Sunday September 18, 2022

Christ Lutheran Church

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

Fifteenth 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 we celebrate 125 years of ministry, we follow the Spirit to welcome as Jesus welcomed, serve as Jesus served, embodying God’s love and justice in the world. With joy, we baptize Caroline Ruchalski!

Masks are optional in the sanctuary since Covid levels have decreased 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, September 18, 10:00am
Click to join Zoom Worship or
Call in from any phone 312-626-6799

Meeting ID: 278 217 453 Password: 971744



Trumpeters: Adrian Lepique, Patrick McGinty

PRELUDE Concerto in C Major for 2 Trumpets – Antonio Vivaldi

Please stand in body or spirit.

PROCESSIONAL HYMN 632 O God, Our Help in Ages Past

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.

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.

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.

Please be seated.


Thanksgiving for Baptism

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 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.


Leader: Pastor Meagan

God, who is rich in mercy and love, gives us a new birth into a living hope through the sacrament of baptism. By water and the Word, God delivers us from sin and death and raises us to new life in Jesus Christ. We are united with all the baptized in one body of Christ, anointed with the gift of the Holy Spirit, and joined in God’s mission for the life of the world.

Presider: Parents and Sponsors, called by the Holy Spirit, trusting in the grace and love of God, do you desire to have Caroline Grace Ruchalski baptized into Christ?

Response: We do.

Presider: Dana and Stanley, as you bring Caroline to receive the gift of baptism, you are entrusted with responsibilities. Will you, with God’s help, strive to share your love, faith, wisdom, and understanding with Caroline and make for her a home where she may learn the way of Christ and join in Christ’s work of love, peace, and justice? Will you live with her among God’s faithful people, bring her to the word of God and the holy supper, teach her the Lord’s Prayer, the Creed, and the Ten Commandments, place in her hands the holy scriptures, and nurture her in faith and prayer, so that she may learn to trust God, proclaim Christ through word and deed, care for others and the world God made, and work for justice and peace?

Response: We do.

Presider: Sponsors, Jacob Ruchalski and Corinne Hildebrandt , do you promise to nurture Caroline in the Christian faith as guided by God’s Spirit, and to help her live in the covenant of baptism and in communion with the church?

Response: We do.

Presider: People of God, who form the community of love in which Caroline will grow, do you promise to keep her and her caregivers in your hearts and in your prayers, and support them in the journey of life?

Response: We do.

Please stand in body or spirit.

Profession of Faith

Let us profess our faith in Christ Jesus, reject sin, and confess our faith, in which we are baptized by God.

Presider: Do you renounce the devil and all the forces that defy God?

Congregation: I renounce them.

Presider: Do you renounce the powers of this world that rebel against God?

Congregation: I renounce them.

Presider: Do you renounce the ways of sin that draw you from God?

Congregation: I renounce them.

Presider: Do you believe in God?

Congregation: I believe in God, the Almighty, creator of heaven and earth.

Presider: Do you believe in Jesus Christ, the Son of God?

Congregation: 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.

Presider: Do you believe in God the Holy Spirt?

Congregation: 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.

Please be seated.


Leader: Pastor Meagan

(Baptismal waters are poured on Caroline at the words Father, Son, and Holy Spirit)

Presider: Caroline Grace Ruchalski, I baptize you in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.

Response: Amen

Presider: You belong to Christ, in whom you have been baptized.

Presider: Let us pray. We give you thanks, O God that through water and the Holy Spirit you give your child new birth, cleanse her from sin, and raise her to eternal life. Sustain Caroline with the gift of your Holy Spirit: the spirit of wisdom and understanding, the spirit of counsel and might, the spirit of knowledge and the fear of the Lord, the spirit of joy in your presence, both now and forever. Amen.

(Family each anoint Caroline with oil)

Presider: Caroline, child of God, you have been sealed by the Holy Spirit and marked with the cross of Christ forever.

Congregation: Amen

Leader: Pastor Meagan

Presider: Let your light so shine before others that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven. (Parents light Caroline’s candle)

Congregation: We welcome you into the body of Christ and into the mission we share: join us in giving thanks and praise to God and bearing God’s creative and redeeming word to all the world.

Please stand in body or spirit.

As Jesus welcomes each of us today with the peace of God, welcome those around you with a sign of God’s peace.


Let us pray. Faithful God, we give you thanks that in Jesus you have welcomed us with the richness of your grace, for the last 125 years. As we look to the future, make us faithful stewards of your abundance, that we may welcome and serve one another and the community around us as Jesus showed us for many years to come. 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: Jim Bennett

FIRST LESSON Amos 8: 4-7

The first lesson is from Amos chapter eight.

4Hear this, you that trample on the needy, and bring to ruin the poor of the land,
5saying, “When will the new moon be over so that we may sell grain; and the sabbath, so that we may offer wheat for sale? We will make the ephah small and the shekel great, and practice deceit with false balances, 6buying the poor for silver and the needy for a pair of sandals, and selling the sweepings of the wheat.” 7The Lord has sworn by the pride of Jacob: Surely I will never forget any of their deeds.

