“Our relationship with God is decided in our encounter with other human beings.”
Johannes Baptist Metz
words: Evan Wilson (based on Psalm 95)
music: Evan Wilson
Come, let us sing for joy unto the Lord
Let us shout to the rock of our salvation
Oh, let us sing to him with thankful hearts
Shout for joy with music and song
For the Lord is a great God (x2)
In his hands are the earth, the seas (x2)
For the Lord is the great king (x2)
The seas are his, he has made them (x2)
Come, oh, come, let’s bow down in worship
Let us kneel before the Lord our maker
Oh, for he, he is our God
We are his, we are his children, his children
Great is the Lord, and most worthy of praise,
in the city of our God, his holy mountain.
As we have heard, so we have seen
in the city of the Lord Almighty,
in the city of our God:
God makes her secure forever.
Within your temple, O God,
we meditate on your unfailing love.
Like your name, O God,
your praise reaches to the ends of the earth;
your right hand is filled with righteousness. (from Psalm 48:1, 8-10)
words: William Kethe, paraphrased c. 1594
music: OLD HUNDREDTH (alt.); attr. Louis Bourgeois, 1510-1561
All people that on earth do dwell
Sing to the Lord with cheerful voice
Serve him with joy, his praises tell
Come now before Him and rejoice
Know that the Lord is God, indeed
He formed us all without our aid
We are the flock he surely feeds
The sheep who by his hand were made
O enter then his gates with thanks
Within his courts his praise proclaim
Let thankful songs your tongues employ
Oh, bless and magnify his name
Because the Lord our God is good
His mercy is forever sure
His faithfulness at all times stood
And shall from age to age endure
Jesus left there and went to his hometown, accompanied by his disciples. 2 When the Sabbath came, he began to teach in the synagogue, and many who heard him were amazed.
“Where did this man get these things?” they asked. “What’s this wisdom that has been given him? What are these remarkable miracles he is performing? 3 Isn’t this the carpenter? Isn’t this Mary’s son and the brother of James, Joseph, Judas and Simon? Aren’t his sisters here with us?” And they took offense at him.
4 Jesus said to them, “A prophet is not without honor except in his own town, among his relatives and in his own home.” 5 He could not do any miracles there, except lay his hands on a few sick people and heal them. 6 He was amazed at their lack of faith.
Then Jesus went around teaching from village to village. 7 Calling the Twelve to him, he began to send them out two by two and gave them authority over impure spirits.
8 These were his instructions: “Take nothing for the journey except a staff—no bread, no bag, no money in your belts. 9 Wear sandals but not an extra shirt. 10 Whenever you enter a house, stay there until you leave that town. 11 And if any place will not welcome you or listen to you, leave that place and shake the dust off your feet as a testimony against them.”
12 They went out and preached that people should repent. 13 They drove out many demons and anointed many sick people with oil and healed them.
The Word of the Lord.
Thanks be to God.
We confess that in our weakness and impatience, instead of seeking you we have sought our own way. We have relied on our own ways and means, and have turned against you in thought, word, and deed— in the things we have done but also in the things we have not done that would have been loving to our families and neighbors and, ultimately, to you. The psalmist leads us in prayer:
Turn to me and have mercy on me,
as you always do to those who love your name.
Direct my footsteps according to your word;
let no sin rule over me. (Psalm 119:132-133)
Let’s acknowledge these things silently before the Lord, knowing forgiveness and rest are freely available in Jesus.
from 1 Thessalonians 1:5, 9—
For we know, brothers and sisters loved by God, that he has chosen you, because our gospel came to you not simply with words but also with power, with the Holy Spirit and deep conviction.
Know that you are forgiven and be at peace.
Thanks be to God.
All Souls Kids is taking a break this week and will be back next Sunday! In the meantime, feel free to play back one of our previous weeks' videos.
As Pharaoh approached, the Israelites looked up, and there were the Egyptians, marching after them. They were terrified and cried out to the Lord. 11 They said to Moses, “Was it because there were no graves in Egypt that you brought us to the desert to die? What have you done to us by bringing us out of Egypt? 12 Didn’t we say to you in Egypt, ‘Leave us alone; let us serve the Egyptians’? It would have been better for us to serve the Egyptians than to die in the desert!”
