Good Shepherd Lutheran Church

Worship on the Go!
We Will Be Proactive

August 27-28, 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,

Righteous God, our merciful master, you own the earth and all its peoples, and you give us all that we have. Inspire us to use your gifts with confidence and wisdom, and teach us to reach out with joy to all who need and long for your gospel, through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord.


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

First Reading     Numbers 13:25—14:2, 11    

At the end of forty days they returned from spying out the land.

And they came to Moses and Aaron and to all the congregation of the Israelites in the wilderness of Paran, at Kadesh; they brought back word to them and to all the congregation, and showed them the fruit of the land. And they told him, “We came to the land to which you sent us; it flows with milk and honey, and this is its fruit. Yet the people who live in the land are strong, and the towns are fortified and very large; and besides, we saw the descendants of Anak there. The Amalekites live in the land of the Negeb; the Hittites, the Jebusites, and the Amorites live in the hill country; and the Canaanites live by the sea, and along the Jordan.” But Caleb quieted the people before Moses, and said, “Let us go up at once and occupy it, for we are well able to overcome it.” Then the men who had gone up with him said, “We are not able to go up against this people, for they are stronger than we.” So they brought to the Israelites an unfavorable report of the land that they had spied out, saying, “The land that we have gone through as spies is a land that devours its inhabitants; and all the people that we saw in it are of great size. There we saw the Nephilim (the Anakites come from the Nephilim); and to ourselves we seemed like grasshoppers, and so we seemed to them.”

Then all the congregation raised a loud cry, and the people wept that night. And all the Israelites complained against Moses and Aaron; the whole congregation said to them, “Would that we had died in the land of Egypt! Or would that we had died in this wilderness!

And the Lord said to Moses, “How long will this people despise me? And how long will they refuse to believe in me, in spite of all the signs that I have done among them?

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

Psalm 119 Read Responsively

Happy are those whose way is blameless,

who walk in the law of the Lord.

Happy are those who keep his decrees,

who seek him with their whole heart,

who also do no wrong,

but walk in his ways.

You have commanded your precepts to be kept diligently.

O that my ways may be steadfast in keeping your statutes!

Second Reading     Philippians 3:10-14            

I want to know Christ and the power of his resurrection and the sharing of his sufferings by becoming like him in his death, if somehow I may attain the resurrection from the dead. Not that I have already obtained this or have already reached the goal; but I press on to make it my own, because Christ Jesus has made me his own. Beloved, I do not consider that I have made it my own; but this one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and straining forward to what lies ahead, I press on toward the goal for the prize of the heavenly call of God in Christ Jesus.

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

Gospel     Matthew 25:14-30

The Holy Gospel according to Saint Matthew, chapter 25.
Glory to you, O Lord.

“For it is as if a man, going on a journey, summoned his slaves and entrusted his property to them; to one he gave five talents, to another two, to another one, to each according to his ability. Then he went away. The one who had received the five talents went off at once and traded with them, and made five more talents. In the same way, the one who had the two talents made two more talents. But the one who had received the one talent went off and dug a hole in the ground and hid his master’s money. 

After a long time, the master of those slaves came and settled accounts with them. Then the one who had received the five talents came forward, bringing five more talents, saying, ‘Master, you handed over to me five talents; see, I have made five more talents.’ His master said to him, ‘Well done, good and trustworthy slave; you have been trustworthy in a few things, I will put you in charge of many things; enter into the joy of your master.’ And the one with the two talents also came forward, saying, ‘Master, you handed over to me two talents; see, I have made two more talents.’ His master said to him, ‘Well done, good and trustworthy slave; you have been trustworthy in a few things, I will put you in charge of many things; enter into the joy of your master.’ Then the one who had received the one talent also came forward, saying, ‘Master, I knew that you were a harsh man, reaping where you did not sow, and gathering where you did not scatter seed; so I was afraid, and I went and hid your talent in the ground. Here you have what is yours.’ But his master replied, ‘You wicked and lazy slave! You knew, did you, that I reap where I did not sow, and gather where I did not scatter? Then you ought to have invested my money with the bankers, and on my return I would have received what was my own with interest. So take the talent from him, and give it to the one with the ten talents. For to all those who have, more will be given, and they will have an abundance; but from those who have nothing, even what they have will be taken away. As for this worthless slave, throw him into the outer darkness, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.’

