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Augustana Lutheran Church of Hyde Park
and Lutheran Campus Ministry

June 21, 2020

Third Sunday after Pentecost

During this time of shelter-in-place, we still worship together online. You can find the link to our worship channel on our website. The video will be available starting at 9:30am on Sunday morning.
Hymn of Praise: ELW #768 - Lead Me, Guide Me
The Prayer of the Day

Holy and righteous God, you created us in your image. Grant us grace to contend fearlessly against evil and to make no peace with oppression. Help us, like those of generations before us who resisted the evil of slavery and human bondage in any form and any manner of oppression. Help us to use our freedoms to bring justice among people and nations everywhere, to the glory of your Holy name through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Amen.

Readings of the Day
A Reading from the Hebrew Bible: Jeremiah 20:7-13
 
Jeremiah accuses God of forcing him into a ministry that brings him only contempt and persecution. Yet Jeremiah is confident that God will be a strong protector against his enemies and commits his life into God’s hands.

7Lord, you have enticed me, and I was enticed; you have overpowered me, and you have prevailed.  I have become a laughingstock all day long; everyone mocks me.  8For whenever I speak, I must cry out, I must shout, “Violence and destruction!”  For the word of the Lord has become for me a reproach and derision all day long.  9If I say, “I will not mention him, or speak any more in his name,” then within me there is something like a burning fire shut up in my bones; I am weary with holding it in, and I cannot.  10For I hear many whispering: "Terror is all around!  Denounce him! Let us denounce him!”  All my close friends are watching for me to stumble.  “Perhaps he can be enticed, and we can prevail against him, and take our revenge on him.”  11But the Lord is with me like a dread warrior; therefore my persecutors will stumble, and they will not prevail.  They will be greatly shamed, for they will not succeed.  Their eternal dishonor will never be forgotten.  12Lord of hosts, you test the righteous, you see the heart and the mind; let me see your retribution upon them, for to you I have committed my cause.

13Sing to the Lord; praise the Lord!  For he has delivered the life of the needy from the hands of evildoers.

Psalm 78:1-11
1Hear my teaching, | O my people;
     incline your ears to the words | of my mouth.
2I will open my mouth | in a parable;
     I will declare the mysteries of | ancient times

3that which we have heard and known, and what our fore- | bears have told us,
     we will not hide | from their children.
4We will recount to generations to come the praiseworthy deeds and the power | of the Lord,
     and the wonderful works | God has done.

5The Lord gave a decree in Jacob and established a | law in Israel,
     commanding our ancestors to teach it | to their children;
6that the generations to come might know, and the children | yet unborn;
     that they in their turn might tell it | to their children;

7so that they might put their | trust in God,
     and not forget the deeds of God, but keep | God’s commandments,
8and not be like their ancestors, a stubborn and rebellious | generation,
     a generation whose heart was not steadfast, and whose spirit was not faith- | ful to God.

9The people of Ephraim, armed | with the bow,
     turned back in the | day of battle;
10they did not keep the cove- | nant of God,
     and refused to walk | in God’s law;

11they forgot what | God had done,
     and the wonders that | had been shown them.
A Reading from Paul's Letter to the Romans: 6:1b-11

In baptism we were incorporated into the reality of Christ’s death and resurrection. We have been made new in Christ through his death and resurrection to live freed from sin.

1bShould we continue in sin in order that grace may abound? 2By no means! How can we who died to sin go on living in it? 3Do you not know that all of us who have been baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death? 4Therefore we have been buried with him by baptism into death, so that, just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, so we too might walk in newness of life.

5For if we have been united with him in a death like his, we will certainly be united with him in a resurrection like his. 6We know that our old self was crucified with him so that the body of sin might be destroyed, and we might no longer be enslaved to sin. 7For whoever has died is freed from sin. 8But if we have died with Christ, we believe that we will also live with him. 9We know that Christ, being raised from the dead, will never die again; death no longer has dominion over him. 10The death he died, he died to sin, once for all; but the life he lives, he lives to God. 11So you also must consider yourselves dead to sin and alive to God in Christ Jesus.
The Holy Gospel according to Matthew: 10:24-39
 
Jesus warns his disciples that their ministry in his name will meet with opposition. However, he assures them that they need not fear for the truth will come to light. Life is found in Christ.

[Jesus said to the twelve:] 24“A disciple is not above the teacher, nor a slave above the master; 25it is enough for the disciple to be like the teacher, and the slave like the master. If they have called the master of the house Beelzebul, how much more will they malign those of his household!

