Worship Service Text




Divine Service - The Day of Pentecost Service Outline

May 31, 2020

 

Hymn LSB 913 O Holy Spirit, Enter In

1        O Holy Spirit, enter in,
And in our hearts Your work begin,
    Your dwelling place now make us.
Sun of the soul, O Light divine,
Around and in us brightly shine,
    To joy and gladness wake us
        That we may be
    Truly living, to You giving
        Prayer unceasing
And in love be still increasing.

 

2        Give to Your Word impressive pow’r,
That in our hearts from this good hour
    As fire it may be glowing,
That in true Christian unity
We faithful witnesses may be,
    Your glory ever showing.
        Hear us, cheer us
    By Your teaching; let our preaching
        And our labor
Praise You, Lord, and serve our neighbor.

 

3        O mighty Rock, O Source of life,
Let Your dear Word, in doubt and strife,
    In us be strongly burning
That we be faithful unto death
And live in love and holy faith,
    From You true wisdom learning.
        Your grace and peace
    On us shower; by Your power
        Christ confessing,
Let us see our Savior’s blessing.

 

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Invocation

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

C   Amen.

 

 

Exhortation

P       If we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.

C       But if we confess our sins, God, who is faithful and just, will forgive our sins and cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

 

Confession of Sins

P       Let us then confess our sins to God our Father.

C       Most merciful God, we confess that we are by nature sinful 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.

 

Absolution

P       Almighty God in His mercy has given His Son to die for you and for His sake forgives you all your sins. As a called and ordained servant of Christ, and by His authority, I therefore forgive you all your sins in the name of the Father and of the T Son and of the Holy Spirit.

C       Amen.

 

Kyrie

A       In peace let us pray to the Lord.

C       Lord, have mercy.

A       For the peace from above and for our salvation let us pray to the Lord.

C       Lord, have mercy.

A       For the peace of the whole world, for the well-being of the Church of God, and for the unity of all let us pray to the Lord.

C       Lord, have mercy.

A       For this holy house and for all who offer here their worship and praise let us pray to the Lord.

C       Lord, have mercy.

A       Help, save, comfort, and defend us, gracious Lord.

C       Amen.

 

This Is the Feast

A This is the feast of victory for our God. Alleluia.

C Worthy is Christ, the Lamb who was slain, whose blood set us free to be people of God.

Power and riches and wisdom and strength and honor and blessing and glory are His.

This is the feast of victory for our God. Alleluia.

Sing with all the people of God, and join in the hymn of all creation:

Blessing and honor and glory and might be to God and the Lamb forever. Amen.

This is the feast of victory for our God, for the Lamb who was slain has begun His reign.

Alleluia, alleluia.

Collect of the Day

A       The Lord be with you.

C       And also with you.

A       Let us pray. O God, on this day You once taught the hearts of Your faithful people by sending them the light of Your Holy Spirit. Grant us in our day by the same Spirit to have a right understanding in all things and evermore to rejoice in His holy consolation; through Jesus Christ, Your Son, our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.

C       Amen.

 

Anthem – “Come Down, Lord”

 

Old Testament Reading              Numbers 11:24-30

24Moses went out and told the people the words of the Lord. And he gathered seventy men of the elders of the people and placed them around the tent. 25Then the Lord came down in the cloud and spoke to him, and took some of the Spirit that was on him and put it on the seventy elders. And as soon as the Spirit rested on them, they prophesied. But they did not continue doing it.

          26Now two men remained in the camp, one named Eldad, and the other named Medad, and the Spirit rested on them. They were among those registered, but they had not gone out to the tent, and so they prophesied in the camp. 27And a young man ran and told Moses, “Eldad and Medad are prophesying in the camp.” 28And Joshua the son of Nun, the assistant of Moses from his youth, said, “My lord Moses, stop them.” 29But Moses said to him, “Are you jealous for my sake? Would that all the Lord’s people were prophets, that the Lord would put his Spirit on them!” 30And Moses and the elders of Israel returned to the camp.

 

A         This is the Word of the Lord.

C         Thanks be to God.

 

Psalm 25:1–15

1To you, O Lord,
          I lift up my soul.
2O my God, in you I trust;
          let me not be put to shame;
          let not my enemies exult over me.
3Indeed, none who wait for you shall be put to shame;
          they shall be ashamed who are wantonly treacherous.

4Make me to know your ways, O Lord;
          teach me your paths.
5Lead me in your truth and teach me,
          for you are the God of my salvation;
          for you I wait all the day long.

6Remember your mercy, O Lord, and your steadfast love,
          for they have been from of old.
7Remember not the sins of my youth or my transgressions;
          according to your steadfast love remember me,
          for the sake of your goodness, O Lord!

8Good and upright is the Lord;
          therefore he instructs sinners in the way.
9He leads the humble in what is right,
          and teaches the humble his way.
10All the paths of the Lord are steadfast love and faithfulness,
          for those who keep his covenant and his testimonies.

11For your name’s sake, O Lord,
          pardon my guilt, for it is great.
12Who is the man who fears the Lord?
          Him will he instruct in the way that he should choose.
13His soul shall abide in well-being,
          and his offspring shall inherit the land.
14The friendship of the Lord is for those who fear him,
          and he makes known to them his covenant.
15My eyes are ever toward the Lord,
          for he will pluck my feet out of the net.

Glory be to the Father and to the Son

          and to the Holy Spirit;

as it was in the beginning,

          is now, and will be forever. Amen

 

Epistle Reading      Acts 2:1-21

1When the day of Pentecost arrived, they were all together in one place. 2And suddenly there came from heaven a sound like a mighty rushing wind, and it filled the entire house where they were sitting. 3And divided tongues as of fire appeared to them and rested on each one of them. 4And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues as the Spirit gave them utterance.

          5Now there were dwelling in Jerusalem Jews, devout men from every nation under heaven. 6And at this sound the multitude came together, and they were bewildered, because each one was hearing them speak in his own language. 7And they were amazed and astonished, saying, “Are not all these who are speaking Galileans? 8And how is it that we hear, each of us in his own native language? 9Parthians and Medes and Elamites and residents of Mesopotamia, Judea and Cappadocia, Pontus and Asia, 10Phrygia and Pamphylia, Egypt and the parts of Libya belonging to Cyrene, and visitors from Rome, 11both Jews and proselytes, Cretans and Arabians—we hear them telling in our own tongues the mighty works of God.” 12And all were amazed and perplexed, saying to one another, “What does this mean?” 13But others mocking said, “They are filled with new wine.”

          14But Peter, standing with the eleven, lifted up his voice and addressed them, “Men of Judea and all who dwell in Jerusalem, let this be known to you, and give ear to my words. 15For these men are not drunk, as you suppose, since it is only the third hour of the day. 16But this is what was uttered through the prophet Joel:

17“‘And in the last days it shall be, God declares,
that I will pour out my Spirit on all flesh,
          and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy,
and your young men shall see visions,
          and your old men shall dream dreams;
18even on my male servants and female servants
          in those days I will pour out my Spirit, and they shall prophesy.
19And I will show wonders in the heavens above
          and signs on the earth below,
                   blood, and fire, and vapor of smoke;
20the sun shall be turned to darkness
          and the moon to blood,
                   before the day of the Lord comes, the great and magnificent day.
21And it shall come to pass that everyone who calls upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.’”

 

A         This is the Word of the Lord.

C         Thanks be to God.

 

Alleluia and Verse

C       Alleluia.

Lord, to whom shall we go?

You have the words of eternal life.

Alleluia, alleluia.

 

A       The Holy Gospel according to St. John, the seventh chapter.

C       Glory to You, O Lord.

 

HOLY GOSPEL         John 7:37-39

37On the last day of the feast, the great day, Jesus stood up and cried out, “If anyone thirsts, let him come to me and drink. 38Whoever believes in me, as the Scripture has said, ‘Out of his heart will flow rivers of living water.’” 39Now this he said about the Spirit, whom those who believed in him were to receive, for as yet the Spirit had not been given, because Jesus was not yet glorified.

 

A       This is the Gospel of the Lord.

C       Praise to You, O Christ.

 

 

 

 

 

Children’s Message

 

Hymn LSB 502 Holy Spirit, the Dove Sent from Heaven

1        Holy Spirit, the dove sent from heaven,
Ever one with the One who is Three,
    From the Father You came,
    Words of peace to proclaim,
Come and comfort us, speak tenderly.
You, the fragrance of life we are seeking;
Fill Your temple, Your altar make clean.
    Joyous shelter of love, gracious friend from above,
In Your care we are resting, serene.

 

2        Holy Spirit, the fire celestial,
Who on Pentecost came as foretold,
    To descend from on high
    And the Church occupy
As the cloud filled the temple of old;
All the baptized You seal with Your promise,
All believers Your gift there receive,
    So that all the elect— all in Christ—may expect
To enjoy what by grace they believe.

 

3        Holy Spirit, the unction of blessing,
Sacred oil of the green olive tree,
    Giving heat, giving light,
    As the tent lamps ignite
And as Aaron praised God joyfully.
Blessed living and life-giving water,
Now preserve us from evil within;
    For in Jesus, God’s Son, all believers are one
In this washing that cleanses from sin.

 

4        Holy Spirit, the wind of great power,
Source of strength and of peace and of love,
    Truest Comforter, plead,
    As You bring all our need
To the throne of God’s glory above.
Be the light that enlightens the Scriptures;
Keep our feet from each devilish snare;
    Only You can make whole
    All that troubles our soul;
By Your chrism, Christ’s triumph we share.

 

Text (sts. 1–4): © 2004 Stephen P. Starke, admin. Concordia Publishing House; (sts. 1s–4s): © 1977 Philip W. Blycker. Used by permission: CPH Limited Promotional License no. 119000000

 

Sermon – “The Master Plan of Pentecost”

 

Nicene Creed

C   I believe in one God,

     the Father Almighty,

     maker of heaven and earth

          and of all things visible and invisible.

 

And in one Lord Jesus Christ,

     the only-begotten Son of God,

     begotten of His Father before all worlds,

     God of God, Light of Light,

     very God of very God,

     begotten, not made,

     being of one substance with the Father,

     by whom all things were made;

     who for us men and for our salvation came down from heaven

     and was incarnate by the Holy Spirit of the virgin Mary

     and was made man;

     and was crucified also for us under Pontius Pilate.

     He suffered and was buried.

     And the third day He rose again according to the Scriptures

          and ascended into heaven

     and sits at the right hand of the Father.

     And He will come again with glory to judge both the living and the dead,

     whose kingdom will have no end.

 

And I believe in the Holy Spirit,

     the Lord and giver of life,

     who proceeds from the Father and the Son,

     who with the Father and the Son together is worshiped and glorified,

     who spoke by the prophets.

     And I believe in one holy Christian and apostolic Church,

     I acknowledge one Baptism for the remission of sins,

     and I look for the resurrection of the dead

     and the life T of the world to come. Amen.

 

Offertory

C   What shall I render to the Lord for all His benefits to me?

I will offer the sacrifice of thanksgiving and will call on the name of the Lord.

I will take the cup of salvation and will call on the name of the Lord.

I will pay my vows to the Lord now in the presence of all His people,

in the courts of the Lord’s house, in the midst of you, O Jerusalem.

 

Prayer of the Church

P Let us pray for the whole people of God in Christ Jesus, and for all people according to

their needs.
Lord God, on this day we praise You for sending the light of Your salvation to the whole world by the inspiration of Your Holy Spirit. Cause the light of Your saving Word to shine in our hearts and throughout the world that we with many may be brought to true repentance and strengthened in saving faith in Christ. Lord, in Your mercy,

C hear our prayer.

P Cause Your Spirit especially to lead, guide, and enlighten all pastors and those whom You have called to proclaim Your life-giving Word. By the same Spirit, help them to point us and the world to Jesus Christ and Him crucified and risen again for the life of the world. Lord, in Your mercy,

C hear our prayer.

