Pentecost Eleven Worship Bulletin | 8-13-23

St. Peter’s Evangelical Lutheran Church

PENTECOST 11

08-13-2023     10:00AM “Hybrid” Worship

+  We Rejoice in the Spirit  +

OPENING SONG: “GOD WILL TAKE CARE OF YOU”           Tan #137

THE OPENING RITE (based on today’s Gospel):

L   O God of mighty power and tender mercy, I love that song! I love to hear it and to sing it.

But I confess that sometimes my hope is weak and my faith is wavering.

And – when I face trials, troubles, and tragedy – I anxiously cry out to your beloved Son,

“Lord Jesus, save me!”

C Sometimes I feel awash and so far from dry land,

and the waves of turmoil batter against me

and the wild, wild winds rage all about me,

and my boat seems too small,  

and I doubt YOU and I doubt ME,

and I become discouraged, desperate, despairing, and drowning…

and then I question the integrity of your concern for me,

and then I think I’m going right down the drain!

L   Paul reminds us, “Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord shall be saved.”

Spare us, O Lord, we come to you.

C Forgive me, Lord, for my sinking trust and drowning faith!
    Speak to me, Lord, reach out to me, and take my hand!

     I am crying to you for help. Save me, Lord!   Amen.

PRAYER OF THE DAY (together):

God of our present trouble and our promised triumph,

Open our eyes to see you in the midst of our struggles and storms

Open our ears to hear your words of comfort and assurance.

Open our minds to remember your wonderful works and mighty miracles.

Open our hearts to glory in your name and to find strength in your Word.

We pray In the name of the One who is mightier than every wave and every wind, Jesus Christ, Amen!

+  We Rejoice in God’s Saving Word  +

FIRST READING:   1KINGS 19:9-18

[ELIJAH – hiding, scared, and weak of faith. Is the noise in your heart and mind so loud that you cannot hear the sound of God in the silence? And remember, God’s perspective is different from our own.]

19:9 At that place he came to a cave, and spent the night there. Then the word of the LORD came to him, saying, “What are you doing here, Elijah?”

19:10 He answered, “I have been very zealous for the LORD, the God of hosts; for the Israelites have forsaken your covenant, thrown down your altars, and killed your prophets with the sword. I alone am left, and they are seeking my life, to take it away.”

19:11 He said, “Go out and stand on the mountain before the LORD, for the LORD is about to pass by.” Now there was a great wind, so strong that it was splitting mountains and breaking rocks in pieces before the LORD, but the LORD was not in the wind; and after the wind an earthquake, but the LORD was not in the earthquake;

19:12 and after the earthquake a fire, but the LORD was not in the fire; and after the fire a sound of sheer silence.

19:13 When Elijah heard it, he wrapped his face in his mantle and went out and stood at the entrance of the cave. Then there came a voice to him that said, “What are you doing here, Elijah?”

19:14 He answered, “I have been very zealous for the LORD, the God of hosts; for the Israelites have forsaken your covenant, thrown down your altars, and killed your prophets with the sword. I alone am left, and they are seeking my life, to take it away.”

19:15 Then the LORD said to him, “Go, return on your way to the wilderness of Damascus; when you arrive, you shall anoint Hazael as king over Aram.

19:16 Also you shall anoint Jehu son of Nimshi as king over Israel; and you shall anoint Elisha son of Shaphat of Abel-meholah as prophet in your place.

19:17 Whoever escapes from the sword of Hazael, Jehu shall kill; and whoever escapes from the sword of Jehu, Elisha shall kill.

19:18 Yet I will leave seven thousand in Israel, all the knees that have not bowed to Baal, and every mouth that has not kissed him.”

SONG SELECTION: Ida Swindle

SECOND READING:   ROMANS 10:5-15

[PAUL – saddened, confused, and wondering about the character of God. Are you thinking that you are too good or too bad for God’s salvation? God has made it near to all through Jesus Christ!]

10:5 Moses writes concerning the righteousness that comes from the law, that “the person who does these things will live by them.”

10:6 But the righteousness that comes from faith says, “Do not say in your heart, ‘Who will ascend into heaven?'” (that is, to bring Christ down)

10:7 “or ‘Who will descend into the abyss?'” (that is, to bring Christ up from the dead).

10:8 But what does it say? “The word is near you, on your lips and in your heart” (that is, the word of faith that we proclaim);

10:9 because if you confess with your lips that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.

10:10 For one believes with the heart and so is justified, and one confesses with the mouth and so is saved.

10:11 The scripture says, “No one who believes in him will be put to shame.”

10:12 For there is no distinction between Jew and Greek; the same Lord is Lord of all and is generous to all who call on him.

10:13 For, “Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord shall be saved.”

10:14 But how are they to call on one in whom they have not believed? And how are they to believe in one of whom they have never heard? And how are they to hear without someone to proclaim him?

10:15 And how are they to proclaim him unless they are sent? As it is written, “How beautiful are the feet of those who bring good news!”

GOSPEL VERSE

“There’s a sweet, sweet Spirit in this place, and I know that it’s the Spirit of the Lord.         There are sweet expressions on each face, and I know they feel the presence of the Lord.

