Service with CommunionSimplified Spoken Form This Service is a revision of the “Simplified form of the communion service” Released by the LCA Commission on Worship in 1989.
Opening sentence M: Those who belong to Christ Jesus C: have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires. M: If we live by the Spirit, C: let us also be guided by the Spirit. (Gal 5:24,25 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: For the fruits of his creation LHS 814 CAL293 Fred Pratt Green 1903- (1970)
For the fruits of his creation 1. For the fruits of his creation, thanks be to God; for his gifts to every nation, thanks be to God; for the ploughing, sowing, reaping, silent growth while we are sleeping, future needs in earth’s safe keeping, thanks be to God.
For the fruits of his creation 2. In the just reward of labour, God’s will is done; in the help we give our neighbour, God’s will is done; in our world-wide task of caring for the hungry and despairing, in the harvests we are sharing, God’s will is done.
For the fruits of his creation 3. For the harvests of his Spirit, thanks be to God; For the good we all inherit, thanks be to God; For the wonders that astound us, for the truths that still confound us; most of all, that love has found us, thanks be to God. †
CONFESSION AND ABSOLUTION M: Friends in Christ: The works of the flesh are obvious: fornication, impurity, licentiousness, idolatry, sorcery, enmities, strife, jealousy, anger, quarrels, dissensions, factions, envy, drunkenness, carousing, and things like these.
CONFESSION AND ABSOLUTION St Paul warns us: those who do such things will not inherit the kingdom of God. Therefore, let us draw near to God our Father with a true heart to confess our sins, and ask him in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ 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.
CONFESSION AND ABSOLUTION C: 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. Amen.
CONFESSION AND ABSOLUTION M: The fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, generosity, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. There is no law against such things.
CONFESSION AND ABSOLUTION Therefore, upon your confession, 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. Peace be with you. C: Amen.
greeting M: The Lord be with you. C: And also with you.
PRAYER OF THE DAY M: Let us pray that we are led by the Holy Spirit. C: Christ our Saviour, thank you for setting us free from slavery to sin and the condemnation of the law. Make us alive by your Spirit, and ready to follow and serve you.
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 the sixth Sunday after Pentecost is written in chapter two of 2nd Kings beginning at verse one. 2 Kings 2:1,2,6-14 CEV Elijah taken to heaven
2 Kings 2:1,2,6-14 Not long before the LORD took Elijah up into heaven in a strong wind, Elijah and Elisha were leaving Gilgal. 2Elijah said to Elisha, "The LORD wants me to go to Bethel, but you must stay here." Elisha replied, "I swear by the living LORD and by your own life that I will stay with you no matter what!" And he went with Elijah to Bethel.
2 Kings 2:1,2,6-14 6Elijah then said to Elisha, "Now the LORD wants me to go to the Jordan River, but you must stay here." Elisha replied, "I swear by the living LORD and by your own life that I will never leave you!" So the two of them walked on together.
2 Kings 2:1,2,6-14 7Fifty prophets followed Elijah and Elisha from Jericho, then stood at a distance and watched as the two men walked toward the river. 8When they got there, Elijah took off his coat, then he rolled it up and struck the water with it. At once a path opened up through the river, and the two of them walked across on dry ground.
2 Kings 2:1,2,6-14 9After they had reached the other side, Elijah said, "Elisha, the LORD will soon take me away. What can I do for you before that happens?" Elisha answered, "Please give me twice as much of your power as you give the other prophets, so I can be the one who takes your place as their leader.”
2 Kings 2:1,2,6-14 10"It won't be easy," Elijah answered. "It can happen only if you see me as I am being taken away." 11Elijah and Elisha were walking along and talking, when suddenly there appeared between them a flaming chariot pulled by fiery horses. Right away, a strong wind took Elijah up into heaven.
2 Kings 2:1,2,6-14 12Elisha saw this and shouted, "Israel's cavalry and chariots have taken my master away! After Elijah had gone, Elisha tore his clothes in sorrow. 13Elijah's coat had fallen off, so Elisha picked it up and walked back to the Jordan River.
