Order of Worship for August 9, 2020

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Order of Worship

The Tenth Sunday After Pentecost

August 9, 2020

Welcome to new visitors and old friends; to believers, questioners, and questioning believers. Welcome to all people: any shape, size, color, culture, gender, age, ability, sexuality, and family type. We give thanks for the diversity of God’s family and our unity as God’s people. This is a safe place for celebration, healing, rejoicing and renewal. 


Gathering Song

“Reckless Love”

Prayer of the Day


Genesis 37: 1-4, 12-28

1 Kings 19: 9-18

Romans 10: 5-15

Matthew 14: 22-33


 “Response to Entitlement”

The Apostle’s Creed

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 to the dead.*

On the third day he rose again;

he ascended into heaven,

he 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 catholic church,

the communion of saints,

the forgiveness of sins,

the resurrection of the body,

and the life everlasting. Amen.

Prayers of Intercession

The Lord’s Prayer

Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name, your kingdom come,

your will be done, on earth as in heaven.

Give us today our daily bread.

Forgive us our sins as we forgive those who sin against us.

Save us from the time of trial and deliver us from evil.

For the kingdom, the power, and the glory are yours, now and forever. Amen.


Closing Song

“Because of Your Love”



Worship Leaders

Brooklyn and Riley Hanania – Musicians

Bryan Hanania – Scripture

Pastor Paul Campbell

Join Us for Worship on YouTube

During the COVID-19 public health emergency, Esperanza Lutheran Church has suspended in-person worship services. Join us every week on YouTube for worship at Esperanza Lutheran Church – Ahwatukee.

Holy Communion is celebrated as a community during our Zoom meetings every Sunday at 10 a.m. For security reasons, the Zoom invitation is sent in our weekly e-newsletter, Words of Hope. Anyone may sign up to receive the newsletter, which includes meditations and news about programs, services and members. Subscribe here.

When we are able to worship again, join us at our church at 2601 E. Thunderhill Place in the Ahwatukee section of Phoenix, Arizona.

Hope Leading to Patience

Pastor Paul Campbell

Well Esperanza, you are in for another transition.  Pastor Carol departed this week after a period of stellar service, including managing the transition into a virtual presence because of the horrible pandemic.  Her ministry enabled the congregation to continue vital services and she also significantly helped me prepare for this next phase of ministry.  Pastor Carol is joining her husband as co-pastors at New Spirit Lutheran Church in Tucson.

My tenure at Esperanza will include preparing you for a long-term pastor and the call committee is hard at work to find the perfect fit. While we journey together, we will continue to navigate our ministries through the pandemic.

The sermon on Sunday will focus on St. Paul’s letter to the Roman Church and his wise words about having hope and patience in troubling times. The timing for this scripture is perfect for us.  I look forward to integrating myself into the vital Esperanza ministry and learning more about you all.  Keep the faith and keep safe,

Pastor Paul


Your Giving Statement is On Its Way

Quarterly giving statements were mailed on Wednesday to all those supporting Esperanza financially this year. Review your pledge, and if you are behind please catch up if you are able. Giving is one way we can participate in the exciting work that’s going on at the church, despite the pandemic! Craig Peck’s letter says it well.

It is now possible to give to the church using a debit or credit card in addition to a bank account using a new secure donation platform called GivePlus. Visit any of the following options:

Web: https://www.myesperanza.org/giving

iPhone: https://apple.co/2ZUnATN

Google Play (Android): https://bit.ly/38FIwC9

If you already have electronic giving set up with Esperanza or have questions about the program please contact Michael Paradise by email at Michaelparadise.esperanza@gmail.com or by phone at 703-595-8885.

Let’s Ramp Up Mask Production!

Jayne Peterson tells us that masks are once again urgently needed by personnel who are taking care of COVID-19 patients. Earlier in the pandemic, a crew of Esperanza seamstresses started churning out masks made from medical fabric that has a high rating for blocking viruses. The masks were made from a pattern developed and tested at the University of Florida Department of Anesthesiology. They fit correctly for maximum effectiveness and are comfortable, so this is the best pattern to use when sewing with this precious fabric.

Find the pattern here: Mask Pattern – Banner University Medical Center

If you would like to join the team, please contact Liz Farquhar at liz.farquhar51@gmail.com. She can arrange to get you the fabric. If you have made cloth masks that you would like to donate, please contact Liz. She is collecting masks and delivering them to Jayne.

Supporting the Navajo Nation: Joy Amidst Sorrow

Jayne and Todd Peterson lead another successful trip the Navajo Nation on June 28 to deliver supplies and visit with a patient.

Supplies went to the Tuba City Medical Center Community Outreach program, which is under the direction of Dollie Smallcanyon, R.N. The group then visited a patient who was treated at Banner University Medical Center Phoenix. “She was fine one day, suddenly dizzy, then intubated on a ventilator for over 20 days,” Jayne said. “She is so thankful for the care she received from the ICU team and is happy to be back home and able to weave her wedding baskets again.”

“Thank you to Esperanza Lutheran Church for all of their donations,” Jayne added. “Dollie is also so thankful for those special masks to give to her community workers.” Doctors Kelvin Dan, Meena Sridhar, Naomi Newman and her friend Dustin helped to make this trip happen.

“What a joy amidst this sorrow!”

A Thank You from Pastor Carol as She Moves On

Dear Esperanza,

I have one more week with you, then a couple of weeks before I begin at New Spirit Lutheran Church in Tucson, where I’ll share a two-year interim position with my husband, Fred.

It has been such a very strange time, and I haven’t had a chance to get to know nearly as many of you as I had hoped. But I have felt very much a part of Esperanza, and I will miss you. Thank you for welcoming me warmly and for many supportive messages along the way.

I will be praying for you and for the Spirit to be at work as you call your new “regular” pastor. God has given you each other for support and some new faces to work alongside you in the next months. May patience and unity prevail at Esperanza, and may God show you clearly the way to move forward.

Many blessings!

Pastor Carol


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