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Eden Evangelical Lutheran Church ~ Munising, Michigan

Tenth Sunday After Pentecost - 8/14/2022


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


The word of God is a refining fire. Jesus is the great divide in human history. He invites our undivided attention and devotion. Today in worship we are surrounded by a great “cloud of witnesses.” In the word and in holy communion we are invited yet again to look to Jesus, “the pioneer and perfecter of our faith.”


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 -  #812    Faith of Our Fathers

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

O God, judge eternal, you love justice and hate oppression, and you call us to share your zeal for truth. Give us courage to take our stand with all victims of bloodshed and greed, and, following your servants and prophets, to look to the pioneer and perfecter of our faith, your Son, Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord.

Amen.


Word

First Reading: Jeremiah 23:23-29

Because Jeremiah preaches the unpopular message of God’s judgment, he suffers rejection. Today’s reading distinguishes between the true prophet, like Jeremiah, who speaks God’s word, and the false prophet who misleads the people through dreams. One is like wheat; the other like worthless straw.

Am I a God near by, says the Lord, and not a God far off? Who can hide in secret places so that I cannot see them? says the Lord. Do I not fill heaven and earth? says the Lord. I have heard what the prophets have said who prophesy lies in my name, saying, “I have dreamed, I have dreamed!” How long? Will the hearts of the prophets ever turn back—those who prophesy lies, and who prophesy the deceit of their own heart? They plan to make my people forget my name by their dreams that they tell one another, just as their ancestors forgot my name for Baal. Let the prophet who has a dream tell the dream, but let the one who has my word speak my word faithfully. What has straw in common with wheat? says the Lord. Is not my word like fire, says the Lord, and like a hammer that breaks a rock in pieces?

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


Psalm: Psalm 82

Arise, O God, and rule the earth. (Ps. 82:8)

 God stands to charge the divine council assembled,
  giving judgment in the midst of the gods:
“How long will you judge unjustly,
  and show favor to the wicked?
 Save the weak and the orphan;
  defend the humble and needy;
rescue the weak and the poor;
  deliver them from the power of the wicked. 
 They do not know, neither do they understand; they wander about in darkness;
  all the foundations of the earth are shaken.
Now I say to you, ‘You are gods,
  and all of you children of the Most High;
 nevertheless, you shall die like mortals,
  and fall like any prince.’
Arise, O God, and rule the earth,
  for you shall take all nations for your own. 


Second Reading: Hebrews 11:29--12:2

The author of Hebrews presents us with rich stories of faith. In a long list of biblical heroes, we find examples of trust in God that enabled them to face the trials of life faithfully. In addition to this “cloud of witnesses,” we have Jesus, the perfect model of faithful endurance.

By faith the people passed through the Red Sea as if it were dry land, but when the Egyptians attempted to do so they were drowned. By faith the walls of Jericho fell after they had been encircled for seven days. By faith Rahab the prostitute did not perish with those who were disobedient, because she had received the spies in peace.
 And what more should I say? For time would fail me to tell of Gideon, Barak, Samson, Jephthah, of David and Samuel and the prophets—who through faith conquered kingdoms, administered justice, obtained promises, shut the mouths of lions, quenched raging fire, escaped the edge of the sword, won strength out of weakness, became mighty in war, put foreign armies to flight. Women received their dead by resurrection. Others were tortured, refusing to accept release, in order to obtain a better resurrection. Others suffered mocking and flogging, and even chains and imprisonment. They were stoned to death, they were sawn in two, they were killed by the sword; they went about in skins of sheep and goats, destitute, persecuted, tormented—of whom the world was not worthy. They wandered in deserts and mountains, and in caves and holes in the ground.
 Yet all these, though they were commended for their faith, did not receive what was promised, since God had provided something better so that they would not, apart from us, be made perfect.


 Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight and the sin that clings so closely, and let us run with perseverance the race that is set before us, looking to Jesus the pioneer and perfecter of our faith, who for the sake of the joy that was set before him endured the cross, disregarding its shame, and has taken his seat at the right hand of the throne of God.

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


The Holy Gospel according to St. Luke, the 12th chapter

Glory to you, O Lord

Gospel: Luke 12:49-56

Jesus delivers harsh words about the purifying and potentially divisive effects of obedience to God’s call. The way of the cross often leads followers to encounter hostility and rejection, even from those they love.

[Jesus said:] “I came to bring fire to the earth, and how I wish it were already kindled! I have a baptism with which to be baptized, and what stress I am under until it is completed! Do you think that I have come to bring peace to the earth? No, I tell you, but rather division! From now on five in one household will be divided, three against two and two against three; they will be divided: 
 father against son
  and son against father,
 mother against daughter
  and daughter against mother,
 mother-in-law against her daughter-in-law
  and daughter-in-law against mother-in-law.”
 He also said to the crowds, “When you see a cloud rising in the west, you immediately say, ‘It is going to rain’; and so it happens. And when you see the south wind blowing, you say, ‘There will be scorching heat’; and it happens. You hypocrites! You know how to interpret the appearance of earth and sky, but why do you not know how to interpret the present time?”