P Even among the nations and those placed in the authority of government, cause Your light and Your truth to guide in the way of truth, both to the punishing of the ugliness of evil and to the praise of the beauty of all that is good. Give them wisdom to lead all people in the way of righteousness and peace. Lord, in Your mercy,

C hear our prayer.

P By Your Spirit, bring Your Word and assurance of deliverance, health, and healing to all who are in sorrow or need, sickness or adversity. Deliver, O Lord, especially those who are most helpless and those to whom death draws near. Lord, in Your mercy,

C hear our prayer.

P We give You thanks for all who have gone before us with the sign of faith, for all the saints through the ages, and especially our loved ones who now dwell in Your nearer presence and rest from their labors. Keep us in fellowship with all Your saints, and bring us at last to the joys of Your heavenly kingdom. Lord, in Your mercy,

C hear our prayer.

P Into Your hands, O Lord, we commend all for whom we pray, trusting in Your mercy;

through Your Son, Jesus Christ, our Lord.

C Amen.

 

Lord’s Prayer

P       Lord, remember us in Your kingdom and teach us to pray:

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.

 

Hymn LSB 496 Holy Spirit, Light Divine

1        Holy Spirit, light divine,
Shine upon this heart of mine;
Chase the shades of night away,
Turn the darkness into day.

 

2        Let me see my Savior’s face,
Let me all His beauties trace;
Show those glorious truths to me
Which are only known to Thee.

 

3        Holy Spirit, pow’r divine,
Cleanse this guilty heart of mine;
In Thy mercy pity me,
From sin’s bondage set me free.

 

4        Holy Spirit, joy divine,
Cheer this saddened heart of mine;
Yield a sacred, settled peace,
Let it grow and still increase.

 

5        Holy Spirit, all divine,
Dwell within this heart of mine;
Cast down ev’ry idol throne,
Reign supreme, and reign alone.

 

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Benediction

P       The Lord bless you and keep you.

The Lord make His face shine on you and be gracious to you.

The Lord look upon you with favor and T give you peace.

C       Amen.

 

 



May 24, 2020 – Divine Service Outline

Ascension Day (Observed)

 

Hymn LSB 493 A Hymn of Glory Let Us Sing

1        A hymn of glory let us sing!
New hymns throughout the world shall ring:
    Alleluia, alleluia!
Christ, by a road before untrod,
Ascends unto the throne of God.
    Alleluia, alleluia! Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia!

 

2        The holy apostolic band
Upon the Mount of Olives stand.
    Alleluia, alleluia!
And with His faithful foll’wers see
Their Lord ascend in majesty.
    Alleluia, alleluia! Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia!

 

3        To them the shining angels cry,
“Why stand and gaze upon the sky?”
    Alleluia, alleluia!
“This is the Savior,” thus they say;
“This is His glorious triumph day!”
    Alleluia, alleluia! Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia!

 

4        “You see Him now, ascending high
Up to the portals of the sky.”
    Alleluia, alleluia!
“Hereafter Jesus you shall see
Returning in great majesty.”
    Alleluia, alleluia! Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia!

 

5        Be now our joy on earth, O Lord,
And be our future great reward.
    Alleluia, alleluia!
Then, throned with You forever, we
Shall praise Your name eternally.
    Alleluia, alleluia! Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia!

 

          6        O risen Christ, ascended Lord,
All praise to You let earth accord:
    Alleluia, alleluia!
You are, while endless ages run,
With Father and with Spirit one.
    Alleluia, alleluia!
    Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia!

Text: © 1978 Lutheran Book of Worship. Used by permission: CPH Limited Promotional License no. 119000000

 

Invocation

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

C   Amen.

 

Exhortation

P       If we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.

C       But if we confess our sins, God, who is faithful and just, will forgive our sins and cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

 

Confession of Sins

P       Let us then confess our sins to God our Father.

C       Most merciful God, we confess that we are by nature sinful 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.

 

Absolution

P       Almighty God in His mercy has given His Son to die for you and for His sake forgives you all your sins. As a called and ordained servant of Christ, and by His authority, I therefore forgive you all your sins in the name of the Father and of the T Son and of the Holy Spirit.

C       Amen.

 

Kyrie

A       In peace let us pray to the Lord.

C       Lord, have mercy.

A       For the peace from above and for our salvation let us pray to the Lord.

C       Lord, have mercy.

A       For the peace of the whole world, for the well-being of the Church of God, and for the unity of all let us pray to the Lord.

C       Lord, have mercy.

A       For this holy house and for all who offer here their worship and praise let us pray to the Lord.

C       Lord, have mercy.

A       Help, save, comfort, and defend us, gracious Lord.

C       Amen.

 

Gloria in Excelsis

A       Glory to God in the highest, and peace to His people on earth.

C       Lord God, heavenly king, almighty God and Father:

We worship You, we give You thanks, we praise You for Your glory.

Lord Jesus Christ, only Son of the Father, Lord God, Lamb of God:

You take away the sin of the world; have mercy on us.

You are seated at the right hand of the Father; receive our prayer.

For You alone are the Holy One, You alone are the Lord,

You alone are the Most High, Jesus Christ, with the Holy Spirit,

in the glory of God the Father. Amen.

 

Collect of the Day

A       The Lord be with you.

C       And also with you.

A       Let us pray. Almighty God, as Your only-begotten Son, our Lord Jesus Christ, ascended into the heavens, so may we also ascend in heart and mind and continually dwell there with Him, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.

C       Amen.

 

Anthem – “Antiphonal Alleluia”

 

First Reading          Acts 1:1-11

1In the first book, O Theophilus, I have dealt with all that Jesus began to do and teach, 2until the day when he was taken up, after he had given commands through the Holy Spirit to the apostles whom he had chosen. 3To them he presented himself alive after his suffering by many proofs, appearing to them during forty days and speaking about the kingdom of God.

          4And while staying with them he ordered them not to depart from Jerusalem, but to wait for the promise of the Father, which, he said, “you heard from me; 5for John baptized with water, but you will be baptized with the Holy Spirit not many days from now.”

          6So when they had come together, they asked him, “Lord, will you at this time restore the kingdom to Israel?” 7He said to them, “It is not for you to know times or seasons that the Father has fixed by his own authority. 8But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.” 9And when he had said these things, as they were looking on, he was lifted up, and a cloud took him out of their sight. 10And while they were gazing into heaven as he went, behold, two men stood by them in white robes, 11and said, “Men of Galilee, why do you stand looking into heaven? This Jesus, who was taken up from you into heaven, will come in the same way as you saw him go into heaven.”

 

P         This is the Word of the Lord.

C         Thanks be to God.

 

 

Psalm 47; antiphon: v. 5

1Clap your hands, all peoples!
          Shout to God with loud songs of joy!
2For the Lord, the Most High, is to be feared,
          a great king over all the earth.
3He subdued peoples under us,
          and nations under our feet.
4He chose our heritage for us,
          the pride of Jacob whom he loves.

5God has gone up with a shout,
          the Lord with the sound of a trumpet.
6Sing praises to God, sing praises!
          Sing praises to our King, sing praises!
7For God is the King of all the earth;
          sing praises with a psalm!

8God reigns over the nations;
          God sits on his holy throne.
9The princes of the peoples gather
          as the people of the God of Abraham.
For the shields of the earth belong to God;
          he is highly exalted!

Glory be to the Father and to the Son

          and to the Holy Spirit;

as it was in the beginning,

          is now, and will be forever. Amen

 

Epistle Reading      Ephesians 1:15-23

15For this reason, because I have heard of your faith in the Lord Jesus and your love toward all the saints, 16I do not cease to give thanks for you, remembering you in my prayers, 17that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give you a spirit of wisdom and of revelation in the knowledge of him, 18having the eyes of your hearts enlightened, that you may know what is the hope to which he has called you, what are the riches of his glorious inheritance in the saints, 19and what is the immeasurable greatness of his power toward us who believe, according to the working of his great might 20that he worked in Christ when he raised him from the dead and seated him at his right hand in the heavenly places, 21far above all rule and authority and power and dominion, and above every name that is named, not only in this age but also in the one to come. 22And he put all things under his feet and gave him as head over all things to the church, 23which is his body, the fullness of him who fills all in all.

 

P         This is the Word of the Lord.

C         Thanks be to God.

 

HOLY GOSPEL         Luke 24:44-53

 

P       The Holy Gospel according to St. Luke, the twenty-fourth chapter.

C       Glory to You, O Lord.

 

44Then [Jesus] said to them, “These are my words that I spoke to you while I was still with you, that everything written about me in the Law of Moses and the Prophets and the Psalms must be fulfilled.” 45Then he opened their minds to understand the Scriptures, 46and said to them, “Thus it is written, that the Christ should suffer and on the third day rise from the dead, 47and that repentance and forgiveness of sins should be proclaimed in his name to all nations, beginning from Jerusalem. 48You are witnesses of these things. 49And behold, I am sending the promise of my Father upon you. But stay in the city until you are clothed with power from on high.”

          50Then he led them out as far as Bethany, and lifting up his hands he blessed them. 51While he blessed them, he parted from them and was carried up into heaven. 52And they worshiped him and returned to Jerusalem with great joy, 53and were continually in the temple blessing God.

 

P       This is the Gospel of the Lord.

C       Praise to You, O Christ.

 

Children’s Message – Ascension Day (May 24 Observed)

 

Hymn LSB 491 Up through Endless Ranks of Angels

1        Up through endless ranks of angels,
    Cries of triumph in His ears,
To His heav’nly throne ascending,
    Having vanquished all their fears,
Christ looks down upon His faithful,
    Leaving them in happy tears.

 

2        Death-destroying, life-restoring,
    Proven equal to our need,
Now for us before the Father
    As our brother intercede;
Flesh that for our world was wounded,
    Living, for the wounded plead!

 

3        To our lives of wanton wand’ring
    Send Your Spirit, promised guide;
Through our lives of fear and failure
    With Your pow’r and love abide;
Welcome us, as You were welcomed,
    To an endless Eastertide.

 

          4        Alleluia, alleluia!
    Oh, to breathe the Spirit’s grace!
Alleluia, alleluia!
    Oh, to see the Father’s face!
Alleluia, alleluia!
    Oh, to feel the Son’s embrace!

Text: © 1974 Augsburg Publishing House. Used by permission: CPH Limited Promotional License no. 119000000

 

 

Sermon – “Why Did Jesus Leave? What Is Jesus Doing Right Now?”

 

Apostles’ Creed

C   I believe in God, the Father Almighty,

     maker of heaven and earth.

 

And in Jesus Christ, His 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 into hell.

     The third day He rose again from the dead.

     He ascended into heaven

     and sits at the right hand of God the Father Almighty.

     From thence He will come to judge the living and the dead.

 

I believe in the Holy Spirit,

     the holy Christian Church,

          the communion of saints,

     the forgiveness of sins,

     the resurrection of the body,

     and the life T everlasting. Amen.

 

Offering Prayer

P Receive, O God, our bodies and souls and all our talents, together with the offerings we bring You, for by His blood Your Son has purchased us to be Your own that we may live under Him in His kingdom, through Jesus Christ, our Lord and Saviour. Amen.

 

Prayer of the Church

P Let us lift the needs of God’s people before the throne of grace and intercede for all people in Jesus’ name. Gracious Father, Jesus ascended to Your right hand, where He lives and reigns as the good King for all people with You and the Holy Spirit. Thank You that He did not leave us helpless but promised the Holy Spirit to fill us with Your love and energize us as Your witnesses in this world. Lord, in Your mercy,

C hear our prayer.

P Gracious Father, You call pastors to serve among Your people, proclaiming repentance and the forgiveness of sins in Jesus’ name. Grant to all pastors Your Holy Spirit through Your Word that they may be filled with all boldness in proclaiming Jesus Christ as Lord and themselves as bondservants for Jesus’ sake. Lord, in Your mercy,

C hear our prayer.

