Holy Spirit of God, who gathers the church into one body, gather us once again in your presence and strengthen the bonds of affection that hold your people together. Bless us with grace to cooperate with one another in love and service that we may be the signs of your uniting love to our world. In Jesus name we pray. Amen.
Prayer of Confession:
Have mercy upon us, O God, according to your loving-kindness: according to the multitude of your tender mercies, blot out our transgressions. Wash us thoroughly of our iniquities, and cleanse us from all wrong-doing. For we acknowledge our transgressions: and our sin is ever before us. Create in us clean hearts, O God: and renew a right spirit within us. Cast us not away from your presence; and take not your Holy Spirit from us. In Christ Jesus we pray. Amen.
Old Testament Lesson: Isaiah 32:14-18 NRSV (source)
For the palace will be forsaken, the populous city deserted; the hill and the watchtower will become dens forever, the joy of wild asses, a pasture for flocks; until a spirit from on high is poured out on us, and the wilderness becomes a fruitful field, and the fruitful field is deemed a forest. Then justice will dwell in the wilderness, and righteousness abide in the fruitful field. The effect of righteousness will be peace, and the result of righteousness, quietness and trust forever. My people will abide in a peaceful habitation, in secure dwellings, and in quiet resting places.
Gospel Lesson: Matthew 7:24-29 NRSV (source)
“Everyone then who hears these words of mine and acts on them will be like a wise man who built his house on rock. The rain fell, the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house, but it did not fall, because it had been founded on rock. And everyone who hears these words of mine and does not act on them will be like a foolish man who built his house on sand. The rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell—and great was its fall!” Now when Jesus had finished saying these things, the crowds were astounded at his teaching, for he taught them as one having authority, and not as their scribes.
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“Faith as a Trauma Center: Listen – Accept – Affirm” – Rev. Scott G. Loomer