Sunday, May 24

Continuing to Be the Church


Deepening people’s connections to Christ, Bringing meaning to daily life,
and Making a difference in our community.

Though many things in the world may try to divide us, we are God’s children, and through Christ and the Holy Spirit, we are one in God’s love. Jesus has risen from the dead! Alleluia! Join us to claim the promise that life will always prevail.

We will celebrate communion together. Gather the bread and wine, and join us for worship on Zoom at 9:30am, followed by Zoom Sunday School at 11:30am!

Sunday, May 24, 9:30am
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Sunday, May 24, 11:30am
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PRELUDE Prelude and Fugue in B Flat Major, Johann Sebastian Bach Mark Ruff, piano

WELCOME AND ANNOUNCEMENTS

SILENT MEDITATION Let us prepare for worship by quieting our hearts and minds.

GREETING 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.

THANKSGIVING FOR BAPTISM 

Alleluia! Christ is risen.Christ is risen indeed. Alleluia! Joined to Christ in the waters of baptism, we are raised with him to new life. Let us give thanks for the gift of baptism.

Water may be poured into the font as the presiding minister gives thanks.

We give you thanks, O God, for in the beginning you created us in your image and planted us in a well-watered garden. In the desert you promised pools of water for the parched, and you gave us water from the rock. When we did not know the way, you sent the Good Shepherd to lead us to still waters. At the cross, you watered us from Jesus’ wounded side, and on this day, you shower us again with the water of life. We praise you for your salvation through water, for the water in this font, and for all water everywhere. Bathe us in your forgiveness, grace, and love. Satisfy the thirsty, and give us the life only you can give. To you be given honor and praise through Jesus Christ our Lord in the unity of the Holy Spirit, now and forever. Amen.

GATHERING HYMN 393 A Hymn of Glory Let us Sing! v. 1, 2, 5 Keith Lissant, Diane Drollinger, Mark Ruff

SIGN OF PEACE Sign Peace Be With You

GLORIA Now the Feast and Celebration

PRAYER OF THE DAY

Let us pray. Redeeming God, you call us to be one with you, as you are one with Christ. As your perfect love casts out our fear, and turns it to love, unite us by your spirit of peace, that we may be one with you, as you are one with Christ. Amen.

THE WORD

Reader: Jon Heerboth

First Lesson: Ecclesiastes is 1: 2-9, 12-14; 2: 18-25

“Meaningless! Meaningless!” says the Teacher. “Utterly meaningless! Everything is meaningless.” What do people gain from all their labors at which they toil under the sun? Generations come and generations go, but the earth remains forever. The sun rises and the sun sets, and hurries back to where it rises. The wind blows to the south and turns to the north; round and round it goes, ever returning on its course. All streams flow into the sea, yet the sea is never full. To the place the streams come from, there they return again. All things are wearisome, more than one can say.
The eye never has enough of seeing, nor the ear its fill of hearing. What has been will be again, what has been done will be done again; there is nothing new under the sun.

12 Then I turned my thoughts to consider wisdom, and also madness and folly. What more can the king’s successor do than what has already been done? 13 I saw that wisdom is better than folly, just as light is better than darkness. 14 The wise have eyes in their heads, while the fool walks in the darkness; but I came to realize that the same fate overtakes them both.

1I hated all the things I had toiled for under the sun, because I must leave them to the one who comes after me. 19 And who knows whether that person will be wise or foolish? Yet they will have control over all the fruit of my toil into which I have poured my effort and skill under the sun. This too is meaningless. 20 So my heart began to despair over all my toilsome labor under the sun. 21 For a person may labor with wisdom, knowledge and skill, and then they must leave all they own to another who has not toiled for it. This too is meaningless and a great misfortune. 22 What do people get for all the toil and anxious striving with which they labor under the sun? 23 All their days their work is grief and pain; even at night their minds do not rest. This too is meaningless. 24 A person can do nothing better than to eat and drink and find satisfaction in their own toil. This too, I see, is from the hand of God, 25 for without him, who can eat or find enjoyment?

P: The word of the Lord. C: Thanks be to God.