P Gracious Father, under the reign of the good King called Jesus, You appoint all who serve in positions of public service in this and every nation. Grant that all civil servants may discharge the duties of their offices with humility and instill in them a desire to protect and defend those among us who have no voice. Lord, in Your mercy,

C hear our prayer.

P Gracious Father, You have created good this universe and all who inhabit it. Grant that all who suffer from the corrupting effects of human sin in Your good creation experience Your healing power both now and in the age to come. Lord, in Your mercy,

C hear our prayer.

P Into Your hands, O Lord, we commend all for whom we pray, trusting in Your mercy, through Your Son, Jesus Christ, our Lord.

C Amen.

 

Lord’s Prayer

P       Lord, remember us in Your kingdom and teach us to pray:

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.

 

Benediction

P       The Lord bless you and keep you.

The Lord make His face shine on you and be gracious to you.

The Lord look upon you with favor and T give you peace.

C       Amen.

 

Hymn LSB 671 Sing with All the Saints in Glory

1        Sing with all the saints in glory,
    Sing the resurrection song!
Death and sorrow, earth’s dark story,
    To the former days belong.
All around the clouds are breaking;
    Soon the storms of time shall cease;
In God’s likeness we awaken,
    Knowing everlasting peace.

 

2        Oh, what glory, far exceeding
    All that eye has yet perceived!
Holiest hearts for ages pleading
    Never that full joy conceived.
God has promised, Christ prepares it;
    There on high our welcome waits.
Ev’ry humble spirit shares it,
    Christ has passed the_eternal gates.

 

3        Life eternal! Heav’n rejoices:
    Jesus lives who once was dead.
Shout with joy, O deathless voices!
    Child of God, lift up your head!
Life eternal! Oh, what wonders
    Crowd on faith; what joy unknown,
When, amid earth’s closing thunders,
    Saints shall stand before the throne!

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Sixth Sunday of Easter Service Outline – May 17, 2020

 

Hymn LSB 658 Preserve Your Word, O Savior

1        Preserve Your Word, O Savior, To us this latter day,
And let Your kingdom flourish; Enlarge Your Church, we pray.
O keep our faith from failing; Keep hope’s bright star aglow.
Let nothing from truth turn us, While living here below.

 

2        Preserve, O Lord, Your honor, The bold blasphemer smite;
Convince, convert, enlighten The souls in error’s night.
Reveal Your will, dear Savior, To all who dwell below,
Great light of all the living, That all Your name may know.

 

3        Preserve, O Lord, Your Zion,
    Bought dearly with Your blood;
Protect what You have chosen
    Against the hellish flood.
Be always our defender
    When dangers gather round;
When all the earth is crumbling,
    Safe may Your Church be found.

 

4        Preserve Your Word and preaching,
    The truth that makes us whole,
The mirror of Your glory,
    The pow’r that saves the soul.
Oh, may this living water,
    This dew of heav’nly grace,
Sustain us while here living
    Until we see Your face.

 

5        Preserve in wave and tempest
    Your storm-tossed little flock;
Assailed by wind and weather,
    May it endure each shock.
Stand at the helm, our pilot,
    And set the course aright;
Then we will reach the harbor
    In Your eternal light.

 

Text: © 1941 Concordia Publishing House. Used by permission: CPH Limited Promotional License no. 119000000

 

Matins LSB 219

P       O Lord, open my lips,

C       and my mouth will declare Your praise.

P       Make haste, O God, to deliver me;

C       make haste to help me, O Lord.

C       Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit;
as it was in the beginning, is now, and will be forever. Amen.
Praise to You, O Christ. Alleluia.

 

Psalmody

P       Blessed be God, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.

C       O come, let us worship Him.

 

Venite

C       O come, let us sing to the Lord,

let us make a joyful noise to the rock of our salvation.

Let us come into His presence with thanksgiving,

let us make a joyful noise to Him with songs of praise.

 

For the Lord is a great God

and a great king above all gods.

The deep places of the earth are in His hand;

the strength of the hills is His also.

 

The sea is His, for He made it,

and His hand formed the dry land.

O come, let us worship and bow down,

let us kneel before the Lord, our maker.

 

For He is our God,

and we are the people of His pasture and the sheep of His hand.

 

Glory be to the Father and to the Son

and to the Holy Spirit;

as it was in the beginning,

is now, and will be forever. Amen.

 

Psalmody

P       Blessed be God, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.

C       O come, let us worship Him.

 

Anthem – “I Believe” (video at home)

 

First Reading          Acts 17:16-31

16While Paul was waiting for them at Athens, his spirit was provoked within him as he saw that the city was full of idols. 17So he reasoned in the synagogue with the Jews and the devout persons, and in the marketplace every day with those who happened to be there. 18Some of the Epicurean and Stoic philosophers also conversed with him. And some said, “What does this babbler wish to say?” Others said, “He seems to be a preacher of foreign divinities”—because he was preaching Jesus and the resurrection. 19And they took hold of him and brought him to the Areopagus, saying, “May we know what this new teaching is that you are presenting? 20For you bring some strange things to our ears. We wish to know therefore what these things mean.” 21Now all the Athenians and the foreigners who lived there would spend their time in nothing except telling or hearing something new.

          22So Paul, standing in the midst of the Areopagus, said: “Men of Athens, I perceive that in every way you are very religious. 23For as I passed along and observed the objects of your worship, I found also an altar with this inscription, ‘To the unknown god.’ What therefore you worship as unknown, this I proclaim to you. 24The God who made the world and everything in it, being Lord of heaven and earth, does not live in temples made by man, 25nor is he served by human hands, as though he needed anything, since he himself gives to all mankind life and breath and everything. 26And he made from one man every nation of mankind to live on all the face of the earth, having determined allotted periods and the boundaries of their dwelling place, 27that they should seek God, in the hope that they might feel their way toward him and find him. Yet he is actually not far from each one of us, 28for

“‘In him we live and move and have our being’;

as even some of your own poets have said,

“‘For we are indeed his offspring.’

29Being then God’s offspring, we ought not to think that the divine being is like gold or silver or stone, an image formed by the art and imagination of man. 30The times of ignorance God overlooked, but now he commands all people everywhere to repent, 31because he has fixed a day on which he will judge the world in righteousness by a man whom he has appointed; and of this he has given assurance to all by raising him from the dead.”

 

P         O Lord, have mercy on us.

C         Thanks be to God.

 

Epistle Reading      1 Peter 3:13-22

13Now who is there to harm you if you are zealous for what is good? 14But even if you should suffer for righteousness’ sake, you will be blessed. Have no fear of them, nor be troubled, 15but in your hearts regard Christ the Lord as holy, always being prepared to make a defense to anyone who asks you for a reason for the hope that is in you; 16yet do it with gentleness and respect, having a good conscience, so that, when you are slandered, those who revile your good behavior in Christ may be put to shame. 17For it is better to suffer for doing good, if that should be God’s will, than for doing evil.

          18For Christ also suffered once for sins, the righteous for the unrighteous, that he might bring us to God, being put to death in the flesh but made alive in the spirit, 19in which he went and proclaimed to the spirits in prison, 20because they formerly did not obey, when God’s patience waited in the days of Noah, while the ark was being prepared, in which a few, that is, eight persons, were brought safely through water. 21Baptism, which corresponds to this, now saves you, not as a removal of dirt from the body but as an appeal to God for a good conscience, through the resurrection of Jesus Christ, 22who has gone into heaven and is at the right hand of God, with angels, authorities, and powers having been subjected to him.

 

P         O Lord, have mercy on us.

C         Thanks be to God.

 

HOLY GOSPEL         John 14:15-21

15[Jesus said:] “If you love me, you will keep my commandments. 16And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Helper, to be with you forever, 17even the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees him nor knows him. You know him, for he dwells with you and will be in you.

          18“I will not leave you as orphans; I will come to you. 19Yet a little while and the world will see me no more, but you will see me. Because I live, you also will live. 20In that day you will know that I am in my Father, and you in me, and I in you. 21Whoever has my commandments and keeps them, he it is who loves me. And he who loves me will be loved by my Father, and I will love him and manifest myself to him.”

 

Responsory (Easter)

P       Sing to the Lord and bless His name, proclaim His salvation from day to day.

C       Give to the Lord all glory and strength, give Him the honor due His name. Alleluia, alleluia.

P       Now is Christ risen from the dead and become the firstfruits of them that sleep.

C       Give to the Lord all glory and strength, give Him the honor due His name. Alleluia, alleluia.

P       Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit.

C       Give to the Lord all glory and strength, give Him the honor due His name. Alleluia, alleluia.

 

Children’s Message

 

Hymn LSB 587 I Know My Faith Is Founded

1        I know my faith is founded On Jesus Christ, my God and Lord;
And this my faith confessing, Unmoved I stand on His sure Word.
Our reason cannot fathom The truth of God profound;
Who trusts in human wisdom Relies on shifting ground.
God’s Word is all-sufficient, It makes divinely sure;
And trusting in its wisdom, My faith shall rest secure.

 

2        Increase my faith, dear Savior,
    For Satan seeks by night and day
To rob me of this treasure
    And take my hope of bliss away.
But, Lord, with You beside me,
    I shall be undismayed;
And led by Your good Spirit,
    I shall be unafraid.
Abide with me, O Savior,
    A firmer faith bestow;
Then I shall bid defiance
    To ev’ry evil foe.

 

3        In faith, Lord, let me serve You;
    Though persecution, grief, and pain
Should seek to overwhelm me,
    Let me a steadfast trust retain;
And then at my departure,
    Lord, take me home to You,
Your riches to inherit
    As all You said holds true.
In life and death, Lord, keep me
    Until Your heav’n I gain,
Where I by Your great mercy
    The end of faith attain.

Text: Public domain

 

Sermon – “The Truth of the Beginning”

 

Te Deum

C       We praise You, O God; we acknowledge You to be the Lord.

All the earth now worships You, the Father everlasting.

To You all angels cry aloud, the heavens and all the pow’rs therein.

To You cherubim and seraphim continually do cry:

 

Holy, holy, holy, Lord God of Sabaoth;

heaven and earth are full of the majesty of Your glory.

The glorious company of the apostles praise You.

The goodly fellowship of the prophets praise You.

 

The noble army of martyrs praise You.

The holy Church throughout all the world does acknowledge You:

The Father of an infinite majesty; Your adorable, true, and only Son;

also the Holy Ghost, the Comforter.

 

You are the king of glory, O Christ;

You are the everlasting Son of the Father.

 

When You took upon Yourself to deliver man,

You humbled Yourself to be born of a virgin.

When You had overcome the sharpness of death,

You opened the kingdom of heaven to all believers.

 

You sit at the right hand of God

in the glory of the Father.

We believe that You will come

to be our judge.

 

We therefore pray You to help Your servants,

whom You have redeemed with Your precious blood.

Make them to be numbered with Your saints

in glory everlasting.

O Lord, save Your people and bless Your heritage.
Govern them and lift them up forever.
Day by day we magnify You.
And we worship Your name forever and ever.

Grant, O Lord, to keep us this day without sin.
O Lord, have mercy upon us, have mercy upon us.
O Lord, let Your mercy be upon us, as our trust is in You.
O Lord, in You have I trusted; let me never be confounded.

 

Offering

 

Kyrie

C       Lord, have mercy; Christ, have mercy; Lord, have mercy.

 

Lord’s Prayer

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.

 

Collect of the Day

P       O God, the giver of all that is good, by Your holy inspiration grant that we may think those things that are right and by Your merciful guiding accomplish them; through Jesus Christ, Your Son, our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. O Lord, hear my prayer.

C       And let my cry come to You.

 

Additional Prayers

P       We give You praise and thanksgiving, almighty God, that You do not leave us or forsake us, but come to us and all the world by Your Holy Spirit working through Your Word. By His help, we worship and glorify You, and take continual refuge in Your great mercy and grace. Abide with us, and keep us close to You, that we may share in Your great life and love. O Lord, hear my prayer.

