Reference

Genesis 2:4b-7, 15-17; 3:1-8

Ordinary Time after Pentecost Autumn (Tree of Life)

Gathering

Welcome and Prelude

Please rise in body or spirit.

Brief Order of Confession and Forgiveness

P      Returning again to the waters of our baptism, we begin in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.

P      Let us confess our sins before God and in the presence of one another.

Silence for reflection and self-examination.

P      Gracious and merciful God,

C      We confess to You the truth of our broken lives.   We have not trusted Your promises or walked in your ways.   We have hoarded and squandered the gifts of Your creation.   We have failed to welcome the stranger and the outcast, and to make room at the table for the homeless and the hungry.   We have neither worked to release the oppressed nor admitted our own captivities.   Forgive our sins, heal our lives, and set us free that we might live with Your whole creation in the justice and joy of Your promised future.

P      God, who is merciful and kind, slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love, hears the cries of all who plead for mercy and, in these last days, has sent Christ Jesus to announce the good news of forgiveness and release to all who are bound by guilt or broken by shame, that they might praise God and serve the world with glad and generous hearts.

P      For freedom Christ has set you free.

C      Thanks be to God.

Introit   -      Psalm 119:1,2

Sung responsively by verse, ELW page 337, tone 14.

1Happy are they whose | way is blameless,

who follow the teaching | of the LORD!

2Happy are they who observe | your decrees

and seek you with | all their hearts,

Glory be to the Father, and | to the Son,

       and to the | Holy Spirit

As it was in the beginning, is now and | ever shall be

world without | end. Amen.

Greeting  and Prayer of the Day

P      The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, the love of God, and the communion of the Holy Spirit be with you all.

C      AND ALSO WITH YOU.

P      Let us pray.

A brief silence is kept before the prayer.

                    ... We pray in the name of Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord.

C      AMEN.

Please be seated.

WORD

Children’s Time

Preaching Text   -      Genesis 2:4b-7, 15-17; 3:1-8

The Word of the Lord/THANKS BE TO GOD.

Sermon

Silence for reflection follows the sermon.

Special Music

Prayers of Intercession and Thanksgiving

A     With the whole people of God in Christ Jesus, let us pray for the church, those in need, and all of God's creation.

Hear us, O God/YOUR MERCY IS GREAT

P      Into Your hands, O Holy One, we entrust all for whom we pray, confident in Your abundant and abiding mercy; through Jesus Christ our Savior.

C      AMEN.

SENDING

Blessing

P      Almighty God, Father,  Son, and Holy Spirit, bless you now and forever.

C      AMEN.

Announcements

Please be seated.

Dismissal

A     Go in peace. Christ is with you.

C      Thanks be to God.