WELCOME to each of you gathered for worship this morning. Please take a moment to complete the attendance sheet and place it in the offering plate when it is passed.

OUR MISSION STATEMENT “Sharing God’s love and His promise for tomorrowEngaging with God’s children to carry the light ofJesus Christ from the altar through the door.” Louis Sanders – Council PresidentVacant – Vice-PresidentDr. Eric Hahn – SecretaryAnni Hahn – Treasurer 
Love Lutheran Church 3730 MacArthur Blvd. New Orleans, La 70114 504-362-1967

Love Lutheran e-mail addresses: lovelutheran68@gmail.com Love Lutheran Website: www.lovelutheran.org

Love Lutheran is a Member of the ELCA

Evangelical Lutheran Church in America website at: www.elca.org Follow us on Facebook: Love Lutheran Church New Orleans

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LECTOR: Elaine Teague

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Congregation Prayers: Mary Sanders

Melissa Gallant Sharon Steele Dianne Revuelta Lyn Weixel Robert Onsgard Kevin Trimble

Ken and Sandy Flora Phillip Brubaker Denise Daigrepont Roy Ila Duncan

Jamie Johnson Hans Heinemann

Rick and Gabe Lyons Laurie Smith Andrew Douglas Arlene Ogg

Elaina Cannon and Children

Leya and Aaliyah

Wayne Prayers: Sarah Steele Dirk Anderson Joyce Barber Jodee James

Lu Carrigan Janice Bela Dixie Adkins Alex Adkins Adam Adkins Julien Adkins Alisha Adkins

Dixie Prayers: Sarah Steele Dirk Anderson Joyce Barber

Jo Ellen Smith Nursing Home

Elaine Prayers: Elaine Teague

David and Kim Teague Joshua Teague

David Teague Jr. Steven Teague Terri Marino Jackie Pavur Shirley Lyons Louis Mayer Lane Wise

Paul Steele

Pastor Lisa Prayers: Community and World

We pray for the Steele family as they mourn the loss of Charlie Steele

For those who work and live in nursing homes

Staff of United Churches of Algiers Emergency Fund Our military serving here and abroad

We pray also for Love Lutheran Church and for all those in need of healing power of God’s


Ask and it will be given to you: Our Lord invites us to bring all our cares and concerns to him and trust in his mercy and grace. If you have prayer concerns please let Pastor Gaye know by noon on Wednesday so that your prayer request may be included in the prayers of the people at Sunday worship. Please inform Pastor Gaye if your prayer request needs to be extended longer than two weeks.

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Ninth Sunday after Pentecost                                            July 30, 2023


(Stand as you are able)


P: In the name of the Father, and of the (+) Son, and of the Holy Spirit.

C: Amen.

P: Almighty God, to whom all hearts are open, all desires known, and from whom no secrets are hid: cleanse the thoughts of our hearts by the inspiration of your Holy Spirit, that we may perfectly love you and worthily magnify your holy name, through Jesus Christ our Lord.

C: Amen.

P: Let us confess our sin in the presence of God and one another.

(Silence is kept for reflection)

P: Most merciful God,

C: We confess that we are captive to sin and cannot free ourselves. We have sinned against you in thought, word, and deed, by what we have done and by what we have left undone. We have not loved you with our whole heart; we have not loved our neighbors as ourselves. For the sake of your Son, Jesus Christ, have mercy on us. Forgive us, renew us, and lead us, so that we may delight in your will and walk in your ways, to the glory of your holy name. Amen.

P: In the mercy of Almighty God, Jesus Christ was given to die for you, and for his sake God forgives you all your sins. As a called and ordained minister of the church of Christ and by his authority. I therefore declare to you the entire forgiveness of all of your sins, in the name of the Father, and of the (+) Son, and of the Holy Spirit.

C: Amen.

OPENING HYMN: #ELW 631 “Love Divine, All Loves Excelling”

(printed in the back of the worship bulletin)


P: The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, the love of God, and the communion of the Holy Spirit be with you all.

C: And also with you.


