Virtual Sunday Services with Pastor Karen


Sunday, June 28th


Good morning!


Our “Faith at Home” series will finish this week as we begin to transition for in person worship...and online participation for those of you who choose to remain at home. Target date is July 19th.   


This week, I invite you to bless your kitchen, and all the little tasks you do that make a place a home.


Gathering Hymn:  “Lord, Whose Love in Humble Service” ELW 712


From Gary….

The hymn writer Albert F. Bayly (1902 - 1984) lived through the Great Depression and two World Wars. Perhaps it was this life experience that prompted the Hymn Society of America to ask him to write a hymn that “expressed the relationship between worship and service.” “Lord, Whose Love in Humble Service” portrays the servant leadership of Christ, while prayerfully reminding us to embrace and follow that example.

The text of the second verse focuses on the word “still”:

“Still your children wander homeless, still the hungry cry for bread;

Still the captives long for freedom, still in grief we mourn our dead.”

By repeating the word “still” we are reminded that our call is as urgent as when Jesus first set us the example.

The hymn is set to the beautiful Sacred Harp tune called “Beach Spring”. This is one of my favorite hymns. On a personal note, this is one of the hymns I shared with the Search Committee when I auditioned for the position of Music Director at Gethsemane.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MIPIyM2Qz4k


Statement of Faith: The Apostles Creed

I believe in God, the Father almighty, creator of heaven and earth. 

I believe in Jesus Christ, God's only Son, our Lord, 

who was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate,

was crucified, died, and was buried; he descended to the dead.

On the third day he rose again; he ascended into heaven, 

he is seated at the right hand of the Father, and he will come to judge the living 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.  


Bible Reading: John 13:1-5 

Now before the festival of the Passover, Jesus knew that his hour had come to depart from this world and go to the Father. Having loved his own who were in the world, he loved them to the end. The devil had already put it into the heart of Judas son of Simon Iscariot to betray him. And during supper Jesus, knowing that the Father had given all things into his hands, and that he had come from God and was going to God,  got up from the table, took off his outer robe, and tied a towel around himself.  Then he poured water into a basin and began to wash the disciples’ feet and to wipe them with the towel that was tied around him


Video Message: https://youtu.be/y3FoseLDJjY

Pray: Jesus, thank you for showing me. in the washing of your disciples’ feet, the dignity of service.  Amen


Hymn of the Day: “Ubi Caritas et amor” ELW 642


From Gary...

“Ubi Caritas” is a traditional chant from the Maundy Thursday liturgy, emphasizing the love Jesus showed to the disciples when he washed their feet. 


“Ubi Caritas” is one of several chants in our hymnal from the Taize Community, an ecumenical Christian fellowship in Burgundy, France. Taize has become a popular site of Christian pilgrimages, with a focus on young people. Most of the music used at Taize is in Latin… not because they are “old” but because Latin was chosen to unite Christians from all over the world who come to Taize for spiritual renewal.


The chants of Taize are simple and repetitive and are meant to draw us into meditation and reflection. Many churches and other groups throughout Milwaukee regularly offer Taize style prayer services. Perhaps we can consider Taize for our Lenten mid-week services in the future.


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hHkmOi5Wzgo


Pray:

For our nation, heal us from this pandemic, re-unite us, give wisdom to our leaders.

For your church to lead with love, peace, patience, justice. 

For my church family...you know their needs

For the poor, the hungry, and those who bring relief

For the sick and those who care for them

For families sharing a home.  Teach them humble service to one another.  

For those who live alone, caring for their own home, showing love for themselves.  

For the homeless, and shelter care providers. 

For myself, you know my needs today, Lord.  

Lord’s Prayer


Closing Meditation: “What A Friend We Have in Jesus” ELW 742


From Gary...

This week, my husband Terry shares a video he created and some reflections about his video…


"One of the challenges we face in our faith is learning how to see the world in ways that will make room for all those whom God loves. 


The well-known hymn "What a Friend" is an intimate reflection on our most precious relationship as Christians. Jesus crossed boundaries to make that relationship possible. The story of Jesus washing his disciples’ feet stands out as one of the most powerful boundary-crossing events in his ministry.


I hope this video gives opportunity to see that most precious relationship in a new way to help cross boundaries in our service to God.” - Terry Zimmer


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q3FxVwe0-MI

 

Go in peace. Serve the Lord.

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Our mission is to spread God’s life-changing message.  We will keep God’s Word, Reflect God’s love, Preserve God’s world, Share God’s bounty, Do God’s work.  


On the journey with you,

Pastor Karen, Gary & Terry



Sunday, June 21st


Daily Devotions With Pastor Karen and Gary, 6/21/2020, Sunday edition 

Good morning!

First of all, Happy Father’s Day! I hope you find a way to honor your father today...even through a good memory. 

Check out this video: 

https://youtu.be/0LFqfcC7jGE

Our “Faith at Home” series continues. And this week I invite you to bless your home office.

Hymn: “Faith of Our Fathers” ELW 812

From Gary....
“Faith of Our Fathers” was written by Frederick W. Faber (1814 - 1863) who made it his life’s work to write hymn texts he hoped would nurture the faith of the Church. Faber was a Roman Catholic and originally wrote this hymn to commemorate those Catholic Christians who were persecuted during the time of Henry VIII and the English Reformation. Over time the hymn has come to reflect all who place their faith in an abundant, loving God.

As we today remember and celebrate our own fathers, let us be inspired by the fathers whose faith stories are told in the pages of Scripture: Abraham, Joseph of Galilee, and the loving father of the Prodigal Son in Luke’s Gospel. 

Here’s the text to “Faith of Our Fathers” if you’d like to join in singing:

Faith of our Fathers! living still
In spite of dungeon, fire, and sword:
Oh, how our hearts beat high with joy
Whene'er we hear that glorious word.

Faith of our Fathers! Holy Faith!
We will be true to thee till death.

Our Fathers, chained in prisons dark,
Were still in heart and conscience free:
How truly blest would be our fate,
If we, like them, should die for thee!

Faith of our Fathers! Holy Faith!
We will be true to thee till death.

Faith of our Fathers! we will love
Both friend and foe in all our strife:
And preach thee too, as love knows how
By kindly words and virtuous life:

Faith of our Fathers! Holy Faith!
We will be true to thee till death.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RNSCbvXAX-Y

Statement of Faith
We believe in God, the Creator of all things, the source of all goodness and love.
We believe in Jesus Christ, the Son of God, true God yet true man.  
He was crucified, died and was buried for our sin that we might be free and know the joy of life.  
He was raised on the third day and ascended to heaven, and will come again in power and glory to judge both the living and the dead.  
We believe in the Holy Spirit, the power of God at work inside of us.
We believe in the church of God, the people of faith throughout the world.
We believe that our sin is forgiven and that we will live together with God for now and throughout eternity. Amen

Bible Readings:
Ephesians 4:1-7 I therefore, the prisoner in the Lord, beg you to lead a life worthy of the calling to which you have been called, with all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another in love, making every effort to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. There is one body and one Spirit, just as you were called to the one hope of your calling, one Lord, one faith, one baptism, one God and Father of all, who is above all and through all and in all. But each of us was given grace according to the measure of Christ’s gift.

1 Peter 2:9 But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s own people, in order that you may proclaim the mighty acts of him who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light.

