• Matins,  Music

    Wednesday Matins 10/27/21

    As we continue to maneuver church life in the pandemic, we at Woodlake Lutheran invite you into a time of Morning Prayer. The following practice may be done individually, or with one or two in your household leading the whole family in a time of prayer.
     
    Begin with centering yourself in a quiet space. Take three slow breaths. After this, speak these words: Satisfy us in the morning with your steadfast love, O God, that we may rejoice and be glad all our days. Praise to the blest and holy Trinity, one God, who gives us life, salvation, and resurrection.

    Jeremiah 31:31-34

    31The days are surely coming, says the Lord, when I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel and the house of Judah. 32It will not be like the covenant that I made with their ancestors when I took them by the hand to bring them out of the land of Egypt—a covenant that they broke, though I was their husband, says the Lord. 33But this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, says the Lord: I will put my law within them, and I will write it on their hearts; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people. 34No longer shall they teach one another, or say to each other, “Know the Lord,” for they shall all know me, from the least of them to the greatest, says the Lord; for I will forgive their iniquity, and remember their sin no more. 

    Psalm 46

    1God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. 

    2Therefore we will not fear, though the earth be moved, and though the mountains shake in the depths of the sea; 

    3though its waters rage and foam, and though the mountains tremble with its tumult. 

    4There is a river whose streams make glad the city of God, the holy habitation of the Most High. 

    5God is in the midst of the city; it shall not be shaken; God shall help it at the break of day. 

    6The nations rage, and the kingdoms shake; God speaks, and the earth melts away.  

    7The Lord of hosts is with us; the God of Jacob is our stronghold. 

    8Come now, regard the works of the Lord, what desolations God has brought upon the earth; 

    9behold the one who makes war to cease in all the world; who breaks the bow, and shatters the spear, and burns the shields with fire. 

    10“Be still, then, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations; I will be exalted in the earth.” 

    11The Lord of hosts is with us; the God of Jacob is our stronghold.


    Romans 3:19-28

    19Now we know that whatever the law says, it speaks to those who are under the law, so that every mouth may be silenced, and the whole world may be held accountable to God. 20For “no human being will be justified in his sight” by deeds prescribed by the law, for through the law comes the knowledge of sin. 21But now, apart from law, the righteousness of God has been disclosed, and is attested by the law and the prophets, 22the righteousness of God through faith in Jesus Christ for all who believe. For there is no distinction, 23since all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God; 24they are now justified by his grace as a gift, through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus, 25whom God put forward as a sacrifice of atonement by his blood, effective through faith. He did this to show his righteousness, because in his divine forbearance he had passed over the sins previously committed; 26it was to prove at the present time that he himself is righteous and that he justifies the one who has faith in Jesus.27Then what becomes of boasting? It is excluded. By what law? By that of works? No, but by the law of faith. 28For we hold that a person is justified by faith apart from works prescribed by the law.


    John 8:31-36

    31Jesus said to the Jews who had believed in him, “If you continue in my word, you are truly my disciples; 32and you will know the truth, and the truth will make you free.” 33They answered him, “We are descendants of Abraham and have never been slaves to anyone. What do you mean by saying, ‘You will be made free’?”34Jesus answered them, “Very truly, I tell you, everyone who commits sin is a slave to sin. 35The slave does not have a permanent place in the household; the son has a place there forever. 36So if the Son makes you free, you will be free indeed.” 

    Pray 

    O God, you have called your servants to ventures of which we cannot see the ending, by paths as yet untrodden, through perils unknown. Give us faith to go out with good courage, not knowing where we go, but only that your hand is leading us and your love supporting us; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. 

    Bless 

    Almighty God bless us, and direct our days and our deeds in peace. Amen.

  • Matins,  Music

    Wednesday Matins 10/20/21

    As we continue to maneuver church life in the pandemic, we at Woodlake Lutheran invite you into a time of Morning Prayer. The following practice may be done individually, or with one or two in your household leading the whole family in a time of prayer.
     
    Begin with centering yourself in a quiet space. Take three slow breaths. After this, speak these words: Satisfy us in the morning with your steadfast love, O God, that we may rejoice and be glad all our days. Praise to the blest and holy Trinity, one God, who gives us life, salvation, and resurrection.
    Jeremiah 31:7-9
    7Thus says the Lord:
    Sing aloud with gladness for Jacob,
    and raise shouts for the chief of the nations;
    proclaim, give praise, and say,
    “Save, O Lord, your people,
    the remnant of Israel.”
    8See, I am going to bring them from the land of the north,
    and gather them from the farthest parts of the earth,
    among them the blind and the lame,
    those with child and those in labor, together;
    a great company, they shall return here.
    9With weeping they shall come,
    and with consolations I will lead them back,
    I will let them walk by brooks of water,
    in a straight path in which they shall not stumble;
    for I have become a father to Israel,
    and Ephraim is my firstborn.
     
    Psalm 126
    1When the Lord restored the fortunes of Zion,
    then were we like those who dream.
    2Then was our mouth filled with laughter, and our tongue with shouts of joy.
    Then they said among the nations, “The Lord has done great things for them.” 
    3The Lord has done great things for us,
    and we are glad indeed.
    4Restore our fortunes, O Lord,
    like the watercourses of the Negeb.
    5Those who sowed with tears
    will reap with songs of joy.
    6Those who go out weeping, carrying the seed,
    will come again with joy, shouldering their sheaves.
     
