Sunday, July 5

Continuing to Be the Church


Deepening people’s connections to Christ, Bringing meaning to daily life,
and Making a difference in our community.

In a world with so much creative and renewing healing needed, it is easy to be overwhelmed. On this Independence Day, we see clearly how far we have come, and also how far we have to go, and we are called to abandon self-sufficiency and self-governance to join with God and all creation in true freedom. God promises to be with us, and carry our burdens alongside us as we embody God’s love, mercy, and justice in our world.

We will celebrate communion together. Gather the bread and wine, and join us for worship on Zoom at 9:30am!

Sunday, July 5, 9:30am
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Please join us for a Memorial Service for Vic Saeger, via Zoom, on Saturday, July 11, at 10:00am.

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PRELUDE Variations on a Theme in C Major (Theme + Variations 1-4)- Ludwig van Beethoven Mark Ruff, piano

WELCOME AND ANNOUNCEMENTS

SILENT MEDITATION Let us prepare for worship by quieting our hearts and minds.

GREETING The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, the love of God, and the communion of the Holy Spirit be with you all. And also with you.

CONFESSION AND FORGIVENESS

Blessed be the holy Trinity, ☩ one God, whose steadfast love is everlasting, whose faithfulness endures from generation to generation. Amen.

Trusting in the mercy of God, let us confess our sin

Silence is kept for reflection.

Reconciling God,

we confess that we do not trust your abundance, and we deny your presence in our lives. We place our hope in ourselves and rely on our own efforts. We fail to believe that you provide enough for all. We abuse your good creation for our own benefit. We fear difference and do not welcome others as you have welcomed us. We sin in thought, word, and deed. By your grace, forgive us; through your love, renew us; and in your Spirit, lead us; so that we may live and serve you in newness of life. Amen.

Beloved of God, by the radical abundance of divine mercy we have peace with God through ☩ Christ Jesus, through whom we have obtained grace upon grace. Our sins are forgiven. Let us live now in hope. For hope does not disappoint, because God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit.

Amen.

GATHERING HYMN
611 I Heard the Voice of Jesus Say
v. 1 Mark Ruff v. 2 Diane Drollinger v. 3 Mark Ruff

SIGN OF PEACE Sign Peace Be With You

HYMN OF PRAISE
Glory Be to God in Heaven
v. 1 Mark Ruff, v. 2 Diane Drollinger, v. 3 Mark Ruff

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PRAYER OF THE DAY

Let us pray. Loving God, you call us to lay down the burdens of struggling through life on our own, and lean into Jesus’ yoke as we journey with you and our neighbors. Help us to learn from you how to be gentle and humble of heart, that everyone’s burdens may be lightened as we bear them together in Christ. Amen.

THE WORD

Reader: John Hoffmann

FIRST LESSON: Zechariah 9:9-12

9Rejoice greatly, O daughter Zion! Shout aloud, O daughter Jerusalem!
Lo, your king comes to you; triumphant and victorious is he,
humble and riding on a donkey, on a colt, the foal of a donkey.
10He will cut off the chariot from Ephraim and the war-horse from Jerusalem;
and the battle bow shall be cut off, and he shall command peace to the nations;
his dominion shall be from sea to sea, and from the River to the ends of the earth.

11As for you also, because of the blood of my covenant with you,
 I will set your prisoners free from the waterless pit.
12Return to your stronghold, O prisoners of hope; today I declare that I will restore to you double.

P: The word of the Lord. C: Thanks be to God.

PSALM 145:8-14

8The Lord is gracious and full of compassion, slow to anger and abounding in | steadfast love.
9Lord, you are good to all, and your compassion is over all your works. 
10All your works shall praise you, O Lord, and your faithful ones shall bless you.
11They shall tell of the glory of your kingdom and speak of your power,
12that all people may know of your power and the glorious splendor of your kingdom.
13Your kingdom is an everlasting kingdom; your dominion endures throughout all ages.
You, Lord, are faithful in all your words, and loving in all your works.
14The Lord upholds all those who fall and lifts up those who are bowed down. 

SECOND LESSON: Romans 7:15-25a

15I do not understand my own actions. For I do not do what I want, but I do the very thing I hate. 16Now if I do what I do not want, I agree that the law is good. 17But in fact it is no longer I that do it, but sin that dwells within me. 18For I know that nothing good dwells within me, that is, in my flesh. I can will what is right, but I cannot do it. 19For I do not do the good I want, but the evil I do not want is what I do. 20Now if I do what I do not want, it is no longer I that do it, but sin that dwells within me.
21So I find it to be a law that when I want to do what is good, evil lies close at hand. 22For I delight in the law of God in my inmost self, 23but I see in my members another law at war with the law of my mind, making me captive to the law of sin that dwells in my members. 24Wretched man that I am! Who will rescue me from this body of death? 25aThanks be to God through Jesus Christ our Lord!

P: The word of the Lord. C: Thanks be to God.

