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Augustana Lutheran Church of Hyde Park
and Lutheran Campus Ministry

August 23, 2020

Eleventh Sunday after Pentecost
Online Service

 
Augustana is worshiping in-person every Sunday morning at 9:30. This will continue as long as Chicago remains in Phase Four of Illinois' reopening plan.

If you would prefer to worship online, you can find the link to our YouTube worship channel on our website. The video is available when in-person services begin, at 9:30am on Sunday mornings.

The sanctuary will be open Tuesdays from 11am to 2pm for anyone who would like to use it for silent meditation and prayer.
 
Hymn of Praise: All Glory Be to God on High (ELW pg 159)
The Prayer of the Day

God of all peoples, your arms reach out to embrace all those who call upon you. Teach us as disciples of your Son to love the world with compassion and constancy, that your name may be known throughout the earth, through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord.  Amen.

Readings of the Day
A Reading from the Hebrew Bible: Isaiah 51:1-6
 
Just as God had called Abraham and Sarah and given them many descendants, so now God offers comfort to Zion. God’s deliverance will come soon and will never end.

1Listen to me, you that pursue righteousness, you that seek the Lord.  Look to the rock from which you were hewn, and to the quarry from which you were dug.  2Look to Abraham your father and to Sarah who bore you; for he was but one when I called him, but I blessed him and made him many.  3For the Lord will comfort Zion; he will comfort all her waste places, and will make her wilderness like Eden, her desert like the garden of the Lord; joy and gladness will be found in her, thanksgiving and the voice of song.

4Listen to me, my people, and give heed to me, my nation; for a teaching will go out from me, and my justice for a light to the peoples.  5I will bring near my deliverance swiftly, my salvation has gone out and my arms will rule the peoples; the coastlands wait for me, and for my arm they hope. 6Lift up your eyes to the heavens, and look at the earth beneath; for the heavens will vanish like smoke, the earth will wear out like a garment, and those who live on it will die like gnats; but my salvation will be forever, and my deliverance will never be ended.
Psalm 138
1I will give thanks to you, O Lord, with | my whole heart;
  before the gods | I will sing your praise.
2I will bow down toward your holy temple and praise your name, because of your steadfast | love and faithfulness;
  for you have glorified your name and your word above all things.
3When I called, you | answered me;
  you in- | creased my strength with-in me.
4All the rulers of the earth will praise | you, O Lord,
  when they have heard the words of your mouth.
5They will sing of the ways | of the Lord,
  that great is the | glory of the Lord.
6The Lord is high, yet cares | for the lowly,
  perceiving the haughty from afar.
7Though I walk in the midst of trouble, you | keep me safe;
  you stretch forth your hand against the fury of my enemies; your | right hand shall save me.
8You will make good your pur- | pose for me;
  O Lord, your steadfast love endures forever; do not abandon the works of your hands.
A Reading from Paul's Letter to the Romans: 12:1-8
 
In response to God’s merciful activity, we are to worship by living holistic, God-pleasing lives. Our values and viewpoints are not molded by the time in which we live but are transformed by the Spirit’s renewing work. God’s grace empowers different forms of service among Christians, but all forms of ministry function to build up the body of Christ.

1I appeal to you therefore, brothers and sisters, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship. 2Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your minds, so that you may discern what is the will of God—what is good and acceptable and perfect.
  
3For by the grace given to me I say to everyone among you not to think of yourself more highly than you ought to think, but to think with sober judgment, each according to the measure of faith that God has assigned. 4For as in one body we have many members, and not all the members have the same function, 5so we, who are many, are one body in Christ, and individually we are members one of another. 6We have gifts that differ according to the grace given to us: prophecy, in proportion to faith; 7ministry, in ministering; the teacher, in teaching; 8the exhorter, in exhortation; the giver, in generosity; the leader, in diligence; the compassionate, in cheerfulness.
The Holy Gospel according to Matthew: 16:13-20
 
At a climactic point in Jesus’ ministry, God reveals to Peter that Jesus is “the Messiah, the Son of the living God,” and Jesus responds with the promise of a church that will overcome the very gates of Hades.

13Now when Jesus came into the district of Caesarea Philippi, he asked his disciples, “Who do people say that the Son of Man is?” 14And they said, “Some say John the Baptist, but others Elijah, and still others Jeremiah or one of the prophets.” 15He said to them, “But who do you say that I am?” 16Simon Peter answered, “You are the Messiah, the Son of the living God.” 17And Jesus answered him, “Blessed are you, Simon son of Jonah! For flesh and blood has not revealed this to you, but my Father in heaven. 18And I tell you, you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of Hades will not prevail against it. 19I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven, and whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven.” 20Then he sternly ordered the disciples not to tell anyone that he was the Messiah.
Hymn of the Day: There's a Wideness in God's Mercy (LBW #290)
In Our Prayers

Friends and family of Larry Gaetan, friend of Padraig McGuire, died
Friends and family of Clark Nolan, friend of Polly Fehlman, died
Friends and family of Adita Torres, Bishop of Peru, died from COVID-19
Pastor Pedro Bullon, husband of Adita Torres, suffering from COVID-19
Rebecca, niece of Cassandra Guice, recovering from COVID-19
Millie Spino, friend of Pat Chromy, recovering from COVID-19

Nancy Dishno, recovering from surgery
Caleb Tompsett, grandson of Bill and Chris, starting chemotherapy
David Mueller, friend of Judy Merritt-Morgan, diagnosed with bone cancer
Allison, friend of Richard Krull, diagnosed with ovarian cancer
Mark van Scharrel, husband of Pastor Julie Ryan, advanced cancer
Frank Showers, undergoing cell stem therapy for cancer
Anu, Smitha Gunthoti's cousin, late-stage cancer
Kathy, friend of Robin Mitchell, hospitalized due to mental illness

The homeless and those who are food insecure
Victims and survivors of domestic abuse
Those who struggle with substance abuse

Health care providers in our congregation: Peter Pytel, Elaine Worcester, Steph Stuhlmuller, and Norma Rolfsen
Other health care workers and researchers beloved by members of our community: Jefree Schulte, Deb Burnet, Kimi, Jenny, Ashley, Thomas, and Kevin Rist.


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.
Volunteer opportunity
 
Do you miss helping out at community breakfasts?  Consider replacing that opportunity to help others with volunteering at the Greater Chicago Food Depository.  They need folks to sort through food donations, pack them into family size servings, and to go out in trucks to pass out food in underserved communities.  Go here to sign up!  Alternately, you can email Jackie Bishop for more information.
The deadline for submitting videos to this part of the project is Monday, September 14. NON:op is offering a $5 honorarium for each video reading we include in the online installation (up to 5). Visit the Blood Lines – SAY THEIR NAMES project page on our website for detailed information on participating in Blood Lines - SAY THEIR NAMES.

For the SAY THEIR NAMES component of the project we are seeking volunteers to assist Ron Browne with the development of a database of black persons killed by law enforcement since 1919. If you would like to assist Ron, please visit the Blood Lines - SAY THEIR NAMES page and click on DOCUMENTS for more information.



 
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