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St. Paul Lutheran Church

 

Sunday, July , 18th 2021

Service begins at 9:00AM

Mark’s gospel makes clear how great is the press of the crowd, with its countless needs to be met, on Jesus and his disciples. Yet in today’s gospel Jesus advises his disciples to get away and rest, to take care of themselves. Sometimes we think that when others are in great need we shouldn’t think of ourselves at all; but Jesus also honors the caregivers’ need. We are sent from Christ’s table to care for others and for ourselves.

Sunday, July , 18th 2021

Service begins at 9:00AM

 

 

 

8:45a.m. – The Sanctuary welcomes all into quiet contemplation.  For the sake of those around you, please respect this centering time.

 

Welcome – Visioning

 

* Announcements

 

Please bring your offerings to the basket at the front of the church. Thank you for your gifts.

 

 

*REFLECTION

P          We pause to ask God what he would have us do and listen for his response.

* CONFESSION AND FORGIVNESS

All may make the sign of the cross, the sign marked at baptism, as the presiding minister begins.

P          Blessed be the holy Trinity,☩ one God, the God of manna, the God of miracles,

the God of mercy.

C         Amen.

P          Drawn to Christ and seeking God’s abundance, let us confess our sin.

Silence is kept for reflection.

P          God, our provider, help us.

It is hard to believe there is enough to share.

We question your ways when they differ from the ways of the world in which we live.

We turn to our own understanding rather than trusting in you.

We take offense at your teachings and your ways.

Turn us again to you. Where else can we turn?

Share with us the words of eternal life and feed us for life in the world.

C         Amen.

P          Beloved people of God: in Jesus, the manna from heaven, you are fed and nourished. By Jesus, the worker of miracles, there is always more than enough.

Through Jesus, ☩ the bread of life, you are shown God’s mercy: you are forgiven and loved into abundant life.

C         Amen.

 

*GATHERING SONG:                                          

 

*Greeting

P          The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, the love of God, and the communion of the Holy Spirit be with you all.

C         And also with you.  

 

*CANTICLE OF PRAISE                                                                 Pg. 148

           

* PRAYER OF THE DAY

P          O God, from you come all holy desires, all good counsels, and all just works. Give to us, your servants, that peace which the world cannot give, that our hearts may be set to obey your commandments; and also that we, being defended from the fear of our enemies, may live in peace and quietness, through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord.

C         Amen.

WORD

God speaks to us in Scripture readings, preaching and song

 

* First Reading: The 1st reading is from the book of Jeremiah 23:1-6

Jeremiah prophesied before the exile in 587 BCE. In this passage, he uses the metaphor of a shepherd to describe the bad kings who have scattered the “flock” of Israel. God promises to gather the flock and to raise up a new king from David’s line to save Israel and Judah.

 

1Woe to the shepherds who destroy and scatter the sheep of my pasture! says the Lord. 2Therefore thus says the Lord, the God of Israel, concerning the shepherds who shepherd my people: It is you who have scattered my flock, and have driven them away, and you have not attended to them. So I will attend to you for your evil doings, says the Lord. 3Then I myself will gather the remnant of my flock out of all the lands where I have driven them, and I will bring them back to their fold, and they shall be fruitful and multiply. 4I will raise up shepherds over them who will shepherd them, and they shall not fear any longer, or be dismayed, nor shall any be missing, says the Lord.

  5The days are surely coming, says the Lord, when I will raise up for David a righteous Branch, and he shall reign as king and deal wisely, and shall execute justice and righteousness in the land. 6In his days Judah will be saved and Israel will live in safety. And this is the name by which he will be called: “The Lord is our righteousness.”

 

A         Word of God, word of life.                C   Thanks be to God.

 

* PSALM: Psalm 23

1The Lord| is my shepherd;
  I shall not | be in want.
2The Lord makes me lie down | in green pastures
  and leads me be- | side still waters.
3You restore my | soul, O Lord,
  and guide me along right pathways | for your name’s sake.
4Though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I shall | fear no evil;
  for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they | comfort me. R
5You prepare a table before me in the presence | of my enemies;
  you anoint my head with oil, and my cup is | running over.
6Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days | of my life,
  and I will dwell in the house of the | Lord forever. R

*Second Reading: Is from Ephesians 2:11-22

The author of this letter reminds his audience that originally they were not part of God’s chosen people. Through Jesus’ death, however, they are included in God’s household of faith, whose cornerstone is Jesus Christ.

