July 26, 2020


Virtual Worship for Sunday, July 26, 2020

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A SERVICE OF WORD AND PRAYER
8th Sunday after Pentecost
July 26, 2020
COVID-19 pandemic week 20
 
Led by:
LIVING WATERS LUTHERAN CHURCH
 
11 Old York Road ~ Ringoes, NJ 08551
www.lwlcnj.org
 
Rev. Scott Schantzenbach, Interim Pastor
Shannen Hemmel, Musician
Chris Kirsche, 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
As Solomon prays for wisdom, we seek to more deeply know the treasures of faith. In today’s gospel Jesus offers everyday images that reveal to us the reign of God: a tree that becomes a sheltering home, yeast that penetrates and expands, a treasured pearl, a net that gains a great catch. Even as we seek the riches of God’s reign, the great surprise is that God’s grace finds us first!
 
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.
Beloved and sovereign God, through the death and resurrection of your Son you bring us into your kingdom of justice and mercy. By your Spirit, give us your wisdom, that we may treasure the life that comes from 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: 1 Kings 3:5-12

Because Solomon did not ask for long life, riches, or the defeat of his enemies, God gave him what he asked for: wisdom to govern the people well.

5At Gibeon the Lord appeared to Solomon in a dream by night; and God said, “Ask what I should give you.” 6And Solomon said, “You have shown great and steadfast love to your servant my father David, because he walked before you in faithfulness, in righteousness, and in uprightness of heart toward you; and you have kept for him this great and steadfast love, and have given him a son to sit on his throne today. 7And now, O Lord my God, you have made your servant king in place of my father David, although I am only a little child; I do not know how to go out or come in. 8And your servant is in the midst of the people whom you have chosen, a great people, so numerous they cannot be numbered or counted. 9Give your servant therefore an understanding mind to govern your people, able to discern between good and evil; for who can govern this your great people?”
10It pleased the Lord that Solomon had asked this. 11God said to him, “Because you have asked this, and have not asked for yourself long life or riches, or for the life of your enemies, but have asked for yourself understanding to discern what is right, 12I now do according to your word. Indeed I give you a wise and discerning mind; no one like you has been before you and no one like you shall arise after you.”

The word of the Lord.

Thanks be to God.

 

PSALM: Psalm 119

129Your de- | crees are wonderful;
  therefore I obey them with | all my heart.
130When your word is opened | it gives light;
  it gives understanding | to the simple.
131I open my | mouth and pant
  because I long for | your commandments.
132Turn to me and be gra- | cious to me,
  as you always do to those who | love your name. 
133Order my footsteps | in your word;
  let no iniquity have dominion | over me.
134Rescue me from those | who oppress me,
  and I will keep | your commandments.
135Let your face shine up- | on your servant
  and teach | me your statutes.
136My eyes shed | streams of tears,
  because people do not | keep your teaching. 

 

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 13:31-33, 44-52

Throughout Matthew’s gospel, Jesus and his disciples proclaim the good news that “the kingdom of heaven is near!” Here, Jesus offers several brief parables that explore the implications of this announcement for people’s lives.

31[Jesus] put before [the crowds] another parable: “The kingdom of heaven is like a mustard seed that someone took and sowed in his field;32it is the smallest of all the seeds, but when it has grown it is the greatest of shrubs and becomes a tree, so that the birds of the air come and make nests in its branches.”
33He told them another parable: “The kingdom of heaven is like yeast that a woman took and mixed in with three measures of flour until all of it was leavened.”
44“The kingdom of heaven is like treasure hidden in a field, which someone found and hid; then in his joy he goes and sells all that he has and buys that field.
45“Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a merchant in search of fine pearls; 46on finding one pearl of great value, he went and sold all that he had and bought it.
47“Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a net that was thrown into the sea and caught fish of every kind; 48when it was full, they drew it ashore, sat down, and put the good into baskets but threw out the bad. 49So it will be at the end of the age. The angels will come out and separate the evil from the righteous 50and throw them into the furnace of fire, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.
51“Have you understood all this?” They answered, “Yes.” 52And he said to them, “Therefore every scribe who has been trained for the kingdom of heaven is like the master of a household who brings out of his treasure what is new and what is old.”

 

SERMON

 

VIDEO SHANNEN
SING: HYMN: #789 Savior, Like A Shepherd

1          Savior, like a shepherd lead us;
            much we need your tender care.
            In your pleasant pastures feed us,
            for our use your fold prepare.
            Blessed Jesus, blessed Jesus,
            you have bought us; we are yours.
            Blessed Jesus, blessed Jesus,
            you have bought us; we are yours.
 
2          We are yours; in love befriend us,
            be the guardian of our way;
            keep your flock, from sin defend us,
            seek us when we go astray.
            Blessed Jesus, blessed Jesus,
            hear us children when we pray.
            Blessed Jesus, blessed Jesus,
            hear us children when we pray.

 

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, our Creator,
you open wide your hand and satisfy the desire of every living creature. With these gifts we bless you for your tender nurture and care. Help us to delight in your will and walk in your ways, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen
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.
Merciful God, your reign is revealed to us in common things: a mustard shrub, a woman baking bread, a fishing net. Help your church witness to the surprising yet common ways you encounter us in daily life. Lord, in your mercy,
hear our prayer.
 
When your word is opened, it gives light and understanding. Increase our understanding and awe of your creation; guide the work of scientists and researchers. Treasuring the earth, may we live as grateful and healing caretakers of our home. Lord, in your mercy,
hear our prayer.
 
As the birds of the air nest in branches of trees, gather the nations of the world into the welcoming shade of your merciful reign. Direct leaders of nations to build trust with each other and walk in the way of peace. Lord, in your mercy,
hear our prayer.
 
Your Spirit helps us in our weakness and intercedes for the saints according to your will. Help us when we do not know how to pray. Give comfort to the dying, refuge to the weary, justice to those who are oppressed, and healing to the sick (especially). Lord, in your mercy,
hear our prayer.
 
You show steadfast love and direct us to ask of you what we need. Help this congregation ask boldly for what is most needed. Refresh us with new dreams of being your people in this place and time. Lord, in your mercy,
hear our prayer.
Here other intercessions may be offered.
In you our lives are never lost. Strengthen us by the inspiring witness of your people in all times and places. Embolden our witness now and one day gather us with all your saints in light (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.

 

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: TFF 178 Do, Lord, Remember Me
 
1              Do, Lord, do, Lord, do, Lord, remember me;
                do, Lord, do, Lord, do, Lord, remember me;
                do, Lord, do, Lord, do, Lord, remember me;
                singing do, Lord, remember me.
 
2              When I’m in trouble, do, Lord, remember me,
                when I’m in trouble, do, Lord, remember me,
                when I’m in trouble, do, Lord, remember me;
                singing do, Lord, remember me
Text: African American spiritual
 

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