pause @ home
8pm // April 29, 2020 Digital Bulletin

Before Worship:

While you’re waiting for us to go live on our Instagram:

  • We’ll be sharing in the meal of Holy Communion tonight so we invite you to gather whatever closely resembles bread and grape juice or wine in your home, and bring it to your worship space.
  • Grab your phone and get Instagram ready. Again, follow us at @umnlutheran. It will say “live” in the Instagram Stories section of our profile when worship starts!
  • Bring what makes you feel centered for worship. Maybe that’s a warm cup of tea or hot cocoa, a pen & paper for doodling, or a candle to light as we worship together.
  • We would also recommend pulling this digital bulletin up on a computer or other device so you have your phone free for the live stream.
  • We’ll be singing Mountain Vespers tonight! Download the Mountain Vespers liturgy here.

Welcome to worship. We are glad you’re with us.

Order of Worship: 

Prelude 

Gathering Litany

There are varieties of gifts,
but there is one Spirit.
There are varieties of services,
but the same Lord.
There are varieties of activities,
but the same God.

Engineers and English majors,
questioning and certain,
queer and straight;
God arranged the members of the body;
God chose each one of us.
God loves each one of us.

Conservative and liberal,
city kid and country kid,
introvert and extrovert;
All are a part of the Body.
Just as it is one and has many members,
so it is with Christ.

In one Spirit we were all baptized into one body,
and we were all made to drink of one Spirit.
We gather now;

to worship in word and song
to question and pray
to belong and to become
to join in God’s work of reconciliation
and renewal of all creation. Amen

We will now sing through the Mountain Vespers liturgy, written by Kent Gustavson. Download that here. For all parts marked (MV), you’ll find those there.

Procession (MV)

Evening Hymn (MV)

Evening Thanksgiving (MV)

Psalm 141: Let My Prayer Rise Before You (MV)

Psalm 36: Your Love Reaches To Heaven (MV)

Reading – Luke 24:13-35

13 Now on that same day two of them were going to a village called Emmaus, about seven miles from Jerusalem, 14 and talking with each other about all these things that had happened. 15 While they were talking and discussing, Jesus himself came near and went with them, 16 but their eyes were kept from recognizing him. 17 And he said to them, “What are you discussing with each other while you walk along?” They stood still, looking sad. 18 Then one of them, whose name was Cleopas, answered him, “Are you the only stranger in Jerusalem who does not know the things that have taken place there in these days?” 19 He asked them, “What things?” They replied, “The things about Jesus of Nazareth, who was a prophet mighty in deed and word before God and all the people, 20 and how our chief priests and leaders handed him over to be condemned to death and crucified him. 21 But we had hoped that he was the one to redeem Israel. Yes, and besides all this, it is now the third day since these things took place. 22 Moreover, some women of our group astounded us. They were at the tomb early this morning, 23 and when they did not find his body there, they came back and told us that they had indeed seen a vision of angels who said that he was alive. 24 Some of those who were with us went to the tomb and found it just as the women had said; but they did not see him.” 25 Then he said to them, “Oh, how foolish you are, and how slow of heart to believe all that the prophets have declared! 26 Was it not necessary that the Messiah should suffer these things and then enter into his glory?” 27 Then beginning with Moses and all the prophets, he interpreted to them the things about himself in all the scriptures. 28 As they came near the village to which they were going, he walked ahead as if he were going on. 29 But they urged him strongly, saying, “Stay with us, because it is almost evening and the day is now nearly over.” So he went in to stay with them. 30 When he was at the table with them, he took bread, blessed and broke it, and gave it to them. 31 Then their eyes were opened, and they recognized him; and he vanished from their sight. 32 They said to each other, “Were not our hearts burning within us while he was talking to us on the road, while he was opening the scriptures to us?” 33 That same hour they got up and returned to Jerusalem; and they found the eleven and their companions gathered together. 34 They were saying, “The Lord has risen indeed, and he has appeared to Simon!” 35 Then they told what had happened on the road, and how he had been made known to them in the breaking of the bread.

Leader: Let us reflect Your light, O God, as the moon reflects the light of the sun.
All: Carry us through this night into the promise of morning.

Sermo

Hymn of the Day – Bless Now, O God, the Journey

  • As we sing together, we will also collect our offering. Know how grateful we are for any financial gift you can offer tonight. You can go here to support this ministry. 
  • You are also encouraged to gather bread and wine (or something similar) to prepare for communion.

Bless now, O God, the journey
that all your people make,
the path through noise and silence,
the way of give and take.
The trail is found in desert
and winds the mountain round,
then leads beside still waters,
the road where faith is found.

Bless sojourners and pilgrims
who share this winding way;
your hope burns through the terrors,
your love sustains the day.
We yearn for holy freedom
while often we are bound;
together we are seeking
the road where faith is found.

Divine eternal lover,
you meet us on the road.
We wait for land of promise
where milk and honey flow,
but waiting not for places,
you meet us all around.
Our covenant is written
on roads, as faith is found.

Prayers of the People (MV)

As we’re singing our prayers tonight, please leave your prayer petitions in the comments. We’ll pray for these when we’re done singing…

Holy Communion

The Lord’s Prayer

Our Creator, our Mother, 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.

Announcements for the Good of the People

  • After worship, join us on Zoom here to connect in community– similar to how we would after pause! We’ll break you up into groups of 3-4 to check-in with one another and get to know new folks in our community. Once you’re in the meeting, feel free to grab tea or a snack, and settle in.
  • Put May 6 on your calendars for our End of the Year Celebration! Come celebrate our seniors and their time with LCM, and then enter into a worship space where we can pray for them, listen to scripture, and sing one last time together! RSVP here to receive the Zoom link. 
  • We send out a weekly student email for news and updates on what’s going on in our community. If you aren’t on our email list, email Dana and she can get you added! Here is this week’s LCM Student News in case you missed it…

Prayer of Good Courage (MV)

Community Time After Worship:

Click on this link to join our community Zoom chat after worship! If there’s a lot of folks gathered there, we’ll break people out into breakout rooms so you can have a chance to talk and mingle intentionally with a few folks.

Wednesday Student Worship on Instagram

We first want to say that the staff at Lutheran Campus Ministry-Twin Cities are committed to walking alongside our LCM community, especially in this time of isolation and uncertainty. We are excited though to experiment with being community together, in this new way and we hope that you can join in!

Starting March 18, 2020, LCM will begin hosting pause @ home, a student worship service on our Instagram, every Wednesday at 8pm CST. Join us as we gather together to rest in familiar words and songs, hear the gospel proclaimed, pray together, and build community through it all. Our community has long called our worship services “pause” because worship often feels like taking a big deep breath in the middle of the week. We hope this digital space allows you to breathe deep the loving breath of God and find rest and connection.

If you’re not yet on Instagram, we invite you to hop on the Insta train and open an account so you can join us for worship! Give us a follow at @umnlutheran and stay tuned for more content there.