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					Holy Communion
    Fifth Sunday of Easter

        Rite of Ordination

St. Matthew Lutheran Church, Sandy Hill

             May 22, 2011


      The Holy Spirit calls us together as the people of God.

Ringing of bell to announce beginning of worship.

(The Congregation will please stand.)

P:    Please join in singing the Processional Hymn.

                  Confession and Forgiveness

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:   If we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the
     truth is not in us. But if we confess our sins, God who is
     faithful and just will forgive our sins and cleanse us from
     all unrighteousness.

(Silence for reflection and self-examination.)

P:   Most merciful God,

C: we confess that we are in bondage 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. To those who believe in Jesus Christ He gives the
     power to become the children of God and bestows on
     them + the Holy Spirit.

C: Amen.


P:   Alleluia! Christ is risen!

C: Christ is risen indeed! Alleluia!

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.


Hymn of Praise

                        Prayer of the Day

P:   Please join me in praying the prayer of the day:

C: Almighty and merciful God, You built Your Church on
the foundation of the apostles and the prophets, and You
instituted the office of the holy ministry so that the
apostolic and prophetic Word might be heard throughout
the ages. Grant that Lisa, today ordained, may exercise
her ministry faithfully in the power of Your Spirit;
through Your Son, Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen

P:   The congregation may be seated.

      Reception of New Members and Associate Members

P:   I now invite the new and associate members to come

P:   These persons have come to us from other Lutheran
     congregations and from other religious traditions and
     either desire to transfer their membership into our
     community of faith or associate with us in a formal
     capacity. Florine and Larry Allen, Anna Bosse, Bill and
     Lisa Burroughs, Ben Burroughs, Orion Burroughs, Paula
     Golden, Florence and Harry Kubeczka, Cendy
     Malinowski, Luther Poehlmann, Luke Poehlmann, John
     Poehlmann, and Deanna Scheffer.

Stanley Sommer, Congregational President:
     We welcome you as members of St. Matthew Lutheran
     Church to join with us in worshiping God, hearing His
     Word, and sharing His supper, proclaiming the good
     news of God in Christ through word and deed, serving all
     people, and striving for justice and peace in all the earth.
P:   We thank you, Lord, for these new and associate
     members of our congregation. By Your life-giving power,
     bind us together in You, strengthen us for service,
     support us all our days, and bring us at last to that day
     when all Your children will be one and You will be All-in-

P:   Welcome to St. Matthew. We look forward to being in
     community with you. You may return to your pews.

           Reception of Confirmand and Graduates

P:   I now invite Justin Dana, our confirmand, and Joshua
     Busby, Emily Dana and John Poehlmann, who are
     graduating from Brenham High School and Maria
     Sommer, who recently graduated from Texas A&M
     University, to come forward to be recognized.

P:   Justin, in three weeks, we will celebrate your
     Confirmation into the family of Christ here at St.
     Matthew. We covenant with you today, to hold you in
     prayer as you make final preparation for your
     confirmation. May God bless you as you make this final

     Joshua, Emily and John, as you anticipate graduating
     from Brenham High School, we covenant with you today
     to hold you in prayer as you embark on a new season in
     your life. May God bless you as you complete your public
     school journey and keep you as you continue walking in
     His way.

     Maria, as you graduated from Texas A&M University last
     weekend, know that your St. Matthew’s family covenants
     with you to continue to hold you prayer as you embark
     on a new season in your life. May God bless you and
     keep you as you continue walking in His way.

Edna Schroeder, President, Women of St. Matthew

     On behalf of the Women of St. Matthew, I present you
     with this gift. Congratulations on your accomplishments
     and may God’s blessings be and abide with you always.

C: Amen.


  God speaks to us in Scripture reading, preaching, and song

First Reading                                     Acts 7:55-60
                                               Orion Burroughs

The First Reading for this day is from the Book of Acts.

