Continuing to Be the Church
Deepening people’s connections to Christ, Bringing meaning to daily life,
and Making a difference in our community.
God calls us, and in community guides us to truth and wisdom in the midst of confusion and chaos. Today we remember how through the working of the Spirit, Eli guided Samuel, the disciples left what they knew and followed Christ, and Rev Dr Martin Luther King challenged the sin of racism and greed and claimed justice and dignity for all people.
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PRELUDE Mark Ruff, piano
We Shall Overcome – Chuck Mahivoch
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.
CONFESSION AND FORGIVENESS
Every week, we start out by remembering that we are God’s children. Sometimes, we take time to ask for God’s forgiveness and help using a Confession and Forgiveness, because we all make mistakes! Other Sundays, we remember our baptisms, and celebrate God’s love and the gift of life.
Blessed be the holy Trinity, ☩ one God, whose voice is upon the waters, whose mercy is poured out upon all people, whose goodness cascades over all creation. Amen.
Let us confess our sin in the presence of God and of one another.
Silence for reflection and self-examination.
Holy God, you search us and know us. You are acquainted with all our ways. We confess that our hearts are burdened by sin—our own sins and the broken systems that bind us.
We renounce evil and all the forces that defy God, including white supremacy and terrorism.
We reject abuse of power that incites harm and violence.
We renounce the powers of this world that rebel against God.
We reject leadership based in mistrust and fear.
We renounce the ways of sin that draw us from God.
We reject all these things as antithetical to Christ as his ways.
Forgive us, gracious God, for all we have done and left undone. Even before the words are on our tongues, you know them; receive them in your divine mercy. Amen.
How vast is God’s grace! Through the power and promise of ☩ Christ Jesus, our sins are washed away and we are claimed as God’s own beloved. Indeed, we are forgiven. In the wake of God’s forgiveness, we are called to be the beloved community living out Christ’s justice and the Spirit’s reconciling peace. Amen.
How vast is God’s grace! Through the power and promise of ☩ Christ Jesus, our sins are washed away and we are claimed as God’s own beloved. Indeed, we are forgiven. In the wake of God’s forgiveness, we are called to be the beloved community living out Christ’s justice and the Spirit’s reconciling peace.
GATHERING HYMN 841 Lift Every Voice and Sing
Liz Drollinger, all three verses
We sing in Worship because it is a way to come together and pray to God as a family. And then, we offer one another peace, promising to love, forgive, and care for one another.
SIGN OF PEACE Sign Peace Be With You
HYMN OF PRAISE
PRAYER OF THE DAY
You invite us, God, to live in your ways, and and you give us to each other to know and to love as we journey in this life. Show us your love for all creation. As Eli guided Samuel to know your voice, inspire us to help one another to listen to your urgings with prayerful hearts. Let the life and ministry of Reverend Dr Martin Luther King inspire us to seek your will and speak your truth, in the name of the Holy Trinity, one God, now and forever. Amen.
We Lutherans call the Bible the “Living Word.” It was written a long time ago by people who were inspired by God to share about their faith. It is “living” because even today, reading the Bible helps us learn about God, and how to bring God’s love and mercy to the world. So, every week, we read from the Bible together at Worship. We call this part of the service “The Word” because we read the word of God!
Reader: Rachel Helton
FIRST LESSON: 1 Samuel 3:1-10 [11-20]
1Now the boy Samuel was ministering to the Lord under Eli. The word of the Lord was rare in those days; visions were not widespread.
