07/24/22 Weekly Worship

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your faith enlivens your spirit and engages your mind as we celebrate God’s
love and healing for the world with the resurrection of Christ, our Risen Lord.

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July 24, 2022 – 7th Sunday after Pentecost
Rev. Denise Clark-Jones


Today our Old Testament reading is from the book of Hosea, an eighth-century (BCE) prophet from the northern kingdom of Israel. Israel is criticized for using derisive representations of Hosea’s wife and children. God’s wrath demonstrated here does not make for comforting reading. The psalmist expresses thanks and praise to God for forgiving Israel’s sins in the past and pleads for God to do so again and to release them from their punishment. In our epistle text, Paul advises the Colossian congregation to grow in faith and obedience to Christ’s authority. In Luke, Jesus encourages his disciples to approach God with intimacy using the language of Father, in what has come to be known as “The Lord’s Prayer.” Although the Lord’s Prayer is considered the universal Christian prayer, every verse comes from a Jewish liturgy that Jesus would have known well. Jesus compressed foundational Jewish ethical teachings into a summation of what would become the Christian faith.


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Almighty God, the fountain of all wisdom, you know our necessities before we ask and our ignorance in asking: Have compassion on our weakness, and mercifully give us those things which for our unworthiness we dare not, and for our blindness we cannot ask; through the worthiness of your Son Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.