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Augustana Lutheran Church of Hyde Park
and Lutheran Campus Ministry

September 6, 2020

First Sunday of Creation
Online Service
The Evangelical Lutheran Church of America (ELCA) will be spending the next five weeks celebrating the Season of Creation along with our full Communion* partners: the Episcopal Church, the Anglican Church of Canada, and the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada.  

* Full communion means that our congregations can share the sacraments and exchange clergy with one another.
Augustana is worshiping in-person every Sunday morning at 9:30. This will continue as long as Chicago remains in Phase Four of Illinois' reopening plan.

If you would prefer to worship online, you can find the link to our YouTube worship channel on our website. The video is available when in-person services begin, at 9:30am on Sunday mornings.
Gathering Hymn: Let the Whole Creation Cry (ELW #876)
The Prayer of the Day

Loving God, we thank you for the gift of life in all its diversity and beauty; renew us in discipleship and in love for the earth.  Amen.

Readings of the Day
A Reading from the Hebrew Bible: Ezekiel 33:7-11
God appointed Ezekiel as a sentinel for the house of Israel. Ezekiel must faithfully convey God’s warnings to the people. Remarkably, God—who is about to attack Jerusalem—gives a warning with the hope that repentance will make the attack unnecessary.

7So you, mortal, I have made a sentinel for the house of Israel; whenever you hear a word from my mouth, you shall give them warning from me. 8If I say to the wicked, “O wicked ones, you shall surely die,” and you do not speak to warn the wicked to turn from their ways, the wicked shall die in their iniquity, but their blood I will require at your hand. 9But if you warn the wicked to turn from their ways, and they do not turn from their ways, the wicked shall die in their iniquity, but you will have saved your life.

10Now you, mortal, say to the house of Israel, Thus you have said: “Our transgressions and our sins weigh upon us, and we waste away because of them; how then can we live?” 11Say to them, As I live, says the Lord God, I have no pleasure in the death of the wicked, but that the wicked turn from their ways and live; turn back, turn back from your evil ways; for why will you die, O house of Israel?
Psalm 8
  1. When I look at the Heavens, the moon and stars,
     I shout your name, I praise your name, O God.
    When I look at the oceans, the beasts of the fields,
    I shout your name, I praise your name.  (chorus)
Chorus: O Lord, my God you made humanity.
                A little less than your divinity.
                O Lord, our God, we marvel, you are great,
                You crown us with your glory and your love.
  1. When I look at the flowers, the rain and the streams,
    I shout your name, I praise your name, O God.
    When I look at the sunshine, I see your light,
    I shout your name, I praise your name.  (chorus)
  1. When I look at the fields, the birds and the trees,
    I shout your name, I praise your name, O God.
    When I look at the mountains, the sky and sea,
  2. I shout your name, I praise your name.  (chorus)
A Reading from Paul's Letter to the Romans: 13:8-14
The obligation of Christians is to love one another and so fulfill the heart and goal of the law. Clothes make the person as we “put on the Lord Jesus Christ” and live today in light of the future God has in store for us.

8Owe no one anything, except to love one another; for the one who loves another has fulfilled the law. 9The commandments, “You shall not commit adultery; You shall not murder; You shall not steal; You shall not covet”; and any other commandment, are summed up in this word, “Love your neighbor as yourself.” 10Love does no wrong to a neighbor; therefore, love is the fulfilling of the law.
11Besides this, you know what time it is, how it is now the moment for you to wake from sleep. For salvation is nearer to us now than when we became believers; 12the night is far gone, the day is near. Let us then lay aside the works of darkness and put on the armor of light; 13let us live honorably as in the day, not in reveling and drunkenness, not in debauchery and licentiousness, not in quarreling and jealousy. 14Instead, put on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make no provision for the flesh, to gratify its desires.
The Holy Gospel according to Matthew: 18:15-20
Jesus offers practical advice to his disciples on how individuals—and the church as a whole—should go about restoring relationships when one member has sinned against another.

[Jesus said to the disciples:] 15“If another member of the church sins against you, go and point out the fault when the two of you are alone. If the member listens to you, you have regained that one. 16But if you are not listened to, take one or two others along with you, so that every word may be confirmed by the evidence of two or three witnesses. 17If the member refuses to listen to them, tell it to the church; and if the offender refuses to listen even to the church, let such a one be to you as a Gentile and a tax collector. 18Truly I tell you, whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven. 19Again, truly I tell you, if two of you agree on earth about anything you ask, it will be done for you by my Father in heaven. 20For where two or three are gathered in my name, I am there among them.”
Hymn of the Day: God the Sculptor of the Mountains (ELW #736)
 1      God the sculptor of the mountains,
        God the miller of the sand,
        God the jeweler of the heavens,
        God the potter of the land:
        you are womb of all creation,
        we are formless; shape us now.
2      God the nuisance to the Pharaoh,
        God the cleaver of the sea,
        God the pillar in the darkness,
        God the beacon of the free:
        you are fount of all deliv'rance,
        we are sightless; lead us now.

