pause @ home
8pm // April 1, 2020 Digital Bulletin
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.
Welcome to worship. We are glad you’re with us.
Order of Worship:
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
Hymn of Praise
Prayer of the Day
O God of mercy and might, in the mystery of the passion of your Son you offer your infinite life to the world. Gather us around the cross of Christ, and preserve us until the resurrection, through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.
First Reading – Psalm 31:9-16
9 Have mercy on me, O Lord, for I | am in trouble;
my eye is consumed with sorrow, and also my throat | and my belly.
10 For my life is wasted with grief, and my | years with sighing;
my strength fails me because of affliction, and my bones | are consumed.
11I am the scorn of all my enemies, a disgrace to my neighbors, a dismay to | my acquaintances;
when they see me in the street | they avoid me.
12 Like the dead I am forgotten, | out of mind;
I am as useless as a | broken pot.
13 For I have heard the whispering of the crowd; fear is | all around;
they put their heads together against me; they plot to | take my life.
14 But as for me, I have trusted in | you, O Lord.
I have said, “You | are my God.
15 My times are | in your hand;
rescue me from the hand of my enemies, and from those who | persecute me.
16 Let your face shine up- | on your servant;
save me in your | steadfast love.”
Second Reading – Philippians 2:5-11
5 Let the same mind be in you that was in Christ Jesus,
6 who, though he was in the form of God,
did not regard equality with God
as something to be exploited,
7 but emptied himself,
taking the form of a servant,
being born in human likeness.
And being found in human form,
8 he humbled himself
and became obedient to the point of death—
even death on a cross.
9 Therefore God also highly exalted him
and gave him the name
that is above every name,
10 so that at the name of Jesus
every knee should bend,
in heaven and on earth and under the earth,
11 and every tongue should confess
that Jesus Christ is Lord,
to the glory of God the Father.
Hymn of the Day – Bless Now Oh God the Journey, ELW 326
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
As an expression of our trust in God, and our commitment to the well being of our community, we offer our financial gifts at this time. You’re invited to go to umnlutheran.org/support-us to make an online donation, or write a check (our mailing address is at the same page).
God of abundance, we bring before you the precious fruits of your creation, and with them our very lives. Teach us patience and hope as we care for all those in need until the coming of your Son, our Savior and Lord.
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
- A digital Holy Week packet to help guide your week is coming soon! Look at your emails for that this next week. If you would like to connect with another LCMer to do these practices with remotely, email Dana, and she can get you connected!
- 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.
- 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
O God, you have called us
To ventures where we cannot see the end
By paths never yet taken
Through perils unknown
Give us good courage
Not knowing where we go
To know that your hand is leading us
Wherever we might go. Amen.
Community Time After Worship:
Click on this link to join our community Zoom chat after worship! If there’s a lot 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.