C       And let my cry come to You.

P       Grant Your blessings and wisdom to all in the authority of government in our nation and throughout the world, who ultimately serve You in this historically difficult time. O Lord, hear my prayer.

C       And let my cry come to You.

P       Comfort all who are in sorrow or need, sickness or adversity. Have mercy on those to whom death draws near. Bring consolation and the peace that passes understanding to those who are deep in sorrow. O Lord, hear my prayer.

C       And let my cry come to You.

P       For all those who have gone before us with the sign of faith, we give thanks, and those who have loved and served You in Your Church who now rest from their labors. Keep us in fellowship with all Your saints, and bring us at last to the joys of Your heaven kingdom. O Lord, hear my prayer.

C       And let my cry come to You.

 

Collect for Grace

P       O Lord, our heavenly Father, almighty and everlasting God, You have safely brought us to the beginning of this day. Defend us in the same with Your mighty power and grant that this day we fall into no sin, neither run into any kind of danger, but that all our doings, being ordered by Your governance, may be righteous in Your sight; through Jesus Christ, Your Son, our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.

C       Amen.

 

Benedicamus

P       Let us bless the Lord.

C       Thanks be to God.

 

Benediction

P       The grace of our Lord T Jesus Christ and the love of God and the communion of the Holy Spirit be with us all.

C       Amen.

 

Hymn LSB 576 My Hope Is Built on Nothing Less

1        My hope is built on nothing less
Than Jesus’ blood and righteousness;
No merit of my own I claim
But wholly lean on Jesus’ name. Refrain

 

ref      On Christ, the solid rock, I stand;
All other ground is sinking sand, All other ground is sinking sand.

 

2        When darkness veils His lovely face,
I rest on His unchanging grace;
In ev’ry high and stormy gale
My anchor holds within the veil. Refrain

 

3        His oath, His covenant and blood
Support me in the raging flood;
When ev’ry earthly prop gives way,
He then is all my hope and stay. Refrain

 

4        When He shall come with trumpet sound,
Oh, may I then in Him be found,
Clothed in His righteousness alone,
Redeemed to stand before His throne! Refrain

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Fifth Sunday of Easter Service Outline – May 10, 2020

Mother’s Day

 

Prelude – Danse Sacrée et Danse Profane by Claude Debussy

Kayla Falkenholt – harp / Jared Falkenholt – piano

 

Hymn LSB 855 For All the Faithful Women

We sing of Mary, mother,

Fair maiden, full of grace.

She bore the Christ, our brother,

Who came to save our race.

May we, with her, surrender

Ourselves to Your command

And lay upon Your altar

Our gifts of heart and hand.

 

For Eunice and for Lois,

We sing our thanks and praise.

Young Timothy they nurtured

And led him in Your ways.

Raise up in ev’ry household

True teachers of Your Word

Whose lives will bear clear witness

To Christ, our risen Lord.

 

Recall the outcast woman

With whom the Lord conversed;

Christ gave her living water

To quench her deepest thirst.

Like hers, our hearts are yearning;

Christ offers up His Word.

Then may our lips be burning

To witness to our Lord.

 

O God, for saints and servants,
Those named and those unknown
In whom through all the ages

Your light of glory shone,
We offer glad thanksgiving
And fervent prayer we raise
That, faithful in Your service,
Our lives may sing Your praise.

 

       All praise to God the Father!
All praise to Christ the Son!
All praise the Holy Spirit,
Who binds the Church in one!
With saints who went before us,
With saints who witness still,
We sing glad Alleluias
And strive to do Your will.

 

Text: © 1993, 1997, 2003 GIA Publications, Inc. Used by permission: CPH Limited Promotional License no. 119000000

 

Invocation

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

C   Amen.

 

Exhortation

P       Our help is in the name of the Lord,

C       who made heaven and earth.

P       If You, O Lord, kept a record of sins, O Lord, who could stand?

C       But with You there is forgiveness; therefore You are feared.

P       Since we are gathered to hear God’s Word, call upon Him in prayer and praise, let us first consider our unworthiness and confess before God and one another that we have sinned

in thought, word, and deed, and that we cannot free ourselves from our sinful condition.

Together as His people let us take refuge in the infinite mercy of God, our heavenly Father,

seeking His grace for the sake of Christ, and saying: God, be merciful to me, a sinner.

 

Confession of Sins

C       Almighty God, have mercy upon us, forgive us our sins, and lead us to everlasting life. Amen.

 

Absolution

P       Almighty God in His mercy has given His Son to die for you and for His sake forgives you all your sins. As a called and ordained servant of Christ, and by His authority, I therefore forgive you all your sins in the name of the Father and of the T Son and of the Holy Spirit.

C   Amen.

 

Kyrie

C       Lord, have mercy; Christ, have mercy; Lord, have mercy.

 

Gloria in Excelsis

C       To God on high be glory

          And peace to all the earth;

          Goodwill from God in heaven

          Proclaimed at Jesus’ birth!

          We praise and bless You, Father;

          Your holy name, we sing—

          Our thanks for Your great glory,

          Lord God, our heav’nly King.

 

To You, O sole-begotten,

          The Father’s Son, we pray;

          O Lamb of God, our Savior,

          You take our sins away.

          Have mercy on us, Jesus;

          Receive our heartfelt cry,

          Where You in pow’r are seated

          At God’s right hand on high—

 

For You alone are holy;

          You only are the Lord.

          Forever and forever,

          Be worshiped and adored;

          You with the Holy Spirit

          Alone are Lord Most High,

          In God the Father’s glory.

          “Amen!” our glad reply.

 

Salutation

P       The Lord be with you.

C       And also with you.

 

Collect of the Day

P       Let us pray. O God, You make the minds of Your faithful to be of one will. Grant that we may love what You have commanded and desire what You promise, that among the many changes of this world our hearts may be fixed where true joys are found; through Jesus Christ, Your Son, our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.

C       Amen.

 

Anthem – “Prayer for Mothers”

 

First Reading          Acts 6:1–9; 7:2a, 51–60

                1Now in these days when the disciples were increasing in number, a complaint by the Hellenists arose against the Hebrews because their widows were being neglected in the daily distribution. 2And the twelve summoned the full number of the disciples and said, “It is not right that we should give up preaching the word of God to serve tables. 3Therefore, brothers, pick out from among you seven men of good repute, full of the Spirit and of wisdom, whom we will appoint to this duty. 4But we will devote ourselves to prayer and to the ministry of the word.” 5And what they said pleased the whole gathering, and they chose Stephen, a man full of faith and of the Holy Spirit, and Philip, and Prochorus, and Nicanor, and Timon, and Parmenas, and Nicolaus, a proselyte of Antioch. 6These they set before the apostles, and they prayed and laid their hands on them.

          7And the word of God continued to increase, and the number of the disciples multiplied greatly in Jerusalem, and a great many of the priests became obedient to the faith.

          8And Stephen, full of grace and power, was doing great wonders and signs among the people. 9Then some of those who belonged to the synagogue of the Freedmen (as it was called), and of the Cyrenians, and of the Alexandrians, and of those from Cilicia and Asia, rose up and disputed with Stephen. . . .

          2And Stephen said:

          “Brothers and fathers, hear me. . . .

          51You stiff-necked people, uncircumcised in heart and ears, you always resist the Holy Spirit. As your fathers did, so do you. 52Which of the prophets did not your fathers persecute? And they killed those who announced beforehand the coming of the Righteous One, whom you have now betrayed and murdered, 53you who received the law as delivered by angels and did not keep it.”

          54Now when they heard these things they were enraged, and they ground their teeth at him. 55But he, full of the Holy Spirit, gazed into heaven and saw the glory of God, and Jesus standing at the right hand of God. 56And he said, “Behold, I see the heavens opened, and the Son of Man standing at the right hand of God.” 57But they cried out with a loud voice and stopped their ears and rushed together at him. 58Then they cast him out of the city and stoned him. And the witnesses laid down their garments at the feet of a young man named Saul. 59And as they were stoning Stephen, he called out, “Lord Jesus, receive my spirit.” 60And falling to his knees he cried out with a loud voice, “Lord, do not hold this sin against them.” And when he had said this, he fell asleep.

 

P         This is the Word of the Lord.

C         Thanks be to God.

 

Epistle Reading      1 Peter 2:2-10

2Like newborn infants, long for the pure spiritual milk, that by it you may grow up to salvation— 3if indeed you have tasted that the Lord is good.

          4As you come to him, a living stone rejected by men but in the sight of God chosen and precious, 5you yourselves like living stones are being built up as a spiritual house, to be a holy priesthood, to offer spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ. 6For it stands in Scripture:

“Behold, I am laying in Zion a stone,
          a cornerstone chosen and precious,
and whoever believes in him will not be put to shame.”

7So the honor is for you who believe, but for those who do not believe,

“The stone that the builders rejected
          has become the cornerstone,”

8and

“A stone of stumbling,
          and a rock of offense.”

They stumble because they disobey the word, as they were destined to do.

          9But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for his own possession, that you may proclaim the excellencies of him who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light. 10Once you were not a people, but now you are God’s people; once you had not received mercy, but now you have received mercy.

 

P         This is the Word of the Lord.

C         Thanks be to God.

 

Alleluia

C       Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia.

 

Verse

C       These things are written that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God. Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia.

 

P       The Holy Gospel according to St. John, the fourteenth chapter.

C       Glory to You, O Lord.

 

HOLY GOSPEL         John 14:1-14

1[Jesus said:] “Let not your hearts be troubled. Believe in God; believe also in me. 2In my Father’s house are many rooms. If it were not so, would I have told you that I go to prepare a place for you? 3And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and will take you to myself, that where I am you may be also. 4And you know the way to where I am going.” 5Thomas said to him, “Lord, we do not know where you are going. How can we know the way?” 6Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. 7If you had known me, you would have known my Father also. From now on you do know him and have seen him.”

          8Philip said to him, “Lord, show us the Father, and it is enough for us.” 9Jesus said to him, “Have I been with you so long, and you still do not know me, Philip? Whoever has seen me has seen the Father. How can you say, ‘Show us the Father’? 10Do you not believe that I am in the Father and the Father is in me? The words that I say to you I do not speak on my own authority, but the Father who dwells in me does his works. 11Believe me that I am in the Father and the Father is in me, or else believe on account of the works themselves.

          12“Truly, truly, I say to you, whoever believes in me will also do the works that I do; and greater works than these will he do, because I am going to the Father. 13Whatever you ask in my name, this I will do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son. 14If you ask me anything in my name, I will do it.”

 

P       This is the Gospel of the Lord.

C       Praise to You, O Christ.

 

Children’s Message

Hymn 475 (LW) Gracious Saviour, Gentle Shepherd

Gracious Saviour, gentle Shepherd, Children all are dear to You;

May Your loving arms enfold them In Your care their whole life through;

Fondly tend and safely keep them In Your mercy strong and true.

 

Tender Shepherd, never leave them, Never let them go astray;

By Your warning love directed, May they walk the narrow way!

Thus direct them, thus defend them Lest they fall as easy prey.

 

Cleanse their hearts from sinful folly In the stream Your love supplied,

Mingled stream of bloodand water Flowing from Your wounded side;

And to heav’nly pastures lead them, Where Your own still waters glide.

 

By Your holy Word instruct them; Fill their minds with heav’nly light;

By Your pow’rful grace constrain them Always to approve what’s right;

Let them know Your yoke is easy, Let them prove Your burden light.

Taught to lisp Your holy praises, Which on earth Your children sing,

With their lips and hearts, sincerely, Glad thank off’rings may they bring,

Then with all the saints in glory Join to praise their Lord and King.

 

Sermon – “Growing Up in Christ”

 

Nicene Creed

C       I believe in one God,

     the Father Almighty,

     maker of heaven and earth

          and of all things visible and invisible.

