Christ Lutheran Church
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Fourth Sunday after Pentecost
Welcome to Worship!
All are welcome, and we are glad you are with us as we pray and worship together, growing in faith as followers of Christ.
Today’s Worship Theme: As followers of Christ on this Independence Day, we embody God’s justice and peace in our land and across the world, shaking the dust of rejection off our feet.
We request all to wear masks in the sanctuary since there is a greater incidence of Covid in the community. Thank you for silencing your cell phones.
We extend a special welcome to guests worshipping with us today! 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. 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.
We welcome young children to worship. Children’s bulletins and bags with children’s materials are available in the narthex.
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!
This bulletin will be your guide in Worship. In our spoken readings and prayers, the congregation speaks the items in bold.
Assistive Listening Devices are available at the rear of the sanctuary. Please see an usher for use instructions.
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Sunday, July 3, 9:30am
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PRELUDE Variations on My Country Tis of Thee, better known as Variations on God Save the King, Variations I – IV – Ludwig van Beethoven
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 steadfast love endures forever. Amen.
Let us confess our sin in the presence of God and of one another.
Silence is kept for reflection.
we confess that we have not followed your path but have chosen our own way.
Instead of putting others before ourselves, we long to take the best seats at the table.
When met by those in need, we have too often passed by on the other side.
Set us again on the path of life. Save us from ourselves and free us to love our neighbors.
Hear the good news!
God does not deal with us according to our sins but delights in granting pardon and mercy.
In the name of ☩ Jesus Christ, your sins are forgiven. You are free to love as God loves.
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 527 Lord Jesus Christ, Be Present Now
SIGN OF PEACE Sign Peace Be With You
HYMN OF PRAISE Come, Let Us Join Our Cheerful Songs, setting 10
PRAYER OF THE DAY
Let us pray. God of all peoples, of all nations, of all creation, you nourish and defend all the world in your love. As we recognize the birth of our country, remind us that we are called first and foremost to follow you. With your Spirit accompany us on our life’s journey, shaking the dust of rejection off as we go, that we may join the 70 disciples in proclaiming your justice in all the world, through your Son, Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord. Amen.
Please be seated.
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: Sherry Mitchler
FIRST LESSON Isaiah 66:10-14
The First Lesson is from Isaiah, chapter sixty six.
10Rejoice with Jerusalem, and be glad for her, all you who love her; rejoice with her in joy, all you who mourn over her— 11that you may nurse and be satisfied from her consoling breast; that you may drink deeply with delight from her glorious bosom. 12For thus says the Lord: I will extend prosperity to her like a river, and the wealth of the nations like an overflowing stream; and you shall nurse and be carried on her arm, and dandled on her knees. 13As a mother comforts her child, so I will comfort you; you shall be comforted in Jerusalem. 14You shall see, and your heart shall rejoice; your bodies shall flourish like the grass; and it shall be known that the hand of the Lord is with his servants, and his indignation is against his enemies.
The word of the Lord. Thanks be to God.
We will read Psalm 66 responsively.
1Be joyful in God, all you lands; be joyful, all the earth.
2Sing the glory of God’s name; sing the glory of God’s praise.
3Say to God, “How awesome are your deeds! Because of your great strength your enemies cringe before you.
4All the earth bows down before you, sings to you, sings out your name.”
5Come now and see the works of God, how awesome are God’s deeds toward all people.
6God turned the sea into dry land, so that they went through the water on foot, and there we rejoiced in God.
7Ruling forever in might, God keeps watch over the nations; let no rebels exalt themselves.
8Bless our God, you peoples; let the sound of praise be heard.
9Our God has kept us among the living and has not allowed our feet to slip.
SECOND LESSON Galatians 6:1-16
The second lesson is from Galatians, the Sixth chapter.
1My friends, if anyone is detected in a transgression, you who have received the Spirit should restore such a one in a spirit of gentleness. Take care that you yourselves are not tempted. 2Bear one another’s burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ. 3For if those who are nothing think they are something, they deceive themselves. 4All must test their own work; then that work, rather than their neighbor’s work, will become a cause for pride. 5For all must carry their own loads. 6Those who are taught the word must share in all good things with their teacher. 7Do not be deceived; God is not mocked, for you reap whatever you sow. 8If you sow to your own flesh, you will reap corruption from the flesh; but if you sow to the Spirit, you will reap eternal life from the Spirit. 9So let us not grow weary in doing what is right, for we will reap at harvest time, if we do not give up. 10So then, whenever we have an opportunity, let us work for the good of all, and especially for those of the family of faith. 11See what large letters I make when I am writing in my own hand! 12It is those who want to make a good showing in the flesh that try to compel you to be circumcised—only that they may not be persecuted for the cross of Christ. 13Even the circumcised do not themselves obey the law, but they want you to be circumcised so that they may boast about your flesh. 14May I never boast of anything except the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, by which the world has been crucified to me, and I to the world. 15For neither circumcision nor uncircumcision is anything; but a new creation is everything! 16As for those who will follow this rule—peace be upon them, and mercy, and upon the Israel of God.