    Hebrews 7:23-28
    23The former priests were many in number, because they were prevented by death from continuing in office; 24but he holds his priesthood permanently, because he continues forever. 25Consequently he is able for all time to save those who approach God through him, since he always lives to make intercession for them.
    26For it was fitting that we should have such a high priest, holy, blameless, undefiled, separated from sinners, and exalted above the heavens. 27Unlike the other high priests, he has no need to offer sacrifices day after day, first for his own sins, and then for those of the people; this he did once for all when he offered himself. 28For the law appoints as high priests those who are subject to weakness, but the word of the oath, which came later than the law, appoints a Son who has been made perfect forever.
     
    Mark 10:46-52
    46As [Jesus] and his disciples and a large crowd were leaving Jericho, Bartimaeus son of Timaeus, a blind beggar, was sitting by the roadside. 47When he heard that it was Jesus of Nazareth, he began to shout out and say, “Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!” 48Many sternly ordered him to be quiet, but he cried out even more loudly, “Son of David, have mercy on me!” 49Jesus stood still and said, “Call him here.” And they called the blind man, saying to him, “Take heart; get up, he is calling you.” 50So throwing off his cloak, he sprang up and came to Jesus. 51Then Jesus said to him, “What do you want me to do for you?” The blind man said to him, “My teacher, let me see again.” 52Jesus said to him, “Go; your faith has made you well.” Immediately he regained his sight and followed him on the way.
     
    Pray
     
    O God, you have called your servants to ventures of which we cannot see the ending, by paths as yet untrodden, through perils unknown. Give us faith to go out with good courage, not knowing where we go, but only that your hand is leading us and your love supporting us; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
     
    Bless
     
    Almighty God bless us, and direct our days and our deeds in peace. Amen.
  • Matins,  Music

    Wednesday Matins 10/13/21

    As we take time to observe physical distancing, we at Woodlake Lutheran invite you into a time of Morning Prayer. The following practice may be done individually, or with one or two in your household leading the whole family in a time of prayer.
    Begin with centering yourself in a quiet space. Take three slow breaths. After this, speak these words: Satisfy us in the morning with your steadfast love, O God, that we may rejoice and be glad all our days. Praise to the blest and holy Trinity, one God, who gives us life, salvation, and resurrection.
    Isaiah 53:4-12
    4Surely he has borne our infirmities
    and carried our diseases;
    yet we accounted him stricken,
    struck down by God, and afflicted.
    5But he was wounded for our transgressions,
    crushed for our iniquities;
    upon him was the punishment that made us whole,
    and by his bruises we are healed.
    6All we like sheep have gone astray;
    we have all turned to our own way,
    and the Lord has laid on him
    the iniquity of us all.

    7He was oppressed, and he was afflicted,
    yet he did not open his mouth;
    like a lamb that is led to the slaughter,
    and like a sheep that before its shearers is silent,
    so he did not open his mouth.
    8By a perversion of justice he was taken away.
    Who could have imagined his future?
    For he was cut off from the land of the living,
    stricken for the transgression of my people.
    9They made his grave with the wicked
    and his tomb with the rich,
    although he had done no violence,
    and there was no deceit in his mouth.

    10Yet it was the will of the Lord to crush him with pain.
    When you make his life an offering for sin,
    he shall see his offspring, and shall prolong his days;
    through him the will of the Lord shall prosper.
    11Out of his anguish he shall see light;
    he shall find satisfaction through his knowledge.
    The righteous one, my servant, shall make many righteous,
    and he shall bear their iniquities.
    12Therefore I will allot him a portion with the great,
    and he shall divide the spoil with the strong;
    because he poured out himself to death,
    and was numbered with the transgressors;
    yet he bore the sin of many,
    and made intercession for the transgressors.


    Psalm 91:9-16
    9Because you have made the Lord your refuge,
    and the Most High your habitation,
    10no evil will befall you,
    nor shall affliction come near your dwelling.
    11For God will give the angels charge over you,
    to guard you in all your ways.
    12Upon their hands they will bear you up,
    lest you strike your foot a- gainst a stone. 
    13You will tread upon the lion cub and viper;
    you will trample down the lion and the serpent.
    14I will deliver those who cling to me;
    I will uphold them, because they know my name.
    15They will call me, and I will answer them;
    I will be with them in trouble; I will rescue and honor them.
    16With long life will I satisfy them,
    and show them my salvation. 


    Hebrews 5:1-10
    1Every high priest chosen from among mortals is put in charge of things pertaining to God on their behalf, to offer gifts and sacrifices for sins. 2He is able to deal gently with the ignorant and wayward, since he himself is subject to weakness; 3and because of this he must offer sacrifice for his own sins as well as for those of the people. 4And one does not presume to take this honor, but takes it only when called by God, just as Aaron was.
    5So also Christ did not glorify himself in becoming a high priest, but was appointed by the one who said to him,
    “You are my Son,
    today I have begotten you”;
    6as he says also in another place,
    “You are a priest forever,
    according to the order of Melchizedek.”
    7In the days of his flesh, Jesus offered up prayers and supplications, with loud cries and tears, to the one who was able to save him from death, and he was heard because of his reverent submission. 8Although he was a Son, he learned obedience through what he suffered; 9and having been made perfect, he became the source of eternal salvation for all who obey him, 10having been designated by God a high priest according to the order of Melchizedek.


