Worship on the Go!
May 28-29, 2016
Welcome to Worship on the Go!
It is Summer and we at Good Shepherd Luther Church know that this means many of our community may be traveling. But just because you are traveling doesn’t mean you can’t worship with us. Wherever you are and whenever you can find the time, we encourage you to take 15 min to worship God and speak the good news of God’s gracious love into the world.
Things you will need: Water, this Bulletin (digital or paper), optional candle (real or app).
Following the practice of good order, if there is more than one worshiper, divide the parts of the service up amongst those gathered. Use the bulletin as a resource and follow the worship order below. Songs of your choice can be added as the Spirit moves you.
After you are done take a selfie and tell us where you worshiped and any other news you’d like to share about your worship by posting it to Facebook. You can either post it to the GSC Facebook site or tag GSC by writing in your post “@Good Shepherd Lutheran Church”
Light the Candle
Thanksgiving for Baptism ELW p. 97
With the water get wet either by dipping your finger in the water or splashing each other.
P Blessed be the holy Trinity, + one God, the fountain of living water, the rock who gave us birth,
our light and our salvation.
P Joined to Christ in the waters of baptism, we are clothed with God’s mercy and forgiveness. Let us give thanks for the gift of baptism.
C We give you thanks, O God, for in the beginning your Spirit moved over the waters and by your Word you created the world, calling forth life in which you took delight.
P Through the waters of the flood you delivered Noah and his family. Through the sea you led your people Israel from slavery into freedom. At the river your Son was baptized by John and anointed with the Holy Spirit. By water and your Word you claim us as daughters and sons, making us heirs of your promise and servants of all.
C We praise you for the gift of water that sustains life, and above all we praise you for the gift of new life in Jesus Christ. Shower us with your Spirit, and renew our lives with your forgiveness, grace, and love. To you be given honor and praise through Jesus Christ our Lord in the unity of the Holy Spirit, now and forever. Amen.
P The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, the love of God,
and the communion of the Holy Spirit be with you all.
C And also with you.
Prayer of the Day
P Let us pray,
Merciful Lord God, we do not presume to come before you trusting in our own righteousness, but in your great and abundant mercies. Revive our faith, we pray; heal our bodies, and mend our communities, that we may evermore dwell in your Son, Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord.
WORD God speaks to us in scriptures read, sung and preached.
First Reading Exodus 5:1-9
Afterward Moses and Aaron went to Pharaoh and said, “Thus says the LORD, the God of Israel, ‘Let my people go, so that they may celebrate a festival to me in the wilderness.'” But Pharaoh said, “Who is the LORD, that I should heed him and let Israel go? I do not know the LORD, and I will not let Israel go.” Then they said, “The God of the Hebrews has revealed himself to us; let us go a three days’ journey into the wilderness to sacrifice to the LORD our God, or he will fall upon us with pestilence or sword.” But the king of Egypt said to them, “Moses and Aaron, why are you taking the people away from their work? Get to your labors!” Pharaoh continued, “Now they are more numerous than the people of the land and yet you want them to stop working!” That same day Pharaoh commanded the taskmasters of the people, as well as their supervisors, “You shall no longer give the people straw to make bricks, as before; let them go and gather straw for themselves. But you shall require of them the same quantity of bricks as they have made previously; do not diminish it, for they are lazy; that is why they cry, ‘Let us go and offer sacrifice to our God.’ Let heavier work be laid on them; then they will labor at it and pay no attention to deceptive words.”
Word of God, Word of Life. C
Thanks be to God.
Second Reading Acts 17:22-28a
Then Paul stood in front of the Areopagus and said, “Athenians, I see how extremely religious you are in every way. For as I went through the city and looked carefully at the objects of your worship, I found among them an altar with the inscription, ‘To an unknown god.’ What therefore you worship as unknown, this I proclaim to you. The God who made the world and everything in it, he who is Lord of heaven and earth, does not live in shrines made by human hands, nor is he served by human hands, as though he needed anything, since he himself gives to all mortals life and breath and all things. From one ancestor he made all nations to inhabit the whole earth, and he allotted the times of their existence and the boundaries of the places where they would live, so that they would search for God and perhaps grope for him and find him—though indeed he is not far from each one of us. For ‘In him we live and move and have our being’;
A Word of God, Word of Life. C Thanks be to God.
