Christ Lutheran Church
Deepening people’s connections to Christ
Bringing meaning to daily life
Making a difference in our community
Ninth 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: We may not see the promises of God in this moment, but we can trust that God is faithful.
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.
We are here to help you! To be added to our e-mail list, to have a hymnal delivered to your home, or to get a printed bulletin mailed to you, or of there is any other way we can assist you, please let us know.
Sunday, August 7, 9:30am
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PRELUDE Mark Ruff
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 From All That Dwell Beneath the Skies
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. Almighty God of grace, your promises are beyond our comprehension. You surprise us with grace, infuse us with hope, and teach us a better way. Make us ever more faithful, and ever more grateful, as we wait for the coming of your son, Jesus, in whose name we pray. 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: Danielle Uy
FIRST LESSON Genesis 15:1-6
The First Lesson is from Genesis, chapter fifteen.
1After these things the word of the Lord came to Abram in a vision, “Do not be afraid, Abram, I am your shield; your reward shall be very great.” 2But Abram said, “O Lord God, what will you give me, for I continue childless, and the heir of my house is Eliezer of Damascus?” 3And Abram said, “You have given me no offspring, and so a slave born in my house is to be my heir.” 4But the word of the Lord came to him, “This man shall not be your heir; no one but your very own issue shall be your heir.” 5He brought him outside and said, “Look toward heaven and count the stars, if you are able to count them.” Then he said to him, “So shall your descendants be.” 6And he believed the Lord; and the Lord reckoned it to him as righteousness.
The word of the Lord. Thanks be to God.
We will read Psalm 33 responsively.
12Happy is the nation whose God is the Lord! Happy the people chosen to be God’s heritage!
13The Lord looks down from heaven, and sees all humankind.
14God sits firmly enthroned and watches all who dwell on the earth.
15God fashions all their hearts and observes all their deeds.
16A king is not saved by the size of the army, nor are warriors rescued by their great strength.
17The horse gives vain hope for victory; despite its great strength it cannot save.
18Truly, your eye is upon those who fear you, O Lord, upon those who wait for your steadfast love,
19to deliver their lives from death, and to keep them alive in time of famine.
20Our innermost being waits for you, O Lord, our helper and our shield.
21Surely, our heart rejoices in you, for in your holy name we put our trust.
22Let your lovingkindness, O Lord, be upon us, even as we place our hope in you.
SECOND LESSON Hebrews 11:1-3, 8-16
The second lesson is from Hebrews, the eleventh chapter.
1Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen. 2Indeed, by faith our ancestors received approval. 3By faith we understand that the worlds were prepared by the word of God, so that what is seen was made from things that are not visible.
8By faith Abraham obeyed when he was called to set out for a place that he was to receive as an inheritance; and he set out, not knowing where he was going. 9By faith he stayed for a time in the land he had been promised, as in a foreign land, living in tents, as did Isaac and Jacob, who were heirs with him of the same promise. 10For he looked forward to the city that has foundations, whose architect and builder is God. 11By faith he received power of procreation, even though he was too old—and Sarah herself was barren—because he considered him faithful who had promised. 12Therefore from one person, and this one as good as dead, descendants were born, “as many as the stars of heaven and as the innumerable grains of sand by the seashore.” 13All of these died in faith without having received the promises, but from a distance they saw and greeted them. They confessed that they were strangers and foreigners on the earth, 14for people who speak in this way make it clear that they are seeking a homeland. 15If they had been thinking of the land that they had left behind, they would have had opportunity to return. 16But as it is, they desire a better country, that is, a heavenly one. Therefore God is not ashamed to be called their God; indeed, he has prepared a city for them.
The Word of the Lord. Thanks be to God.
Please stand in body or spirit.
GOSPEL ACCLAMATION Setting 10
Reader: Pastor Meagan
GOSPEL Luke 12: 32-40
The Holy Gospel according to St. Luke, chapter twelve, Glory to you, O Lord.
Jesus said: 32“Do not be afraid, little flock, for it is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom. 33Sell your possessions, and give alms. Make purses for yourselves that do not wear out, an unfailing treasure in heaven, where no thief comes near and no moth destroys. 34For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also. 35“Be dressed for action and have your lamps lit; 36be like those who are waiting for their master to return from the wedding banquet, so that they may open the door for him as soon as he comes and knocks. 37Blessed are those slaves whom the master finds alert when he comes; truly I tell you, he will fasten his belt and have them sit down to eat, and he will come and serve them. 38If he comes during the middle of the night, or near dawn, and finds them so, blessed are those slaves. 39“But know this: if the owner of the house had known at what hour the thief was coming, he would not have let his house be broken into. 40You also must be ready, for the Son of Man is coming at an unexpected hour.”
The Gospel of the Lord. Praise to you, O Christ.
Please be seated.
CHILDREN’S SERMON Roger Rose
Please stand in body or spirit.