    Mark 10:35-45
    35James and John, the sons of Zebedee, came forward to him and said to him, “Teacher, we want you to do for us whatever we ask of you.” 36And he said to them, “What is it you want me to do for you?” 37And they said to him, “Grant us to sit, one at your right hand and one at your left, in your glory.” 38But Jesus said to them, “You do not know what you are asking. Are you able to drink the cup that I drink, or be baptized with the baptism that I am baptized with?” 39They replied, “We are able.” Then Jesus said to them, “The cup that I drink you will drink; and with the baptism with which I am baptized, you will be baptized; 40but to sit at my right hand or at my left is not mine to grant, but it is for those for whom it has been prepared.”
    41When the ten heard this, they began to be angry with James and John. 42So Jesus called them and said to them, “You know that among the Gentiles those whom they recognize as their rulers lord it over them, and their great ones are tyrants over them. 43But it is not so among you; but whoever wishes to become great among you must be your servant, 44and whoever wishes to be first among you must be slave of all. 45For the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life a ransom for many.”



    Pray

    O God, you have called your servants to ventures of which we cannot see the ending, by paths as yet untrodden, through perils unknown. Give us faith to go out with good courage, not knowing where we go, but only that your hand is leading us and your love supporting us; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

    Bless

    Almighty God bless us, and direct our days and our deeds in peace. Amen.
  • Matins,  Music

    Wednesday Matins 10/6/21

    As we take time to observe physical distancing, we at Woodlake Lutheran invite you into a time of Morning Prayer. The following practice may be done individually, or with one or two in your household leading the whole family in a time of prayer.
    Begin with centering yourself in a quiet space. Take three slow breaths. After this, speak these words: Satisfy us in the morning with your steadfast love, O God, that we may rejoice and be glad all our days. Praise to the blest and holy Trinity, one God, who gives us life, salvation, and resurrection.
    Amos 5:6-7, 10-15
    6Seek the Lord and live,
    or he will break out against the house of Joseph like fire,
    and it will devour Bethel, with no one to quench it.
     7Ah, you that turn justice to wormwood,
    and bring righteousness to the ground!

     10They hate the one who reproves in the gate,
    and they abhor the one who speaks the truth.
     11Therefore because you trample on the poor
    and take from them levies of grain,
     you have built houses of hewn stone,
    but you shall not live in them;
     you have planted pleasant vineyards,
    but you shall not drink their wine.
     12For I know how many are your transgressions,
    and how great are your sins—
     you who afflict the righteous, who take a bribe,
    and push aside the needy in the gate.
     13Therefore the prudent will keep silent in such a time;
    for it is an evil time.

     14Seek good and not evil,
    that you may live;
     and so the Lord, the God of hosts, will be with you,
    just as you have said.
     15Hate evil and love good,
    and establish justice in the gate;
     it may be that the Lord, the God of hosts,
    will be gracious to the remnant of Joseph.

    Psalm 90:12-17
    12So teach us to number our days
    that we may apply our hearts to wisdom.
     13Return, O Lord; how long will you tarry?
    Be gracious to your servants.
     14Satisfy us by your steadfast love in the morning;
    so shall we rejoice and be glad all our days.
     15Make us glad as many days as you afflicted us
    and as many years as we suffered adversity.
     16Show your servants your works,
    and your splendor to their children.
     17May the graciousness of the Lord our God be upon us;
    prosper the work of our hands; prosper our handiwork. 

    Hebrews 4:12-16
    12Indeed, the word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing until it divides soul from spirit, joints from marrow; it is able to judge the thoughts and intentions of the heart. 13And before him no creature is hidden, but all are naked and laid bare to the eyes of the one to whom we must render an account.

     14Since, then, we have a great high priest who has passed through the heavens, Jesus, the Son of God, let us hold fast to our confession. 15For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who in every respect has been tested as we are, yet without sin. 16Let us therefore approach the throne of grace with boldness, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need.

    Mark 10:17-31
    17As [Jesus] was setting out on a journey, a man ran up and knelt before him, and asked him, “Good Teacher, what must I do to inherit eternal life?” 18Jesus said to him, “Why do you call me good? No one is good but God alone. 19You know the commandments: ‘You shall not murder; You shall not commit adultery; You shall not steal; You shall not bear false witness; You shall not defraud; Honor your father and mother.’ ” 20He said to him, “Teacher, I have kept all these since my youth.” 21Jesus, looking at him, loved him and said, “You lack one thing; go, sell what you own, and give the money to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; then come, follow me.” 22When he heard this, he was shocked and went away grieving, for he had many possessions.
     23Then Jesus looked around and said to his disciples, “How hard it will be for those who have wealth to enter the kingdom of God!” 24And the disciples were perplexed at these words. But Jesus said to them again, “Children, how hard it is to enter the kingdom of God! 25It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for someone who is rich to enter the kingdom of God.” 26They were greatly astounded and said to one another, “Then who can be saved?” 27Jesus looked at them and said, “For mortals it is impossible, but not for God; for God all things are possible.”
     28Peter began to say to him, “Look, we have left everything and followed you.” 29Jesus said, “Truly I tell you, there is no one who has left house or brothers or sisters or mother or father or children or fields, for my sake and for the sake of the good news, 30who will not receive a hundredfold now in this age—houses, brothers and sisters, mothers and children, and fields, with persecutions—and in the age to come eternal life. 31But many who are first will be last, and the last will be first.”

