August 31, 2014 Sunday Bulletin



Bethel, Pennsylvania

(717) 933-5451


“Ministers – all the people of Salem”

Vicar Julie Osterhout


Ruth Stein, Organist     



August 31, 2014

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 655“Son of God, Eternal Savior”


*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 here 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 623 “Rock of Ages, Cleft for Me”






Liturgy for Reconciliation and Healing

Leader: God of Life,

People: you are as near to us as our breath.

L: Touch our eyes

P: that we may see you;

L: Open our ears

P: that we may hear your voice;

L: Enter our hearts

P: that we may know your love.

L: Grace our souls and bodies with your presence,

All: that we might feel your strength and your healing touch. Come, God of breath and wholeness, in the name of Jesus Christ.  Amen.

(Silent prayers of confession)

L:  As a broken people, let us pray to God.

All: Holy One, we are yours.You breathed your life into these bodies, minds, and hearts. Forgive us when we have abused the gift of life.Forgive us when we have ignored or injured the suffering bodies of your children.


Heal us when we seek momentary pleasure in human things rather than divine things. Heal us when we bear in our bodies the brokenness of our past and the world around us. Reconcile us with those we have injured and ignored. Reconcile us with you, Creator and Great Physician.

(Silent prayers of confession)


L:  As a broken people, hear the good news: God is merciful and gracious, endlessly patient, loving, and true, showing mercy to thousands, forgiving iniquity, transgression, and sin, and granting pardon. Broken, we are now made whole. The peace of God be with you.


P: And also with you.


 (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 814 - “Take, Oh, Take Me As I Am”


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



Hymn ELW 656 “Blest Be the Tie That Binds”

      (*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) A-----------men.



*Sending Hymn ELW 790 “Day by Day”



      (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.)






A Note from your Church Council President……..


      I was asked, as church council president, to say a few words addressing last week’s congregational meeting and to talk about the future of Salem from this point forward.  Knowing that I was to have gum graft surgery on Friday and not being sure if I could speak well enough, I decided to write a little blurb for today’s bulletin (just in case).


The result of last Sunday’s meeting, (22 – yes and 15 – no) to call a full-time pastor has weighed heavily on my mind this past week.  Although a majority voted yes, it was not the 2/3 majority that was needed for the vote to pass.  For some (if not all) of the 22 members (myself included) that voted yes, this result feels like a dagger through our collective heart.  Personally, it feels as if the hopes and dreams we had for the future of Salem and its mission to do God’s work have been crushed.  It feels as if all of our time, energy and hard work have been ignored and even worse – rejected.  This wound is one that may heal with time although the scar will always be there.


With that being said, the members of your church council are still your church council and I am still your church council president.  Our vote for growth versus preservation from the July council meeting still stands and we take seriously the words that were spoken when we were installed as your church council back in January.  Our task as a council and as a congregation now is to figure out how we will do God’s work without a full-time pastor.  At the next council meeting we will look into officially entering the call process to obtain a part-time pastor or look into possible partners in our local area.  The Audit Committee, with the help of the Rev. Carl Shankweiler will finally do a complete audit in September to give us a full picture of our finances.


As Christians, our task is to do God’s will and spread God’s Word in our community to all people.  My hope for Salem is that it will keep this task in mind as it looks to the future.  As in the parable of the talents, we are entrusted with the gifts (time, talent, and treasure) God has given us and it is our job not to hide them behind the doors and walls of this church building but to use them in doing God’s work in our community and the world and multiply the number of people who know the Love of God.


 – Kelly Light


The Parable of the Talents

14 “For it is as if a man, going on a journey, summoned his slaves and entrusted his property to them; 15 to one he gave five talents,[a] to another two, to another one, to each according to his ability. Then he went away. 16 The one who had received the five talents went off at once and traded with them, and made five more talents. 17 In the same way, the one who had the two talents made two more talents. 18 But the one who had received the one talent went off and dug a hole in the ground and hid his master’s money. 19 After a long time the master of those slaves came and settled accounts with them. 20 Then the one who had received the five talents came forward, bringing five more talents, saying, ‘Master, you handed over to me five talents; see, I have made five more talents.’ 21 His master said to him, ‘Well done, good and trustworthy slave; you have been trustworthy in a few things, I will put you in charge of many things; enter into the joy of your master.’ 22 And the one with the two talents also came forward, saying, ‘Master, you handed over to me two talents; see, I have made two more talents.’ 23 His master said to him, ‘Well done, good and trustworthy slave; you have been trustworthy in a few things, I will put you in charge of many things; enter into the joy of your master.’ 24 Then the one who had received the one talent also came forward, saying, ‘Master, I knew that you were a harsh man, reaping where you did not sow, and gathering where you did not scatter seed; 25 so I was afraid, and I went and hid your talent in the ground. Here you have what is yours.’ 26 But his master replied, ‘You wicked and lazy slave! You knew, did you, that I reap where I did not sow, and gather where I did not scatter? 27 Then you ought to have invested my money with the bankers, and on my return I would have received what was my own with interest. 28 So take the talent from him, and give it to the one with the ten talents. 29 For to all those who have, more will be given, and they will have an abundance; but from those who have nothing, even what they have will be taken away. 30 As for this worthless slave, throw him into the outer darkness, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.’


Serving Today


Reader- Angie Edwards

Acolyte- Marion Oxenreider

Greeting – Dorothy Sheidy

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

Children’s Time – Pam Guigley

The Altar Flowers are sponsored by Doris Seiverling in memory of Eugene Seiverling.



Worship Leader-Vicar Julie G. Osterhout

Organist-Ruth Stein

Administrative Assistant-Kelly Light

Sexton-Gloria Seiverling



Treasurer-Gloria Seiverling

Financial Secretary-Donald Daub


Church Council

President-Kelly Light

Vice-president-Ruth Stein

Secretary-Marion Oxenreider


      Gloria Seiverling

      Loretta Ziegler

      Geraldine Lebo

      Steve Long

      Angela Edwards

      Nik Andrusiak