May 24, 2015 Sunday Bulletin



Bethel, Pennsylvania

(717) 933-5451


“Ministers – all the people of Salem”

Vicar Julie Osterhout


Ruth Stein, Organist


Day of Pentecost

May 24, 2015

9:30 a.m.


The asterisk* means to please stand if you are able. Lessons and designated prayers are found in the Celebrate Insert. Congregational responses are in bold, non-italicized print.


ELW refers to the Evangelical Lutheran Worship hymnal. Hymn numbers refer to songs; they are not page numbers. Page numbers are found at the front and very end of the hymnal at the bottom of the pages. Psalms are considered to be the first 150 hymns of the hymnal. They begin after page number 338.






*Confession and Forgiveness

Blessed be the holy Trinity, + one God, who forgives all our sin, whose mercy endures forever. Amen.


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. Amen.


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

(Silence is kept for reflection.)


Gracious God, have mercy on us. We confess that we have turned from you and given ourselves into the power of sin. We are truly sorry and humbly repent. In your compassion forgive us our sins, known and unknown, things we have done and things we have failed to do. Turn us again to you, and uphold us by your Spirit, so that we may live and serve you in newness of life through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord. Amen.


God who is rich in mercy, loved us even when we were dead in sin, and made us alive together with Christ. By grace you have been saved. In the name of + Jesus Christ, your sins are forgiven. Almighty God strengthen you with power through the Holy Spirit, that Christ may live in your hearts through faith. Amen.


Gathering Hymn ELW 395 “Come Holy Ghost, God & Lord”


Apostolic Greeting

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.


Kyrie (Sung)

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 their worship and praise, let us pray to the Lord.

Lord have mercy.


Help, save, comfort, and defend us, gracious Lord.



Glory to God in the highest, and peace to God’s people on earth.

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 Prayer of the Day

The Lord be with you.

And also with you.

Let us pray.  . . (See Celebrate Insert). . . Amen.



(See Celebrate Insert for readings)


First Reading

(Conclusion of reading): The Word of the Lord.      Thanks be to God.


Psalm (Read responsively – congregation reads the bold type)


Second Reading

(Conclusion of Reading): The Word of the Lord.      Thanks be to God.


Children’s Message


Gospel Acclamation (Sung)


Lord to whom shall we go?

You have the words of eternal life.



The Gospel according to Mark the Fifteenth Chapter

Glory to you, O Lord.


(Conclusion of Gospel)

The Gospel of the Lord.

Praise to you, O Christ.


Hymn of the Day ELW 400 “God of Tempest, God of Whirlwind”




(Silence is kept for reflection.)



Now let us stand and confess the faith into which we are baptized using the Nicene Creed.


*Prayers of Intercession

(See Celebrate Insert)


*The Sharing of the Peace

The peace of the Lord be with you all. And also with you.

Let us share the peace of the Lord with one another. (Greet those around you with the words: “The peace of the Lord be with you.” or something similar.)




Offering (If you are a visitor, please do not feel obligated to give. We are happy you’re here.)




*Offertory Hymn ELW 186Create in Me A Clean Heart


*Offertory Prayer

Let us pray, Blessed are you, O God, ruler of heaven and earth. Day by day you shower us with blessings. As you have raised us to new life in Christ, give us glad and generous hearts, ready to praise you and respond to those in need, through Jesus Christ our Savior and Lord. Amen.


*Great Thanksgiving


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 our thanks and praise.



It is indeed right . . . . and join their unending hymn:


Holy, holy, holy Lord, Lord God of pow’r and might, heav’n 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.


*Eucharistic Prayer and words of Institution (Congregational responses.)

Blessed are you, . . . as we proclaim the mystery of faith: Christ has died. Christ is risen. Christ will come again.

. . . Grace our table with your presence. Come, Holy Spirit.

. . . Send us forth, burning with justice, peace, and love. Come, Holy Spirit.

. . . blessed and holy Trinity, now and forever. Amen.


Lord remember us in your kingdom and teach us to pray,

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, the power, and the glory, forever and ever. Amen.


Taste and see that the Lord is good. Come to the banquet, for all is now ready.


(sung) 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, grant us peace.


(As you receive)

The body of Christ given for you. Amen.

The blood of Christ shed for you. Amen.


Communion Hymn ELW 399 “O Holy Spirit, Root of Life”


*Post Communion Blessing

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


*Post Communion Prayer

Let us pray, life giving God, in the mystery of Christ’s resurrection you send light to conquer darkness, water to give new life, and the bread of life to nourish your people. Send us forth as witnesses to your Son’s resurrection, that we may show your glory to all the world, through Jesus Christ, our risen Lord. Amen.




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.

(Sung) Amen, Amen, A----men.


*Sending Hymn ELW 588 “There’s a Wideness in God’s Mercy”



(Please be seated for the announcements.)


Extinguishing of Candles (Please remain seated until all candles have been extinguished)



Go in peace to love and serve the Lord. Thanks be to God.


(You are invited to the Social Hall for Coffee and Fellowship.)








Serving Today



Reader-Shirley Tallman


Acolyte-Marion Oxenreider


Greeting–Marion Oxenreider


Ushering–Nikolaus Andrusiak, Marlene Eisenhour, Shirley Tallman, Kevin Strauss


Children’s Time–Steve Long




The Altar Flowers are sponsored by Marion Oxenreider in honor of her birthday




Worship Leader-Vicar Julie G. Osterhout

Organist-Ruth Stein

Administrative Assistant-Loretta Ziegler & Angie Edwards

Sexton-Gloria Seiverling



Treasurer-Gloria Seiverling

Financial Secretary-Donald Daub


Church Council

President-Ruth Stein

Vice-president-Steve Long

Secretary-Marion Oxenreider


     Kelly Light

     Loretta Ziegler

     Donald Daub

     Cindy Lentz

     Angela Edwards

     Nik Andrusiak