1615 Brantley Rd.
Kannapolis, NC 28083
August 09, 2020 
Tenth Sunday after Pentecost
P: In the name of the Father, and of the Son +, and of the Holy Spirit. (Matthew 28:19)
C: Amen.

Let us pray.
C: Almighty God, in the midst of the storms of life, Christ’s presence brings eternal peace and calms our fears. Grant us peace through scripture, and through the bread and wine of Holy Communion. Then send us forth to be signs of Christ’s peace in the world; through your Son, Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.

  Truly, I say to you, all who commit sin are slaves to sin. The slave does not continue in the house forever; the son continues forever. So if the Son makes you free, you will be free indeed. 
~Silence for self-reflection and examination~
P:  Most merciful God,
C:  We confess that we are slaves to sin and cannot free ourselves. We have sinned against you in thought, word, and deed, by what we have done and by what we have left undone. On account of your great mercy, through your Son Jesus Christ, we pray that you would free us from ourselves, so that we may trust in your promise and obey your commandments, to the glory of your holy name. Amen.
 In the mercy of almighty God, Jesus Christ was given to die for you, and for his sake, God forgives you all your sins. He has loosed our bonds of sin and death, and has made us his children — heirs of eternal life. For freedom Christ has set us free, let us not submit again to a yoke of slavery. 
C:  Amen.

In peace, let us pray to the Lord.
Lord, have mercy.
For the peace from above,
and for our salvation,
let us pray to the Lord.
Lord, have mercy.
For the peace of the whole world,
for the well-being of the Church of God,
and for the unity of all,
let us pray to the Lord.
Lord, have mercy.
For this holy house,
and for all who offer here their worship and praise,
let us pray to the Lord.
Lord, have mercy.
Help, save, comfort, and defend us, gracious Lord.

HYMN OF PRAISE    "What a Fellowship, What a Joy Divine"  LBW 774

GOSPEL READING                                                                        Matthew 14:22-33
22Immediately {Jesus} made the disciples get into the boat and go before him to the other side, while he dismissed the crowds. 23And after he had dismissed the crowds, he went up on the mountain by himself to pray. When evening came, he was there alone, 24but the boat by this time was a long way from the land, beaten by the waves, for the wind was against them. 25And in the fourth watch of the night he came to them, walking on the sea. 26But when the disciples saw him walking on the sea, they were terrified, and said, “It is a ghost!” and they cried out in fear. 27But immediately Jesus spoke to them, saying, “Take heart; it is I. Do not be afraid.” 28And Peter answered him, “Lord, if it is you, command me to come to you on the water.” 29He said, “Come.” So Peter got out of the boat and walked on the water and came to Jesus. 30But when he saw the wind, he was afraid, and beginning to sink he cried out, “Lord, save me.” 31Jesus immediately reached out his hand and took hold of him, saying to him, “O you of little faith, why did you doubt?” 32And when they got into the boat, the wind ceased. 33And those in the boat worshiped him, saying, “Truly you are the Son of God.”

C: I believe in God, the Father almighty,
creator of heaven and earth.
I believe in Jesus Christ, God’s only Son, our Lord,
who was conceived by the Holy Spirit,
born of the virgin Mary,
suffered under Pontius Pilate,
was crucified, died, and was buried;
he descended to the dead.
On the third day he rose again;
he ascended into heaven,
he is seated at the right hand of the Father,
and he will come to judge the living and the dead.
I believe in the Holy Spirit,
the holy catholic church,
the communion of saints,
the forgiveness of sins,
the resurrection of the body,
and the life everlasting. Amen.

Holy God, speak to us out of the whirlwind of this life. You know how we are battered and tossed around about the winds of change, the secular culture in which we live, and the pressures to conform to the ways of the world. Strengthen our resolve to follow Jesus in obedience to your will, and open our ears to hear you calling our names and sending us in yours. Lord in your mercy.
C: Hear our prayer.
Loving God, your creation is such a magnificent work of art. Help us to appreciate your handiwork and to stand in awe of all that you have formed. Let us delight in all of the species of plants and animals and marvel at the sight of mountains and seas, as we praise your name in all the earth. Lord in your mercy.
C: Hear our prayer.
Healing God, we ask your tender care to be with those who are suffering this day in mind, body or spirit. You know the needs of each person you have made, even before we do ourselves. Please attend to the needs of all who are in trouble, facing trials, or are struggling with sickness [We remember especially…]. Lord in your mercy.
C: Hear our prayer.
Faithful Lord, you always tell your people, “Have no fear!” and yet we struggle with being afraid. Help us to put our complete trust in you, that we would have peace and courage, even when we are afraid, that trusting in you we would have the sure confidence of your abiding strength and love. Lord in your mercy.
C: Hear our prayer.

The Lord Bless you and keep you,
The Lord make his face shine upon you and be gracious
to you;
The Lord place His spirit upon you and give you peace.
C: Amen.
10:00 AMSunday Service w/Holy Communion