SWEET HOLY SPIRIT, SWEET HEAVENLY DOVE, STAY RIGHT HERE WITH US, FILLING US WITH YOU LOVE.

AND FOR THESE BLESSINGS WE LIFT OUR HEARTS IN PRAISE. WITHOUT A DOUBT WE’LL KNOW THAT

WE HAVE BEEN REVIVED WHEN WE SHALL LEAVE THIS PLACE!”

HOLY GOSPEL:   MATTHEW 14:22-33

[PETER – sinking, scared, and weak of faith. Are you “drowning” or “dancing” in the midst of the waves that batter and the winds That oppose? Take heart… the Lord can, has, did, and will save you!]

14:22 Immediately he made the disciples get into the boat and go on ahead to the other side, while he dismissed the crowds.

14:23 And after he had dismissed the crowds, he went up the mountain by himself to pray. When evening came, he was there alone,

14:24 but by this time the boat, battered by the waves, was far from the land, for the wind was against them.

14:25 And early in the morning he came walking toward them on the sea.

14:26 But when the disciples saw him walking on the sea, they were terrified, saying, “It is a ghost!” And they cried out in fear.

14:27 But immediately Jesus spoke to them and said, “Take heart, it is I; do not be afraid.”

14:28 Peter answered him, “Lord, if it is you, command me to come to you on the water.”

14:29 He said, “Come.” So Peter got out of the boat, started walking on the water, and came toward Jesus.

14:30 But when he noticed the strong wind, he became frightened, and beginning to sink, he cried out, “Lord, save me!”

14:31 Jesus immediately reached out his hand and caught him, saying to him, “You of little faith, why did you doubt?”

14:32 When they got into the boat, the wind ceased.

14:33 And those in the boat worshiped him, saying, “Truly you are the Son of God.”

SONG SELECTION: Stephanie Fluellen 

THE SERMON: Pastor John Gottschall, member of St. Peter’s

SONG RESPONSE: “JESUS, SAVIOR, PILOT ME”                                     Tan #460

THE PRAYERS…  We pray for NEW LIFE in the Spirit and for the MISSION of the Church to the world!   

+  We Rejoice in God’s Nourishing Meal  +

THE OFFERING…  May the Spirit of God within us guide us to grateful, generous, and fruitful discipleship!

SONG SELECTION: “8:30AM Choir”

THE OFFERTORY SONG:    

“Blessed assurance, Jesus is mine! O what a foretaste of glory divine!

Heir of salvation, purchase of God, born of his Spirit, washed in his blood.

THIS IS MY STORY, THIS IS MY SONG,

PRAISING MY SAVIOR ALL THE DAY LONG! [sing the chorus 2 times]

We are God’s people, we are Christ’s Church, called by God’s Spirit into the world.

We have God’s power from heaven above, we’ll share God’s justice, mercy and love!”

OFFERING PRAYER led by the Communion Assistant:     

Lord God, we thank you for making a way out of no way in our life! During this summer may we dedicate our leisure and our work, our rest and our travel, our service and our spending, our health and our wealth, our worship and our witness to glorify You and to extend your Kingdom to others. Someone somewhere is in need of your Good News.  Amen.

THE PREFACE:

        L   The Lord be with you.             C   And also with you. 

        L   Lift up your hearts!       C   We lift them up in love for God!

        L   Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.               C   It is right to give God our thanks and praise.

        L   Come, Holy Spirit, fill the hearts of your faithful…       C   … and set us on fire with your love! Alleluia!

        L   [continues the Preface]… we praise your name and join their unending hymn:

C   [singing…]   “Holy, holy, holy, holy, 

    holy, holy, Lord God Almighty!

    and we lift our hearts before you as a token of our love,

    holy, holy, holy, holy.

    Precious Jesus, precious Jesus, 

    We’re so glad that you redeemed us, precious Jesus…

    Holy Spirit, Holy Spirit, 

    come and fill our hearts anew, O Holy Spirit…”

THE EUCHARISTIC WORDS by the Celebrant, who recalls and re-enacts Jesus’ Holy Meal.

THE LORD’S PRAYER  (spoken)

COMMUNION AND BLESSINGSAll believers in Jesus Christ are welcome at the Lord’s Table! The wine may be received from the pouring chalice; we also have grape juice on the tray. You can receive God’s peace, power, and promises for true life!

COMMUNION SONGS:            Tan #108            Tan #431                  

THE COMMUNION BLESSING by the Celebrant after all have communed.

POST-COMMUNION PRAYER by the Communion Assistant.

+  We Rejoice in Our Mission  +

THE BENEDICTION by the Pastor:

The winds and the waves will continue to threaten and even frighten us in the days ahead. But Christ has encouraged us,  “Take heart, I am here, have no fear!”

The ghosts of past and present dangers will continue to haunt us and cause us much terror. But Christ has commanded us, “Take heart, I am here, have no fear!”

Leave in the assurance of God’s abiding love, the confidence of (+) Christ’s command, and the power of the Holy Spirit.

CLOSING SONG: “WE’LL UNDERSTAND IT BETTER BY AND BY”           Tan #418

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