not lose heart. Even though our outer nature is wasting away, our inner nature is being renewed day by day. 17For this slight momentary affliction is preparing us for an eternal weight of glory beyond all measure, 18because we look not at what can be seen but at what cannot be seen; for what can be seen is temporary, but what cannot be seen is eternal. 5:1For we know that if the earthly tent we live in is destroyed, we have a building from God, a house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens.
1Out of the depths I cry to you, O Lord; 2O Lord, hear my voice! Let your ears be attentive to the voice of my supplication. 3If you were to keep watch over sins, O Lord, who could stand? 4Yet with you is forgiveness, in order that you may be feared. 5I wait for you, O Lord; my soul waits; in your word is my hope. 6My soul waits for the Lord more than those who keep watch for the morning, more than those who keep watch for the morning. 7O Israel, wait for the Lord, for with the Lord there is steadfast love; with the Lord there is plenteous redemption. 8For the Lord shall redeem Israel from all their sins.
[Jesus went home;] 20and the crowd came together again, so that [Jesus and the disciples] could not even eat. 21When his family heard it, they went out to restrain him, for people were saying, “He has gone out of his mind.” 22And the scribes who came down from Jerusalem said, “He has Beelzebul, and by the ruler of the demons he casts out demons.” 23And he called them to him, and spoke to them in parables, “How can Satan cast out Satan? 24If a kingdom is divided against itself, that kingdom cannot stand. 25And if a house is divided against itself, that house will not be able to stand. 26And if Satan has risen up against himself and is divided, he cannot stand, but his end has come. 27But no one can enter a strong man’s house and plunder his property without first tying up the strong man; then indeed the house can be plundered. 28“Truly I tell you, people will be forgiven for their sins and whatever blasphemies they utter; 29but whoever blasphemes against the Holy Spirit can never have forgiveness, but is guilty of an eternal sin”—30for they had said, “He has an unclean spirit.” 31Then his mother and his brothers came; and standing outside, they sent to him and called him. 32A crowd was sitting around him; and they said to him, “Your mother and your brothers and sisters are outside, asking for you.” 33And he replied, “Who are my mother and my brothers?” 34And looking at those who sat around him, he said, “Here are my mother and my brothers! 35Whoever does the will of God is my brother and sister and mother.”
SERMON: Pastor Jay Unzaga
HYMN OF THE DAY: A Mighty Fortress Is Our God ELW 504
1 A mighty fortress is our God,
a sword and shield victorious;
he breaks the cruel oppressor's rod
and wins salvation glorious.
The old satanic foe
has sworn to work us woe!
With craft and dreadful might
he arms himself to fight.
On earth he has no equal.
2 No strength of ours
can match his might!
We would be lost, rejected.
But now a champion comes to fight,
whom God himself elected.
You ask who this may be?
The Lord of hosts is he!
Christ Jesus, mighty Lord,
God's only Son, adored.
He holds the field victorious.
3 Though hordes of devils fill the land
all threat'ning to devour us,
we tremble not, unmoved we stand;
they cannot overpow'r us.
Let this world's tyrant rage;
in battle we'll engage!
His might is doomed to fail;
God's judgment must prevail!
One little word subdues him.
4 God's Word forever shall abide,
no thanks to foes, who fear it;
for God himself fights by our side
with weapons of the Spirit.
Were they to take our house,
goods, honor, child, or spouse,
though life be wrenched away,
they cannot win the day.
The kingdom's ours forever!
THE APOSTLE’S CREED
I believe in God, the Father almighty, creator of heaven and earth. I believe in Jesus Christ, God’s only Son, our Lord, who was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died and was buried; he descended to the dead. On the third day he rose again; he ascended into heaven, he is seated at the right hand of the Father, and he will come to judge the living and the dead. I believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy catholic church, the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and the life everlasting. Amen.
PRAYERS OF THE CHURCH
Eternal God, in your love and mercy, we lift up in prayer for: Lindsey (diagnosed with cancer; friend of Jackie Tenore), Carol Voss, Joe Roddy, Duke Kafafian, Vicki Colicchio, the family of Skip Martens, Wanda Guse, Liana Drumm, David Vikner, Cathy Osborn, Susan Vanderbeck, Kenneth and Florence Steimle (Susan Melz's parents), Sean Healy and his family (friends of Bonnie Caterson), Robert John Ferro and his family, Dorothy Gall, Christy Collichio (friend of Lori Franzoi), Patsy Waugh, Ted Larson, Chris Wenthe, Edith Kent, Dominik D'Anna, Joan Terry, Sharon Ziegler, Andrew Astarita, Evangeline McFall, the Job Search Work Team, essential workers, all those who have COVID-19 and for the country during these difficult times, we commend to you, O God.
LORD'S PRAYER & FINAL BLESSING
SENDING HYMN: I’ll Fly Away
1 Some bright morning when
this life is over, I’ll fly away
To that home on God's
celestial shore, I’ll fly away
I’ll fly away, oh glory,
I’ll fly away in the morning
When I die hallelujah
by and by, I’ll fly away
2 When the shadows of this
life have gone, I’ll fly away
Like a bird from these prison
walls I'll fly, I’ll fly away. Refrain
3 Oh how glad and happy
when we meet, I’ll fly away
No more cold iron shackles
on my feet, I’ll fly away. Refrain
4 Just a few more weary days
and then, I’ll fly away
To a land where joys will
never end, I’ll fly away. Refrain
SENDING: Go in peace. Serve the Lord! Thanks be to God!
POSTLUDE: Lead Me, Guide Me- Doris Akers (1923-1995)