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Augustana Lutheran Church of Hyde Park
and Lutheran Campus Ministry

July 12, 2020

Sixth Sunday after Pentecost
Online Service

 
 
As the governor relaxes the shelter-in-place restrictions that have governed our lives for the past three months, we are tentatively beginning to experiment with a stripped down in-person service.  If you would like to attend an in-person service, you must pre-register HERE.  If you missed the pre-registration, if you are stilling keeping a full quarantine, of if you simply prefer a full service, you are, as always, welcome to worship online with us. You can find the link to our worship channel on our website. The video will be available at 9:30am on Sunday morning.
Hymn of Praise: W&R 710: The Trees of the Field
The Prayer of the Day

Almighty God, we thank you for planting in us the seed of your word. By your Holy Spirit help us to receive it with joy, live according to it, and grow in faith and hope and love, through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord.
Amen.

Readings of the Day
A Reading from the Hebrew Bible: Isaiah 55:10-13
 
God’s word to Israel’s exiles is as sure and effective as never-failing precipitation. Their return to the Holy Land in a new exodus is cheered on by singing mountains and by trees that clap their hands.

10For as the rain and the snow come down from heaven, and do not return there until they have watered the earth, making it bring forth and sprout, giving seed to the sower and bread to the eater, 11so shall my word be that goes out from my mouth; it shall not return to me empty, but it shall accomplish that which I purpose, and succeed in the thing for which I sent it.

12For you shall go out in joy, and be led back in peace; the mountains and the hills before you shall burst into song, and all the trees of the field shall clap their hands.  13Instead of the thorn shall come up the cypress; instead of the brier shall come up the myrtle; and it shall be to the Lord for a memorial, for an everlasting sign that shall not be cut off.
Psalm 65:1-8
    1You are to be praised, O | God, in Zion;
  to you shall vows | be fulfilled.
2To you, the one | who answers prayer,
  to you all | flesh shall come.
3Our sins are strong- | er than we are,
  but you blot out | our transgressions.

4Happy are they whom you choose and draw to your | courts to dwell there!
  They will be satisfied by the beauty of your house, by the holiness | of your temple.
5Awesome things will you show us in your righteousness, O God of | our salvation,
  O hope of all the ends of the earth and of the oceans | far away.
6You make firm the mountains | by your power;
  you are girded a- | bout with might.
7You still the roaring | of the seas,
  the roaring of their waves, and the clamor | of the peoples.

8Those who dwell at the ends of the earth will tremble at your | marvelous signs;
  you make the dawn and the dusk to | sing for joy. 
A Reading from Paul's Letter to the Romans: 8:1-11
 
There is no condemnation for those who live in Christ. God sent Christ to accomplish what the law was unable to do: condemn sin and free us from its death-dealing ways. The Spirit now empowers proper actions and values in our lives and gives us the promise of resurrected life.

1There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus. 2For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has set you free from the law of sin and of death. 3For God has done what the law, weakened by the flesh, could not do: by sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh, and to deal with sin, he condemned sin in the flesh, 4so that the just requirement of the law might be fulfilled in us, who walk not according to the flesh but according to the Spirit. 5For those who live according to the flesh set their minds on the things of the flesh, but those who live according to the Spirit set their minds on the things of the Spirit. 6To set the mind on the flesh is death, but to set the mind on the Spirit is life and peace. 7For this reason the mind that is set on the flesh is hostile to God; it does not submit to God’s law—indeed it cannot, 8and those who are in the flesh cannot please God.
  
9But you are not in the flesh; you are in the Spirit, since the Spirit of God dwells in you. Anyone who does not have the Spirit of Christ does not belong to him. 10But if Christ is in you, though the body is dead because of sin, the Spirit is life because of righteousness. 11If the Spirit of him who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, he who raised Christ from the dead will give life to your mortal bodies also through his Spirit that dwells in you.
The Holy Gospel according to Matthew: 13:1-9, 18-23
 
In Matthew’s gospel, both Jesus and his disciples “sow the seed” of God’s word by proclaiming the good news that “the kingdom of heaven is near.” Now, in a memorable parable, Jesus explains why this good news produces different results in those who hear.

1That same day Jesus went out of the house and sat beside the sea. 2Such great crowds gathered around him that he got into a boat and sat there, while the whole crowd stood on the beach. 3And he told them many things in parables, saying: “Listen! A sower went out to sow. 4And as he sowed, some seeds fell on the path, and the birds came and ate them up. 5Other seeds fell on rocky ground, where they did not have much soil, and they sprang up quickly, since they had no depth of soil. 6But when the sun rose, they were scorched; and since they had no root, they withered away. 7Other seeds fell among thorns, and the thorns grew up and choked them. 8Other seeds fell on good soil and brought forth grain, some a hundredfold, some sixty, some thirty. 9Let anyone with ears listen!”
  
18“Hear then the parable of the sower. 19When anyone hears the word of the kingdom and does not understand it, the evil one comes and snatches away what is sown in the heart; this is what was sown on the path. 20As for what was sown on rocky ground, this is the one who hears the word and immediately receives it with joy; 21yet such a person has no root, but endures only for a while, and when trouble or persecution arises on account of the word, that person immediately falls away. 22As for what was sown among thorns, this is the one who hears the word, but the cares of the world and the lure of wealth choke the word, and it yields nothing. 23But as for what was sown on good soil, this is the one who hears the word and understands it, who indeed bears fruit and yields, in one case a hundredfold, in another sixty, and in another thirty.”
Hymn of the Day: Almighty God, Your Word is Cast
Our Cantor, Padraig McGuire, wrote this in 1983 to celebrate the baptism of his son, Luther, at St. Bede's Chapel on the University of Miami campus.  (He changed the spelling of his name from Patrick to his current one after his father's passing.)
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
Robert Zimmer, president of the University of Chicago, recovering from brain surgery to remove a tumor
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
Millie Spino, friend of Pat Chromy, suffering from MS and COVID-19
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 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.
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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