St. Luke Evangelical Lutheran Church
Confession and Forgiveness
In the name of the Father, and of the ☩ Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen
In humility and faith we pray that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in our time of need.
Silence 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
May almighty God have mercy on us, forgive us our sins and bring us into everlasting life. Amen
Prayer of the Day
Let us pray.
Almighty God, we thank you for planting in us the seed of your word. By your Holy Spirit help us to receive it with joy, live according to it, and grow in faith and hope and love, through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord. Amen
First Reading: Isaiah 55:10-13
Psalm: Psalm 65:9-13
Second Reading: Romans 8:1-11
Gospel: Matthew 13:1-9, 18-23
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 the Church
Let us pray.
A brief silence is kept before the prayer.
Praise and thanks to you, holy God, for by your Word you made all things: you spoke light into the darkness, called forth beauty from chaos, and brought life into being. For your Word of life, O God, we give you thanks and praise.
By your Word you called your people Israel to tell of your wonderful gifts:
freedom from captivity, water on the desert journey, a pathway home from exile, wisdom for life, O God, we give you thanks and praise.
Through Jesus, your Word made flesh, you speak to us and call us to witness: forgiveness through the cross, life to those entombed by death, the way of your self-giving love. For your Word of life, O God, we give you thanks and praise.
Send your Spirit of truth, O God; rekindle your gifts within us: renew our faith, increase our hope, and deepen our love, for the sake of the world in need. Faithful to your Word, O God, draw near to all who call on you; through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord, to whom, with you and the Holy Spirit, be honor and glory forever. Amen
Lord, remember us in your kingdom, and teach us to 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
Almighty God, Father, ☩ Son, and Holy Spirit, bless us now and forever.
Be at Peace, Christ is with you. Thanks be to God!
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Linda Kuhn has been diagnosed with uterine cancer (stage 1). Surgery is being planned. Please pray for healing, strength and peace during this time of anticipation.
Vicki McKee is anticipating being discharged from WellSpan Chambersburg Hospital and entering palliative care at home.
For Charles Lamer Hollar, uncle of Venessa Hepfer, who has been diagnosed with cancer and is in hospice care at home.
+ Chester Egolf Walker died on July 1. Please continue to keep his wife, Linda Walker and their family in your prayers in this time of mourning. May the peace of comfort of resurrection faith be with them.
Randy and Gail Cox Prayers requested for continued healing and strength for Randy and for Gail. Gail is home and recovering from extensive neck surgery.
For Ed and Audrey Clancy as Ed deals with a growth in his lung, that they would know God's presence and strength.
Daily Prayer Resources are available, including simple forms of Morning, Evening, and Night Prayer; Responsive Prayer; and prayers for mealtimes and other occasions.
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