The Fourth Sunday of Easter

April 22, 2018

9:30 a.m.


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St. Peter’s by the Sea Lutheran Church

1371 Sunset Cliffs Boulevard

San Diego, CA  92107


Rev. Karen L. Marohn



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Please STAND (as you are able) at the parts of the liturgy marked with an asterisk (*).

Bold type means congregational participation.






PRELUDE                                                                                                    Children’s Choir




P          Blessed be the holy Trinity, one God, the fountain of living water, the rock who gave us birth, our light and our salvation.

C         Amen.

P          Joined to Christ in the waters of baptism, we are clothed with God's mercy and forgiveness. Let us give thanks for the gift of baptism.

C         We give you thanks, O God, for in the beginning your Spirit moved over the waters and by your Word you created the world, calling forth life in which you took delight.

P          Through the waters of the flood you delivered Noah and his family. Through the sea you led your people Israel from slavery into freedom. At the river your Son was baptized by John and anointed with the Holy Spirit. By water and your Word you claim us as daughters and sons, making us heirs of your promise and servants of all.

C         We praise you for the gift of water that sustains life, and above all we praise you for the gift of new life in Jesus Christ. Shower us with your Spirit, and renew our lives with your forgiveness, grace, and love.

P          To you be given honor and praise through Jesus Christ our Lord in the unity of the Holy Spirit, now and forever.

C         Amen.



*  OPENING HYMN                                                                           Baptized in Water

Hymn #456




P          The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, the love of God, and the communion of the Holy Spirit be with you all.

C         And also with you.




P          Let us pray.  Holy and righteous God, you are the author of life, and you adopt us to be your children. Fill us with your words of life, that we may live as witnesses to the resurrection of your Son, Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.

C         Amen.




Jesus loves the little children, . . .



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L    A reading from Acts.

3:12 [Peter] addressed the people, “You Israelites, why do you wonder at this, or why do you stare at us, as though by our own power or piety we had made him walk?13The God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob, the God of our ancestors has glorified his servant Jesus, whom you handed over and rejected in the presence of Pilate, though he had decided to release him. 14But you rejected the Holy and Righteous One and asked to have a murderer given to you, 15and you killed the Author of life, whom God raised from the dead. To this we are witnesses. 16And by faith in his name, his name itself has made this man strong, whom you see and know; and the faith that is through Jesus has given him this perfect health in the presence of all of you.

         17“And now, friends, I know that you acted in ignorance, as did also your rulers. 18In this way God fulfilled what he had foretold through all the prophets, that his Messiah would suffer. 19Repent therefore, and turn to God so that your sins may be wiped out.”

L          Word of God, word of life.

C         Thanks be to God.




L    Let us pray Psalm 4 responsively.

1Answer me when I call, O God, defender of my cause;
  you set me free when I was in distress;

       have mercy on me and hear my prayer.
2“You mortals, how long will you dishonor my glory;
  how long will you love illusions and seek after lies?”
3Know that the Lord does wonders for the faithful;
  the Lord will hear me when I call.
4Tremble, then, and do not sin;
  speak to your heart in silence upon your bed.
5Offer the appointed sacrifices,
  and put your trust in the Lord.
6Many are saying, “Who will show us any good?”
  Let the light of your face shine upon us, O Lord.
7You have put gladness in my heart,
  more than when grain and wine abound.
8In peace, I will lie down and sleep;
  for you alone, O Lord, make me rest secure.

Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit;

as it was in the beginning, is now, and will be forever.  Amen.




L    A reading from 1 John.

3:1 See what love the Father has given us, that we should be called children of God; and that is what we are. The reason the world does not know us is that it did not know him. 2Beloved, we are God’s children now; what we will be has not yet been revealed. What we do know is this: when he is revealed, we will be like him, for we will see him as he is. 3And all who have this hope in him purify themselves, just as he is pure.      
         4Everyone who commits sin is guilty of lawlessness; sin is lawlessness. 5You know that he was revealed to take away sins, and in him there is no sin. 6No one who abides in him sins; no one who sins has either seen him or known him. 7Little children, let no one deceive you. Everyone who does what is right is righteous, just as he is righteous.

L          Word of God, word of life.

C         Thanks be to God.







P          The Holy Gospel according to Luke.
C         Glory to you, O Lord.

