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 PresidentBruce Soltis – 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. 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 and Savannah T. David T. Jr. Steven and Jackie T. Terri M. Jackie P. Shirley L. Louis M. Lane and Ronnie W. Landen T. Elaina C. and Children Diangelo Leya and Aaliyah Gwenn J. and Family Lisa and Claude M. Claude and Elaine J.   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.  

Fourth Sunday after Epiphany                                     January 28, 2024


(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 302 “As with Gladness Men of Old”

(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:  Compassionate God, you gather the whole universe into your radiant presence and continually reveal your Son as our Savior.  Bring wholeness to all that is broken and speak truth to us in our confusion, that all creation will see and know your Son, Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord.  Amen.

(You may be seated)

First Reading:  Deuteronomy 18:15-20

Today’s reading is part of a longer discourse in Deuteronomy, an updating of the law for the Israelite community as the people wait to enter the promised land.  Here Moses assures the people that God will continue to guide them through prophets who will proclaim the divine word.

15 The LORD your God will raise up for you a prophet like me from among your own people; you shall heed such a prophet.  16 This is what you requested of the LORD your God at Horeb on the day of the assembly when you said: “If I hear the voice of the LORD my God any more, or ever again see this great fire, I will die.”  17 Then the LORD replied to me: “They are right in what they have said.  18 I will raise up for them a prophet like you from among their own people; I will put my words in the mouth of the prophet, who shall speak to them everything that I command.  19 Anyone who does not heed the words that the prophet shall speak in my name, I myself will hold accountable.  20 But any prophet who speaks in the name of other gods, or who presumes to speak in my name a word that I have not commanded the prophet to speak–that prophet shall die.”

The Word of the Lord.                   Thanks be to God.

Psalm:  Psalm 111

The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom. (Ps. 111:10)

1 Praise the LORD!  I will give thanks to the LORD with my whole heart, in the company of the upright, in the congregation.

2 Great are the works of the LORD, studied by all who delight in them.

3 Full of honor and majesty is his work, and his righteousness endures forever.

4 He has gained renown by his wonderful deeds; the LORD is gracious and merciful.

5 He provides food for those who fear him; he is ever mindful of his covenant.

6 He has shown his people the power of his works, in giving them the heritage of the nations.

7 The works of his hands are faithful and just; all his precepts are trustworthy.

8 They are established forever and ever, to be performed with faithfulness and uprightness.

9 He sent redemption to his people; he has commanded his covenant forever.  Holy and awesome is his name.

10 The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom; all those who practice it have a good understanding. His praise endures forever.

Second Reading:  1 Corinthians 8:1-13

Paul is concerned about the way some Corinthian Christians use their freedom in Christ as license to engage in non-Christian behavior that sets a damaging example to other, impressionable believers.  Christians have a responsibility to each other that their behavior does not cause another to sin.

1 Now concerning food sacrificed to idols: we know that “all of us possess knowledge.”  Knowledge puffs up, but love builds up.  2 Anyone who claims to know something does not yet have the necessary knowledge; 3 but anyone who loves God is known by him.  4 Hence, as to the eating of food offered to idols, we know that “no idol in the world really exists,” and that “there is no God but one.”  5 Indeed, even though there may be so-called gods in heaven or on earth–as in fact there are many gods and many lords– 6 yet for us there is one God, the Father, from whom are all things and for whom we exist, and one Lord, Jesus Christ, through whom are all things and through whom we exist.  7 It is not everyone, however, who has this knowledge.  Since some have become so accustomed to idols until now, they still think of the food they eat as food offered to an idol; and their conscience, being weak, is defiled.  8 “Food will not bring us close to God.”  We are no worse off if we do not eat, and no better off if we do.  9 But take care that this liberty of yours does not somehow become a stumbling block to the weak.  10 For if others see you, who possess knowledge, eating in the temple of an idol, might they not, since their conscience is weak, be encouraged to the point of eating food sacrificed to idols?  11 So by your knowledge those weak believers for whom Christ died are destroyed.  12 But when you thus sin against members of your family, and wound their conscience when it is weak, you sin against Christ.  13 Therefore, if food is a cause of their falling, I will never eat meat, so that I may not cause one of them to fall.

The Word of the Lord.                   Thanks be to God.

(Stand as you are able)

Gospel:  Mark 1:21-28

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

Forces that would bring death and disease have taken hold of a man, yet they recognize Jesus and know what his power means for them.  Jesus commands these forces to leave and people are amazed at his authority.

21 They went to Capernaum; and when the sabbath came, he entered the synagogue and taught.  22 They were astounded at his teaching, for he taught them as one having authority, and not as the scribes.  23 Just then there was in their synagogue a man with an unclean spirit, 24 and he cried out, “What have you to do with us, Jesus of Nazareth?  Have you come to destroy us?  I know who you are, the Holy One of God.”  25 But Jesus rebuked him, saying, “Be silent, and come out of him!”  26 And the unclean spirit, convulsing him and crying with a loud voice, came out of him.  27 They were all amazed, and they kept on asking one another, “What is this?  A new teaching–with authority!  He commands even the unclean spirits, and they obey him.”  28 At once his fame began to spread throughout the surrounding region of Galilee.

