Saturday, April 4, 2020

Palm/Passion Sunday

St. Luke Evangelical Lutheran Church
Chambersburg, Pennsylvania

PALM/PASSION SUNDAY
April 5, 2020


Introduction
Today, we encounter the paradox that defines our faith: Jesus Christ is glorified king and humiliated servant. We too are full of paradox: like Peter, we fervently desire to follow Christ, but find ourselves afraid, denying God.  Amid it all we are invited into this paradoxical promise of life.   We begin this week that stands at the center of the church year, anticipating the completion of God’s astounding work.
Set out on a table in front of you a green branch, a house plant, or simply a drawing of a leaf or branch.


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Blessed is the one who comes in the name of the Lord.
Hosanna in the highest.

Processional Gospel  Mathew 21:1-11
The holy gospel according to Matthew.
Glory to you, O Lord.

Prayer of the Day
Let us pray.
O God of mercy and might, in the mystery of the passion of your Son you offer your infinite life to the world. Gather us around the cross of Christ, and preserve us until the resurrection, through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.  Amen

Readings and Psalm
Isaiah 50:4-9a
   The servant of the Lord submits to suffering
Psalm 31:9-16 
  Into your hands, O Lord, I commend my spirit. (Ps. 31:5)

Philippians 2:5-11
  Humbled to the point of death on a cross

Matthew 27:11-54  The passion of the Lord


Meditation

Prayers of Intercession
In our separate homes but gathered together in the Spirit, we pray for the church, the earth, the world, and all in need.    O holy God, we pray to you: O Lord, save us.
A brief silence.

O triune God, God of majesty, mercy and might, hear and heed our fervent prayers:

for the church around the world, that the faithful be nourished by your presence in the word;

for pastors and bishops, that they be strengthened for their tasks of ministry;
for all those who are assisting the digital sharing of worship materials;
for guidance in keeping this Holy Week in devout prayer and praise;
A brief silence.
O holy God, we pray to you: O Lord, save us.

For the earth, that it be saved from pollution and disregard;

for endangered animals, that they and their habitats be protected;

for scientists, that their knowledge of your earth will direct our society’s choices;
A brief silence.
O creating God, we pray to you: O Lord, save us.

For peace through the world, especially in Syria and Afghanistan;

for an end to terrorism and religious violence;

for all elected leaders, that they see our crisis rightly and make judgments wisely;
for wisdom in distributing governmental economic aid;
A brief silence.
O mighty God, we pray to you: O Lord, save us.

For our distraught world facing the coronavirus;

for countries hardest hit, especially China, Italy, Spain, and the United States;

for those who grieve their dead;
for the sick and their families;
for those fearful of an unknown future;
for the millions of unemployed;
for children at home, that they be safe from abuse;
for those who have been led to rely on empty remedies;
for hospitals, in their desperate need for supplies;
A brief silence.
O compassionate God, we pray to you: O Lord, save us.

For all who are facing the criminal justice system;

for those falsely accused of crime;

for those who are incarcerated, that they be kept safe;
for those who face isolation or execution;
A brief silence.
O righteous God, we pray to you: O Lord, save us.

For those whose needs we know, for those whose needs are hidden;

for those with prior illnesses whose treatments are now postponed;

for all who today will die;
for those who are homeless;
for all who are sick;
especially for those we name here;
A brief silence.
O benevolent God, we pray to you: O Lord, save us.

And finally, for ourselves:
A longer period of silence.
O loving God, we pray to you: O Lord, save us.

With thanks for the technology by which we stay connected;

with thanks for enough food;

with thanks for the support of our community of faith;
with thanks for the saints who struggled through life and died in you,
especially those Christian artists whose work has enriched our faith,
we praise your salvation now and unto our end.
A brief silence.
O eternal God, we pray to you: O Lord, save us.

Into your hands, gracious God, we commend all for whom we pray, trusting in your mercy, through the merits of Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord.  Amen

Merciful God, accompany our journey through these forty days.  Renew us in the gift of baptism, that we may provide for those who are poor, pray for those in need, fast from self-indulgence, and above all that we may find our treasure in the life of your Son, Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.  Amen

Our Father in heaven,
hallowed be your name,


your kingdom come,
your will be done,
on earth as in heaven.
Give us today our daily bread,
Forgive us our sins
as we forgive those who sin against us.
Save us from the time of trial,
and deliver us from evil,
For the kingdom, the power,
and the glory are yours,
now and forever.
Amen.

