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5th Sunday of Easter - 2021

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The Ringing of the Bells and The Welcome


Opening Hymn: Alleluia Sing To Jesus

Alleluia! Sing to Jesus; His the scepter, His the throne;

Alleluia! His the triumph, His the victory alone.

Hark! The songs of peaceful Zion Thunder like a mighty flood:

"Jesus out of ev'ry nation Has redeemed us by His blood."

Alleluia! Not as orphans Are we left in sorrow now;

Alleluia! He is near us; Faith believes, nor questions how.

Though the cloud from sight received Him

When the forty days were o'er,

Shall our hearts forget His promise: "I am with you evermore"?

Alleluia! Bread of heaven, Here on earth our food, our stay;

Alleluia! Here the sinful Flee to You from day to day.

Intercessor, Friend of sinners, Earth's Redeemer, hear our plea

Where the songs of all the sinless Sweep across the crystal sea.

Alleluia! King eternal, Lord omnipotent we own;

Alleluia! Born of Mary, Earth Your footstool, heav'n Your throne.

As within the veil You entered,

Robed in flesh, our great High Priest,

Here on earth both priest and victim In the eucharistic feast.

Invocation and Opening Sentences

Pastor:            En el nombre del Padre, y del Hijo, y del Espíritu Santo.

People:          Amen.

Pastor:             Alleluia! Christ is risen!

People:           He is risen indeed! Alleluia!

Pastor:             The Lord takes pleasure in those who fear Him,

People:           in those who hope in His steadfast love.

Pastor:             Taste and see that the Lord is good!

People:           Blessed is the man who takes refuge in Him!

Pastor:             O Lord, how manifold are Your works!

People:           In wisdom have You made them all.

Pastor:             May the glory of the Lord endure forever;

People:           may the Lord rejoice in His works.

CONFESSION AND FORGIVENESS

Pastor:            Señor, ten piedad de nosotros.

People:          Señor, ten piedad de nosotros.


Pastor:            Cristo, ten piedad de nosotros.

People:          Cristo, ten piedad de nosotros.

Pastor:            Señor, ten piedad de nosotros

People:          Señor, ten piedad de nosotros

(Silent Prayer) (Momento de Oración Personal)

Pastor:             As penitent people, we ask God for His grace and mercy. We Humble ourselves before God, confess our sins to Him, and implore His forgiveness:

People:           O almighty God, most merciful Father, I, a repentant sinner, confess to You all my sins and iniquities with which I have offended You. By nature I am a sinful creature. In thought, word, and deed I have continually transgressed Your Law. For this I justly deserve Your present and eternal punishment. For the sake of the sufferings and death of Your Son, Jesus Christ, be gracious and merciful to me, a penitent and contrite being. Forgive me all my sins and grant me the power of Your Holy Spirit that I may amend my sinful life and bear fruit in keeping with true repentance.

Pastor:             God be gracious to you and strengthen your faith.

People:           Amen.

Pastor:             As you believe, so let it be. 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 Son and of the Holy Spirit.

People:           Amen.

 

The Prayer of the Day

Pastor:             The Lord be with you.

People:           And also with you.

Pastor:            Let us pray:

People:           Risen Christ, your wounds declare your love for the world and the wonder of your risen life: give us compassion and courage to risk ourselves for those we serve, to the glory of God the Father. Amen.

 

The Response: Make Us One

As we gather together in Your Son,

Let us know the joy of being one!

Let the time we share in this place

Be a time of love and friendship in your grace.

By your Spirit help us be one in peace and unity.

Bless us here as we gather in Your Son.

Give us joy, grant us peace, make us one!