55 But Stephen, full of the Holy Spirit, looked up to heaven
and saw the glory of God, and Jesus standing at the right
hand of God. 56 "Look," he said, "I see heaven open and the
Son of Man standing at the right hand of God." 57 At this
they covered their ears and, yelling at the top of their voices,
they all rushed at him, 58 dragged him out of the city and
began to stone him. Meanwhile, the witnesses laid their
clothes at the feet of a young man named Saul. 59 While they
were stoning him, Stephen prayed, "Lord Jesus, receive my
spirit." 60 Then he fell on his knees and cried out, "Lord, do
not hold this sin against them." When he had said this, he fell
asleep. (NIV)

The Word of the Lord.

C: Thanks be to God

Psalm                                     Psalm 31:1-5, 15-16
                                                   Collin Tate

The Psalm for today is taken from Psalm 31, various verses.
We will read the Psalm responsively.

1 In You, O LORD, I have taken refuge; let me never be put to
shame; deliver me in Your righteousness.

C: 2 Turn Your ear to me, come quickly to my rescue; be
my rock of refuge, a strong fortress to save me.

3 Since You are my rock and my fortress, for the sake of Your
name lead and guide me.

C: 4 Free me from the trap that is set for me, for You are
my refuge.

5 Into Your hands I commit my spirit; redeem me, O LORD,
the God of truth.

C: 15 My times are in Your hands; deliver me from my
enemies and from those who pursue me.

16 Let Your face shine on Your servant; save me in your
unfailing love. (NIV)

Here ends the reading of the Psalm.

Second Reading                                 1 Peter 2:2-10
                                               Ben Burroughs

The Second Reading for this day is from First Peter.

2 Like newborn babies, crave pure spiritual milk, so that by it
you may grow up in your salvation, 3 now that you have
tasted that the Lord is good. 4 As you come to Him, the living
Stone--rejected by men but chosen by God and precious to
Him-- 5 you also, like living stones, are being built into a
spiritual house to be a holy priesthood, offering spiritual
sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ. 6 For in
Scripture it says: "See, I lay a stone in Zion, a chosen and
precious cornerstone, and the one who trusts in Him will
never be put to shame." 7 Now to you who believe, this stone
is precious. But to those who do not believe, "The stone the
builders rejected has become the capstone, " 8 and, "A stone
that causes men to stumble and a rock that makes them fall."
They stumble because they disobey the message--which is
also what they were destined for. 9 But you are a chosen
people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people belonging
to God, that you may declare the praises of Him who called
you out of darkness into His wonderful light. 10 Once you
were not a people, but now you are the people of God; once
you had not received mercy, but now you have received
mercy. (NIV)

The Word of the Lord.

C: Thanks be to God

Please stand for the reading of the Gospel.


HOLY GOSPEL                                    John 14:1-14
                                     Chaplain Lisa Burroughs
The Holy Gospel for today is from the14th chapter of John.
C: Glory to You O Lord.
1 "Do not let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God; trust also
in Me. 2 In My Father's house are many rooms; if it were not
so, I would have told you. I am going there to prepare a place
for you. 3 And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come
back and take you to be with Me that you also may be where I
am. 4 You know the way to the place where I am going." 5
Thomas said to him, "Lord, we don't know where You are
going, so how can we know the way?" 6 Jesus answered, "I
am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the
Father except through Me. 7 If you really knew Me, you would
know My Father as well. From now on, you do know Him and
have seen Him." 8 Philip said, "Lord, show us the Father and
that will be enough for us." 9 Jesus answered: "Don't you
know Me, Philip, even after I have been among you such a
long time? Anyone who has seen Me has seen the Father.
How can you say, 'Show us the Father'? 10 Don't you believe
that I am in the Father, and that the Father is in Me? The
words I say to you are not just My own. Rather, it is the
Father, living in Me, who is doing His work. 11 Believe Me
when I say that I am in the Father and the Father is in Me; or
at least believe on the evidence of the miracles themselves. 12
I tell you the truth, anyone who has faith in Me will do what I
have been doing. He will do even greater things than these,
because I am going to the Father. 13 And I will do whatever
you ask in My name, so that the Son may bring glory to the
Father. 14 You may ask Me for anything in My name, and I
will do it.
The Gospel of the Lord.
C: Praise to You, O Christ.

