CONFESSION AND FORGIVENESS ELW p. 94
Blessed be the holy Trinity, one God, full of compassion and mercy, abounding in steadfast love. Amen.
Trusting God’s promise of forgiveness, let us confess our sin against God and one another. Silence for reflection and self-examination.
Eternal God our creator, in you we live and move and have our being. Look upon us, your children, the work of your hands. Forgive us all our offenses, and cleanse us from proud thoughts and empty desires. By your grace draw us near to you, our refuge and our strength; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
Since we are justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ. God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit given to us. In the mercy of almighty God, Christ died for us while we still were sinners; and for his sake, God forgives you all your sins. Amen.
Gathering Song Praise to the Lord, the Almighty ELW Hymn 858
Prayer of the Day
Let us pray,
Almighty Creator and ever-living God: we worship your glory, eternal Three-in-One, and we praise your power, majestic One-in-Three. Keep us steadfast in this faith, defend us in all adversity, and bring us at last into your presence, where you live in endless joy and love, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.
First Reading: Genesis 1:1—2:4a
1O | Lord our Lord, how majestic is your name in all the earth!—
2you whose glory is chanted above the heavens out of the mouths of infants and children; you have set up a fortress against your enemies, to silence the foe and avenger.
3When I consider your heavens, the work of your fingers, the moon and the stars you have set in their courses,4what are mere mortals that you should be mindful of them, human beings that you should care for them?
5Yet you have made them little less than divine; with glory and honor you crown them.
6You have made them rule over the works of your hands; you have put all things under their feet: 7all flocks and cattle, even the wild beasts of the field, 8the birds of the air, the fish of the sea, and whatever passes along the paths of the sea.
9O Lord our Lord, how majestic is your name in all the earth!
Second Reading: 2 Corinthians 13:11-13
Gospel: Matthew 28:16-20
P: The Holy Gospel according to Matthew, the 28th chapter.
C: Glory to you, O Lord.
After the reading:
P: The Gospel of the Lord
C: Praise to You, O Christ
MESSAGE Pastor Pam Ciulla
Hymn of the Day Come, Thou Almighty King ELW Hymn 408
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,
All that we have is yours. Receive these gifts we bring for the sake of the one who gave himself for us, Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
Prayers of Intercession
Let us pray,
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
May God, whose power working in us can do infinitely more than we can ask or imagine, grant you the gifts of faith and hope.
Almighty God, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, bless you now and forever. Amen.
Sending Song Holy, Holy, Holy ELW Hymn 413
P Go in peace. The Spirit sends us forth to serve.
C Thanks be to God.