Nov 22

Christ the King Sunday

November 22, 2020

Welcome to Ocean Park Lutheran Church
Gathering Hymn
Confession and Forgivness

Faithful God, have mercy on us.

We confess that we are captive to sin and cannot free ourselves.
We turn from your loving embrace and go our own ways.
We pass judgment on one another before examining ourselves.
We place our own needs before those of our neighbors.
We keep your gift of salvation to ourselves.
Make us humble, cast away our transgressions, and turn us again to life in you
through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord. Amen.

Prayer of the Day

O God of justice and love, you illumine our way through life with the words of your Son. Give us the light we need, and awaken us to the needs of others, through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord. Amen.

Readings

First Reading: Ezekiel 34:11-16, 20-24
Second Reading: Ephesians 1:15-23

Gospel

Gospel according to Matthew 25:31-46

Sermon
Hymn of the Day
First Plymouth Church, Lincoln Nebraska, November 26, 2017
Arrangement by Sterling Procter.
Used by permission
Proclamation of Faith
Prayers of the People

Longing for Christ’s reign to come among us, we pray for the outpouring of God’s power on the church, the world, and all in need.

Sovereign of all, train our ears to hear your cry in the needs of those around us. Bless all social ministries of the church through which we seek to serve others as we ourselves have been served.
Hear us, O God. Your mercy is great.
You cause rain to fall on the just and unjust alike. Direct our use of creation to provide for the needs of all people in ways that are sustainable for the earth.
Hear us, O God. Your mercy is great.
Bring peace to every place where conflict rages. Grant opportunities for ending divisions among us and usher in your reign of unity and reconciliation.
Hear us, O God. Your mercy is great.
Heal the sinful divisions we erect between us and release us from systems of oppression and prejudice. Restore our capacity to see your image in those whose dignity we have stripped away.
Hear us, O God. Your mercy is great.
Pour out the gifts of your Spirit on children and youth throughout the church. Sustain those who work in children’s ministry, youth ministry, and campus ministry as they nurture the gifts of young people.
Hear us, O God. Your mercy is great.
Thank you for saints now departed who fed the hungry, clothed the naked, and tended to the sick. Inspire us by their example, that we may see your presence in those in need around us.
Hear us, O God. Your mercy is great.
Receive our prayers in the name of Jesus Christ our Savior, until that day when you gather all creation around your throne where you will reign forever and ever. Amen.

Communion
Announcements
Sending Hymn
Benediction

Nov 19

Rest in the Midst of Chaos

Begin by taking some deep breaths. As you breathe, you can begin to clear your mind.-

  • Breath in: Stillness
  • Breath out: All Anxiety

-Continue this breathing exercise until you feel you are ready to continue.-

For he is our God,
    and we are the people of his pasture,
    and the sheep of his hand.
Psalm 95:7a
Psalm 95:7a

O come, let us sing to the Lord;
    let us make a joyful noise to the rock of our salvation!
Let us come into his presence with thanksgiving;
    let us make a joyful noise to him with songs of praise!
For the Lord is a great God,
    and a great King above all gods.
In his hand are the depths of the earth;
    the heights of the mountains are his also.
The sea is his, for he made it,
    and the dry land, which his hands have formed.

O come, let us worship and bow down,
    let us kneel before the Lord, our Maker!
For he is our God,
    and we are the people of his pasture,
    and the sheep of his hand.

O that today you would listen to his voice!
    Do not harden your hearts, as at Meribah,
    as on the day at Massah in the wilderness,
when your ancestors tested me,
    and put me to the proof, though they had seen my work.
For forty years I loathed that generation
    and said, “They are a people whose hearts go astray,
    and they do not regard my ways.”
Therefore in my anger I swore,
    “They shall not enter my rest.”