(The Congregation may be seated.)

Sermon                                          Chaplain Lisa Burroughs

Silence for reflection

(The Congregation will please stand)

                                       Nicene Creed

P:    Let us confess our faith.

C: We believe in one God, the Father, the Almighty,
   maker of heaven and earth, of all that is, seen and

      We believe in one Lord, Jesus Christ, the only Son of
      God, eternally begotten of the Father, God from God,
      Light from Light, true God from true God, begotten,
      not made, of one Being with the Father; through Him
      all things were made. For us and for our salvation He
      came from heaven, was incarnate of the Holy Spirit
      and the virgin Mary and became truly human. For our
      sake He was crucified under Pontius Pilate; He
      suffered death and was buried. On the third day He
      rose again in accordance with the Scriptures; He
      ascended into heaven and is seated on the right hand
      of the Father. He will come again in glory to judge
      the living and the dead, and His kingdom will have no

      We believe in the Holy Spirit, the Lord, the giver of
      life, who proceeds from the Father and the Son, who
      with the Father and the Son is worshiped and
      glorified, who has spoken through the prophets. We
      believe in one holy catholic and apostolic Church. We
      acknowledge one Baptism for the forgiveness of sins.
      We look for the resurrection of the dead, and the life
      of the world to come.


Hymn of the Day                                 Here I am, Lord

Verse 1

I, the Lord of sea and sky, I have heard My people cry.
All who dwell in dark and sin My hand will save.
I who made the stars and night, I will make the darkness
Who will bear My light to them? Whom shall I send?


Here I am Lord
Is it I Lord?
I have heard You calling in the night
I will go Lord
If You lead me
I will hold Your people in my heart.

Verse 2

I the Lord of snow and rain, I have borne My people's pain.
I have wept for love of them. They turn away.
I will break their hearts of stone, fill their hearts with love
I will speak My word to them. Whom shall I send?


Verse 3

I the Lord of wind and flame, I will tend the poor and lame.
I will set a feast for them. My hand will save.
Finest bread I will provide till their hearts be satisfied.
I will give my life to them. Whom shall I send?


(The Congregation will remain standing.)

                        THE RITE OF ORDINATION

Within the people of God and for the sake of the Gospel
ministry entrusted to all believers, God has instituted the Office
of Ministry of Word and Sacrament. In the Rite of Ordination,
Christ Jesus our Lord, through the Lutheran Congregations in
Mission for Christ, through St. Matthew Lutheran Church,
entrusts this office to Lisa Kay Wagener Burroughs who has
accepted the Church's call and sends her into His ordained
ministry. Her ordination is by congregation, which most
closely follows Martin Luther’s Confession.

P:   I invite the Church Council and my family to join me at
     the altar as we celebrate the Rite of Ordination. I ask
     you, the Congregation, to remain standing and to follow
     along in your bulletin, responding at the indicated times.
Stanley Sommer, President of Congregation: (Stanley will lead
the Congregation in the following)
C: We present for ordination to the ministry of Word and
Sacrament Lisa Kay Wagener Burroughs, who has been
prepared, examined, and approved for this Ministry of
Word and Sacrament and who has been called by the
Church to this ministry through the Lutheran
Congregations in Mission for Christ, St. Matthew
Lutheran Church.
C: Thanks be to God.
Debbie Brown, Secretary
Let us pray: Almighty and merciful God, You built Your
church on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, and
You instituted the Office of the Ministry of Word and
Sacrament so that the apostolic and prophetic work might
continue throughout the ages. Grant that Lisa Kay Wagener
Burroughs, now to be ordained, may carry out this ministry
faithfully in the power of Your Spirit; through Your Son,
Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord.

C: Amen.

(The Congregation may be seated.)

