Saturday, June 6, 2020


St. Luke Evangelical Lutheran Church
Chambersburg, Pennsylvania


A Lament for the Church 
This lament was developed for the Commemoration for the Emanuel Nine on June 17 ( It may be used or adapted as appropriate for this time. 

As church, we confess the sin of racism and condemn racist rhetoric and the ideology of white supremacy. God, have mercy. 
God, have mercy.

As church, we confess, repent, and repudiate the times when this church has been silent in the face of racial injustice. God, have mercy. 
God, have mercy.

Racism is deeply ingrained within the ELCA, a predominantly white church. It is deeply embedded within the individual congregations whose members continue to foster stereotypes and support polices that actively hurt people of color. God, have mercy. 
God, have mercy.

As church, we declare that the enslavement of black bodies and the removal of indigenous peoples established racism in the United States, a truth this nation and this church have yet to fully embrace. God, have mercy. 
God, have mercy.

Rooted in slavery, racism is manifested through the history of Jim Crow policies, racial segregation, the terror of lynching, extrajudicial killings by law enforcement, and the disproportionate incarceration of people of color. God, have mercy. 
God, have mercy.

As church we lament the institutional racism of discriminatory treatment within the call process; inequitable compensation of clergy of color; racial segregation; divestment from black communities and congregations; systemic policies and organizational practices; and a failure to fully include the gifts of leadership and worship styles of black people, indigenous people, and people of color. God, have mercy.
God, have mercy.

Confessions are empty promises without meaningful actions—actions that are grounded in prayer, education, and soul-searching repentance. The sin of racism separates us from one another. Though we trust that we are reconciled to God through Christ’s death and resurrection, we seek such life-giving reconciliation with one another. As we repent, let us not turn back to ideologies that promote white supremacy. We trust that God can make all things new. 

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.

Prayer of the Day
The presiding minister leads the prayer of the day.

Let us pray.
A brief silence is kept before the prayer.
God of heaven and earth, before the foundation of the universe and the beginning of time you are the triune God: Author of creation, eternal Word of salvation, life-giving Spirit of wisdom. Guide us to all truth by your Spirit, that we may proclaim all that Christ has revealed and rejoice in the glory he shares with us. Glory and praise to you, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, now and forever.

First Reading: Genesis 1:1--2:4a
Psalm: Psalm 8
Second Reading: 2 Corinthians 13:11-13

Sermon:  Presiding Bishop Elizabeth Eaton

Nicene Creed

Prayers of Intercession


Thanksgiving for the Word

Let us pray. 
O God of justice and love,
we give thanks to you 
that you illumine our way through life with the words of your Son.
Give us the light we need, awaken us to the needs of others,
and at the end bring all the world to your feast;
through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord,
to whom, with you and the Holy Spirit,
be honor and glory forever.

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

Lord's Prayer


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Prayer Requests

Chris Bemus is home from the hospital following a fall. Prayers requested for healing and strength.

For Marge Bolich and the family of Angelo Constanzo. Our brother in Christ, Angelo, died in his sleep on May 27. He was a "regular" at St. Luke in recent years and was part of our congregational family.

Almeda Pittsnogle is home recovering following a thyroidectomy on June 2.  Prayers reguested for healing.

Marilyn Foore has been discharged from WellSpanChambersburg Hospital and has returned home.
For Ed and Audrey Clancy as Ed deals with a growth in his lung, that they would know God's presence and strength.

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

Chet and Linda Walker prayers requested as Chet is being treated for pancreatic cancer at Hershey Medical Center.

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

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

** The following recordings encourage singing-along and are available from the Covidhymns project available via Facebook and YouTube.

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