The Nineteenth Sunday after Pentecost

October 15, 2017

9:30 a.m.



St. Peter’s by the Sea Lutheran Church

1371 Sunset Cliffs Boulev ard

San Diego, CA  92107


Rev. Karen L. Marohn







Please STAND (as you are able) at the parts of the liturgy marked with an asterisk (*).

Bold type means congregational participation.










P          Blessed be the holy Trinity, the one who fashions us, the one who heals us, the one who reforms us again and again.

C         Amen.

P          Let us confess our sin, calling for God's transforming power.

            Source of all life,

C         we confess that we have not allowed your grace to set us free. We fear that we are not good enough. We hear your word of love freely given to us, yet we expect others to earn it. We turn the church inward, rather than moving it outward. Forgive us. Stir us. Reform us to be a church powered by love, willing to speak for what is right, act for what is just, and seek the healing of your whole creation. Amen.

P          God hears our cry and sends the Spirit to change us and to empower our lives in the world. Our sins are forgiven, God’s love is unconditional, and we are raised up as God’s people who will always be made new, in the name of Jesus Christ.

C   Amen.



* OPENING HYMN                                                               As We Gather at Your Table

Hymn #522




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

C         And also with you.




P          Let us pray.  Lord of the feast, you have prepared a table before all peoples and poured out your life with abundance. Call us again to your banquet. Strengthen us by what is honorable, just, and pure, and transform us into a people of righteousness and peace, through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord.

C         Amen.







Jesus loves the little children, all the children of the world.

Red, brown, yellow, black and white, they are precious in His sight.

Jesus loves the little children of the world.









L    A reading from Isaiah.

         25:1 O Lord, you are my God; I will exalt you, I will praise your name; for you have done wonderful things, plans formed of old, faithful and sure. 2For you have made the city a heap, the fortified city a ruin; the palace of aliens is a city no more, it will never be rebuilt. 3Therefore strong peoples will glorify you; cities of ruthless nations will fear you. 4For you have been a refuge to the poor, a refuge to the needy in their distress, a shelter from the rainstorm and a shade from the heat. When the blast of the ruthless was like a winter rainstorm, 5the noise of aliens like heat in a dry place, you subdued the heat with the shade of clouds; the song of the ruthless was stilled.           
         6On this mountain the Lord of hosts will make for all peoples a feast of rich food, a feast of well-aged wines, of rich food filled with marrow, of well-aged wines strained clear. 7And he will destroy on this mountain the shroud that is cast over all peoples, the sheet that is spread over all nations; 8he will swallow up death forever. Then the Lord God will wipe away the tears from all faces, and the disgrace of his people he will take away from all the earth, for the Lord has spoken. 9It will be said on that day, Lo, this is our God; we have waited for him, so that he might save us. This is the Lord for whom we have waited; let us be glad and rejoice in his salvation.

L          Word of God, word of life.

C         Thanks be to God.




L    Let us pray Psalm 23 responsively.

1The Lord is my shepherd;
  I shall not be in want.
2The Lord makes me lie down in green pastures
  and leads me beside still waters.
3You restore my soul, O Lord,
  and guide me along right pathways for your name’s sake.

4Though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I shall fear no evil;
  for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me.
5You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies;
  you anoint my head with oil, and my cup is running over.
6Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life,
  and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever.

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.




L    A reading from Philippians.

4:1 My brothers and sisters, whom I love and long for, my joy and crown, stand firm in the Lord in this way, my beloved.        
         2 I urge Euodia and I urge Syntyche to be of the same mind in the Lord. 3Yes, and I ask you also, my loyal companion, help these women, for they have struggled beside me in the work of the gospel, together with Clement and the rest of my co-workers, whose names are in the book of life.  
4 Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, Rejoice. 5Let your gentleness be known to everyone. The Lord is near. 6Do not worry about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. 7And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.         
         8 Finally, beloved, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is pleasing, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence and if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things. 9Keep on doing the things that you have learned and received and heard and seen in me, and the God of peace will be with you.

L          Word of God, word of life.

C         Thanks be to God.