Video Message: https://youtu.be/mPdyfzylEIs

Hymn: “Take to the World” by Derek Webb

From Gary...
Derek Webb is a contemporary Christian musician whose music I particularly appreciate. Derek defines his “job” as a song-writer to “look at the world and describe it”. And, in my opinion, he does so very well.

Pastor Karen’s reflection put me in mind of one of Derek’s songs called “Take to the World”. This makes a great sending song at the end of worship to remind us of our vocation as a “priesthood of believers” and our “job” to carry God’s message of love and compassion to all peoples:

“And take to the world this love, this hope and faith
And take to the world this rare, relentless grace.”

Because:

“So go and go far, take light deep in the dark
Believe what’s true He uses all, even you"

The theologian Augustine said “If we receive Communion worthily, we become what we receive”. In his song Derek captures this sentiment in a quite provocative manner:

"And may the bread on your tongue leave a trail of crumbs
To lead the hungry back to the place that you are from.”

If you’d like to read the full song text you can find it here:

https://genius.com/Derek-webb-take-to-the-world-lyrics

Since coming to Gethsemane I’ve heard over and over the desire to reach out and invite people to be part of “the little church that cares”. I hope you like this song.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8DZwZlbc3Mk

Pray:
For our nation, heal us from this pandemic, re-unite us, give wisdom to our leaders.
For your church to lead with love, peace, patience, justice. 
For my church family...you know their needs
For the poor and those who bring relief
For the sick and those who care for them
For our fathers, we honor them. Strengthen men who are raising children, give wisdom to grandfathers. Encourage all men in their calling to care and serve as role-models in their relationships. Help them fulfill all that you call them to do and be.

Lord’s Prayer

Closing Reflection: “Largo” from “Xerxes” by Georg Friedrich Handel

From Gary... 
It’s always a challenge to select music to commemorate Father’s Day because the day means different things for different people. Not everyone experienced a positive, loving relationship with the father-figure in their life. Some struggle with the history of patriarchy in our country. and how that creates a feeling of being “second class” citizens. Others are challenged by the common understanding of God’s gender as “male” and not being able to see themselves created in God’s “image”.

I love the poem by Gerald Manley Hopkins entitled “Pied Beauty”, especially the phrase declaring God “fathers-forth” beauty in the diverse beauty of our world.

As backdrop for Hopkins’ poem, I recorded on Gethsemane’s organ Handel’s beautiful “Largo” from his opera “Xerxes”. Handel’s composition adds a stateliness to the poem’s theme, yet still leaves room to be surprised by the strange.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WmflhOAqHHc

Go in Peace. Serve the Lord.
-- 
Our mission is to spread God’s life-changing message. We will keep God’s Word, Reflect God’s love, Preserve God’s world, Share God’s bounty, Do God’s work. 

On the journey with you,
Pastor Karen & Gary


Sunday, June 14th 

 

Good morning!

 

It's another Sunday of "virtual" church.  Today and in the coming weeks Gary, Terry and I want to expand your vision of how home is church too.  Jesus wants us to practice hospitality, especially to strangers.  So we do - at home, and away from home.  


 

Hymn:  “Jesu, Jesu, Fill Us With Your Love” ELW 708


From Gary...

The melody of a lilting Ghanaian folk song was chosen by the hymn writer Tom Colvin, a missionary for the Church of Scotland, for his hymn about Christian hospitality. The text was inspired by John’s account of Jesus washing the disciples’ feet, but its message of service and hospitality is a daily reminder of our call to love and welcome our neighbor, even when that neighbor is someone we have yet to meet. All people — “rich and poor” and “black and white” — are our neighbors.


This video is performed by a Lutheran church musician playing directly from Evangelical Lutheran Worship… Perhaps you will be inspired to join in song…


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sM0ApThiuMI

 

 

Statement of Faith

 

We confess that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of the Living God 

 

and that He takes away the sin of the world.  

 

By His name and grace we live our lives of mission and witness for the world.  

 

We confess that God is the creator of all people on earth 

 

and has created us to live in a covenant of love established through the Word and sacraments.  Through Baptism we begin this new life 

 

that is acted out through the community of believers throughout the world.  

 

We rejoice with those who rejoice and we stand together with those who are sad. 

 

 In the body and blood of Jesus we find the presence of Christ and forgiveness of our sin.  Within the church of God we accept our place as missionary, prophet, teacher, helper 

 

and friend, in order that we might serve with great purpose the church that presently exists 

 

and the church that is to come.  

 

Praise, blessing, honor and glory be to God the Creator, Son and Holy Spirit. Amen 


Bible Reading: Matthew 25:31-40 

 

When the Son of Man comes as King and all the angels with him, he will sit on his royal throne, and the people of all the nations will be gathered before him. Then he will divide them into two groups, just as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats.  He will put the righteous people at his right and the others at his left.  Then the King will say to the people on his right, ‘Come, you that are blessed by my Father! Come and possess the kingdom which has been prepared for you ever since the creation of the world.  I was hungry and you fed me, thirsty and you gave me a drink; I was a stranger and you received me in your homes,  naked and you clothed me; I was sick and you took care of me, in prison and you visited me.’  The righteous will then answer him, ‘When, Lord, did we ever see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you a drink?  When did we ever see you a stranger and welcome you in our homes, or naked and clothe you?  When did we ever see you sick or in prison, and visit you?’  The King will reply, ‘I tell you, whenever you did this for one of the least important of these followers of mine, you did it for me!’


Video Message: https://youtu.be/fOYWi7A9OEc


Pray. O God, bless all who visit my home; may they find here warmth and peace. 

 

Teach me to show hospitality to all I meet. In Jesus’ name, Amen

 

 

Hymn:  “All Are Welcome” ELW 641 (Verses 1, 4, and 5)


From Gary....

Marty Haugen’s “All Are Welcome” may be one of most popular hymns used in churches today. It’s certainly one of my favorites. The song’s message is one of inclusivity and hospitality. The version of this hymn in our red pew hymnals has five stanzas or verses. It might interest you to know that the song originally had 13!


The hymn uses imagery of construction: “Let us build a house”. We realize the song isn’t about a physical structure but about building a spiritual home. This reminds us that the church is not a building - it’s the people. As we continue to be separated by the constraints of this pandemic, it’s a message we can never hear too often.


Many thanks to Gerta and Erica for taking time out their Saturday morning to come together and share this song with you. “Let this house proclaim from floor to rafter:  ALL ARE WELCOME!”


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iBchaHgc7FI 


 

Pray:

 

For our nation, heal us from this pandemic, re-unite us, give wisdom to our leaders.

 

For your church to lead with love, peace, patience, justice. 

 

For your creation, sustaining us, waiting with us

 

For business owners and those they employ

 

For the poor and those who bring relief

 

For the sick and those who care for them

 

For my church family...you know their needs

 

For the children in my life.  Guide their actions, calm their fears, grow their faith and trust in you. 

 

Hear our prayers, O God, through Jesus Christ, who intercedes for us, now and forever. Amen


Lord’s Prayer


Closing Song:  “Jesus Loves Me” ELW 595

 

From Gary...

 

I cannot tell you how happy I was to see the beloved hymn “Jesus Loves Me” included in our new hymnal. This is a song I remember from my earliest days in Sunday school and I still love it today. The text was written by Anna Warner at the request of her sister as a poem for a dying child. Anna Warner gave us a text of comfort and peace that still touches hearts today. The hymn has long been used by missionaries as one of the first hymns taught to new converts. It was a favorite hymn of the American theologian Francis Schaeffer who recognized that intellectuals and children all need a simple message of Jesus.


