The Sixth Sunday after Epiphany

February 17, 2019

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              You Have Come to the Lakeshore              St. Peter’s Youth Choir




P          Blessed be the holy Trinity, one God, who creates us and forms us, who redeems us and calls us, who unites us and sends us.

C         Amen.

P          Gathered in God’s presence, let us confess our sin. (pause for reflection)

Mighty and loving God,

C         we confess that we are captive to sin and cannot free ourselves. We seek our own way. We divide the body of Christ. In your mercy, cleanse us and heal us. Let the words of our mouths, the thoughts of our hearts, and everything that we do

be filled with faith, hope, and love. Amen.

P          Hear the voice of Jesus: “The Spirit of the Lord is upon me to proclaim release to the captives.” In the name of Jesus Christ, I proclaim to you that your sins are forgiven and you are released. The joy of the Lord is your strength, and the gifts of the Holy Spirit are yours forever.

C         Amen.



* OPENING HYMN                                                            Jesus Call Us; o’er the Tumult

Hymn #696




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.  Living God, in Christ you make all things new. Transform the poverty of our nature by the riches of your grace, and in the renewal of our lives make known your glory, through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord.

C         Amen.




Jesus loves the little children, . . .



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L    A reading from Jeremiah.

         17:5 Thus says the Lord: Cursed are those who trust in mere mortals and make mere flesh their strength, whose hearts turn away from the Lord. 6They shall be like a shrub in the desert, and shall not see when relief comes. They shall live in the parched places of the wilderness, in an uninhabited salt land.  
         7Blessed are those who trust in the Lord, whose trust is the Lord. 8They shall be like a tree planted by water, sending out its roots by the stream. It shall not fear when heat comes, and its leaves shall stay green; in the year of drought it is not anxious, and it does not cease to bear fruit.          
         9The heart is devious above all else; it is perverse-who can understand it? 10I the Lord test the mind and search the heart, to give to all according to their ways, according to the fruit of their doings.

L          Word of God, word of life.

C         Thanks be to God.




L    Let us pray Psalm 1 responsively.

1Happy are they who have not walked in the counsel of the wicked,
  nor lingered in the way of sinners, nor sat in the seats of the scornful!
2Their delight is in the law of the Lord,
  and they meditate on God’s teaching day and night.
3They are like trees planted by streams of water,

       bearing fruit in due season, with leaves that do not wither;
  everything they do shall prosper.
4It is not so with the wicked;
  they are like chaff which the wind blows away.
5Therefore the wicked shall not stand upright when judgment comes,
  nor the sinner in the council of the righteous.
6For the Lord knows the way of the righteous,
  but the way of the wicked shall be destroyed.

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 Corinthians.

15:12 Now if Christ is proclaimed as raised from the dead, how can some of you say there is no resurrection of the dead? 13If there is no resurrection of the dead, then Christ has not been raised; 14and if Christ has not been raised, then our proclamation has been in vain and your faith has been in vain. 15We are even found to be misrepresenting God, because we testified of God that he raised Christ-whom he did not raise if it is true that the dead are not raised. 16For if the dead are not raised, then Christ has not been raised. 17If Christ has not been raised, your faith is futile and you are still in your sins. 18Then those also who have died in Christ have perished. 19If for this life only we have hoped in Christ, we are of all people most to be pitied. 
         20But in fact Christ has been raised from the dead, the first fruits of those who have died.

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.

6:17 [Jesus] came down with [the twelve] and stood on a level place, with a great crowd of his disciples and a great multitude of people from all Judea, Jerusalem, and the coast of Tyre and Sidon.18They had come to hear him and to be healed of their diseases; and those who were troubled with unclean spirits were cured. 19And all in the crowd were trying to touch him, for power came out from him and healed all of them.
         20Then he looked up at his disciples and said: “Blessed are you who are poor, for yours is the kingdom of God. 21“Blessed are you who are hungry now, for you will be filled. “Blessed are you who weep now, for you will laugh. 22“Blessed are you when people hate you, and when they exclude you, revile you, and defame you on account of the Son of Man. 23Rejoice in that day and leap for joy, for surely your reward is great in heaven; for that is what their ancestors did to the prophets. 24“But woe to you who are rich, for you have received your consolation. 25“Woe to you who are full now, for you will be hungry. “Woe to you who are laughing now, for you will mourn and weep. 26“Woe to you when all speak well of you, for that is what their ancestors did to the false prophets.”

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



SERMON                                                                                            Rev. Karen Marohn



*  HYMN OF THE DAY                                                                                  Blest Are They

Hymn #728




C         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.



*  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.







OFFERTORY HYMN                   When the Poor Ones                           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          Blessed are you, O holy God:

you are the Life and Light of all.

By your powerful word you created all things.

Through the prophets you called your people to be a light to the nations.

Blessed are you for Jesus, your Son.

He is your Light, shining in our darkness

and revealing to us your mercy and might.

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 preaching and healing,

his dying and rising,

and his promise to come again,

we await that day when all the universe

will rejoice in your holy and life-giving light.

By your Spirit bless us and this meal,

that, refreshed with this heavenly food,

we may be light for the world,

revealing the brilliance of your Son.

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, 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.




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.







            #479 We Come to the Hungry Feast

            #574 Here I Am, Lord

            #483 Here Is Bread




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

C         Amen.




