Good Shepherd Lutheran Church

Worship on the Go!

We Strive to Accept People as Jesus Does

July 2-3, 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.

C    Amen.

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,

Gracious God who eats with sinners. Your Son tested the boundaries of what was accepted through radical acceptance. Through Peter you reached beyond cult and nation embrace all with your love and justice.

Help us strive to accept others as Jesus does, yesterday, today, and forever.

Through Jesus Christ our Savior and Lord.


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

First Reading     Malachi 3:1-2a, 5

See, I am sending my messenger to prepare the way before me, and the Lord whom you seek will suddenly come to his temple. The messenger of the covenant in whom you delight—indeed, he is coming, says the Lord of hosts. But who can endure the day of his coming, and who can stand when he appears?

Then I will draw near to you for judgment; I will be swift to bear witness against the sorcerers, against the adulterers, against those who swear falsely, against those who oppress the hired workers in their wages, the widow and the orphan, against those who thrust aside the alien, and do not fear me, says the Lord of hosts.

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

Psalm 82    Read Responsively

God has taken his place in the divine council; in the midst of the gods he holds judgment:

    “How long will you judge unjustly and show partiality to the wicked?

Give justice to the weak and the orphan; maintain the right of the lowly and the destitute.

    Rescue the weak and the needy; deliver them from the hand of the wicked.”

Second Reading    Acts 11:1-18

Now the apostles and the believers who were in Judea heard that the Gentiles had also accepted the word of God. So when Peter went up to Jerusalem, the circumcised believers criticized him, saying, “Why did you go to uncircumcised men and eat with them?” Then Peter began to explain it to them, step by step, saying, “I was in the city of Joppa praying, and in a trance I saw a vision. There was something like a large sheet coming down from heaven, being lowered by its four corners; and it came close to me. As I looked at it closely I saw four-footed animals, beasts of prey, reptiles, and birds of the air. I also heard a voice saying to me, ‘Get up, Peter; kill and eat.’ But I replied, ‘By no means, Lord; for nothing profane or unclean has ever entered my mouth.’ But a second time the voice answered from heaven, ‘What God has made clean, you must not call profane.’ This happened three times; then everything was pulled up again to heaven. At that very moment three men, sent to me from Caesarea, arrived at the house where we were. The Spirit told me to go with them and not to make a distinction between them and us. These six brothers also accompanied me, and we entered the man’s house. He told us how he had seen the angel standing in his house and saying, ‘Send to Joppa and bring Simon, who is called Peter; he will give you a message by which you and your entire household will be saved.’ And as I began to speak, the Holy Spirit fell upon them just as it had upon us at the beginning. And I remembered the word of the Lord, how he had said, ‘John baptized with water, but you will be baptized with the Holy Spirit.’ If then God gave them the same gift that he gave us when we believed in the Lord Jesus Christ, who was I that I could hinder God?” When they heard this, they were silenced. And they praised God, saying, “Then God has given even to the Gentiles the repentance that leads to life.”
Word of God, Word of Life.        C
Thanks be to God.

Gospel     Luke 19:1-10

The Holy Gospel according to Saint Luke, chapter 19.    C
Glory to you, O Lord.

He entered Jericho and was passing through it. A man was there named Zacchaeus; he was a chief tax collector and was rich. He was trying to see who Jesus was, but on account of the crowd he could not, because he was short in stature. So he ran ahead and climbed a sycamore tree to see him, because he was going to pass that way. When Jesus came to the place, he looked up and said to him, “Zacchaeus, hurry and come down; for I must stay at your house today.” So he hurried down and was happy to welcome him. All who saw it began to grumble and said, “He has gone to be the guest of one who is a sinner.” Zacchaeus stood there and said to the Lord, “Look, half of my possessions, Lord, I will give to the poor; and if I have defrauded anyone of anything, I will pay back four times as much.” Then Jesus said to him, “Today salvation has come to this house, because he too is a son of Abraham. For the Son of Man came to seek out and to save the lost.”

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.)

