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Third Sunday after Pentecost June 21, 2020

 

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Third Sunday after Pentecost

June 21, 2020



 

The Ringing of the Bells and The Welcome

Opening Hymn: Just as I Am, without One Plea (570)

Just as I am, without one plea

But that Thy blood was shed for me

And that Thou bidd’st me come to Thee,

O Lamb of God, I come, I come.

Just as I am and waiting not

To rid my soul of one dark blot,

To Thee, whose blood can cleanse each spot,

O Lamb of God, I come, I come.

Just as I am, though tossed about

With many_a conflict, many_a doubt,

Fightings and fears within, without,

O Lamb of God, I come, I come.

Just as I am, poor, wretched, blind;

Sight, riches, healing of the mind,

Yea, all I need, in Thee to find,

O Lamb of God, I come, I come.

 

Invocation

Pastor:            In the name of the Father, the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.

People:          Amen.

 

Confession and Forgiveness

Pastor:            If we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.

People:          But if we confess our sins, God, who is faithful and just, will forgive our sins and cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

Pastor:            Let us then confess our sins to God:

 

People:          Most merciful God, we confess that we are by nature sinful and unclean. We have sinned against You in thought, word, and deed, by what we have done and by what we have left undone. We have not loved You with our whole heart; we have not loved our neighbors as ourselves. For the sake of Your Son, Jesus Christ, have mercy on us. Forgive us, renew us, and lead us, so that we may delight in Your will and walk in Your ways to the glory of Your holy name. Amen.

Pastor:            Almighty God in His mercy has given His Son to die for you and for His sake forgives you all your sins. 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

Loving Creator, whose mercy never fails: deepen our faithfulness to you and to your living Word, Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

 

Scripture Readings (After each reading:)

Reader:           This is the Word of the Lord.

People:         Thanks be to God!

Jeremiah 20:7-13

7 Lord, you have deceived me, and I was deceived. You are stronger than I am, and you have overpowered me. Everyone jeers at me; they mock me all day long. 8Whenever I speak, I have to cry out and shout, “Violence! Destruction!” because I proclaim your message. But when I say, “I will forget the Lord and no longer speak in his name,” then your message is like a fire burning deep within me. I try my best to hold it in, but can no longer keep it back. 10 I hear everybody whispering, “Terror is everywhere! So let’s report him to the authorities!” Even my close friends wait for my downfall. “Perhaps he can be tricked,” they say; “then we can catch him and get revenge.” 11 But you, Lord, are on my side, strong and mighty, and those who persecute me will fail. They will be disgraced for ever, because they cannot succeed. Their disgrace will never be forgotten. 12 But, Almighty Lord, you test people justly; you know what is in their hearts and minds. So let me see you take revenge on my enemies, for I have placed my cause in your hands. 13 Sing to the Lord! Praise the Lord! He rescues the oppressed from the power of evil people.

 

 

Romans 6:12-23

12 Sin must no longer rule in your mortal bodies, so that you obey the desires of your natural self. 13Nor must you surrender any part of yourselves to sin to be used for wicked purposes. Instead, give yourselves to God, as those who have been brought from death to life, and surrender your whole being to him to be used for righteous purposes. 14Sin must not be your master; for you do not live under law but under God’s grace. 15 What, then? Shall we sin, because we are not under law but under God’s grace? By no means! 16Surely you know that when you surrender yourselves as slaves to obey someone, you are in fact the slaves of the master you obey—either of sin, which results in death, or of obedience, which results in righteousness. 17But thanks be to God! For though at one time you were slaves to sin, you have obeyed with all your heart the truths found in the teaching you received. 18You were set free from sin and became the slaves of righteousness. 19(I use everyday language because of the weakness of your natural selves.) At one time you surrendered yourselves entirely as slaves to impurity and wickedness for wicked purposes. In the same way you must now surrender yourselves entirely as slaves of righteousness for holy purposes. 20 When you were the slaves of sin, you were free from righteousness. 21What did you gain from doing the things that you are now ashamed of? The result of those things is death! 22But now you have been set free from sin and are the slaves of God. Your gain is a life fully dedicated to him, and the result is eternal life. 23For sin pays its wage—death; but God’s free gift is eternal life in union with Christ Jesus our Lord.

