Sunday, October 9, 2022

The Holy Communion on the Eighteenth Sunday after Pentecost, 10:30 a.m.

  The livestream may be found here. 


Faith and thankfulness


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


FIRST READING: In a dramatic scene, the Syrian general Naaman comes to faith in the God of Israel. Expecting respect for his position and mighty works from the prophet Elisha, he is at first put off by the supposed ‘insult’ of receiving a messenger who simply tells him to wash in the Jordan to be healed of his leprosy. But he must learn to put his faith in God’s word and not in appearances. As an anonymous pilgrim he goes to wash in the Jordan, and he is made clean. It is no surprise that the Church sees in this story an allegory of Holy Baptism, for all people tend to desire impressive signs and wonders from God. Instead, it is ‘ordinary’ baptism by water and the Word which heals us and claims us as God’s children, and we grasp that healing by faith now and by sight at the end of all things.


SECOND READING: Paul’s message to Timothy is: Stick to the basics! His ministry is to be founded on the simple Gospel of Christ and not marked by ‘wrangling over words.’ This derogatory phrase does not refer to any and every kind of debate, but describes the specific kinds of theological hair-splitting which are prevalent among Timothy’s congregation. Paul’s message is given credibility by the hardship in imprisonment which he suffers for the simple Gospel.


GOSPEL:  The Samaritan is separated twice: once from society because of his disease, and then from his fellow sufferers because he is a foreigner. Later he is separated a third time when he is the only one of the ten Jesus had made clean to return to give thanks. Jesus’ verdict, ‘your faith has made you well,’ is very interesting, given Jesus’ statement that ‘ten were made clean.’ What might this suggest about wellness, and about faith?





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


Blessed be God: Father, X Son, and Holy Spirit;

  And blessed be his kingdom, now and forever. Amen


Since we have a great high priest who has passed through the heavens, Jesus, the Son of God, let us with confidence draw near to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need.

Hebrews 4:14-16


Let us confess our sins in the presence of God and of one another.


Silence for reflection and self-examination.


I confess to God Almighty, before the whole company of heaven, and to you, my brothers and sisters, that I have sinned in thought, word, and deed by my fault, by my own fault, by my own most grievous fault; wherefore I pray God Almighty to have mercy on me, forgive me all my sins, and bring me to everlasting life. Amen


 The almighty and merciful Lord grant you pardon, forgiveness,

  and remission of all your sins. Amen


  I confess to God Almighty, before the whole company of heaven,

  and to you, my brothers and sisters, that I have sinned in thought,

  word, and deed by my fault, by my own fault, by my own most

  grievous fault; wherefore I pray God Almighty to have mercy on  

  me, forgive me all my sins, and bring me to everlasting life. Amen


The almighty and merciful Lord grant you pardon, forgiveness, and remission of all your sins.                                                            Amen







I will go to the altar of God;

  the God of my joy and gladness.

  We include in the online order of worship all hymns which are in the public domain. Texts which are copyrighted may not be included in the online order of worship. If you need a copy of the hymnals for your home use, please contact us so that we may provide you with one. Thank you!

WHymn                God, My Lord, My Strength              Green LBW 484              



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









The Lord be with you.

  And also with you.

 O God, our life, our health, our salvation,

look with mercy on your people.

  Stir up in us a saving faith,

  that believing, we may be healed,

  and being healed, we may worthily give you thanks;

through Jesus Christ, our Lord,

who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,

one God, now and forever.




The deeds of the LORD are studied by all who delight in them. 

  Let us hear the Word of the Lord.                                           Psalm 111:2b     



First READING           2 Kings 5:1-15c


1Naaman, commander of the army of the king of Aram, was a great man and in high favor with his master, because by him the Lord had given victory to Aram. The man, though a mighty warrior, suffered from leprosy. 2Now the Arameans on one of their raids had taken a young girl captive from the land of Israel, and she served Naaman’s wife. 3She said to her mistress, “If only my lord were with the prophet who is in Samaria! He would cure him of his leprosy.” 4So Naaman went in and told his lord just what the girl from the land of Israel had said. 5And the king of Aram said, "Go then, and I will send along a letter to the king of Israel."

       He went, taking with him ten talents of silver, six thousand shekels of gold, and ten sets of garments. 6He brought the letter to the king of Israel, which read, "When this letter reaches you, know that I have sent to you my servant Naaman, that you may cure him of his leprosy." 7When the king of Israel read the letter, he tore his clothes and said, “Am I God, to give death or life, that this man sends word to me to cure a man of his leprosy? Just look and see how he is trying to pick a quarrel with me.”
8But when Elisha the man of God heard that the king of Israel had torn his clothes, he sent a message to the king, “Why have you torn your clothes? Let him come to me, that he may learn that there is a prophet in Israel.” 9So Naaman came with his horses and chariots, and halted at the entrance of Elisha’s house. 10Elisha sent a messenger to him, saying, “Go, wash in the Jordan seven times, and your flesh shall be restored and you shall be clean.” 11But Naaman became angry and went away, saying, “I thought that for me he would surely come out, and stand and call on the name of the Lord his God, and would wave his hand over the spot, and cure the leprosy! 12Are not Abana and Pharpar, the rivers of Damascus, better than all the waters of Israel? Could I not wash in them, and be clean?” He turned and went away in a rage. 13But his servants approached and said to him, “Father, if the prophet had commanded you to do something difficult, would you not have done it? How much more, when all he said to you was, ‘Wash, and be clean’?” 14So he went down and immersed himself seven times in the Jordan, according to the word of the man of God; his flesh was restored like the flesh of a young boy, and he was clean.
15a-cThen he returned to the man of God, he and all his company; he came and stood before him and said, “Now I know that there is no God in all the earth except in Israel.”


