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Eden Evangelical Lutheran Church ~ Munising, Michigan

Third Sunday After Pentecost - 6/26/2022


        

The 115th Anniversary of the faith community of Eden Evangelical Lutheran Church


We have no good apart from God. That makes Jesus’ call to follow him an invitation to freedom. This is freedom to revel in the Spirit’s fruit: love, joy, peace, and patience. This is freedom to not be imprisoned by anything that would keep us from the fullness of the life God has given us. This is the path of life.


Announcements

As you prepare for worship, gathered in virtual community and connected by God’s beautiful and unfathomable design, you are invited to light a candle for your home worship space.


Confession and Forgiveness

All may make the sign of the cross, the sign that is marked at baptism, as the presiding minister begins.


Blessed be the holy Trinity, one God,

whose steadfast love endures forever.

Amen.

Let us confess our sin in the presence of God and of one another.

Silence is kept for reflection.

Merciful God,

we confess that we have not followed your path

but have chosen our own way.

Instead of putting others before ourselves,

we long to take the best seats at the table.

When met by those in need,

we have too often passed by on the other side.

Set us again on the path of life.

Save us from ourselves

and free us to love our neighbors.

Amen.


Hear the good news!

God does not deal with us according to our sins

but delights in granting pardon and mercy.

In the name of Jesus Christ, your sins are forgiven.

You are free to love as God loves.

Amen.


Opening Hymn -  #731   Earth and All Stars

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.


Prayer of the Day

Sovereign God, ruler of all hearts, you call us to obey you, and you favor us with true freedom. Keep us faithful to the ways of your Son, that, leaving behind all that hinders us, we may steadfastly follow your paths, through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord.

Amen.


Word

First Reading: 1 Kings 19:15-16, 19-21

In the story preceding today’s reading, the prophet Elijah flees for his life to the security of God’s mountain. There God reveals to Elijah that there are still other faithful people in Israel and commissions him to anoint new leaders, including his own successor, Elisha.


Then the Lord said to [Elijah,] “Go, return on your way to the wilderness of Damascus; when you arrive, you shall anoint Hazael as king over Aram. Also you shall anoint Jehu son of Nimshi as king over Israel; and you shall anoint Elisha son of Shaphat of Abel-meholah as prophet in your place.
 So he set out from there, and found Elisha son of Shaphat, who was plowing. There were twelve yoke of oxen ahead of him, and he was with the twelfth. Elijah passed by him and threw his mantle over him. He left the oxen, ran after Elijah, and said, “Let me kiss my father and my mother, and then I will follow you.” Then Elijah said to him, “Go back again; for what have I done to you?” He returned from following him, took the yoke of oxen, and slaughtered them; using the equipment from the oxen, he boiled their flesh, and gave it to the people, and they ate. Then he set out and followed Elijah, and became his servant.

Word of God. Word of Life.  Thanks be to God.


Psalm: Psalm 16

I have set the Lord always before me. (Ps. 16:8)

 Protect me, O God, for I take refuge in you;
  I have said to the Lord, “You are my Lord, my good above all other.”
All my delight is in the godly that are in the land,
  upon those who are noble among the people.
 But those who run after other gods
  shall have their troubles multiplied.
I will not pour out drink offerings to such gods,
  never take their names upon my lips. 
 O Lord, you are my portion and my cup;
  it is you who uphold my lot.
My boundaries enclose a pleasant land;
  indeed, I have a rich inheritance.
 I will bless the Lord who gives me counsel;
  my heart teaches me night after night.
I have set the Lord always before me;
  because God is at my right hand, I shall not be shaken. 
 My heart, therefore, is glad, and my spirit rejoices;
  my body also shall rest in hope.
For you will not abandon me to the grave,
  nor let your holy one see the pit.
 You will show me the path of life;
  in your presence there is fullness of joy, and in your right hand are pleasures forevermore. 