2At that time Eli, whose eyesight had begun to grow dim so that he could not see, was lying down in his room; 3the lamp of God had not yet gone out, and Samuel was lying down in the temple of the Lord, where the ark of God was. 4Then the Lord called, “Samuel! Samuel!” and he said, “Here I am!” 5and ran to Eli, and said, “Here I am, for you called me.” But he said, “I did not call; lie down again.” So he went and lay down. 6The Lord called again, “Samuel!” Samuel got up and went to Eli, and said, “Here I am, for you called me.” But he said, “I did not call, my son; lie down again.” 7Now Samuel did not yet know the Lord, and the word of the Lord had not yet been revealed to him. 8The Lord called Samuel again, a third time. And he got up and went to Eli, and said, “Here I am, for you called me.” Then Eli perceived that the Lord was calling the boy. 9Therefore Eli said to Samuel, “Go, lie down; and if he calls you, you shall say, ‘Speak, Lord, for your servant is listening.’ ” So Samuel went and lay down in his place.
10Now the Lord came and stood there, calling as before, “Samuel! Samuel!” And Samuel said, “Speak, for your servant is listening.” [11Then the Lord said to Samuel, “See, I am about to do something in Israel that will make both ears of anyone who hears of it tingle. 12On that day I will fulfill against Eli all that I have spoken concerning his house, from beginning to end. 13For I have told him that I am about to punish his house forever, for the iniquity that he knew, because his sons were blaspheming God, and he did not restrain them. 14Therefore I swear to the house of Eli that the iniquity of Eli’s house shall not be expiated by sacrifice or offering forever.”
15Samuel lay there until morning; then he opened the doors of the house of the Lord. Samuel was afraid to tell the vision to Eli. 16But Eli called Samuel and said, “Samuel, my son.” He said, “Here I am.” 17Eli said, “What was it that he told you? Do not hide it from me. May God do so to you and more also, if you hide anything from me of all that he told you.” 18So Samuel told him everything and hid nothing from him. Then he said, “It is the Lord; let him do what seems good to him.”
19As Samuel grew up, the Lord was with him and let none of his words fall to the ground. 20And all Israel from Dan to Beer-sheba knew that Samuel was a trustworthy prophet of the Lord.]
PSALM 139:1-6, 13-18
1Lord, you have searched me out; O Lord, you have known me.
2You know my sitting down and my rising up; you discern my thoughts from afar.
3You trace my journeys and my resting-places and are acquainted with all my ways.
4Indeed, there is not a word on my lips, but you, O Lord, know it altogether.
5You encompass me, behind and before, and lay your hand upon me.
6Such knowledge is too wonderful for me; it is so high that I cannot attain to it.
13For you yourself created my inmost parts; you knit me together in my mother’s womb.
14I will thank you because I am marvelously made; your works are wonderful, and I know it well.
15My body was not hidden from you, while I was being made in secret and woven in the depths of the earth.
16Your eyes beheld my limbs, yet unfinished in the womb; all of them were written in your book; my days were fashioned before they came to be.
17How deep I find your thoughts, O God! How great is the sum of them!
18If I were to count them, they would be more in number than the sand;
to count them all, my life span would need to be like yours.
SECOND LESSON: 1 Corinthians 6: 12-20
12“All things are lawful for me,” but not all things are beneficial. “All things are lawful for me,” but I will not be dominated by anything. 13“Food is meant for the stomach and the stomach for food,” and God will destroy both one and the other. The body is meant not for fornication but for the Lord, and the Lord for the body. 14And God raised the Lord and will also raise us by his power. 15Do you not know that your bodies are members of Christ? Should I therefore take the members of Christ and make them members of a prostitute? Never! 16Do you not know that whoever is united to a prostitute becomes one body with her? For it is said, “The two shall be one flesh.” 17But anyone united to the Lord becomes one spirit with him. 18Shun fornication! Every sin that a person commits is outside the body; but the fornicator sins against the body itself. 19Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, which you have from God, and that you are not your own? 20For you were bought with a price; therefore glorify God in your body.
P: The word of the Lord. C: Thanks be to God.
GOSPEL ACCLAMATION Alleluia, Setting 6
GOSPEL: John 1:43-51
Reader: Marc Horn
A reading of the Gospel according to John the 1stchapter. Glory to you, O Lord.
