Good Shepherd Lutheran Church

Worship on the Go!
We Will Be Authentic

August 20-21, 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,

Holy God, your word feeds your people with life that is eternal. Direct our choices and preserve us in your truth, that, renouncing what is false and evil, we may live in you, through your Son, Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord.


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

First Reading     Joshua 24:1-2a, 14-18    

Then Joshua gathered all the tribes of Israel to Shechem, and summoned the elders, the heads, the judges, and the officers of Israel; and they presented themselves before God. And Joshua said to all the people, “Thus says the Lord, the God of Israel: Long ago your ancestors—Terah and his sons Abraham and Nahor—lived beyond the Euphrates and served other gods. “Now therefore revere the Lord, and serve him in sincerity and in faithfulness; put away the gods that your ancestors served beyond the River and in Egypt, and serve the Lord.

Now if you are unwilling to serve the Lord, choose this day whom you will serve, whether the gods your ancestors served in the region beyond the River or the gods of the Amorites in whose land you are living; but as for me and my household, we will serve the Lord.” Then the people answered, “Far be it from us that we should forsake the Lord to serve other gods; for it is the Lord our God who brought us and our ancestors up from the land of Egypt, out of the house of slavery, and who did those great signs in our sight. He protected us along all the way that we went, and among all the peoples through whom we passed; and the Lord drove out before us all the peoples, the Amorites who lived in the land. Therefore, we also will serve the Lord, for he is our God.”

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

Psalm 100 Read Responsively

Make a joyful noise to the Lord, all the earth.

Worship the Lord with gladness; come into his presence with singing.

Know that the Lord is God.

It is he that made us, and we are his; we are his people, and the sheep of his pasture.

Enter his gates with thanksgiving, and his courts with praise.

Give thanks to him, bless his name.

For the Lord is good; his steadfast love endures forever,

and his faithfulness to all generations.

Second Reading     Romans 1:11-21            Ephesians 1:2-14

For I am longing to see you so that I may share with you some spiritual gift to strengthen you— or rather so that we may be mutually encouraged by each other’s faith, both yours and mine.  I want you to know, brothers and sisters, that I have often intended to come to you (but thus far have been prevented), in order that I may reap some harvest among you as I have among the rest of the Gentiles.  I am a debtor both to Greeks and to barbarians, both to the wise and to the foolish —hence my eagerness to proclaim the gospel to you also who are in Rome.

For I am not ashamed of the gospel; it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who has faith, to the Jew first and also to the Greek.  For in it the righteousness of God is revealed through faith for faith; as it is written, “The one who is righteous will live by faith.”

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

Gospel     John 6:63-7:2    

The Holy Gospel according to Saint John, chapter 6.
Glory to you, O Lord.

It is the spirit that gives life; the flesh is useless. The words that I have spoken to you are spirit and life.  But among you there are some who do not believe.” For Jesus knew from the first who were the ones that did not believe, and who was the one that would betray him. And he said, “For this reason I have told you that no one can come to me unless it is granted by the Father.”  Because of this many of his disciples turned back and no longer went about with him.  So Jesus asked the twelve, “Do you also wish to go away?”  Simon Peter answered him, “Lord, to whom can we go? You have the words of eternal life.  We have come to believe and know that you are the Holy One of God.”

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.)

We Will Be Authentic

  1. In answer to the question, “How will we Succeed? we at Good Shepherd have said that we will be authentic. What does “authentic” mean to you?
  1. Some say that “abracadabra” is an Aramaic (or Hebrew) expression meaning, “I speak what I create.” In the creation story of the Bible, whatever God speaks, happens i.e. “God said, ‘Let there be light’; and there was light.” (Gen. 1:3) – “God said, ‘Let the waters under the sky be gathered together'” (Gen. 1:9), etc. We believe that it is God’s nature to speak what is true, and deliver what is spoken. Is it possible for us to say what we mean and do what we say? Think of some examples. Is that what it means to be authentic?
  2. How can the people of Good Shepherd be authentic in our service to God? When people visit our worship, or another event, do you think they we see us as authentic, i.e. honest, genuine, “the real deal”? Do you think they might not? What does authentic worship, or congregational life look like? How can we know when we are, or are not authentic?

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.

With confidence in God’s compassion and generosity, let us pray for the church, the world, and all of God’s creation.

Faithful God, we pray for the church. Lead it always to proclaim its faith in you, who gives us the words of eternal life. Give your church the gifts of truth and righteousness.
Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

We pray for our fragile and beautiful planet. Renew our sense of wonder and our determination to care for your creation.
Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

We pray for the leaders of the world. Equip them to serve with justice and to dispel the forces of evil. Inspire the citizens of every country to love wisdom and mercy.

Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

We pray for the brokenhearted and those whose spirits are crushed. Wrap them in the warm embrace of your all-encompassing love. Restore them to wholeness (especially).
Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

We pray for this assembly as it prepares education ministries. Bless those planning and preparing for Sunday school, confirmation, adult education, and intergenerational learning opportunities.
Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

We give thanks for all who have gone before us. Give us wisdom to follow their example of faithful living and to stay true to the path of peace.
Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Into your hands, gracious God, we commend all for whom we pray, trusting in your mercy; through Jesus Christ, our Savior. Amen.

Grant healing in body, mind and spirit to all those in need, and hear the prayers of this assembly…

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

Susan Wigersma – her mother has terminal cancer

Uncle ‘Red’ Opstad – Bart Hanson’s uncle, who is recovering from surgery on July 25

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:

Russ & Dana Speer (Kennedy, Ryaan, Isaac, Scarlett)

Pat & Margie Stallman

Bob & Sue Steege (Katie, Caroline)

For Good Shepherd Church Leadership:

Jeaneen Alcorn – 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. Olaf College Student Congregation in Northfield

Lutheran Campus Ministry, Winona

Lutheran Campus Ministry, Mankato

Ihanja Secondary School 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.

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.


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.