Worship – May 30 – The Supporting Role

Welcome to Shepherd of the Hill’s online worship! We are thankful that you have come to this corner of the internet for some of God’s Word and time for reflection and worship. As you engage the below worship service, you are encouraged to quiet the world around you. Turn off or silence your phone. Find a quiet spot in your house or outdoors.

The service is approximately 30 minutes in length if you follow all the pieces. Songs have been contributed by our Worship Team and around the internet. Our lectors have recorded the readings. Pastor Adam has recorded a sermon for viewing. There is also liturgy (litanies, prayers, calls to worship) contained in the service. If you are worshiping with someone, please share the reading of these pieces with them.

Time of Confession and Forgiveness – Inspired by Psalm 8
As we open our hearts and lives to God in confession, the music of “Here I Am Lord” will play behind our words and our silence.

Great God of all creation,
who are we that you are mindful of us?  
You who set the stars in motion, 
who launched waves crashing against the shore,
who knows the heights and depths of the world;
Why do you bother with us?
You count the hairs on our heads,
and call us each by name.
You give us your wisdom and you uphold us by your Spirit.
You tend to us and care for us,
and we do not understand why.

We cannot grasp your love for us, O God,
for it is unlike us to be that loving and forgiving.
We become enmeshed
by our own needs and wants and desires
and we fail to see beyond anything but our own little circles.

(Silence for Reflection)

Turn us around, O God.
Help us to see as you see,
and to reach out as you reach out.
Remind us once again of the sacredness
of our ordinary, day-to-day lives.
By your Spirit,
teach us to live truly as beings little lower than angels.

My brothers and sisters in Christ,
The God who set the heavens into motion knows our smallest mistake
And, yet, by a grace that is as expansive as the night sky
God forgives us, calls us, and sets us in motion
So that we may share that grace with the world.
You are forgiven, you are called, you are known!

Gathering Song – Here I Am Lord – ELW 574
Lyrics can be found here.
Performed by The Choir and Orchestra of St. Lillian

The Apostle’s Creed  – The First Article – With adapted explanation from Luther’s Small Catechism. While we profess our belief in the mystery of the Trinity, “Father, I Adore You” will be played behind our words.

Pastor: What do we believe?
All: I believe in God, the Father Almighty, Maker of heaven and earth.

P: What does this mean? 
Side 1: I believe that God has made me and all creatures; that He has given me my body and soul, eyes, ears, and all my parts, my reason and all my senses, and still takes care of them.
Side 2: God also gives me clothing and shoes, food and drink, house and home, family and friends, land, animals, and all I have. He richly and daily provides me with all that I need to support this body and life.

Side 1: He defends me against all danger and guards and protects me from all evil.
Side 2: All this God does only out of divine goodness and mercy, without any merit or worthiness in me. For all this it is my duty to thank and praise, serve and obey Him.
 All: This is most certainly true.

Gospel Reading – John 3:1-8
3Now there was a Pharisee named Nicodemus, a leader of the Jews. He came to Jesus by night and said to him, “Rabbi, we know that you are a teacher who has come from God; for no one can do these signs that you do apart from the presence of God.” Jesus answered him, “Very truly, I tell you, no one can see the kingdom of God without being born from above.” Nicodemus said to him, “How can anyone be born after having grown old? Can one enter a second time into the mother’s womb and be born?” Jesus answered, “Very truly, I tell you, no one can enter the kingdom of God without being born of water and Spirit. What is born of the flesh is flesh, and what is born of the Spirit is spirit. Do not be astonished that I said to you, ‘You must be born from above.’ The wind blows where it chooses, and you hear the sound of it, but you do not know where it comes from or where it goes. So it is with everyone who is born of the Spirit.”

The Apostle’s Creed – The Second Article – With adapted explanation from Luther’s Small Catechism. While we profess our belief in the mystery of the Trinity, “Father, I Adore You” will be played behind our words.

Pastor: What do we believe?
All: I believe in Jesus Christ, His only Son, our Lord,
who was conceived by the Holy Spirit,
born of the Virgin Mary,
suffered under Pontius Pilate,
was crucified, died and was buried.
He descended to the dead.
On the third day He rose again from the dead.
He ascended into heaven and sits at the right hand of Father.
And will come again to judge the living and the dead.