Psalm 95

When I am in a wilderness place in my mind, body or soul, I find that I have a hard time seeing the good in the world. I have a hard time listening to the voice of God. Even praising and worshiping God become difficult. I am at the place Israel was when they were at Meribah. It was here they questioned if God was still with them. It says about Meribah, “[Moses] called the place Massah and Meribah, because the Israelites quarreled and tested the Lord, saying, ‘Is the Lord among us or not?’” (Exodus 17:7)

When I am in these wilderness places, I am not able to enter into God’s rest because I am not even sure God is there with me. I question God’s love for me, and I am not sure God is looking out for my best interests. At times like this, I cannot enter into God’s rest because I am not able to find rest within myself. It is not that God has decided that I am not worthy of entering into God’s rest. It is that I am not able to enter the rest because there is no rest within my soul. At these times, I need to take a step back from the world, and quiet my soul. I need to “Be still, and know that [God is] God!” (Psalm 46:10)

I do this by taking a long walk, doing some yoga, reading a good book, or taking a some deep breathes. How do you still your mind and soul?

  • Take 10 minutes or whatever time you have to be still in the presence of God in whatever way works for you.

-Please take a moment.-

-Take some deep breaths.-

  • Breath in: Stillness
  • Breath out: All Anxiety

God of rest, thank you for giving us the rest we need. It is hard to be restful when everything around us seems to be in chaos. Help us to take a moment, calm our minds, and enter into your rest. Amen.

Nov 15

Twenty Fourth Sunday after Pentecost

November 15, 2020

Welcome
Prayer of the Day
Opening Hymn
Text: Marty Haugen, b. 1950
Text © 1982 GIA Publications, Inc. All rights reserved.
Duplication in any form prohibited without permission or valid license from copyright administrator.
Land Acknowledgements
Smudging
Confession and Forgiveness
Prayer of 4 Directions
Readings

First Reading: Zephaniah 1:7, 12-18
Second Reading: 1 Thessalonians 5:1-11
Gospel Lesson: Matthew 25: 14-30

Sermon
Hymn of the Day
Proclamation of Faith
Prayers of the People
Communion
Announcements
Benediction
Sending Hymn

Join us for Drive Thru Communion at 10:30 every Sunday.

Nov 11

Let my good days be as many as my bad days.

Begin by taking some deep breaths. As you breathe, you can begin to clear your mind.-

  • Breath in the good
  • Breath out the bad

-Continue this breathing exercise until you feel you are ready to continue.-

Make us glad as many days as you have afflicted us,     and as many years as we have seen evil. Psalm 90:15
Psalm 90:15

So teach us to count our days
    that we may gain a wise heart.

Turn, O Lord! How long?
    Have compassion on your servants!
Satisfy us in the morning with your steadfast love,
    so that we may rejoice and be glad all our days.
Make us glad as many days as you have afflicted us,
    and as many years as we have seen evil.
Let your work be manifest to your servants,
    and your glorious power to their children.
Let the favor of the Lord our God be upon us,
    and prosper for us the work of our hands—
    O prosper the work of our hands!

Psalm 90:12-17

This psalm is attributed to Moses. When I read it, I cannot help but think about the many difficult times he had throughout his life. He was born at a time that all the male children were being killed by the Egyptians. He fled Egypt after he killed an Egyptian guard for abusing a fellow Israelite. He came back to Egypt, and led the Israelites out of slavery through the wilderness to the land of promise. While in the wilderness the Israelites were not always happy with their situation, and Moses became the mediator between them and God. There were some very low days for Moses, and in the psalm he prays that God will give him as many good days as bad days; as many good years as bad years.

I can pray this prayer for myself and for every person reading this. I pray that God will give us, as many good days as there have been bad days. I pray God will give us, as many good years as there have been bad years.

  • Take some time to think about the good things in your life.

-Please take a moment.-

-Take some deep breaths.-

  • Breath in: the good
  • Breath out: the bad

God of grace, give each of us, as many good days as there are bad days. Give each of us, as many good years as there are bad years. Keep us safe, and pick us up when we fall. Amen

Nov 11

Blessing of the Quilts 2020

Ocean Park Lutheran Church Blessing of the Quilts. If you would like to purchase a quilt please contact Deb Wells at 360-665-0137

Nov 08

The Twenty Third Sunday after Pentecost

November 8th, 2020

Welcome
Gathering Hymn
Text: Marty Haugen, b. 1950
Text © 1982 GIA Publications, Inc. All rights reserved.
Duplication in any form prohibited without permission or valid license from copyright administrator.
Confession and Forgiveness
Prayer of the Day

O God of justice and love, you illumine our way through life with the words of your Son. Give us the light we need, and awaken us to the needs of others, through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord. Amen.

