GOOD SHEPHERD TRINITY CHURCH SHERMAN PARK MKE E-Liturgy March 29th 2020

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CALL TO COMMUNITY Adapted from L.R. Knost

Here’s to the bridge-builders, the hand-holders, the light-bringers, Here’s to the funeral directors, water chemists, and tow truck drivers, those extraordinary souls wrapped in ordinary lives who quietly weave threads of humanity into an inhumane world. The nurses, the bus drivers, the grocers, They are the unsung heroes in a world at war with itself. The mask makers, the 3D printing engineers, the musicians. They are the whisperers of hope that peace is possible. Look for them in this present chaos. Light your candle with their flame. Bring light to a dark and desperate world. Be the hero you are looking for.

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Prayer of the Day: Adapted from the ECLA Prayer of the Day

The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, the love of God and the communion of the Holy Spirit be with you all. And also with you.

Let us pray… O God where bones are dry and withered, grant possibility and hope. Where anxiety is infectious and widening, grant peace and reassurance. Where impossibilities close every door and window, grant imagination and resistance. Where distrust twists our thinking, grant healing and illumination. Where spirits are daunted and weakened, grant soaring wings and strengthened dreams. Breathe upon us the power of your Spirit, that we may be raised to new life in Christ and serve you in joy 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. Amen

SONG OF ILLUMINATION: Rain Down

READING: Ezekiel 37:1-14

SERMON: We Are the Bones

HYMN OF THE DAY

PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE

Adapted fromhttps://www.presbyterianmission.org/ministries/worship/service-lords-day/service-lords-day-people/

Almighty God, in Christ you taught us to pray. Hear now our prayers: for the healing of planet earth … for those whose work is essential … for all those who are dying … for all who need healing … for peace and justice in the world … for nations and leaders … for our local community … for this congregation, its mission and ministry … Guide us, O God, by your Holy Spirit, expand our hearts to be filled with your grace… that we may serve your will and show your love; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

OFFERING

Friends in Christ…we offer what we can to the body of Christ… as we can. We offer what we can to this community through our offerings.

We have an excellent team which worked hard to make online giving possible. http://goodshepherdtrinity.org/

ACTION

Death Cleaning, Death Kits, Death Positivity We trust in the death and resurrection of Jesus and we will become bones.

Swedish Death Cleaning:

https://www.nbcnews.com/better/health/what-swedish-death-cleaning-should-you-be-doing-it-ncna816511

https://www.treehugger.com/cleaning-organizing/swedish-death-cleaning-new-decluttering-trend.html

Death Positivity Research:

Start Here

https://www.youtube.com/user/OrderoftheGoodDeath/videos

CREED – We believe that our lives are held within the encircling love of God, who knows our names and recognizes our deepest needs.

We believe that Christ is the divine Child of the living God, and that his grace is like living waters that can never be exhausted.

We believe in the birthing, renewing, enabling Spirit of God who yearns over our welfare as a mother yearns for her child.

We believe that God is in the arid desert as well as in green pastures, and that hard times and disciplines are also loving gifts.

We believe that our journey has a purpose and a destination, and that our path leads to a human glory we cannot yet imagine.

We believe that in the church we are fellow pilgrims on the road, and that we are called to love one another as God loves us.

This is our faith and we are humbled to profess in Jesus the Christ. Amen

LITANY – God of life, hear my prayer. Withered and cracked, sometimes I feel like a pile of old bones. Dry bones, hear the word of the Divine! Dry, brittle, broken Sometimes I feel as though all hope is lost. Dry bones, hear the word of the Divine!

Your word of mercy, peace and justice shakes me into being and fills me with hope and purpose and empowers me to rise renewed and re-charged Dry bones, hear the word of the Divine!

The Divine speaks. I will put my spirit within you. You are who you are because I created you in my image. My spirit breaths through your lungs. I love and you shall live.

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BLESSING –Adapted from Liturgies Alive, Models of Celebration. It is not enough to acclaim Jesus Christ as our Lord and King. Our mission in life is to make his kingdom a reality among us and to bring it to those around us by our words and deeds. The way to do this is to live as he lived: imagine new possibilities of love and service. May almighty God bless you for this task: the Creator, and the Redeemer, and the Sanctifier. Amen.

E-Liturgy (Worship Service) For March 22, 2020

Good Morning

We have an amazing staff who have been all-hands-on-deck to put this together for you. You will find Greta’s amazing musical talents and Ahleo and Kate-Lynn’s tireless behind the scenes diligence. Thank them lots! 