26“So have no fear of them; for nothing is covered up that will not be uncovered, and nothing secret that will not become known. 27What I say to you in the dark, tell in the light; and what you hear whispered, proclaim from the housetops. 28Do not fear those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul; rather fear him who can destroy both soul and body in hell. 29Are not two sparrows sold for a penny? Yet not one of them will fall to the ground apart from your Father. 30And even the hairs of your head are all counted. 31So do not be afraid; you are of more value than many sparrows.

32“Everyone therefore who acknowledges me before others, I also will acknowledge before my Father in heaven; 33but whoever denies me before others, I also will deny before my Father in heaven.

34“Do not think that I have come to bring peace to the earth; I have not come to bring peace, but a sword.

35For I have come to set a man against his father, and a daughter against her mother, and a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law; 36and one’s foes will be members of one’s own household.

37Whoever loves father or mother more than me is not worthy of me; and whoever loves son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me; 38and whoever does not take up the cross and follow me is not worthy of me. 39Those who find their life will lose it, and those who lose their life for my sake will find it.”
Hymn of the Day: ELW #866 - We Are Marching in the Light
In Our Prayers

Family and friends of Cathy Eurich, friend of Pat Chromy, died from COVID-19
Family and friends of Dennis Paradise, friend of Pat Chromy, died
Elsa Charleston, recovering from a fall
Diane Hajjar, friend of Padraig McGuire, in hospice
Elizabeth Strohl, 100 year old mother of Ralph, isolated after a diagnosis of COVID-19
Robert Zimmer, president of the University of Chicago, recovering from brain surgery to remove a tumor
Ka Yee Lee, provost of the UofC, during a difficult time
Hazel Schwab, mother of Jim, recovering from a fall

Caleb Tompsett, grandson of Bill and Chris, undergoing radiation for a pediatric brain tumor
Jeanette Bordelon, recovering from surgery
Edgar Guice, brother of Cassandra, recovering from heart issues
Millie Spino, friend of Pat Chromy, suffering from MS and COVID-19
Robert Goede, Pastor Goede's father, recovering from a fall 
Mark van Scharrel, husband of Pastor Julie Ryan, advanced cancer
Frank Showers, beginning cell stem therapy for cancer
Diana Washington Ramos, friend of Cassandra Guice, struggling with difficult family decisions
Health and safety for Russell and Craig Washington and their families, sons of Cassandra Guice
Anu, Smitha Gunthoti's cousin, late-stage cancer
Kathy, friend of Robin Mitchell, hospitalized due to mental illness

The people of India, as they confront both COVID-19 and resulting violence against Muslims
Those who struggle with substance abuse, a condition made more difficult by isolation

The doctors in our congregation, Peter Pytel, Jefree Schulte, and Elaine Worcester; and nurse practitioners, Steph Stuhlmuller and Norma Rolfsen
Deb Burnet, Joe Klonowski’s mother, a doctor at U of C Hospital
Kimi, a friend of the Klonowskis', working hard at U of C Hospital

Jenny, Dan's fiancee, a nurse in Dallas just assigned to work the covid floor
Ashley and Thomas, college friends of Joe Klonowski, working on covid research at UIUC and Berkeley.

Kevin Rist, father of Erika, a doctor in Wausau, WI

Please do not hesitate to email the office with any prayer requests that you would like included next week.  Alternately, you can attend the Zoom prayer meeting at 2:00 on Saturday afternoon to lift up your prayers there.
Please share the peace and make an offering

Did you know that sharing the peace is meant to reconcile us before we share the Holy Supper? We can't do that in person right now, but we can the rest of the week. Please take time soon to call or email someone. It helps build community and keeps us strong. 

At the end of worship, please remember to make an offering. The people we employ depend on your generosity during this difficult time. You can arrange an ongoing electronic offering through our website. Setting up a free PayPal account allows you to make an offering of any size with a debit or credit card; the email address you need is treasurer@augustanahydepark.org. You can, of course, also send a check to Augustana, 5500 S. Woodlawn Ave., Chicago, IL, 60637.
Communing at home?  Take a picture!

We would love to receive pictures of the bread and wine that you're using at home for your Communion so that we can vary the images we display in our videos.  If you feel that you set a nice Communion table, please snap a picture and email it to Carolyn.  
While we all miss the beautiful interior of our beloved church, we can still enjoy nature's extravagant beautification of the exterior.
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