June 2, 2019

June 2, 2019

Order of Worship

Seventh Sunday of Easter

It is possible to hear in Jesus’ high priestly prayer, a prayer he offered shortly before his death, the petitions of the ascended Lord for his own throughout history—to our day—and beyond. Jesus prays for us. In holy baptism we become believers in God, have our robes washed in the flood of Christ’s forgiveness, and receive the gift of life forever with all the saints.

 

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.

 

Gathering Song – Lord Jesus Christ, Be Present Now, ELW 527

 

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, form the minds of your faithful people into your one will. Make us love what you command and desire what you promise, that, amid all the changes of this world, our hearts may be fixed where true joy is found, your Son, Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.

 

First Reading – Acts 16:16-34

The owners of a slave-girl who used her powers to tell fortunes threw Paul and Silas into jail for “healing” her and, consequently, ruining their business. In prison, Paul and Silas bring the good news of the gospel to the jailer and his family.

 

16One day, as we were going to the place of prayer, we met a slave-girl who had a spirit of divination and brought her owners a great deal of money by fortune-telling. 17While she followed Paul and us, she would cry out, “These men are slaves of the Most High God, who proclaim to you a way of salvation.” 18She kept doing this for many days. But Paul, very much annoyed, turned and said to the spirit, “I order you in the name of Jesus Christ to come out of her.” And it came out that very hour.
19But when her owners saw that their hope of making money was gone, they seized Paul and Silas and dragged them into the marketplace before the authorities. 20When they had brought them before the magistrates, they said, “These men are disturbing our city; they are Jews 21and are advocating customs that are not lawful for us as Romans to adopt or observe.” 22The crowd joined in attacking them, and the magistrates had them stripped of their clothing and ordered them to be beaten with rods. 23After they had given them a severe flogging, they threw them into prison and ordered the jailer to keep them securely. 24Following these instructions, he put them in the innermost cell and fastened their feet in the stocks.
25About midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns to God, and the prisoners were listening to them. 26Suddenly there was an earthquake, so violent that the foundations of the prison were shaken; and immediately all the doors were opened and everyone’s chains were unfastened. 27When the jailer woke up and saw the prison doors wide open, he drew his sword and was about to kill himself, since he supposed that the prisoners had escaped. 28But Paul shouted in a loud voice, “Do not harm yourself, for we are all here.” 29The jailer called for lights, and rushing in, he fell down trembling before Paul and Silas. 30Then he brought them outside and said, “Sirs, what must I do to be saved?” 31They answered, “Believe on the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved, you and your household.” 32They spoke the word of the Lord to him and to all who were in his house. 33At the same hour of the night he took them and washed their wounds; then he and his entire family were baptized without delay. 34He brought them up into the house and set food before them; and he and his entire household rejoiced that he had become a believer in God.

 

The word of the Lord. Thanks be to God.

 

Psalm 97

1The Lord reigns; let the earth rejoice;
  let the multitude of the isles be glad.
2Clouds and darkness surround the Lord,
  righteousness and justice are the foundations of God’s

        throne.

 3Fire goes before the Lord,

  burning up enemies on every side.
4Lightnings light up the world;
  the earth sees and trembles.
5The mountains melt like wax
  before the Lord of all the earth.
6The heavens declare your righteousness, O Lord,
  and all the peoples see your glory. 
7Confounded be all who worship carved images and delight in false gods!
  Bow down before the
Lord, all you gods.
8Zion hears and is glad, and the cities of Judah rejoice,
  because of your judgments, O
Lord.
9For you are the Lord, most high over all the earth;
  you are exalted far above all gods.
10You who love the Lord, hate evil!
  God guards the lives of the saints and rescues them from the

        hand of the wicked.

11Light dawns for the righteous,
  and joy for the honest of heart.
12Rejoice in the Lord, you righteous,
  and give thanks to God’s holy name.