 

And in one Lord Jesus Christ,

     the only-begotten Son of God,

     begotten of His Father before all worlds,

     God of God, Light of Light,

     very God of very God,

     begotten, not made,

     being of one substance with the Father,

     by whom all things were made;

     who for us men and for our salvation came down from heaven

     and was incarnate by the Holy Spirit of the virgin Mary

     and was made man;

     and was crucified also for us under Pontius Pilate.

     He suffered and was buried.

     And the third day He rose again according to the Scriptures

          and ascended into heaven

     and sits at the right hand of the Father.

     And He will come again with glory to judge both the living and the dead,

     whose kingdom will have no end.

 

And I believe in the Holy Spirit,

     the Lord and giver of life,

     who proceeds from the Father and the Son,

     who with the Father and the Son together is worshiped and glorified,

     who spoke by the prophets.

     And I believe in one holy Christian and apostolic Church,

     I acknowledge one Baptism for the remission of sins,

     and I look for the resurrection of the dead

     and the life T of the world to come. Amen.

 

PRAYER OF THE CHURCH                       

P       Jesus promised, “If you ask Me anything in My name, I will do it” (John 14:14). Let us then confidently pray for all people in their various needs, the Church around the world, and ourselves in our community and congregation.

P       When we hear about and read about the needs of people in our own country, we are also reminded of the plight of so many people around the world today. Provide them, heavenly Father, with the leadership that they need. In Your mercy, give them food, clothing, shelter, and community. We remember before You those known to us who call out to You in distress of any sort. Give them healing, relief, and comfort as fits Your gracious plans. Lord, in Your mercy,

C       hear our prayer.

P       When we understand that the Early Church needed both lay and clergy leaders to faithfully serve You, O Lord, and the people around them, we consider the many gifts the Holy Spirit has placed within us. Open our eyes that we may use all those resources to preach the Word, offer counsel and aid, and announce the Gospel to our friends and neighbors. Lord, in Your mercy,

C       hear our prayer.

P       When we see Stephen’s bold witness even to death, gracious God, we recognize that the Church is facing opposition and persecution in many places around the world. Protect and guide Your people wherever the Gospel is proclaimed so that they may nevertheless announce Jesus as the only way, truth, and life. Lord, in Your mercy,

C       hear our prayer.

P       When we hear Your promise, Lord Jesus, that Your followers will do great things, we know that we need Your strength and guidance so that we may do Your will in our various callings. Protect the armed forces of our country as they seek to support and protect us; guide emergency and medical personnel as they bring about healing and relief; bless farmers and merchants, musicians and artists, and elected and volunteer leaders in our communities. May they enable us all to rejoice and give thanks for each day You give us. Lord, in Your mercy,

C       hear our prayer.

P       Lord, on this day in which we honor mothers, may we love and cherish the special women who have born us, who have nurtured us, and who have prayed for our well-being. May our hearts overflow with gratitude to You, our heavenly Father, who formed and knitted each of us in a mother’s womb. Lord, in Your mercy,

C       hear our prayer.

P       Into Your hands, heavenly Father, we commend all for whom we pray, trusting in Your mercy for the sake of Your Son, Jesus Christ, our Lord.

C       Amen.

 

Lord’s Prayer

P       Lord, remember us in Your kingdom and teach us to pray:

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.

 

Hymn LSB LSB 785 We Praise You, O God

We praise You, O God, our Redeemer, Creator;
In grateful devotion our tribute we bring.
We lay it before You, we kneel and adore You;
We bless Your holy name, glad praises we sing.

 

We worship You, God of our mothers, we bless You;
Through trial and tempest our guide You have been.
When perils o’ertake us, You will not forsake us,
And with Your help, O Lord, our struggles we win.

 

With voices united our praises we offer
And gladly our songs of thanksgiving we raise.
With You, Lord, beside us, Your strong arm will guide us.
To You, our great Redeemer, forever be praise!

 

Text: Public domain

 

Benedicamus

P       Let us bless the Lord.

C       Thanks be to God.

 

Benediction

P       The Lord bless you and keep you.

The Lord make His face shine upon you and be gracious unto you.

The Lord look upon you with favour and T give you peace.

C       Amen.

 

SPECIAL MUSIC – If you are interested in hearing an officially “after the service” special song, … please stay with us for one more musical selection

 

“A Mother Like You” by JJ Heller (adapted by Kayla & Jared Falkenholt)






Fourth Sunday of Easter Service Outline – May 3, 2020

Good Shepherd Sunday

 

Hymn LSB 710 The Lord’s My Shepherd, I’ll Not Want

1    The Lord’s my shepherd, I’ll not want; He makes me down to lie
In pastures green; He leadeth me, the quiet waters by.

 

2    My soul He doth restore again, and me to walk doth make
Within the paths of righteousness, e’en for His own name’s sake.

 

3    Yea, though I walk in death’s dark vale, yet will I fear no ill;
For Thou art with me, and Thy rod, and staff me comfort still.

 

4    My table Thou hast furnished, in presence of my foes;
My head Thou dost with oil anoint, and my cup overflows.

 

5    Goodness and mercy all my life, shall surely follow me;
And in God’s house forevermore, my dwelling place shall be.

 

Text: Public domain

 

Invocation

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

C   Amen.

 

Exhortation

P       Beloved in the Lord! Let us draw near with a true heart and confess our sins unto God our Father, beseeching Him in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ to grant us forgiveness.

P       Our help is in the name of the Lord,

C       who made heaven and earth.

P       I said, I will confess my transgressions unto the Lord,

C       and You forgave the iniquity of my sin.

 

Confession of Sins

P       O almighty God, merciful Father,

C       I, a poor, miserable sinner, confess unto You all my sins and iniquities with which I have ever offended You and justly deserved Your temporal and eternal punishment. But I am heartily sorry for them and sincerely repent of them, and I pray You of Your boundless mercy and for the sake of the holy, innocent, bitter sufferings and death of Your beloved Son, Jesus Christ, to be gracious and merciful to me, a poor, sinful being.

 

Absolution

P   Upon this your confession, I, by virtue of my office, as a called and ordained servant of the Word, announce the grace of God unto all of you, and in the stead and by the command of my Lord Jesus Christ I forgive you all your sins in the name of the Father and of the T Son and of the Holy Spirit.

C   Amen.

 

Gloria Patri

C       Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Ghost; as it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without end. Amen.

 

Kyrie

C       Lord, have mercy upon us. Christ, have mercy upon us. Lord, have mercy upon us.

 

Gloria in Excelsis

P       Glory be to God on high:

C       and on earth peace, goodwill toward men.

We praise Thee, we bless Thee, we worship Thee,

we glorify Thee, we give thanks to Thee, for Thy great glory.

O Lord God, heav’nly King, God the Father Almighty.

O Lord, the only-begotten Son, Jesus Christ;

O Lord God, Lamb of God, Son of the Father,

that takest away the sin of the world, have mercy upon us.

Thou that takest away the sin of the world, receive our prayer.

Thou that sittest at the right hand of God the Father, have mercy upon us.

For Thou only art holy; Thou only art the Lord.

Thou only, O Christ, with the Holy Ghost,

art most high in the glory of God the Father. Amen.

 

Salutation

P       The Lord be with you.

C       And with thy spirit.

 

Collect of the Day

P       Let us pray. Almighty God, merciful Father, since You have wakened from death the Shepherd of Your sheep, grant us Your Holy Spirit that when we hear the voice of our

Shepherd we may know Him who calls us each by name and follow where He leads; through

the same Jesus Christ, Your Son, our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit,

one God, now and forever.

C       Amen.

 

Anthem – “I Am Jesus’ Little Lamb”

 

First Reading          Acts 2:42-47

42They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and fellowship, to the breaking of bread and the prayers. 43And awe came upon every soul, and many wonders and signs were being done through the apostles. 44And all who believed were together and had all things in common. 45And they were selling their possessions and belongings and distributing the proceeds to all, as any had need. 46And day by day, attending the temple together and breaking bread in their homes, they received their food with glad and generous hearts, 47praising God and having favor with all the people. And the Lord added to their number day by day those who were being saved.

 

P         This is the Word of the Lord.

C         Thanks be to God.

 

Epistle Reading      1 Peter 2:19-25

19This is a gracious thing, when, mindful of God, one endures sorrows while suffering unjustly. 20For what credit is it if, when you sin and are beaten for it, you endure? But if when you do good and suffer for it you endure, this is a gracious thing in the sight of God. 21For to this you have been called, because Christ also suffered for you, leaving you an example, so that you might follow in his steps. 22He committed no sin, neither was deceit found in his mouth. 23When he was reviled, he did not revile in return; when he suffered, he did not threaten, but continued entrusting himself to him who judges justly. 24He himself bore our sins in his body on the tree, that we might die to sin and live to righteousness. By his wounds you have been healed. 25For you were straying like sheep, but have now returned to the Shepherd and Overseer of your souls.

 

P         This is the Word of the Lord.

C         Thanks be to God.

 

Alleluia and Verse

C       Alleluia. Alleluia. Alleluia.

P       The Holy Gospel according to St. John, the tenth chapter.

C       Glory to You, O Lord.

 

HOLY GOSPEL         John 10:1-10

1[Jesus said:] “Truly, truly, I say to you, he who does not enter the sheepfold by the door but climbs in by another way, that man is a thief and a robber. 2But he who enters by the door is the shepherd of the sheep. 3To him the gatekeeper opens. The sheep hear his voice, and he calls his own sheep by name and leads them out. 4When he has brought out all his own, he goes before them, and the sheep follow him, for they know his voice. 5A stranger they will not follow, but they will flee from him, for they do not know the voice of strangers.” 6This figure of speech Jesus used with them, but they did not understand what he was saying to them. 7So Jesus again said to them, “Truly, truly, I say to you, I am the door of the sheep. 8All who came before me are thieves and robbers, but the sheep did not listen to them. 9I am the door. If anyone enters by me, he will be saved and will go in and out and find pasture. 10The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have life and have it abundantly.”

 

P       This is the Gospel of the Lord.

C       Praise to You, O Christ.

 

Children’s Message

Hymn 756 Why Should Cross and Trial Grieve Me

1    Why should cross and trial grieve me? Christ is near, with His cheer;
Never will He leave me.
Who can rob me of the heaven
    That God’s Son, for me won, when His life was given?

 

2    When life’s troubles rise to meet me, though their weight, may be great,
They will not defeat me.
God, my loving Savior, sends them;
    He who knows, all my woes, knows how best to end them.

 

3    God gives me my days of gladness, and I will, trust Him still
When He sends me sadness.
God is good; His love attends me
    Day by day, come what may, guides me and defends me.

 

4    From God’s joy can nothing sever, for I am, His dear lamb,
He, my Shepherd ever.
I am His because He gave me
    His own blood, for my good, by His death to save me.

 

5    Now in Christ, death cannot slay me, though it might, day and night,
Trouble and dismay me.
Christ has made my death a portal
    From the strife, of this life, to His joy immortal!

 

Text (sts. 4–5): © 2004 Stephen P. Starke, admin. Concordia Publishing House. Used by permission: CPH Limited Promotional License no. 119000000

Text (sts. 1–3): Public domain

 

 

Sermon – “Jesus Cares For You, For All”

 

Apostles’ Creed

C       I believe in God, the Father Almighty,

                   maker of heaven and earth.

 

And in Jesus Christ, His 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 into hell.

     The third day He rose again from the dead.

     He ascended into heaven

     and sits at the right hand of God the Father Almighty.

     From thence He will come to judge the living and the dead.

I believe in the Holy Spirit,

     the holy Christian Church,

          the communion of saints,

     the forgiveness of sins,

     the resurrection of the body,

     and the life T everlasting. Amen.

 

Offertory

C         Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a right spirit within me.

Cast me not away from Thy presence, and take not Thy Holy Spirit from me.

Restore unto me the joy of Thy salvation, and uphold me with Thy free spirit. Amen.

