Welcome to this place: where children and seasoned citizens sit side by side, where heaven and earth embrace in peace, where God has been, is, and always will be. Welcome to this place, as we gather with all of God’s children: where we find God’s love, where we hear the tender voice of Jesus, where the Spirit teaches us new songs. Welcome to this place, where all is made ready by our God.
Prayer of Confession:
Good and Gracious Lord Jesus, who did give your life for us, that we might receive divine pardon and peace: mercifully cleanse us from all wrong-doing, and evermore keep us in your favor and love. It is you who lives and reigns, now and forever, even as we share in one faith, one Lord, and one baptism, world without end. Amen.
Old Testament Lesson: Deuteronomy 6: 1-9 NRSV (source)
Now this is the commandment—the statutes and the ordinances—that the Lord your God charged me to teach you to observe in the land that you are about to cross into and occupy, so that you and your children and your children’s children, may fear the Lord your God all the days of your life, and keep all his decrees and his commandments that I am commanding you, so that your days may be long. Hear therefore, O Israel, and observe them diligently, so that it may go well with you, and so that you may multiply greatly in a land flowing with milk and honey, as the Lord, the God of your ancestors, has promised you.
Hear, O Israel: The Lord is our God, the Lord alone. You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your might. Keep these words that I am commanding you today in your heart. Recite them to your children and talk about them when you are at home and when you are away, when you lie down and when you rise. Bind them as a sign on your hand, fix them as an emblem on your forehead, and write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates.
New Testament Lesson: Ephesians 6: 1-4 NRSV (source)
Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right. “Honor your father and mother” —this is the first commandment with a promise: “so that it may be well with you and you may live long on the earth.” And, fathers, do not provoke your children to anger, but bring them up in the discipline and instruction of the Lord.
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- No. 514 – Let Us Talents and Tongues Employ
“The Home as Seminary” – Rev. Scott G. Loomer
The Sacrament of Holy Communion