May the grace of Christ attend us,
and the love of God surround us,


and the Holy Spirit Keep us,
now and ever.
Amen.
Be at Peace, Christ is with you.  Thanks be to God.

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A word from Bishop Dunlop regarding Holy Communion.
"Our tradition upholds Eucharist in gathered community and does not allow for “virtual” communion during video worship. I would also discourage churches offering online worship from
communing the few who are gathered for the livestreaming session. Finally, I would also
discourage giving “drive in” communion to people in their cars. I understand the pastoral
instinct for us to feed God’s people with the body and blood of Christ, however it is safest
and best if we fast from Eucharist until this crisis is over."  (from April 3, 2020 Pastoral Letter)

Prayer Requests

Lennon Forrester Piper, daughter of Cristi (Forrester) and Zack Piper was born early Monday morning. 

Sadie and Rich Garner have been disgnosed with COVID-19 and are home.

Pat Midolo is at SpiriTrust Lutheran the Inn at Luther Ridge under the care of hospice. 

Vicki McKee is beginning a new round of cancer treatments at Heshey Medical Center.

For the many individuals that serve as first responders, nurses, and other health-care workers including Cecilia Lehman, Darcie Newcomber, Susan Richards, Vicky Russell, Erin Buck, and Megan Chestnut

Readings for the Week:
Monday (commemoration of Albrecht Dürer, died 1528; Matthias Grünewald, died 1529; Lucas Cranach, died 1553; artists) Psalm 36:5-11. 
Tuesday 1 Corinthians 1:18-31. 
Wednesday Isaiah 50:4-9a. 
Maundy Thursday (commemoration of Dietrich Bonhoeffer, theologian, died 1945) John 13:1-17, 31b-35. 
Good Friday (commemoration of Mikael Agricola, Bishop of Turku, died 1557) John 18:1—19:42. 
Resurrection of Our Lord/Vigil of Easter Romans 6:3-11.
Resurrection of Our Lord/Easter Day Acts 10:34-43 or Jeremiah 31:1-6; Psalm 118:1-2, 14-24; Colossians 3:1-4 or Acts 10:34-43; Matthew 28:1-10 or John 20:1-18.


Reflection material: Gordon Lathrop. Intercessory Prayer: Gail Ramshaw. Portions from Evangelical Lutheran Worship and sundaysandseasons.com, © 2020 Augsburg Fortress. All rights reserved. Reprinted by permission under Augsburg Fortress.

Saturday, March 28, 2020

Fifth Sunday in Lent

St. Luke Evangelical Lutheran Church
Chambersburg, Pennsylvania

FIFTH SUNDAY IN LENT
March 29, 2020



Introduction
In today’s gospel Jesus reveals his power over death by raising Lazarus from the dead. The prophet Ezekiel prophesies God breathing new life into dry bones. To those in exile or living in the shadows of death, these stories proclaim God’s promise of resurrection. In baptism we die with Christ that we might also be raised with him to new life. 




In the name of the Father, and of the + Son, and of the Holy Spirit.  Amen.

Lord have mercy
Christ have mercy
Lord have mercy


Prayer of the Day
Almighty God, your Son came into the world to free us all from sin and death. Breathe upon us the power of your Spirit, that we may be raised to new life in Christ and serve you in righteousness all our days, through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.  Amen.


Readings and Psalm

The dry bones of Israel brought to life

I wait for you, O Lord; in your word is my hope. (Ps. 130:5)

Life in the Spirit

Raising of Lazarus

Meditation

Offering

Offering Prayer
God of the wilderness,
We give these offerings in gratitude,
rejoicing in the abundance of your gifts to us.
We give these offerings in faith,
trusting that you will provide for our needs.
We give these offerings in hope,
knowing you can use them to spread your love in this world.
And with these offerings, we give ourselves;
May we live with generous hearts, with open hands. 
We ask this all in the name of Jesus, the Christ of God.  Amen

Let us pray to God,
who alone makes us dwell in safety:
For all who are affected by coronavirus,
through illness or isolation or anxiety,
that they may find relief and recovery:
Lord, hear us,
Lord, graciously hear us.
For those who are guiding our nation at this time,
and shaping national policies,
that they may make wise decisions:
Lord, hear us,
Lord, graciously hear us.
For doctors, nurses and medical researchers,
that through their skill and insights
many will be restored to health:
Lord, hear us,
Lord, graciously hear us.
For the vulnerable and the fearful,
for the gravely ill and the dying,
that they may know your comfort and peace:
Lord, hear us,
Lord, graciously hear us.
We commend ourselves, and all for whom we pray,
to the mercy and protection of God.
Merciful Father,
accept these prayers
for the sake of your Son,
our Savior Jesus Christ.
Amen.

