April 28, 2019

April 28, 2019

Order of Worship

Second Sunday of Easter

In spite of all we have heard and all that we have seen, it is often hard to believe. Because it is hard to believe, we will invest ourselves in the Easter mystery for fifty days (a week of weeks). Because it is hard to believe, John the evangelist will provide sign after sign celebrating Jesus’ victory over death. Because it is hard to believe, the Lord Jesus will return to us again and again in the mystery of the holy communion, inviting us to touch and taste his presence, and offering us his peace.

 

At the ringing of the bell, please observe a moment of silence

 

Welcome and Reminders

 

Thanksgiving for Baptism

Blessed be the holy Trinity, ☩ one God, the fountain of living water, the rock who gave us birth, our light and our salvation. Amen.

 

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

 

We praise you for Christ, the firstborn from the dead, who frees us from sin and raises us up to new life. Here at this font we touch the river of the water of life, bright as crystal, flowing through the city of God. Here, death is washed away forever. Here, we are grafted into the tree of life, with leaves for the healing of the world.

 

Pour out your Holy Spirit on this assembly, into this community, and throughout all creation. Cleanse us from our fears and drown our divisions. Grant that all may drink of your mercy and peace, through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.

 

 Hymn Sing

 

Greeting

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

 

Hymn of Praise p.187

 

Prayer of the Day

O God of life, you reach out to us amid our fears with the wounded hands of your risen Son. By your Spirit’s breath revive our faith in your mercy, and strengthen us to be the body of your Son, Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.

 

Children's Sermon

 

First Reading – Acts 5:27-32

Peter has been arrested for proclaiming the good news of Jesus’ death and resurrection. His response to the charges of the high priest summarizes the early church’s proclamation of forgiveness of sin through repentance.

 

27When they had brought [the apostles,] they had them stand before the council. The high priest questioned them, 28saying, “We gave you strict orders not to teach in this name, yet here you have filled Jerusalem with your teaching and you are determined to bring this man’s blood on us.” 29But Peter and the apostles answered, “We must obey God rather than any human authority. 30The God of our ancestors raised up Jesus, whom you had killed by hanging him on a tree. 31God exalted him at his right hand as Leader and Savior that he might give repentance to Israel and forgiveness of sins. 32And we are witnesses to these things, and so is the Holy Spirit whom God has given to those who obey him.”

                        The word of the Lord. Thanks be to God.

 

Psalm 118:14-29

14The Lord is my strength and my song,
  
and has become my salvation.
15Shouts of rejoicing and salvation echo in the tents of the righteous:
  
“The right hand of the Lord acts valiantly!
16The right hand of the Lord is exalted!

           The right hand of the Lord acts valiantly!”
17I shall not die, but live,
      
and declare the works of the Lord. 
18The Lord indeed punished me sorely,
      
but did not hand me over to death.
19Open for me the gates of righteousness;
      
I will enter them and give thanks to the Lord.
20“This is the gate of the Lord;
      
here the righteous may enter.”
21I give thanks to you, for you have answered me
     
and you have become my salvation. 
22The stone that the builders rejected
      
has become the chief cornerstone.
23By the Lord has this been done;
      
it is marvelous in our eyes.
24This is the day that the Lord has made;
      
let us rejoice and be glad in it.
25Hosanna! O Lord, save us!
      
We pray to you, Lord, prosper our days! 

 26Blessed is the one who comes in the name of the Lord;

       we bless you from the house of the Lord
27The Lord is God and has given us light.
       
Form a procession with branches up to the corners of the               altar.
28You are my God, and I will thank you;
       
you are my God, and I will exalt you.
29Give thanks to the Lord, for the Lord is good;
        
God’s mercy endures forever. 

 

Psalm Prayer

 

Choir Anthem

 

Second Reading – Revelation 1:4-8

The book of Revelation recounts a mystical vision of the risen Christ, experienced by a Christian prophet named John. Here he describes Christ as a timeless redeemer, the beginning, present, and end of all time.

 

4John to the seven churches that are in Asia:
  Grace to you and peace from him who is and who was and who is to come, and from the seven spirits who are before his throne,
5and from Jesus Christ, the faithful witness, the firstborn of the dead, and the ruler of the kings of the earth.
  To him who loves us and freed us from our sins by his blood,
6and made us to be a kingdom, priests serving his God and Father, to him be glory and dominion forever and ever. Amen.
7Look! He is coming with the clouds; every eye will see him, even those who pierced him; and on his account all the tribes of the earth will wail. So it is to be. Amen.

8“I am the Alpha and the Omega,” says the Lord God, who is and who was and who is to come, the Almighty.

                   The word of the Lord. Thanks be to God.

 

Gospel Acclamation p.188

 

Gospel –John 20:19-31

The unprecedented events of the day of resurrection continue as the risen Jesus appears to his fearful disciples. A week later, after Thomas worships Jesus, Jesus pronounces that the blessings of the resurrection are also for those who “have not seen and yet believe.”

 

Response after the Gospel is announced: Glory to you, O Lord.

