Worship 7/9/23

Worship Service
Sunday, July 9, 2023, at 10 a.m.



Pastor Brower:   In the name of the Father and of the † Son and of the Holy Spirit.

People:  Amen.


Pastor Brower:   Almighty God, to whom all hearts are open, all desires known, and from whom no secrets are hid: Cleanse the thoughts of our hearts by the inspiration of your Holy Spirit, that we may perfectly love you and worthily magnify your holy name, through Jesus Christ our Lord.

People:   Amen.

Pastor Brower:  If we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.  But if we confess our sins, God who is faithful and just will forgive our sins and cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

(Silence for reflection and self-examination) 

Pastor Brower:     Most merciful God,

People:   We confess that we are in bondage to sin and cannot free ourselves. We have sinned against you in thought, word, and deed, by what we have done and by what we have left undone. We have not loved you with our whole heart; we have not loved our neighbors as ourselves. For the sake of your Son, Jesus Christ, have mercy on us. Forgive us, renew us, and lead us, so that we may delight in your will and walk in your ways, to the glory of your holy name. Amen.


Pastor Brower: In the mercy of almighty God, Jesus Christ was given to die for you, and for his sake God forgives you all your sins.  To those who believe in Jesus Christ he gives the power to become the children of God and bestows on them the Holy Spirit.

People:   Amen.



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

People:    And also with you.


OPENING HYMN     A Mighty Fortress is Our God  vs 1,3,4







Lay Leader:   The Lord be with you.

People:        And also with you.

Lay Leader:   Let us pray. . .O God our shepherd, you know your sheep by name and lead us to safety through the valleys of death. Guide us by your voice, that we may walk in certainty and security to the joyous feast prepared in your house, through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.

People:   Amen.




FIRST LESSON    Judges 17:7-12

7Now there was a young man of Bethlehem in Judah, of the clan of Judah. He was a Levite residing there. 8This man left the town of Bethlehem in Judah, to live wherever he could find a place. He came to the house of Micah in the hill country of Ephraim to carry on his work. 9Micah said to him, ‘From where do you come?’ He replied, ‘I am a Levite of Bethlehem in Judah, and I am going to live wherever I can find a place.’ 10Then Micah said to him, ‘Stay with me, and be to me a father and a priest, and I will give you ten pieces of silver a year, a set of clothes, and your living.’ 11The Levite agreed to stay with the man; and the young man became to him like one of his sons. 12So Micah installed the Levite, and the young man became his priest, and was in the house of Micah.

People:      Thanks be to God.




GOSPEL LESSON  John 21:15-17

Pastor:        The Holy Gospel according to St. John, the twenty first chapter.

People:        Glory to you, O Lord.

15When they had finished breakfast, Jesus said to Simon Peter, ‘Simon son of John, do you love me more than these?’ He said to him, ‘Yes, Lord; you know that I love you.’ Jesus said to him, ‘Feed my lambs.’ 16A second time he said to him, ‘Simon son of John, do you love me?’ He said to him, ‘Yes, Lord; you know that I love you.’ Jesus said to him, ‘Tend my sheep.’ 17He said to him the third time, ‘Simon son of John, do you love me?’ Peter felt hurt because he said to him the third time, ‘Do you love me?’ And he said to him, ‘Lord, you know everything; you know that I love you.’ Jesus said to him, ‘Feed my sheep.’

Pastor Brower: The Gospel of the Lord

People:        Praise to you, O Christ.


THE MESSAGE            Pastor Kris Brower


THE HYMN OF THE DAY      O Master, Let Me Walk With You  vs 1,3,4



Pastor Brower: Having been authorized by the Bishop of the North American Lutheran Church to install the Rev. Abera Hellemo, our co-worker in the Gospel, as the solo pastor of All Saints Lutheran Church, I now ask for certification of this call.

Church Council President Art Mory comes forward with Rev. Hellemo and the letter of call.

Art Mory: We, of All Saints Lutheran Church, after prayerful deliberation, have called the Rev. Abera Hellemo to be the pastor of our congregation. I present him for his installation, along with this signed letter of call.

Pastor Brower: Pastor Abera Hellemo, in the presence of this congregation will you commit yourself to this new trust and responsibility, and promise to discharge your duties in harmony with the constitution of the church?

Pastor Hellemo: I will, and I ask God to help me.

Pastor Brower: Will you preach and teach in accordance with the Holy Scriptures and the Confessions of the Lutheran Church?

Pastor Hellemo: I will, and I ask God to help me.

Pastor Brower: Will you love, serve, and pray for God’s people? Will you nourish them with the Word and Holy Sacraments, leading them by your own example in the use of the means of grace, in faithful service and holy living?

Pastor Hellemo: I will, and I ask God to help me.

