Fifteenth Sunday after Pentecost
Order of Worship
September 5, 2021




Called, gathered, enlightened and sanctified by the Holy Spirit of God, we worship in the name of God the Father, Son, + and Holy Spirit.

C: Amen.

P: Let us come humbly before God and our brothers and sisters in the faith, confessing our sins, known and unknown, trusting in God’s gracious word of forgiveness.

~Silence for self-reflection and examination~

P: Holy God who brings life out of death and transforms the whole creation with a Word, forgive our disobedience and breathe on us the Spirit of your righteousness.

C: Free us from the power of sin, death, and the devil in our lives; renew us with your loving Spirit as you bring us from death in sin to life in Christ Jesus our Lord. Make us your instruments of peace and love in the world and free us from all that seeks to enslave us, trusting that your will for us is that we would be free to live fully into your mercy and grace. Amen.

By the command and authority of Christ, I declare to you the entire forgiveness of all your sins, in the name of the Father, and of the Son +, and of the Holy Spirit. For freedom Christ has set us free; stand firm therefore, and do not submit again to a yoke of slavery.

C: Amen.

OPENING HYMN - LBW # 252 “You Servants of God”

1 You servants of God, your master proclaim,
And publish abroad his wonderful name;
The name, all-victorious, of Jesus extol;
His kingdom is glorious and rules over all!
2 Our God rules on high, almighty to save;
And still he is nigh, his presence we have.
The great congregation his triumph shall sing,
Ascribing salvation to Jesus, our king!
3 Salvation to God who sits on the throne!
Let all cry aloud and honor the Son.
The praises of Jesus the angels proclaim,
Fall down on their faces, and worship the Lamb.
4 Then let us adore and give him his right,
All glory and pow'r and wisdom and might,
All honor and blessing with angels above,
And thanks never ceasing, and infinite love!


The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ who grants us life eternal, the glory of the Father who created us in love, and the power of the Holy Spirit who forgives and renews our life, be with you all.
C: And also with you.


In peace, let us pray to the Lord.
C: Lord, have mercy.
A: For the peace from above, and for our salvation, let us pray to the Lord.
C: Lord, have mercy.
: For the peace of the whole world, for the well-being of the Church of God, and for the unity of all, let us pray to the Lord.
C: Lord, have mercy.
For this holy house, and for all who offer here their worship and praise, let us pray to the Lord.
C: Lord, have mercy.
Help, save, comfort, and defend us, gracious Lord.
C: Amen.

Let us pray…Merciful God, from generation to generation your healing and life-giving power has been made manifest. Empower us to let the glory of your mercy and forgiveness shine through the light of our lives; through Jesus Christ, our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God now and forever. Amen.

FIRST READING Isaiah 35:4-7
4Say to those who have an anxious heart, “Be strong; fear not! Behold, your God will come with vengeance, with the recompense of God. He will come and save you.” 5Then the eyes of the blind shall be opened, and the ears of the deaf unstopped; 6then shall the lame man leap like a deer, and the tongue of the mute sing for joy. For waters break forth in the wilderness, and streams in the desert; 7 the burning sand shall become a pool, and the thirsty ground springs of water ... .

A: Here ends the reading
C: Thanks be to God.

PSALMS Psalm 146

1Hallelujah! Praise the Lord, O my soul!
I will praise the Lord as long as I live; I will sing praises to my God while I have my being.

2Put not your trust in rulers, nor in any child of earth,
for there is no help in them.

3When they breathe their last, they return to earth,
and in that day their thoughts perish.

4Happy are they who have the God of Jacob for their help!
whose hope is in the Lord their God;

5Who made heaven and earth, the seas, and all that is in them;
who keeps his promise forever;

6Who gives justice to those who are oppressed,
and food to those who hunger.

7The Lord sets the prisoners free; the Lord opens the eyes of the blind;
the Lord lifts up those who are bowed down;

8The Lord loves the righteous; the Lord cares for the stranger
he sustains the orphan and widow, but frustrates the way of the wicked.

