Sunday, June 28, 2020

Order of Worship - Sunday, June 28, 9:30 a.m.

The livestream may be found here.



The color green, used for the vestments and paraments in the season after Pentecost, represents growth and life in the Holy Spirit.


OLD TESTAMENT: The prophet Hananiah preaches what the people want to hear, while Jeremiah proclaims coming disaster unless they repent. But history is on Jeremiah’s side; those who came before him prophesied not easy times, but ‘war, famine and pestilence against many countries and great kingdoms.’ Jeremiah invites the priests and the people to listen to and receive his words; those who do may be among those who are left among the remnant.


NEW TESTAMENT: The message of grace produces an obedience of faith in the believer. This is not ‘cheap grace’ which lets sin still exercise dominion in our lives. Rather, God’s righteousness becomes the dominant force in our lives; we are not to follow the old ways, but instead are to be converted day by day in our thoughts, words, and deeds. The sin that remains is neither celebrated nor denied, but is confessed and forgiven; and the righteousness that is given is a free gift of God, which works sanctification and grants eternal life.


GOSPEL: In the last two weeks of Gospel readings, Jesus has described the mission of the disciples to the towns of Israel. He sums up by speaking of its effects. Because the disciples bear Jesus’ name and deliver his message, those who hear them encounter Jesus and his Father. Those who gladly receive the message, and welcome the disciples because they come in Jesus’ name, will receive the reward the disciples receive.



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.



OPENING MUSIC                                            Peace,  to Soothe Our Bitter Woes

I.                    G. Winston Cassler

II.                  David Cherwien


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


1              Peace, to soothe our bitter woes,

                God in Christ on us bestows;

                Jesus bought our peace with God

                with his holy, precious blood;

                peace in him for sinners found

                is the gospel’s joyful sound.

2              Peace within the church still dwells

                in our welcomes and farewells;

                and through God’s baptismal pow’r

                peace surrounds our dying hour.

                Peace be with you, full and free,

                now and through eternity.


Text: Nicolai F. S. Grundtvig, 1783-1872; tr. George T. Rygh, 1860-1943, alt.






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.


All-powerful God,

your incarnate Word commands our obedience

and offers us true life.

  Make our ears attentive to the voice of your Son

  and our hearts generous in answering his call,

  that we may take up the cross with trust in his promises.

We ask this through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,

who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit,

one God, now and forever.





Truly, the Lord is our ruler;

the Holy One of Israel is our king.              

  Let us hear the Word of the Lord.                                          Psalm 89:18                                                     


First READING                                                                  Jeremiah 28:5-9


5The prophet Jeremiah spoke to the prophet Hananiah in the presence of the priests and all the people who were standing in the house of the Lord; 6and the prophet Jeremiah said, “Amen! May the Lord do so; may the Lord fulfill the words that you have prophesied, and bring back to this place from Babylon the vessels of the house of the Lord, and all the exiles. 7But listen now to this word that I speak in your hearing and in the hearing of all the people. 8The prophets who preceded you and me from ancient times prophesied war, famine, and pestilence against many countries and great kingdoms. 9As for the prophet who prophesies

peace, when the word of that prophet comes true, then it will be known that the Lord has truly sent the prophet.”


The Word of the Lord.  

  Thanks be to God.




PSALM 89:1-4, 15-18

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


1 Your love, O Lord, forever | will I sing;*

                from age to age my mouth will pro- | claim your faithfulness.

2 For I am persuaded that your love is estab- | lished forever;*

                you have set your faithfulness firmly | in the heavens.

3 "I have made a covenant with my | chosen one;*

                I have sworn an oath to Da- | vid my servant:

4 'I will establish your | line forever,*

                and preserve your throne for all | generations.'"

15 Happy are the people who know the | festal shout!*

                They walk, O Lord, in the light | of your presence.

16 They rejoice daily | in your name;*

                they are jubilant | in your righteousness.

17 For you are the glory | of their strength,*

                and by your favor our might | is exalted.

18 Truly, the Lord | is our ruler;*

                the Holy One of Israel | is our king.


