CONFESSION AND FORGIVENESS
In the name of the Father, and of the + Son, and of the Holy Spirit.
In Christ's dying and rising, we are reborn; we are no longer dead in our sin.
Let us return to the shepherd and guardian of our souls, confessing our sin.
Silence for reflection and self-examination.
we confess before you our preference for things that pass away,
our silence in the face of injustice,
our reluctance to accept the freedom of forgiveness.
Make us whole again;
renew in us the grace of baptism;
and set our minds on the things that are above.
“All the prophets testify about Jesus that everyone who believes in him
receives forgiveness of sins through his name.”
God, who loves you dearly, forgives you all your sin, raises you to new life in Jesus Christ,
and renews you by the power of the Holy Spirit. Amen
PRAYER OF THE DAY
Let us pray. Gracious and glorious God, you have chosen us as your own, and by the powerful name of Christ you protect us from evil. By your Spirit transform us and your beloved world, that we may find our joy in your Son, Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.
Happy are they who have not walked in the counsel of the wicked,
nor lingered in the way of sinners,
nor sat in the seats of the scornful!
Their delight is in the law of the LORD,
and they meditate on God's teaching day and night.
They are like trees planted by streams of water,
bearing fruit in due season, with leaves that do not wither;
everything they do shall prosper.
It is not so with the wicked;
they are like chaff which the wind blows away.
Therefore the wicked shall not stand upright when judgment comes,
nor the sinner in the council of the righteous.
For the LORD knows the way of the righteous,
but the way of the wicked shall be destroyed.
THE GOSPEL FOR THE DAY: John 17:6-21
The holy gospel according to Saint John. Glory to you, O Lord.
[Jesus, praying to the Father, said] "I have made your name known to those whom you gave me from the world. They were yours, and you gave them to me, and they have kept your word. Now they know that everything you have given me is from you; for the words that you gave to me I have given to them, and they have received them and know in truth that I came from you; and they have believed that you sent me.
I am asking on their behalf; I am not asking on behalf of the world, but on behalf of those whom you gave me, because they are yours. All mine are yours, and yours are mine; and I have been glorified in them. And now I am no longer in the world, but they are in the world, and I am coming to you. Holy Father, protect them in your name that you have given me, so that they may be one, as we are one. While I was with them, I protected them in your name that you have given me. I guarded them, and not one of them was lost except the one destined to be lost, so that the scripture might be fulfilled.
But now I am coming to you, and I speak these things in the world so that they may have my joy made complete in themselves. I have given them your word, and the world has hated them because they do not belong to the world, just as I do not belong to the world. I am not asking you to take them out of the world, but I ask you to protect them from the evil one. They do not belong to the world, just as I do not belong to the world. Sanctify them in the truth; your word is truth. As you have sent me into the world, so I have sent them into the world. And for their sakes I sanctify myself, so that they also may be sanctified in truth.
“I ask not only on behalf of these, but also on behalf of those who will believe in me through their word, that they may all be one. As you, Father, are in me and I am in you, may they also be in us, so that the world may believe that you have sent me.”
The gospel of the Lord. Praise to you, O Christ.
SERMON “One” Pastor Phil Wold