Matthew 10:21-33

21 “Men will hand over their own brothers to be put to death, and fathers will do the same to their children; children will turn against their parents and have them put to death. Everyone will hate you because of me. But whoever holds out to the end will be saved. 23When they persecute you in one town, flee to another one. I assure you that you will not finish your work in all the towns of Israel before the Son of Man comes. 24 “No pupil is greater than his teacher; no slave is greater than his master. So a pupil should be satisfied to become like his teacher, and a slave like his master. If the head of the family is called Beelzebul, the members of the family will be called even worse names! 26 “So do not be afraid of people. Whatever is now covered up will be uncovered, and every secret will be made known. 27What I am telling you in the dark you must repeat in broad daylight, and what you have heard in private you must announce from the housetops. 28Do not be afraid of those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul; rather be afraid of the One  who can destroy both body and soul in hell. 29For only a penny you can buy two sparrows, yet not one sparrow falls to the ground without your Father’s consent. 30As for you, even the hairs of your head have all been counted. 31So do not be afraid; you are worth much more than many sparrows!  32 “For those who declare publicly that they belong to me, I will do the same before my Father in heaven. But if anyone rejects me publicly, I will reject him before my Father in heaven.

 

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.

 

Sermon Hymn: You Satisfy the Hungry Heart (641)

You satisfy the hungry heart

With gift of finest wheat.

Come give to us, O saving Lord,

The bread of life to eat.

As when the shepherd calls his sheep,

They know and heed his voice;

So when You call Your fam’ly, Lord,

We follow and rejoice.

You satisfy the hungry heart

With gift of finest wheat.

Come give to us, O saving Lord,

The bread of life to eat.

The myst’ry of Your presence, Lord,

No mortal tongue can tell:

Whom all the world cannot contain

Comes in our hearts to dwell.

You satisfy the hungry heart

With gift of finest wheat.

Come give to us, O saving Lord,

The bread of life to eat.

You give Yourself to us, O Lord;

Then selfless let us be,

To serve each other in Your name

In truth and charity.

You satisfy the hungry heart

With gift of finest wheat.

Come give to us, O saving Lord,

The bread of life to eat.

Children’s Sermon

Sermon

The Prayers

The Lord’s 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

 

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, that we should always sing of your glory, holy Father, almighty and eternal God, through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord. For you are the hope of the nations, the builder of the city that is to come. Your love made visible in Jesus Christ brings home the lost, restores the sinner and gives dignity to the despised. In his face your light shines out, flooding lives with goodness and truth, and making us all, a divided and broken humanity, forever one in your kingdom.

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 & Distribution

Post Communion Song

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.

 

The Blessing

Closing Hymn: In Christ Alone

In Christ alone my hope is found;

He is my light, my strength, my song;

This Cornerstone, this solid ground,

Firm through the fiercest drought and storm.

What heights of love, what depths of peace,

When fears are stilled, when strivings cease:

My Comforter, my All in All,

here in the love of Christ I stand.

In Christ alone, who took on flesh,

fullness of God in helpless babe;

This gift of love and righteousness,

Scorned by the ones He came to save;

‘Till on that cross as Jesus died,

the wrath of God was satisfied,

For every sin on Him was laid,

here in the death of Christ I live.

There in the ground His body lay,

light of the world by darkness slain;

Then bursting forth in glorious day,

up from the grave He rose again.

And as He stands in victory,

sin’s curse has lost its grip on me

For I am His, and He is mine,

bought by the precious blood of Christ.

No guilt in life, no fear in death:

this is the power of Christ in me;

From life’s first cry to final breath,

Jesus commands my destiny,

No power of hell, no scheme of man

can ever pluck me from His hand

‘Till He returns, or calls me home,

here in the power of Christ I’ll stand.

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The Ringing of the Bells and The Welcome

Opening Hymn:  Lift High the Cross (837)

Lift high the cross, the love of Christ proclaim

Till all the world adore His sacred name.      

Come, Christians, follow where our Captain trod,

Our king victorious, Christ, the Son of God.

Lift high the cross, the love of Christ proclaim

Till all the world adore His sacred name.

O Lord, once lifted on the glorious tree,

As Thou hast promised, draw us all to Thee.

Lift high the cross, the love of Christ proclaim

Till all the world adore His sacred name.

Let ev’ry race and ev’ry language tell

Of Him who saves our lives from death and hell.

Lift high the cross, the love of Christ proclaim

Till all the world adore His sacred name.

So shall our song of triumph ever be:

Praise to the Crucified for victory!

Lift high the cross, the love of Christ proclaim

Till all the world adore His sacred name.

