Blessed be the God of our Salvation.
Who bears our burdens and forgives our sins.
Most merciful God,
we confess that 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.
We are truly sorry and we humbly repent.
For the sake of your Son Jesus Christ,
have mercy on us and forgive us;
that we may delight in your will,
and walk in your ways,
to the glory of your Name. Amen.
Collect of the Day
God be with you.
And also with you.
Let us pray.
Gracious Father, whose blessed Son Jesus Christ came down from heaven to be the true bread which gives life to the world: Evermore give us this bread, that he may love in us, and we in him; who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen
1 The lord is my shepherd;*
I shall not be in want.
1 He makes me lie down in green pastures*
and leads me beside still waters.
3 He revives my soul*
and guides me along right pathways for his Name’s sake.
4 Though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death,
I shall fear no evil;*
for you are with me;
your rod and your staff, they comfort me.
5 You spread a table before me in the presence of those who trouble me;*
you have anointed my head with oil,
and my cup is running over.
6 Surely your goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life,*
and I will dwell in the house of the Lord for ever.
Second Reading – Ephesians 5:8-14
Once you were darkness, but now in the Lord you are light. Live as children of light—for the fruit of the light is found in all that is good and right and true. Try to find out what is pleasing to the Lord. Take no part in the unfruitful works of darkness, but instead expose them. For it is shameful even to mention what such people do secretly; but everything exposed by the light becomes visible, for everything that becomes visible is light. Therefore it says, “Sleeper, awake! Rise from the dead, and Christ will shine on you.”
Hear what the Spirit is saying to God’s people.
Thanks be to God.
Holy Gospel – John 9:1-41
The Holy Gospel of our Savior Jesus Christ according to John:
Glory to you, Lord Christ.
As Jesus walked along, he saw a man blind from birth. His disciples asked him, “Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, that he was born blind?” Jesus answered, “Neither this man nor his parents sinned; he was born blind so that God’s works might be revealed in him. We must work the works of him who sent me while it is day; night is coming when no one can work. As long as I am in the world, I am the light of the world.” When he had said this, he spat on the ground and made mud with the saliva and spread the mud on the man’s eyes, saying to him, “Go, wash in the pool of Siloam” (which means Sent). Then he went and washed and came back able to see. The neighbors and those who had seen him before as a beggar began to ask, “Is this not the man who used to sit and beg?” Some were saying, “It is he.” Others were saying, “No, but it is someone like him.” He kept saying, “I am the man.” But they kept asking him, “Then how were your eyes opened?” He answered, “The man called Jesus made mud, spread it on my eyes, and said to me, ‘Go to Siloam and wash.’ Then I went and washed and received my sight.” They said to him, “Where is he?” He said, “I do not know.” They brought to the Pharisees the man who had formerly been blind. Now it was a sabbath day when Jesus made the mud and opened his eyes. Then the Pharisees also began to ask him how he had received his sight. He said to them, “He put mud on my eyes. Then I washed, and now I see.” Some of the Pharisees said, “This man is not from God, for he does not observe the sabbath.” But others said, “How can a man who is a sinner perform such signs?” And they were divided. So they said again to the blind man, “What do you say about him? It was your eyes he opened.” He said, “He is a prophet.” The Jews did not believe that he had been blind and had received his sight until they called the parents of the man who had received his sight and asked them, “Is this your son, who you say was born blind? How then does he now see?” His parents answered, “We know that this is our son, and that he was born blind; but we do not know how it is that now he sees, nor do we know who opened his eyes. Ask him; he is of age. He will speak for himself.” His parents said this because they were afraid of the Jews; for the Jews had already agreed that anyone who confessed Jesus to be the Messiah would be put out of the synagogue. Therefore his parents said, “He is of age; ask him.” So for the second time they called the man who had been blind, and they said to him, “Give glory to God! We know that this man is a sinner.” He answered, “I do not know whether he is a sinner. One thing I do know, that though I was blind, now I see.” They said to him, “What did he do to you? How did he open your eyes?” He answered them, “I have told you already, and you would not listen. Why do you want to hear it again? Do you also want to become his disciples?” Then they reviled him, saying, “You are his disciple, but we are disciples of Moses. We know that God has spoken to Moses, but as for this man, we do not know where he comes from.” The man answered, “Here is an astonishing thing! You do not know where he comes from, and yet he opened my eyes. We know that God does not listen to sinners, but he does listen to one who worships him and obeys his will. Never since the world began has it been heard that anyone opened the eyes of a person born blind. If this man were not from God, he could do nothing.” They answered him, “You were born entirely in sins, and are you trying to teach us?” And they drove him out. Jesus heard that they had driven him out, and when he found him, he said, “Do you believe in the Son of Man?” He answered, “And who is he, sir? Tell me, so that I may believe in him.” Jesus said to him, “You have seen him, and the one speaking with you is he.” He said, “Lord, I believe.” And he worshiped him. Jesus said, “I came into this world for judgment so that those who do not see may see, and those who do see may become blind.” Some of the Pharisees near him heard this and said to him, “Surely we are not blind, are we?” Jesus said to them, “If you were blind, you would not have sin. But now that you say, ‘We see,’ your sin remains.”