THE HYMN OF PRAISE: “Now the Feast and Celebration”


P: Let us pray.

C: Beloved and sovereign God, through the death and resurrection of your Son you bring us into your kingdom of justice and mercy. By your Spirit, give us your wisdom, that we may treasure the life that comes from Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord. Amen.

(You may be seated)

First Reading: 1 Kings 3:5-12

Because Solomon did not ask for long life, riches, or the defeat of his enemies, God gave him what he asked for: wisdom to govern the people well.

5 At Gibeon the LORD appeared to Solomon in a dream by night; and God said, “Ask what I should give you.” 6 And Solomon said, “You have shown great and steadfast love to your servant my father David, because he walked before you in faithfulness, in righteousness, and in uprightness of heart toward you; and you have kept for him this great and steadfast love, and have given him a son to sit on his throne today. 7  And now, O LORD my God, you have made your servant king in place of my father David, although I am only a little child; I do not know how to go out or come in. 8 And your servant is in the midst of the people whom you have chosen, a great people, so numerous they cannot be numbered or counted. 9 Give your servant therefore an understanding mind to govern your people, able to discern between good and evil; for who can govern this your great people?” 10 It pleased the Lord that Solomon had asked this. 11 God said to him, “Because you have asked this, and have not asked for yourself long life or riches, or for the life of your enemies, but have asked for yourself understanding to discern what is right, 12 I now do according to your word.  Indeed I give you a wise and discerning mind; no one like you has been before you and no one like you shall arise after you.

The Word of the Lord.                     Thanks be to God.

Psalm: Psalm 119:129-136

When your word is opened, it gives light and understanding. (Ps. 119:130)

129 Your decrees are wonderful; therefore my soul keeps them.

130 The unfolding of your words gives light; it imparts understanding to the simple.

131 With open mouth I pant, because I long for your commandments.

132 Turn to me and be gracious to me, as is your custom toward those who love your name.

133 Keep my steps steady according to your promise, and never let iniquity have dominion over me.

134 Redeem me from human oppression, that I may keep your precepts.

135 Make your face shine upon your servant, and teach me your statutes.

136 My eyes shed streams of tears because your law is not kept.

Second Reading: Romans 8:26-39

These words celebrate the depth of God’s actions for us. Through Christ’s death for us and the activity of the Spirit praying for us, we are fused to God’s love poured out in Jesus Christ. Nothing, not even death itself, is able to separate us from such incredible divine love.

26 Likewise the Spirit helps us in our weakness; for we do not know how to pray as we ought, but that very Spirit intercedes with sighs too deep for words. 27 And God, who searches the heart, knows what is the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for the saints according to the will of God. 28 We know that all things work together for good for those who love God, who are called according to his purpose. 29 For those whom he foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son, in order that he might be the firstborn within a large family. 30  And those whom he predestined he also called; and those whom he called he also justified; and those whom he justified he also glorified. 31 What then are we to say about these things? If God is for us, who is against us? 32 He who did not withhold his own Son, but gave him up for all of us, will he not with him also give us everything else? 33 Who will bring any charge against God’s elect? It is God who justifies. 34 Who is to condemn? It is Christ Jesus, who died, yes, who was raised, who is at the right hand of God, who indeed intercedes for us. 35 Who will separate us from the love of Christ? Will hardship, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? 36 As it is written, “For your sake we are being killed all day long; we are accounted as sheep to be slaughtered.” 37 No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. 38 For I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor rulers, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, 39 nor height, nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.

The Word of the Lord.                     Thanks be to God.

(Stand as you are able)

Gospel: Matthew 13:31-33, 44-52

The Holy Gospel according to Matthew            Glory to you, O Lord.

Throughout Matthew’s gospel, Jesus and his disciples proclaim the good news that “the kingdom of heaven is near!” Here, Jesus offers several brief parables that explore the implications of this announcement for people’s lives.

