The Fourth Sunday after Pentecost

with Baptism

June 17, 2018

9:30 a.m.


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St. Peter’s by the Sea Lutheran Church

1371 Sunset Cliffs Boulev ard

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.






Holy Baptism




Sponsors:  We present Silas Andrew for baptism.

P    Called by the Holy Spirit, trusting in the grace and love of God, do you desire to have your child baptized into Christ?

Response: I do.

P    As you bring your child to receive the gift of baptism, you are entrusted with responsibilities: to live with him among God’s faithful people, to bring him to the Word of God and the Holy Supper, teach him the Lord’s Prayer, the Creed, and the Ten Commandments, place in his hands the holy scriptures, and nurture him in faith and prayer, so that he may learn to trust God, proclaim Christ through word and deed, care for others and the world God made, and work for justice and peace.

P    Ethan and Christy, do you promise to help Silas grow in the Christian faith and life?

Response: I do.


P    Sponsors, do you promise to nurture Silas in the Christian faith as you are empowered by God’s Spirit, and to help him live in the covenant of baptism and in communion with the church?

Response: I do.



The presiding minister addresses the assembly:

P    People of God, do you promise to support Silas and his family, and pray for them in their life in Christ?

Response: We do and we ask God to help and guide us.



The assembly stands.


P   Parents, Sponsors and all the baptized:  I ask you to profess your faith in Christ Jesus, reject sin and confess the faith of the church.  Do you renounce the devil and all the forces that defy God?

Response: I do.

P   Do you renounce the powers of this world that rebel against God?

Response: I do.

P   Do you renounce the ways of sin that draw you from God?

Response: I do.



P    Do you believe in God the Father?

C   I believe in God, the Father almighty, creator of heaven and earth.

P    Do you believe in Jesus Christ, the Son of God?

C   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.



P    Do you believe in God the Holy Spirit?

C   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.




Water is poured into the font during the thanksgiving.

P    The Lord be with you.

C   And also with you.

P    Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.

C   It is right to give our thanks and praise.

P    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.  Through the waters of the flood you delivered Noah and his family, and 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.

Pour out your Holy Spirit, the power of your living Word, that those who are washed in the waters of baptism may be given new life. Shower us with your Spirit, and renew our lives with your forgiveness, grace, and love.  To you be given honor and praise through Jesus Christ our Lord, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, now and forever.

C   Amen.




Water is poured on the candidate’s head three times, as the presiding minister says:

P    Silas Andrew, I baptize you in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.

Let us pray. We give you thanks, O God, that through water and the Holy Spirit you give your daughters and sons new birth, cleanse them from sin, and raise them to eternal life.

Sustain Silas with the gift of your Holy Spirit:  the spirit of wisdom and understanding, the spirit of counsel and might, the spirit of knowledge and the fear of the Lord, the spirit of joy in your presence, both now and forever.

C   Amen.


The presiding minister marks the sign of the cross on the forehead of the baptized with oil prepared for this purpose.

P    Silas Andrew, child of God, you have been sealed by the Holy Spirit and marked with the cross of Christ forever.

C   Amen.




A lighted candle is given to the sponsor of the newly baptized as a representative of the congregation says:

D   Jesus said, I am the light of the world.  Whoever follows me will have the light of life.


D   Let us welcome the newly baptized and his family.

C   We welcome you into the body of Christ and into the mission we share:

Join us in giving thanks and praise to God and bearing God’s creative and redeeming word to all the world.



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* OPENING HYMN                                                                                What Is This Place

Hymn #524




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          The Lord be with you.
C         And also with you.

P          Let us pray.  O God, you are the tree of life, offering shelter to all the world. Graft us into yourself and nurture our growth, that we may bear your truth and love to those in need, through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord.

C         Amen.



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L    A reading from 1 Samuel.

15:34 Samuel went to Ramah; and Saul went up to his house in Gibeah of Saul. 35Samuel did not see Saul again until the day of his death, but Samuel grieved over Saul. And the Lord was sorry that he had made Saul king over Israel.

16:1 The Lord said to Samuel, “How long will you grieve over Saul? I have rejected him from being king over Israel. Fill your horn with oil and set out; I will send you to Jesse the Bethlehemite, for I have provided for myself a king among his sons.” 2Samuel said, “How can I go? If Saul hears of it, he will kill me.” And the Lord said, “Take a heifer with you, and say, ‘I have come to sacrifice to the Lord.’ 3Invite Jesse to the sacrifice, and I will show you what you shall do; and you shall anoint for me the one whom I name to you.” 4Samuel did what the Lord commanded, and came to Bethlehem. The elders of the city came to meet him trembling, and said, “Do you come peaceably?” 5He said, “Peaceably; I have come to sacrifice to the Lord; sanctify yourselves and come with me to the sacrifice.” And he sanctified Jesse and his sons and invited them to the sacrifice.

