Worship on the Go! (August 13-14)


Good Shepherd Lutheran Church

Worship on the Go!
We Tend to the Needs of Any and All

August 13-14, 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.

Amen.

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.

Greeting

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,

O Lord God, you teach us that without love, our actions gain nothing. Pour into our hearts your most excellent gift of love, that, made alive by your Spirit, we may care for the needs of others, through your Son, Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.

Amen.        

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

First Reading     Deuteronomy 24:17-22    

[The Lord God said to Israel] You shall not deprive a resident alien or an orphan of justice; you shall not take a widow’s garment in pledge. Remember that you were a slave in Egypt and the Lord your God redeemed you from there; therefore, I command you to do this. When you reap your harvest in your field and forget a sheaf in the field, you shall not go back to get it; it shall be left for the alien, the orphan, and the widow, so that the Lord your God may bless you in all your undertakings. When you beat your olive trees, do not strip what is left; it shall be for the alien, the orphan, and the widow. When you gather the grapes of your vineyard, do not glean what is left; it shall be for the alien, the orphan, and the widow. Remember that you were a slave in the land of Egypt; therefore, I am commanding you to do this.

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

Psalm 99 Read Responsively

The Lord is king;

let the peoples tremble!

He sits enthroned upon the cherubim;

let the earth quake!

The Lord is great in Zion;

he is exalted over all the peoples.

Let them praise your great and awesome name.

Holy is he!

Mighty King, lover of justice, you have established equity;

you have executed justice and righteousness in Jacob.

Extol the Lord our God; worship at his footstool.

Holy is he!

Second Reading     Romans 12:9-21        Ephesians 1:2-14

Let love be genuine; hate what is evil, hold fast to what is good; love one another with mutual affection; outdo one another in showing honor. Do not lag in zeal, be ardent in spirit, serve the Lord. Rejoice in hope, be patient in suffering, persevere in prayer. Contribute to the needs of the saints; extend hospitality to strangers.  Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse them. Rejoice with those who rejoice, weep with those who weep. Live in harmony with one another; do not be haughty, but associate with the lowly; do not claim to be wiser than you are. Do not repay anyone evil for evil, but take thought for what is noble in the sight of all. If it is possible, so far as it depends on you, live peaceably with all. Beloved, never avenge yourselves, but leave room for the wrath of God; for it is written, “Vengeance is mine, I will repay, says the Lord.” No, “if your enemies are hungry, feed them; if they are thirsty, give them something to drink; for by doing this you will heap burning coals on their heads.” Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.

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

Gospel     Matthew 25:31-40

The Holy Gospel according to Saint Matthew, chapter 25.
Glory to you, O Lord.

“When the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, then he will sit on the throne of his glory. All the nations will be gathered before him, and he will separate people one from another as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats, and he will put the sheep at his right hand and the goats at the left. Then the king will say to those at his right hand, ‘Come, you that are blessed by my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world; for I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, I was naked and you gave me clothing, I was sick and you took care of me, I was in prison and you visited me.’ Then the righteous will answer him, ‘Lord, when was it that we saw you hungry and gave you food, or thirsty and gave you something to drink? And when was it that we saw you a stranger and welcomed you, or naked and gave you clothing? And when was it that we saw you sick or in prison and visited you?’ And the king will answer them, ‘Truly I tell you, just as you did it to one of the least of these who are members of my family, you did it to me.’

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 the lesson from Deuteronomy we learn that God told the people of Israel to leave some of their crops unharvested, so that poor people (aliens, orphans, and widows) could gather something to eat. Talk about how that was good and right. In what ways do we help the poor today?

Why does God remind the people that they were once slaves? How does that change their attitude about people who have little or nothing to live on? Do you have any memories of times when you were without food or luxuries? If not, can you imagine what it would be like? What would you expect others to do for you?

In the story Jesus told in Matthew 25, he says that the people who gave food, clothing, and friendship to others didn’t realize that they were serving Jesus at the same time. Why do you think that was true? Do you think it’s sometimes true today?

The Apostles’ Creed    ELW p. 217

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.

Almighty God, your merciful rule encompasses all the world. As we gather for worship in safety, we pray for places where the church is persecuted. Watch over your people as they witness to your good news.
Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Give bountiful pastures, safety, and health to herds, livestock, and all animals. May our care for all of your creation reflect your shepherding love for all that you have made. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

We pray for international organizations that shine your light in places of strife, especially Syria, Iraq, Turkey, South Sudan, and Afghanistan. Lead relief and aid workers, leaders and volunteers to seek the lost and provide safety.

Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Bind up the injured and strengthen the weak, abused, or ill (especially). Give wisdom to counselors, doctors, nurses, and all in professions that provide healing. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Shepherd your churches to welcome the stranger and immigrant in our midst. Call all your people to welcome, clothe, feed, and visit those in need just as you have provided for the lost and despairing throughout the ages.
Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Give us the hope to which you call us, our glorious inheritance with all your saints. Enrich our lives with the faith and vision of those saints who have died especially those whom we name in our hearts before 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…

Susan Wigersma – her mother has terminal cancer

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 recently

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:

Duane & Inez Snyder

Rich Soli

Steven & Amanda Spearman (Carter, Jackson)

For Good Shepherd Church Leadership:

Jesse Arroyo – 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

Chatfield Lutheran in Chatfield

San Juan Lutheran Church in Colombia (partnered with Chatfield)

Stordahl Lutheran in Zumbrota

Trinity Lutheran in Owatonna

Nduguti Lutheran Church in Tanzania

Lord, in your mercy. Hear our prayer.

Receive these prayers and the hopes and concerns of our hearts, O God, as we entrust into your loving care all for whom we pray, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Lord’s Prayer

As often as we eat of this bread and drink of this cup, we proclaim the Lord’s kingdom until it comes:

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.

The blessing of the Lord God Almighty, the blessing of
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Christ, the Lamb who was slain,

and the blessing of the Holy Spirit of truth be among you and remain with you always.

Amen.

Sending and Sharing of Peace

The peace of the Lord be with you always.

and also with you.

Go in peace to be Church wherever you may be.

Thanks be to God.