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September 8th and 9th Fifteenth Sunday after Pentecost Lectionary 23 Holy Communion Now the Feast

INTRODUCTION James tells us to stop showing favoritism in the assembly, treating the rich visitor with more honor than the poor one. Jesus himself seems to show partiality in his first response to the Syrophoenician woman in today's gospel. Was he testing her faith in saying Gentiles don't deserve the goods meant for God's children? Or was he speaking out of his human worldview, but transcended those limits when she took him by surprise with her reply? Either way, the story tells us that God shows no partiality. Everyone who brings her or his need to Jesus is received with equal honor as a child and heir. CHILDREN are always welcome to our Worship Service. Rainbow bags and a cry room are available. A staffed nursery is also available if needed. An usher will gladly provide you with assistance. As a worship courtesy, we ask that you please turn off or set to vibrate all cellular telephones and pagers during the worship service. We ask that all present today please fill out the Attendance and Communion registration card found in your bulletin and place it in the offering plate so that we may record your presence with us.

THE ORDER OF WORSHIP PRELUDE Chorale Prelude on Vater unser im Himmelreich J. S. Bach CONFESSION AND FORGIVENESS All may make the sign of the cross, the sign marked at baptism, as the presiding minister begins. In the name of the Father, and of the + Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen. Almighty God, to whom all hearts are open, all desires known, and from whom no secrets are hid: cleanse the thoughts of our hearts by the inspiration of your Holy Spirit, that we may perfectly love you and worthily magnify your holy name, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. If we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not is us. Let us confess our sin to God who is faithful and just and who has promised to forgive our sin and cleanse us from all unrighteousness. You are invited to kneel or be seated as you are able Silence is kept for reflection and self-examination. Most merciful God, we confess that we are captive to sin and cannot free ourselves. 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. 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. In the mercy of almighty God, Jesus Christ was given to die for us, and for his sake God forgives us all our sins. As a called and ordained minister of the church of Christ, and by his authority, I therefore declare to you the entire forgiveness of all your sins, in the name of the Father, and of the + Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen. You are invited to please stand as we sing:

PRAYER UPON ENTERING THE PEW Almighty God, your Holy Spirit equips the church with a rich variety of gifts. Grant that we may use them to bear witness to Christ in lives that are built on faith and love. Make us ready to live the gospel and eager to do your will, so that we may share with all your church in the joys of eternal life; through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord. Amen.

GATHERING SONG: Earth and All Stars! (ELW 731) GREETING The grace given to us in Christ Jesus, the power of God who calls us with a holy calling, and the help of the Holy Spirit living in us be with you all. And also with you. KYRIE Kyrie (ELW 157)

HYMN OF PRAISE: Now the Feast and Celebration (ELW 167)

and the ears of the deaf unstopped; then the lame shall leap like a deer, and the tongue of the speechless sing for joy. For waters shall break forth in the wilderness, and streams in the desert; 7 the burning sand shall become a pool, and the thirsty ground springs of water.
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The word of the Lord. Thanks be to God. PSALM: Psalm 125 Sung by whole verse beginning with the cantor Refrain:

PRAYER OF THE DAY Gracious God, throughout the ages you transform sickness into health and death into life. Open us to the power of your presence, and make us a people ready to proclaim your promises to the whole world, through Jesus Christ, our healer and Lord. Please be seated CHILDRENS MESSAGE FIRST READING: Isaiah 35:47a 4 Say to those who are of a fearful heart, "Be strong, do not fear! Here is your God. He will come with vengeance, with terrible recompense. He will come and save you." 5 Then the eyes of the blind shall be opened,

Psalm Tone:

Those who trust in the LORD are | like Mount Zion, which cannot be moved, but stands | fast forever. 2 The mountains sur- | round Jerusalem; so you surround your people, O LORD, from this time forth for- | evermore. R
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The scepter of the wicked shall not hold sway over the land allotted | to the just, so that the just shall not put their | hands to evil. 4 Show your goodness, O LORD, to those | who are good and to those who are | true of heart. 5 As for those who turn aside to crooked ways, the LORD will lead them away with the | evildoers; but peace be | upon Israel. R