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

(You may be seated)


(Stand as you are able)

HYMN OF THE DAY:  #ELW 886 “Oh, for a Thousand Tongues to Sing”

(printed in the back of the worship bulletin)


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:  As we celebrate Christ embodied in human form, we pray for God’s blessing on the church, the world, and all of creation.

(A brief silence)

A:  Loving God, we pray that your example of teaching with confidence and authority builds up your church in love.  May all church leaders and teachers honor your instruction and model your inclusive ways.  God of grace,

C:  receive our prayer.

A:  Renewing God, we pray for all creation, that waterways flow clean and clear, natural spaces are protected, and our planet is healed.  Let us commit to thoughtful care of the earth.  God of grace,

C:  receive our prayer.

A:  Justice-seeking God, we pray for those in government and community leadership, that they lead with honor and mindfulness.  May they remember their covenants and be upright in their ways.  God of grace,

C:  receive our prayer.

A:  Compassionate God, we pray for all in need, especially those who have known rejection, any who struggle with long term illness or chronic pain, those without access to safe housing or healthcare, and any who suffer (especially…).  God of grace,

C:  receive our prayer.

A:  Still speaking God, we pray for our congregation, for its artists and musicians, for its educators and caregivers, that all gifts are used to care for those in need and to live out your example of accompaniment, gospel witness, and love.  God of grace,

C:  receive our prayer.

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

(After each petition we respond:)

A:  God of grace,

C:  receive our prayer.

A:  Eternal God, we remember all who have been teachers, mentors, and companions in the church and in our lives.  We trust that all who have died rest in your loving care.  God of grace,

C:  receive our prayer.

P:  Knowing the Holy Spirit intercedes for us, we offer these prayers and the silent prayers of our hearts in the name of our Savior, 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.

(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, and now we praise you that You sent us Your only begotten Son and that in Him, being found in fashion as a Man, You manifested the fullness of Your glory.

     Therefore with angels and archangels 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.”

     For as often as we eat of this bread and drink from this cup, we proclaim the Lord’s death until he comes.

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 713 “O God of Every Nation”

(printed in the back of the worship bulletin)


A:  Let us pray.

Giver of every gift, Christ’s body is our food, and we are Christ’s body.  Raise us to life by your power for the benefit of all and to your glory, now and forever.

C:  Amen.


P:  God who names you, Christ who claims you, and the Holy Spirit who dwells in you, (+) bless you and remain with you always.

C:  Amen.

SENDING HYMN:  #ELW 856 “How Great Thou Art”

(printed in the back of the worship bulletin)


P:  Go in peace.  You are God’s beloved.

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: Fifth Sunday after Epiphany

Isaiah 40:21-31;

Psalm 147:1-11, 20c;

1 Corinthians 9:16-23;

Mark 1:29-39


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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, 4 February 2024 – Installation of Church Council Members, Church Council Meeting, after church service

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.

“Souper” Bowl of Caring– We are collecting soup cans and monetary donations from now until the Super Bowl for the United Churches of Algiers Emergency Fund Food Bank.  Please consider picking up an extra soup can to donate when grocery shopping.  The food bank would greatly appreciate all the donations our church can collect.

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Daily devotional website as suggested by Pastor Lisa Gaye


Meditation on the Lessons – Take Home


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.

2. 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?

From the Lambeth/African Bible Study Method EPCUSA


Brian King is a New Orleans-based classical guitarist whose innovative performances, arrangements, and compositions have stretched the boundaries of classical music while bringing the genre to a wider audience.  King’s nuanced performance style and creative works have led him to perform throughout the United States and Europe in places like the Glasgow Royal Concert Hall and the island of Sorrento, Italy.  He is a prizewinner in numerous competitions including the James Stroud Guitar Competition and the New Orleans International Guitar Competition.

Along with being a performer, Mr. King is also an accomplished composer and arranger.  His musical influence comes from a wide variety of sources, and his arrangements reflect that variety: from the classical music of Tchaikovsky to the Samba-infused jazz of Chick Corea and the folk music of New Orleans.  His compositional style incorporates the structure of classical composition with the musical language of jazz.

Mr. King believes in the power of musical collaboration.  He founded the Okapi Duo with flutist Katie Kim, and together they’ve performed throughout the United States and Scotland and have received numerous awards including 1st place in the Governors’ Recital Prize for Chamber Music and 2nd place in the Southern Guitar Festival Ensemble Competition.  Mr. King also founded the guitar duo the Raging Ragazzos with Mohit Dubey.  They released their album “Saqiya” in 2019 which features unique arrangements by both duo members and a commissioned work by composer William Bolles-Beaven.

Brian is also a passionate advocate for community engagement through music.  Throughout 2019 and 2020 King’s Okapi Duo collaborated with Live Music Now Scotland to bring live music to unique places and underprivileged populations.  He has also worked on community-based projects with such organizations as Make Music NOLA, Family Promise of Lorain County, the DECODA Ensemble, and the Red Note Ensemble.

Last modified: February 9, 2024