Saturday, May 23, 2020

Seventh Sunday of Easter

St. Luke Evangelical Lutheran Church
Chambersburg, Pennsylvania




Thanksgiving for Baptism

Blessed be the holy Trinity,  one God,
the fountain of living water,
the rock who gave us birth,
our light and our salvation.
Amen

Joined to Christ in the waters of baptism, we are clothed with God’s mercy and forgiveness. 
Let us give thanks for the gift of baptism.

We give you thanks, O God,
for in the beginning your Spirit moved over the waters
and by your Word you created the world,
calling forth life in which you took delight.

Through the waters of the flood you delivered Noah and his family.
Through the sea you led your people Israel from slavery into freedom.
At the river your Son was baptized by John and anointed with the Holy Spirit.
By water and your Word you claim us as daughters and sons,
making us heirs of your promise and servants of all.

We praise you for the gift of water that sustains life,
and above all we praise you for the gift of new life in Jesus Christ.
Shower us with your Spirit,
and renew our lives with your forgiveness, grace, and love.

To you be given honor and praise
through Jesus Christ our Lord
in the unity of the Holy Spirit, now and forever.
Amen

Greeting and Prayer of the Day

First ReadingActs 1:6-14


Second Reading: 1 Peter 4:12-14; 5:6-11

Gospel: John 17:1-11

Sermon Bishop Dunlop

Nicene Creed

Prayers of the Church

Offertory

Lord’s Prayer
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 thosewho 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
Almighty God, Father,  Son, and Holy Spirit, bless you now and forever. Amen
Be at Peace. Christ is with you!  Thanks be to God! 

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Prayer Requests

Pat Midolo is moving to Charlottesville, Virginia to be near her daughter. Prayers requested for her strength and peace.
Marilyn Foore was diagnosed with Covid-19 and is being treated at Chambersburg Hospital.

Claudine Helman is home from the Chambersburg Hospital. Prayers requested for healing and wholeness.

For graduating seniors in High School and College, especially Josh Horton, Allison Pettyjohn, Larpu Yanquoi, Joe Corwell, and Jake Corwell.

Chet and Linda Walker prayers requested as Chet seeks treatment for pancreatic cancer at Hershey Medical Center.

Cameron Zeger, great-grandson of Jerry and Jeanie Madden. Cameron is being treated for cancer.

LaRue McKenzie and family as they mourn the death of LaRue's husband Marvin McKenzie who died on March 14.

For our bishops: Elizabeth, James, and Bishop of Konde Diocese, The Rev. Dr. Edward Johnson Mwaikali and all who serve the church.

Daily Prayer Resources are now available, including simple forms of Morning, Evening, and Night Prayer; Responsive Prayer; and prayers for mealtimes and other occasions.
Portions from Evangelical Lutheran Worship and sundaysandseasons.com, © 2020 Augsburg Fortress. All rights reserved. Reprinted by permission under Augsburg Fortress.
Readings from Readings for the Assembly © 1995, 1996, 1997 Augsburg Fortress. Citations from the Revised Common Lectionary © 1992 Consultation on Common Texts. Scripture quotations from NRSV Bible, Copyright © 1989, Division of Christian Education of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America, adapted and edited with permission by Gordon Lathrop and Gail Ramshaw.



Saturday, May 16, 2020

Sixth Sunday of Easter

St. Luke Evangelical Lutheran Church
Chambersburg, Pennsylvania


Prayer of the Day
Let us pray.
Almighty and ever-living God, you hold together all things in heaven and on earth. In your great mercy receive the prayers of all your children, and give to all the world the Spirit of your truth and peace, through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.
Amen.

First ReadingActs 17:22-31 
Psalm:  Psalm 66:8-20 
Second Reading: 1 Peter 3:13-22 
Gospel: John 14:15-21
The holy gospel according to John.Glory to you, O Lord. 
The gospel of the Lord.Praise to you, O Christ

Sermon

Apostles’ Creed

I believe in God, the Father almighty,
creator of heaven and earth.

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.