31 He put before them another parable: “The kingdom of heaven is like a mustard seed that someone took and sowed in his field; 32 it is the smallest of all the seeds, but when it has grown it is the greatest of shrubs and becomes a tree, so that the birds of the air come and make nests in its branches.” 33 He told them another parable: “The kingdom of heaven is like yeast that a woman took and mixed in with three measures of flour until all of it was leavened.”

44 “The kingdom of heaven is like treasure hidden in a field, which someone found and hid; then in his joy he goes and sells all that he has and buys that field. 45 “Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a merchant in search of fine pearls; 46 on finding one pearl of great value, he went and sold all that he had and bought it. 47 “Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a net that was

thrown into the sea and caught fish of every kind; 48 when it was full, they drew it ashore, sat down, and put the good into baskets but threw out the bad. 49 So it will be at the end of the age. The angels will come out and separate the evil from the righteous 50 and throw them into the furnace of fire, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth. 51 “Have you understood all this?” They answered, “Yes.” 52 And he said to them, “Therefore every scribe who has been trained for the kingdom of heaven is like the master of a household who brings out of his treasure what is new and what is old.”

The Gospel of the Lord.               Praise to you, O Christ.

(You may be seated)


(Stand as you are able)

HYMN OF THE DAY: #ELW 790 “Day by Day”

(printed in the back of the worship bulletin)

P: God has made us his people through our Baptism in Christ. Living together in hope, we confess our faith.


I believe in God, the Father almighty, Creator of heaven and earth.

I believe in Jesus Christ, God’s 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 into hell.

On the third day he rose again; He ascended into heaven,

And 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 Christian church. The communion of saints

The forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body,

And life everlasting. Amen.

(You may be seated)


A: Confident that God receives our joys and concerns, let us offer our prayers for the church, those in need, and all of creation.

(A brief silence)

A: Almighty God, we pray for the church and all servants of the gospel.

Equip rostered and lay ministers to proclaim that nothing can separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus. Hear us, O God.

C: Your mercy is great.

A: Gracious God, we pray for the well-being of creation. Safeguard the environment, clean polluted rivers and lakes, preserve the mighty tree and the tiny mustard seed, and send advocates for sustainable practices. Hear us, O God.

C: Your mercy is great.

A: Compassionate God, we pray for the nations. Instill in all who govern the ability to discern between good and evil, free those who are oppressed, and protect those facing danger. Promote peace across the world and in our towns and neighborhoods. Hear us, O God.

C: Your mercy is great.

A: Merciful God, we pray for all in any need. Protect those fleeing from war, shelter any who are in poverty, clothe the naked, soothe all who grieve, and heal the sick (especially…). Hear us, O God.

C: Your mercy is great.

A: Holy God, we pray for this congregation, both those gathered today and those absent from our assembly. Grant safety to travelers and refreshment and safety for children attending summer camps or community programs. Give direction to any experiencing life transitions. Hear us, O God.

C: Your mercy is great.

(Here other intercessions may be offered spoken aloud or in our hearts.) (After each petition we respond:)

A: Hear us, O God.

C: Your mercy is great.

A: Eternal God, we give thanks for your saints who now rest from their labors. Inspire us by their witness to treasure the gospel, and continually nourish us with your grace. Hear us, O God.

C: Your mercy is great.

P: Into your hands, O God, we commend all for whom we pray, in the name of the one who reconciled all creation to himself, Jesus Christ our Savior.

C: Amen.

P: Lord Jesus, you said to your apostles: I leave you my peace, my peace I give you. Look not on the sins, but on the faith of your church, and grant us peace and unity of your kingdom where you live forever and ever.

C: Amen.

P: The peace of the Lord be with you always.

C: And also with you.


(You may be seated)

(Stand as you are able)

THE OFFERTORY: “As the Grains of Wheat”


A: Let us pray, Merciful God,

C: everything in heaven and on earth belongs to you. We joyfully release what you have entrusted to us. May these gifts be signs of our whole lives returned to you, dedicated to the healing and unity of all creation, through Jesus Christ. Amen.


P: The Lord be with you. C: And also with you. P: Lift up your hearts.

C: We lift them to the Lord.

P: Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.

