Worship & Devotions

Mary, Mother of Our Lord

12th Sunday after Pentecost

Sunday Worship

In the Season of Pentecost

August 15th, 2021



PRELUDE    Meditation on “Gabriel’s Message”                                      arr. David Lasky 



P      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.

C      Amen.



P      Almighty God, to whom all hearts are open, all desires known, and from whom no secrets are hid: Cleanse the thoughts of our hearts by the inspiration of your Holy Spirit, that we may perfectly love you and worthily magnify your holy name, through Jesus Christ our Lord.

C      Amen.

P      If we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. But if we confess our sins, God who is faithful and just will forgive our sins and cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

Silence for reflection and self-examination.

P      Most merciful God,

C      we confess that we are in bondage to sin and cannot free ourselves. We have sinned against you in thought, word, and deed, by what we have done and by what we have left undone. We have not loved you with our whole heart; we have not loved our neighbors as ourselves. For the sake of your Son, Jesus Christ, have mercy on us. Forgive us, renew us, and lead us, so that we may delight in your will and walk in your ways, to the glory of your holy name. Amen.

P      Almighty God, in his mercy, has given his Son to die for us and, for his sake, forgives us all our sins. As a called and ordained minister of the Church of Christ, and by his authority, I therefore declare to you the entire forgiveness of all your sins, in the name of the Father, and of the ☩Son, and of the Holy Spirit.

C       Amen.

HYMN           Ye Watchers and Ye Holy Ones        (LBW #175)     vss. 1 & 4

Ye watchers and ye holy ones,

bright seraphs, cherubim, and thrones,

Raise the glad strain:  “Alleluia!”

Cry out, dominions, princedoms, pow’rs,

Archangels, virtues, angel choirs: 

“Alleluia!  Alleluia!” Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia!

O friends, in gladness let us sing,

supernal anthems echoing: 

“Alleluia!  Alleluia!” 

To God the Father, God the Son,

And God the Spirit, Three in One: 

“Alleluia!  Alleluia!” Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia!

P   The Grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, the love of God

      and the Communion of the Holy Spirit be with you all.

C    And also with you.

KYRIE           A  - Sung by Assisting Cantor    C – Spoken by All

A      In peace, let us pray to the Lord.

C      Lord, have mercy.

A      For the peace from above, and for our salvation,

          let us pray to the Lord.

C      Lord, have mercy.

A      For the peace of the whole world. For the well-being of the

         Church of God, and for the unity of all, let us pray to the Lord.

C      Lord, have mercy.

A    For this holy house, and for all who offer here their worship

       and praise, let us pray to the Lord.

C      Lord, have mercy.

A      Help, save, comfort, and defend us, gracious Lord.

C      Amen.


                A  - Sung by Assisting Cantor    C – Spoken by All

A    Listen! You nations of the world: listen to the Word of the Lord. Announce it from coast to coast; declare it to distant islands.

C    The Lord who scattered Israel will gather his people again; and he will keep watch over them as a shepherd watches his flock.

A    Listen! You nations of the world: listen to the Word of the Lord. Announce it from coast to coast; declare it to distant islands.

C    With shouts of joy they will come, their faces radiantly happy, for the Lord is so generous to them; he showers his people with gifts.

A    Listen! You nations of the world: listen to the Word of the Lord. Announce it from coast to coast; declare it to distant islands.

C    Young women will dance for joy, and men young and old will make merry. Like a garden refreshed by the rain, they will never be in want again. Break into shouts of great joy; Jacob is free again! Teach nations to sing the song: “The Lord has saved his people!”


P      The Lord be with you.

C      And also with you.

P    Let us pray

C    Almighty God, in choosing the virgin Mary to be the mother of your Son, you made known your gracious regard for the poor, the lowly, and the despised. Grant us grace to receive your word in humility, and so to be made one with your Son, Jesus Christ our Savior and   Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.  Amen.