 6When they came, he looked on Eliab and thought, “Surely the Lord‘s anointed is now before the Lord.” 7But the Lord said to Samuel, “Do not look on his appearance or on the height of his stature, because I have rejected him; for the Lord does not see as mortals see; they look on the outward appearance, but the Lord looks on the heart.” 8Then Jesse called Abinadab, and made him pass before Samuel. He said, “Neither has the Lord chosen this one.” 9Then Jesse made Shammah pass by. And he said, “Neither has the Lord chosen this one.” 10Jesse made seven of his sons pass before Samuel, and Samuel said to Jesse, “The Lord has not chosen any of these.” 11Samuel said to Jesse, “Are all your sons here?” And he said, “There remains yet the youngest, but he is keeping the sheep.” And Samuel said to Jesse, “Send and bring him; for we will not sit down until he comes here.” 12He sent and brought him in. Now he was ruddy, and had beautiful eyes, and was handsome. The Lord said, “Rise and anoint him; for this is the one.” 13Then Samuel took the horn of oil, and anointed him in the presence of his brothers; and the spirit of the Lord came mightily upon David from that day forward. Samuel then set out and went to Ramah.

L          Word of God, word of life.

C         Thanks be to God.




L    Let us pray Psalm 20 responsively.

1May the Lord answer you in the day of trouble,
  the name of the God of Jacob defend you;
2send you help from the sanctuary
  and strengthen you out of Zion;
3may the Lord remember all your offerings
  and accept your burnt sacrifice;
4grant you your heart’s desire
  and prosper all your plans.
5We will shout for joy at your victory and unfurl our banners

       in the name of our God;
  may the Lord grant all your requests.

6Now I know that the Lord gives victory to the anointed one;
  God will answer out of the holy heaven,

       gaining victory with a strong right hand.
7Some trust in chariots and some in horses,
  but we rely on the name of the Lord our God.
8They collapse and fall down,
  but we will arise and stand upright.
9O Lord, give victory to the king
  and answer us when we call.

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 2 Corinthians.

5:6 So we are always confident; even though we know that while we are at home in the body we are away from the Lord-7for we walk by faith, not by sight. 8Yes, we do have confidence, and we would rather be away from the body and at home with the Lord. 9So whether we are at home or away, we make it our aim to please him. 10For all of us must appear before the judgment seat of Christ, so that each may receive recompense for what has been done in the body, whether good or evil.
         11Therefore, knowing the fear of the Lord, we try to persuade others; but we ourselves are well known to God, and I hope that we are also well known to your consciences. 12We are not commending ourselves to you again, but giving you an opportunity to boast about us, so that you may be able to answer those who boast in outward appearance and not in the heart. 13For if we are beside ourselves, it is for God; if we are in our right mind, it is for you.  14For the love of Christ urges us on, because we are convinced that one has died for all; therefore all have died. 15And he died for all, so that those who live might live no longer for themselves, but for him who died and was raised for them. 
         16From now on, therefore, we regard no one from a human point of view; even though we once knew Christ from a human point of view, we know him no longer in that way. 17So if anyone is in Christ, there is a new creation: everything old has passed away; see, everything has become new!

L          Word of God, word of life.

C         Thanks be to God.



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

4:26 [Jesus] said, “The kingdom of God is as if someone would scatter seed on the ground, 27and would sleep and rise night and day, and the seed would sprout and grow, he does not know how. 28The earth produces of itself, first the stalk, then the head, then the full grain in the head. 29But when the grain is ripe, at once he goes in with his sickle, because the harvest has come.”
         30He also said, “With what can we compare the kingdom of God, or what parable will we use for it? 31It is like a mustard seed, which, when sown upon the ground, is the smallest of all the seeds on earth; 32yet when it is sown it grows up and becomes the greatest of all shrubs, and puts forth large branches, so that the birds of the air can make nests in its shade.” 
         33With many such parables he spoke the word to them, as they were able to hear it; 34he did not speak to them except in parables, but he explained everything in private to his disciples.

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



SERMON                                                                                             Rev. Karen Marohn



*  HYMN OF THE DAY                                                God, Whose Farm Is All Creation

Hymn #734



*  PRAYERS                                               After each petition,    D  …  Hear us, O God.

                                                                                                    C     Your mercy is great.




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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OFFERING                                                                                                 St. Peter’s Choir

Please stand as the ushers bring the gifts to the Altar

Let the Vineyard 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 God,

our Maker, Redeemer, and Healer,

in the harmonious world of your creation,

the plants and animals,

the seas and stars

were whole and well in your praise.

When sin had scarred the world,

you sent your Son to heal our ills

and to form us again into one.

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 acts of healing,

his body given up,

and his victory over death,

we await that day when all the peoples of the earth

will come to the river to enjoy the tree of life.

Send your Spirit upon us and this meal:

as grains scattered on the hillside become one bread,

so let your Church be gathered from the ends of the earth,

that all may be fed with the Bread of life, 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 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.







            #856 How Great Thou Art

            #522 As We Gather at Your Table

            #679 For the Fruit of All Creation




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

C         Amen.




D         Let us pray. Jesus Christ, host of this meal, you have given us not only this bread and cup, but your very self, that we may feast on your great love. Filled again by these signs of your grace, may we hunger for your reign of justice, may we thirst for your way of peace, for you are Lord forevermore.

C         Amen.



