August 30th Bulletin

Introduction to the day

The prophet Jeremiah speaks of the incurable wound of his suffering yet finds in God’s words the delight of his heart. When Peter doesn’t grasp Jesus’ words about suffering, Jesus tells the disciples they will find their lives in losing them. Such sacrificial love is described by Paul when he urges us to associate with the lowly and not repay evil with evil. In worship we gather as a community that we might offer ourselves for the sake of our suffering world.



In the name of the Father,

and of the ☩ Son,

and of the Holy Spirit.


God of all mercy and consolation, come to the help of your people, turning us from our sin to live for you alone. Give us the power of your Holy Spirit that we may confess our sin, receive your forgiveness, and grow into the fullness of Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord.


Let us confess our sin in the presence of God and of one another.

Gracious God,

have mercy on us. We confess that we have turned from you and given ourselves into the power of sin. We are truly sorry and humbly repent. In your compassion forgive us our sins, known and unknown, things we have done and things we have failed to do. Turn us again to you, and uphold us by your Spirit, so that we may live and serve you in newness of life through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord.


In the mercy of almighty God, Jesus Christ was given to die for us, and for his sake God forgives us all our sins. As a called and ordained minister of the church of Christ, and by his authority, I therefore declare to you the entire forgiveness of all your sins, in the name of the Father, and of the ☩ Son, and of the Holy Spirit.



Come, All You People

1 Come, all you people, come and praise the Most High;

come, all you people, come and praise the Most High;

come, all you people, come and praise the Most High;

come now and worship the Lord.

2 Come, all you people, come and praise the Savior;

come, all you people, come and praise the Savior;

come, all you people, come and praise the Savior;

come now and worship the Lord.

3 Come, all you people, come and praise the Spirit;

come, all you people, come and praise the Spirit;

come, all you people, come and praise the Spirit;

come now and worship the Lord.

Text: Alexander Gondo; tr. I-to Loh, b. 1936, alt. Text © 1986 World Council of Churches, Geneva, Switzerland, and the Asian Institute of Liturgy & Music, notation and English paraphrase by I-to Loh. Duplication in any form prohibited without permission or valid license from copyright administrator.


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.


Let us pray. 

O God, we thank you for your Son, who chose the path of suffering for the sake of the world. Humble us by his example, point us to the path of obedience, and give us strength to follow your commands, through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord.



FIRST READING: Jeremiah 15:15-21

A reading from Jeremiah.

Jeremiah’s delight in the word of the Lord is contradicted by the heaviness of God’s hand upon him and God’s seeming unfaithfulness. God’s tough love to Jeremiah says that if he repents, he will be allowed to continue in his strenuous ministry. Jeremiah is strengthened by the simple words, “I am with you.”

15O Lord, you know;

remember me and visit me,

and bring down retribution for me on my persecutors.

In your forbearance do not take me away;

know that on your account I suffer insult.

16Your words were found, and I ate them,

and your words became to me a joy

and the delight of my heart;

for I am called by your name,

O Lord, God of hosts.

17I did not sit in the company of merrymakers,

nor did I rejoice;

under the weight of your hand I sat alone,

for you had filled me with indignation.

18Why is my pain unceasing,

my wound incurable,

refusing to be healed?

Truly, you are to me like a deceitful brook,

like waters that fail.

19Therefore thus says the Lord:

If you turn back, I will take you back,

and you shall stand before me.

If you utter what is precious, and not what is worthless,

you shall serve as my mouth.

It is they who will turn to you,

not you who will turn to them.

20And I will make you to this people

a fortified wall of bronze;

they will fight against you,

but they shall not prevail over you,

for I am with you

to save you and deliver you,

says the Lord.

21I will deliver you out of the hand of the wicked,

and redeem you from the grasp of the ruthless.

The word of the Lord.

Thanks be to God.

PSALM: Psalm 26:1-8

Your love is before my eyes; I have walked faithfully with you. (Ps. 26:3)

1Give judgment for me, O Lord, for I have lived | with integrity;

I have trusted in the Lord and | have not faltered.

2Test me, O | Lord, and try me;

examine my heart | and my mind.

3For your steadfast love is be- | fore my eyes;

I have walked faithful- | ly with you.

