Sunday, June 7, 2020

Order of Worship - June 7, 2020, 9:30 a.m.

Please find the order of worship below. The livestream can be accessed at


‘The Festival of the Holy Trinity was begun by Bishop Stephen of Liege (903-920) and spread rapidly in northern Europe; in 1334 Pope John XXII ordered the observance of the festival throughout the western church…The festival is perhaps best understood not as the feast of a doctrine but as the celebration of the richness of the being of God…and the occasion of a thankful review of the now completed mystery of salvation, which is the work of the Father through the Son in the Holy Spirit.’
               (Philip Pfatteicher, Commentary on Lutheran Book of Worship)

The Athanasian Creed, traditionally confessed on Trinity Sunday, is one of the three great Christological creeds of the ancient Church. Along with the Apostles’ Creed and the Nicene Creed, it is at the head of the Lutheran Confessions; these statements of faith link the Lutheran church with the undivided catholic Church of the apostles and fathers. The twin topics of the creed are the inseparable unity of the distinct persons of the Holy Trinity and the union of divinity and humanity in Jesus Christ.

While the condemnations at the beginning and end of the creed may seem off-putting to us, it is to be remembered how sharp the theological divisions were at the time of its composition, and how important they were for the Church’s self-understanding and its understanding of its God. In any case, as Frank Senn has written, ‘What merits condemnation is not ignorance of this creed, but rejection of it.’

‘The Creed is named after Athanasius, although he probably was not the writer of the creed. St Athanasius (c.296-373) was the Bishop of Alexandria. By his refusal to compromise with Arianism (the doctrine that Christ was not God from the beginning) he incurred the enmity of the adherents of that doctrine. He was not an irenic man, using violence and intimidation to further his goals, and this perhaps also contributed to his multiple exiles from his episcopal see. Recalled many times, he was a key player in building up the new Nicene party by whose support orthodoxy triumphed over Arianism at the Council of Constantinople in 381.He also wrote a life of St Anthony, the founder of monasticism, and was the first to introduce knowledge of monasticism to the West. His resolute character as well as his theology was the outstanding obstacle of the triumph of Arianism in the East.’    
    (Oxford Dictionary of the Christian Church, 3rd ed.)
Preparation for Worship
Upon reaching your place, you may wish to read Psalm 84 in silence:

1 How dear to me is your dwelling, O | Lord of hosts!*
               My soul has a desire and longing for the courts of the Lord;
               my heart and my flesh rejoice in the | living God.
2 The sparrow has found her a house
and the swallow a nest where she may | lay her young,*
               by the side of your altars, O Lord of hosts,
my King | and my God.
3 Happy are they who dwell | in your house!*
               They will always be | praising you.
4 Happy are the people whose strength | is in you,*
               whose hearts are set on the | pilgrims' way.
5 Those who go through the desolate valley
will find it a | place of springs,*
               for the early rains have covered it with | pools of water.
6 They will climb from | height to height,*
               and the God of gods will reveal him- | self in Zion.
7 Lord God of hosts, | hear my prayer;*
               hearken, O | God of Jacob.
8 Behold our defend- | er, O God;*
               and look upon the face of | your anointed.
9 For one day in your courts
is better than a thousand in | my own room,*
               and to stand at the threshold of the house of my God
               than to dwell in the tents | of the wicked.
10 For the Lord God is both | sun and shield;*
               he will give | grace and glory;
11 no good thing will the | Lord withhold*
               from those who walk | with integrity.
12 O | Lord of hosts,*
               happy are they who put their | trust in you!

You may pray the following prayer(s):

Holy Lord, almighty Father, everlasting God: hear our prayer and send your holy angel from heaven to guard, protect, visit, and defend all those who assemble together in this house; through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Most gracious God, incline your merciful ears to our prayers and enlighten our hearts by the grace of your Holy Spirit, that we may approach your Holy Mysteries with believing hearts and love you with an everlasting love.


Please meditate on the text of the hymn as it is played:

All Glory Be to God on High

1                  All glory be to God on high,
Who hath our race befriended,
To us no harm shall now come nigh,
The strife at last has ended.
God showeth his good will to men,
And peace shall reign on earth again,
O thank him for his goodness.

2                 We praise, we worship thee, we trust,
And give thee thanks forever,
O Father, that thy rule is just
And wise, and changes never;
Thy boundless power o’er all things reigns,
Thou dost whate’er thy will ordains:
‘Tis well thou art our Ruler!

