Sixth Sunday after Pentecost — July 12, 2020


Today’s Theme for Worship: There are costs and rewards that come with discipleship.


Opening Hymn: 463  Jesus Calls Us O’er the Tumult

1  Jesus calls us o’er the tumult

Of our life’s wild, restless sea;

Day by day his voice invites us,

Saying, “Christian, follow me!”


2  As the first disciples heard it

By the Galilean lake,

Turned from home and toil and kindred,

Leaving all for his dear sake.


3  Jesus calls us from the worship

Of the vain world’s golden store,

From each idol that would keep us,

Saying, “Christian, love me more.”


4  In our joys and in our sorrows,

Days of toil and hours of ease,

Still he calls, in cares and pleasures,

“Christian, love me more than these.”


5  Jesus calls us! In your mercy,

Savior, help us hear your call;

Give our hearts to your obedience,

Serve and love you best of all!


Text: Cecil F. Alexander, 1818-95, alt.


P: The grace of our Lord + Jesus Christ and the love of God and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you.

C: And also with you.


Confession of Sins

P: We have come into the presence of God, who created us to love and serve him as his dear children. But we have disobeyed him and deserve only his wrath and punishment. Therefore, let us confess our sins to him and plead for his mercy.

C: Merciful Father in heaven, I am altogether sinful from birth. In countless ways I have sinned against you and do not deserve to be called your child. But trusting in Jesus, my Savior, I pray: have mercy on me according to your unfailing love. Cleanse me from my sin, and take away my guilt.

P: God, our heavenly Father, has forgiven all your sins. By the perfect life and innocent death of our Lord Jesus Christ, he has removed your guilt forever. You are his own dear child. May God give you strength to live according to his will.

C: Amen.


P: In the peace of forgiveness, let us praise the Lord.


Oh Taste And See


Oh, taste and see that the Lord is good.

Bless-ed are they who take re-fuge in him.


Your Word, O Lord, is e-ter-nal;

it stands firm in the heav-ens.

Your faith-ful-ness con-tin-ues for-ev-er.


Oh, taste and see that the Lord is good.

Bless-ed are they who take re-fuge in him.



Prayer of the Day

P: Let us Pray.

O God, you have prepared joys beyond understanding for those who love you. Pour into our hearts such love for you that, loving you above all things, we may obtain your promises, which exceed all that we can desire; through Jesus Christ, your Son, our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.  C: Amen.


First Lesson: Jeremiah 28:5-9

Faithfulness to the LORD comes first, even if it means Jeremiah must prophesy disaster for his own people.

5Then the prophet Jeremiah replied to the prophet Hananiah in the presence of the priests and all the people who were standing in the House of the Lord. 6He said, “Amen! May the Lord do that! May the Lord fulfill the words you have prophesied and bring back the vessels of the Lord’s house, and may he bring all the exiles back from Babylon to this place. 7Nevertheless, listen now to what I have to say in your hearing and in the hearing of all the people. 8The prophets from ancient times, who came before you and me, prophesied war, famine, and plague against many countries and great kingdoms. 9As for the prophet who prophesies peace, only when the word of the prophet actually comes true will that prophet become known as someone whom the Lord has truly sent.”


Psalm of the Day: Psalm 89        



At the works of your hands, O Lord, I lift up my voice in song;

I sing for joy.


I will sing of the LORD’S great love forever;*

I will make your faithfulness known through all generations.


I will declare that your love stands firm forever,*

that you established your faithfulness in heaven itself.


The heavens praise your wonders, O LORD,*

your faithfulness too, in the assembly of the holy ones.



At the works of your hands, O Lord, I lift up my voice in song;

I sing for joy.


O LORD God Almighty, who is like you?*

You are mighty, O LORD, and your faithfulness surrounds you.


Blessed are those who have learned to acclaim you,*

who walk in the light of your presence, O LORD.


They rejoice in your name all day long;*

they exult in your righteousness.


Glory be to the Father and to the Son*

and to the Holy Spirit,

as it was in the beginning,*

is now, and will be forever. Amen.



At the works of your hands, O Lord, I lift up my voice in song;

I sing for joy.

Refrain Tune: Steven Warner. Originally published as Psalm 92 refrain in Psaltery. © 1983 Steven Warner. All rights reserved. Used by permission.

Second Lesson: Romans 6:1b-11

Jesus has won salvation for all. Through baptism we became participants in Christ’s death and resurrection. We have died to sin and have risen to live a new life in Christ.

Shall we keep on sinning so that grace may increase? 2Absolutely not! We died to sin. How can we go on living in it any longer? 3Or don’t you know that all of us who were baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death? 4We were therefore buried with him by this baptism into his death, so that just as he was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, we too would also walk in a new life.

5For if we have been united with him in the likeness of his death, we will certainly also be united with him in the likeness of his resurrection.

6We know that our old self was crucified with him, to make our sinful body powerless, so that we would not continue to serve sin. 7For the person who has died has been declared free from sin. 8And since we died with Christ, we believe that we will also live with him. 9We know that since Christ has been raised from the dead, he will never die again. Death no longer has control over him. 10For the death he died, he died to sin once and for all, but the life he lives, he lives to God. 11In the same way also consider yourselves dead to sin, but alive to God in Christ Jesus.  