    Pray

    O God, you have called your servants to ventures of which we cannot see the ending, by paths as yet untrodden, through perils unknown. Give us faith to go out with good courage, not knowing where we go, but only that your hand is leading us and your love supporting us; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

    Bless

    Almighty God bless us, and direct our days and our deeds in peace. Amen.
  • Matins,  Music

    Wednesday Matins 9/29/21

    As we take time to observe physical distancing, we at Woodlake Lutheran invite you into a time of Morning Prayer. The following practice may be done individually, or with one or two in your household leading the whole family in a time of prayer.
    Begin with centering yourself in a quiet space. Take three slow breaths. After this, speak these words: Satisfy us in the morning with your steadfast love, O God, that we may rejoice and be glad all our days. Praise to the blest and holy Trinity, one God, who gives us life, salvation, and resurrection.
    Genesis 2:18-24
    18The Lord God said, “It is not good that the man should be alone; I will make him a helper as his partner.” 19So out of the ground the Lord God formed every animal of the field and every bird of the air, and brought them to the man to see what he would call them; and whatever the man called every living creature, that was its name. 20The man gave names to all cattle, and to the birds of the air, and to every animal of the field; but for the man there was not found a helper as his partner. 21So the Lord God caused a deep sleep to fall upon the man, and he slept; then he took one of his ribs and closed up its place with flesh. 22And the rib that the Lord God had taken from the man he made into a woman and brought her to the man. 23Then the man said,
     “This at last is bone of my bones
    and flesh of my flesh;
     this one shall be called Woman,
    for out of Man this one was taken.”
    24Therefore a man leaves his father and his mother and clings to his wife, and they become one flesh.

    Psalm 8
    1O Lord our Lord,
    how majestic is your name in all the earth!—
     2you whose glory is chanted above the heavens out of the mouths of infants and children;
    you have set up a fortress against your enemies, to silence the foe and avenger.
     3When I consider your heavens, the work of your fingers,
    the moon and the stars you have set in their courses,
     4what are mere mortals that you should be mindful of them,
    human beings that you should care for them?
    5Yet you have made them little less than divine;
    with glory and honor you crown them.
     6You have made them rule over the works of your hands;
    you have put all things under their feet:
     7all flocks and cattle,
    even the wild beasts of the field,
     8the birds of the air, the fish of the sea,
    and whatever passes along the paths of the sea.
     9O Lord our Lord,
    how majestic is your name in all the earth! 

    Hebrews 1:1-4; 2:5-12
    1Long ago God spoke to our ancestors in many and various ways by the prophets, 2but in these last days he has spoken to us by a Son, whom he appointed heir of all things, through whom he also created the worlds. 3He is the reflection of God’s glory and the exact imprint of God’s very being, and he sustains all things by his powerful word. When he had made purification for sins, he sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high, 4having become as much superior to angels as the name he has inherited is more excellent than theirs.
     2:5Now God did not subject the coming world, about which we are speaking, to angels. 6But someone has testified somewhere,
     “What are human beings that you are mindful of them,
    or mortals, that you care for them?
     7You have made them for a little while lower than the angels;
    you have crowned them with glory and honor,
    8subjecting all things under their feet
    Now in subjecting all things to them, God left nothing outside their control. As it is, we do not yet see everything in subjection to them,9but we do see Jesus, who for a little while was made lower than the angels, now crowned with glory and honor because of the suffering of death, so that by the grace of God he might taste death for everyone.
      10It was fitting that God, for whom and through whom all things exist, in bringing many children to glory, should make the pioneer of their salvation perfect through sufferings. 11For the one who sanctifies and those who are sanctified all have one Father. For this reason Jesus is not ashamed to call them brothers and sisters, 12saying,
     “I will proclaim your name to my brothers and sisters,
    in the midst of the congregation I will praise you.”

    Mark 10:2-16
    2Some Pharisees came, and to test [Jesus] they asked, “Is it lawful for a man to divorce his wife?” 3He answered them, “What did Moses command you?” 4They said, “Moses allowed a man to write a certificate of dismissal and to divorce her.” 5But Jesus said to them, “Because of your hardness of heart he wrote this commandment for you. 6But from the beginning of creation, ‘God made them male and female.’ 7‘For this reason a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, 8and the two shall become one flesh.’ So they are no longer two, but one flesh. 9Therefore what God has joined together, let no one separate.”
      10Then in the house the disciples asked him again about this matter. 11He said to them, “Whoever divorces his wife and marries another commits adultery against her; 12and if she divorces her husband and marries another, she commits adultery.”


      13People were bringing little children to him in order that he might touch them; and the disciples spoke sternly to them. 14But when Jesus saw this, he was indignant and said to them, “Let the little children come to me; do not stop them; for it is to such as these that the kingdom of God belongs. 15Truly I tell you, whoever does not receive the kingdom of God as a little child will never enter it.” 16And he took them up in his arms, laid his hands on them, and blessed them.




    Pray


    O God, you have called your servants to ventures of which we cannot see the ending, by paths as yet untrodden, through perils unknown. Give us faith to go out with good courage, not knowing where we go, but only that your hand is leading us and your love supporting us; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.


    Bless


    Almighty God bless us, and direct our days and our deeds in peace. Amen.
  • Matins,  Music

    Wednesday Matins 9/22/21

    As we take time to observe physical distancing, we at Woodlake Lutheran invite you into a time of Morning Prayer. The following practice may be done individually, or with one or two in your household leading the whole family in a time of prayer.
    Begin with centering yourself in a quiet space. Take three slow breaths. After this, speak these words: Satisfy us in the morning with your steadfast love, O God, that we may rejoice and be glad all our days. Praise to the blest and holy Trinity, one God, who gives us life, salvation, and resurrection.
    Readings

