The Twentieth Sunday after Pentecost

October 18, 2020

(recorded service)


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St. Peter’s by the Sea Lutheran Church

1371 Sunset Cliffs Boulevard

San Diego, CA  92107


Rev. Rick Schowalter



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Bold type means congregational participation.






PRELUDE                                                                                    Come and Fill Our Hearts

St. Peter’s Choir




P          Blessed be the holy Trinity, one God, who creates, redeems, and sustains us and all of creation.

C         Amen.

P          Let us confess our sin in the presence of God and of one another.

Faithful God,

C         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.

P          God hears the cries of all who call out in need, and through his death and resurrection, Christ has made us his own. Hear the truth that God proclaims: Your sins are forgiven in the name of Jesus Christ. Led by the Holy Spirit, live in freedom and newness to do God’s work in the world.

C         Amen.



*  OPENING HYMN                                                                    Lift Every Voice and Sing

ELW Hymn #841




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.  Sovereign God, raise your throne in our hearts. Created by you, let us live in your image; created for you, let us act for your glory; redeemed by you, let us give you what is yours, through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord.

C         Amen.



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FIRST READING                                          Congregation Deacon, Diane Sherwood

L    A reading from Isaiah.

         45:1 Thus says the Lord to his anointed, to Cyrus, whose right hand I have grasped to subdue nations before him and strip kings of their robes, to open doors before him—and the gates shall not be closed:
         2I will go before you and level the mountains, I will break in pieces the doors of bronze and cut through the bars of iron, 3I will give you the treasures of darkness and riches hidden in secret places, so that you may know that it is I, the Lord, the God of Israel, who call you by your name.
         4For the sake of my servant Jacob, and Israel my chosen, I call you by your name, I surname you, though you do not know me. 5I am the Lord, and there is no other; besides me there is no god. I arm you, though you do not know me, 6so that they may know, from the rising of the sun and from the west, that there is no one besides me; I am the Lord, and there is no other. 7I form light and create darkness, I make weal and create woe; I the Lord do all these things.

L          Word of God, word of life.

C         Thanks be to God.




L    Let us pray Psalm 96 responsively.

1Sing to the Lord a new song;
  sing to the Lord, all the earth.
2Sing to the Lord, bless the name of the Lord;
  proclaim God’s salvation from day to day.
3Declare God’s glory among the nations
  and God’s wonders among all peoples.
4For great is the Lord and greatly to be praised,
  more to be feared than all gods.
5As for all the gods of the nations, they are but idols;
  but you, O Lord, have made the heavens.
6Majesty and magnificence are in your presence;
  power and splendor are in your sanctuary.
7Ascribe to the Lord, you families of the peoples,
  ascribe to the Lord honor and power.
8Ascribe to the Lord the honor due the holy name;
  bring offerings and enter the courts of the Lord.
9Worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness;
  tremble before the Lord, all the earth.

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 Thessalonians.

1:1 Paul, Silvanus, and Timothy,
  To the church of the Thessalonians in God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ:
  Grace to you and peace.

         2We always give thanks to God for all of you and mention you in our prayers, constantly 3remembering before our God and Father your work of faith and labor of love and steadfastness of hope in our Lord Jesus Christ. 4For we know, brothers and sisters beloved by God, that he has chosen you, 5because our message of the gospel came to you not in word only, but also in power and in the Holy Spirit and with full conviction; just as you know what kind of persons we proved to be among you for your sake. 6And you became imitators of us and of the Lord, for in spite of persecution you received the word with joy inspired by the Holy Spirit, 7so that you became an example to all the believers in Macedonia and in Achaia. 8For the word of the Lord has sounded forth from you not only in Macedonia and Achaia, but in every place your faith in God has become known, so that we have no need to speak about it. 9For the people of those regions report about us what kind of welcome we had among you, and how you turned to God from idols, to serve a living and true God, 10and to wait for his Son from heaven, whom he raised from the dead—Jesus, who rescues us from the wrath that is coming.

L          Word of God, word of life.

C         Thanks be to God.




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

22:15 Then the Pharisees went and plotted to entrap [Jesus] in what he said. 16So they sent their disciples to him, along with the Herodians, saying, “Teacher, we know that you are sincere, and teach the way of God in accordance with truth, and show deference to no one; for you do not regard people with partiality. 17Tell us, then, what you think. Is it lawful to pay taxes to the emperor, or not?” 18But Jesus, aware of their malice, said, “Why are you putting me to the test, you hypocrites? 19Show me the coin used for the tax.” And they brought him a denarius. 20Then he said to them, “Whose head is this, and whose title?” 21They answered, “The emperor’s.” Then he said to them, “Give therefore to the emperor the things that are the emperor’s, and to God the things that are God’s.” 22When they heard this, they were amazed; and they left him and went away.

