Continuing to Be the Church
Deepening people’s connections to Christ, Bringing meaning to daily life,
and Making a difference in our community.
Even Jesus sought quiet and rest for his body and spirit, and fed the 5,000 who were hungry. When we share the abundance that God has given, there is food and rest for all.
We will celebrate communion together. Gather the bread and wine, and join us for worship on Zoom at 9:30am! Pastor Karen Scherer will preside and preach, in Pastor Meagan’s absence. Pastor Meagan will return next week.
Sunday, August 2, 9:30am
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Sunday, August 2, 12:30pm
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PRELUDE Mark Ruff, piano
WELCOME AND ANNOUNCEMENTS
Welcome everyone to Worship with Christ Lutheran Church! Wherever you are on your journey of faith, we are glad you are here.
Welcome back to Mark Ruff, who was on vacation the last couple of weeks! Pastor Meagan is on vacation this week, and will return on Tuesday.
We will be celebrating Communion today, and all are welcome at God’s table. If you would like to join in Communion, take a moment to get some bread and wine, or anything to eat and anything to drink, and have it with you for Worship today.
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.
CONFESSION AND FORGIVENESS
Blessed be the ☩ holy Trinity, the one who fashions us, the one who heals us, the one who reforms us again and again. Amen.
Let us confess our sin, calling for God’s transforming power.
Silence for reflection and self-examination.
Source of all life, we confess that we have not allowed your grace to set us free. We fear that we are not good enough. We hear your word of love freely given to us, yet we expect others to earn it. We turn the church inward, rather than moving it outward. Forgive us. Stir us. Reform us to be a church powered by love, willing to speak for what is right, act for what is just, and seek the healing of your whole creation. Amen.
God hears our cry and sends the Spirit to change us and to empower our lives in the world. Our sins are forgiven, God’s love is unconditional, and we are raised up as God’s people who will always be made new, in the name of Jesus Christ. Amen.
GATHERING HYMN 471 Let Us Break Bread Together
SIGN OF PEACE Sign Peace Be With You
HYMN OF PRAISE Glory Be to God in Heaven
PRAYER OF THE DAY
Let us pray. Glorious God, your generosity waters the world with goodness, and you cover creation with abundance. Awaken in us a hunger for the food that satisfies both body and spirit, and with this food fill all the starving world; through your Son, Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord. Amen.
Reader: Jon Heerboth
FIRST LESSON: Isaiah 55:1-5
1Ho, everyone who thirsts, come to the waters; and you that have no money,
come, buy and eat! Come, buy wine and milk without money and without price.
2Why do you spend your money for that which is not bread, and your labor for that which does not satisfy? Listen carefully to me, and eat what is good, and delight yourselves in rich food. 3Incline your ear, and come to me; listen, so that you may live. I will make with you an everlasting covenant, my steadfast, sure love for David. 4See, I made him a witness to the peoples, a leader and commander for the peoples. 5See, you shall call nations that you do not know, and nations that do not know you shall run to you, because of the Lord your God, the Holy One of Israel, for he has glorified you.
P: The word of the Lord. C: Thanks be to God.
PSALM 145:8-9, 14-21
8The Lord is gracious and full of compassion, slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love.
9Lord, you are good to all, and your compassion is over all your works.
14The Lord upholds all those who fall and lifts up those who are bowed down.
15The eyes of all wait upon you, O Lord, and you give them their food in due season.
16You open wide your hand and satisfy the desire of every living thing.
17You are righteous in all your ways and loving in all your works.
18You are near to all who call upon you, to all who call upon you faithfully.
19You fulfill the desire of those who fear you; you hear their cry and save them.
20You watch over all those who love you, but all the wicked you shall destroy.
21My mouth shall speak the praise of the Lord; let all flesh bless God’s holy name forever and ever.
SECOND LESSON: Romans 9:1-5
1I am speaking the truth in Christ—I am not lying; my conscience confirms it by the Holy Spirit—2I have great sorrow and unceasing anguish in my heart. 3For I could wish that I myself were accursed and cut off from Christ for the sake of my own people, my kindred according to the flesh. 4They are Israelites, and to them belong the adoption, the glory, the covenants, the giving of the law, the worship, and the promises; 5to them belong the patriarchs, and from them, according to the flesh, comes the Messiah, who is over all, God blessed forever. Amen.
P: The word of the Lord. C: Thanks be to God.
GOSPEL ACCLAMATION: Alleluia!
GOSPEL: Matthew 14:13-21
Reader: Caitlin McMullin
A reading of the Gospel according to Matthew the 14thchapter. Glory to you, O Lord.
13Now when Jesus heard [about the beheading of John the Baptist], he withdrew from there in a boat to a deserted place by himself. But when the crowds heard it, they followed him on foot from the towns. 14When he went ashore, he saw a great crowd; and he had compassion for them and cured their sick. 15When it was evening, the disciples came to him and said, “This is a deserted place, and the hour is now late; send the crowds away so that they may go into the villages and buy food for themselves.” 16Jesus said to them, “They need not go away; you give them something to eat.” 17They replied, “We have nothing here but five loaves and two fish.” 18And he said, “Bring them here to me.” 19Then he ordered the crowds to sit down on the grass. Taking the five loaves and the two fish, he looked up to heaven, and blessed and broke the loaves, and gave them to the disciples, and the disciples gave them to the crowds. 20And all ate and were filled; and they took up what was left over of the broken pieces, twelve baskets full. 21And those who ate were about five thousand men, besides women and children.