1. Our theme this week—”Strive to accept all people as Jesus does”— seems simple and straight forward. But I have found myself thinking of all kinds different ways to say it. Is it “Strive to accept all people as Jesus does”? Or is it “Strive to accept all people as Jesus does“? What is the difference between these two emphases?

2. Throughout the Old Testament, God through the prophets is urging people to care for and welcome, to accept, the orphan, widow, and alien (immigrant or refugee) in their midst. These were the most vulnerable people of society. The prophets argued their case by reminding Israel that they were once slaves in the land of Egypt. As we strive to accept all people, we should not forget the ways in which we strive to be accepted, to be deemed acceptable. In what ways do you strive to be accepted? Have you ever felt unacceptable? How does this help you empathize with those you strive to accept?

3. There is a way in which the story of Peter and the Story of Zacchaeus subvert or invert our theme for the week. Instead of “striving to accept all people as Jesus does” these stories show Peter and Jesus accepting people and then striving with those who get upset by the acceptance. Peter’s acceptance of the Gentiles causes major arguments in the first days of the Church. Jesus’ dining with Zacchaeus and other sinners caused big problems for the rest of the acceptable people in town.  How might the order of these two verbs (strive then accept or accept then strive) effect how we behave as a community of people called Church?

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.

Set free by the truth of God’s gracious love, lets pray for the church, the world, and all of God’s good creation.

Continue to reform your church, O God. Unite it in mission. Teach it to grow in service. Send it to those who do not yet know your love.

Lord, in your mercy.    Hear our prayer.

Call us to repent of our destructive actions toward your beautiful creation. Help us to leave our children and grandchildren a world in which to live and thrive.

Lord, in your mercy.    Hear our prayer.

Call the nations to account, O God. Show leaders and governments the way to peace. Awaken in us a desire for the well-being of all people, both our friends and our enemies.

Lord, in your mercy.    Hear our prayer.

Show your mercy to all those who call on you in times of trouble. Provide for the poor, heal the sick, and comfort the grieving. Especially we pray for . . . .

Lord, in your mercy.    Hear our prayer.

Teach us to welcome the stranger as Christ himself. Prepare us to receive newcomers and visitors in this assembly with true hospitality and gracious care.

Lord, in your mercy.    Hear our prayer.

We give thanks for all the faithful witnesses and renewers of the church who have gone before us and who now enjoy eternal life with 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…

  • Ken Lynne – heart attack on June 10th
  • Sue – surgery on broken leg on June 10th following accident in Missouri
  • Linda Munson – cancer diagnosis
  • John Guyse – friend of Jan & Betty Bergert who has lung cancer
  • Teresa – surgery for colon cancer on June 14th
  • Katie Schindler – re-diagnosed with cancer
  • Jaxon Gorman – 8-year old being treated for Ewing’s Sarcoma
  • Aaron Mehling – brother of Amanda Spearman, at boot camp in Oklahoma with National Guard
  • Jim Geary – doing well in treatment of pancreatic cancer

For all Good Shepherd Church members, especially:

  • Fred & Michele Saack
  • Ken & Marlene Sabatke
  • Dale & Cindy Sanford

For Good Shepherd Church Leadership:

  • Jesse Arroyo – Call Committee
  • Eric Woodford – President
  • Dan Scheitel – Organist


For all congregations in the SE Minnesota Synod (ELCA), and also:

  • Bishop Delzer and the SE Minnesota Synod Staff
  • St. Paul’s of German Lake in Cleveland
  • Mabel First Lutheran in Mabel
  • Six Mile Grove Lutheran in Lyle
  • Moscow Lutheran in Oakland
  • San Mateo Lutheran Church in Colombia
  • Neemampipiti Lutheran Church in Tanzania

Lord, in your mercy. Hear our prayer.

Into your hands, faithful God, we place ourselves and our prayers, spoken and unspoken, trusting in your mercy; through Jesus Christ, our Savior. Amen.

Lord’s Prayer

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
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.


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.

C     Amen.

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.