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Welcome and Invocation
Call to Worship Psalm 112:1-2, 4-5, 9-10 NCV
L Happy are those who respect the Lord,
C who want what he commands.
L Their descendants will be powerful in the land;
C the children of honest people will be blessed.
L A light shines in the dark for honest people,
C for those who are merciful and kind and good.
L It is good to be merciful and generous.
C Those who are fair in their business, they give freely to the poor.
L The things they do are right and will continue forever.
C They will be given great honor.
L The wicked will see this and become angry; they will grind their teeth in anger and then disappear.
C Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit; as it was in the beginning, is now, and will be forever. Amen.
Opening Song: Oh, Our Lord and King
Oh our Lord and King, our praise to You we bring
There is no other Rock but You
Seated high above, You are the One we love,
This is our song of praise to You
1 King forever!
You are the first and You’re the last
You are sovereign;
All Your commands will always come to pass to give You glory
2 Who is like You?
Who else is worthy of our praise?
We exalt You;
You reign in majesty and awesome splendour, King forever!
3 Abba Father,
Your steadfast love will never fail.
You are faithful;
You are God, and I will worship in Your courts forever
Oh, Our Lord and King
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Scripture Readings: Exodus 19:3-8a, Galatians 5:13-15, John 13:4-17
Old Testament Reading: Exodus 19:3–8a
3The Lord called to [Moses] out of the mountain, saying, “Thus you shall say to the house of Jacob, and tell the people of Israel: 4You yourselves have seen what I did to the Egyptians, and how I bore you on eagles’ wings and brought you to myself. 5Now therefore, if you will indeed obey my voice and keep my covenant, you shall be my treasured possession among all peoples, for all the earth is mine; 6and you shall be to me a kingdom of priests and a holy nation. These are the words that you shall speak to the people of Israel.”
7So Moses came and called the elders of the people and set before them all these words that the Lord had commanded him. 8All the people answered together and said, “All that the Lord has spoken we will do.”
A This is the Word of the Lord.
C Thanks be to God.
Epistle Reading: Galatians 5:13-15 GW
13 You were indeed called to be free, brothers and sisters. Don’t turn this freedom into an excuse for your corrupt nature to express itself. Rather, serve each other through love. 14 All of Moses’ Teachings are summarized in a single statement, “Love your neighbor as you love yourself.” 15 But if you criticize and attack each other, be careful that you don’t destroy each other.
A This is the Word of the Lord.
C Thanks be to God.
Gospel Reading: John 13:4-17
P The Holy Gospel according to St. John, the thirteenth chapter.
C Glory to You, O Lord.
4 [Jesus] rose from supper. He laid aside his outer garments, and taking a towel, tied it around his waist. 5Then he poured water into a basin and began to wash the disciples’ feet and to wipe them with the towel that was wrapped around him. 6He came to Simon Peter, who said to him, “Lord, do you wash my feet?” 7Jesus answered him, “What I am doing you do not understand now, but afterward you will understand.” 8Peter said to him, “You shall never wash my feet.” Jesus answered him, “If I do not wash you, you have no share with me.” 9Simon Peter said to him, “Lord, not my feet only but also my hands and my head!” 10Jesus said to him, “The one who has bathed does not need to wash, except for his feet, but is completely clean. And you are clean, but not every one of you.” 11For he knew who was to betray him; that was why he said, “Not all of you are clean.”
12When he had washed their feet and put on his outer garments and resumed his place, he said to them, “Do you understand what I have done to you? 13You call me Teacher and Lord, and you are right, for so I am. 14If I then, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also ought to wash one another’s feet. 15For I have given you an example, that you also should do just as I have done to you. 16Truly, truly, I say to you, a servant is not greater than his master, nor is a messenger greater than the one who sent him. 17If you know these things, blessed are you if you do them.”
P This is the Gospel of the Lord.
C Praise to You, O Christ.
Prayer of the Day
L Loving and all-powerful Father, we are certainly not greater than Your servant Jesus,
C who is our Lord and Master.
L Move us both to abide in His great love
C and to imitate Him, serving others sacrificially,
L not waiting for recognition or gratitude,
C but just boldly following Him who bore the cross for us,
L through the same Jesus Christ, Your Son, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now
C and forever. Amen.
Sermon Hymn: We Are Called
Come! Live in the light!
Shine with the joy and the love of the Lord!
We are called to be light for the kingdom,
To live in the freedom of the city of God!
We are called to act with justice,
We are called to love tenderly,
We are called to serve one another;
To walk humbly with God!
Come! Open your heart!
Show your mercy to all those in fear!
We are called to be hope for the hopeless
So all hatred and blindness will be no more!
Sing! Sing a new song!
Sing of that great day when all will be one!
God will reign, and we’ll walk with each other
As sisters and brothers united in love!
Tune: ©1988 GIA Publications, Inc.
Used by permission
Sermon – Red Letter Challenge – Serving
C I believe in God, the Father Almighty,
maker of heaven and earth.
And in Jesus Christ, His 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 into hell.
The third day He rose again from the dead.
He ascended into heaven
and sits at the right hand of God the Father Almighty.
From thence He will come to judge the living and the dead.
I believe in the Holy Spirit,
the holy Christian Church,
the communion of saints,
the forgiveness of sins,
the resurrection of the body,
and the life + everlasting. Amen.
Prayer of the Church
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Confession and Absolution
P If we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.
C But if we confess our sins, God, who is faithful and just, will forgive our sins and cleanse us from all unrighteousness. [1 John 1:8-9]
Silence for reflection on God’s Word and for self-examination.
P Let us then confess our sins to God our Father.
C Most merciful God, we confess that we are by nature sinful and unclean. We have sinned against You in thought, word, and deed, by what we have done and by what we have left undone. We have not loved You with our whole heart; we have not loved our neighbors as ourselves. We justly deserve Your present and eternal punishment. For the sake of Your Son, Jesus Christ, have mercy on us. Forgive us, renew us, and lead us, so that we may delight in Your will and walk in Your ways to the glory of Your holy name. Amen.
P Almighty God in His mercy has given His Son to die for you and for His sake forgives you all your sins. As a called and ordained servant of Christ, and by His authority, I therefore forgive you all your sins in the name of the Father and of the + Son and of the Holy Spirit.
Closing Hymn: I Want to Walk as a Child of the Light
1 I want to walk as a child of the light.
I want to follow Jesus.
God set the stars to give light to the world.
The star of my life is Jesus.
In Him there is no darkness at all.
The night and the day are both alike.
The Lamb is the light of the city of God.
Shine in my heart, Lord Jesus.
2 I want to see the brightness of God.
I want to look at Jesus.
Clear Sun of Righteousness, shine on my path,
And show me the way to the Father.
3 I’m looking for the coming of Christ.
I want to be with Jesus.
When we have run with patience the race,
We shall know the joy of Jesus.
I Want to Walk as a Child of the Light
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Benediction and Announcements
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