Sunday November 21, 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.

The promise of God is the truth of God’s love and presence, from the beginning to the end.

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

Today’s flowers are provided in memory of Chuck Lange’s birthday on November 24.

Sunday, November 21, 9:30am
Click to join Zoom Worship or
Call in from any phone 312-626-6799

Meeting ID: 278 217 453 Password: 971744

PRELUDE

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.

In the name of the Father, and of the ☩ Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

Let us confess our sin in the presence of God and of one another.

Silence is kept for reflection.

Have mercy on us, O God. We confess that we have sinned against you and against our neighbor. We have built walls instead of tables and have turned away the stranger. We have sought glory for ourselves and have treasured that which does not satisfy. Help us to love as you love, to welcome those you send, and to treasure mercy and justice. Turn us from our ways to your ways, and free us to serve those in need. Amen.

God, who makes all things new, forgives your sins for ☩ Jesus’ sake and remembers them no more. Lift up your heads and your hearts. Yours is the kingdom of God. 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 634 All Hail the Power of Jesus’ Name

SIGN OF PEACE Sign Peace Be With You

HYMN OF PRAISE 855 Crown Him with Many Crowns

PRAYER OF THE DAY

Let us pray. Eternal God, Jesus taught that true power is made known in service. We are to love you, ourselves, and our neighbors as we reveal your reign of peace. Give us the will to do this work and the grace to accomplish it, with you, in Christ, through the Holy Spirit, on earth as it is in heaven. 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: Steve Donaubau

FIRST LESSON Daniel 7:9-10, 13-14

The First Lesson is from Daniel, the seventh chapter.

9As I watched, thrones were set in place, and an Ancient One took his throne, his clothing was white as snow, and the hair of his head like pure wool; his throne was fiery flames, and its wheels were burning fire. 10A stream of fire issued and flowed out from his presence. A thousand thousands served him, and ten thousand times ten thousand stood attending him. The court sat in judgment, and the books were opened. 13As I watched in the night visions, I saw one like a human being coming with the clouds of heaven. And he came to the Ancient One and was presented before him. 14To him was given dominion and glory and kingship, that all peoples, nations, and languages should serve him. His dominion is an everlasting dominion that shall not pass away, and his kingship is one that shall never be destroyed.

The Word of the Lord.  Thanks be to God.

PSALM 93

1The Lord is king, robed in majesty; the Lord is robed in majesty and armed with strength.
The Lord has made the world so sure that it can not be moved.
2Ever since the world began, your throne has been established; you are from everlasting. 
3The waters have lifted up, O Lord, the waters have lifted up their voice; the waters have lifted up their pounding waves.
4Mightier than the sound of many waters, mightier than the breakers of the sea,
mightier is the Lord who dwells on high.
5Your testimonies are very sure, and holiness befits your house, O Lord, forever and forevermore.

SECOND LESSON Revelation 1:4b-8

The Second Lesson is from Revelation, the first Chapter.

4bGrace to you and peace from him who is and who was and who is to come, and from the seven spirits who are before his throne, 5and from Jesus Christ, the faithful witness, the firstborn of the dead, and the ruler of the kings of the earth. To him who loves us and freed us from our sins by his blood, 6and made us to be a kingdom, priests serving his God and Father, to him be glory and dominion forever and ever. Amen. 7Look! He is coming with the clouds; every eye will see him, even those who pierced him; and on his account all the tribes of the earth will wail. So it is to be. Amen. 8“I am the Alpha and the Omega,” says the Lord God, who is and who was and who is to come, the Almighty.

The Word of the Lord.  Thanks be to God.

Please stand in body or spirit.

GOSPEL ACCLAMATION Alleluia, Setting 4

Reader: Rachel Helton

GOSPEL John 18:33-37

The Holy Gospel according to St. John, the eighteenth chapter, Glory to you, O Lord.