GOSPEL ACCLAMATION: Alleluia!

GOSPEL:  Matthew 11:16-19, 25-30

Reader: Roger Rose

A reading of the Gospel according to Matthew the 11thchapter. Glory to you, O Lord.

[Jesus spoke to the crowd saying:] 16“To what will I compare this generation? It is like children sitting in the marketplaces and calling to one another,17‘We played the flute for you, and you did not dance; we wailed, and you did not mourn.’
18For John came neither eating nor drinking, and they say, ‘He has a demon’; 19the Son of Man came eating and drinking, and they say, ‘Look, a glutton and a drunkard, a friend of tax collectors and sinners!’ Yet wisdom is vindicated by her deeds.”
25At that time Jesus said, “I thank you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because you have hidden these things from the wise and the intelligent and have revealed them to infants; 26yes, Father, for such was your gracious will. 27All things have been handed over to me by my Father; and no one knows the Son except the Father, and no one knows the Father except the Son and anyone to whom the Son chooses to reveal him.
28“Come to me, all you that are weary and are carrying heavy burdens, and I will give you rest. 29Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me; for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. 30For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.”

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

CHILDREN’S SERMON

SERMON

HYMN OF THE DAY
890 Mine Eyes have Seen the Glory
Intro: Jonathan Heerboth, v. 1 Mark Ruff, v. 2 Jonathan Heerboth, v. 3 Mark Ruff

CELTIC CREED

We believe in God above us, maker and sustainer of all life,  
of sun and moon, of water and earth and all their creatures,
of people of all places and cultures and genders.  

We believe in God beside us, Jesus Christ, the word made flesh,  
born of a woman, servant of the poor, tortured and nailed to a tree.  
A man of sorrows, he died forsaken.  
He descended into the earth to the place of death.  
On the third day he rose from the tomb.  
He ascended into heaven, to be everywhere present,  
and His kingdom will come on earth.  

We believe in God within us, the Holy Spirit of Pentecostal fire,  
life-giving breath of the Church, Spirit of healing and forgiveness,  
source of resurrection and of eternal life.  Amen. 

Adapted from page 38 of the Iona Abbey Worship Book (Wild Goose Publications)  

PRAYER REQUESTS

You are invited to share joys and concerns via chat in Zoom, or speak them aloud, so the whole community of faith gathered may hold them in prayer.

PRAYERS OF INTERCESSION

Prayer Leader: Carolyn Crowe

Called into unity with one another and the whole creation, let us pray for our shared world.

A brief silence.

We pray for the church. Sustain us as we share your word. Embrace us as we struggle to find our common ground. Lift up leaders with powerful and prophetic voices. Free us from stagnant faith. Hear us, O God. Your mercy is great.

We pray for the well-being of creation. Protect the air, water, and land from abuse and pollution. Free us from apathy in our care of creation and direct us toward sustainable living. Hear us, O God. Your mercy is great.

We pray for the nations. On our Independence Day, guide leaders in developing just policies and encourage and empower difficult conversations. Free us from a nationalism that hinders relationship-building, and lead us to expansive love for our neighbor. Hear us, O God. Your mercy is great.

We pray for all in need. For all who are tired, feeling despair, sick, or oppressed. For those who are ill, especially with Covid-19. Strengthen and protect the medical professionals and staff who provide healing, cleaning, food, and care for those who are ill, and for all providing essential services so we can be safe at home. Bring comfort to those who wait for news about loved ones from a distance, and those who grieve without being present. Take their yoke upon you and ease their burdens. Give your consolation and free us from all that keeps us bound. Hear us, O God. Your mercy is great.

Presider

We pray for those named in Remembering One Another in Prayer, and especially those named by we who gather this morning . . . . . . Hear us, O God. Your mercy is great.

We give thanks for those who have died in faith, especially Vic Saeger and Gloria Richardson. Welcome them into your eternal rest and comfort us in our grief until we are joined with them in new life. Hear us, O God. Your mercy is great.

Receive these prayers, O God, and those too deep for words; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

OFFERING

We invite you to support the ministries of this community of faith, as we re-imagine how we can be church, for one another and for our community. It takes all of us, our time, our vision, our gifts. To support ministry financially, you can give electronically on our website, or send a check in to the office.

OFFERING ANTHEM 887 This Is My Song Diane Drollinger

OFFERING PRAYER

Let us pray: Compassionate God, we ask that you bless and multiply these gifts. As we share the burdens, we also share the abundance, that all creation may experience your mercy and love. Amen.

THE MEAL

The Lord be with you! And also with you.

Lift up your hearts. We lift them to the Lord.

Let us give thanks to the Lord our God. It is right to give our thanks and praise.

Creator God, you created the world, and all that is in it. From age to age, you have journeyed with your people, lifting them up, bringing them freedom, calling them to live in community with one another and with God. Jesus came in human form to embody your promise to be faithful to your creation. Jesus sent his disciples out to bring the good news of your love and mercy to all the earth, and invites us all to join in the transforming, creative, liberating work in creation, finding rest as we bear the burdens together with you. He was rejected and put to death, but you raised him from the dead and gave him life in the Spirit. Through Jesus’ resurrection, you take away all the burdens that keep us from loving you, and embodying your love for all of creation.