    Numbers 11:4-6, 10-16, 24-29
    4The rabble among them had a strong craving; and the Israelites also wept again, and said, “If only we had meat to eat! 5We remember the fish we used to eat in Egypt for nothing, the cucumbers, the melons, the leeks, the onions, and the garlic; 6but now our strength is dried up, and there is nothing at all but this manna to look at.”
      10Moses heard the people weeping throughout their families, all at the entrances of their tents. Then the Lord became very angry, and Moses was displeased. 11So Moses said to the Lord, “Why have you treated your servant so badly? Why have I not found favor in your sight, that you lay the burden of all this people on me? 12Did I conceive all this people? Did I give birth to them, that you should say to me, ‘Carry them in your bosom, as a nurse carries a sucking child, to the land that you promised on oath to their ancestors’? 13Where am I to get meat to give to all this people? For they come weeping to me and say, ‘Give us meat to eat!’ 14I am not able to carry all this people alone, for they are too heavy for me. 15If this is the way you are going to treat me, put me to death at once—if I have found favor in your sight—and do not let me see my misery.”
      16So the Lord said to Moses, “Gather for me seventy of the elders of Israel, whom you know to be the elders of the people and officers over them; bring them to the tent of meeting, and have them take their place there with you.”
      24So Moses went out and told the people the words of the Lord; and he gathered seventy elders of the people, and placed them all around the tent. 25Then the Lord came down in the cloud and spoke to him, and took some of the spirit that was on him and put it on the seventy elders; and when the spirit rested upon them, they prophesied. But they did not do so again.
      26Two men remained in the camp, one named Eldad, and the other named Medad, and the spirit rested on them; they were among those registered, but they had not gone out to the tent, and so they prophesied in the camp. 27And a young man ran and told Moses, “Eldad and Medad are prophesying in the camp.” 28And Joshua son of Nun, the assistant of Moses, one of his chosen men, said, “My lord Moses, stop them!” 29But Moses said to him, “Are you jealous for my sake? Would that all the Lord‘s people were prophets, and that the Lord would put his spirit on them!”


    Psalm 19:7-14
    7The teaching of the Lord is perfect and revives the soul;
    the testimony of the Lord is sure and gives wisdom to the simple.
     8The statutes of the Lord are just and rejoice the heart;
    the commandment of the Lord is clear and gives light to the eyes.
     9The fear of the Lord is clean and endures forever;
    the judgments of the Lord are true and righteous altogether.
     10More to be desired are they than gold, more than much fine gold,
    sweeter far than honey, than honey in the comb. 
    11By them also is your servant enlightened,
    and in keeping them there is great reward.
     12Who can detect one’s own offenses?
    Cleanse me from my secret faults.
     13Above all, keep your servant from presumptuous sins; let them not get dominion over me;
    then shall I be whole and sound, and innocent of a great offense.
     14Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in your sight,
    O Lord, my strength and my redeemer. 

    James 5:13-20
    13Are any among you suffering? They should pray. Are any cheerful? They should sing songs of praise. 14Are any among you sick? They should call for the elders of the church and have them pray over them, anointing them with oil in the name of the Lord. 15The prayer of faith will save the sick, and the Lord will raise them up; and anyone who has committed sins will be forgiven. 16Therefore confess your sins to one another, and pray for one another, so that you may be healed. The prayer of the righteous is powerful and effective. 17Elijah was a human being like us, and he prayed fervently that it might not rain, and for three years and six months it did not rain on the earth. 18Then he prayed again, and the heaven gave rain and the earth yielded its harvest.
      19My brothers and sisters, if anyone among you wanders from the truth and is brought back by another, 20you should know that whoever brings back a sinner from wandering will save the sinner’s soul from death and will cover a multitude of sins.

    Mark 9:38-50
    38John said to [Jesus,] “Teacher, we saw someone casting out demons in your name, and we tried to stop him, because he was not following us.” 39But Jesus said, “Do not stop him; for no one who does a deed of power in my name will be able soon afterward to speak evil of me. 40Whoever is not against us is for us. 41For truly I tell you, whoever gives you a cup of water to drink because you bear the name of Christ will by no means lose the reward.
      42“If any of you put a stumbling block before one of these little ones who believe in me, it would be better for you if a great millstone were hung around your neck and you were thrown into the sea. 43If your hand causes you to stumble, cut it off; it is better for you to enter life maimed than to have two hands and to go to hell, to the unquenchable fire. 45And if your foot causes you to stumble, cut it off; it is better for you to enter life lame than to have two feet and to be thrown into hell. 47And if your eye causes you to stumble, tear it out; it is better for you to enter the kingdom of God with one eye than to have two eyes and to be thrown into hell, 48where their worm never dies, and the fire is never quenched.
      49“For everyone will be salted with fire. 50Salt is good; but if salt has lost its saltiness, how can you season it? Have salt in yourselves, and be at peace with one another.”

    Pray


    O God, you have called your servants to ventures of which we cannot see the ending, by paths as yet untrodden, through perils unknown. Give us faith to go out with good courage, not knowing where we go, but only that your hand is leading us and your love supporting us; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen

    Bless

    Almighty God bless us, and direct our days and our deeds in peace. Amen.
  • Matins,  Music

    Wednesday Matins 9/15/21

    As we take time to observe physical distancing, we at Woodlake Lutheran invite you into a time of Morning Prayer. The following practice may be done individually, or with one or two in your household leading the whole family in a time of prayer.
    Begin with centering yourself in a quiet space. Take three slow breaths. After this, speak these words: Satisfy us in the morning with your steadfast love, O God, that we may rejoice and be glad all our days. Praise to the blest and holy Trinity, one God, who gives us life, salvation, and resurrection.
    Morning PsalmodyReadings
    Jeremiah 11:18-2018It was the Lord who made it known to me, and I knew;then you showed me their evil deeds. 19But I was like a gentle lambled to the slaughter. And I did not know it was against methat they devised schemes, saying, “Let us destroy the tree with its fruit,let us cut him off from the land of the living,so that his name will no longer be remembered!” 20But you, O Lord of hosts, who judge righteously,who try the heart and the mind, let me see your retribution upon them,for to you I have committed my cause.