Acts 8:26-40

26 An angel of the Lord said to Philip, “Get ready and go south to the road that goes from Jerusalem to Gaza.” 27-28So Philip got ready and went. Now an Ethiopian eunuch, who was an important official in charge of the treasury of the queen of Ethiopia, was on his way home. He had been to Jerusalem to worship God and was going back home in his chariot. As he rode along, he was reading from the book of the prophet Isaiah. 29The Holy Spirit said to Philip, “Go over to that carriage and stay close to it.” 30Philip ran over and heard him reading from the book of the prophet Isaiah. He asked him, “Do you understand what you are reading?” 31 The official replied, “How can I understand unless someone explains it to me?” And he invited Philip to climb up and sit in the carriage with him. The passage of scripture which he was reading was this: “Like a sheep that is taken to be slaughtered, like a lamb that makes no sound when its wool is cut off, he did not say a word. He was humiliated, and justice was denied him. No one will be able to tell about his descendants, because his life on earth has come to an end.” 34 The official asked Philip, “Tell me, of whom is the prophet saying this? Of himself or of someone else?” 35Then Philip began to speak; starting from this passage of scripture, he told him the Good News about Jesus. 36As they traveled down the road, they came to a place where there was some water, and the official said, “Here is some water. What is to keep me from being baptized?” 38 The official ordered the carriage to stop, and both Philip and the official went down into the water, and Philip baptized him. 39When they came up out of the water, the Spirit of the Lord took Philip away. The official did not see him again, but continued on his way, full of joy. 40Philip found himself in Azotus; he went on to Caesarea, and on the way he preached the Good News in every town.

Reader:          This is the Word of the Lord.

People:           Thanks be to God!

 

1 John 4:1-11

1My dear friends, do not believe all who claim to have the Spirit, but test them to find out if the spirit they have comes from God. For many false prophets have gone out everywhere. 2This is how you will be able to know whether it is God’s Spirit: anyone who acknowledges that Jesus Christ came as a human being has the Spirit who comes from God. 3But anyone who denies this about Jesus does not have the Spirit from God. The spirit that he has is from the Enemy of Christ; you heard that it would come, and now it is here in the world already.  4But you belong to God, my children, and have defeated the false prophets, because the Spirit who is in you is more powerful than the spirit in those who belong to the world. 5Those false prophets speak about matters of the world, and the world listens to them because they belong to the world. 6But we belong to God. Whoever knows God listens to us; whoever does not belong to God does not listen to us. This, then, is how we can tell the difference between the Spirit of truth and the spirit of error. 7Dear friends, let us love one another, because love comes from God. Whoever loves is a child of God and knows God. 8Whoever does not love does not know God, for God is love. 9And God showed his love for us by sending his only Son into the world, so that we might have life through him. 10This is what love is: it is not that we have loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son to be the means by which our sins are forgiven.  11Dear friends, if this is how God loved us, then we should love one another.

Reader:           This is the Word of the Lord.

People:           Thanks be to God!

John 15:1-8 


1 I am the real vine, and my Father is the gardener. 2He breaks off every branch in me that does not bear fruit, and he prunes every branch that does bear fruit, so that it will be clean and bear more fruit. 3You have been made clean already by the teaching I have given you. 4Remain united to me, and I will remain united to you. A branch cannot bear fruit by itself; it can do so only if it remains in the vine. In the same way you cannot bear fruit unless you remain in me. 5 “I am the vine, and you are the branches. Those who remain in me, and I in them, will bear much fruit; for you can do nothing without me. 6Whoever does not remain in me is thrown out like a branch and dries up; such branches are gathered up and thrown into the fire, where they are burnt. 7If you remain in me and my words remain in you, then you will ask for anything you wish, and you shall have it. 8My Father’s glory is revealed by your bearing much fruit, showing yourselves to be my disciples.

Pastor:             This is the Gospel of the Lord.

People:           Praise to You, O Christ.

The Apostle’s Creed

    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 everlasting.  Amen.

 

Kids Sermon

Sermon Hymn:.Gods Own Child I Gladly Say It

God’s own child, I gladly say it: I am baptized into Christ!

He, because I could not pay it, gave my full redemption price.

Do I need earth’s treasures many?  I have one worth more than any

That brought me salvation free, Lasting to eternity!

Sin, disturb my soul no longer: I am baptized into Christ!

I have comfort even stronger: Jesus’ cleansing sacrifice.

Should a guilty conscience seize me,

since my baptism did release me

In a dear forgiving flood, sprinkling me with Jesus’ blood?

Death, you cannot end my gladness: I am baptized into Christ!

When I die, I leave all sadness to inherit paradise!

Though I lie in dust and ashes faith’s assurance brightly flashes:

Baptism has the strength divine to make life immortal mine.