 

11Remember that at one time you Gentiles by birth, called “the uncircumcision” by those who are called “the circumcision”—a physical circumcision made in the flesh by human hands—12remember that you were at that time without Christ, being aliens from the commonwealth of Israel, and strangers to the covenants of promise, having no hope and without God in the world. 13But now in Christ Jesus you who once were far off have been brought near by the blood of Christ. 14For he is our peace; in his flesh he has made both groups into one and has broken down the dividing wall, that is, the hostility between us. 15He has abolished the law with its commandments and ordinances, that he might create in himself one new humanity in place of the two, thus making peace, 16and might reconcile both groups to God in one body through the cross, thus putting to death that hostility through it. 17So he came and proclaimed peace to you who were far off and peace to those who were near; 18for through him both of us have access in one Spirit to the Father. 19So then you are no longer strangers and aliens, but you are citizens with the saints and also members of the household of God, 20built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, with Christ Jesus himself as the cornerstone. 21In him the whole structure is joined together and grows into a holy temple in the Lord; 22in whom you also are built together spiritually into a dwelling place for God.

 

A         Word of God, word of life.                C   Thanks be to God.

 

*ACCLAMATION                                                                         

 

* GOSPEL

P          The holy Gospel according to Mark 6:30-34, 53-56

C         Glory be to you, O Lord

 

When Jesus sends his disciples out to teach and heal, they minister among large numbers of people. Their work is motivated by Christ’s desire to be among those in need.

 

30The apostles gathered around Jesus, and told him all that they had done and taught. 31He said to them, “Come away to a deserted place all by yourselves and rest a while.” For many were coming and going, and they had no leisure even to eat. 32And they went away in the boat to a deserted place by themselves. 33Now many saw them going and recognized them, and they hurried there on foot from all the towns and arrived ahead of them. 34As he went ashore, he saw a great crowd; and he had compassion for them, because they were like sheep without a shepherd; and he began to teach them many things.

  53When they had crossed over, they came to land at Gennesaret and moored the boat. 54When they got out of the boat, people at once recognized him, 55and rushed about that whole region and began to bring the sick on mats to wherever they heard he was. 56And wherever he went, into villages or cities or farms, they laid the sick in the marketplaces, and begged him that they might touch even the fringe of his cloak; and all who touched it were healed.

 

 P         The gospel of the Lord.                                  C         Praise to you, O Christ.

* PASTORS MESSAGE:

 

* HYMN OF THE DAY:                             TBA

* APOSTLES creed

P          Let us profess our faith reciting the Apostles’ Creed found on page 105 of your hymnal.

 

 

*PRAYERS OF INTERCESSION

A         Rooted in Christ and sustained by the Spirit, we offer our prayers for the church, the world, and all of creation.

A brief silence.

A         Tend your church, O God. Encourage bishops, pastors, and deacons in their proclamation of the gospel. Raise up new leaders and encourage those pursuing a call to ministry. Embolden all the baptized to embody your love and justice. Hear us, O God.

C         Your mercy is great.

 

A         Restore your creation, O God. Sustain croplands and pastures and safeguard all farm animals and livestock. Preserve lakes, rivers, and streams that offer refreshment. Revive lands recovering from natural disasters and protect coastlands threatened by rising oceans. Hear us, O God.

C         Your mercy is great.

 

A         Reconcile the nations, O God. Break down the dividing walls that make us strangers to one another and unite us as one human family. Equip leaders to deal wisely with conflict and guide diplomats who seek peaceful solutions. Hear us, O God.

C         Your mercy is great.

A         Heal your people, O God. Look with compassion on immigrants, exiles, and all who are afraid or feel lost. Give rest to those who are weary, comfort to those who are grieving, and recovery to those who are ill. Hear us, O God.

C         Your mercy is great.

 

A         Nourish this congregation, O God. Prepare a table where we receive food for our hungering spirits. Renew our commitment to provide for one another and revitalize our ministries of feeding and nurturing hungry neighbors. Hear us, O God.