Readings

First Reading: Amos 5:18-24
Second Reading: 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18
Gospel Reading: Matthew 25:1-13

Sermon
Hymn of the Day

1 Rejoice, rejoice, believers, and let your lights appear;
the evening is advancing, and darker night is near.
The bridegroom is arising and soon is drawing nigh.
Up, pray and watch and wrestle; at midnight comes the cry.

2 The watchers on the mountain proclaim the bridegroom near;
go forth as he approaches with alleluias clear.
The marriage feast is waiting; the gates wide open stand.
Arise, O heirs of glory; the bridegroom is at hand.

3 The saints, who here in patience their cross and suff’rings bore,
shall live and reign forever when sorrow is no more.
Around the throne of glory the Lamb they shall behold;
in triumph cast before him their diadems of gold.

4 Our hope and expectation, O Jesus, now appear;
arise, O Sun so longed for, o’er this benighted sphere.
With hearts and hands uplifted, we plead, O Lord, to see
the day of earth’s redemption that sets your people free!


Text: Laurentius Laurenti, 1660-1722; tr. Sarah B. Findlater, 1823-1907
Performed by Lutheran Acapella Choir of Milwaukee. Used with permission

Apostles’ Creed
Prayers of the People
Blessing of the Quilts
Communion
Announcements
Sending Hymn
Text: Fanny J. Crosby, 1820-1915 Music: Phoebe P. Knapp, 1830-1908Text Meter9 10 9 9 and refrain Public Domain performance used with permission from First Plymouth Church.
Benediction

Nov 04

Forgiveness

Begin by taking some deep breaths. As you breathe, you can begin to clear your mind.

  • Breath in by saying or thinking “forgive”
  • Breath out by saying or thinking “me”

-continue this breathing exercise until you feel you are ready to continue.-

But I am poor and needy; hasten to me, o God! You are my help and my deliverer; o Lord, do not delay! Psalm 70:5

Be pleased, O God, to deliver me.
    O Lord, make haste to help me!
Let those be put to shame and confusion
    who seek my life.
Let those be turned back and brought to dishonor
    who desire to hurt me.
Let those who say, “Aha, Aha!”
    turn back because of their shame.

Let all who seek you
    rejoice and be glad in you.
Let those who love your salvation
    say evermore, “God is great!”
But I am poor and needy;
    hasten to me, O God!
You are my help and my deliverer;
    O Lord, do not delay!

Psalm 70

I do not have people who are wishing me harm at this point in my life. There have been times I could list people who were seeking to do me harm. At times, if asked, I would list people as being my enemies, and yet these people were not as concerned about me as I thought they were. They were just trying to live their life in the midst of a tough situation. When I came to realize that those I think are doing me harm are really just trying to live their life in the best way they can, I began to think differently about who my enemy was. I do not see that many enemies in my life now. Instead, I see people who are struggling.

Jesus said to love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you. Part of loving your enemies is offering them the grace that Christ has given you. By remembering that they have lives that are just as hard as yours are, sometimes even harder, we are able to give our enemies grace in the midst of a tough world.

  • Who are your enemies?
  • Take some time to put yourself in your enemies’ shoes.
  • What might be happening in their lives?

-You might want to write your response down.-

Forgiving God, thank you for your forgiveness, and please help me to forgive my enemies. God, it is hard to forgive those I do not like, and even harder to forgive those who do not like me. Please be with me as I strive to forgive. Oh Lord do not delay. Amen

Nov 01

All Saints Sunday

November 1, 2020

All Saints Day Celebration
Welcome
Affirmation of our Baptism
Prayer of the Day
Readings

First Reading: Micah 3:5-12
Second Reading: 1 Thessalonians 2:9-13
Gospel: Matthew 23:1-12

Sermon
Hymn of the Day
Text: Marty Haugen, b. 1950
Text © 1982 GIA Publications, Inc. All rights reserved. Used with permission of artist and One License A-711667. Performed by Kevin Maciej.
Naming of the Saints
Richard Rusch, Mary Connell, Pauline Svaren
Apostles Creed
Prayers of the People
Communion
Announcements
Sending Hymn
Arr. © 2006 Augsburg Fortress. One License A-711667. Performed by First Plymouth Church, used with permission.
Benediction

Oct 28

Light and Truth

O send out your light and your truth;     let them lead me; let them bring me to your holy hill     and to your dwelling. Psalm 43:3
Psalm 43:3

Begin by taking some deep breaths. As you breathe you can begin to clear your mind.

