The Third Sunday after Epiphany

January 24, 2021 at 9:30 a.m.

(outdoor service, live-streamed)




St. Peter’s by the Sea Lutheran Church

1371 Sunset Cliffs Boulevard

San Diego, CA  92107


Rev. Rick Schowalter







Bold type means congregational participation.






PRELUDE                                                                                                  Lord, Be Glorified




P          Blessed be the holy Trinity, one God, whose voice is upon the waters, whose mercy is poured out upon all people, whose goodness cascades over all creation.

C         Amen.

P          Let us confess our sin, trusting in the abundant grace of God.

Holy God,

C         you search us and know us. You are acquainted with all our ways. We confess that our hearts are burdened by sin—our own sins and the broken systems that bind us. We turn inward, failing to follow your outward way of love. We distrust those who are not like us. We exploit the earth and its resources and fail to consider generations to come. Forgive us, gracious God, for all we have done and left undone. Even before the words are on our tongues, you know them; receive them in your divine mercy. Amen.

P          How vast is God’s grace! Through the power and promise of Christ Jesus, our sins are washed away and we are claimed as God’s own beloved. Indeed, we are forgiven. In the wake of God’s forgiveness, we are called to be the beloved community living out Christ’s justice and the Spirit’s reconciling peace.

C         Amen.



* OPENING HYMN                                                                    Heaven Is Singing for Joy

Hymn #664



1    Heaven is singing for joy, alleluia,

      for in your life and mine

      is shining the glory of God.



      Alleluia, alleluia!

      Alleluia, alleluia!


2    Heaven is singing for joy, alleluia,

      for your life and mine

      unite in the love of our God.  Refrain


3    Heaven is singing for joy, alleluia,

      for your life and mine

      will always bear witness to God.  Refrain



Text: Pablo Sosa, b. 1933

Text © Pablo Sosa
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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.  Almighty God, by grace alone you call us and accept us in your service. Strengthen us by your Spirit, and make us worthy of your call, through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord.

C         Amen.







FIRST READING                                                Congregation Deacon, Jennifer Smart

L    A reading from Jonah.

3: 1The word of the Lord came to Jonah a second time, saying, 2“Get up, go to Nineveh, that great city, and proclaim to it the message that I tell you.” 3So Jonah set out and went to Nineveh, according to the word of the Lord. Now Nineveh was an exceedingly large city, a three days’ walk across. 4Jonah began to go into the city, going a day’s walk. And he cried out, “Forty days more, and Nineveh shall be overthrown!” 5And the people of Nineveh believed God; they proclaimed a fast, and everyone, great and small, put on sackcloth.
10When God saw what they did, how they turned from their evil ways, God changed his mind about the calamity that he had said he would bring upon them; and he did not do it.

L          Word of God, word of life.

C         Thanks be to God.




L    Let us pray Psalm 62 responsively.

5For God alone I wait in silence;
  truly, my hope is in God.
6God alone is my rock and my salvation,
  my stronghold, so that I shall never be shaken.
7In God is my deliverance and my honor;
  God is my strong rock and my refuge.
8Put your trust in God always, O people,
  pour out your hearts before the one who is our refuge.
9Those of high degree are but a fleeting breath; those of low estate cannot be trusted.
  Placed on the scales together they weigh even less than a breath.
10Put no trust in extortion; in robbery take no empty pride;
  though wealth increase, set not your heart upon it.
11God has spoken once, twice have I heard it,
  that power belongs to God.
12Steadfast love belongs to you, O Lord,
  for you repay all according to their deeds.

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.

7:29 Brothers and sisters, the appointed time has grown short; from now on, let even those who have wives be as though they had none, 30and those who mourn as though they were not mourning, and those who rejoice as though they were not rejoicing, and those who buy as though they had no possessions, 31and those who deal with the world as though they had no dealings with it. For the present form of this world is passing away.

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.

1:14 Now 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.”
         16As Jesus passed along the Sea of Galilee, he saw Simon and his brother Andrew casting a net into the sea—for they were fishermen. 17And Jesus said to them, “Follow me and I will make you fish for people.” 18And immediately they left their nets and followed him. 19As he went a little farther, he saw James son of Zebedee and his brother John, who were in their boat mending the nets. 20Immediately he called them; and they left their father Zebedee in the boat with the hired men, and followed him.

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



SERMON                                                                                          Rev. Rick Schowalter



*  HYMN OF THE DAY                                                         Jesus Call Us; o’er the Tumult

Hymn #696


1    Jesus calls us; o'er the tumult

      of our life's wild, restless sea,

      day by day his clear voice sounding,

      saying, "Christian, follow me":


2    As of old Saint Andrew heard it

      by the Galilean lake,

      turned from home and toil and kindred,

      leaving all for Jesus' sake.


3    Jesus calls us from the worship

      of the vain world's golden store,

      from each idol that would keep us,

      saying, "Christian, love me more."


4    In our joys and in our sorrows,

      days of toil and hours of ease,

      still he calls, in cares and pleasures,

      "Christian, love me more than these."


5    Jesus calls us! By your mercy,

      Savior, may we hear your call,

      give our hearts to your obedience,

      serve and love you best of all.


Text: Cecil Frances Alexander, 1818-1895

Public domain




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  … let us pray.

                                                                                                     C     Have mercy, O God.

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.

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








D         Let us pray. O God, receive these gifts as you receive us: like a mother receives her child, with arms open wide. Nourish us anew in your tender care, and empower us in faithful service to tend to others with this same love, through Jesus Christ, our saving grace.