 

 

Invocation

Pastor:             In the name of the Father, the Son, and of the Holy              Spirit.

People:           Amen.

 

Confession and Forgiveness

Pastor:             If we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves,                              and the truth is not in us.

People:           But if we confess our sins, God, who is faithful and just, will forgive our sins and cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

Pastor:             Let us then confess our sins to God:

 

People:           Most merciful God, we confess that we are by nature sinful and unclean. We have sinned against You in thought, word, and deed, by what we have done and by what we have left undone. We have not loved You with our whole heart; we have not loved our neighbors as ourselves. For the sake of Your Son, Jesus Christ, have mercy on us. Forgive us, renew us, and lead us, so that we may delight in Your will and walk in Your ways to the glory of Your holy name. Amen.

Pastor:            Almighty God in His mercy has given His Son to die for you and for His sake forgives you all your sins. 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

God of truth, help us to follow You and to walk in the ways of wisdom and love, that we may find true life in Your Son Jesus Christ.  Amen.

 

Scripture Readings (After each reading:)

Reader:           This is the Word of the Lord.

People:                                                    Thanks be to God!

Exodus 19:1-8

The people of Israel left Rephidim, and on the first day of the third month after they had left Egypt they came to the desert of Sinai. There they set up camp at the foot of Mount Sinai, 3and Moses went up the mountain to meet with God. The Lord called to him from the mountain and told him to say to the Israelites, Jacob’s descendants: 4“You saw what I, the Lord, did to the Egyptians and how I carried you as an eagle carries her young on her wings, and brought you here to me. Now, if you will obey me and keep my covenant, you will be my own people. The whole earth is mine, but you will be my chosen people, a people dedicated to me alone, and you will serve me as priests.” 7So Moses went down and called the leaders of the people together and told them everything that the Lord had commanded him. 8Then all the people answered together, “We will do everything that the Lord has said.”

 

Romans 5:6-11

When we were still helpless, at the time that God chose, Christ died for us ungodly people. Rarely will anyone be willing to die to save a righteous person–though perhaps for a good person someone might actually dare to die. 8But God has shown how much he loves us in that while we were still sinners Christ died for us! By his sacrificial death we are now put right with God. How much more, then, will we be saved by him from God’s final judgement! 10 For if while we were enemies of God he restored our relationship with himself through the death of his Son, how much more now, with that relationship restored, will we be saved by Christ’s life! 11 But not only that; we now rejoice because of what God has done through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom our relationship with God is restored.

 

Matthew 9:35 - 10:20

Jesus went around visiting all the towns and villages. He taught in the synagogues, preached the Good News about the Kingdom, and healed people with every kind of disease and sickness. As he saw the crowds, his heart was filled with pity for them, because they were worried and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd. 37 So he said to his disciples, “The harvest is large, but there are few workers to gather it in. Pray to the owner of the harvest that he will send out workers to gather in his harvest.” Jesus called his twelve disciples together and gave them authority to drive out evil spirits and to heal every disease and every sickness. These are the names of the twelve apostles: first, Simon (called Peter) and his brother Andrew; James and his brother John, the sons of Zebedee; 3Philip and Bartholomew; Thomas and Matthew, the tax collector; James son of Alphaeus, and Thaddaeus; 4Simon the Patriot, and Judas Iscariot, who betrayed Jesus. These twelve men were sent out by Jesus with the following instructions: “Do not go to any Gentile territory or any Samaritan towns. 6Instead, you are to go to the lost sheep of the people of Israel. Go and preach, ‘The Kingdom of heaven is near!’ Heal the sick, bring the dead back to life, heal those who suffer from dreaded skin diseases, and drive out demons. You have received without paying, so give without being paid.  Do not carry any gold, silver, or copper money in your pockets; 10 do not carry a beggar's bag for the trip or an extra shirt or shoes or a walking stick. Workers should be given what they need.11 “When you come to a town or village, go in and look for someone who is willing to welcome you, and stay with him until you leave that place. 12 When you go into a house, say, ‘Peace be with you.’ 13 If the people in that house welcome you, let your greeting of peace remain; but if they do not welcome you, then take back your greeting. 14 And if some home or town will not welcome you or listen to you, then leave that place and shake the dust off your feet. 15 I assure you that on the Judgment Day God will show more mercy to the people of Sodom and Gomorrah than to the people of that town! 16 “Listen! I am sending you out just like sheep to a pack of wolves. You must be as cautious as snakes and as gentle as doves. 17 Watch out, for there will be those who will arrest you and take you to court, and they will whip you in the synagogues. 18 For my sake you will be brought to trial before rulers and kings, to tell the Good News to them and to the Gentiles. 19 When they bring you to trial, do not worry about what you are going to say or how you will say it; when the time comes, you will be given what you will say. 20 For the words you will speak will not be yours; they will come from the Spirit of your Father speaking through you.