Respond to the Word: Three Questions
Read the scripture verses and discuss the 3 questions (this can be brief or not.
Let the Spirit guide you, but don’t feel like you have to force it.)
1. The Transition team’s first answer to the question, “Why do we exist?” was “to gather to worship and glorify God!” If you are reading this question it probably means that you also believe it is important to gather to worship God wherever you might be. Talk about why worship is important for you.
2. Moses tells Pharaoh, “Let my people go, so that they can worship.” Pharaoh says no and calls them lazy. Perhaps you’ve heard the question, “do you work to live or live to work?” How would Pharaoh answer this question? How would Moses answer this question? How would you answer this question?
3. St. Paul describes God as someone who doesn’t need anything but gives everything? How is your understanding of Worship affirmed or changed when it is not about what you give to God, but about what God gives to you?
The Apostles’ Creed ELW p. 217
P In the words of the Apostles’ Creed, let us confess our faith:
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.
The Prayers of the People of God
Offer your own petitions or use the prayers provided in the download
(the same the will be used at GSC) and close with the Lord’s prayer.
Made alive in Christ and filled with his Spirit, let us pray for the Church, the world, and all of God’s creation.
God of Israel, there is no one like you in heaven above or on earth beneath. Keep covenant with your church, and build us up as your people. Lord, in your mercy. Hear our prayer.
Creator God, we ascribe to you glory and strength. We praise you for the glory of your creation, and ask that you strengthen us to keep it and tend it as a gift and trust. Lord, in your mercy. Hear our prayer.
Ruler of the nations, you have brought together people from many lands. Give us grace to receive foreigners with hospitality, to be good guests in foreign lands, and to accompany one other in faith.
Lord, in your mercy. Hear our prayer.
Grant healing in body, mind and spirit to all those in need, and hear the prayers of this assembly…
- Family of Conrad Brekke (father of former pastor) – who died last week
- Karen Pahl (former pastor) & Family – Karen’s father died last week
- Mark – getting chemo for pancreatic cancer, but now battling influenza b and a high fever
(sister of Lonnie Fynskov) – waiting for results of biopsy
- Margie Herrig – upcoming medical tests
- Jaxon Gorman – 8 year old being treated for Ewing’s Sarcoma
- Mike Ferguson Family – on Mike’s untimely passing
- Ruth Stamme – eye surgery
- Spencer and Jackie – having illness and financial problems due to the health issues.
- Rosemary – positive recovery from health concerns
- Kelsey Bradley – going through chemo treatment
- Aaron Mehling – brother of Amanda Spearman, who is at boot camp training in Oklahoma with National Guard
- Jim Geary – whose pancreatic cancer is doing well
For all Good Shepherd Church members, especially:
- Tristan & Amy Pearson (Annika, Astrid)
- Chris Persinger
- Pamela Peterson
For Good Shepherd Church Leadership:
- Jeaneen Alcorn, Call Committee
- Carl Jepsen, Finance/Stewardship
- Mike Thilges, Office Administrator
For all congregations in the SE Minnesota Synod (ELCA), and also:
- Bishop Delzer and the SE Minnesota Synod Staff
- Our Savior, Cleveland
- People of Hope, Rochester
- Hadzabe Tribe Mission in Tanzania (partnered with People of Hope, Rochester)
- Grace Lutheran, Peterson
- Little Cedar Lutheran, Adams
- Mugandu Mission in Tanzania
Lord, in your mercy. Hear our prayer.
Receive our prayers, merciful God, and dwell in us richly, through Jesus Christ, our life and our redeemer.
A As often as we eat of this bread and drink of this cup, we proclaim the Lord’s kingdom until it comes:
C 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
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.
SENDING The Holy Spirit sends us out to proclaim the Good News.
With hand extended over those gathered, bless each other.
P The blessing of the Lord God Almighty, the blessing of
Christ, the Lamb who was slain,
and the blessing of the Holy Spirit of truth be among you and remain with you always.
Sending and Sharing of Peace
P The peace of the Lord be with you always.
C and also with you.
P Go in peace to be Church wherever you may be.
C Thanks be to God.