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. Amen

Prayers

Offertory

Thanksgiving for the Word
Let us pray.
Praise and thanks to you, holy God, for by your Word you made all things: you spoke light into darkness, called forth beauty from chaos, and brought life into being. For your Word of life, O God, we give you thanks and praise.
By your Word you called your people Israel to tell of your wonderful gifts: freedom from captivity, water on the desert journey, a pathway home from exile, wisdom for life with you. For your Word of life, O God, we give you thanks and praise.
Through Jesus, your Word made flesh, you speak to us and call us to witness: forgiveness through the cross, life to those entombed by death, the way of your self-giving love. For your Word of life, O God, we give you thanks and praise.
Send your Spirit of truth, O God; rekindle your gifts within us: renew our faith, increase our hope, and deepen our love, for the sake of a world in need. Faithful to your Word, O God, draw near to all who call on you; through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord, to whom, with you and the Holy Spirit, be honor and glory forever.  Amen

Lord’s Prayer
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 thosewho 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 God of hope fill us with all joy and peace in believing, so that we may abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit. Amen
Almighty God, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, bless you now and forever. Amen
Be at Peace. Christ is with you!  Thanks be to God! 

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Prayer Requests
For graduating seniors in High School and College, especially Josh Horton, Allison Pettyjohn, Larpu Yanquoi, Joe Corwell, and Jake Corwell.

Chet and Linda Walker prayers requested as Chet seeks treatment for pancreatic cancer at Hershey Medical Center.

Cameron Zeger, great-grandson of Jerry and Jeanie Madden. Cameron is back at Hershey Medical Center being treated for cancer.

LaRue McKenzie and family as they mourn the death of LaRue's husband Marvin McKenzie who died on March 14.

For our bishops: Elizabeth, Jim, and Bishop of Konde Diocese, The Rev. Dr. Edward Johnson Mwaikali and all who serve the church.
Ascension of Our Lord: On Thursday, May 21, the church observes the Ascension of Our Lord. A Worship in the Home resource is available for this day. 
Devotional Music Links: For your individual or group devotion, you may choose to listen to the following choral recordings made available through Augsburg Fortress: “Jesus Loves Me/We are Baptized in Christ Jesus”“Once Led to Your Font.”
Daily Prayer Resources are now available, including simple forms of Morning, Evening, and Night Prayer; Responsive Prayer; and prayers for mealtimes and other occasions.
Portions from Evangelical Lutheran Worship and sundaysandseasons.com, © 2020 Augsburg Fortress. All rights reserved. Reprinted by permission under Augsburg Fortress.
Readings from Readings for the Assembly © 1995, 1996, 1997 Augsburg Fortress. Citations from the Revised Common Lectionary © 1992 Consultation on Common Texts. Scripture quotations from NRSV Bible, Copyright © 1989, Division of Christian Education of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America, adapted and edited with permission by Gordon Lathrop and Gail Ramshaw.

Saturday, May 9, 2020

Fifth Sunday of Easter

St. Luke Evangelical Lutheran Church
Chambersburg, Pennsylvania



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

The presiding minister addresses the assembly.
Joined to Christ in the waters of baptism,
we are clothed with God's mercy and forgiveness.
Let us give thanks for the gift of baptism.

We give you thanks, O God,
for in the beginning your Spirit moved over the waters
and by your Word you created the world,
calling forth life in which you took delight.

Through the waters of the flood you delivered Noah and his family.
Through the sea you led your people Israel from slavery into freedom.
At the river your Son was baptized by John and anointed with the Holy Spirit.
By water and your Word you claim us as daughters and sons,
making us heirs of your promise and servants of all.

We praise you for the gift of water that sustains life,
and above all we praise you for the gift of new life in Jesus Christ.
Shower us with your Spirit,
and renew our lives with your forgiveness, grace, and love.

To you be given honor and praise
through Jesus Christ our Lord
in the unity of the Holy Spirit, now and forever.
Amen


Opening Hymn  Alleluia! Jesus is Risen!  ELW 377


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.

Let us pray.
Almighty God, your Son Jesus Christ is the way, the truth, and the life. Give us grace to love one another, to follow in the way of his commandments, and to share his risen life with all the world, for he lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.
Amen

First Reading: Acts 7:55-60
Second Reading: 1 Peter 2:2-10
Gospel: John 14:1-14
The holy gospel according to John.Glory to you, O Lord. 
The gospel of the Lord.Praise to you, O Christ.
Sermon   
Apostles’ Creed

I believe in God, the Father almighty,
creator of heaven and earth.