    Psalm 541Save me, O God, by your name;in your might, defend my cause. 2Hear my prayer, O God;give ear to the words | of my mouth. 3For strangers have risen up against me, and the ruthless have sought my life,those who have no regard for God. 4Behold, God | is my helper;it is the Lord who sustains my life.  5Render evil to those who spy on me;in your faithfulness, destroy them. 6I will offer you a freewill sacrificeand praise your name, O Lord, for it is good. 7For you have rescued me from every trouble,and my eye looks down on my enemies.


    James 3:13–4:3, 7-8a13Who is wise and understanding among you? Show by your good life that your works are done with gentleness born of wisdom. 14But if you have bitter envy and selfish ambition in your hearts, do not be boastful and false to the truth. 15Such wisdom does not come down from above, but is earthly, unspiritual, devilish. 16For where there is envy and selfish ambition, there will also be disorder and wickedness of every kind. 17But the wisdom from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, willing to yield, full of mercy and good fruits, without a trace of partiality or hypocrisy. 18And a harvest of righteousness is sown in peace for those who make peace.4:1Those conflicts and disputes among you, where do they come from? Do they not come from your cravings that are at war within you? 2You want something and do not have it; so you commit murder. And you covet something and cannot obtain it; so you engage in disputes and conflicts. You do not have, because you do not ask. 3You ask and do not receive, because you ask wrongly, in order to spend what you get on your pleasures. 7Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. 8aDraw near to God, and he will draw near to you.


    Mark 9:30-3730[Jesus and the disciples went on] and passed through Galilee. He did not want anyone to know it;31for he was teaching his disciples, saying to them, “The Son of Man is to be betrayed into human hands, and they will kill him, and three days after being killed, he will rise again.” 32But they did not understand what he was saying and were afraid to ask him. 33Then they came to Capernaum; and when he was in the house he asked them, “What were you arguing about on the way?” 34But they were silent, for on the way they had argued with one another who was the greatest. 35He sat down, called the twelve, and said to them, “Whoever wants to be first must be last of all and servant of all.” 36Then he took a little child and put it among them; and taking it in his arms, he said to them, 37“Whoever welcomes one such child in my name welcomes me, and whoever welcomes me welcomes not me but the one who sent me.”


    Pray
    O God, you have called your servants to ventures of which we cannot see the ending, by paths as yet untrodden, through perils unknown. Give us faith to go out with good courage, not knowing where we go, but only that your hand is leading us and your love supporting us; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
    Bless
    Almighty God bless us, and direct our days and our deeds in peace. Amen.
  • Matins,  Music

    Matins 9/8/21

    As we take time to observe physical distancing, we at Woodlake Lutheran invite you into a time of Morning Prayer. The following practice may be done individually, or with one or two in your household leading the whole family in a time of prayer.
    Begin with centering yourself in a quiet space. Take three slow breaths. After this, speak these words: Satisfy us in the morning with your steadfast love, O God, that we may rejoice and be glad all our days. Praise to the blest and holy Trinity, one God, who gives us life, salvation, and resurrection.
    Morning PsalmodyReadings
    Isaiah 50:4-9a4The Lord God has given methe tongue of a teacher, that I may know how to sustainthe weary with a word. Morning by morning he wakens—wakens my earto listen as those who are taught. 5The Lord God has opened my ear,and I was not rebellious,I did not turn backward. 6I gave my back to those who struck me,and my cheeks to those who pulled out the beard; I did not hide my facefrom insult and spitting.
     7The Lord God helps me;therefore I have not been disgraced; therefore I have set my face like flint,and I know that I shall not be put to shame;8he who vindicates me is near. Who will contend with me?Let us stand up together. Who are my adversaries?Let them confront me. 9aIt is the Lord God who helps me;who will declare me guilty?

    Psalm 116:1-91I love the Lord, who has heard my voice,and listened to my supplication, 2for the Lord has given ear to mewhenever I called. 3The cords of death entangled me; the anguish of the grave came upon me;I came to grief and sorrow. 4Then I called upon the name of the Lord:“O Lord, I pray you, save my life.”  5Gracious is the Lord and righteous;our God is full of compassion. 6The Lord watches over the innocent;I was brought low, and God saved me. 7Turn again to your rest, O my soul.for the Lord has dealt well with you. 8For you have rescued my life from death,my eyes from tears, and my feet from stumbling; 9I will walk in the presence of the Lordin the land of the living.

    James 3:1-121Not many of you should become teachers, my brothers and sisters, for you know that we who teach will be judged with greater strictness. 2For all of us make many mistakes. Anyone who makes no mistakes in speaking is perfect, able to keep the whole body in check with a bridle. 3If we put bits into the mouths of horses to make them obey us, we guide their whole bodies. 4Or look at ships: though they are so large that it takes strong winds to drive them, yet they are guided by a very small rudder wherever the will of the pilot directs. 5So also the tongue is a small member, yet it boasts of great exploits.How great a forest is set ablaze by a small fire! 6And the tongue is a fire. The tongue is placed among our members as a world of iniquity; it stains the whole body, sets on fire the cycle of nature, and is itself set on fire by hell. 7For every species of beast and bird, of reptile and sea creature, can be tamed and has been tamed by the human species, 8but no one can tame the tongue—a restless evil, full of deadly poison. 9With it we bless the Lord and Father, and with it we curse those who are made in the likeness of God. 10From the same mouth come blessing and cursing. My brothers and sisters, this ought not to be so. 11Does a spring pour forth from the same opening both fresh and brackish water? 12Can a fig tree, my brothers and sisters, yield olives, or a grapevine figs? No more can salt water yield fresh.

