The Tenth Sunday after Pentecost

August 13, 2017

9:30 a.m.



St. Peter’s by the Sea Lutheran Church

1371 Sunset Cliffs Boulevard

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, one God, full of compassion and mercy, abounding in steadfast love.

C         Amen.

P          Trusting God’s promise of forgiveness, let us confess our sin against God   and one another.

            Eternal God our creator,

C         in you we live and move and have our being. Look upon us, your children,

the work of your hands. Forgive us all our offenses, and cleanse us from proud thoughts and empty desires. By your grace draw us near to you, our refuge and our strength; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

P          Since we are justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ. God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit given to us. In the mercy of almighty God, Christ died for us while we still were sinners; and for his sake, God forgives you all your sins.

C   Amen.



* OPENING HYMN                                                           O God, Our Help in Ages Past

Hymn #632




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.  O God our defender, storms rage around and within us and cause us to be afraid. Rescue your people from despair, deliver your sons and daughters from fear, and preserve us in the faith of your Son, 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 1 Kings.

19:9 At [Horeb, the mount of God,] [Elijah] came to a cave, and spent the night there. Then the word of the Lord came to him, saying, “What are you doing here, Elijah?” 10He answered, “I have been very zealous for the Lord, the God of hosts; for the Israelites have forsaken your covenant, thrown down your altars, and killed your prophets with the sword. I alone am left, and they are seeking my life, to take it away.”     
         11He said, “Go out and stand on the mountain before the Lord, for the Lord is about to pass by.” Now there was a great wind, so strong that it was splitting mountains and breaking rocks in pieces before the Lord, but the Lord was not in the wind; and after the wind an earthquake, but the Lord was not in the earthquake; 12and after the earthquake a fire, but the Lord was not in the fire; and after the fire a sound of sheer silence. 13When Elijah heard it, he wrapped his face in his mantle and went out and stood at the entrance of the cave. Then there came a voice to him that said, “What are you doing here, Elijah?” 14He answered, “I have been very zealous for the Lord, the God of hosts; for the Israelites have forsaken your covenant, thrown down your altars, and killed your prophets with the sword. I alone am left, and they are seeking my life, to take it away.” 15Then the Lord said to him, “Go, return on your way to the wilderness of Damascus; when you arrive, you shall anoint Hazael as king over Aram. 16Also you shall anoint Jehu son of Nimshi as king over Israel; and you shall anoint Elisha son of Shaphat of Abel-meholah as prophet in your place. 17Whoever escapes from the sword of Hazael, Jehu shall kill; and whoever escapes from the sword of Jehu, Elisha shall kill. 18Yet I will leave seven thousand in Israel, all the knees that have not bowed to Baal, and every mouth that has not kissed him.”

L          Word of God, word of life.

C         Thanks be to God.




L    Let us pray Psalm 85 responsively.

8I will listen to what the Lord God is saying;
  for you speak peace to your faithful people

       and to those who turn their hearts to you.
9Truly, your salvation is very near to those who fear you,
  that your glory may dwell in our land.
10Steadfast love and faithfulness have met together;
  righteousness and peace have kissed each other.
11Faithfulness shall spring up from the earth,
  and righteousness shall look down from heaven.
12The Lord will indeed grant prosperity,
  and our land will yield its increase.
13Righteousness shall go before the Lord
  and shall prepare for God a pathway.

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 Romans.

10:5 Moses writes concerning the righteousness that comes from the law, that “the person who does these things will live by them.” 6But the righteousness that comes from faith says, “Do not say in your heart, ‘Who will ascend into heaven?’ (that is, to bring Christ down) 7“or ‘Who will descend into the abyss?’ (that is, to bring Christ up from the dead). 8But what does it say?    
 “The word is near you,   
  on your lips and in your heart”          
(that is, the word of faith that we proclaim); 9because if you confess with your lips that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. 10For one believes with the heart and so is justified, and one confesses with the mouth and so is saved. 11The scripture says, “No one who believes in him will be put to shame.” 12For there is no distinction between Jew and Greek; the same Lord is Lord of all and is generous to all who call on him. 13For, “Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord shall be saved.”          
         14But how are they to call on one in whom they have not believed? And how are they to believe in one of whom they have never heard? And how are they to hear without someone to proclaim him? 15And how are they to proclaim him unless they are sent? As it is written, “How beautiful are the feet of those who bring good news!”

