May 12, 2019

May 12, 2019

Order of Worship

Fourth Sunday of Easter/Bold Women's Day

The gift of new life, of eternal life, is the gift of the risen Christ. It is the promise of Jesus. It was true for Dorcas in Joppa. It was true for those “who have come out of the great ordeal” in the Revelation vision. It is true for us and for all the baptized: Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life, and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever.

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.


St. John's Womenof the ELCA will now recognize our “BoldWoman of 2019”


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


Holy God, holy and merciful, holy and mighty, you are the river of life, you are the everlasting wellspring, you are the fire of rebirth.


Glory to you for oceans and lakes, for rivers and streams. Honor to you for cloud and rain, for dew and snow. Your waters are below us, around us, above us: our life is born in you. You are the fountain of resurrection.


Praise to you for your saving waters: Noah, his family, and the animals survive the flood. Hagar discovers your well. The Israelites escape through the sea, and they drink from your gushing rock. Naaman washes his leprosy away, and the Samaritan woman will never by thirsty again.


Praise to you for the water of baptism and for your Word that saves us in this sacrament, Breathe you Spirit into all who are gathered here and into all your beloved creation.


Illumine our days. Enliven our bones. Dry our tears. Wash away the sin that is within us, and drown the evil that surrounds us.

Satisfy all our thirst with your living water, Jesus Christ, our Savior, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, nw and forever. Amen.


Gathering Song – Arise, Your Light Has Come!, ELW 314



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

Renewing God, pour out your power and come. In the waters of baptism you claim us and call us to be your beloved children. May water be our ever-present sign that you ever make all things new. Refresh us with the good news of Christ's love and anoint us with your Holy Spirit, that we might know the fullness of the new life that you prepare for us in your kingdom. In the mane of Christ, we pray. Amen.


Children's Sermon


First Reading – Acts 9:36-43

Dorcas was a faithful and devoted woman of charity in the community of Joppa. Her kindness and her work with clothing was well-known, especially to the widows in town. When she fell ill and died, Peter raised her back to life through the power of prayer.


36Now in Joppa there was a disciple whose name was Tabitha, which in Greek is Dorcas. She was devoted to good works and acts of charity. 37At that time she became ill and died. When they had washed her, they laid her in a room upstairs. 38Since Lydda was near Joppa, the disciples, who heard that Peter was there, sent two men to him with the request, “Please come to us without delay.” 39So Peter got up and went with them; and when he arrived, they took him to the room upstairs. All the widows stood beside him, weeping and showing tunics and other clothing that Dorcas had made while she was with them. 40Peter put all of them outside, and then he knelt down and prayed. He turned to the body and said, “Tabitha, get up.” Then she opened her eyes, and seeing Peter, she sat up. 41He gave her his hand and helped her up. Then calling the saints and widows, he showed her to be alive. 42This became known throughout Joppa, and many believed in the Lord. 43Meanwhile he stayed in Joppa for some time with a certain Simon, a tanner.


The word of the Lord. Thanks be to God.


Psalm 23

1The Lord is my shepherd;
  I shall not be in want.
2The Lord makes me lie down in green pastures
  and leads me beside still waters.
3You restore my soul, O Lord,
  and guide me along right pathways for your name’s sake.
4Though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I shall fear no evil;
  for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me.
5You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies;
  you anoint my head with oil, and my cup is running over.

 6Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life,

  and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever.


Psalm Prayer


Choir Anthem


Second Reading – Revelation 7:9-17

Christ is the shepherd who leads his faithful to springs of the water of life. Christ is also the lamb who vanquishes sin and suffering, in whose blood the saints have washed their robes and made them white.