Psalm 68:1-10, 32-35

1Let God arise, and let God’s enemies be scattered; let those who hate God flee.
2As smoke is driven away, so you should drive them away;
  as the wax melts before the fire, so let the wicked perish at the presence of God.
3But let the righteous be glad and rejoice before God;
  let them also be merry and joyful.
4Sing to God, sing praises to God’s name; exalt the one who rides the clouds;
  I Am is that name, rejoice before God! 
5In your holy habitation, O God, you are a father to orphans, defender of widows;
6you give the solitary a home and bring forth prisoners into freedom;
  but the rebels shall live in desert places.
7O God, when you went forth before your people, when you marched through the wilderness,
8the earth quaked, and the skies poured down rain, at the presence of God, the God of Sinai,
  at the presence of God, the God of Israel.
9You sent a bountiful rain, O God; you restored your inheritance when it languished.
10Your people found their home in it; in your goodness, O God, you have made provision for the poor. 
32Sing to God, O kingdoms of the earth; sing praises to the Lord.
33You ride in the heavens, O God, in the ancient heavens;
  you send forth your voice, your mighty voice.
34Ascribe power to God, whose majesty is over Israel; whose strength is in the skies.
35How wonderful you are in your holy places, O God of Israel,
  giving strength and power to your people! Blessed be God! 


Second Lesson: Acts 1:6-14

6 So when they had come together, they asked him, “Lord, is this the time when you will restore the kingdom to Israel?” 7 He replied, “It is not for you to know the times or periods that the Father has set by his own authority. 8 But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.” 9 When he had said this, as they were watching, he was lifted up, and a cloud took him out of their sight. 10 While he was going and they were gazing up toward heaven, suddenly two men in white robes stood by them. 11 They said, “Men of Galilee, why do you stand looking up toward heaven? This Jesus, who has been taken up from you into heaven, will come in the same way as you saw him go into heaven.” 12 Then they returned to Jerusalem from the mount called Olivet, which is near Jerusalem, a sabbath day’s journey away. 13 When they had entered the city, they went to the room upstairs where they were staying, Peter, and John, and James, and Andrew, Philip and Thomas, Bartholomew and Matthew, James son of Alphaeus, and Simon the Zealot, and Judas son of James. 14 All these were constantly devoting themselves to prayer, together with certain women, including Mary the mother of Jesus, as well as his brothers.

P: The word of the Lord. C: Thanks be to God.

Gospel Acclamation

Gospel: John 17: 1-11

Reader: David Ciorba

A reading of the Gospel according to John the 17th chapter. Glory to you, O Lord.

1After Jesus had spoken these words [to his disciples], he looked up to heaven and said, “Father, the hour has come; glorify your Son so that the Son may glorify you, 2since you have given him authority over all people, to give eternal life to all whom you have given him. 3And this is eternal life, that they may know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom you have sent. 4I glorified you on earth by finishing the work that you gave me to do. 5So now, Father, glorify me in your own presence with the glory that I had in your presence before the world existed.
6“I have made your name known to those whom you gave me from the world. They were yours, and you gave them to me, and they have kept your word. 7Now they know that everything you have given me is from you; 8for the words that you gave to me I have given to them, and they have received them and know in truth that I came from you; and they have believed that you sent me. 9I am asking on their behalf; I am not asking on behalf of the world, but on behalf of those whom you gave me, because they are yours. 10All mine are yours, and yours are mine; and I have been glorified in them. 11And now I am no longer in the world, but they are in the world, and I am coming to you. Holy Father, protect them in your name that you have given me, so that they may be one, as we are one.”

P: The gospel of the Lord. C: Praise to you, O Christ.

CHILDREN’S SERMON Rachel Helton

SERMON Rachel Helton

HYMN OF THE DAY 726 Light Dawns on a Weary World Diane Drollinger, Mark Ruff

BLESSING OF GRADUATES–Sharon Hornbeck

Today, we celebrate with those who are graduating this year. We honor the hard work and commitment they have invested, and look forward with joy to their futures as they move on to their next steps along the journey!

Laura Elizabeth Swanson, Graduating from Ladue High School and will be attending Indiana University.

Natalie Bruns, Graduating from Kirkwood High School and will be attending New York University to study engineering and play basketball.

Jessica (Jessie) Hopper, Graduating Kirkwood High School and will be attending University of Missouri, Columbia to pursue a health-related profession.

Julia Bruns, Graduating from American University in Washington DC with her Journalism and Justice and Law degrees, and will be attending New York University Law School in the fall.

Erica Donermeyer, Graduating from the University of Indiana with a major in Spanish and a minor in English.

Tim Donermeyer, Graduating from St. Louis Community College with an Associates Degree.

