August 2, 2020


VIRTUAL WORSHIP for SUNDAY, AUGUST 2, 2020
 
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A SERVICE OF WORD AND PRAYER
9th Sunday after Pentecost
August 2, 2020
COVID-19 pandemic week 21
 
Led by:
LIVING WATERS LUTHERAN CHURCH
 
11 Old York Road ~ Ringoes, NJ 08551
www.lwlcnj.org
 
Rev. Scott Schantzenbach, Interim Pastor
Shannen Hemmel, Musician
Pat Johnston, Lector 
Terry Welsh, Videographer and Editor

In this time of world-wide crisis, congregations throughout this church are not able to gather for worship as the body of Christ. While we cannot be together in person, we can hear the word of God and hold each other in prayer. We offer this worship resource as an aid for prayer and worship in the home.

VIDEO 1 PASTOR

ANNOUNCEMENTS AND INTRODUCTION OF THE DAY

In today’s first reading God invites all who are hungry or thirsty to receive food and drink without cost. Jesus feeds the hungry multitude and reveals the abundance of God. At the eucharistic table we remember all who are hungry or poor in our world today. As we share the bread of life, we are sent forth to give ourselves away as bread for the hungry.

In today’s first reading God invites all who are hungry or thirsty to receive food and drink without cost. Jesus feeds the hungry multitude and reveals the abundance of God. At the eucharistic table we remember all who are hungry or poor in our world today. As we share the bread of life, we are sent forth to give ourselves away as bread for the hungry.

 
GREETING
The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, the love of God, and the communion of the Holy Spirit be with you all.
And also with you.
 
You are the treasured people of the Lord,
a people holy to the Lord our God.
 
Keep the words of the Lord in your heart; teach them to your children.
Talk about them when you are at home and when you are away, when you lie down and when you rise.
 
One does not live by bread alone,
but by every word that comes from the mouth of the Lord.

 

PRAYER OF THE DAY

The Lord be with you.

And also with you.

Glorious God, your generosity waters the world with goodness, and you cover creation with abundance. Awaken in us a hunger for the food that satisfies both body and spirit, and with this food fill all the starving world; through your Son, Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord. Amen.

 

AUDIO
SING: SONG OF PRAISE
All: Salvation belongs to our God and to Christ the Lamb forever and ever.
I: Great and wonderful are your deeds, O God of the universe;
just and true are your ways, O Ruler of all the nations.
Who can fail to honor you, Lord, and sing the glory of your name?
All: Salvation belongs to our God and to Christ the Lamb forever and ever.
II: For you alone are the Holy One.
All nations will draw near and worship before you,
for your just and holy works have been revealed.
All: Salvation belongs to our God and to Christ the Lamb forever and ever.

 

VIDEO LECTOR

FIRST READING: Isaiah 55:1-5

God invites Israel to a great feast at which both food and drink are free. God also promises to make an everlasting covenant with all peoples, with promises that previously had been limited to Israel. As David was a witness to the nations, these nations shall now acknowledge the ways in which God has glorified Israel.

1Ho, everyone who thirsts,
  come to the waters;
 and you that have no money,
  come, buy and eat!
 Come, buy wine and milk
  without money and without price.
2Why do you spend your money for that which is not bread,
  and your labor for that which does not satisfy?
 Listen carefully to me, and eat what is good,
  and delight yourselves in rich food.
3Incline your ear, and come to me;
  listen, so that you may live.
 I will make with you an everlasting covenant,
  my steadfast, sure love for David.
4See, I made him a witness to the peoples,
  a leader and commander for the peoples.
5See, you shall call nations that you do not know,
  and nations that do not know you shall run to you,
 because of the Lord your God, the Holy One of Israel,
  for he has glorified you.

The word of the Lord.

Thanks be to God.

 

PSALM: Psalm 145

8The Lord is gracious and full | of compassion,
  slow to anger and abounding in | steadfast love.
9Lord, you are | good to all,
  and your compassion is over | all your works. 
14The Lord upholds all | those who fall
  and lifts up those who | are bowed down.
15The eyes of all wait upon | you, O Lord,
  and you give them their food | in due season.
16You open | wide your hand
  and satisfy the desire of every | living thing.
17You are righteous in | all your ways
  and loving in | all your works. R
18You are near to all who | call upon you,
  to all who call up- | on you faithfully.
19You fulfill the desire of | those who fear you;
  you hear their | cry and save them.
20You watch over all | those who love you,
  but all the wicked you | shall destroy.
21My mouth shall speak the praise | of the Lord;
  let all flesh bless God’s holy name forev- | er and ever. 

