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The Fifth Sunday of Lent

March 26, 2023 at 9:30 a.m.





St. Peter’s by the Sea Lutheran Church

1371 Sunset Cliffs Boulevard

San Diego, CA  92107


Rev. Bekki Lohrmann

Rev. Bill Radatz







Masks: Per San Diego County reports, we are currently in a low-risk area for COVID; masks are optional in the Sanctuary and Fellowship Hall.

Please Stand (as you are able) at the parts of the liturgy marked with an asterisk (*).

Bold type means congregational participation.






PRELUDE                                                                                            Where E'er You Walk




P          Blessed be the holy Trinity, one God, who journeys with us these forty days, and sustains us with the gift of grace.

C         Amen.

P          Let us acknowledge before God and one another our need for repentance and God’s mercy.

            Holy God,

C         we confess to you our faults and failings. Too often we neglect and do not trust your holy word; we take for ourselves instead of giving to others; we spoil rather than steward your creation; we cause hurt though you call us to heal; we choose fear over compassion. Forgive us, renew us, and lead us, as we seek to follow in your way of life. Amen.

P          Hear the good news: God so loved the world that God gave the only Son, so that all may receive life. This promise is for you! God embraces you with divine mercy, forgives you in Christ’s name, and revives you in the Spirit’s power.

C         Amen.



* GATHERING HYMN                                                            What Wondrous Love Is This

Hymn #666 (v. 1, 2, 4)




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, your Son came into the world to free us all from sin and death. Breathe upon us the power of your Spirit, that we may be raised to new life in Christ and serve you in righteousness all our days, through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.

C         Amen.








L         A reading from Ezekiel.

37:1 The hand of the Lord came upon me, and he brought me out by the spirit of the Lord and set me down in the middle of a valley; it was full of bones. 2He led me all around them; there were very many lying in the valley, and they were very dry. 3He said to me, “Mortal, can these bones live?” I answered, “O Lord God, you know.” 4Then he said to me, “Prophesy to these bones, and say to them: O dry bones, hear the word of the Lord. 5Thus says the Lord God to these bones: I will cause breath to enter you, and you shall live. 6I will lay sinews on you, and will cause flesh to come upon you, and cover you with skin, and put breath in you, and you shall live; and you shall know that I am the Lord.”
            7So I prophesied as I had been commanded; and as I prophesied, suddenly there was a noise, a rattling, and the bones came together, bone to its bone. 8I looked, and there were sinews on them, and flesh had come upon them, and skin had covered them; but there was no breath in them. 9Then he said to me, “Prophesy to the breath, prophesy, mortal, and say to the breath: Thus says the Lord God: Come from the four winds, O breath, and breathe upon these slain, that they may live.” 10I prophesied as he commanded me, and the breath came into them, and they lived, and stood on their feet, a vast multitude.
            11Then he said to me, “Mortal, these bones are the whole house of Israel. They say, ‘Our bones are dried up, and our hope is lost; we are cut off completely.’ 12Therefore prophesy, and say to them, Thus says the Lord God: I am going to open your graves, and bring you up from your graves, O my people; and I will bring you back to the land of Israel. 13And you shall know that I am the Lord, when I open your graves, and bring you up from your graves, O my people. 14I will put my spirit within you, and you shall live, and I will place you on your own soil; then you shall know that I, the Lord, have spoken and will act, says the Lord.”

L          Word of God, word of life.

C         Thanks be to God.




L    Let us pray Psalm 130 responsively.

1Out of the depths
  I cry to you, O Lord;
2O Lord, hear my voice!
  Let your ears be attentive to the voice of my supplication.
3If you were to keep watch over sins,
  O Lord, who could stand?
4Yet with you is forgiveness,
  in order that you may be feared.
5I wait for you, O Lord; my soul waits;
  in your word is my hope.
6My soul waits for the Lord more than those who keep watch for the morning,
  more than those who keep watch for the morning.
7O Israel, wait for the Lord, for with the Lord there is steadfast love;
  with the Lord there is plenteous redemption.
8For the Lord shall redeem Israel
  from all their sins.

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 Romans.

