The First Sunday of Lent

February 18, 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.










P          In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.

C         Amen.

P          God of heaven and earth, you come in close and make us yours. Equip us by your Spirit to confess our sin, embrace your forgiveness, and seek the way you set before us in your Son, Jesus Christ our Lord.

C         Amen.

P          With honesty of heart, let us confess our sin. (pause for reflection)

            Merciful God,

C         forgive us. Our will is handcuffed to sin, and we cannot break free. We have spoken when we should have kept quiet.


We were silent when we should have said something.


We acted when we knew better.


We were still when we know we should have moved.


C         For the wrong we have done, for the good we have failed to do, have mercy on us, through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord. Amen.

P          People of God, look to the Son, given to heal you and set you free because God loved the world so much. Take hold of life-eternal life!

C         Amen.

P          In Jesus Christ, we know God’s forgiveness and peace. Let us share that peace with one another. The peace of Christ be with you.

C         And also with you.







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 God, heavenly Father, in the waters of the flood you saved the chosen, and in the wilderness of temptation you protected your Son from sin. Renew us in the gift of baptism. May your holy angels be with us, that the wicked foe may have no power over us, through 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, all the children of the world.

Red, brown, yellow, black and white, they are precious in His sight.

Jesus loves the little children of the world.



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L         A reading from Genesis.

9:8 God said to Noah and to his sons with him, 9“As for me, I am establishing my covenant with you and your descendants after you, 10and with every living creature that is with you, the birds, the domestic animals, and every animal of the earth with you, as many as came out of the ark. 11I establish my covenant with you, that never again shall all flesh be cut off by the waters of a flood, and never again shall there be a flood to destroy the earth.” 12God said, “This is the sign of the covenant that I make between me and you and every living creature that is with you, for all future generations: 13I have set my bow in the clouds, and it shall be a sign of the covenant between me and the earth. 14When I bring clouds over the earth and the bow is seen in the clouds, 15I will remember my covenant that is between me and you and every living creature of all flesh; and the waters shall never again become a flood to destroy all flesh. 16When the bow is in the clouds, I will see it and remember the everlasting covenant between God and every living creature of all flesh that is on the earth.” 17God said to Noah, “This is the sign of the covenant that I have established between me and all flesh that is on the earth.”

L          Word of God, word of life.

C         Thanks be to God.




L    Let us pray Psalm 25 responsively.

1To you, O Lord,
  I lift up my soul.
2My God, I put my trust in you; let me not be put to shame,
  nor let my enemies triumph over me.
3Let none who look to you be put to shame;
  rather let those be put to shame who are treacherous.
4Show me your ways, O Lord,
  and teach me your paths.
5Lead me in your truth and teach me,
  for you are the God of my salvation; in you have I trusted all the day long.
6Remember, O Lord, your compassion and love,
  for they are from everlasting.
7Remember not the sins of my youth and my transgressions;
  remember me according to your steadfast love

       and for the sake of your goodness, O Lord.
8You are gracious and upright, O Lord;
  therefore you teach sinners in your way.
9You lead the lowly in justice
  and teach the lowly your way.
10All your paths, O Lord, are steadfast love and faithfulness
  to those who keep your covenant and your testimonies.

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 Peter.

3:18 Christ also suffered for sins once for all, the righteous for the unrighteous, in order to bring you to God. He was put to death in the flesh, but made alive in the spirit, 19in which also he went and made a proclamation to the spirits in prison, 20who in former times did not obey, when God waited patiently in the days of Noah, during the building of the ark, in which a few, that is, eight persons, were saved through water. 21And baptism, which this prefigured, now saves you-not as a removal of dirt from the body, but as an appeal to God for a good conscience, through the resurrection of Jesus Christ, 22who has gone into heaven and is at the right hand of God, with angels, authorities, and powers made subject to him.

L          Word of God, word of life.

C         Thanks be to God.







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

1:9 In those days Jesus came from Nazareth of Galilee and was baptized by John in the Jordan. 10And just as he was coming up out of the water, he saw the heavens torn apart and the Spirit descending like a dove on him. 11And a voice came from heaven, “You are my Son, the Beloved; with you I am well pleased.”
         12And the Spirit immediately drove him out into the wilderness. 13He was in the wilderness forty days, tempted by Satan; and he was with the wild beasts; and the angels waited on him.       
         14Now after John was arrested, Jesus came to Galilee, proclaiming the good news of God, 15and saying, “The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God has come near; repent, and believe in the good news.”

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



SERMON                                                                                            Rev. Karen Marohn



*  HYMN OF THE DAY                                                                                Thy Holy Wings

Hymn #613




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.



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OFFERTORY HYMN          Create in Me a Clean Heart O God          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 God,

our living Water and our merciful Guide,

together with rivers and seas, wells and springs

we bless and magnify you.

You led your people Israel through the desert,

and provided them water from the rock.

