Seventh Sunday after Pentecost
Morning Worship at 10 o’Clock
Chasing meaning is better for your health than trying to avoid discomfort. So I would say that’s really the best way to make decisions—go after what creates meaning in your life, and then trust yourself to deal with the stress that follows… -Kelly McGonigal: TED talk: How to make stress your friend
The Church Gathers
Organ Prelude: “O Jerusalem” 16th Century Minnesong
Words of Welcome and Announcements (by the minister)
† Introit: “Morning has broken” No. 145
Morning has broken like the first morning; blackbird has spoken like the first bird. Praise for the singing! Praise for the morning! Praise for them, springing fresh from the Word!
† Call to Worship
You have come from afar and waited long and are wearied.
Let us sit side by side, sharing the same bread drawn from the same source
to quiet the same hunger that makes us weak.
Then standing together let us share the same spirit, the same thoughts that once again drew us together in friendship and unity and peace.
† Hymn: “We’ve a Story to Tell to the Nations” No. 569
We’ve a story to tell to the nations, that shall turn their hearts to the right,
a story of truth and mercy, a story of peace and light, a story of peace and light.
Refrain: For the darkness shall turn to dawning, and the dawning to noonday bright;
and Christ’s great kingdom shall come on earth, the kingdom of love and light.
We’ve a song to be sung to the nations, that shall lift their hearts to the Lord,
a song that shall conquer evil and shatter the spear and sword, and shatter the spear and sword. (Refrain)
We’ve a message to give to the nations, that the Lord who reigneth above
hath sent us his Son to save us, and show us that God is love, and show us that God is love. (Refrain)
We’ve a Savior to show to the nations, who the path of sorrow hath trod,
that all of the world’s great peoples might come to the truth of God, might come to the truth of God. (Refrain)
Morning Prayer (unison) Prayer of Ignatius of Loyola
Teach us, good Lord, to serve you as you deserve; to give and not to count the cost; to fight and not to heed the wounds; to toil and not to seek for rest; to labor and not to ask for any reward, except that of knowing that we do you will; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen
To Hear the Word
From the Hebrew Scripture: 2 Kings 5:1-14 Carrie Harnick is the Liturgist.
Naaman, commander of the army of the king of Aram, was a great man and in high favor with his master, because by him the Lord had given victory to Aram. The man, though a mighty warrior, suffered from leprosy. Now the Arameans on one of their raids had taken a young girl captive from the land of Israel, and she served Naaman’s wife. She said to her mistress, “If only my lord were with the prophet who is in Samaria! He would cure him of his leprosy.” So Naaman went in and told his lord just what the girl from the land of Israel had said. And the king of Aram said, “Go then, and I will send along a letter to the king of Israel.” He went, taking with him ten talents of silver, six thousand shekels of gold, and ten sets of garments. He brought the letter to the king of Israel, which read, “When this letter reaches you, know that I have sent to you my servant Naaman, that you may cure him of his leprosy.” When the king of Israel read the letter, he tore his clothes and said, “Am I God, to give death or life, that this man sends word to me to cure a man of his leprosy? Just look and see how he is trying to pick a quarrel with me.” But when Elisha the man of God heard that the king of Israel had torn his clothes, he sent a message to the king, “Why have you torn your clothes? Let him come to me, that he may learn that there is a prophet in Israel.”
So Naaman came with his horses and chariots, and halted at the entrance of Elisha’s house. Elisha sent a messenger to him, saying, “Go, wash in the Jordan seven times, and your flesh shall be restored and you shall be clean.” But Naaman became angry and went away, saying, “I thought that for me he would surely come out, and stand and call on the name of the Lord his God, and would wave his hand over the spot, and cure the leprosy! Are not Abana and Pharpar, the rivers of Damascus, better than all the waters of Israel? Could I not wash in them, and be clean?” He turned and went away in a rage. But his servants approached and said to him, “Father, if the prophet had commanded you to do something difficult, would you not have done it? How much more, when all he said to you was, ‘Wash, and be clean’?” So he went down and immersed himself seven times in the Jordan, according to the word of the man of God; his flesh was restored like the flesh of a young boy, and he was clean.
Musical Selection: “Awake, O Sleeper” Max Miller
Awake, O sleeper, rise from death, And Christ shall give you light,
So learn his love – its length and breadth, Its fullness, depth, and height.
There is one Body and one hope, One Spirit and one call,
One Lord, on Faith, and one Baptism, One Father of us all.
For us Christ lived, for us he died And conquered in the strife.
Awake, arise, go forth in faith, And Christ shall give you life.
