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Proper 22

Lectionary Worship Workbook
Series IV, Cycle A
Cantemos al Senor (O Sing To The Lord) (UM149, CBH55, NCH39, PH472)
O Day Of Rest And Gladness (CBH641, NCH66)
From All That Dwell Below The Skies (CBH49, UM101, NCH27, PH229)
All Beautiful The March Of Days (CBH159, NCH434, PH292)
Awake My Soul (CBH609, NCH491)
When I Survey The Wondrous Cross (NCH224, CBH259, 260, UM298, 299, PH100, 101)
When Jesus Wept (NCH191, CBH234, PH312)
Be Thou My Vision (PH330, NCH451, CBH545, UM451)
God's Law Is Perfect And Gives Life (PH167)

The Holy Ten Commandments, Josef Haydn, Mercury, 3 to 5 equal voices
The Heavens Are Telling, Josef Haydn, G Schirmer, SATB, with STB solos
God Called Moses, John Horman, CGA, Unison
O Sing To The Lord, Cantad al Senor,
arr. Ziegenhals, CGA, Unison/2--part, optional maracas

Call to Worship (based on Psalm 19)
Leader: The heavens are telling the glory of God,
People: The firmament proclaims God's handiwork.
Leader: Day to day pours forth speech;
People: Night to night declares knowledge.
Leader: There is no speech, nor are there words; their voice is not heard;
People: Yet their voice goes out through all the earth,
All: Their words to the end of the world.

Prayer of Invocation
We call to you, O God. You have given us laws that we are to keep. And yet you sent your son to show us that some laws can and should be broken. Give us insight as we hear the ancient laws read and interpreted. Help us to know which laws are God--given, and which have been created out of human need or greed. Grant us wisdom as we listen to your word for us today. Amen.

Scripture Readings
Exodus 20:1--4, 7--9, 12--20: This passage can be strengthened by having an amplified voice read the Ten Commandments without the congregation being able to see that person. It can be very effective if you have someone with a good and authoritative voice. The sex of the person does not matter as long as he/she speaks confidently. Have a Narrator at the lectern, and have people in the congregation stand up and read together the People's part.

Narrator: Then God spoke all these words:

God: I am the Lord your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of slavery; you shall have no other gods before me. You shall not make for yourself an idol, whether in the form of anything that is in heaven above, or that is on the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth. You shall not make wrongful use of the name of the Lord your God, for the Lord will not acquit anyone who misuses his name. Remember the sabbath day, and keep it holy. Six days you shall labor and do all your work. Honor thy father and your mother, so that your days may be long in the land that the Lord your God is giving you. You shall not murder. You shall not commit adultery. You shall not steal. You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor. You shall not covet your neighbor's house; you shall not covet your neighbor's wife, or male, or female slave, or ox, or donkey, or anything that belongs to your neighbor.

Narrator: When all the people witnessed the thunder and lightning, the sound of the trumpet, and the mountain smoking, they were afraid and trembled and stood at a distance, and said to Moses,

People: You speak to us, and we will listen; but do not let God speak to us, or we will die.

Narrator: Moses said to the people, "Do not be afraid; for God has come only to test you and to put the fear of him upon you so that you do not sin."

Psalm 19: This is a wonderful psalm, and makes mention of God's precepts. Use it in the service, and have the congregation read it responsively. The right side would read the odd--numbered verses and the left side the even--numbered verses. A deaf sign language interpreter might stand at the front of the church and sign it as the people read and watch the interpretation.

Matthew 21:33--46: This passage is very violent, so do not act it out. But it is an important passage as it is also about the Law and the Pharisees' interpretation of the Law. It is definitely a warning to the Pharisees. One person could read it, as Jesus taught, or it could be quite effective read by a choral speaking choir.
1 2 3
4 5 6 10 11
7 8 9 12

All: Listen to another parable.

Voice 7: There was a landowner who planted a vineyard, put a fence around it, dug a wine press in it, and built a watchtower.

Voice 8: Then he leased it to tenants and went to another country.

Voice 9: When the harvest time had come, he sent his slaves to the tenants to collect his produce.

Voices 10, 11, and 12: But the tenants seized his slaves and beat one, killed another, and stoned another.

All: And again he sent other slaves, more than the first;

Voices 10, 11, and 12: And they treated them in the same way.

Voice 4: Finally he sent his son to them, saying, "They will respect my son."

Voice 5: But when the tenants saw the son, they said to themselves,

Voices 1, 2, and 3: This is the heir; come, let us kill him and get his inheritance.

Voices 10, 11, and 12: So they seized him, threw him out of the vineyard, and killed him.

Voice 6: Now when the owner of the vineyard comes, what will he do to those tenants?

Voice 1: They said to him,

Voices 1 to 9: He will put those wretches to a miserable death, and lease the vineyard to other tenants who will give him the produce at the harvest time.

