Eighth Week after Pentecost


Title Text


toward JustChurch's intentionally slim operational costs

Eastern Iowa Community Bond Project

directly toward doing good

Celebrate JustChurch's Benevolence!

Overview of Worship






Prayer for Illumination










Meditation Bowl

Three times throughout the service, when the bowl rings, you are invited to find expansiveness

through silence.

Proverb by Black Elk,

Holy Man of the Oglala Sioux 1863-1950

O Holy Spirit, Enter In



A reading from Amos

This is what [the Lord God] showed me: the Lord was standing beside a wall built with a plumb line, with a plumb line in his hand. And the Lord said to me, “Amos, what do you see?” And I said, “A plumb line.” Then the Lord said,

 “See, I am setting a plumb line

  in the midst of my people Israel;

  I will never again pass them by;

 the high places of Isaac shall be made desolate,

  and the sanctuaries of Israel shall be laid waste,

  and I will rise against the house of Jeroboam with the sword.”

A reading from Amos...

Then Amaziah, the priest of Bethel, sent to King Jeroboam of Israel, saying, “Amos has conspired against you in the very center of the house of Israel; the land is not able to bear all his words. For thus Amos has said,

 ‘Jeroboam shall die by the sword,

  and Israel must go into exile away from his land.’

And Amaziah said to Amos, “O seer, go, flee away to the land of Judah, earn your bread there, and prophesy there; but never again prophesy at Bethel, for it is the king’s sanctuary, and it is a temple of the kingdom.”

  Then Amos answered Amaziah, “I am no prophet, nor a prophet’s son; but I am a herdsman, and a dresser of sycamore trees, and the Lord took me from following the flock, and the Lord said to me, ‘Go, prophesy to my people Israel.’


Word of God, Word of Life.  Thanks be to God.

Psalm 85

I will listen to what the Lord God is saying;

  for you speak peace to your faithful people and to those who turn their hearts to you.

Truly, your salvation is very near to those who fear you,

  that your glory may dwell in our land.

 Steadfast love and faithfulness have met together;

  righteousness and peace have kissed each other.

Faithfulness shall spring up from the earth,

  and righteousness shall look down from heaven.

The Lord will indeed grant prosperity,

  and our land will yield its increase.

Righteousness shall go before the Lord

  and shall prepare for God a pathway.

A reading from Ephesians







Were there words or phrases that touched you?

Word of God; Word of Life.

Thanks be to God.

We Complete the Sermon Together

1. Where in your life (and in the world) do you experience the "real thing?"


2. How might JustChurch be an agent of this realness?

Let Justice Flow

Like Streams

Prayers of Intercession

  • For the Church throughout the World
    • Lord in your mercy, Hear our prayer.
  • For all of God's creation
    • Lord in your mercy, Hear our prayer.
  • For the nations/world
    • Lord in your mercy, Hear our prayer.
  • For those in need
    • Lord in your mercy, Hear our prayer.
  • For this community
    • Lord in your mercy, Hear our prayer.


The Peace of Christ be with you always. And also with you.

operates the

institutionally-light JustChurch

This week:

  • Eastern Iowa Community Bond Project

directly toward doing good


The Lord be with you. And also with you.


Lift up your hearts.

We lift them to the Lord.


Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.

It is right to give our thanks and praise.


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. Amen.




When you give someone bread,  say,

“The body of Christ given for you.”

When you give someone the cup, say,

“The blood of Christ shed for you.”

Song: Lamb of God

These are the gift of God for you--the people of God. Come, the banquet is ready.

Prayer & Blessing

Christ, Be Our Light

Go in peace

to know Jesus and

to do Justice.


  • Liturgical texts, hymns, and prayers reprinted from SundaysandSeasons.com, ©2014 Augsburg Fortress.  All rights reserved.
  • Reprinted with permission under Augsburg Fortress Liturgies Annual License #23534 and  OneLicense.net License #A-703442.
  • Tom Larsen, "Lamb of God"
  • Eucharistic Welcome, Liturgical texts; St. John's Lutheran Church; Atlanta, GA
  • Eucharistic Prayer, Liturgical texts; St. Gregory of Nyssa Episcopal Church; San Francisco, CA
  • Biblical texts from New Revised Standard Version Bible. All rights reserved. 

Worship leads to the world.

  • Meet a new friend.
  • Greet someone who differs from you.
  • Deepen a connection.
  • Help finish the wine and bread.
  • Enter the world, belly and spirit nourished, to boldly do justice in the name of Jesus.
  • Every Saturday @5 @MERGE: Worship
  • In August: Group discernment regarding JustActions
  • Starting in the fall (check out the "gathering" webpage of JustChurch.com):
    • Pints of Grace
    • Breathing Space
    • Ancient Spiritual Practices
    • Justice Seminar