Pastor Brower: Will you give faithful witness in the world, that God’s love may be known in all you do?

Pastor Hellemo: I will, and I ask God to help me.

Pastor Brower: Almighty God, who has given you the will to do these things, graciously give you the strength and compassion to perform them.

Congregation: Amen.

Pastor Brower: And you, people of God, will you receive this messenger of Jesus Christ, sent by God to serve God’s people with the Gospel of hope and salvation? Will you regard him as a servant of Christ and a steward of the mysteries of God?

Congregation: We will.


Pastor Brower: Will you pray for him, help and honor him for his work’s sake, and in all things strive to live together in the peace and unity of Christ?

Congregation: We will.

Pastor Brower: The office of pastor is now committed to you in the name of the Father, and of the Son+, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen. Pastor Abera, please kneel to receive the blessing. Any who wish to come forward and place their hand on Pastor Abera may do so at this time. The blessing will be given.

Congregation: Amen.



I believe in God, the Father almighty, creator of heaven and earth.

I believe in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord. He was conceived by the power of the Holy Spirit and born of the Virgin Mary. He suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died, and was buried. He descended into hell.

On the third day he rose again. He ascended into heaven and is seated at the right hand of the Father. He will come again 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.



Each prayer petition will end with –

Lay Leader:  Lord in your mercy

People:         Hear our prayer.



Lay Leader:   The peace of the Lord be with you always.

People:         And also with you.


CHOIR   Make a Joyful Noise


Lay Leader: Let us pray. Merciful Father,
People: We offer with joy and thanksgiving what you have first given us—ourselves, our time, and our possessions, signs of your gracious love. Receive them for the sake of him who offered himself for us, Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.  


Pastor:   The Lord be with you.
People:    And also with you.

Pastor:   Lift up your hearts.
People:    We lift them to the Lord.

Pastor: Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.
People: It is right to give him thanks and praise.



Pastor: It is indeed right and salutary that we should at all times and in all places offer thanks and praise to you, O Lord, holy Father, almighty and everliving God. But chiefly we are bound to praise you for the glorious resurrection of our Lord; for he is the true Passover Lamb who gave himself to take away our sin, who by his death has destroyed death, and by his rising has brought us to eternal life. And so, with Mary Magdalene and Peter and all the witnesses of the resurrection, with earth and sea and all their creatures, and with angels and archangels, cherubim and seraphim, we praise your name and join their unending hymn:

Pastor:   Blessed are you, Lord of heaven and earth. In mercy for our fallen world you gave your only Son, that all those who believe in him should not perish, but have eternal life. We give thanks to you for the salvation you have prepared for us through Jesus Christ. Send now your Holy Spirit into our hearts, that we may receive our Lord with a living faith as he comes to us in his holy supper.
People:   Amen. Come, Lord Jesus.


Pastor:   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.


Pastor:   Lord, remember us in your kingdom, and teach us to pray:
People:  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.



At All Saints, we practice open communion. If you believe in Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior, and have been baptized, you are invited to commune. Those not receiving the bread and wine are invited to come forward for a blessing. Grape juice is also available.  


Pastor: The body and blood of our Lord Jesus Christ strengthen you and keep you in his grace.
People: Amen.



Lay Leader:  We give you thanks, almighty God, that you have refreshed us through the healing power of this gift of life; and we pray that in your mercy you would strengthen us, through this gift, in faith toward you and in fervent love toward one another; for the sake of Jesus Christ our Lord.

People:   Amen.


Pastor:  Almighty God, Father, ☩ Son, and Holy Spirit, bless you now and forever.
People: Amen.


CLOSING HYMN   On Our Way Rejoicing


Pastor: Go in peace. Serve the Lord!
People: Thanks be to God.


Prayer Requests – You may email prayer requests and updates to prayers@allsaintsarlington.org.

Prayers for the Livingston family who mourn the passing of Betty

Prayers for Karla for her mood, patience and perseverance as she fights to come back from a difficult diagnosis and surgery

Prayers for Tran, Barb, Lydia, Steve, James, Colin, Cleo
Prayers of recovery for Glen after knee replacement surgery
Prayers for Leonard who had a stroke
Prayers for Verda who is diagnosed with Stage 4 breast cancer
Prayers for continued healing recovery, mental and emotional uplifting for Laurie Becker-Kirk who is battling leukemia.
Prayers for the Stephenson family who mourn the passing of Les
Prayers for Jen and Jake who mourn the passing of their mother Barbara 
Prayers for the Becker and Maddox families who mourn Pete’s passing
Prayers for the Welch Family who mourn the passing of Sherry
Praise and thanksgiving for Wayne’s cancer remission
Pray for peace in Ukraine

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