And so, with the earth and all of its creatures, with your children from the ends of the earth, and with all of the angels and saints, we join your joyful hymn of praise.

SANCTUS Holy Holy Holy

WORDS OF INSTITUTION

In the night in which he was betrayed, our Lord Jesus took bread, and gave thanks; broke it, and gave it to his disciples, saying: Take and eat; this is my body, given for you. Do this for the remembrance of me.

Again after supper, he took the cup, gave thanks, and gave it for all to drink, saying: This cup is the new covenant in my blood, shed for you and for all people for the forgiveness of sin. Do this for the remembrance of me.

The Lord’s Prayer 

Our Creator, Our Mother, 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.

INVITATION TO THE TABLE

Gathered together, separated by space, but not by time, let us, people of all ages and genders and histories, eat the bread, and drink the wine. God’s table has no boundaries or limits. This is Christ’s body and blood, given for us all, and we do this in his memory.

AGNUS DEI
v. 1 Mark Ruffv. 2 Diane Drollinger, v. 3 Mark Ruff

POST COMMUNION PRAYER

We give you thanks, O God, Living Water, Breath of Life, for nourishing our roots and creating us anew in this meal. By the power of your Spirit, renew us to live as your body, one with all of creation, alive for a future of praise, empowered for decades of witness and service, through Jesus Christ, our Savior. Amen.

BENEDICTION 

Grow to know the yoke that is easy and the burden that is light, and find rest as we bear our burdens together in Christ. Amen.

May the God who feels compassion for all lead you to find love in your life and the peace that comes from living with a gentle and humble heart. Thanks be to God!

CLOSING HYMN
891 God Bless our Native Land
Introduction Jonathan Heerboth, v. 1-2 Mark Ruff, v. 3 Jonathan Heerboth

1 God bless our native land;
Firm may she ever stand
Through storm and night:
When the wild tempests rave,
Ruler of wind and wave,
O God, our country save
By your great might.

2 For her our prayer shall rise
To God above the skies;
On whom we wait;
Lord, you are ever nigh,
Guarding with watchful eye.
To you aloud we cry,
God save the state!

3 Not for this land alone,
But be God’s mercies shown
From shore to shore;
And may the nations see
That all should neighbors be,
And form one family
The wide world o’er.

POSTLUDE Variations on a Theme in C Major (variations 5, 6) – Ludwig van Beethoven

REMEMBERING ONE ANOTHER IN PRAYER

Please include the following people in your prayer life during this week. To add a name to the Prayer List, inform Pastor Meagan (pastor@christwg.org or 612-388-5920) or the Church Office (office@christwg.org).  Please assure that the individual agrees to have his or her name printed in the bulletin.

ONGOING HEALTH CONCERNS: Those who are suffering from chronic pain & diseasesLinda Armstrong, Jason & Nick (Linda Armstrong’s cousins), Christine Austin, Larry Baugher (David Cramer’s cousin), Kate and Brian Bates (John Hoffmann’s sister and brother-in-law), Edith Cooper, Michael Cooper (Edith Cooper’s grandson), Darlene (friend of Sandy Hoyer), Evan Deck, Kristen Edwards (Sister-in law of Becca Jordan), Christina (Tina) Gilliland, Helga Hayes, Gwen Hickman, Craig Lawrence, Gerri Mac (Sharon Hornbeck’s aunt) Jim MacLellan & Mary Stough (Sis Hessler’s brother & sister), Bev & Al Marcus (friend of John Hoffmann), David Notley, Sr. (Roger Rose’s brother-in-law), Fr. Bryan O’Rourke, Doris & Harry Rahlfs (Karen Wood’s parents), Edward Ruebeck (Roocks’ grand-nephew), Ken Ruppar (friend of Mark Roock), Flo Saeger, Alex Sakonyi (Dianne Deck’s uncle), Mary Lou Sakonyi (Dianne Deck’s mother), Sherri Swanson, Linnea Uggla (Keith Lissant’s niece), Shirley Wolf, Richard Yeast, Debra Schroeder, Linda Schroeder, Mary Stough (Sharon Hornbeck’s aunt), Janelle, Jeff Yeast (Leslie Bennett’s father, sister, and brother); and Melissa Allen’s brother Jim Phillips, who is recovering from Covid-19 at home.

IN CARE CENTERSCletus Romay.

CRITICALLY ILL: Dolly Hoyer; Eric Hilgendorf, son of Ellen Mead.

IN BLESSED MEMORY: For all of those who have died, especially Vic Saeger and Gloria Richardson, and all of those who grieve at a distance in this time.

IN MILITARY SERVICE: Josh Duncan, Chris Hudson, Jesse Proctor, Scott Warr.

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