The congregation is invited to stand, as able, at those times marked with an *
Bold print, the community speaks as one. +, people may make the sign of the cross
morning prayer + 2nd sunday AFTER PENTECOST
This Sunday’s texts paint startling pictures of the horrific—the demonic—nature of sin. The church’s repeated celebration of the holy communion counters that tragic reality in a continued showing forth of the death of Jesus “until he comes.” It is a dramatic declaration of “how much God has done for you.”
NOTES ABOUT WORSHIP TODAY
This morning’s order of service is Morning Prayer. The Christian discipline of daily prayer goes back to the ancient Church practices, as well as the set times of prayer in Judaism. At morning prayer, we give thanks for the gift of new life in Christ and seek God’s grace for the day ahead. The Thanksgiving for Baptism highlights our common baptismal patter of daily prayer, with its rhythm of dying and rising with Christ. Also, the services of daily prayer in community may be led by any baptized member. For more on the importance of Daily Prayer and the Presbyterian understanding and practice, see the Book of Order’s Directory for Worship, W-5.0102.
Today’s ordering is a version of Morning Song from the 1906 Presbyterian Book of Common Worship where the hymns move us into the presence of God in praise and worship and open us up to hear the Word and then be sent.
Ordinarily, an offering is not received during Daily Prayer. Hence, the ushers will be in the Narthex (great entrance hall) to collect any tithes or offerings.
PRELUDE: Here I Am, Lord- Dan Schutte, setting by Jack Schrader
WELCOME AND ANNOUNCEMENTS
As a matter of hospitality, we invite everyone to fill out information in the red fellowship pad found on each pew at the center aisle and pass it down so everyone may be greeted by name during the passing of the peace. Written announcements can be found at the back of the bulletin.
*OPENING SENTENCES AND PRAYER OF THE DAY
How mighty is the God we worship,
that even the demons know Christ’s name
and the depth of his healing power.
How holy is the God we worship,
that we would compare God’s grace to water,
God’s love to flowing streams.
How loving is the God we worship,
that we find ourselves united in Christ:
one faith, one Lord, one baptism.
Living God, you call us to yourself so that we may live in wholeness
with ourselves and our neighbors. Unchain your people and set us free to rejoice in your saving word, through Jesus Christ, our Savior. Amen.
*GATHERING HYMNS #19 God of Great and God of Small
#35 Praise Ye the Lord, the Almighty
#403 Open Now Thy Gates of Beauty
THANKSGIVING FOR BAPTISM
The Lord be with you. And also with you.
Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.
It is right to give our thanks and praise.
God of all glory, we give you thanks
that through the gift of our baptism
we have been crucified with Christ
and united with him in resurrection.
By the power of your Holy Spirit, let
our lives proclaim the good news
that we are dead to sin and alive to you;
through Jesus Christ our Savior. Amen.
Friends, let us remember your baptism and be thankful.
In the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.
The peace of Christ be with you. And also with you.
The people may exchange with one another, by words and gesture, signs of peace
ALL SING # 853 We Are Marching in the Light of God
THANKSGIVING AND INTERCESSSION (Ps. 90:14)
Satisfy us with your love in the morning,
and we will live this day in joy and praise.
giver of all good things:
For our home on earth
and for your unfailing mercy,
we give you thanks.
Christ, our redeemer:
For your sacrifice on the cross
and rising from death that we might live,
we give you thanks and praise.
Holy Spirit, giver of life:
For your abiding presence in our lives
and for comforting and guiding us,
we give you thanks, praise, and glory.
O triune God:
To you be glory and praise
now and forever. Amen.
Joining our voices with God’s people around the world, let us offer our prayers for those in need.
A brief silence.
For all servants of the gospel, for the church throughout the world, and for all who sing the praise and glory of God, that through the gift of faith, all declare the wonderful name of Christ, let us pray.
Have mercy, O God.
For the well-being of creation, for mountains and lakes, for fields and forests, and for plants and animals, that God lift up good stewards to care for the entire earth, let us pray.
Have mercy, O God.
For the nations and their rulers, for aid workers, and for people in war-torn areas (especially), that God raise up leaders and advocates to work for the equality of all, let us pray.
Have mercy, O God.
For all who cry out in need: the hungry and poor, the downtrodden and outcast, the grieving and the sick (especially), that all know that God is near and hears their cries, let us pray.
Have mercy, O God.
For teachers preparing for the upcoming school year, for those who are traveling and absent from worship, and for those who visit our congregation, that God’s love lead them in their daily vocations, let us pray.
Have mercy, O God.