Terry and I originally planned to record this organ/piano duet at church, but we are having some minor tuning problems with the organ. So this recording features the organ and piano and in our home.

 


 

What could be a better hymn to honor today’s annual observance of “National Children’s Day”?

 


 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ncu-j7U9naE 

 

 

 

Go in peace. Serve the Lord.

 

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Our mission is to spread God’s life-changing message.  We will keep God’s Word, Reflect God’s love,

Preserve God’s world, Share God’s bounty, Do God’s work.  


On the journey with you,

Pastor Karen & Gary

 


Sunday, June 7th


Good morning!


It's another Sunday of "virtual" church.  Today and in the coming weeks I want to expand your vision and experience of how home is church too.  


The use of daily devotions, mealtime and bedtime prayers, having faith conversations and serving one another, have helped Christians know God is with them, working in their life every day.  Maybe you are engaged in these practices at home already.  Great!   Maybe I can introduce you to some others.   My hope is that you will own some of these practices and want to continue with them even after we assemble again.  I want to bless your home, and the things you do there, because it is church too. 


Hymn:  “Lord of All Hopefulness” ELW 765

 

From Gary...

 

This lovely hymn was written to be an “all day” hymn, asking that God be with us throughout the day: at the “break of day”, the “noon of day”, the “eve of the day’, and at the “end of the day”. The beautiful text, and melodic Irish tune, gently remind us that our life is anchored in prayer as we go about our day. 


 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9-D_aT8CXyc


Statement of Faith:

 

We believe in God, who created all that exists and continues to recreate the lives of those who trust. 

 

We believe in Jesus Christ, the only son of a living God;

 

whose purpose was to save a lost world

 

and who now works in us and others by the Holy Spirit. 

 

We believe that God is calling each of us to be a part of the body of Christ,

 

to celebrate God’s presence, to love and serve others,

 

to stand against the powers of injustice and prejudice,

 

and to declare for all the world to hear, “He is risen and we are His people.”

 

Thanks be to God. 


Bible Reading: Luke 10:38-42

 

As Jesus and the disciples continued on their way to Jerusalem, they came to a certain village where a woman named Martha welcomed him into her home.  Her sister, Mary, sat at the Lord’s feet, listening to what he taught.  But Martha was distracted by the big dinner she was preparing. She came to Jesus and said, “Lord, doesn’t it seem unfair to you that my sister just sits here while I do all the work? Tell her to come and help me.”   But the Lord said to her, “My dear Martha, you are worried and upset over all these details!  There is only one thing worth being concerned about. Mary has discovered it, and it will not be taken away from her.”




Video Messagehttps://youtu.be/3rJl-XgGpuY


Pray: Come, Lord Jesus, be our guest.   Give peace to all who enter this home, a place for which I am grateful.  May the love of Christ be shared here.  Amen. 


Song:  “Somebody’s Knocking At Your Door”

 

From Gary….

 

This African American Spiritual is based on the verse from Revelation: “Listen! I stand at the door at knock…” The name of the composer of this Spiritual has been lost to us, but multitudes of singers have handed it down to us. This rendition by the Voices of Unity Youth Choir reminds us that Jesus’ eternal invitation to the Church to open our door to Him is renewed every day.

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tiAR4ApwF30&


Prayers

 

For our nation experiencing painful and profound disunity.

 

For the fruit of the Holy Spirit growing in us

 

For your creation, sustaining us, waiting with us

 

For the poor and those who bring relief

 

For the sick and those who care for them

 

For graduates, students, and their families

 

For my family, you know my needs

 

For my church family...you know their needs

 

Hear our prayers, O God, through Jesus Christ, who intercedes for us, now and forever. Amen


Lord’s Prayer


Song: “Bless This House”

 

From Gary….

 

I was a weird kid. While my friends were outside enjoying the last daylight hours of a Sunday afternoon, I was sitting in front of the television watching “The Lawrence Welk Show”. I was fascinated by the music and by those who created that music. As an aspiring musician, I wanted to be in the front row of Mr. Welk’s orchestra and even thought I’d look pretty good in one of those baby blue suits the orchestra members wore. I still remember the show broadcast before Thanksgiving, when Norma Zimmer, “The Champagne Lady”, would gather the cast members around a table laden with a Thanksgiving turkey and all the trimmings, to sing the song “Bless This House”. That memory has stayed with me and I have frequently used the song in various worship services.


As we begin to consider how we express our spirituality in the context of our homes, I thought this song would be a wonderful start. Many thanks to the Gethsemane members who shared photos of spaces within their homes where they find special significance. You will also see a “new” image from a space we all call “home”, Gethsemane. A good friend, Pamela Boyd, joined me in my home to share this song with you. You will be seeing Pamela more in the future as the choir and bells return to their ministry of sharing music with the congregation.

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F-hQCjZePwg


Go in peace. Serve the Lord.

 

Our mission is to spread God’s life-changing message.  We will keep God’s Word, Reflect God’s love, Preserve God’s world, Share God’s bounty, Do God’s work.  


On the journey with you,

Pastor Karen

 



Sunday, May 31st

 

Today is Pentecost - a celebration of the outpouring of the Holy Spirit.  Our worship experience for today is led by Lutherans throughout our Synod and country.  The sermon is from Bishop Paul Erickson.  Gary continues to lead us through music.    So, get ready to take a few more moments reading, listening, praying...  


Today, thank God for claiming you in your baptism...and for the gift of the Holy Spirit that is in you, pray:

 

Holy God, holy and merciful, holy and mighty, you are the river of life, you are the everlasting wellspring, you are the fire of rebirth.  Praise to you for the water of baptism and for your Word that saves us in this sacrament. Breathe your Spirit into your Church and into all creation. Illumine our days. Enliven our bones. Dry our tears. Wash away the sin within us, and drown the evil around us. Satisfy all our thirst with your living water, Jesus Christ, our Savior, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.

 

Hymn: “Veni Creator Spiritus” (“Come, Creator Spirit”) 

 

From Gary…

This is a 9th century Pentecost hymn sung in Gregorian chant (yes, another “chant” piece for today). The hymn also has a long history of being used during ordinations to invoke the Spirit’s blessing on the pastoral candidates. Martin Luther used this hymn as the basis for his Pentecost chorale “Komm, Goot Schopfer, Heiliger Geist” (ELW 578).

 

Today’s organ setting of “Veni Creator” is by Wilbur Held, a composer and organist who lived to see his 100th birthday in 2015. Held studied in Chicago before joining the faculty at Ohio State University as Professor of Organ and Church Music. His music is loved by, and used by, organists all over the world and was written primarily to serve the worship of the Church.

 

I only play a portion of this composition today, but include my favorite variations, each inspired by one of the verses from “Veni Creator Spiritus”. During each variation you will see a snippet of the text (in Latin and English) pass over the screen.

 

Happy Pentecost, the Birthday of the Church!

 

Listen and watch here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OCGgryZagJg

 

Pray:

O God, on this day you open the hearts of your faithful people by sending into us your Holy Spirit. Direct us by the light of that Spirit, that we may have a right judgment in all things and rejoice at all times in your peace, through Jesus Christ, your Son and our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.