P: What does this mean? 
Side 2: I believe that Jesus Christ, true God, begotten of the Father from eternity, and also true man, born of the Virgin Mary, is my Lord
Side 1:  Jesus has redeemed me, a lost and condemned person, purchased and won me from all sins, from death, and from the power of the devil; not with gold or silver, but with His holy, precious blood and with His innocent suffering and death,

Side 2: That I may be His own and live under Him in His kingdom and serve Him in everlasting righteousness, innocence, and blessedness,
Side 1: Just as He is risen from the dead, lives and reigns to all eternity.
All: This is most certainly true.

Gospel Reading –  John 3.9-17
Nicodemus said to him, “How can these things be?” 10 Jesus answered him, “Are you a teacher of Israel, and yet you do not understand these things?

11 “Very truly, I tell you, we speak of what we know and testify to what we have seen; yet you do not receive our testimony. 12 If I have told you about earthly things and you do not believe, how can you believe if I tell you about heavenly things? 13 No one has ascended into heaven except the one who descended from heaven, the Son of Man. 14 And just as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, so must the Son of Man be lifted up, 15 that whoever believes in him may have eternal life.

16 “For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him may not perish but may have eternal life.

17 “Indeed, God did not send the Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him.

Pastor Adam’s Message – The Supporting Role

Questions for Reflection:
Who is a little-known actor who you enjoy and/or follow?

Explain the Trinity in your own words…

How has your understanding of the Trinity changed with time?

How has another aspect of your faith changed with time?

Centering Song – Father, I Adore You
Performed by Jendi and Christina P

Father, I adore You
Lay my life before You
How I love You

Jesus, I adore You
Lay my life before You
How I love You

Spirit, I adore You
Lay my life before You
How I love You

The Apostle’s Creed – The Third Article – With adapted explanation from Luther’s Small Catechism. While we profess our belief in the mystery of the Trinity, “Father, I Adore You” will be played behind our words.

Pastor: What do we believe?
All: 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.

Pastor: What does this mean?
Side 1: I believe that I cannot by my own reason or strength believe in Jesus Christ, my Lord, or come to Him;
Side 2: but the Holy Spirit has called me by the Gospel, enlightened me with His gifts, sanctified and kept me in the true faith.

Side 1:  In the same way He calls, gathers, enlightens, and sanctifies the whole Christian church on earth, and keeps it with Jesus Christ in the one true faith.
Side 2: In this Christian church He daily and richly forgives all my sins and the sins of all believers.

Side 1: On the Last Day He will raise me and all the dead, and give eternal life to me and all believers in Christ.
All: This is most certainly true.

The Lord’s Prayer
Our Lord’s Prayer for Pentecost comes from the “New Zealand Prayer Book.”  This amazing resource delivers contemporary and beautiful liturgies that use both the native Maori language of New Zealand and English. 
Eternal Spirit,
Earth-maker, Pain-bearer, Life-giver,
Source of all that is and that shall be,
Father and Mother of us all,
Loving God, in whom is heaven:
The hallowing of your name echo through the universe!
The way of your justice be followed by the peoples
of the world!
Your heavenly will be done by all created beings!
Your commonwealth of peace and freedom
sustain our hope and come on earth.
With the bread we need for today, feed us.
In the hurts we absorb from one another, forgive us.
In times of temptation and test, strengthen us.
From trials too great to endure, spare us.
From the grip of all that is evil, free us.
For you reign in the glory of the power that is love,
now and for ever.   

God our Father, our Creator,
who made the heavens and earth
We are Your children,
and we are in awe of all you have made.

Christ the Son, our Redeemer and Savior,
You lived and died for us all
You live again,
and have prepared the way for us.

Holy Spirit, the Sustainer,
You move in us and among us
We follow Your wisdom
and feel Your presence.

As you go from this time of worship and wonder,
May God inspire awe within you
May Christ call you on the way, and
May the Spirit fill you!

Giving and Offering
Shepherd of the Hills is very blessed and grateful for your continued financial support during this difficult time of physical distancing required by the COVID-19 pandemic. Your giving allows us to continue to provide worship, support and outreach until it is safe to gather in person again. We realize that the pandemic has caused many financial challenges. As your finances allow, please consider continuing to support our shared ministries.

There are two ways to give:
– Mail your tithe or offering to the church office. The office will remain open for normal business hours.
– Give online! Our online giving is secure and fully operational. It can be found here.

Thank you again for helping us continue to spread God’s Word and help those in need during these challenging times.