We praise you for Christ, our Rock and our Water,

who joined us in our desert,

pouring out his life for the world.

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, death, and resurrection,

we await your salvation for all this thirsty world.

Pour out your Spirit on this holy food

and on all the baptized gathered for this feast:

wash away our sin,

that we may be revived for our journey by the love 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.







            #325 I Want Jesus to Walk with Me

            #768 Lead Me, Guide Me

            #334 Tree of Life and Awesome Mystery (v.1-3 and Lent 1)




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

C         Amen.




D         Let us pray. Compassionate God, you have fed us with the bread of heaven. Sustain us in our Lenten pilgrimage: may our fasting be hunger for justice,

our alms, a making of peace, and our prayer, the song of grateful hearts; through Christ our Lord.

C         Amen.



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P          May God who has called us forth from the dust of the earth, and claimed us as children of the light, strengthen you on your journey into life renewed. The Lord bless you and keep you. The Lord’s face shine upon you with grace and mercy. The Lord look upon you with favor and give you peace.

C         Amen.



*  SENDING HYMN                                              O Lord, throughout These Forty Days

Hymn #319




D         Marked with the cross of Christ, go forth to love and serve the Lord.

C         Thanks be to God.




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.  The Lenten greens at the altar are given by Joetta and Leonard Foster. We also thank Bob and Sue Fode for the coffee fellowship after the service.

THE WALK TO JERUSALEM: Join Pastor Karen at 5:00 p.m. any day (or every day!) for a Lenten walk. We will make a loop from St. Peter’s (by the anchor) to Ladera street and back. By Easter we will have walked the distance from Nazareth to Jerusalem - less than 100 miles.

LENTEN SOUP SUPPERS: Please join us the Wednesdays of Lent for a soup/salad supper prior to evening worship. There is a sign-up sheet posted on the bulletin board in the Fellowship Hall. Supper begins at 6:00 p.m.

HOLDEN EVENING PRAYER: Wednesday evenings at 7:00 p.m. during the season of Lent. This is a beautiful sung evening worship service. All Are Welcome! A bible study will be led by Vicar Thomas following evening prayer from 7:30 - 8:00 p.m.

HAND AND FOOT CARD GAME: Join us Saturday, February 24th, at 5:00 p.m. for a fun evening of cards. Bring a beverage and a hearty appetizer to share. Please sign-up on the bulletin board so we know how many tables to set.

IFSN FUNDRAISER: Next Sunday, the Interfaith Shelter Network is hosting a fundraising brunch during coffee hour, with a special guest who will speak about the program from a personal perspective.




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

Christina F., James, Dante

Our homebound members and those in care facilities:

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

Our members with on-going concerns:

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

Our military, police, fire fighters and first responders



The Week Beginning February 18, 2018

Sunday, February 18            The First Sunday of Lent

        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, February 19          Office & Preschool Closed

Tuesday, February 20

        9:30 a.m.                        Christian Service

        9:30 a.m.                        Preschool Chapel

      10:00 a.m.                        Gentle Yoga

      12:30 p.m.                        Tai Chi Exercise

        1:00 p.m.                        Staff Meeting

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

Wednesday, February 21

        9:15 a.m.                        ELCA Pastor’s Meeting

        6:00 p.m.                        Lenten Soup Supper

        7:00 p.m.                        Holden Evening Prayer

        7:30 p.m.                        Bible Study

        7:30 p.m.                        Choir Rehearsal

Thursday, February 22

        5:45 p.m.                        Preschool Staff Meeting

Friday, February 23

        9:00 a.m.                        YMCA Exercise Class

        9:30 a.m.                        Preschool Chapel

Saturday, February 24

        8:30 a.m.                        Men’s Breakfast & Book Study

        2:00 p.m.                        Memorial Service for Phillip Gausewitz

        5:00 p.m.                        Hand & Foot Card Game

Sunday, February 25            The Second Sunday of Lent

        8:45 a.m.                        Children’s Choir

        9:30 a.m.                        Worship

      10:30 a.m.                        Fellowship & Blood Pressure Checks

      10:30 a.m.                        Interfaith Shelter Network Fundraiser & Sock Drive

        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:

Jim Grutkowski


Gail Bennett and Diane Sherwood


Elaine Lauger


Diane Sherwood


Ben and Amanda Fadden

Nursery Care:

Anya Bryan




Reflections for Sunday, 02-18-2018, The First Sunday of Lent

Preparation for Sunday, 02-25-2018, The Second Sunday of Lent

Scripture for Sunday, 02-25-2018, The Second Sunday of Lent



SOCK DRIVE: For the fifth year, St Peter's is collecting new white cotton sweat socks for homeless  adult men and women to be distributed on Maundy Thursday, March 29 at the Episcopal Church Center in Ocean Beach. Next Sunday, February 25th, a basket to collect your gifts of socks will be placed near the altar rail. Help St. Peter's reach their goal of 300 pairs of socks!



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