The Third Sunday after Pentecost

June 25, 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.






PRELUDE                                                                                                    Children’s Choir




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                                                                            Oh, Sing to the Lord

Hymn #822




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.  Teach us, good Lord God, to serve you as you deserve, to give and not to count the cost, to fight and not to heed the wounds, to toil and not to seek for rest, to labor and not to ask for reward, except that of knowing that we do your will, through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord.

C         Amen.



CHILDREN’S SERMON                                                          (No Sunday School today)

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 Jeremiah.

         20:7O Lord, you have enticed me, and I was enticed; you have overpowered me, and you have prevailed. I have become a laughingstock all day long; everyone mocks me. 8For whenever I speak, I must cry out, I must shout, “Violence and destruction!” For the word of the Lord has become for me a reproach and derision all day long. 9If I say, “I will not mention him, or speak any more in his name,” then within me there is something like a burning fire shut up in my bones; I am weary with holding it in, and I cannot.

 10For I hear many whispering: “Terror is all around! Denounce him! Let us denounce him!” All my close friends are watching for me to stumble. “Perhaps he can be enticed, and we can prevail against him, and take our revenge on him.” 11But the Lord is with me like a dread warrior; therefore my persecutors will stumble, and they will not prevail. They will be greatly shamed, for they will not succeed. Their eternal dishonor will never be forgotten. 12O Lord of hosts, you test the righteous, you see the heart and the mind; let me see your retribution upon them, for to you I have committed my cause.           
         13Sing to the Lord; praise the Lord! For he has delivered the life of the needy from the hands of evildoers.

L          Word of God, word of life.

C         Thanks be to God.




L    Let us pray Psalm 69 responsively.

7Surely, for your sake I have suffered reproach,
  and shame has covered my face.
8I have become a stranger to my own kindred,
  an alien to my mother’s children.
9Zeal for your house has eaten me up;
  the scorn of those who scorn you has fallen upon me.
10I humbled myself with fasting,
  but that was turned to my reproach.
16Answer me, O Lord, for your love is kind;
in your great compassion, turn to me.
17Hide not your face from your servant;
  be swift and answer me, for I am in distress.
Draw near to me and redeem me;
because of my enemies deliver me.

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.

6:1bShould we continue in sin in order that grace may abound? 2By no means! How can we who died to sin go on living in it? 3Do you not know that all of us who have been baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death? 4Therefore we have been buried with him by baptism into death, so that, just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, so we too might walk in newness of life.     
         5For if we have been united with him in a death like his, we will certainly be united with him in a resurrection like his. 6We know that our old self was crucified with him so that the body of sin might be destroyed, and we might no longer be enslaved to sin. 7For whoever has died is freed from sin. 8But if we have died with Christ, we believe that we will also live with him. 9We know that Christ, being raised from the dead, will never die again; death no longer has dominion over him. 10The death he died, he died to sin, once for all; but the life he lives, he lives to God. 11So you also must consider yourselves dead to sin and alive to God in Christ Jesus.

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.

10:24 [Jesus said to the twelve:] “A disciple is not above the teacher, nor a slave above the master; 25it is enough for the disciple to be like the teacher, and the slave like the master. If they have called the master of the house Beelzebul, how much more will they malign those of his household!  
         26“So have no fear of them; for nothing is covered up that will not be uncovered, and nothing secret that will not become known. 27What I say to you in the dark, tell in the light; and what you hear whispered, proclaim from the housetops. 28Do not fear those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul; rather fear him who can destroy both soul and body in hell. 29Are not two sparrows sold for a penny? Yet not one of them will fall to the ground apart from your Father. 30And even the hairs of your head are all counted. 31So do not be afraid; you are of more value than many sparrows.     
         32“Everyone therefore who acknowledges me before others, I also will acknowledge before my Father in heaven; 33but whoever denies me before others, I also will deny before my Father in heaven.           
         34“Do not think that I have come to bring peace to the earth; I have not come to bring peace, but a sword. 35For I have come to set a man against his father, and a daughter against her mother, and a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law; 36and one’s foes will be members of one’s own household. 37Whoever loves father or mother more than me is not worthy of me; and whoever loves son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me; 38and whoever does not take up the cross and follow me is not worthy of me. 39Those who find their life will lose it, and those who lose their life for my sake will find it.”