The Gospel of the Lord.    
Praise to you, O Christ.

Respond to the Word: 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 subject this week is the statement, “We will be proactive.” We know what “active” means, and “pro” means to lean toward. So, “we will lean toward action” is what we are saying. Talk about what the difference might be between a congregation that leans toward what might happen, and a congregation that waits for things to happen and then “re-acts.”
  1. Talk about our first lesson from Numbers. The children of Israel wanted to go to the land that God had given to Abraham a long time before. They sent spies into the land ahead of them, who all said it was a rich and wonderful place to live. Ten of the spies thought there were too many dangers there, and two, named Joshua and Caleb, thought they should trust God and move forward. The people were afraid of the dangers, and refused to go forward. It was forty more years before Joshua would finally lead the people into the “Promised Land.”
  2. From Matthew 25, we read the story that Jesus told, about a “boss” who left his money with servants and expected them to invest it and make money. One had five talents (as much as a normal person made in five years). The next had two talents, and the third had one. The first two went to work and doubled the man’s money. But the third was afraid he might lose the money and hid it in the ground. The boss was mad at that servant—why? In what way did he disobey? What did it cost the boss? Consider that the boss could have hid the money himself, if he wanted it back again.
  3. What do these lessons teach us about our use of the gifts God gives us? How does that apply to our congregation? Should we be more cautious, or bolder with God’s gifts?


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.

Welcoming God’s reign of righteousness and mercy, let us pray with people of every time and place.

(A brief silence)

We pray for the church. Enliven its witness in ecumenical ministries, feeding programs, and new ventures. Open our hearts to friendships that share faith, and open our mouths to share your good news.

Lord, in your mercy,     hear our prayer.

We pray for parks and open spaces, for clean air and clear water. Help us protect places where we are reminded of God’s work in creation and find renewal.

Lord, in your mercy,    hear our prayer.

We pray for those who have been and are still today enslaved, trafficked, or oppressed. Make clear the needs of those who are silenced by suffering, that we may listen and bring an end to exploitation.

Lord, in your mercy,    hear our prayer.

We pray for those who cry out for healing, hope, or help, and for those for whom we have promised to pray (especially). Bring relief to caregivers and surround those who are lonely with your powerful presence.

Lord, in your mercy,    hear our prayer.

We pray for this congregation and the talents and treasures each person brings. Bring new talents to blossom among us, as we encourage and build up one another.

Lord, in your mercy,    hear our prayer.

We pray for our call committee. Give them wisdom and discernment to seek out a godly and competent senior pastor, to lead us boldly into the future.

Lord, in your mercy,    hear our prayer.

Lord, our dwelling place in all generations, we remember with thanksgiving all who have died in you those most dear to us, whom we name in our hearts before you. Teach us to count our days as gifts from you.

Lord, in your mercy,    hear our prayer.

Receive these prayers and the hopes and concerns of our hearts, O God, as we entrust into your loving care all for whom we pray, through Jesus Christ our Lord. 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

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:

Mike & Cheryl Stellenberg

Jesse & Melissa Stenke (Morgan Radtke, Nolan Radtke, Hadley Stenke)

Thomas & Debra Stockfleth

For Good Shepherd Church Leadership:

Tristan Pearson – 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

United Lutheran in Walters

La Victoria Mission in Colombia (partnered with United, Walters)

Trinity Lutheran in Kiester

St. Michael Lutheran in Waltham

Nkalakala 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.

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.