SECOND READING                                                           Romans 6:12-23


12Do not let sin exercise dominion in your mortal bodies, to make you obey their passions. 13No longer present your members to sin as instruments of wickedness, but present yourselves to God as those who have been brought from death to life, and present your members to God as instruments of righteousness. 14For sin will have no dominion over you, since you are not under law but under grace.
15What then? Should we sin because we are not under law but under grace? By no means! 16Do you not know that if you present yourselves to anyone as obedient slaves, you are slaves of the one whom you obey, either of sin, which leads to death, or of obedience, which leads to righteousness? 17But thanks be to God that you, having once been slaves of sin, have become obedient from the heart to the form of teaching to which you were entrusted, 18and that you, having been set free from sin, have become slaves of righteousness. 19I am speaking in human terms because of your natural limitations. For just as you once presented your members as slaves to impurity and to greater and greater iniquity, so now present your members as slaves to righteousness for sanctification.
20When you were slaves of sin, you were free in regard to righteousness. 21So what advantage did you then get from the things of which you now are ashamed? The end of those things is death. 22But now that you have been freed from sin and enslaved to God, the advantage you get is sanctification. The end is eternal life. 23For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.


The Word of the Lord.                                                 

  Thanks be to God.




Alleluia. May the God of our Lord Jesus Christ

enlighten the eyes of our hearts,

  that we might see how great is the hope to which we are called.

  Alleluia.                                                                           Ephesians 1:17


Gospel                                                                                    Matthew 10:40-42


The Holy Gospel according to St. Matthew.

  Glory to you, O Lord.


[Jesus said to the twelve:] 40“Whoever welcomes you welcomes me, and whoever welcomes me welcomes the one who sent me. 41Whoever welcomes a prophet in the name of a prophet will receive a prophet’s reward; and whoever welcomes a righteous person in the name of a righteous person will receive the reward of the righteous; 42and whoever gives even a cup of cold water to one of these little ones in the name of a disciple—truly I tell you, none of these will lose their reward.”


The Gospel of the Lord.

  Praise to you, O Christ.





 HYMN OF THE DAY                                Where Cross the Crowded Ways of Life


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


1              Where cross the crowded ways of life,

                where sound the cries of race and clan,

                above the noise of selfish strife,

                we hear your voice, O Son of Man.


2              In haunts of wretchedness and need,

                on shadowed thresholds dark with fears,

                from paths where hide the lures of greed,

                we catch the vision of your tears.


3              From tender childhood’s helplessness,

                from human grief and burdened toil,

                from famished souls, from sorrow’s stress,

                your heart has never known recoil.


4             The cup of water giv’n for you

                still holds the freshness of your grace;

                yet long these multitudes to view

                the strong compassion in your face.


5              O Master, from the mountainside

                make haste to heal these hearts of pain;

                among these restless throngs abide;

                oh, tread the city’s streets again;


6              Till all the world shall learn your love,

                and follow where your feet have trod;

                till glorious from your heav’n above

                shall come the city of our God.


Text: Frank M. North, 1850-1935, alt.





The pastor and people confess the faith of the Church, using the words of the Apostles’ Creed.


I believe in God, the Father almighty,

                                creator of heaven and earth.


I believe in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord.

                He was conceived by the power of the Holy Spirit

                                and born of the virgin Mary.

                He suffered under Pontius Pilate,

                                was crucified, died, and was buried.

                He descended into hell.

                On the third day he rose again.

                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.


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




Let us pray for the whole people of God in Christ Jesus, and for all people according to their needs.


A brief silence is kept.


For the Church; prepare her always to receive the words of your Son. Lord, in your mercy,

   hear our prayer.



 For the faith family of St Stephen; make us obedient from the heart to the teaching of the apostles. Lord, in your mercy,

   hear our prayer.

For the ministries of the Church, and especially this day for Water Mission; quench the thirst of many so that you may be glorified throughout the world. Lord, in your mercy,

  hear our prayer.


For our President, Donald Trump, and his administration; the Congress, the courts, and all in state and local government; grant them wisdom, prudence, and faithfulness in service. Lord, in your mercy,

  hear our prayer.


For the peoples of the world; Restrain the scourges of war, crime, terror, famine, and corruption, and let your mercy be known everywhere. Lord, in your mercy,

  hear our prayer.


For these times: that in the midst of pandemic and strife, your healing power would be displayed in individual lives and in the life of our country and the world. Lord, in your mercy,

  hear our prayer.


For those who suffer from loneliness, depression, addiction, sickness of body, mind, or spirit; for those who are poor; for those whose faith has grown cold, and for all we name before you.


The people offer silent or spoken intercessions and thanksgivings.


Lord, in your mercy,

  hear our prayer.