From the Epistles: Galatians 6:7-16
Do not be deceived; God is not mocked, for you reap whatever you sow. If you sow to your own flesh, you will reap corruption from the flesh; but if you sow to the Spirit, you will reap eternal life from the Spirit. So let us not grow weary in doing what is right, for we will reap at harvest-time, if we do not give up. So then, whenever we have an opportunity, let us work for the good of all, and especially for those of the family of faith.
See what large letters I make when I am writing in my own hand! It is those who want to make a good showing in the flesh that try to compel you to be circumcised—only that they may not be persecuted for the cross of Christ. Even the circumcised do not themselves obey the law, but they want you to be circumcised so that they may boast about your flesh. May I never boast of anything except the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, by which the world has been crucified to me, and I to the world. For neither circumcision nor uncircumcision is anything; but a new creation is everything! As for those who will follow this rule—peace be upon them, and mercy, and upon the Israel of God.
Sermon: “Handing on” Rev. Travis Knoll
Luke 10:1-11,18-20 After this the Lord appointed seventy others and sent them on ahead of him in pairs to every town and place where he himself intended to go. He said to them, “The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few; therefore ask the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into his harvest. Go on your way. See, I am sending you out like lambs into the midst of wolves. Carry no purse, no bag, no sandals; and greet no one on the road. Whatever house you enter, first say, ‘Peace to this house!’ And if anyone is there who shares in peace, your peace will rest on that person; but if not, it will return to you. Remain in the same house, eating and drinking whatever they provide, for the laborer deserves to be paid. Do not move about from house to house. Whenever you enter a town and its people welcome you, eat what is set before you; cure the sick who are there, and say to them, ‘The kingdom of God has come near to you.’ But whenever you enter a town and they do not welcome you, go out into its streets and say, ‘Even the dust of your town that clings to our feet, we wipe off in protest against you. Yet know this: the kingdom of God has come near.’ He said to them, “I watched Satan fall from heaven like a flash of lightning. See, I have given you authority to tread on snakes and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy; and nothing will hurt you. Nevertheless, do not rejoice at this, that the spirits submit to you, but rejoice that your names are written in heaven.”
To Respond in Faith
† Hymn: “I Come with Joy” No. 617
I come with joy to meet my Lord, forgiven, loved and free, In awe and wonder to recall
his life laid down for me, his life laid down for me.
I come with Christians far and near to find, as all are fed, the new community of love
in Christ’s communion bread, in Christ’s communion bread.
As Christ breaks bread, and bids us share, each proud division ends. The love that made us, makes us one,
and strangers now are friends, and strangers now are friends.
And thus with joy we meet our Lord. His presence, always near, is in such friendship better known;
we see and praise him here, we see and praise him here.
Together met, together bound we’ll go our different ways,and as his people in the world,
we’ll live and speak his praise, we’ll live and speak his praise.
The Collection of Tithes and Offerings
† Presentation of Tithes and Offerings: (unison) No. 393
Spirit of the living God, fall afresh on me. Spirit of the living God, fall afresh on me. Melt me, mold me, fill me, use me. Spirit of the living God, fall afresh on me.
To Receive the Sacrament
† The Great Thanksgiving: (with Musical Setting A: pp. 17-18)
The Lord’s Prayer (unison)
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. Amen.
Breaking the Bread
Giving the Bread and Cup
Prayer Following the Receiving of the Sacrament (unison)
Eternal God, we give thanks to you for this holy mystery
in which you have given yourself to us.
Grant that we may go into the world in the strength of your spirit,
to give ourselves for others, in the name of Jesus Christ our lord, Amen.
And Scatters to Be the Church in the World
† Hymn: “Heralds of Christ” No. 567
Heralds of Christ, who bear the King’s commands, immortal tidings in your mortal hands,
pass on and carry swift the news you bring; make straight, make straight the highway of the King.
Through desert ways, dark fen, and deep morass, through jungles, sluggish seas, and mountain pass,
build now the road, and falter not, nor stay; prepare across the earth the King’s highway.
Lord, give us faith and strength the road to build, to see the promise of the day fulfilled,
when war shall be no more, and strife shall cease upon the highway of the Prince of Peace.
† Dismissal with Blessing
Go, taking Christ with you into the world
We go now, to be God’s people.
† Congregational Response: “Shalom to You” (unison) Trad. Hebrew
Shalom to you now, shalom, my friends. May God’s full mercies bless you, my friends. In all your living and through your loving, Christ be your shalom, Christ be your shalom
† Ringing of the Bicentennial Bell
† Organ Postlude: “Allegretto Giocoso” Denman