Be with us, O God, and be gracious with your needy servants. To you we bring the cares of our lives, the deepest yearnings of our souls. Strengthen us, we pray, by the healing balm of your love and the steadfast guidance of your teachings. We lift up our hands and open our hearts to embrace your transforming love. Amen.
Prayer of Confession
Good and Gracious God – we come unto you – and we lift up our burdens to you – our worry; our anxiety; our fear; our tiredness; our pain – and we ask that you would remove them from us. Put in their place your burden and your yoke. Help us to learn from you and to rejoice in you and to serve you that we may find the rest that you have promised. Bless and sustain us in Christ’s spirit and love, for it is in His name that we pray. Amen.
Old Testament Lesson: Deuteronomy 11: 8-9; 13-15; 19-21 NRSV (source)
Keep, then, this entire commandment that I am commanding you today, so that you may have strength to go in and occupy the land that you are crossing over to occupy, and so that you may live long in the land that the Lord swore to your ancestors to give them and to their descendants, a land flowing with milk and honey.
If you will only heed his every commandment that I am commanding you today—loving the Lord your God, and serving him with all your heart and with all your soul— then he will give the rain for your land in its season, the early rain and the later rain, and you will gather in your grain, your wine, and your oil; and he will give grass in your fields for your livestock, and you will eat your fill.
Teach them to your children, talking about them when you are at home and when you are away, when you lie down and when you rise. Write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates, so that your days and the days of your children may be multiplied in the land that the Lord swore to your ancestors to give them, as long as the heavens are above the earth.
Psalter Lesson: Psalm 37: 1-11; 39-40 NRSV (source)
Do not fret because of the wicked; do not be envious of wrongdoers, for they will soon fade like the grass, and wither like the green herb. Trust in the Lord, and do good; so you will live in the land, and enjoy security. Take delight in the Lord, and he will give you the desires of your heart.
Commit your way to the Lord; trust in him, and he will act. He will make your vindication shine like the light, and the justice of your cause like the noonday. Be still before the Lord, and wait patiently for him; do not fret over those who prosper in their way, over those who carry out evil devices. Refrain from anger, and forsake wrath. Do not fret—it leads only to evil. For the wicked shall be cut off, but those who wait for the Lord shall inherit the land. Yet a little while, and the wicked will be no more; though you look diligently for their place, they will not be there. But the meek shall inherit the land, and delight themselves in abundant prosperity. The salvation of the righteous is from the Lord; he is their refuge in the time of trouble. The Lord helps them and rescues them; he rescues them from the wicked, and saves them, because they take refuge in him.
- No. 289 – O God of Every Nation
- No. 280 – Amazing Grace, How Sweet the Sound
- No. 430 – Come Sing, O Church, in Joy!
Special performance from the Children’s Choir
“Endure the ‘Spin Cycle’ of Life” – Rev. Scott G. Loomer