October 1, 2023

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

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
Gulf Coast Synod website at: www.gulfcoastsynod.org
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    Congregation Prayers:
    Mary S.
    Melissa G.
    Sharon S.
    Dianne R.
    Lyn W.
    Robert O.
    Kevin T.
    Ken and Sandy F.
    Phillip B.
    Denise D. R.
    Jamie J.
    Hans H.
    Rick and Gabe L.
    Laurie S.
    Andrew D.
    Arlene O.
    Elaina C. and Children
    Leya and Aaliyah
    Jean F.
    Trish F.
    Terrie and Willie C.
    Wayne Prayers:
    Sarah S.
    Joyce B.
    Jodee J.
    Lu C.
    Janice B.
    Dixie A.
    Alex A.
    Adam A.
    Julien A.
    Alisha A.
    Loretta W.
    Ron P.
    Dixie Prayers:
    Sarah S.
    Joyce B.
    Jo Ellen Smith Nursing
    Elaine Prayers:
    David and Kim T.
    Joshua T.
    David T. Jr.
    Steven T.
    Terri M.
    Jackie P.
    Shirley L.
    Louis M.
    Lane W.
    Paul S.
    Pastor Lisa Prayers:
    Community and World
    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

    Interim Clergy: Rev. Lisa Gaye Adult Bible Study: 9:00 A.M.
    Office: 504-362-1967 Worship: 10:00 A.M.
    Eighteenth Sunday after Pentecost October 1, 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.
    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 526 “God Is Here!”

    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: God of love, giver of life, you know our frailties and failings. Give
    us your grace to overcome them, keep us from those things that
    harm us, and guide us in the way of salvation, through Jesus
    Christ, our Savior and Lord. Amen.
    (You may be seated)
    First Reading: Ezekiel 18:1-4, 25-32
    Ezekiel challenges those who think they cannot change because of what their
    parents were and did, or who think they cannot reverse their own previous
    behavior. God insistently invites people to turn and live.
    1 The word of the LORD came to me: 2 What do you mean by repeating this
    proverb concerning the land of Israel, “The parents have eaten sour grapes,
    and the children’s teeth are set on edge”? 3 As I live, says the Lord GOD,
    this proverb shall no more be used by you in Israel. 4 Know that all lives are
    mine; the life of the parent as well as the life of the child is mine: it is only
    the person who sins that shall die.
    25 Yet you say, “The way of the Lord is unfair.” Hear now, O house of Israel:
    Is my way unfair? Is it not your ways that are unfair? 26 When the righteous
    turn away from their righteousness and commit iniquity, they shall die for it;
    for the iniquity that they have committed they shall die. 27 Again, when the
    wicked turn away from the wickedness they have committed and do what is
    lawful and right, they shall save their life. 28 Because they considered and
    turned away from all the transgressions that they had committed, they shall
    surely live; they shall not die. 29 Yet the house of Israel says, “The way of
    the Lord is unfair.” O house of Israel, are my ways unfair? Is it not your
    ways that are unfair? 30 Therefore I will judge you, O house of Israel, all of
    you according to your ways, says the Lord GOD. Repent and turn from all
    your transgressions; otherwise iniquity will be your ruin. 31 Cast away from
    you all the transgressions that you have committed against me, and get
    yourselves a new heart and a new spirit! Why will you die, O house of
    Israel? 32 For I have no pleasure in the death of anyone, says the Lord GOD.
    Turn, then, and live.
    The Word of the Lord. Thanks be to God.
    Psalm: Psalm 25:1-9
    Remember, O LORD, your compassion and love. (Ps. 25:6)
    1 To you, O LORD, I lift up my soul.
    2 O my God, in you I trust; do not let me be put to shame; do not let
    my enemies exult over me.
    3 Do not let those who wait for you be put to shame; let them be ashamed
    who are wantonly treacherous.
    4 Make me to know your ways, O LORD; teach me your paths.
    5 Lead me in your truth, and teach me, for you are the God of my salvation;
    for you I wait all day long.
    6 Be mindful of your mercy, O LORD, and of your steadfast love, for
    they have been from of old.
    7 Do not remember the sins of my youth or my transgressions; according to
    your steadfast love remember me, for your goodness’ sake, O LORD!
    8 Good and upright is the LORD; therefore he instructs sinners in the
    9 He leads the humble in what is right, and teaches the humble his way.
    Second Reading: Phillippians 2:1-13
    As part of a call for harmony rather than self-seeking, Paul uses a very early
    Christian hymn that extols the selflessness of Christ in his obedient death on
    the cross. Christ’s selfless perspective is to be the essential perspective we
    share as the foundation for Christian accord.
    1 If then there is any encouragement in Christ, any consolation from love,
    any sharing in the Spirit, any compassion and sympathy, 2 make my joy
    complete: be of the same mind, having the same love, being in full accord
    and of one mind. 3 Do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit, but in
    humility regard others as better than yourselves. 4 Let each of you look not
    to your own interests, but to the interests of others. 5 Let the same mind be
    in you that was in Christ Jesus, 6 who, though he was in the form of God, did
    not regard equality with God as something to be exploited, 7 but emptied
    himself, taking the form of a slave, being born in human likeness. And being
    found in human form, 8 he humbled himself and became obedient to the
    point of death– even death on a cross. 9 Therefore God also highly exalted
    him and gave him the name that is above every name, 10 so that at the name
    of Jesus every knee should bend, in heaven and on earth and under the
    earth, 11 and every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the
    glory of God the Father. 12 Therefore, my beloved, just as you have always
    obeyed me, not only in my presence, but much more now in my absence,
    work out your own salvation with fear and trembling; 13 for it is God who is at
    work in you, enabling you both to will and to work for his good pleasure.
    The Word of the Lord. Thanks be to God.
    (Stand as you are able)
    Gospel: Matthew 21:23-32
    The Holy Gospel according to Matthew Glory to you, O Lord.
    After driving the moneychangers out of the temple (21:12), Jesus begins
    teaching there. His authority is questioned by the religious leaders, who are
    supposed to be in charge of the temple.
    23 When he entered the temple, the chief priests and the elders of the people
    came to him as he was teaching, and said, “By what authority are you doing
    these things, and who gave you this authority?” 24 Jesus said to them, “I will
    also ask you one question; if you tell me the answer, then I will also tell you
    by what authority I do these things. 25 Did the baptism of John come from
    heaven, or was it of human origin?” And they argued with one another, “If
    we say, ‘From heaven,’ he will say to us, ‘Why then did you not believe him?’ 26 But if we say, ‘Of human origin,’ we are afraid of the crowd; for all regard
    John as a prophet.” 27 So they answered Jesus, “We do not know.” And he
    said to them, “Neither will I tell you by what authority I am doing these
    things. 28 “What do you think? A man had two sons; he went to the first and
    said, ‘Son, go and work in the vineyard today.’ 29 He answered, ‘I will not’;
    but later he changed his mind and went. 30 The father went to the second
    and said the same; and he answered, ‘I go, sir’; but he did not go. 31 Which
    of the two did the will of his father?” They said, “The first.” Jesus said to
    them, “Truly I tell you, the tax collectors and the prostitutes are going into
    the kingdom of God ahead of you. 32 For John came to you in the way of
    righteousness and you did not believe him, but the tax collectors and the
    prostitutes believed him; and even after you saw it, you did not change your
    minds and believe him.
    The Gospel of the Lord. Praise to you, O Christ.
    (You may be seated)
    (Stand as you are able)
    HYMN OF THE DAY: #ELW 772 “Oh, That the Lord Would Guide My