Alleluia!  Alleluia!  Alleluia!

These words are written that we may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God.

Alleluia!  Alleluia!  Alleluia!


Gospel: Gospel: Matthew 10:34-42

There is a cost involved in following Jesus, from the hatred of an unbelieving family to the possible loss of life itself. Even greater rewards await the faithful.

34“Do not think that I came to bring peace to the earth. I did not come to bring peace, but a sword. 35For I came to turn a man against his father, a daughter against her mother, and a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law. 36A man’s enemies will be the members of his own household.

37“Whoever loves father or mother more than me is not worthy of me, and whoever loves son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me. 38Whoever does not take up his cross and follow me is not worthy of me. 39Whoever finds his life will lose it, and whoever loses his life for my sake will find it.

40“Whoever receives you receives me, and whoever receives me receives him who sent me. 41Whoever receives a prophet because he is a prophet will receive a prophet’s reward. Whoever receives a righteous man because he is a righteous man will receive a righteous man’s reward. 42Whoever gives one of these little ones even a cup of cold water to drink because he is my disciple—Amen I tell you—he will never lose his reward.”

C:  Praise be to you, O Christ!


Hymn of the Day: 453  Come, Follow Me, the Savior Spoke


1  Come, follow me,” the Savior spoke, “All in my way abiding.

Deny yourselves; the world forsake; Obey my call and guiding.

Oh, bear the cross, whate’er betide; Take my example for your guide.


2  I am the light; I light the way, A godly life displaying.

I bid you walk as in the day; I keep your feet from straying.

I am the way, and well I show How you should journey here below.


3  My heart abounds in lowliness, My soul with love is glowing,

And gracious words my lips express, With meekness overflowing.

My heart, my mind, my strength, my all To God I yield; on him I call.


4  I teach you how to shun and flee What harms your souls’ salvation,

Your hearts from ev’ry guile to free, From sin and its temptation.

I am the refuge of the soul And lead you to your heav’nly goal.”


5  Then let us follow Christ our Lord And take the cross appointed

And, firmly clinging to his Word, In suff’ring be undaunted.

For those who bear the battle’s strain The crown of heav’nly life obtain.


Text: Johann Scheffler, 1624-77, abr., st. 1-3, 5; Geistliche Lieder und Lobgesänge, 1695, st. 4;

tr. Charles W. Schaeffer, 1813-96, alt.



Sermon                                                      Romans 6:1b-11


Apostles’ Creed

I believe in God, the Father almighty, maker of heaven and earth.

I believe in Jesus Christ, his 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 into hell. The third day he rose again from the dead. He ascended into heaven and is seated at the right hand of God the Father almighty. From there he will come to judge the living and the dead.

I believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy Christian Church, the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and the life everlasting. Amen.


Offering Prayer


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Prayer of the Church



Lord’s Prayer

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. And 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



Hymn: 297  Baptized in Water


1  Baptized in water, Sealed by the Spirit,

Cleansed by the blood of Christ our King: Heirs of salvation,

Trusting his promise, Faithfully now God’s praise we sing.


2  Baptized in water, Sealed by the Spirit,

Dead in the tomb with Christ our King: One with his rising,

Freed and forgiven, Thankfully now God’s praise we sing.


3  Baptized in water, Sealed by the Spirit,

Marked with the sign of Christ our King: Born of one Father,

We are his children; Joyfully now God’s praise we sing.


Text: Michael Saward, b. 1932. © 1982 The Jubilate Group (admin. Hope Publishing Co.,

Carol Stream, IL 60188). All rights reserved. Used by permission.


Prayer and Blessing


P: O Lord God, our heavenly Father, pour out the Holy Spirit on your faithful people. Keep us strong in your grace and truth, protect and comfort us in all temptation, and bestow on us your saving peace, through Jesus Christ, our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.



P: Almighty God, we thank you for teaching us the things you want us to believe and do. Help us by your Holy Spirit to keep your Word in pure hearts that we may be strengthened in faith, guided in holiness, and comforted in life and in death, through Jesus Christ, our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.


C:  A-men.

P: Brothers and sisters, go in peace. Live in harmony with one another. Serve the Lord with gladness.

The Lord bless you and keep you.

The Lord make his face shine on you and be gracious to you.

The Lord look on you with favor and + give you peace.

C:  A-men, A-men, A-men



Closing Hymn: 555  For All Your Saints, O Lord


1  For all your saints, O Lord,

Who strove in you to live,

Who followed you, obeyed, adored,

Our grateful hymn receive.


2  For all your saints, O Lord,

Who strove in you to die,

Who counted you their great reward,

Accept our thankful cry.


3  They all in life and death,

With you, their Lord, in view,

Learned from your Holy Spirit’s breath

To suffer and to do.


4  For this your name we bless

And humbly pray anew

That we like them in holiness

May live and die in you.


Text: Richard Mant, 1776-1848, abr., alt.


Today’s Organist: Jack Vogel