    Mark 8:27-3827Jesus went on with his disciples to the villages of Caesarea Philippi; and on the way he asked his disciples, “Who do people say that I am?” 28And they answered him, “John the Baptist; and others, Elijah; and still others, one of the prophets.” 29He asked them, “But who do you say that I am?” Peter answered him, “You are the Messiah.” 30And he sternly ordered them not to tell anyone about him.
      31Then he began to teach them that the Son of Man must undergo great suffering, and be rejected by the elders, the chief priests, and the scribes, and be killed, and after three days rise again. 32He said all this quite openly. And Peter took him aside and began to rebuke him. 33But turning and looking at his disciples, he rebuked Peter and said, “Get behind me, Satan! For you are setting your mind not on divine things but on human things.”  34He called the crowd with his disciples, and said to them, “If any want to become my followers, let them deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me. 35For those who want to save their life will lose it, and those who lose their life for my sake, and for the sake of the gospel, will save it. 36For what will it profit them to gain the whole world and forfeit their life? 37Indeed, what can they give in return for their life? 38Those who are ashamed of me and of my words in this adulterous and sinful generation, of them the Son of Man will also be ashamed when he comes in the glory of his Father with the holy angels.”


    Pray
    O God, you have called your servants to ventures of which we cannot see the ending, by paths as yet untrodden, through perils unknown. Give us faith to go out with good courage, not knowing where we go, but only that your hand is leading us and your love supporting us; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
    Bless
    Almighty God bless us, and direct our days and our deeds in peace. Amen.

    

  • Matins,  Worship

    Wednesday Morning Matins 9/1/21

    As we take time to observe physical distancing, we at Woodlake Lutheran invite you into a time of Morning Prayer. The following practice may be done individually, or with one or two in your household leading the whole family in a time of prayer.
    Begin with centering yourself in a quiet space. Take three slow breaths. After this, speak these words: Satisfy us in the morning with your steadfast love, O God, that we may rejoice and be glad all our days. Praise to the blest and holy Trinity, one God, who gives us life, salvation, and resurrection.

    Readings
    Isaiah 35:4-7a4Say to those who are of a fearful heart,“Be strong, do not fear! Here is your God.He will come with vengeance, with terrible recompense.He will come and save you.”
     5Then the eyes of the blind shall be opened,and the ears of the deaf unstopped; 6then the lame shall leap like a deer,and the tongue of the speechless sing for joy. For waters shall break forth in the wilderness,and streams in the desert; 7athe burning sand shall become a pool,and the thirsty ground springs of water.

    Psalm 1461Hallelujah!Praise the Lord, O my soul! 2I will praise the Lord as long as I live;I will sing praises to my God while I have my being. 3Put not your trust in rulers,in mortals in whom there is no help. 4When they breathe their last, they return to earth,and in that day their thoughts perish. 5Happy are they who have the God of Jacob for their help,whose hope is in the Lord their God; 6who made heaven and earth, the seas, and all that is in them;who keeps promises forever; 7who gives justice to those who are oppressed, and food to those who hunger.The Lord sets the captive free. 8The Lord opens the eyes of the blind; the Lord lifts up those who are bowed down;the Lord loves the righteous. 9The Lord cares for the stranger;the Lord sustains the orphan and widow, but frustrates the way of the wicked. 10The Lord shall reign forever,your God, O Zion, throughout all generations. Hallelujah! 
     James 2:1-10 [11-13] 14-171My brothers and sisters, do you with your acts of favoritism really believe in our glorious Lord Jesus Christ? 2For if a person with gold rings and in fine clothes comes into your assembly, and if a poor person in dirty clothes also comes in, 3and if you take notice of the one wearing the fine clothes and say, “Have a seat here, please,” while to the one who is poor you say, “Stand there,” or, “Sit at my feet,” 4have you not made distinctions among yourselves, and become judges with evil thoughts? 5Listen, my beloved brothers and sisters. Has not God chosen the poor in the world to be rich in faith and to be heirs of the kingdom that he has promised to those who love him? 6But you have dishonored the poor. Is it not the rich who oppress you? Is it not they who drag you into court? 7Is it not they who blaspheme the excellent name that was invoked over you? 8You do well if you really fulfill the royal law according to the scripture, “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.” 9But if you show partiality, you commit sin and are convicted by the law as transgressors. 10For whoever keeps the whole law but fails in one point has become accountable for all of it. [11For the one who said, “You shall not commit adultery,” also said, “You shall not murder.” Now if you do not commit adultery but if you murder, you have become a transgressor of the law. 12So speak and so act as those who are to be judged by the law of liberty. 13For judgment will be without mercy to anyone who has shown no mercy; mercy triumphs over judgment.] 14What good is it, my brothers and sisters, if you say you have faith but do not have works? Can faith save you? 15If a brother or sister is naked and lacks daily food, 16and one of you says to them, “Go in peace; keep warm and eat your fill,” and yet you do not supply their bodily needs, what is the good of that? 17So faith by itself, if it has no works, is dead.

