• 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.

  • 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