Lord, remember us in your kingdom and teach us to pray:

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.


The peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, keep our hearts and our minds in Christ Jesus.  Amen

Be at Peace.  Christ is with you.  Thanks be to God!



Blest Be the Tie That Binds

Blest be the tie that binds
our hearts in Christian love;
the unity of heart and mind
is like to that above.

We share our mutual woes,
our mutual burdens bear,
and often for each other flows
the sympathizing tear.

From sorrow, toil, and pain,
and sin we shall be free;
and perfect love and friendship reign
through all eternity.

Text: John Fawcett, 1740-1817, alt.

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Here is a little something to smile about (courtesy of Donna Hocker).




Prayer Requests

Cristi (Forrester) Piper and her husband Zach are expecting their first child any moment now. 

Sherry Fahnestock has pneumonia and is at home recovering.

Sadie and Rich Garner have been disgnosed with COVID-19 and are home.

Pat Midolo is at SpiriTrust Lutheran the Inn at Luther Ridge under the care of hospice. 

Vicki McKee is beginning a new round of cancer treatments at Heshey Medical Center.

For Jack and Kathy Bookheimer and Cathy and Jerry Peters as they mourn the death of their Jack and Cathy's brother, Clyde Bookheimer.

Ed Barrett is at home recovering from respiratory issues.

Gail Cox: her back/neck surgery has been postponed until later this summer.

Sally Toma is dealing with cardiac arrhythmia.

Bruce Toma is resuming treatments for his pancreatic cancer in a new trial at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Maryland.  (see announcement below about Bruce)

Commemorations

Hans Nielsen Hauge, renewer of the church, died 1824
Sunday, March 29, 2020
Hauge was a layperson who wished to revitalize the church in Norway. As a result of a mystical experience, he felt called to preach. Many professionals in the church feared his motives and influence, and he was imprisoned for leading unauthorized gatherings.

John Donne, poet, died 1631
Tuesday, March 31, 2020
After finishing his education at Oxford University, Donne seemed headed for a career in the English public service. But a series of circumstances led him into the ordained ministry. He is well known as a writer of both secular and sacred poetry.

Benedict the African, confessor, died 1589
Saturday, April 4, 2020
Born a slave on the island of Sicily, Benedict lived as a hermit until the pope ordered all hermits to attach themselves to a monastery, at which time Benedict joined the Franciscans. Though illiterate, he was highly respected as a confessor and later superior of his community.


Announcements

Faith Formation
While all activities are canceled into the unforeseen future, we at St Luke are working with you in keeping the Faith.

Small Groups are encouraged to reach out to its members and possible still have their meetings via phone, Zoom, Face Time or even Skype.
Children and Youth, parents keep an eye out for a packet “Bible Time With Shelly” in your inbox.
Tuesday Book Group is planning a Zoom meeting March 31. 

Due to the Pandemic we will not be ordering Easter Flowers this year.



ELCA World Hunger:  Make your check payable to “St. Luke Lutheran Church” and write ELCA World Hunger in the memo line. Or give online using Vanco. 



Bruce Toma will be featured in the next broadcast of NOVA, the PBS television show, in an episode that will run this coming Wednesday evening on WITF at 9:00 PM.








Staying connected
During this time of separation, take advantage of ways to stay connected with one another. Maybe you have questions about today's readings and would like to get a discussion going. Please use the comment section below.  Or, you may want to share prayer concerns or needs for assistance. You can do that in the comment section below. Maybe you have found a creative way of managing and would like to share it. Post your pictures or videos on our facebook page. There are a fair amount of people in our congregation and community who do not have email and do not engage with social media. Please be ambassadors and evangelists! Reach out to your neighbors with phone call or note. Remember, we're all in this together. God's got the whole world in his hands.

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Saturday, March 21, 2020

Worship Resources

St. Luke Evangelical Lutheran Church
Chambersburg, Pennsylvania

FOURTH SUNDAY IN LENT
March 22, 2020



Introduction
Baptism is sometimes called enlightenment. The gospel for this Sunday is the story of the man born blind healed by Christ. “I was blind, now I see,” declares the man. In baptism God opens our eyes to see the truth of who we are: God’s beloved children.  As David was anointed king of Israel, in baptism God anoints our head with oil, and calls us to bear witness to the light of Christ in our daily lives.


