Will you be unable to be physically present with us in worship this week? Check out this page, where you will be able to explore the songs, Bible readings, and prayers that we will be using to worship God this coming Sunday morning. God bless your time of worship on the go!
13th Sunday after Pentecost: August 19, 2018
Before you begin to Worship on the Go, take a moment to truly arrive and be present wherever you are.
We thank you for this time to worship you. Open our hearts and minds, that we may be fully present, receive your gospel word, and go from here to be your hands and feet in the places that you send us. In Jesus’ name we pray, Amen.
Proverbs 9:1-6 1 Wisdom has built her house, she has hewn her seven pillars. 2 She has slaughtered her animals, she has mixed her wine, she has also set her table. 3 She has sent out her servant-girls, she calls from the highest places in the town, 4 “You that are simple, turn in here!” To those without sense she says, 5 “Come, eat of my bread and drink of the wine I have mixed. 6 Lay aside immaturity, and live, and walk in the way of insight.”
Ephesians 5:15-20 15 Be careful then how you live, not as unwise people but as wise, 16 making the most of the time, because the days are evil. 17 So do not be foolish, but understand what the will of the Lord is. 18 Do not get drunk with wine, for that is debauchery; but be filled with the Spirit, 19 as you sing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs among yourselves, singing and making melody to the Lord in your hearts, 20 giving thanks to God the Father at all times and for everything in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.
John 6:51-58 [Jesus said] 51 I am the living bread that came down from heaven. Whoever eats of this bread will live forever; and the bread that I will give for the life of the world is my flesh.” 52 The Jews then disputed among themselves, saying, “How can this man give us his flesh to eat?” 53 So Jesus said to them, “Very truly, I tell you, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink his blood, you have no life in you. 54 Those who eat my flesh and drink my blood have eternal life, and I will raise them up on the last day; 55 for my flesh is true food and my blood is true drink. 56 Those who eat my flesh and drink my blood abide in me, and I in them. 57 Just as the living Father sent me, and I live because of the Father, so whoever eats me will live because of me. 58 This is the bread that came down from heaven, not like that which your ancestors ate, and they died. But the one who eats this bread will live forever.”
Here is a repeat from last week's list of questions: The institution of the Lord's Supper or Holy Communion is conspicuous by its absence in this gospel's account of Jesus' last meal with his disciples (see John 13-17). Some people think that this talk about "my flesh" and "my blood" is really about the Eucharist. What do you think?
Among Jewish people, of course, it is forbidden to drink blood, and the thought of drinking a person's blood would have been an outrageous blasphemy. What effect do you suppose the author of this gospel intended by including these words in this discourse? What effect do they have on you?
"Live forever" and "eternal life" are named three times. Is this the goal of your life, to live forever?
HYMN OF THE DAY
PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE
Prayers of the People: August 19, 2018
Holy Spirit, Breath of Life, we pray for the church. We thank you for giving us everything we need, today and always. Help us to see that what you give is more than enough, and to give you thanks for it. Hear us, O God. Your mercy is great.
Holy Spirit, Breath of Life, we pray for the world. Bring peace wherever there is war, disaster, or conflict. Guide our leaders, that their decisions may seek the life and health of all people. Hear us, O God. Your mercy is great.
Holy Spirit, Breath of Life, we pray for our earth. Send favorable weather during this growing season, that the harvest may be abundant. Lead the work of our farmers and those who support them, that in all things they may do your will. Hear us, O God. Your mercy is great.
Holy Spirit, Breath of Life, we pray for those who cannot be here with us today. We pray also for shut-in members Ilene, Ward, Norman, Hilda, Delvin, Irma, Luella, Floyd, Norma, Frances, Irene, Joe, and Audrey. Make them mindful that we have prayed for them, and empower us to be present with them as the body of Christ. Hear us, O God. Your mercy is great.
Holy Spirit, Breath of Life, we pray for those in need of prayer, especially the family and friends of Bailey Hoyer, Kent, Ray, Sena, Gail, Edgar, Irvin, Kyle, Celine, Ilene, Ellie, Harold, Kellie, and those we now name, both silently or aloud (pause for prayer). Heal them, comfort them, and make them whole. Hear us, O God. Your mercy is great.
Holy Spirit, Breath of Life, we pray for those who are celebrating birthdays, anniversaries, or other joyful milestones this week,Macy, Vicki, Time, Denise, Jayden, Les, and Norman. We thank you for their lives and relationships, and ask that you would make of them a clear reflection of your love. Hear us, O God. Your mercy is great.
Holy Spirit, Breath of Life, we pray for ourselves, for those things on our hearts and minds which are known only to you. Hear us, O God. Your mercy is great.
Lord, remember us in your kingdom, and teach us to pray…