Sunday October 17, 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.

Today, we will celebrate with three of our children, Luke Bender, Emmy Bender, and Anna McIntyre, who have spent time learning about and talking about the sacrament of Communion!

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

Sunday, October 17, 9:30am
Click to join Zoom Worship or
Call in from any phone 312-626-6799

Meeting ID: 278 217 453 Password: 971744

PRELUDE Little Prelude and Fugue in F Major – Johann Sebastian Bach

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.

THANKSGIVING FOR BAPTISM

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.

Joined to Christ in the waters of baptism, We are clothed with God’s mercy and forgiveness. We give thanks for the gift of baptism.

Water is poured into the font.

We give you thanks, holy God, For you created the waters of the earth;
Wide oceans, rushing streams, clear lakes, mighty Mississippi River.
You led your people through the sea And called them to life in covenant with you.
Your Child, Jesus, came to earth in human form,
And was baptized in the River Jordan and continued a mission among us.
You pour out your Holy Spirit to renew the face of the earth.
Through this water remind us of the gift of baptism.
Renew in us your promise so that we may serve this world in all its need;
Through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Light,
Who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, One God, now and forever.

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.

GATHERING HYMN 853 When Morning Gilds the Skies

SIGN OF PEACE Sign Peace Be With You

HYMN OF PRAISE WOV Glory to God (Setting 5)

PRAYER OF THE DAY

Let us pray. We give you thanks, God, that you have called us to this place to hear your promises, to be surrounded with your grace, and be fed by you. Draw us deeper into your presence, and send us out to love and serve, for the sake of Jesus Christ, the one who came to serve. 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: Dave Fey

FIRST LESSON Isaiah 53:4-12

The First Lesson is from Isaiah, the fifty-third chapter.

4Surely he has borne our infirmities and carried our diseases; yet we accounted him stricken, struck down by God, and afflicted. 5But he was wounded for our transgressions,
crushed for our iniquities; upon him was the punishment that made us whole, and by his bruises we are healed. 6All we like sheep have gone astray; we have all turned to our own way, and the Lord has laid on him the iniquity of us all. 7He was oppressed, and he was afflicted, yet he did not open his mouth; like a lamb that is led to the slaughter, and like a sheep that before its shearers is silent, so he did not open his mouth. 8By a perversion of justice he was taken away. Who could have imagined his future? For he was cut off from the land of the living, stricken for the transgression of my people. 9They made his grave with the wicked and his tomb with the rich, although he had done no violence, and there was no deceit in his mouth. 10Yet it was the will of the Lord to crush him with pain.
When you make his life an offering for sin, he shall see his offspring, and shall prolong his days; through him the will of the Lord shall prosper. 11Out of his anguish he shall see light;
he shall find satisfaction through his knowledge. The righteous one, my servant, shall make many righteous, and he shall bear their iniquities. 12Therefore I will allot him a portion with the great, and he shall divide the spoil with the strong; because he poured out himself to death, and was numbered with the transgressors; yet he bore the sin of many,
and made intercession for the transgressors.

The Word of the Lord.  Thanks be to God.

PSALM  91: 9-16

9Because you have made the Lord your refuge, and the Most High your habitation,
10no evil will befall you, nor shall affliction come near your dwelling.
11For God will give the angels charge over you, to guard you in all your ways.
12Upon their hands they will bear you up, lest you strike your foot against a stone. 
13You will tread upon the lion cub and viper; you will trample down the lion and the serpent.
14I will deliver those who cling to me; I will uphold them, because they know my name.
15They will call me, and I will answer them; I will be with them in trouble; I will rescue and honor them.
16With long life will I satisfy them, and show them my salvation. 

SECOND LESSON Hebrews 5: 1-10

The Second Lesson is from Hebrews, the fifth Chapter.

1Every high priest chosen from among mortals is put in charge of things pertaining to God on their behalf, to offer gifts and sacrifices for sins. 2He is able to deal gently with the ignorant and wayward, since he himself is subject to weakness; 3and because of this he must offer sacrifice for his own sins as well as for those of the people. 4And one does not presume to take this honor, but takes it only when called by God, just as Aaron was.
5So also Christ did not glorify himself in becoming a high priest, but was appointed by the one who said to him, “You are my Son, today I have begotten you”; 6as he says also in another place, “You are a priest forever, according to the order of Melchizedek.” 7In the days of his flesh, Jesus offered up prayers and supplications, with loud cries and tears, to the one who was able to save him from death, and he was heard because of his reverent submission. 8Although he was a Son, he learned obedience through what he suffered; 9and having been made perfect, he became the source of eternal salvation for all who obey him, 10having been designated by God a high priest according to the order of Melchizedek.

The word of the Lord.  Thanks be to God.

Please stand in body or spirit.

