Tenth Sunday after Pentecost
+ In the Name of the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Amen.
To set the earth ablaze, O God, your Son submitted to a baptism unto death, and from his cup of suffering you call the Church to drink. Keep our eyes fixed on Jesus and give us strength in time of trial to run the race that lies before us. We ask this through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, God for ever and ever. Amen.
“Is He Worthy?” – Chris Tomlin
A Reading from the Gospels: Luke 12:49-56 (NLT)
Jesus Causes Division
“I have come to set the world on fire, and I wish it were already burning! I have a terrible baptism of suffering ahead of me, and I am under a heavy burden until it is accomplished. Do you think I have come to bring peace to the earth? No, I have come to divide people against each other! From now on families will be split apart, three in favor of me, and two against—or two in favor and three against.
‘Father will be divided against son and son against father; mother against daughter and daughter against mother; and mother-in-law against daughter-in-law and daughter-in-law against mother-in-law.’”
Then Jesus turned to the crowd and said, “When you see clouds beginning to form in the west, you say, ‘Here comes a shower.’ And you are right. When the south wind blows, you say, ‘Today will be a scorcher.’ And it is. You fools! You know how to interpret the weather signs of the earth and sky, but you don’t know how to interpret the present times.
“Psalm 82 – They Belong to You” – Jason Silver
Lord God of heaven and earth: we belong to you. Hear our prayers, and mercifully respond to us from your throne of grace –
+ That missionaries may receive your wisdom, strength, and help….
+ That persecuted believers may endure suffering and persevere in faith….
+ That people of goodwill may fight injustice and prejudice in pursuit of your truth….
+ That those tempted to turn from their faith may be encouraged to stay the course….
+ That those who are sick and depressed may receive your light in their times of darkness….
+ That those beginning a new school year may seek your glory, full of grace and truth….
Lord God of heaven and earth: watch over and protect your people, and hear our cry for your help, we pray, through Christ our Lord. Amen.
“Run the Race – The Faith in Christ that Perseveres” – Moving Works
Closing: Hebrews 12:1-2, 12-14
“Let us run with endurance the race God has set before us. We do this by keeping our eyes on Jesus, the champion who initiates and perfects our faith…. So take a new grip with your tired hands and strengthen your weak knees. Mark out a straight path for your feet so that those who are weak and lame will not fall but become strong. Work at living in peace with everyone, and work at living a holy life, for those who are not holy will not see the Lord.”
+ In the Name of the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Amen