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



SERMON                                                                                            Rev. Karen Marohn



*  HYMN OF THE DAY                                                                       By Gracious Powers

Hymn #626




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.







OFFERTORY HYMN                                                                                   St. Peter’s Choir


Please stand as the ushers bring the gifts to the Altar


Let the Vineyards Be Fruitful





P          It is indeed right, our duty and our joy, … (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, 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.




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.







            #639 When We Are Living

            #824 This Is My Father’s World

            #474 Bread of Life from Heaven




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

C         Amen.




D         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                                                                     I’m Going on a Journey

Hymn #446




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

C         Thanks be to God.




Reflections for Sunday, 06-25-2017, The Third Sunday after Pentecost

Preparation for Sunday, 07-02-2017, The Fourth Sunday after Pentecost

Scripture for Sunday, 07-02-2017, The Fourth Sunday after Pentecost



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

Sandy, Colleen, Dora, Wayne, Lora, Ann Z., Gerry, Bryan, Dante, Mary

Our homebound members and those in care facilities:

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

Our members with on-going concerns:

Kevin, Rose, Phil, Steve F.

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 privacy room for those with infants is at the back of the sanctuary.  A nursery is available for toddlers and young children. Children’s Church School for grades Pre-K to 5th grade meets during the service (except the last Sunday of the month.) 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.

SUNDAY HOSPITALITY is given for the praise and glory of God.  Today we thank Jim Grutkowski for the flowers at the altar given in memory of Katy Grutkowski. We also thank Scott Walls and Greg Lommen for the coffee fellowship after the service.

NET MAILING GROUP: If you can spare an hour, we’d love to have your help preparing the newsletter for mailing. We meet this Wednesday, June 28th at 8:30 a.m. in the Meeting Room. Thank you.

VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL: It’s not too late to register your child/ren or grandchildren for VBS at St. Peter’s. Registration forms are available on the credenza in the Fellowship Hall, from the church office or on St. Peter’s website. There are a limited number of spaces available.  VBS is the week of July 17-21 from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon.

TAKE A HIKE: On June 4th, our conference, West San Diego, (including Vicar Thomas) raised $1,697.00 for LRCC (Lutheran Retreats, Camps, & Conference). Thank you to those that could contribute to this organization that offers opportunities to deepen faith, and gathers God’s people to wonder and marvel at God’s beautiful creation together!

CHOIRS: Walk-in choir has begun! This means you can be part of St. Peter’s Choir on a week-by-week basis. Simply walk-in to the choir room at 9:00 a.m. on Sunday mornings for a rehearsal and then sing with the choir that day. All Are Welcome. The Children’s Choir will be taking a break until September when they will start up again in full voice! It is a joy and delight to hear those young voices each week.



The Week Beginning June 25, 2017

Sunday, June 25                   The Third Sunday after Pentecost

        8:45 a.m.                        Children’s Choir

        9:30 a.m.                        Worship

      10:30 a.m.                        Fellowship

      10:30 a.m.                        Blood Pressure Checks

        7:00 p.m.                        Al-Anon Meeting

Monday, June 26

        9:00 a.m.                        YMCA Exercise Class

Tuesday, June 27

        9:30 a.m.                        Preschool Chapel

      10:00 a.m.                        Gentle Yoga

        1:00 p.m.                        Staff Meeting

        6:00 p.m.                        Women’s Book Study Dinner at Shelter Island Brigantine

Wednesday, June 28

        8:30 a.m.                        Net Mailing Group

        9:15 a.m.                        ELCA Pastors’ Meeting

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

Thursday, June 29                 St. Peter and Paul, Apostles

Friday, June 30

        9:00 a.m.                        YMCA Exercise Class

        9:30 a.m.                        Preschool Chapel

Saturday, July 1

Sunday, July 2                       The Fourth Sunday after Pentecost

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

      10:30 a.m.                        Fellowship

        7:00 p.m.                        Al-Anon Meeting



Worship Leadership


The Rev. Karen Marohn


Vicar Thomas Voelp

Director of Music:

Doris DeChenne

Worship Assistant:

Deacon Joan Allton

Altar Care:

Jim Grutkowski


Greg Lommen and Scott Walls


Jacob Zimmermann


Janine Morrow


Jacob and Hannah Zimmermann

Nursery Care:

Ana Arellano




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




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