Second Reading: Galatians 5:1, 13-25

For Paul, the freedom Christ gives is not permission to do whatever we want. It is the invitation to be what we could not be otherwise. The power and guidance of Christ’s Holy Spirit produce a different kind of life, one marked by the fruit of this Holy Spirit.

For freedom Christ has set us free. Stand firm, therefore, and do not submit again to a yoke of slavery.

 For you were called to freedom, brothers and sisters; only do not use your freedom as an opportunity for self-indulgence, but through love become slaves to one another. For the whole law is summed up in a single commandment, “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.” If, however, you bite and devour one another, take care that you are not consumed by one another.

 Live by the Spirit, I say, and do not gratify the desires of the flesh. For what the flesh desires is opposed to the Spirit, and what the Spirit desires is opposed to the flesh; for these are opposed to each other, to prevent you from doing what you want. But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not subject to the law. Now the works of the flesh are obvious: fornication, impurity, licentiousness, idolatry, sorcery, enmities, strife, jealousy, anger, quarrels, dissensions, factions, envy, drunkenness, carousing, and things like these. I am warning you, as I warned you before: those who do such things will not inherit the kingdom of God.

 By contrast, the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, generosity, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. There is no law against such things. And those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires. If we live by the Spirit, let us also be guided by the Spirit.

Word of God. Word of Life.  Thanks be to God.


The Holy Gospel according to St. Luke, the 9th chapter

Glory to you, O Lord

Gospel: Luke 9:51-62

Jesus is unwavering in his commitment to his mission in Jerusalem and will not be swayed by pettiness. In a series of striking cases in point, he calls his disciples to a similar single-mindedness.

When the days drew near for [Jesus] to be taken up, he set his face to go to Jerusalem. And he sent messengers ahead of him. On their way they entered a village of the Samaritans to make ready for him; but they did not receive him, because his face was set toward Jerusalem. When his disciples James and John saw it, they said, “Lord, do you want us to command fire to come down from heaven and consume them?” But he turned and rebuked them. Then they went on to another village.
 As they were going along the road, someone said to him, “I will follow you wherever you go.” And Jesus said to him, “Foxes have holes, and birds of the air have nests; but the Son of Man has nowhere to lay his head.” To another he said, “Follow me.” But he said, “Lord, first let me go and bury my father.” But Jesus said to him, “Let the dead bury their own dead; but as for you, go and proclaim the kingdom of God.” Another said, “I will follow you, Lord; but let me first say farewell to those at my home.” Jesus said to him, “No one who puts a hand to the plow and looks back is fit for the kingdom of God.”

 The Gospel of the Lord!  Praise to you, O Christ.


  Sermon

  Hymn of the Day  -  #612   Healer of Our Every Ill

APOSTLES' CREED                                              

I believe in God, the Father almighty, creator of heaven and earth.  I believe in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord.  He was conceived by the power of the Holy Spirit and born of the virgin Mary.  He suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died, and was buried.  He descended into hell.  On the third day he rose again.  He ascended into heaven and is seated at the right hand of the Father.  He will come again 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.    

    

Prayers of Intercession

United in Christ and guided by the Spirit, we pray for the church, the creation, and all in need.

A brief silence.

God of faithfulness, set the face of your church firmly on you. Rooted in your self-giving love, may the church find freedom in loving our neighbors. God of grace,

hear our prayer.


God of gentleness, strengthen the earth’s ability to heal. Where there are dangerous storms, bring calm. Where there are destructive fires, bring rain. Protect homes, habitats, and livelihoods threatened by climate disasters. God of grace,

hear our prayer.


God of peace, guide all who govern, that they place the good of their citizens above self-promotion. Anoint leaders of nations with your Spirit of neighborly love. Protect refugees and all who live under tyranny or conflict (especially). God of grace,

hear our prayer.


God of kindness, reveal your healing presence to all who are sick or dying (especially). Uphold those who grieve. Support the needs of any who are unemployed, hungry, or have nowhere to lay their heads. God of grace,

hear our prayer.


