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Augustana Lutheran Church of Hyde Park
and Lutheran Campus Ministry

July 5, 2020

Fifth 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 #531 - The Trumpets Sound, the Angels Sing
vs. 1    The trumpets sound, the angels sing, the feast is
             ready to begin.  The gates of heav'n are open wide
             and Jesus welcomes you inside.

Refrain     Sing with thankfulness songs of pure delight.
                    Come and revel in heaven's love and light.
                    Take your place at the table of the King.
                    The feast is ready to begin;
                    The feast is ready to begin.

vs. 2    Tables are laden with good things; oh, taste the
             peace and joy he brings.  He'll fill you up with love divine;
             he'll turn your water into wine.

vs. 3    The hungry heart he satisfies, offers the
             poor his paradise.  Now hear all heav'n and earth applaud
             the amazing goodness of the Lord.
The Prayer of the Day

You are great, O God, and greatly to be praised. You have made us for yourself, and our hearts are restless until they rest in you. Grant that we may believe in you, call upon you, know you, and serve you, through your Son, Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord.

Readings of the Day
A Reading from the Hebrew Bible: Zechariah 9:9-12
The coming messianic king will inaugurate an era of disarmament and prosperity. Because of God’s covenant with Israel, the people are designated as “prisoners of hope.”

9Rejoice greatly, O daughter Zion!  Shout aloud, O daughter Jerusalem!  Lo, your king comes to you; triumphant and victorious is he, humble and riding on a donkey, on a colt, the foal of a donkey.  10He will cut off the chariot from Ephraim and the war-horse from Jerusalem; and the battle bow shall be cut off, and he shall command peace to the nations; his dominion shall be from sea to sea, and from the River to the ends of the earth.

11As for you also, because of the blood of my covenant with you, I will set your prisoners free from the waterless pit.  12Return to your stronghold, O prisoners of hope; today I declare that I will restore to you double.

Psalm 145:8-14
8The Lord is gracious and full | of compassion,
  slow to anger and abounding in | steadfast love.
9Lord, you are | good to all,
  and your compassion is over | all your works. 
10All your works shall praise | you, O Lord,
  and your faithful | ones shall bless you.
11They shall tell of the glory | of your kingdom
  and speak | of your power,
12that all people may know | of your power
  and the glorious splendor | of your kingdom.
13Your kingdom is an everlasting kingdom; your dominion endures through- | out all ages.
  You, Lord, are faithful in all your words, and loving in | all your works.
14The Lord upholds all | those who fall
  and lifts up those who | are bowed down. 
A Reading from Paul's Letter to the Romans: 7:15-25
Life captive to sin is an inherent contradiction.  The Holy Spirit helps us to know good, and yet, we choose not to do those things.  We all know what is wrong, and those are the things we choose to do. Through Jesus Christ, God has set us free from such a futile existence.

15I do not understand my own actions. For I do not do what I want, but I do the very thing I hate. 16Now if I do what I do not want, I agree that the law is good. 17But in fact it is no longer I that do it, but sin that dwells within me. 18For I know that nothing good dwells within me, that is, in my flesh. I can will what is right, but I cannot do it. 19For I do not do the good I want, but the evil I do not want is what I do. 20Now if I do what I do not want, it is no longer I that do it, but sin that dwells within me.
21So I find it to be a law that when I want to do what is good, evil lies close at hand. 22For I delight in the law of God in my inmost self, 23but I see in my members another law at war with the law of my mind, making me captive to the law of sin that dwells in my members. 24Wretched man that I am! Who will rescue me from this body of death? 25Thanks be to God through Jesus Christ our Lord! So then, with my mind I am a slave to the law of God, but with my flesh I am a slave to the law of sin.
The Holy Gospel according to Matthew: 11:16-19, 25-30
Jesus chides people who find fault with both his ministry and that of John the Baptist. He thanks God that wisdom and intelligence are not needed to receive what God has to offer.

[Jesus spoke to the crowd saying:] 16“To what will I compare this generation? It is like children sitting in the marketplaces and calling to one another,
17‘We played the flute for you, and you did not dance;
  we wailed, and you did not mourn.’

18For John came neither eating nor drinking, and they say, ‘He has a demon’; 19the Son of Man came eating and drinking, and they say, ‘Look, a glutton and a drunkard, a friend of tax collectors and sinners!’ Yet wisdom is vindicated by her deeds.”
25At that time Jesus said, “I thank you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because you have hidden these things from the wise and the intelligent and have revealed them to infants; 26yes, Father, for such was your gracious will. 27All things have been handed over to me by my Father; and no one knows the Son except the Father, and no one knows the Father except the Son and anyone to whom the Son chooses to reveal him.
28“Come to me, all you that are weary and are carrying heavy burdens, and I will give you rest. 29Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me; for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. 30For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.”
Hymn of the Day: ELW #783 - Praise and Thanks and Adoration
In Our Prayers

Thanksgiving for the safe delivery of Leslie Klonowski, daughter of Joe and Emily Kleeman
Thanksgiving for Caleb Tompsett, grandson of Bill and Chris, upon the completion of his radiation therapy

The friends and family of Amani Kildea, son of Pastor Kildea of Succassuna, NJ and friend of Pat Chromy, after Amani took his own life
Diane Hajjar, friend of Padraig McGuire, in hospice

Varghese, father of Cynthiya, in pain from a fractured thigh bone
Jeanette Bordelon, recovering from surgery
Edgar Guice, brother of Cassandra, recovering from heart issues
Rebecca Guice, niece of Cassandra, diagnosed with diabetes
Dale, a friend of Padraig McGuire, diagnosed with COVID-19 while still mourning the loss of his husband from the disease

Fred Doctor, brother of Jeannette Bordelon, recently blinded in both eyes
Mark van Scharrel, husband of Pastor Julie Ryan, advanced cancer
Frank Showers, beginning cell stem therapy for cancer
Anu, Smitha Gunthoti's cousin, late-stage cancer
Kathy, friend of Robin Mitchell, hospitalized due to mental illness

Homeless Chicagoans, especially the residents of Door of Hope who are once again on the street after their shelter burned down
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 working on 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 You can, of course, also send a check to Augustana, 5500 S. Woodlawn Ave., Chicago, IL, 60637.
While we all miss the beautiful interior of our beloved church, we can still enjoy nature's extravagant beautification of the exterior.  This week, I'll be highlighting just a few of the lilies we have in our gardens; to see more, plan on walking by Augustana sometime within the week or so before they're all gone.
The Coalition of Welcoming Churches of Chicago, of which Augustana is a proud member, is a diverse group, all united by the firm belief that God loves ALL of us.  This video is a liturgical celebration for Pride Sunday.

Also, unshareable by mailchimp, is a heartbreaking video collection of various congregations affirming their belief in welcoming all.  Augustana is included around the 38-minute mark.
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