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Seventeenth Sunday after Pentecost

September 19, 2021

Confession and Forgiveness

Blessed be the holy Trinity, ☩ one God,
whose teaching is life,
whose presence is sure,
and whose love is endless.
Let us confess our sins to the one who welcomes us with an open heart.
Silence is kept for reflection.

God our comforter:
like lost sheep, we have gone astray.
We gaze upon abundance and see scarcity.
We turn our faces away from injustice and oppression.
We exploit the earth with our apathy and greed.
Free us from our sin, gracious God.
Listen when we call out to you for help.
Lead us by your love to love our neighbors as ourselves.
All have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.
By the gift of grace in ☩ Christ Jesus, God makes you righteous.
Receive with glad hearts the forgiveness of all your sins.

Prayer of the Day

O God,
our teacher and guide,
you draw us to yourself and welcome us as beloved children.
Help us to lay aside all envy and selfish ambition,
that we may walk in your ways of wisdom and understanding
as servants of your Son, Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord.
Jeremiah 11:18-20
 18It was the Lord who made it known to me, and I knew;
  then you showed me their evil deeds.
 19But I was like a gentle lamb
  led to the slaughter.
 And I did not know it was against me
  that they devised schemes, saying,
 “Let us destroy the tree with its fruit,
  let us cut him off from the land of the living,
  so that his name will no longer be remembered!”
 20But you, O Lord of hosts, who judge righteously,
  who try the heart and the mind,
 let me see your retribution upon them,
  for to you I have committed my cause.
Psalm 54
 1Save me, O God, by your name;
  in your might, defend my cause.
 2Hear my prayer, O God;
  give ear to the words of my mouth.
 3For strangers have risen up against me, and the ruthless have sought my life,
  those who have no regard for God.
 4Behold, God is my helper;
  it is the Lord who sustains my life.
 5Render evil to those who spy on me;
  in your faithfulness, destroy them.
 6I will offer you a freewill sacrifice
  and praise your name, O Lord, for it is good.
 7For you have rescued me from every trouble,
  and my eye looks down on my enemies.
James 3:13--4:3, 7-8a
13Who is wise and understanding among you? Show by your good life that your works are done with gentleness born of wisdom. 14But if you have bitter envy and selfish ambition in your hearts, do not be boastful and false to the truth. 15Such wisdom does not come down from above, but is earthly, unspiritual, devilish. 16For where there is envy and selfish ambition, there will also be disorder and wickedness of every kind. 17But the wisdom from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, willing to yield, full of mercy and good fruits, without a trace of partiality or hypocrisy. 18And a harvest of righteousness is sown in peace for those who make peace.
 4:1Those conflicts and disputes among you, where do they come from? Do they not come from your cravings that are at war within you? 2You want something and do not have it; so you commit murder. And you covet something and cannot obtain it; so you engage in disputes and conflicts. You do not have, because you do not ask. 3You ask and do not receive, because you ask wrongly, in order to spend what you get on your pleasures. 7Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and the devil will flee from you. 8aDraw near to God, and God will draw near to you.
Gospel Reading: Mark 9:30-37
30[Jesus and the disciples went on] and passed through Galilee. He did not want anyone to know it;31for he was teaching his disciples, saying to them, “The Son of Man is to be betrayed into human hands, and they will kill him, and three days after being killed, he will rise again.” 32But they did not understand what he was saying and were afraid to ask him.
  33Then they came to Capernaum; and when he was in the house he asked them, “What were you arguing about on the way?” 34But they were silent, for on the way they had argued with one another who was the greatest. 35He sat down, called the twelve, and said to them, “Whoever wants to be first must be last of all and servant of all.” 36Then he took a little child and put it among them; and taking it in his arms, he said to them, 37“Whoever welcomes one such child in my name welcomes me, and whoever welcomes me welcomes not me but the one who sent me.”

Prayers of Intercession

Made children and heirs of God’s promise, we pray for the church, the world, and all in need.

Hover your cursor over each prayer as you’re ready.

God of community,

we pray for the church around the world. Unite us in our love for you. Help us overcome our divisions, that we are encouraged to work together for your sake.

Lord, in your mercy,
hear our prayer.

God of creation,

we pray for this hurting earth. Awaken in us a new desire to care for this world and empower us to support agencies, organizations, and individual efforts to heal our environment.

Lord, in your mercy,
hear our prayer.

God of cooperation,

we pray for nations of the world embroiled in conflict (especially). Inspire leaders to listen to each other and work towards peaceful solutions to disagreements. Protect the vulnerable, especially children, who cannot find safety in their home or country.

Lord, in your mercy,
hear our prayer.

God of comfort,

we pray for all who live with mental or physical illness. Help them find appropriate care. Bring healing and wholeness when the path forward seems bleak.

Lord, in your mercy,
hear our prayer.

God of compassion,

we pray for the young people of this congregation. Renew in us your call to welcome the children in our midst. As they grow, strengthen their faith and our commitment to them.

Lord, in your mercy,
hear our prayer.

God of consolation,

we give you thanks for our loved ones who have died and pray for all who grieve today (especially). Shine your grace on all your saints.

Lord, in your mercy,
hear our prayer.

Receive these prayers, O God, and those in our hearts known only to you; through Jesus Christ our Lord.



Offering Prayer

God of abundance,
you cause streams to break forth in the desert
and manna to rain from the heavens.
Accept the gifts you have first given us.
Unite them with the offering of our lives
to nourish the world you love so dearly;
through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord.


People of God,
you are Christ’s body,
bringing new life to a suffering world.
The holy Trinity, ☩ one God,
bless you now and forever.

Liturgy text and NRSV Bible Readings From Sundays and Copyright 2021 Augsburg Fortress. All rights reserved. Reprinted by permission under Augsburg Fortress Liturgies Annual License #SAS103558
Anguish, Schenk, August Friedrich.
King David, Peter Paul Rubens, 1577-1640.
Wisdom of the Universe, Belcourt, Christi.
Christ Blessing the Children, Cranach, Lucas, 1472-1553.,_Frankfurt_am_Main,_St%C3%A4del_Museum.jpg.
from Art in the Christian Tradition, a project of the Vanderbilt Divinity Library, Nashville, TN.