8:6 To set the mind on the flesh is death, but to set the mind on the Spirit is life and peace. 7For this reason the mind that is set on the flesh is hostile to God; it does not submit to God’s law—indeed it cannot, 8and those who are in the flesh cannot please God.
            9But you are not in the flesh; you are in the Spirit, since the Spirit of God dwells in you. Anyone who does not have the Spirit of Christ does not belong to him. 10But if Christ is in you, though the body is dead because of sin, the Spirit is life because of righteousness. 11If the Spirit of him who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, he who raised Christ from the dead will give life to your mortal bodies also through his Spirit that dwells in you.

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.

12:20 Now among those who went up to worship at the festival were some Greeks. 21They came to Philip, who was from Bethsaida in Galilee, and said to him, “Sir, we wish to see Jesus.” 22Philip went and told Andrew, then Andrew and Philip went and told Jesus. 23Jesus answered them, “The hour has come for the Son of Man to be glorified. 24Very truly, I tell you, unless a grain of wheat falls into the earth and dies, it remains just a single grain, but if it dies it bears much fruit. 25Those who love their life lose it, and those who hate their life in this world will keep it for eternal life.26Whoever serves me must follow me, and where I am, there will my servant be also. Whoever serves me, the Father will honor.

27“Now my soul is troubled. And what should I say: ‘Father, save me from this hour’? No, it is for this reason that I have come to this hour. 28Father, glorify your name.” Then a voice came from heaven, “I have glorified it, and I will glorify it again.”

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



SERMON                                                                                                  Pastor Bill Radatz



*  HYMN OF THE DAY                                                            Now the Green Blade Rises

Hymn #379




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  … Merciful God,

                                                                                                       C     receive our prayer.

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

C         Amen.




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







OFFERTORY ANTHEM                                                                         Largo- G F Handel




D         Let us pray. God our provider, you have not fed us with bread alone, but with words of grace and life. Bless us and these your gifts, which we receive from your bounty, through Jesus Christ our 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.

You call your people to cleanse their hearts

and prepare with joy for the paschal feast,

that, renewed in the gift of baptism,

we may come to the fullness of your grace.

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,

our living Water and our merciful Guide,

together with rivers and seas, wells and springs

we bless and magnify you.

You led your people Israel through the desert,

and provided them water from the rock.

We praise you for Christ, our Rock and our Water,

who joined us in our desert,

pouring out his life 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, death, and resurrection,

we await your salvation for all this thirsty world.

Pour out your Spirit on this holy food

and on all the baptized gathered for this feast:

wash away our sin,

that we may be revived for our journey by the love of 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, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name, thy kingdom come, thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread; and forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us; and lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, forever and ever. 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!

This is Christ’s table, it is not our own.  All are welcome.

The usher will direct you to enter by the center aisle.  Receive the bread from the pastor, ask for Gluten Free if needed.  Receive wine (red) or grape juice (white) from the communion assistants.  If you prefer to receive a blessing, cross your arms over your chest.








            #485    I Am the Bread of Life




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

C         Amen.




P          God, as the grains of wheat once scattered on the hill are gathered into one to become our bread, gather us up with those who are scattered far and wide who worship with us from home.  Bless the distance between us, bless the love that connects us, bless the worship that binds us together with friends we know and friends we have yet to meet, that those at home would know that they are beheld in love by your church and never alone.

C         Amen.




D         Let us pray. Compassionate God, you have fed us with the bread of heaven. Sustain us in our Lenten pilgrimage: may our fasting be hunger for justice; our alms, a making of peace; and our prayer, the song of grateful hearts, through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord.

C         Amen.








P          God, the giver of love, Christ, the resurrection and the life, and the Holy Spirit of rebirth bless you in this Lenten journey.

C         Amen.



*  SENDING HYMN                                                                            Restore in Us, O God

Hymn #328




D         Go in peace. Serve in love.

C         Thanks be to God.



POSTLUDE                                                                           We've Come This Far by Faith




Reflections for Sunday, 03-26-2023, The Fifth Sunday in Lent

Preparation for Sunday, 04-02-2023, Passion/Palm Sunday

Scripture for Sunday, 04-02-2023, Passion/Palm Sunday



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

Carol M., Elaine, Bob K.