24:36b Jesus himself stood among [the disciples] and said to them, “Peace be with you.” 37They were startled and terrified, and thought that they were seeing a ghost. 38He said to them, “Why are you frightened, and why do doubts arise in your hearts? 39Look at my hands and my feet; see that it is I myself. Touch me and see; for a ghost does not have flesh and bones as you see that I have.” 40And when he had said this, he showed them his hands and his feet. 41While in their joy they were disbelieving and still wondering, he said to them, “Have you anything here to eat?” 42They gave him a piece of broiled fish, 43and he took it and ate in their presence.
         44Then he said to them, “These are my words that I spoke to you while I was still with you-that everything written about me in the law of Moses, the prophets, and the psalms must be fulfilled.” 45Then he opened their minds to understand the scriptures, 46and he said to them, “Thus it is written, that the Messiah is to suffer and to rise from the dead on the third day, 47and that repentance and forgiveness of sins is to be proclaimed in his name to all nations, beginning from Jerusalem. 48You are witnesses of these things.”

P          The Gospel of the Lord.
C         Praise to you, O Christ.



SERMON                                                                                            Rev. Karen Marohn



*  HYMN OF THE DAY                                          By Your Hand You Feed Your People

Hymn #469




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 for 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 worshiped 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                                          After each petition,    D  … Lord, in your mercy,

                                                                                                           C     hear our prayer.




P          The peace of Christ be with you always.
C         And also with you.

D         Let us exchange a sign of God’s peace.



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OFFERTORY HYMN                                                                                   St. Peter’s Choir


Please stand as the ushers bring the gifts to the Altar


Let the Vineyards Be Fruitful





P          It is indeed right, our duty and our joy, … (Here the minister continues with the proper preface concluding:) …we praise your name and join their unending hymn:







P          Holy, living, and loving God,

we praise you for creating the heavens and the earth.

We bless you for bringing Noah and his family

through the waters of the flood,

for freeing your people Israel from the bonds of slavery,

and for sending your Son to be our Redeemer.

We give you thanks for Jesus

who, living among us,

healed the sick,

fed the hungry,

and with a love stronger than death,

gave his life for others.

In the night in which he was betrayed,

our Lord Jesus took bread, and gave thanks;

broke it, and gave it to his disciples, saying:

Take and eat; this is my body, given for you.

Do this for the remembrance of me.

Again, after supper, he took the cup, gave thanks,

and gave it for all to drink, saying:

This cup is the new covenant in my blood,

shed for you and for all people for the forgiveness of sin.

Do this for the remembrance of me.

Remembering, therefore,

his life-giving death and glorious resurrection,

we await your promised life for all this dying world.

Breathe your Spirit on us and on this bread and cup:

carry us in your arms from death to life,

that we may live as your chosen ones,

clothed in the righteousness of Christ.

Through him all glory and honor is yours,

Almighty Father, with the Holy Spirit,

in your holy Church,

both now and forever.

C         Amen.




C         Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name, your kingdom come, your will be done,         on earth as in heaven. Give us today our daily bread. Forgive us our sins as we forgive those who sin against us. Save us from the time of trial and deliver us from evil. For the kingdom, the power, and the glory are yours, now and forever. Amen.




All baptized Christians are invited to receive communion.  Receive the bread then dip it into the cup.  The first cup is red wine; the second cup is white grape juice. For those unable to partake of wheaten bread, a rice wafer is available.







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            # 374 Day of Arising

            # 522 As We Gather at Your Table


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

C         Amen.




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

C         Amen.



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P          May God who has brought us from death to life fill you with great joy. Almighty God, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, bless you now and forever.

C         Amen.



*  SENDING HYMN                                                                    Let All Things Now Living

Hymn #881




D         Alleluia! Christ is risen.

C         Christ is risen indeed. Alleluia!

D         You are the body of Christ raised up for the world. Go in peace. Share the good news.

C         Thanks be to God.




Reflections for Sunday, 04-22-2018, The Fourth Sunday of Easter

Preparation for Sunday, 04-29-2018, The Fifth Sunday of Easter

Scripture for Sunday, 04-29-2018, The Fifth Sunday of Easter



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We keep the following members of St. Peter’s in our prayers:

Christina F., James, Bobbi

Our homebound members and those in care facilities:

Keith, Ann R., Leon, Ivy, Wayne, Dora, Beverly, Della, Dante

Our members with on-going concerns:

Kevin, Rose, Steve F., Mary, Ann Z., Sandy C.

