Good Shepherd Lutheran Church
Worship on the Go!
We Practice Living the Gospel
July 30-31, 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.
Blessed be the holy Trinity, + one God, the fountain of living water, the rock who gave us birth,
our light and our salvation.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, the love of God,
and the communion of the Holy Spirit be with you all.
And also with you.
Prayer of the Day
Let us pray,
Living God, your law and teaching from days of old have been for the sake of a life lived in relationship with you. Help us move past the words that were once spoken toward the speaking of your Word, Jesus Christ, hear and now in our daily lives. This we pray in the name of the one who live for us, our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
WORD God speaks to us in scriptures read, sung and preached.
First Reading Genesis 22:1-14
After these things God tested Abraham. He said to him, “Abraham!” And he said, “Here I am.” He said, “Take your son, your only son Isaac, whom you love, and go to the land of Moriah, and offer him there as a burnt offering on one of the mountains that I shall show you.” So Abraham rose early in the morning, saddled his donkey, and took two of his young men with him, and his son Isaac; he cut the wood for the burnt offering, and set out and went to the place in the distance that God had shown him. On the third day Abraham looked up and saw the place far away. Then Abraham said to his young men, “Stay here with the donkey; the boy and I will go over there; we will worship, and then we will come back to you.” Abraham took the wood of the burnt offering and laid it on his son Isaac, and he himself carried the fire and the knife. So the two of them walked on together. Isaac said to his father Abraham, “Father!” And he said, “Here I am, my son.” He said, “The fire and the wood are here, but where is the lamb for a burnt offering?” Abraham said, “God himself will provide the lamb for a burnt offering, my son.” So the two of them walked on together.
When they came to the place that God had shown him, Abraham built an altar there and laid the wood in order. He bound his son Isaac, and laid him on the altar, on top of the wood. Then Abraham reached out his hand and took the knife to kill his son. But the angel of the Lord called to him from heaven, and said, “Abraham, Abraham!” And he said, “Here I am.” He said, “Do not lay your hand on the boy or do anything to him; for now I know that you fear God, since you have not withheld your son, your only son, from me.” And Abraham looked up and saw a ram, caught in a thicket by its horns. Abraham went and took the ram and offered it up as a burnt offering instead of his son. So Abraham called that place “The Lord will provide”; as it is said to this day, “On the mount of the Lord it shall be provided.”
Word of God, Word of Life. Thanks be to God.
Psalm 13 Read Responsively
How long, O Lord? Will you forget me forever? How long will you hide your face from me?
How long must I bear pain in my soul, and have sorrow in my heart all day long?
How long shall my enemy be exalted over me?
Consider and answer me, O Lord my God! Give light to my eyes, or I will sleep the sleep of death,
and my enemy will say, “I have prevailed”; my foes will rejoice because I am shaken.
But I trusted in your steadfast love; my heart shall rejoice in your salvation.
I will sing to the Lord, because he has dealt bountifully with me.
Second Reading Galatians 2:15-21
We ourselves are Jews by birth and not Gentile sinners; yet we know that a person is justified not by the works of the law but through faith in Jesus Christ. And we have come to believe in Christ Jesus, so that we might be justified by faith in Christ, and not by doing the works of the law, because no one will be justified by the works of the law. But if, in our effort to be justified in Christ, we ourselves have been found to be sinners, is Christ then a servant of sin? Certainly not! But if I build up again the very things that I once tore down, then I demonstrate that I am a transgressor. For through the law I died to the law, so that I might live to God. I have been crucified with Christ; and it is no longer I who live, but it is Christ who lives in me. And the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me. I do not nullify the grace of God; for if justification comes through the law, then Christ died for nothing.
Word of God, Word of Life. Thanks be to God.
Gospel Luke 6:27-36
The Holy Gospel according to Saint Luke, chapter 6. Glory to you, O Lord.
“But I say to you that listen, Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, pray for those who abuse you. If anyone strikes you on the cheek, offer the other also; and from anyone who takes away your coat do not withhold even your shirt. Give to everyone who begs from you; and if anyone takes away your goods, do not ask for them again. Do to others as you would have them do to you.
“If you love those who love you, what credit is that to you? For even sinners love those who love them. If you do good to those who do good to you, what credit is that to you? For even sinners do the same. If you lend to those from whom you hope to receive, what credit is that to you? Even sinners lend to sinners, to receive as much again. But love your enemies, do good, and lend, expecting nothing in return. Your reward will be great, and you will be children of the Most High; for he is kind to the ungrateful and the wicked. Be merciful, just as your Father is merciful.
The Gospel of the Lord. 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.)
In much the same way as doctors and lawyers refer to medicine or law as a practice or even the practice the leads to the honing of a craft or athletic skill, theology and faith is a practice. It is a way doing things in search of but never fully achieving perfection. It is this way because we are both sinful people for whom perfection is not an option and a blessed people called by the Spirit into new life. How does the language of practice change the way you think about your own faith or our life together as a practicing Church?
WWJD – What Would Jesus Do. This popular phrase can be an important guide for our lives. However, there is need for careful distinction. We can often find ourselves trying to live the Gospels. By that I mean living in a way that emulates the life of Jesus—literally doing what Jesus did. But there is also the option of living the Gospel. By this I mean, seeking to live one’s life empowered by the same life-giving, freedom-proclaiming truth of the love of God that empowered Jesus. How might this distinction effect how we do what Jesus does?
To practice living the Gospel requires trusting the promise of God given in the Gospel – the conquering of Sin, Death, and the Devil. However, as with most promises we can often get confused. Do we put our trust in what is promised or the one who gives the promise?
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.
With elections looming and political rivalries and rhetoric escalating, help us to love our enemies. Give us patience when conversations become tense. Open our ears to listen purposefully in search for understanding. Guide our words and hearts to look at everyone in the best possible light. Lord, in your mercy. Hear our prayer.
As we begin this year’s 40 for 40 fundraising campaign, keep us focused on the ministry that flows from this people and this place. Give us joy in your Spirit as we look at work he have done with your guiding hand and give us hope for the lives that will continue to be inspired to live the Gospel through our community. Lord, in your mercy. Hear our prayer.
As our High School students embark on their summer trip, guide them in their daily attempts to live the Gospel in intentional ways. Help them grow in their relationship to you, each other, and your creation. Protect them in their travel and return them to us safely to share what they have learned with us all. 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…
- Curt Accola & Family – as Curt enters into hospice care
- Uncle ‘Red’ Opstad – Bart Hanson’s uncle, who is recovering from surgery on July 25
- Judy Olness – recovering from broken hip
- Scheie Lutheran Church – severely damaged by storm last week
- Joe Menard – seeking medical attention for depression
- For police and community relations throughout our nation
- Linda Munson – cancer diagnosis
- John Guyse – friend of Jan & Betty Bergert who has lung cancer grade 4 tumors in chest,
brain and spine
- Jaxon Gorman – 8-year old being treated for Ewing’s Sarcoma
For all Good Shepherd Church members, especially:
- Greg & Tracee Shevlin (Michael)
- Dave & Jan Sickle
- Gene & Mary Simonson
For Good Shepherd Church Leadership:
- Jane Belau – 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
- United Redeemer Lutheran in Zumbrota
- Marshall Lutheran in Adams
- Zumbro Lutheran in Rochester
- Iambi Hospital in Tanzania (partnered w/ Zumbro, Rochester)
- Trinity Lutheran in Albert Lea
- Emaus Mission in Colombia
- Mkalama Lutheran Church 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. 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.