The Word of the Lord.                                                                                                      

  Thanks be to God.






1 Hallelujah! I will give thanks to the Lord with | my whole heart,*

                in the assembly of the upright, in the | congregation.

2 Great are the deeds | of the Lord!*

                They are studied by all who de- | light in them.

3 His work is full of majes- | ty and splendor,*

                and his righteousness en- | dures forever.

4 He makes his marvelous works to | be remembered;*

                the Lord is gracious and full | of compassion.

5 He gives food to | those who fear him;*

                he is ever mindful | of his covenant.

6 He has shown his people the power | of his works*

                in giving them the lands | of the nations.

7 The works of his hands are faithful- | ness and justice;*

                all his command- | ments are sure.

8 They stand fast forev- | er and ever,*

                because they are done in | truth and equity.

9 He sent redemption to his people;

he commanded his cove- | nant forever;*

                holy and awesome | is his name.

10 The fear of the Lord is the begin- | ning of wisdom;*

                those who act accordingly have a good understanding.

His praise en- | dures forever.


SECOND READING                    2 Timothy 2:8-15


8Remember Jesus Christ, raised from the dead, a descendant of David—that is my gospel, 9for which I suffer hardship, even to the point of being chained like a criminal. But the word of God is not chained. 10Therefore I endure everything for the sake of the elect, so that they may also obtain the salvation that is in Christ Jesus, with eternal glory. 11The saying is sure:
 If we have died with him, we will also live with him;
12if we endure, we will also reign with him;
 if we deny him, he will also deny us;
13if we are faithless, he remains faithful—
 for he cannot deny himself.
14Remind them of this, and warn them before God that they are to avoid wrangling over words, which does no good but only ruins those who are listening. 15Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved by him, a worker who has no need to be ashamed, rightly explaining the word of truth.


The Word of the Lord.                                                          

  Thanks be to God.



VERSE    Isaiah 25:9       Setting by Paul D. Weber

Alleluia. This is the Lord for whom we have waited; let us be glad and rejoice in his salvation. Alleluia.


Gospel             Luke 17:11-19


The Holy Gospel according to St. Luke.                  

  Glory to you, O Lord.


11On the way to Jerusalem Jesus was going through the region between Samaria and Galilee. 12As he entered a village, ten lepers approached him. Keeping their distance, 13they called out, saying, “Jesus, Master, have mercy on us!” 14When he saw them, he said to them, “Go and show yourselves to the priests.” And as they went, they were made clean. 15Then one of them, when he saw that he was healed, turned back, praising God with a loud voice. 16He prostrated himself at Jesus’ feet and thanked him. And he was a Samaritan. 17Then Jesus asked, “Were not ten made clean? But the other nine, where are they? 18Was none of them found to return and give praise to God except this foreigner?” 19Then he said to him, “Get up and go on your way; your faith has made you well.”


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





WHYMN OF THE DAY                                 

Baptized in Water                 Blue WOV 693

St. 2/ Choir


CONFESSION OF FAITH                                                         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.


That, as Naaman the Syrian came to the Jordan and put his trust in you, we may give thanks for your healing and power to save. Lord, in your mercy,

  hear our prayer.



That many may come to the healing waters of Baptism and proclaim your name before others; Lord, in your mercy,

  hear our prayer.            


That pastors may faithfully proclaim the Gospel, rightly explaining the Word of truth; Lord, in your mercy,

  hear our prayer.


That our Saint Stephen faith family may be renewed in our worship, fellowship, and witness; Lord, in your mercy,

  hear our prayer.


That the peoples of the world may give you thanks and praise for signs of peace in the midst of conflict and strife; Lord, in your mercy,

  hear our prayer.


That your healing balm may be poured out upon all people, and especially upon those we name before you:


The pastor reads the names and situations submitted for prayer.

The people may offer spoken or silent petitions or praises.


Lord, in your mercy,

  hear our prayer.


That the day may quickly come when your health and salvation is seen by all, in which we, with all the saints and all creation, will thank and praise you with loud shouts of joy; Lord, in your mercy,

  hear our prayer.


Into your hands, Father, we commend all for whom we pray, trusting in your steadfast love; through 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.



OFFERTORY     1 John 2:1-2; 3:1               Setting by Richard W. Gieseke

If anyone does sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous, and he is the expiation for our sins, and not for ours alone but also for the sins of the whole world. See what love the Father has given us, that we should be called children of God: and so we are.






