Sunday, August 15, 2021
CHRIST LUTHERAN CHURCH, HELLERTOWN, PA
The Reverend Philip C. Spohn
August 15, 2021 Worship Service 10:00 a.m.
With Grateful thanks to Barry Stauffer for his special music today
Prelude “A Contrite Heart” lyrics: adapted from Psalm 51 by K. Lee Scott music: Beethoven, arr. K. Lee Scott
Welcome No matter who you are or where you are on your journey, You are welcome here!
Gathering Song “Join We All with One Accord” (Moravian Hymn)
WE PROCLAIM GOD’S WORD
First Reading: Proverbs 9:1-6 April Rose
Wisdom is portrayed as a woman who invites people to partake of her banquet. Just as ordinary food is necessary for physical life, Wisdom’s food—insight and understanding—is necessary for fullness of life with God. Partaking of Wisdom’s banquet is the way to life.
1Wisdom has built her house,
she has hewn her seven pillars.
2She has slaughtered her animals, she has mixed her wine,
she has also set her table.
3She has sent out her servant-girls, she calls
from the highest places in the town,
4“You that are simple, turn in here!”
To those without sense she says,
5“Come, eat of my bread
and drink of the wine I have mixed.
6Lay aside immaturity, and live,
and walk in the way of insight.”
“The Just Made Perfect” by Johannes Herbst , arr. Monica Schantz
Second Reading: Ephesians 5:15-20
True wisdom integrates our new reality in Christ with our Christian fellowship and daily conduct. Because we are filled with the Spirit, Christians regularly rejoice together, give thanks to God for one another, and care for one another. In this way we revere our Lord Jesus Christ.
15Be careful then how you live, not as unwise people but as wise,
16making the most of the time, because the days are evil.
17So do not be foolish, but understand what the will of the Lord is.
18Do not get drunk with wine, for that is debauchery; but be filled with the Spirit,
19as you sing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs among yourselves, singing and making melody to the Lord in your hearts,
20giving thanks to God the Father at all times and for everything in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.
Help us God, as we seek to interpret what this means for our lives.
“How Great the Bliss” by Johannes Herbst
Message Song: “God, Our Ever Faithful Shepherd”
WE PROVIDE OUR RESPONSES
Reception of Tithes and Offerings
Prayers of the Church: Cheryl Glasker
After each petition: Loving God, guide us with your wisdom and truth.
Finally and together:
We lift these and all our prayers to you, O God, confident in the promise of your saving love, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
“The Lord My Shepherd Is My Guide” by Johannes Herbst, arr. Monica Schantz
The Lord’s Prayer ELW (front section) Page 145
Closing Song: “My Life Flows On in Endless Song” ELW Hymn No. 763
Benediction Response “Jesus Makes My Heart Rejoice” by Johannes Herbst, arr. Monica Schantz
Go in Peace and serve the Lord. Thanks be to God.
***Extend your hour of worship with an hour of Adult Christian Education.***
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“Being Christian in the 21st Century—Ch. 4, From Criminal to Christ”