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.

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. Amen.
Prayers  
Offertory
Closing Prayers
Let us pray.
A brief silence is kept before the prayer.
Almighty God, you give us the joy of celebrating our Lord’s resurrection. Give us also the joys of life in your service, and bring us at last to the full joy of life eternal, through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.
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 thosewho 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 God of hope fill us with all joy and peace in believing, so that we may abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.
Amen
Almighty God,  Father,  Son, and Holy Spirit, bless us now and forever.
Amen
Be at Peace.  Christ is with you.  Thanks be to God! 

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Prayer Requests
For graduating seniors in High School and College, especially Josh Horton, Allison Pettyjohn, Larpu Yanquoi, Joe Corwell, and Jake Corwell.

Chet and Linda Walker prayers requested as Chet seeks treatment for pancreatic cancer at Hershey Medical Center.

Cameron Zeger, great-grandson of Jerry and Jeanie Madden. Cameron is back at Hershey Medical Center being treated for cancer.

For our bishops: Elizabeth, Jim, and Bishop of Konde Diocese, The Rev. Dr. Edward Johnson Mwaikali and all who serve the church.


Devotional Music Links: For your individual or group devotion, you may choose to listen to the following choral recordings made available through Augsburg Fortress: “Alleluia! Jesus Is Risen”“Come, My Way, My Truth, My Life”“Love Is Come Again.
Daily Prayer Resources are now available, including simple forms of Morning, Evening, and Night Prayer; Responsive Prayer; and prayers for mealtimes and other occasions.
Portions from Evangelical Lutheran Worship and sundaysandseasons.com, © 2020 Augsburg Fortress. All rights reserved. Reprinted by permission under Augsburg Fortress.
Readings from Readings for the Assembly © 1995, 1996, 1997 Augsburg Fortress. Citations from the Revised Common Lectionary © 1992 Consultation on Common Texts. Scripture quotations from NRSV Bible, Copyright © 1989, Division of Christian Education of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America, adapted and edited with permission by Gordon Lathrop and Gail Ramshaw.

Saturday, May 2, 2020

Fourth Sunday of Easter

St. Luke Evangelical Lutheran Church
Chambersburg, Pennsylvania





Prayer of the Day
Let us pray.
O God our shepherd, you know your sheep by name and lead us to safety through the valleys of death. Guide us by your voice, that we may walk in certainty and security to the joyous feast prepared in your house, through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.
Amen
First Reading: Acts 2:42-47 
Psalm: Psalm 23  
Second Reading: 1 Peter 2:19-25 
Gospel: John 10:1-10
The holy gospel according to John. Glory to you, O Lord. 
The gospel of the Lord. Praise to you, O Christ.
Sermon

