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~LITURGIST~

One: ​The grace of our Redeemer Jesus Christ be with all of you.
All: And also with you.
One: ​Let us pray.

One:​ God of embracing love,


gather us under the wings of your love,
even as Jesus longed to gather Jerusalem
into the arms of his love.
Send your Holy Spirit into our worship this day,
that we may be strengthen for the time ahead,
as we seek to walk faithfully with Christ
all the way to the cross.
Be our light and our salvation,
that we may live in your presence
and walk in your ways
all the days of our lives. Amen.
All: Amen.

~please be seated~

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~LITURGIST~
One​: If we say we have no sin,
we deceive ourselves,
and the truth is not in us.
But when we confess our sins,
God who is faithful and just
will forgive us our sins
and cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
Trusting in God’s grace,
let us confess our sin.
—silent personal reflection—
One: ​Have mercy on us, O God,
according to your steadfast love;
according to your abundant mercy
blot out our transgressions.
All: In your abundant love and mercy,
forgive us, O God.
One: ​For we know our transgressions,
and our sin is ever before us.
All: In your abundant love and mercy,
forgive us, O God.
One: ​Against you, you alone, have we sinned,
and done what is evil in your sigh.
All: In your abundant love and mercy,
forgive us, O God.
One: ​Create in us a clean heart, O God!
Place a new and right spirit within us!
Through Jesus Christ our Lord.
All: Amen.
One: ​Christ’s desire is to gather us together,
as a mother hen gathers her brood under her wing.
Be strong; take heart,
for God’s love and mercy pursue us,
even in the darkest night.
All: In Jesus Christ we are forgiven. Thanks be to God.
~Please stand, all who are able, and sing~

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~LITURGIST~
Prayer for Illumination
NOT ON PPT

O God, whom no image can encompass, no definition encircle,


and yet who meets us in the gentle touch of love,
the beauty of a butterfly's wing,
and the laughter of children,
help us to move beyond our attempts to limit You,
intellectualize You,
or to eliminate You from all that is earthy, sensuous, or vibrant,
so that we may greet You in every particle of this spectacular universe
which You are creating.
Amen.

~please be seated~
Contemporary Reading
The fox or the hen?
Magdalena I. Garcia

***ON PPT***
nocturnal animal
that stalks his prey
with stealth and patience;
solitary hunter
that pursues his target
with agility and dexterity;
sneaky strategist
who outsmarts his enemy
with malice and snares;
enter Herod into the scene

diurnal creature
that broods over her eggs
with dedication and care;

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gregarious protector
that guards her chicks
with loyalty and courage;
trustworthy teacher
who calls her young
with generosity and persistence;
enter Jesus into the scene

and centuries later


the script hasn’t changed:
the fox still threatens
and the hen defends
be it in Jerusalem
or half way across the world
while the chicks run scared
seeking shelter, trying to survive
and repeatedly face
rejection, displacement and abuses
both from the left and the right;
so the question that remains
is not if the nature of the characters
can ever be changed,
but whether the church
in its discourse and its life
will embody either the fox or the hen

~Please stand, all who are able, and sing~

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One: Glory and praise to you, Lord Jesus Christ.
All: Glory and praise to you, Lord Jesus Christ.
One: One does not live by bread alone,
but by the words that come from God’s mouth.
All: Glory and praise to you, Lord Jesus Christ.
Glory and praise to you, Lord Jesus Christ.

Reader: ​Hear the Gospel of Christ according to Luke.


All: Be a lamp to my feet.

Gospel Reading
Luke 13:31-35
***ON PPT***

At that very hour some Pharisees came and said to Jesus,


“Get away from here, for Herod wants to kill you.”
He said to them,
“Go and tell that fox for me,
‘Listen, I am casting out demons and performing cures today and
tomorrow,
and on the third day I finish my work.
Yet today, tomorrow, and the next day I must be on my way,
because it is impossible for a prophet to be killed outside of Jerusalem.’
Jerusalem, Jerusalem,
the city that kills the prophets and stones those who are sent to it!
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How often have I desired to gather your children together as a hen gathers
her brood under her wings,
and you were not willing!
See, your house is left to you.
And I tell you,
you will not see me until the time comes when you say,
‘Blessed is the one who comes in the name of God.’”

Reader: ​This is the Gospel of Christ.


All: Be a light for my path.
~please be seated~

Sermon
Rev. Andrew Schwiebert

~Please stand, all who are able, and sing~

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~LITURGIST~
One: ​You, O God, are supreme and holy.
All: You create our world and give us life.
Your purpose overarches everything we do.
You have always been with us.
You are God.
One: ​You, O God, are infinitely generous,
good beyond all measure.
All: You came to us before we came to you.
You have revealed and proved
your love for us in Jesus Christ,
who lived and died and rose again.
You are with us now.
You are God.
One: ​You, O God, are Holy Spirit.
All: You empower us to be your gospel in the world.
You reconcile and heal; you overcome death.

You are our God. We worship you.


Amen.
~sung by all~

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