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

  Sermon

  Hymn of the Day  -  #805    Lead On, O King Eternal

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

Trusting in God’s extraordinary love, let us come near to the Holy One in prayer.

A brief silence.

Arise, O God, and sustain your church. We pray for all who dedicate their lives to serving your people. Renew our commitment to our siblings in faith around the globe, and bless the work of our ecumenical and interfaith partners (especially). Merciful God,

receive our prayer.


Arise, O God, and sustain your creation. We pray for all places affected by natural disasters (especially). Transform the devastation of floods and fires into fertile ground for new life and growth. Fill heaven and earth with your life-giving Spirit. Merciful God,

receive our prayer.


Arise, O God, and sustain the nations. We pray for all elected officials. Kindle in them a desire to administer your justice. Strengthen their resolve to defend those who are vulnerable and to stand publicly against all forms of oppression. Merciful God,

receive our prayer.


Arise, O God, and sustain those who are oppressed. We pray for people harmed by racist discrimination, ableist discrimination, and all people discriminated against based on their gender identity or sexual orientation. Rescue us from all systems that degrade our fellow human beings. Merciful God,

receive our prayer.


Arise, O God, and sustain this assembly. We pray for this community, celebrating with those who rejoice and weeping with those who weep (concerns may be named). In our joy and in our tears, be near us. Merciful God,

receive our prayer.


Here other intercessions may be offered.

Surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, we remember the saints (especially Maximilian Kolbe and Kaj Munk) who have gone before us. May we run with perseverance the race set before us until we find our rest in you. Merciful God,

receive our prayer.


Receive the prayers of your children, merciful God, and hold us forever in your steadfast love; through Jesus Christ, our holy Wisdom.

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.


WORDS OF INSTITUTION

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.




Invitation to Communion

  1. In Christ’s presence there is fullness of joy.

  2. Come to the banquet.

All who desire communion on this day are welcome to commune with us and partake in the promise of eternal life by Jesus Christ himself. In solidarity with our siblings in recovery, we use non-alcoholic wine. Please indicate if you would like a gluten free communion wafer. If you do not wish to take communion, you are still invited to ask Pastor for a blessing before you leave. Traditionally, those who commune are baptized into the Christian faith. If you are not baptized and would like to learn more about what it means to be baptized and share in the meal at the Lord's Supper Table, please talk with Pastor Tera. 


Prayer after Communion

Life-giving God,

through this meal you have bandaged our wounds

and fed us with your mercy.

Now send us forth to live for others,

both friend and stranger,

that all may come to know your love.

This we pray in the name of Jesus.   

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 -  #793    Be Thou My Vision


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:   Pastor Tera Kossow

ASSISTING MINISTER:    George Balko – Saturday               Joanie Hinsa - Sunday

USHERS:                    Dave & Carol Eglsaer – Saturday     Becky Kolbus - Sunday

FELLOWSHIP HOST:     Joanie Hinsa

ALTAR GUILD:             Deb Lundbom

MUSICIAN:                 Michele Albright    

Events of the Week

Saturday, August 20th  - Saturday Worship Service – 5:00pm - In-person

Sunday, August 21st    - 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!


Pastor Tera needs cribbage players!  Want to play a quick game in the church kitchen, or your kitchen, or meet elsewhere – let her know 605-210-2962 or teralkossow@gmail.com.

Upcoming Events:

Tired of eating alone?  Tired of having leftovers for days? Let’s share our supper with others who eat alone, gathering at the church kitchen on the 4th Wednesday of the month @ 5:00pm starting August 31st. Pastor Tera loves breakfast, so she will host the first ELC Supper Club by making egg bake.  Sign up in the narthex or by calling the church office.

Do you have a student fifth grade or older ready for confirmation?  Pastor will meet with parents and students at 6:30pm on Wednesday, Sept. 7th. Classes will be held on the1st & 3rd Wednesdays of the month. There will be two groups formed, with high school students having a separate class.  Contact Pastor for information.


2nd Wednesday Book Group - Let’s start a book discussion.  We will meet Wednesday, Sept. 14th at noon (bring a lunch) and at 6:30-7:30pm in the church kitchen.  

First book is Love Matters More: How fighting to be right keeps us from loving like Jesus.  By: Jared Byas.  Available on Amazon of through Pastor Tera.


Sunday, Sept. 18th – 3:00pm  - Join us for the Installation Service for Pastor Tera Kossow. This service will be led by Pastor Jim Duehring, Assistant to the Bishop.

Fellowship following the service.