                    Address and Questions

Clint Boriack, Treasurer

All baptized Christians are called to share in Christ's ministry
of love and service in the world, to the glory of God and for
the sake of the human family and the whole creation.
According to apostolic usage, Lisa, you are now to be
entrusted with the Office of Word and Sacrament in the one
holy catholic church by prayer and by the laying on of hands.

Kathy Lehmann, Financial Secretary

A reading from John: Jesus said to His disciples, "Peace be
with you. As the Father has sent Me, so I send you. Receive
the Holy Spirit. If you forgive the sins of any, they are forgiven
them; if you retain the sins of any, they are retained." (John

Rachel Niebuhr, Education

A reading from Matthew: Jesus said to His disciples, "All
authority in heaven and on earth has been given to Me. Go
therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in
the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit,
and teaching them to obey everything that I have commanded
you. And remember, I am with you always, to the end of the
age." (Matthew 28:18-20)

Mark Niebuhr, Property

A reading from First Corinthians: I received from the Lord
what I also handed on to you, that the Lord Jesus on the
night when He was betrayed took bread, and when He had
given thanks, He broke it and said, "This is My body that is
given for you. Do this in remembrance of Me." In the same
way He took the cup also, after supper, saying, "This cup is
the new covenant in My blood. Do this, as often as you drink
it, in remembrance of Me." For as often as you eat this bread
and drink the cup, you proclaim the Lord's death until He
comes. (1 Corinthians 11:23-26)

Stanley Sommer, President of Congregation

Before Almighty God, to whom you must give account, and in
the presence of this assembly, I ask:

Lisa, will you assume this office, believing that the Church's
call is God's call to the Ministry of Word and Sacrament?

Chaplain Burroughs responds,

    I will, and I ask God to help and guide me.

Clint Boriack, Treasurer

St. Matthew Lutheran Church, Lutheran Congregations in
Mission for Christ, in which you are to be ordained, confesses
that the Holy Scriptures are the Word of God and are the
norm of its faith and life.

We accept, teach, and confess the Apostles', the Nicene, and
the Athanasian Creeds. We also acknowledge the Lutheran
Confessions as true witnesses and faithful expositions of the
Holy Scriptures. Will you therefore preach and teach in
accordance with the Holy Scriptures and these Creeds and

Chaplain Burroughs responds,

    I will, and I ask God to help and guide me.

Clint Boriack, Treasurer

Lisa, will you be diligent in your study of the Holy Scriptures
and faithful in your use of the Means of Grace? Will you pray
for God's people, nourish them with the Word and
Sacraments, and lead them by your own example in faithful
service and holy living?

Chaplain Burroughs responds,

    I will, and I ask God to help and guide me.

Clint Boriack, Treasurer:

Will you give faithful witness in the world, that God's love
may be known in all that you do?

Chaplain Burroughs responds,

     I will, and I ask God to help and guide me.

Michelle Lampe, Worship

Let us pray: Lisa, may Almighty God, who has given you the
will to do these things, graciously give you the strength and
compassion to perform them.

C: Amen.

                        Prayers of Intercession

(The Congregation will please stand).

Edna Schroeder, Sandy Wodrich, and Winnie Boriack,
Members of St. Matthew, will please come forward.

ES: With the whole people of God in Christ Jesus, let us pray
    for the church, those in need, and all of God's creation.

ES: For the holy catholic church, that, filled with Your love, it
    may hunger for truth and thirst after righteousness: God
    of mercy,

C: hear our prayer.

ES: For all members of the church, that they may serve You
    in true and godly lives. God of mercy,

C: hear our prayer.

SW: For Lisa Kay Wagener Burroughs, called to be a pastor in
    the church, that, sustained by Your Holy Spirit, she may
    carry out this ministry with joy and a spirit of bold trust,
    serve Your people, build up Your church, and glorify Your
    name. God of mercy,
C: hear our prayer.

