Nineteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time C, August 7, 2016

Isaiah 1:1, 10-20
Psalm 50:1-8, 22-23
Hebrews 11:1-3, 8-16
Luke 12:32-40

CALL TO WORSHIP
One: The mighty one, God the LORD, speaks and summons the earth from the rising of the sun to its setting.
All: We wait for the Lord. We wait for the summons. 
One: We hear your commands: cease to do evil, learn to do good; seek justice, rescue the oppressed, defend the orphan, plead for the widow.
All: We pray that we are ready and willing whenever we are called upon to follow you. 
One: Faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen.
All: May we today be ready in faith to make way for the indwelling of our God here and all around us. 

OPENING PRAYER
Gracious God, we hear the words ringing: wait for the Lord whose day is near. Wait for the Lord – be strong, take heart. Today may we have patience. May we wait for your calling to us be it heard today or seemingly forever from now. May we have faith, though paths and journies may not yet be seen, that your way for us exists and brings more peace and justice than we could ever imagine. Amen. 

CALL TO CONFESSION
Scripture says “Come now, let us argue it out, says the LORD: though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be like snow; though they are red like crimson, they shall become like wool. If you are willing and obedient, you shall eat the good of the land.” Let us now be willing and obedient to out Lord, confessing our sins. 

PRAYER OF CONFESSION

O Holy One, we are not ready. We squander what you give to us, are caught up in distracting idols, and are convinced that you didn’t really mean it when you told us to seek justice and rescue the oppressed. We are not clean. We can not wash our evil away without you. Forgive us, we pray, and help us return you you. Please. Amen. 

ASSURANCE OF PARDON
“Wash yourselves; make yourselves clean; remove the evil of your doings from before my eyes; cease to do evil, learn to do good; seek justice, rescue the oppressed, defend the orphan, plead for the widow.” In the name of Jesus Christ you are forgiven. Go forth and sin no more. Alleluia. Amen. 

CALL FOR THE OFFERING
We are part of something so much bigger than ourselves, and we must trust that everything we can bring forward will indeed become part of God’s will. Let us with great faith and thanksgiving bring forth our tithes and offerings. 

PRAYER OF DEDICATION
Gracious God, we give back only in part from the abundance you give us, but may all from our hands and ourselves go to expectantly serving you and your will. Amen. 

INVITATION TO THE TABLE
Before this table we stand knowing precisely what to expect and yet having no clue. We are here with our Savior who was calm and collected, loving and companionate, irate and angry. We are here at the table of our fiercest companion and mentor and guide. Here you are fully beloved. Come to this table spread for us by our Savior. Come, be nourished, and find overwhelming wholeness. Come. 

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