Installation Service for Eric Trozzo

Tuesday, September 21, 2021

Faith Steinfort, AM; Rev. Giselle Coutinho, preacher; Rev. Tracie Bartholomew, installation; Rev. Eric Trozzo, presiding



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


Please stand, if able 

In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. 

Joined to Christ in the waters of baptism, 
we are clothed with God’s mercy and forgiveness. 
Let us give thanks for the gift of baptism. 

We give you thanks, O God, 
for in the beginning your Spirit moved over the waters 
and by your Word you created the world, 
calling forth life in which you took delight. 
Through the waters of the flood you delivered Noah and his family. 
Through the sea you led your people Israel from slavery into freedom. 
At the river your Son was baptized by John and anointed with the Holy Spirit. 
By water and your Word you claim us as daughters and sons, 
making us heirs of your promise and servants of all. 
We praise you for the gift of water that sustains life, 
and above all we praise you for the gift of new life in Jesus Christ. 
Shower us with your Spirit, 
and renew our lives with your forgiveness, grace, and love. 
To you be given honor and praise 
through Jesus Christ our Lord 
in the unity of the Holy Spirit, now and forever. 

Please stand, if able 

The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, the love of God, and the communion of the Holy Spirit be with you all. 
And also with you. 

HYMN OF PRAISE: Glory to God

The Lord be with you. 
And also with you. 

Let us pray… Amen. 
Congregation may be seated 

God speaks to us in scripture, preaching and song. 

EPISTLE READING Ephesians 2:4-10 
Response after the conclusion: Thanks be to God. 

A reading from Ephesians. 
4God, who is rich in mercy, out of the great love with which he loved us 5even when we were dead through our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ—by grace you have been saved—6and raised us up with him and seated us with him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, 7so that in the ages to come he might show the immeasurable riches of his grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus. 8For by grace you have been saved through faith, and this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God—9not the result of works, so that no one may boast. 10For we are what he has made us, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand to be our way of life. 

The word of the Lord. 
Thanks be to God. 

PSALM 119:33-40 
Choir/Soloist introduces the refrain. Congregation repeats refrain. Verses are sung responsively thereafter 

33Teach me, O Lord, the way | of your statutes,
and I shall keep it | to the end.
34Give me understanding, and I shall | keep your teaching;
  I shall keep it with | all my heart.
35Lead me in the path of | your commandments,
for that is | my desire.
36Incline my heart to | your decrees
  and not to | unjust gain. R
37Turn my eyes from be- | holding falsehood;
give me life | in your way.
38Fulfill your promise | to your servant,
  which is for | those who fear you.
39Turn away the reproach | that I dread,
because your judg- | ments are good.
40Behold, I long for | your commandments;
  by your righteousness en- | liven me. R

GOSPEL (Please stand, if able) Matthew 9:9-13 
The Holy Gospel according to Matthew. 
Response after the announcement: Glory to you, O Lord. 

9As Jesus was walking along, he saw a man called Matthew sitting at the tax booth; and he said to him, “Follow me.” And he got up and followed him. 10And as he sat at dinner in the house, many tax collectors and sinners came and were sitting with him and his disciples. 11When the Pharisees saw this, they said to his disciples, “Why does your teacher eat with tax collectors and sinners?” 12But when he heard this, he said, “Those who are well have no need of a physician, but those who are sick. 13Go and learn what this means, ‘I desire mercy, not sacrifice.’ For I have come to call not the right-eous but sinners.” 

Response after the conclusion: Praise to you, O Christ. 

SERMON The Reverend Giselle Coutinho 

HYMN OF THE DAY All Are Welcome
Stanza 1 and 2 – All, Stanza 3 – female voices, Stanza 4 – male voices, Stanza 5 – All
Please stand, if able 

The assembly stands. 

The presiding minister addresses the assembly. 
Having been authorized by the church to install Eric Trozzo, our co-worker in the gospel, as pastor, I now ask for certification of this call. 

A representative of the calling body addresses the presiding minister. 
After prayerful deliberation, we, of St. Matthew Lutheran Church, have called Eric Trozzo as pastor. I present him and this letter certifying the call. 

