19 Pentecost October 8


 The heavens declare the glory of God, and the sky proclaims his handiwork.

One day tells its tale to another,

  and one night imparts knowledge to another.

 Although they have no words or language, and their voices are not heard,

their sound has gone out into all lands, and their message to the ends of the world,where God has pitched a tent for the sun.

 The teaching of the Lord is perfect and revives the soul;

  the testimony of the Lord is sure and gives wisdom to the simple.

The statutes of the Lord are just and rejoice the heart;

  the commandment of the Lord is clear and gives light to the eyes.

 The fear of the Lord is clean and endures forever;

  the judgments of the Lord are true and righteous altogether.

More to be desired are they than gold, more than much fine gold,

  sweeter far than honey, than honey in the comb. 

 By them also is your servant enlightened,

  and in keeping them there is great reward.

Who can detect one’s own offenses?

  Cleanse me from my secret faults.

 Above all, keep your servant from presumptuous sins; let them not get dominion over me;

  then shall I be whole and sound, and innocent of a great offense.

Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in your sight,

  O Lord, my strength and my redeemer. 


GATHERING SONGS            “Now All the Vault of Heaven Resounds #367


Blessed be the ☩ holy Trinity,

 the one who fashions us,

  the one who heals us,

   the one who reforms us again and again.


Let us confess our sin, calling for God's transforming power.

     Silence for reflection and self-examination.

Source of all life,

we confess that we have not allowed your grace to set us free.

We fear that we are not good enough.

We hear your word of love freely given to us, yet we expect others to earn it.

We turn the church inward, rather than moving it outward.

Forgive us. Stir us.

Reform us to be a church powered by love, willing to speak for what is right,

act for what is just, and seek the healing of your whole creation. Amen.

God hears our cry and sends the Spirit to change us and to empower our lives in the world.

Your sins are forgiven, ☩ God’s love is unconditional, and you are raised up as God’s people

who will always be made new, in the name of Jesus Christ. Amen.



Let us 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.

THE GOSPEL READING: Matthew 21:33–46

The holy gospel according to Saint Matthew. Glory to you, O Lord.

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.  When the harvest time had come, he sent his slaves to the tenants to collect his produce.  But the tenants seized his slaves and beat one, killed another, and stoned another.  Again he sent other slaves, more than the first; and they treated them in the same way.  Finally he sent his son to them, saying, 'They will respect my son.'  But when the tenants saw the son, they said to themselves, 'This is the heir; come, let us kill him and get his inheritance.'  So they seized him, threw him out of the vineyard, and killed him.  Now when the owner of the vineyard comes, what will he do to those tenants?" They 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."       

Jesus 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'? Therefore 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.  The one who falls on this stone will be broken to pieces; and it will crush anyone on whom it falls." When the chief priests and the Pharisees heard his parables, they realized that he was speaking about them.  They wanted to arrest him, but they feared the crowds, because they regarded him as a prophet.

The gospel of the Lord. Praise to you, O Christ.


THE OLD TESTAMENT READING: Exodus 20:1-4, 7-9, 12-20

God spoke all these words:

  I am the Lord your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of slavery; 

        you shall have no other gods before me.

  You shall not make for yourself an idol, whether in the form of anything that is in heaven above, 

        or that is on the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth.

  You shall not make wrongful use of the name of the Lord your God, 

       for the Lord will not acquit anyone who misuses his name.

  Remember the sabbath day, and keep it holy. Six days you shall labor and do all your work.

  Honor your father and your mother, 

         so that your days may be long in the land that the Lord your God is giving you.

  You shall not murder.

  You shall not commit adultery.

  You shall not steal.

  You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor.

  You shall not covet your neighbor’s house; you shall not covet your neighbor’s wife, or male or female slave, 

        or ox, or donkey, or anything that belongs to your neighbor.

  When all the people witnessed the thunder and lightning, the sound of the trumpet, and the mountain smoking, they were afraid and trembled and stood at a distance, and said to Moses, “You speak to us, and we will listen; but do not let God speak to us, or we will die.” 

Moses said to the people, “Do not be afraid; for God has come only to test you and to put the fear of him upon you so that you do not sin.”

Word of God, word of life. Thanks be to God.


SERMON                                              Pastor Bob Miller

The sermon will be posted later this week...


THE APOSTLES’ CREED                                         

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.





 The peace of Christ be with you always. And also with you.


Let us pray. Blessed are you, O God, maker of all things. Through your goodness you have blessed us with these gifts: our selves, our time, and our possessions. Use us, and what we have gathered, in feeding the world with your love, through the one who gave himself for us, Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord. Amen.


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.




SENDING SONG   “Savior, Like a Shepherd Lead Us” #789


Go in peace. God is at work in you. Thanks be to God.


POSTLUDE               “Will the Circle be Unbroken”           BASICS


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