4I have not sat | with the worthless,

nor do I consort with | the deceitful. R

5I have hated the company of | evildoers;

I will not sit down | with the wicked.

6I will wash my hands in inno- | cence, O Lord,

that I may go in procession | round your altar,

7singing aloud a song | of thanksgiving

and recounting all your won- | derful deeds.

8Lord, I love the house in | which you dwell

and the place where your glo- | ry abides. R

SECOND READING: Romans 12:9-21

A reading from Romans.

Paul presents benchmarks for faithful relationships with Christians and non-Christians. Love is the unflagging standard of our behavior. When we encounter evil, we do not resort to its tactics but seek to overcome it with good. While Christians cannot control the actions and attitudes of others, we seek to live at peace with all people.

9Let love be genuine; hate what is evil, hold fast to what is good; 10love one another with mutual affection; outdo one another in showing honor. 11Do not lag in zeal, be ardent in spirit, serve the Lord. 12Rejoice in hope, be patient in suffering, persevere in prayer. 13Contribute to the needs of the saints; extend hospitality to strangers.

 14Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse them. 15Rejoice with those who rejoice, weep with those who weep. 16Live in harmony with one another; do not be haughty, but associate with the lowly; do not claim to be wiser than you are. 17Do not repay anyone evil for evil, but take thought for what is noble in the sight of all. 18If it is possible, so far as it depends on you, live peaceably with all. 19Beloved, never avenge yourselves, but leave room for the wrath of God; for it is written, “Vengeance is mine, I will repay, says the Lord.” 20No, “if your enemies are hungry, feed them; if they are thirsty, give them something to drink; for by doing this you will heap burning coals on their heads.” 21Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.

The word of the Lord.

Thanks be to God.


Alleluia. Lord, to whom shall we go?

You have the words of eternal life. Alleluia.

Alleluia, alleluia. Alleluia.

Alleluia, alleluia.

GOSPEL: Matthew 16:21-28

The holy gospel according to Matthew.

Glory to you, O Lord.

After Peter confesses that Jesus is “the Messiah, the Son of the living God” (16:16), Jesus reveals the ultimate purpose of his ministry. These words prove hard to accept, even for a disciple whom Jesus has called a “rock.”

21From that time on, [after Peter confessed that Jesus was the Messiah,] Jesus began to show his disciples that he must go to Jerusalem and undergo great suffering at the hands of the elders and chief priests and scribes, and be killed, and on the third day be raised. 22And Peter took him aside and began to rebuke him, saying, “God forbid it, Lord! This must never happen to you.” 23But he turned and said to Peter, “Get behind me, Satan! You are a stumbling block to me; for you are setting your mind not on divine things but on human things.”

 24Then Jesus told his disciples, “If any want to become my followers, let them deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me. 25For those who want to save their life will lose it, and those who lose their life for my sake will find it. 26For what will it profit them if they gain the whole world but forfeit their life? Or what will they give in return for their life?

 27“For the Son of Man is to come with his angels in the glory of his Father, and then he will repay everyone for what has been done. 28Truly I tell you, there are some standing here who will not taste death before they see the Son of Man coming in his kingdom.”

The gospel of the Lord.

Praise to you, O Christ.



All Who Hunger, Gather Gladly – ELW 461

1 All who hunger gather gladly; 

holy manna is our bread.

Come from wilderness and wand’ring. 

Here in truth we will be fed.

You that yearn for days of fullness,

all around us is our food.

Taste and see the grace eternal.

Taste and see that God is good.

2 All who hunger, never strangers; 

seeker, be a welcome guest.

Come from restlessness and roaming.

Here in joy we keep the feast.

We that once were lost and scattered

in communion’s love have stood.

Taste and see the grace eternal.

Taste and see that God is good.

3 All who hunger, sing together,

Jesus Christ is living bread.

Come from loneliness and longing.

Here in peace we have been fed.

Blest are those who from this table

live their days in gratitude.

Taste and see the grace eternal.

Taste and see that God is good.

Text: Sylvia G. Dunstan, 1955-1993

Text © 1991 GIA Publications, Inc., 7404 S. Mason Ave., Chicago, IL 60638. 800.442.3358. All rights reserved. Used by permission.


I believe in God, the Father almighty,

creator of heaven and earth.