2 Kings 2:1,2,6-14 14He struck the water with the coat and wondered, "Will the LORD perform miracles for me as he did for Elijah?" As soon as Elisha did this, a dry path opened up through the water, and he walked across. This is the Word of the Lord. C: Thanks be to God.
Psalm 77:1,2,11-20 CEV R: The Psalm for today is Psalm seventy seven. 1I pray to you, LORD God, and I beg you to listen. C: 2In days filled with trouble, I search for you. And at night I tirelessly lift my hands in prayer, refusing comfort.
Psalm 77:1,2,11-20 CEV R: 11Our LORD, I will remember the things you have done, your miracles of long ago. C: 12I will think about each one of your mighty deeds. R: 13Everything you do is right, and no other god compares with you. C: 14You alone work miracles, and you have let nations see your mighty power.
Psalm 77:1,2,11-20 CEV R: 15With your own arm you rescued your people, the descendants of Jacob and Joseph. C: 16The ocean looked at you, God, and it trembled deep down with fear.
Psalm 77:1,2,11-20 CEV R: 17Water flowed from the clouds. Thunder was heard above as your arrows of lightning flashed about. C: 18Your thunder roared like chariot wheels. The world was made bright by lightning, and all the earth trembled. R: 19You walked through the water of the mighty sea, but your footprints were never seen.
Psalm 77:1,2,11-20 CEV C: 20You guided your people like a flock of sheep, and you chose Moses and Aaron to be their leaders. 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 for today is written in chapter five of Galatians beginning at verse one. Galatians 5:1,13-25 CEV Freedom in Christ to live by the Spirit
Second reading Christ has set us free! This means we are really free. Now hold on to your freedom and don't ever become slaves of the Law again.
Second reading 13My friends, you were chosen to be free. So don't use your freedom as an excuse to do anything you want. Use it as an opportunity to serve each other with love. 14All that the Law says can be summed up in the command to love others as much as you love yourself.
Second reading 15But if you keep attacking each other like wild animals, you had better watch out or you will destroy yourselves 16If you are guided by the Spirit, you won't obey your selfish desires. 17The Spirit and your desires are enemies of each other. They are always fighting each other and keeping you from doing what you feel you should.
Second reading 18But if you obey the Spirit, the Law of Moses has no control over you. 19People's desires make them give in to immoral ways, filthy thoughts, and shameful deeds. 20They worship idols, practice witchcraft, hate others, and are hard to get along with.
Second reading People become jealous, angry, and selfish. They not only argue and cause trouble, but they are 21envious. They get drunk, carry on at wild parties, and do other evil things as well. I told you before, and I am telling you again: No one who does these things will share in the blessings of God's kingdom.
Second reading 22God's Spirit makes us loving, happy, peaceful, patient, kind, good, faithful, 23gentle, and self-controlled. There is no law against behaving in any of these ways. 24And because we belong to Christ Jesus, we have killed our selfish feelings and desires.
Second reading 25God's Spirit has given us life, and so we should follow the Spirit. 26But don't be conceited or make others jealous by claiming to be better than they are This is the Word of the Lord. C: Thanks be to God.
C: Alleluia, alleluia. Jesus said: :'Let the dead bury their own dead; but as for you, go and proclaim the kingdom of God.' (Luke 9:60 NRSV) Alleluia.
gospel M: The Holy Gospel for today is written in the ninth chapter of St Luke beginning at verse 51. C: Glory to you O Lord. Luke 9:51-62 CEV The cost of following Jesus
Luke 9:51-62 51Not long before it was time for Jesus to be taken up to heaven, he made up his mind to go to Jerusalem. 52He sent some messengers on ahead to a Samaritan village to get things ready for him.
Luke 9:51-62 53But he was on his way to Jerusalem, so the people there refused to welcome him. 54When the disciples James and John saw what was happening, they asked, "Lord, do you want us to call down fire from heaven to destroy these people?" 55But Jesus turned and corrected them for what they had said.
Luke 9:51-62 56Then they all went on to another village. 57Along the way someone said to Jesus, "I'll go anywhere with you!" 58Jesus said, "Foxes have dens, and birds have nests, but the Son of Man doesn't have a place to call his own.”