October 22, 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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LECTOR:  Dixie Adkins

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                       IN OUR PRAYERS

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 Home  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. Landen T.   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 love.

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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LOVE LUTHERAN CHURCH   Interim Clergy: Rev. Lisa Gaye                       Adult Bible Study:  9:00 A.M. Office: 504-362-1967                                               Worship:  10:00 A.M.  

Twenty-First Sunday after Pentecost                           October 22, 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 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:  Sovereign God, raise your throne in our hearts.  Created by you, let us live in your image; created for you, let us act for your glory; redeemed by you, let us give you what is yours, through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord.  Amen.

(You may be seated)

First Reading:  Isaiah 45:1-7

The prophet announces that Cyrus the Persian emperor is the one the Lord has anointed to end Israel’s exile. The Lord makes this choice so that the whole world will recognize this Lord as the only God. Persia had a god of light and a god of darkness; the Lord claims sovereignty over both light and darkness.

1 Thus says the LORD to his anointed, to Cyrus, whose right hand I have grasped to subdue nations before him and strip kings of their robes, to open doors before him– and the gates shall not be closed: 2 I will go before you and level the mountains, I will break in pieces the doors of bronze and cut through the bars of iron, 3 I will give you the treasures of darkness and riches hidden in secret places, so that you may know that it is I, the LORD, the God of Israel, who call you by your name.  4 For the sake of my servant Jacob, and Israel my chosen, I call you by your name, I surname you, though you do not know me.  5 I am the LORD, and there is no other; besides me there is no god.  I arm you, though you do not know me, 6 so that they may know, from the rising of the sun and from the west, that there is no one besides me; I am the LORD, and there is no other.  7 I form light and create darkness, I make weal and create woe; I the LORD do all these things.

The Word of the Lord.                   Thanks be to God.

Psalm:  Psalm 96:1-9 (10-13)

Ascribe to the LORD honor and power. (Ps. 96:7)

1 O sing to the LORD a new song; sing to the LORD, all the earth.

2 Sing to the LORD, bless his name; tell of his salvation from day to day.

3 Declare his glory among the nations, his marvelous works among all the peoples.

4 For great is the LORD, and greatly to be praised; he is to be revered above all gods.

5 For all the gods of the peoples are idols, but the LORD made the heavens.

6 Honor and majesty are before him; strength and beauty are in his sanctuary.

7 Ascribe to the LORD, O families of the peoples, ascribe to the LORD glory and strength.

8 Ascribe to the LORD the glory due his name; bring an offering, and come into his courts.

9 Worship the LORD in holy splendor; tremble before him, all the earth.

(10 Say among the nations, “The LORD is king!  The world is firmly established; it shall never be moved.  He will judge the peoples with equity.”

11 Let the heavens be glad, and let the earth rejoice; let the sea roar, and all that fills it;

12 let the field exult, and everything in it.  Then shall all the trees of the forest sing for joy

13 before the LORD; for he is coming, for he is coming to judge the earth.  He will judge the world with righteousness, and the peoples with his truth.)

Second Reading:  1 Thessalonians 1:1-10

Most likely this letter is the first written by Paul.  Paul gives pastoral encouragement and reassurances to new Christians living in an antagonistic environment.  Their commitment of faith, love, and hope makes them a model for other new Christian communities.

1 Paul, Silvanus, and Timothy, To the church of the Thessalonians in God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ: Grace to you and peace.  2 We always give thanks to God for all of you and mention you in our prayers, constantly          3 remembering before our God and Father your work of faith and labor of love and steadfastness of hope in our Lord Jesus Christ.  4 For we know, brothers and sisters beloved by God, that he has chosen you, 5 because our message of the gospel came to you not in word only, but also in power and in the Holy Spirit and with full conviction; just as you know what kind of persons we proved to be among you for your sake.  6 And you became imitators of us and of the Lord, for in spite of persecution you received the word with joy inspired by the Holy Spirit, 7 so that you became an example to all the believers in Macedonia and in Achaia.  8 For the word of the Lord has sounded forth from you not only in Macedonia and Achaia, but in every place your faith in God has become known, so that we have no need to speak about it.  9 For the people of those regions report about us what kind of welcome we had among you, and how you turned to God from idols, to serve a living and true God, 10 and to wait for his Son from heaven, whom he raised from the dead–Jesus, who rescues us from the wrath that is coming.

The Word of the Lord.                   Thanks be to God.

(Stand as you are able)

Gospel:  Matthew 22:15-22

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

After Jesus begins teaching in the temple, religious leaders try to trap him with questions.  First they ask if God’s people should pay taxes to an earthly tyrant like Caesar.

