The Twenty-Third Sunday after Pentecost - Lectionary 33

November 17, 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. Rick Schowalter



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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 Want to be Ready                                           Youth Choir




P          Blessed be the holy Trinity, one God, healer of our every ill, source of unending mercy.

C         Amen.

P          Embraced in enduring grace and good hope, let us turn again to God, confessing the truth about ourselves.    (pause for reflection)

            Merciful God,

C         we come before you, beloved but broken. We have not always treated others as we would want them to treat us. We have not always called out injustice and abuse. We have not always been kind to ourselves. We have not always taken care of the world we share with other living creatures. Remind us of who we are, beloved children bathed in your love. Renew us by your Spirit to live as your holy people, bringing healing to the brokenness around us. Amen.

P          At every moment you are held in existence by the love of God, renewed by the Spirit within and among you, and made alive again in Christ. Receive this assurance in Jesus’ name: you are forgiven and freed to live for the healing of the world.

C         Amen.



* OPENING HYMN                                                            Come, We That Love the Lord

Hymn #625




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.  O God, the protector of all who trust in you, without you nothing is strong, nothing is holy. Embrace us with your mercy, that with you as our ruler and guide, we may live through what is temporary without losing what is eternal, 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 Malachi.

           4:1 See, the day is coming, burning like an oven, when all the arrogant and all evildoers will be stubble; the day that comes shall burn them up, says the Lord of hosts, so that it will leave them neither root nor branch. 2aBut for you who revere my name the sun of righteousness shall rise, with healing in its wings.

L          Word of God, word of life.

C         Thanks be to God.




L          Let us pray Psalm 98 responsively.

1Sing a new song to the Lord, who has done marvelous things,
  whose right hand and holy arm have won the victory.
2O Lord, you have made known your victory,
  you have revealed your righteousness in the sight of the nations.
3You remember your steadfast love and faithfulness to the house of Israel;
  all the ends of the earth have seen the victory of our God.
4Shout with joy to the Lord, all you lands;
  lift up your voice, rejoice, and sing.
5Sing to the Lord with the harp,
  with the harp and the voice of song.
6With trumpets and the sound of the horn
  shout with joy before the king, the Lord.
7Let the sea roar, and all that fills it,
  the world and those who dwell therein.
8Let the rivers clap their hands,
  and let the hills ring out with joy before the Lord,

       who comes to judge the earth.
9The Lord will judge the world with righteousness
  and the peoples with equity.

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 2 Thessalonians.

3:6 Now we command you, beloved, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, to keep away from believers who are living in idleness and not according to the tradition that they received from us. 7For you yourselves know how you ought to imitate us; we were not idle when we were with you, 8and we did not eat anyone’s bread without paying for it; but with toil and labor we worked night and day, so that we might not burden any of you. 9This was not because we do not have that right, but in order to give you an example to imitate. 10For even when we were with you, we gave you this command: Anyone unwilling to work should not eat. 11For we hear that some of you are living in idleness, mere busybodies, not doing any work. 12Now such persons we command and exhort in the Lord Jesus Christ to do their work quietly and to earn their own living. 13Brothers and sisters, do not be weary in doing what is right.

L          Word of God, word of life.

C         Thanks be to God.







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

21:5 When some were speaking about the temple, how it was adorned with beautiful stones and gifts dedicated to God, [Jesus] said, 6“As for these things that you see, the days will come when not one stone will be left upon another; all will be thrown down.”         
         7They asked him, “Teacher, when will this be, and what will be the sign that this is about to take place?” 8And he said, “Beware that you are not led astray; for many will come in my name and say, ‘I am he!’ and, ‘The time is near!’ Do not go after them.           
         9“When you hear of wars and insurrections, do not be terrified; for these things must take place first, but the end will not follow immediately.” 10Then he said to them, “Nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom; 11there will be great earthquakes, and in various places famines and plagues; and there will be dreadful portents and great signs from heaven.         
         12“But before all this occurs, they will arrest you and persecute you; they will hand you over to synagogues and prisons, and you will be brought before kings and governors because of my name. 13This will give you an opportunity to testify. 14So make up your minds not to prepare your defense in advance; 15for I will give you words and a wisdom that none of your opponents will be able to withstand or contradict. 16You will be betrayed even by parents and brothers, by relatives and friends; and they will put some of you to death. 17You will be hated by all because of my name. 18But not a hair of your head will perish. 19By your endurance you will gain your souls.”

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



SERMON                                                                                          Rev. Rick Schowalter



*  HYMN OF THE DAY                                                                  Canticle of the Turning

Hymn #723




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  …  Hear us, O God.

                                                                                                      C   Your mercy is great.

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.



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OFFERING                                  Steal Away                                            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, 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 name and join their unending hymn:







P          Holy God, holy and mighty, holy and immortal:

surrounded by evil and bordered by death

we appeal to you, our Sovereign, our Wisdom, and our Judge.

We praise you for Christ, who proclaimed your reign of peace

and promised an end to injustice and harm.

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, the sacrifice of his life and death

and the victory of his resurrection,

we await with all the saints

his loving redemption of our suffering world.

Send your Spirit on these gifts of bread and wine

and on all who share in the body and blood of your Son:

teach us your mercy and justice,

and make all things new in 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.