3                  O Jesus Christ, our God and Lord,
Begotten of the Father,
Who hast our fallen race restored
And straying sheep dost gather,
Thou Lamb of God, enthroned on high,
Behold our need, and hear our cry;
Have mercy on us, Jesus!

4                 O Holy Spirit, precious Gift,
Thou Comforter unfailing,
Do thou our troubled souls uplift,
Against the foe prevailing;
Since Christ for us his Blood hath shed,
Avert our woes and calm our dread;
We trust in thee to help us!

Nikolaus Decius, 1490-1541, tr. Catherine Winkworth, 1829-1878

The sign of the cross may be made by all in remembrance of their Baptism.

In the name of the Father, and of the X Son, and of the Holy Spirit.

Almighty God, to whom all hearts are open, all desires known, and from whom no secrets are hid: Cleanse the thoughts of our hearts by the inspiration of your Holy Spirit, that we may perfectly love you and worthily magnify your holy name, through Jesus Christ our Lord.

If we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. But if we confess our sins, God who is faithful and just will forgive our sins and cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
(1 John 1:8-9)
Silence for reflection and self-examination.

Most merciful God,
we confess that we are in bondage to sin
and cannot free ourselves.
We have sinned against you
in thought, word, and deed,
by what we have done
and by what we have left undone.
We have not loved you with our whole heart;
we have not loved our neighbors as ourselves.
For the sake of your Son, Jesus Christ, have mercy on us.
Forgive us, renew us, and lead us,
so that we may delight in your will and walk in your ways,
to the glory of your holy name. Amen

Almighty God, in his mercy, has given his Son to die for us and, for his sake, forgives us all our sins. As a called and ordained minister of the Church of Christ, and by his authority, I therefore declare to you the entire forgiveness of all your sins, in the name of the Father, and of the X Son, and of the Holy Spirit.



The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, the love of God,
and the communion of the Holy Spirit be with you all.
And also with you.
(2 Corinthians 13:13)

In peace, let us pray to the Lord.                                             Lord, have mercy.
For the peace from above,
and for our salvation, let us pray to the Lord.                      Lord, have mercy.
For the peace of the whole world,
for the well-being of the Church of God,
and for the unity of all, let us pray to the Lord.                   Lord, have mercy.
For this holy house,
and for all who offer here their worship and praise,
let us pray to the Lord.                                                              Lord, have mercy.
Help, save, comfort and defend us, gracious Lord.                      Amen


Glory to God in the highest, and peace to his people on earth.         
(Luke 2:14)
Lord God, heavenly king, almighty God and Father:
               We worship you, we give you thanks,
we praise you for your glory.
               Lord Jesus Christ, only Son of the Father,
Lord God, Lamb of God:
               You take away the sin of the world; have mercy on us.
               You are seated at the right hand of the Father;
receive our prayer.
               For you alone are the Holy One, you alone are the Lord,
               you alone are the Most High,
               Jesus Christ, with the Holy Spirit,
in the glory of God the Father. Amen


The Lord be with you.
And also with you.

Almighty God our Father, dwelling in majesty and mystery, renewing, and fulfilling creation by your eternal Spirit, and revealing your glory through our Lord, Jesus Christ: Cleanse us from doubt and fear, and enable us to worship you, with your Son and the Holy Spirit, one God, living and reigning, now and forever.                                                          


Jesus said: ‘All authority on heaven and earth has been given to me…
And I am with you always, to the end of the age.’                                                                   Let us hear the Word of the Lord.                                
Matthew 28:19-20

First READING                                                              Genesis 1:1—2:4a