43The next day Jesus decided to go to Galilee. He found Philip and said to him, “Follow me.” 44Now Philip was from Bethsaida, the city of Andrew and Peter. 45Philip found Nathanael and said to him, “We have found him about whom Moses in the law and also the prophets wrote, Jesus son of Joseph from Nazareth.” 46Nathanael said to him, “Can anything good come out of Nazareth?” Philip said to him, “Come and see.” 47When Jesus saw Nathanael coming toward him, he said of him, “Here is truly an Israelite in whom there is no deceit!” 48Nathanael asked him, “Where did you get to know me?” Jesus answered, “I saw you under the fig tree before Philip called you.” 49Nathanael replied, “Rabbi, you are the Son of God! You are the King of Israel!” 50Jesus answered, “Do you believe because I told you that I saw you under the fig tree? You will see greater things than these.” 51And he said to him, “Very truly, I tell you, you will see heaven opened and the angels of God ascending and descending upon the Son of Man.”
P: The gospel of the Lord. C: Praise to you, O Christ.
CHILDREN’S SERMON Melissa Allen
HYMN OF THE DAY 696 Jesus Calls Us, O’er The Tumult
v. 1-2, Liz
v. 3 Mark
v. 4 Liz
v. 5 Mark
Each week, we say a creed, a statement of what we believe as Christians. We say it every week, because we are all still learning about our faith, and it helps to practice it together. We use different words sometimes, but we always say that we believe that God created all things, that God came in Jesus to show us how much he loves us, and that the Holy Spirit brings life, courage, and hope.
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
The Prayers of Intercession are when we pray together as God’s family. “Intercession” means we are praying for each other, and for the world, not only for ourselves.
Prayer Leader: Sandy Hoyer
Guided by Christ made known to the nations, let us offer our prayers for the church, the world, and all people in need.
A brief silence.
For the body of Christ gathered here with Christ Lutheran and throughout the world and for all servants of the gospel, that following Jesus, the church lives out its calling every day. Guide us as you did Samuel to hear your voice and know your will, let us pray. Have mercy, O God.
For our government leaders, that they may lead us in wisdom, justice, and truth. Give them courage to challenge corruption, deceit, and abuse of power in the wake of the attempted coup on January 6. Grant protection and guidance to police officers, peacekeepers, and military personnel, who work to ensure freedom and justice in these days when they are at risk. May the challenges we are facing lead to transformation that brings renewed freedom, equality, justice, and peace for all people, especially the most vulnerable, let us pray. Have mercy, O God.
For your people: open our hearts with humility that we can acknowledge and challenge the sins of white supremacy, violence, individualism, and deceit, in ourselves, our communities, and our country. May we encourage one another as Eli encouraged Samuel to know your will and follow your way. Embolden us to follow the example of Reverend Dr Martin Luther King and so many other who have worked for justice, and speak truth even when it is challenging. Let us pray: Have mercy, O God.
For the well-being of creation, for plants and animals, and for all that God has marvelously made, that we serve as wise stewards of Earth, our home, let us pray. Have mercy, O God.
Healing God, We pray for those with Covid-19. As the case numbers rise and our health care system is stressed, strengthen and protect the medical professionals and staff who provide healing, cleaning, food, and care for those who are ill. May they know the strength and comfort of your presence in the midst of the pain, trauma, and despair they encounter, and bless the ministry they do each day, let us pray. Have mercy, O God.
Creative God, We thank you for the wisdom, intelligence, expertise, and commitment of the scientists, doctors, and administrative professionals who have invested so much to bring a vaccine close to distribution. Give us wisdom and patience as we meet our obligations and care for our families while also continuing to do what we can to protect our communities. Bring comfort to those who wait for news about loved ones from a distance, and those who grieve without being present, let us pray. Have mercy, O God.
For those lacking food or shelter, for those who are sick or grieving, and for those who are imprisoned or homebound. We pray for those named in Remembering One Another in Prayer, and especially those named by we who gather this morning . . . . . May God console all who suffer, let us pray. Have mercy, O God.
In thanksgiving for the saints who have gone before us, that their lives give us a vision of the gospel in action, let us pray. Have mercy, O God.