 

Lesson: Acts 2:1-21

https://youtu.be/Z6i9DeTAoWI

 

Video Message: Bishop Paul Erickson, Greater Milwaukee Synod

https://youtu.be/ei_IQUxfr4o

Hymn: Eternal Spirit of the Living Christ

 

From Gary...

Today, Terry and I are joined by a guest musician on the hymn, “Eternal Spirit of the Living Christ” (ELW 402). A huge “thank you” to Pastor Karen for lending her vocal talent to today’s Pentecost celebration.

 

If “Eternal Spirit” were a bride, the hymn would have “something old… something new” down pat. This is a blending of old and new that creates a wonderful Spirit hymn. Did you know that most hymns we sing have two “signatures”? There’s one for the text (in this case, Frank von Christierson) and one for the melody “Adoro Te Devote” (by Thomas Aquinas). Frank von Christierson (1900 - 1996) was a Presbyterian pastor who spent most of his career in California. He wrote several hymn texts and was inducted as a Fellow into the Hymn Society of America.  “Adoro Te Devote” is a plainsong chant whose original Latin text was a Eucharistic hymn. Von Christierson “borrowed” Aquinas’ old tune and “married” it to his new hymn text. 

A special thanks to Cheryl Perra for decking the sanctuary out in Pentecost beauty.

Listen and watch here: 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9z3Pze9yrsg 


Prayers

For your earth. For this nation and its leaders. For peaceful protesters and law enforcement officers, we pray: Come, Holy Spirit!

Restore to health those with covid-19. Uphold health-care workers.  Grant jobs to those who are unemployed and wisdom to business owners.  Assist researchers in discovering a vaccine.  

Bless those who are graduating from schools and universities. Give our youth hope for their future.

For family members and friends. For our neighbors in need.

For all the faithful through the centuries, we are grateful.  And at the end may we and all the saints rejoice in your presence, we pray: Come, Holy Spirit!

 

Lord's Prayer


Closing Hymn: Oh day Full of Grace, by Association of Lutheran Church Musicians https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IJETTBbnf6w

 

Sending: 

Our mission is to spread God’s life-changing message. 

We will keep God’s Word, Reflect God’s love,

Preserve God’s world, Share God’s bounty, Do God’s work.  


On the journey with you,

Pastor Karen

 

 

Coming This Week…

Fruit of the Holy Spirit

 

Sunday, May 24

 

Think of your church family, think of the whole Christian church lifting up their prayers today, think about our world in need of healing....


From Gary…

 

I love this time of the Church Year. We celebrate an Easter joy that is so profound we’re unable to contain it to only one day, so we extend the celebration for 50! The Ascension has always been one of my favorite celebrations within the Easter season. When I was a young church musician, and perhaps a little less informed, I might even have had my choir sing the old 5th Dimension song “Up, Up and Away” for Ascension, but we won’t talk about that.

 

Last week Pastor Karen reminded us of Jesus’ promise not to leave us alone, and the disciples are reminded of that promise today. Last Sunday’s Gospel reading from John recounts Jesus’ “farewell” speech to his friends at the Last Supper. He told them he would not leave them alone — as orphans — but that he would send the Comforter who would be with them, and us, forever. In today’s reading from Acts the disciples are instructed to wait in Jerusalem for the Holy Spirit — the Comforter — who would be with them and empower them to share the Good News to the corners of the earth (back when we thought the world was flat!).

 

One of my favorite choral anthems for the Ascension is Thomas Talllis' “If Ye Love Me”. This beautiful motet’s lush harmonies surround the promise that the Spirit “will abide with us forever”. Tallis composed during the English Reformation and served the Royal Court during the reigns of Henry VIII and his heirs. May the anthem’s message — and beautiful music — bring you comfort and peace.


Song: If Ye Love Me https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J6RgaPTo4hE


Statement of Faith:

 

We believe in God, the Creator of all things, the source of all goodness and love.

 

We believe in Jesus Christ, the Son of God, true God yet true man. 

 

 He was crucified, died and was buried for our sin that we might be free and know the joy of life.  

 

 He was raised on the third day and ascended to heaven, 

 

    and will come again in power and glory to judge both the living and the dead.  

 

We believe in the Holy Spirit, the power of God at work inside of us.

 

We believe in the church of God, the people of faith throughout the world.

 

We believe that our sin is forgiven and that we will live together with God for now 

 

     and throughout eternity.  Amen


Bible Reading: Acts 1:1-11

 

[Luke writes:] In the first book, Theophilus, I wrote about all that Jesus did and taught from the beginning until the day when he was taken up to heaven, after giving instructions through the Holy Spirit to the apostles whom he had chosen. After his suffering Jesus presented himself alive to them by many convincing proofs, appearing to them during forty days and speaking about the dominion of God. While staying with them, Jesus ordered them not to leave Jerusalem, but to wait there for the promise of the Father. “This,” he said, “is what you have heard from me; for John baptized with water, but you will be baptized with the Holy Spirit not many days from now.” So when they had come together, they asked him, “Lord, is this the time when you will restore the kingdom to Israel?” He replied, “It is not for you to know the times or periods that the Father has set by divine authority. But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.” When he had said this, as they were watching, he was lifted up, and a cloud took him out of their sight. While he was going and they were gazing up toward heaven, suddenly two men in white robes stood by them. They said, “You Galileans, why do you stand looking up toward heaven? This Jesus, who has been taken up from you into heaven, will come in the same way as you saw him go into heaven.”

 

 


Video Message: https://youtu.be/82lCiiqs3hk

 

Song: Here I Am, Lord

 

From Gary….This week I wanted my opportunity to share with you a selection played on the Yamaha grand piano at Gethsemane.

 

Dan Schutte is a former Jesuit priest. He was studying at St. Louis University (my home town) when he and fellow students began composing and performing music for the University's liturgical celebrations. They become known as the "St. Louis Jesuits” and would go on to record seven albums of contemporary liturgical music. One of Schutte's best known compositions is “Here I Am, Lord” which has found its way into many denominational hymns, including Evangelical Lutheran Worship (ELW 574). 

 

The verses of the hymn are written in God’s voice (“I, the Lord of sea sky…”) with the refrain, “Here I am, Lord…Is it I, Lord?”, as our response to God’s call. I frequently use this hymn at communion time, with a cantor (not awalys male) singing the verses and inviting the congregation to respond with the refrain. 

 

I was drawn to share this piece with you today as I reflected on Pastor Karen’s devotions over the past two weeks. As we recall God’s… and Jesus’… promise to not leave us alone, we are reminded that it is through our care that those in need experience God’s compassion and love. Teresa of Avila, a 14th century Spanish mystic, wrote a poem that “Christ has no hands, no feet on earth but yours. Yours are the hands through which he blesses all the world”. “Here I am, Lord” calls us to use our hands to bring God’s blessing to our broken and frightened world. The last phrase of the refrain is our promise to God that we “will hold your people in our heart”.

 

The arrangement of Schutte’s hymn I play today is by Janet Vogt and it perfectly captures the text and spirit of the song. On a personal note, I had the privilege to work with Dan Schutte when he was the Director of Music at Corpus Christi on Milwaukee’s Northside and I served as the Saturday evening organist.

 

I hope you enjoy this…

 

 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gOoNDukh-Hg


Prayers: 

 

To you, enthroned on high and enthroned in our hearts, we pray:

 

That the church be enlivened to be the body of Christ, faithful as witnesses of your mysterious might.