1In the beginning when God created the heavens and the earth, 2the earth was a formless void and darkness covered the face of the deep, while a wind from God swept over the face of the waters. 3Then God said, “Let there be light”; and there was light. 4And God saw that the light was good; and God separated the light from the darkness. 5God called the light Day, and the darkness he called Night. And there was evening and there was morning, the first day.
6And God said, “Let there be a dome in the midst of the waters, and let it separate the waters from the waters.” 7So God made the dome and separated the waters that were under the dome from the waters that were above the dome. And it was so. 8God called the dome Sky. And there was evening and there was morning, the second day.
9And God said, “Let the waters under the sky be gathered together into one place, and let the dry land appear.” And it was so. 10God called the dry land Earth, and the waters that were gathered together he called Seas. And God saw that it was good. 11Then God said, “Let the earth put forth vegetation: plants yielding seed, and fruit trees of every kind on earth that bear fruit with the seed in it.” And it was so. 12The earth brought forth vegetation: plants yielding seed of every kind, and trees of every kind bearing fruit with the seed in it. And God saw that it was good. 13And there was evening and there was morning, the third day.
14And God said, “Let there be lights in the dome of the sky to separate the day from the night; and let them be for signs and for seasons and for days and years, 15and let them be lights in the dome of the sky to give light upon the earth.” And it was so. 16God made the two great lights—the greater light to rule the day and the lesser light to rule the night—and the stars. 17God set them in the dome of the sky to give light upon the earth, 18to rule over the day and over the night, and to separate the light from the darkness. And God saw that it was good. 19And there was evening and there was morning, the fourth day.
20And God said, “Let the waters bring forth swarms of living creatures, and let birds fly above the earth across the dome of the sky.” 21So God created the great sea monsters and every living creature that moves, of every kind, with which the waters swarm, and every winged bird of every kind. And God saw that it was good. 22God blessed them, saying, “Be fruitful and multiply and fill the waters in the seas, and let birds multiply on the earth.” 23And there was evening and there was morning, the fifth day.
24And God said, “Let the earth bring forth living creatures of every kind: cattle and creeping things and wild animals of the earth of every kind.” And it was so. 25God made the wild animals of the earth of every kind, and the cattle of every kind, and everything that creeps upon the ground of every kind. And God saw that it was good.
26Then God said, “Let us make humankind in our image, according to our likeness; and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the birds of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the wild animals of the earth, and over every creeping thing that creeps upon the earth.”
27So God created humankind in his image,
  in the image of God he created them;
  male and female he created them.
28God blessed them, and God said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply, and fill the earth and subdue it; and have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the air and over every living thing that moves upon the earth.” 29God said, “See, I have given you every plant yielding seed that is upon the face of all the earth, and every tree with seed in its fruit; you shall have them for food. 30And to every beast of the earth, and to every bird of the air, and to everything that creeps on the earth, everything that has the breath of life, I have given every green plant for food.” And it was so. 31God saw everything that he had made, and indeed, it was very good. And there was evening and there was morning, the sixth day.
2:1Thus the heavens and the earth were finished, and all their multitude. 2And on the seventh day God finished the work that he had done, and he rested on the seventh day from all the work that he had done. 3So God blessed the seventh day and hallowed it, because on it God rested from all the work that he had done in creation.
4aThese are the generations of the heavens and the earth when they were created.

The Word of the Lord.  
Thanks be to God.

The psalm is read responsively between the pastor and the people.

1 O | Lord our Lord,*
               how exalted is your name in | all the world!
2 Out of the mouths of in- | fants and children*
               your majesty is praised a- | bove the heavens.
3 You have set up a stronghold against your | adversaries,*
               to quell the enemy and | the avenger.
4 When I consider your heavens, the work | of your fingers,*
               the moon and the stars you have set | in their courses,
5 what is man that you should be mind- | ful of him,*
               the son of man that you should | seek him out?
6 You have made him but little lower | than the angels;*
               you adorn him with glo- | ry and honor;
7 you give him mastery over the works | of your hands;*
               you put all things un- | der his feet:
8 all | sheep and oxen,*
               even the wild beasts | of the field,
9 the birds of the air, the fish | of the sea,*
               and whatsoever walks in the paths | of the sea.
10 O | Lord our Lord,*
               how exalted is your name in | all the world!

SECOND READING                                       2 Corinthians 13:11-13
[Paul writes:] 11Finally, brothers and sisters, farewell. Put things in order, listen to my appeal, agree with one another, live in peace; and the God of love and peace will be with you. 12Greet one another with a holy kiss. All the saints greet you.

13The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, the love of God, and the communion of the Holy Spirit be with all of you.

The Word of the Lord.                                               
Thanks be to God.

Alleluia. Holy, holy, holy is the Lord of hosts;
the whole earth is full of his glory. Alleluia.

Gospel                                                                            Matthew 28:16-20

The Holy Gospel according to St. Matthew.
Glory to you, O Lord.

16Now the eleven disciples went to Galilee, to the mountain to which Jesus had directed them. 17When they saw him, they worshiped him; but some doubted. 18And Jesus came and said to them, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. 19Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20and teaching them to obey everything that I have commanded you. And remember, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”

The Gospel of the Lord.
Praise to you, O Christ.



