Tenth Sunday After Pentecost

WELCOME

ENTRANCE HYMN – Blest Be the Tie That Binds”

Blest be the tie that binds,

Our hearts in Christian love;

The unity of heart and mind

Is like to that above.

Before our Father’s throne

We pour our ardent prayers;

Our fears, our hopes, our aims are one,

Our comforts and our cares.

CONFESSION AND FORGIVENESS

P: We are gathered to worship God the Father, the + Son, and the Holy Spirit.

C: Amen.

P: Almighty God, to whom all hearts are open, all desired known, and from whom no secrets are hid: cleanse the thoughts of our hearts by the inspiration of your Holy Spirit, that we may perfectly love you, and worthily magnify your holy name, through Jesus Christ our Lord.

C: Amen.

P: If we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, but if we confess our failings, you are faithful and just to forgive us in the ways of Jesus.  We pray, Merciful God…

C: We are in bondage to sin and cannot free ourselves.  We have failed to reflect you in thought, word, and deed, by what we have done and by what we have left undone.  We have not loved you as we should; we have not loved our neighbors as ourselves.  For the sake of your Son, Jesus Christ, have mercy on us.  Forgive us, renew us, and lead us, so that we may delight in your will and walk in your ways, to the glory of your holy name.

P: When we were laid low by sin and guilt, God made us alive together with Christ, forgiving us + our trespasses by taking our sins to the cross, and rising to new life.  Rejoice in this good news!

C: Amen.

PRAYER OF THE DAY

P: The Lord be with you.

C: And also with you.

P: What does scripture say the Lord requires of us?

C: To be just, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with God.         (Micah 6:8)

P: Isaiah tells us this is the fast God desires of us:

C: To loose the bonds of oppression; undo the heavy burdens; free the oppressed; and to break every yoke;

P: We should share our bread with the hungry; provide shelter for those who are cast down; clothe the naked; and not hide ourselves form our own flesh and blood.

C: Then our light will break forth as the morning; healing shall abound; and our righteousness will go before us; and the glory of the Lord shall guard us.

P: Then we will call; and the Lord will answer. We shall cry, and he will say, ‘Here I am.’

C: We will be like a well-watered garden, whose springs never fail.        (Isaiah 58:6-12)

P: Let us pray…

C: O God, your ears are open always to the prayers of your servants.  Open our hearts and minds to you, that we may live in harmony with your will and receive the gifts of your Spirit; through your Son, Jesus Christ our Lord.  Amen.

(please be seated)

FIRST READING: Exodus 16:2-4, 9-15

The whole congregation of the Israelites complained against Moses and Aaron in the wilderness. The Israelites said to them, “If only we had died by the hand of the Lord in the land of Egypt, when we sat by the fleshpots and ate our fill of bread; for you have brought us out into this wilderness to kill this whole assembly with hunger.” Then the Lord said to Moses, “I am going to rain bread from heaven for you, and each day the people shall go out and gather enough for that day. In that way I will test them, whether they will follow my instruction or not. Then Moses said to Aaron, “Say to the whole congregation of the Israelites, ‘Draw near to the Lord, for he has heard your complaining.’“ And as Aaron spoke to the whole congregation of the Israelites, they looked toward the wilderness, and the glory of the Lord appeared in the cloud. The Lord spoke to Moses and said, “I have heard the complaining of the Israelites; say to them, ‘At twilight you shall eat meat, and in the morning you shall have your fill of bread; then you shall know that I am the Lord your God.’“ In the evening quails came up and covered the camp; and in the morning there was a layer of dew around the camp. When the layer of dew lifted, there on the surface of the wilderness was a fine flaky substance, as fine as frost on the ground. When the Israelites saw it, they said to one another, “What is it?” For they did not know what it was. Moses said to them, “It is the bread that the Lord has given you to eat.

R: Word of God, word of life.

C: Thanks be to God.

PSALM: Ps 78:23-29

D: Yet he commanded the skies above, and opened the doors of heaven; he rained down on them manna to eat, and gave them the grain of heaven.

C: Mortals ate of the bread of angels; he sent them food in abundance.

D: He caused the east wind to blow in the heavens, and by his power he led out the south wind;

C: he rained flesh upon them like dust, winged birds like the sand of the seas;

D: he let them fall within their camp, all around their dwellings.