    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: Remembering the caring and generous works of God, we pray for the
    church, creation, and the needs of our neighbors.
    (A brief silence)
    A: We put our trust in you as we pray for the church. Give bishops, pastors,
    deacons, and teachers the gifts of wisdom and discernment. Be with
    them in bold truth and faithful witness. Merciful God,
    C: receive our prayer.
    A: Lead us in your truth as we pray for creation. Empower us to look to the
    interests of others as we make choices that impact the environment.
    Summon us to be advocates for healthy waterways, habitats, and air.
    Merciful God,
    C: receive our prayer.
    A: Lead us in justice as we pray for those in government, the military, and
    other positions of authority. Give them humble and willing hearts, looking
    to the needs of others. We pray also for our enemies. Merciful God,
    C: receive our prayer.
    A: Trusting your goodness, we pray for all caregivers and people who are
    sick or suffering in any way (especially…). Give them encouragement and
    consolation in your presence. Merciful God,
    C: receive our prayer.
    A: Teach us your paths as we pray for this congregation. Be at work in us
    and unite us in your love as we labor together for the sake of the gospel.
    Merciful God,
    C: receive our prayer.
    (Here other intercessions may be offered spoken aloud or in our hearts.)
    A: Merciful God,
    C: receive our prayer.
    A: We give thanks for all the saints who died secure in the knowledge of
    salvation. Keep us fearless in our faith and certain of your resurrection.
    Merciful God,
    C: receive our prayer.
    P: Remember us according to your steadfast love as we offer these and the
    prayers of our heart, trusting in your compassion made known through
    Jesus Christ.
    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.
    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.
    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, who has 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: Let us pray:
    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
    C: Amen

    The Communion follows:
    the congregation sings “Lamb of God”

    COMMUNION HYMN: #ELW 581 “You Are Mine”

    A: Let us pray.
    Blessed be your name, O God, for we have feasted on your Word, Christ
    Jesus, the joy and delight of our hearts. Strengthened by this food, send
    us to gather the world to your banquet, where none are left out and all
    are satisfied. In Jesus’ name we pray.
    C: Amen.
    P: The God of glory, (+) Jesus Christ, name above all names, and the Spirit
    who lives in you, bless you now and forever.
    C: Amen.
    SENDING HYMN: #ELW 777 “Come to Me, All Pilgrims Thirsty”
    (printed in the back of the worship bulletin)
    P: Go in peace. God is at work in you.
    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
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    reserved. Clipart and images as reprinted from Churchart.com license.
    Scripture Next Sunday: Nineteenth Sunday after
    Isaiah 5:1-7;
    Psalm 80:7-15;
    Phillippians 3:4b-14;
    Matthew 21:33-46

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.
Sunday, 15 October 2023 – Guest Preacher, NOLA Fire Chaplain Rev.
Joshua Holder, bagpipes, honoring our First
Responders. Reception following service.
Wednesday, 18 October 2023 – Church Council, 6:00 PM
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.
The Gulf Coast Synod seeks individuals from the Bayou Conference to serve
on the Lutheran Disaster Relief Team. Let Pastor know if you are interested
in serving on this team.
Registration for the ELCA Youth Gathering 2024 in New Orleans is
now open. July 16th to 20th of 2024, gathering@elca.org

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