Merciful God, hear the prayers of your people, spoken or silent, for the sake of the one who dwells among us, your Son, Jesus Christ our Savior. Amen.
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Let us pray:
Bless in every way, O God, the gifts of the people here given. Open our hearts that we may know your call, grant us wisdom and compassion to serve through our ministries, and give us generous spirits to share the abundance you have given for all creation. Amen.
When Jesus was here on earth, he had meals with all different people, everywhere he went. Sometimes he even got into trouble because people didn’t like who he ate with! At the Last Supper, Jesus told his disciples they should eat with one another, so they would remember that no matter what, Jesus is right here with us, not just in our imaginations, but in the bread and wine we share together. We have Communion every week so we remember Jesus is with us, and invites us to care for each other as he did.
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 what we know of you is overwhelming, more wonderful than we can ever understand. In the hidden depths of time
you formed the newborn earth according to your design, and knit us together in our mothers’ wombs. You led your people through Moses and the prophets, and inspire us to guide one another as Eli did for Samuel. In these last days Jesus, son of Mary, brought the truth to light and called us to follow in the ways of integrity and discipleship. When the enemies of life put him to death, you raised him up by your power, and likewise you raise us up and unite us with Christ that we too may be an honored dwelling place for your Holy Spirit.
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
We say the Lord’s Prayer together every week, because when the disciples wanted to know how to pray, this is how Jesus taught them. We are reminded that God loves us like a parent. We ask God to provide what we need, help us to follow God, and to forgive us when we make mistakes. And we remember that everything belongs to God.
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
Let us pray. We give you thanks, O God, that you make your home with us, bringing heaven to earth in this holy meal. Fill us with your Spirit as we go from here, that we may wipe away tears, tend to those in mourning and pain, seek the healing of the nations, and bring to earth the presence of your Child, Jesus Christ, our Savior. Amen.
We come to Worship every week so we can go out and bring God’s love to the world, so we always end Worship with a Benediction–a blessing–to help us do that.
Listen to the word of God as you move through your days, trusting that the Holy Spirit will guide you. See in each person you meet one for whom Christ came and lived and loved and gave his life. Amen.
The peace of Christ crucified and risen for all go with you this day and always! Thanks be to God!
CLOSING HYMN America the Beautiful
v. 1, 2 Liz Drollinger
O beautiful for spacious skies,
For amber waves of grain,
For purple mountain majesties
Above the fruited plain!
God shed His grace on thee
And crown thy good with brotherhood
From sea to shining sea!
O beautiful for pilgrim feet,
Whose stern, impassioned stress
A thoroughfare for freedom beat
Across the wilderness!
God mend thine every flaw,
Confirm thy soul in self-control,
Thy liberty in law!
Fugue in C Major – Johann Sebastian Bach
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, Helga Hayes, Arielle Johnson (Friend of Becca Jordan), Craig Lawrence, Gerri Mac (Sharon Hornbeck’s aunt) Jim MacLellan & Mary Stough (Sis Hessler’s brother & sister), Bev & Al Marcus (friend of John Hoffmann), Fr. Bryan O’Rourke, Doris & Harry Rahlfs (Karen Wood’s parents), Edward Ruebeck (Roocks’ grand-nephew), Ken Ruppar (friend of Mark Roock), Flo Saeger, Mary Lou Sakonyi (Dianne Deck’s mother), Sherri Swanson, Mark Thomsen (brother of Delana Thomsen), 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.
IN BLESSED MEMORY: For all of those who have died, especially Gwen Hickman, Dolly Hoyer, Susan Hunt, Irene Kalnins, Ed Mansour, David Notley, Sr. (Roger Rose’s brother-in-law), Gloria Richardson, Vic Saeger, Alex Sakonyi (Dianne Deck’s uncle), and all of those who grieve at a distance in this time.
IN MILITARY SERVICE: Josh Duncan, Chris Hudson, Jesse Proctor, Scott Warr.