GOSPEL ACCLAMATION Alleluia, Setting 5 (WOV)

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Reader: Pastor Meagan

GOSPEL Mark 10: 35-45

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

35James and John, the sons of Zebedee, came forward to him and said to him, “Teacher, we want you to do for us whatever we ask of you.” 36And he said to them, “What is it you want me to do for you?” 37And they said to him, “Grant us to sit, one at your right hand and one at your left, in your glory.” 38But Jesus said to them, “You do not know what you are asking. Are you able to drink the cup that I drink, or be baptized with the baptism that I am baptized with?” 39They replied, “We are able.” Then Jesus said to them, “The cup that I drink you will drink; and with the baptism with which I am baptized, you will be baptized; 40but to sit at my right hand or at my left is not mine to grant, but it is for those for whom it has been prepared.” 41When the ten heard this, they began to be angry with James and John. 42So Jesus called them and said to them, “You know that among the Gentiles those whom they recognize as their rulers lord it over them, and their great ones are tyrants over them. 43But it is not so among you; but whoever wishes to become great among you must be your servant, 44and whoever wishes to be first among you must be slave of all. 45For the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life a ransom for many.”

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 The Servant Song (sung to the tune of Hyfrodol, 707, Lord of Glory, You Have Bought Us)

1. Will you let me be your servant
Let me be as Christ to you
Pray that I may have the grace
To let you be my servant too

We are pilgrims on a journey

Fellow travelers on the road
We are here to help each other
Walk the mile and bear the load

2. I will hold the Christ-light for you

In the nighttime of your fear
I will hold my hand out to you
Speak the peace you long to hear

I will weep when you are weeping

When you laugh, I’ll laugh with you
I will share your joy and sorrow
Till we’ve seen this journey through

3.When we sing to God in heaven

We will find such harmony
Born of all we’ve known together

Of Christ’s love and agony

Will you let me be your servant
Let me be as Christ to you
Pray that I may have the grace
To let you be my servant too

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: Carolyn Crowe

Set free from sin and death and nourished by the word of truth, we join in prayer for all of God’s creation.

Holy One, for the gift of the church handed down through the ages to your church around the world and to us at Christ Lutheran Church. Bless Luke, Emmy, and Anna, today, as we celebrate their learning and growing. As they receive the sacrament of Communion, may they be reminded that they are your children, and be empowered to share their gifts with their families, this community, and the world around them. Hear us, O God. Your mercy is great.

Creating One, for the lush and abundant habitat you provide for all your creatures, we praise you. Provide healing for the earth so that waterfowl, reptiles, wild horses, dolphins, and all living things flourish as you intend. Hear us, O God. Your mercy is great.

Suffering One, for all who work toward peace and who lead nations with a servant’s heart, we praise you. Bring justice for all who suffer violence, persecution, discrimination, hunger, poverty, and homelessness, and create places of refuge for all people. Hear us, O God. Your mercy is great.

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. Hear us, O God. Your mercy is great.

Presider

Merciful One, for all who do the work of healing in mind, body, and spirit, we praise you. Surround and comfort all who struggle with depression, anxiety, cancer, diabetes, dementia, or any illness, that all may be healed. We pray especially for those named in Remembering One Another in Prayer, and those named by we who gather this morning . . . . Hear us, O God. Your mercy is great.

Risen One, we thank you for those who have shaped your church and shared your gospel. Through the witness of your saints, continue to inspire us with hope until we all are gathered at your eternal feast. Hear us, O God. Your mercy is great.

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

OFFERING 

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 Weave Me, Lord Christ Choir

Please stand in body or spirit.

OFFERTORY PRAYER

Let us pray. Holy God, we give you thanks for all your gifts of goodness and grace. Receive these gifts from our hands, that all may know your abundance, and teach us to follow you. Through Jesus Christ, 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.

Reader: Communion Students All Together

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 you alone know the secrets of the universe and you alone know who is to be honored in glory. You set the earth on its foundations and filled it with wonderful creatures. Your creative power is beyond our comprehension and Jesus came among us to share your generous heart and you with us. He came as a servant of all and labored and prayed with us for the release of all who suffer and are oppressed. He died at the hands of those who tried to silence him, but you raised him to new life so that we may know that even death cannot separate us from your love.

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 WOV Setting 5

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 WOV Setting 5

COMMUNION HYMNS

708 Jesu, Jesu, Fill Us with Your Love

818 O Master Let me Walk with You

Please stand in body or spirit.

POST-COMMUNION PRAYER

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.

Let us pray. Lord of life, in the gift of your body and blood you turn the crumbs of our faith into a feast of salvation. Send us forth into the world with shouts of joy, bearing witness to the abundance of your love in Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord. Amen.

PRESENTATION OF BIBLES

Luke, Emmy, and Anna you have spent time learning about the sacrament of communion. We wish for you that you continue to learn about your faith and the love and grace of God throughout your lives. And so, we, your church family of Christ Lutheran Church, present you each with the Bible to have for your own. May you always know God’s love in your lives!

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.

Jesus calls us to follow him. Let us seek God and live! Amen.

The LORD bless you and keep you; the LORD make his face to shine upon you and be gracious to you; the LORD lift up his countenance upon you and give you peace. Thanks be to God!

CLOSING HYMN 763 My Life Flows On in Endless Song

POSTLUDE Toccata and Fugue in F Major – Dietrich Buxtehude

WORSHIP LEADERS AND ASSISTANTS

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

Usher: Mike Hoyer
Key Person: Keith Lissant
Assisting Minister: Carolyn Crowe
Altar Guild: Janet Roock
Lector: Dave Fey
Flower Team: Ellen Mead, Joan Rivas
Counter: Dave Fey
Zoom Host: Mike Wagner
Musicians: Mark Ruff, Christ Choir, Jon Heerboth

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), 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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