"Mine, Ours or Yours?"

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    Peace Prayer of Saint Francis
    Lord, make me an instrument of your peace: where there is hatred, let me sow love; where there is injury, pardon; where there is doubt, faith; where there is despair, hope; where there is darkness, light; where there is sadness, joy. O divine Master, grant that I may not so much seek to be consoled as to console, to be understood as to understand, to be loved as to love. For it is in giving that we receive, it is in pardoning that we are pardoned, and it is in dying that we are born to eternal life. Amen.

    PRELUDE ||| Take My Life and Let It Be Consecrated ||| John Purifoy

    God has given us this day.
    God’s steadfast love endures forever.
    God has gathered us in this place.
    God’s steadfast love endures forever.
    There are many places we could be, but God has brought us here.
    God’s steadfast love endures forever.

    *HYMN 645 ||| Sing Praise to God Who Reigns Above ||| Mit Freuden Zart

    Praise is on our lips, but in our hearts we know how far we have fallen from the glory of God. Yet God meets us in our sin, picks us up, and promises forgiveness. Let us make our confession and open ourselves to God’s mercy.

    Faithful God, We confess our faithlessness. Our hearts are fickle, our eyes wander, and we trick ourselves into serving other gods. We speak lies, accept lies, live lies, destroying others and ourselves along the way. Forgive our waywardness and lead us back to you. Embolden our trust in your faithfulness and settle your truth in our hearts.
    (silent prayer)

    God’s steadfast love endures forever. Beyond the cross, beyond the grave, beyond our sin, God’s steadfast love endures forever. This is good news!
    In Jesus Christ we are forgiven. Thanks be to God!

    *THE GLORIA 581

    MOMENT WITH OUR CHILDREN ||| Chaplain Mike Welf




    FIRST SCRIPTURE READING ||| Hosea 11:1-11
    When Israel was a child, I loved him, and out of Egypt I called my son. 2The more I called them, the more they went from me; they kept sacrificing to the Baals, and offering incense to idols. 3Yet it was I who taught Ephraim to walk, I took them up in my arms; but they did not know that I healed them. 4I led them with cords of human kindness, with bands of love. I was to them like those who lift infants to their cheeks. I bent down to them and fed them. 5They shall return to the land of Egypt, and Assyria shall be their king, because they have refused to return to me. 6The sword rages in their cities, it consumes their oracle-priests, and devours because of their schemes. 7My people are bent on turning away from me. To the Most High they call, but he does not raise them up at all. 8How can I give you up, Ephraim? How can I hand you over, O Israel? How can I make you like Admah? How can I treat you like Zeboiim? My heart recoils within me; my compassion grows warm and tender. 9I will not execute my fierce anger; I will not again destroy Ephraim; for I am God and no mortal, the Holy One in your midst, and I will not come in wrath. 10They shall go after the LORD, who roars like a lion; when he roars, his children shall come trembling from the west. 11They shall come trembling like birds from Egypt, and like doves from the land of Assyria; and I will return them to their homes, says the LORD.

    SPECIAL MUSIC ||| I Hear Thy Welcome Voice ||| John Purifoy ||| (Early American Hymn Tune)

    SECOND SCRIPTURE READING ||| Luke 12:13-21
    13Someone in the crowd said to him, “Teacher, tell my brother to divide the family inheritance with me.” 14But he said to him, “Friend, who set me to be a judge or arbitrator over you?” 15And he said to them, “Take care! Be on your guard against all kinds of greed; for one’s life does not consist in the abundance of possessions.” 16Then he told them a parable: “The land of a rich man produced abundantly. 17And he thought to himself, ‘What should I do, for I have no place to store my crops?’ 18Then he said, ‘I will do this: I will pull down my barns and build larger ones, and there I will store all my grain and my goods. 19And I will say to my soul, ‘Soul, you have ample goods laid up for many years; relax, eat, drink, be merry.’ 20But God said to him, ‘You fool! This very night your life is being demanded of you. And the things you have prepared, whose will they be?’ 21So it is with those who store up treasures for themselves but are not rich toward God.”
    The Word of the Lord
    Thanks be to God!

    SERMON ||| "Mine, Ours or Yours?" ||| Chaplain Mike Welf


    *HYMN 44 ||| Like a Mother Who Has Borne Us ||| Austin

    *AFFIRMATION OF FAITH ||| The Brief Statement of Faith 1983
    In life and in death we belong to God. Through the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, the love of God, and the communion of the Holy Spirit, we trust in the one triune God, the Holy One of Israel, whom alone we worship and serve.

    …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 debts, as we forgive our debtors; and lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. For thine is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever. Amen.


    OFFERTORY ||| O God Our Help In Ages Past ||| Lloyd Larson

    *DOXOLOGY ||| 606 Old Hundredth
    Praise God, from whom all blessings flow;
    Praise Him, all creatures here below;
    Praise Him above, ye heavenly host;
    Praise Father, Son and Holy Ghost. Amen.

    See in our gifts our loyalty to you. We commit ourselves to both show forth and work for your kingdom to come. Amen.


    *HYMN 716 ||| God, Whose Giving Knows No Ending ||| Beach Spring

    The blessing of the one God—Spirit, Son, and Father—be with you now and always.
    Lead a life worthy of your calling, giving glory to God in all things.

    POSTLUDE ||| Sent Forth By God's Blessing ||| Douglas Wagner

    Go in peace to love and serve the Lord! Thanks be to God!

    Rev. Matt Lang, Pastor
    Mrs. Mary Ann Wenzelman, Interim Organist/Pianist

    Worship Liturgist: Laurie Ulrich
    Usher: Laura Dillman
    Web Techs: Phil Dillman, Kathie Hazlett

     SCRIPTURES IN WORSHIP – Next Sunday we will be reading Isaiah 1:1, 10-20 and Luke 12:32-40.

    PRAYER CHAIN – If you want prayer requests included on the prayer chain, contact Shirley Armistead at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

    A NOTE FROM THE PASTOR – If you need to or want to get ahold of me, Matt (aka Pastor, aka Rev. Lang, aka Rev.), you can reach me at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. (preferred), call or text me at 773/678-9543. Full disclosure, I dislike talking on the phone and my ADHD makes it difficult for me to focus while doing so. If it is not an emergency, I probably won't call back, I'll text or email. It's not you, it's me. If it is an emergency, however, I will call back as soon as I can. 


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