Welcome to this Divine Service on the 18th Sunday after Trinity!
He has given us this command: Anyone who loves God must also love their brother and sister. (1 John 4:21)
Liturgical greeting, Psalm 1, Prayer
Song: Light of the world
Gospel reading: Mark 10:17-27
The Rich and the Kingdom of God
17 As Jesus started on his way, a man ran up to him and fell on his knees before him. “Good teacher,” he asked, “what must I do to inherit eternal life?” 18 “Why do you call me good?” Jesus answered. “No one is good—except God alone. 19 You know the commandments: ‘You shall not murder, you shall not commit adultery, you shall not steal, you shall not give false testimony, you shall not defraud, honour your father and mother.’” 20 “Teacher,” he declared, “all these I have kept since I was a boy.” 21 Jesus looked at him and loved him. “One thing you lack,” he said. “Go, sell everything you have and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come, follow me.” 22 At this the man’s face fell. He went away sad, because he had great wealth. 23 Jesus looked around and said to his disciples, “How hard it is for the rich to enter the kingdom of God!”
24 The disciples were amazed at his words. But Jesus said again, “Children, how hard it is to enter the kingdom of God! 25 It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for someone who is rich to enter the kingdom of God.” 26 The disciples were even more amazed, and said to each other, “Who then can be saved?” 27 Jesus looked at them and said, “With man this is impossible, but not with God; all things are possible with God.”
I believe in God, the Father almighty,
creator of heaven and earth.
I believe in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord,
who was conceived by the Holy Spirit
and born of the virgin Mary.
He suffered under Pontius Pilate,
was crucified, died, and was buried;
he descended to the dead.
The third day he rose again from the dead.
He ascended to 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.
Sermon: Deuteronomy 30:11-16
11 Now what I am commanding you today is not too difficult for you or beyond your reach. 12 It is not up in heaven, so that you have to ask, “Who will ascend into heaven to get it and proclaim it to us so we may obey it?” 13 Nor is it beyond the sea, so that you have to ask, “Who will cross the sea to get it and proclaim it to us so we may obey it?” 14 No, the word is very near you; it is in your mouth and in your heart so you may obey it.
15 See, I set before you today life and prosperity, death and destruction. 16 For I command you today to love the Lord your God, to walk in obedience to him, and to keep his commands, decrees and laws; then you will live and increase, and the Lord your God will bless you in the land you are entering to possess.
Song: Create in me a clean heart
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Intercessory Prayer and Lord's Prayer
God, you are the giver and protector of life.
Let us choose life in all that we do. Let us withstand the forces of destruction in all areas of our life. Give us the courage and strength to live according to your good commandments.
Let us chose to be kind instead of cruel,
Generous instead of greedy,
Forgiving instead of ruthless,
Honest instead of deceitful,
Patient instead of angry or cynical,
Humble instead of proud,
Considerate instead of self-serving.
Where we have failed to be obedient to your will, forgive us. And help us change our behaviour to reflect more closely the desire you have for us.
Let us, your Church, your Body, be people showing the world that good is stronger than evil, love stronger than hate. Let us show the world – in what we do and say – that you are the God of life and blessing, and that we are glad to belong to you.
We let all our supplications flow together in the prayer Jesus has taught us:
Our Father in heaven,
hallowed be your name,
your kingdom come,
your will be done,
on earth as in heaven.
Give us today our daily bread.
Forgive us our sins
as we forgive those who sin against us.
Lead us not into temptation
but deliver us from evil.
For the kingdom, the power, and the glory are yours
now and for ever. Amen.
The Lord bless you and keep you;
the Lord make his face shine on you
and be gracious to you;
the Lord turn his face toward you
and give you peace.
Song: Open the eyes of my heart, Lord
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Postlude: Everlasting God
Segen und Frieden auf Ihre/deine Woche!
Blessings and peace to you this week!