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Please join us in a traditional worship service using Zoom on Sunday, August 2, 2020 at 10:00 am. Join us in worship with Zoom meeting ID: 
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Join Zoom Meeting: 811 4758 9009

Or dial 646-876-9923 US (New York). 

If you are unable to join us at 10:00 on Sunday, please consider staying in touch with God by holding your own service with the materials provided here. Scroll to the end of this e-mail for the order of service.
Special Congregational Meeting Announcement

Please join us after the Zoom service on
Sunday, August 2, 2020
for a special congregational meeting to discuss making some changes to the sanctuary, primarily changing the rug for safety reasons and moving the altar down for a better worship service.
Attend the meeting to share your thoughts, ask questions, and vote!
In these unprecedented times, St. Luke's has had to cancel its on-site services, but the church's mission is still on. Our secretary will be going into the office once or twice a week to check messages, receive mail, and pay our bills. Remember your church and consider sending your offerings, tithes and gifts if you are able. Thank you.
We are still here for you, so don't hesitate to call
732-968-4447 with any questions or concerns.
Just need to talk to someone now? Although church services and office hours are suspended, Pastor Dámaris is ready to listen. Feel free to reach out to her for any pastoral care you may need at 718-809-4599.
And keep checking your e-mail for more information on how
St. Luke's is bringing its services online...
“God’s Work. Our Hands.” Sunday
is September 13, 2020.
Please join us in serving our community and our God.
If you are interested, just reply to this e-mail so we can order t-shirts ($7.75 each). Thank you!!
Calling All Crocheters!!

We are looking to create a colorful, collaborative banner to decorate the church when we finally get back, and we are asking all crocheters to make the most colorful pennant they can for it. Check out this website for a tutorial. We ask that all work be passed through the mail slot with your name.
Please feel free to reach out if you have any questions.

We can't wait to see everyone's creations!!
The Christ in Our Home prayer and reflection booklets for July, August, and September are now in. Please contact the church office at apostle@stlukedunellen.org or 732-968-4447 if you would like one.
We are planning to return to on-site services on September 13, 2020, with new worship practices in place for everyone's health and safety. As we get closer to that re-opening, we will provide more information. 

Let us pray for:

In need of healing:

  • Pastor Mary, in North Carolina, undergoing surgery
  • Bob Lovich
  • Marcy Rotella
  • Roy Wood, Sharon Lovich’s brother-in-law, diagnosed with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma
  • Harold Harding
  • Lucy
  • Hans
  • Gary Gregory
  • Doris Jean
  • Pearl
  • Patrice, Mary Beth’s niece
  • Victoria, friend of Mary Beth Bawarshi with brain cancer
  • Phylene Dey
  • Donna DeMarias, wife of a co-worker of Mary Mauriello
  • Amy, a relative of the Lukacs family, facing her second bout with cancer
  • Lieselotte Kugis
  • Louise; Doris Welsh, mother of Mary Beth Bawarshi
  • Margaret Hill
  • Jessica Grace
  • Joshua Maynard
  • Kevin Kwasnick
  • Jessica Marie
  • Carol Ann
  • Nancy Jane
  • Thomas Albert
  • Georgina Ayala, friend/co-worker of Ruth Muzik
  • Grace Kerr, with cancer.
  • In addition to all of those being affected by COVID-19

In the military:

  • For all members of the Armed Forces, especially:
  • Jeremy Mostowski
  • Gilbert Mercedes, nephew of Ron Kovac
  • Sarah Rizkallah
  • Robert
  • Angelo & Kaitlin Martinez, granddaughter and husband of granddaughter of Lois Gorman, in the marines
  • Garland Suit, husband of a friend of Margaret Hill, deployed with the army to the Far East
  • Jason Heney and Jeffrey Jacobus, nephews of Jan Dunn;
  • Nathaniel Eliason