3      God the dresser of the vineyard,
        God the planter of the wheat,
        God the reaper of the harvest,
        God the source of all we eat:
        you are host at ev'ry table,
        we are hungry; feed us now.
4      God the unexpected infant,
        God the calm, determined youth,
        God the table-turning prophet,
        God the resurrected truth:
        you are present ev'ry moment,
        we are searching; meet us now.
In Our Prayers

Friends and family of Tommy Spadda, uncle of Padraig McGuire, died
Friends and family of Larry Gaetan, friend of Padraig McGuire, died
Friends and family of Clark Nolan, friend of Polly Fehlman, died
Friends and family of Adita Torres, Bishop of Peru, died from COVID-19
Pastor Pedro Bullon, husband of Adita Torres, suffering from COVID-19

Carrie Estelle, cousin of Cassandra Guice, suffering from COVID-19
Rebecca, niece of Cassandra Guice, suffering from the after-effects of COVID-19
Kala, granddaughter of Cassandra Guice, recovering from a delivery with numerous complications.  Thanksgiving that great-granddaughter Emily is doing well
Nancy Dishno, recovering from one surgery and preparing for another

Caleb Tompsett, grandson of Bill and Chris, hospitalized with a chemotherapy related infection
David Mueller, friend of Judy Merritt-Morgan, diagnosed with bone cancer
Allison, friend of Richard Krull, diagnosed with ovarian cancer
Mark van Scharrel, husband of Pastor Julie Ryan, advanced cancer
Frank Showers, undergoing cell stem therapy for cancer
Anu, Smitha Gunthoti's cousin, late-stage cancer
Kathy, friend of Robin Mitchell, hospitalized due to mental illness

The homeless and those who are food insecure
Victims and survivors of domestic abuse
Those who struggle with substance abuse
Those who have in danger of fire or have lost their homes in California, especially Dorothy and Wilbur Hines, friends of Cassandra Guice

Health care providers in our congregation: Peter Pytel, Elaine Worcester, Steph Stuhlmuller, and Norma Rolfsen
Other health care workers and researchers beloved by members of our community: Jefree Schulte, Deb Burnet, Kimi, Jenny, Ashley, Thomas, and Kevin Rist.

Please do not hesitate to email the office with any prayer requests that you would like included next week.  Alternately, you can attend the Zoom prayer meeting at 2:00 on Saturday afternoon to lift up your prayers there.
Throughout the Season of Creation, we will be using the “Night Prayer” from the New Zealand Book of Common Prayer (1997) as the Lord’s Prayer during Communion.  It is a translation from English to Maori, and back from Maori into English.  The intention of this double translation is to view Jesus’ teachings through the lens of Maori culture rather than our usual Eurocentric view.
Please share the peace and make an offering

Did you know that sharing the peace is meant to reconcile us before we share the Holy Supper? We can't do that in person right now, but we can the rest of the week. Please take time soon to call or email someone. It helps build community and keeps us strong. 

At the end of worship, please remember to make an offering. The people we employ depend on your generosity during this difficult time. You can arrange an ongoing electronic offering through our website. Setting up a free PayPal account allows you to make an offering of any size with a debit or credit card; the email address you need is You can, of course, also send a check to Augustana, 5500 S. Woodlawn Ave., Chicago, IL, 60637.

St. Francis’ Day
Due to the coronavirus, we will not be able to bring pets into our sanctuary this year, but that shouldn’t prevent us from still celebrating them!  If you have a non-human that is close to your heart, whether it be a pet, a stuffed animal, a favorite animal at a zoo or farm, or the rabbit that has made himself at home in your back yard, please film yourself blessing that creature for our virtual service.  You can upload your video here  OR email it to the office

In addition to these videos, we’d also love to receive scanned photographs of your favorite non-humans that have passed on but continue to live in your heart.  A label at the bottom naming your beloved creature might be a nice addition.  Use the above links to upload or email your photo.
While we all miss the beautiful interior of our beloved church, we can still enjoy nature's extravagant beautification of the exterior.
The deadline for submitting videos to this part of the project is Monday, September 14. NON:op is offering a $5 honorarium for each video reading we include in the online installation (up to 5). Visit the Blood Lines – SAY THEIR NAMES project page on our website for detailed information on participating in Blood Lines - SAY THEIR NAMES.

For the SAY THEIR NAMES component of the project we are seeking volunteers to assist Ron Browne with the development of a database of black persons killed by law enforcement since 1919. If you would like to assist Ron, please visit the Blood Lines - SAY THEIR NAMES page and click on DOCUMENTS for more information.

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