“Why Did It Yield Wild Grapes?”
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.
PRELUDEGuide My Feet ||| Lloyd Larson ||| (African American Spiritual)
*CALL TO CONTINUING WORSHIP
Behold the gathering of God’s own:beside believers and among apostles,drawn together as disciples and doubters,we are shoulder to shoulder with shepherdsand saints!
Since we are surrounded by this great cloudof witnesses,let us run with perseverance the race before us,looking to Jesus the pioneer and perfecter ofour faith.
*HYMN 817 ||| We Walk By Faith and Not By Sight ||| Dunlap’s Creek
CALL TO CONFESSION
Gathered before the throne of God’s infinite mercy, let us lay aside every weight and the sin that clings so closely, confessing our need for grace.
*PRAYER OF CONFESSION
Loving Creator,with a gardener’s tender touch,you planted your people to bear good fruit,but we bear wild grapes. With a welder’s fierce fire,you fashioned your people to glorify you,but we are riddled with impurities. In your generous mercy, O God,regard the vine you planted:save and restore us. Reform the vessel you crafted:cleanse and refine us. Give us life, O God,that with our whole being,we may worship you rightly.
*DECLARATION OF FORGIVENESS
Jesus endured the cross and disregarded its shame for the sake of the joy that was set before him. That joy is our salvation. His joy is our freedom. Believe the good news:
In Jesus Christ we are forgiven. Thanks be to God!
*THE GLORIA 581
MOMENT WITH OUR CHILDREN ||| Rev. Matt Lang
WELCOME AND CHURCH COMMUNICATIONS
WE HEAR GOD’S WORD
PRAYER FOR ILLUMINATION
FIRST SCRIPTURE READING ||| Isaiah 5:1-7
1Let me sing for my beloved my love-song concerning his vineyard: My beloved had a vineyard on a very fertile hill. 2He dug it and cleared it of stones, and planted it with choice vines; he built a watchtower in the midst of it, and hewed out a wine vat in it; he expected it to yield grapes, but it yielded wild grapes.3And now, inhabitants of Jerusalem and people of Judah, judge between me and my vineyard. 4What more was there to do for my vineyard that I have not done in it? When I expected it to yield grapes, why did it yield wild grapes?5And now I will tell you what I will do to my vineyard. I will remove its hedge, and it shall be devoured; I will break down its wall, and it shall be trampled down. 6I will make it a waste; it shall not be pruned or hoed, and it shall be overgrown with briers and thorns; I will also command the clouds that they rain no rain upon it.7For the vineyard of the LORD of hosts is the house of Israel, and the people of Judah are his pleasant planting; he expected justice, but saw bloodshed; righteousness, but heard a cry!
SPECIAL MUSIC ||| Meditation on "Arlington" ||| Fred Bock
SECONDSCRIPTUREREADING ||| Luke 12:49-56
49"I came to bring fire to the earth, and how I wish it were already kindled! 50I have a baptism with which to be baptized, and what stress I am under until it is completed! 51Do you think that I have come to bring peace to the earth? No, I tell you, but rather division! 52From now on five in one household will be divided, three against two and two against three; 53they 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."54He 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. 55And when you see the south wind blowing, you say, 'There will be scorching heat'; and it happens. 56You 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 Word of the Lord
Thanks be to God!
SERMON ||| "Why Did It Yield Wild Grapes?" ||| Rev. Matt Lang
WE RESPOND TO GOD’S WORD
*HYMN 696 ||| O God, You Are My God Alone ||| Gratus
*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.
PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE AND THE LORD’S PRAYER
…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.
OFFERING OF OUR GIFTS
OFFERTORY ||| Lord of the Wind and Sea ||| 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.
*PRAYER OF DEDICATION
Heavenly Father, you have given us riches beyond measure. We can only return a fraction of what we owe you; but we ask, Lord, that you will bless our offerings and help us to use them wisely in your service and for your glory. Amen.
WE GO IN GOD’S NAME
*HYMN 741 ||| Guide My Feet Guide My Feet
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 |||Trumpet Tune in G ||| John Dixon
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: Jan Bunker
Ushers: Bob James, Eleanor Steiner