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9:15 a.m. PRELUDE (Distributing Holy Communion + Receiving Offerings)
9:30 a.m. WELCOME including instructions on where to set your dial to tune to hear the worship in your car
BLESSING OF TEACHERS AND STUDENTS
For the marvels of your creation, we praise you, O God.
For the opportunity to explore and study, we praise you, O God.
For those who guide us, teachers and mentors, we praise you, O God.
Teach us your ways and guide us in your path,for you are the creator of all that is seen and unseen. Amen.
Let us pray for all who are beginning a new school year, that both students and teachers will be healthy and blessed in their academic endeavors with all near and far. (Extend an arm or arms in blessing).
Almighty God, you give wisdom and knowledge. Grant teachers the gift of joy and insight, and students the gift of diligence and openness, that all may grow in what is good and honest and true. Support all who teach and all who learn, that together we may know and follow your ways; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
HYMN: TFF 138 Come, All You People
PRAYER OF THE DAY
We pray: Beloved God, from you come all things that are good. Lead us by the inspiration of your Spirit to know those things that are right, and by your merciful guidance, help us to do them, through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord. Amen.
First Reading: Isaiah 5:1-7
1Let me sing for my beloved my love-song concerning his vineyard: My beloved had a vineyard on a very fertile hill. 2He dug it and cleared it of stones, and planted it with choice vines; he built a watchtower in the midst of it, and hewed out a wine vat in it; he expected it to yield grapes, but it yielded wild grapes. 3And now, inhabitants of Jerusalem and people of Judah, judge between me and my vineyard. 4What more was there to do for my vineyard that I have not done in it? When I expected it to yield grapes, why did it yield wild grapes? 5And now I will tell you what I will do to my vineyard. I will remove its hedge, and it shall be devoured; I will break down its wall, and it shall be trampled down. 6I will make it a waste; it shall not be pruned or hoed, and it shall be overgrown with briers and thorns; I will also command the clouds that they rain no rain upon it. 7For the vineyard of the Lord of hosts is the house of Israel, and the people of Judah are his pleasant planting; he expected justice, but saw bloodshed; righteousness, but heard a cry!
L: Word of God, Word of Life. C: Thanks be to God.
Psalm 80:7-15 (Speak in unison)7Restore us, O God of hosts; let your face shine upon us & we shall be saved
8You have brought a vine out of Egypt; you cast out the nations and planted it.
9You cleared the ground for it; it took root and filled the land.
10The mountains were covered by its shadow and the towering cedar tree by
11You stretched out its tendrils to the sea and its branches to the river.
12Why have you broken down its wall, so that all who pass by pluck off its
13The wild boar of the forest has ravaged it, and the beasts of the field have
grazed upon it.
14Turn now, O God of hosts, look down from heaven;
15behold and tend this vine; preserve what your right hand has planted.
Second Reading: Philippians 3:4b-14
[Paul writes:] 4bIf anyone else has reason to be confident in the flesh, I have more: 5circumcised on the eighth day, a member of the people of Israel, of the tribe of Benjamin, a Hebrew born of Hebrews; as to the law, a Pharisee; 6as to zeal, a persecutor of the church; as to righteousness under the law, blameless.
7Yet whatever gains I had, these I have come to regard as loss because of Christ. 8More than that, I regard everything as loss because of the surpassing value of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord. For his sake I have suffered the loss of all things, and I regard them as rubbish, in order that I may gain Christ 9and be found in him, not having a righteousness of my own that comes from the law, but one that comes through faith in Christ, the righteousness from God based on faith. 10I want to know Christ and the power of his resurrection and the sharing of his sufferings by becoming like him in his death, 11if somehow I may attain the resurrection from the dead.
12Not that I have already obtained this or have already reached the goal; but I press on to make it my own, because Christ Jesus has made me his own. 13Beloved, I do not consider that I have made it my own; but this one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and straining forward to what lies ahead, 14I press on toward the goal for the prize of the heavenly call of God in Christ Jesus.
L: Word of God, Word of Life. C: Thanks be to God.
Gospel Acclamation: Hallelujah! We Sing Your Praises (TFF 158)
Hallelujah! We Sing Your Praises ; All our hearts are filled with gladness. (2x)
The Holy Gospel According to Matthew 21:33-46
C: Glory to you, O Lord
[Jesus said to the people:] 33“Listen to another parable. There was a landowner who planted a vineyard, put a fence around it, dug a wine press in it, and built a watchtower. Then he leased it to tenants and went to another country. 34When the harvest time had come, he sent his slaves to the tenants to collect his produce. 35But the tenants seized his slaves and beat one, killed another, and stoned another. 36Again he sent other slaves, more than the first; and they treated them in the same way. 37Finally he sent his son to them, saying, ‘They will respect my son.’ 38But when the tenants saw the son, they said to themselves, ‘This is the heir; come, let us kill him and get his inheritance.’ 39So they seized him, threw him out of the vineyard, and killed him. 40Now when the owner of the vineyard comes, what will he do to those tenants?” 41They said to him, “He will put those wretches to a miserable death, and lease the vineyard to other tenants who will give him the produce at the harvest time.”
42Jesus said to them, “Have you never read in the scriptures: ‘The stone that the builders rejected has become the cornerstone; this was the Lord’s doing, and it is amazing in our eyes’? 43Therefore I tell you, the kingdom of God will be taken away from you and given to a people that produces the fruits of the kingdom. 44The one who falls on this stone will be broken to pieces; and it will crush anyone on whom it falls.”
45When the chief priests and the Pharisees heard his parables, they realized that he was speaking about them. 46They wanted to arrest him, but they feared the crowds, because they regarded him as a prophet.
P: The Gospel of the Lord C: Praise to you, O Christ
SERMON: Pastor Kelly
HYMN: TFF 70 Lead Me, Guide Me
SHARING OF THE PEACE: (Distanced! Wave, air-hugs, bow, or blow kisses) The Peace of Christ be with you always! And also with you.
We pray: Blessed are you, O God, maker of all things. You have set before us these gifts of your good creation. Prepare us for your heavenly banquet,
nourish us with this rich food and drink, and send us forth to set tables in the midst of a suffering world, through the bread of life, Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord. Amen.
WORDS OF INSTITUTION for Thanksgiving of the Sacrament of Holy Communion: In the night in which he was betrayed, our Lord Jesus took bread, and gave thanks; broke it, and gave it to his disciples, saying: Take and
eat; this is my body, given for you. Do this for the remembrance of me. Again, after supper, he took the cup, gave thanks, and gave it for all to drink, saying: This cup is the new covenant in my blood, shed for you and for all people for the forgiveness of sin. Do this for the remembrance of me.
THE LORD’S PRAYER (traditional)
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 and ever. Amen.
Receiving the promise: The body and blood of Christ given and shed for you. Eat the bread and wine. (Discard the package at your homes).
Prayer After Holy Communion
We pray: We give you thanks, gracious God, that you have once again fed us with food beyond compare, the body and blood of Christ. Lead us from this place, nourished and forgiven, into your beloved vineyard to wipe away the tears of all who hunger and thirst, guided by the example of the same Jesus Christ and led by the Holy Spirit, now and forever. Amen.
BLESSING: Mothering God, Father, ☩ Son, and Holy Spirit, bless you and lead you into the way of truth and life. Amen.
May God’s peace be with you ‘til we meet again (2x)
‘Til we reach that distant shore, and we shed a tear no more,
May God give you strength to endure
‘Til we meet again (2x)
DISMISSAL: Children and Youth: Go in peace. Remember the poor.
C: Thanks be to God.