November 22, 2015 Sunday Bulletin



Bethel, Pennsylvania

(717) 933-5451


“Ministers – all the people of Salem”

Interim Pastor Luther Routee


Ruth Stein, Organist


Christ the King

November 7, 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.






Opening Hymn ELW 752 Lord, Listen to Your Children Praying

(sing two times)


*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 430 Rejoice, for Christ is King


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.



This is the feast of victory for our God. Alleluia.


Worthy is Christ the lamb who was slain, whose blood set us free to be people of God.

Power and riches, and wisdom and strength, and honor and blessing and glory are his.

This is the feast of victory for our God. Alleluia.


Sing with all the people of God and join in the hymn of all creation:


Blessing and honor and glory and might be to God and the lamb forever. Amen.


This is the feast of victory for our God, for the lamb who was slain has begun his reign. Alleluia. Alleluia.


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 439 Soon and Very Soon


Sermon “What is Truth?”

 (Silence is kept for reflection.)



Now let us stand and confess the faith into which we are baptized using the Nicene Creed.(page 104)


We believe in one God,

      the Father, the Almighty,

      maker of heaven and earth,

      of all that is, seen and unseen.


We believe in one Lord, Jesus Christ,

      the only Son of God,

      eternally begotten of the Father,

      God from God, Light from Light,

      true God from true God,

      begotten, not made,

      of one being with the Father;

      through him all things were made.

      For us and our salvation

         he came down from heaven,

         was incarnate of the Holy Spirit and the virgin Mary

         and became truly human.

         For our sake he was crucified under Pontius Pilate;

         he suffered death and was buried.

         On the third day he rose again

         in accordance with the scriptures;

         he ascended into heaven

         and is seated at the right hand of the Father.

         He will come again in glory to judge the living and the dead,

         and his kingdom will have no end.


We believe in the Holy Spirit, the Lord, the giver of life,

      who proceeds from the Father and the Son,

      who with the Father and the Son is worshipped and glorified,

      who has spoken through the prophets.

      We believe in one holy catholic and apostolic church.


 We acknowledge one baptism for the forgiveness of sins.

      We look for the resurrection of the dead,

       and the life of the world to come. Amen.


*Prayers of Intercession

(See Celebrate Insert)


*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. (We greet one another with a handshake or hug and the words: “The peace of the Lord be with you” or similar words.)




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




*Offertory Hymn ELW 801Change My Heart, O God


Let us pray,  We give you thanks, almighty God, that you have refreshed us through the healing power of this gift of life.  In your mercy, strengthen us through this gift, in faith toward you and in fervent love toward one another; for the sake of Jesus Christ our Lord  Amen.


*Great Thanksgiving (sung)

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.)

Holy mighty, and merciful Lord . . . be all honor and glory, 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.



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.


(Please be seated at this time. The Lord’s Supper is open to all who are baptized regardless of church denomination. Adults and children who choose not to commune are invited to come to the railing for a blessing. If you are unable to approach the railing, please remain seated and the Lord’s Supper will be brought to you. Grape juice and gluten free crackers are available for the asking.)


(As you receive)

The body of Christ given for you. Amen.

The blood of Christ shed for you. Amen.


Communion Hymn ELW 471 Let Us Break Bread Together


*Post Communion Blessing

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



*Post Communion Song “Thankful Hearts and Voices Raise”


      Thankful hearts and voices raise; tell ev’ryone what God has done.

      Let all who seek the Lord rejoice and bear Christ’s holy name.

      Send us with your promises and lead your people forth in joy

      with shouts of thanksgiving. Alleluia. Alleluia.


*Post Communion Prayer

Let us pray. God of abundance, with this bread of life and cup of salvation you have united us with Christ, making us one with all your people. Now send us forth in the power of your Spirit, that we may proclaim your redeeming love to the world and continue forever in the risen life of Jesus Christ, our 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 805 Lead On, O King Eternal!”



(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-Kelly Light


Acolyte-Marion Oxenreider


Greeting–Marion Oxenreider


Ushering–Fay Daub, Donald Daub, Harold Oxenreider, Marion Oxenreider


Children’s Time–Angie Edwards




The Altar Flowers are sponsoredby Kelly Light in thanksgiving for wonderful family and friends.



Communion Assistant- Shirley Tallman





Worship Leader-Interim Pastor Luther Routee

Organist-Ruth Stein

Administrative Assistant-Angie Edwards & Loretta Ziegler

Sexton-Gloria Seiverling



Treasurer-Gloria Seiverling

Financial Secretary-Donald Daub


Church Council

President-Ruth Stein

Vice-president-Steve Long

Secretary-Marion Oxenreider


     Kelly Light

     Donald Daub

     Cindy Lentz

     Loretta Ziegler

     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).