Address and Questions 
A reading from John: Jesus said, “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 20:21-23) 

A reading from Matthew: Jesus said, “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 com-manded you. And remember, I am with you always, to the end of the age.” (Matthew 28:18-20) 

A reading from First Timothy: Set the believers an example in speech and conduct, in love, in faith, in purity. Attend to the public reading of scripture, to exhorting, to teaching. Do not neglect the gift that is in you, which was given to you through prophecy with the laying of hands by the council of elders. Put these things into practice, devote yourself to them, so that all may see your progress. Pay close attention to yourself and to your teaching; continue in these things, for in doing this you will save both yourself and your hearers. (1 Timothy 4:12-16) 

Eric, in the presence of this assembly will you commit yourself to this new trust and responsibility, in the confidence that this ministry comes from God through the call of the church? 
I will, and I ask God to help me. 

Will you preach and teach in accordance with the Holy Scriptures and the Confessions of the Lutheran Church? 
I will, and I ask God to help me. 

Will you carry out this ministry in harmony with the constitutions of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America? 
I will, and I ask God to help me. 

Will you be diligent in your study of the Holy Scriptures  and in your use of the means of grace? 
I will, and I ask God to help me. 

Will you love, serve, and 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? 
I will, and I ask God to help me. 

Will you give faithful witness in the world, that God’s love may be known in all that you do? 
I will, and I ask God to help me. 

Almighty God, who has given you the will to do these things, graciously give you the strength and compassion to perform them. 
The assembly responds: Amen. 

The assembly stands. 

The presiding minister addresses the assembly. 
People of God, will you receive Eric as a messenger of Jesus Christ sent by God to serve all people with the gospel of hope and salvation? Will you regard him as a servant of Christ and a steward of the mysteries of God? 
We will, and we ask God to help us. 

Will you pray for him, help and honor him for his work’s sake, and in all things strive to live together in the peace and unity of Christ? 
We will, and we ask God to help us. 

The presiding minister addresses the pastor being installed. 
Eric, the office of pastor of St. Matthew Lutheran Church is now committed to you in the name of the Father, and of the + Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen. 

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. Amen. 

The presiding minister escorts the pastor to the place of baptism. A representative of the congregation says: 
You have been called to be among us to baptize, to teach, and to forgive sins. 

They proceed to the place of the word. A representative of the congregation says: 
You have been called to be among us to proclaim the good news. 

They proceed to the place of the meal. A representative of the congregation says: 
You have been called to be among us to preside at the Lord’s supper. 

The presiding minister and a representative of the congregation/institution/agency welcome the pastor. The assembly may offer acclamation with applause. 

PRAYERS OF INTERCESSION Please stand, if able 
United with the great cloud of witnesses throughout the ages, we pray for the church, the world, and all who are in need. 

We pray for the church. For bishops, pastors, and deacons. For evangelists and teachers, for mission developers and young adults in global mission. For those who are discerning their calling. Bless and encourage all who respond to your call to ministry. We especially give thanks today for the ministry of Pastor Eric Trozzo and his call to St. Matthew Lutheran Church. Hear us, O God. 
Your mercy is great. 

For the earth. For grasslands and marshes, urban parks and greenbelts. For all wild and domestic animals. For places damaged by earthquake, hurricane, tornado, or hail. Protect fragile environments from harm by human greed or carelessness. Hear us, O God. 
Your mercy is great. 

For those who govern and for all in positions of authority. Prevent them from abusing their power for personal gain, and inspire them to work for the common good. Bring an end to hatred, violence, and injustice. Hear us, O God. 
Your mercy is great. 

For the gift of vocation. For your call to all Christians to be witnesses to your healing Word at work in the world. Empower us to be signs of your grace through our words, our actions, and our work. Hear us, O God. 
Your mercy is great. 

For this assembly. Deepen our practices of hospitality and outreach. Transform us through your gifts of mercy and forgiveness. Fill us with compassion and inspire us to lives of generos-ity and service. Hear us, O God. 
Your mercy is great. 

With thanksgiving, we remember Matthew and all who have gone before us in the faith. Bring us, together with them, to the joy of the resurrection and to the fulfillment of your promise of unending life with you. Hear us, O God. 
Your mercy is great. 

In the company of your saints we commend all for whom we pray, trusting in your eternal mercy and love; through Jesus Christ our Savior and Lord. Amen. 

The peace of Christ be with you always. 
And also with you. 

