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Hope Lutheran Church

4th Sunday After Pentecost

June 28, 2020

Pre-Service Fellowship– 
Grab your cup of coffee and join us at 9 am. 

Feel free to begin posting your prayer requests in the comments as soon as worship begins.

(Congregational responses are in Bold)

~We Gather~

Greeting  (9:30 and chime)
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.
Prayer of the Day
Let us pray. O God, you direct our lives by your grace, and your words of justice and mercy reshape the world. Mold us into a people who welcome your word and serve one another, through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord. Amen.

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.

(Time of silence for self-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. 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. 

~We Learn~

Psalm 89:1-4, 15-18
 Your love, O Lord, forever will I sing;
  from age to age my mouth will proclaim your faithfulness.
 For I am persuaded that your steadfast love is established forever;
  you have set your faithfulness firmly in the heavens.
 “I have made a covenant with my chosen one;
  I have sworn an oath to David my servant:
 ‘I will establish your line forever,
  and preserve your throne for all generations.’ ” 
 Happy are the people who know the festal shout!
  They walk, O Lord, in the light of your presence.
 They rejoice daily in your name;
  they are jubilant in your righteousness.
 For you are the glory of their strength,
  and by your favor our might is exalted.
 Truly, our shield belongs to the Lord;
  our king to the Holy One of Israel.

Gospel: Matthew 10:40-42
The holy gospel according to Matthew. Glory to you, O Lord.
[Jesus said to the twelve:] “Whoever welcomes you welcomes me, and whoever welcomes me welcomes the one who sent me. Whoever welcomes a prophet in the name of a prophet will receive a prophet’s reward; and whoever welcomes a righteous person in the name of a righteous person will receive the reward of the righteous; and whoever gives even a cup of cold water to one of these little ones in the name of a disciple—truly I tell you, none of these will lose their reward.”
Word of God, Word of Life, Thanks be to God.

Sermon– Pastor Julie Kelly

Hymn of the Day
“Where True Charity and Love Abide”   ELW #653

Apostle’s Creed

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.


~We Pray~

Prayers of Intercession

(Remember to post your prayers on the live YouTube feed to be prayed aloud, feel free to email or text the pastor any private prayers you would like covered).

Let us pray for the church of Jesus Christ around the world.

A time for prayer. 

Hear us, O God. Your mercy is great.

Let us pray for our own congregation and for its leadership.

Hear us, O God. Your mercy is great.

Let us pray for the health of the earth – its lands, its seas, its animals.

Hear us, O God. Your mercy is great.

Let us pray for those who work in our fields and produce our food.

Hear us, O God. Your mercy is great.

Let us pray for peace between and within nations.

Hear us, O God. Your mercy is great.

Let us pray for our President, the Congress, and the Supreme Court.

Hear us, O God. Your mercy is great.

Let us pray for a right observance of Independence.

Hear us, O God. Your mercy is great.

Let us pray for those who are oppressed, or enslaved, or poverty-stricken.

Hear us, O God. Your mercy is great.

Let us pray for an end to racism.

Hear us, O God. Your mercy is great.

Let us pray for both protesters and police.

Hear us, O God. Your mercy is great.

Let us pray for all who are sick.

Hear us, O God. Your mercy is great.

Let us pray for all who are sick or sorrowing from the coronavirus.

Hear us, O God. Your mercy is great.

Let us pray for medical workers and researchers.

Hear us, O God. Your mercy is great.

Let us pray for families facing an unprecedented summertime.

Hear us, O God. Your mercy is great.

Let us thank God for Bishop Irenaeus, the apostles Peter, Paul, and Thomas, and all those who have died in the faith, and let us pray that at our end we will join them in God’s presence.

Hear us, O God. Your mercy is great.

O God, the Holy One, you are yourself the cup of cold water we crave, relieving our deep thirst. Receive these prayers for the sake of Jesus Christ, for your mercy is great, now and forever. Amen

The peace of Christ is with you.  (share the peace with someone now- text, next to you, or comment in the chat box).

Please visit www.hoperiverside.org/give   to place your offering digitally. This link takes you directly to our tithe.ly giving page. It is a safe and secure church giving site, and all of your information will remain confidential. 

Thank you for supporting God’s work in the world.

Offering Prayer
Let us pray. God of abundance and growth, all creation is yours, and your faithfulness is as firm as the heavens. Water and word, wine and bread; these are signs of your abundant grace. Nourish us through these gifts, that we might proclaim your steadfast love in our communities and in the world, through Jesus Christ, our strength and our song, Amen

Remembering Christ With Us
A thanks for accompaniment

Lord’s Prayer 
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.

~We Are Sent~ 

Neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor rulers, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus. God the Creator ☩ Jesus, the Christ, and the Holy Spirit, the comforter, bless you and keep you in eternal love. Amen.

Go in peace. Christ is with you.
Thanks be to God.

Life in Christ Includes Praise and Lament

Though we may prefer to think of God giving us lives of joy and ease, a full life in Christ also includes sorrow and grief. To the extent we are willing to acknowledge God’s presence in every circumstance, our faith becomes integrated and sustainable through a lifetime.

The texts for today offer a survey of faith-full moments for the people of God, from arguably the most disturbing story in all our scriptures (Genesis 22; semicontinuous series) to the proclamation of God’s everlasting faithfulness (Psalms 89 and 13).

Does our worship have a blind spot? Do we avoid faithful lament?

Marked by transformation as clear and life and death (Romans 6), the disciple naturally embodies the gospel of Jesus Christ. Like it or not, this includes moments of sadness, grief, and betrayal that were very much a part of Jesus’ faithful journey. If our lives are identified with Christ, disciples can name both joys and sorrows as dimensions of Christ’s story and purpose.

The greatest challenge of faith for most Christians is the moment of suffering, so this day invites us to practice faithful lament. In an age of denial when difficult things are swept under the rug, we may resist the idea that God wants anything to do with suffering. Our scriptures, however, ensure we do not avoid earth-bound realities. The psalmist wails a prayer in faith that not only laments abandonment by God but also confesses God’s steadfast love (Psalm 13; semicontinuous series). The story of Abraham and Isaac haunts our imaginations when we expect God to make life easy.

Worship calls us to faithfully lament as well as praise. Let today be a service of full-hearted proclamation of the depths of life in Christ.

Theological Reflection
Current Event

In November 2019, many Christian leaders in the US, including ELCA Presiding Bishop Elizabeth Eaton, took part in Golden Rule 2020, a nationwide effort to “emphasize Christian teachings about dignity, respect, and the need for civility in our political discussions.” The hope was to provide a powerful response to the vitriolic partisanship and violence that so infected our legislative bodies and streets in recent years. But Lutheran pastor and author Lenny Duncan felt quite otherwise: “Nothing, I repeat nothing,” he deadpans, “has ever changed for black and brown peoples, woman, or queer folx in this country with civility,” and to insist otherwise was to make the lives of the most vulnerable even harder. Golden Rule 2020 isn’t a false prophecy—a theme in this week’s Jeremiah reading—but it may function that way, crying “Peace! Peace!” when there is no peace (Jer. 6:14).

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