Book for discussion in the fall. 
Waking Up White and Finding Myself in the Story of Race
As part of our effort to respond to the relevant call for equality and justice, we need to understand why there is a section of our society claiming to be discriminated on the basis of racism. There are many facts that this book brings forth for everyone to learn, that are not public knowledge but that affect  black and brown lives. 
We, as the Church of Jesus Christ are called to do justice, and so it is important to learn where we haven't been effective because of our lack of information. This book is an eye opener. Let's read it together prayfully, and discuss it in the fall with the goal of learning with humility and love. Racism is not pretty, and discussing it is not easy, yet it can be done respectful and in love with compassion and kindness. 
Get your books and let's start reading together.
Discussion time will be announced.
For twenty-five years, Debby Irving sensed inexplicable racial tensions in her personal and professional relationships. As a colleague and neighbor, she worried about offending people she dearly wanted to befriend. As an arts administrator, she didn't understand why her diversity efforts lacked traction. As a teacher, she found her best efforts to reach out to students and families of color left her wondering what she was missing. Then, in 2009, one "aha!" moment launched an adventure of discovery and insight that drastically shifted her worldview and upended her life plan. In Waking Up White, Irving tells her often cringe-worthy story with such openness that readers will turn every page rooting for her-and ultimately for all of us.

The Bulletins are given to the glory of God by the Drouaillet/DeMenna family in honor of Gwen's birthday.
Happy Birthday, Lola!!
Keep in touch with your St. Luke family!
As we all stay locked in our homes, we lose that human contact with the outside world.  We all miss the contact with others and learning how we are all doing.  Being mindful of health concerns, we must stay physically socially distant, but that does not require us to remain virtually socially distant!!  What can we do to help our community and stay safe? 
  • How about calling other church members you know?  A phone call from one member to another is a welcomed surprise and really helps to bring them joy keep us connected.  It’s a way to keep our community closer, virtually.
  • Share pictures, advice, special events, arts and crafts, etc. on our Facebook or Instagram page! Or submit them to apostle@stlukedunellen.org to see them in our weekly e-mail blast.
We are not alone. We are together in this and by keeping us together, we will build a stronger church!
#AloneTogether
The Ninth Week of Pentecost - August 2, 2020 

Prelude: Contemplation   O. S. Osberg
 
Call to Worship
Blessed be the holy Trinity, ☩one God,
who forgives all our sin,
whose mercy endures forever.
Amen.
 
Gathering Prayer
Pastor:         The day breaks
All:               And God does not let us go.
 
                     The hour calls
                     And God does not let us go.
 
                     The evening falls
                     And God holds us fast.
 
                     Let us turn to God in worship
                     God, who never turns from us.
 
Confession and Forgiveness
God is present to us, but we dont always feel it. 
God is good to us, but we cant always accept it. 
Fact is, there are things within and around us
that attempt to step between us and our relationship to Gods goodness. 
There are things that we think, things that we do,
that act to separate us from God. 
The church calls that sin.” 
 
Let us confess our sins to God, in the presence of each other.  
 
Silence
 
God of all mercy:
I confess that sin grips me and
I cannot break free.
The sins in my mind, on my lips,
in my acts done or even ignored
Stand between me and you. 
 
My entire heart is not always yours.
My love of neighbor falls short.
In the name of Jesus,
Have mercy on me. 
 
Grant me your renewing forgiveness.
Lead me on your paths of righteousness,
And I shall delight in you
And I shall follow you
Giving glory to your holy name. 
 
Through Jesus Christ.  Amen.
 
                     The God who gives, gives all. 
                     The God who loves, loves all. 
                     The God who forgives, forgives all. 
         
                     Through Christ, our sins, every one of them:
                     the sins of commission,
                     the sins of omission,
                     the sins we confessed with contrition –
                     all are forgiven.
 
All:               By the grace of God, we are forgiven.  Alleluia!
 
Gathering Song: All Who Hunger, Gather Gladly #461 ELW
 
 1 All who hunger, gather gladly;
holy manna is our bread.
Come from wilderness and wandering.
Here, in truth, we will be fed.
You that yearn for days of fullness,
all around us is our food.
Taste and see the grace eternal.
Taste and see that God is good.

2 All who hunger, never strangers;
seeker, be a welcome guest.
Come from restlessness and roaming.
Here, in joy, we keep the feast.
We that once were lost and scattered
in communion’s love have stood.
Taste and see the grace eternal.
Taste and see that God is good.

3 All who hunger, sing together;
Jesus Christ is living bread.
Come from loneliness and longing.
Here, in peace, we have been led.
Blest are those who from this table
live their lives in gratitude.
Taste and see the grace eternal.
Taste and see that God is good.

Greeting
The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, the love of God,
and the communion of the Holy Spirit be with you all.
And also with you.
 
Prayer of the Day
Glorious God, your generosity waters the world with goodness, and you cover creation with abundance. Awaken in us a hunger for the food that satisfies both body and spirit, and with this food, fill all the starving world; through your Son, Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord. Amen.
 