In the name of the Father, and of the + Son, and of the Holy Spirit.  Amen.

Lord have mercy
Christ have mercy
Lord have mercy


Prayer of the Day

Bend your ear to our prayers, Lord Christ, and come among us. By your gracious life and death for us, bring light into the darkness of our hearts, and anoint us with your Spirit, for you live and reign with the Father and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.
Amen


Readings and Psalm

1 Samuel 16:1-13  David is chosen and anointed

Psalm 23  You anoint my head with oil. (Ps. 23:5)

Ephesians 5:8-14  Awake from sleep, live as children of light

 John 9:1-41  The man born blind


Meditation

Offering

Offering Prayer
God of the wilderness,
We give these offerings in gratitude,
rejoicing in the abundance of your gifts to us.
We give these offerings in faith,
trusting that you will provide for our needs.
We give these offerings in hope,
knowing you can use them to spread your love in this world.
And with these offerings, we give ourselves;
May we live with generous hearts, with open hands. 
We ask this all in the name of Jesus, the Christ of God.  Amen


In times of restraint and physical distancing, when the body of Christ cannot meet in one place, we gather through the Holy Spirit in our many different places – house, apartment, room – and call out to you. Hear our cry, O God, Listen to our prayer. 

Give courage and wisdom to national governments and local authorities to enforce public health regulations for the welfare of all and increase efforts to stop the spread of the virus that affects every human being. Hear our cry, O God, Listen to our prayer. 

Breathe a spirit of love and self-discipline into your church that it continually promote and protect regulations and restrictions for the well-being of all. Strengthen our witness to embody examples of compassionate self-restraint. Hear our cry, O God, Listen to our prayer. 

God, have mercy! Heal the sick, strengthen the elderly and vulnerable, protect all from the spread of COVID-19. Hear our cry, O God, Listen to our prayer. 

God, have mercy! Support and protect all health care workers and all who serve the sick and those at high risk of infection. We remember in particular refugees and those serving them today. Reinforce all agencies that support public health. Hear our cry, O God, Listen to our prayer. 

God, have mercy! Comfort and uplift those who are alone, isolated, oppressed by solitude and anxiety. Hear our cry, O God, Listen to our prayer. 

God, have mercy on the whole human family and on your creation, especially hear our specific prayers that are now spoken out loud or in the silence of our hearts (… for Steve Horton as he mourns the death of his mother, Doris; for Pat,  Angelo, Luther, Sherry . . . ) Hear our cry, O God, Listen to our prayer. 

Fill each and every heart with that trust in your grace that frees us and binds us together in communion in the one body of your son, Jesus Christ. Hear our cry, O God, Listen to our prayer. 

Send your Holy Spirit. Renew your church in its prayer and in solidarity with all its neighbors. Hear our cry, O God, Listen to our prayer. 

Remember in your mercy all those who have died and will die today. [pause] Hear our cry, O God, Listen to our prayer. 

Trusting in your great compassion and unconditional promise always to be with us, we pray.  Amen.

Lord, remember us in your kingdom and teach us to pray:

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.

The peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, keep our hearts and our minds in Christ Jesus.  Amen

Be at Peace.  Christ is with you.  Thanks be to God!

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Faith Formation
While all activities are canceled into the unforeseen future, we at St Luke are working with you in keeping the Faith.
Small Groups are encouraged to reach out to it’s members and possible still have their meetings via phone, Zoom, Face Time or even Skype 
Children and Youth, parents keep an eye out for a packet  “ Bible Time With Shelly” in your inbox.

Announcements
Tuesday Book Group is planning a Zoom meeting March 31
Due to the Pandemic there will not be doing the Easter Flowers this year.
ELCA World Hunger: Make your check payable to “St. Luke Lutheran Church” and write ELCA World Hunger in the memo line. Or give online using Vanco.


Staying connected

During this time of seperation, take advantage of ways to stay connected with one another. Maybe you have questions about today's readings and would like to get a discussion going. Please use the comment section below.  Or, you may want to share prayer concerns or needs for assistance. You can do that in the comment section below. Maybe you have found a creative way of manageing and would like to share it. Post your pictures or videos on our facebook page. There are a fair amount of people in our congregation and community who do not have email and do not engage with social media. Please be ambasadors and evangelists! Reach out to your neighbors with phone call or note. Remember, we're all in this together. God's got the whole world in his hands!


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2695 Luther Drive, Chambersburg, Pennsylvania 17202