I believe in Jesus Christ, God’s only Son, our Lord,

who was conceived by the Holy Spirit,

born of the virgin Mary,

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,

he is seated at the right hand of the Father,

and he will come 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.


As we gather separately and together in the Spirit, let us pray for the needs of the world, responding to each petition with the words, “In your steadfast love, receive our prayer.”

Caring for the church around the world, we pray —

for a spirit of ecumenical cooperation,

for the health of congregations during this difficult time,

for our bishops, pastors, deacons, and lay leaders. . .

A brief silence.

Hear us, God our Savior;

In your steadfast love, receive our prayer. 

Seeing before us your good creation, we pray —

for the repair of what we have harmed,

for polar ice,

for lands dealing with oppressive heat,

for fields ravaged by storms and fires. . .

A brief silence.

Hear us, God our Creator:

In your steadfast love, receive our prayer. 

Facing so many international problems we pray —

for the strengthening of democracies,

for peaceful resolutions to conflicts,

for the people of Belarus, Lebanon, and Yemen,

for researchers seeking a vaccine,

for racial justice within our nation,

for our legislators to assist the lives of the poor,

for an ethical election campaign. . .

A brief silence.

Hear us, God our mighty Fortress;

In your steadfast love, receive our prayer. 

Surrounded by people with great and hidden need we pray —

for families frightened by the uncertain future,

for those whose homes have burned down,

for students deprived of effective education,

for refugees and for prisoners. . .

A brief silence.

Hear us, God our Hope,

In your steadfast love, receive our prayer. 

Aware of all who are sick and suffering we pray —

for all who are facing the coronavirus,

for those without medical care,

for those we remember here before you. . .

A brief silence.

Hear us, God our Healer;

In your steadfast love, receive our prayer. 

Confident of your love for us, we pray also for ourselves:

A longer period of silence.

Hear us, God our Friend;

In your steadfast love, receive our prayer. 

Mindful of all who have gone before us in the faith, we offer our thanks —

for all the saints famous and forgotten,

for medical workers who have died of the virus,

for friends and family we have loved,

for the promise of everlasting life with you. . .

A brief silence.

Hear us, God our Homeland;

In your steadfast love, receive our prayer. 

In the certain hope that nothing can separate us from your love, we offer these prayers to you; through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord.



The peace of Christ be with you always.

And also with you.



Let us pray.

Holy God, gracious and merciful, you bring forth food from the earth and nourish your whole creation. Turn our hearts toward those who hunger in any way, that all may know your care; and prepare us now to feast on the bread of life, Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord.




It is indeed right, our duty and our joy,

that we should at all times and in all places

give thanks and praise to you, almighty and merciful God,

through our Savior Jesus Christ;

who on this day overcame death and the grave,

and by his glorious resurrection opened to us the way of everlasting life.

And so, with all the choirs of angels,

with the church on earth and the hosts of heaven,

we praise your name and join their unending hymn:


Holy, holy, holy Lord,

God of pow’r and might,

heaven and earth are full of your glory, full of your glory.

Hosanna, hosanna, hosanna in the highest.

Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord.

Hosanna, hosanna, hosanna in the highest.


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.


Gathered into one by the Holy Spirit, let us pray as Jesus taught us.

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.


The body of Christ, given for you.

The blood of Christ, shed for you.



Let us pray.

God of abundance, with this bread of life and cup of salvation you have united us with Christ, making us one with all your people. Now send us forth in the power of your Spirit, that we may proclaim your redeeming love to the world and continue forever in the risen life of Jesus Christ, our Lord.





The Lord bless you and keep you.

The Lord’s face shine on you with grace and mercy.

The Lord look upon you with favor and ☩ give you peace.



The Lord Now Sends Us Forth – ELW 538

The Lord now sends us forth 

with hands to serve and give,

to make of all the earth 

a better place to live.  Repeat

The angels are not sent 

into our world of pain

to do what we were meant 

to do in Jesus’ name;

that falls to you and me 

and all who are made free.

Help us, O Lord, we pray, 

to do your will today.  Repeat

Text: Anonymous, Central America; tr. Gerhard M. Cartford, b. 1923  English text © 1998 Augsburg Fortress.  Duplication in any form prohibited without permission or valid license from copyright administrator. 


Go in peace. Share the good news.

Thanks be to God.


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