 

The Nicene Creed

     I believe in one God, the Father Almighty, maker of heaven and earth and of all things visible and invisible.

     And in one Lord Jesus Christ, the only begotten Son of God, begotten of his Father before all worlds, God of God, Light of Light, very God of very God, begotten, not made, being of one substance with the Father, by whom all things were made; who for us men and for our salvation came down from heaven and was incarnate by the Holy Spirit of the Virgin Mary and was made man; and was crucified also for us under Pontius Pilate. He suffered and was buried. And on the third day he rose again according to the Scriptures and ascended into heaven and sits at the right hand of the Father. And he will come again with glory to judge both the living and the dead, whose kingdom will have no end.

     And I believe in the Holy Spirit, the Lord and giver of life, who proceeds from the Father and the Son, who with the Father and the Son together is worshiped and glorified, who spoke by the prophets. And I believe in one holy Christian and apostolic Church, I acknowledge one Baptism for the remission of sins, and I look for the resurrection of the dead and the life of the

world to come. Amen.

Sermon Hymn: The Church’s One Foundation (644)

The Church’s one foundation Is Jesus Christ, her Lord;

She is His new creation By water and the Word.

From heav’n He came and sought her To be His holy bride;

With His own blood He bought her, And for her life He died.

Elect from ev’ry nation,Yet one o’er all the earth;

Her charter of salvation: One Lord, one faith, one birth.

One holy name she blesses, Partakes one holy food,

And to one hope she presses, With ev’ry grace endued.

Through toil and tribulation And tumult of her war

She waits the consummation Of peace forevermore

Till with the vision glorious Her longing eyes are blest,

And the great Church victorious Shall be the Church at rest.

 

Children’s Sermon

Sermon

The Prayers

The Lord’s 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

  

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, that we should always sing of your glory, holy Father, almighty and eternal God, through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord. For you are the hope of the nations, the builder of the city that is to come. Your love made visible in Jesus Christ brings home the lost, restores the sinner and gives dignity to the despised. In his face your light shines out, flooding lives with goodness and truth, and making us all, a divided and broken humanity, forever one in your kingdom.

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 & Distribution

Post Communion Song       

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.

 

The Blessing

 

Closing Hymn: Sent Forth by God’s Blessing (643)

 

Sent forth by God’s blessing,

    Our true faith confessing,

The people of God from His dwelling take leave.

    The Supper is ended.

    O now be extended

The fruits of this service in all who believe.

    The seed of His teaching,

    Receptive souls reaching,

Shall blossom in action for God and for all.

    His grace did invite us,

    His love shall unite us

To work for God’s kingdom and answer His call.

               

With praise and thanksgiving

    To God ever-living,

The tasks of our ev’ryday life we will face.

    Our faith ever sharing,

    In love ever caring,

Embracing His children of each tribe and race.

    With Your feast You feed us,

    With Your light now lead us;

Unite us as one in this life that we share.

    Then may all the living

    With praise and thanksgiving

Give honor to Christ and His name that we bear

 

1st Sunday after Pentecost - Trinity Sunday June 7, 2020

1st Sunday after Pentecost - Trinity Sunday June 7, 2020

Trinity Sunday

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The Ringing of the Bells and The Welcome

Opening Hymn: “The Lord, My God, Be Praised” (#794)

The Lord my God be praised, my light, my life from heaven;

My maker, who to me has soul and body given;

My Father, who will shield and keep me day by day

And make each moment yield new blessings on my way.

The Lord, my God be praised, my trust, my life from heaven,

The Father’s own dear Son, whose life for me was given,

Who for my sin atoned with his most precious blood

And gives to me by faith the highest heavenly good.

The Lord, my God, be praised, my hope, my life from heaven,

The Spirit, whom the Son in love to me has given.

His grace revives my heart and gives my spirit power,

Help, comfort, and support in sorrow’s gloomy hour.

The Lord, my God be praised, my God, the everliving,

To whom the heavenly host their laud and praise are giving.

