As we take time to observe physical distancing, we at Woodlake Lutheran invite you into a time of Morning Prayer. The following practice may be done individually, or with one or two in your household leading the whole family in a time of prayer.
Begin with centering yourself in a quiet space. Take three slow breaths. After this, speak these words: Satisfy us in the morning with your steadfast love, O God, that we may rejoice and be glad all our days. Praise to the blest and holy Trinity, one God, who gives us life, salvation, and resurrection.
Deuteronomy 4:1-2, 6-91So now, Israel, give heed to the statutes and ordinances that I am teaching you to observe, so that you may live to enter and occupy the land that the Lord, the God of your ancestors, is giving you. 2You must neither add anything to what I command you nor take away anything from it, but keep the commandments of the Lord your God with which I am charging you. 6You must observe them diligently, for this will show your wisdom and discernment to the peoples, who, when they hear all these statutes, will say, “Surely this great nation is a wise and discerning people!” 7For what other great nation has a god so near to it as the Lord our God is whenever we call to him? 8And what other great nation has statutes and ordinances as just as this entire law that I am setting before you today? 9But take care and watch yourselves closely, so as neither to forget the things that your eyes have seen nor to let them slip from your mind all the days of your life; make them known to your children and your children’s children.
Psalm 151Lord, who may dwell in your tabernacle?Who may abide upon your holy hill? 2Those who lead a blameless life and do what is right,who speak the truth from their heart; 3they do not slander with the tongue, they do no evil to their friends;they do not cast discredit upon a neighbor. 4In their sight the wicked are rejected, but they honor those who fear the Lord.They have sworn upon their health and do not take back their word. 5They do not give their money in hope of gain, nor do they take bribes against the innocent.Those who do these things shall never be overthrown. James 1:17-2717Every generous act of giving, with every perfect gift, is from above, coming down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shadow due to change. 18In fulfillment of his own purpose he gave us birth by the word of truth, so that we would become a kind of first fruits of his creatures.
19You must understand this, my beloved: let everyone be quick to listen, slow to speak, slow to anger; 20for your anger does not produce God’s righteousness. 21Therefore rid yourselves of all sordidness and rank growth of wickedness, and welcome with meekness the implanted word that has the power to save your souls. 22But be doers of the word, and not merely hearers who deceive themselves. 23For if any are hearers of the word and not doers, they are like those who look at themselves in a mirror; 24for they look at themselves and, on going away, immediately forget what they were like. 25But those who look into the perfect law, the law of liberty, and persevere, being not hearers who forget but doers who act—they will be blessed in their doing. 26If any think they are religious, and do not bridle their tongues but deceive their hearts, their religion is worthless. 27Religion that is pure and undefiled before God, the Father, is this: to care for orphans and widows in their distress, and to keep oneself unstained by the world.
Mark 7:1-8, 14-15, 21-231Now when the Pharisees and some of the scribes who had come from Jerusalem gathered around [Jesus], 2they noticed that some of his disciples were eating with defiled hands, that is, without washing them. 3(For the Pharisees, and all the Jews, do not eat unless they thoroughly wash their hands, thus observing the tradition of the elders; 4and they do not eat anything from the market unless they wash it; and there are also many other traditions that they observe, the washing of cups, pots, and bronze kettles.) 5So the Pharisees and the scribes asked him, “Why do your disciples not live according to the tradition of the elders, but eat with defiled hands?” 6He said to them, “Isaiah prophesied rightly about you hypocrites, as it is written, ‘This people honors me with their lips,but their hearts are far from me; 7in vain do they worship me,teaching human precepts as doctrines.’8You abandon the commandment of God and hold to human tradition.” 14Then he called the crowd again and said to them, “Listen to me, all of you, and understand: 15there is nothing outside a person that by going in can defile, but the things that come out are what defile.” 21For it is from within, from the human heart, that evil intentions come: fornication, theft, murder, 22adultery, avarice, wickedness, deceit, licentiousness, envy, slander, pride, folly. 23All these evil things come from within, and they defile a person.”
O God, you have called your servants to ventures of which we cannot see the ending, by paths as yet untrodden, through perils unknown. Give us faith to go out with good courage, not knowing where we go, but only that your hand is leading us and your love supporting us; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
Almighty God bless us, and direct our days and our deeds in peace. Amen.
Outdoor Parking Lot Worship: May 23 at 10am
Join us in the parking lot at 10am for an outdoor service, which will be broadcast to individual vehicles over a short-range FM transmitter. Communion will take place with individually packaged wine and wafers. Outdoor seating is available, weather permitting – please bring your own chairs! Plan to wear a mask and remain in your own family unit (6 feet away from others) if you’re outside of a car. Attendees will not have access to the building, including restrooms, so please plan accordingly. The service will also be live-streamed on our YouTube page for those who can’t make it.
Godly Play will happen in person this week! All children are invited to join us after worship. We’ll gather at the front of the parking lot if weather permits, and in the Narthex if it does not.
Affirmation of Baptism Service:
Woodlake’s Parking Lot, May 23rd
Picnic Lunch: 11:30am
Confirmation Service: 1pm
A separate service will be held with House of Prayer Lutheran Church for our students being confirmed and their families. This will be similar to our drive in services. All are welcome to this outdoor picnic and worship service! Please bring your own lawn chair. The service will also be live-streamed on our YouTube page for those who can’t make it.
Picnic Lunch: 11:30 am, tentative menu: hot dogs, hamburgers, chips, water/pop, fruit.
Confirmation Service: 1:00 pm
Join us in the parking lot at 10am for an outdoor service, which will be broadcast to individual vehicles over a short-range FM transmitter. Communion will take place with individually packaged wine and wafers. Outdoor seating is available – please bring your own chairs! Plan to wear a mask and remain in your own family unit (6 feet away from others) if you’re outside of a car. Attendees will not have access to the building, including restrooms, so please plan accordingly.
The service will also be live-streamed on Facebook and posted later to YouTube and our website.
The service of Tenebrae, meaning “darkness” or “shadows,” has been practiced by the church since medieval times. Once a service for the monastic community, Tenebrae later became an important part of the worship of the common folk during Holy Week. We join Christians of many generations throughout the world in using the liturgy of Tenebrae.
Tenebrae is a prolonged meditation on Christ’s suffering. Readings trace the story of Christ’s passion, music portrays his pathos, and the power of silence and darkness suggests the drama of this momentous event. As lights are extinguished, we ponder the depth of Christ’s suffering and death; we remember the cataclysmic nature of his sacrifice as we hear the overwhelming sound of the “strepitus”; and through the return of the small but persistent flame of the Christ candle at the conclusion of the service, we anticipate the joy of ultimate victory.