GATHERING. And now let us stand as we are able, to confess our brokenness and to hear God s word of forgiveness.

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Sunday August 7, 2016 Time after Pentecost

Worship at 9:30 AM


Welcome to worship at Vinje Lutheran Church. We want you to know that you are very welcome here. We want this to be a safe place, where we can bring our best and our worst, our peace and our pain. This is a place of healing and reconciliation.

And now let us stand as we are able, to confess our brokenness and to hear God’s word of forgiveness.

Confession and Forgiveness

All may make the sign of the cross, the sign marked at baptism, as the presiding minister begins.

Blessed be the holy Trinity, ☩ one God, abounding in steadfast love toward us, healing the sick and raising the dead, showering us with every good gift. Amen.

Let us confess our sin in the presence of God and of one another. Silence is kept for reflection.

Just and gracious God,

we come to you for healing and life. Our sins hurt others and

diminish us; we confess them to you. Our lives bear the scars of sin; we bring these also to you. Show us your mercy, O God. Bind up our wounds, forgive us our sins, and free us to love, for the sake of Jesus Christ, our Savior. Amen.


The apostle Paul assures us: “When we were dead in our trespasses, God made us alive together with Christ, nailing the record of our sins to the cross.” Jesus says to you, ☩ “Your sins are forgiven.” Be at peace, and tell everyone how much God has done for you.


Gathering Song Great Is Thy Faithfulness Hymnal #733 1 Great is thy faithfulness, O God my Father;

there is no shadow of turning with thee;

thou changest not, thy compassions they fail not; as thou hast been, thou forever wilt be.


Great is thy faithfulness! Great is thy faithfulness! Morning by morning new mercies I see;

all I have needed thy hand hath provided; great is thy faithfulness, Lord, unto me!

2 Summer and winter and springtime and harvest, sun, moon, and stars in their courses above join with all nature in manifold witness

to thy great faithfulness, mercy, and love. Refrain 3 Pardon for sin and a peace that endureth,

thine own dear presence to cheer and to guide; strength for today and bright hope for tomorrow, blessings all mine, with ten thousand beside! Refrain Text: Thomas O. Chisholm, 1866-1960

Text © 1923, ren. 1951 Hope Publishing Company, Carol Stream, IL 60188. All rights reserved. Used by permission.

Reproduced with permission OneLicense.Net A-704219 Greeting

The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, the love of God, and the communion of the Holy Spirit be with you all.


Prayer of the Day

Almighty God, you sent your Holy Spirit to be the life and light of your church. Open our hearts to the riches of your grace, that we may be ready to receive you wherever you appear, through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord.


Welcome and Announcements


First Reading Genesis 15:1-6 Bible, pg. 10 God promises childless and aging Abram that a child of his own will be his heir and that his descendants will number as many as the stars. Abram trusts God’s promise, and through this faith he is considered righteous.

1After these things the word of the LORD came to Abram in a vision, “Do not

be afraid, Abram, I am your shield; your reward shall be very great.” 2But

Abram said, “O Lord GOD, what will you give me, for I continue childless, and

the heir of my house is Eliezer of Damascus?” 3And Abram said, “You have

given me no offspring, and so a slave born in my house is to be my heir.”

4But the word of the LORD came to him, “This man shall not be your heir; no

one but your very own issue shall be your heir.” 5He brought him outside

and said, “Look toward heaven and count the stars, if you are able to count

them.” Then he said to him, “So shall your descendants be.” 6And he

believed the LORD; and the LORD reckoned it to him as righteousness.

Word of God, Word of Life Thanks be to God

Second Reading Hebrews 11:1-3, 8-16 Bible, pg. 977 Abraham and Sarah exemplify the vision of faith that people of God enact in every age. Their hope and trust in God’s promise allowed them to face an unknown future and to receive the promise of God.

1Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not

seen. 2Indeed, by faith our ancestors received approval. 3By faith we

understand that the worlds were prepared by the word of God, so that what is seen was made from things that are not visible.