C         Your mercy is great.

 

A         You lead us home, O God. We give thanks for all who have died, now citizens with the saints. As you have received them into your heavenly home, so welcome all of us to dwell in your house forever. Hear us, O God.

C         Your mercy is great.

 

A         We lift these and all our prayers to you, O God, confident in the promise of your saving love; through Jesus Christ our Lord.

C         Amen.

 

 

*OFFERING PRAYER

Jesus, Bread of life, you have set this table with your very self, and called us to the feast of plenty. Gather what has been sown among us, and strengthen us in this meal. Make us to be what we receive here, your body for the life of the world.

C         Amen.

*INVITATION TO COMMUNION

P          Christ has set the table with more than enough for all. Come! Enjoy the feast.

 

*Dialogue

P          The Lord be with you.                                    

C         And also with you.

P          Lift up your hearts.                                         

C         We lift them to the Lord.

P          Let us give thanks to the Lord our God           

C         It is right to give God our thanks and praise.

 

 

 

 

*PREFACE

P          It is indeed right, our duty and our joy, that we should at all times and in all places give thanks and praise to you, almighty and merciful God. You reveal your glory as the glory of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit: equal in majesty, undivided in splendor, one Lord, one God, ever to be adored in your eternal glory. And so, with all the choirs of angels, with the church on earth and the hosts of heaven, we praise your name and join their unending hymn:

 

*Sanctus

 

Communion

 

*EUCHARISTIC PRAYER                                                           pg: 109

Pastor to offer Eucharistic Prayer-    

C         Amen.

 

*LAMB OF GOD

 

*Lord’s Prayer                                         

P          Gathered into one by the Holy Spirit; let us pray as Jesus taught us:

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.

 

 

*PRAYERS AFTER COMMUNION

A         Jesus, Bread of life, you have set this table with your very self, and called us to the feast of plenty. Gather what has been sown among us, and strengthen us in this meal. Make us to be what we receive here, your body for the life of the world.

C         Amen.

*Benediction:

P          The blessing of God, who provides for us, feeds us, and journeys with us,

☩ be upon you now and forever.

C         Amen.

 

*SENDING SONG:                                                 

*Blessing

The blessing of God, who provides for us, feeds us, and journeys with us,

☩ be upon you now and forever.

 

           

*DISMISSAL-

P          Go in peace. You are the body of Christ.

C         Thanks be to God.

 

*PRAISE SONG:                             TBA

 

 

 

PLEASE LET MELISSA KNOW IF YOU WOULD LIKE SOMEONE ON THE PRAYER LIST.

 

 

PRAYER LIST

 

Eileen Turner

Alexis Sharp

Karen DiTomasso

Anita DiVita

Laurie Colburn

Mark DellaVecchia

Terry Luther

Alice Colburn

Valerie Francis

Charlie Gray

Audrey Schipul

Chuck Ford

Sharon Gray

Tom Seleman

Mary Bailey-Keefe

Robin Miessau

Mary Lynn Gagnon

Judy Ford

Catherine Pollack

Bob Johnson

Skip Henke

Kerry Ekstrom

Matt Bendzinski

Nancy Merrow

Haley Mitnick

Cesar Deleon Mena

Sheriden Family

 

Bold names are members, non-bold names are Non-members.

 Also, victims of disaster and those affected by and serving in wars, and all those we name aloud or in our hearts before you now.

 

 

GOSPEL MESSAGE

July 18, 2021

LECTIONARY 16

Upside-Down Expectations

The people were expecting a powerful king. In Jesus, they were given a shepherd. They were looking for the one who would conquer the empire with military might. In Jesus, they were shown the way of self-sacrifice. They were used to a kingdom that celebrated the wealthy and influential. In Jesus, they became witnesses to a kingdom that places the marginalized at the center.

Jesus arrives on the scene in today’s gospel as a stark contrast to Herod, who is the focus of the verses immediately prior to today’s text. Herod threw a private banquet for the big names of the day; Jesus offers healing for all on the grassy hillside. Herod perpetuated the division between the haves and the have-nots; Jesus gathers all people for the sake of God’s merciful love. Herod seeks to appease the economic elite, while Jesus turns the marketplace into a place of healing for common people.