Also many thanks to Mary Hix, Property Chair, for her tireless efforts to maintain good stewardship of our church building and her team members (Jerry, Monica, Jack, Antonio, and Antonio) which have been excellent at fixing the unexpected tiny projects and big ones too.

Good Shepherd Trinity Church, like many small organizations and businesses, is in a unique position of caring for its friends and members while also maintaining financial solvency. If you are in a position to maintain your contributions please, please do so. While we have some reduced expenses of not being together – paper, communion elements, utilities – we still leaped out on faith with a deficit budget this year. You may mail your contributions to the church office. The mail is being collected regularly and donations will be processed as soon as possible. We are working on electronic giving.

I want to hear from you. So, between a full house of kids, cats, and now a working-from-home husband, I will be checking in on all of you. Please don’t hesitate to reach out day or night if you are in need of pastoral care, food, toilet paper or prayer. My cell is 414-731-7303. 

Be well friends! Know you are loved.
Pastor Amanda 

CONNECT: Instead of a call to worship, you will find a call to community. As we worship continuously in our lives, we remember that we are one part of a larger community, the body of Christ.

We apologize, the video below could not be embedded

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CN0u2k6YzEY

Effective Immediately

All Good Shepherd Trinity Church’s Worship services have been canceled for the month of March. At this time, we are scheduled to resume in April. We will update our members regularly. Please check the website and your email for information. Please keep those who do NOT have email, or internet access, informed.

COVID-19 (coronavirus) Updates

Effective Sunday, March 15th, the following changes will go into effect until further notice:

  • Peace: Suspend the physical touching during peace. We have inserted a brief litany expressing the peace of the community.
  • Blessing: Remove the Lenten blessing from the liturgy. As wonderful as it is to bless one another, it adds risk.
  • Prayers of the people: I will gather a few prayers written by ELCA/Pres/myself to include the concerns of the community and avoid passing paper. I will end that time with “And what for what do the people pray…” giving a verbal time to add prayers.
  • Offering: Place plates on the front pew on the way to communion to minimize contact.
  • All things in the pew are being considered the same as doorknobs. Recommendation is to remove hymnals and pew bibles at the end of the liturgy. Give folks the option to take one home for the duration? Recycle bulletins at the end of the service. Discontinue bulletins after this Sunday.
  • Empty baptismal font and sanitize. Leave empty.
  • Communion: Since things are changing daily, we will follow the best practice on Sunday. Servers will wash hands with soap and water directly before serving communion and not touch doorways. Bread will be dropped directly into cupped hands. Possible suspend cup or use disposable communion cups.
  • Encourage sitting more than 3 feet away from friends.

 

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/about/index.html

Ralph Bielenberg’s

Remembrance Service has been postponed until further notice. Please check the website and your weekly chimp mail announcements for updates. Please continue to keep the Bielenberg family in your prayers.

Ordination & Installation

Has been set for this Transfiguration Sunday, February 23, 2020 at 3pm following worship. Please join us as we welcome Pastor Amanda Christensen to Good Shepherd Trinity Church. All are welcome to join in this celebration. Rev. Carol Jeunnette will lead our 10am worship service.

Member updates

Ralph Bielenberg – is located at Zibler Family Hospice (1155 N Honey Creek Pkwy, Wauwatosa, 53213 ) in Rm. 104. All visitors must sign in first.

Rev. Iris Colon – is at St. Luke’s (2900 W. Oklahoma Ave., Milwaukee, 53215) She had to have additional surgery on her leg, but is in stable condition at this time. She is in the Knisely Building F4255 (purple diamond). She welcomes visitors.

Voyagers

Will meet Saturday, February 1, 2020 at 12:00pm for lunch at Iva Edminster’s home. The cost is $5.00 each. This will be a day of planning our monthly events. Please bring your favorite table game: dominoes, checkers, royal rummy, whatever. There will be no auction – Instead, you may want to make a $ donation to the Sherman Park Food Pantry when you come for lunch on Feb. 1st.

Annual Meeting

Took place at GST on Sunday, January 26, 2020. It was proceeded by a meet & greet with Amanda Christensen at 9:00a.m. The congregation voted “yes” unanimously to hiring Amanda as out new pastor. Her ordination has been set for Sunday, Feb. 23, 2020 at 3:00p.m. Her start date will be Sunday, March 1st. Please plan to attend the ordination & installation of our new pastor!!!