 

PRAYER OF THE CHURCH                        Psalm 23

P       Let us pray to God Almighty for people everywhere in their various needs, for the Church around the world, for all who are near and dear to us, and for ourselves. The Lord is my shepherd;

C       I shall not want.

P       We pray, O Lord, that wherever people are calling out to You, wanting for food, clothing, or shelter, that You will awaken in us and in government and social agencies care and compassion. Thus may the blessings You have showered on this planet be shared with them, bringing You all the praise. Lord, in Your mercy,

C       hear our prayer.

P       He makes me lie down in green pastures.

C       He leads me beside still waters. He restores my soul.

P       Sovereign God, we pray for all people who are suffering under the ravages of war between nations, civil unrest and revolution, and terror from extremists of all stripes. Raise up leaders who will work for peace and justice and will seek ways of reconciliation. Move government leaders to look in empathy on all who are denied basic human rights; lead them to make decisions to restore calm and human dignity for all. Lord, in Your mercy,

C       hear our prayer.

P       He leads me in paths of righteousness

C       for His name’s sake.

P       O Holy Spirit, who uses Word and Sacrament to work faith in the hearts of all believers, we pray for the Church here and around the world. Grant opportunity for clergy and lay leaders to proclaim the Gospel, strengthening those who trust in Christ and leading many to their Savior. Lord, in Your mercy,

C       hear our prayer.

P       Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil,

C       for You are with me; Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me.

P       Lord Jesus, hear us as we pray for those we know who are calling out to You for healing of body or mind, who face this day with sudden crises, are enduing long term ill, or are looking through tears of sorrow. Grant them days of health, relief, and comfort as You accompany them on their journey. Lord, in Your mercy,

C       hear our prayer.

P       You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies;

C       You anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows.

P       Heavenly Father, grant strong faith to us and all who come to the Lord’s Supper this day. Bestow on us the blessings of life and salvation that flow from our Savior’s body and blood. Lord, in Your mercy,

C       hear our prayer.

P       Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life,

C       and I shall dwell in the house of the Lord forever.

P       These and any other things You would have us ask of You, heavenly Father, grant to us f          or the sake of Jesus Christ, Your Son, our Lord, in whose name we pray.

C       Amen.

 

Lord’s Prayer

P       Lord, remember us in Your kingdom and teach us to pray:

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.

 

Hymn LSB LSB 711 Savior, like a Shepherd Lead Us

1        Savior, like a shepherd lead us; Much we need Your tender care.
In Your pleasant pastures feed us, For our use Your fold prepare.
Blessed Jesus, blessed Jesus, You have bought us; we are Yours.
Blessed Jesus, blessed Jesus, You have bought us; we are Yours.

 

2        We are Yours; in love befriend us, Be the guardian of our way;
Keep Your flock, from sin defend us, Seek us when we go astray.
Blessed Jesus, blessed Jesus, Hear us children when we pray.
Blessed Jesus, blessed Jesus, Hear us children when we pray.

3        You have promised to receive us, Poor and sinful though we be;
You have mercy to relieve us, Grace to cleanse, and pow’r to free.
Blessed Jesus, blessed Jesus, Early let us turn to You.
Blessed Jesus, blessed Jesus, Early let us turn to You.

 

4        Early let us seek Your favor, Early let us do Your will;
Blessed Lord and only Savior, With Your love our spirits fill.
Blessed Jesus, blessed Jesus, You have loved us, love us still.
Blessed Jesus, blessed Jesus, You have loved us, love us still.

 

Text: Public domain

 

Salutation

P   The Lord be with you.

C   And with thy spirit.

 

Benedicamus

A   Bless we the Lord.

C   Thanks be to God.

 

Benediction

P       The Lord bless you and keep you.

The Lord make His face shine on you and be gracious to you.

The Lord lift up His countenance upon you and T give you peace.

C       Amen, amen, amen.

 

 




Third Sunday of Easter Service Outline – April 26, 2020

 

Hymn LSB 589 Speak, O Lord, Your Servant Listens

1    Speak, O Lord, Your servant listens,
    Let Your Word to me come near;
Newborn life and spirit give me,
    Let each promise still my fear.
Death’s dread pow’r, its inward strife,
Wars against Your Word of life;
    Fill me, Lord, with love’s strong fervor
    That I cling to You forever!

 

2    Oh, what blessing to be near You
    And to listen to Your voice;
Let me ever love and hear You,
    Let Your Word be now my choice!
Many hardened sinners, Lord,
Flee in terror at Your Word;
    But to all who feel sin’s burden
    You give words of peace and pardon.

 

3    Lord, Your words are waters living
    When my thirsting spirit pleads.
Lord, Your words are bread life-giving;
    On Your words my spirit feeds.
Lord, Your words will be my light
Through death’s cold and dreary night;
    Yes, they are my sword prevailing
    And my cup of joy unfailing!

 

4    As I pray, dear Jesus, hear me;
    Let Your words in me take root.
May Your Spirit e’er be near me
    That I bear abundant fruit.
May I daily sing Your praise,
From my heart glad anthems raise,
    Till my highest praise is given
    In the endless joy of heaven.

 

Text: Public domain

 

Invocation

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

C   Amen.

 

Exhortation

P       If we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.

C       But if we confess our sins, God, who is faithful and just, will forgive our sins and cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

 

Confession of Sins

P       Let us then confess our sins to God our Father.

C       Most merciful God, we confess that we are by nature sinful 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.

 

Absolution

P       Almighty God in His mercy has given His Son to die for you and for His sake forgives you all your sins. As a called and ordained servant of Christ, and by His authority, I therefore forgive you all your sins in the name of the Father and of the T Son and of the Holy Spirit.

C       Amen.

 

Kyrie

A       In peace let us pray to the Lord.

C       Lord, have mercy.

A       For the peace from above and for our salvation let us pray to the Lord.

C       Lord, have mercy.

A       For the peace of the whole world, for the well-being of the Church of God, and for the unity of all let us pray to the Lord.

C       Lord, have mercy.

A       For this holy house and for all who offer here their worship and praise let us pray to the Lord.

C       Lord, have mercy.

A       Help, save, comfort, and defend us, gracious Lord.

C       Amen.

 

Gloria in Excelsis

A       Glory to God in the highest, and peace to His people on earth.

C       Lord God, heavenly king, almighty God and Father:

We worship You, we give You thanks, we praise You for Your glory.

Lord Jesus Christ, only Son of the Father, Lord God, Lamb of God:

You take away the sin of the world; have mercy on us.

You are seated at the right hand of the Father; receive our prayer.

For You alone are the Holy One, You alone are the Lord,

You alone are the Most High, Jesus Christ, with the Holy Spirit,

in the glory of God the Father. Amen.

 

Collect of the Day

A       The Lord be with you.

C       And also with you.

A       Let us pray. O God, through the humiliation of Your Son You raised up the fallen world. Grant to Your faithful people, rescued from the peril of everlasting death, perpetual gladness and eternal joys; through Jesus Christ, our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.

C       Amen.

 

Anthem – “We Believe that This Is Jesus”

 

First Reading          Acts 2:14a, 36-41

14Peter, standing with the eleven, lifted up his voice and addressed them, . . . 36Let all the house of Israel therefore know for certain that God has made him both Lord and Christ, this Jesus whom you crucified.” 37Now when they heard this they were cut to the heart, and said to Peter and the rest of the apostles, “Brothers, what shall we do?” 38And Peter said to them, “Repent and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins, and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. 39For the promise is for you and for your children and for all who are far off, everyone whom the Lord our God calls to himself.” 40And with many other words he bore witness and continued to exhort them, saying, “Save yourselves from this crooked generation.” 41So those who received his word were baptized, and there were added that day about three thousand souls.

 

A         This is the Word of the Lord.

C         Thanks be to God.

 

Epistle Reading      1 Peter 1:17-25

17If you call on him as Father who judges impartially according to each one’s deeds, conduct yourselves with fear throughout the time of your exile, 18knowing that you were ransomed from the futile ways inherited from your forefathers, not with perishable things such as silver or gold, 19but with the precious blood of Christ, like that of a lamb without blemish or spot. 20He was foreknown before the foundation of the world but was made manifest in the last times for your sake, 21who through him are believers in God, who raised him from the dead and gave him glory, so that your faith and hope are in God. 22Having purified your souls by your obedience to the truth for a sincere brotherly love, love one another earnestly from a pure heart, 23since you have been born again, not of perishable seed but of imperishable, through the living and abiding word of God; 24for “All flesh is like grass and all its glory like the flower of grass. The grass withers, and the flower falls, 25but the word of the Lord remains forever.” And this word is the good news that was preached to you.

 

A         This is the Word of the Lord.

C         Thanks be to God.

 

Alleluia and Verse

C       Alleluia.

Lord, to whom shall we go?

You have the words of eternal life.

Alleluia, alleluia.

 

A       The Holy Gospel according to St. Luke, the twenty-fourth chapter.

C       Glory to You, O Lord.

 

HOLY GOSPEL         Luke 24:13–35

13That very day two of them were going to a village named Emmaus, about seven miles from Jerusalem, 14and they were talking with each other about all these things that had happened. 15While they were talking and discussing together, Jesus himself drew near and went with them. 16But their eyes were kept from recognizing him. 17And he said to them, “What is this conversation that you are holding with each other as you walk?” And they stood still, looking sad. 18Then one of them, named Cleopas, answered him, “Are you the only visitor to Jerusalem who does not know the things that have happened there in these days?” 19And he said to them, “What things?” And they said to him, “Concerning Jesus of Nazareth, a man who was a prophet mighty in deed and word before God and all the people, 20and how our chief priests and rulers delivered him up to be condemned to death, and crucified him. 21But we had hoped that he was the one to redeem Israel. Yes, and besides all this, it is now the third day since these things happened. 22Moreover, some women of our company amazed us. They were at the tomb early in the morning, 23and when they did not find his body, they came back saying that they had even seen a vision of angels, who said that he was alive. 24Some of those who were with us went to the tomb and found it just as the women had said, but him they did not see.” 25And he said to them, “O foolish ones, and slow of heart to believe all that the prophets have spoken! 26Was it not necessary that the Christ should suffer these things and enter into his glory?” 27And beginning with Moses and all the Prophets, he interpreted to them in all the Scriptures the things concerning himself. 28So they drew near to the village to which they were going. He acted as if he were going farther, 29but they urged him strongly, saying, “Stay with us, for it is toward evening and the day is now far spent.” So he went in to stay with them. 30When he was at table with them, he took the bread and blessed and broke it and gave it to them. 31And their eyes were opened, and they recognized him. And he vanished from their sight. 32They said to each other, “Did not our hearts burn within us while he talked to us on the road, while he opened to us the Scriptures?” 33And they rose that same hour and returned to Jerusalem. And they found the eleven and those who were with them gathered together, 34saying, “The Lord has risen indeed, and has appeared to Simon!” 35Then they told what had happened on the road, and how he was known to them in the breaking of the bread.

 

A       This is the Gospel of the Lord.

C       Praise to You, O Christ.

 

Children’s Message

 

Hymn LSB 476 Who Are You Who Walk in Sorrow

1    Who are you who walk in sorrow
    Down Emmaus’ barren road,
Hearts distraught and hope defeated,
    Bent beneath grief’s crushing load?
Nameless mourners, we will join you,
    We who also mourn our dead;
We have stood by graves unyielding,
    Eaten death’s bare, bitter bread.

 

2    Who is this who joins our journey,
    Walking with us stride by stride?
Unknown Stranger, can You fathom
    Depths of grief for one who died?
Then the wonder! When we told You
    How our dreams to dust have turned,
Then You opened wide the Scriptures
    Till our hearts within us burned.

 

3    Who are You? Our hearts are opened
    In the breaking of the bread—
Christ the victim, now the victor
    Living, risen from the dead!
Great companion on our journey,
    Still surprise us with Your grace!
Make each day a new Emmaus;
    On our hearts Your image trace!

