Worship on the Go! (For June 11-12, 2016)

Good Shepherd Lutheran Church
Worship on the Go!
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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.

C    Amen.

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.

Greeting

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,

Thanks be to you, Lord Jesus Christ, most merciful redeemer, for the countless blessings and benefits you give. May we know you more clearly, love you more dearly, and follow you more nearly, day by day praising you, with the Father and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.

C
Amen.        

WORD God speaks to us in scriptures read, sung and preached.

 


First Reading Isaiah 40:3-11

A voice cries out: “In the wilderness prepare the way of the Lord, make straight in the desert a highway for our God. Every valley shall be lifted up, and every mountain and hill be made low; the uneven ground shall become level, and the rough places a plain. Then the glory of the Lord shall be revealed, and all people shall see it together, for the mouth of the Lord has spoken.”

A voice says, “Cry out!” And I said, “What shall I cry?” All people are grass, their constancy is like the flower of the field. The grass withers, the flower fades, when the breath of the Lord blows upon it;
surely the people are grass. The grass withers, the flower fades; but the word of our God will stand forever.

Get you up to a high mountain, O Zion, herald of good tidings; lift up your voice with strength, O Jerusalem, herald of good tidings, lift it up, do not fear; say to the cities of Judah, “Here is your God!”

See, the Lord God comes with might, and his arm rules for him; his reward is with him, and his recompense before him. He will feed his flock like a shepherd; he will gather the lambs in his arms, and carry them in his bosom, and gently lead the mother sheep.    

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

Psalm 28 Read Responsively

Blessed be the Lord, for he has heard the sound of my pleadings.

The Lord is my strength and my shield; in him my heart trusts;
so I am helped, and my heart exults, and with my song I give thanks to him.

The Lord is the strength of his people; he is the saving refuge of his anointed.

O save your people, and bless your heritage;
be their shepherd, and carry them forever.


Second Reading                              Acts 20:28, 32

Keep watch over yourselves and over all the flock, of which the Holy Spirit has made you overseers, to shepherd the church of God that he obtained with the blood of his own Son.

And now I commend you to God and to the message of his grace, a message that is able to build you up and to give you the inheritance among all who are sanctified.

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


Gospel John 14:8-14

A
The Holy Gospel according to Saint John, chapter 14.    C
Glory to you, O Lord.

Philip said to him, “Lord, show us the Father, and we will be satisfied.” Jesus said to him, “Have I been with you all this time, Philip, and you still do not know me? Whoever has seen me has seen the Father. How can you say, ‘Show us the Father’? Do you not believe that I am in the Father and the Father is in me? The words that I say to you I do not speak on my own; but the Father who dwells in me does his works. Believe me that I am in the Father and the Father is in me; but if you do not, then believe me because of the works themselves. Very truly, I tell you, the one who believes in me will also do the works that I do and, in fact, will do greater works than these, because I am going to the Father. I will do whatever you ask in my name, so that the Father may be glorified in the Son. If in my name you ask me for anything, I will do it.    

A
The Gospel of the Lord.    C
Praise to you, O Christ.

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.)

When people unite together for some kind of positive change, we sometimes call it a movement. They usually come from the common people, more than being dictated by political, religious, or other established organizations. Can you think of some popular movements that have arisen in your life-time, or in your knowledge of history? One example is the “women’s liberation movement.” One of the longest and most profound movements of all time, is Christianity—we could call it “the Jesus movement.” Talk about ways that Christianity might be considered a movement. What effects has it had on the lives of governments and ordinary people alike?

In Isaiah 40:3-11, the voice of God cries out to a servant (or servants) of God to get up on a high mountain and shout out to the people that God comes to his people with power. He will “feed his flock like a shepherd; he will gather the lambs in his arms, and carry them in his bosom, and gently lead the mother sheep.” Today’s message is that, one reason we exist as a congregation, called “Good Shepherd,” is that we are part of a “movement” to continue the message and works of Jesus in this time and place. Talk, for a while about ways that we represent the work of Jesus to gather the “flock” and take care of the “lambs.”

In Ephesians 4:1-16, St. Paul instructs the Ephesian church to “lead a life worthy of the calling to which you have been called.” How does Paul describe that calling, and how do we, ourselves, respond to it?

In John 14:8-14, Jesus turns his work over to his disciples, saying, “the one who believes in me will also do the works that I do…” How long has the “Jesus movement been going on, and what evidence do you see of it today? Think of some examples of the work of Jesus that is being done by members of our congregation, together and individually?

The Apostles’ Creed                                
ELW p. 217

P    In the words of the Apostles’ Creed, let us confess our faith:

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.

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.

Gracious God, speak to your listening church, and send it to point eagerly to the many ways in which you reveal your life-giving presence.

Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

 

Renew the face of the earth. Heal the wounds human carelessness inflicts on creation, and rouse us to increase our care of land and waters.

Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

 

Restore and strengthen world leaders (especially). Give them a clear vision of your power to move hearts and minds, and enable them to act with justice and compassion. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer. Refresh the depressed and despairing. Comfort those who weep and mourn. Give companionship to the lonely and healing to the sick (especially).

Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Fill our congregation with renewed zeal to love our neighbor as you love us. Open our mouths to invite friends and neighbors to come and see you.

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…

  • Linda Munson – cancer diagnosis
  • Ruth Friedli – having hernia repair surgery on June 13th
  • Betty & Charles Lund (former GSC members) – Betty’s mother, Leone Scholze, died on June 1st at the age of 99.
  • Katie Schindler – re-diagnosed with cancer
  • Family of Conrad Brekke (father of former GSC pastor Chris Brekke) – Conrad died on May 20th
  • Karen Pahl (former GSC pastor & Family – Karen’s father died on May 20th
  • Mark – getting chemo for pancreatic cancer, but now battling influenza b and a high fever
  • Margie
    (sister of Lonnie Fynskov) – waiting for results of biopsy
  • Jaxon Gorman – 8 year old being treated for Ewing’s Sarcoma
  • 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:

  • Cindy Powell
  • Luke & Rachel Radel (Aubrey, Easton)
  • Larry Clark & Merrilee Rasmussen

For Good Shepherd Church Leadership:

  • Wendy Hanson – Call Committee
  • Lonnie Fynskov – Education & Family Committee
  • John Allen – Lead Interim Pastor

For all congregations in the SE Minnesota Synod (ELCA), and also:

  • Bishop Delzer and the SE Minnesota Synod Staff
  • Solor Lutheran – Webster
  • St. Paul Lutheran – Le Center
  • Immanuel Lutheran – Wykoff
  • Hegre Lutheran – Kenyon
  • Gumanga Lutheran Church in Tanzania
  • Mijuhu Lutheran Church in Tanzania

Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

We bless you for revealing yourself in the saints (especially the apostle Peter who confessed you as Lord). Bring us with them into the fullness of your glory.

Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Trusting your love and healing, O God, we commend to you all for whom we pray, knowing you will hear and answer, through Christ our Lord. Amen.

Lord’s Prayer

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

    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.

SENDING The Holy Spirit sends us out to proclaim the Good News.

Blessing

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.

C     Amen.

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.