 

As you blessed the early disciples for their unfolding ministry,

 

bless those who lead and serve our local congregation.  We pray to you, good Lord.


For national and local government leaders...give wisdom for their difficult decisions.  We pray to you, good Lord.


As we prepare for our nation’s Memorial Day,

 

to remember those who have made the ultimate sacrifice for the freedoms we enjoy every day,

 

we pray for our servicemen and women, and their families. 

 

May they be supplied with courage to face each day.

 

We pray for peace in our world, an end to conflict and war.  We pray to you, good Lord.


For those affected by the cornovirus, and those who work on their behalf. 

 

For business owners, the unemployed. 

 

We pray to you, good Lord.


For our families, friends and neighbors.

 

You know what I need.  I thank you for what I have received.


For the sake of Jesus Christ, crucified, risen, ascended for us, hear our prayers.  Amen


The Lord’s Prayer


On the journey with you,

 

Pastor Karen

 

Sunday, May 27 

 

Think of your church family, think about businesses opening up using safe practices, think of those still sheltering at home. Think about what you need today....


From Gary: This week my husband, Terry Zimmer, joins me in playing two dances from George Frideric Handel’s suite “Music for the Royal Fireworks” written in 1749. The music commemorated the end of the War of Austrian Succession and the signing of the Treaty of Aix-al-Chapelle.

 
In the Baroque period (the time of Bach and Handel) the term “flute” was used for the recorder, not for the ancestor of the modern flute which was then called a “transverso”. The recorder I play in this video is especially cherished as it belonged to my teacher, Louise Austin. Made in the early 1970s by the famous Boston recorder maker Fredrich von Huene, this recorder’s voice is all the sweeter entwined with the memories of a dear friend.

 

I hope you enjoy the music as much as we enjoyed preparing it for you, Gary and Terry

 

 

 

Statement of Faith:

 

I believe in a living God, Creator of all humankind, 

 

who recreates the entire universe by power and love.  

 

I believe in Jesus Christ, God in the flesh and my Savior and Lord. 

 

Because of his work, his death, his life and his suffering, 

 

I know who I am, what I can become through Christ. 

 

I believe that God is present with us always 

 

and can be experienced in prayer, the Word,

 

the fellowship of believers and in all that we do. Amen


Bible Readings: 

 

Acts 17:24-29 The God who made the world and everything in it, he who is Lord of heaven and earth, does not live in shrines made by human hands, nor is he served by human hands, as though he needed anything, since he himself gives to all mortals life and breath and all things….indeed he is not far from each one of us. 


Matthew 28:19-20 Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit,  and teaching them to obey everything that I have commanded you. And remember, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”

 

Video Message: Not Alone https://youtu.be/CJtTHsdMbK4

 

From Gary...

Earlier this week, Pastor Karen shared with me her outline of today’s devotion and invited me to choose a song to accompany her thoughts. On first read I knew instantly what I would choose and I began to organize in my head what I would write about why I had chosen it.
 
As the week progressed a section of Pastor Karen’s devotion kept bringing to mind the first line of one of my favorite hymns: “I will come to you in the silence…” and I discovered I had chosen incorrectly.
 
David Haas’ beautiful hymn “You are Mine” (ELW 581) is, I think, the perfect complement to the words Pastor Karen writes to you today. This hymn, written in God’s voice, is a message of comfort, assurance, and encouragement. No matter how out of control things may seem, “You Are Mine” reminds us that we are not alone. God is always present in our lives, calling us to follow. In these unpredictable times we find ourselves in, Jesus’ words from the Gospel of John reminds us he alone gives us a “peace the world cannot give.”
 
I have loved this hymn since I first heard it in the late 1980s; however, it took on a new level of meaning for me last summer when a young woman in my bell choir selected this as the hymn for the baptism of her first child. ”I love you and you are mine” were perfect words spoken that day to baby Hugo, but the hymnologist Carl Daw reminds us not to apply the word “you” in this hymn too narrowly. The context of Jesus’ statement “I will come to you” in John’s Gospel “makes clear that he is speaking to all disciples, and not to an individual”.
 
I look forward to singing this hymn with you very soon…
 
Song: You Are Mine, by David Haas https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Sgm9lkTNQmc


God of life, we pray….

For the healing of this world facing the coronavirus;

For your gifts of patience, compassion, creativity, agility, courage to face the days and weeks ahead. 

for those who live alone;

for children at home and their parents;

for those fearful of an unknown future; 

for the millions of unemployed;

for employers acting with compassion and wisdom;

for hospitals, first responders and “front line” workers; 

for scientists working on a cure;

for the sick and their families;

for those who grieve their dead; 

for our church family;especially the family of Ronnie Kaiser grieving his passing…..

for those seeking you, in the gift of solitude draw near. 


The Lord’s Prayer


On the journey with you,

Pastor Karen, Gary & Terry

 

Coming Next....

Week 5/24-30 Ascension of Our Lord; Songs & Hymns to "lift you up"

Week 5/31-6/5 Pentecost; Gifts of the Holy Spirit


Sunday, May 10th

 

Good morning and Happy Mother’s Day!


Think of your church family, think of the whole Christian church in their homes gathering online with their faith communities, think about our world in need of healing, think about what you need today....


Song: The 23rd Psalm, By Bobby McFerrin

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PHfrsBoteMA

 

From Gary..... 

We find in the Bible — both in the Hebrew Scriptures and in the Christian Testament — images of God presented from a feminine perspective. My favorite is taken from Third Isaiah, a collection of prophetic verses from the time of Israel’s return from captivity in Babylon:


“As a mother comforts her child, so I will comfort you…” (Isaiah 66:13)

Jesus presents an image of God, his Father, using feminine imaging in the 15th chapter of Luke. We’re all familiar with, and love, the parable of the Good Samaritan. Yet, do we recall the earlier parable of the Lost Coin, where Jesus describes God as a woman who loses a coin and the careful search of her home until she finds it?

God as a loving mother comforting her child, and God searching for a lost child. What beautiful images for us as we remember our mothers on Mother’s Day.

I wonder if it was these images of God that led the jazz musician, Bobby McFerrin — remember “Don’t Worry; Be Happy”? — to re-imagine the setting of Psalm 23 he composed in honor of his mother?

I have used this piece with my choirs on celebrations of Mother’s Day in the past. I think it’s quite beautiful — and a fitting tribute to our mothers and the care and love they show/have shown us, their beloved children.

Wishing all mothers a wonderful Mother’s Day. -Gary

Mother’s Day Litany

Lord, on this day set aside to honor and remember mothers, we give you thanks for our mothers. May our lives reflect the love they showed us.

We pray for older moms whose children are grown. 

Grant them joy and satisfaction for a job well done.

We pray for new moms experiencing changes they could not predict.

Grant them rest and peace as they trust you for the future.

We pray for pregnant women who will soon be moms.

Grant them patience and good counsel in the coming months.

We pray for moms who trusted your providence and adopted their children.

Grant them joy for the gift you have provided.

We pray for moms who face the demands of single parenthood.

Grant them strength and wisdom.

We pray for moms who enjoy financial abundance.

Grant them time to share with their families.

We pray for moms who are raising their children in poverty.

Grant them relief and justice.

We pray for step-moms.

Grant them patience and understanding and love.

We pray for all women who have assumed the mother’s role in a child’s life.

Grant them joy and the appreciation of others.

