The Sixth Sunday of Easter

May 26, 2019

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.









PRELUDE                 I’ve Got Peace Like a River                       St. Peter’s Youth Choir




P          Blessed be the holy Trinity, one God, the fountain of living water, the rock who gave us birth, our light and our salvation.

C         Amen.

P          Joined to Christ in the waters of baptism, we are clothed with God’s mercy and forgiveness. Let us give thanks for the gift of baptism.

C         We give you thanks, O God, O Living One, for you have created all, and you water the earth abundantly. Oceans and aquifers praise you. Rivers and streams bless you. All life is sustained by you, our Source. We praise you for Christ, the firstborn from the dead, who frees us from sin and raises us up to new life. Here at this font we touch the river of the water of life, bright as crystal, flowing through the city of God. Here, death is washed away forever. Here, we are grafted into the tree of life, with leaves for the healing of the world.

P          Pour out your Holy Spirit on this assembly, into this community, and throughout all creation. Cleanse us from our fears and drown our divisions. Grant that all may drink of your mercy and peace, through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.

C         Amen.



* OPENING HYMN                                                       God of Grace and God of Glory

Hymn #705




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.  Bountiful God, you gather your people into your realm, and you promise us food from your tree of life. Nourish us with your word, that empowered by your Spirit we may love one another and the world you have made, through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.

C         Amen.



CHILDREN’S SERMON                                                          (No Sunday school today)

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 Acts.

16:9 During the night Paul had a vision: there stood a man of Macedonia pleading with him and saying, “Come over to Macedonia and help us.” 10When he had seen the vision, we immediately tried to cross over to Macedonia, being convinced that God had called us to proclaim the good news to them.

11We set sail from Troas and took a straight course to Samothrace, the following day to Neapolis, 12and from there to Philippi, which is a leading city of the district of Macedonia and a Roman colony. We remained in this city for some days. 13On the sabbath day we went outside the gate by the river, where we supposed there was a place of prayer; and we sat down and spoke to the women who had gathered there. 14A certain woman named Lydia, a worshiper of God, was listening to us; she was from the city of Thyatira and a dealer in purple cloth. The Lord opened her heart to listen eagerly to what was said by Paul. 15When she and her household were baptized, she urged us, saying, “If you have judged me to be faithful to the Lord, come and stay at my home.” And she prevailed upon us.

L          Word of God, word of life.

C         Thanks be to God.




L    Let us pray Psalm 67 responsively.

1May God be merciful to us and bless us;
  may the light of God’s face shine upon us.
2Let your way be known upon earth,
  your saving health among all nations.
3Let the peoples praise you, O God;
  let all the peoples praise you.
4Let the nations be glad and sing for joy,
  for you judge the peoples with equity and guide all the nations on earth.
5Let the peoples praise you, O God;
  let all the peoples praise you.
6The earth has brought forth its increase;
  God, our own God, has blessed us.
7May God give us blessing,
  and may all the ends of the earth stand in awe.

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 Revelation.

21:10 And in the spirit [one of the angels] carried me away to a great, high mountain and showed me the holy city Jerusalem coming down out of heaven from God.         
         22I saw no temple in the city, for its temple is the Lord God the Almighty and the Lamb. 23And the city has no need of sun or moon to shine on it, for the glory of God is its light, and its lamp is the Lamb. 24The nations will walk by its light, and the kings of the earth will bring their glory into it. 25Its gates will never be shut by day-and there will be no night there. 26People will bring into it the glory and the honor of the nations. 27But nothing unclean will enter it, nor anyone who practices abomination or falsehood, but only those who are written in the Lamb’s book of life.

22:1Then the angel showed me the river of the water of life, bright as crystal, flowing from the throne of God and of the Lamb 2through the middle of the street of the city. On either side of the river is the tree of life with its twelve kinds of fruit, producing its fruit each month; and the leaves of the tree are for the healing of the nations. 3Nothing accursed will be found there any more. But the throne of God and of the Lamb will be in it, and his servants will worship him; 4they will see his face, and his name will be on their foreheads. 5And there will be no more night; they need no light of lamp or sun, for the Lord God will be their light, and they will reign forever and ever.

L          Word of God, word of life.

C         Thanks be to God.







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

5:1 After this there was a festival of the Jews, and Jesus went up to Jerusalem.
         2Now in Jerusalem by the Sheep Gate there is a pool, called in Hebrew Beth-zatha, which has five porticoes. 3In these lay many invalids-blind, lame, and paralyzed-waiting for the stirring of the water; 4for an angel of the Lord went down at certain seasons into the pool, and stirred up the water; whoever stepped in first after the stirring of the water was made well from whatever disease that person had. 5One man was there who had been ill for thirty-eight years. 6When Jesus saw him lying there and knew that he had been there a long time, he said to him, “Do you want to be made well?” 7The sick man answered him, “Sir, I have no one to put me into the pool when the water is stirred up; and while I am making my way, someone else steps down ahead of me.” 8Jesus said to him, “Stand up, take your mat and walk.” 9At once the man was made well, and he took up his mat and began to walk.   
  Now that day was a sabbath.

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



SERMON                                                                                                     Thomas Voelp



*  HYMN OF THE DAY                                        I Want to Walk as a Child of the Light

Hymn #815




C         We believe in one God,

the Father, the Almighty,

maker of heaven and earth,

of all that is, seen and unseen.

We believe in one Lord, Jesus Christ,

the only Son of God,

eternally begotten of the Father,

God from God, Light from Light,

true God from true God, begotten, not made,

of one Being with the Father;

through him all things were made.

For us and for our salvation

he came down from heaven,

was incarnate of the Holy Spirit and the virgin Mary

and became truly human.

For our sake he was crucified under Pontius Pilate;

he suffered death and was buried.

