Sunday, May 24, 2015

Pentecost Sunday (D)

Exodus 4:1-17 OR Deuteronomy 5:1-15 (6-21) 22-33 OR 31:23-29 OR Daniel 12:1-13
Psalm 119:113-136
Matthew 10:9-23 OR Luke 12:1-12
Corinthians 11:1-12:1


The Lord has spoken with a loud voice
from the fire, the cloud, and the thick darkness!
       Who has heard the voice of the living God speaking,
       and remained alive?
Truly the Lord is holy and greatly to be feared!
Yet, just as truly, God may speak to someone and the person may still live.
       O Lord, show us your greatness and glory!
       Let us hear your voice from the fire!
The Lord has said: If only they had such a mind as this,
to fear me and to keep my commandments always,
that it might go well with them and their children forever!
       Let us draw near and hear what the Lord our God will say.
       Let us listen and do all that the Lord commands.

Monday, May 18, 2015

Penitential Rite for Pentecost (Year B)

God alone has the power to breathe life into the dead, to redeem for vital service those who are otherwise lifeless due to the weighty burden of guilt and sin. This God who turns slaves into prophets, the young into visionaries, and the old into dreamers of the future glory, can be trusted with the truth about our sin.

Spirit of the Living God, we confess that change fills our hearts with sorrow, loss stirs up doubt and fear, and our memories of past unfaithfulness often make life unbearable. Yet you are more than faithful in providing for us and for all creatures under heaven. You are good to renew all things with your Holy Spirit and to give countless blessings with your open and generous hand. Forgive us, O God, for our shortsightedness, our lack of faith, our timidity. Empower us with your Holy Spirit to proclaim your good works and to do your will in all things, for the sake of your Son Jesus Christ.

Surely all who call upon the name of the Lord will be saved! The God, who takes care to proclaim the gospel to all peoples in their mother tongue, has made provision for forgiveness for every believer under heaven and redemption for the whole of creation under the governance of Jesus Christ. Receive the good news, even as you receive anew the promised Holy Spirit, for in Jesus Christ we are forgiven!

Sunday, May 17, 2015

7th Sunday of Easter

Jeremiah 9:23-24; 24:1-10
Psalm 115
Mark 11:27-33 [AND Mark 12:35-37 if Ascension not observed]
OR Luke 20:1-8 [AND Luke 20:41-47 is Ascension not observed]
2Corinthians 10


Almighty God, we live among a generation that constantly questions authority. We confess that we too have been slow to heed your messengers, to acknowledge the authority of your Word and your Spirit, to believe and obey the gospel of your Son, our Sovereign, Jesus Christ. We have too often feared human opinions more than your holy judgments. Forgive us, LORD, for our rebellion and for the bad fruit we have borne. Make us new by the transforming power and grace of your Spirit, that we might gain victory over the strongholds that have bound us, and bear good and lasting fruit for the kingdom of your beloved Son, in whose holy name we pray.

Thursday, May 14, 2015

Ascension (Thursday)

Proverbs 1:1-7
Psalm 119:145-176
Mark 12:35-37 OR Luke 20:41-47
1John 2:3-29


Let the wise hear and gain in learning.
Let the discerning acquire skill.
         For fools despise wisdom and instruction,
         But the fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge.
Let those who fear the Lord await the Holy Spirit,
that they may come to understand proverbs and figures and words of insight.
         We shall delight in the words of our Savior,
         the Messiah, the Son of David.
For David himself, by the Holy Spirit,
calls his own son, ‘Lord,’ saying,
         “The Lord said to my Lord,
         ‘Sit at my right hand, until I put your enemies under your feet.’”
Let those who fear the Lord seek the Holy Spirit,
that they may gain instruction in wisdom and righteousness, justice and equity.
         Then we shall teach discernment to the simple,
         the knowledge of the Lord and prudence to the young.

Sunday, May 10, 2015

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6th Sunday of Easter (D)

Deuteronomy 15:1-18 OR 19:15-21
Psalm 129
Matthew 18:1-14 (15-20) OR Luke 9:46-50; 17:1-4
2Corinthians 9 


O God our Father, you have said through your Son that, unless we change and become like children, we will never enter the kingdom of heaven. Yet you have also promised that, whoever welcomes a child in your name welcomes Christ Jesus your Son, and whoever welcomes Christ welcomes you, who sent him into the world! Therefore, as we invoke your name and invite you into our midst, help us to be childlike and humble before you. And help us further to welcome your children into this place, for Jesus has said that in heaven their angels continually see your face. Truly, they are among the greatest in the kingdom of heaven, and you, the greatest of all, are among them!

Sunday, May 3, 2015

5th Sunday of Easter (D)

1Samuel 21:1-15 OR 2Kings 4:38-44
Psalm 49
Matthew 15:29-39; 16:1-12 OR Mark 8:1-26
2Corinthians 8:1-6 (7-15) 16-24


Praise be to you, O God of Israel, for sending your only Son, Jesus Christ, into the world to cure the sick and to restore to life those long dead. Showing us your great compassion, Christ Jesus feeds the hungry, makes the mute to speak, the lame to walk, the blind to see, and the maimed to be made whole. He himself, once dead and buried, was raised to eternal life, and thus fulfilled the sign of Jonah. Now reigning with you and the Holy Spirit in glory, he comes with the dawn to receive the worship of those who are baptized in his name, those who long for his glorious appearing. Therefore, let nothing worldly weigh down our words, our songs, our hearts, our spirits, but come and receive, O Triune God, the thanksgiving and praise that is due you! Praise be to you, O God of Israel, for you alone are worthy of praise.

Sunday, April 26, 2015

4th Sunday of Easter (D)

Genesis 38:1-30 OR Ecclesiastes 5:1-20
Psalm 10
Matthew 22:23-33 OR Mark 12:18-27 (OR Luke 20:27-40)
2Corinthians 7:2-16


Holy LORD, you are the God of the living, not the dead! For you, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, the God of Jacob, spoke from the burning bush about our ancestors, and spoke of them as living with you. Truly, you are the God of the Resurrection! Yours is the power, revealed in your Word, by which the dead are raised to new life and Christ Jesus your Son is the head of your new creation. By your grace, you have given us the Spirit of your risen Son to dwell in our hearts, that we might die to sin and self and live together with Christ in your eternal presence. This, O LORD, is our great consolation, and by this promise, you give us joy to see us through every temporary affliction. Therefore, we draw near to you, to offer you our thanks and praise. Come, LORD, and receive our humble, yet exultant, testimony to your goodness!