The Twenty-First Sunday after Pentecost

October 14, 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.










P          Blessed be the holy Trinity, one God, full of compassion and mercy,

abounding in steadfast love.

C         Amen.

P          Trusting God’s promise of forgiveness, let us confess our sin against God and one another.   (pause for reflection)

            Eternal God our creator,

C         in you we live and move and have our being. Look upon us, your children,

the work of your hands. Forgive us all our offenses, and cleanse us from proud thoughts and empty desires. By your grace draw us near to you, our refuge and our strength; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

P          Since we are justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ. God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit given to us. In the mercy of almighty God, Christ died for us while we still were sinners; and for his sake, God forgives you all your sins.

C         Amen.



* 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          Let us pray.  Almighty and ever-living God, increase in us your gift of faith, that, forsaking what lies behind and reaching out to what lies ahead, we may follow the way of your commandments and receive the crown of everlasting joy, through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord.

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 Amos.

         5:6 Seek the Lord and live, or he will break out against the house of Joseph like fire, and it will devour Bethel, with no one to quench it. 7Ah, you that turn justice to wormwood, and bring righteousness to the ground!        
         10They hate the one who reproves in the gate, and they abhor the one who speaks the truth. 11Therefore because you trample on the poor and take from them levies of grain, you have built houses of hewn stone, but you shall not live in them; you have planted pleasant vineyards, but you shall not drink their wine. 12For I know how many are your transgressions, and how great are your sins-you who afflict the righteous, who take a bribe, and push aside the needy in the gate. 13Therefore the prudent will keep silent in such a time; for it is an evil time.   
         14Seek good and not evil, that you may live; and so the Lord, the God of hosts, will be with you, just as you have said. 15Hate evil and love good, and establish justice in the gate; it may be that the Lord, the God of hosts, will be gracious to the remnant of Joseph.

L          Word of God, word of life.

C         Thanks be to God.




L    Let us pray Psalm 90 responsively.

12So teach us to number our days
  that we may apply our hearts to wisdom.
13Return, O Lord; how long will you tarry?
  Be gracious to your servants.
14Satisfy us by your steadfast love in the morning;
  so shall we rejoice and be glad all our days.
15Make us glad as many days as you afflicted us
  and as many years as we suffered adversity.
16Show your servants your works,
  and your splendor to their children.
17May the graciousness of the Lord our God be upon us;
  prosper the work of our hands; prosper our handiwork.

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 Hebrews.

4:12 Indeed, the word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing until it divides soul from spirit, joints from marrow; it is able to judge the thoughts and intentions of the heart. 13And before him no creature is hidden, but all are naked and laid bare to the eyes of the one to whom we must render an account.

         14Since, then, we have a great high priest who has passed through the heavens, Jesus, the Son of God, let us hold fast to our confession. 15For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who in every respect has been tested as we are, yet without sin. 16Let us therefore approach the throne of grace with boldness, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need.

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.

10:17As [Jesus] was setting out on a journey, a man ran up and knelt before him, and asked him, “Good Teacher, what must I do to inherit eternal life?” 18Jesus said to him, “Why do you call me good? No one is good but God alone. 19You know the commandments: ‘You shall not murder; You shall not commit adultery; You shall not steal; You shall not bear false witness; You shall not defraud; Honor your father and mother.’ 20He said to him, “Teacher, I have kept all these since my youth.” 21Jesus, looking at him, loved him and said, “You lack one thing; go, sell what you own, and give the money to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; then come, follow me.” 22When he heard this, he was shocked and went away grieving, for he had many possessions.   
         23Then Jesus looked around and said to his disciples, “How hard it will be for those who have wealth to enter the kingdom of God!” 24And the disciples were perplexed at these words. But Jesus said to them again, “Children, how hard it is to enter the kingdom of God! 25It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for someone who is rich to enter the kingdom of God.” 26They were greatly astounded and said to one another, “Then who can be saved?” 27Jesus looked at them and said, “For mortals it is impossible, but not for God; for God all things are possible.” 
         28Peter began to say to him, “Look, we have left everything and followed you.” 29Jesus said, “Truly I tell you, there is no one who has left house or brothers or sisters or mother or father or children or fields, for my sake and for the sake of the good news, 30who will not receive a hundredfold now in this age-houses, brothers and sisters, mothers and children, and fields, with persecutions-and in the age to come eternal life. 31But many who are first will be last, and the last will be first.”

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



SERMON                                                                                             Rev. Karen Marohn



*  HYMN OF THE DAY                                                          Take My Life, That I May Be

Hymn #583




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.




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                              Seek Ye First                                             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, that we should at all times and in all places give thanks and praise to you, almighty and merciful God, . . . (Here the minister continues with the proper preface concluding) . . .  we praise your name and join their unending hymn:







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.




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.







            #479 We Come to the Hungry Feast

            #678 God, Whose Giving Knows No Ending

            #469 By Your Hand You Feed Your People




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

C         Amen.




D         Let us pray. Holy and compassionate God, in bread and wine you give us gifts that form us to be humble and courageous. May your words come to life in our serving and in our witness, that we might speak a living voice of healing and justice to all the world, through Jesus Christ, our rock and our redeemer.

C         Amen.



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P          God, creator of all things, speaking reformation into being; Jesus Christ, savior of the world, raising the dead; Holy Spirit, living voice, calling and enlightening the church: Almighty God, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, bless you now and forever.

C         Amen.



*  SENDING HYMN                                                                                     We Are Called

Hymn #720




D         Go in peace. Sound the good news.

C         Thanks be to God.




