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S: The Ordination of Matthew B. Peterson Aug. 8, 2010

4: Pastor Matthew Bruce Peterson was born in Evanston, Illinois on July 3rd, 1970, son of Dr. Bruce B. Peterson and Lynne D. Peterson. He was baptized on October 18, 1970 at Calvary Lutheran Church in Wood Dale, Illinois, and was confirmed at St. Peter Lutheran Church, Schaumburg, Illinois on May 20, 1984. He attended public elementary schools in Schaumburg and graduated from Conant Hight School in Hoffman Estates, Illinois in 1988. He graduated from western Illinois University in 1992 with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Law Enforcement Administration. He worked in the fields of both Law Enforcement and Finance until May of 2006 when he began his theological studies at Concordia Seminary in St. Louis, MIssouri. He served 3 years as a Fieldworker at The Lutheran Church of Webster Gardens, Webster Groves, Missouri and then served his year of vicarage here at St. Peter Lutheran Church where he finished his preparation for the Ministry in July, 2010. He graduated from Concordia Seminary with his Masters of Divinity on May 27, 2010. Married on August 7, 1993 in the HIstoric Chapel at St. Peter Lutheran Church, Schaumburg, Illinois, Pastor Peterson and his wife, Janet, have been happily married for 17 years. They have been blessed with two daughters, Elissa (12) and Sara (8). Both girls are proud students of St. Peter Lutheran School. Spending time with his family, helping at school functions, ministering to youth, drama team ministries, martial arts and self defense, golfing, and long walks with his dog, Zoe, are all great ways for Pastor Peterson to enjoy his time.

5: The red ordination stole is a gift from Pastor Peterson's wife, Janet. The gold pectoral Martin Luther symbol cross is a gift from St. Peter congregation.

7: 'Cause when I'm weak, You make me strong When I'm blind you shine Your light on me 'Cause I'll never get by living on my own ability How refreshing to know You don't need me How amazing to find that you want me So I'll stand on Your Truth, and I'll fight with Your Strength Until You bring the victory, by the power of Christ in me If you ask me to run And carry your light into foreign land If you ask me to fight Deliver your people from satan's hand | I'll go, but I cannot go alone 'Cause I know I'm nothing on my own But the power of Christ in me makes me strong Makes me strong

8: Lift High the Cross

10: If we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us. But if we confess our sings, God, who is faithful and just, will forgive our sins and cleanse us from all unrighteousness. Let us confess our sins to God our Father. Most merciful God, we confess that we are by nature sin and unclean. 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. We justly deserve Your present and eternal punishment. 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. Amen.

12: First Lesson: Exodus 3:1-12 Now Moses was keeping the flock of his father-in-law, Jethro, the priest of Midian, and he led his flock to the west side of the wilderness and came to Horeb, the(A) mountain of God. 2(B) And(C) the angel of the LORD appeared to him in a flame of fire out of the midst of a bush. He looked, and behold, the bush was burning, yet it was not consumed. 3And Moses said, "I will turn aside to see this great sight, why the bush is not burned." 4When the LORD saw that he turned aside to see,(D) God called to him(E) out of the bush, "Moses, Moses!" And he said, "Here I am." 5Then he said, "Do not come near;(F) take your sandals off your feet, for the place on which you are standing is holy ground." 6And he said,(G) "I am the God of your father, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob." And Moses hid his face, for(H) he was afraid to look at God. 7Then the LORD said,(I) "I have surely seen the affliction of my people who are in Egypt and have heard their cry because of their(J) taskmasters. I know their sufferings, 8and(K) I have come down to deliver them out of the hand of the Egyptians and(L) to bring them up out of that land to a(M) good and broad land, a land(N) flowing with milk and honey, to the place of(O) the Canaanites, the Hittites, the Amorites, the Perizzites, the Hivites, and the Jebusites. 9And now, behold,(P) the cry of the people of Israel has come to me, and I have also seen the(Q) oppression with which the Egyptians oppress them. 10(R) Come, I will send you to Pharaoh that you may bring my people, the children of Israel, out of Egypt." 11But Moses said to God,(S) "Who am I that I should go to Pharaoh and bring the children of Israel out of Egypt?" 12He said,(T) "But I will be with you, and this shall be the sign for you, that I have sent you: when you have brought the people out of Egypt,(U) you shall serve God on this mountain." | Second Lesson: 1 Timothy 3:1-7 The saying is(A) trustworthy: If anyone aspires to(B) the office of overseer, he desires a noble task. 2Therefore(C) an overseer[a] must be above reproach,(D) the husband of one wife,[b](E) sober-minded, self-controlled, respectable,(F) hospitable,(G) able to teach, 3not a drunkard, not violent but(H) gentle, not quarrelsome,(I) not a lover of money. 4He must manage his own household well, with all dignity(J) keeping his children submissive, 5for if someone does not know how to manage his own household, how will he care for(K) God’s church? 6He must not be a recent convert, or he may(L) become puffed up with conceit and fall into the condemnation of the devil. 7Moreover, he must be well thought of by(M) outsiders, so that he may not fall into disgrace, into(N) a snare of the devil.

15: Gospel Reading: John 21:15-19 When they had(A) finished breakfast, Jesus said to Simon Peter, (B) "Simon,(C) son of John,(D) do you love me more than these?" He said to him, "Yes, Lord; you know that I love you." He said to him, "Feed(E) my lambs." 16He said to him a second time, "Simon, son of John, do you love me?" He said to him, "Yes, Lord; you know that I love you." He said to him, (F) "Tend(G) my sheep." 17He said to him the third time, "Simon, son of John, do you love me?" Peter was grieved because he said to him(H) the third time, "Do you love me?" and he said to him, "Lord,(I) you know everything; you know that I love you." Jesus said to him, "Feed(J) my sheep. 18(K) Truly, truly, I say to you, when you were young,(L) you used to dress yourself and walk wherever you wanted, but when you are old, you will stretch out your hands, and another will dress you and carry you where you do not want to go." 19(This he said to show(M) by what kind of death he was to glorify God.) And after saying this he said to him, (N) "Follow me."

16: Dr. Dale A. Meyer, President of Concordia Seminary, St. Louis MO

20: Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed by 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.

23: Go therefore, and be a shepherd of the Good Shepherd's flock. Proclaim the Word of God, administer the holy sacraments, offer prayer for all God's people, instruct, watch over, and guide the flock over which the Holy Spirit has placed you. Do it not for earthly gain but with great joy, for you have been called not to lordship but to serve His flock. And when the Chief Shepherd appears, you will receive the crown of glory that will never fade away. The almighty and most merciful God, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, bless and preserve you.

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