Welcome and Announcements
Confession and Forgiveness
P: Blessed be the holy Trinity, + one God, whose steadfast love is everlasting, whose faithfulness endures from generation to generation.
P: Resting in the mercy of God, let us confess our sin…
(Silence for reflection.)
P: Reconciling God,
C: we confess that we do not trust your abundance, and we deny your presence in our lives. We place our hope in ourselves and rely on our own efforts. We fail to believe that you provide enough for all. We abuse your good creation for our own benefit. We fear difference and do not welcome others as you have welcomed us. We sin in thought, word, and deed. By your grace, forgive us; through your love, renew us; and in your Spirit, lead us; so that we may live and serve you in newness of life. Amen.
P: Beloved God, by the radical abundance of divine mercy we have peach with God through + Christ Jesus, through whom we have obtained grace upon grace. Our sins are forgiven. Let us live now in hope. For hope does not disappoint, because God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit.
Gathering Hymn – “The Church’s One Foundation” (ELW, #654)
“The Church’s One Foundation”
Text: Samuel J. Stone, 1839-1900. Music: Samuel S. Wesley, 1810-1876. Used with permission by Augsburg Fortress.
First Reading – Exodus 19:2-8a
Psalm – Psalm 100
Second Reading – Romans 5:1-8
Gospel Lesson – Matthew 9:35-10:8
P: The gospel of the Lord (or Word of God, Word of life)
C: Praise to you, O Christ.
C: 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.
P: Hear us, O God.
C: Your mercy is great.
Sharing of the Peace
Sending Hymn – “Rise Up O Men of God”