SENTENCE M: Jesus said: 'If any want to become my followers, C: let them deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me'. (Mark 8:34 NRSV)
PREPARATION M: In the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. C: Amen.
Opening Hymn We sing our opening hymn: Lord, speak to me, that I may speak v.1-3,6 LH 373CAL293 Frances Ridley Havergal, alt. 1836-79
Lord, speak to me, that I may speak 1. Lord, speak to me, that I may speak in living echoes of your tone; as you have sought, so let me seek your erring children lost and lone.
Lord, speak to me, that I may speak 2. O lead me, Lord, that I may lead the wandering and the wavering feet; O feed me, Lord, that I may feed your hungering ones with manna sweet.
Lord, speak to me, that I may speak 3. And while upon the rock I stand, secure in you, then strengthen me that I stretch out a loving hand to wrestlers with the troubled sea.
Lord, speak to me, that I may speak 6. O use me, Lord, use even me, just as you will, and when, and where; until your blessed face I see, your rest, your joy, your glory share.
CONFESSION AND ABSOLUTION M: Friends in Christ: let us confess our sins to God our Father and ask him in the name of our Lord Jesus to forgive us.
CONFESSION AND ABSOLUTION C: We confess that we are born in bondage to sin and cannot free ourselves. We have sinned against you in thought, word, and deed, by what we have done and by what we have failed to do.
CONFESSION AND ABSOLUTION C: We have not loved you with our whole heart, and we have not loved our neighbour as ourselves. We deserve your eternal punishment. For the sake of your Son, Jesus Christ, have mercy on us and forgive us. Amen.
CONFESSION AND ABSOLUTION M: I ask each of you in the presence of God who searches the heart: Do you confess that you have sinned, and do you repent of your sins? C: I do.
CONFESSION AND ABSOLUTION M: Do you believe that Jesus Christ has redeemed you from all your sins, and do you desire forgiveness in his name? C: I do.
CONFESSION AND ABSOLUTION M: Do you intend with the help of the Holy Spirit to live as in Gods presence, and to strive daily to lead a holy life, even as Christ has made you holy? C: I do.
CONFESSION AND ABSOLUTION M: As a called and ordained servant of the word, I announce the grace of God to all of you. On behalf of my Lord Jesus Christ, and by his command, I forgive the sins of all of you who repent and believe, in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. C: Amen.
Lord Have Mercy C: Lord, have mercy. Lord, have mercy. Christ, have mercy. Lord, have mercy.
HYMN OF ADORATION: GLORY TO GOD IN THE HIGHEST C: Glory to God in the highest, and peace to God's people on earth. Lord God, heavenly king, almighty God and Father, we worship you, we give you thanks, we praise you for your glory.
Glory to God : 2 Lord Jesus Christ, only Son of the Father, Lord God, Lamb of God, you take away the sin of the world: have mercy on us; you are seated at the right hand of the Father: receive our prayer.
Glory to God : 3 For you alone are the holy one, you alone are the Lord, you alone are the most high, Jesus Christ, with the Holy Spirit, in the glory of God the Father. Amen.
Liturgy of the WORD
GREETING M: The Lord be with you C: And also with you.
PRAYER OF THE DAY M: Let us pray for strength to follow Jesus' path of suffering. C: Jesus, the Christ, we thank you that you obediently suffered and died to give us life. Strengthen us to carry our cross and willingly to go where you lead us.
PRAYER OF THE DAY For you live and reign with the Father and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.
FIRST READING R: The first Reading for the16th Sunday after Pentecost is written in Chapter 1 of Proverbs, beginning at Verse 20. Proverbs 1:20-33 The call of wisdom
Proverbs 1:20-33 20 Wisdom shouts in the streets wherever crowds gather. 21 She shouts in the marketplaces and near the city gates as she says to the people, 22 "How much longer will you enjoy being stupid fools? Won't you ever stop sneering and laughing at knowledge?
Proverbs 1:20-33 23 Listen as I correct you and tell you what I think 24 You completely ignored me and refused to listen; 25 you rejected my advice and paid no attention when I warned you. 26 "So when you are struck by some terrible disaster, 27 or when trouble and distress surround you like a whirlwind, I will laugh and make fun.
Proverbs 1:20-33 28 You will ask for my help, but I won't listen; you will search, but you won't find me. 29 No, you would not learn, and you refused to respect the LORD. 30 You rejected my advice and paid no attention when I warned you.
Proverbs 1:20-33 31 "Now you will eat the fruit of what you have done, until you are stuffed full with your own schemes. 32 Sin and self-satisfaction bring destruction and death to stupid fools. 33 But if you listen to me, you will be safe and secure without fear of disaster." This is the Word of the Lord. C: Thanks be to God.
psalm 19 cev R: The Psalm is Psalm 19 R: 1 The heavens keep telling the wonders of God, and the skies declare what he has done. C: 2 Each day informs the following day; each night announces to the next.
psalm 19 cev R: 3 They don't speak a word, and there is never the sound of a voice. C: 4 Yet their message reaches all the earth, and it travels around the world. In the heavens a tent is set up for the sun.
psalm 19 cev R: 5 It rises like a bridegroom and gets ready like a hero eager to run a race. C: 6 It travels all the way across the sky. Nothing hides from its heat. R: 7 The Law of the LORD is perfect; it gives us new life. His teachings last forever, and they give wisdom to ordinary people.
psalm 19 cev C: 8 The LORD'S instruction is right; it makes our hearts glad. His commands shine brightly, and they give us light. R: 9 Worshiping the LORD is sacred; he will always be worshiped. All of his decisions are correct and fair.
psalm 19 cev C: 10 They are worth more than the finest gold and are sweeter than honey from a honeycomb. R: 11 By your teachings, LORD, I am warned; by obeying them, I am greatly rewarded.
psalm 19 cev C: 12 None of us know our faults. Forgive me when I sin without knowing it. R: 13 Don't let me do wrong on purpose, LORD, or let sin have control over my life. Then I will be innocent, and not guilty of some terrible fault.
psalm 19 cev C: 14 Let my words and my thoughts be pleasing to you, LORD, because you are my mighty rock and my protector. C: Glory to the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Spirit; As it was in the beginning is now, and will be for ever. Amen.
SECOND READING R: The Second Reading is written in Chapter 3 of James, beginning at Verse 1. James 3:1-12 Taming the tongue
James 3:1-12 My friends, we should not all try to become teachers. In fact, teachers will be judged more strictly than others. 2 All of us do many wrong things. But if you can control your tongue, you are mature and able to control your whole body.
James 3:1-12 3 By putting a bit into the mouth of a horse, we can turn the horse in different directions. 4 It takes strong winds to move a large sailing ship, but the captain uses only a small rudder to make it go in any direction. 5 Our tongues are small too, and yet they brag about big things.
James 3:1-12 It takes only a spark to start a forest fire! 6 The tongue is like a spark. It is an evil power that dirties the rest of the body and sets a person's entire life on fire with flames that come from hell itself.
James 3:1-12 7 All kinds of animals, birds, reptiles, and sea creatures can be tamed and have been tamed. 8 But our tongues get out of control. They are restless and evil, and always spreading deadly poison.
James 3:1-12 9-10 My dear friends, with our tongues we speak both praises and curses. We praise our Lord and Father, and we curse people who were created to be like God, and this isn't right.