13 Moses answered the people, “Do not be afraid. Stand firm and you will see the deliverance the Lord will bring you today. The Egyptians you see today you will never see again. 14 The Lord will fight for you; you need only to be still.”
15 Then the Lord said to Moses, “Why are you crying out to me? Tell the Israelites to move on. 16 Raise your staff and stretch out your hand over the sea to divide the water so that the Israelites can go through the sea on dry ground. 17 I will harden the hearts of the Egyptians so that they will go in after them. And I will gain glory through Pharaoh and all his army, through his chariots and his horsemen. 18 The Egyptians will know that I am the Lord when I gain glory through Pharaoh, his chariots and his horsemen.”
19 Then the angel of God, who had been traveling in front of Israel’s army, withdrew and went behind them. The pillar of cloud also moved from in front and stood behind them, 20 coming between the armies of Egypt and Israel. Throughout the night the cloud brought darkness to the one side and light to the other side; so neither went near the other all night long.
21 Then Moses stretched out his hand over the sea, and all that night the Lord drove the sea back with a strong east wind and turned it into dry land. The waters were divided, 22 and the Israelites went through the sea on dry ground, with a wall of water on their right and on their left.
23 The Egyptians pursued them, and all Pharaoh’s horses and chariots and horsemen followed them into the sea. 24 During the last watch of the night the Lord looked down from the pillar of fire and cloud at the Egyptian army and threw it into confusion. 25 He jammed the wheels of their chariots so that they had difficulty driving. And the Egyptians said, “Let’s get away from the Israelites! The Lord is fighting for them against Egypt.”
26 Then the Lord said to Moses, “Stretch out your hand over the sea so that the waters may flow back over the Egyptians and their chariots and horsemen.” 27 Moses stretched out his hand over the sea, and at daybreak the sea went back to its place. The Egyptians were fleeing toward it, and the Lord swept them into the sea. 28 The water flowed back and covered the chariots and horsemen—the entire army of Pharaoh that had followed the Israelites into the sea. Not one of them survived.
29 But the Israelites went through the sea on dry ground, with a wall of water on their right and on their left. 30 That day the Lord saved Israel from the hands of the Egyptians, and Israel saw the Egyptians lying dead on the shore. 31 And when the Israelites saw the mighty hand of the Lord displayed against the Egyptians, the people feared the Lord and put their trust in him and in Moses his servant.
words: 8th C. Irish hymn, tr. Mary E. Byrne (d.1931); vers. Eleanor H. Hull (d.1935)
music: SLANE (Irish melody)
Be thou my vision, O Lord of my heart
Naught be all else to me, save that thou art
Thou, my best thought by day or by night
Waking or sleeping, thy presence my light
Be thou my wisdom and thou my true Word
I ever with thee, and thou with me, Lord
Thou, my great Father and Spirit and Son
Thou in me dwelling, and I with thee, one
Riches I heed not nor man's empty praise
Thou mine inheritance, now and always
Thou and thou only, first in my heart
High king of heaven, my treasure thou art
High king of heaven, my victory won
May I reach heaven's joys, O bright heaven’s sun
Heart of my own heart, whatever befall
Still be my vision, O ruler of all
All we have is given to us by God. Our offerings express this joyful dependence as well as our commitment to join God in his work of renewal. He who met our most dire need through Christ will continue to provide for every need we have— so, whether we have much or little, God calls us to treasure and trust Him above all.
All gifts go toward ministry initiatives of All Souls and relief of those in need.
from Romans 15:13—
May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope. Amen.
Let us go forth and serve our world as those who love our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Thanks be to God!
Mark your calendars for our next outdoor, in-person worship services at The Hallows Church on 35th and Cloverdale. Services will be at 10a (also broadcast over Zoom) and at 11:15a. You'll receive an email that week with more information and a link to RSVP for a spot. .
Read along with us as we engage Beth Allison Barr's new book, available in digital, audio book, and hard copy formats. Then join us on July 23 for a book discussion hosted by the Pelanders. Email Andy for more information. Get in touch.
Our weekly Wednesday evening prayer has moved in-person and outside to Alki Beach! Bring your dinner at 6:15p and hang with us on Alki for good conversation and friendly (spikeball) competition. At 8p, we move into a time of prayer, song and reflection (also available over Zoom). Come for some or all; everyone is welcome! Reach out for more info + the Zoom link for prayer.