The Word of the Lord.  Thanks be to God.


We will read Psalm 113 responsively.

Leader: 1Hallelujah! Give praise, you servants of the Lord; praise the name of the Lord.
People: 2Let the name of the Lord be blessed, from this time forth forevermore.
Leader: 3From the rising of the sun to its going down let the name of the Lord be praised.
People: 4The Lord is high above all nations; God’s glory above the heavens. 
Leader: 5Who is like the Lord our God, who sits enthroned on high,
People: 6but stoops to behold the heavens and the earth?
Leader: 7The Lord takes up the weak out of the dust and lifts up the poor from the ashes,
People: 8enthroning them with the rulers, with the rulers of the people.
Leader: 9The Lord makes the woman of a childless house to be a joyful mother of children. Hallelujah!


At the first Worship service of Christ Lutheran Church 125 years ago, Reverend Martin S. Sommer preached on this text. He returned 50 years later and preached on this same text, and as we celebrate our 125th Anniversary, we include it in our scripture readings today.

The second lesson is from 1 John chapter five.

For whatsoever is born of God overcometh the world: and this is the victory that overcometh the world, even our faith.

The Word of the Lord.  Thanks be to God.

Please stand in body or spirit.


Reader: Bishop Susan Candea

GOSPEL Luke 16: 1-13

The Holy Gospel according to St. Luke, chapter sixteen, Glory to you, O Lord.

1Then Jesus said to the disciples, “There was a rich man who had a manager, and charges were brought to him that this man was squandering his property. 2So he summoned him and said to him, ‘What is this that I hear about you? Give me an accounting of your management, because you cannot be my manager any longer.’ 3Then the manager said to himself, ‘What will I do, now that my master is taking the position away from me? I am not strong enough to dig, and I am ashamed to beg. 4I have decided what to do so that, when I am dismissed as manager, people may welcome me into their homes.’ 5So, summoning his master’s debtors one by one, he asked the first, ‘How much do you owe my master?’ 6He answered, ‘A hundred jugs of olive oil.’ He said to him, ‘Take your bill, sit down quickly, and make it fifty.’ 7Then he asked another, ‘And how much do you owe?’ He replied, ‘A hundred containers of wheat.’ He said to him, ‘Take your bill and make it eighty.’ 8And his master commended the dishonest manager because he had acted shrewdly; for the children of this age are more shrewd in dealing with their own generation than are the children of light. 9And I tell you, make friends for yourselves by means of dishonest wealth so that when it is gone, they may welcome you into the eternal homes. 10“Whoever is faithful in a very little is faithful also in much; and whoever is dishonest in a very little is dishonest also in much. 11If then you have not been faithful with the dishonest wealth, who will entrust to you the true riches? 12And if you have not been faithful with what belongs to another, who will give you what is your own? 13No slave can serve two masters; for a slave will either hate the one and love the other, or be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and wealth.”

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

Please be seated.


SERMON Bishop Susan Candea

Please stand in body or spirit.

HYMN OF THE DAY ACS, 1048 Founded on Faith

Please be seated.


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.


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

As scattered grains of wheat are gathered together into one bread, so let us gather our prayers for the church here at Christ Lutheran, those in need, and all of God’s good creation.

Please stand in body or spirit.

A brief silence.

God our Savior, you have guided us at Christ Lutheran Church for 125 years, and you keep your church around the world in faith and truth. As the Spirit moves among us and leads us today, we rejoice as we celebrate baptism with Caroline, and ask that you accompany all those preparing for Confirmation, especially our youth Marc, Harrison, John, and James. God of grace, hear our prayer.

Divine teacher, you call us to be responsible stewards of your creation. Show us how best to care for the earth and its resources, and guide those who work to develop sustainable practices. God of grace, hear our prayer.

Ruler of the nations, you direct those in authority. Give leaders wisdom and compassion so that all may live in peace. Inspire public servants to follow the example of courageous leaders and safeguard the dignity of each person. We lift up especially the people of Ukraine who are facing attempted genocide at the hands of Russian invaders. God of grace, hear our prayer.

Advocate for those on the margins, you lift up those who are oppressed. Breathe justice into economic and social systems that perpetuate poverty and hunger. Sustain food ministries, clothing banks, and emergency shelters, especially our ministry partners, Webster-Rock Hill Ministries, Humanitri, and Room at the Inn. God of grace, hear our prayer.

Sustainer and giver of life, you bless this congregation with abundance. May we share all that you have given generously as we welcome and serve as Christ did for many years into the future, hear our prayer.


God of healing, we lift up to you all who are in need of your grace. 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.

God of glory, you gather your saints around your throne. Keep us thankful for the witness of those who have gone before us, especially those who have passed away this year, Sherri Swanson, Melba Thomsen, Marie Schroeder, Thelda Bertram, and Flo Saeger, and bring us with them to the heavenly feast that has no end. God of grace, hear our prayer.

