Sunday September 19, 2021

Continuing to Be the Church


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

If you’re a guest, we’re thankful you’re here today. We welcome young children to worship. Children’s bulletins and bags with children’s materials are available in the narthex.

In our spoken worship, readings and prayers, the congregation speaks the items in bold.

Please sign the visitor log in the narthex or sign-in on Zoom in the live chat. We hope you’ll feel welcomed and spiritually nourished. We thank you for silencing your cell phones. You are welcome to take home the Life Around Christ announcements. If you’d like to speak to the pastor about the congregation, please let her know directly or call the church office at 314-962-6011.

Assistive Listening Devices are available at the rear of the sanctuary. Please see an usher for use instructions.

Seeking what we do not need leads to conflict. Trusting in God and ensuring the good of all leads to peace.

We will celebrate communion together. Gather the bread and wine, and join us for worship on Zoom at 9:30am.

Sunday, September 19, 9:30am
Click to join Zoom Worship or
Call in from any phone 312-626-6799

Meeting ID: 278 217 453 Password: 971744

PRELUDE Toccata in G Major – Dietrich Buxtehude

WELCOME AND ANNOUNCEMENTS

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

Please stand in body or spirit.

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 teaching is life, whose presence is sure, and whose love is endless. Amen.

Let us confess our sins to the one who welcomes us with an open heart.

Silence for reflection and self-examination.

God our comforter: like lost sheep, we have gone astray. We gaze upon abundance and see scarcity. We turn our faces away from injustice and oppression. We exploit the earth with our apathy and greed. Free us from our sin, gracious God. Listen when we call out to you for help. Lead us by your love to love our neighbors as ourselves. Amen.

All have sinned and fall short of the glory of God. By the gift of grace in ☩ Christ Jesus, God makes you righteous. Receive with glad hearts the forgiveness of all your sins. Amen.

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.

Please stand in body or spirit.

GATHERING HYMN 712 Lord, Whose Love in Humble Service

SIGN OF PEACE Sign Peace Be With You

HYMN OF PRAISE Glory to God (Setting 5)

PRAYER OF THE DAY

Let us pray, Gentle Jesus, you call us to live in your name with honor and respect, fully known to you and precious in your sight. Draw us near to you each day and teach us to seek your gifts, in the name of your son Jesus. Amen.

Please be seated.

THE WORD

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: Larry Hill (at Lectern)

FIRST LESSON Jeremiah 11:18-20

The First Lesson is from Jeremiah, the eleventh Chapter.

18It was the Lord who made it known to me, and I knew; then you showed me their evil deeds. 19But I was like a gentle lamb led to the slaughter. And I did not know it was against me that they devised schemes, saying, “Let us destroy the tree with its fruit, let us cut him off from the land of the living, so that his name will no longer be remembered!” 20But you, O Lord of hosts, who judge righteously, who try the heart and the mind, let me see your retribution upon them, for to you I have committed my cause.

The Word of the Lord.  Thanks be to God.

PSALM 54

1Save me, O God, by your name; in your might, defend my cause.
2Hear my prayer, O God; give ear to the words of my mouth.
3For strangers have risen up against me, and the ruthless have sought my life,
those who have no regard for God.
4Behold, God is my helper; it is the Lord who sustains my life. 
5Render evil to those who spy on me; in your faithfulness, destroy them.
6I will offer you a freewill sacrifice and praise your name, O Lord, for it is good.
7For you have rescued me from every trouble, and my eye looks down on my enemies. 

SECOND LESSON James 3: 13-4:3, 7-8a

The Second Lesson is from James, the third Chapter.

13Who is wise and understanding among you? Show by your good life that your works are done with gentleness born of wisdom. 14But if you have bitter envy and selfish ambition in your hearts, do not be boastful and false to the truth. 15Such wisdom does not come down from above, but is earthly, unspiritual, devilish. 16For where there is envy and selfish ambition, there will also be disorder and wickedness of every kind. 17But the wisdom from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, willing to yield, full of mercy and good fruits, without a trace of partiality or hypocrisy. 18And a harvest of righteousness is sown in peace for those who make peace.4:1Those conflicts and disputes among you, where do they come from? Do they not come from your cravings that are at war within you? 2You want something and do not have it; so you commit murder. And you covet something and cannot obtain it; so you engage in disputes and conflicts. You do not have, because you do not ask. 3You ask and do not receive, because you ask wrongly, in order to spend what you get on your pleasures. 7Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. 8aDraw near to God, and he will draw near to you.