First Reading: Isaiah 55:1-5
Ho, everyone who thirsts, come to the waters; and you that have no money, come, buy and eat! Come, buy wine and milk without money and without price. Why do you spend your money for that which is not bread, and your labor for that which does not satisfy? Listen carefully to me, and eat what is good, and delight yourselves in rich food.
Incline your ear, and come to me; listen, so that you may live. I will make with you an everlasting covenant, my steadfast, sure love for David.
See, I made him a witness to the peoples, a leader and commander for the peoples.
See, you shall call nations that you do not know, and nations that do not know you shall run to you, because of the LORD your God, the Holy One of Israel, for he has glorified you.
 
Word of God, word of life.
Thanks be to God.
 
Psalm 145:8-9, 14-21
God is gracious and merciful,
   slow to anger and abounding
in steadfast love.
God is good
   to all,
and God's compassion is over all
   that God has made.
God upholds all
   who are falling,
and raises up all
   who are bowed down.
The eyes of all
   look to you,
and you give them their food
   in due season.
You open your hand to all,
   satisfying the desire
of every living thing.
In every way God is just,
   and kind in every action.
God is near to all
   who call,
to all who call on God
   in truth.
God fulfills the desire of all
   who fear God;
God also hears their cry,
   and saves them.
God watches over all
   who love God,
but will destroy
   all the wicked.
My mouth will speak
   the praise of God,
and all flesh will bless
   God's holy name
forever and ever.
 
Gospel Reading: Matthew 14:13-21
The holy gospel according to Matthew.
Glory to you, O Lord.
Now when Jesus heard this, he withdrew from there in a boat to a deserted place by himself. But when the crowds heard it, they followed him on foot from the towns. When he went ashore, he saw a great crowd; and he had compassion for them and cured their sick. When it was evening, the disciples came to him and said, "This is a deserted place, and the hour is now late; send thecrowds away so that they may go into the villages and buy food for themselves." Jesus said to them, "They need not go away; you give them something to eat." They replied, "We have nothing here but five loaves and two fish." And he said, "Bring them here to me." Then he ordered the crowds to sit down on the grass. Taking the five loaves and the two fish, he looked up to heaven, and blessed and broke the loaves, and gave them to the disciples, and the disciples gave them to the crowds. And all ate and were filled; and they took up what was left over of the broken pieces, twelve baskets full. And those who ate were about five thousand men, besides women and children.
 
The gospel of the Lord.
Praise to you, O Christ.
 
Sermon
 
Hymn of the Day:  Gather Us In #532 ELW

1 Here in this place the new light is streaming,
Now is the darkness vanished away;
See in this space our fears and our dreamings
Brought here to you in the light of this day.
Gather us in, the lost and forsaken,
Gather us in, the blind and the lame;
Call to us now, and we shall awaken,
We shall arise at the sound of our name.
 
2 We are the young, our lives are a mystery,
We are the old who yearn for your face;
We have been sung throughout all of history,
Called to be light to the whole human race.
Gather us in, the rich and the haughty,
Gather us in, the proud and the strong;
Give us a heart, so meek and so lowly,
Give us the courage to enter the song.
 
3 Here we will take the wine and the water,
Here we will take the bread of new birth,
Here you shall call your sons and your daughters,
Call us anew to be salt for the earth.
Give us to drink the wine of compassion,
Give us to eat the bread that is you;
Nourish us well, and teach us to fashion
Lives that are holy and hearts that are true.
 
Profession of Faith
Apostles' Creed
I believe in God, the Father almighty,
creator of heaven and earth.
I believe in Jesus Christ, Gods 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;
he ascended into heaven,
he is seated at the right hand of the Father,
and he will come 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.
 
Prayers of the People
Confident of your care and helped by the Holy Spirit, we pray for the church, the world, and all who are in need.
 
A brief silence.
 
You take resources that appear to be meager, bless them, and there is enough. May your church trust that what you bless and ask us to share with the world is abundantly sufficient. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.
 
Your bountiful creation offers sustenance and life for all creatures. Protect this abundance for the well-being of all. Reverse the damage we have caused your creation. Replenish ground water supplies, provide needed rains in places of drought, and protect forests from wildfires. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.
 