C: And they ate and were well filled, for he gave them what they craved.

SECOND READING: Ephesians 4:1-16

I therefore, the prisoner in the Lord, beg you to lead a life worthy of the calling to which you have been called, with all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another in love, making every effort to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. There is one body and one Spirit, just as you were called to the one hope of your calling, one Lord, one faith, one baptism, one God and Father of all, who is above all and through all and in all. But each of us was given grace according to the measure of Christ’s gift. Therefore it is said, “When he ascended on high he made captivity itself a captive; he gave gifts to his people.” (When it says, “He ascended,” what does it mean but that he had also descended into the lower parts of the earth? He who descended is the same one who ascended far above all the heavens, so that he might fill all things.) The gifts he gave were that some would be apostles, some prophets, some evangelists, some pastors and teachers, to equip the saints for the work of ministry, for building up the body of Christ, until all of us come to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to maturity, to the measure of the full stature of Christ. We must no longer be children, tossed to and fro and blown about by every wind of doctrine, by people’s trickery, by their craftiness in deceitful scheming. But speaking the truth in love, we must grow up in every way into him who is the head, into Christ, from whom the whole body, joined and knit together by every ligament with which it is equipped, as each part is working properly, promotes the body’s growth in building itself up in love.

R: Word of God, word of life.

C: Thanks be to God.

Gospel: John 6:24-35

So when the crowd saw that neither Jesus nor his disciples were there, they themselves got into the boats and went to Capernaum looking for Jesus. When they found him on the other side of the sea, they said to him, “Rabbi, when did you come here?” Jesus answered them, “Very truly, I tell you, you are looking for me, not because you saw signs, but because you ate your fill of the loaves. Do not work for the food that perishes, but for the food that endures for eternal life, which the Son of Man will give you. For it is on him that God the Father has set his seal.” Then they said to him, “What must we do to perform the works of God?” Jesus answered them, “This is the work of God, that you believe in him whom he has sent.” So they said to him, “What sign are you going to give us then, so that we may see it and believe you? What work are you performing? Our ancestors ate the manna in the wilderness; as it is written, ‘He gave them bread from heaven to eat.’” Then Jesus said to them, “Very truly, I tell you, it was not Moses who gave you the bread from heaven, but it is my Father who gives you the true bread from heaven. For the bread of God is that which comes down from heaven and gives life to the world.” They said to him, “Sir, give us this bread always.” Jesus said to them, “I am the bread of life. Whoever comes to me will never be hungry, and whoever believes in me will never be thirsty.

R: This is the Gospel of the Lord.

C: Praise to You, O Christ.

WEE WORSHIP

SONG “I Love to Tell the Story”

I love to tell the story Of unseen things above,
Of Jesus and His glory, Of Jesus and his love.
I love to tell the story, Because I know its true;
It satisfies my longings As nothing else would do.
I love to tell the story, ‘Twill be my theme in glory
To tell the old, old story Of Jesus and His love.

I love to tell the story; ‘Tis pleasant to repeat
What seems, each time I tell it, More wonderfully sweet.
I love to tell the story, For some have never heard
The message of salvation From God’s own holy word.
I love to tell the story, ‘Twill be my theme in glory
To tell the old, old story Of Jesus and His love.

SERMON

CREED (please stand)

We believe on god, the Father almighty, creator of heaven and earth.

We believe in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord.  He was conceived by the

power of the Holy Spirit and born of the virgin Mary.  He 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, and is seated

at the right hand of the Father.  He will come again to judge the living and the dead.

We 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.

THE PRAYERS

L: Joining our voices with God’s people around the world, let us offer our prayers for those in need.  For the church, visible and invisible; for all the servants of the gospel; and for the holy people of God, that we hear your word, share your supper, and build your Kingdom, let us pray.

C: Have mercy, O God.

L: For favorable weather; for calm waters and seas; and for all creation, that it become for us a reflection of God’s glory.  For those affected by natural disasters, that they be provided relief, let us pray.

C: Have mercy, O God.

L: For those who help make our communities safe: police officers and firefighters, military and international peacekeepers, local and national leaders, that God’s peace and compassion come also to us, let us pray.

C: Have mercy, O God.