            #815 I Want to Walk as a Child of the Light

            #721 Goodness Is Stronger than Evil

            #438 My Lord, What a Morning




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 thank you, God our host, for inviting us here to taste the future when you will feed all the hungry at your table. Keep this hope alive in us and in our communities, so that we might bring hope to a suffering world, in the name of Jesus Christ our Savior.

C         Amen.



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P          Signed and sealed by the Holy Spirit, you are Christ’s message of love for this troubled world, written by the same Sender. May our Lord Jesus Christ and God our Father, who loved us and through grace gave us eternal comfort and good hope, comfort your hearts and strengthen them in every good work and word.

C         Amen.



*  SENDING HYMN                                                      Mine Eyes Have Seen the Glory




D         Go in peace. Set your hope on Christ.

C         Thanks be to God.




Reflections for Sunday, 11-17-2019, The Twenty-Third Sunday after Pentecost

Preparation for Sunday, 11-24-2019, Christ the King Sunday

Scripture for Sunday, 11-24-2019, Christ the King Sunday



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

Diane B., Kent

Our homebound members and those in care facilities:

Keith, Leon, Wayne, Mary, Dora, Beverly, Bruce T., Dante, Marcia

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. 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 Beverly Mitchell for the flowers at the altar given in memory of her husband, George.  We also thank Susan Ritchey and Donna Wilder for the coffee fellowship after the service.

BOOK OF REMEMBRANCE: Please add the names of your family and friends who have died since last All Saints’ Day to our Book of Remembrance. The book will be in the Narthex during November.

HAND AND FOOT: We’re playing Hand and Foot on Saturday, November 23rd at 5:00 p.m. Be sure to sign up on the bulletin board as this card game is played in groups of four.

ELCA GOOD GIFTS: Gifts that Grow the Church, Fight Hunger, and Transform Lives. How it works: Choose your gift; Choose either an ornament or card to send to your recipient; Make a difference by making your payment to St. Peter’s by the Sea and noting “Good Gifts” in the memo line or on the envelope.

CHILDREN’S CHRISTMAS PROGRAM Our annual Children’s Christmas Program is Sunday, December 15th during the 9:30 a.m. service. Rehearsals are taking place during Sunday School and Saturday December 7 and 14.



The Week Beginning November 17, 2019

Sunday, November 17   The Twenty-Third Sunday after Pentecost-Lectionary 33

        8:00 a.m.                        Choir Rehearsal

        9:00 a.m.                        Youth Choir

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

      10:30 a.m.                        Fellowship

        7:00 p.m.                        Al-Anon Meeting

Monday, November 18

        9:00 a.m.                        YMCA Exercise Class

Tuesday, November 19

      10:00 a.m.                        Preschool Chapel

      12:30 p.m.                        Tai Chi Exercise

        1:00 p.m.                        Staff Meeting

        4:00 p.m.                        AA Meeting

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

Wednesday, November 20

        9:30 a.m.                        Christian Service at Water’s Edge Faith Community

      10:00 a.m.                        Preschool Chapel

Thursday, November 21

Friday, November 22

        9:00 a.m.                        YMCA Exercise Class

      12:00 p.m.                        Movement and Balance Exercise Class

Saturday, November 23

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

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

Sunday, November 24        Christ the King Sunday

        8:00 a.m.                        Choir Rehearsal

        9:00 a.m.                        Youth Choir

        9:30 a.m.                        Worship

        9:40 a.m.                        Pageant Rehearsal

      10:30 a.m.                        Fellowship

      10:30 a.m.                        Blood Pressure Checks

        7:00 p.m.                        Al-Anon Meeting




ELCA Good Gifts


ELCA Good Gifts provides more than 50 different gift-giving options that grow the church, fight hunger and transform lives. These gifts, starting at just $10, provide direct support for the churchwide ministries of the ELCA.



Gifts that Grow the Church, Fight Hunger, and Transform Lives


How it works:

1.      Choose your gift

2.      Choose either an ornament or card to send to your recipient

3.      Make a difference by making your payment to St. Peter’s by the Sea and noting “Good Gifts” in the memo line or on the envelope.


From the ELCA Good Gifts website:

Every project in every community starts with listening. We believe that our congregations, companion churches and partners know their communities best. That’s why they identify the needs and priorities in their communities, as well as the solutions they believe will make the biggest impact.

The items in this catalog are real examples from projects currently supported through different churchwide ministries. The projects have been planned by our partners - meaning that each community receives exactly the kind of support it needs and none of what it doesn’t.

Your donation will be used where needed most within the wider category of each gift you’ve selected. (For example, a gift of vaccinations may be used to support other health care initiatives.) This allows our church to stay adaptive, flexible and effective in the work that we do. Because we seek to honor your generosity and keep administrative costs low, we do not track individual financial gifts to specific families or locations in the U.S. or abroad.



Worship Leadership


The Rev. Rick Schowalter

Director of Music:

Doris DeChenne

Worship Assistant:

Congregation Deacon Jennifer Smart

Altar Care:

Jim Grutkowski


Rosemary Sutter and Ade Christensen


Ellen Schmeding


Bob Fode


Ian Smart

Sunday School:

Nici Bothwell and Darlene Truver

Nursery Care:

Anya Bryan




2019 Congregation Council: John Smart, President; Jim Grutkowski, Vice-President; Richard Nielsen, Secretary; Darlene Morrow-Truver, Treasurer; Jane Christensen; Ben Fadden; Christina Fadden; Max Phelps; Deirdre Slaughter.




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