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          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 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.



COMMUNION                                   CHRIST BIDS YOU WELCOME TO THIS HOLY MEAL!

All baptized Christians are invited to receive communion.

Please use the individually wrapped wafer & juice provided at your seat

if you are attending the outdoor service.

Receive the blessing offered by Pastor Rick and commune each other if you are in your home, repeating the blessings:

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

(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. Christ Jesus, at this table we have feasted on your very life and are strengthened for our journey. Send us forth from this banquet nourished in body and in spirit to proclaim your good news and serve others in your name.

C         Amen.








P          God the creator strengthen you; Jesus the beloved fill you; and the Holy Spirit the comforter keep you in peace.

C         Amen.



*  SENDING HYMN                                                                               Shine, Jesus, Shine

Hymn #671



Shine, Jesus, Shine, fill this land with the Father’s glory;

Blaze, spirit blaze, set our hearts on fire.

Flow, river, flow, flood the nations with grace and mercy;

Send forth your Word, Lord, and let there be light!

1.    Lord, the  light of your love is shining,

In the midst of the darkness, shining;

Jesus, light of the world, shine upon us,

Set us free by the truth you now bring us.

Shine on me, shine on me.   Refrain


2.    As we gaze on your kingly brightness,

So our faces display your likeness,

Ever changing from glory to glory,

Mirrored here, may our lives tell you story.

Shine on me, shine on me.   Refrain


Text: Graham Kendrick, b. 1950

Music: Graham Kendrick

Text and music ©1987 Make Way Music, admin. Music Services in the Western Hemisphere

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D         Go in peace. Be the light of Christ.

C         Thanks be to God.



POSTLUDE                                                                           We Are Marching in the Light




Reflections for Sunday, 01-24-2021, The Third Sunday after Epiphany

Preparation for Sunday, 01-31-2021, The Fourth Sunday after Epiphany

Scripture for Sunday, 01-31-2021, The Fourth Sunday after Epiphany



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

Lily, Dolores, Dave H.

Our homebound members and those in care facilities:

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

Our members with on-going concerns:

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

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



The Week Beginning January 24, 2020

Sunday, January 24            The Third Sunday after Epiphany

        9:30 a.m.                        Onsite/Outdoor Worship Service, live-streamed

      11:00 a.m.                        Fellowship via Zoom

Monday, January 25

Tuesday, January 26

Wednesday, January 27

        6:00 p.m.                        Endowment Committee, via Zoom

Thursday, January 28

      10:00 a.m.                        Recording

        4:00 p.m.                        Confirmation Class, via Zoom

Friday, January 29

Saturday, January 30

Sunday, January 31            The Fourth Sunday after Epiphany

                                                Recorded Worship Service

      10:30 a.m.                        Annual Meeting of the Congregation, via Zoom




ANNUAL MEETING of the CONGREGATION: The Annual Meeting of the Congregation has been called for Sunday, January 31, 2021 at 10:30 a.m., to be conducted electronically via Zoom. You may call in if you don’t have access to the internet; contact the church office by 10:00 a.m. Friday, January 29th for the phone-in number.

All members are requested to participate. Agenda includes the approval of the 2020 Annual Report. This is the second notice.





Altar Flowers: Today we thank Darlene Morrow-Truver for the flowers at the altar, given in memory of Beverly Mitchell.


2021 Congregation Council: Ellen Schmeding, President; Rosemary Sutter, Vice-President; Lyle Boelter, Secretary; Brenda Johnson, Treasurer; Ben Fadden; Fletcher Miller; Jon O’Brien; Max Phelps; Steve Silva.


Soup-er Bowl for Caring

Today, we begin our annual Soup-er Bowl fundraiser for our local food pantry, Loaves and Fishes (aka OBEF.)

At our onsite/outdoor worship service today, (Jan. 24th) you’re invited to bring canned food items to donate. We’ll have soup pots decorated for the four teams still in the running and you can “vote” for your favored team by donating to their soup pot.

Beginning on Monday, we will be accepting monetary donations. You can still “vote” for your favored team by noting “Soup-er Bowl” and team name in the memo line of your check or in the memo box of your online donation.

Online donations can be made on St. Peter’s website by clicking on the ‘Donate’ tab.

Thank you for your generosity as the need is greater than it’s ever been.




Interfaith Shelter Update

We have received updated information on this year’s Interfaith Shelter program (IFSN).  The program is going to be 100% at a hotel and meals will be provided by a caterer, as this is the safest and most efficient way of providing meals.

They hope to host up to five rooms which will house either a single person, a couple, or a family as they determine the need.  Due to COVID restrictions we cannot visit the hotel or guests so this year may seem impersonal but it is the best we can do for this program in this year.

You all have been so very generous and we will be able to provide funds for one week of shelter and meals.   In addition, we at St. Peter’s are planning to provide Welcome Bags for up to twelve guests.   If you would like to provide support to that we think it will cost between $30 and $50 per bag to provide toiletries, misc. items, and snacks/drinks.  Thank you again for all your prayers and support of this outreach program.

Interfaith Shelter Committee





OFFERING: A reminder that you can mail your offering to the church at 1371 Sunset Cliffs Blvd. San Diego, CA 92107 or you can donate online at: https://www.stpetersbythesea.org and click on the “Donate” tab. Thank you!




Worship Leadership


The Rev. Rick Schowalter

Director of Music:

Doris DeChenne

Worship Assistant:

Congregation Deacon Jennifer Smart


Maya Slaughter and Shawn Morrow


Janine Morrow

Digital Production Team:

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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