Hear us, O Lord Jesus Christ, from your dwelling place,

from the glorious throne of your kingdom, and come and cleanse us.

  You are seated on high with the Father,

  and you dwell also with us here, although unseen.

By your mighty hand render us worthy to receive in holy communion

your spotless body and your precious blood.






It is indeed right and salutary that we should at all times and all places

offer thanks and praise to you, holy Father, through Christ our Lord;

He healed the sick and accepted the thanksgiving of one outside the covenant, that people of every nation may know that all are made well who put their trust in him. And so, with the Church on earth and the hosts of heaven, we praise your name and join their unending hymn:


The pastor leads the people in praying the Eucharistic canon:


Lord, you are holy indeed.

All creation gives you thanks and praise.


In the wonder of your love for us,

  you created life through your Word made flesh,

  Jesus Christ our Lord,

  by the power of the Holy Spirit.


From every time and place

  you gather a people to yourself,

  so that those you claim as your own

  may glorify your wondrous grace and mercy.


As we now gather this Table to celebrate the Supper of your Son,

  we ask that by the power of your Spirit

  these gifts of bread and wine may be for us

  the body and blood of our Lord Jesus Christ.


That same Lord Jesus, on the night he was betrayed,

  took bread; when he had given thanks,

  he broke it and gave it to the disciples, and said;

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

  Do this for my remembrance.


When supper had ended, he took the cup;

  when he had given thanks, he gave it to them and said:

  All of you, drink from this,

  for this cup is my blood of the new covenant,

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

  Do this for my remembrance.


Let us proclaim the mystery of faith:

  Christ has died. Christ is risen. Christ will come again.


Mighty Lord, Gracious Father:

  As we call to mind the death your Son endured for us,

  his glorious resurrection and ascension,

  and his promise to come again,

  we offer you our sacrifice of praise and thanksgiving.


Grant that we who gather for this holy supper

  may be filled with the Holy Spirit,

  united in Christ as his living body in the world,

  awaiting the world to come where his love will be fulfilled.

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


This is the bread that comes down from heaven

and gives life to the world.

  Lord, give us this bread always.                            

                                                                                      John 6:33, 34




We adore Christ, present in bread and wine.




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.





Sing Praise to God, the Highest Good Green LBW 542

Sing Praise to God, the Highest Good


1      Sing praise to God, the highest good,

        the author of creation,

        the God of love who understood

        our need for his salvation.

        With healing balm our souls he fills

        and ev’ry faithless murmur stills:

        to God all praise and glory!


2      What God’s almighty pow’r has made,

        in mercy he is keeping;

        by morning glow or evening shade,

        his eye is never sleeping;

        within the kingdom of his might

        all things are just and good and right:

        to God all praise and glory!


3      We sought the Lord in our distress;

        O God, in mercy hear us.

        Our Savior saw our helplessness

        and came with peace to cheer us.

        For this we thank and praise the Lord

        who is by one and all adored:

        to God all praise and glory!


4     Let all who name Christ’s holy name

        give God the praise and glory.

        Let all who know his pow’r proclaim

        aloud the wondrous story.

        Cast ev’ry idol from its throne,

        for God is God, and he alone:

        to God all praise and glory!


Text: Johann J. Schütz, 1640-1690; tr. Frances E. Cox, 1812-1897, adapt.

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.



Silence for meditation.


We give you thanks, almighty God,

that you have refreshed us through the healing power of this gift of life;

and we pray that in your mercy

you would strengthen us through this gift,

in faith toward you and in fervent love toward one another;

for the sake of Jesus Christ, our Lord.








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.

  Amen                                                                                                     Numbers 6:24-26



Give to Our God Immortal Praise      Green LBW 520


1      Give to our God immortal praise!

        Mercy and truth are all his ways;

        wonders of grace to God belong;

        repeat his mercies in your song.


2      He sent his Son with pow’r to save

        from guilt and darkness and the grave.

        Wonders of grace to God belong;

        repeat his mercies in your song.


3      Give to the Lord of lords renown;

        the King of kings with glory crown.

        His mercies ever shall endure

        when lords and kings are known no more!


Text: Isaac Watts, 1674-1748


Go in peace. Serve the Lord.

  Thanks be to God!


From Sundays and Copyright 2022 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.

Prayer of the Day from Opening Prayers: Collects in Contemporary Language: Norwich, UK: Canterbury Press, 2001.

Additional material from Foretaste of the Feast to Come: Devotions on Holy Communion, by Philip Pfatteicher, copyright 1987 Augsburg Publishing House.
Eucharistic Canon reprinted by permission from A Little Book of Canons, Rod L. Ronneberg, STS, copyright 1997 and 2010.

Christ with the Grateful Samaritan Leper, from Art in the Christian Tradition, a project of the Vanderbilt Divinity Library, Nashville, TN. [retrieved October 3, 2022]. Original source:,_Buckland,

Agnus Day appears with the permission of


St Stephen Lutheran Church

55 Forsythe Road

Pittsburgh PA 15220

(412) 279-5868


Saturday Evening Worship – 6:30 pm

Sunday Morning Worship – 10:30 am