Good Shepherd Lutheran Church
Worship on the Go!
We Give Love, Faith, Generosity & Time
July 16-17, 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,
God who Gives, when your people were in a deserted place you had compassion on them and gave them food. Help us to remember your good gifts and encourage us to give freely and joyfully from gifts we too have received. Through Jesus Christ, who gave himself for our sake.
WORD God speaks to us in scriptures read, sung and preached.
First Reading 2 Samuel 24:15-25
So the Lord sent a pestilence on Israel from that morning until the appointed time; and seventy thousand of the people died, from Dan to Beer-sheba. But when the angel stretched out his hand toward Jerusalem to destroy it, the Lord relented concerning the evil, and said to the angel who was bringing destruction among the people, “It is enough; now stay your hand.” The angel of the Lord was then by the threshing floor of Araunah the Jebusite. When David saw the angel who was destroying the people, he said to the Lord, “I alone have sinned, and I alone have done wickedly; but these sheep, what have they done? Let your hand, I pray, be against me and against my father’s house.”
That day Gad came to David and said to him, “Go up and erect an altar to the Lord on the threshing floor of Araunah the Jebusite.” Following Gad’s instructions, David went up, as the Lord had commanded. When Araunah looked down, he saw the king and his servants coming toward him; and Araunah went out and prostrated himself before the king with his face to the ground. Araunah said, “Why has my lord the king come to his servant?” David said, “To buy the threshing floor from you in order to build an altar to the Lord, so that the plague may be averted from the people.” Then Araunah said to David, “Let my lord the king take and offer up what seems good to him; here are the oxen for the burnt offering, and the threshing sledges and the yokes of the oxen for the wood. All this, O king, Araunah gives to the king.” And Araunah said to the king, “May the Lord your God respond favorably to you.”
But the king said to Araunah, “No, but I will buy them from you for a price; I will not offer burnt offerings to the Lord my God that cost me nothing.” So David bought the threshing floor and the oxen for fifty shekels of silver. David built there an altar to the Lord, and offered burnt offerings and offerings of well-being. So the Lord answered his supplication for the land, and the plague was averted from Israel.
Word of God, Word of Life. C
Thanks be to God.
Psalm 116 Read Responsively
What shall I return to the Lord for all his bounty to me?
I will lift up the cup of salvation and call on the name of the Lord,
I will pay my vows to the Lord in the presence of all his people.
Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of his faithful ones.
O Lord, I am your servant; I am your servant, the child of your serving girl. You have loosed my bonds.
I will offer to you a thanksgiving sacrifice and call on the name of the Lord.
I will pay my vows to the Lord in the presence of all his people,
in the courts of the house of the Lord, in your midst, O Jerusalem. Praise the Lord!
Second Reading 2 Corinthians 9:6-10
The point is this: the one who sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and the one who sows bountifully will also reap bountifully. Each of you must give as you have made up your mind, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver. And God is able to provide you with every blessing in abundance, so that by always having enough of everything, you may share abundantly in every good work. As it is written, “He scatters abroad, he gives to the poor; his righteousness endures forever.” He who supplies seed to the sower and bread for food will supply and multiply your seed for sowing and increase the harvest of your righteousness.
Word of God, Word of Life. C
Thanks be to God.
Gospel Matthew 15:29-39
The Holy Gospel according to Saint Matthew, chapter 15. C
Glory to you, O Lord.
After Jesus had left that place, he passed along the Sea of Galilee, and he went up the mountain, where he sat down. Great crowds came to him, bringing with them the lame, the maimed, the blind, the mute, and many others. They put them at his feet, and he cured them, so that the crowd was amazed when they saw the mute speaking, the maimed whole, the lame walking, and the blind seeing. And they praised the God of Israel.
Then Jesus called his disciples to him and said, “I have compassion for the crowd, because they have been with me now for three days and have nothing to eat; and I do not want to send them away hungry, for they might faint on the way.” The disciples said to him, “Where are we to get enough bread in the desert to feed so great a crowd?” Jesus asked them, “How many loaves have you?” They said, “Seven, and a few small fish.” Then ordering the crowd to sit down on the ground, he took the seven loaves and the fish; and after giving thanks he broke them and gave them to the disciples, and the disciples gave them to the crowds. And all of them ate and were filled; and they took up the broken pieces left over, seven baskets full. Those who had eaten were four thousand men, besides women and children. After sending away the crowds, he got into the boat and went to the region of Magadan.
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.)
- Talk about a special gift you received. What made it special?
- In the gospel Jesus wants to feed the crowd of people. The disciples answer is, but we only have a few loaves of bread and few fish. When faced with giving to those in need, have you ever thought, “But I only have . . . “?
- We are to give of our love, faith, generosity, and time because it was first given to us by God. But the fact of life, like a Christmas gift lost in the mail, is that not all has been given to everyone equally. How can we be good stewards (caretakers) of God’s gifts so that all God’s gifts make it to the intended recipient?
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.
We praise you God for the gifts of creation, for the beauty and peace of Lakes and rivers, plains and mountains; for daily bread grown from the earth; For cool breezes on hot summer days. Help us to never forget these gifts and lead us in our care and stewardship of them so that they may be enjoyed for generations to come.
Our community is blessed with growing economic hopes for the future. Many will come hopeful to share in these blessings. As we search for new ways to be good stewards of the amazing gifts for healing here in Rochester, never let us forget, the need to be good stewards of the economic gifts that come with it. Helps us to sow bountifully so that all may reap bountifully.
Our country is suffering from multiple traumas. Violence begets violence. Many take to the streets, because they have had enough, while others deeply desire to mourn without being drawn into difficult conversations about race in America. Watch over and give your peace to all people affected by the violence of the past couple weeks, give us courage to walk the difficult road together with hearts open to the suffering of others and ears open to the cry of your children. In this too, help us be good stewards of our neighbors’ pain.
Grant healing in body, mind and spirit to all those in need, and hear the prayers of this assembly…
- 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
- Mark – getting chemo for pancreatic cancer, but now battling influenza b and high fever
- 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:
- Sue & Josh Reed
- Shirley Riley
- Bernice Rinde
For Good Shepherd Church Leadership:
- Jane Belau – Call Committee
- Tony Aipperspach – Property & Technology Committee
- Carl-Eric Gentes – Associate Pastor
For all congregations in the SE Minnesota Synod (ELCA), and also:
- Bishop Delzer and the SE Minnesota Synod Staff
- Greenfield Lutheran, Harmony
- St. Matthew Lutheran, Granger
- St. Paul Lutheran, Harmony
- Solor por Fe Lutheran Church in Colombia (partnered with Greenfield, St. Matthew & St. Paul)
- First Evangelical Lutheran, Kenyon
- Ilongero Lutheran Church in Tanzania (partnered with First, Kenyon)
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.
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.