12th Sunday

After Pentecost

August 23, 2020

 At Home Worship Guide

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Psalm 121:1-2  (spoken responsively:)     


In the name of the Father and of the + Son and of the Holy Spirit.


      I lift up my eyes to the hills—

where does my help come from?

My help comes from the Lord,

the Maker of heaven and earth.



- Apostles’ Creed (spoken together)                                         

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

And 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 sits at the right hand of God the Father Almighty. From thence 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.



O Lord, we confess we often fail to believe in you 

in our day-to-day lives.

We fail to see you in the world you made 

and in the people around us.

We fail to love you 

as you have first loved us.

We fail to love others 

as we love ourselves.

We fail to forgive others  

as you have forgiven us.

O Lord, forgive us our sins,

as we forgive those who sin against us.

Lord, have mercy.  

Christ, have mercy. Lord, have mercy on us.

ABSOLUTION (All: "Amen")

HYMN OF PRAISE  “My Hope Is Built”

(spoken responsively:)   LW #368

My hope is built on nothing less 

Than Jesus' blood and righteousness.

No merit of my own I claim 

But wholly lean on Jesus' name.

On Christ, the solid rock, I stand; 

All other ground is sinking sand.


His oath, his covenant, his blood 

Sustain me in the raging flood;

     When all supports are washed away, 

He then is all my hope and stay.  

On Christ, the solid rock, I stand; 

All other ground is sinking sand.


(All respond: “Amen.”)





Isaiah 51:1-6

“Listen to me, you who pursue righteousness

and who seek the Lord:

Look to the rock from which you were cut

and to the quarry from which you were hewn;

look to Abraham, your father,

and to Sarah, who gave you birth.

When I called him he was but one,

and I blessed him and made him many.

The Lord will surely comfort Zion

and look with compassion on all her ruins;

he will make her deserts like Eden,

her wasteland like the garden of the Lord.

Joy and gladness will be found in her,

thanksgiving and the sound of singing.

Listen to me, my people;

hear me, my nation:

The law will go out from me;

my justice will become a light to the nations.

My righteousness draws near speedily,

my salvation is on the way, and my arm will bring justice to the nations.

The islands will look to me

and wait in hope for my arm.

Lift up your eyes to the heavens,

look at the earth beneath;

the heavens will vanish like smoke,

the earth will wear out like a garment and its inhabitants die like flies.

But my salvation will last forever,

my righteousness will never fail.”

GRADUAL  (spoken by all:)    

Oh, the depth of the riches of the wisdom and knowledge of God!    How unsearchable his judgments, and his paths beyond tracing out!  For from him and through him and to him are all things.  To him be the glory forever! Amen.                                  


(Rom. 11:33, 36)


Romans 12:1-8

I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God—this is your true and proper worship.  Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.

For by the grace given me I say to every one of you: Do not think of yourself more highly than you ought, but rather think of yourself with sober judgment, in accordance with the faith God has distributed to each of you.  For just as each of us has one body with many members, and these members do not all have the same function,  so in Christ we, though many, form one body, and each member belongs to all the others.  We have different gifts, according to the grace given to each of us. If your gift is prophesying, then prophesy in accordance with your  faith;  if it is serving, then serve; if it is teaching, then teach;  if it is to encourage, then give encouragement; if it is giving, then give generously; if it is to lead, do it diligently; if it is to show mercy, do it cheerfully.


Matthew 16:13-20      (Stand)

When Jesus came to the region of Caesarea Philippi, he asked his disciples, “Who do people say the Son of Man is?” They replied, “Some say John the Baptist; others say Elijah; and still others, Jeremiah or one of the prophets.”


“But what about you?” he asked. “Who do you say I am?”  Simon Peter answered, “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.”   Jesus replied, “Blessed are you, Simon son of Jonah, for this was not revealed to you by man, but by my Father in heaven.  I tell you that you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of Hades will not overcome it. I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven; whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven.”  Then he warned his disciples not to tell anyone that he was the Christ.


Pastor Dan Kowert ,

Lutheran Church of the Living Christ



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The service of the Sacrament is not included in the on line worship


“Built on the Rock” 

(spoken responsively:)                          

Built on the Rock, the church shall stand

even when steeples are falling;

Christ builds His church in ev'ry land;

bells still are chiming and calling,

calling the young and old to rest,

calling the souls of those distressed, longing for life everlasting.

  We are God's house of living stones, 

built for His own habitation;

He fills our hearts, His humble thrones,

granting us life and salvation.

Were two or three to seek his face,

He in their midst would show his grace, blessings upon them bestowing.

  Thro' all the passing years, O Lord,

grant that, when church bells are ringing, 

many may come to hear God's Word

where He this promise is bringing:

  "I know my own, my own know me,

you, not the world, my face shall see;
  My peace I leave with you. Amen."


PRAYERS (After each petition, all say, “Hear our prayer!”)


(spoken together)

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.



(All respond: “Amen.”)


(spoken responsively)
When Christ shall come with trumpet sound,

Oh, may I then in him be found,

Clothed in his righteousness alone,

Redeemed to stand before the throne!    

On Christ, the solid rock, I stand; 

All other ground is sinking sand.


The Lord will keep you from all harm—

he will watch over your life!

The Lord will watch over your coming and going 

both now and forevermore.

The Lord bless you and keep you; the Lord make his face shine on you and be gracious to you; the Lord look upon you with favor and give you peace!



 “Go in peace, serve the Lord!"


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