The Word of the Lord.  Thanks be to God.

Please stand in body or spirit.

GOSPEL ACCLAMATION Alleluia

Reader: Pastor Meagan

GOSPEL Mark 9: 30-37

The Holy Gospel according to St. Mark, the ninth, chapter, Glory to you, O Lord.

30Jesus and the disciples went on and passed through Galilee. He did not want anyone to know it;31for he was teaching his disciples, saying to them, “The Son of Man is to be betrayed into human hands, and they will kill him, and three days after being killed, he will rise again.” 32But they did not understand what he was saying and were afraid to ask him.
33Then they came to Capernaum; and when he was in the house he asked them, “What were you arguing about on the way?” 34But they were silent, for on the way they had argued with one another who was the greatest. 35He sat down, called the twelve, and said to them, “Whoever wants to be first must be last of all and servant of all.” 36Then he took a little child and put it among them; and taking it in his arms, he said to them, 37“Whoever welcomes one such child in my name welcomes me, and whoever welcomes me welcomes not me but the one who sent me.”

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

Please be seated.

CHILDREN’S SERMON

SERMON

Please stand in body or spirit.

HYMN OF THE DAY 641 All Are Welcome, v. 1, 3-5

APOSTLE’S CREED

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.   

Please be seated.

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

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: Katie Ciorba

Made children and heirs of God’s promise, we pray for the church, the world, and all in need.

God of community, we pray for the church here at Christ Lutheran and around the world. Unite us in our love for you. We pray for the young people of this congregation. Renew in us your call to welcome the children in our midst. As they grow, strengthen their faith and our commitment to them. Help us overcome our divisions, that we are encouraged to work together for your sake. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

God of creation, we pray for this hurting earth. Awaken in us a new desire to care for this world and empower us to support agencies, organizations, and individual efforts to heal our environment. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

God of cooperation, we pray for nations of the world embroiled in conflict. Inspire leaders to listen to each other and work towards peaceful solutions to disagreements. Protect the vulnerable, especially children, who cannot find safety in their home or country. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

God of healing, we pray for those with Covid-19. Grant strength and patience to medical professionals responding to increased illnesses and deaths, and sustain the creative energy of all those working to ensure the vaccine is available to everyone. Help us to embody your love and care for all people, especially those who are most vulnerable. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Presider

God of comfort, we pray for all who live with mental or physical illness. Help them find appropriate care. Bring healing and wholeness when the path forward seems bleak. We pray especially for those named in Remembering One Another in Prayer, and those named by we who gather this morning . . . . Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

God of consolation, we give you thanks for our loved ones who have died and pray for all who grieve today. Shine your grace on all your saints. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Receive these prayers, O God, and those in our hearts known only to you; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

OFFERING I Want to Walk as a Child of the Light , Christ Choir

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.

OFFERTORY Let the Vineyards be Fruitful, WOV setting 5

Please stand in body or spirit.

OFFERTORY PRAYER

Let us pray. God of abundance, we thank you for the wealth you shower on us daily, and witness the marvelous gifts that come from you. Transform these gifts into signs of welcome for all those who are touched by them. Transform us into people that bless others throughout each day, in Jesus’s name we pray. Amen.

THE MEAL

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.
Let us lift up our 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 your wisdom and humility are the source of true greatness and you draw near to all who draw near to you. Like a woman planting a garden, you set out and tended the newborn earth, and like one who sets food before her family, you nourished us with the fruits of the earth and the wise teachings of your Word. In every age you have revealed your wisdom. In your Son, Jesus, you showed us that true greatness is known in servanthood, and that the way of wisdom is found in childlike simplicity. Betrayed into hostile hands and killed, he rose again and called us to follow him, putting aside selfish ambitions and walking in the ways of peace, mercy and humility.

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, Mark Ruff

THE WORDS OF INSTITUTION

In the night in which he was betrayed, our Lord Jesus took bread, gave thanks, broke the bread 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, 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 sins. 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.

In faith and hope, let us join together in praying the words that Jesus taught us.

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.

Please be seated.

For those in the sanctuary, we invite you to come forward, waiting at the front pew until it is For those in the sanctuary, we invite you to come forward, waiting at the front pew until it is your household’s turn to receive communion. We will serve communion by intinction, with the servers dipping the bread into the wine for you. Come forward, remove your masks to receive the sacrament, and replace your masks to return to your seats.