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

22:1 Once more Jesus spoke to them in parables, saying: 2“The kingdom of heaven may be compared to a king who gave a wedding banquet for his son. 3He sent his slaves to call those who had been invited to the wedding banquet, but they would not come. 4Again he sent other slaves, saying, ‘Tell those who have been invited: Look, I have prepared my dinner, my oxen and my fat calves have been slaughtered, and everything is ready; come to the wedding banquet.’ 5But they made light of it and went away, one to his farm, another to his business, 6while the rest seized his slaves, mistreated them, and killed them. 7The king was enraged. He sent his troops, destroyed those murderers, and burned their city. 8Then he said to his slaves, ‘The wedding is ready, but those invited were not worthy. 9Go therefore into the main streets, and invite everyone you find to the wedding banquet.’ 10Those slaves went out into the streets and gathered all whom they found, both good and bad; so the wedding hall was filled with guests.          
11“But when the king came in to see the guests, he noticed a man there who was not wearing a wedding robe, 12and he said to him, ‘Friend, how did you get in here without a wedding robe?’ And he was speechless. 13Then the king said to the attendants, ‘Bind him hand and foot, and throw him into the outer darkness, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.’ 14For many are called, but few are chosen.”

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



SERMON                                                                                             Rev. Karen Marohn



*  HYMN OF THE DAY                                                     Let Us Go Now to the Banquet

Hymn #523




C         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.



*  PRAYERS                                         After each petition,    D  …  Hear us, O God.

                                                                                                  C       Your mercy is great.




P          The peace of Christ be with you always.
C         And also with you.

D         Let us exchange a sign of God’s peace.







OFFERING                  Come, My Way, My Truth, My Life                               St. Peter’s Choir

Please stand as the ushers bring the gifts to the Altar

Let the Vineyard Be Fruitful





P          It is indeed right, our duty and our joy, that we should at all times and in all places give thanks and praise to you, almighty and merciful God, . . . (Here the minister continues with the proper preface concluding) . . .  we praise your name and join their unending hymn:







P          God of our weary years, God of our silent tears,

you have brought us this far along the way.

In times of bitterness you did not abandon us,

but guided us into the path of love and light.

In every age you sent prophets

to make known your loving will for all humanity.

The cry of the poor has become your own cry;

our hunger and thirst for justice is your own desire.

In the fullness of time, you sent your chosen servant

to preach good news to the afflicted,

to break bread with the outcast and despised,

and to ransom those in bondage to prejudice and sin.

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 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.

C         Christ has died.

Christ is risen.

Christ will come again.

P          Remembering, therefore, his death and resurrection,

we await the day when Jesus shall return

to free all the earth from the bonds of slavery and death.

Come, Lord Jesus! And let the church say, Amen

C         Amen.

P          Send your Holy Spirit, our advocate,

to fill the hearts of all who share this bread and cup

with courage and wisdom to pursue love and justice in all the world.

Come, Spirit of freedom! And let the church say, Amen

C         Amen.

P          Join our prayers and praise with your prophets and martyrs of every age,

that, rejoicing in the hope of the resurrection,

we might live in the freedom and hope of your Son.

Through him, with him, in him, in the unity of the Holy Spirit,

all glory and honor is yours, almighty Father, now and forever.

C         Amen.




C         Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name, your kingdom come, your will be done,         on earth as in heaven. Give us today our daily bread. Forgive us our sins as we forgive those who sin against us. Save us from the time of trial and deliver us from evil. For the kingdom, the power, and the glory are yours, now and forever. Amen.




All baptized Christians are invited to receive communion.  Receive the bread then dip it into the cup.  The first cup is red wine; the second cup is white grape juice. For those unable to partake of wheaten bread, a rice wafer is available.







            #484 You Satisfy the Hungry Heart

            #465 As the Grains of Wheat

            #483 Here Is Bread




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

C         Amen.




D         Let us pray. Holy and compassionate God, in bread and wine you give us gifts that form us to be humble and courageous. May your words come to life in our serving and in our witness, that we might speak a living voice of healing and justice to all the world, through Jesus Christ, our rock and our redeemer.

C         Amen.








P          The Lord bless you and keep you. The Lord’s face shine on you with grace and mercy. The Lord look upon you with favor and give you peace.

C         Amen.



*  SENDING HYMN                                                                             United at the Table

Hymn #498




D         Go in peace. Sound the good news.

C         Thanks be to God.




Reflections for Sunday, 10-15-2017, The Nineteenth Sunday after Pentecost

Preparation for Sunday, 10-22-2017, The Twentieth Sunday after Pentecost

Scripture for Sunday, 10-22-2017, The Twentieth Sunday after Pentecost



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We keep the following members of St. Peter’s in our prayers:

Christina F., Sue F.

Our homebound members and those in care facilities:

Gerry, Keith, Ann R., Leon & Violet, Ivy, Hank, Wayne, Dora, Beverly, Della

Our members with on-going concerns:

Kevin, Rose, Phil, Steve F., Dante, Mary, Ann Z., Sandy

Our military, police, fire fighters and first responders




We are glad that you have come to worship with us today!  Please sign a WELCOME card found in the pew rack, and give it to an usher or drop it in the offering plate.  A nursery is available for toddlers and young children. Children’s Church School for grades Pre-K to 5th grade meets during the worship service. Large-print bulletins and children’s bulletins are available from an usher. You will find hand sanitizer in the pew rack for your use during the service.