FIRST READING                                                                                                Isaiah 61: 7-11

Because the shame of God’s people was double,
  and dishonor was proclaimed as their lot,
therefore they shall possess a double portion;
  everlasting joy shall be theirs.
For I the Lord love justice,
  I hate robbery and wrongdoing;

I will faithfully give them their recompense,
  and I will make an everlasting covenant with them.
Their descendants shall be known among the nations,
  and their offspring among the peoples;
all who see them shall acknowledge
  that they are a people whom the Lord has blessed.
I will greatly rejoice in the Lord,
  my whole being shall exult in my God;
for he has clothed me with the garments of salvation,
  he has covered me with the robe of righteousness,
as a bridegroom decks himself with a garland,
  and as a bride adorns herself with her jewels.
For as the earth brings forth its shoots,
  and as a garden causes what is sown in it to spring up,
so the Lord God will cause righteousness and praise
  to spring up before all the nations.

L       The Word of the Lord        

C      Thanks be to God.

PSALM 34:1-9                                                     Read responsively by whole verse

I will bless the Lord at all times;
the praise of God shall ever be in my mouth.
              I will glory in the Lord;
              let the lowly hear and rejoice.

Proclaim with me the greatness of the Lord;
let us exalt God’s name together.
              I sought the Lord, who answered me
          and delivered me from all my terrors. 

Look upon the Lord and be radiant,
and let not your faces be ashamed.
              I called in my affliction, and the Lord heard me
          and saved me from all my troubles.

The angel of the Lord encamps around those

who fear the Lord and delivers them.
              Taste and see that the Lord is good;
          happy are they who take refuge in God!

Fear the Lord, you saints of the Lord,
for those who fear the Lord lack nothing. 

SECOND READING                                                                                       Galatians 4: 4-7

        When the fullness of time had come, God sent his Son, born of a woman, born under the law, in order to redeem those who were under the law, so that we might receive adoption as children. And because you are children, God has sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, crying, “Abba! Father!” So you are no longer a slave but a child, and if a child then also an heir, through God.

L       The Word of the Lord        

C      Thanks be to God.

GOSPEL ACCLAMATION                                                         Sung by Trinity Choir

            Alleluia. Lord, to whom shall we go?

           You have the words of eternal life. Alleluia.  

GOSPEL READING                                                                                                Luke 1: 46-55

P       The Holy Gospel according to the 1st chapter of St. Luke

C      Glory to you, O Lord.

Mary said,
“My soul magnifies the Lord,
  and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior,
for he has looked with favor on the lowliness of his servant.
  Surely, from now on all generations will call me blessed;
for the Mighty One has done great things for me,
  and holy is his name.
His mercy is for those who fear him
  from generation to generation.
He has shown strength with his arm;
  he has scattered the proud in the thoughts of their hearts.
He has brought down the powerful from their thrones,
  and lifted up the lowly;
he has filled the hungry with good things,
  and sent the rich away empty.
He has helped his servant Israel,
  in remembrance of his mercy,
according to the promise he made to our ancestors,
  to Abraham and to his descendants forever.”

P       The Gospel of our Lord

C      Praise to you, O Christ.


MUSIC OF THE DAY                                             

    Let All Mortal Flesh Keep Silence                         Trinity Choir with TrebleBells   


P       Living together in trust and hope we confess our faith.

C      I believe in God, the Father almighty,

           creator of heaven and earth.

         I believe in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord.

             He was conceived by the power of the

                Holy Spirit and born of the virgin Mary.

                He suffered under Pontius Pilate,

                was crucified, died, and was buried.
             He descended into hell.
             On the third day he rose again.
             He ascended into heaven, and is seated

                at the right hand of the Father.
             He will come again to judge

                the living and the dead.

        I believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy catholic Church,

             the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins,
             the resurrection of the body, and the life everlasting. Amen.


P      The peace of the Lord be with you always.

C      And also with you.

PRAYER OF INTERCESSION                                                                                                      

P    Trusting in our loving and almighty God who abundantly gives the Word of life to all the earth, let us pray for the church, the world, and all of creation.

A brief silence.

P    Almighty Father, you have revealed your love for people overlooked and cast aside, sending your son to be born among the humble and poor. Send your church to proclaim good news to those who feel abandoned, despised, or rejected and make our congregations places of genuine welcome and hospitality. Lord, in your mercy,

C      hear our prayer.