The Word of the Lord. Thanks be to God.
Please stand in body or spirit.
GOSPEL ACCLAMATION Setting 10
Reader: Pastor Meagan
GOSPEL Luke 10: 1-11, 16-20
The Holy Gospel according to St. Luke, chapter ten, Glory to you, O Lord.
1After this the Lord appointed seventy others and sent them on ahead of him in pairs to every town and place where he himself intended to go. 2He said to them, “The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few; therefore ask the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into his harvest. 3Go on your way. See, I am sending you out like lambs into the midst of wolves. 4Carry no purse, no bag, no sandals; and greet no one on the road. 5Whatever house you enter, first say, ‘Peace to this house!’ 6And if anyone is there who shares in peace, your peace will rest on that person; but if not, it will return to you. 7Remain in the same house, eating and drinking whatever they provide, for the laborer deserves to be paid. Do not move about from house to house. 8Whenever you enter a town and its people welcome you, eat what is set before you; 9cure the sick who are there, and say to them, ‘The kingdom of God has come near to you.’ 10But whenever you enter a town and they do not welcome you, go out into its streets and say, 11‘Even the dust of your town that clings to our feet, we wipe off in protest against you. Yet know this: the kingdom of God has come near.’ ” 16“Whoever listens to you listens to me, and whoever rejects you rejects me, and whoever rejects me rejects the one who sent me.” 17The seventy returned with joy, saying, “Lord, in your name even the demons submit to us!” 18He said to them, “I watched Satan fall from heaven like a flash of lightning. 19See, I have given you authority to tread on snakes and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy; and nothing will hurt you. 20Nevertheless, do not rejoice at this, that the spirits submit to you, but rejoice that your names are written in heaven.”
The Gospel of the Lord. Praise to you, O Christ.
Please be seated.
Please stand in body or spirit.
HYMN OF THE DAY 579 Lord, You Give the Great Commission, v. 1, 2, 5
Please be seated.
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
United in Christ and guided by the Spirit, we pray for the church, the creation, and all in need.
Please stand in body or spirit.
A brief silence.
Lord of the harvest, you send your church here at Christ Lutheran and across the world to proclaim Christ’s life and justice to all. Remind us today as we recognize our nation’s history that the kin-dom of God knows no boundaries of nation or state. Give us courage to speak truth and justice to the empires of our day, facing rejection with courage, and bring us together with people of all nations to seek your peace and healing. God of grace, hear our prayer.
Your creation abounds with flowing waters and diverse creatures. Guide the work of climate scientists as they develop and advocate ways to restore earth’s natural balance. Motivate humankind to adopt lifestyles that protect and sustain the earth. God of grace, hear our prayer.
You desire abundant life for all. As we celebrate Independence Day of the United States as faithful followers of Christ, instill in us gratitude, generosity, and persistence in working toward freedom for all people. As Christians, guide us as we seek the end of white supremacy and oppression in this land in which we live, for all of your children, especially those most vulnerable. God of grace, hear our prayer.
You call us to look beyond our borders, to proclaim your kin-dom in all places. As we seek your justice beyond our own land, we lift up especially the people of Ukraine who are facing attempted genocide at the hands of Russian invaders. Bring true freedom and human flourishing to all your beloved children. God of grace, hear our prayer.
Mothering God, you care for all people in need. Nourish those who are hungry. Restore employment to those who have lost work. Heal those who are sick, and comfort all who are dying or grieving. 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.
We remember the saints who proclaimed your reign on earth and now rest in you, especially Timothy Tanner and Thelda Bertram. Make us faithful in our witness to Christ’s new creation. God of grace, hear our prayer.
God of every time and place, in Jesus’ name and filled with your Holy Spirit, we entrust these spoken prayers and those in our hearts into your holy keeping. Amen.
Please be seated.
We are called to be stewards of all of God’s abundance, so that the community in which we are planted may thrive: time, presence, and skills, and God’s creation. We are also called to financially embody care for our community inside and outside our sanctuary. Please support our ministries as you are able. To support ministry financially, you can give electronically on our website, or send a check in to the office. If you give electronically, place the “I give electronically” slip from your pew in the basket if you wish.
OFFERTORY Variations on My Country Tis of Thee, better known as Variations on God Save the King, Variation V – Ludwig van Beethoven
Please stand in body or spirit.
OFFERTORY HYMN 686 We Give Thee but Thine Own, v. 1, 2
Let us pray. God of abundance: you created the world, and feed it daily, and call your creatures everywhere to grow and live according to your promise. As we feast on your goodness, strengthen us to labor in your field, and let these gifts be a sign of your creative abundance in the places where there is most need, in the name of Jesus. 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.