L: For the sick, the hungry, the imprisoned, those living with chronic illnesses, and those caring for them, for those awaiting the birth of children, those grieving a loss, people struggling with depression, and all people in need (especially…), that Christ, our great physician, care for all who are in distress, let us pray.

C: Have mercy, O God.

L: For those who are distracted by overwork, and those who seek more adequate employment, that we recognize God’s goodness in vocations of all kinds, let us pray.

C: Have mercy, O God.

L: Merciful God, you hear the prayers of your people even before they are spoken.  We commend all our prayers to you, trusting in your abundant mercy; through Jesus Christ, our Lord.

C: Amen.

PEACE

P: The peace of the Lord be with you always.

C: And also with you.

SONG – “Break Thou the Bread of Life”

Break Thou the bread of life, dear Lord, to me,

as Thou didst break the loaves Beside the sea;

beyond the sacred page I seek Thee, Lord,

my spirit pants for Thee, O living Word.

O send Thy Spirit, Lord, now unto me,

that He may touch my eyes and make me see;

show me the truth concealed within Thy Word,

and in Thy Book revealed I see the Lord.  Amen.

DIALOGUE (please stand)

P: The Lord be with you.

C: And also with you.

P: Lift up your hearts.

C: We lift them to the Lord.

P: Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.

C: It is right to give him thanks and praise.

PREFACE 

P: It is indeed right and salutary that we should at all times and in all places offer thanks and praise to you, O Lord, holy Father, through Christ our Lord; who rose beyond the bounds of death and, [on this day,] as he had promised, poured out your Spirit of life and power upon the chosen disciples. At this the whole earth exults in boundless joy. And so, with the Church on earth and the hosts of heaven, we praise your name and join their unending hymn:

SANCTUS

Holy, Holy, Holy Lord, God of Power and might:

Heaven and Earth are full of your glory.

Hosanna, Hosanna, Hosanna in the highest.

Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord.

Hosanna in the highest.

THANKSGIVING

P: Gracious Father your mercy is endless.  You fill all creation with light and life; heaven and earth are full of your glory.

C: Through Abraham you promised to bless all nations, and you renewed your promise through the prophets;

P: At this end of the ages, you sent your Son,

C: He proclaimed your kingdom and was obedient to your will, even to giving his life.

P: In the night in which he was betrayed, our Lord Jesus took bread, and gave thanks; broke it, and gave it to his disciples saying: take and eat; this is my body + given for you.

P: After supper, he took the cup, gave thanks, and gave it for all of them to drink, saying: this is the new covenant in my blood + shed for you and for all people for the forgiveness of sin.

P: Whenever we eat this bread and drink this wine, we proclaim the Lord’s death until he returns.

C: Christ has died.  Christ has risen.  Christ will come again.

P: Send your Holy Spirit. The spirit of our Lord and of his resurrection, that we who receive this meal may be empowered to live for your glory.

C: Amen.  Come Holy Spirit.

P: We join together as the people of God, saying the prayer Jesus taught us:

C: 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.         (sit)

COMMUNION VIDEO

PRAYER AFTER COMMUNION

P: May this Body and Blood of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, strengthen you in the faith until life everlasting.

C: Amen.

BLESSING

P: The Lord bless you and keep you.

The Lord make his face shine on you and be gracious to you.

The Lord look upon you with favor and + give you peace.

C: Amen.

ANNOUNCEMENTS

Birthdays

August 3 – Sarah Wiltse, Kathy Salmonson, Larry Kohl

        6 – Wilma Chestnut

        7 – Kathy Jeffery

Anniversaries

August 2 – Doug and Nora Wolf 19 years

        5 – Norm and Jen Glover 15 years

        7 – Jake and Caroline Schreiber 50 years

Weekly Calendar

Wednesday           10 AM                            Stitching Group

                                6 PM                               Prayer Gathering                            

Thursday               9 AM                              Quilting

CLOSING SONG – “God Be With You Till We Meet Again”

God be with you till we meet again,

by good counsels guide, uphold you,

with His shepherd’s care enfold you;

God be with you till we meet again.

Till we meet, till we meet,

till we meet at Jesus’ feet:

till we meet, till we meet,

God be with you till we meet again.

DISMISSAL

P: Go in peace.  Serve the Lord.

C: Thanks be to God.