SW: For all pastors; and those in ministry, that, together with
    all those responsible for the care and nurture of Your
    people, they may support one another in serving Christ.
    God of mercy,

C: hear our prayer.

SW: For the peace of the church, so that, united in Christ, we
    may serve the world and bear witness to the good news.
    God of mercy,
C: hear our prayer.
WB: For the whole creation, that everything You have made
   may fulfill Your purpose and that we may exercise care
   for Your diverse gifts. For those who joined us in
   fellowship: Florine and Larry, Anna, Bill, Lisa, Ben,
   Orion, Paula, Florence and Harry, Cendy, Luther, Luke,
   John, and Deanna, that they may grow in their
   knowledge of You and Your love. God of mercy,
C: hear our prayer.
WB: For the poor, the persecuted, the sick, the lonely, the
   forgotten, and all who suffer; for refugees, prisoners, and
   all who are in danger; that they may be relieved and
   protected. God of mercy,
C: hear our prayer.
WB: For the glorious company of all the saints, especially
   Frances, Mildred, and Freddie, and those that we now
   remember before You, that they may feel Your healing
   hand upon them. For those who have died in faith,
   especially Lily and Sister Alice, and for all of us gathered
   here, who live in certain hope, we praise You, that our
   witness may give us courage until the day of Jesus
   Christ. God of mercy,
C: hear our prayer.

SW: For the one here ordained, Lisa, for her husband, Bill,
    and her family, Paula, Ben and Orion, that through Your
    Son Jesus Christ, You may strengthen their family. Give
    this family the strength to attend to the needs of those to
    whom You have called Lisa to serve. Bless their witness
    with the many gifts You gave to the apostles, through
    Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord. God of mercy,

C: hear our prayer.

ES: Into Your hands, gracious God, we commend all for
    whom we pray, trusting in Your mercy; through Jesus
    Christ, our Savior.

C: Amen.

Stanley Sommer, Congregational President

Lisa, I now ask you to kneel.

The Lord be with you.

C: And also with you.

Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.

C: It is right to give our thanks and praise.

Holy God, holy and mighty, holy and immortal, we bless You
for Your infinite love in Christ our Lord, in whom we have
redemption and forgiveness of sins according to the riches of
His grace. We thank You that by His death Your Son
overcame death, and that, raised by Your mighty power, He
gives us new life. We praise You that, having ascended into
heaven, Christ pours out His gifts abundantly on the church,
making some apostles, some prophets, some pastors and
teachers, to equip Your people for their work of ministry for
building up the body of Christ.

    At this time, I invite the congregation to join in the placing
of hands on Lisa. We will accomplish this in the following
manner: please place your right hand on the person in front
of you, so that together, we may lay hands on Lisa as a
community of faith.

Clint Boriack, Treasurer

Let us pray: Eternal God, through Your Son, Jesus Christ,
pour out Your Holy Spirit upon Lisa Kay Wagener Burroughs
and fill her with the gifts of grace for the Ministry of Word and
Sacrament. Bless her proclamation of Your word and
administration of Your sacraments, so that Your church may
be gathered for praise and strengthened for service. Make
her a faithful pastor, patient teacher, and wise counselor.
Grant that in all things she may serve without reproach, that
Your people may be renewed and Your name be glorified in
the church; through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord, who
lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now
and forever.

C: Amen.

(The Congregation may be seated.)

                           Giving of the Stole

Bill, together with Ben and Orion, places the red stole over
Lisa’s shoulders while Paula says:

Lisa Kay Wagener Burroughs, receive this stole as a sign of
your work, and live in obedience to the Lord Jesus, serving
His people and remembering His promise: Christ says, "Come
to Me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you
rest. Take My yoke upon you, and learn from Me; for I am
gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your
souls. For My yoke is easy, and My burden is light." (Matthew

Lisa, remain kneeling and receive the Charge of Ordination.