God of love, attend to those struggling with addiction, depression, or uncontrolled anger. Provide support systems and loving companions as they work toward health, that they may rest in hope and know the fullness of joy in your presence. God of grace,

hear our prayer.

Here other intercessions may be offered.

God of joy, we give thanks for all who have died and now celebrate the inheritance of life in you. Keep their examples of faithfulness always before us, that we trust your promises in life and in death. God of grace,

hear our prayer.


God of every time and place, in Jesus’ name and filled with your Holy Spirit, we entrust these spoken prayers and those in our hearts into your holy keeping.

Amen.


Offering 


Offering Prayer

God of abundance:

you have set before us a plentiful harvest.

As we feast on your goodness,

strengthen us to labor in your field,

and equip us to bear fruit for the good of all,

in the name of Jesus.

Amen.


THANKSGIVING FOR THE WORD 

The presiding minister leads the following prayer.

Let us pray.

Praise and thanks to you, holy God,

for by your Word you made all things:

you spoke light into darkness,

called forth beauty from chaos,

and brought life into being.

For your Word of life, O God,

we give you thanks and praise.


By your Word you called your people Israel

to tell of your wonderful gifts:

freedom from captivity,

water on the desert journey,

a pathway home from exile,

wisdom for life with you.

For your Word of life, O God,

we give you thanks and praise.


Through Jesus, your Word made flesh,

you speak to us and call us to witness:

forgiveness through the cross,

life to those entombed by death,

the way of your self-giving love.

For your Word of life, O God,

we give you thanks and praise.


Send your Spirit of truth, O God;

rekindle your gifts within us:

renew our faith, increase our hope,

and deepen our love, for the sake of a world in need.

Faithful to your Word, O God,

draw near to all who call on you;

through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord,

to whom, with you and the Holy Spirit,

be honor and glory forever.

Amen.


Lord’s Prayer

Our faithful teacher Jesus gave us the words we need to bring us back to God and our God-given selves when he taught us to 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.

Sending

Blessing

The God of peace,

Father, Son, and Holy Spirit,

bless you, comfort you,

and show you the path of life

this day and always.   Amen.


Sending Hymn -  #543   Go, My Children, with My Blessing


Dismissal

Go in peace. Love your neighbor.

Thanks be to God.

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Please remember the following people in your prayersPaxton, Marlene Robbins, Tara Henry, Craig, Ray Berg, Anne Balko, Jake Rosenberg, Dawn Syers, Rick, Tommy Paradise, Lana, Joe, Arlene Posont, Paige, Mary Kutsick, Jamie, Jonnie True, Gary, Florence, Jen Lincoln, Amy Sturtleen, Phil, Doris Hayrynen, Heidi Prunick, Duray Murk, and all who are in our prayers today.


Nursing Home: Ruth Elavsky, Jim LeVeque, and Babe Strand

Assisted Living: Norma Secreast

In Service: Airman Craig Oas, Ryan Graves, Zac Culter, Mike Knickerbocker, Peter Peterson, Mathew Moilanen, Michael Graves, Airman Mikala Robinson, and our veterans who have returned to their communities.

General:  All who deal with COVID-19 here in our neighborhoods and beyond.


PRESIDING MINISTER:   Kathy Godec

ASSISTING MINISTER:    George Balko – Saturday               Joanie Hinsa - Sunday

USHERS:                    Carol & Dave Eglsaer – Saturday     Volunteers Needed - Sunday

ALTAR GUILD:            Kittie Mahoney

MUSICIAN:                Tari Johnson

Events of the Week

Saturday, July 2nd   -  Saturday Worship Service – 5:00pm - In-person

Sunday, July 3rd     - Sunday Worship Service  - 10:30am - In-person and on Facebook Live   

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            Please contact Pastor Tommy Richter if pastoral care is needed

pastor.tommyrichter@gmail.com     or 215-470-9948 cell; 906-286-4383 home