SECOND READING: James 2:110[1113] 1417 My brothers and sisters, do you with your acts of favoritism really believe in our glorious Lord Jesus Christ? 2For if a person with gold rings and in fine clothes comes into your assembly, and if a poor person in dirty clothes also comes in, 3and if you take notice of the one wearing the fine clothes and say, "Have a seat here, please," while to the one who is poor you say, "Stand there," or, "Sit at my feet," 4have you not made distinctions among yourselves, and become judges with evil thoughts? 5Listen, my beloved brothers and sisters. Has not God chosen the poor in the world to be rich in faith and to be heirs of the kingdom that he has promised to those who love him? 6But you have dishonored the poor. Is it not the rich who oppress you? Is it not they who drag you into court? 7Is it not they who blaspheme the excellent name that was invoked over you? 8 You do well if you really fulfill the royal law according to the scripture, "You shall love your neighbor as yourself." 9But if you show partiality, you commit sin and are convicted by the law as transgressors. 10 For whoever keeps the whole law but fails in one point has become accountable for all of it. 11For the one who said, "You shall not commit adultery," also said, "You shall not murder." Now if you do not commit adultery but if you murder, you have become a transgressor of the law. 12 So speak and so act as those who are to be judged by the law of liberty. 13 For judgment will be without mercy to anyone who has shown no mercy; mercy triumphs over judgment. 14 What good is it, my brothers and sisters, if you say you have faith but do not have works? Can faith save you? 15If a brother or sister is naked and lacks daily food, 16and one of you says to them, "Go in peace; keep warm and eat your fill," and yet you do not supply their bodily needs, what is the good of that? 17So faith by itself, if it has no works, is dead. The word of the Lord. Thanks be to God. We invite you to please stand

GOSPEL ACCLAMATION ( sung twice)

GOSPEL: Mark 7:24-37 The holy gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ according to Mark. Glory to you, O Lord.
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From there he set out and went away to the region of Tyre. He entered a house and did not want anyone to know he was there. Yet he could not escape notice, 25but a woman whose little daughter had an unclean spirit immediately heard about him, and she came and bowed down at his feet. 26Now the woman was a Gentile, of Syrophoenician origin. She begged him to cast the demon out of her daughter. 27He said to her, "Let the children be fed first, for it is not fair to take the children's food and throw it to the dogs." 28But she answered him, "Sir, even the dogs under the table eat the children's crumbs." 29Then he said to her, "For saying that, you may go the demon has left your daughter." 30So she went home, found the child lying on the bed, and the demon gone. 31 Then he returned from the region of Tyre, and went by way of Sidon towards the Sea of Galilee, in the region of the Decapolis. 32They brought to him a deaf man who had an impediment in his speech; and they begged him to lay his hand on him. 33He took him aside in private, away from the crowd, and put his fingers into his ears, and he spat and touched his tongue. 34Then looking up to heaven, he sighed and said to him, "Ephphatha," that is, "Be opened." 35And immediately his ears were opened, his tongue was released, and he spoke plainly. 36Then Jesus ordered them to tell no one; but the more he ordered them, the more

zealously they proclaimed it. 37They were astounded beyond measure, saying, "He has done everything well; he even makes the deaf to hear and the mute to speak." The gospel of the Lord. Praise to you, O Christ. Please be seated SERMON Pastor Charles Peterson Silence for reflection and then we invite you to stand as we sing:

Hear our prayers, faithful God, and renew us by your Spirit, that we may joyfully love and serve you and one another, through Jesus Christ, our Savior. Amen. Please stand as we greet each other in the peace of the risen Christ PEACE The peace of Christ be with you always. And also with you. Please be seated

HYMN OF THE DAY: The Church of Christ, in Every Age (ELW 729) ANNOUNCEMENTS APOSTLES CREED 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 OF INTERCESSION As disciples of Christ Jesus called to love and serve all people, let us pray for the church, those in need, and all of God's creation. We invite you to kneel or sit or as you are able: Each petition ends with: Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer. COMMISSIONING AND BLESSING OF TEACHERS AND MINSITERS OF EDUCATION Those being commissioned for ministry with children and youth gather with the leaders. The assisting minister addresses the assembly. A reading from First Corinthians. Now there are varieties of gifts, but the same Spirit; and there are varieties of services, but the same Lord; and there are varieties of activities, but it is the same God who activates all of them in everyone. To each is given the manifestation of the Spirit for the common good. (1 Cor. 12:4-7) A reading from Proverbs. Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not rely on your own insight. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths. (Prov. 3:5-6) The presiding minister addresses those being commissioned. Brothers and sisters, you have volunteered your time, your energy, and your gifts to the children, youth, and family ministries of this congregation. Will you offer your giftedness to this ministry in the confidence that it comes from God? Response: I will, and I ask God to help me. Will you carry out this ministry centered in Christ's call, striving to trust God as your guide and inspiration?

