CONFESSION AND FORGIVENESS
Blessed be the holy Trinity, + one God, abounding in steadfast love toward us,
healing the sick and raising the dead, showering us with every good gift. Amen.
Let us confess our sin in the presence of God and of one another.
Silence is kept for reflection.
Just and gracious God,
we come to you for healing and life.
Our sins hurt others and diminish us; we confess them to you.
Our lives bear the scars of sin; we bring these also to you.
Show us your mercy, O God. Bind up our wounds, forgive us our sins, and free us to love,
for the sake of Jesus Christ, our Savior. Amen.
The apostle Paul assures us:
"When we were dead in our trespasses, God made us alive together with Christ,
nailing the record of our sins to the cross." Jesus says to you, + "Your sins are forgiven."
Be at peace, and tell everyone how much God has done for you. Amen.
PRAYER OF THE DAY
Let us pray. Benevolent God, you are the source, the guide, and the goal of our lives. Teach us to love what is worth loving, to reject what is offensive to you, and to treasure what is precious in your sight, through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord. Amen.
Hear this, all you peoples; give ear, all you who dwell in the world,
you of high degree and low, rich and poor together.
My mouth shall speak of wisdom, and my heart shall meditate on understanding.
I will incline my ear to a proverb and set forth my riddle up on the harp.
Why should I be afraid in evil days, when the wickedness of those at my heels surrounds me,
the wickedness of those who trust in their own prowess, and boast of their great riches?
One can never redeem another, or give to God the ransom for another's life;
for the ransom of a life is so great that there would never be enough to pay it,
in order to live forever and ever and never see the grave.
For we see that the wise die also; and leave their wealth to those who come after them.
Their graves shall be their homes forever, their dwelling places from generation to generation, though they had named lands after themselves.
Even though honored, they cannot live forever; they are like the beasts that perish.
Epistle Reading: Colossians 3:1–11
So if you have been raised with Christ, seek the things that are above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth, for you have died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God. When Christ who is your life is revealed, then you also will be revealed with him in glory.
Put to death, therefore, whatever in you is earthly: fornication, impurity, passion, evil desire, and greed (which is idolatry). On account of these the wrath of God is coming on those who are disobedient. These are the ways you also once followed, when you were living that life. But now you must get rid of all such things — anger, wrath, malice, slander, and abusive language from your mouth. Do not lie to one another, seeing that you have stripped off the old self with its practices and have clothed yourselves with the new self, which is being renewed in knowledge according to the image of its creator. In that renewal there is no longer Greek and Jew, circumcised and uncircumcised, barbarian, Scythian, slave and free; but Christ is all and in all! Word of God, word of life. Thanks be to God.
THE GOSPEL FOR THE DAY: Luke 12:13–21, 32
The holy gospel according to Saint Luke. Glory to you, O Lord.
Someone in the crowd said to him, "Teacher, tell my brother to divide the family inheritance with me." But he said to him, "Friend, who set me to be a judge or arbitrator over you?" And he said to them, "Take care! Be on your guard against all kinds of greed; for one's life does not consist in the abundance of possessions." Then he told them a parable: "The land of a rich man produced abundantly. And he thought to himself, 'What should I do, for I have no place to store my crops?' Then he said, 'I will do this: I will pull down my barns and build larger ones, and there I will store all my grain and my goods. And I will say to my soul, Soul, you have ample goods laid up for many years; relax, eat, drink, be merry.' But God said to him, 'You fool! This
very night your life is being demanded of you. And the things you have prepared, whose will they be?' So it is with those who store up treasures for themselves but are not rich toward God."
Do not be afraid, little flock, for it is your Father's good pleasure to give you the kingdom.
The gospel of the Lord. Praise to you, O Christ.
SERMON “Take Care!” Pastor Phil Wold