In the readings for this Sunday the prophet writes: Rejoice with Jerusalem; I will bless and comfort her, says the Lord (Isaiah 66:10–14). The psalmist sings: Make a joyful noise to God; come and see what God has done (Psalm 66:1–9). The apostle Paul writes: Bear one another’s burdens; in this way you fulfill the law of Christ (Galatians 6:1–16). In Luke, Jesus appoints seventy, sending them out as laborers into the harvest (Luke 10:1–11, 16–20).
10 Rejoice with Jerusalem, and be glad for her,
all you who love her;
rejoice with her in joy,
all you who mourn over her—
11 that you may nurse and be satisfied
from her consoling breast;
that you may drink deeply with delight
from her glorious bosom.
12 For thus says the Lord:
I will extend prosperity to her like a river,
and the wealth of the nations like an overflowing stream;
and you shall nurse and be carried on her arm,
and dandled on her knees.
13 As a mother comforts her child,
so I will comfort you;
you shall be comforted in Jerusalem.
14 You shall see, and your heart shall rejoice;
your bodies shall flourish like the grass;
and it shall be known that the hand of the Lord is with his servants,
and his indignation is against his enemies.
1 Make a joyful noise to God, all the earth;
2 sing the glory of his name;
give to him glorious praise.
3 Say to God, “How awesome are your deeds!
Because of your great power, your enemies cringe before you.
4 All the earth worships you;
they sing praises to you,
sing praises to your name.” Selah
5 Come and see what God has done:
he is awesome in his deeds among mortals.
6 He turned the sea into dry land;
they passed through the river on foot.
There we rejoiced in him,
7 who rules by his might forever,
whose eyes keep watch on the nations—
let the rebellious not exalt themselves. Selah
8 Bless our God, O peoples,
let the sound of his praise be heard,
9 who has kept us among the living,
and has not let our feet slip.
1 My friends, if anyone is detected in a transgression, you who have received the Spirit should restore such a one in a spirit of gentleness. Take care that you yourselves are not tempted. 2 Bear one another’s burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ. 3 For if those who are nothing think they are something, they deceive themselves. 4 All must test their own work; then that work, rather than their neighbor’s work, will become a cause for pride. 5 For all must carry their own loads.
6 Those who are taught the word must share in all good things with their teacher.
7 Do not be deceived; God is not mocked, for you reap whatever you sow. 8 If you sow to your own flesh, you will reap corruption from the flesh; but if you sow to the Spirit, you will reap eternal life from the Spirit. 9 So let us not grow weary in doing what is right, for we will reap at harvest time, if we do not give up. 10 So then, whenever we have an opportunity, let us work for the good of all, and especially for those of the family of faith.
11 See what large letters I make when I am writing in my own hand! 12 It is those who want to make a good showing in the flesh that try to compel you to be circumcised—only that they may not be persecuted for the cross of Christ. 13 Even the circumcised do not themselves obey the law, but they want you to be circumcised so that they may boast about your flesh. 14 May I never boast of anything except the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, by which the world has been crucified to me, and I to the world. 15 For neither circumcision nor uncircumcision is anything; but a new creation is everything! 16 As for those who will follow this rule—peace be upon them, and mercy, and upon the Israel of God.
Luke 10:1–11, 16–20
1 After this the Lord appointed seventy others and sent them on ahead of him in pairs to every town and place where he himself intended to go. 2 He said to them, “The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few; therefore ask the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into his harvest. 3 Go on your way. See, I am sending you out like lambs into the midst of wolves. 4 Carry no purse, no bag, no sandals; and greet no one on the road. 5 Whatever house you enter, first say, ‘Peace to this house!’ 6 And if anyone is there who shares in peace, your peace will rest on that person; but if not, it will return to you. 7 Remain in the same house, eating and drinking whatever they provide, for the laborer deserves to be paid. Do not move about from house to house. 8 Whenever you enter a town and its people welcome you, eat what is set before you; 9 cure the sick who are there, and say to them, ‘The kingdom of God has come near to you.’ 10 But whenever you enter a town and they do not welcome you, go out into its streets and say, 11 ‘Even the dust of your town that clings to our feet, we wipe off in protest against you. Yet know this: the kingdom of God has come near.’
16 “Whoever listens to you listens to me, and whoever rejects you rejects me, and whoever rejects me rejects the one who sent me.”
17 The seventy returned with joy, saying, “Lord, in your name even the demons submit to us!” 18 He said to them, “I watched Satan fall from heaven like a flash of lightning. 19 See, I have given you authority to tread on snakes and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy; and nothing will hurt you. 20 Nevertheless, do not rejoice at this, that the spirits submit to you, but rejoice that your names are written in heaven.”
Call to Worship
Psalm 66:1-2, 4-5
Make a joyful noise to God, all the earth;
sing the glory of his name; give to him glorious praise.
All the earth worships you;
and sings praises to you; they sing praises to your name.
Come and see what God has done:
he is awesome in his deeds toward the children of man.
Prayer of Intercession
Based on Luke 10:1–11, 16–20
you send us out into the world
to carry the good news of
the gospel to those around us.
We know that the harvest is plentiful,
but the laborers are few.
May we be obedient to your call,
living each day as your messengers of peace.
Give us wisdom and faith for we know
we will encounter acceptance and salvation
as well as resistance and rejection.
Give us strength and authority over the evil one,
and may your kingdom come with power. Amen.
Affirmation of Faith
Based on Galatians 6:1-2, 7-10
Brothers and sisters, what do we believe concerning
restoration and bearing one another’s burdens?
We believe that if anyone is detected in a transgression,
we who have received the Spirit should restore such a one in a spirit of gentleness.
We believe we are to bear one another’s burdens,
and in this way we will fulfill the law of Christ.
We believe that we will reap whatever we sow.
If we sow to our own flesh, we will reap corruption from the flesh;
but if we sow to the Spirit, we will reap eternal life from the Spirit.
We believe we are not to grow weary in doing what is right;
whenever we have an opportunity, we should work for the good of all,
and especially for those of the family of faith.