  • Breath in by saying or thinking “Truth”
  • Breath out by saying or thinking “Light”

-continue this breathing exercise until you feel you are ready to continue.

Vindicate me, O God, and defend my cause
    against an ungodly people;
from those who are deceitful and unjust
    deliver me!
For you are the God in whom I take refuge;
    why have you cast me off?
Why must I walk about mournfully
    because of the oppression of the enemy?

O send out your light and your truth;
    let them lead me;
let them bring me to your holy hill
    and to your dwelling.
Then I will go to the altar of God,
    to God my exceeding joy;
and I will praise you with the harp,
    O God, my God.

Why are you cast down, O my soul,
    and why are you disquieted within me?
Hope in God; for I shall again praise him,
    my help and my God.

Psalm 43

There are so many times that I do not feel as if I truly know the light and truth of God. If I do not know them how can they guide me? At times, I have too much going on in my life to calm down enough to really hear from God. There are other times I am just too tired to stay awake let alone hear from God. The psalmist is not asking us to do anything to receive the truth and light of God. It is asking God to send it to us in the midst of our confusion. I know there are times God has done this for me. I am always shocked when clarity comes in the midst of confusion, business or depression.

Jesus said, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me” (John 14:6). Jesus also describes himself as the light of the world (John 8:12). God’s truth and light came down to the earth through Jesus. He came into this world at a time when he was needed most. When he came to earth people were looking for salvation from the Roman armies and their lives of oppression. It was a time of oppression and confusion. This gives me hope that God is able to reach down and teach me truth and light even when I am not sure I know where to look for them.

I am able to see my way through confusion when I take the time to meditate on the word of God.

  • Read the psalm slowly.
  • What phrase stands out to you?
  • Take 5 minutes to think about what God is telling you through this phrase.

-Please take a moment to do this exercise. –

God of truth and light, I pray that you will bring truth and light into the world. Please help the world to see your truth, and bring you light to shine in the darkness that seems to surround us at times. I also pray for your light and truth to be known into our hearts so they can lead each of us. There are times we are confused, to busy, depressed or just not sure what way to go, please bring your truth and light into these times so we can be led by your Spirit. Thank you for coming into our confusion and showing us your son Jesus Christ. Amen.

Oct 25

Reformation Sunday

October 25th, 2020

Gathering Hymn
A Mighty Fortress is Our God

A mighty fortress is our God,
a sword and shield victorious;
he breaks the cruel oppressor’s rod
and wins salvation glorious.
The old evil foe,
Sworn to work us woe,
With dread craft and might
he arms himself to fight.
On earth he has no equal.

No strength of ours can match his might!
We would be lost, rejected.
But now a champion comes to fight,
whom God himself elected.
Ask who this may be:
Lord of hosts is he!
Christ Jesus our Lord,
God’s only Son, adored.
He holds the field victorious.

Though hordes of devils fill the land
all threat’ning to devour us,
we tremble not, unmoved we stand;
they cannot overpow’r us.
This world’s prince may rage,
in fierce war engage.
He is doomed to fail;
God’s judgment must prevail!
One little word subdues him.

God’s Word forever shall abide,
no thanks to foes, who fear it;
for God himself fights by our side
with weapons of the Spirit.
If they take our house,
goods, fame, child, or spouse,
wrench our life away,
they cannot win the day.
The kingdom’s ours forever!

Welcome
Confession and Forgivness
Prayer of the Day
Faith Moment
Readings

First Reading: Jeremiah 31:31-34
Psalm: Psalm 46
Second Reading: Romans 3:19-28

Gospel Reading

Gospel Reading: John 8:31-36

Children’s Story
Sermon: Bishop Jaech
Hymn of the Day
Apostles’ Creed
Prayers of the People
Communion
Announcements
Sending Hymn
Benediction

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