This Week in Worship

August 20, 2017  11th Sunday After Pentecost

Prayer of the Day

God of all peoples, your arms reach out to embrace all those who call upon you. Teach us as
disciples of your Son to love the world with compassion and constancy, that your name may be
known throughout the earth, through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord. Amen.

  • Genesis 45:1-15 Joseph reconciles with his brothers
  • Psalm 133 How good and pleasant it is to live together in unity. (Ps. 133:1)
  • Romans 11:1-2a, 29-32 God’s mercy to all, Jew and Gentile
  • Matthew 15:10-28 The healing of the Canaanite woman’s daughter
  • Jesus called the crowd to him and said to them, “Listen and understand: it is not what goes into the mouth that defiles a person, but it is what comes out of the mouth that defiles.” Then the disciples approached and said to him, “Do you know that the Pharisees took offense when they heard what you said?” He answered, “Every plant that my heavenly Father has not planted will be uprooted. Let them alone; they are blind guides of the blind. And if one blind person guides another, both will fall into a pit.” But Peter said to him, “Explain this parable to us.” Then he said, “Are you also still without understanding? Do you not see that whatever goes into the mouth enters the stomach, and goes out into the sewer? But what comes out of the mouth proceeds from the heart, and this is what defiles. For out of the heart come evil intentions, murder, adultery, fornication, theft, false witness, slander. These are what defile a person, but to eat with unwashed hands does not defile.”Jesus left that place and went away to the district of Tyre and Sidon. Just then a Canaanite
    woman from that region came out and started shouting, “Have mercy on me, Lord, Son of
    David; my daughter is tormented by a demon.” But he did not answer her at all. And his
    disciples came and urged him, saying, “Send her away, for she keeps shouting after us.” He
    answered, “I was sent only to the lost sheep of the house of Israel.” But she came and knelt
    before him, saying, “Lord, help me.” He answered, “It is not fair to take the children’s food and throw it to the dogs.” She said, “Yes, Lord, yet even the dogs eat the crumbs that fall from their masters’ table.” Then Jesus answered her, “Woman, great is your faith! Let it be done for you as you wish.” And her daughter was healed instantly.
  • Worship Leaders
  • Presiding Minister  Pastor Steven Wilco
  • Assisting Minister: Jack Stebbins
  • Guest Pianist: Michael Peterson
  • Readers: Julie Brigham-Grette, Marvin Daehler
  • Communion AssistantsJack Stebbins, Julie Brigham-Grette
  • Greeter: Pam Juengling
  • Ushers: Howard and Yvonne Nicholson
  • Altar Guild: Julie Brigham-Grette
  • Coffee Hour: Roger Fontaine, Regi Ward, Bret Perkins
  • Hymns and Music for Worship
  • Processional Hymn: ELW #651 “Oh, Praise the Gracious Power”
  • Hymn of the Day:   ELW #588 “There’s A Widness in God Mercy”
  • Communion Hymn: ELW #462 “Now We Join In Celebration”
  • Sending Hymn: ELW #650 “In Christ There is now East or West”