Here other intercessions may be offered.
For all baptized into Christ’s death and resurrection, including those who have died, especially those whom we commemorate this week:
Audrey; Bartholomew of Durham; Philipp Melanchthon; Teresa Fantou; Lancelot; George MacLeod; Irenaeus of Lyons; and the Apostles Peter and Paul. We also celebrate this week with the Church universal the Birth of John the Baptist and the Presentation of the Augsburg Confession in 1530. Confident that we belong to you in life and in death, let us pray.
Have mercy, O God.
Confident that we belong to you in life and in death, let us pray.
Have mercy, O God.
Merciful God, you hear the prayers of your people even before they are spoken. We commend these and all our prayers to you, trusting in your abundant mercy; through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord, who taught us to pray:
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 debts,
as we forgive our debtors;
and lead us not into temptation,
but deliver us from evil.
For thine is the kingdom
and the power
and the glory, forever.
PRAYER OF ILLUMINATION # 458 Thy Word is a Lamp Unto My Feet
FIRST READING: Isaiah 65:1-9
The prophet announces God’s impatience. The people’s self-absorption is idolatry, and images from pagan worship fill this reading. Like a vintner who crushes the grape to release the wine, God will use Israel’s exile to establish a new community of the faithful.
1I was ready to be sought out by those who did not ask,
to be found by those who did not seek me.
I said, “Here I am, here I am,”
to a nation that did not call on my name.
2I held out my hands all day long
to a rebellious people,
who walk in a way that is not good,
following their own devices;
3a people who provoke me
to my face continually,
sacrificing in gardens
and offering incense on bricks;
4who sit inside tombs,
and spend the night in secret places;
who eat swine’s flesh,
with broth of abominable things in their vessels;
5who say, “Keep to yourself,
do not come near me, for I am too holy for you.”
These are a smoke in my nostrils,
a fire that burns all day long.
6See, it is written before me:
I will not keep silent, but I will repay;
I will indeed repay into their laps
7their iniquities and their ancestors’ iniquities together,
says the LORD;
because they offered incense on the mountains
and reviled me on the hills,
I will measure into their laps
full payment for their actions.
8Thus says the LORD:
As the wine is found in the cluster,
and they say, “Do not destroy it,
for there is a blessing in it,”
so I will do for my servants’ sake,
and not destroy them all.
9I will bring forth descendants from Jacob,
and from Judah inheritors of my mountains;
my chosen shall inherit it,
and my servants shall settle there.
The word of the Lord.
Thanks be to God.
PSALM 22, Hymn # 210 Lord, Why Have You Forsaken Me
SECOND READING: Galatians 3:23-29
For Paul, baptism is a powerful bond that unites people not only with God but with other believers. Those who call themselves children of God experience a transformation that removes prejudices of race, social class, or gender in favor of true unity in Christ.
23Now before faith came, we were imprisoned and guarded under the law until faith would be revealed. 24Therefore the law was our disciplinarian until Christ came, so that we might be justified by faith. 25But now that faith has come, we are no longer subject to a disciplinarian, 26for in Christ Jesus you are all children of God through faith. 27As many of you as were baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ. 28There is no longer Jew or Greek, there is no longer slave or free, there is no longer male and female; for all of you are one in Christ Jesus. 29And if you belong to Christ, then you are Abraham’s offspring, heirs according to the promise.
The word of the Lord.
Thanks be to God.
GOSPEL: Luke 8:26-39
Jesus’ mission includes foreigners, and his authority extends to the casting out of demons. Some who witness Jesus’ work are seized with confusion and fear, but the man who was healed is commissioned to give testimony of God’s mercy and power.
26Then [Jesus and his disciples] arrived at the country of the Gerasenes, which is opposite Galilee. 27As he stepped out on land, a man of the city who had demons met him. For a long time he had worn no clothes, and he did not live in a house but in the tombs. 28When he saw Jesus, he fell down before him and shouted at the top of his voice, “What have you to do with me, Jesus, Son of the Most High God? I beg you, do not torment me”— 29for Jesus had commanded the unclean spirit to come out of the man. (For many times it had seized him; he was kept under guard and bound with chains and shackles, but he would break the bonds and be driven by the demon into the wilds.) 30Jesus then asked him, “What is your name?” He said, “Legion”; for many demons had entered him. 31They begged him not to order them to go back into the abyss.
32Now there on the hillside a large herd of swine was feeding; and the demons begged Jesus to let them enter these. So he gave them permission. 33Then the demons came out of the man and entered the swine, and the herd rushed down the steep bank into the lake and was drowned.
