September 24, 2023 – 17th Sunday after Pentecost  – Gospel Sunday
8:00 a.m. Contemplative Communion in the Chapel 

9:30 a.m. Gospel Service in the Chapel and on Facebook Live

Ken’s song selection for this week:

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Holy Communion will be part of this service. Here at Gethsemane we practice open communion, meaning all who believe in the power of Jesus Christ to bring salvation are welcome to join in. In our Lutheran understanding, both sacraments—Baptism and Holy Communion—are best conducted among the gathered assembly. If you are present on this live-stream, you are present in our assembly. The body of Christ is not limited by place or time, so even if you are on the replay of this service, you are part of our assembly. Any bread and any wine or grape juice will do. If you are celebrating as a family or group, please feel free to break the bread into the right number of portions or have a separate piece for each person. Same with the cup. You may have one cup for all or each member gathered uses a separate cup. We believe the Christ is fully present in both Word and Sacrament, in both the bread and the wine/grape juice so if you only have one or the other, or even if you refrain from communion, you are not missing out on the grace of God. We understand both the Word and Sacraments as the means of grace. Remember it is not the type of bread or wine, nor is it the quantity, but it is your faith in taking the elements that is the window for the Holy Spirit to enter your life.


“Holy, Holy, Holy, Holy”               ELW #762



      Holy, holy, holy, holy,

      holy, holy is our God,

      God, the Lord of earth and heaven.

      Holy, holy is our God.

      Holy, holy, holy, holy,

      holy, holy is our God,

      God, the Lord of all of hist’ry.

      Holy, holy is our God.


      Who accompanies our people,

      who lives within our struggles,

      of all the earth and heaven

      the one and only Lord.

      Blest are they who in the Lord’s name

      announce the holy gospel,

      proclaiming the good news

      that our liberation comes.  Refrain


Text: Guillermo Cuéllar, b. 1955; tr. Linda McCrae

Text © 1993, 1994 GIA Publications Inc. 7404 S. Mason Ave., Chicago, IL 60638. 800.442.3358. All rights reserved. Used by permission.

“Oh, Sing to the Lord”                 ELW #822 vss 1, 2, 4


1    Oh, sing to the Lord, oh, sing God a new song.

      Oh, sing to the Lord, oh, sing God a new song.

      Oh, sing to the Lord, oh, sing God a new song.

      Oh, sing to our God, oh, sing to our God.

2    For God is the Lord, and God has done wonders.

      For God is the Lord, and God has done wonders.

      For God is the Lord, and God has done wonders.

      Oh, sing to our God, oh, sing to our God.

4    Oh, shout to our God, who gave us the Spirit.

      Oh, shout to our God, who gave us the Spirit.

      Oh, shout to our God, who gave us the Spirit.

      Oh, sing to our God, oh, sing to our God.

Text: Brazilian folk song; tr. Gerhard M. Cartford, b. 1923, Spanish and English

Spanish and English text © Gerhard Cartford, admin. Augsburg Fortress.


Theme Prayer


“You Have Come Down to the Lakeshore”                ELW #817

1    You have come down to the lakeshore

      seeking neither the wise nor the wealthy,

      but only asking for me to follow.


      Sweet Lord, you have looked into my eyes;

      kindly smiling, you’ve called out my name.

      On the sand I have abandoned my small boat;

      now with you, I will seek other seas.

2    You know full well what I have, Lord:

      neither treasure nor weapons for conquest,

      just these my fish nets and will for working.  Refrain

3    You need my hands, my exhaustion,

      working love for the rest of the weary–

      a love that’s willing to go on loving.  Refrain

4    You who have fished other waters;

      you, the longing of souls that are yearning:

       O loving Friend, you have come to call me.  Refrain


Text: Cesáreo Gabaráin, 1936-1991; tr. Madeleine Forell Marshall, b. 1946


Prayer Quilt Dedication


Choir Anthem                                                                                  “We Are One, Lord”


Children’s Message


Message with Scripture: Exodus 16:2-8a, 13-15                                        Pastor Karla

“The People Walk”                        ELW #706



      The people walk throughout the world together

      and cry out, “Come, O Lord”;

      the people who long to claim the promise,

      God’s liberating Word.

1    The poor ones of the world await the dawn of hope,

when justice will shine and make oppression flee.

The empty hands of all are raised to you, Lord God:

      oh, set us free!  Refrain

2    You broke the bonds of sin, untied the captive’s hands,

released us from fear and slav’ry to the law.

We lift our hands in hope, we put our trust in you,

      O God of love.  Refrain

3    The lifeblood of the world is shed in mindless war;

and fam’lies desire a home where conflicts cease.

With all the world we lift our hands in hope to you,

      O God of peace.  Refrain

Text: Juan A. Espinosa, b. 1940; tr. Martin A. Seltz, b. 1951

Text © 1972, 1998 Juan A. Espinosa. Published by OCP Publications. 5536 NE Hassalo, Portland, OR 97213. All rights reserved. Used by permission.


Prayers of the People

Sung response:                        Lord, Be Glorified”                             ELW #744 (modified)

In your church, Lord, be glorified, be glorified 

In your world, Lord, be glorified today.

Text: Bob Kilpatrick, b. 1952

Text © 1978 Bob Kilpatrick Music, assigned 1998 to The Lorenz Corporation. All rights reserved.


Offering our Gifts for the Mission and Ministry of God’s Church

            The Word has been spoken.  Now, may it stir in our hearts.


All: In the night in which he was betrayed, Jesus took bread and gave thanks; broke it, (Break the Bread if appropriate) 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. 

One: And now, join me in praying as our Lord Jesus taught us…

All: 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.





Post Communion Blessing


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“Take My Life, That I May Be”                ELW #583



      Take my life, that I may be

      consecrated, Lord, to thee;

      take my moments and my days;

      let them flow in ceaseless praise.

1    Take my hands and let them move

      at the impulse of thy love;

      take my feet and let them be

      swift and beautiful for thee.  Refrain

2    Take my silver and my gold,

      not a mite would I withhold;

      take my intellect and use

      ev’ry pow’r as thou shalt choose.  Refrain

3    Take my voice and let me sing

      always, only for my King;

      take my lips and let them be

      filled with messages from thee.  Refrain

4    Take my will and make it thine;

      it shall be no longer mine;

      take my heart, it is thine own;

      it shall be thy royal throne.  Refrain

Text: Frances R. Havergal, 1836-1879, adap.; Spanish text: Vicente Mendoza, 1875-1955


Send Off

Reader: The Spirit is moving.

All: the Spirit is moving, indeed!

Reader: So go in peace

All: To explore the Faith

Reader: Live in peace

All: To express our faith to others

Reader: Share the peace

All: By inviting others to join us on this journey.


Reading synopsis from Sundays and Seasons. All rights reserved. Used by permission. Please visit our Web site at All music is used with permission under CCLI #3225965.

First Reading: Exodus 16:2-8a, 13-15

Faced with hunger in the wilderness, the Israelites longed for life back in Egypt and wished they had never left. Then God miraculously and graciously gave them quails and manna to eat.

Second Reading: Philippians 1:21-30

Paul writes to the Philippians from prison. Though he is uncertain about the outcome of his imprisonment, he is committed to the ministry of the gospel and calls on the Philippians to live lives that reflect and enhance the gospel mission.

Gospel: Matthew 20:1-16

Jesus tells a parable about God’s generosity, challenging the common assumption that God rewards people according to what they have earned or deserve.