9The Lord shall reign forever,
your God, O Zion, throughout all generations. Hallelujah!

SECOND READING James 2:1-10, 14-18
1My brothers, show no partiality as you hold the faith in our Lord Jesus Christ, the Lord of glory. 2For if a man wearing a gold ring and fine clothing comes into your assembly, and a poor man in shabby clothing also comes in, 3and if you pay attention to the one who wears the fine clothing and say, “You sit here in a good place,” while you say to the poor man, “You stand over there,” or, “Sit down at my feet,” 4have you not then made distinctions among yourselves and become judges with evil thoughts? 5Listen, my beloved brothers, has not God chosen those who are poor in the world to be rich in faith and heirs of the kingdom, which he has promised to those who love him? 6But you have dishonored the poor man. Are not the rich the ones who oppress you, and the ones who drag you into court? 7Are they not the ones who blaspheme the honorable name by which you were called? 8If you really fulfill the royal law according to the Scripture, “You shall love your neighbor as yourself,” you are doing well. 9But if you show partiality, you are committing sin and are convicted by the law as transgressors. 10For whoever keeps the whole law but fails in one point has become guilty of all of it.
14What good is it, my brothers, if someone says he has faith but does not have works? Can that faith save him? 15If a brother or sister is poorly clothed and lacking in daily food, 16and one of you says to them, “Go in peace, be warmed and filled,” without giving them the things needed for the body, what good is that? 17So also faith by itself, if it does not have works, is dead. 18But someone will say, “You have faith and I have works.” Show me your faith apart from your works, and I will show you my faith by my works.
A: Here ends the reading
C: Thanks be to God.

C: Alleluia, Lord, to whom shall we go?
You have the words of eternal life, Alleluia, Alleluia.

GOSPEL Mark 7:24-37

The Holy Gospel according to St. Mark the seventh chapter.
C: Glory to you, O Lord.

24{Jesus} arose and went away to the region of Tyre and Sidon. And he entered a house and did not want anyone to know, yet he could not be hidden. 25But immediately a woman whose little daughter had an unclean spirit heard of him and came and fell down at his feet. 26Now the woman was a Gentile, a Syrophoenician by birth. And she begged him to cast the demon out of her daughter. 27And he said to her, “Let the children be fed first, for it is not right to take the children’s bread and throw it to the dogs.” 28But she answered him, “Yes, Lord; yet even the dogs under the table eat the children’s crumbs.” 29And he said to her, “For this statement you may go your way; the demon has left your daughter.” 30And she went home and found the child lying in bed and the demon gone. 31Then he returned from the region of Tyre and went through Sidon to the Sea of Galilee, in the region of the Decapolis. 32And they brought to him a man who was deaf and had a speech impediment, and they begged him to lay his hand on him. 33And taking him aside from the crowd privately, he put his fingers into his ears, and after spitting touched his tongue. 34And looking up to heaven, he sighed and said to him, “Ephphatha,” that is, “Be opened.” 35And his ears were opened, his tongue was released, and he spoke plainly. 36And Jesus charged them to tell no one. But the more he charged them, the more zealously they proclaimed it. 37And they were astonished beyond measure, saying, “He has done all things well. He even makes the deaf hear and the mute speak.”
P: The Gospel of the Lord.
C: Praise to you, O Christ.

SERMON Pastor Kelly


C: I believe in God, the Father almighty, creator of heaven and earth.
I believe in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord. He was conceived by the power of the Holy Spirit and born of the virgin Mary. He suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died, and was buried. He descended into hell. On the third day he rose again. He ascended into heaven, and is seated at the right hand of the Father. He will come again to judge the living and the dead.
I believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy catholic Church, the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and the life everlasting. Amen.