P    Lord, we remember your promise to our ancestors and seek your righteousness and justice amongst all peoples. Send your Spirit to put an end to war, violence, destruction and hatred. Expose pride, greed, and exploitation wherever it is found and raise up humble leaders who act on behalf of those who are poor, oppressed, or in other need. Lord, in your mercy,    

C        hear our prayer.

P    God, your Spirit lives in our hearts and makes us heirs of salvation. Rescue the lowly from shame and dishonor. Lift up those in need, fill the hungry with goodness, and have mercy on those who turn to you for help. Grant healing to those who are sick and hospitalized. Be with our shut-ins and all that we lift up in our prayers to you now….Lord, in your in your mercy,           

C    hear our prayer.

P    O God, we give thanks for the saints who have found refuge in you, especially Mary, mother of Jesus. As you have lift up and delivered all your saints from their suffering, pain and death, so save us from all our earthly troubles until that day when we sing your praise together in heaven. Grant your peace and hope to be with all those who mourn this day and grant them your everlasting glory. Lord, in your mercy,

C      hear our prayer.

P    Filled with the Holy Spirit and joined together as one Holy church we pray the words our Lord, Jesus Christ taught us to pray:  


C    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.


           Canticle of the Turning            (ELW Red Hymnal #723)     vss. 1 & 2

My soul cries out with a joyful shout

that the God of my heart is great,

And my spirit sings of the wondrous things

that you bring to the ones who wait.

You fixed your sight on your servant’s plight,

and my weakness you did not spurn,

So from east to west shall my name be blest. 

Could the world be about to turn? 

My heart shall sing of the day you bring. 

Let the fires of your justice burn.

Wipe away all tears, for the dawn draws near,

And the world is about to turn.

Though I am small, my God, my all,

you work great things in me,

And your mercy will last

from the depths of the past

to the end of the age to be.

Your very name puts the proud to shame,

and to those who would for you yearn,

You will show your might, put the strong to flight,

for the world is about to turn. 

My heart shall sing of the day you bring. 

Let the fires of your justice burn.

Wipe away all tears, for the dawn draws near,

And the world is about to turn.


P      The Lord be with you.

C      And also with you.

P      Lift up your hearts.

C      We lift them to the Lord.

P      Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.

C      It is right to give him thanks and praise.


P    It is indeed right and salutary that we should at all times and in all places offer  thanks and praise to you, O Lord, holy Father; who on this day overcame death and the grave, and by his glorious resurrection opened to us the way of everlasting life. And so, with the Church on earth and the hosts of heaven, we glorify your name and join their unending praise:

SANCTUS                                                                        Sung By Trinity Choir

Holy, holy, holy Lord, God of power and might:

Heav’n and earth are full of your glory. Hosanna in the highest.

Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord.

Hosanna in the highest, hosanna in the highest.


P      In the night in which he was betrayed,

           our Lord Jesus took bread, and gave thanks;

           broke it, and gave it to his disciples, saying:

           Take and eat; this is my body, given for you.

           Do this for the remembrance of me.

        Again, after supper, he took the cup, gave thanks,

           and gave it for all to drink, saying:

           This cup is the new covenant in my blood,

           shed for you and for all people for the forgiveness of sin.

           Do this for the remembrance of me.


P       Let us pray,

C      O Lord, Heavenly Father, we thank you that you have strengthened our hearts through this feast of life and salvation. Shine the light of Christ on our path, that we may do justice, love kindness, and walk humbly with you, now and forever. Amen.


LAMB OF GOD                                                                Sung By Trinity Choir

                   Lamb of God, you take away the sin of the world;

                           have mercy on us.

                  Lamb of God, you take away the sin of the world;

                          have mercy on us.

                  Lamb of God, you take away the sin of the world;

                          grant us peace, grant us peace.


P       Receiving the Lamb of God, may you go in peace sharing the Good News.

C      Thanks be to God! 


POSTLUDE     Word of God, Across the Ages                                    by Lani Smith 

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