The offering will go towards Jehu Jones Mission (Bishop’s Challenge) 

Please stand, if able 

Let us pray. God of mercy and grace, the eyes of all wait upon you, and you open your hand in blessing. Fill us with good things at your table, that we may come to the help of all in need, through Jesus Christ, our redeemer and Lord. Amen. 

God feeds us with the presence of Jesus Christ. 

The Lord be with you. 
And also with you. 
Lift up your hearts. 
We lift them to the Lord. 
Let us give thanks to the Lord our God. 
It is right to give our thanks and praise. 
It is indeed right, our duty and our joy, 
that we should at all times and in all places 
give thanks and praise to you, almighty and merciful God, 
through our Savior Jesus Christ; 
who on this day overcame death and the grave, 
and by his glorious resurrection opened to us the way of everlasting life. 
And so, with all the choirs of angels, 
with the church on earth and the hosts of heaven, 
we praise your name and join their unending hymn: 

Holy, holy, holy Lord,
God of power and might,
heaven and earth are full of your glory.
Hosanna in the highest.
Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord.
Hosanna in the highest.

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

Lord, remember us in your kingdom and teach us to pray. 
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. 

Taste and see that the Lord is good.

Lamb of God 

ANTHEM  Mamarayou oku kinorohingan arr. Swee Hong Lim

Today’s anthem is being sung in its original language, Kadazandusun which is spoken in the state of Sabah in the north of Borneo in Malaysia. Kadazandusun refers to the form of language standardized by the Kadazandusun Cultural Association of Sabah. Permission for one-time use of this arrangement was graciously granted by the arranger, Swee Hong-Lim.

 Mamarayou oku kinorohingan
We praise you, God, Creator and Lord of all.
Gathering here, our hearts are filled with praise.
We will dance and sing to you, Lord Jesus.
Your mercy shows your love that’s freely given,
Enfolding us with arms so lovingly.

We will praise your holy name,
And always lift our thankful hearts.
Goodness and mercy always follow us,
We will dance and sing, giving praise to God.

Words and Music: Bios Slongkin
English paraphrase: Maria Ling
Words & Music © 2000 Bios Slongkin.
All rights reserved. Used by permission.

465 As The Grains of Wheat
718 In A Lowly Manager Born
543 Go My Children, With My Blessing

May the body and blood of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ strengthen you and keep you in God’s grace. Amen. 

Let us pray. 
O God, we give you thanks that you have set before us this feast, 
the body and blood of your Son. By your Spirit strengthen us 
to serve all in need and to give ourselves away as bread for the hungry, 
through Jesus Christ our Lord. 

The following people have been elected by the congregation to positions of leadership among us. We give thanks for their willingness to serve. In baptism we are welcomed into the body of Christ and sent to share in the mission of God; we rejoice now that these brothers and sisters will lead us in our common life and our mutual mission as a congregation. 

Tom Campbell, president; Denise Cole, vice-president; John O’Meara, secretary; Tom Cassel, treasurer; Melissa Feeney, Aaron Blanford, Charlie Lange, Peggy Marks, Karen Widen, Beth Eilers, Chris Cassel 

You have been elected to positions of leadership and trust in this congregation. You are to see that the words and deeds of this household of faith bear witness to God, who gathers us into one, together with the whole church. You are to seek to involve all members of this congregation in worship, learning, witness, service, and support, so that the mission of Christ is carried out in this congregation, in the wider church, in this community, and in the whole world. 

You are to be faithful in your specific area of serving, that the Spirit who empowers you may be glorified. You are to be examples of faith active in love, fostering peace and mutual understanding in this congregation. 

I ask you, are you ready to accept and faithful to carry out the duties of the offices to which you have been elected? If so, answer “We will and we ask God to help us.” We will and we ask God to help us. 

I ask you, the congregation, will you support these, your elected leaders, and will you share in the mutual ministry that Christ has given to all who are baptized? We will, and we ask God to help us. 

I now declare you installed as officers and council members of this congregation. May God bless you and guide you. 

Sending  632 O God, Our Help in Ages Past 
God blesses us and sends us into the world to serve our neighbor. 

The Lord bless you and keep you. The Lord’s face shine on you with grace and mercy. The Lord look upon you with favor and + give you peace. Amen. 

SENDING HYMN “For the Beauty of the Earth” ELW 879 

Go in peace. Christ is with you. 
Thanks be to God. 

POSTLUDE  Rigaudon A. Campra