Alicia Lewis, Graduating college with her Interior Design Degree, and will continue to work for ADJ Interiors in Brentwood.

Masey Lane Hoyer, Graduating from Maryville University and will be pursuing post-graduate studies at Maryville University in the physical therapy doctoral program.

For Graduation–Pastor Meagan

So you know some things.
You’ve also noticed how much there is to discover.
You are both humbled and emboldened by this gain and ground.
What’s next?

Do not be fooled by the trite questions, the expectations about pressing forward.
There is no right answer to how you keep becoming.
There is no degree or title that fulfill all of who you are.

Delight in the wisdom and those who shared it.

Invest in the service and those who need it.

Be thankful for the support and those who gave it.

You are being sent to speak what is true
to do what is kind
to give what is necessary
so that your knowledge and mystery are alive in the world for all to share.

Ordinary Blessings, Metta Herrick Carlson

APOSTLE’S CREED

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.

PRAYER REQUESTS

You are invited to share joys and concerns via chat in Zoom, or speak them aloud, so the whole community of faith gathered may hold them in prayer.

PRAYERS OF INTERCESSION

Prayer Leader: Kersten Horn

Uplifted by the promised hope of healing and resurrection, we join the people of God in all times and places in praying for the church, the world, and all who are in need.

A brief silence.

O God, call your people to be one, as you are one. Especially in these days when so much tries to divide us, unite your church in the truth of your gospel, the love of our neighbor, and the call to proclaim your reign to all people.  Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Breathe life into your creation. Guide your people as we explore the mysteries of the universe. We pray for the work of scientists and mathematicians whose skill enriches our understanding, and especially lift up those who are working so hard to understand, treat, and cure the Coronavirus. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Celebrate, encourage, and empower all of those who are graduating this spring, in this most unusual time, especially Laura, Natalie, Jessie, Masey, Julia, Erica, Tim, and Alicia. Fill them with hope for the future, and joy in the creative ways they celebrate with family and friends. Bring rest and rejuvenation to these graduates, and all students, teachers, and staff as they finish their work and transition into summer. Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Make your justice known among the nations of the earth. Protect the vulnerable, especially those who are most vulnerable to illness, isolation, poverty and stress due to physical distancing and the Covid-19 pandemic. We pray especially for those in prison, and immigrants being detained in unsafe conditions, as they are at high risk for illness in this time. Redirect those who use violence and greed as weapons, and help us to work together for the common good. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Healing God, we lift up those most impacted by the pandemic, and this time of physical separation. For those who are ill, especially with Covid-19. We pray for all of the medical professionals and staff who provide healing, cleaning, food, and care for those who are ill. We pray for those who wait for news about loved ones from a distance, and those who grieve without being present. We thank you for all of those providing essential services in this time, putting themselves at risk so that we can stay safe at home. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Peaceful God, send your reconciling Spirit over the earth, bringing your Shalom to all places impacted by war and strife. We thank you for all who commit their lives to protecting and serving those most vulnerable as part of the armed forces, especially Josh Duncan, Chris Hudson, Jesse Proctor, Scott Warr. On this Memorial Day, we commend to you all those who died in service to the cause of justice and peace in the world. Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Presider

Come to the aid of your children. We pray for those engulfed in grief, those without supportive families, and for all who are isolated, powerless, or afraid, that all may rest their anxieties in your care. We pray for Vic Saeger, and for Christina (Tina) Gilliland, mother of James, who are seriously ill and hospitalized. We lift up all of those named in Remembering One Another in Prayer, and especially those named by we who gather this morning . . . . . .Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Raise all your saints to eternal life. Until that day, we give you thanks for the faithful examples of those who have listened to your voice and now rest in you. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

With bold confidence in your love, almighty God, we place all for whom we pray into your eternal care; through Christ our Lord. Amen.

OFFERING Followers of the Lamb Matt Bender

We invite you to support the ministries of this community of faith, as we re-imagine how we can be church, for one another and for our community. It takes all of us, our time, our vision, our gifts. To support ministry financially, you can give electronically on our website, or send a check in to the office.

Offering Prayer

Let us pray: Loving God, everything that is given to us rains from your abundant love in Jesus Christ. Bless these gifts and our lives together that all we are all we offer give glory to you, in the name of your Son, Jesus, the risen one. Amen.

THE MEAL

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 our thanks and praise.

