September 27 17 Pentecost


Turn away from sin, turn away from despair;

Turn away from the ways of the world, and come to Jesus.

Turn away from selfish ambition and conceit;

Turn away from the ways of the world, and come to Jesus.

Turn to the poor, the homeless, the downtrodden;

Turn to the good news of the Gospel of Love.

Turn to the outcast, the marginalized, the imprisoned;

Turn to the good news of the Gospel of Love.

Turn away from the ways of the world;

Turn away, and embrace The Way of Christ.

Hear our prayer of confession, O God, and gift us with your forgiving grace.

Yes, Lord, we confess that we said we would, but there is so much we’ve left undone.

Yes, God, you know we promise, but you alone know how much we fall short.

Oh, Father of time and talents, let us not fail in the task, but give us both the time and

the will to answer your call. Teach us the value of now. Amen.

If we confess our sins, God is faithful and just, and will forgive our sins and cleanse us from all unrighteousness. [1 John 1:9] Hear then Christ's word of grace to us: Your sins are forgiven, Jesus Christ calls you to new life.

Thanks be to God. Amen.

GATHERING HYMN "Comfort Comfort Now My People" ELW #256


Let us pray. God of love, giver of life, you know our frailties and failings. Give us your grace to overcome them, keep us from those things that harm us, and guide us in the way of salvation, through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord. Amen.

CHOIR ANTHEM "Down to the River to Pray"

THE FIRST LESSON: Ezekiel 18:1, 30–32

The word of the LORD came to me: … Therefore I will judge you, O house of Israel, all of you according to your ways, says the Lord GOD. Repent and turn from all your transgressions; otherwise iniquity will be your ruin. Cast away from you all the transgressions that you have committed against me, and get yourselves a new heart and a new spirit! Why will you die, O house of Israel? For I have no pleasure in the death of anyone, says the Lord GOD. Turn, then, and live.

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

THE SECOND LESSON Philippians 2:1–13

If then there is any encouragement in Christ, any consolation from love, any sharing in the Spirit, any compassion and sympathy, make my joy complete: be of the same mind, having the same love, being in full accord and of one mind. Do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit, but in humility regard others as better than yourselves. Let each of you look not to your own interests, but to the interests of others. Let the same mind be in you that was in Christ Jesus, who, though he was in the form of God, did not regard equality with God as something to be exploited, but emptied himself, taking the form of a slave, being born in human likeness. And being found in human form, he humbled himself and became obedient to the point of death — even death on a cross. Therefore God also highly exalted him and gave him the name that is above every name, so that at the name of Jesus every knee should bend, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father. Therefore, my beloved, just as you have always obeyed me, not only in my presence, but much more now in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling; for it is God who is at work in you, enabling you both to will and to work for his good pleasure.

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

THE GOSPEL FOR THE DAY: Matthew 21:23–32

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

When he entered the temple, the chief priests and the elders of the people came to him as he was teaching, and said, "By what authority are you doing these things, and who gave you this authority?" Jesus said to them, "I will also ask you one question; if you tell me the answer, then I will also tell you by what authority I do these things. Did the baptism of John come from heaven, or was it of human origin?" And they argued with one another, "If we say, 'From heaven,' he will say to us, 'Why then did you not believe him?' But if we say, 'Of human origin,' we are afraid of the crowd; for all regard John as a prophet." So they answered Jesus, "We do not know." And he said to them, "Neither will I tell you by what authority I am doing these things.

What do you think? A man had two sons; he went to the first and said, 'Son, go and work in the vineyard today.' He answered, 'I will not'; but later he changed his mind and went. The father went to the second and said the same; and he answered, 'I go, sir'; but he did not go. Which of the two did the will of his father?" They said, "The first." Jesus said to them, "Truly I tell you, the tax collectors and the prostitutes are going into the kingdom of God ahead of you. For John came to you in the way of righteousness and you did not believe him, but the tax collectors and the prostitutes believed him; and even after you saw it, you did not change your minds and believe him.

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

SERMON "What Do You Think" Pastor Phil Wold

HYMN OF THE DAY All Hail the Power of Jesus' NameELW #634


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.


Let us pray for the whole people of God in Christ Jesus, and for all people according to their needs.

Let us pray for all who suffer, all in pain or grief or any kind of suffering…

Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Let us pray for recovery from sickness, that God, the strength of the weak and the comfort of the suffering, may grant God’s healing power…

Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Let us pray for healing in our communities, between nations, among peoples, within families…

Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Let us pray for all those who depend upon our prayers…

Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Those in family groups, please take hold of their hand, the rest of us will join together in heart and mind.

As you hear the promise of God’s presence, as you take the hand of God’s people, may God bless you with the healing power of the Holy Spirit. May God forgive you your sins, release you from suffering, and restore you to wholeness and strength. May God deliver you from all evil, preserve you in all goodness, and bring you to everlasting life, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen


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

(Let us turn to one another and offer a nod of peace, and may we join the Church

throughout the world, praying for God’s peace and justice to reign over us all.)



SENDING SONG Immortal, Invisible, God Only Wise ELW #834