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.

14:22 [Jesus] made the disciples get into the boat and go on ahead to the other side [of the Sea of Galilee], while he dismissed the crowds.23And after he had dismissed the crowds, he went up the mountain by himself to pray. When evening came, he was there alone, 24but by this time the boat, battered by the waves, was far from the land, for the wind was against them. 25And early in the morning he came walking toward them on the sea. 26But when the disciples saw him walking on the sea, they were terrified, saying, “It is a ghost!” And they cried out in fear. 27But immediately Jesus spoke to them and said, “Take heart, it is I; do not be afraid.”          
         28Peter answered him, “Lord, if it is you, command me to come to you on the water.” 29He said, “Come.” So Peter got out of the boat, started walking on the water, and came toward Jesus. 30But when he noticed the strong wind, he became frightened, and beginning to sink, he cried out, “Lord, save me!” 31Jesus immediately reached out his hand and caught him, saying to him, “You of little faith, why did you doubt?” 32When they got into the boat, the wind ceased. 33And those in the boat worshiped him, saying, “Truly you are the Son of God.”

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



SERMON                                                                                            Vicar Thomas Voelp



*  HYMN OF THE DAY                                                      Eternal Father, Strong to Save

Hymn #756




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  …  Lord, in your mercy,

                                                                                                           C     hear our prayer.




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                                                                                                 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          Holy God,

our Maker, Redeemer, and Healer,

in the harmonious world of your creation,

the plants and animals,

the seas and stars

were whole and well in your praise.

When sin had scarred the world,

you sent your Son to heal our ills

and to form us again into one.

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 acts of healing,

his body given up,

and his victory over death,

we await that day when all the peoples of the earth

will come to the river to enjoy the tree of life.

Send your Spirit upon us and this meal:

as grains scattered on the hillside become one bread,

so let your Church be gathered from the ends of the earth,

that all may be fed with the Bread of life, your Son.

Through him all glory and honor is yours,

Almighty Father, with the Holy Spirit,

in your holy Church,

both 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.







            #785 When Peace like a River

            #774 What a Fellowship, What a Joy Divine

            #773 Precious Lord, Take My Hand




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

C         Amen.




D         Let us pray. Jesus Christ, host of this meal, you have given us not only this bread and cup, but your very self, that we may feast on your great love. Filled again by these signs of your grace, may we hunger for your reign of justice, may we thirst for your way of peace, for you are Lord forevermore.

C         Amen.








P          May God, whose power working in us can do infinitely more than we can ask or imagine, grant you the gifts of faith and hope. Almighty God, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, bless you now and forever.

C         Amen.



*  SENDING HYMN                                                    My Life Flows On in Endless Song

Hymn #763




D         Go in peace. The Spirit sends us forth to serve.

C         Thanks be to God.


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 Carolyn Irby for the flowers at the altar given in memory of her husband, Dick Irby. We also thank Elizabeth Sjokvist for sponsoring the coffee fellowship after the service, in honor of Bob Keck’s birthday.

NEWSLETTER DEADLINE: All articles, announcements, calendar items, etc. for the September issue of the Fisherman’s Net are due to the office by August 15th. Photos are especially appreciated; thank you!

INTERFAITH SHELTER NETWORK MEETING: Today, 12:30 p.m. at St. Peter’s by the Sea. All who are volunteering, coordinating, or would like more information about the Interfaith Shelter Network are invited to attend.

