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Worship Archive: Sunday February 23, 2014: Epiphany 7

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Epiphany 7

February 23, 2014

10 am Holy Communion Service

Grace Evangelical Lutheran Church, San Francisco

 Prelude:  "Jesus, the Very thought of Thee"; John Dykes; arr. Eleanor Whitsett

Assurance of Forgiveness

P    Forgetting that God has blessed us, we return again and again to worship, yearning to remember God’s promises.  As often as we have forgotten to follow God, we have been forgiven.  May we receive God’s compassion experience forgiveness for all of our sins, in the name of Jesus Christ.

C     Amen.


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

C    And also with you.

Gathering Hymn

Prayer of the Day

P   Let us pray.

A brief silence is kept.

Loving God, you are made known in the work of our hands, in the beauty of creation and the ways that we love.  Help us to act with kindness, compassion and forgiveness.  Help us to grow and to honor the growth of other.  Amen.

Welcome                 Pastor Rohrer

First Reading: Leviticus 19:1-2, 9-18

19:1 God told Moses 2 to tell the entire Israelite community these things: Be holy, for I, God, am holy…

9 When you reap the harvest from your fields, do not cut the grain to the very edges of the field, or gather in all the gleanings. 10 Nor are you to completely strip your vines or pick up the fallen fruit. Leave the extra grain and fruit for poor people and foreigners to gather for themselves.  I am a God known through actions.

11 Do not steal. do not lie. Do not cheat your neighbor. 12 Do not swear by my name with the intent to deceive, for if you do, you profane my name.  I am a God known through actions. 

13 Do not oppress your neighbors or rob them. Do not hold back the hired hand’s wages until the next day. 14 Do not insult deaf people, or put obstacles in the way of blind people.   Revere your God.

15Do not be corrupt in administering justice. Do not show partiality to the poor or give honor to the great. Judge your neighbor with fairness. 16 Do not go about slandering others. Do not profit by the blood of your neighbor. I am a God known through actions.

17 Do not nurse hatred for a neighbor. If you are angry with your neighbor, speak frankly about it, to avoid storing up ill feelings.18 Never seek revenge or hold a grudge toward your relatives. You must love your neighbor as you love yourself. I am a God known through actions.

L   The word of the Lord

C  Thanks be to God

Psalm: 119:33-40       Read responsively

33 Educate me, God, in the way of your statutes, and I’ll keep them to the end.

34 Give me discernment, that I may observe your Law and obey it with all my heart.

35 Lead me in the path of your commands— that is where I’ll find joy.

36 Draw my heart to your decrees and not toward selfish gain.

37 Turn my eyes away from looking at worthless things; make me alive in your way.

38 Fulfill for your faithful your promise to those who fear you.

39 Take away the reproach which I dread, for your ordinances are good.

40 See how I long for your precepts! In your justice give me life.

Second Reading: 1 Corinthians 3:10-11, 16-23

10 By the grace God gave me, I acted as a wise architect and laid the foundation. Someone else is doing the building. But each of you doing the building must do it carefully. 11 For no one can lay a foundation other than the one already in place—Jesus Christ…

16 Aren’t you aware that you are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwells in you? 17 if you destroy God’s temple, God will destroy you—for the temple of God is holy, and you are that temple. 18 Don’t delude yourselves. Any who think themselves wise in a worldly way had better become fools. 19 In that way you will really be wise, for the wisdom of this world is absurdity with God—as scripture says, “God knows how empty are the thoughts of the wise,” 20 and again, “God is not convinced by the arguments of the wise.” 21 So there is nothing to boast about in anything human, 22 whether it be Paul or Apollos or Cephas or the world or life or death or the present or the future—all these are yours, 23 and you belong to Christ, and Christ belongs to God.

Anthem - "This Is a Day of New Beginnings"; Music: Carlton R. Young;  Text: Brian Wren; Grace Choir

Gospel Acclamation

Gospel: Matthew 5:38-48

P   The holy gospel according to Matthew, the fifth chapter.

C    Glory to you, O Lord.

38 “You’ve heard the commandment, ‘An eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth.’ 39 But I tell you, offer no resistance whatsoever when you’re confronted with violence. when someone strikes you on the right cheek, turn and offer the other. 40 If anyone wants to sue you for your shirt, hand over your coat as well. 41 Should anyone press you into service for one mile, go two miles. 42 Give to those who beg from you. And don’t turn your back on those who want to borrow from you. 43 “You have heard it said, ‘Love your neighbor—but hate your enemy.’ 44 But I tell you, love your enemies and pray for your persecutors. 45 This will prove that you are children of God. For God makes the sun rise on bad and good alike; God’s rain falls on the just and the unjust. 46 If you love those who love you, what merit is there in that? Don’t tax collectors do as much? 47 And if you greet only your sisters and brothers, what is so praiseworthy about that? Don’t Gentiles do as much? 48 Therefore be perfect, as abba God in heaven is perfect.