Lord, Keep Us Steadfast in Your Word

1              Lord, keep us steadfast in your Word;
Curb those who by deceit or sword
would wrest the kingdom from your Son
and bring to naught all he has done.

2             Lord Jesus Christ, your power make known,
for you are Lord of Lords alone;
Defend your holy Church, that we
may sing your praise triumphantly.

3             O Comforter of priceless worth,
Send peace and unity on earth;
Support us in our final strife,
and bring us out of death to life.

Martin Luther, 1483-1546, tr. Catherine Winkworth, 1829-1878
The pastor and people confess the faith of the Church, using the words of the Athanasian Creed.

Whoever wants to be saved
               should above all cling to the catholic faith.
Whoever does not guard it whole and inviolable
               will doubtless perish eternally.
Now this is the catholic faith:
We worship one God in trinity
               and the Trinity in unity,
               neither confusing the persons
               nor dividing the divine being.
For the Father is one person,
               the Son is another,
               and the Spirit is still another.
But the deity of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit
               is one, equal in glory,
               coeternal in majesty.
What the Father is,
               the Son is,
               and so is the Holy Spirit.
Uncreated is the Father;
               uncreated is the Son;
               uncreated is the Spirit.
The Father is infinite;
               the Son is infinite;
               the Holy Spirit is infinite.

Eternal is the Father;
               eternal is the Son;
               eternal is the Spirit:
And yet there are not three eternal beings,
               but one who is eternal;
and there are not three uncreated and unlimited beings,
               but one who is uncreated and unlimited.
Almighty is the Father;
               almighty is the Son;
               almighty is the Spirit:
And yet there are not three almighty beings,
               but one who is almighty.
Thus the Father is God;
               the Son is God;
               the Holy Spirit is God:
And yet there are not three gods,
               but one God.
Thus the Father is Lord;
               the Son is Lord;
               the Holy Spirit is Lord:
And yet there are not three lords, but one Lord.
As Christian truth compels us to acknowledge
each distinct person as God and Lord,
               so catholic religion forbids us
               to say that there are three gods or lords.
The Father was neither made
               nor created nor begotten;
the Son was neither made nor created,
               but was alone begotten of the Father;
the Spirit was neither made nor created,
               but is proceeding from the Father and the Son.
Thus there is one Father, not three fathers;
               one Son, not three sons;
               one Holy Spirit, not three spirits.
And in this Trinity, no one is before or after,
               greater or less than the other;
but all three persons are in themselves, coeternal and coequal;
               and so we must worship the Trinity in unity
               and the one God in three persons.
Whoever wants to be saved should think thus about the Trinity.

It is necessary for eternal salvation that one also faithfully believe
               that our Lord Jesus became flesh.
For this is the true faith that we believe and confess:
               That our Lord Jesus Christ, God's Son,
               is both God and man.
He is God, begotten before all worlds
               from the being of the Father,
and he is man, born in the world
               from the being of his mother—
existing fully as God,
               and fully as man
               with a rational soul and a human body;
equal to the Father in divinity,
               subordinate to the Father in humanity.
Although he is God and man,
               he is not divided,
               but is one Christ.
He is united because God
               has taken humanity into himself;
               he does not transform deity into humanity.
He is completely one in the unity of his person,
               without confusing his natures.
For as the rational soul and body are one person,
               so the one Christ is God and man.
He suffered death for our salvation.
He descended into hell
               and rose again from the dead.
He ascended into heaven
               and is seated at the right hand of the Father.
He will come again to judge the living and the dead.
At his coming all people shall rise bodily
               to give an account of their own deeds.
Those who have done good will enter eternal life,
those who have done evil will enter eternal fire.
This is the catholic faith.
One cannot be saved without believing this firmly and faithfully.


Rejoicing in the mystery of our salvation, let us pray to the Father, through the Son, in the Spirit.

A brief silence is kept.

Almighty God and Father, we pray for the Church. May your Church always proclaim, defend, and teach the mystery of the Holy Trinity. May all her members and the members of this faith family live as your adopted sons and daughters and as brothers and sisters of our Lord Jesus Christ. Lord, in your mercy,
hear our prayer.

Almighty God and Father, give us reverence and honor for those who claim the one God and yet do not acknowledge the three persons of your Godhead. Inspire our witness, so that they may see you revealed in your Son Jesus Christ. Let us not grieve your Spirit by anger, pride, and condemnation, but stir up that same Spirit within us, that by holy lives we may witness to the truth of our confession. May all come to acknowledge the divinity of your Son and the inspiration of your Spirit; Lord, in your mercy,
hear our prayer.