Justin Dana:

Lisa Kay Wagener Burroughs, hear the words of the apostles:
Pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, endurance,
gentleness. Fight the good fight of the faith; take hold of the
eternal life to which you were called. (1 Timothy 6:11-12)

Mattie Niebuhr:

And again: Take heed to yourselves and to all the flock, in
which the Holy Spirit has made you guardians, to feed the
church of God that He obtained with the blood of His own
Son. (Acts 20:28)

Megan Lampe:

And again: Tend the flock of God that is in your charge, not
under compulsion but willingly, not for sordid gain but
eagerly. Do not lord it over those in your charge, but be
examples to the flock. And when the Chief Shepherd appears,
you will win the crown of glory that never fades away. (1 Peter

Justin Dana:

And again: Think of us in this way, as servants of Christ and
stewards of God's mysteries. Moreover, it is required of
stewards that they be found trustworthy. (1 Cor. 4:1-2)

Clint Boriack, Treasurer

Lisa Kay Wagener Burroughs, care for God's people, bear their
burdens, and do not betray their confidence. So discipline
your life and teaching that you preserve the truth, giving no
occasion for false security or illusory hope. Witness faithfully
in word and deed to all people. Give and receive comfort as
you serve within the church. And be of good courage, for God
has called you, and your labor in the Lord is not in vain.

C: Amen.

Stanley Sommer, Congregational President

The God of peace, who brought again from the dead our Lord
Jesus, the great shepherd of the sheep, by the blood of the
eternal covenant, make you complete in everything good so
that you may do God's will, working in you that which is
pleasing in God's sight; through Jesus Christ, to whom be the
glory forever and ever.

C: Amen.
                   Acclamation by the Congregation

(Lisa will stand and face the congregation).

Clint Boriack, Treasurer

To you, members and guests of St. Matthew Lutheran
Church, will you, assembled as the people of God and
speaking for the whole church, receive Lisa Kay Wagener
Burroughs as a messenger of Jesus Christ, sent by God to
serve all people with the Gospel of hope and salvation?

Will you regard her as a servant of Christ?

C: We will, and we ask God to help and guide us.

Will you pray for her, help and honor her for her work's sake,
and in all things strive to live together in the peace and unity
of Christ?

C: We will, and we ask God to help and guide us.

Stanley Sommer, Congregational President

Let it be acclaimed that Pastor Lisa Kay Wagener Burroughs is
a called and ordained minister in the church of Christ. She
has Christ's authority to preach the Word of God and
administer the Sacraments, serving God's people as together
we bear God's creative and redeeming love to all the world.

C: Amen. Thanks be to God.

Pastor Lisa Burroughs:

The Peace of the Lord be with you all.

C: And also with you.

P:   Let us share God’s peace with one another.

(The ordination participants may return to their pews while offering God’s peace.
The Congregation may be seated following the sharing the Peace.)


P:   We will now receive our offering.

During the offering, the choir will offer a special selection for
Pastor Burroughs’ ordination, “Soli Deo Gloria”.

                              Offering Prayer

(The Congregation will please stand.)

P:   Blessed are you, O God, ruler of heaven and earth,

C: Day by day You shower us with blessings. As You have
   raised us to new life in Christ, give us glad and
   generous hearts, ready to praise You and to respond
   to those in need, through Jesus Christ, our Savior
   and Lord. Amen.

                            Great Thanksgiving

Preface                                          Chaplain Burroughs

     It is indeed right, our duty and our joy, that we should in
all times and in all places…
     …we praise your name and join their unending hymn:

Holy, holy, holy

                      Words of Institution

In the night in which He was betrayed, our Lord Jesus took
bread, and gave thanks; broke it, and gave it to His disciples,
saying: Take and eat; this is My body, given for you. Do this
for the remembrance of me. Again, after supper, He took the
cup, gave thanks, and gave it for all to drink, saying: This cup
is the new covenant in My blood, shed for you and for all
people for the forgiveness of sin. Do this for the remembrance
of Me.

P:   Let us join in praying the prayer our Lord taught us.

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.