On the third day he rose again

in accordance with the scriptures;

he ascended into heaven

and is seated at the right hand of the Father.

He will come again in glory to judge the living and the dead,

and his kingdom will have no end.

We believe in the Holy Spirit, the Lord, the giver of life,

who proceeds from the Father and the Son,

who with the Father and the Son is worshiped and glorified,

who has spoken through the prophets.

We believe in one holy catholic and apostolic church.

We acknowledge one baptism for the forgiveness of sins.

We look for the resurrection of the dead,

and the life of the world to come. Amen.



*  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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OFFERTORY HYMN                           I Will Sing                                        St. Peter’s Choir

Please stand as the ushers bring the gifts to the Altar

Let the Vineyards Be Fruitful



*  TABLE REMEMBRANCE                                                                         Thomas Voelp

P          Last Sunday we gathered at the Lord’s table and we remembered with thanksgiving that:

“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.”

This is the supper of our Lord Jesus Christ. This same bread and cup, shared in our community of faith, are here given for you.

Gathered into one by the Holy Spirit, let us pray as Jesus taught us.

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          Taste and see that the Lord is good.




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.







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            #342 There in God’s Garden




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

C         Amen.




D         Let us pray. Living God, you have greeted us in our brokenness and nourished us with the body of Christ, broken for us. Risen to new life with you, send us now to bear your healing love into the wounded world, in the name of our risen Savior and Lord.

C         Amen.



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P          The blessing of the living God, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, surround and sustain you, keep you from harm, and fill you with courage.

C         Amen.



*  SENDING HYMN                                                                        The Peace of the Lord

Hymn #646




D         You are the body of Christ raised up for the world. Go in peace. Share the good news. Alleluia!

C         Thanks be to God. Alleluia!




Reflections for Sunday, 05-26-2019, The Sixth Sunday of Easter

Preparation for Sunday, 06-02-2019, The Seventh Sunday of Easter

Scripture for Sunday, 06-02-2019, The Seventh Sunday of Easter



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

Lorrayne, Vic

Our homebound members and those in care facilities:

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

Our members with on-going concerns:

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

Our military, police, fire fighters and first responders




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 (with the exception of the last Sunday of the month.) 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, the flowers at the altar are given for the glory of God by St. Peter’s by the Sea. We thank Solveig Fuentes and Carolyn Irby for the coffee fellowship after the service, served in celebration of Norwegian Constitution Day (Syttende Mai).

WELCOME, VICAR THOMAS: Today, we welcome our former seminary intern, Thomas Voelp, who is preaching and presiding. Thomas is a candidate for Word and Sacrament ministry. He is living in Temecula while he awaits a call.

MAILING GROUP: The newsletter Mailing Group will meet on Wednesday morning for about an hour of folding and preparing the newsletter for mailing and we’d love your help. We meet at 8:30 a.m. in the Meeting Room. Thank you!

NEXT WEEKEND we will have Mission Trip guests staying with us from six churches in the Southern Alameda County Deanery in the San Francisco Bay area. Pastor Mark Spaulding from Holy Cross Episcopal Church in Castro Valley will preach at St. Peter’s on Sunday and Pastor Marohn will preside.

E-MAIL: If you have not been getting email communication from Pastor Marohn and/or the church office, check your email settings and SPAM folder. Our email addresses haven’t changed but we have a new server and some have said they aren’t getting our emails. The pastor’s and church office email addresses are: [email protected] and [email protected]

SAVE THE DATE: Pastor Marohn’s last Sunday with us will be September 22nd. Bishop Andy Taylor will be preaching and Pastor Marohn’s Retirement/Farewell party will be that evening.



The Week Beginning May 26, 2019

Sunday, May 26                    The Sixth Sunday of Easter

        8:00 a.m.                        Choir Rehearsal

        9:00 a.m.                        Youth Choir

        9:30 a.m.                        Worship

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

        7:00 p.m.                        Al-Anon Meeting

Monday, May 27                  Memorial Day, Observed

                                                Office & Preschool Closed

Tuesday, May 28

        9:30 a.m.                        Christian Service

        9:30 a.m.                        Preschool Chapel

      12:30 p.m.                        Tai Chi Exercise Class

        4:00 p.m.                        AA Meeting

Wednesday, May 29

        8:30 a.m.                        Mailing Group

        9:15 a.m.                        ELCA Pastors’ Meeting

      12:00 p.m.                        Movement and Balance Class

Thursday, May 30                 Ascension of the Lord

        8:00 a.m.                        Pt. Loma / OB Realtor’s Meeting

Friday, May 31

        9:00 a.m.                        YMCA Exercise Class

        9:30 a.m.                        Preschool Chapel

        6:00 p.m.                        Preschool Graduation

        8:00 p.m.                        Episcopal Church Mission Trip Guests Arrive

Saturday, June 1

        8:30 a.m.                        Men’s Bible Study

Sunday, June 2                     The Seventh Sunday of Easter

        9:00 a.m.                        Choir Rehearsal

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

      10:30 a.m.                        Fellowship

      11:00 a.m.                        Confirmation Class

        1:00 p.m.                        Episcopal Church Mission Trip Guests Depart

        7:00 p.m.                        Al-Anon Meeting



Worship Leadership


The Rev. Karen Marohn

Guest Presider/Preacher:

Thomas Voelp

Director of Music:

Doris DeChenne

Worship Assistant:

Congregation Deacon Greg Lommen

Altar Care:

Jim Grutkowski


Bob Fode and Scott Walls


Darlene Truver


Joetta Foster


Sam O’Brien and Shea Slaughter

Nursery Care:


Anya Bryan

Elaine Lauger




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; Max Phelps; Deirdre Slaughter.




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