33Pilate entered the headquarters again, summoned Jesus, and asked him, “Are you the King of the Jews?” 34Jesus answered, “Do you ask this on your own, or did others tell you about me?” 35Pilate replied, “I am not a Jew, am I? Your own nation and the chief priests have handed you over to me. What have you done?” 36Jesus answered, “My kingdom is not from this world. If my kingdom were from this world, my followers would be fighting to keep me from being handed over to the Jews. But as it is, my kingdom is not from here.” 37Pilate asked him, “So you are a king?” Jesus answered, “You say that I am a king. For this I was born, and for this I came into the world, to testify to the truth. Everyone who belongs to the truth listens to my voice.”

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

Please be seated.

CHILDREN’S SERMON

SERMON Rachel Helton

Please stand in body or spirit.

HYMN OF THE DAY 783 Seek Ye First the Kingdom of God, WOV

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

Eternal God, you hold firm amid the changes of this world. Hear us now as we pray for the church, the world, and everyone in need.

God, you sent your Son Jesus to testify to the truth. We pray for preachers, missionaries, evangelists, and teachers who carry your forgiveness and love to the world. Fill their words and actions with compassion and kindness so that your truth will shine. God, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

God, you sent your Son Jesus to liberate all of creation. We pray for all living things longing for the freedom to flourish, from ancient trees and wild grasses to endangered animals and rare insects. Give human beings compassionate hearts to care for them. God, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

God, you sent your Son Jesus to lead us into the way of peace. Direct the members of international alliances in choosing a nonviolent path toward the future. Give them the humility and wisdom to make just decisions to benefit all. God, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

God of healing, we pray for those with Covid-19. Grant strength and patience to medical professionals caring for those who are ill. We thank you for the creative and dedicated people who are working to bring vaccines to children here at home, and to those in countries across the world who do not yet have the vaccine available to them. Help us to embody your love and care for all people, especially those who are most vulnerable. God, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Presider

God, you sent your Son Jesus to rule in all times and places. We pray for the friends of our congregation who are unable to join our worship in person and for all who are sick and suffering. Join their prayers with ours and unite them with us in the body of Christ. We pray especially for those named in Remembering One Another in Prayer, and those named by we who gather this morning . . . . God, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

God, you sent your Son Jesus to be our beginning and our ending. We give thanks for those whose lives have given us a glimpse of Jesus’ reign of justice and peace. Empower us to join their witness. God, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

God our hope and strength, we entrust to you all for whom we pray. Remain with us always, through Jesus Christ, our Savior. 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 Christ Choir

Please stand in body or spirit.

OFFERTORY PRAYER

Let us pray. Holy God, you call us from all corners of the earth to be your people. Bless these gifts that we offer, that we may extend your blessing to others. In Christ’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 you are the One who was, and is, and is to come, and you reign over all from beginning to end. You created the earth and its inhabitants, and chose gifted men and women to lead your people, exalting those who rule with justice and humility. In faithfulness to your servant, David, you sent your child, Jesus Christ, into the world to testify to the truth and shepherd your people. Though he was accused of treason before Pilate and executed by his own nation, you raised him to new life to make us your holy people. You gave him glory and dominion forever, and he rules over all with an authority that comes, not from this world, but from you, our God and our Rock.

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 Setting 4

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 4

COMMUNION HYMNS

490 Let All Mortal Flesh Keep Silence

826 Thine the Amen

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 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, alive for a future of praise, empowered for decades of witness and service, through 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.

Go in peace to love and serve the Lord! Thanks be to God!

CLOSING HYMN 434 Jesus Shall Reign

SENDING

Go in peace, to serve God and neighbor! Thanks be to God!

POSTLUDE

WORSHIP LEADERS AND ASSISTANTS

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

Usher: Mike Hoyer
Key Person: Alan Richter, Jon Heerboth
Assisting Minister: Carolyn Crowe
Altar Guild: Nancy & Keith Lissant
Lector: Steve Donaubau
Flower Team: Ellen Mead, Joan Rivas
Counter: Tore Stole
Zoom Host: Mike Wagner
Musicians: John Powel Walsh, Christ 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 Edith Cooper, 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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