                        Invitation to the Table

Here at St. Matthew, we celebrate open communion. To all
who believe in the real presence of Jesus Christ, His body and
blood, in the bread and wine, you are welcome to commune
with us, for all are welcome at the Table of our Lord Jesus. If
you do not wish to receive Communion, you are invited to
come forward to receive a blessing. Come for all is ready.

                               Agnus Dei

                            “Lamb of God”

(The Congregation may be seated.)


P:   This morning we will celebrate continuous Communion.
     As the usher directs, please proceed to the front of the
     altar, where you will receive the bread and wine.
     However, if you desire to receive a blessing instead,
     please keep your hands lowered, folded in front of you.

You are encouraged to join in singing the Communion Hymns.

(The Congregation will please stand.)

                        Prayer after Communion

P:   Mighty and Compassionate God, You have brought us
     over from death to life through Your Son, our risen
     Savior, and You have fed us with spiritual food in the
     sacrament of His body and blood. Send us now into the
     world in peace, and grant us strength and courage to love
     and serve You with gladness and singleness of heart;
     through Jesus Christ our Lord.

C: Amen.

(The Congregation may be seated.)


Stanley Sommer, Congregational President

    At this time, I ask that Rev. Don Breland, Director,
Spiritual Care Department, St. Joseph Regional Health
Center, Bryan, Texas, come forward and join Pastor Lisa and
me at the altar.

    Rev. Breland, we, at St. Matthew Lutheran Church, are
deploying Pastor Lisa Kay Wagener Burroughs to St. Joseph
Regional Health Center, to serve as an ordained chaplain in
the Spiritual Care Department. Will you receive her into your
department, nurture her in her chaplaincy, guide her in her
ministry, pray for her and the patients, families, and staff to
whom she ministers, and work with her in spreading the
Good News of Jesus Christ?

Rev. Breland: Yes, on behalf of St. Joseph Regional Health
Center, Spiritual Care Department, I receive the deployment
of Pastor Lisa Kay Wagener Burroughs as an ordained
chaplain. I will nurture, guide, pray and work with her, so
help me God.

Remarks by Rev. Don Breland, Director, Spiritual Care
Department, St. Joseph Regional Health Center, Bryan, TX.



(The Congregation will please stand.)

P:   May the Lord bless you and keep you. May the Lord
     make His face to shine upon you and be gracious to you.
     May the Lord look upon you with favor and give you + His

C: Amen.

P:   Please join in singing the Closing Hymn

Closing Hymn                                   “Holy Holy Holy”



P:   Go in peace. Share the good news. Alleluia.

C: Thanks be to God. Alleluia.

P:   You may be seated.

Stanley Sommer, Congregational President:


Ringing of the Bell

Pastor Lisa Burroughs and her entire family sincerely
appreciate your attendance here today and joining in this very
special celebration!

Pastor Burroughs wishes to thank those who worked to ensure
this is a special day and a special celebration. Special thanks
to Clint Boriack, Ann Sommer, and Stanley Sommer for their
labors. Thanks also to Edna Schroeder, Sandra Wodrich,
Winnie Boriack, Michelle and Megan Lampe, Mark, Rachel, and
Mattie Niebuhr, Justin Dana, Kathy Lehmann, Debbie Brown,
and you, the Congregation! For those of you who traveled
many miles to be here with me today, thank you!

St. Matthew’s welcomes each of you visiting with us and
extends the love of Jesus Christ to you. We invite you to
worship with us again!

The ceramic chalice and paten are gifts to St. Matthew
Lutheran Church from Ben and Orion Burroughs, in honor of
their mother’s ordination. Praise be to God!

The processional cross was created and made by Bill
Burroughs and is presented to St. Matthew Lutheran Church
by Bill in honor of Lisa’s ordination. Thanks be to God!

