Worship Themes for Sunday, November 19

The theme this Sunday is “End Times”: The Old Testament Prophet Zephaniah proclaims that the coming day of the Lord will be filled with distress. The Apostle Paul says it will come like a thief in the night. Jesus tells the parable of the talents, calling us to use our gifts for the greater and common good…..In a world filled with violence and despair, we gather around signs of hope – word, water, bread and wine – eager to welcome the good news of Christ’s coming among us.

Scripture: Zephaniah 1:7,12-18; Psalm 90:1-12; 1 Thessalonians 5:1-11; Matthew 25:14-30

Prayer of the Day: “Righteous God, our merciful master, you own the earth and all its peoples, and you give all that we have. Inspire us to serve you with justice and wisdom, and prepare us for the joy of the day of your coming, through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord. Amen”

Worship Theme for Sunday, November 12

In today’s assigned scripture readings, we hear the Old Testament Prophet Amos call for justice to roll down like waters. The Apostle Paul urges us to encourage one another with the promised coming of the Lord. Jesus tells the parable of the wise and foolish bridesmaids. Surrounded by the faithful of every time and place, we celebrate Christ’s coming in our midst in the word of life and the meal of victory.

Scripture readings: Amos 5:18-24; Psalm 70; 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18; Matthew 25:1-13

Prayer of the Day: “O God of justice and love, you illumine our way through life with the words of your Son. Give us the light we need, and awaken us to the needs of others, through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord. Amen”

Worship Theme for Sunday, November 5

Our worship services this Sunday observes All Saints Sunday, as we celebrate the baptized people of God, living and dead, who are the body of Christ.  Scripture readings and liturgy call us to remember all who have died in Christ and whose baptism is complete. At the Lord’s table we gather with the faithful of every time and place, trusting that the promises of God will be fulfilled and that all tears will be wiped away in our life to come. Holy Communion will be offered to all baptized Christians at our regular worship services, 8:30 am and 11:00 am. There will also be a kids friendly, casual communion service at 9:45 am in our sanctuary.

Scripture readings: Revelation 7:9-17;Psalm 34:1-10; 1 John 3:1-3; Matthew 5:1-12

Prayer of the Day: “Almighty God, you have knit your people together in one communion in the mystical body of your Son, Jesus Christ our Lord. Grant us grace to follow your blessed saints in lives of faith and commitment, and to know the inexpressible joys you have prepared for those who love you, through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord, who lives and reigns with  you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen

Worship Theme for Sunday, October 29

As Lutherans we observe this day as Reformation Sunday.  On this day we celebrate the heart of our faith: the gospel of Christ – the good news – that makes us free! We pray that the Holy Spirit would continue to unite the church today in its proclamation and witness to the world. In the waters of baptism we are made one body; we pray for the day that all Christians will also be one at the Lord’s table.

Scripture readings: Jeremiah 31: 31 – 34; Psalm 46; Romans 3: 19 – 28; John 8: 31 – 36

“Almighty God, gracious Lord, we thank you that your Holy Spirit renews the church in every age. Pour out your Holy Spirit on your faithful people.  Keep them steadfast in your word, protect and comfort them in times of trial, defend them against all enemies of the gospel, and bestow on the church your saving peace, through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen”

Scriptural Theme for Sunday Worship August 13

Amid storms of life, we gather this sunday to seek the calm presence of Christ that soothes our fears. The gospel lesson is from Matthew 14:22-33.  Matthew typically portrays Jesus’ disciples as people of “little faith” who fail despite their best intentions. In sunday story Jesus comes to the disciples when they are in trouble and sustains them in their time of fear and doubt.

Worship service starts at 9:45 am at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church. This will be a casual, kids-friendly worship for all ages.

“O God our defender, storms rage around and within us and cause us to be afraid. Rescue your people from despair, deliver your sons and daughters from fear, and preserve us in the faith of your Son, Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord.” Amen

Question for Seventh Week of Easter

In the first chapter of the Book of Acts we read that the risen Lord has a conversation with his disciples on the eve of his ascension.

Read Acts 1: 6 – 14,

Where and with whom do you gather for your own spiritual nourishment and encouragement?

Scripture Readings for Sunday, May 28

Seventh Sunday of Easter

Acts 1: 6 – 14

Psalm 68: 1 – 10; 32 – 35

1 Peter 4: 12 – 14; 5: 6 – 11

John 17: 1 – 11

O God of glory, your Son Jesus Christ suffered for us and ascended to your right hand. Unite us with Christ and each other in suffering and in joy, that all the world may be drawn into your bountiful presence, through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen