Sunday, February 16, 2014

Live Stream of this morning's worship: Epiphany 6: Grace Evangelical Lutheran, San Francisco

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Epiphany 6

February 16, 2014
10 am Holy Communion Service
Grace Evangelical Lutheran, San Francisco

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 the source of our life. You created human beings and declared, “it is good.” You further blessed our bodies by taking on our form complete with aches and pains, worries and anxiety, hopes and fears, dreams and desires. You continue to create and bless our bodies in their many forms as we are now your body, alive in the world to spread the good news of your love in diverse ways. Heal whatever distress we have about our bodies. Bless these bodies just as they are as we come together in love and hope, seeking to bring about your justice in the world.

Welcome                 Pastor Rohrer

First Reading: Deuteronomy 30:15-20

15 Today I have set before you a path towards life and success, or death and disaster. 16 For today I command you to love your God, to follow God’s ways and keep the commandments, laws and customs. If you do, you will live and grow, and your God will bless the land you are entering. 17 But if your hearts stray and you do not listen to me, if you let yourself be drawn into the worship of other gods, and serve them, 18 I tell you today, you will not survive. You will not live long in the land which you are now crossing the Jordan to enter and occupy. 19 I call heaven and earth to witness against you today: I set before you life or death, blessing or curse. Choose life, then, so that you and your descendants may live, 20 by loving and clinging to your God, and obeying God’s voice. For that will mean life for you, a long life in the land which God swore to give to your descendants Sarah and Abraham, Rebecca and Isaac, and Leah and Rachel and Jacob.

L   The word of the Lord
C  Thanks be to God

Psalm: 119:1-8     Read responsively
1 Happiness comes to those whose way is blameless, who walk in your Law, God.
2 Happiness comes to those who keep your decrees, and seek you with all their heart,
3 and do no wrong, but walk in your ways.
4 You have commanded that your precepts be kept diligently—
5 if only I were more faithful in keeping your statutes!
6 Then I wouldn’t feel so ashamed when I look at all your commands.
7 I will thank you with an upright heart, when I truly learn to be as just as you want me to be.
8 I will obey your statutes; do not utterly forsake me.

Second Reading: 1 Corinthians 3:1-9     
3 :1 Unfortunately, sisters and brothers, I was unable to speak to you as Spiritual people. I had to treat you as sensual people, still infants in Christ. 2 I fed you with milk, not solid food, since you weren’t ready for it. Indeed, you still aren’t ready for it, 3 since you’re still far too carnal—a fact that should be obvious from all the jealousy and wrangling that there is among you, from the way that you go on behaving like ordinary people! 4 What could be more nonSpiritual than your slogans, “I belong to Paul,” and “I belong to Apollos”? 5 After all, who is Apollos? And who is Paul? They are ministers through whom you came to believe. Even the different ways in which they brought the Gospel were assigned to them by God. 6 I did the planting, Apollos did the watering, but God caused the growth. 7 Neither the planter nor the waterer matters—only God, who makes things grow. 8 It is all one who does the planting and who does the watering; and all will be duly paid according to their share in the work. 9 we are coworkers with God; you are God’s farm, God’s building.


Gospel Acclamation

Gospel: Matthew 5:21-37

P   The holy gospel according to Matthew, the fifth chapter.
C    Glory to you, O Lord.

21 “You’ve heard that our ancestors were told, ‘no killing’ and, ‘every murderer will be subject to judgment.’ 22 but I tell you that everyone who is angry with sister or brother is subject to judgment; anyone who says to sister or brother, ‘I spit in your face!’ will be subject to the Sanhedrin; and anyone who vilifies them with name-calling will be subject to the fires of Gehenna. 23 “If you bring your gift to the altar and there remember that your sister or brother has a grudge against you, 24 leave your gift there at the altar. Go to be reconciled to them, and then come and offer your gift.

25 “Lose no time in settling with your opponents—do so while still on the way to the courthouse with them. otherwise your opponents may hand you over to the judge, and the judge hand you over to the bailiff, who will throw you into prison. 26 I warn you, you won’t get out until you have paid the last penny. 27 “You’ve heard the commandment, ‘no committing adultery.’ 28 But I tell you that those who look lustfully at others have already committed adultery with them in their hearts. 29 If your right eye causes you to sin, pluck it out and throw it away. It’s better to lose part of your body than to have it all cast into Gehenna. 30 And if your right hand causes you to sin, cut it off and throw it away! It’s better to lose part of your body than to have it all cast into Gehenna. 

31 “It was also said, ‘Whenever a couple divorces, each partner must get a decree of divorce.’ 32 But I tell you that everyone who divorces—except because of adultery—forces the spouse to commit adultery. Those who marry the divorced also commit adultery. 33 “Again, you have heard that our ancestors were told, ‘Don’t break your vow; fulfill all oaths made to our God.’ 34 But I tell you not to swear oaths at all. Don’t swear by heaven, for it is God’s throne; 35 Don’t swear by the earth, for it is God’s footstool. Don’t swear by Jerusalem, for it is the city of the great Ruler. 36 And don’t swear by your own head, for you can’t make a single hair white or black. 37 Say ‘yes’ when you mean ‘yes’ and ‘no’ when you mean ‘no.’ Anything beyond that is from the evil one.

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


A    Together we confess our faith:
C    I believe in God the Father, Almighty, Maker of heaven and earth:
And in Jesus Christ, his Son, our Lord:
who was conceived by the Holy Spirit,
born of the Virgin Mary:
suffered under Pontius Pilate,
was crucified, dead and buried,
he descended into the dead.
The third day he rose again;
he ascended into heaven, and sits at the right hand of the Father,
and he will come to judge the quick 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 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   God of creation, 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 Child 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 the war, cultivate peace and love beyond their 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 give each other the benefit of 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 Solo:

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:

Holy, Holy, Holy

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

Communion Song

To the tune of the Beatles “Let It Be”

May God’s face shine upon you.  And clear a path before your feet
Praying for tomorrow, Go in peace
Blessed and forgiven, Children of God you’ll always be
Claim your wholeness, Go in peace

Go in peace, go in peace, go in peace, go in peace
In service, love and wisdom Go in peace


Sending Hymn


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


Announcements & Commemorations for the Week

February 22nd Installation Events:
·         This event will take place at 7pm at Grace Lutheran. 
·         The band and choir from St. Paulus Lutheran will join Grace’s choir to lead Pastor Megan’s Beatles Mass liturgy. 
·         Food for the reception afterwards will be provided by the Welcome/St. Francis Lutheran partnership.
·         The offering for the installation will be divided between Welcome and SF CARES to support the Health and Vision event that will be held at Grace Lutheran on April 12th.

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

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.  All rights reserved. Podcast under A-723548.