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P          May God, whose power working in us can do infinitely more than we can ask or imagine, grant you the gifts of faith and hope. Almighty God, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, bless you now and forever.

C         Amen.



*  SENDING HYMN                                                            Sent Forth by God’s Blessing

Hymn #547




D         Go in peace. The Spirit sends us forth to serve.

C         Thanks be to God.




Reflections for Sunday, 06-17-2018, The Fourth Sunday after Pentecost

Preparation for Sunday, 06-24-2018, The Fifth Sunday after Pentecost

Scripture for Sunday, 06-24-2018, The Fifth Sunday after Pentecost




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. 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.

ALTAR CARE is given for the praise and glory of God.  Today we thank Richard and Colleen Doering for the flowers at the altar given in memory of John and Joan Doering. We also thank Christina & Carmel Fadden and Ethan & Christy Gilsdorf for the coffee fellowship after the service.

BAPTIZED TODAY: We celebrate with Ethan and Christy Gilsdorf, whose infant son, Silas, is baptized today. Welcome! May God’s blessings continue to pour out upon your family. Chloe is the proud big sister.

RUMMAGE SALE: The annual Hidden Treasurer’s Rummage Sale will be held on Saturday, June 23rd at Clairemont Lutheran Church. Clairemont Lutheran is accepting your donated items June 18-21 from 9:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Please see the list of accepted and non-acceptable items printed on the back page of this bulletin. Electronics Recycling Drop-Off available 7am-12noon. All proceeds from the rummage sale benefit TACO (Third Avenue Charitable Organization.)

VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL: VBS will be July 23-27: Registration forms are available on the St. Peter’s website, in the Fellowship Hall, and from the church office. Volunteers are needed! Please speak with Colleen Doering.


·         Sunday, September 9th - God’s Work. Our Hands. Sunday.

·         Sunday, September 16th - Rally Sunday

·         Saturday, October 6th - Blessing of the Animals.




ELCA SOCIAL STATEMENTS are teaching documents that assist members in forming judgments on social issues. They are meant to aid in communal and individual moral deliberation and moral formation. Social statements also set policy for this church and guide its advocacy and work as a public church, but not all members are expected to agree with all parts of a social statement.

The church is asking for your input on a draft social statement on Women and Justice. Beginning on Sunday, July 8th (and on the 15th and 22nd) we will meet at 8:30 a.m. in the meeting room to read and respond to this paper.




The Week Beginning June 17, 2018

Sunday, June 17                   The Fourth Sunday after Pentecost

                                                Father’s Day

        8:45 a.m.                        Children’s Choir

        9:10 a.m.                        Adult Choir

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

      10:30 a.m.                        Fellowship

        7:00 p.m.                        Al-Anon Meeting

Monday, June 18

        9:00 a.m.                        YMCA Exercise Class

Tuesday, June 19

        9:30 a.m.                        Christian Service

        9:30 a.m.                        Preschool Chapel

      12:30 p.m.                        Tai Chi Exercise

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

Wednesday, June 20

        9:15 a.m.                        ELCA Pastors’ Meeting

        6:30 p.m.                        Mid-Week Communion

Thursday, June 21

Friday, June 22

        9:00 a.m.                        YMCA Exercise Class

Saturday, June 23

        7:00 a.m.                        TACO Rummage Sale at Clairemont Lutheran

      10:00 a.m.                        OB Street Fair

      10:00 a.m.                        Families Belong Together March - San Diego Civic

                                                Center Plaza

Sunday, June 24                   The Fifth Sunday after Pentecost

        8:45 a.m.                        Children’s Choir

        9:10 a.m.                        Adult Choir

        9:30 a.m.                        Worship

      10:30 a.m.                        Fellowship

      10:30 a.m.                        Blood Pressure Checks

        7:00 p.m.                        Al-Anon Meeting



Worship Leadership


The Rev. Karen Marohn

Director of Music:

Doris DeChenne

Worship Assistant:

Congregation Deacon Joan Allton

Altar Care:

Jim Grutkowski


Greg Lommen and Scott Walls


Elaine Lauger


Greg Lommen


Evan and Ian Smart

Sunday School:

Colleen Doering and Ben Fadden

Nursery Care:

Anya Bryan




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

James, Bobbi, Daniel, Jane H., Lorrayne

Our homebound members and those in care facilities:

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

Our members with on-going concerns:

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

Our military, police, fire fighters and first responders




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.




Seeking Donations for the 8th Annual


Homeless Treasures

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To benefit https://tacosd.org



June 23, 2018

Clairemont Lutheran Church

4271 Clairemont Mesa Blvd. SD 92117


Donations may be dropped off at

Clairemont Lutheran

Monday June 18 - Thursday June 21

between 9:30 am - 5 pm



(clean, gently used, in working order with all parts and cords)


Baby Items





Sporting Goods

Like new” clothing





Holiday Decorations

Household Items/Decor





Toys & Games

Small Appliances

Small furniture

Patio furniture


We DO NOT take:




Text books

Microwave ovens

Office Equip/furniture

Large appliances


Large electronics






Child car seats

Paints & chemicals


TVs (except flat screens)


For questions or to volunteer, please contact

Martha Radatz



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