• 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.
  • Music

    Music Monday 9/20/21 – Oh, Praise the Gracious Power

    Evangelical Lutheran Worship/ELW 651 Permission to stream and reprint music in this service obtained from ONE LICENSE, License A-722492. All rights reserved. Oh, Praise the Gracious Power – Thomas H. Troeger Words – ©1986 Oxford University Press Oh, Praise the Gracious Power / CHRISTPRAISE RAY – Carol Doran Music – ©1984 Oxford University Press

  • 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.

    

  • Music

    Music Monday 8/30/21

    On September 13th the Church commemorates John Chrysostom, Bishop of Constantinople. Yet, because “you can’t go to Constantinople” we will point our minds’ eye to Jerusalem: our happy home!

    Permission to stream music in this video obtained from ONE LICENSE, License A-722492. All rights reserved. Jerusalem My Happy Home – choral – Leland B Sateren Music – ©1962, 1990 Augsburg Fortress Publishers