MOVIE: “Martin Luther: the Idea that Changed the World” tomorrow at 7:30 p.m. at the Reading Cinemas Town Square 14. Note: this movie is sold out, only those with a pre-purchased ticket can be admitted.

BETHLEHEM HANDCRAFTS: Next Sunday, we will have a representative from Bethlehem Handcrafts at St. Peter’s offering handcrafted olivewood items for sale. Proceeds benefit Christian Palestinians in the Holy Land. These beautiful carvings can remind us of people of faith and the biblical stories that bear witness of God’s grace and compassion for all. Do your Christmas shopping in July!

WELCOME, SONJA: Today we welcome Sonja D’Anneo as our guest musician. Sonja will be with us today and August 27th while Doris is on vacation.

GOODBYE, ANA: Today we say goodbye to our Nursery care provider, Ana Arellano, who has been caring for our littlest ones for almost four years. We’ll miss you.


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

Sandy, Dora, Christina F.

Our homebound members and those in care facilities:

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

Our members with on-going concerns:

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

Our military, police, fire fighters and first responders



The Week Beginning August 13, 2017

Sunday, August 13               The Tenth Sunday after Pentecost

        8:30 a.m.                        Executive Committee

        9:00 a.m.                        Choir Rehearsal

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

      10:30 a.m.                        Fellowship

      12:30 p.m.                        Interfaith Shelter Network Meeting

        7:00 p.m.                        Al-Anon Meeting

Monday, August 14

        9:00 a.m.                        YMCA Exercise Class

        7:30 p.m.                        Movie: Martin Luther at Reading Cinemas. (Note: this movie is sold out)

Tuesday, August 15              Net Articles Due

        9:30 a.m.                        Christian Service

        9:30 a.m.                        Preschool Pool Day

        1:00 p.m.                        Staff Meeting

        7:00 p.m.                        Congregation Council

Wednesday, August 16

        9:15 a.m.                        ELCA Pastors Meeting

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

Thursday, August 17

Friday, August 18

        9:00 a.m.                        YMCA Exercise Class

        9:30 a.m.                        Preschool Chapel

      10:00 a.m.                        Preschool Pool Day

        4:00 p.m.                        Preschool Committee

Saturday, August 19

      11:00 a.m.                        Memorial Service for Judith Gerard

Sunday, August 20               The Eleventh Sunday after Pentecost

        8:30 a.m.                        Bethlehem Handcrafts (until 11:30 a.m.)

        9:00 a.m.                        Choir Rehearsal

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

      10:30 a.m.                        Fellowship

      11:00 a.m.                        God’s Work. Our Hands. Planning Meeting

        7:00 p.m.                        Al-Anon Meeting



Worship Leadership


The Rev. Karen Marohn


Vicar Thomas Voelp

Director of Music:

Doris DeChenne

Guest Musician:

Sonja D’Anneo

Worship Assistant:

Deacon Joan Allton

Altar Care:

Jim Grutkowski


Greg Lommen and Scott Walls


Charles Lauger


Maya Slaughter and Christina Doering

Sunday School Teacher:

Ellen Schmeding

Nursery Care:

Ana Arellano




Reflections for Sunday, 08-13-2017, The Tenth Sunday after Pentecost

Preparation for Sunday, 08-20-2017, The Eleventh Sunday after Pentecost

Scripture for Sunday, 08-20-2017, The Eleventh Sunday after Pentecost



Christian Sympathy

The church family of St. Peter’s extends our promise of prayer and sympathy to Elaine Kraemer and family on the death of her husband, Mike.

May he rest in peace eternal



SCHOOL KITS: We are collecting items to make 40 School Kits to send to Lutheran World Relief (LWR). To complete the kits, we need: 2-½ inch erasers, ballpoint pens (no gel ink), 16 or 24 count box crayons, and 70-sheet notebooks. Thank you!



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