Almighty God, you have given us this good land as our heritage. Make us always remember your generosity and constantly do your will. Bless our land with honest industry, truthful education, and an honorable way of life. Save us from violence, discord, and confusion; from pride and arrogance, and from every evil course of action. Make us who came from many nations with many different languages a united people. Defend our liberties and give those whom we have entrusted with the authority of government the spirit of wisdom, that there might be justice and peace in our land. When times are prosperous, let our hearts be thankful; and, in troubled times, do not let our trust in you fail. Lord, in your mercy,
hear our prayer.

Look with pity, O heavenly Father, upon the people in this land who live with injustice, terror, disease, and death as their constant companions. Have mercy upon us. Help us to eliminate cruelty to these our neighbors. Strengthen those who spend their lives establishing equal protection of the law and equal opportunities for all. And grant that every one of us may enjoy a fair portion of the abundance of this land. Lord, in your mercy,
hear our prayer.

We pray to you, almighty God, in this time of pandemic. You are our refuge and our strength, a very present help in time of trouble. Do not let us fail in the face of these events. Uphold us with your love, and give us the strength we need. Help us in our confusion, and guide our actions. Heal the sick, console the bereaved and afflicted, protect the innocent and helpless, and deliver all who are in peril. Lord, in your mercy,
hear our prayer.

We pray to you for the sick, the dying, those who grieve, and those who are alone, that they may have their burdens lifted. Hear our prayers for those for whom we have been called to pray:

The pastor reads the names submitted for prayer.
The people are invited to offer prayer and thanksgiving.

Lord, in your mercy,
hear our prayer.

We pray in thanksgiving for those who have died, who now behold the mystery of your Triune Godhead, and we ask that with them we may attain to the vision of your glory; Lord, in your mercy,
hear our prayer.

Hear these prayers and the intercessions of the Spirit too deep for words, and answer them according to your good and gracious will, through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit; one God, now and forever.

Peace to you from God our heavenly Father.
Peace from his Son Jesus Christ, who is our peace.
Peace from the Holy Spirit, the life-giver.
The peace of the triune God be with you always.
And also with you.

The people exchange the sign of peace with the simple words, Peace be with you.
The Lord’s Table is prepared.


We do not presume to come to your table, O Lord,
trusting in our own righteousness,
but in your manifold and great mercies.
We are not worthy to gather up the crumbs under your table.
But you are the same Lord whose property is always to have mercy.
Grant us, therefore, gracious Lord,
so to eat the flesh of your dear Son, Jesus Christ,
and so to drink his blood,
that we may evermore dwell in him and he in us.
Prayer of Humble Access (see Mark 7:28 and John 15:3)


The Great Thanksgiving begins with the Preface, leading into the Sanctus:

The Lord be with you.                                 
And also with you.                        
Lift up your hearts.                                      
We lift them to the Lord.                          
Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.                                             
It is right to give him thanks and praise.

It is indeed right and salutary that we should at all times and in all places offer thanks and praise to you, O Lord, holy Father, almighty and ever-living God.
               You have revealed your glory as the glory also of your Son
and of the Holy Spirit: three persons, equal in majesty, undivided in splendor, yet one Lord, one God, ever to be adored in your everlasting glory.
And so, with the Church on earth and the hosts of heaven, we praise your name and join their unending hymn:

Holy, holy, holy LORD, God of power and might!
Heaven and earth are full of your glory;
Hosanna in the highest.
Blessed is he who comes in the name of the LORD!
Hosanna in the highest!                                  (Isaiah 6:3, Matthew 21:9)
The pastor leads the people in praying the Eucharistic canon:

               Holy God, mighty Lord, gracious Father:
               Endless is your mercy and eternal your reign.
You have filled all creation with light and life;
               heaven and earth are full of your glory.
Through Abraham you promised to bless all nations.
               You rescued Israel, your chosen people.

Through the prophets you renewed your promise;
               and, at this end of all the ages, you sent your Son,
               who in words and deeds proclaimed your kingdom
               and was obedient to your will, even to giving his life.

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.

For as often as we eat of this bread and drink from this cup
               we proclaim the Lord's death until he comes.
Christ has died. Christ is risen. Christ will come again.