You offer yourself to all the nations and people of the earth, inviting everyone to abundant life. Bring the prophetic vision to fullness, that all nations will run to you and that nations who do not know you will find their joy in you. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.
 
Healing God, heal those who are affected by the virus COVID-19.  Stay with all who suffer from mental fatigue and anguish due to this pandemic. We pray for all of the first responders, medical personnel, and all who are putting their lives on harms way to care for others.  Guide the scientist who are tirelessly working to find a vaccine for this virus. May we all continue to be aware of the importance of practicing social distancing and wearing masks. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.
 
You open your hand and satisfy the desire of every living thing. Hear the anguish of tender hearts who cry to you in suffering and satisfy their deepest needs. Bring wholeness and healing to those who suffer in body, heart, soul, and mind especially for Pastor Mary, Bob Lovich, Marcy Rotella, Roy Wood, Harold Harding, Lucy, Hans, Gary Gregory, Doris Jean, Pearl, Patrice, Victoria, Phylene Dey, Donna DeMarias, Amy, Lieselotte Kugis, Louise, Doris Welsh, Margaret Hill, Jessica Grace, Joshua Maynard, Kevin Kwasnick, Jessica Marie, Carol Ann, Nancy Jane, Thomas Albert, Georgina Ayala and Grace Kerr. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.
 
You offer freely the fullness of salvation. Give our congregation at St. Luke Lutheran Church such a welcoming heart, that our words and actions may extend your free and abundant hospitality to all whom we encounter. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.
 
Here other intercessions may be offered.
 
You gather your saints as one, united in the body of Jesus. Bring us with all your saints to the heavenly banquet. We remember with love and thanksgiving the saints we have known. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.
 
In the certain hope that nothing can separate us from your love, we offer these prayers to you; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
 
Thanksgiving for the Word
Let us pray.
Praise and thanks to you, holy God, for by your Word you made all things: you spoke light into darkness, called forth beauty from chaos, and brought life into being.
For your Word of life, O God, we give you thanks and praise.
By your Word you called your people Israel to tell of your wonderful gifts: freedom from captivity, water on the desert journey, a pathway home from exile, wisdom for life with you.
For your Word of life, O God, we give you thanks and praise.
Through Jesus, your Word made flesh, you speak to us and call us to witness: forgiveness through the cross, life to those entombed by death, the way of your self-giving love.
For your Word of life, O God, we give you thanks and praise.
Send your Spirit of truth, O God; rekindle your gifts within us: renew our faith, increase our hope, and deepen our love, for the sake of a world in need. Faithful to your Word, O God, draw near to all who call on you; through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord, to whom, with you and the Holy Spirit, be honor and glory forever.
Amen.
 
Lords Prayer
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 Offering
When resources were short, did Christ worry? 
No!  Christ saw the gifts, and Christ multiplied them!
This is the miracle we witness every time we give to the church.
God will take what we have, and God will do good things with it. 
You are invited to give, and even to participate in the miracle of Gods multiplying acts. 
Continue your act of worship by sending your offerings, gifts and tithes to the church office during this week.  
 
Dedication Prayer         
God of increase and bounty,
Source of all good things: 
we offer these gifts as a portion
of that which you have given us. 
May these gifts be as loaves and fishes
for those who find themselves in poverty or hunger.    
 
May this act of giving bring about change:
          change in our lives,
          change in the lives we touch,
          change in the systems that harm.
 
Through Christ, who gave so much to save.  Amen.
 
Benediction
Gods peace: carry, keep and hold you. 
Gods love: nourish, bless and enfold you.
Gods Spirit: inspire, lift and mold you.
 
Almighty God:  + Triune, holy and blessed
Be with you now and forever.
Amen.
 
Sending Hymn: To Be Your Presence #546 ELW

1 To be your presence is our mission here,
To show comapssion’s face and list’ning ear,
To be your heart of mercy ever near,
Alleluia!
 
2 To be your presence is our mission bold,
To feed the poor and shelter homeless cold,
To be your hands of justice right uphold,
Alleluia!
 
3 To be your presence is our mission blest,
To speak for all the broken and oppressed,
To be your voice of hope, your love expressed,
Alleluia!
 
4 We are your heart, O Christ, your hands and voice,
To serve your people is our call and choice,
And in this mission we, the church, rejoice,
Alleluia!
 
Dismissal
Go in peace. Christ is with you.
Thanks be to God.
 
Postlude: Jubilante R.W. Martin