 

4    Who are we who travel with You
    On our way through life to death?
Women, men, the young, the aging,
    Wakened by the Spirit’s breath!
At the font You claim and name us,
    Born of water and the Word;
At the table still You feed us,
    Host us as our risen Lord!

 

5    “Alleluia! Alleluia!”
    Is the Easter hymn we sing!
Take our life, our joy, our worship
    As the gift of love we bring.
You have formed us all one people
    Called from ev’ry land and race.
Make the Church Your servant body,
    Sent to share Your healing grace!

 

Text: © 2000 National Association of Pastoral Musicians. Used by permission: CPH Limited Promotional License no. 119000000

 

Sermon – “Jesus Joins Us on Our Walk”

 

Nicene Creed

C   I believe in one God,

     the Father Almighty,

     maker of heaven and earth

          and of all things visible and invisible.

 

And in one Lord Jesus Christ,

     the only-begotten Son of God,

     begotten of His Father before all worlds,

     God of God, Light of Light,

     very God of very God,

     begotten, not made,

     being of one substance with the Father,

     by whom all things were made;

     who for us men and for our salvation came down from heaven

     and was incarnate by the Holy Spirit of the virgin Mary

     and was made man;

     and was crucified also for us under Pontius Pilate.

     He suffered and was buried.

     And the third day He rose again according to the Scriptures

          and ascended into heaven

     and sits at the right hand of the Father.

     And He will come again with glory to judge both the living and the dead,

     whose kingdom will have no end.

 

And I believe in the Holy Spirit,

     the Lord and giver of life,

     who proceeds from the Father and the Son,

     who with the Father and the Son together is worshiped and glorified,

     who spoke by the prophets.

     And I believe in one holy Christian and apostolic Church,

     I acknowledge one Baptism for the remission of sins,

     and I look for the resurrection of the dead

     and the life T of the world to come. Amen.

 

Offertory

C   What shall I render to the Lord for all His benefits to me?

I will offer the sacrifice of thanksgiving and will call on the name of the Lord.

I will take the cup of salvation and will call on the name of the Lord.

I will pay my vows to the Lord now in the presence of all His people,

in the courts of the Lord’s house, in the midst of you, O Jerusalem.

 

Prayer of the Church

P    Let us pray for people around the world in their various needs, their nations and leaders, the Church wherever it proclaims Christ, and ourselves in this place.    

P   Raise up leaders in all the nations, Lord over all, so that they may seek ways that lead to peace with their neighbours as well as justice and compassion for their citizens. Give them a sense of service to replace their thirst for power. Guide and direct the armed forces of the world and all who keep the peace at home. We pray especially for those who serve our country and communities. Instill in them a desire to bring order from chaos and calm from conflict. Lord, in Your mercy,

C   Hear our prayer.

P   For all whose faith and hope are in You, Lord our God, we pray Your protection and courage. Assure them of Your presence when they face opposition or persecution. Raise up and direct clergy and lay leaders to faithfully proclaim the truth of the resurrection. Open doors of opportunity here and wherever the Gospel is proclaimed, so that Your Church may grow in faith and in numbers. Lord, in Your mercy,

C   Hear our prayer. 

P   “All flesh is like grass,” and so, Lord Jesus, we ask You to strengthen and preserve all who call out to You with illnesses or disabilities, in sorrow and mourning, from isolation and fear. Surround them with caring health care professionals, understanding counselors, and concerned circles of family and friends. Bring about the health, relief, and joy You have in mind for them. Lord, in Your mercy,

C Hear our prayer.

P   We pray for ourselves, on whom You have bestowed faith, O Holy Spirit. Strengthen our faith, that, with the disciples of Emmaus, our hearts may burn within us as we study the Word and gather for the breaking of the bread. Keep us strong in the faith, so that we may share it with the people around us, that they, too, may rejoice in the salvation our risen Lord offers to all. Lord, in Your mercy,

C   Hear our prayer.   

P   These and any other things You would have us ask of You, grant to us, heavenly Father, for the sake of Your Son, Jesus Christ, our Lord.

C Amen.

 

Lord’s Prayer

P       Lord, remember us in Your kingdom and teach us to pray:

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.

 

Hymn LSB 685 Let Us Ever Walk with Jesus

1    Let us ever walk with Jesus, follow His example pure,
Through a world that would deceive us, and to sin our spirits lure.
Onward in His footsteps treading, pilgrims here, our home above,
    Full of faith and hope and love, let us do the Father’s bidding.
    Faithful Lord, with me abide; I shall follow where You guide.

 

2    Let us suffer here with Jesus, and with patience bear our cross.
Joy will follow all our sadness; where He is, there is no loss.
Though today we sow no laughter, we shall reap celestial joy;
    All discomforts that annoy, shall give way to mirth hereafter.
    Jesus, here I share Your woe; help me there Your joy to know.

 

3    Let us gladly die with Jesus, since by death He conquered death,
He will free us from destruction, give to us immortal breath.
Let us mortify all passion, that would lead us into sin;
    And the grave that shuts us in, shall but prove the gate to heaven.
    Jesus, here with You I die, there to live with You on high.

 

4    Let us also live with Jesus, He has risen from the dead
That to life we may awaken. Jesus, You are now our head.
We are Your own living members; where You live, there we shall be
    In Your presence constantly, living there with You forever.
    Jesus, let me faithful be, life eternal grant to me.

 

Text: © 1978 Lutheran Book of Worship. Used by permission: CPH Limited Promotional License no. 119000000

 

Benediction

P       The Lord bless you and keep you.

The Lord make His face shine on you and be gracious to you.

The Lord look upon you with favor and T give you peace.

C       Amen.






Second Sunday of Easter Service Outline – April 19, 2020

 

Hymn LSB 461 I Know That My Redeemer Lives

1    I know that my Redeemer lives;
What comfort this sweet sentence gives!
He lives, He lives, who once was dead;
He lives, my ever-living head.

 

2    He lives triumphant from the grave;
He lives eternally to save;
He lives all-glorious in the sky;
He lives exalted there on high.

 

3    He lives to bless me with His love;
He lives to plead for me above;
He lives my hungry soul to feed;
He lives to help in time of need.

 

4    He lives to grant me rich supply;
He lives to guide me with His eye;
He lives to comfort me when faint;
He lives to hear my soul’s complaint.

 

5    He lives to silence all my fears;
He lives to wipe away my tears;
He lives to calm my troubled heart;
He lives all blessings to impart.

 

6    He lives, my kind, wise, heav’nly friend;
He lives and loves me to the end;
He lives, and while He lives, I’ll sing;
He lives, my Prophet, Priest, and King.

 

7    He lives and grants me daily breath;
He lives, and I shall conquer death;
He lives my mansion to prepare;
He lives to bring me safely there.

 

8    He lives, all glory to His name!
He lives, my Jesus, still the same;
Oh, the sweet joy this sentence gives:
I know that my Redeemer lives!

 

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Invocation

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

C   Amen.

Exhortation

P       If we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.

C       But if we confess our sins, God, who is faithful and just, will forgive our sins and cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

 

Confession of Sins

P       Let us then confess our sins to God our Father.

C       Most merciful God, we confess that we are by nature sinful 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.

 

Absolution

P       Almighty God in His mercy has given His Son to die for you and for His sake forgives you all your sins. As a called and ordained servant of Christ, and by His authority, I therefore forgive you all your sins in the name of the Father and of the T Son and of the Holy Spirit.

C       Amen.

 

Kyrie

A       In peace let us pray to the Lord.

C       Lord, have mercy.

A       For the peace from above and for our salvation let us pray to the Lord.

C       Lord, have mercy.

A       For the peace of the whole world, for the well-being of the Church of God, and for the unity of all let us pray to the Lord.

C       Lord, have mercy.

A       For this holy house and for all who offer here their worship and praise let us pray to the Lord.

C       Lord, have mercy.

A       Help, save, comfort, and defend us, gracious Lord.

C       Amen.

 

Gloria in Excelsis

A       Glory to God in the highest, and peace to His people on earth.

C       Lord God, heavenly king, almighty God and Father:

We worship You, we give You thanks, we praise You for Your glory.

Lord Jesus Christ, only Son of the Father, Lord God, Lamb of God:

You take away the sin of the world; have mercy on us.

You are seated at the right hand of the Father; receive our prayer.

For You alone are the Holy One, You alone are the Lord,

You alone are the Most High, Jesus Christ, with the Holy Spirit,

in the glory of God the Father. Amen.

 

Collect of the Day

A       The Lord be with you.

C       And also with you.

A       Let us pray. Almighty God, grant that we who have celebrated the Lord’s resurrection may by Your grace confess in our life and conversation that Jesus is Lord and God; through the same Jesus Christ, Your Son, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.

C       Amen.

 

Hymn LSB 713 From God Can Nothing Move Me

1    From God can nothing move me; He will not step aside
But gently will reprove me and be my constant guide.
    He stretches out His hand, in evening and in morning,
My life with grace adorning, wherever I may stand.

2    When those whom I regarded
    As trustworthy and sure
Have long from me departed,
    God’s grace shall still endure.
    He rescues me from sin
And breaks the chains that bind me.
I leave death’s fear behind me;
    His peace I have within.

 

3    The Lord my life arranges;
    Who can His work destroy?
In His good time He changes
    All sorrow into joy.
    So let me then be still:
My body, soul, and spirit
His tender care inherit
    According to His will.

 

4    Each day at His good pleasure
    God’s gracious will is done.
He sent His greatest treasure
    In Jesus Christ, His Son.
    He ev’ry gift imparts.
The bread of earth and heaven
Are by His kindness given.
    Praise Him with thankful hearts!

 

5    Praise God with acclamation
    And in His gifts rejoice.
Each day finds its vocation
    Responding to His voice.
    Soon years on earth are past;
But time we spend expressing
The love of God brings blessing
    That will forever last!

 

6    Yet even though I suffer
    The world’s unpleasantness,
And though the days grow rougher
    And bring me great distress,
    That day of bliss divine,
Which knows no end or measure,
And Christ, who is my pleasure,
    Forever shall be mine.

 

D 7    For thus the Father willed it,
    Who fashioned us from clay;
And His own Son fulfilled it
    And brought eternal day.
The Spirit now has come,
    To us true faith has given;
    He leads us home to heaven.
O praise the Three in One!

Text (sts. 1–2, 6): © 1978 Lutheran Book of Worship; (sts. 3–5, 7): © 2006 Concordia Publishing House. Used by permission: CPH Limited Promotional License no. 119000000

 

First Reading          Acts 5:29-42

29 But Peter and the apostles answered, “We must obey God rather than men. 30 The God of our fathers raised Jesus, whom you killed by hanging him on a tree. 31 God exalted him at his right hand as Leader and Savior, to give repentance to Israel and forgiveness of sins. 32 And we are witnesses to these things, and so is the Holy Spirit, whom God has given to those who obey him.” 33 When they heard this, they were enraged and wanted to kill them. 34 But a Pharisee in the council named Gamaliel, a teacher of the law held in honor by all the people, stood up and gave orders to put the men outside for a little while. 35 And he said to them, “Men of Israel, take care what you are about to do with these men. 36 For before these days Theudas rose up, claiming to be somebody, and a number of men, about four hundred, joined him. He was killed, and all who followed him were dispersed and came to nothing. 37 After him Judas the Galilean rose up in the days of the census and drew away some of the people after him. He too perished, and all who followed him were scattered. 38 So in the present case I tell you, keep away from these men and let them alone, for if this plan or this undertaking is of man, it will fail; 39 but if it is of God, you will not be able to overthrow them. You might even be found opposing God!” So they took his advice, 40 and when they had called in the apostles, they beat them and charged them not to speak in the name of Jesus, and let them go. 41 Then they left the presence of the council, rejoicing that they were counted worthy to suffer dishonor for the name. 42 And every day, in the temple and from house to house, they did not cease teaching and preaching that the Christ is Jesus.