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



SERMON                                                                                           Rev. Rick Schowalter



*  HYMN OF THE DAY                                                                            Lord, Be Glorified

ELW Hymn #744




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          Into your hands, O Lord, we commend all for whom we pray trusting in your mercy through Jesus Christ. Amen.




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



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D         Let us pray. Blessed are you, O God, maker of all things. You have set before us these gifts of your good creation. Prepare us for your heavenly banquet, nourish us with this rich food and drink, and send us forth to set tables in the midst of a suffering world through the bread of life, Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord.

C         Amen.




P          The Lord be with you.

C         And also with you.

P          Lift up your hearts.

C         We lift them to the Lord.

P          Let us give thanks to the Lord our God

C         It is right to give our thanks and praise.

P          It is indeed right, our duty and our joy,

that we should at all times and in all places

give thanks and praise to you, almighty and merciful God,

through our Savior Jesus Christ;

who on this day overcame death and the grave,

and by his glorious resurrection opened to us the way of everlasting life.

And so, with all the choirs of angels,

with the church on earth and the hosts of heaven,

we praise your holy name.




P          Holy God,

our Bread of life, our Table, and our Food,

you created a world in which all might be satisfied by your abundance.

You dined with Abraham and Sarah, promising them life,

and fed your people Israel with manna from heaven.

You sent your Son to eat with sinners

and to become food 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 given for us

and his rising from the grave,

we await his coming again to share with us the everlasting feast.

By your Spirit nurture and sustain us with this meal:

strengthen us to serve all in hunger and want,

and by this bread and cup make of us the body 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 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.

P          The gifts of God, for the people of God.

C         Thanks be to God.




All baptized Christians are invited to receive communion.  Receive the blessing offered by Pastor Rick and commune each other in your homes repeating the blessings:

 (bread)           This is the body of Christ, broken for you.         (response: Amen.)

(wine/juice)     This is the blood of Christ, shed for you.         (response: Amen.)




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 give you thanks, gracious God, that you have once again fed us with food beyond compare, the body and blood of Christ. Lead us from this place, nourished and forgiven, into your beloved vineyard to wipe away the tears of all who hunger and thirst, guided by the example of the same Jesus Christ and led by the Holy Spirit, now and forever.

C         Amen.



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P          Mothering God, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, bless you and lead you into the way of truth and life.

C         Amen.



*  SENDING HYMN                                                             When Our Song Says Peace

ELW Hymn #709




D         Go in peace. Remember the poor.

C         Thanks be to God.



POSTLUDE                                                                                 Come and Fill Our Hearts

St. Peter’s Choir




Reflections for Sunday, 10-18-2020, The Twentieth Sunday after Pentecost

Preparation for Sunday, 10-25-2020, Reformation Sunday

Scripture for Sunday, 10-25-2020, Reformation Sunday




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

Rose, Dean, Carolyn, Elaine, Gail, Janet

Our homebound members and those in care facilities:

Keith, Leon, Wayne, Dora, Beverly, Bruce, Dante, Marcia

Our members with on-going concerns:

Steve F., Ann Z., JT, Lorrayne, Kevin

Our military, police, fire fighters, first responders and healthcare providers



Christian Sympathy

The church family of St. Peter’s extends our promise of prayer and sympathy to Greg Lommen & Scott Walls and family on the death of Greg’s mother, Mary Lommen.

May she rest in peace eternal




Altar Flowers: Today we thank the Nielsen family for the flowers at the altar, given to the glory of God.


2020 Congregation Council: Jim Grutkowski, President; Ellen Schmeding, Vice-President; Lyle Boelter, Secretary; Brenda Johnson, Treasurer; Jane Christensen; Ben Fadden; Christina Fadden; Jon O’Brien; Max Phelps; Deirdre Slaughter.




The Week Beginning October 18, 2020

Sunday, October 18                        The Twentieth Sunday after Pentecost

                                                Recorded Worship Service

      10:30 a.m.                        Fellowship via Zoom

Tuesday, October 20

        6:30 p.m.                        Women’s Book Study via Zoom

Thursday, October 22

      10:00 a.m.                        Deadline to RSVP for Sunday Outdoor Service

Saturday, October 24

        8:30 a.m.                        Book Study via Zoom (Finding Myself in the Story of Race)

Sunday, October 25                       Reformation Sunday

        9:30 a.m.                        Worship Service onsite; RSVP required

      11:00 a.m.                        Fellowship via Zoom



Worship Leadership


The Rev. Rick Schowalter

Director of Music:

Doris DeChenne

Worship Assistant:

Congregation Deacon Diane Sherwood

Digital Production Team:

Evan S., Lyle Boelter, and Charles Lauger



St. Peter’s by the Sea Lutheran Church

1371 Sunset Cliffs Blvd.

San Diego  CA  92107




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