 

19When it was evening on that day, the first day of the week, and the doors of the house where the disciples had met were locked for fear of the Jews, Jesus came and stood among them and said, “Peace be with you.” 20After he said this, he showed them his hands and his side. Then the disciples rejoiced when they saw the Lord. 21Jesus said to them again, “Peace be with you. As the Father has sent me, so I send you.” 22When he had said this, he breathed on them and said to them, “Receive the Holy Spirit. 23If you forgive the sins of any, they are forgiven them; if you retain the sins of any, they are retained.”
24But Thomas (who was called the Twin), one of the twelve, was not with them when Jesus came. 25So the other disciples told him, “We have seen the Lord.” But he said to them, “Unless I see the mark of the nails in his hands, and put my finger in the mark of the nails and my hand in his side, I will not believe.”
26A week later his disciples were again in the house, and Thomas was with them. Although the doors were shut, Jesus came and stood among them and said, “Peace be with you.” 27Then he said to Thomas, “Put your finger here and see my hands. Reach out your hand and put it in my side. Do not doubt but believe.” 28Thomas answered him, “My Lord and my God!” 29Jesus said to him, “Have you believed because you have seen me? Blessed are those who have not seen and yet have come to believe.”
30Now Jesus did many other signs in the presence of his disciples, which are not written in this book. 31But these are written so that you may come to believe that Jesus is the Messiah, the Son of God, and that through believing you may have life in his name.

 

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

 

Sermon

 

Song of the Day – We Walk by Faith, ELW 635

 

Apostles' Creed p. 105

 

Prayers of Intercession - Lord, Listen to Your Children Praying, ELW 752

Lord, listen to your children praying, Lord send your Spirit in this place;

Lord, listen to your children praying, send us love, send us pow’r, send us

grace.

Each petition concludes with, “Lord in your mercy,”

The congregation responds, Hear our prayer

 

The Meal

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

Offering and Prayer

Risen One, as you broke bread with the disciples on the shore, meet us now in this meal. Nourish us to follow you, using our gifts to feed the hungry and tend the weary, and all for your love’s sake. Amen

The Great Thanksgiving - page 206

Holy, Holy, Holy – page 207

Words of Institution

The Lord’s Prayer – page 208

The Lamb of God – page 208

Distribution Song – O Savior, Precious Savior, ELW 820

Communion

Blessing

Prayer after Communion

Living God, you have greeted us in our brokenness and nourished us with the body of Christ, broken for us. Risen to new life with you, send us now to bear your healing love into the wounded world, in the name of our risen Savior and Lord. Amen.

 

Blessing

 

Sending Song – Good Christian Friends, Rejoice and Sing!, ELW 385

 

Dismissal: We are set free by God’s gift in Christ to share our faith and serve others.

 

Thanksgivings: For all those who have helped us to believe and have faith "even though we have not seen".

 

News and Events:

Council meets tomorrow at 6:05 pm.

 

Today is Picture Day for those who would like a new photo taken for the directory. Myra will be downstairs after worship so meet her there.

Julie would like verification of your current information including address, phone numbers, email addresses for the new directory asap. Please email Julie with the information or complete the form on the clipboard in the gathering area. Members can submit their own updated photo or use the photo from the 2014 directory.

 

Today is the last day to place your reservation of High Tea at the Green Fountain Inn in Waupaca on May 11 at 1:30 pm. Call 920-622-4481 or contact Lori

 

Thank you for serving today: Ushers: Mike and Bea

Reader: Mike

Communion Servers: Dave and Karen

Coffee Hour: St. John's Women of the ELCA

 

Readings for next week: Acts 9:1-6; Revelations 5:11-14;

                                            John 21:1-19

 

Calendar This Week:

Monday, April 29           6:05 pm – Council

Wednesday, May 1       10:00 am – Bible Study with Pastor Rick

                                           4:15 pm – Confirmation

                                           5:30 pm - Choir

Sunday, May 5                 9:00 am – Worship

 

                         St. John’s Lutheran Church, ELCA

(920) 622-3371  saintjohns@centurytel.net    stjohnssaxeville.org

Pastor Rick Engen (414) 403-1497 cell, (920) 566-4014 home, rtengen@aol.com

Debi Smith, Secretary (920) 622-3358

 

Welcome to those visiting today. Please fill out the yellow visitor card in the pew rack in front of you. May the Holy Spirit who has gathered us together for worship today be with you.

 

In Holy Communion we believe we receive the body and blood of Christ for forgiveness, renewal and strength in our faith and life. All are welcome at the Lord’s Table. Gluten-free wafers are available. Take one from the center cup of the bread tray.

 

On the first Sundays of the month, the sacrament is served at the altar. Come forward, kneel or stand at the rail. You will be served the bread. The wine is served in individual glasses. The lighter colored glasses in the center of the tray are juice.

 

Other Sundays we serve the sacrament by intinction in procession. Come forward, receive the bread and dip it in one of the chalices (the gold chalice has wine in it, the silver chalice has juice). Gluten-free wafers are in the cup in the center.

 

People with special needs should make these known to the ushers or to the servers as they are being served. Children who have not made their First Communion and those who do not wish to commune are invited to come forward for a blessing.

 

Arm chairs in the sanctuary are available for people with special circumstances. Two portable lift cushions are available to help those who need assistance getting up from a sitting position. Contact an usher for assistance.

 

You are encouraged to contact Pastor Rick anytime at

920-566-4014 or 414-403-1497

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