Worship on the Go! (June 25-26, 2016)


Good Shepherd Lutheran Church

Worship on the Go!

We Acknowledge our Mortal Imperfection

June 25-26, 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.

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,

O Lord God, we bring before you the cries of a sorrowing world. In your mercy set us free from the chains that bind us. And defend us from everything that is evil, through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord.

C
Amen.        

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


First Reading     Genesis 4:1-12

Now the man knew his wife Eve, and she conceived and bore Cain, saying, “I have produced a man with the help of the Lord.” Next she bore his brother Abel. Now Abel was a keeper of sheep, and Cain a tiller of the ground.

In the course of time Cain brought to the Lord an offering of the fruit of the ground, and Abel for his part brought of the firstlings of his flock, their fat portions. And the Lord had regard for Abel and his offering, but for Cain and his offering he had no regard. So Cain was very angry, and his countenance fell.

The Lord said to Cain, “Why are you angry, and why has your countenance fallen? If you do well, will you not be accepted? And if you do not do well, sin is lurking at the door; its desire is for you, but you must master it.”

Cain said to his brother Abel, “Let us go out to the field.” And when they were in the field, Cain rose up against his brother Abel, and killed him.

Then the Lord said to Cain, “Where is your brother Abel?” He said, “I do not know; am I my brother’s keeper?” And the Lord said, “What have you done? Listen; your brother’s blood is crying out to me from the ground! And now you are cursed from the ground, which has opened its mouth to receive your brother’s blood from your hand. When you till the ground, it will no longer yield to you its strength; you will be a fugitive and a wanderer on the earth.”

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

Psalm 4     Read Responsively

O Lord, our Sovereign, how majestic is your name in all the earth!

    You have set your glory above the heavens.

Out of the mouths of babes and infants you have founded a bulwark

    because of your foes, to silence the enemy and the avenger.

When I look at your heavens, the work of your fingers, the moon and the stars that you have established;

    what are human beings that you are mindful of them, mortals that you care for them?

Yet you have made them a little lower than God, and crowned them with glory and honor.

    You have given them dominion over the works of your hands; you have put all things under their feet,

all sheep and oxen, and also the beasts of the field, the birds of the air, and the fish of the sea,
whatever passes along the paths of the seas.

    O Lord, our Sovereign, how majestic is your name in all the earth!

 

Second Reading    Romans 7:19-8:4

For I do not do the good I want, but the evil I do not want is what I do.Now if I do what I do not want, it is no longer I that do it, but sin that dwells within me. So I find it to be a law that when I want to do what is good, evil lies close at hand. For I delight in the law of God in my inmost self, but I see in my members another law at war with the law of my mind, making me captive to the law of sin that dwells in my members. Wretched man that I am! Who will rescue me from this body of death? Thanks be to God through Jesus Christ our Lord! So then, with my mind I am a slave to the law of God, but with my flesh I am a slave to the law of sin.

There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus. For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has set you free from the law of sin and of death. For God has done what the law, weakened by the flesh, could not do: by sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh, and to deal with sin, he condemned sin in the flesh, so that the just requirement of the law might be fulfilled in us, who walk not according to the flesh but according to the Spirit.

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

Gospel     Luke 15:1-32

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The Holy Gospel according to Saint Luke, chapter 15.    C
Glory to you, O Lord.

Now all the tax collectors and sinners were coming near to listen to him. And the Pharisees and the scribes were grumbling and saying, “This fellow welcomes sinners, and eats with them.” So he told them this parable: “Which one of you, having a hundred sheep and losing one of them, does not leave the ninety-nine in the wilderness and go after the one that is lost until he finds it? When he has found it, he lays it on his shoulders and rejoices. And when he comes home, he calls together his friends and neighbors, saying to them, ‘Rejoice with me, for I have found my sheep that was lost.’ 

Just so, I tell you, there will be more joy in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine righteous persons who need no repentance. “Or what woman having ten silver coins, if she loses one of them, does not light a lamp, sweep the house, and search carefully until she finds it? When she has found it, she calls together her friends and neighbors, saying, ‘Rejoice with me, for I have found the coin that I had lost.’ Just so, I tell you, there is joy in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner who repents.”