We pray for those who are grieving the loss of their mother.

Grant them comfort and hope in Christ’s resurrection.

Lord, we thank you for the many examples of faithful mothers in scripture, like Sarah, Hannah, Elizabeth, Lois. and Mary the mother of our Lord Jesus who said “yes” to your calling. May the Mothers we think and pray about today emulate these examples of faith. Bless them on this special day; in the name of Jesus Christ. Amen.


Tribute to Our Moms: https://youtu.be/1O5iDP1X_ew

(Thank you to all who contributed photos.  It's a small way we can be together today.)



Bible Reading: Acts 16:13-15

On the sabbath day we went outside the gate by the river, where we supposed there was a place of prayer; and we sat down and spoke to the women who had gathered there.  A certain woman named Lydia, a worshiper of God, was listening to us; she was from the city of Thyatira and a dealer in purple cloth. The Lord opened her heart to listen eagerly to what was said by Paul.  When she and her household were baptized, she urged us, saying, “If you have judged me to be faithful to the Lord, come and stay at my home.” And she prevailed upon us.


Video Message: https://youtu.be/pflxrXVEo-g

 

Pray:  God, thank you for the faithful teachers for your church.  Thank you for the teachers in my life, who by their word and example helped me to know your love.  Amen


Song: Children, Go Where I Send Thee - Kenny Rogers & Home Freeday, March 29, 2020

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o4qNaAlZ1xc



On the journey with you,

Pastor Karen


 

Coming Next....

 

Week 5/10-16 Easter Changed the Message

 

Week 5/17-23 Easter Changes the Promise

 

Week 5/24-30 Ascension of Our Lord; Songs & Hymns to "lift you up"

 

Sunday May 3rd

 

This week consider how God of the resurrection created a new community, the Church.  The New Testament provides a number of images of this community to help us understand our relationship with Jesus and one another.  Today’s image - Jesus, the Good Shepherd of the sheep. 

 


Song: The Lord is my Shepherd, John Rutter 


A Note from Gary…


Today we celebrate the Fourth Sunday of Easter. We call this “Good Shepherd Sunday", when the readings draw on images of sheep and the loving care of their Shepherd. Across all three lectionary cycles we hear a passage from the 10th chapter of John’s Gospel and the appointed psalm is Psalm 23, “The Lord is my Shepherd…”. There’s probably not a passage in the Bible that has been set to music more frequently than Psalm 23. We find it paraphrased in hymns, as a text used for solo and choral compositions, and as the inspiration for instrumental selections. And why not? Is there a text that invokes a more beloved image of Jesus, our Good Shepherd?


I could fill more e-mails than you’d care to read listing the settings of Psalm 23 that I love. If you made me choose just one, it would be the setting by John Rutter, the celebrated British composer whose works are cherished by all who love music. Rutter’s setting of Psalm 23 was first published back in 1978… when I was still in high school! Rutter later incorporated the anthem into his musical setting of the “Requiem” which is a service for the dead.


The magic of Rutter’s setting is in its utter simplicity, accompanied only by organ, harp, and oboe. And what a perfect choice of the oboe. Its voice is gentle and dance-like, weaving among the text but never distracting from the beauty of the King James translation. Throughout the composition is quiet and subdued. Until we come to the wonderful promise “And I will dwell in the house of the Lord” where the voices swell to a goosebump-inducing crescendo of sound. This beautiful piece was sung at Senator McCain’s funeral at Washington Cathedral.


I am providing a link for you to enjoy this wonderful piece… This is a recording from a Choral Festival held in the beautiful Our Lady of the Angels Cathedral in Los Angeles and the choir is directed by the composer, John Rutter. Let me know what you think.

  

Statement of Faith:

We confess that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of the Living God 

       and that He takes away the sin of the world.  

By His name and grace we live our lives of mission and witness for the world. 

We confess that God is the creator of all people on earth 

       and has created us to live in a covenant of love 

       established through the Word and sacraments.  

Through Baptism we begin this new life 

      that is acted out through the community of believers throughout the world. 

We rejoice with those who rejoice and we stand together with those who are sad.  

In the body and blood of Jesus we find the presence of Christ 

      and forgiveness of our sin.  

Within the church of God we accept our place as missionary, 

   prophet, teacher, helper and friend,

    in order that we might serve with great purpose the church that presently exists

    and the church that is to come. 


Bible Reading: John 10:1-5

 Sheep under the care of a shepherd remains an enduring image our relationship with Jesus and one another, even among us who are far removed from agricultural life.


“Very truly, I tell you, anyone who does not enter the sheepfold by the gate but climbs in by another way is a thief and a bandit. 2 The one who enters by the gate is the shepherd of the sheep. 3 The gatekeeper opens the gate for him, and the sheep hear his voice. He calls his own sheep by name and leads them out. 4 When he has brought out all his own, he goes ahead of them, and the sheep follow him because they know his voice. 5 They will not follow a stranger, but they will run from him because they do not know the voice of strangers.”


Video Message:https://youtu.be/DlYMxocAP4k



Pray: The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want. 

He makes me lie down in green pastures; he leads me beside still waters; 

he restores my soul.   

He leads me in right paths for his name’s sake.  

Even though I walk through the darkest valley, I fear no evil; 

for you are with me; your rod and your staff— they comfort me. 

You prepare a table before me  in the presence of my enemies; 

you anoint my head with oil;  my cup overflows.  

Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me  all the days of my life, 

and I shall dwell in the house of the Lord my whole life long.


Good Shepherd of the sheep, you seek the lost and guide us into your fold. 

Feed us, and we shall be satisfied; heal us, and we shall be whole. 

Make us one with you.  Amen


God of life, we pray….

For this world as we walk together through the valley of the shadow of death….

For your gifts of patience, compassion, creativity, agility, courage to face the days and weeks ahead. 

for those who grieve their dead; 

for the sick and their families;

for those fearful of an unknown future; 

for the millions of unemployed;

For employers acting with compassion and wisdom;

for children at home and their parents;

for those who live alone;

for hospitals, in their desperate need for supplies; 

for first responders and “front line” workers; 

for scientists working on a cure;

for our church family;

For those seeking you, give your gift of faith...and community.


Our Father, who art in heaven.... (Lord's Prayer)


On the journey with you,

Pastor Karen

Gary Dennison


Daily Devotions are posted on Gethsemane's website,  http://gethsemanebrookfield.org/  and facebook page, https://www.facebook.com/GethsemaneBrookfield/


Coming Next....

Week 5/3-9 Easter Changed the Community

Week 5/10-16 Easter Changed the Message

Week 5/17-23 Easter Changes the Promise

Week 5/24-30 Ascension of Our Lord; Songs & Hymns to "lift you up"

 

Sunday April 26th

 

Song: Praise You in This Storm, by Casting Crowns https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MgpaULjZOl8  


God is with us wherever we are.  God wants our thanks and praise. So, let's worship God....

 

Get ready to take a few more moments reading, listening, praying...  Think of your church family, think of the whole Christian church in their homes gathering online with their faith communities ready to praise God and wanting to do His will. Think about our world in need of healing....


 

Statement of Faith: 

I believe in a living God, Creator of all humankind, who recreates the entire universe by power and love. 

I believe in Jesus Christ, God in the flesh and my Savior and Lord. 

Because of his work, his death, his life and his suffering,

I know who I am, what I can become through Christ. 