Voice 2: Jesus said to them,

Voice 3: Have you never read in the scriptures: "The stone that the builders rejected has become the cornerstone; this was the Lord's doing, and it is amazing in our eyes?"

Voice 4: Therefore I tell you, the kingdom of God will be taken away from you

Voices 5 and 6: And given to a people that produces the fruits of the kingdom.

Voices 7, 8, and 9: The one who falls on this stone will be broken to pieces;

Voices 1 to 9: And it will crush anyone on whom it falls.

Voices 10, 11, and 12: When the chief priests and the Pharisees heard his parables, they realized that he was speaking about them. They wanted to arrest him,

Voices 7 to 12: But they feared the crowds,

Because they regarded him as a prophet.

Call to Offering
In Philippians 3, Paul says that he presses on toward the goal for the prize of the heavenly call of God in Jesus Christ. May we all push on toward that goal as the ushers wait upon us for our gifts and offerings.

Prayer of Dedication
Great and awesome God, may the gifts we bring today be used to comfort the afflicted and to afflict the comforted as we press on toward the goal of your kingdom on earth. Amen.

Go from this place today striving to keep God's laws. Let all your words and thoughts be as God would have them be, and show the love of God in all you do and say. Be kind yet brave in all your actions, and fear not, for God is with you. Amen.

Choral Response
God's Law Is Perfect (v. 1)

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David O. Bales
“Beyond Comparison” by David O. Bales
“A Change of Heart” by David O. Bales

Beyond Comparison
by David O. Bales
Isaiah 50:4-9a

On Wednesday night, eleven-fifteen, Pastor Balken halted outside his front door, lifted his chin and put a deliberate smile on his face. His wife Aileen heard him enter and met him as he took of his coat. “Does the Lutheran Pastor need a hug?” She said.

He swung toward her with an even broader smile, “What do you mean?”

The Immediate Word

Mary Austin
Bethany Peerbolte
Christopher Keating
Ron Love
Thomas Willadsen
For March 25, 2018:
  • Long Awaited Frenzy by Bethany Peerbolte -- Jesus’ triumphant entrance into Jerusalem had the crowd feeling “some time of way.” In the moment the crowd may have named that feeling euphoric but their future cries for crucifixion will bring their welcome into question. The crowds fluctuating feelings remind us why we lean on a steadfast God.

Emphasis Preaching Journal

Sandra Herrmann
Welcome to Holy Week! This week presents the focus of our faith, the events that give us strength to face the worst life can throw at us, and the promise that Jesus the Christ has put us ‘at one’ with God. This is the meaning of the ‘atonement,’ a word that was coined just to explain the meaning of the crucifixion and resurrection. Mark’s Gospel focuses on the end of Jesus’ life more than any other part of the Christ story, as we can see by simply looking at the amount of reading we could do this morning (1/8th of the Gospel).
Bill Thomas
Frank Ramirez
Mark Ellingsen
Bob Ove
Bonnie Bates
Ron Love
Isaiah 50:4-9a
Standing for the Lord God when it is hard; this is the message of our text today. As I read through that I couldn’t help but be reminded of some of the early church fathers and the stand they took.

Polycarp was a disciple of John and an early church leader whose life ended when he refused to betray his Lord. Asked one last time to disavow his Christ, the old man replied, "Eighty and six years have I served Him, and He has done me no wrong. How can I speak evil of my King who saved me?"


Arley K. Fadness
“Then Judas Iscariot, who was one of the twelve, went to the chief priests in order to betray him to them.” (v. 10)

Good morning girls and boys,

Have you had a fun week? Were there things that made you glad? I have been glad this week but now kind of sad. You know why? Starting today, this Sunday is the beginning of Holy Week. We call it Holy Week because for something to be holy, it is always about God.

So this Holy Week is all about Jesus. And it's going to be a difficult week for Jesus.

The Village Shepherd

Janice B. Scott
I hadn't long been born when I first saw my mother being savagely beaten by a man with a stick. She was weak after my birth, but the man wanted to ride her. When she simply stood, unable to move, he beat her and called her names. It was a cruel entry into the world for me. As best I could in my baby mind, I vowed then and there never to let any human being treat me as that man had treated my mother.

As I grew into a sturdy colt, I made good my vow. Whenever a human being came near me, I would kick up my back legs and race around the field. I


Carlos Wilton
Revised Common
Isaiah 50:4-9a
Philippians 2:5-11
Mark 11:1-11 or Mark 14:1--15:47 or Mark 15:1-39 (40-47)

Roman Catholic
Isaiah 50:4-7
Philippians 2:6-11
Mark 14:1--15:47

Isaiah 45:21-25 or Isaiah 52:13--53:12
Philippians 2:5-11
Mark (14:32-72) 15:1-39 (40-47)

Theme For The Day

When Jesus enters our lives, he demands a response.

Old Testament Lesson
Isaiah 50:4-9a
The Third Servant Song

Special Occasion