 

AUDIO
sing: GOSPEL ACCLAMATION
Word of life, Jesus Christ, all glory to you!
Word of life, Jesus Christ, all praise to you!
Our hearts burn within us while you open to us the Scriptures.
Word of life, Jesus Christ, all glory to you!
Word of life, Jesus Christ, all praise to you!

 

VIDEO PASTOR

GOSPEL: Matthew 14:13-21

After John the Baptist is murdered, Jesus desires a time of solitude. Still, his compassion for others will not allow him to dismiss those who need him, and he is moved to perform one of his greatest miracles.

13Now when Jesus heard [about the beheading of John the Baptist], he withdrew from there in a boat to a deserted place by himself. But when the crowds heard it, they followed him on foot from the towns. 14When he went ashore, he saw a great crowd; and he had compassion for them and cured their sick. 15When it was evening, the disciples came to him and said, “This is a deserted place, and the hour is now late; send the crowds away so that they may go into the villages and buy food for themselves.” 16Jesus said to them, “They need not go away; you give them something to eat.” 17They replied, “We have nothing here but five loaves and two fish.” 18And he said, “Bring them here to me.” 19Then he ordered the crowds to sit down on the grass. Taking the five loaves and the two fish, he looked up to heaven, and blessed and broke the loaves, and gave them to the disciples, and the disciples gave them to the crowds. 20And all ate and were filled; and they took up what was left over of the broken pieces, twelve baskets full. 21And those who ate were about five thousand men, besides women and children.

 

SERMON

 

VIDEO SHANNEN
SING: HYMN: #808 Lord Jesus, You Shall Be My Song

1          Lord Jesus, you shall be my song as I journey;
I'll tell ev'rybody about you wherever I go:
you alone are our life and our peace and our love.
Lord Jesus, you shall be my song as I journey.
 
2          Lord Jesus, I'll praise you as long as I journey.
May all of my joy be a faithful reflection of you.
May the earth and the sea and the sky join my song.
Lord Jesus, I'll praise you as long as I journey

 

VIDEO PASTOR
RESPONSE TO THE WORD: CREED AND CONFESSION
In Christ, you have heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation.
We believe in him and are marked with the seal of the promised Holy Spirit.
 
Living together in trust and hope, we confess our faith.
I believe in God, the Father almighty,
creator of heaven and earth.
I 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.
I 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
 
Build yourselves up on your most holy faith;
pray in the Holy Spirit.
 
Keep yourselves in the love of God;
look forward to the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ.
 
If anyone is in Christ, there is a new creation:
Everything old has passed away; behold, everything has become new!
 
God has given us the ministry of reconciliation.
Therefore, let us be reconciled to God and to one another.
 
Gracious God,
have mercy on us. In your compassion forgive us our sins,
known and unknown, things done and left undone.
Uphold us by your Spirit so that we may live and serve you in newness of life,
to the honor and glory of your holy name; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen
 
Almighty God have mercy on you,
forgive you all your sins through our Lord Jesus Christ,
strengthen you in all goodness,
and by the power of the Holy Spirit keep you in eternal life.
Amen
 
PEACE
Sisters and brothers, rejoice. Mend your ways, encourage one another, agree with one another, live in peace. The peace of the Lord be with you always.
And also with you.

 

OFFERING, SERVING, CARING

In the abundance of God’s steadfast love, God calls us from death to life, from silence to speech, from idleness to action. In Proverbs 3:9 Solomon writes: “Honor the Lord with your substance, and with the first-fruits of all your produce.” Giving is an act of honor. Living Waters is a generous people honoring our neighbor, our community, our God, by sharing and serving.

This week we specifically ask that you:

  • Give generously to the “A Living Hope for All” capital campaign
  • Watch over and show respect to your neighbor
  • Support local feeding ministries with your gifts of food, and cleaning supplies that can be dropped off in the box located at the front door of the church building.
  • Share financial support with the church by mailing your gift to the church or by sharing through electronic option found on our website.
  • Stay safe, maintain social distancing, wash your hands
  • Wear masks in public places.

