Good Shepherd Lutheran Church
Worship on the Go!
We Will Be Tireless in Improving Discipleship
September 3-4, 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,
Almighty God, you sent your Holy Spirit to be the life and light of your church. Open our hearts to the riches of your grace, that we may be ready to receive you wherever you appear, and eagerly pursue your righteousness, through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord.
WORD God speaks to us in scriptures read, sung and preached.
First Reading Isaiah 61:10-11
I will greatly rejoice in the Lord, my whole being shall exult in my God; for he has clothed me with the garments of salvation, he has covered me with the robe of righteousness, as a bridegroom decks himself with a garland, and as a bride adorns herself with her jewels. For as the earth brings forth its shoots, and as a garden causes what is sown in it to spring up, so the Lord God will cause righteousness and praise to spring up before all the nations.
Word of God, Word of Life.
Thanks be to God.
Psalm 95 Read Responsively
O come, let us sing to the Lord;
let us make a joyful noise to the rock of our salvation!
Let us come into his presence with thanksgiving;
let us make a joyful noise to him with songs of praise!
For the Lord is a great God,
and a great King above all gods.
In his hand are the depths of the earth;
the heights of the mountains are his also.
The sea is his, for he made it,
and the dry land, which his hands have formed.
O come, let us worship and bow down,
let us kneel before the Lord, our Maker!
For he is our God, and we are the people of his pasture,
and the sheep of his hand.
O that today you would listen to his voice!
Second Reading Philippians 4:1-9 Ephesians 1:2-14
My brothers and sisters, whom I love and long for, my joy and crown, stand firm in the Lord in this way, my beloved.
I urge Euodia and I urge Syntyche to be of the same mind in the Lord. Yes, and I ask you also, my loyal companion, help these women, for they have struggled beside me in the work of the gospel, together with Clement and the rest of my co-workers, whose names are in the book of life.
Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, Rejoice. Let your gentleness be known to everyone. The Lord is near. Do not worry about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
Finally, beloved, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is pleasing, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence and if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things. Keep on doing the things that you have learned and received and heard and seen in me, and the God of peace will be with you.
Word of God, Word of Life.
Thanks be to God.
Gospel Luke 12:32-40
The Holy Gospel according to Saint Luke, chapter 12.
Glory to you, O Lord.
[Jesus said:] “Do not be afraid, little flock, for it is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom. Sell your possessions, and give alms. Make purses for yourselves that do not wear out, an unfailing treasure in heaven, where no thief comes near and no moth destroys. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.
“Be dressed for action and have your lamps lit; be like those who are waiting for their master to return from the wedding banquet, so that they may open the door for him as soon as he comes and knocks. Blessed are those slaves whom the master finds alert when he comes; truly I tell you, he will fasten his belt and have them sit down to eat, and he will come and serve them. If he comes during the middle of the night, or near dawn, and finds them so, blessed are those slaves.
“But know this: if the owner of the house had known at what hour the thief was coming, he would not have let his house be broken into. You also must be ready, for the Son of Man is coming at an unexpected hour.”
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.)
They say the most dangerous phrase in business, “We’ve always done it that way.” Churches are certainly not immune from that danger, are they? Congregations can get by year after year with the same programs, the same fund-raisers, and the “same old same old,” until they forget what it was all about in the first place.
Can you think of ways in your experience that congregations have repeated the same old methods, while the times change around them? How can we be preserve the good from what is old and still be open to new and different opportunities?
St. Paul says, in our lesson from Romans, “Keep on doing the things that you have learned, and received, and heard, and seen in me,” while from Matthew, we hear Jesus say, “Be dressed for action and have your laps lit.” How are those phrases different? Are they also the same? If so, how?
Our theme this week, is that “we will look tirelessly for ways to improve our discipleship.” What’s wrong with the way we’ve always done it? What kind of ways and means can and should always be the same in the church? What kind of ways and means can and should always be open for change.? Why?
Talk and think about these questions as you read the lessons for this week.
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.
Rooted in Christ and rising to serve, let us pray for the church, the world, and all in need.
A brief silence.
Faithful God, encourage your church in new ventures of faith: new congregations, ministries, conversations, and partnerships. Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.
That the people of God be diligent to continually pursue your divine will and guidance, bearing witness to your word, and giving praise in all circumstances. Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.
Merciful God, calm the fears that produce wars, prejudice, and injustice. Equip governments, leaders, and peacemakers to be models of cooperation and reconciliation among the nations. Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.
We pray for those in life transitions that bring anxiety. Be with those who prepare for school, or new ventures in life. Heal those hurt by broken promises, and sustain them with your never-ending love. Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.
That you strengthen the hands of all who serve in this congregation as teachers, musicians, worship leaders, and volunteers. Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.
Restoring God, comfort all who long for relief from circumstances of grief or sickness (especially). Bless hospitals, mental health facilities, and all places of healing. Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.
That you clothe us with the garments of salvation, until with all your saints we behold the fullness of your glory. Let us pray. 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…
Sue Bothun – recovering from 3rd leg surgery after a motorcycle accident
Mary Lou Schacht – advanced stages of ALS
Ruth Way – terminal cancer
Elaine Eckebrecht – ongoing health issues
Easton Braaten – 3-year old hospitalized with e-coli
Cole Jensen – recovering from surgery
Mark – brother-in-law of Rebecca Melland-Kuo, who has started radiation therapy for pancreatic cancer
Terry – multiple myeloma, preparing for stem cell transplant
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:
Beth & Nobu Suginaka
Glen & Claudia Swanton
For Good Shepherd Church Leadership:
Wendy Hanson – Call Committee
Carl Jepsen – Finance/Stewardship
Mike Thilges – Office Administrator
For all congregations in the SE Minnesota Synod (ELCA), and also:
Bishop Delzer and the SE Minnesota Synod Staff
United Lutheran in Frost
Salem Lutheran in Albert Lea
Ngimu Congregation in Tanzania (partnered with Salem, Albert Lea)
Trinity Lutheran in West Concord
Vista Lutheran in New Richland
Nkinto 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.
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
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.
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
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.