Sunday January 16, 2022

Christ Lutheran Church

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

SECOND SUNDAY OF EPIPHANY

Conference for Church Musicians | The Diapason

There are many gifts, but the same Spirit, given by God for the common good. And everyone has gifts to share!

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.

We will celebrate communion together. Those on Zoom are invited to gather the bread and wine and join us for worship. All are welcome at God’s table!

Sunday, January 16, 9:30am
Click to join Zoom Worship or
Call in from any phone 312-626-6799

Meeting ID: 278 217 453 Password: 971744

PRELUDE Wedding Day at Troldhaugen – Edward Grieg

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, who creates us, redeems us, and calls us by name. Amen.

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

Silence is kept for reflection.

Most merciful God, we confess that we have sinned against you and your beloved children. We have turned our faces away from your glory when it did not appear as we expected. We have rejected your word when it made us confront ourselves. We have failed to show hospitality to those you called us to welcome. Accept our repentance for the things we have done and the things we have left undone. For the sake of Jesus Christ, have mercy on us. Forgive us and lead us, that we may bathe in the glory of your Son born among us, and reflect your love for all creation. Amen.

Rejoice in this good news: In ☩ Christ Jesus, your sins are forgiven. You are descendants of the Most High, adopted into the household of Christ, and inheritors of eternal life. Live as freed and forgiven children 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 650 In Christ There Is No East or West

SIGN OF PEACE Sign Peace Be With You

KYRIE Setting 6

HYMN OF PRAISE This is the Feast

PRAYER OF THE DAY

Let us pray. Holy God, through signs of grace you reveal yourself to all the world. Open our eyes to the surprising wonders you perform, so that we trust the abundance you provide for the world. Following the lead of Martin Luther King, may we seek your justice for all people. Through Christ, in the power of the Holy Spirit, we pray. 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: Alena Horn

FIRST LESSON Isaiah 62:1-5

The First Lesson is from Isaiah, chapter sixty-two.

1For Zion’s sake I will not keep silent, and for Jerusalem’s sake I will not rest,
until her vindication shines out like the dawn, and her salvation like a burning torch.
2The nations shall see your vindication, and all the kings your glory; and you shall be called by a new name that the mouth of the Lord will give. 3You shall be a crown of beauty in the hand of the Lord, and a royal diadem in the hand of your God. 4You shall no more be termed Forsaken, and your land shall no more be termed Desolate; but you shall be called My Delight Is in Her, and your land Married; for the Lord delights in you, and your land shall be married. 5For as a young man marries a young woman, so shall your builder marry you,
and as the bridegroom rejoices over the bride, so shall your God rejoice over you.

The Word of the Lord.  Thanks be to God.

PSALM 36: 5-10

5Your love, O Lord, reaches to the heavens, and your faithfulness to the clouds.
6Your righteousness is like the strong mountains, your justice like the great deep;
you save humankind and animals, O Lord. 
7How priceless is your love, O God! All people take refuge under the shadow of your wings.
8They feast upon the abundance of your house; you give them drink from the river of your delights.
9For with you is the well of life, and in your light we see light.
10Continue your lovingkindness to those who know you, and your favor to those who are true of heart. 

SECOND LESSON 1 Corinthians 12: 1-11

The Second Lesson is from 1 Corinthians, the twelfth Chapter.

1Now concerning spiritual gifts, brothers and sisters, I do not want you to be uninformed. 2You know that when you were pagans, you were enticed and led astray to idols that could not speak. 3Therefore I want you to understand that no one speaking by the Spirit of God ever says “Let Jesus be cursed!” and no one can say “Jesus is Lord” except by the Holy Spirit. 4Now there are varieties of gifts, but the same Spirit; 5and there are varieties of services, but the same Lord; 6and there are varieties of activities, but it is the same God who activates all of them in everyone. 7To each is given the manifestation of the Spirit for the common good. 8To one is given through the Spirit the utterance of wisdom, and to another the utterance of knowledge according to the same Spirit, 9to another faith by the same Spirit, to another gifts of healing by the one Spirit, 10to another the working of miracles, to another prophecy, to another the discernment of spirits, to another various kinds of tongues, to another the interpretation of tongues. 11All these are activated by one and the same Spirit, who allots to each one individually just as the Spirit chooses.

The Word of the Lord.  Thanks be to God.

Please stand in body or spirit.

