4 Pentecost

Trinity Lutheran Church - June 28

Sheridan, Wyoming

CALL TO WORSHIP - Psalm 89:1-2

I will sing of your steadfast love, O Lord, forever;

with my mouth I will proclaim your faithfulness to all generations.

I declare that your steadfast love is established forever;

your faithfulness is as firm as the heavens.

PRAYER OF RENEWAL - Based on Psalm 89:15-18; Matthew 10:40-42

Sovereign Lord, we are blessed when we walk in the light of your countenance. You are the glory of our strength, our shield and our protection. Help us to live lives of generosity and hospitality, showing kindness to those we encounter, and offering a cup of cold water to those in need. In the name of Jesus we pray. Amen.

GATHERING SONG “All Are Welcome” ELW #641

ORDER FOR CONFESSION AND FORGIVENESS

Blessed be the holy Trinity, ☩ one God, full of compassion and mercy, abounding in steadfast love. Amen.

Trusting God’s promise of forgiveness, let us confess our sin against God and one another.

Silence for reflection and self-examination.

Eternal God our creator,

in you we live and move and have our being. Look upon us, your children, the work of your hands. Forgive us all our offenses, and cleanse us from proud thoughts and empty desires. By your grace draw us near to you, our refuge and our strength; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Since we are justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ. God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit given to us. In the mercy of almighty God, Christ died for us while we still were sinners; and for his sake, God ☩ forgives you all your sins. Amen.

PRAYER OF THE DAY

Let us pray. O God, you direct our lives by your grace, and your words of justice and mercy reshape the world. Mold us into a people who welcome your word and serve one another, through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord. Amen

THE EPISTLE LESSON: Romans 6:12–23

Therefore, do not let sin exercise dominion in your mortal bodies, to make you obey their passions. No longer present your members to sin as instruments of wickedness, but present yourselves to God as those who have been brought from death to life, and present your members to God as instruments of righteousness. For sin will have no dominion over you, since you are not under law but under grace.

What then? Should we sin because we are not under law but under grace? By no means! Do you not know that if you present yourselves to anyone as obedient slaves, you are slaves of the one whom you obey, either of sin, which leads to death, or of obedience, which leads to righteousness? But thanks be to God that you, having once been slaves of sin, have become obedient from the heart to the form of teaching to which you were entrusted, and that you, having been set free from sin, have become slaves of righteousness. I am speaking in human terms because of your natural limitations. For just as you once presented your members as slaves to impurity and to greater and greater iniquity, so now present your members as slaves to righteousness for sanctification.

When you were slaves of sin, you were free in regard to righteousness. So what advantage did you then get from the things of which you now are ashamed? The end of those things is death. But now that you have been freed from sin and enslaved to God, the advantage you get is sanctification. The end is eternal life. For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.

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

THE GOSPEL FOR THE DAY: Matthew 10:40–42

Whoever welcomes you welcomes me, and whoever welcomes me welcomes the one who sent me. Whoever welcomes a prophet in the name of a prophet will receive a prophet's reward; and whoever welcomes a righteous person in the name of a righteous person will receive the reward of the righteous; and whoever gives even a cup of cold water to one of these little ones in the name of a disciple — truly I tell you, none of these will lose their reward."

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

SERMON Pastor Beth Kelsey

HYMN OF THE DAY “We Are Called” #720

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.

HYMN OF HEALING "O Christ, the Healer" ELW #610 (a different tune)

THE SERVICE OF PRAYERS FOR HEALING

O God, our refuge and our strength, you made us in your own image, and redeemed us through Jesus your Son.

Look with compassion on the whole human family, and heal us of the arrogance and hatred that infects our hearts.

Break down the walls that divide, and heal our communities.

O Jesus, we long to reach out and touch even the fringe of your cloak, reach out to us, dear Jesus, and call us to walk in faith, that we might be made well.

O Spirit of God, by the power of the resurrection, comfort all who mourn, give hope to all who wonder, give healing to all who hurt and give your peace to all the world.

In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen

THE PEACE IS SHARED

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

(May we join the Church throughout the world, praying for God’s peace and justice to prevail.)

BLESSING

Be at peace, Christ is with you. Thanks be to God.

SENDING SONG “Amazing Grace” #779