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.
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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    “Sharing God’s love and His promise for tomorrow
    Engaging with God’s children to carry the light of
    Jesus Christ from the altar through the door.”
    Louis Sanders – Council President
    Bruce Soltis – Vice-President
    Dr. Eric Hahn – Secretary
    Anni Hahn – Treasurer
    PRESIDING AT WORSHIP: Pastor Lisa Gaye
    LECTOR: Amy Hilton
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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.
    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 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
    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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    Interim Clergy: Rev. Lisa Gaye Adult Bible Study: 9:00 A.M.
    Office: 504-362-1967 Worship: 10:00 A.M.
    First Sunday in Lent February 11, 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.
    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 324 “In the Cross of Christ I Glory”
    (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: Holy God, heavenly Father, in the waters of the flood you saved
    the chosen, and in the wilderness of temptation you protected
    your Son from sin. Renew us in the gift of baptism. May your holy
    angels be with us, that the wicked foe may have no power over
    us, through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord, who lives and
    reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.
    (You may be seated)
    First Reading: Genesis 9:8-17
    Today’s reading is the conclusion to the flood story. Because of human sin,
    God destroys the earth by flood, saving only Noah, his family, and the
    animals on the ark. Yet divine destruction gives way to divine commitment.
    As in the first creation, God blesses humanity and establishes a covenant
    with all creatures.
    8 Then God said to Noah and to his sons with him, 9 “As for me, I am
    establishing my covenant with you and your descendants after you, 10 and
    with every living creature that is with you, the birds, the domestic animals,
    and every animal of the earth with you, as many as came out of the ark. 11 I
    establish my covenant with you, that never again shall all flesh be cut off by
    the waters of a flood, and never again shall there be a flood to destroy the
    earth.” 12 God said, “This is the sign of the covenant that I make between
    me and you and every living creature that is with you, for all future
    generations: 13 I have set my bow in the clouds, and it shall be a sign of the
    covenant between me and the earth. 14 When I bring clouds over the earth
    and the bow is seen in the clouds, 15 I will remember my covenant that is
    between me and you and every living creature of all flesh; and the waters
    shall never again become a flood to destroy all flesh. 16 When the bow is in
    the clouds, I will see it and remember the everlasting covenant between God
    and every living creature of all flesh that is on the earth.” 17 God said to
    Noah, “This is the sign of the covenant that I have established between me
    and all flesh that is on the earth.”
    The Word of the Lord. Thanks be to God.
    Psalm: Psalm 25:1-10
    Your paths, O Lord, are steadfast love and faithfulness. (Ps. 25:10)
    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.
    10 All the paths of the LORD are steadfast love and faithfulness, for
    those who keep his covenant and his decrees.
    Second Reading: 1 Peter 3:18-22
    As God acted through Christ’s suffering and death to bring us to God, so God
    acts through baptism to save us from a sinful existence. This spiritual
    cleansing marks our new life in Christ.
    18 For Christ also suffered for sins once for all, the righteous for the
    unrighteous, in order to bring you to God. He was put to death in the flesh,
    but made alive in the spirit, 19 in which also he went and made a
    proclamation to the spirits in prison 20 who in former times did not obey,
    when God waited patiently in the days of Noah, during the building of the
    ark, in which a few, that is, eight persons, were saved through water. 21 And
    baptism, which this prefigured, now saves you–not as a removal of dirt from
    the body, but as an appeal to God for a good conscience, through the
    resurrection of Jesus Christ, 22 who has gone into heaven and is at the right
    hand of God, with angels, authorities, and powers made subject to him.
    The Word of the Lord. Thanks be to God.
    (Stand as you are able)
    Gospel: Mark 1:9-15
    The Holy Gospel according to Mark Glory to you, O Lord.
    The spirit that comes upon Jesus at his baptism sustains him when he is
    tested by Satan so that he might proclaim the good news of God’s reign.
    9 In those days Jesus came from Nazareth of Galilee and was baptized by
    John in the Jordan. 10 And just as he was coming up out of the water, he
    saw the heavens torn apart and the Spirit descending like a dove on him. 11 And a voice came from heaven, “You are my Son, the Beloved; with you I
    am well pleased.” 12 And the Spirit immediately drove him out into the
    wilderness. 13 He was in the wilderness forty days, tempted by Satan; and
    he was with the wild beasts; and the angels waited on him. 14 Now after
    John was arrested, Jesus came to Galilee, proclaiming the good news of God,
    15 and saying, “The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God has come near;
    repent, and believe in the good news.”
    The Gospel of the Lord. Praise to you, O Christ.
    (You may be seated)
    (Stand as you are able)
    HYMN OF THE DAY: #ELW 304 “Christ, When for Us You Were
    (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: Trusting in God’s promise to reconcile all things, let us pray for the
    church, the well-being of creation, and a world in need.
    (A brief silence)
    A: God our truth, the ark of your church has rooms for many expressions of
    faith. We give thanks for voices that challenge and awaken your people.
    Hear us, O God.
    C: Your mercy is great.
    A: God our maker, you remember your covenant with the earth and its
    inhabitants. Rescue communities and creatures hurting from natural
    disasters. Preserve species and habitats endangered by human
    carelessness and disregard. Hear us, O God.
    C: Your mercy is great.
    A: God our light, you know our weakness. Free all who govern from the
    temptations of power. Sustain all who work for human rights in every
    nation. Hear us, O God.
    C: Your mercy is great.
    A: God our help, you care for your beloved children. Comfort all who are
    grieving, ill, afraid, in pain, or in despair. Feed hungry people living in
    food deserts. Protect any at risk from exploitation and abuse. Hear us, O
    C: Your mercy is great.
    A: God our home, you gather your people. Grant us health and safety as we
    assemble. Keep us mindful of any who are homebound, hospitalized,
    convalescing, or traveling (especially…). Hear us, O God.
    C: receive our prayer.
    (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: God our hope, you promise eternal life to your beloved children. We
    remember with gratitude those who have lived and died in faith. Grant
    that we may also dwell with you in everlasting peace. Hear us, O God.
    C: Your mercy is great.
    P: Accompany us on our journey, God of grace, and receive the prayers of
    our hearts, 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,
    and now You bid Your people cleanse their hearts and prepare with joy for
    the paschal feast. Renew our zeal in faith and life, and bring us to the
    fullness of grace that belongs to the children of God..
    Therefore with angels and archangels and with all the company of heaven,
    we laud and magnify Your glorious name, evermore praising You and
    (printed on the following page)
    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
    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 325 “I Want Jesus to Walk with Me”
    (printed in the back of the worship bulletin)
    A: Let us pray.
    Generous God, at this table we have tasted your immeasurable grace,
    now make us one loaf to feed the world: in the name of Jesus, the Bread
    of life.
    C: Amen.
    P: Beloved, we are God’s own people, holy, washed, renewed. God bless
    you and keep you, shower you with mercy, fill you with courage, and (+)
    give you peace.
    C: Amen.
    SENDING HYMN: #ELW 504 “A Mighty Fortress Is Our God”
    (printed in the back of the worship bulletin)
    P: Go in peace. Share your bread.
    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: Second Sunday in Lent
    Genesis 17:1-7, 15-16;
    Psalm 22:23-31;
    Romans 4:13-25;
    Mark 8:31-38

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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.
Wednesday, 21 February 2024 – Church Council Meeting, 6 PM
Sunday, 25 February 2024 – Guest Musicians Jazz Trio
Sunday, 25 February 2024 – Special Congregational Meeting for Annual
Budget 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. Collection basket is in the Narthex.

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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
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