Our homebound members and those in care facilities:

Keith, Dora, Dolores, Janet, Jane H., Carolyn, Dante

Our members with on-going concerns:

 Ann Z., Lorrayne, Lily

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




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. 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.

MASK REQUIREMENTS:  Per San Diego County reports, we are currently in a low-risk area for COVID; masks are optional in the Sanctuary and Fellowship Hall. We will continue to monitor county guidelines.

ALTAR FLOWERS & SUNDAY HOSPITATLITY: Today, the greenery at the altar is given by Darlene Truver to the glory of God. We thank Sandie Boelter and Allison Crews for the coffee fellowship after the service.

2023 ALTAR FLOWER sponsor calendar is posted on the bulletin board in the Fellowship Hall. There is a suggested donation of $45 to sponsor altar flowers and you may take the flowers home with you after the worship service. This is a lovely way to honor or memorialize someone dear to you.

SUNDAY SCHOOL: meets during the worship service for ages Kindergarten thru 6th grade (with the exception of the last Sunday of the month.)

CHRIST IN OUR HOME:  Daily Devotion booklets are available in the Narthex or from the church office. There are large print editions available.

HEARING ASSISTANCE DEVICES: Ask an usher if you’d like to use a device during the worship service.

PRESCHOOL FUNDRAISER: Tomorrow, March 27th from 1:00 – 7:00 p.m. at Classics Malt Shop. Come out for a late lunch or a tasty dinner and let them know you’re from St. Peter’s Preschool! A portion of the afternoon’s proceeds will go to the preschool’s Tuition Assistance program.

LENTEN WORSHIP: Please join us for our last Lenten Wednesday prayer service at 7:00 p.m., following the soup supper.

LENTEN SOUP SUPPER: Wednesday at 6:00 p.m. Bring a pot of soup to share with your St. Peter’s family and friends and then stay for the beautiful Lenten worship service.

EASTER FLOWERS: If you would like to donate to our Easter flower supply “in memory of” or “in thanksgiving for” someone dear to you, please see the bulletin insert. Deadline is next Sunday.



The Week Beginning March 26, 2023

Sunday, March 26               The Fifth Sunday of Lent

        8:30 a.m.                        Choir Rehearsal

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

      10:30 a.m.                        Fellowship

        7:00 p.m.                        Al-Anon - Sunday Night Courage to Change

Monday, March 27

        1:00 p.m.                        Classics Malt Shop Fundraiser (until 7:00 p.m.)

Tuesday, March 28

        9:30 a.m.                        Church Mice

        9:30 a.m.                        Preschool Chapel

      11:00 a.m.                        Staff Meeting

      12:30 p.m.                        Ta’i Chi Class

        4:00 p.m.                        AA Meeting - Sobriety Seekers

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

Wednesday, March 29

        6:00 p.m.                        Lenten Soup Supper

        7:00 p.m.                        Lenten Worship Service

Thursday, March 30

        5:30 p.m.                        NA Meeting – Eleven-11

Friday, March 31

        9:30 a.m.                        Preschool Chapel

Saturday, April 1

      10:00 a.m.                        St. Peter’s Hikers

Sunday, April 2                      Passion / Palm Sunday

        8:30 a.m.                        Choir Rehearsal

        9:30 a.m.                        Worship Service, live-streamed; Sunday School

      10:30 a.m.                        Fellowship; Homelessness Focus Group

        7:00 p.m.                        Al-Anon - Sunday Night Courage to Change



Worship Leadership


Rev. Rebekkah D. Lohrmann


Rev. Bill Radatz

Music Minister:

Joe DeMers

Altar Care:

Jim Grutkowski

Worship Assistant:

Congregation Deacon Greg Lommen


Fernando Romero


Diane Sherwood and Darlene Truver


Fletcher Miller

Digital Production Team:

Lyle Boelter and Charles Lauger




2023 Congregation Council

John Smart, President; Pat Hendrickson, Vice-President; Richard Nielsen, Secretary;

Darlene Morrow Truver, Treasurer; Sandra Boelter, Solveig Fuentes, Fletcher Miller, Steve Silva, Scott Walls, Betty Wells.





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