Therefore, gracious Father, with this bread and cup
               we remember the life our Lord offered for us.
And, believing the witness of his resurrection,
we await his coming in power
               to share with us the great and promised feast.
Amen. Come, Lord Jesus.

Send now, we pray, your Holy Spirit,
               the spirit of our Lord and of his resurrection,
               that we who receive the Lord's body and blood
               may live to the praise of your glory
               and receive our inheritance with all your saints in light.
Amen. Come, Holy Spirit.

Join our prayers with those of your servants
of every time and every place,
and unite them with the ceaseless petitions of our great high priest until he comes as victorious Lord of all.
Through him, with him, in him,
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
               all honor and glory is yours,
almighty Father, now and forever. Amen

In the presence of Christ, we pray to his Father using the words he gave us.

Christ is in our midst.
               By the power of the Spirit,
               we pray to his Father, saying:

Our Father, who art in heaven,
               hallowed be thy name,
               thy kingdom come,
               thy will be done,
                              on earth as it is in heaven.
               Give us this day our daily bread;
               and forgive us our trespasses,
                              as we forgive those who trespass against us;
               and lead us not into temptation,
                              but deliver us from evil.
               For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory,
                              forever and ever. Amen
(Matthew 6:9-15)

We adore the present Christ with the words of the Agnus Dei (Lamb of God).

Blessed be the Kingdom of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.
Blessed be the Holy Trinity, now and forever!

Lamb of God, you take away the sin of the world;
have mercy on us.                                                        
Lamb of God, you take away the sin of the world;             
have mercy on us.                                         
Lamb of God, you take away the sin of the world;             
Grant us peace.
(John 1:29, see also Luke 17:13)


Admission to the Sacrament is by invitation of the Lord, presented through the Church to those who are baptized.

They may receive the Lord’s Body and Blood who are baptized in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, who commune in their home churches, and who believe that Jesus Christ, crucified and risen, is truly present in, with, and under the forms of bread and wine for the forgiveness of sins, life, and salvation.

The communicants will be invited forward one family unit at a time. Please do not come forward until the pastor directs you to come forward, and please do not remove your mask until you have reached the table with the elements on it.

 When the pastor says ‘The body of Christ, given for you,’ eat the bread. When the pastor says, ‘The blood of Christ, shed for you,’ drink the wine. The pastor will say ‘Depart in peace.’ Please take the plate and the glasses and place them on the table that is indicated. Please put your mask on before returning to your seat.

During the distribution, hymn accompaniments are played. Please meditate on the texts of the hymns as they are played.

Let All Mortal Flesh Keep Silence

1              Let all mortal flesh keep silence,
               and with fear and trembling stand;
               ponder nothing earthly-minded,
               for with blessing in his hand
               Christ our God to earth descending
               comes our homage to demand.

2             King of kings, yet born of Mary,
               as of old on earth he stood,
               Lord of lords in human vesture,
               in the body and the blood,
               he will give to all the faithful
               his own self for heav’nly food.

3             Rank on rank the host of heaven
               spreads its vanguard on the way;
               as the Light of light, descending
               from the realms of endless day,
               comes, the pow’rs of hell to vanquish,
               as the darkness clears away.

4             At his feet the six-winged seraph,
               cherubim with sleepless eye,
               veil their faces to the presence,
               as with ceaseless voice they cry:
               “Alleluia! Alleluia!
               Alleluia, Lord Most High!”

Text: Liturgy of St. James; tr. Gerard Moultrie, 1829-1885, alt.

Praise to the Father

1              Praise to the Father for his lovingkindness,
               tenderly caring for his erring children;
               praise him, all angels; praise him in the heavens;
               praise to the Father!

2             Praise to the Savior for his deep compassion,
               graciously caring for his chosen people;
               young men and women, aging folk and children,
               praise to the Savior!

3             Praise to the Spirit, comforter of Israel,
               sent from the Father and the Son to bless us!
               Praise to the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit!
               Praise to the triune God!

Text: Elizabeth R. Charles, 1828-1896

When all have received, the congregation stands at the direction of the pastor.

The body and blood of our Lord Jesus Christ strengthen you and keep you in his grace.