 

A         This is the Word of the Lord.

C         Thanks be to God.

 

Epistle Reading      1 Peter 1:3-9

3 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! According to his great mercy, he has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, 4 to an inheritance that is imperishable, undefiled, and unfading, kept in heaven for you, 5 who by God's power are being guarded through faith for a salvation ready to be revealed in the last time. 6 In this you rejoice, though now for a little while, if necessary, you have been grieved by various trials, 7 so that the tested genuineness of your faith—more precious than gold that perishes though it is tested by fire—may be found to result in praise and glory and honor at the revelation of Jesus Christ. 8 Though you have not seen him, you love him. Though you do not now see him, you believe in him and rejoice with joy that is inexpressible and filled with glory, 9 obtaining the outcome of your faith, the salvation of your souls.

 

A         This is the Word of the Lord.

C         Thanks be to God.

 

Alleluia and Verse

C       Alleluia.

Lord, to whom shall we go?

You have the words of eternal life.

Alleluia, alleluia.

 

A       The Holy Gospel according to St. John, the twentieth chapter.

C       Glory to You, O Lord.

 

HOLY GOSPEL         John 20:19–31

19 On the evening of that day, the first day of the week, the doors being locked where the disciples were for fear of the Jews, Jesus came and stood among them and said to them, “Peace be with you.” 20 When he had said this, he showed them his hands and his side. Then the disciples were glad when they saw the Lord. 21 Jesus said to them again, “Peace be with you. As the Father has sent me, even so I am sending you.” 22 And when he had said this, he breathed on them and said to them, “Receive the Holy Spirit. 23 If you forgive the sins of any, they are forgiven them; if you withhold forgiveness from any, it is withheld.” 24 Now Thomas, one of the twelve, called the Twin, was not with them when Jesus came. 25 So the other disciples told him, “We have seen the Lord.” But he said to them, “Unless I see in his hands the mark of the nails, and place my finger into the mark of the nails, and place my hand into his side, I will never believe.” 26 Eight days later, his disciples were inside again, and Thomas was with them. Although the doors were locked, Jesus came and stood among them and said, “Peace be with you.” 27 Then he said to Thomas, “Put your finger here, and see my hands; and put out your hand, and place it in my side. Do not disbelieve, but believe.” 28 Thomas answered him, “My Lord and my God!” 29 Jesus said to him, “Have you believed because you have seen me? Blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed.” 30 Now Jesus did many other signs in the presence of the disciples, which are not written in this book; 31 but these are written so that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that by believing you may have life in his name.

 

A       This is the Gospel of the Lord.

C       Praise to You, O Christ.

 

Children’s Message

 

Hymn – This Easter Celebration (Tune: The Church’s One Foundation)

This Easter celebration is not like ones we've known.
We pray in isolation, we sing the hymns alone.
We're distant from our neighbors — from worship leaders, too.
No flowers grace the chancel to set a festive mood.

 

No gathered choirs are singing; no banners lead the way.
O God of love and promise, where's joy this Easter Day?
With sanctuaries empty, may homes become the place
we ponder resurrection and celebrate your grace.

 

Our joy won't come from worship that's in a crowded room
but from the news of women who saw the empty tomb.
Our joy comes from disciples who ran with haste to see —
who heard that Christ is risen, and then, by grace, believed.

 

In all the grief and suffering, may we remember well:
Christ suffered crucifixion and faced the powers of hell.
Each Easter bears the promise: Christ rose that glorious day!
Now nothing in creation can keep your love away.

 

We thank you that on Easter, your church is blessed to be
a scattered, faithful body that's doing ministry.
In homes and in the places of help and healing, too,
we live the Easter message by gladly serving you.

 

Tune: Samuel Sebastian Wesley, 1864 ("The Church's One Foundation")  
Text: Copyright © 2020 by Carolyn Winfrey Gillette. All rights reserved.

 

Sermon – “Jesus’ Self-Isolation Brings Us Peace”

Apostles’ Creed

C   I believe in God, the Father Almighty,

     maker of heaven and earth.

 

And in Jesus Christ, His 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 into hell.

     The third day He rose again from the dead.

     He ascended into heaven

     and sits at the right hand of God the Father Almighty.

     From thence He will come to judge the living and the dead.

 

I believe in the Holy Spirit,

     the holy Christian Church,

          the communion of saints,

     the forgiveness of sins,

     the resurrection of the body,

     and the life T everlasting. Amen.

 

Special Music – “You Already Know” – J.J. Hiller

 

Offering Prayer

P Receive, O God, our bodies and souls and all our talents, together with the offerings we bring You, for by His blood Your Son has purchased us to be Your own that we may live under Him in His kingdom, through Jesus Christ, our Lord and Saviour. Amen.

 

Prayer of the Church

P    Almighty and most merciful God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, we give You thanks for all Your goodness and tender mercies, especially for the gift of Your dear Son and for

the revelation of Your will and grace. Implant Your Word in us that, with good and honest

hearts, we may keep it and bring forth the fruits of faith. We humbly implore You to rule and

govern Your Church throughout the world. Bless all those who proclaim Your truth that we

may be preserved in the pure doctrine of Your saving Word and that faith in You may be

strengthened, love toward others increased, and Your kingdom extended. Send forth laborers

into Your harvest, and sustain those whom You have sent that the Word of reconciliation may

be proclaimed to all people and the Gospel preached in all the world. Lord, in Your mercy,

C Hear our prayer.      

P Grant health and prosperity to all who are in authority, especially to the prime minister, the       premier and to all those who make, administer, and judge our laws. Grant them grace to rule according to Your good pleasure for the maintenance of righteousness and the hindrance and punishment of wickedness, that we may lead quiet and peaceable lives in all godliness and honesty. According to Your good pleasure, turn the hearts of our enemies and adversaries that they may cease their hostilities and walk with us in meekness and in peace. Lord, in Your mercy,

C Hear our prayer.

P Comfort, O God, with Your Holy Spirit all who are in trouble, want, sickness, anguish of labor, peril of death, or any other adversity. Grant courage and steadfastness especially to those who suffer for Your name’s sake that they may receive and accept their afflictions in the confidence that You will acknowledge them as Your own. Lord, in Your mercy,

C Hear our prayer. 

P Although we have deserved Your righteous wrath and punishment, yet, we ask You, O most merciful Father, not to remember the sins of our youth nor our many transgressions. Out of Your unspeakable goodness and mercy defend us from all harm and danger to body and soul. Preserve us from false doctrine, from war and bloodshed, from plague and pestilence, from all calamity by fire and water, from hail and tempest, from failure of harvest and from famine, from anguish of heart and despair of Your mercy. In every time of trouble, show Yourself a very present help, the Savior of all. Lord, in Your mercy,

C Hear our prayer.

P Cause all needed fruits of the earth to prosper that we may enjoy them in due season. Give success to the Christian training of the young, to all lawful occupations on land, sea, and air, and to all pure arts and useful knowledge, crowning them with Your blessing. Lord, in Your mercy,

C Hear our prayer.   

P These and whatsoever other things You would have us ask of You, O God, grant us for the sake of Jesus Christ, Your only Son, our Lord and Savior, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.

C Amen.

 

Luther’s Morning Prayer

I thank You, my heavenly Father, through Jesus Christ, Your dear Son, that You have kept me this night from all harm and danger; and I pray that You would keep me this day also from sin and every evil, that all my doings and life may please You. For into Your hands I commend myself, my body and soul, and all things. Let Your holy angel be with me, that the evil foe may have no power over me. Amen.

 

Lord’s Prayer

P       Lord, remember us in Your kingdom and teach us to pray:

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.

 

Benediction

P       The Lord bless you and keep you.

The Lord make His face shine on you and be gracious to you.

The Lord look upon you with favor and T give you peace.

C       Amen.

 

Anthem – “Go, Now in Peace”

 






Bible Study

Wednesday April 15th




Lesson 8

Second Sunday of Easter

The Holy Gospel: John 20:1931 The story of doubting Thomas was so strongly traditional as the Holy Gospel for the Sunday after Easter that it has been retained as the Holy Gospel for the Second Sunday of Easter in all three series of the Three-Year Lectionary

The Jews did not name the days of the week but identified them in their relation to the Sabbath Day. The Greek text here has "the first day with reference to the Sabbath" or "the first day following the Sabbath.Our English "the first day of the week" is appropriate. It was the evening of Easter Sunday when the events recorded occurred

It is not hard to understand that the disciples would make their room secure"the doors being locked ... for fear of the Jews.If the authorities had been bold enough to see to the death of Jesus, it surely could have been that they, Jesus' disciples, were in danger too. The sudden appearance of Jesus among them without knocking and entering through the door surely got their attention. His "Peace be with you" was the common Jewish greeting

122. How did the use of this greeting by the risen Jesus on this occasion add new meaning to it

123. Why did He then repeat this blessing as He spoke to the apostles of their commissioning as His representatives

124. How is the commissioning of His apostles related to Jesus Himself having been sent by the Father

125. Why did Jesus breathe on the disciples as He gave them the Holy Spirit? In what sense was this gift of the Holy Spirit preliminary to the later outpouring of the Spirit on the Day of Pentecost

126. What do we call the authority Jesus gives to those who represent Him

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This authority to forgive or not forgive is never to be used in an arbitrary way by the Church but as a pointed application of the Law/Gospel message we are commissioned to proclaim. The Greek is more expressive than our "forgive" and "withhold forgiveness." Aphete means that sins are "sent away," no longer to be held against a person; kratete speaks of sins being "held fast" to a person

Thomas was unwilling to base his faith on the experience of othersand Jesus accommodated His questioning disciple. As people who live in the age of empiricism, we can understand his desire to see for himself

127. Why was Jesus willing to go this additional step to give Thomas firsthand experience

128. Will Jesus always accommodate questioning and skepticism on the part of His followers

Scholars generally agree that the last paragraph of John 20 ended the original Gospel of John and that John 21 was added later, either by John or by one of his associates. John summed up his purpose in writing: "So that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that by believing you may have life in His name.

129. How did the account of Jesus' interaction with Thomas appropriately wrap up that purpose

The First Lesson: Acts 5:2942 Peter and John, going to the temple for prayer, had healed a crippled beggar at the temple gateand had used the situation to preach the Good News of the risen Jesus to the astonished crowd. The temple guards took them into custody so the Council could investigate the situation. In their court, Peter brought bold testimony to Jesus, saying, "This Jesus is the stone that was rejected by you, the builders, which has become the cornerstone. And there is salvation in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved" (Acts 4:11-12). The religious leaders ordered them to stop speaking and teaching in the name of Jesus but released them because all the people were praising God for the miraculous healing. The apostles, of course, resumed their teaching in the temple courts, were arrested again, and were reminded they had been "strictly charged not to teach in this name" (of Jesus). But Peter and the other apostles again stood firm in their bold testimony

Peter repeated the apostolic principle: "We must obey God rather than men." He pointedly called the elders to repentance for crucifying the one whom "the God of our fathers" raised and exalted to His right hand as Leader and Savior, and Peter assured them that God's purpose in all of it was to "give repentance to Israel and forgiveness of sins.The Greek text says this "cut them in two." On Pentecost Day, Peter had told the people essentially the same thing: "God has made this Jesus, whom you crucified, both Lord and Christ.On that occasion, the Greek says they were "pierced to the heart," and were ready to be led to repentance and faith and Baptism. In contrast, the Council, though cut by Peter's words, just wanted to get rid of the apostles by silencing them or putting them to death, as they had Jesus

130. How is it that essentially the same words, powered by the Holy Spirit, produce such opposite reactions in different people? (See Matthew 23:27; 1 Corinthians 1:2025; 2 Corinthians 2:14-16.

Sometimes in hot situations cooler heads prevail. By God's will for His apostles, that was true in their appearance before the Council. Instead of rushing the apostles to judgment, the Council accepted the advice

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of Gamaliel