ALTAR CARE is given for the praise and glory of God.  Today we thank Rose Engleman for the flowers at the altar given in thanksgiving for her brother. We also thank the Fellowship Committee for the coffee fellowship after the service.

AD HOC FINANCIAL PRIORITIES PRESENTATION: As requested by the congregation, the Ad Hoc Financial Priorities committee will present their report to the congregation after the worship service today.

NEWSLETTER DEADLINE: All articles, announcements, calendar items, etc. for the November issue of the Fisherman’ Net are due to the office by the end of today. Photos of your event are especially appreciated. Thank you!

CHRISTIAN SERVICE: Tomorrow, St. Peter’s will deliver 9 Quilts and 48 School Kits to the LSS/SC (Lutheran Social Services/Southern California) Ingathering. These will be loaded on a truck with quilts & kits from other Lutheran churches in San Diego and distributed worldwide through Lutheran World Relief. Another beautiful example of God’s Work. Our Hands.

BISHOP’S GATHERING: Next Sunday, October 22nd from 3:00 to 4:30 p.m. at Clairemont Lutheran. This year’s topic is “Congregational Leadership in Changing Times”. Your Congregation Council will attend this annual gathering and all interested parties are welcome. Please RSVP through St. Peter’s church office.

HAND AND FOOT CARD GAME: Our next Hand & Foot is Saturday, October 28th at 5:00 p.m. Be sure to sign up on the bulletin board in the Fellowship Hall.

OCTOBER FOOD DRIVE: Loaves & Fishes is settling in to their new distribution site and are in need of financial contributions at this time (vs. canned goods). You can make a monetary contribution through St. Peter’s by the Sea, marking your envelope “Loaves & Fishes”. Thank you.

VOLUNTEER READERS: Sunset View Elementary is looking for volunteers to give one hour a week of their time to the “Everyone A Reader” program. Contact Janene Bacica, Site Coordinator, at 619-223-7156 for more information.



The Week Beginning October 15, 2017

Sunday, October 15                        The Nineteenth Sunday after Pentecost

                                                Net Articles Due

        8:45 a.m.                        Children’s Choir

        8:45 a.m.                        Nominating Committee

        9:30 a.m.                        Worship, Children’s Church School

      10:30 a.m.                        Ad Hoc Financial Priorities Committee Presentation

      10:30 a.m.                        Fellowship

        7:00 p.m.                        Al-Anon Meeting

Monday, October 16

        9:00 a.m.                        YMCA Exercise Class

        9:00 a.m.                        LSS/SC Ingathering for Lutheran World Relief

Tuesday, October 17

        9:30 a.m.                        Preschool Chapel

        9:30 a.m.                        Christian Service

      10:00 a.m.                        Gentle Yoga

        1:00 p.m.                        Staff Meeting

        4:00 p.m.                        One Hope Book Study

        6:00 p.m.                        Women’s Book Study

Wednesday, October 18

        9:15 a.m.                        ELCA Pastors Meeting

        6:30 p.m.                        Mid-week Communion Service

        7:00 p.m.                        Choir Rehearsal

        7:00 p.m.                        Endowment Committee

Thursday, October 19

Friday, October 20

        9:00 a.m.                        YMCA Exercise Class

        9:30 a.m.                        Preschool Chapel

Saturday, October 21

        8:30 a.m.                        Men’s Book Study

Sunday, October 22                        The Twentieth Sunday after Pentecost

        8:45 a.m.                        Children’s Choir

        9:30 a.m.                        Worship, Children’s Church School

      10:30 a.m.                        Fellowship

        3:00 p.m.                        Bishop’s Gathering at Clairemont Lutheran

        7:00 p.m.                        Al-Anon Meeting



Worship Leadership


The Rev. Karen Marohn


Vicar Thomas Voelp

Director of Music:

Doris DeChenne

Worship Assistant:

Deacon Diane Sherwood

Altar Care:

Janine Morrow


Gail Bennett and Janine Morrow


Darlene Thygerson


Jacob and Hannah Zimmermann

Sunday School Teachers:

Ellen Schmeding and Terri Webster

Nursery Care:

Darlene Truver




2017 Congregation Council: Ellen Schmeding, President; John Smart, Vice-President; Darlene Morrow-Truver, Treasurer; Jeff Cours; Christina Doering; Colleen Doering; and Richard Nielsen.





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