Worship in the Home: Sunday, August 2, 2020

Posted on July 28, 2020 by ELCA Worship

Worship in the Home

Ninth Sunday after Pentecost
Lectionary 18
August 2, 2020


In this time of world-wide crisis, congregations throughout this church are not able to gather for worship as the body of Christ. While you cannot be together in person, we can hear the word of God and hold each other in prayer. We offer this brief resource as an aid for prayer in the home. As with our prayers in the gathered assembly for worship, you are encouraged to prepare or adapt them locally for your context.


The Prayer of the Day may be prayed. 

Let us pray.
Glorious God, your generosity waters the world with goodness, and you cover creation with abundance. Awaken in us a hunger for the food that satisfies both body and spirit, and with this food fill all the starving world; through your Son, Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord.


Then the readings for this Sunday may be read, as follows:

First Reading:  Isaiah 55:1-5

1Ho, everyone who thirsts,
come to the waters;
and you that have no money,
come, buy and eat!
Come, buy wine and milk
without money and without price.
2Why do you spend your money for that which is not bread,
and your labor for that which does not satisfy?
Listen carefully to me, and eat what is good,
and delight yourselves in rich food.

3Incline your ear, and come to me;
listen, so that you may live.
I will make with you an everlasting covenant,
my steadfast, sure love for David.
4See, I made him a witness to the peoples,
a leader and commander for the peoples.
5See, you shall call nations that you do not know,
and nations that do not know you shall run to you,
because of the Lord your God, the Holy One of Israel,
or the Lord has glorified you.

Word of God, word of life.
Thanks be to God.


Psalm:  Psalm 145:8-9, 14-21 may be sung or spoken in response to the First Reading.

8The Lord is gracious and full | of compassion,
slow to anger and abounding in | steadfast love.
9Lord, you are | good to all,
and your compassion is over | all your works.
14The Lord upholds all | those who fall
and lifts up those who | are bowed down.
15The eyes of all wait upon | you, O Lord,
and you give them their food | in due season.
16You open | wide your hand
and satisfy the desire of every | living thing.
17You are righteous in | all your ways
and loving in | all your works.
18You are near to all who | call upon you,
to all who call up- | on you faithfully.
19You fulfill the desire of | those who fear you;
you hear their | cry and save them.
20You watch over all | those who love you,
but all the wicked you | shall destroy.
21My mouth shall speak the praise | of the Lord;
let all flesh bless God’s holy name forev- | er and ever.


Second Reading: Romans 9:1-5

1I am speaking the truth in Christ—I am not lying; my conscience confirms it by the Holy Spirit—2I have great sorrow and unceasing anguish in my heart. 3 For I could wish that I myself were accursed and cut from Christ for the sake of my own people, my kindred according to the flesh. 4They are Israelites, and to them belong the adoption, the glory, the covenants, the giving of the law, the worship, and the promises; 5 to them belong the patriarchs, and from them, according to the flesh, comes the Messiah, who is over all, God blessed forever. Amen.

Word of God, word of life.
Thanks be to God.


Gospel: Matthew 14:13-21

The holy gospel according to Matthew.
Glory to you, O Lord.

13Now when Jesus heard about the beheading of John the Baptist, he withdrew from there in a boat to a deserted place by himself. But when the crowds heard it, they followed him on foot from the towns. 14When he went ashore, he saw a great crowd; and he had compassion for them and cured their sick. 15When it was evening, the disciples came to him and said, “This is a deserted place, and the hour is now late; send the crowds away so that they may go into the villages and buy food for themselves.” 16Jesus said to them, “They need not go away; you give them something to eat.” 17They replied, “We have nothing here but five loaves and two fish.” 18And he said, “Bring them here to me.” 19Then he ordered the crowds to sit down on the grass. Taking the five loaves and the two fish, he looked up to heaven, and blessed and broke the loaves, and gave them to the disciples, and the disciples gave them to the crowds. 20And all ate and were filled; and they took up what was left over of the broken pieces, twelve baskets full. 21And those who ate were about five thousand men, besides women and children.

The gospel of the Lord.
Praise to you, O Christ.



Having read these readings, think on this:

The primary biblical symbol of the mercy of God is food. In the Exodus story, God sustains the people with manna and water from the rock. In the Psalms, God is praised in this way: “You open wide your hand and satisfy the desire of every living thing.”  And when the people were in trouble, the prophet Isaiah gave the promise of water, wine, milk, and bread, without price: hunger and thirst, both really and metaphorically, have an answer in God. These stories are part of the stunning inheritance of the Jews, the covenants of mercy, of which Paul speaks. But because of the compassion of Jesus Christ we people of the nations, we people who are right now deeply hungry for hope, are ourselves grafted into the promise of these stories. They are also for us. Turn to God with your hunger for hope. And then, empowered by our bread-giving Lord, we are turned to the needy world around us: “you give them something to eat.”


If you have a hymnal (or using the graphic below), you might now sing or read “O Jesus, Joy of Loving Hearts” (Evangelical Lutheran Worship 658) and “Break Now the Bread of Life” (Evangelical Lutheran Worship 515).