Gathered together in the sweet communion of the Holy Spirit, gracious God, we offer these and all our prayers to you; through Jesus Christ, our Savior.

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 Go Ye Into the World- Sleeth, Christ Choir

Please stand in body or spirit.

OFFERTORY HYMN 645 Christ is Made the Sure Foundation, v. 1, 2


Let us pray. Loving God, you look with mercy on the earth, lift up the poor from the dust, and give all people a place at your table. Teach us to sing your praise forever, as we share the abundance you have given with the world. 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 desire everyone and all creation to know your abundant love and life. The earth is your handiwork, but it has brought you tears; you created the nations, but they have brought you grief. When we despaired and lost our way, you sent us your child, Jesus the Christ, who gave his life to bring us closer to you and one another. Although his blood was shed in Jerusalem, you raised him to life, and now and forever, he is welcoming us with love and renewing us through prayer that we might embody your love, be your church, and live faithfully as your children.

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


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.  


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 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.


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.

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 4

COMMUNION HYMNS 652 Built on a Rock

654 The Church’s One Foundation

Bind Us Together

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, that you make your home with us, bringing heaven to earth in this holy meal. Fill us with your Spirit as we go from here, that we may wipe away tears, tend to those in mourning and pain, seek the healing of the nations, and bring to earth the presence of your Child, Jesus Christ, for many years to come. 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.

Leader: Ellen Meade
For all that has been . . . for ministry partnerships, Worship, community events, service projects, learning, mission trips, weddings, funerals, and baptisms, for all of the clergy and lay leaders who have led us in ministry, for members and friends in faith who have died, and for all the change and growth that has happened over 125 years of ministry in our community, we give thanks, God!

Leader: Ian Griffin
For all that is . . . the beginning of a new program year, for our ministry in the midst of Covid and beyond, for transformation both chosen and necessary, for our partnerships with Humanitri and Webster-Rock Hill Ministries and our neighboring congregations, for all the challenges, love, joy, and opportunities of this day, we give thanks, God!

Leader: James Gilliland
For all that will be . . . for those yet to be born, those of all ages growing among us, and for those we haven’t yet met, relationships yet to be made, lessons of faith yet to be learned, challenges yet to walk through together, miracles and mysteries yet to be discovered, we ask your blessing and guidance as we go forth from here!

Leader: Bishop Susan Candea
Will you, people of Christ Lutheran, seek God within these walls and in your community, learn and grow together around God’s word, celebrate the sacraments, embody God’s love and justice in the world, and welcome and serve as Jesus did, for so long as God calls you to ministry in this place? We will, and we ask God to help us!

May God bless you and keep you, may God’s face shine on you and be gracious to you, and may God look upon you with favor and give you peace! Thanks be to God!

CLOSING HYMN 839 Now Thank We All Our God


Go out to welcome and serve as Jesus did in the world, today and for another 125 years! Thanks be to God!

POSTLUDE Voluntary on the Doxology – Henry Purcell


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

Presider: Pastor Meagan McLaughlin
Preacher: Bishop Susan Candea
Children’s Sermon: Katie Ciorba
Usher: Mike Hoyer, Jim Bennett (offering)
Key Person: Alan Richter, Mike Hoyer (close)
Acolyte: Emmy Bender, Maggie Ringkor
Assisting Minister: Kersten Horn
Lector: Jim Bennett
Altar Guild: Kate Hoerchler
Flower Team: Harriet Scholle
Benediction Leaders: Ellen Mead, James Gilliland, Ian Griffin
Choir Director: Diane Drollinger
Counter: Sarah Keifer
Zoom Host: Mike Wagner
Organist: Mark Ruff
Musicians: Christ Lutheran Choir (Director Diane Drollinger)
Trumpeters: Adrian Lepique, Patrick McGinty

Life Around Christ

Blessings of the Animals Potluck and Praise
Saturday, October 1, 5:00pm, Christ Lutheran Churchyard
It’s the Feast of St. Francis, and time for blessing of the animals! We will pray, reflect, and sing, bless our beloved non-human companions of all species and breeds, and share a meal together. All are welcome to join us!

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. 

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!

This Week
Monday, September 19: 12:00 Fellowship at Laclede Groves, 4:00p Fitness Group at CLC
Wednesday, September 21: 6:00p Worship team meeting, 7:30p Choir practice
Thursday, September 22: 4:00p Fitness group at CLC
Saturday, September 24: 10:30a Flo Saeger Memorial Service
Sunday, September 25: 9:00a Adult forum and Sunday School, 10:00a Worship

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 #A-71-939, all rights reserved.


Please include the following people in your prayer life during this week. To add a name to the Prayer List, inform Pastor Meagan ( or 612-388-5920) or the Church Office (  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, 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.

A congregation of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America

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1 Selma Avenue at Lockwood
Webster Groves, Missouri 63119-3199
Telephone: 314-962-6011

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,
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
A Reconciling in Christ Congregation

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