2nd Sunday after Pentecost

GATHERING SONG    Here I am Lord        #574 


Blessed be the holy Trinity, + one God who gives us a new birth into a living hope, who raises us with Christ from death who fills us with the Holy Spirit. Amen.

Let us repent of our sin and claim the promise of God.

      Silence is kept for reflection.

Living God, we confess before you and one another our futile ways,

our pursuit of perishable things, our own part in crucifying the Lord Jesus.

Forgive us, O God; renew the face of the earth; and give us the assurance that you have rescued us from the power of sin and made us alive in the Spirit forever. Amen.

Christ suffered for sins once for all in order to bring you to God.

Now you are God's people; now you have received mercy.

In the name of the risen + Lord Jesus

I declare to you that your sins are forgiven.

Lay aside guilt, put away shame,

for you are chosen and precious in God's sight.

Live in the marvelous light of Christ Amen.



Let us pray.  O God, you are the source of life and the ground of our being. By the power of your Spirit bring healing to this wounded world, and raise us to the new life of your Son, Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord. Amen.


THE FIRST LESSON: Hosea 5:15—6:6

I will return again to my place until they acknowledge their guilt and seek my face. In their distress they will beg my favor: Come, let us return to the LORD; for it is he who has torn, and he will heal us; he has struck down, and he will bind us up. After two days he will revive us; on the third day he will raise us up, that we may live before him. Let us know, let us press on to know the LORD; his appearing is as sure as the dawn; he will come to us like the showers, like the spring rains that water the earth." What shall I do with you, O Ephraim? What shall I do with you, O Judah? Your love is like a morning cloud, like the dew that goes away early.  Therefore I have hewn them by the prophets, I have killed them by the words of my mouth,

and my judgment goes forth as the light. For I desire steadfast love and not sacrifice, the knowledge of God rather than burnt offerings.

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


THE SECOND LESSON: Romans 4:13–25

 For the promise that he would inherit the world did not come to Abraham or to his descendants through the law but through the righteousness of faith.  If it is the adherents of the law who are to be the heirs, faith is null and the promise is void.  For the law brings wrath; but where there is no law, neither is there violation. For this reason it depends on faith, in order that the promise may rest on grace and be guaranteed to all his descendants, not only to the adherents of the law but also to those who share the faith of Abraham (for he is the father of all of us, as it is written, "I have made you the father of many nations") — in the presence of the God in whom he believed, who gives life to the dead and calls into existence the things that do not exist.  Hoping against hope, he believed that he would become "the father of many nations," according to what was said, "So numerous shall your descendants be."  He did not weaken in faith when he considered his own body, which was already as good as dead (for he was about a hundred years old), or when he considered the barrenness of Sarah's womb.  No distrust made him waver concerning the promise of God, but he grew strong in his faith as he gave glory to God, being fully convinced that God was able to do what he had promised.  Therefore his faith "was reckoned to him as righteousness."  Now the words, "it was reckoned to him," were written not for his sake alone, but for ours also. It will be reckoned to us who believe in him who raised Jesus our Lord from the dead, who was handed over to death for our trespasses and was raised for our justification.

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


THE GOSPEL FOR THE DAY: Matthew 9:9–13, 18–26

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

As Jesus was walking along, he saw a man called Matthew sitting at the tax booth; and he said to him, "Follow me." And he got up and followed him. And as he sat at dinner in the house, many tax collectors and sinners came and were sitting with him and his disciples.  When the Pharisees saw this, they said to his disciples, "Why does your teacher eat with tax collectors and sinners?"  But when he heard this, he said, "Those who are well have no need of a physician, but those who are sick.  Go and learn what this means, 'I desire mercy, not sacrifice.' For I have come to call not the righteous but sinners."  While he was saying these things to them, suddenly a leader of the synagogue came in and knelt before him, saying, "My daughter has just died; but come and lay your hand on her, and she will live."  And Jesus got up and followed him, with his disciples.  Then suddenly a woman who had been suffering from hemorrhages for twelve years came up behind him and touched the fringe of his cloak, for she said to herself, "If I only touch his cloak, I will be made well."  Jesus turned, and seeing her he said, "Take heart, daughter; your faith has made you well." And instantly the woman was made well.  When Jesus came to the leader's house and saw the flute players and the crowd making a commotion, he said, "Go away; for the girl is not dead but sleeping." And they laughed at him.  But when the crowd had been put outside, he went in and took her by the hand, and the girl got up. And the report of this spread throughout that district. The gospel of the Lord. Praise to you, O Christ

SERMON          “Mercy All Around”              Pastor Phil Wold

HYMN OF THE DAY     “There is a Balm in Gilead      #614

THE APOSTLE’S CREED                       

I believe in God, the Father almighty, creator of heaven and earth.

I believe in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord. 

  He was conceived by the power of the Holy Spirit and born of the virgin Mary.

  He suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died, and was buried.

  He descended into hell.

  On the third day he rose again.

  He ascended into heaven, and is seated at the right hand of the father.

  He will come again 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.



God of salvation,

  who sent your Son to seek out and save what is lost,

   hear our prayers on behalf of those who are lost in our day,

receiving these petitions and thanksgivings

with your unending compassion.

Prayers of the People, concluding with:

Redeeming Sustainer,

  visit your people

    and pour out your strength and courage upon us,

        that we may hurry to make you welcome

            not only in our concern for others,

    but by serving them generously and faithfully 

  in your name. 

Amen. Reproduced from Revised Common Lectionary Prayers copyright © 2002 Consultation on Common Texts admin. Augsburg Fortress. Used by permission.



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



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. 




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          “Joyful, Joyful We Adore Thee”             #836


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

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