 

Psalm Prayer

 

Second Reading – Revelation Revelation 22:12-14, 16-17, 20-21

The ascended Christ, hidden from our sight, promises to come again. We eagerly pray, “Come, Lord Jesus,” with all who respond to this invitation.

  

12“See, I am coming soon; my reward is with me, to repay according to everyone’s work. 13I am the Alpha and the Omega, the first and the last, the beginning and the end.”
14Blessed are those who wash their robes, so that they will have the right to the tree of life and may enter the city by the gates.
16“It is I, Jesus, who sent my angel to you with this testimony for the churches. I am the root and the descendant of David, the bright morning star.” 17The Spirit and the bride say, “Come.” And let everyone who hears say, “Come.” And let everyone who is thirsty come.
Let anyone who wishes take the water of life as a gift.
20The one who testifies to these things says, “Surely I am coming soon.” Amen. Come, Lord Jesus! 21The grace of the Lord Jesus be with all the saints. Amen.

 

The word of the Lord. Thanks be to God.

 

Gospel Acclamation p.188

 

Gospel –John 17:20-26

Jesus prays that the life of his followers will be characterized by an intimate unity of identity with God. To be so identified with God means also to share in God’s mission: to proclaim the word that will bring others into this same unity.

 

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

 

[Jesus prayed:] 20“I ask not only on behalf of these, but also on behalf of those who will believe in me through their word, 21that they may all be one. As you, Father, are in me and I am in you, may they also be in us, so that the world may believe that you have sent me. 22The glory that you have given me I have given them, so that they may be one, as we are one, 23I in them and you in me, that they may become completely one, so that the world may know that you have sent me and have loved them even as you have loved me. 24Father, I desire that those also, whom you have given me, may be with me where I am, to see my glory, which you have given me because you loved me before the foundation of the world.

25“Righteous Father, the world does not know you, but I know you; and these know that you have sent me. 26I made your name known to them, and I will make it known, so that the love with which you have loved me may be in them, and I in them.”

 

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

 

Sermon

 

Song of the Day – One Bread, One Body, ELW 496

 

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 –Spirit of God, Descend upon My Heart,ELW 800

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 –Sent Forth by God's Blessing, ELW 547

 

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

 

Thanksgivings: For all those graduating from high school and higher education and the promise and hope they give to the world.


News and Events:

Today is Food Pantry Sunday. Your donation of nonperishable food items will be used to supply the local food pantry.

 

Our new church directories are here. See Julie for your copy.

 

Movie Night, Saturday, June 8 at 6 pm. “In His Steps” A small group of compassionate Christians attempt to transform an apathetic congregation. Embarking on a crusade to walk In His Steps, Maxwell challenges his congregation to do nothing for an entire year without first asking, “What would Jesus do?” However, with family strife, church politics, and scorned lovers in their way, can they keep their promise?

 

The annual church Rummage Sale will soon be here. The dates are Friday, June 14 from 8 am – 5 pm and Saturday June 15 from 8 am - noon. Please consider donating your unwanted items as you do your spring cleaning. Use good judgement when choosing items. No electronics please. Dropoff begins Sunday after church on June 9. You can also drop off Tuesday, June 10 through Thursday, June 13 from 5-7 pm. Any questions contact Pat or Steve. Once again there will be a plant sale and brat fry on Friday. Come for lunch and support the cause. Rummage sale proceeds will go toward the Youth Gathering. Brat sale money will benefit St. John's Women of the ELCA.

 

Sisters into Soup have a supply of soup in the chest freezer downstairs. If you know of someone in need of a hot meal or you are having a tough day, help yourself.

 

Thank you for serving today: Ushers: Dave and Lorin

Reader: Scott

Communion Servers:Steve and Pat

Coffee Hour: Paul and Lori

 

Readings for next week: Acts2:1-21; Romans8:14-17; John 14:8-17

 

Calendar This Week:

Tuesday,June 4             8:30 am – Quilters

Saturday, June 8           6:00 pm – Movie Night – In His Steps

Sunday, June 9              9:00 am – Worship - Pentecost

 

 

 

 

 

                          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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