It is indeed right to give you our thanks and praise, O God, for you created the earth in your goodness and its plentiful harvest feeds your creatures. Through the law and prophets you revealed yourself as the God who heals us and makes us whole. When we had sown the seeds of destruction, you sent your child, Jesus, among us to sow seeds of peace, crossing all borders and boundaries, bearing our burdens and immersing us in your healing waters. Jesus taught his disciples to sow the promise of justice and peace, and shake off the dust of rejection. When he was himself rejected and nailed to the cross, you pulled him back from the place of the dead and robed him in glory. Now you send us as laborers into the harvest, to proclaim your nearness, and to reap eternal life in your 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 Setting 10
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 10
472 Eat this Bread (to be sung three times)
888 O Beautiful for Spacious Skies
Please stand in body or spirit.
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. 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.
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.
Now may the crucified and risen God, who cradles you and nourishes all the earth, keep you from every weariness, wipe the dust from your feet, and raise you up to live in the abundant justice and joy of the kin-dom of God that knows no bounds. Amen.
CLOSING HYMN God Bless our Native Land
God bless our native land;
Firm may she ever stand
Through storm and night:
When the wild tempests rave.
Ruler of wind and wave,
Do thou our country save
By thy great might.
For her our prayers shall rise
To God, above the skies;
On God we wait;
Thou who art ever nigh,
Guarding with watchful eye,
To thee aloud we cry,
God save the state!
And not to us alone,
But be Thy mercies known
From shore to shore:
Lord, make the nations see
that all should siblings be,
And form one family
The wide world o’er.
The Spirit sends us forth! Share the good news! Thanks be to God!
POSTLUDE Variations on My Country Tis of Thee, better known as Variations on God Save the King, Variations VI and VII – Ludwig van Beethoven
WORSHIP LEADERS AND ASSISTANTS
We would like to thank those who helped with worship today:
Usher: Mike Hoyer, Susan DeBusk (offering)
Key Person: Mike Hoyer
Assisting Minister: Sandy Hoyer
Altar Guild: Janet Roock
Lector: Sherry Mitchler
Flower Team: Sandy Hoyer
Counter: Susan DeBusk
Zoom Host: Mike Wagner
Pianist: Mark Ruff
Life Around Christ
Plans are underway for summer family activities (contact Jesse to get involved), and our 125th Anniversary celebration September 18th (contact Sarah Ringkor if you’d like to help)! Watch the newsletter for details!
Fourth of July Celebration at Christ Lutheran
If you plan to park on the church lot the morning of July 4th, please arrive before 8am. Due to the Webster Groves Parade streets will be blocked off after that. Also, please remember that the additional spaces next to the Mead Center are no longer available. No barbecue this year, so participants are encouraged to bring food, snacks and beverages for their families or additional items to share (optional). Christ Lutheran will be offering cold water and use of restrooms again this year. We have volunteers in place for helping with that, but contact Dave Fey at email@example.com or 314-229-8033 if you plan to attend and would like to help with setup, cleaning of church grounds, etc.
Join the race book group on July 12th, 8pm to discuss through chapter 4 of our latest book, Baptized in Tear Gas: From White Moderate to Abolitionist by Elle Dowd.
Dowd is a bisexual faith leader in Chicago, an ELCA candidate for ministry, and an activist. Her experience protesting in Ferguson in 2014 greatly shaped her work, and this book is an account of that inspiring others to act.
Her unique experience in St. Louis provides us a good connection. Additionally, Pastor Megan is in contact with her to potentially speak to us at the end of reading the book.
Please contact Kate Hoerchler with any questions, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Acknowledgments: Portions of today’s service are from: All Creation Sings published by Augsburg Fortress, copyright 2020; Lutheran Book of Worship published by Augsburg Publishing, copyright 1978; Feasting on the Word Worship Companion: Liturgies for Year C, Volume 1, copyright 2012, printed by Westminster John Knox Press, 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 C 2022, copyright 2021; 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 (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, Shelly Madden, Linda Armstrong, Gege Brightman, Christine Austin, Kate and Brian Bates (John Hoffmann’s sister and brother-in-law), Evan Deck, Helga Hayes, John Hoffmann, Bev & Al Marcus (friend of John Hoffmann), Michael McMullen (Greg McMullen’s brother), Christy Monson ( Step-daughter of Carolyn Lange), Donna Munger, Betsy Nielson (Nancy Lissant’s sister), Doris & Harry Rahlfs (Karen Wood’s parents), Flo Saeger, Joyce Traxler (Friend of Susan DeBusk), 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 Timothy Tanner (Lynnae Ruff’s father), Thelda Bertram, and all of those who grieve, that they may know the presence of God who grieves with us.
IN MILITARY SERVICE: Josh Duncan, Chris Hudson, Jesse Proctor, Scott Warr.
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1 Selma Avenue at Lockwood
Webster Groves, Missouri 63119-3199
Pastoral Minister Meagan McLaughlin
Please contact Pastor Meagan in case of emergency pastoral care needs at 612-388-5920 or 314-962-6011 ext. 103, email@example.com
Director of Senior Adult Ministries and Faith Community Nurse- Carolyn Crowe
Church Council President- Jessica Gunther
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
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