August 30, 2015 Sunday Bulletin





Bethel, Pennsylvania

(717) 933-5451


“Ministers – all the people of Salem”

Vicar Julie Osterhout


Ruth Stein, Organist


14th Sunday after Pentecost

August 30, 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 (page 94-96)

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 625 Come, We That Love the 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 Eleison (Lord, have mercy) (page 147 - 148)


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) (page 151)


Lord to whom shall we go?

You have the words of eternal life.



The Gospel according to . . .

Glory to you, O Lord.


(Conclusion of Gospel)

The Gospel of the Lord.

Praise to you, O Christ.


Hymn of the Day ELW 772 Oh, That the Lord Would Guide My Ways




(Silence is kept for reflection.)



Now let us stand and confess the faith into which we are baptized using the Apostle's Creed.(page 105)


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.


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


Healing Service & Prayers  ELW pg. 276


*Prayers of Intercession

(See Celebrate Insert)


*The Lord's Prayer,

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.


Hymn ELW 328Restore in Us, O God”

(*Stand if you are able before the last verse.)”




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 774 What a Fellowship, What a Joy Divine



(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-Angie Edwards


Acolyte-Marion Oxenreider


Greeting–Dorothy Sheidy


Ushering–Denise Triest, Donald Daub, Harold Oxenreider, Marion Oxenreider


Children’s Time–Gerry Lebo



The Altar Flowers are sponsored by Mickey Rank in memory of Russell Rank.






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






The Prayer That Changes Everything


Lord, I worship You and praise You as the all-knowing and all-wise God of the universe.  All things are known by You.  You know all of my days, and You know the way I should go.  Thank You, Lord, that You give wisdom to those who ask for it.  And I ask for wisdom today.  I know that having mere knowledge apart from You will never be enough to satisfy the longing in my heart.  I can never know enough.  What I need to know only You can teach me.


      Lord, I know it is Your will for me to give thanks in all things, so I thank You this day for everything You have done in my life (Thessalonians 5:18).  Work in me what is pleasing in Your sight (Hebrews 13:21). Thank You for giving me knowledge of Your will in all wisdom and spiritual understanding (Colossians 1:9).  Thank you for guiding me and leading me.  Thank You for giving me understanding from Your Word and directing my steps so I can stay on the path You have for me.  Thank You for revealing to me the way in which I should go regarding every decision I make.  I praise You for Your wisdom and knowledge and revelation.  Thank You for helping me to stand perfect and complete in the center of Your will (Colossians 4:12).  Give me the endurance I need, so that after I have done Your will, I will receive the promise (Hebrews 10:36).