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Eden Evangelical Lutheran Church ~ Munising, Michigan

Sixth Sunday After Pentecost - 7/17/2022


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


Perhaps the church, at its best, is “all ears.” God urges the faithful, again and again, to “listen up!”—to heed the word that gives life. So, it was with Abraham and Sarah, Mary and Martha, and the early church at Colossae. So, it is today as we join the assembly to hear the word of God, the word 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 - #881    Let All Things Now Living

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

Eternal God, you draw near to us in Christ, and you make yourself our guest. Amid the cares of our lives, make us attentive to your presence, that we may treasure your word above all else, through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord.   Amen.


Word

First Reading: Genesis 18:1-10a

The Lord visits Abraham and Sarah to tell them that the long-awaited promise of the birth of a child will be fulfilled for them in their old age.

The Lord appeared to Abraham by the oaks of Mamre, as he sat at the entrance of his tent in the heat of the day. He looked up and saw three men standing near him. When he saw them, he ran from the tent entrance to meet them, and bowed down to the ground. He said, “My lord, if I find favor with you, do not pass by your servant. Let a little water be brought, and wash your feet, and rest yourselves under the tree. Let me bring a little bread, that you may refresh yourselves, and after that you may pass on—since you have come to your servant.” So they said, “Do as you have said.” And Abraham hastened into the tent to Sarah, and said, “Make ready quickly three measures of choice flour, knead it, and make cakes.” Abraham ran to the herd, and took a calf, tender and good, and gave it to the servant, who hastened to prepare it. Then he took curds and milk and the calf that he had prepared, and set it before them; and he stood by them under the tree while they ate.
 They said to him, “Where is your wife Sarah?” And he said, “There, in the tent.” Then one said, “I will surely return to you in due season, and your wife Sarah shall have a son.”

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


Psalm: Psalm 15

Lord, who may abide upon your holy hill? (Ps. 15:1)

Lord, who may dwell in your tabernacle?
  Who may abide upon your holy hill?
Those who lead a blameless life and do what is right,
  who speak the truth from their heart; 
 they do not slander with the tongue, they do no evil to their friends;
  they do not cast discredit upon a neighbor.
In their sight the wicked are rejected, but they honor those who fear the Lord.
  They have sworn upon their health and do not take back their word.
 They do not give their money in hope of gain, nor do they take bribes against the innocent.
  Those who do these things shall never be overthrown. 


Second Reading: Colossians 1:15-28

This letter offers a mystical teaching, that the great mystery of God is “Christ in you.” Because Christ is present in the church, Christians share in his life, suffering, and glory.

[Christ Jesus] is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation;for in him all things in heaven and on earth were created, things visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or powers—all things have been created through him and for him. He himself is before all things, and in him all things hold together. He is the head of the body, the church; he is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, so that he might come to have first place in everything. For in him all the fullness of God was pleased to dwell, and through him God was pleased to reconcile to himself all things, whether on earth or in heaven, by making peace through the blood of his cross.
 And you who were once estranged and hostile in mind, doing evil deeds, he has now reconciled in his fleshly body through death, so as to present you holy and blameless and irreproachable before him—provided that you continue securely established and steadfast in the faith, without shifting from the hope promised by the gospel that you heard, which has been proclaimed to every creature under heaven. I, Paul, became a servant of this gospel.
 I am now rejoicing in my sufferings for your sake, and in my flesh I am completing what is lacking in Christ’s afflictions for the sake of his body, that is, the church. I became its servant according to God’s commission that was given to me for you, to make the word of God fully known, the mystery that has been hidden throughout the ages and generations but has now been revealed to his saints. To them God chose to make known how great among the Gentiles are the riches of the glory of this mystery, which is Christ in you, the hope of glory. It is he whom we proclaim, warning everyone and teaching everyone in all wisdom, so that we may present everyone mature in Christ.

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


The Holy Gospel according to St. Luke, the 10th chapter

Glory to you, O Lord

Gospel: Luke 10:38-42

During his visit to the home of Mary and Martha, Jesus reminds Martha that her concern for her many tasks distracts from the one thing that precedes all else: abiding in the presence of God.

Now as [Jesus and his disciples] went on their way, he entered a certain village, where a woman named Martha welcomed him into her home. She had a sister named Mary, who sat at the Lord’s feet and listened to what he was saying. But Martha was distracted by her many tasks; so she came to him and asked, “Lord, do you not care that my sister has left me to do all the work by myself? Tell her then to help me.” But the Lord answered her, “Martha, Martha, you are worried and distracted by many things; there is need of only one thing. Mary has chosen the better part, which will not be taken away from her.”

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

  Sermon

  Hymn of the Day - #807    Come, Thou Fount of Every Blessing

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.

Ever-present God, in Christ you fill all things. As your church gathers to hear your word, share your meal, and receive your blessing, teach us to welcome strangers as we have been welcomed by you. God of grace,

hear our prayer.

Through Christ you created all things, visible and invisible. Teach humankind to honor and protect all creation, including living things that remain hidden from our eyes such as air, atmosphere, molecules, and microscopic creatures. God of grace,

hear our prayer.


Through Christ you reconcile all things. Motivate those in power to end enslavement, dehumanization, or brutality of any kind (in the spirit of Bartolomé de Las Casas, whom we commemorate today) and to protect and improve the lives of Indigenous peoples. God of grace,

hear our prayer.


Through Christ you bring peace. Assure all who are worried and distracted by many things of your constant presence. Soothe those suffering in mind, body, or spirit. Sustain all who are afflicted and those who serve as caregivers (especially). God of grace,

hear our prayer.


In Christ you make your word fully known. Inspire this worshiping community (congregation may be named) to abide fully in your word as we sit at the feet of Jesus. Bless the ministry of teachers and Bible study leaders. God of grace,

hear our prayer.


Here other intercessions may be offered.

In Christ you brought forth the firstborn from the dead. We give thanks for the saints you have gathered at your table. Gather us with them in your eternal glory. 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 - #817    You Have Come Down to the Lakeshore


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:   Elaine Robbins

ASSISTING MINISTER:    George Balko – Saturday                Lori Mattson - Sunday

USHERS:                    Dave & Carol Eglsaer – Saturday     Carole Murk - Sunday

FELLOWSHIP HOST:     Joanie Hinsa

ALTAR GUILD:            Bruce Dausey

MUSICIAN:                

Events of the Week

Saturday, July 23rd   - Saturday Worship Service – 5:00pm - In-person

Sunday, July 24th    - Sunday Worship Service  - 10:30am - In-person and on Facebook Live   

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Eden needs your support!  If you would like to volunteer to be an Usher or Assisting minister or Host the Fellowship after the service. We’d love to have you join us - signup sheets are in the Narthex.


 We continue to collect Family Fare receipts for their “Direct Your Dollars” Program.  Please drop off your receipts at Eden, remember the entire receipt is required.  Thank you!



      Please contact Pastor Tommy Richter if pastoral care is needed -

pastor.tommyrichter@gmail.com

or 215-470-9948 cell; 906-286-4383 home