The Gospel of the Lord
Praise to you, Lord Christ.
Sermon – The Rev. Heather Wenrick
Prayers of the People
In peace, we pray to you, Lord God.
For all people in their daily life and work;
For our families, friends, and neighbors, and for those who are alone
For this community, the nation, and the world;
For all who work for justice, freedom, and peace.
For the just and proper use of your creation;
For the victims of hunger, fear, injustice, and oppression.
For all who are in danger, sorrow, or any kind of trouble;
For those who minister to the sick, the friendless, and the needy.
For the peace and unity of the Church of God;
For all who proclaim the Gospel, and all who seek the Truth.
For all bishops, priests and all of us ministers;
For all who serve God in the Church.
For the special needs and concerns of this congregation.
The People may add their own petitions
Hear us, Lord;
For your mercy is great.
We thank you, Lord, for all the blessings of this life.
The People may add their own thanksgivings
We will exalt you, O God our King;
And praise your Name for ever and ever.
We pray for all who have died, that they may have a place in your eternal
Please add your own petitions
Lord, let your loving-kindness be upon them;
Who put their trust in you.
Celebrant continues with a collect
Peace Either silently or aloud, now share you peace with those you hold in your heart or are choosing to forgive.
Announcements, Birthdays & Anniversaries
Watch over your children, O Old as their days increase; bless and
guide them where they may be. Strengthen them when they stand;
comfort them when discouraged or sorrowful; raise them up if they
fall; and in their hearts may the peace which passes understanding
abide all the days of their life; through Jesus Christ our Lord Amen.
Offertory — I’ll Not Be A Stranger — Eli West, guest musician
The Great Thanksgiving
God be with you.
And also with you.
Lift up your hearts.
We life them to the Lord.
Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.
It is right to give God thanks and praise.
You have filled us…
…Therefore, joining with Angels and Archangels and with the faithful
of every generation, we lift our voices with all creation as we say:
Blessed are you Gracious God…
…therefore we proclaim he mystery of faith:
Christ has died.
Christ is risen.
Christ will come again.
The Presider continues.
Remembering his death and resurrection…
…to you be honor, glory, and praise, for ever and ever. AMEN.
As our Savior Christ has taught us, we are bold to pray,
Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your Name,
Your kingdom come, your will be done, on each as in heaven.
Give us today our daily bread.
Forgive us owe forgive those who sin against us.
Save us from the time of our sins as trial, and deliver us from evil.
For the kingdom , the power, and the glory are yours, now and for
Post Communion Prayer
Let us pray.
God of abundance, you have fed us with the bread of life and cup
of salvation; you have united us with Christ and one another; and
you have made us one with all your people in heaven and on
earth. Now send us forth in the power of your Spirit, that we may
proclaim your redeeming love to the world and continue for ever
in the risen life of Christ our Savior. Amen.
Prayer over the People
Because nothing can separate us from the love of God, receive unto
your spirits the grace of Christ through his body and blood.
The people respond: Thanks be to God.