34When the swineherds saw what had happened, they ran off and told it in the city and in the country. 35Then people came out to see what had happened, and when they came to Jesus, they found the man from whom the demons had gone sitting at the feet of Jesus, clothed and in his right mind. And they were afraid. 36Those who had seen it told them how the one who had been possessed by demons had been healed. 37Then all the people of the surrounding country of the Gerasenes asked Jesus to leave them; for they were seized with great fear. So he got into the boat and returned. 38The man from whom the demons had gone begged that he might be with him; but Jesus sent him away, saying, 39Return to your home, and declare how much God has done for you. So he went away, proclaiming throughout the city how much Jesus had done for him.
The Gospel of the Lord.
Praise to you, O Christ.
*HYMNS #815 Give to the Winds Thy Fears
#320 The Church of Christ in Every Age
*SENDING HYMN #69 I, the Lord of Sea and Sky
*BLESSING & DISMISSAL
POSTLUDE: Festal Song- William H. Walter, setting by Lani Smith
NOTES: Order of service and content is in accord with the Presbyterian Church’s Directory for Worship. Prayers are from the online Glory to God Hymnal site (http://hymnal.pcusastore.com), Sundays and Seasons (Year C), the Presbyterian Book of Common Worship (2018), and informed by the order of the 1906 Book of Common Worship. Commemoration of Saints is from the 2018 Book of Common Worship, starting on pg 1145
Calendar of Commemorations:
23 Audrey (d. 679) – Also referred to as Saint Ethelreda or Aethelthryth, Audrey was an English princess who took a vow of perpetual virginity, although she was married twice and widowed twice. After her two marriages, Audrey became a nun and retired to the island of Ely, where she founded a monastery.
24 The Birth of John the Baptist (Luke 1: 57– 80) – As with the birth of Jesus, John’s birth was foretold by the angel of Gabriel, as related in the gospel of Luke. Because John’s father, Zechariah, did not believe the message of Gabriel, he was rendered speechless until the time of John’s birth. At that time, his relatives wanted to name the child after his father, and Zechariah wrote, “His name is John”, whereupon he recovered his ability to speak. Following Zechariah’s obedience to the command of God, he was given the gift of prophecy, and foretold the future ministry of Jesus.
Bartholomew of Durham (d. c. 1193) – Also referred to as Bartholomew of Farne; English Benedictine monk and hermit.
25 Presentation of the Augsburg Confession (1530) – also known as the Augustan Confession or the Augustana from its Latin name, Confessio Augustana, is the primary confession of faith of the Lutheran Church and one of the most important documents of the Protestant Reformation. The Augsburg Confession was written in both German and Latin and was presented by a number of German rulers and free-cities at the Diet of Augsburg on June 25, 1530.
Philipp Melanchthon*(1497– 1560) – German Lutheran reformer, collaborator with Martin Luther, the first systematic theologian of the Protestant Reformation, intellectual leader of the Lutheran Reformation, and an influential designer of educational systems. He stands next to Luther and John Calvin as a reformer, theologian, and molder of Protestantism.
26 Teresa Fantou* (d. 1794) – Nun in the Daughters of Charity of Saint Vincent de Paul at Arras, France. Imprisoned in 1792, and executed two years later in the anti–Catholic excesses of the French Revolution.
27 Lancelot (1040– 1095) – Also known as Laszlo or Ladislaus, son of Bela I, King of Hungary; became King of Hungary in 1077. Annexed Dalmatia and Croatia to greater Hungary. He expelled the Huns, Poles, Tatars, and Russians from his lands, and made Christianity the national religion. Known for his enlightened government, his devotion to his people and to the Church.
George Fieldon MacLeod (1895– 1991) – Scottish soldier and clergyman; one of the best known, most influential and unconventional Church of Scotland ministers of the 20th century. He was the founder of the Iona Community at the island of Iona.
28 Irenaeus of Lyons* (c. 125– c. 203) – a Greek bishop noted for his role in guiding and expanding Christian communities in what is now the south of France and, more widely, for the development of Christian theology by combatting heresy and defining orthodoxy.
29 Apostles Peter and Paul (d. c. 67– 68) – The Solemnity of Saints Peter and Paul is a liturgical feast in honor of the martyrdom in Rome of the two apostles. The Church’s tradition teaches that they both died as martyrs in Rome during the persecution under Nero in 64 A.D. According to tradition, Paul was granted the right of a Roman citizen to be beheaded by a sword, but Peter suffered the fate of his Lord, crucifixion, though with head downward.
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