Good Shepherd Lutheran Church Rev. Kathy Nolte 9:30 Worship
June 23, 2013
Vacation Bible School Celebration
Good Shepherd Lutheran Church
611 Randolph, Oak Park, IL 60302
Rev. Kathy Nolte
For all who helped lead Vacation Bible School this week:
Director: Deaconess Debbie Rank
Registration, Fanfare Finale Leader: Patty Jurczak
Story Tellers: Peter Hugh and Diane Boese
Music Leader: Daniel Endow
Mission Interpreter: Beth Houle, David Pope
Imagination Station Leaders/Helpers: Harry Patterson and Pat Hayes
Games Leaders/Helpers: Martha Wegener, Peggy & Kenn Sinko, Lynn
Railsback, Rose Mabwa, Roxanne Dominis
Meal and Kitchen Coordinator: Jan Salzman
Sound Leaders/Helpers: Mark & Julie Ledogar, Pete Senger
Decorations: Eric & Martha, Sam and Henry Wegener, Mark & Julie Ledogar
Photographers: Matt Dominis and Brad Grining
Nursery & Pre K Leaders/Helpers: Gail Frost, Elizabeth Overland, Julia Cuneen,
Nkabie Mwakyoma, Mitch Theys, Briana Killingsworth, Karen Doyle
Crew Leaders: Kay Mabwa, Brandon Killingsworth, Grace Derks, Greg Hann,
Christopher Hugh, Sam Wegener, Chloe McKinley, Lucy Mischler-Philbin, Lillie
Sheridan, Ellie Traczyk, Cole Sheridan, Lucas Schattauer, Devin Washington
Group Leaders: Dean Ennes, Julie Ledogar, Leah Suarez-Abraham, Dave Roth,
Kendra & Ed Hartmann
Dinners and kitchen: Rachel Salzman, Becky Reck, Pat & Larry Beaudry, Ann &
Dennis Hoeksema, Judy Wittenberg, Lynn & Bevin Zamora, Linda Bernat, Sandy
Ridolfi, John Hayes
Extra Hands: And many other helping hands – people who stopped in for a night
or part of a night and we appreciate all the help given!
We come to this sanctuary entangled with the worries of the world and our
The cost to repair our car
The images of war embedded upon our mind’s eye
Whether or not the acolyte will light the candles properly
Why the microphone is not turned loud enough
Whether we will like the chosen hymns
What kind of cookies will be at coffee hour.
We needed one more cup of coffee….
One more hour of sleep
One more obedient child
One more deposit in the bank
One more week of vacation
One more hour in each day
One more day in each week
As we roll our shoulders to relieve the stress, as we lift our eyes to your holy
altar, as we let go and let God, remind us that you are the One.
With intention! We shake off our worldly cares, turn our eyes to you in
glad praise and trust your Spirit to revive us again!
Come on people, let us worship the ONE!
Let us pray.
May worship be what nothing else is—a softening of the edges of doubt,
a tickling of God’s great mystery upon our innermost being,
a wordless answer to the great questions of life,
a tender blowing of the Holy Spirit,
an assurance that there is a better way to live together on this planet
and that you, O God, are that way.
May your presence be palpable this morning,
frothy and dancing alive with your great mystery.
May our voices in song fill the very air with grace.
May our prayers be authentic, heartfelt and healing.
May our tears be the morsels of confession that are just so good for the soul.
We are here with you. We are together, and we are glad. Amen.
“Open the Eyes of My Heart”
The LORD is my shepherd, I shall not want.
He makes me lie down in green pastures;
he leads me beside still waters;
he restores my soul.
He leads me in right paths
for his name's sake.
Even though I walk through the darkest valley,
I fear no evil;
for you are with me;
your rod and your staff —
they comfort me.
You prepare a table before me
in the presence of my enemies;
you anoint my head with oil;
my cup overflows.
Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me
all the days of my life,
and I shall dwell in the house of the LORD
my whole life long.
Children come forward for VBS Presentation
Day 1) Scripture: I love you, Lord, you are my strength (Psalm 18:1)
Bible Point: God’s love helps us stand strong
Day 2) So encourage each other and build each other up. (1 Thess. 5:11)
Bible Point: Family and friends help us stand strong
Diane Boese & Peter Hugh
Mordecai encourages Esther to do the right thing
Day 3) Don’t worry about anything: instead, pray about everything (Philip. 4:6)
Bible Point: Prayer helps us stand strong
Nehemiah preservers to rebuild the wall around Jerusalem
“Pray About Everything”
Day 4) Trust in the Lord always, for the Lord God is the eternal Rock (Isaiah 26:4)
Bible Point: Trusting God helps us stand strong
Day 5) Your word is a lamp to guide my feet and a light for my path. (Ps. 119:105)
Bible Point: The Bible helps us stand strong
2 Kings 22-23
King Josiah follows God’s way
Prayers of Intercession
Hear us, O God;
your mercy is great.
The peace of Christ be with you always,
And also with you.
A Week in Review: Vacation Bible School
(An offering is taken for the mission and ministry of Good Shepherd. If you want your
offering to go towards “”Reach Out Ministry” please use and make a notation on the
envelope in your pew.)
Let us pray. God, our Creator,
You open wide your hand and satisfy the desire of every living creature.
With these gifts we bless you for your tender nurture and care. Help us to
delight in your will and walk in your ways, through Jesus Christ our Lord.
God be with you.
Lift up your hearts.
Let us give thanks to God.
And also with you.
We lift them to God.
It is right to offer thanks and praise.
it is indeed our duty and our joy….we praise your name and join their unending
As we partake of this bread and wine, we honor Creator and creation….that
we who share this meal may become a holy communion, the body of Christ in
Gathered into one by the Holy Spirit let us pray as Jesus taught us…
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.
Invitation to Communion
The gifts of God for the people of God.
Please come forward as the ushers direct. You will be given bread.
You may eat the bread and drink; or intinct (dip) in the large cup and eat.
Please move to the appropriate server. The silver cup has wine; the
oversize pottery cup has grape juice for intinction. Gluten free
communion wafers are available. Please let Pastor Kathy or the
assisting minister know when you come forward. After you commune,
feel free to kneel at the altar rail in silent prayer.
“One Bread, One Body”
“How Sweet the Name of Jesus Sounds” ELW 620
The body and blood of our Lord Jesus Christ, strengthen you and keep you in His
Prayer after Communion
Lord, we have broken your bread and received your life.
By the power of your Spirit keep us always in your love; through Jesus Christ our
You are called and loved by God the Father
and kept safe by Jesus Christ.
Mercy, peace and love be yours in abundance,
from God the Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
“Soon and Very Soon”
(verse 1: Children; verse 2: Adults; verse 3 & 4: All)
Go in peace. Serve the Lord.
Thanks be to God.
Please join us for Ice Cream
and Lemonade after worship
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Pastor – Rev. Kathryn Nolte
Council President – Barbara Hunt
Council Vice President – Susan Abbott
Custodian – Tali Melani
Director of Christian Education – Deac. Debbie Rank
Director of Music – Daniel Endow
Office Administrator – Vicki May
Sunday Nursery Attendants – Elois Gardner &