P   The gospel of the Lord.

C   Praise to you, O Christ.

Sermon                     Pastor Rohrer

Silence for reflection follows the sermon.

The assembly stands to proclaim the word of God in song.

Hymn of the Day – ‘Canticle of the Turning’

Prayers of Intercession

A    During this season of Epiphany, we pray for all who travel, those who find faith in unexpected places and for the church, the world and all people in their need.

A brief silence.

A   Creating God, help us to care for all of your creation, to enjoy the beauty of all the earth: sunsets, stars and rainbows. Lord in your mercy,

C   Hear our prayer.

A   Parent God, bless all who are parents, the family and staff of the Grace Infant Care Center and all who have created families.  Lord, in your mercy,

C   Hear our prayer.

A  Help our civic leaders to bring justice to a war torn world and cultivate peace and love beyond borders.  Be with our bishops Elizabeth and Mark, our pastor Megan and all the staff and leaders of our congregation.  Help us to follow your path and grow in faithfulness.  Lord in your mercy,

C   Hear our prayer.

A   Help us to love each other, our neighbors and care for those who will soon join us.  Give us patience and help us have others the benefit of the doubt as we journey together.  Lord in your mercy,

C   Hear our prayer.

A   For whom and what else do the people of Grace pray?

(Please offer - silently or aloud- petitions to God.  End spoken petitions with “Hear our prayer.”)

P Our prayers rise like incense and are held by a loving God who yearns for us to be our best.  May we find comfort, hope and love in our days to come. 

C  Amen.


The presiding minister and the assembly greet each other in the peace of the risen Christ.

P   The peace of Christ be with you always.

C   And also with you.

The people may greet one another with the sign of Christ’s peace, and may say, “Peace be with you” or similar words. 

The assembly is seated.


An offering is gathered for the mission of the church, including the care of those in need.

Offertory:  "Jesus, Joy of Loving Hearts"; W. Gardiner

After the offering is gathered, the assembly stands.

Offering Prayer

A    Let us pray.

C    God, bless our diversity gifts.  Beyond our times, talents and treasures, we give thanks for the relationships and visions that we bring into this holy place.  May our relationships with money, giving and receiving become one of the ways we live our faith in the world.  Amen.


P    It is indeed right, our duty and our joy, that we should at all times and in all places give thanks and praise . . . we praise your name and join their unending hymn:

P  In the night in which he was betrayed,

our Lord Jesus took bread, and gave thanks;

broke it, and gave it to his disciples, saying:

Take and eat; this is my body, given for you.

Do this for the remembrance of me.

Again, after supper, he took the cup, gave thanks,

and gave it for all to drink, saying:

This cup is the new covenant in my blood,

shed for you and for all people for the forgiveness of sin.

Do this for the remembrance of me.

The Lord’s Prayer

C  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

 Copyright permission to the tune from the Beatles, courtesy of BMI through Christian Copyright Solutions.  Perform and WORSHIPCast #6400.

Scripture in this service is adapted from The Inclusive Bible: The First Egalitarian Translation, by Priests for Equality.  2009, Sheed & Ward. Kindle Edition.

Holy Communion: Musical Setting, by John Ylvisaker, text copyright © 1978 Lutheran Book of Worship, music © 1970 Augsburg Publishing House. Used by permission of Augsburg Fortress license #

Hymns used with permission for worship and podcast under  #A-723548.


Announcements & Commemorations for the Week

Collecting Important Dates:

Pastor Megan wants to put together a calendar of significant dates for members and friends of Grace, in order to write cards each week recognizing the birthdays, anniversaries, anniversaries of the passing of loved ones or any other dates that are important to you.  Please take a moment at coffee hour to add your significant dates to our list.

Getting to Know the New Pastor:

Pastor Megan would like to get to know everyone in the congregation and why the community at Grace is important to you.  Megan will be scheduling appointments to visit every member of the congregation.  During your time with the pastor you can have tea or coffee, share an activity that you love, go for a walk or simply chat.  You can sign up for your “get to know you” time with the pastor at coffee hour or wait for the pastor to get in touch with you.

February 22nd Installation Events:

Thank you to everyone who helped to make the installation service a great success. 

Upcoming Health and Vision Events with SF CARES:

SF CARES is a collaboration between Welcome, The Night Ministry and Welcome

·         February 22nd, 10am -3pm at St. Francis Lutheran

·         March 8th at Santa Maria y Martha Lutheran

·         April 12th at Grace Lutheran

·         May 24th at First United Lutheran

·         June 12th at the Bayview Mission

Sending Hymn – ‘God Be with You Till We Meet Again’


A:  Go in peace and serve our God.                  C: Thanks be to God.

Postlude:         "Great Is Thy Faithfulness"; William Runyan; arr.Douglas Wagner

Please join us for coffee and refreshments downstairs in the Fellowship Hall.

Our host today is Sally Ann Ryan.

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