8By faith Abraham obeyed when he was called to set out for a place that

he was to receive as an inheritance; and he set out, not knowing where he


as in a foreign land, living in tents, as did Isaac and Jacob, who were heirs

with him of the same promise. 10For he looked forward to the city that has

foundations, whose architect and builder is God. 11By faith he received

power of procreation, even though he was too old—and Sarah herself was

barren—because he considered him faithful who had promised. 12Therefore

from one person, and this one as good as dead, descendants were born, “as many as the stars of heaven and as the innumerable grains of sand by the seashore.”

13All of these died in faith without having received the promises, but from

a distance they saw and greeted them. They confessed that they were

strangers and foreigners on the earth, 14for people who speak in this way

make it clear that they are seeking a homeland. 15If they had been thinking

of the land that they had left behind, they would have had opportunity to

return. 16But as it is, they desire a better country, that is, a heavenly one.

Therefore God is not ashamed to be called their God; indeed, he has prepared a city for them.

Word of God, Word of Life Thanks be to God

Please stand, as you are able

Gospel Acclamation Halle, Hallelujah Hymnal #172

Holy Gospel Luke 12:32-40 Bible, pg. 847

Jesus encourages disciples to invest their hearts and live fully into God’s reign. Instead of facing life with fear, those who know God’s generosity are always ready to receive from God and to give to others.


Glory to you, O Lord

[Jesus said:] 32“Do not be afraid, little flock, for it is your Father’s good

pleasure to give you the kingdom. 33Sell your possessions, and give alms.

Make purses for yourselves that do not wear out, an unfailing treasure in

heaven, where no thief comes near and no moth destroys. 34For where your

treasure is, there your heart will be also.

35“Be dressed for action and have your lamps lit; 36be like those who are

waiting for their master to return from the wedding banquet, so that they

may open the door for him as soon as he comes and knocks. 37Blessed are

those slaves whom the master finds alert when he comes; truly I tell you, he will fasten his belt and have them sit down to eat, and he will come and

serve them. 38If he comes during the middle of the night, or near dawn, and

finds them so, blessed are those slaves.

39“But know this: if the owner of the house had known at what hour the

thief was coming, he would not have let his house be broken into. 40You also

must be ready, for the Son of Man is coming at an unexpected hour.”

The Gospel of our Lord:

Praise to you, O Christ Message

The assembly stands to proclaim the word of God in song

Hymn of the Day Have No Fear, Little Flock Hymnal #764 1 Have no fear, little flock;

have no fear, little flock, for the Father has chosen to give you the kingdom; have no fear, little flock! 2 Have good cheer, little flock;

have good cheer, little flock, for the Father will keep you in his love forever;

have good cheer, little flock! 3 Praise the Lord high above;

praise the Lord high above, for he stoops down to heal you,


uplift and restore you; praise the Lord high above! 4 Thankful hearts raise to God;

thankful hearts raise to God, for he stays close beside you, in all things works with you; thankful hearts raise to God!

Text: Luke 12:32, st. 1; Marjorie Jilson, b. 1931, sts. 2-4 Text © 1973 Concordia Publishing House

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Apostles’ Creed Hymnal pg. 105 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.


Prayers Hymnal #178

At the conclusion of each petition, the assembly sings:

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MEAL Offering

An offering is gathered for the mission of the church, including the care of those in need.

Anthem during the offering


Text: From an African Prayer Book, Desmond Tutu, b. 1931 Music: John L. Bell, b. 1949

Text: © 1995 Desmond Tutu, admin. Random House, Inc. and Lynn C. Franklin Associates, Ltd.

Music © 1996 Iona Community, admin. GIA Publications, Inc. Offering Prayer

God of mercy and grace, the eyes of all wait upon you,

and you open your hand in blessing. Fill us with good things at your table,

that we may come to the help of all in need, through Jesus Christ, our redeemer and Lord.


Words of Institution

In the night in which he was betrayed, our Lord Jesus took bread, and gave thanks; broke it, and gave it to his disciples, saying “Take and eat; this is my body, given for you. Do this for the remembrance of me.”

Again, after supper, he took the cup, gave thanks, and gave it for all to drink, saying, “This cup is the new covenant in my blood, shed for you and for all people for the forgiveness of sin. Do this for the remembrance of me.”


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 trespasses,

as we forgive those

who trespass against us; and lead us not into temptation,

but deliver us from evil. For thine is the kingdom,

and the power, and the glory, forever and ever. Amen.

