Worship – May 16 – Grow Something!

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.

Prayer of Confession and Forgiveness
Holy God,
we come before your throne and admit
that most of the time we are too busy singing and praying
and feeling good and feeling bad
and feeling so-so
to stop and listen for your tiny, little whispers. 
In your word you paint for us a picture of full and abundant life,
life that can only be had by drinking your living water,
knowing you not as a title, but intimately, a mystery….

[Silence for Reflection]

We pray that our lives would be planted near you –
that we would send our roots deep into your word and your life,
that we would draw nourishment from you,

[Silence for Reflection]

We pray that our lives would be planted near you –
that with the life you give we would in turn
provide shelter and comfort and blessing
to whoever comes under our branches.

[Silence for Reflection]

We pray that we would not walk a wicked path,
nor stand in the way of sinners,
nor abide in the house of the scornful,
but that our delight would be in you,
in your truth, in your grace, now and forevermore.

Gathering Song – Thine the Amen – ELW 826
Performed by Mount Olive Lutheran Church, Minneapolis, Minnesota


First Reading – 1 Timothy 4:6-16
If you put these instructions before the brothers and sisters, you will be a good servant of Christ Jesus, nourished on the words of the faith and of the sound teaching that you have followed. Have nothing to do with profane myths and old wives’ tales. Train yourself in godliness, for, while physical training is of some value, godliness is valuable in every way, holding promise for both the present life and the life to come. The saying is sure and worthy of full acceptance. 10 For to this end we toil and struggle, because we have our hope set on the living God, who is the Savior of all people, especially of those who believe.

11 These are the things you must insist on and teach. 12 Let no one despise your youth, but set the believers an example in speech and conduct, in love, in faith, in purity. 13 Until I arrive, give attention to the public reading of scripture, to exhorting, to teaching. 14 Do not neglect the gift that is in you, which was given to you through prophecy with the laying on of hands by the council of elders. 15 Put these things into practice, devote yourself to them, so that all may see your progress. 16 Pay close attention to yourself and to your teaching; continue in these things, for in doing this you will save both yourself and your hearers.

Psalm Reading – Psalm 1
1Happy are they who have not walked in the counsel of the wicked,
  nor lingered in the way of sinners, nor sat in the seats of the scornful!
2Their delight is in the law of the Lord,
  and they meditate on God’s teaching day and night.
3They are like trees planted by streams of water, bearing fruit in due season, with leaves that do not wither;
  everything they do shall prosper.

4It is not so with the wicked;
  they are like chaff which the wind blows away.
5Therefore the wicked shall not stand upright when judgment comes,
  nor the sinner in the council of the righteous.
6For the Lord knows the way of the righteous,
  but the way of the wicked shall be destroyed. 
   and praise your name forever and ever.

Gospel Reading – John 17:6-19
[Jesus prayed:] 6“I have made your name known to those whom you gave me from the world. They were yours, and you gave them to me, and they have kept your word. 7Now they know that everything you have given me is from you; 8for the words that you gave to me I have given to them, and they have received them and know in truth that I came from you; and they have believed that you sent me. 9I am asking on their behalf; I am not asking on behalf of the world, but on behalf of those whom you gave me, because they are yours. 10All mine are yours, and yours are mine; and I have been glorified in them. 

11And now I am no longer in the world, but they are in the world, and I am coming to you. Holy Father, protect them in your name that you have given me, so that they may be one, as we are one. 12While I was with them, I protected them in your name that you have given me. I guarded them, and not one of them was lost except the one destined to be lost, so that the scripture might be fulfilled. 13But now I am coming to you, and I speak these things in the world so that they may have my joy made complete in themselves. 14I have given them your word, and the world has hated them because they do not belong to the world, just as I do not belong to the world. 15I am not asking you to take them out of the world, but I ask you to protect them from the evil one. 16They do not belong to the world, just as I do not belong to the world. 17Sanctify them in the truth; your word is truth. 18As you have sent me into the world, so I have sent them into the world. 19And for their sakes I sanctify myself, so that they also may be sanctified in truth.”

Pastor Adam’s Message – Grow Something!

Questions for Reflection:
Describe a “path” in life that you have taken that felt wrong or broken…

Describe a “path” in life that has felt joy-filled and sacred…

What are some “seeds” that you have planted?

What are some “seeds/plants” that you would like to nurture in the future?

Affirmation of Faith
We believe in God the Creator,
who created and is creating everything:
the universe, the world, the plants and animals, and us;
each of us, unique, individual and beloved of God.
We believe in God the Christ,
who saved and is saving everything:
the universe, the world, the plants and animals, and us:
each of us; unique, individual and beloved of the Christ.
We believe in God the Holy Spirit,
who guided and is guiding everything:
the universe, the world, the plants and animals, and us;
each of us, unique, individual and beloved of the Spirit.
We believe that this one God in three persons,
is present among us,
working directly in our lives
and the lives of all who are born into this world,
striving to bring us back into harmony
with all creation and with God:
forgiving, healing, touching everyone,
never rejecting any who willingly receive
this freely offered gift of love and grace and eternal life.

Sending Song – Will You Come and Follow Me – ELW 798
Performed by SOTH Worship Team

Blessings of the Blessed
In the name of the God of abundant life, receive this blessing!

That in the seasons of plenty you will thrive and grow.
That in the seasons of drought you will consolidate your strength.
May God bless you!

That you will delight in the warm sun of God shining upon you.
That you will delight in the cold rain of God falling on you.
May God bless you!

That you will blossom to the glory of God
and make the world a more fragrant place.
May God bless you!

That you will give shelter to those who seek refuge from storm or fierce heat.
That you may never forget whose tree you really are and whose life you share.
May God bless you!

In the name of our creator
Our savior
And the Spirit who guides
May you be blessed to grow in grace and love.
Now and forevermore!

Prayer of Confession and Forgiveness – Inspired by Psalm 1
Affirmation – Written by Lisa Frenz
Blessings of the Blessed – (Inspired by Psalm 1) – written by Bruce Prewer