We give thanks for those who have died in Christ, who have received the reward of the righteous; work also in our lives, that we may receive the Gospel with gladness and with them come to eternal life. Lord, in your mercy,

  hear our prayer.


Into your hands, Father, we commend all for whom we pray, trusting in your steadfast love, through your Son, Jesus Christ our Lord.







The peace of the Lord 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. Amen

 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 all places offer thanks and praise to you, O Lord, holy Father, through Christ our Lord, through whom we are given your free gift of eternal life.

  He calls us to hear the words of whom he has sent, and in faith in him, supply the needs of his little ones, that we may receive the reward of the righteous.

  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:


 You are indeed holy, almighty and merciful God;

you are most holy, and great is the majesty of your glory.

You so loved the world that you gave your only Son,

that whoever believes in him may not perish

but have eternal life.

Having come into the world, he fulfilled for us your holy will

                and accomplished our salvation.


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.


Remembering, therefore, his salutary command,

                his life-giving Passion and death,

                his glorious resurrection and ascension,

and his promise to come again,

                we give thanks to you, Lord God Almighty,

                not as we ought, but as we are able;

and we implore you mercifully

to accept our praise and thanksgiving,

and, with your Word and Holy Spirit,

to bless us, your servants,

and these your own gifts of bread and wine;

that we and all who share

in the body and blood of your Son

may be filled with heavenly peace and joy,

and, receiving the forgiveness of sin,

may be sanctified in soul and body,

and have our portion with all your saints.

All honor and glory are yours, O God, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit,

                in your holy Church, now and forever.  Amen



In the presence of Christ, we pray to his Father using the prayer 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).


Let us rejoice in the light of God’s presence.                    

  Thanks be to God.                                                                               Psalm 89:15


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 on your mask before returning to your seat.


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


Lord Jesus Christ, We Humbly Pray


1              Lord Jesus Christ, we humbly pray

                that we may feast on thee today;

                beneath these forms of bread and wine

                enrich us with thy grace divine.


2              The chastened peace of sin forgiv’n,

                the filial joy of heirs of heav’n,

                grant as we share this wondrous food,

                thy body broken and thy blood.


3              Our trembling hearts cleave to thy word.

                All thou hast said thou dost afford;

                all that thou art we here receive,

                and all we are to thee we give.




4             One bread, one cup, one body, we,

                united by our life in thee,

                thy love proclaim till thou shalt come

                to bring thy scattered loved ones home.


5              Lord Jesus Christ, we humbly pray:

                oh, keep us steadfast to that day,

                that each may be thy welcomed guest

                when thou shalt spread thy heav’nly feast.


Text: Henry E. Jacobs, 1844-1932


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.
















The Lord bless you and keep you.

The Lord make his face shine on you and be gracious to you.

The Lord look upon you with favor and X give you peace.



CLOSING MUSIC                                        



Go in peace. Serve the Lord.

  Thanks be to God!


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























Last Weekend’s Attendance:   9 + 17 = 26


Offering: 6/21/2020

                Towards Budget:                                 $           1,170.00

Itemized Non Budget:


                                                Total:                         $          1,170.00


The Altar Flowers are given to the Glory of God by Divya Bejjam and Sushant Paikaray in honor of their wedding anniversary.



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



·         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 Saturday at 12 noon.

·         Masks are required to be worn while in the building.

·         Upon entering and leaving the church, you must sanitize your hands or wash them with soap and water.

·         Everyone must sign in when 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 (






FOOD BANK SUNDAY is next weekend.  Please consider bringing any non-perishable food items to church to be donated to the food pantry of St Andrew Lutheran Church in East Carnegie. Monetary donations are also accepted. Please make your check payable to “St. Stephen Lutheran Church” with a notation of ‘Food Bank’ in the memo line. Thank you.


OUR OFFICE MANAGER, Carrie Hoffman, will be on vacation from Saturday, July 4 through Sunday, July 12.  Please continue to follow the procedures in place for registering for worship services.  Pastor Frontz will be checking the office email and the answering machine during this time.


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 (July, August, and September 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 28	WORSHIP 9:30 AM
		Prayer at the Close of the Day (livestream) 9:30 PM
Wed/July 1	Evening Prayer (livestream) 7:00 PM
Sat/ Juyl 4	NA Meeting 11:00 AM
Food Bank
Sun/ July 5	WORSHIP 9:30 AM
		Prayer at the Close of the Day (livestream) 9:30 PM
		Food Bank