Prelude: Audrey Pickering, organ
Confession and Forgiveness
Pastor: Blessed be the holy Trinity, + one God, the God of manna, the God of miracles, the God of mercy.
P: Drawn to Christ and seeking God’s abundance, let us confess our sin.
Silence is kept for reflection.
P: God, Our Provider,
C: help us. We are reluctant to believe there is enough to share. We question your ways when they differ from the ways of the world in which we live. We turn to our own understanding rather than trusting in you. We take offense at your teachings and your ways. Turn us again to you. Share with us the words of eternal life and feed us for life in the world. Amen.
P: Beloved people of God: in Jesus, the manna from heaven, you are fed and nourished. By Jesus, the worker of miracles, there is always more than enough. Through Jesus, + the bread of life, you are shown God’s mercy: you are forgiven and loved into abundant life.
P: The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, the love of God, and the communion of the Holy Spirit be with you all.
C: And also with you.
Prayer of the Day
P: Let us pray. All-powerful God,
C: in Jesus Christ you turned death into life and defeat into victory. Increase our faith and trust in him, that we may triumph over all evil in the strength of the same Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord.
First Reading: Ezekiel 17:22-24
Thus says the Lord God: I myself will take a sprig from the lofty top of a cedar; I will set it out.
I will break off a tender one from the topmost of its young twigs; I myself will plant it on a high and lofty mountain.
On the mountain height of Israel I will plant it, in order that it may produce boughs and bear fruit, and become a noble cedar.
Under it every kind of bird will live; in the shade of its branches will nest winged creatures of every kind.
All the trees of the field shall know that I am the Lord.
I bring low the high tree, I make high the low tree;
I dry up the green tree and make the dry tree flourish.
I the Lord have spoken; I will accomplish it.
Psalm: Psalm 92: 1-4, 12-15
It is a good thing to give thanks to the LORD, to sing praise to your name, O Most High;
to herald your love in the morning and your faithfulness at night;
on the psaltery, and on the lyre, and to the melody of the harp.
For you have made me glad by your acts, O LORD; and I shout for joy because of the works of your hands.
The righteous shall flourish like a palm tree, and shall spread abroad like a cedar of Lebanon.
Those who are planted in the house of the LORD shall flourish in the courts of our God;
they shall still bear fruit in old age; they shall be green and succulent;
that they may show how upright the LORD is, my rock, in whom there is no injustice.
Second Reading: 2 Corinthians 5:6-17
So we are always confident; even though we know that while we are at home in the body we are away from the Lord—for we walk by faith, not by sight. Yes, we do have confidence, and we would rather be away from the body and at home with the Lord. So whether we are at home or away, we make it our aim to please him. For all of us must appear before the judgment seat of Christ, so that each may receive recompense for what has been done in the body, whether good or evil.
Therefore, knowing the fear of the Lord, we try to persuade others; but we ourselves are well known to God, and I hope that we are also well known to your consciences. We are not commending ourselves to you again, but giving you an opportunity to boast about us, so that you may be able to answer those who boast in outward appearance and not in the heart. For if we are beside ourselves, it is for God; if we are in our right mind, it is for you. For the love of Christ urges us on, because we are convinced that one has died for all; therefore all have died. And he died for all, so that those who live might live no longer for themselves, but for him who died and was raised for them.
From now on, therefore, we regard no one from a human point of view; even though we once knew Christ from a human point of view, we know him no longer in that way. So if anyone is in Christ, there is a new creation: everything old has passed away; see, everything has become new!
Gospel: Mark 4:26-34
P: The Holy Gospel according to Mark, the fourth chapter.
C: Glory to you, O Lord.
[Jesus] said, “The kingdom of God is as if someone would scatter seed on the ground,and would sleep and rise night and day, and the seed would sprout and grow, he does not know how. The earth produces of itself, first the stalk, then the head, then the full grain in the head. But when the grain is ripe, at once he goes in with his sickle, because the harvest has come.”
He also said, “With what can we compare the kingdom of God, or what parable will we use for it? It is like a mustard seed, which, when sown upon the ground, is the smallest of all the seeds on earth; yet when it is sown it grows up and becomes the greatest of all shrubs, and puts forth large branches, so that the birds of the air can make nests in its shade.”
With many such parables he spoke the word to them, as they were able to hear it; he did not speak to them except in parables, but he explained everything in private to his disciples.
P: This concludes the Gospel of Our Lord.
C: Praise to you, Oh Christ.
Sermon by Rev. Kevin Clark, Campus Pastor of Lutheran Campus Ministry at Kansas State
Hymn of the Day: "For the Fruit of All Creation" ELW #679
P: With the whole church, let us confess what we believe.
C: 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.
Prayers of the People
P: Lord, in your mercy,
C: hear our prayer.
Prayer requests: Viona Schmidt, Judy Lundberg, Kathleen Elser, Tara Truitt, Mike Hoover, Leon Spaeth, Steve Short, Peggy Dial, Rick Swango, Alan and Dina Luptak, Gerald Stucky, Beverly Fink, Jace Richardson, Nancy Westling, Sherrie Russell, Suzanne Barnes, Michael Henry and family
Prayers of comfort and consolation for the family of Greg Knittel and Susan James on the passing of Greg's father, and for the Nelson family on the passing of Grace Ayre.
Passing of the Peace
P: The Peace of Christ be with you always.
C: And also with you.
All people share a verbal sign of peace.
P: Let us pray.
C: God of love, you call us beloved children and welcome us to your table. Receive our lives and the gifts we offer. Abide with us and send us in service to a suffering world; for the sake of your beloved Child, Jesus Christ. Amen.
The Great Thanksgiving
P: It is indeed right... we praise your name and join their unending hymn:
Words of Institution
The Lord's Prayer
C: 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. 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.
Explanation of Holy Communion
All are welcome to God’s table. During this time when we are especially aware of safety, communion will be served as a dismissal. At the conclusion of the service, you are invited to receive Holy Communion in the narthex. Communion servers will offer you a tray, where you will pick up a cup of bread (gluten-free available), and a cup of wine or grape juice. Holy Communion elements have been prepared with attention to health and safety.
For any who do not feel comfortable receiving communion in person at the church, Pastor Liz is happy to do porch communion visits! Email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Communion Hymns: "I'm So Glad Jesus Lifted Me" ELW #465
"Come Ye Disconsolate" ELW #663
Blessing & Dismissal
P: May the Lord bless you and keep you. May God’s face shine on you with grace and with mercy. May the Lord look upon you with favor, and + give you peace.
P: Alleluia! Christ is risen!
C: Christ is risen indeed! Alleluia!
P: God nourishes us at the table to live as disciples. Go in peace, to love and serve the Lord.
C: Thanks be to God!