There is nothing worth comparing to this lifelong comfort sure!

Open-eyed my grave is staring: Even there I’ll sleep secure.

Though my flesh awaits its raising, still my soul continues praising:

I am baptized into Christ; I’m a child of paradise!

Sermon

Prayers

Lords Prayer

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

 

Prayer Hymn: Cantad Al Senior

Cantad al Señor un cantico nuevo.  (3 veces)

Cantad al Señor, cantad al Señor!

Porque el Señor ha hecho prodigios. (3 veces)

Cantad al Señor, cantad al Señor!

Cantad al Señor alabadle con arpa.  (3 veces)

Cantad al Señor, cantad al Señor!

Es él que nos da el Espíritu Santo.  (3 veces)

Cantad al Señor, cantad al Señor!

Jesús es Señor, amén, aleluya!  (3 veces)

Cantad al Señor, cantad al Señor!

Service of the Sacrament

Pastor:             The Lord be with you.

People:           And also with you.

Pastor:             Lift up your hearts.

People:           We lift them to the Lord. 

Pastor:             Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.

People:          It is right to give Him thanks and praise.

Pastor:             It is indeed right, our duty and our joy, always and everywhere to give you thanks, eternal Father, and in these days of Easter to celebrate with joyful hearts the memory of your wonderful works. For by the mystery of his passion Jesus Christ, your risen Son, has conquered the powers of death and hell and restored in humanity the image of your glory. He has placed them once more in paradise and opened to them the gate of life eternal. And so, in the joy of this Passover, earth and heaven resound with gladness, while angels and archangels and the powers of all creation speak forever of your glory.


People:          Amen!

Prayer of Thanksgiving

Blessed are You, Lord of heaven and earth, for You have had mercy on those whom You created and sent Your only-begotten Son into our flesh to bear our sin and be our Savior. With repentant joy, we receive the salvation accomplished for us by the all-availing sacrifice of His body and His blood on the cross. Gathered in the name and the remembrance of Jesus, we beg You, O Lord, to forgive, renew, and strengthen us with Your Word and Spirit. Grant us to faithfully eat His body and drink His blood as He bids us to in His own testament. Gather us together from the ends of the earth to celebrate, with all the faithful, the marriage feast of the Lamb in His kingdom, which has no end. Receive our prayers; deliver and preserve us. To You alone be all glory, honor, and worship, now and forever. Amen.

 

Lamb of God

Lamb of God, You take away the sin of the world;

have mercy on us.

Lamb of God, You take away the sin of the world;

have mercy on us.

Lamb of God, You take away the sin of the world;

grant us peace.

Consecration and Distribution

Thank the Lord

Thank the Lord and sing His praise;

tell everyone what He has done.

Let everyone who seeks the Lord,

rejoice and proudly bear His name.

He recalls His promises,

and leads His people forth in joy

with shouts of thanksgiving. Alleluia, alleluia.


Post-Communion Prayer

We give thanks to You, almighty God, that You have refreshed us through this salutary gift, and we implore You, that of Your mercy, You would strengthen us in faith toward You and in fervent love toward one another; through Jesus Christ, Your Son, our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.

 

Closing Hymn: Now All The Vault of Heaven Resounds

Now all the vault of Heav'n resounds

in praise of love that still abounds:

"Christ has triumphed!  He is living!"

Sing, choirs of angels, loud and clear! 

Repeat their song of glory here:

"Christ has triumphed!  Christ has triumphed!"

Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia!

Eternal is the gift he brings, therefore our heart with rapture sings:

"Christ has triumphed!  He is living!"

Now still he comes to give us life and by his presence stills all strife.

Christ has triumphed!  He is living! Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia!

Oh, fill us, Lord, with dauntless love;

set heart and will on things above

That we conquer through your triumph;

Grant grace sufficient for life's day that by our lives we truly say:

"Christ has triumphed!  He is living!" Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia!

Adoring praises now we bring and with the heav'nly blessed sing:

"Christ has triumphed!  Alleluia!"

Be to the Father and our Lord, to Spirit blest, most holy God,

All the glory, never ending!

Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia!

The Blessing

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