Good Shepherd Lutheran Church

Worship on the Go!
We Love and Care for One Another

July 9-10, 2016



Welcome to Worship on the Go!

Hi, this is Pastor John, Welcome to “Church on the Go It’s my turn to present a lesson in a special series this summer. I guess we haven’t named the series, but it’s based on some important questions that our church leaders have asked and started to answer, about who we are, and where God is leading us as a congregation. This week, we are already on the seventh of fifteen topics in the series. Under the question “How do we behave,” part of our leaders’ answer is, “We love and care for each other.” So let’s think together about just how we do that. Read the lessons for this week, and tell each other when some part is interesting to you, and talk about that.

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,

Holy God, through your Son you have called us to live faithfully and act courageously. Keep us steadfast in your covenant of grace, and teach us the wisdom that comes only through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.


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

First Reading     Deuteronomy 10:11-13

The Lord said to me, “Get up, go on your journey at the head of the people, that they may go in and occupy the land that I swore to their ancestors to give them.”

So now, O Israel, what does the Lord your God require of you? Only to fear the Lord your God, to walk in all his ways, to love him, to serve the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul, and to keep the commandments of the Lord your God and his decrees that I am commanding you today, for your own well-being.

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

Psalm 133    Read Responsively

How very good and pleasant

    it is when kindred live together in unity!

It is like the precious oil on the head, running down upon the beard,

    on the beard of Aaron, running down over the collar of his robes.

It is like the dew of Hermon, which falls on the mountains of Zion.

    For there the Lord ordained his blessing, life forevermore.

Second Reading    Romans 12:4-15

For as in one body we have many members, and not all the members have the same function, so we, who are many, are one body in Christ, and individually we are members one of another. We have gifts that differ according to the grace given to us: prophecy, in proportion to faith; ministry, in ministering; the teacher, in teaching; the exhorter, in exhortation; the giver, in generosity; the leader, in diligence; the compassionate, in cheerfulness. 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.

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

Gospel     John 15:1-11

The Holy Gospel according to Saint John, chapter 15.    C
Glory to you, O Lord.

“I am the true vine, and my Father is the vine grower. He removes every branch in me that bears no fruit. Every branch that bears fruit he prunes to make it bear more fruit. You have already been cleansed by the word that I have spoken to you. Abide in me as I abide in you. Just as the branch cannot bear fruit by itself unless it abides in the vine, neither can you unless you abide in me. I am the vine; you are the branches. Those who abide in me and I in them bear much fruit, because apart from me you can do nothing. Whoever does not abide in me is thrown away like a branch and withers; such branches are gathered, thrown into the fire, and burned. If you abide in me, and my words abide in you, ask for whatever you wish, and it will be done for you. My Father is glorified by this, that you bear much fruit and become my disciples.

As the Father has loved me, so I have loved you; abide in my love. If you keep my commandments, you will abide in my love, just as I have kept my Father’s commandments and abide in his love. I have said these things to you so that my joy may be in you, and that your joy may be complete.

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.)

The Psalmist says, “How good and pleasant it is when kindred (family members) live together in unity.” I think the Psalmist was thinking, as we do, that the “family” here includes, not just our home family, but the whole community of our church, and the big church in the whole world. How do we, as a church live together in unity, like a family? How does our love and care for each other help build a community?

In the lesson today from Romans, what do think St. Paul meant when he told his church to “let love be genuine?” ‘Genuine’ means ‘real,’ or ‘not phony.’ What does genuine love look like, or feel like in a church family? Paul says, “contribute to the need of the saints” (saints are the people who follow Jesus). Some of those saints have needs. What do you think some of those needs might be, and how can we help?

In the Gospel of John, Jesus wants his followers to live like branches rooted in a vine. Sometimes, when branches are tied strongly enough to a vine, they actually grow into that vine and become a part of it. Now the vine with strong roots can give strength and life to the new branches. If Jesus is the vine, with all of its roots, and we are the branches, how do you think we will be better of getting strength from Jesus? Wow! How nice it is that Jesus says, he wants his joy to be in us (flowing from the vine to the branch). Then we can have complete joy!

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.

Living together as people of faith and love, we offer our prayers for the church, the world, and all people in need.

For the mission of the church throughout the world, that all be led by the Holy Spirit to proclaim the good news that God is love.
Lord, in your mercy.    Hear our prayer.

For plants and animals, for clean water and air, for favorable weather, and for the whole of creation, that you guide us to serve as good stewards of the earth.

Lord, in your mercy.    Hear our prayer.

For judges, lawyers, and all court officials, for the leaders of government, and for all who seek justice in this world, that all be treated with fairness and equity.

Lord, in your mercy.    Hear our prayer.


For those who are poor, hungry, bereaved, distressed, and sick (especially), and for those who provide care and comfort, that all find assurance of God’s unending love for them.

Lord, in your mercy.    Hear our prayer.

For those who yearn for meaning and community with others, that the Holy Spirit lead them to mentors in the faith; for those visiting this congregation; and for those who are away with family and friends.

Lord, in your mercy.    Hear our prayer.

In thanksgiving for the confessors of the faith in past generations, especially those who have died in the Lord, that they inspire future generations to proclaim the gospel.

Lord, in your mercy.    Hear our prayer.

Holy God, by the death and resurrection of your Son, you have granted new life, abundant renewal, and salvation. Hear our prayers for the sake of the one who has set us free, Jesus Christ our Lord.


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 following motorcycle accident in Missouri on June 10th
  • Linda Munson – cancer diagnosis
  • John Guyse – friend of Jan & Betty Bergert who has lung cancer grade 4 tumors in chest, brain and spine
  • 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 training in Oklahoma with National Guard
  • Jim Geary – doing well in treatment of pancreatic cancer

For all Good Shepherd Church members, especially:

  • Bryant & Kim Sankey (Amanda)
  • Robert & Vernelle Schaub
  • Dan Scheitel

For Good Shepherd Church Leadership:

  • Jeaneen Alcorn – Call Committee
  • Eldon Anderson – Council Secretary
  • Jane Belau – Pianist

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

  • Bishop Delzer and the SE Minnesota Synod Staff
  • Mount Olive Lutheran in Rochester
  • Kijota Lutheran Church & Vivian Gulleen Secondary School in Tanzania (partnered with Mount Olive)
  • Good Shepherd Lutheran in Wells
  • Kinambeu Lutheran Church in Tanzania (partnered with Good Shepherd, Wells)
  • Minneola Lutheran in Goodhue
  • Redeemer Lutheran in Good Thunder

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.

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.


Hope you have a joyful day. Thanks for being with us. Don’t forget to post a selfie on our Facebook page.