HYMN OF THE DAY God’s Love is Warmer
God’s love is warmer than the warmest sunshine,
Softer than a sigh.
God’s love is deeper than the deepest ocean,
Wider than the sky.
God’s love is brighter than the brightest star
That shines every night above;
And there is nothing in this world
That can ever change God’s love.
Once I thought that love was meant for
Anyone else but me
Once I thought I’d never earn my way
Now that only goes to show how wrong we all can be
Cause now it seems God loves me more each day
Once I thought the love of God was just for you and me.
Once I thought that there was just one way.
Now I know God’s love embraces all from sea to sea;
God’s love surrounds creation every day!
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: Kersten Horn
Trusting in God’s extraordinary love, let us come near to the Holy One in prayer.
Please stand in body or spirit.
A brief silence.
Let your lovingkindness be upon your church, here at Christ Lutheran and around the world. Fill all who proclaim the gospel with your Spirit. Equip your flock to speak your word of promise and hope in the midst of fear and uncertainty. Merciful God, receive our prayer.
Let your lovingkindness be upon your creation. Dwell among us and sustain our earthly home. In places of famine, provide nourishment. In places of plenty, fashion us to be good stewards of your bounty. Merciful God, receive our prayer.
Let your lovingkindness be upon your world. Be our helper and our shield in places torn by strife and violence, especially the people of Ukraine who are facing attempted genocide at the hands of Russian invaders. Raise up courageous leaders to govern with compassion and justice. Merciful God, receive our prayer.
Let your lovingkindness be upon this community. Fashion our hearts to strive for the way of peace. Strengthen the outreach ministries of this congregation as we grow in our capacity to welcome and serve. Merciful God, receive our prayer.
Let your lovingkindness be upon your children. Look upon all who wait for your steadfast love. Console those who grieve and embrace those who cry out to you. Help us to trust your promise and not be afraid. We pray especially for those named in Remembering One Another in Prayer, and those named by we who gather this morning . . . . Merciful God, receive our prayer.
With thanksgiving we remember all who have died in faith and now rest in you. As they placed their hope in you, so strengthen us to trust in your promise of new life. Merciful God, receive our prayer.
Receive the prayers of your children, merciful God, and hold us forever in your steadfast love; through Jesus Christ, our holy Wisdom. 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 HYMN 186 Create in Me a Clean Heart
Let us pray. God of abundance, you pour out your blessing and cover us with gifts of love.
Accept these offerings for the sake of your children, that all may know your mercy and grace, 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 the worlds were created by your word and the heavens testify that you are just. Through your law and prophets you called your people from their hypocrisy, and called us to follow you with integrity and truth. Through Jesus Christ, your child and our savior, you called us to travel lightly, putting our hopes in you alone and always ready to welcome your future. When he was killed by those whose hands were full of blood, you raised him to new life so that he might prepare a new world for those who put their faith in your promises, giving away their riches on earth and treasuring heaven in their hearts.
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
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.
The God of peace, Creator, ☩ Son, and Holy Spirit, bless you, comfort you, and show you the path of life this day and always. Amen.
CLOSING HYMN The Lord be With You
The Lord be with you
And bless you always
The Lord be with you always
And bless you every day.
The Spirit sends us forth! Share the good news! Thanks be to God!
POSTLUDE Sonata in F Major – William Boyce
WORSHIP LEADERS AND ASSISTANTS
We would like to thank those who helped with worship today:
Usher: Susan DeBusk, Alan Richter (offering)
Key Person: Keith Lissant
Assisting Minister: Kersten Horn
Children’s Sermon: Roger Rose
Altar Guild: Keith & Nancy Lissant
Flower Team: Sandy Hoyer
Lector: Danielle Uy
Counter: Susan DeBusk
Zoom Host: Ian Griffin
Pianist: Mark Ruff
Life Around Christ
We have started reading Baptized in Teargas, by Reverend Elle Dowd, about her transformation on the streets of Ferguson, MO following the shooting of Michael Brown. We will have conversation with the author in the fall. Contact Kate Hoerchler for details, and plan to join us!
Christ Lutheran Church is 125 years old this year! Plans are underway to celebrate 125 years of the Spirit moving in this place with Worship with Bishop Candea and a grand party on September 18. How can you help us mark 125 years? Contact Sarah Ringkor, and follow the newsletter for details!
Tech Team Volunteers Needed. If you have any interest in joining the Tech team to help set up Sunday Zoom worship we are in need of additional volunteers. Training will be provided and the average time commitment is approximately one Sunday worship a month. Please contact Pastor Meagan if interested.
Starting September 11, we will have a new Sunday schedule: Education Hour 9:00am, and Worship at 10:00am, followed by dedicated Fellowship Hour. More details to follow!
Thank you to all assisting with Worship today! Ministry is shared among all the people of God. Please join us and participate in making Worship, and all our other ministries, possible!
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) 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 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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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
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