15 Then the Pharisees went and plotted to entrap him in what he said.  16 So they sent their disciples to him, along with the Herodians, saying, “Teacher, we know that you are sincere, and teach the way of God in accordance with truth, and show deference to no one; for you do not regard people with partiality.  17 Tell us, then, what you think.  Is it lawful to pay taxes to the emperor, or not?”  18 But Jesus, aware of their malice, said, “Why are you putting me to the test, you hypocrites?  19 Show me the coin used for the tax.”  And they brought him a denarius.  20 Then he said to them, “Whose head is this, and whose title?”  21 They answered, “The emperor’s.”  Then he said to them, “Give therefore to the emperor the things that are the emperor’s, and to God the things that are God’s.”  22 When they heard this, they were amazed; and they left him and went away.

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

(You may be seated)


(Stand as you are able)

HYMN OF THE DAY:  #ELW 713 “O God of Every Nation”

(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:  Trusting in the transformative power of God’s loving Spirit, let us pray for the church, the world, and all in need.

(A brief silence)

A:  Faithful God, your Spirit animates the church throughout the world and binds believers near and far into the body of Christ.  Equip us for the work of faith, and enlarge our hearts for the labor of love.  God of grace,

C:  hear our prayer.

A:  Creating God, the sea roars, the earth rejoices, and the heavens are glad at the wonder of all you have made.  Bless the work of ecologists and conservationists and all those who safeguard the riches of creation.  God of grace,

C:  hear our prayer.

A:  Sovereign God, your rule and authority is over the cosmos.  As you once worked through the ruler Cyrus for the good of your people, accomplish your purposes through the work of elected leaders and public servants.  Guide them with your wisdom and compassion.  God of grace,

C:  hear our prayer.

A:  Caring God, your arms enfold all who are lonely, oppressed, despairing, sick, and suffering (especially…).  Pour out your abundant mercy on all whom this world has neglected, abandoned, and forgotten, that they may know your joy.  God of grace,

C:  hear our prayer.

A:  Almighty God, all our life belongs to you.  When earthly idols threaten to lead your church astray, remind us that you alone are the source of our eternal hope.  Direct the work of church treasurers, councils, and all how who manage financial matters.  God of grace,

C:  hear our prayer.

(Here other intercessions may be offered spoken aloud or in our hearts.)

(After each petition we respond:)

A:  God of grace,

C:   hear our prayer.

A:  Everlasting God, the saints of every age have sung your praise and shared your word.  We give you thanks for their witness and pray that we may join them as citizens of your unending kingdom.  God of grace,

C:  hear our prayer.

P:  Gracious God, into your hands we commend all for whom we pray, trusting in your unending love and amazing grace; through 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.



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:


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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 thanksgiving.

C:  Amen

(You may be seated)

The Communion follows:

the congregation sings “Lamb of God”

(printed on the following page)

(Stand as you are able)

COMMUNION HYMN:  #ELW 758 “You Are the Way”


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 759 “My Faith Looks Up to Thee”


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 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: Twenty-Second Sunday after Pentecost

Reformation Sunday

Jeremiah 31:31-34;

Psalm 46;

Romans 3:19-28;

John 8:31-36



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.

UPCOMING EVENTS: Sunday, 29 October 2023 – Reformation Sunday, You are invited to wear red.  Also you will receive a special book entitled “Baptized We Live, Lutheranism as Way of Life” and a Lutheran Rose pin Sunday, 5 November 2023 – “All Saint’s Sunday” bring a photo of a loved one who is deceased to put on our Remembrance Table  

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

Looking for a great continuing ed immersion?  Come along and rediscover the 1st century Paul and his communities – and what it means for us in the 21st century.

Full info – brochure, registration, travel guide, video, FAQ, and more – found at https://leadconnects.org/in-search-of-paul-2024/

Several spaces remain.  Registration closes 10/27/2023.

Feel free to share with any person or group you think might be interested.

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From Rick Steve’s

(Member of the ELCA)

In the wake of the brutal attack by Hamas on Israel, Americans need thoughtful media to give us context and help us grapple with complicated issues — and that’s what public television does so uniquely well.  My hourlong special “The Holy Land: Israelis and Palestinians Today” is streaming now for free (and ad-free) at www.ricksteves.com/holy-land, and I hope you will share it with your friends and family.

The show focuses on the three million Palestinians who live in the West Bank, an area that is politically distinct from the tiny Gaza Strip, where Hamas rules two million Palestinians.  The goal is to step back from the tragic conflicts in the region and share the realities of both the Palestinians and the Israelis, giving caring viewers a balanced context to the events — both hopeful and tragic — that lie ahead.

The Holy Land is important to Americans, and Americans are important to Israel and Palestine.  With all the heartbreaking violence, and in the interest of finding durable peace and security in this troubled region, it’s more important than ever to understand the roots of this conflict.  Stream the show here: www.ricksteves.com/holy-land — and please share your reflections below.

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