9After this I looked, and there was a great multitude that no one could count, from every nation, from all tribes and peoples and languages, standing before the throne and before the Lamb, robed in white, with palm branches in their hands. 10They cried out in a loud voice, saying, “Salvation belongs to our God who is seated on the throne, and to the Lamb!” 11And all the angels stood around the throne and around the elders and the four living creatures, and they fell on their faces before the throne and worshiped God, 12singing, “Amen! Blessing and glory and wisdom and thanksgiving and honor and power and might be to our God forever and ever! Amen.”
13Then one of the elders addressed me, saying, “Who are these, robed in white, and where have they come from?” 14I said to him, “Sir, you are the one that knows.” Then he said to me, “These are they who have come out of the great ordeal; they have washed their robes and made them white in the blood of the Lamb. 15For this reason they are before the throne of God, and worship him day and night within his temple, and the one who is seated on the throne will shelter them. 16They will hunger no more, and thirst no more; the sun will not strike them, nor any scorching heat; 17for the Lamb at the center of the throne will be their shepherd, and he will guide them to springs of the water of life, and God will wipe away every tear from their eyes.”


The word of the Lord. Thanks be to God.


Gospel Acclamation p.188


Gospel –John 10:22-30

Jesus responds to questions about his identity with the remarkable claim that he and the Father are one. Those who understand this are his sheep; they hear his voice, follow, and will never be snatched from his hand.


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


22At that time the festival of the Dedication took place in Jerusalem. It was winter, 23and Jesus was walking in the temple, in the portico of Solomon. 24So the Jews gathered around him and said to him, “How long will you keep us in suspense? If you are the Messiah, tell us plainly.” 25Jesus answered, “I have told you, and you do not believe. The works that I do in my Father’s name testify to me; 26but you do not believe, because you do not belong to my sheep. 27My sheep hear my voice. I know them, and they follow me. 28I give them eternal life, and they will never perish. No one will snatch them out of my hand. 29What my Father has given me is greater than all else, and no one can snatch it out of the Father’s hand. 30The Father and I are one.”


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




Song of the Day – Signs and Wonders, ELW 672


 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


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 – Be Thou My Vision, ELW 793



Prayer after Communion

We thank you, gracious God, for loving all your family with a mother's tender care, and feeding us in a way our hearts and souls can understand, with the saving body and blood of Jesus Christ. Renew and enliven us by your presence in this meal, that we may be your presence in the world, through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord. Amen.





Sending Song – Let All Things Now Living, ELW 881


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


Thanksgivings: For the bold and faithful witness and ministry of women in the church.

News and Events:

Happy Mother's Day! And Bold Women's Day!


The altar flowers from Karen and Roger are in honor of their mothers


Julie needs verification of your current information for the new directory asap.


St. John's Women of the ELCA Bible Study will be tomorrow at 1:30 p.m.


Sisters into Soup will meet at 9:00 am on Thursday, May 16.


Our next Friday Fellowship and Fish Fry will be May 17. Rsvp to Attoes.


Noisy Offering next Sunday will benefit Waushara County Veterans Services.


Newsletter deadline is May 22. Do you have any news to share?


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 as we have no way to recycle any that are not sold. Dropoff can begin Sunday after church on June 9. You can also drop off Tuesday, June 10 – Thursday, June 13 from 5-7 pm. Any questions contact Pat or Steve 920-987-5744. Once again there will be a plant sale and brat fry on Friday. Come for lunch and support the cause.


There is money available for kids who would like to attend summer camp. Please contact a Council member or Pastor Rick and ask about "Camperships" if you would like to know more.


Thank you for serving today: Ushers: Paul and Debi

Reader: Bea

Communion Servers: Andrea and Steve

Coffee Hour: Pat and Steve


Readings for next week: Acts 11:1-18; Revelations 21:1-6;

                                             John 13:31-35


Calendar This Week:

Monday, May 13            1:30 pm – WELCA Bible Study

Tuesday, May 14             8:30 am – Quilters

Wednesday, May 15       5:30 pm – Choir

Thursday, May 16           9:00 am – Sisters into Soup

Sunday, May 19               9:00 am – Worship with Noisy Offering




                           St. John’s Lutheran Church, ELCA

(920) 622-3371

Pastor Rick Engen (414) 403-1497 cell, (920) 566-4014 home,

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