                      Organist – Ann Sommer
               Communion Assistant – Mark Niebuhr
           Ushers – Jimmy Studhalter & Gary Randermann
    Altar flowers – Mark, Shannon, Addie and Tanner Schwartz
     Fill communion cups – Debbie Brown & Sharon Eccleston
 Clean communion ware – Annie Mae Studhalter & Gerdine Blome

                   Church Contact Information

                   St. Matthew Lutheran Church
              Visitation Pastor – Pastor Virgil Pecht
                       Cell phone: 421-2970
                      Home phone: 421-9707
                  St. Matthew Office: 836-8894
             Church Website:
           Church Email:

                      Schedule for this week

                             May 22-29

Today             9:15 a.m. Choir practice
                  10:00 a.m. Worship
                  12 noon Lunch

Next Sunday       8:00 a.m. Choir practice
                  8:30 a.m. Worship
                  9:30 a.m. Sunday School
                  Flowers – Anita Oberhoff
                  Reader – Michelle Lampe

                        Dates to Remember

May 24        8:30 a.m. Quilting
May 30        Memorial Day
June 12       Day of Pentecost/Confirmation Sunday

                       50 Days of Rejoicing!

The Easter season began Sunday, April 24th, and ends on the Day
of Pentecost, June 12th – 50 days of rejoicing in our risen Lord Jesus

                 Bulletin & Calendar Information

Ann Sommer is preparing the weekly bulletins and monthly
calendar. If you have anything that should be included, please
contact her either by email: or by
phone: 836-8116. Bulletin information is due by Tuesday noon.
The monthly calendar information is due on the 10th of the previous

                 Dana June 12th Lunch Invitation

Emily Dana and Justin Dana cordially invite the members of St.
Matthew to their Graduation and Confirmation celebration dinner on
June 12th after the Sunday morning service. Please RSVP to
Frances Dana by June 5th if you plan to attend. Hope you can join

                          Call Committee

Call Committee members are Brian Scheffer, (Chairperson),
Frances Dana (Secretary), Sandra Duch, Zeb Heckmann, Vicky
Muegge, Edna Schroeder, Ann Sommer and Dayton Wodrich. The
committee has begun to conduct phone interviews of several

                     Thrivent Choice Dollars

Thank you to Thrivent Financial for Lutherans for the $1,625.00 that
St. Matthew Lutheran Church received from the Choice Dollar
Program in March and April. We sincerely thank our Thrivent
eligible members who made this donation possible by taking the
time and effort to claim their Choice Dollars and designate them for
our congregation.

                      Keep in your Prayers


Freddie Moehlmann       Mildred Moehlmann        Frances Scheffer

             Members in Nursing Homes or shut in

Mary Helen Cade           Bob Eccleston    Theckla Hofschnieder
    Margaret Heideman     Delphine Randermann (former member)

                     In our Extended Family

Robert Terrian – Son-in-law of Ed & Sylvia Dannhaus
Lauren Davis – Friend of many
Virginia Neinast – Friend of Barbara Kramer & Dorothy Schulte
Louese Teer – Aunt of Trochelle Ray
Cindy Howard – Co-worker of Frances Dana
Sheri Nolen – Co-worker of Frances Dana
Malet Weatherby – Friend of Scheffer & Mahlmann families
Evelyn Wodrich –Granddaughter of Dayton & Sandra Wodrich
Danny Niemeyer – Brother of Corene Niemeyer
Levi Luvaas – Father of Marlene Randermann
Billie Coleson – Friend of Mary Helen Cade
Lois Holle – Friend of many
Mitz Lemen – Sister of Dayton Wodrich
Arthur Green – Grandfather of Trochelle Ray’s children
Gary Atkins – Friend of the Dana family
Kerry Kalmaback – Friend of Ray Family
Rita Anderson – Cousin of Dayton & Sandra Wodrich
Otto Kemper – Friend of Billy & Frances Scheffer

        Christian Sympathy to the Family and Friends of

Lily Vines - Aunt of Barbara Kramer & Dorothy Schulte
Sister Alice A. Warrick – Lisa Burroughs’ friend and VP-Mission
     Integration, St. Joseph Regional Health Center, Bryan, TX


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