July 19, 2020 Service

PRELUDE

GREETING AND WELCOME

L:         The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, the love of God, and Communion of the Holy Spirit be with you all.

All:     And also with you.

            (a few words of welcome and introduction)

CALL TO WORSHIP

L:         Gracious God, we bring you the broken parts of ourselves.

All:      Hem us in before and behind.

L:         Creator God, we bring you the joyful parts of ourselves.

All:      Weave us together in hope and praise.

L:         God of new life, we bring you doubt and faith knotted up in our hearts.

All:      Unravel our doubt. Weave faith into our hearts. Draw us together and point us toward you.

L:         In hope and faith we pray. In hope and faith we worship.

All:      Amen.

OPENING HYMN—“O Sing to the Lord,” ELW #822, vs. 1, 2, 4, 5

PRAYER OF CONFESSION (from Unraveled)

L:         Let us pray.

All:     Gracious God, we admit that there are things we sweep under the rug— shame, self-doubt, mental health struggles, and our own insecurities. We know that is not what you want for us, for Jesus loved the healthy and the sick parts of everyone. With Jesus, there was no stigma, fear, or bias. God of creation, help us to love and live in the same way. Forgive us when we hate ourselves or distance ourselves from others, simply for being human. You long for better, and we long for you. Gratefully we pray, Amen.

PRAYER OF ILLUMINATION (from Unraveled)

L:         God of unending surprises, this life is a tapestry of moments woven together, and we long to be weavers of love. Today we gather and pray that you would unravel our bias. Unravel our assumptions. Unravel whatever it is that keeps us from you. And as you do, clear space in our hearts for your Word. We are listening. We are praying.

All:     Amen.

READING—Luke 8:26-39

MESSAGE

HYMN OF THE DAY—“You Have Come Down to the Lakeshore ELW #817, vs. 1, 2, 4

AFFIRMATION OF FAITH (from Unraveled)

I believe in God, the Great Sewer—

Who weaves us together in community,

Collecting our loose ends and turning them into belonging.

I believe in the Holy Spirit—

Who hems us in before and behind,

Catching us when we fall and writing us into God’s holy narrative.

And I believe in Jesus Christ—

Who loved and claimed the people society had thrown out, refusing to disregard anyone as scrap.

I believe God has woven part of God’s self into the fiber of our being,

Making us inherently worthy of love and belonging.

I believe the fabric of my life is weak,

That I am prone to error and need God’s handiwork to remind me of love.

I believe in the Church, and that like a quilt of different fabrics,

She is designed to be as diverse and beautiful as God’s creation.

And I believe that when life unravels,

God is there to stitch my wounds together,

To hold me in the palm of God’s hand, to tell me of love,

And to invite me into a new journey.

Amen.

PRAYER OF THE PEOPLE

SHARING GOD’S PEACE

L: The peace of the Lord be with you always.

All: And also with you.

INVITATION TO THE EUCHARIST

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 thosewho 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.

POST-COMMUNION PRAYER

L:         The body and blood of our Lord Jesus Christ strengthen you and keep you in his grace.

BLESSING

L:         God, the creator, ☩ Jesus, the Christ, and the Holy Spirit, the comforter, bless you and keep you in eternal love.

All:     Amen.

CLOSING HYMN—“Send Me, Jesus,” ELW #809, repeat each verse twice

DISMISSAL

L:         Go in peace. Serve the Lord!

All:     Thanks be to God.

POSTLUDE

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