Almighty and everlasting God, by your great mercy in Jesus Christ, your Son, you have given us forgiveness of sin, eternal life, and salvation. Grant that your Holy Spirit may so rule in our hearts, that we may put to death all fleshly and worldly desires, serve you in holiness and purity, and give you continual thanks for all your goodness. Lord, in your mercy,
C: hear our prayer.
P: Holy God, you are the source of all strength for us. Help us to depend on you and your strength rather than on our own. In our weakness and vulnerability, you show us your continual presence and protection. May we turn over all things to you, knowing and trusting that you hear us and will respond. Lord, in your mercy,
C: hear our prayer.
Almighty God, grant courage and wisdom to our national leaders, [especially …], to all who serve in local government, and to the members of our armed forces. Guide them all in the way of justice and truth in accordance to your will and guidance. Lord in your mercy,
C: hear our prayer.
Mighty Healer, you are the source of all mercy and healing. Help us to call on you in times of suffering and to believe wholeheartedly you will bring us restoration and newness of life. We ask this for our friends and family [especially …]. Clothe your children in the glory of your loving presence, today and always, and make us truly grateful for your healing power in our lives. Lord in your mercy,
C: hear our prayer. Amen.


C: Let the vineyards be fruitful, Lord, and fill to the brim our cup of blessing. Gather a harvest from the seeds that were sown, that we may be fed with the bread of life. Gather the hopes and the dreams of all; unite them with the prayers we offer now. Grace our table with your presence, and give us a foretaste of the feast to come.
A: Let us pray...Benevolent God,
you have granted us in abundance with all the good things that life has to offer. May we be truly grateful for our daily bread, even as we return a portion of what you have first given us as a sign of our humility and thanksgiving for your bounteous gifts. Let the treasures we have received from you be used to serve the world you love. Amen. +

The Lord be with you.
C: And also with you.

P: Lift up your hearts.
C: We lift them to the Lord.

P: Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.
C: It is right to give him thanks and praise.

It is indeed right and salutary …
… we praise your name and join their unending hymn:

C: Holy, holy, holy Lord, God of power and might: Heaven and earth are full of your glory. Hosanna. Hosanna. Hosanna in the highest. Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord. Hosanna in the highest.

P: In the night in which he was betrayed, our Lord Jesus took bread, and gave thanks, broke it, and gave it to his disciples, saying: Take and eat: this is my body, given for you. Do this for the remembrance of me.
Again, after supper, he took the cup, gave thanks, and gave it for all to drink, saying: This cup is the new covenant in my blood, shed for you and for all people for the forgiveness of sin. Do this for the remembrance of me.

C: 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. Amen.

C: Lamb of God, you take away the sin of the world; have mercy on us. Lamb of God, you take away the sin of the world; have mercy on us. Lamb of God, you take away the sin of the world: grant us peace.


The body and blood of our Lord Jesus Christ strengthen you and keep you in his grace.
C: Amen.

C: Thank the Lord and sing his praise; tell everyone what he has done. Let all
who seek the Lord rejoice and proudly bear his name. He recalls his promises
and leads his people forth in joy with shouts of thanksgiving. Alleluia. Alleluia.

Let us pray: Holy and Eternal God, you have fed, nourished, and forgiven us at your holy table. Send us now into the world to share the good news of your salvation with all we meet, in the name of Jesus Christ our Savior and Lord.
C: Amen.

In the name of God the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, put on love, which binds everything together in perfect harmony. Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in one body. Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom and whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.
C: Amen.

HYMN - LBW # 370 “Bless Be the Tie That Binds”

1 Blest be the tie that bindshearts in Christian love;
The fellowship of kindred mindsIs like to that above.
2 Before our Father's thronepour our ardent prayers;
Our fears, our hopes, our aims are one,comforts and our cares.
3 We share each other's woes, Each other's burdens bear,
And often for each other flows The sympathizing tear.
4 When we are called to partgives us inward pain,
But we shall be joined in heart,hope to meet again.

A: Go in peace. Serve the Lord.
C: Thanks be to God.


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9:00 AM Worship
As the safety protocols for the covid pandemic are being eased, New Hope has resumed in-person worship beginning at 9:00 am each Sunday.  If you are unable to attend, we will have the service as Pastor Kelly provides it for St. Mark's in Salisbury placed on this website under Virtual Worship as soon as it is available.