Reflections for Sunday, 10-14-2018, The Twenty-first Sunday after Pentecost

Preparation for Sunday, 10-21-2018, The Twenty-Second Sunday after Pentecost

Scripture for Sunday, 10-21-2018, The Twenty-Second 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 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.

ALTAR CARE is given for the praise and glory of God.  Today we thank Rose Engleman for the flowers at the altar given in honor of family birthdays. We also thank the “Coffee Angels” and Betty Wells for the coffee fellowship after the service.

NEWSLETTER DEADLINE: The deadline to submit articles, announcements, calendar items, etc. for the November issue of The Net is October 15th. Thank you.

LWR INGATHERING: Tomorrow, the Church Mice (a group from the Christian Service committee) will deliver 40 School Kits and quilts to Lutheran World Relief through the local ingathering. Thank you to everyone who has contributed resources and time to assembling these school kits and quilts.

PARENT’S DINNER: This Saturday, October 20th, families with young children (middle school and younger) are invited to dinner at St. Peter’s by the Sea. Dinner will be provided as well as chaperoned activities for the children after dinner so that the parents can get to know each other. Please RSVP with Darlene Truver or call the church office at 619-224-2894.

NEW MEMBERS MEETING: Interested in formalizing your relationship with St. Peter’s? What does it mean to be a member rather than a regular visitor? Can I vote at Congregation meetings? Come to a meeting following worship on October 21st. There are four or five others who are interested in becoming members of this church family. Talk with Pastor Marohn for more information . . . or just come to the meeting on the 21st.

LUTHERAN DISASTER RESPONSE: If you would like to help those affected by recent hurricanes, you can make a donation through St. Peter’s by the Sea. Mark your check or envelope “Lutheran Disaster Response” and place it in the offering plate.

OCTOBER FOOD DRIVE: October is one of St. Peter’s months to collect non-perishable food items for our local food bank, Loaves and Fishes (aka OBEF). Please place your contributions in the basket in the Fellowship Hall.



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Please be generous in giving to our local neighborhood food bank.
(St. Peter’s designated months are April and October.)

Loaves and Fishes can use the following:

·         Checks made out to St. Peter’s, designated for "Loaves and Fishes"

·         Volunteers to work at the Distribution Center. (Call Sue Fode)

·         Food and other items below:

Urgently Needed Food Items:

Additional Food Items:

Fruit, canned 15 oz.

Instant Pudding / Jell-O

Ready to Eat: Hearty Soup, Stew

Canned Chicken

Vegetables, canned 15 oz.

Canned Ham / Spam

Canned Tuna

Canned Ravioli

Peanut Butter and Jelly

Canned Refried Beans

Ramen / Dried Soup

Powdered Milk

Boxed Macaroni & Cheese

Juice Packs

Dry Pasta / Spaghetti

Healthy Snack Packs

Pasta Sauce (no glass)

Packaged Raisins

Tea Bags

Granola Bars


Hygiene Items: deodorant, razors, toothpaste, shampoo, plastic grocery bags and socks.



Loaves and Fishes was organized in 1977 to serve those in need in our community. The distribution of food takes place Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 9:30 – 11:30 a.m. at Water’s Edge Church in Ocean Beach.



The Week Beginning October 14, 2018

Sunday, October 14            The Twenty-First Sunday after Pentecost

        8:45 a.m.                        Children’s Choir

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

      10:30 a.m.                        Fellowship

      10:45 a.m.                        Nominating Committee

        7:00 p.m.                        Al-Anon Meeting

Monday, October 15          Net Articles Due

        9:00 a.m.                        YMCA Exercise Class

        9:00 a.m.                        LWR Ingathering (Quilts & School Kits)

Tuesday, October 16

        9:30 a.m.                        Christian Service

        9:30 a.m.                        Preschool Chapel

      10:00 a.m.                        Staff Meeting

      10:00 a.m.                        Gentle Yoga

      12:30 p.m.                        Tai Chi Exercise

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

Wednesday, October 17

        9:15 a.m.                        ELCA Pastors’ Meeting

      12:00 p.m.                        YMCA Movement & Balance Class

        6:30 p.m.                        Mid-Week Communion

        7:00 p.m.                        Choir Rehearsal

Thursday, October 18

        4:00 p.m.                        Preschool Committee

Friday, October 19

        9:00 a.m.                        YMCA Exercise Class

        9:30 a.m.                        Preschool Chapel

Saturday, October 20

        5:00 p.m.                        Parent’s Dinner

Sunday, October 21                        The Twenty-Second Sunday after Pentecost

        8:45 a.m.                        Children’s Choir

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

      10:30 a.m.                        Fellowship

      10:45 a.m.                        New Members Meeting

        7:00 p.m.                        Al-Anon Meeting



Worship Leadership


The Rev. Karen Marohn

Director of Music:

Doris DeChenne

Worship Assistant:

Congregation Deacons Steve Silva

and Jennifer Smart

Altar Care:

Jim Grutkowski


Gail Bennett and Diane Sherwood


Elaine Lauger


Richard Doering


Ian Smart and Shea Slaughter

Sunday School:

Liz Medina and Terri Webster

Nursery Care:

Anya Bryan




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

James, Jane H., Dora, Carolyn

Our homebound members and those in care facilities:

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

Our members with on-going concerns:

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

Our military, police, fire fighters and first responders



Christian Sympathy

The church family of St. Peter’s extends our promise of prayer and sympathy to Danny White on the death of his sister, Kathy Leiweke.

May she rest in peace eternal.




2018 Congregation Council: John Smart, President; Jim Grutkowski, Vice-President; Ellen Schmeding, Secretary; Darlene Morrow-Truver, Treasurer; Jane Christensen; Colleen Doering; Richard Nielsen; Patricia Pepper; Deirdre Slaughter.



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