For those on Zoom, we invite you to take time right now to sit and break bread, and know that this whole community of faith joins in the meal with you. Peace be upon you this day!

AGNUS DEI Setting 5, WOV

COMMUNION HYMNS

729 The Church of Christ, in Every Age

472 Eat this Bread (to be sung 3 times)

Each week, we are nourished and fed as we gather in the sanctuary and on Zoom to celebrate communion together. And each week, members of this community bring the sacred meal to those who are unable to be with us for Worship. Share not only the sacrament we have celebrated, but also the love of God and the Christ Lutheran Church family.

Please stand in body or spirit.

POST-COMMUNION PRAYER

Let us pray. We thank you, O God, that you have fed us at your banqueting table with bread and wine beyond compare, the very life of Christ for us. Send your Spirit with us now, that we may set the captive free, use your gifts to build one another up, and in everything reflect your glory revealed in Jesus Christ, our Savior. Amen.

BENEDICTION

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.

Be gentle, honest, and merciful with those you meet; ask for wisdom and wisdom will fill you with joy. Amen.

The God of all creation, who calls you to the power greater than death, the Spirit of kindness and abundant life, be with you now and always. Thanks be to God!

CLOSING HYMN 543 Go, My Children, with My Blessing

POSTLUDE Fantasia in G Major – Johann Sebastian Bach

WORSHIP LEADERS AND ASSISTANTS

We would like to thank those who helped with worship today:

Usher: Susan DeBusk
Key Person: Jon Heerboth
Assisting Minister: Katie Ciorba
Altar Guild: Janet Roock
Lector: Larry Hill (Lectern)
Flower Team: Sarah Bender
Counter: Tore Stole
Zoom Host: Matt Bender
Musicians: Mark Ruff, Keith Lissant, Christ Lutheran Choir

Acknowledgments: Portions of today’s service are from: Creative Worship Resources, Creative Communications for the Parish, reprinted by permission, all rights reserved; Now the Feast and Celebration, copyright 1990, printed by G.I.A. Publications; Sundays and Seasons, Year B 2021, copyright 2020, and Evangelical Lutheran Worship, copyright 2006, printed by Augsburg Fortress, Minneapolis, Minnesota, reprinted under OneLicense.net #A-71-939, all rights reserved.

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 & diseases, Shelly Madden, Linda Armstrong, Gege Brightman, Christine Austin, Kate and Brian Bates (John Hoffmann’s sister and brother-in-law), Edith Cooper, Michael Cooper (Edith Cooper’s grandson), Evan Deck, Helga Hayes, John Hoffmann, Elsie Johnson, Gerri Mac (Sharon Hornbeck’s aunt), Bev & Al Marcus (friend of John Hoffmann), Doris & Harry Rahlfs (Karen Wood’s parents), Edward Ruebeck (Roocks’ grand-nephew), Ken Ruppar (friend of Mark Roock), Flo Saeger, Sherri Swanson, Shirley Wolf, Mary Stough (Sharon Hornbeck’s aunt), and Wayne Wellman (Susanne Reimer-Fey’s brother).

IN BLESSED MEMORY: For all of those who have died, especially Mertha Bishop (Gale Nunn’s mom), Helen Hedderig, 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), Mary Lou Sakonyi (Dianne Deck’s mother), Debra Schroeder & Richard Yeast (Leslie Bennett’s sister and father), Cletus Romay, Judy Wessler, Sheila Rose, Genie Owens (Sarah Ringkor’s mother) and all of those who grieve at a distance in this time.

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

A congregation of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America
WELCOME, GROW, SERVE IN CHRIST

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1 Selma Avenue at Lockwood
Webster Groves, Missouri 63119-3199
Telephone: 314-962-6011
E-mail: office@christwg.org
Website: http://www.christwg.org

Pastoral Minister Meagan McLaughlin
Please contact Pastor Meagan at 612-388-5920, in case of emergency pastoral care needs.
Director of Senior Adult Ministries and Faith Community Nurse Carolyn Crowe
Church Council President Kevin Drollinger
Organist Mark Ruff
Director of Choirs Diane Drollinger
Church Administrator Lisette Kreitler
Stephen Leaders – Linda Griffith and Carolyn Crowe

A designated Webster University Campus Ministry congregation
A Stephen Ministry Congregation
A Reconciling in Christ Congregation

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