22 Pent October 24


When the Lord restored the fortunes of Zion,

then were we like those who dream.

Then was our mouth filled with laughter, and our tongue with shouts of joy.

  Then they said among the nations, “The Lord has done great things for them.”

The Lord has done great things for us,

and we are glad indeed.

Restore our fortunes, O Lord,

  like the watercourses of the Negeb.

 Those who sowed with tears will reap with songs of joy.

Those who go out weeping, carrying the seed,

  will come again with joy, shouldering their sheaves.

GATHERING SONG “Alleluia! Sing to Jesus” #392


Blessed be the holy Trinity, ☩ one God, whose name is majestic in all the earth,

who rescues and heals in every time of trouble, who does all things well. Amen.

Let us come before God, seeking forgiveness and life.

Silence is kept for reflection.

Steadfast and saving God,

have mercy on us.

We confess to you all the ways we turn from you and harm one another.

In your compassion, forgive our sins and heal our hurts.

Bring forth from us a harvest of righteousness,

the fruits of gentleness and peacemaking,

the sheaves of wisdom and justice;

through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord. Amen.

In the name of ☩ Jesus, the Son of God, receive mercy and find grace in your time of need.

Your transgressions are forgiven; God’s love is healing balm for your wounds.

Rejoice, for God raises you up to new life in Christ. Amen.


Let us pray. Eternal light, shine in our hearts. Eternal wisdom, scatter the darkness of our ignorance. Eternal compassion, have mercy on us. Turn us to seek your face, and enable us to reflect your goodness, through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord. Amen.

THE LESSON: Jeremiah 31:7-9

 Thus says the Lord: Sing aloud with gladness for Jacob,

  and raise shouts for the chief of the nations;

 proclaim, give praise, and say, “Save, O Lord, your people, the remnant of Israel.”

 See, I am going to bring them from the land of the north,

  and gather them from the farthest parts of the earth,

 among them the blind and the lame,

  those with child and those in labor, together; a great company, they shall return here.

 With weeping they shall come, and with consolations I will lead them back,

 I will let them walk by brooks of water,

  in a straight path in which they shall not stumble;

 for I have become a father to Israel,

  and Ephraim is my firstborn.

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


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

As [Jesus] and his disciples and a large crowd were leaving Jericho, Bartimaeus son of Timaeus, a blind beggar, was sitting by the roadside. When he heard that it was Jesus of Nazareth, he began to shout out and say, “Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!” Many sternly ordered him to be quiet, but he cried out even more loudly, “Son of David, have mercy on me!” Jesus stood still and said, “Call him here.” And they called the blind man, saying to him, “Take heart; get up, he is calling you.” So throwing off his cloak, he sprang up and came to Jesus. Then Jesus said to him, “What do you want me to do for you?” The blind man said to him, “My teacher, let me see again.” Jesus said to him, “Go; your faith has made you well.” Immediately he regained his sight and followed him on the way.

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

SERMON “Made Well” Pastor Phil Wold

HYMN OF THE DAY “Oh, for a Thousand Tongues to Sing” #886


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.


Let us pray. Praise and thanks to you, holy God, for by your Word you made all things:

you spoke light into darkness,

called forth beauty from chaos, and brought life into being.

For your Word of life, O God, we give you thanks and praise.

By your Word you called your people Israel to tell of your wonderful gifts:

freedom from captivity, water on the desert journey,

a pathway home from exile, wisdom for life with you.

For your Word of life, O God, we give you thanks and praise.

Through Jesus, your Word made flesh, you speak to us and call us to witness: forgiveness through the cross, life to those entombed by death, the way of your self-giving love.

For your Word of life, O God, we give you thanks and praise.

Send your Spirit of truth, O God; rekindle your gifts within us:

renew our faith, increase our hope,

and deepen our love, for the sake of a world in need.

Faithful to your Word, O God, draw near to all who call on you; through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord, to whom, with you and the Holy Spirit, be honor and glory forever. Amen.


Lord, remember us in your kingdom, and teach us to pray:

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 “Amazing Love"

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

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