C: It is right to give him thanks and praise. THE EUCHARISTIC PRAYER


P: It is truly good, right, and salutary, that we should at all times, and in all places give thanks to You, holy Lord, almighty Father, everlasting God, through Jesus Christ our Lord, who ascended above the heavens and, sitting at Your right hand, poured out on this day, as He had promised, the Holy Spirit on the chosen disciples. At this the world rejoices with exceeding joy.

Therefore with angels and with all the company of heaven we laud and magnify Your glorious name, evermore praising You and saying:



P: “Our Lord Jesus Christ, the same night in which He was betrayed,

took bread and when He had given thanks,  He broke it and gave it to His disciples saying:

‘Take, eat; this is My body, which is given for you. Do this in remembrance of Me.’

“In the same way also, He took the cup after supper, gave thanks, and gave it to them saying: ‘Drink of it all of you;

this cup is the New Testament in My blood,

which is shed for you and for many, for the remission of sins.

Do this as often as you drink it, in remembrance of Me.”

With this bread and cup we remember our Lord’s Passover from death to life as we proclaim the mystery of faith.

P: We say together

C: Christ has died, Christ has risen, Christ will come again. Amen

P: We pray together THE LORD’S PRAYER

C: 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. Amen.


P: The gifts of God for the people of God, feed on them in your heart with thanksgiving.

C: Amen

(You may be seated)

The Communion follows:

During the communing of Pastor and Assistant the congregation sings “Lamb of God”

(printed on the following page)

(Stand as you are able)

COMMUNION HYMN: #ELW 705 “God of Grace and God of Glory”

(printed in the back of the worship bulletin)


A: Let us pray.

We thank you, generous God, for the refreshment we have received at your banquet table. Send us now to spread your generosity into all the world, through the one who is our dearest treasure, Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord.

C: Amen.


P: The God who calls across the cosmos and speaks in the smallest seed (+) bless, keep, and sustain you now and to the end of the age.

C: Amen.

SENDING HYMN:    #ELW 547 “Sent Forth by God’s Blessing”

(printed in the back of the worship bulletin)


P: Go in peace. Share the harvest.

C: Thanks be to God.

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Readings are from the New Revised Standard Version (NRSV) Bible with Apocrypha. Copyrighted elements of Revised Common Lectionary, liturgical texts, and liturgical music used by permission of Augsburg Fortress under license number SB144485. All music and portions of the liturgical music reprinted with permission under ONE LICENSE #A-705233. All rights reserved. Clipart and images as reprinted from Churchart.com license.

Scripture Next Sunday: Tenth Sunday after Pentecost Isaiah 55:1-5;

Psalm 145:8-9, 14-21;

Romans 9:1-5;

Matthew 14:13-21

   God of Grace and God of Glory

    Sent Forth by God’s Blessing


In the event of an emergency you may contact Pastor Gaye at the church office (504) 362-1967.

Cell Phones:   We are requesting that members and visitors please silence

your cell phones to “off” while in the sanctuary and we are in worship service.

Wednesday, 16 August 2023 – Council Meeting, 6:00 PM
Sunday, 20 August 2023 – Guest Musician, Erin Slatton

Please consider a donation to the Memorial Engelbracht Guest Musician Fund. Donation envelopes can be found in the rear of the church.

If you wish to help to aid in the recovery of victims of disaters, donations can be made through Lutheran Disaster Relief at LDR.com.

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Daily devotional website as suggested by Pastor Lisa Gaye https://www.luthersem.edu/godpause/

Meditation on the Lessons – Take Home Prayer:

O Blessed Lord, who caused all Holy Scripture to be written for our learning: Grant us so to hear them, read, mark, learn, and inwardly digest your word, that we may embrace and hold fast the blessed hope of everlasting life, which you have given us in our savior Jesus Christ, Amen.

  1. Identify a passage from scripture today that touches your life.
  • Pray for the Holy Spirit as you write: “From what I’ve heard and shared, what do I believe God wants me to do or be? Is God inviting me to change in any way?
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