Fifteenth Sunday of Ordinary Time C, July 10, 2016

Amos 7:7-17
Psalm 82
Colossians 1: 1-14
Luke 10: 25-37

One: We gather to worship and are reminded of God’s will for us.
All: “Give justice to the weak and the orphan; maintain the right of the lowly and the destitute.”
One: We come to be reminded of whose we are and who else is loved. 
All: “Rescue the weak and the needy; deliver them from the hand of the wicked.”
One: We come to be with our neighbor and to go out ministering to other neighbors. 
All: Today let us lift up high our voices to the One who will save us from ourselves. 

Gracious God, you have much to say today. You are really hitting home who you have called us to be and what we are to do. In this incredibly fractured world, help us ever better understand how we can be your healers, your repairers, and your justice-seekers.  Help us learn today what your definition of “neighborly” is and how to live in your beautiful neighborhood.

We are crumbling and broken. Let us come before the Master Carpenter to be put back together. Let us confess our sins. 

Merciful Savior, before you we stand crooked, falling down and crumbling. We are unworthy of your neighborhood, ignoring those who are loved dearly by you. We walk by those in need and ignore your servants when they just don’t look right, are the wrong color or religion, or are from the wrong place. We write off so many who show us the glory of the diversity of your creation, created in your image. Set our plum lines straight, O God. Forgive us our failings, and again teach us your ways of justice and righteousness. Amen.

Dear ones, you are enough. You were created as an exquisite part of creation, and you are meant to lift up and support others. In the name of Jesus Christ I declare to you that your sins are forgiven. Now go live into the new life, love, and relationships that come with that assurance. 

The Good Samaratin put his money to use caring for one who was weak and needy. He gave to revive the life of another. Let us similarly follow suit today. Let us bring forth our tithes and offerings. 

O God, we dedicate these humble offerings from our pockets and of ourselves to do your will. May they lift up the downtrodden, love the forgotten and strengthen the weak. All these things we ask in your Son’s name. Amen. 

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