I believe that God is present with us always and can be experienced in prayer, the sacraments,

the Word, the fellowship of believers and in all that we do. Amen  


Bible Reading: Acts 6:1-8

Now during those days, when the disciples were increasing in number, the Hellenists complained against the Hebrews because their widows were being neglected in the daily distribution of food. 2 And the twelve called together the whole community of the disciples and said, “It is not right that we should neglect the word of God in order to wait on tables.3 Therefore, friends,select from among yourselves seven men of good standing, full of the Spirit and of wisdom, whom we may appoint to this task, 4 while we, for our part, will devote ourselves to prayer and to serving the word.” 5 What they said pleased the whole community, and they chose Stephen, a man full of faith and the Holy Spirit, together with Philip, Prochorus, Nicanor, Timon, Parmenas, and Nicolaus, a proselyte of Antioch. 6 They had these men stand before the apostles, who prayed and laid their hands on them. 8 Stephen, full of grace and power, did great wonders and signs among the people. [Acts 7 - Stephen's testimony…and death.]


Video Message: https://youtu.be/HDaykUP-j7U

The Hope Center continues to create new ways to respond to the needs of Waukesha County residents.  They have set up five additional locations to distribute free take out lunches.  If you’d like to financially support Project Lunchbox, for $39, you can provide lunch to a family of 4 for an entire week. Click here to make your online donation: https://outreachforhope.salsalabs.org/projectlunchbox/index.html  

 

Pray: God, you ask me to believe who I am - a child of God.  You ask me to believe my life has a purpose. Today, you are calling me to make a new commitment. Give me a willing heart.  Amen

 

Song: Build My Life

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=smrq6hc-vcU&;list=PLcHqC9YNzSaB621igMmxfeMUvroQqYr3L&index=6


God of life, we pray….

For the healing of this world facing the coronavirus;

For your gifts of patience, compassion, creativity, agility, courage to face the days and weeks ahead. for those who grieve their dead; 

for the sick and their families;

for those fearful of an unknown future; 

for the millions of unemployed;

For employers acting with compassion and wisdom;

for children at home and their parents;

for those who live alone;

for hospitals, in their desperate need for supplies; 

for first responders and “front line” workers; 

for scientists working on a cure;

for our church family;

For those seeking you, give your gift of faith. 

 


Song: I Will Follow, Chris Tomlinhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1ohvhmGSfxI


On the journey with you,

Pastor Karen

 

 
Coming Next....

Week 4/26-5/2 Easter Changed our Commitment

Week 5/3-9 Easter Changed the Community

Week 5/10-16 Easter Changed the Message

Week 5/17-23 Easter Changes the Promise

 

Sunday, April 19th


God is with us wherever we are.  God wants our thanks and praise. So, let's worship God....

Get ready to take a few more moments reading, listening, praying...  Think of your church family, think of the whole Christian church in their homes gathering online with their faith communities ready to praise God and wanting to do His will. Think about our world in need of healing....


Song: Amazing Grace, by Home Free

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7n145-J8ejg


Statement of Faith: 

I have faith in God, in response to overwhelming love. 

I believe that God created me and all that I have and has given to me gifts beyond measure. 

I have faith in Jesus, who emptied Himself out of His love for me. 

I believe that Christ died on a cross for my sin, conquered death and the power of evil, 

  and was raised to life on the third day. 

His death is mine, His resurrection is mine, new life is mine because of Jesus’ words and work. 

I believe in the Holy Spirit in response to overwhelming love. 

I believe that the Holy Spirit is present here among us and lives within each person. 

The Spirit continues to call people by the Gospel and creates and builds the church of Christ.

Through the power of the Spirit I have power to stand in strength against all adversity. 

I believe that Jesus is gone to prepare a place for me 

  and will come again to take each of us to be with Him. Amen.

  

Bible Reading: Luke 24:13-35 

13 That same day two of Jesus’ followers were walking to the village of Emmaus, seven miles from Jerusalem. 14 As they walked along they were talking about everything that had happened. 15 As they talked and discussed these things, Jesus himself suddenly came and began walking with them. 16 But God kept them from recognizing him. 17 He asked them, “What are you discussing so intently as you walk along?” They stopped short, sadness written across their faces. 18 Then one of them, Cleopas, replied, “You must be the only person in Jerusalem who hasn’t heard about all the things that have happened there the last few days.” 19 “What things?” Jesus asked. “The things that happened to Jesus, the man from Nazareth,” they said.  27 Then Jesus took them through the writings of Moses and all the prophets, explaining from all the Scriptures the things concerning himself. 28 By this time they were nearing Emmaus and the end of their journey. Jesus acted as if he were going on, 29 but they begged him, “Stay the night with us, since it is getting late.” So he went home with them. 30 As they sat down to eat,he took the bread and blessed it. Then he broke it and gave it to them. 31 Suddenly, their eyes were opened, and they recognized him. And at that moment he disappeared! 32 They said to each other, “Didn’t our hearts burn within us as he talked with us on the road and explained the Scriptures to us?” 


Video Message https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i20YBk0Z_P0


Pray: Mysterious and Divine Presence, too often my heart burns within me because my body recognizes before my mind does that you are here working in me and through me in this world. Open my eyes, give me your gift of faith to recognize you, for the sake of the one whose presence is never far, Jesus Christ our Savior Lord. Amen.


Song: Take Heart, by Matthew West

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3osp2p_gLx4&;list=RDCLAK5uy_mU14EejSbDsfLuPc9KpNzoC0o-YQvi6I4&index=3


God of life, we pray….

For the healing of this world facing the coronavirus;

for those who grieve their dead; 

for the sick and their families;

for those fearful of an unknown future; 

for the millions of unemployed;

For employers acting with compassion and wisdom;

for children at home and their parents;

for those who live alone;

for hospitals, in their desperate need for supplies; 

for first responders and “front line” workers; 

for scientists working on a cure;

for our church family;

For those seeking you, give your gift of faith. 


Song: The Pittsburgh Blessing 

 

On the journey with you,

Pastor Karen

 

Sunday, April 12th

Happy Easter!

alleluia

Christ is risen indeed. Alleluia!



SONG: I Raise a Hallelujah

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FRo7kFl7hBw&;list=PLcHqC9YNzSaB621igMmxfeMUvroQqYr3L&index=4


OR, if you prefer a traditional Easter hymn…..

 HYMN: Jesus Christ is Risen Today - St. Matthew’s Lutheran Church-ELCA, Wauwatosa WI (2014)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AyJo92rwbBY


PRAY

God of mercy, we no longer look for Jesus among the dead, for he is alive and has become the Lord of life. Increase in our minds and hearts the risen life we share with Christ, and help us to grow as your people toward the fullness of eternal life with you, through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.

THANKSGIVING FOR BAPTISM

You may make the sign of the cross, 

 Joined to Christ in the waters of baptism, we are raised with him to new life.

Let us give thanks for the gift of baptism.

 

We give you thanks, O God,

for in the beginning you created us in your image

and planted us in a well-watered garden.

In the desert you promised pools of water for the parched,

and you gave us water from the rock.

When we did not know the way,

you sent the Good Shepherd to lead us to still waters.

At the cross, you watered us from Jesus’ wounded side,

and on this day, you shower us again with the water of life.

We praise you for your salvation through water, and for all water everywhere.

Bathe us in your forgiveness, grace, and love.

Satisfy the thirsty, and give us the life only you can give.