We offer ourselves to God and neighbor, and with the Church through all the ages we give thanks for the saving love in Jesus.

 

AUDIO
SING: OFFERTORY
Glory to you, God, for yours is the earth;
yours the anointing, the radiant worth.
Ours the rejoicing for spirits aflame.
ours the thanksgiving to your holy name.
Ours be the telling of deeds greatly done.
yours be the glory, O God, yours alone.

 

VIDEO PASTOR
OFFERING PRAYER
Let us pray. God of goodness and growth,
all creation is yours,
and your faithfulness is as firm as the heavens.
Water and word, wine and bread:
these are signs of your abundant grace.
Nourish us through these gifts,
that we might proclaim your steadfast love
in our communities and in the world,
through Jesus Christ, our strength and our song.
 
THE PRAYERS
Confident of your care and helped by the Holy Spirit, we pray for the church, the world, and all who are in need.
A brief silence.
You take resources that appear to be meager, bless them, and there is enough. May your church trust that what you bless and ask us to share with the world is abundantly sufficient. Lord, in your mercy,
hear our prayer.
 
Your bountiful creation offers sustenance and life for all creatures. Protect this abundance for the well-being of all. Reverse the damage we have caused your creation (local needs may be named). Replenish ground water supplies, provide needed rains in places of drought, and protect forests from wildfires. Lord, in your mercy,
hear our prayer.
 
You offer yourself to all the nations and peoples of the earth, inviting everyone to abundant life. Bring the prophetic vision to fullness, that all nations will run to you and that nations who do not know you will find their joy in you. Lord, in your mercy,
hear our prayer.
You open your hand and satisfy the desire of every living thing. Hear the anguish of tender hearts who cry to you in suffering and satisfy their deepest needs. Bring wholeness and healing to those who suffer in body, heart, soul, and mind (especially). Lord, in your mercy,
hear our prayer.
 
You offer freely the fullness of salvation. Give our congregation (name) such a welcoming heart, that our words and actions may extend your free and abundant hospitality to all whom we encounter. Lord, in your mercy,
hear our prayer.
Here other intercessions may be offered.
You gather your saints as one, united in the body of Jesus. Bring us with all your saints to the heavenly banquet. We remember with love and thanksgiving the saints we have known (especially). Lord, in your mercy,
hear our prayer.
 
In the certain hope that nothing can separate us from your love, we offer these prayers to you; through Jesus Christ our Lord.
 
LORD’S PRAYER
Let us pray with confidence in the words our Savior gave us:
Our Father in heaven,
hallowed be your name,
your kingdom come,
your will be done,
on earth as in heaven.
Give us today our daily bread.
Forgive us our sins
as we forgive those
who sin against us.
Save us from the time of trial
and deliver us from evil.
For the kingdom, the power,
and the glory are yours,
now and forever. Amen.
 
Farewell and godspeed
Ella Myers is moving to Atlanta Georgia to begin her PhD at Emory University.
 
BLESSING
May the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ fill you with every spiritual blessing.
Amen
 
May the God of faithfulness and encouragement grant you to live in harmony with one another, in accordance with Christ Jesus.
Amen
 
May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that you may abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.
Amen
 
DISMISSAL
Go in peace. Serve the Lord.
Thanks be to God.

 

VIDEO SHANNEN
SENDING SONG: #535 Hallelujah! We Sing Your Praises
Refrain, Vs 1, Refrain, Vs 2, Refrain
           
Refrain  Hallelujah! We sing your praises,
all our hearts are filled with gladness.
            Hallelujah! We sing your praises,
all our hearts are filled with gladness.
Repeat Refrain
 
1          Christ the Lord to us said:
I am wine, I am bread,
            I am wine, I am bread,
give to all who thirst and hunger.
Repeat verse-Repeat Refrain
 
2          Now he sends us all out,
strong in faith, free of doubt,
            strong in faith, free of doubt.
Tell to all the joyful gospel.
Repeat verse-Repeat Refrain
 
Text: South African, tr. Freedom Is Coming, 1984
English text © 1984 Utryck, admin. Walton Music Corp.

 

 

 

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