GOSPEL ACCLAMATION Setting 6

Reader: Pastor Meagan

GOSPEL  John 2:1-11

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

1On the third day there was a wedding in Cana of Galilee, and the mother of Jesus was there. 2Jesus and his disciples had also been invited to the wedding. 3When the wine gave out, the mother of Jesus said to him, “They have no wine.” 4And Jesus said to her, “Woman, what concern is that to you and to me? My hour has not yet come.” 5His mother said to the servants, “Do whatever he tells you.” 6Now standing there were six stone water jars for the Jewish rites of purification, each holding twenty or thirty gallons. 7Jesus said to them, “Fill the jars with water.” And they filled them up to the brim. 8He said to them, “Now draw some out, and take it to the chief steward.” So they took it. 9When the steward tasted the water that had become wine, and did not know where it came from (though the servants who had drawn the water knew), the steward called the bridegroom 10and said to him, “Everyone serves the good wine first, and then the inferior wine after the guests have become drunk. But you have kept the good wine until now.” 11Jesus did this, the first of his signs, in Cana of Galilee, and revealed his glory; and his disciples believed in him.

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 674 Let us Talents and Tongues Employ

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.   

page 38 of the Iona Abbey Worship Book (Wild Goose Publications)  

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

The Spirit of the Lord is poured out upon us in abundance; so we are bold to pray for the church, the world, and all that God has made.

A brief silence.

By your Spirit, awaken within your church here at Christ Lutheran and around the world gifts of faith, healing, and prophecy. Unite your people across all boundaries, and open our hearts to recognize and celebrate surprising miracles. God of grace, hear our prayer.

Your creation reflects your generosity. Bless farmers, migrant farmworkers, orchard-keepers, ranchers, and all who tend the abundance of the land. Protect food and water sources from destruction, that all can eat and drink and be satisfied. God of grace, hear our prayer.

By your Spirit, grant wisdom, knowledge, and discernment to those in leadership, inspiring compassionate decisions that build up safe and just communities. May we follow your Spirit, as Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. did, to seek the common good for all creation. God of grace, hear our prayer.

You see us for who we are and you delight in us. Embrace those struggling with self-worth, wrestling with self-identity, or facing significant life transition. Remind us that nothing can separate us from your love. God of grace, 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.

Presider

As Jesus provided generously in a moment of need, provide generous gifts of healing for those in need this day. Provide abundantly for all who are hungry or thirsty, all seeking shelter, and all who seek peace. We pray especially for those named in Remembering One Another in Prayer, and those named by we who gather this morning . . . . God of grace, hear our prayer.

You bless us through the spiritual gifts of the saints who have gone before us. We give thanks for the life of Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and all who have modeled the way of courageous faith. God of grace, hear our prayer.

Since we have such great hope in your promises, O God, we lift these and all of our prayers to you in confidence and faith; 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

Please stand in body or spirit.

OFFERTORY PRAYER

Let us pray. At the wedding feast at Cana, you gladdened the guest with divine generosity, filled to overflowing. We offer our gifts with grateful hearts. Bless them and our lives, and the lives of all your children, that all may know your abundant generosity. 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 give yourself to us and fill us with the wine of your love. You created everything: skies, mountains and seas, and filled the universe with your justice and faithful love. You love all your people, and sent Jesus among us to gather us all under the warmth of your wings. Sharing with us our joys and sorrows, he brought forth new gifts in us when we thought we had run dry. When his hour had come, he was killed, but you raised him to life again and filled us with the wine of your Spirit, equipping each one of us with gifts to be used to seek justice and serve the common good.

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 6

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 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 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 6

COMMUNION HYMNS

471 Let Us Break Bread Together

Every Time I Feel the Spirit (This Far By Faith, 241)

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. O God, as a mother comforts her child, so you comfort your people, carrying us in your arms and satisfying us with this food and drink. Send us now as your disciples, announcing peace and proclaiming that the reign of God has come near; 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.

May the Spirit’s love, flowing like water across the face of the earth, fill you with every good gift for the good of all creation! Thanks be to God!

CLOSING HYMN 841 Lift Every Voice and Sing

SENDING

Go in peace. Share the good news! Thanks be to God!

POSTLUDE We Shall Overcome

WORSHIP LEADERS AND ASSISTANTS

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

Usher: Alan Richter
Key Person: Mike Hoyer
Assisting Minister: Katie Ciorba
Altar Guild: Kate Hoerchler
Lector: Alena Horn
Flower Team: Dianne Deck
Counter: Dave Fey
Zoom Host: Kersten Horn
Pianist: Mark Ruff
Musicians: Jon Heerboth, Keith Lissant

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), Michael Cooper (Edith Cooper’s grandson), Evan Deck, Helga Hayes, John Hoffmann, Elsie Johnson, Bev & Al Marcus (friend of John Hoffmann), Betsy Nielson (Nancy Lissant’s sister), 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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