Response: I will, and I ask God to help me. Will you trust in God's care, seek to grow in love for those you serve, strive for excellence in your skills, and honor the gospel with a faithful life? Response: I will, and I ask God to help me. Those being commissioned face the assembly. The second leader addresses the assembly. People of Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church, will you claim these gifted people as those called by God to help carry out our congregation's teaching ministry to children, youth, adults, and families? Will you enthusiastically celebrate the work they do and commit yourselves to growth in knowledge of the love of God? We will, and we ask God to help us. The presiding minister continues. Let us pray. Gracious God, for Jesus' sake, empower these your servants in their ministry of education. Help them to teach faithfully, lead patiently, and guide confidently. Stir up in these servants the gift of your Holy Spirit: the spirit of wisdom and understanding, the spirit of counsel and might, the spirit of knowledge and fear of the Lord, the spirit of joy in your presence, both now and forever. Amen. People in the assembly may raise their hands in blessing as the presiding minister continues. Almighty God, who has given you the gifts and the will to do these things, graciously give you the strength and compassion to perform them. Amen.

OFFERTORY HYMN: As the Grains of Wheat (ELW 465)

OFFERING PRAYER God of all creation, all you have made is good, and your love endures forever. You bring forth bread from the earth and fruit from the vine. Nourish us with these gifts, that we might be for the world signs of your gracious presence in Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord. Amen.

ANTHEM AT THE OFFERING Will You Come and Follow Me? Bell We invite you to please stand and sing:

DIALOGUE

EUCHARISTIC PRAYER Holy, mighty, and merciful Lord, heaven and earth are full of your gloryPour out upon us the Spirit of your love, O Lord, and unite the wills of all who share this heavenly food, the body and blood of Jesus Christ, our Lord; to whom, with you and the Holy Spirit, be all honor and glory, now and forever. Amen. LORD'S PRAYER Make us bold, O merciful God, to address you as Abba as we pray: 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. FRACTURE AND INVITATION TO COMMUNION

PREFACE by the pastor HOLY, HOLY, HOLY (ELW 191)

God gives food to those who hunger. Come, be fed, be healed. Lutherans believe the true body and blood of Christ are really present in the Supper of our Lord under the form of bread and wine and are there distributed and received. All baptized persons are welcomed to Communion when they are visiting this congregation. If you wish to commune, please come forward to receive the body of our Lord Jesus Christ with your hands cupped. If you cannot or do not wish to commune you may come forward with your hands crossed over your chest for a blessing.

LAMB OF GOD Please sing all invocations.

BLESSING Know the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge, so that you may be filled with all the fullness of God. Almighty God, Father, + Son, and Holy Spirit, bless you now and forever. Amen. SENDING SONG The Spirit Sends Us Forth to Serve (ELW 551) DISMISSAL Go in peace. Remember the poor. Thanks be to God. POSTLUDE Chorale Fantasia on The Spirit Sends Us Forth to Serve Wells The flowers on the altar are given to the Glory of God and in honor of LeNan Empey on the occasion of her birthday. Presented by Roma and Ranger

COMMEMORATIONS FOR THE WEEK Sunday, September 9, 2012 Peter Claver, priest, missionary to Colombia, died 1654 Born into Spanish nobility, Claver became a Jesuit missionary, and served in present-day Colombia. His ministry was focused on the slaves that arrived there. He gave them food and medicine, learned their dialects, and taught them Christianity. Thursday, September 13 John Chrysostom, Bishop of Constantinople, died 407 John was a priest in Antioch and an outstanding preacher. His eloquence earned him the nickname "Chrysostom" ("golden mouth"). Appointed bishop of Constantinople, seat of the empire, he criticized corruption in the court. As a result, he was exiled by the empress. Friday, September 14 Holy Cross Day Helena, mother of Constantine, made a pilgrimage to the Holy Land and found what may be the actual site of Jesus' crucifixion. Her son built two churches there, and the dedication of one of them gave rise to this celebration of our Lord's victory on the cross. Sunday, September 16 Cyprian, Bishop of Carthage, martyr, died around 258 Cyprian served as a bishop during a time of great persecution of Christians. He insisted on receiving back those who had left the faith under duress. He also provided medical care during a severe epidemic.
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COMMUNION ANTHEM Jesu, meines Herzens Freud' J. S. Bach, from the Schemelli esangbuch
Jesus is my heart's delight; Precious Savior! He beheld my soul's sad plight; Precious Savior! Gave me strength and hope so bright; Precious Savior! Jesus, Precious Savior!

We invite you to stand PRAYER AFTER COMMUNION O God, we give you thanks that you have set before us this feast, the body and blood of your Son. By your Spirit strengthen us to serve all in need and to give ourselves away as bread for the hungry, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.