Welcome and Announcements
Confession and Lament
P: As church, we confess the sin of racism and condemn racist rhetoric and the ideology of white supremacy. God, have mercy.
C: God, have mercy.
P: As church, we confess and repent for the times when church has been silent on racial injustice. Give us empathy for one another we pray. God, have mercy.
C: God, have mercy.
P: Confessions are empty promises without meaningful actions — actions that are grounded in prayer, education, and soul-searching repentance. Racism separates us from one another. God, we thank you that we are reconciled to You through Christ’s death and resurrection. Help us to seek that life-giving reconciliation with one another. We know, Lord God, that you can make all things new. We confess, we cry out, we ask for your healing for us, for the neighbor, for the whole land.
Gathering Hymn – “Holy, Holy, Holy, Lord God Almighty” (ELW, #413)
Prayer of the Day
“Holy, Holy, Holy, Lord God Almighty”
Text: Reginald Heber, 1783-1826, alt. Music: John B. Dykes, 1823-1876. Used with permission by Augsburg Fortress.
First Reading – Genesis 1:1-2:4a
Psalm – Psalm 8
Second Reading – 2 Corinthians 13:11-13
Gospel Lesson – Matthew 28:16-20
P: The gospel of the Lord (or Word of God, Word of life)
C: Praise to you, O Christ.
C: We believe in one God, the Father, the Almighty, maker of heaven and earth, of all that is, seen and unseen.
We believe in one Lord, Jesus Christ, the only Son of God, eternally begotten of the Father, God from God, Light from Light, true God from true God, begotten, not made, of one Being with the Father; through him all things were made. For us and for our salvation he came down from heaven, was incarnate of the Holy Spirit and the virgin Mary and became truly human. For our sake he was crucified under Pontius Pilate; he suffered death and was buried. On the third day he rose again in accordance with the scriptures; he ascended into heaven and is seated at the right hand of the Father. He will come again in glory to judge the living and the dead, and his kingdom will have no end.
We believe in the Holy Spirit, the Lord, the giver of life, who proceeds from the Father and the Son, who with the Father and the Son is worshiped and glorified, who has spoken through the prophets. We believe in one holy catholic and apostolic church. We acknowledge one baptism for the forgiveness of sins. We look for the resurrection of the dead, and the life of the world to come. Amen.
Prayers of Intercession
P: Hear us, O God.
C: Your mercy is great.
Sharing of the Peace
Thanksgiving for the Word
Sending Hymn – “Take My Heart, O Father”
C: Thanks be to God!