20 Pentecost Oct 23

GATHERING SONG “Gather Us In” #532


In the name of the Father, and of the + Son, and of the Holy Spirit.


Recognizing our need for God's mercy, let us confess our sin,

and seek reconciliation with God and each other.

Silence is kept for reflection.

God of justice and compassion,

we confess that we have sinned against you in thought, word, and deed.

We have not loved our neighbors as ourselves,

We have not been faithful stewards of your creation.

We have failed to share the bounty of your harvest with the poor and needy.

Forgive our sin, increase our faith, strengthen us in service,

and bring us to everlasting life.


Heaven rejoices when a sinner repents and a lost sheep is found.

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.



The grace given to us in Christ Jesus, the power of God who calls us with a holy calling,

and the help of the Holy Spirit living in us be with you all. And also with you.


Let us pray. Holy God, our righteous judge, daily your mercy surprises us with everlasting forgiveness. Strengthen our hope in you, and grant that all the peoples of the earth may find their glory in you, through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord. Amen

Psalm: Psalm 84:1-5, 7

How dear to me is your dwelling,

  O Lord of hosts!

My soul has a desire and longing for the courts of the Lord;

  my heart and my flesh rejoice in the living God.

Even the sparrow has found a home, and the swallow a nest where she may lay her young, 

  by the side of your altars, O Lord of hosts, my king and my God.

Happy are they who dwell in your house!

  They will always be praising you.

Happy are the people whose strength is in you,

  whose hearts are set on the pilgrims’ way.

They will climb from height to height,

  and the God of gods will be seen in Zion.

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

THE SECOND LESSON: 2 Timothy 4:6-8, 16-18

As for me, I am already being poured out as a libation, and the time of my departure has come. I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. From now on there is reserved for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, will give me on that day, and not only to me but also to all who have longed for his appearing.

At my first defense no one came to my support, but all deserted me. May it not be counted against them! But the Lord stood by me and gave me strength, so that through me the message might be fully proclaimed and all the Gentiles might hear it. So I was rescued from the lion’s mouth. The Lord will rescue me from every evil attack and save me for his heavenly kingdom. To him be the glory forever and ever. Amen.

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

GOSPEL SONG "Lord, Let My Heart be Good Soil" #512


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

He also told this parable to some who trusted in themselves that they were righteous and regarded others with contempt: "Two men went up to the temple to pray, one a Pharisee and the other a tax collector. The Pharisee, standing by himself, was praying thus, ‘God, I thank you that I am not like other people: thieves, rogues, adulterers, or even like this tax collector. I fast twice a week; I give a tenth of all my income.’ But the tax collector, standing far off, would not even look up to heaven, but was beating his breast and saying, ‘God, be merciful to me, a sinner!’ I tell you, this man went down to his home justified rather than the other; for all who exalt themselves will be humbled, but all who humble themselves will be exalted."

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

SERMON “Trust and Contempt” Pastor Phil Wold

HYMN OF THE DAY “Love Divine, All Loves Excelling” #631


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 “O God, Our Help in Ages Past” #632


Go in peace. Share the good news. Thanks be to God.

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