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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             When Morning Gilds the Skies                         ELW Hymn 853

Greeting

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

C           And also with you.

Prayer of the Day

Let us pray,

O God, with all your faithful followers of every age, we praise you, the rock of our life. Be our strong foundation and form us into the body of your Son, that we may gladly minister to all the world, through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord.  Amen.

First Reading: Isaiah 51:1-6                                                                            Page 667

R  The Word of the Lord                          C  Thanks be to God

Psalm 138

1I will give thanks to you, O Lord, with | my whole heart; before the gods I will | sing your praise.

2I will bow down toward your holy temple and praise your name, because of your steadfast | love and faithfulness;  for you have glorified your name and your word a-bove all things.

3When I called, you | answered me;  you increased my | strength within me.
4All the rulers of the earth will praise | you, O Lord, when they have heard the words | of your mouth. 
5They will sing of the ways | of the Lord, that great is the glory | of the Lord.
6The Lord is high, yet cares | for the lowly, perceiving the haughty | from afar.
7Though I walk in the midst of trouble, you | keep me safe;
you stretch forth your hand against the fury of my enemies; your right | hand shall save me.
8You will make good your pur- | pose for me;  Lord, your steadfast love endures forever; do not abandon the works | of your hands. 

Second Reading: Romans 12:1-8                                               Page 1035

R  The Word of the Lord C  Thanks be to God

 Gospel: Matthew 16:13-20                                                                              Page 895

 MESSAGE          Don Marshall, Executive Director of Oaks Indian Mission

Hymn of the Day                    We All Are One in Mission                        ELW Hymn 576

APOSTLES’ 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.

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Offering Prayer

Let us pray,

We bring before you the precious fruits of your creation and with them our very lives.  Teach us patience and hope as we care for all those in need until the coming of your Son, our Savior and Lord.  Amen.

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Lord’s Prayer

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

Blessing

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                          For the Beauty of the Earth                    ELW Hymn 879

Dismissal

P Go in peace. The Spirit sends us forth to serve.
C Thanks be to God.   

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