Jesus takes what we think we know about status, belonging, and leadership and turns it on its head, shepherding us into a new way of living. With Jesus as our shepherd, we gather in worship and prayer. We confess how we have been complacent about the old kingdom’s ways and are freed by grace to begin again in God’s kingdom. We remember our identities in the waters of baptism, reminded about whose we are and which king we serve. We hear God’s promises and lift our voices in praise and take part in the banquet that is given for all. We practice generosity and raise our voices in prayer to remember the ones whom Jesus places at the center. We go forth to be citizens of God’s kingdom—healed, fed, forgiven—following the one true Shepherd whose compassion knows no bounds.

 

*LOST need to find-

We are looking for three 6ft white tables.  One was used for coffee hour and the other two were down in the storage area.  They disappeared during Covid! If borrowed please return. We need to use two for the concerts on the green. 

Thank you   I appreciate it!

 

*DO YOU NEED A RIDE TO SERVICE ON SUNDAYS?

Jolene would like to invite any member or non-member who would like a ride to church on Sundays to please contact her. “I will be happy to pick them up (and return them home). My phone number is 860-204-2518”

 

* Our New England Synod representative Rev. Steven Wilco Associate to the Bishop can be reached at 413-658-4222.

 

*Plymouth Food Pantry-

We are always looking for donations to help out our local community. We ask that you bring your gifts to church Sundays and leave them in the donation bin.

 

*Concerts in the Park at on Plymouth Green.

Wednesdays, 6:00 PM

Jul. 7        Clearview   CANCELED & Rescheduled AUGUST 11th

Jul. 14      The Rakes

Jul. 21      60′ Satisfaction

Jul. 28      Maestro’s Men

Aug. 4      Rubber City

 

Aug 27 – Aug 29                     Terryville Country Fair

 

Worship Assistants for

 July, August, September 2021

 

Date

Lay Reader

Communion Assistant

07/11

Rosalie Millard                                

P/P

07/18

Jolene Dutkiewicz  

P/P

07/25

Alison Mitnick             

P/P

08/01

Nadine Knight                    

P/P

08/08

Marsha Johnson     

P/P

08/15

Carolyn Pollack                  

P/P

08/22

Mike Loranger

P/P

08/29

Joan Hebert

P/P

09/05

Sharon Gray

AJ Brauer

09/12

Kyle Fedorovich

Linda Ciavarella

09/19

Rosalie Millard

Carolyn Cote

09/26

Nadine Knight

Tom Elf

 

P/P means prepackaged for shorter service in the summer

 

 

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Please note: We stand with many in the faith community – including His Holiness  Pope Francis, The Dali Lama, Presiding ELCA Bishop Elizabeth Eaton – who are calling us to remember that we who call ourselves Christian are not to condemn another because of their faith or ethnicity. As a nation of immigrants, we proudly endorse the heritage of this land, proclaiming with Emma Lazurus the words emblazoned on the Statue of Liberty:

Not like the brazen giant of Greek fame,

With conquering limbs astride from land to land;

Here at our sea-washed, sunset gates shall stand

A mighty woman with a torch, whose flame

Is the imprisoned lightning, and her name

Mother of Exiles. From her beacon-hand

Glows world-wide welcome; her mild eyes command

The air-bridged harbor that twin cities frame.

“Keep ancient lands, your storied pomp!” cries she

With silent lips. “Give me your tired, your poor,

Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,

The wretched refuse of your teeming shore.

Send these, the homeless, tempest-tost to me,

I lift my lamp beside the golden door!”

#HateHasNoBusinessHere

Notice: Pledges (time, financial gifts and your personal talents) allow the church some idea of what we may plan for the future. Pledges may be mailed in to 134 Main Street Terryville CT 06786 Attn: Finance, dropped in the offering plate or communicated to the staff. Remember God only asks for 10% off the top – won’t you consider tithing this year?


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St Paul Luther Church Christmas Season December  2019

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Saint Lucinda Sunday 2nd week in Advent

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Christmas Eve 2019

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Aug. 16, 2015 – St Paul served 110 people at Cathedral of the night, click on this link for pictures…

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St Paul children’s dowel team in action, click here

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