Lord, now you let your servant go in peace;
your word has been fulfilled.
My own eyes have seen the salvation
which you have prepared in the sight of every people:
A light to reveal you to the nations
and the glory of your people Israel.
Glory to the Father, and to the Son,
and to the Holy Spirit;
as it was in the beginning, is now,
and will be forever. Amen                         
             Song of Simeon (Luke 2:29-32)

O Christ, Lamb of God pure and holy,
O Wisdom, Word, and Power of God,
Grant that we may more perfectly partake of you
in the days which know no ending in your kingdom.


Silence for meditation.


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

CLOSING MUSIC                                       O Day Full of Grace

Go in peace. Serve the Triune God.
Thanks be to God!

Please maintain social distance and remain masked while exiting the building. Please sanitize your hands before leaving the building.

Offering: 5/11/2020 through 5/31/2020
               Towards Budget:                                $           5,620.00
Itemized Non Budget:
                Food Bank:                           $              45.00
         Water Mission:                           $              20.00
                                             Total:                         $          5,685.00

The Altar Flowers are given to the Glory of God by Carol Vacca in honor of her mother’s birthday.

Linda Armento, at home
Ruth Duessel, at Concordia, Rebecca
Pastor Carl Hendrickson, at home
Elsie Kemmler and Bill Roth at Concordia, South Hills
David Noel, at Kane Rehab, Scott Township
Geneva Schrag, at Consulate Health Care, Canonsburg
William Wetzel at Concordia, Cabot

·        There is a maximum occupancy of 25 people per service.
·        If you wish to attend worship, you will need to pre-register every week by either calling the office or sending an email.
·        Registration ends every Friday at 5 PM.
·        Masks are required to be worn while in the building.
·        Upon entering and leaving the church, you must sanitize your hands.
·        Everyone must sign in before entering the church. This way we can keep track of who was in the church and when.

WORSHIP SERVICES will be held every Saturday evening at 6:30 PM and Sunday morning at 9:30 AM. Pastor Frontz will also livestream Compline (Prayer at the Close of the Day) on Sunday at 9:30 p.m. and Vespers (Evening Prayer) on Wednesday at 7 p.m. These can be accessed on the church’s Facebook page (
Note: Prayer at the Close of the Day will not be prayed on June 14.
Non-perishable food donations are now being accepted again at
St. Stephen. Our donations go to the food pantry of St Andrew Lutheran Church, East Carnegie. In addition to food donations, monetary donations continue to be accepted as well.  Please make checks payable to St. Stephen Lutheran Church with a notation of “Food Bank” in the memo line.  Thank you.

KINDLY REMEMBER TO PAY FOR THE FLOWERS you ordered for the weekend Altar and for the special occasions.  Altar flowers are $20/vase. Checks can be made out to St. Stephen Lutheran Church with a notation “flowers” and placed in the offering plate

DAILY DEVOTIONS, including THE WORD IN SEASON, PORTALS OF PRAYER AND CHRIST IN OUR HOME (April, May and June 2020) are available on the table in the Narthex. Take one or more to share with family and friends. If you are able, a donation would be welcomed to help defray the cost to the congregation for these resources. Thank you!

2020 ‘DAILY TEXTS’ are available in the Narthex. A donation of
$10 per book would be appreciated to help cover the cost of the books. Thank you.

PLEASE ALERT Pastor Frontz anytime you are hospitalized by calling him on his cell: (570) 447-8758.  Hospitals DO NOT contact the church.

THE LATEST ISSUE OF THE NALC NEWSLETTER is available in the Narthex.

ST STEPHEN COUNSELING CENTER  A site of Pittsburgh Pastoral Institute/PPI)  For marriage, family, teen and individual counseling – for first appointment call PPI at 412-661-1239. St. Stephen Center is
412-279-5452. Counseling opens doors to hope. Counselor: Caroline Graham-McGuire.

Sun/ June 7 WORSHIP 9:30 AM
  Prayer at the Close of the Day (livestream) 9:30 PM
Wed/Jun 10 Evening Prayer (livestream) 7 PM
Sun/ June 14 WORSHIP 9:30 AM

From Sundays and Copyright 2020 Augsburg Fortress. All rights reserved.
Reprinted by permission under Augsburg Fortress Liturgies Annual License #20540.
New Revised Standard Version Bible, copyright 1989, Division of Christian Education of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved.
Additional liturgical material from Common Worship: Times and Seasons,
© 2006 The Archbishops’ Council of the Church of England.
Proper Preface from We Give You Thanks and Praise: The Ambrosian Eucharistic Prefaces, tr. by Alan Griffiths; Sheed and Ward, 2000.
Agnus Day appears with the permission of