O Jesus, Joy of Loving Hearts

Break Now the Bread of Life


Confident of God’s care and upheld by the Spirit, let us pray for all who are in need, responding to the words “Lord, you are good to all” with the phrase, “hear our cry and save us.”

A brief silence.

O God our Savior, bless your church around the world. Where believers must be isolated from one another, be present to through your gracious word. Give to our bishops, pastors, deacons and congregational leaders wisdom for their tasks in this challenging time.

A brief silence.

Lord, you are good to all:
hear our cry and save us.

O God, Redeemer of all, bless the Jewish people with your covenant promises. Bring an end to global anti-Semitism, and strengthen ties of cooperation and friendship between Christians and Jews.

A brief silence.

Lord, you are good to all:
hear our cry and save us.

O God, Creator of a wondrous earth, protect the glories of your seas and lands. Replenish ground water supplies, refresh lakes and ponds, send rains where there is drought, and shelter forests from wildfires.

A brief silence.

Lord, you are good to all:
hear our cry and save us.

O God, Sovereign of the world, form the leaders of nations to strive for justice for all. Guide our government in dealing with China. Strengthen the world’s democracies. Bring an end to racism in our society. our elected officials in how to govern with integrity.

A brief silence.

Lord, you are good to all:
hear our cry and save us.

O God, Storehouse of goodness, visit all who face the coronovirus, especially those who are incarcerated. Give us, O Lord of life, a vaccine. Assist all who face eviction from their residence. Bring wholeness and healing to those who suffer in body or spirit, especially those whom we name here:

A brief silence.

Lord, you are good to all:
hear our cry and save us.

O God, Giver of bread, teach us how to feed the hungry: the children starving in war zones, the families who cannot afford groceries, the homeless on our streets, the farmers devastated by pestilence. Give to all creatures their food in due season.

A brief silence.

Lord, you are good to all:
hear our cry and save us.

O God, Lover of our souls, receive now the petitions of our hearts.

A longer period of silence.

Lord, you are good to all:
hear our cry and save us.

O God, everlasting mercy, we praise you for the lives of all who have died in the faith, especially this week Dominic and all who, like him, preached your word with power. At the end, bring us with all your saints to your heavenly banquet.

 A brief silence.

Lord, you are good to all:
hear our cry and save us.

In the certain hope that nothing can separate us from your love, we offer these prayers to you; through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord.



If you have a hymnal (or using the graphic below), you might now sing or read “The Church of Christ, In Every Age” (Evangelical Lutheran Worship 729); “Come, Thou Fount of Every Blessing” (Evangelical Lutheran Worship 807).

Come, Thou Fount of Every Blessing


Then conclude with these prayers:

Let us pray.

A brief silence is kept before the prayer.

O Word of God incarnate, O Wisdom from on high,
O Truth unchanged, unchanging,
We praise you for the radiance that from the hallowed page,
A Lantern to our footsteps, shines on from age to age.
Amen.      (ELW #514, stanza 1)


Our Father in heaven,
hallowed be your name,
your kingdom come,
your will be done,
on earth as in heaven.
Give us today our daily bread.
Forgive us our sins
as we forgive those who sin against us.
Save us from the time of trial,
and deliver us from evil.
For the kingdom, the power,
and the glory are yours,
now and forever.

Almighty God, Father, ☩ Son, and Holy Spirit, bless us now and forever.


Due to copyright restrictions, we are only able provide downloadable hymns that are in the public domain. Other suggestions provided above may be found in Evangelical Lutheran Worship. To purchase a copy of Evangelical Lutheran Worship for the home, visit the Augsburg Fortress website or call 1-800-328-4648.

 Devotional Music Links: For your individual or group devotion, you may choose to listen to the following choral recordings made available through Augsburg Fortress: “Bread for the World;” “The Fullness of God;”  “Jesus Feed Us.”


Readings for the Week:
Monday Psalm Psalm 78:1-8. Tuesday Acts 2:37-47. Wednesday Exodus 16:2-15. Thursday Psalm 85:8-13. Friday Acts 18:24-28. Saturday (commemoration of Dominic, founder of the Order of Preachers [Dominicans], died 1221) 1 Kings 18:41-46. Tenth Sunday after Pentecost 1 Kings 19:9-18; Psalm 85:8-13; Romans 10:5-15; Matthew 14:22-33.


Daily Prayer Resources are available, including simple forms of Morning, Evening, and Night Prayer; Responsive Prayer; and prayers for mealtimes and other occasions.

Reflection material: Gordon Lathrop. Intercessory Prayer: Gail Ramshaw

Portions from Evangelical Lutheran Worship and sundaysandseasons.com, © 2020 Augsburg Fortress. All rights reserved. Reprinted by permission under Augsburg Fortress.

Readings from Readings for the Assembly © 1995, 1996, 1997 Augsburg Fortress. Citations from the Revised Common Lectionary © 1992 Consultation on Common Texts. Scripture quotations from NRSV Bible, Copyright © 1989, Division of Christian Education of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America, adapted and edited with permission by Gordon Lathrop and Gail Ramshaw.

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