Gathering: The Holy Spirit calls us together as the people of God.
Welcome and Announcements
Focusing Conversation: Are you more of a talker or a doer?
Call to Act (based off Acts 1)
P: Why stand still staring at an empty sky?
C: If we wait, maybe Jesus will come back, maybe, we’ll go back, to the way it was.
P: Jesus said, you don’t get to know the time;
C: What we get is the Holy Spirit
P: The world has changed, once again.
C: God is moving. We shall bear witness.
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
Acting God, out of the concern for the poor and vulnerable you guided your Church to call Stephen and others to serve alongside the Apostles. Help us to hear your call to proclaim Christ both in word and deed. Through the one who serves all in gracious love, Jesus Christ Amen.
Word: God speaks to us in scripture reading, preaching, and song.
Reading Dramatization of Acts 6:1-7 (based on The Message by Eugene Peterson)
Sermon and Dialog
Hymn of the Day Will You Come and Follow Me (vs. 1, 2, 3, 5) ELW 798
The Prayers of the People of God
The congregation is invited into a time a personal prayer reflecting on today’s word. Those wishing to share their prayers for the sake of the whole community will be invited to do so. These may include prayer requests in response to the days message, concerns for our shared world, and requests concerning those dear to you. The pastor will then pray those requests in petition form.
PLEASE KEEP US IN YOUR PRAYERS: Mike Lindahl, Daisy Mohr, Edward Anderson, Joyce, Stephanie Rauh, Geraldine Nestel, Kathy Wenger, Curt Pearson, Betty Bergert, Greg Gerhartz, all people going to work assuming new risks in order to “serve their neighbor.'”
FOR ALL GOOD SHEPHERD CHURCH MEMBERS, ESPECIALLY:
Colin & Sara Lange (Eva, Davis, Jace), Dano & Kathy Lange,
Lonnie & Leann Larson (Dylan, Abbey)
FOR GOOD SHEPHERD CHURCH LEADERSHIP:
Colin Lange (Secretary, Nominating Committee, Property Committee),
Bell Choir Directors: Michelle Schlicht (Ring & Sing), Becky Bruinsma (Grace Notes),
Tim Fynskov (Social Ministry Committee)
FOR ALL CONGREGATIONS IN THE SE MN SYNOD (ELCA) & ALSO:
Bishop Hassanally & SE MN Synod Staff Faith Lutheran (St. Charles)
Zion Lutheran (Stewartville) West St. Olaf (Hayfield)
Mazoezi Songambele Lutheran (Tanznia) Nkinto Lutheran (Tanzania)
Each petition concludes: Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.
The Peace The peace of the Lord be with you always. And also with you.
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God of goodness and growth, all creation is yours, and your faithfulness is as firm as the heavens. Water and word, wine and bread: these are signs of your abundant grace. Nourish us through these gifts, that we might proclaim your steadfast love in our communities and in the world, through Jesus Christ, our strength and our song. Amen.
Meal: God feeds us with the presence of Jesus Christ.
The Great Thanksgiving
The Lord be with you, And also with you.
Lift up your hearts, We lift them to the Lord.
Let us give thanks to the Lord our God, It is right to give God thanks and praise.
It is indeed right, our duty and our joy,
that we should at all times and in all places
give thanks and praise to you, almighty and merciful God,
through the great shepherd of your flock, our Savior Jesus Christ;
who after his resurrection sent forth the apostles
to preach the gospel and teach all nations,
and promised to be with them, even to the end of the age.
And so, with the glorious company of the apostles,
with the choirs of angels and all the hosts of heaven, and the Church in the past, today, and triumphant to the ends of the earth,
we praise your name and join their unending hymn:
Holy, holy, holy Lord,
God of power and might,
heaven and earth are full of your glory.
Hosanna in the highest.
Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord.
Hosanna in the highest.
In the night in which he was betrayed,
our Lord Jesus took bread, and gave thanks;
broke it, and gave it to his disciples, saying:
Take and eat; this is my body, given for you.
Do this for the remembrance of me.
Again, after supper, he took the cup, gave thanks,
and gave it for all to drink, saying:
This cup is the new covenant in my blood,
shed for you and for all people for the forgiveness of sin.
Do this for the remembrance of me.
L: Gathered into one by the Holy Spirit, let us pray as Jesus taught us.
C: Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name, your kingdom come, your will be done, onEarth 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.
The Invitation to Commune
We will sing together. Then there will be time to commune. As you commune at home, if you are alone please take the bread and know this is the body of Christ given for you. Take the cup, drink, and know this is the blood of Christ shed for you. If there is more than one of you please commune each other with these words: The body of Christ given for you, the blood of Christ shed for you. After you commune, we will join in singing another verse.
All are welcome, wherever you may be, to this feast of Christ’s Presence.
Taste and See that the Lord is Good.
Hymn Great God, Your Love Has Called Us ELW 358
(First verse sung before Communion)
1 Great God, your love has called us here
as we, by love, for love were made.
Your living likeness still we bear,
though marred, dishonored, disobeyed.
We come, with all our heart and mind
your call to hear, your love to find.
(Second verse sung following Communion)
5 Great God, in Christ you set us free
your life to live, your joy to share.
Give us your Spirit’s liberty
to turn from guilt and dull despair,
and offer all that faith can do
while love is making all things new.
God of the welcome table, in this meal we have feasted on your goodness and have been united by your presence among us. Empower us to go forth sustained by these gifts so that we may share your neighborly love with all, through Jesus Christ, the giver of abundant life. Amen.
Sending: The Holy Spirit sends us out to proclaim the Good News.
The Apostles’ Creed
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.
Neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor rulers, nor things present, nor things to come, nor
powers, nor height, nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us
from the love of God in Christ Jesus. God, the creator, ☩ Jesus, the Christ, and the Holy
Spirit, the comforter, bless you and keep you in eternal love. Amen.
Go in peace. The Spirit guides you out. Thanks be to God.