P: The gospel of the Lord. C: Praise to you, O Christ.
CHILDREN’S SERMON Jon Heerboth
SERMON Pastor Karen Scherer
HYMN OF THE DAY 515 Break Now the Bread of Life
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.
PRAYERS OF INTERCESSION
Prayer Leader: Kersten Horn
Confident of your care and helped by the Holy Spirit, we pray for the church, the world, and all who are in need.
A brief silence.
You take resources that appear to be meager, bless them, and there is enough. May your church, here at Christ Lutheran and across the world, trust that what you bless and ask us to share with the world is abundantly sufficient. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.
Your bountiful creation offers sustenance and life for all creatures. Protect this abundance for the well-being of all. Reverse the damage we have caused your creation. Replenish ground water supplies, provide needed rains in places of drought, and protect forests from wildfires. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.
You offer yourself to all the nations and peoples of the earth, inviting everyone to abundant life. Bring the prophetic vision to fullness, that all nations will run to you and that nations who do not know you will find their joy in you. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.
As the beginning of a new school year approaches, guide administrators, professors and teachers, staff, and students of all ages in making decisions that will provide safety, community, learning, and growth. Bring peace and confidence in your presence in the midst of fear and confusion and ongoing adaptation. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.
God of mercy, for all who are tired, feeling despair, sick, or oppressed. For those who are ill, especially with Covid-19. Strengthen and protect the medical professionals and staff who provide healing, cleaning, food, and care for those who are ill, and for all providing essential services so we can be safe at home. Bring comfort to those who wait for news about loved ones from a distance, and those who grieve without being present. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.
You open your hand and satisfy the desire of every living thing. Hear the anguish of tender hearts who cry to you in suffering and satisfy their deepest needs. Bring wholeness and healing to those who suffer in body, heart, soul, and mind. We pray for 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.
You gather your saints as one, united in the body of Jesus. Bring us with all your saints to the heavenly banquet. We remember with love and thanksgiving the saints we have known. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.
In the certain hope that nothing can separate us from your love, we offer these prayers to you; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
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.
Let us pray: Loving God, you provide for us and even bless us in more ways than we can number. We give these offerings to tell of your wonderful and steadfast love so that all those who do not know you may also come to trust in you. Amen.
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 offer us the banquet that feeds us abundantly and fills us with your presence. You strove against the darkness and chaos, and you prevailed, bringing forth creation in all its miraculous abundance.
You made a covenant with David, setting him as a leader and a witness of your love and mercy for all the nations.
Your son Jesus brought your compassion and healing to all. Though he was cursed and cut off for the sake of his people, you raised him from death. Now, as Jesus fed the 5,000 gathered before him, in Christ you offer food for our deepest hunger, and it is in holding tight to him that we see your face and receive your blessing.
And so, with the earth and all of its creatures, with all of your children of all corners of the earth, and with all of the angels and saints, we join your joyful hymn of praise.
SANCTUS Holy Holy Holy
WORDS OF INSTITUTION
In the night in which he was betrayed, our Lord Jesus 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, Jesus 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 Creator, Our Mother, 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, separated by space, but not by time, let us, 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.
POST COMMUNION PRAYER
We give you thanks, O God, Living Water, Breath of Life, for nourishing our roots and creating us anew in this meal. By the power of your Spirit, renew us to live as your body, one with all of creation, alive for a future of praise, empowered for decades of witness and service, through Jesus Christ, our Savior. Amen.
Go out now and be a witness in all that you say and do, spreading the good news that God’s grace is a free gift that requires no money or price. Amen.
May God be gracious to you and give you peace, now and forevermore! Thanks be to God!
CLOSING HYMN 478 Father, We Thank You
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 (email@example.com or 612-388-5920) or the Church Office (firstname.lastname@example.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 & diseases, Linda 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), Darlene (friend of Sandy Hoyer), Evan Deck, Kristen Edwards (Sister-in law of Becca Jordan), Helga Hayes, 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), Fr. Bryan O’Rourke, Doris & Harry Rahlfs (Karen Wood’s parents), Edward Ruebeck (Roocks’ grand-nephew), Ken Ruppar (friend of Mark Roock), Flo Saeger, Alex Sakonyi (Dianne Deck’s uncle), Mary Lou Sakonyi (Dianne Deck’s mother), Sherri Swanson, Linnea Uggla (Keith Lissant’s niece), Shirley Wolf, Debra Schroeder, Linda Schroeder, Mary Stough (Sharon Hornbeck’s aunt), Richard Yeast, Janelle, Jeff Yeast (Leslie Bennett’s father, sister, and brother); and Melissa Allen’s brother Jim Phillips, who is recovering from Covid-19 at home.
IN CARE CENTERS: Cletus Romay.
CRITICALLY ILL: Eric Hilgendorf, son of Ellen Mead.
IN BLESSED MEMORY: For all of those who have died, especially Vic Saeger, Gwen Hickman, Gloria Richardson, Dolly Hoyer and all of those who grieve at a distance in this time.
IN MILITARY SERVICE: Josh Duncan, Chris Hudson, Jesse Proctor, Scott Warr.