Prayers
Penned up in our homes but united in the one flock of believers, we pray for the church, the earth, the world, and all in need, asking God our Shepherd using the words, “restore our life.”
A brief silence.
For the church, O God, we pray: that we will hear and follow your voice calling to us in the word; that bishops and pastors be sustained for their shepherding tasks; that churches devastated by the virus be upheld; that in this time churches find ways to continue their ministries of education and service:
A brief silence.
O God, faithful shepherd of the church,
restore our life.
For the earth we pray: that lands and waters be renewed; that animals and plants enjoy safe growth; that rain and soil nurture the fields; that drought and floods in Yemen be averted and locusts of Kenya cease their frenzy:
A brief silence.
O God, steadfast gardener of the earth,
restore our life.
For the nations of the world we pray: that heads of state and legislators cooperate for the good of all; that medical experts be heeded; that government moneys serve the nations’ greatest needs; that during Ramadan Muslims are granted release from prejudice:
A brief silence.
O God, fearless peacemaker of the nations,
restore our life.
For a world so economically divided, we pray: that the millions of those unemployed be given food and shelter now and jobs in the future; that children find a fruitful means of education; that refugees be safeguarded from violence and prejudice; that, inspired by the early Christians, those who have means become ever more generous to those who endure great want:
A brief silence.
O God, just protector of the poor,
restore our life.
For all in need we pray: that those afflicted with the coronavirus be cared for; that the sick be healed; that those in despair find hope; that those who are lonely be comforted; that medical workers be safeguarded; that those we name here receive the best possible care:  For Randy, Cameron, Bruce, Pat, and Chet,
A brief silence.
O God, mighty healer of the sick,
restore our life.
For our own desires we pray:   that like the shepherds Rachel and David, each tending their father’s flocks, we will be blessed for the fulfilling our tasks; and that you hear the cries of our hearts:
A longer period of silence.
O God, tender shepherd of each of us,
restore our life.
We praise you for those who have died in the faith, remembering this week: Monica, Julian of Norwich, Nicholaus Zinzendorf, and those we name before you here. . .
We pray that at our end, as sheep of your own fold, as lambs of your own flock, we will be gathered into your mercy, through Jesus Christ our Savior and Lord.
A brief silence.
O God, gateway to life,
restore our life.
Into your everlasting arms we commend all for whom we pray, trusting in your care for us, through Jesus Christ, our guardian and friend.
Amen
Offering
Your continued financial support is inspiring. During this season of pandemic, may we maintain our solid footing for whatever God is preparing for us in our mutual ministry and mission as a congregation. 
Let us pray.
A brief silence is kept before the prayer.
Almighty God, you give us the joy of celebrating our Lord’s resurrection. Give us also the joys of life in your service, and bring us at last to the full joy of life eternal, through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.
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 God of hope fill us with all joy and peace in believing, so that we may abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.
Amen
Almighty God, Father,  + Son, and Holy Spirit, bless you now and forever.  Amen
Alleluia! Christ is risen!
Christ is risen indeed! Alleluia!

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Devotional Music Links: For your individual or group devotion, you may choose to listen to the following choral recordings made available through Augsburg Fortress, ” What a Friend We Have in Jesus”“Filled with His Voice”“Shepherd of Souls”;



Prayer Requests
Jack Leeti, as he mourns the death of his wife Betty. 

Chet and Linda Walker prayers requested as Chet seeks treatment for pancreatic cancer at Hershey Medical Center.

Bruce Toma was readmitted to NIH for ongoing evaluation and participation in a treatment trial for has pancreatic cancer.

Pat Midolo, is under the care of SpiriTrust Lutheran Home Care and Hospice.

Luther Rider has moved into skilled care at SpiriTrust Lutheran the Village at Luther Ridge.

Cameron Zeger, great-grandson of Jerry and Jeanie Madden. Cameron is back at Hershey Medical Center being treated for cancer.

For our bishops: Elizabeth, Jim, and Bishop of Konde Diocese, The Rev. Dr. Edward Johnson Mwaikali and all who serve the church.

Readings for the Week:
Monday (commemoration of Monica, mother of Augustine, died 387) Psalm 100. Tuesday Hebrews 13:20-21. Wednesday Jeremiah 23:1-8. Thursday Psalm 31:1-5, 15-16. Friday (commemoration of Julian of Norwich, renewer of the church, died around 1416) Exodus 3:1-12. Saturday (commemoration of Nicolaus Ludwig von Zinzendorf, renewer of the church, hymnwriter, died 1760) Jeremiah 26:20-24. Fifth Sunday of Easter Acts 7:55-60; Psalm 31:1-5, 15-16; 1 Peter 2:2-10; John 14:1-14.
Daily Prayer Resources are now available, including simple forms of Morning, Evening, and Night Prayer; Responsive Prayer; and prayers for mealtimes and other occasions.

Portions from Evangelical Lutheran Worship and sundaysandseasons.com, © 2020 Augsburg Fortress. All rights reserved. Reprinted by permission under Augsburg Fortress.
Readings from Readings for the Assembly © 1995, 1996, 1997 Augsburg Fortress. Citations from the Revised Common Lectionary © 1992 Consultation on Common Texts. Scripture quotations from NRSV Bible, Copyright © 1989, Division of Christian Education of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America, adapted and edited with permission by Gordon Lathrop and Gail Ramshaw.

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