Christ invites you to a place of honor at this banquet. Welcome to the feast.

Music during Communion

Lamb of God Hymnal pg. 154

Hymn On Eagle’s Wings Hymnal #787

1 You who dwell in the shelter of the Lord, who abide in this shadow for life,


my rock in whom I trust!"


And he will raise you up on eagle's wings, bear you on the breath of dawn,

make you to shine like the sun,

and hold you in the palm of his hand.

2 The snare of the fowler will never capture you, and famine will bring you no fear;

under God's wings your refuge,

with faithfulness your shield. Refrain 3 You need not fear the terror of the night,

nor the arrow that flies by day; though thousands fall about you, near you it shall not come. Refrain

4 For to the angels God's given a command to guard you in all of your ways;

upon their hands they will bear you up, lest you dash your foot against a stone.

Final refrain

And he will raise you up on eagle's wings, bear you on the breath of dawn,

make you to shine like the sun,

and hold you in the palm of his hand;

and hold you, hold you in the palm of his hand. Text: Michael Joncas, b. 1957

Text © 1979 OCP Publications, 5536 NE Hassalo, Portland, OR 97213. All rights reserved. Used by permission.

Reproduced with permission LicenSing U2675

Hymn Blessed Assurance Hymnal #638

1 Blessed assurance, Jesus is mine! Oh, what a foretaste of glory divine! Heir of salvation, purchase of God, born of his Spirit, washed in his blood.



This is my story, this is my song, praising my Savior, all the day long: this is my story, this is my song, praising my Savior all the day long. 2 Perfect submission, perfect delight,

visions of rapture now burst on my sight; angels descending bring from above

echoes of mercy, whispers of love. Refrain 3 Perfect submission, all is at rest;

I in my Savior am happy and blest, watching and waiting, looking above,

filled with his goodness, lost in his love. Refrain Text: Fanny J. Crosby, 1820-1915

Hymn Children of the Heavenly Father Hymnal #781 1 Children of the heav'nly Father

safely in his bosom gather; nestling bird nor star in heaven such a refuge e'er was given.

2 God his own doth tend and nourish, in his holy courts they flourish. From all evil things he spares them, in his mighty arms he bears them. 3 Neither life nor death shall ever

from the Lord his children sever; unto them his grace he showeth, and their sorrows all he knoweth. 4 Though he giveth or he taketh,

God his children ne'er forsaketh; his the loving purpose solely to preserve them pure and holy.

Text: Carolina Sandell Berg, 1832-1903; tr. Ernst W. Olson, 1870-1958 Text © 1925 Board of Publication, Lutheran Church in America, admin. Augsburg Fortress.


Table Blessing

The body and blood of our Lord Jesus Christ strengthen you and keep you in God’s grace.

Prayer after Communion

O God, you have called your servants to ventures of which we cannot see the ending, by paths as yet untrodden, through perils unknown. Give us faith to go out with good courage, not knowing where we go, but only that your hand is leading us and your love supporting us. Amen

SENDING Benediction

The Lord bless you and keep you.

The Lord’s face shine upon you with grace and mercy. The Lord look upon you with favor

and ☩ give you peace.


Sending Song Lord of All Hopefulness Hymnal #765 1 Lord of all hopefulness, Lord of all joy,

whose trust, ever child-like, no cares could destroy: be there at our waking, and give us, we pray,

your bliss in our hearts, Lord, at the break of the day. 2 Lord of all eagerness, Lord of all faith,

whose strong hands were skilled at the plane and the lathe: be there at our labors, and give us, we pray,

your strength in our hearts, Lord, at the noon of the day. 3 Lord of all kindliness, Lord of all grace,

your hands swift to welcome, your arms to embrace: be there at our homing, and give us, we pray,

your love in our hearts, Lord, at the eve of the day. 4 Lord of all gentleness, Lord of all calm,

whose voice is contentment, whose presence is balm: be there at our sleeping, and give us, we pray,


Text: Jan Struther, 1901-1953

Text © Oxford University Press 1931. Dismissal

God calls us to be...

Reaching Out! Reaching In! Reaching Deeper! Thanks be to God! Postlude




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