Our military, police, fire fighters and first responders




We are glad that you have come to worship with us today!  Please sign a WELCOME card found in the pew rack, and give it to an usher or drop it in the offering plate.  A privacy room for those with infants is at the back of the sanctuary.  A nursery is available for toddlers and young children. Children’s Church School for grades Pre-K to 5th grade meets during the service. Large-print bulletins and children’s bulletins are available from an usher. You will find hand sanitizer in the pew rack for your use during the service.

SUNDAY HOSPITALITY is given for the praise and glory of God.  Today we thank Diane Bultemeier for the flowers at the altar given in memory of her husband Ralph. We also thank the Fellowship Committee and Betty Wells for the coffee fellowship after the service.

TAKE A HIKE: Saturday, April 28th at 10:00 a.m. The walk begins and ends at DeAnza Cove in Mission Bay. A BBQ lunch will follow. To sign up and/or sponsor a walker, contact Vicar Thomas at: [email protected]

NEXT SUNDAY will be Thomas’ last Sunday with us as Vicar. Do plan to come to Fellowship Hour to say goodbye and wish him well. The Internship Committee will be hosting - thank you, Solveig Fuentes, Nancy Aeling, John Smart, and Kevin Box. Your work on this committee is greatly appreciated.

AGAPE HOUSE CHILI COOK-OFF: Next Sunday from 3-6 pm is the chili cook-off for Agape House. We are sending Kara Bleday and her award winning “Bleday’s Best” chili and the $537.25 that was received on April 8th at our cook-off. Go to Saint Dunstan’s Episcopal Church (6556 Park Ridge Blvd.) and ‘vote’ for Kara’s chili again and support the campus ministry at SDSU.

MEMBERSHIP DIRECTORY: The 2018 Directory has been printed and a copy can be picked up in the Fellowship Hall on Sundays or from the church office during the week. One per household, please.

FOOD DRIVE: April is one of St. Peter’s months (the other is October) to collect non-perishable food items, toiletries, and monetary contributions for our local food bank, Loaves and Fishes. Please bring your contribution by next Sunday. A list of needed items is posted on the bulletin board in the Fellowship Hall. Thank you!



The Week Beginning April 22, 2018

Sunday, April 22                   The Fourth Sunday of Easter

        8:30 a.m.                        Building Forum

        8:45 a.m.                        Children’s Choir

        9:30 a.m.                        Worship, Children’s Church School

      10:30 a.m.                        Fellowship

        7:00 p.m.                        Al-Anon Meeting

Monday, April 23

        9:00 a.m.                        YMCA Exercise Class

Tuesday, April 24

        9:30 a.m.                        Christian Service

        9:30 a.m.                        Preschool Chapel

      12:30 p.m.                        Tai Chi Exercise

        1:00 p.m.                        Staff Meeting

Wednesday, April 25

        8:30 a.m.                        Net Mailing Group

        9:15 a.m.                        ELCA Pastors’ Meeting

        6:30 p.m.                        Mid-Week Communion Service

        7:00 p.m.                        Choir Rehearsal

        7:00 p.m.                        Endowment Committee

Thursday, April 26

Friday, April 27                      Pastor Marohn’s Ordination Anniversary

        9:00 a.m.                        YMCA Exercise Class

        9:30 a.m.                        Preschool Chapel

Saturday, April 28

      10:00 a.m.                        Take a Hike for LRCC

Sunday, April 29                   The Fifth Sunday of Easter

        8:45 a.m.                        Children’s Choir

        9:30 a.m.                        Worship

      10:30 a.m.                        Fellowship

      10:30 a.m.                        Blood Pressure Checks

        3:00 p.m.                        Agape House Chili Cook-Off at St. Dunstan’s

        7:00 p.m.                        Al-Anon Meeting



Worship Leadership


The Rev. Karen Marohn


Vicar Thomas Voelp

Director of Music:

Doris DeChenne

Worship Assistant:

Deacon Nancy Aeling

Altar Care:

Janine Morrow


John and Evan Smart


Elaine Lauger


Darlene Truver


Hannah & Jacob Zimmermann

Sunday School:

Terri Webster

Nursery Care:


Anya Bryan

Kara Bleday




2018 Congregation Council: John Smart, President; Jim Grutkowski, Vice-President; Ellen Schmeding, Secretary; Darlene Morrow-Truver, Treasurer; Jane Christensen; Christina Doering; Colleen Doering; Richard Nielsen; Patricia Pepper; Deirdre Slaughter.




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