It is indeed right to give you our thanks and praise, O God, for you give strength to the weak, freedom to the prisoners, and an eternal home to the homeless. With the Son and the Spirit you lived before the world existed, and all things were created from your love.
You led your people through the desert from slavery to the promised land and nourished them through your law and prophets. Your Son, Jesus Christ, made you known to us, and when he was crucified, you raised him to new life. When he ascended into heaven he promised to send the Holy Spirit, who fills us with your truth and power, and protects us in the name of Christ, so that we may be one, as you are one.

Sanctus Holy Holy Holy

Words of Institution

In the night in which he was betrayed, our Lord Jesus, gathered in the Upper Room with his discipled, 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 in that Upper Room, 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.

The Lord’s Prayer 

Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name, thy kingdom come, thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread; and forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us; and lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, forever and ever. Amen.

Invitation to the Table

Gathered together in our Upper Rooms, separated by space, but not by time, let us together, people of all ages and genders and histories, eat the bread, and drink the wine. God’s table has no boundaries or limits. This is Christ’s body and blood, given for us all, and we do this in his memory.

Agnus Dei vs 1, 2, 5

Post Communion Prayer

Mighty and compassionate God, we gather in our Upper Rooms to celebrate with joy your promise to bring us from death to life through Jesus, our risen Savior. Fed by your body and blood and your promise of life, send us now into the world in peace, and grant us strength and courage to love and serve you with gladness and singleness of heart; through Jesus Christ. Amen. Amen.

BENEDICTION 

Siblings in Christ, God love and cares for each one of us. Therefore, cast all anxieties and cares on God, and keep alert, that we may remain steadfast in faith with Christ, who supports and strengthens us in all things. Amen.

May the abundance of God bless you, the strength of Christ keep you, and the Spirit of Christ shine in you forever! Thanks be to God!

CLOSING HYMN 826 Thine the Amen, 1, 2, 5 Keith Lissant, Mark Ruff

536 God Be with You Till We Meet Again v. 2 Marc Horn

POSTLUDE Pomp and Circumstance March #1, Edward Elgar

REMEMBERING ONE ANOTHER IN PRAYER

Please include the following people in your prayer life during this week. To add a name to the Prayer List, inform Pastor Meagan (pastor@christwg.org or 612-388-5920) or the Church Office (office@christwg.org).  Please assure that the individual agrees to have his or her name printed in the bulletin.

ONGOING HEALTH CONCERNS: Those who are suffering from chronic pain & diseasesLinda Armstrong, Jason & Nick (Linda Armstrong’s cousins), Christine Austin, Larry Baugher (David Cramer’s cousin), Kate and Brian Bates (John Hoffmann’s sister and brother-in-law), Edith Cooper, Michael Cooper (Edith Cooper’s grandson), Evan Deck, Kristen Edwards (Sister-in law of Becca Jordan) Helga Hayes, Gwen Hickman, Craig Lawrence, Gerri Mac (Sharon Hornbeck’s aunt) Jim MacLellan & Mary Stough (Sis Hessler’s brother & sister), Bev & Al Marcus (friend of John Hoffmann), David Notley, Sr. (Roger Rose’s brother-in-law), Doris & Harry Rahlfs (Karen Wood’s parents), Gloria Richardson, Flo Saeger, Alex Sakonyi (Dianne Deck’s uncle), Mary Lou Sakonyi (Dianne Deck’s mother), Edward Ruebeck (Roocks’ grand-nephew), Ken Ruppar (Friend of Mark Roock), Sherri Swanson, Linnea Uggla (Keith Lissant’s niece), Shirley Wolf, Richard Yeast, Debra Schroeder, Linda Schroeder, Mary Stough (Sharon Hornbeck’s aunt), Janelle, Fr. Bryan O’Rourke, and Jeff Yeast (Leslie Bennett’s father, sister, and brother).

IN CARE CENTERSCletus Romay.

CRITICALLY ILL: Bob Garagiola (President of St. Louis Rotary Club); Dolly Hoyer; Melissa Allen’s brother Jim Phillips, who is recovering from Covid-19 in a rehabilitation center; Christina (Tina) Gilliland, Vic Saeger.

IN BLESSED MEMORY: For all of those who have died, and all of those who grieve at a distance in this time.

IN MILITARY SERVICE: Josh Duncan, Chris Hudson, Jesse Proctor, Scott Warr.

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