D         Let us pray. We thank you, O God, that you have fed us at your banqueting table with bread and wine beyond compare, the very life of Christ for us. Send your Spirit with us now, that we may set the captive free, use your gifts to build one another up, and in everything reflect your glory revealed in Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord.

C         Amen.



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P          The God of glory dwell in you richly, name you beloved, and shine brightly on your path; and the blessing of almighty God, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, be upon you and remain with you always.

C         Amen.



*  SENDING HYMN                                                          Alleluia, Alleluia, Give Thanks




D         Go in peace. Christ is your light.

C         Thanks be to God.




Reflections for Sunday, 02-17-2019, The Sixth Sunday after the Epiphany

Preparation for Sunday, 02-24-2019, The Seventh Sunday after the Epiphany

Scripture for Sunday, 02-24-2019, The Seventh Sunday after the Epiphany



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

Lily, Lorrayne

Our homebound members and those in care facilities:

Keith, Ann R., Leon, Wayne, Beverly, Dante, Mary, Dora

Our members with on-going concerns:

Kevin, Rose, Steve F., Ann Z.

Our military, police, fire fighters and first responders



Christian Sympathy

The church family of St. Peter’s extends our promise of prayer and sympathy to the family and friends of Mary Lou Peterson. Mary Lou was a faithful member of St. Peter’s by the Sea for over 30 years.

A memorial service will be held at St. Peter’s on Saturday, March 23rd at 11:00 a.m.

May she rest in peace eternal.




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 nursery is available for toddlers and young children. Children’s Church School for grades Pre-K to 5th grade meets during the worship 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 Jane Landon for the flowers given in memory of Lawrence and Beryl Stockwell. We also thank Colleen and Richard Doering for coffee fellowship after the service.

INTERFAITH SHELTER NETWORK: St. Peter’s is hosting the beach area Interfaith Shelter Network from February 23rd to March 9th in partnership with All Souls’ Episcopal Church. We will have up to a dozen guests onsite and your help is needed to prepare meals and/or serve as overnight hosts. For general information, contact Carolyn Irby.  To volunteer or for information about volunteering, contact Sandie Boelter.

EXERCISE OPPORTUNITIES AT ST. PETER’S: There are exercise classes held each week at St. Peter’s by the Sea and all are open to the public. The YMCA has classes on Monday & Friday mornings at 9:00 a.m. There is no charge and you don’t need to be a YMCA member. On Tuesdays at 12:30 p.m., Shirlie Miller conducts a short form T’ai Chi class and on Wednesdays at 12:00 noon, Lizbeth Garces conducts a Movement & Balance class that is especially good for those with Parkinson’s or looking to improve their strength & balance. Both the Tuesday & Wednesday classes are open to the public and a “suggested donation” is posted.

GIRL SCOUT COOKIES will be available next Sunday during Fellowship hour. Cookies are still only $5 per box.

TRANSITION TEAM: March will be “History Month” at St. Peter’s. Look for opportunities to be involved in the project . . . and there will be many. We are looking for 100% participation. The Transition Team consists of the following members of the congregation who were appointed by the Council: John Smart, chair; Nancy Aeling, Jane Christensen, Jeff Cours, Fletcher Miller, Shawn Morrow, Ellen Schmeding.



The Week Beginning February 17, 2019

Sunday, February 17                        The Sixth Sunday after the Epiphany

        8:00 a.m.                        Choir Rehearsal

        9:00 a.m.                        Youth Choir

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

      10:30 a.m.                        Fellowship

      11:00 a.m.                        Transition Team Meeting

        7:00 p.m.                        Al-Anon Meeting

Monday, February 18          President’s Day

                                                Church and Preschool Closed

Tuesday, February 19

        9:30 a.m.                        Christian Service

        9:30 a.m.                        Preschool Chapel

      12:30 p.m.                        Tai Chi Exercise Class

        1:00 p.m.                        Staff Meeting

        6:00 p.m.                        Women’s Book Study

Wednesday, February 20

        9:15 a.m.                        ELCA Pastors Meeting

      12:00 p.m.                        Movement & Balance Exercise Class

        6:30 p.m.                        Mid-Week Communion

Thursday, February 21

Friday, February 22

        9:00 a.m.                        YMCA Exercise Class

        9:30 a.m.                        Preschool Chapel

Saturday, February 23         InterFaith Shelter Network Begins (through March 9)

Sunday, February 24                        The Seventh Sunday after the Epiphany

        8:00 a.m.                        Choir Rehearsal

        9:00 a.m.                        Youth Choir

        9:30 a.m.                        Worship

      10:30 a.m.                        Fellowship

      10:30 a.m.                        Blood Pressure Checks

      11:00 a.m.                        Transition Team Meeting

        7:00 p.m.                        Al-Anon Meeting



Worship Leadership


The Rev. Karen Marohn

Director of Music:

Doris DeChenne

Worship Assistant:

Congregation Deacon Diane Sherwood

Altar Care:

Jim Grutkowski


Ade and Jane Christensen


Sue Fode


Janine Morrow


Ian and Evan Smart

Sunday School Teachers:

John Smart and Terri Webster

Nursery Care:

Anya Bryan

Grace Auelua




2019 Congregation Council: John Smart, President; Jim Grutkowski, Vice-President; Richard Nielsen, Secretary; Darlene Morrow-Truver, Treasurer; Kara Bleday; Jane Christensen; Ben Fadden; Christina Fadden; Patricia Pepper; Max Phelps; Deirdre Slaughter.




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