    Mark 7:24-3724[Jesus] set out and went away to the region of Tyre. He entered a house and did not want anyone to know he was there. Yet he could not escape notice,25but a woman whose little daughter had an unclean spirit immediately heard about him, and she came and bowed down at his feet. 26Now the woman was a Gentile, of Syrophoenician origin. She begged him to cast the demon out of her daughter. 27He said to her, “Let the children be fed first, for it is not fair to take the children’s food and throw it to the dogs.” 28But she answered him, “Sir, even the dogs under the table eat the children’s crumbs.” 29Then he said to her, “For saying that, you may go—the demon has left your daughter.” 30So she went home, found the child lying on the bed, and the demon gone. 31Then he returned from the region of Tyre, and went by way of Sidon towards the Sea of Galilee, in the region of the Decapolis. 32They brought to him a deaf man who had an impediment in his speech; and they begged him to lay his hand on him. 33He took him aside in private, away from the crowd, and put his fingers into his ears, and he spat and touched his tongue. 34Then looking up to heaven, he sighed and said to him, “Ephphatha,” that is, “Be opened.” 35And immediately his ears were opened, his tongue was released, and he spoke plainly. 36Then Jesus ordered them to tell no one; but the more he ordered them, the more zealously they proclaimed it. 37They were astounded beyond measure, saying, “He has done everything well; he even makes the deaf to hear and the mute to speak.”

    Pray
    O God, you have called your servants to ventures of which we cannot see the ending, by paths as yet untrodden, through perils unknown. Give us faith to go out with good courage, not knowing where we go, but only that your hand is leading us and your love supporting us; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
    Bless
    Almighty God bless us, and direct our days and our deeds in peace. Amen.

  • Matins,  Music,  Uncategorized

    Matins 8/25/21

    As we take time to observe physical distancing, we at Woodlake Lutheran invite you into a time of Morning Prayer. The following practice may be done individually, or with one or two in your household leading the whole family in a time of prayer.
    Begin with centering yourself in a quiet space. Take three slow breaths. After this, speak these words: Satisfy us in the morning with your steadfast love, O God, that we may rejoice and be glad all our days. Praise to the blest and holy Trinity, one God, who gives us life, salvation, and resurrection.
    Morning Psalmody
    Readings
    Deuteronomy 4:1-2, 6-91So now, Israel, give heed to the statutes and ordinances that I am teaching you to observe, so that you may live to enter and occupy the land that the Lord, the God of your ancestors, is giving you. 2You must neither add anything to what I command you nor take away anything from it, but keep the commandments of the Lord your God with which I am charging you.  6You must observe them diligently, for this will show your wisdom and discernment to the peoples, who, when they hear all these statutes, will say, “Surely this great nation is a wise and discerning people!” 7For what other great nation has a god so near to it as the Lord our God is whenever we call to him? 8And what other great nation has statutes and ordinances as just as this entire law that I am setting before you today?  9But take care and watch yourselves closely, so as neither to forget the things that your eyes have seen nor to let them slip from your mind all the days of your life; make them known to your children and your children’s children.
    Psalm 151Lord, who may dwell in your tabernacle?Who may abide upon your holy hill? 2Those who lead a blameless life and do what is right,who speak the truth from their heart; 3they do not slander with the tongue, they do no evil to their friends;they do not cast discredit upon a neighbor. 4In their sight the wicked are rejected, but they honor those who fear the Lord.They have sworn upon their health and do not take back their word. 5They do not give their money in hope of gain, nor do they take bribes against the innocent.Those who do these things shall never be overthrown. James 1:17-2717Every generous act of giving, with every perfect gift, is from above, coming down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shadow due to change. 18In fulfillment of his own purpose he gave us birth by the word of truth, so that we would become a kind of first fruits of his creatures.
      19You must understand this, my beloved: let everyone be quick to listen, slow to speak, slow to anger; 20for your anger does not produce God’s righteousness. 21Therefore rid yourselves of all sordidness and rank growth of wickedness, and welcome with meekness the implanted word that has the power to save your souls.  22But be doers of the word, and not merely hearers who deceive themselves. 23For if any are hearers of the word and not doers, they are like those who look at themselves in a mirror; 24for they look at themselves and, on going away, immediately forget what they were like. 25But those who look into the perfect law, the law of liberty, and persevere, being not hearers who forget but doers who act—they will be blessed in their doing.  26If any think they are religious, and do not bridle their tongues but deceive their hearts, their religion is worthless. 27Religion that is pure and undefiled before God, the Father, is this: to care for orphans and widows in their distress, and to keep oneself unstained by the world.

    Mark 7:1-8, 14-15, 21-231Now when the Pharisees and some of the scribes who had come from Jerusalem gathered around [Jesus], 2they noticed that some of his disciples were eating with defiled hands, that is, without washing them. 3(For the Pharisees, and all the Jews, do not eat unless they thoroughly wash their hands, thus observing the tradition of the elders; 4and they do not eat anything from the market unless they wash it; and there are also many other traditions that they observe, the washing of cups, pots, and bronze kettles.) 5So the Pharisees and the scribes asked him, “Why do your disciples not live according to the tradition of the elders, but eat with defiled hands?” 6He said to them, “Isaiah prophesied rightly about you hypocrites, as it is written, ‘This people honors me with their lips,but their hearts are far from me; 7in vain do they worship me,teaching human precepts as doctrines.’8You abandon the commandment of God and hold to human tradition.”  14Then he called the crowd again and said to them, “Listen to me, all of you, and understand: 15there is nothing outside a person that by going in can defile, but the things that come out are what defile.”  21For it is from within, from the human heart, that evil intentions come: fornication, theft, murder, 22adultery, avarice, wickedness, deceit, licentiousness, envy, slander, pride, folly. 23All these evil things come from within, and they defile a person.”
    Pray

    Pray
    O God, you have called your servants to ventures of which we cannot see the ending, by paths as yet untrodden, through perils unknown. Give us faith to go out with good courage, not knowing where we go, but only that your hand is leading us and your love supporting us; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
    Bless
    Almighty God bless us, and direct our days and our deeds in peace. Amen.