Then Jesus said, “There was a man who had two sons. The younger of them said to his father, ‘Father, give me the share of the property that will belong to me.’ So he divided his property between them. A few days later the younger son gathered all he had and traveled to a distant country, and there he squandered his property in dissolute living. When he had spent everything, a severe famine took place throughout that country, and he began to be in need. So he went and hired himself out to one of the citizens of that country, who sent him to his fields to feed the pigs. He would gladly have filled himself with the pods that the pigs were eating; and no one gave him anything. But when he came to himself he said, ‘How many of my father’s hired hands have bread enough and to spare, but here I am dying of hunger! I will get up and go to my father, and I will say to him, “Father, I have sinned against heaven and before you; I am no longer worthy to be called your son; treat me like one of your hired hands.”‘ So he set off and went to his father. But while he was still far off, his father saw him and was filled with compassion; he ran and put his arms around him and kissed him. Then the son said to him, ‘Father, I have sinned against heaven and before you; I am no longer worthy to be called your son.’ But the father said to his slaves, ‘Quickly, bring out a robe—the best one—and put it on him; put a ring on his finger and sandals on his feet. And get the fatted calf and kill it, and let us eat and celebrate; for this son of mine was dead and is alive again; he was lost and is found!’ And they began to celebrate. “Now his elder son was in the field; and when he came and approached the house, he heard music and dancing. 

He called one of the slaves and asked what was going on. He replied, ‘Your brother has come, and your father has killed the fatted calf, because he has got him back safe and sound.’ Then he became angry and refused to go in. His father came out and began to plead with him. But he answered his father, ‘Listen! For all these years I have been working like a slave for you, and I have never disobeyed your command; yet you have never given me even a young goat so that I might celebrate with my friends. But when this son of yours came back, who has devoured your property with prostitutes, you killed the fatted calf for him!’ Then the father said to him, ‘Son, you are always with me, and all that is mine is yours. But we had to celebrate and rejoice, because this brother of yours was dead and has come to life; he was lost and has been found.'”

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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.)

Every year, The Resilience Project of Stanford University sponsors and event called “I Screwed Up” — “commemorating and celebrating the ‘epic failures’ in our lives. Students from across campus come together and share experiences through storytelling, comedy, poetry, song, video, and other creative means.” 

Does it seem odd to you that people are willing, not only to publicly admit–but even to celebrate– some time in their life when they majorly “screwed up”? How might that be a positive thing? 

Read all of the lessons for today. Except for the Psalm, ask yourself with each one: Who screwed up here? How bad was it? What were the consequences? How does God, or the God figure, deal with the whole mess? 

In the story of Cain and Abel, we usually interpret God’s response as harsh judgement. Read the story again and imagine that God is not cursing Cain, but reasoning with Cain while pointing out the consequence of Cain’s own actions. Can you imagine a parent-child conversation, in which the concerned parent says, “What have you done?” 

Now, read the story from Luke about two brothers. The son who “screwed up” was forgiven. How does the father reason with the older son? Did he also need forgiveness?  If so, why? What would be a happy ending to this story? 

Sometimes, when we confess our wrongdoing, we call it “coming clean.” Does it feel good to “come clean”—especially with a parent that is willing to embrace again?  The younger son is called the “prodigal” son, because he let the money slip too easily between his fingers. Can the father be called “prodigal” in his love and forgiveness? Talk about it. 

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.

For our neighbors all over the world. Help us to love them as we love ourselves.

Lord, in your mercy. Hear our prayer.

For our neighbors closer to home, especially in Orlando, Florida. Call us to put our love of them into action.    
Lord, in your mercy. Hear our prayer.

For all of us here in this congregation. Help us to hear that call to action. There is something for each of us to do.

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…

Ken Lynne – heart attack on June 10th

Sue – Surgery on broken leg following motorcycle accident in Missouri on June 10th

Linda Munson – cancer diagnosis

John Guyse – friend of Jan & Betty Bergert who has lung cancer grade 4 tumors in chest, brain and spine

Teresa – surgery for colon cancer on June 14

Ruth Friedli – having hernia repair surgery on June 13th

Katie Schindler – re-diagnosed with cancer

Jaxon Gorman – 8 year old being treated for Ewing’s Sarcoma

Kelsey Bradley – going through chemo treatment

Aaron Mehling – brother of Amanda Spearman – at boot camp training in Oklahoma with National Guard

Jim Geary – whose pancreatic cancer is doing well

For all Good Shepherd Church members, especially:

Joe & Ann Rivard (Hannah)

Sharon Root

Gaylene & Jim Ryan

For Good Shepherd Church Leadership:

Jane Belau – Call Committee

Mary Manges – Worship & Music Committee

David Kassler – Director of Music

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

Bishop Delzer and the SE Minnesota Synod Staff

Cedar Valley Lutheran in Winona

Red Oak Grove Lutheran in Austin

Mansfield Lutheran in Alden

St. Ansgar Lutheran in Cannon Falls

Mrumba Lutheran Church in Tanzania

La Gracia Mission in Colombia

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. 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.