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401 Martin Street, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19128  (215) 483-6968

Email: Office@bethany-lutheran.net

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All are Welcome.

No Exceptions.

WHAT TO EXPECT SUNDAY'S 10AM:

 

Sunday Mornings are a little more traditional, with some time to talk about our stories of where we saw God working in the past week.  We follow the settings in Evangelical Lutheran Worship (ELW) and the Revised Common Lectionary.

There is a basic pattern for worship among Lutherans. We gather. We encounter God’s word. We share a meal at the Lord’s table. And we are sent into the world. But we do not think about worship so much in terms of what we do. Worship is fundamentally about what God is doing and our response to God’s action. Worship is an encounter with God, who saves us through the life, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ.

 

GATHER

  • We begin "In the Name of the Father, and of Son, and of the Holy Spirit."  As many Christians have done over the last 2000 years and many still do.

  • We reflect on what it means to be a Christian, reciting the Baptismal vow that we make (or was made for us) at Baptism. 

  • Then we have some time just to sit and talk about how we saw Jesus this week in and through our neighbor; our highs or lows of the week; or how God helped us through a tough week.

  • We then enter into a time of reflecting on things we may not have done right this week: selfishness, anger, turning our back on our neighbor.  We ask God to forgive our sins, and hear God speak through the presiding minister, words of assurance that God truly forgives us... no matter what!

  • Out of Gratitude for what God has given us and in a gesture of community; we then share with one another a sign of peace.  A handshake, fist pump or great big hug.

  • A hymn/song is sung and we are ready to move to encountering God's Word.

WORD:

  • We now read the selected Scripture readings for the day. We listen to God's story among all people, times and places.  We typically read (but can change from time to time):

    • 2 Hebrew Scripture readings (Old Testament) ​

      • Selected Reading​

      • Selected Psalm

    • 2 Christian Scripture Readings (New Testament)​

      • Selected Letter or other Reading​

      • Gospel Reading (Matthew, Mark, Luke or John)

  • Our readings for the day are further explained in the Sermon, given by the presiding minister.

  • A hymn/song is then sung, that reflects the thoughts of the day's readings. 

  • We then recite together the "Creed" - usually the Apostles Creed - which is the profession of the Christian Faith.

  • The prayers of the people, follows the Creed.  We pray for the Community of Faith, the World, Our Leaders, and those we have listed in our prayer requests.

MEAL:​

  • We begin this time with an act of worship; the giving of our offerings.  When the offerings are gathered, we pray together that what we have gathered in God's name, will be used to partner with God in God's mission to the world.

  • We move into a highly interactive time of prayer and response.  As we prepare the Lord's table and ask the Holy Spirit to move among us and upon the gifts of bread and wine - which is the Body and Blood of Jesus.  We believe and the true and real presence of Jesus; in, with and under the bread and wine.

  • A hymn is sung "Lamb of God" preparing us to receive the meal. 

  • Communion or Eucharist is given and received by all who come forward to celebrate with us, the Sacrament of the Lord's Supper.  ALL are welcome at Jesus table, No Exceptions!

  • A blessing is given and one verse of hymn/song is sung with thanksgiving of what God has given to us; God's very self through Jesus.

SENDING:​

  • The final Blessing is given by the presiding minister; after which all are asked to turn to one another and say "May God Bless you and Keep you!" - again a handshake, fist pump or great big hug - is given as we are ready to go back out into the surrounding community.

  • A hymn/song is sung to close out our time in community.

  • We close the service, reminding one another of the final piece of our Baptismal vows: "SENT by God's grace for the sake of the world, We will: Proclaim the good news of God in word and deed; Serve all people, following the example of Jesus; Strive for justice and peace in all the earth."

 

Then of course we need time to mingle, talk, drink coffee and love on one another!  This time, within the faith community, nourishes us and equips up for the week ahead.