To you be given honor and praise through Jesus Christ our Lord

in the unity of the Holy Spirit, now and forever. Amen.

PSALM 118

1 Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good!

    His faithful love endures forever.

2 Let all Israel repeat:

    “His faithful love endures forever.”

The Lord is my strength and my song;

    he has given me victory.

17 I will not die; instead, I will live

    to tell what the Lord has done.

19 Open for me the gates where the righteous enter,

    and I will go in and thank the Lord.

20 These gates lead to the presence of the Lord,

    and the godly enter there.

21 I thank you for answering my prayer

    and giving me victory!

22 The stone that the builders rejected

    has now become the cornerstone.

23 This is the Lord’s doing,

    and it is wonderful to see.

24 This is the day the Lord has made.

    We will rejoice and be glad in it.


GOOD NEWS: Matthew 28:1-9

After the sabbath, as the first day of the week was dawning, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary went to see the tomb.  And suddenly there was a great earthquake; for an angel of the Lord, descending from heaven, came and rolled back the stone and sat on it.  His appearance was like lightning, and his clothing white as snow.  For fear of him the guards shook and became like dead men.  But the angel said to the women, “Do not be afraid; I know that you are looking for Jesus who was crucified.  He is not here; for he has been raised, as he said. Come, see the place where he lay.  Then go quickly and tell his disciples, ‘He has been raised from the dead, and indeed he is going ahead of you to Galilee; there you will see him.’ This is my message for you. So they left the tomb quickly with fear and great joy, and ran to tell his disciples. Suddenly Jesus met them and said, “Greetings!” And they came to him, took hold of his feet, and worshiped him. 


VIDEO MESSAGE/SERMON:

 https://youtu.be/ARDW0sg6_Gg

 

To make sense of the cross of Jesus Christ we need to see God at work in the resurrection, where life is stronger than death.  We have the joy that Christ is alive and with us.  We believe that Jesus is indeed “going ahead of us” as the angel also said.  


So, like the women and disciples, we continue to follow our crucified and risen Lord because it’s not over.  Easter changes everything. We need to pray; watch and get ready to be a part of whatever God is doing next.   


SONG:  Love Changes Everything, by Red Rocks Worship

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bcZGtAOCftI

NICENE CREED

We believe in one God, the Father, the Almighty,

 maker of heaven and earth, of all that is, seen and unseen. 

We believe in one Lord, Jesus Christ, the only Son of God, 

eternally begotten of the Father, God from God, Light from Light, 

true God from true God, begotten, not made, of one Being with the Father; through him all things were made.

 For us and for our salvation he came down from heaven, 

was incarnate of the Holy Spirit and the virgin Mary and became truly human. For our sake he was crucified under Pontius Pilate;

 he suffered death and was buried. 

On the third day he rose again in accordance with the scriptures; 

he ascended into heaven and is seated at the right hand of the Father. 

He will come again in glory to judge the living and the dead, 

and his kingdom will have no end. 

We believe in the Holy Spirit, the Lord, the giver of life, 

who proceeds from the Father and the Son,

 who with the Father and the Son is worshiped and glorified, 

who has spoken through the prophets.

 We believe in one holy catholic and apostolic church. 

We acknowledge one baptism for the forgiveness of sins.

 We look for the resurrection of the dead, and the life of the world to come. Amen.  


PRAYERS & PRAYER SONG: Heal Our Land - by Kari Jobe

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DyzbpBR1KOI


God of life, we pray….

For our distraught world facing the coronavirus;

for countries hardest hit, especially China, Italy, Spain, and the United States;

for those who grieve their dead; 

for the sick and their families;

for those fearful of an unknown future; 

for the millions of unemployed;

For employers acting with compassion and wisdom;

for children at home and their parents;

for those who live alone;

for hospitals, in their desperate need for supplies; 

for first responders and “front line” workers; 

for scientists working on a cure;


for our church family;

for  the Hofstetter family and all who grieve.  


LORD’s PRAYER

BLESSING

May the One who brought forth Jesus from the dead

raise you to new life, fill you with hope.

Almighty God, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, bless you now and forever. Amen.

Christ is risen, just as he said.

Go in peace. Share the good news. Alleluia!

SONG: ”Worthy is the Lamb” by Hillsong

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V-cd5prE4f0


OR, if you prefer a traditional Easter hymn…..

HYMN: Thine is the Glory - Gethsemane Lutheran Church-ELCA, Hopkins, MN (2019)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=urOVS4v6FsA

 

March 22, 2020


"EXAMPLE & ENCOURAGEMENT" THEORY #3

 

Good morning! I miss you all especially today! How I have taken for granted our ability to gather for worship on Sunday morning!

 

Today, let's check in. What have been your "hi's" this week? What have been your "low's". Just click "reply all" and share it with your church family.

 

Because it's Sunday, I've planned a more extended devotional/worship for you. So, get ready to take a few moments (go refill your coffee cup if need be)...think of your church family, think of the whole Christian church in their homes gathering online with their faith communities, think of our world....

 

God is with us wherever we are. God wants our thanks and praise. So, let's worship God....

 

Prayer of Confession


Gracious God, have mercy on us. In your compassion forgive us our sins, known and unknown, that we have done and things we have failed to do. Turn us again to you, and uphold us by your Spirit, so that we may live and serve you in newness of life.

 

Promise of Forgiveness

 

In the mercy of almighty God, Jesus Christ was given to die for us, and for his sake God forgives us all our sins. Amen.

 

Song: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n-UmemwpAvA

 

Bible Reading: Luke 15:11-24

Jesus told this story: "A man had two sons. The younger son told his father, 'I want my share of your estate now before you die.' So his father agreed to divide his wealth between his sons. "A few days later this younger son packed all his belongings and moved to a distant land, and there he wasted all his money in wild living. About the time his money ran out, a great famine swept over the land, and he began to starve. He persuaded a local farmer to hire him, and the man sent him into his fields to feed the pigs. The young man became so hungry that even the pods he was feeding the pigs looked good to him. But no one gave him anything. "When he finally came to his senses, he said to himself, 'At home even the hired servants have food enough to spare, and here I am dying of hunger! I will go home to my father and say, "Father, I have sinned against both heaven and you, and I am no longer worthy of being called your son. Please take me on as a hired servant."' So the son returned home to his father.

 

church heart

 

This theory states that we simply don't or can't love God or our neighbor as we should. And that's true to our lived experience, isn't it? We turn away or ignore God, until we are in need. And not only do we find it difficult to love our enemies, we even find it difficult to love those we claim to love the most: our family and friends.

 

So God enters into this world in the person of Jesus, whose life points to the depth of God's love for all creation. God is love. Parables like the Prodigal Son teach us about this depth of God's love for sinners like you and me. [In next days we'll see how the Father shows us what love is.] Jesus doesn't just come into the world to tell us that God is love; he comes to show us how to love, and inspires us to do so.

 

Pray: Teach us what love is. Help us remember and care for the poor, the stranger, the widowed, the orphan. In Jesus' name, Amen.

 

Act: Look for opportunities to help someone else this week. And if you would, share that with your church family, email us by clicking "reply all." OR post it on our facebook page, https://www.facebook.com/GethsemaneBrookfield/

 

Remember, we can only do small things, but with great love. [Quoting Mother Teresa}

 

On the journey with you,

Pastor Karen

 

And now, a personal message from me....

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jSAQbvjAYVw

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