May 26, 2019

May 26, 2019

Order of Worship

Sixth Sunday of Easter

Visions abound in the readings for the sixth Sunday of Easter. Paul has a vision about what to do. John has a vision of what will be. The risen Lord Jesus provides visions of peace that passes human understanding and power beyond human imagination.

 

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 – God of Grace and God of Glory, ELW 705

  

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

Bountiful God, you gather your people into your realm, and you promise us food from your tree of life. Nourish us with your word, that empowered by your Spirit we may love one another and the world you have made, through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.

 

First Reading – Acts 16:9-15

A vision compels Paul to move his ministry into Greece. There he meets Lydia, an important person in the business community, whose heart has been opened by God to receive the gospel. Her conversion and baptism provide the impetus for the founding of the church at Philippi.

 

9During the night Paul had a vision: there stood a man of Macedonia pleading with him and saying, “Come over to Macedonia and help us.” 10When he had seen the vision, we immediately tried to cross over to Macedonia, being convinced that God had called us to proclaim the good news to them.
11We set sail from Troas and took a straight course to Samothrace, the following day to Neapolis, 12and from there to Philippi, which is a leading city of the district of Macedonia and a Roman colony. We remained in this city for some days. 13On the sabbath day we went outside the gate by the river, where we supposed there was a place of prayer; and we sat down and spoke to the women who had gathered there. 14A certain woman named 
Lydia, a worshiper of God, was listening to us; she was from the city of Thyatira and a dealer in purple cloth. The Lord opened her heart to listen eagerly to what was said by Paul. 15When she and her household were baptized, she urged us, saying, “If you have judged me to be faithful to the Lord, come and stay at my home.” And she prevailed upon us.

 

The word of the Lord. Thanks be to God.

 

Psalm 67

1May God be merciful to us and bless us;
  may the light of God’s face shine upon us.
2Let your way be known upon earth,
  your saving health among all nations.
3Let the peoples praise you, O God;
  let all the peoples praise you.
4Let the nations be glad and sing for joy,
  for you judge the peoples with equity and guide all the nations on

        earth. 

5Let the peoples praise you, O God;
  let all the peoples praise you.
6The earth has brought forth its increase;
  God, our own God, has blessed us.
7May God give us blessing,
  and may all the ends of the earth stand in awe.

 

Psalm Prayer

 

Second Reading – Revelation 21:10, 22--22:5

John’s vision of a new Jerusalem coming out of heaven provides continuity with God’s past actions. Yet in this new city, God’s presence replaces the temple, and the glory of God and the Lamb supplant sun and moon.

 

10And in the spirit [one of the angels] carried me away to a great, high mountain and showed me the holy city Jerusalem coming down out of heaven from God.
22I saw no temple in the city, for its temple is the Lord God the Almighty and the Lamb. 23And the city has no need of sun or moon to shine on it, for the glory of God is its light, and its lamp is the Lamb. 24The nations will walk by its light, and the kings of the earth will bring their glory into it. 25Its gates will never be shut by day—and there will be no night there. 26People will bring into it the glory and the honor of the nations. 27But nothing unclean will enter it, nor anyone who practices abomination or falsehood, but only those who are written in the Lamb’s book of life.
22:1Then the angel showed me the river of the water of life, bright as crystal, flowing from the throne of God and of the Lamb 2through the middle of the street of the city. On either side of the river is the tree of life with its twelve kinds of fruit, producing its fruit each month; and the leaves of the tree are for the healing of the nations. 3Nothing accursed will be found there any more. But the throne of God and of the Lamb will be in it, and his servants will worship him; 4they will see his face, and his name will be on their foreheads. 5And there will be no more night; they need no light of lamp or sun, for the Lord God will be their light, and they will reign forever and ever.

 

The word of the Lord. Thanks be to God.

 

Gospel Acclamation p.188

 

Gospel – John 14:23-29

As Jesus talks of returning to the Father, he promises to send the Advocate, the Holy Spirit, who will teach Jesus’ followers and remind them of all that Jesus taught. Even more, those in whom God makes a home will experience a peace that overcomes fear.

 

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

 

23Jesus answered [Judas (not Iscariot),] “Those who love me will keep my word, and my Father will love them, and we will come to them and make our home with them. 24Whoever does not love me does not keep my words; and the word that you hear is not mine, but is from the Father who sent me.
25“I have said these things to you while I am still with you. 26But the Advocate, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you everything, and remind you of all that I have said to you. 27Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled, and do not let them be afraid. 28You heard me say to you, ‘I am going away, and I am coming to you.’ If you loved me, you would rejoice that I am going to the Father, because the Father is greater than I. 29And now I have told you this before it occurs, so that when it does occur, you may believe.”

 

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

 

Sermon

 

Song of the Day – I Want to Walk as a Child of the Light, ELW 815

 

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 – Holy God, We Praise Your NameELW 414

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 – O Beautiful for Spacious Skies, ELW 888

  

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

 

Thanksgivings: For all those who have served in the military forces of our country.


News and Events:

We remember with gratitude those who served and sacrificed for our country this Memorial Day.

 

Council meets tomorrow at 6:05 pm.

 

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

 

Movie Night, Saturday, June 8 at 6 pm. “In His Steps” A small group of compassionate Christians attempt to transform an apathetic congregation in this modern-day adaptation of Charles Sheldon’s highly acclaimed novel. 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, or will they slip back into their comfortable routines?

 

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 920-987-5744. 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: Paul and Lori

Reader: Beth

Communion Servers: Bev and Cindy

Coffee Hour: Lynn and Scott

 

 

Readings for next week: Acts 16:16-34; Revelation 22:12-14,16-17,20-21;

                                            John 17:20-26

 

 

Calendar This Week:

Monday, May 27           6:05 pm - Council

Sunday, June 2               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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