The Lord, my God, be praised, I whose great name I boast,

God Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Ghost.

 

Invocation

Pastor:    In the name of the Father,

People:  Who blesses us with far more than we could ever ask or desire;

Pastor:    In the name of the Son,

People:  Who has paid the great price of his own life for our salvation;

Pastor:    In the name of the Holy Spirit,

People:  Who shapes our hearts and minds as children of God and equips us for service in God's Kingdom.

Pastor:    Amen.

People:  Alleluia!  Amen.

 

Confession and Forgiveness

Pastor:    If we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.

People:  But if we confess our sins, God, who is faithful and just, will forgive our sins and cleanse

                us from all unrighteousness.

Pastor:    Let us then confess our sins to God:

People:  Most merciful God, we confess that we are by nature sinful and unclean. We have sinned against you in thought, word, and deed, by what we have done and by what we have left undone. We have not loved you with our whole heart; we have not loved our neighbors as ourselves. For the sake of your Son, Jesus Christ, have mercy on us. Forgive us, renew us, and lead us, so that we may delight in your will and walk in your ways to the glory of

                your holy name. Amen.

Pastor:    Almighty God in His mercy has given His Son to die for you and for His sake forgives you all your sins. 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

Almighty God our Father, dwelling in majesty and mystery, revealing the glory of your mercy through our Lord, Jesus Christ, and renewing and enabling your people by your eternal Spirit: Cleanse us from doubt and fear, and enable us to worship you, with your Son and the Holy Spirit, one God, living and reigning, now and forever. Amen.

 

Scripture Readings (After each reading:)

Reader:  This is the Word of the Lord.

People:                                                                                                          Thanks be to God!

Isaiah 40:25-31

25 To whom can the holy God be compared? Is there anyone else like him? 26 Look up at the sky! Who created the stars you see? The one who leads them out like an army, he knows how many there are and calls each one by name! His power is so great—not one of them is ever missing! 27 Israel, why then do you complain that the Lord doesn’t know your troubles or care if you suffer injustice? 28 Don’t you know? Haven’t you heard? The Lord is the everlasting God; he created all the world. He never grows tired or weary. No one understands his thoughts. 29 He strengthens those who are weak and tired. 30 Even those who are young grow weak; young people can fall exhausted. 31 But those who trust in the Lord for help

will find their strength renewed.

Acts 2:14a, 22-24, 32-33, 36

14 Then Peter stood up with the other eleven apostles and in a loud voice began to speak to the crowd:...  22 “Listen to these words, fellow Israelites! Jesus of Nazareth was a man whose divine authority was clearly proven to you by all the miracles and wonders which God performed through him. You yourselves know this, for it happened here among you. 23 In accordance with his own plan God had already decided that Jesus would be handed over to you; and you killed him by letting sinful men crucify him. 24 But God raised him from death, setting him free from its power, because it was impossible that death should hold him prisoner.... 32 God has raised this very Jesus from death, and we are all witnesses to this fact. 33 He has been raised to the right side of God, his Father, and has received from him the Holy Spirit, as he had promised. What you now see and hear is his gift that he has poured out on us.... 36 All the people of Israel, then, are to know for sure that this Jesus, whom you crucified, is the one that God has made Lord and

Messiah!”

Matthew 28:16-20

16 The eleven disciples went to the hill in Galilee where Jesus had told them to go. 17When they saw him, they worshiped him, even though some of them doubted. 18Jesus drew near and said to them, “I have been given all authority in heaven and on earth. Go, then, to all peoples everywhere and make them my disciples: baptize them in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, 20and teach them to obey everything I have commanded you. And I will be with you always, to the end of the age.”

 

The Nicene Creed (an ancient statement of our faith in the Triune God)

     I believe in one God, the Father Almighty, maker of heaven and earth and of all things visible and invisible.

     And in one Lord Jesus Christ, the only begotten Son of God, begotten of his Father before all worlds, God of God, Light of Light, very God of very God, begotten, not made, being of one substance with the Father, by whom all things were made; who for us men and for our salvation came down from heaven and was incarnate by the Holy Spirit of the Virgin Mary and was made man; and was crucified also for us under Pontius Pilate. He suffered and was buried. And on the third day he rose again according to the Scriptures and ascended into heaven and sits at the right hand of the Father. And he will come again with glory to judge both the living and the dead, whose kingdom will have no end.

     And I believe in the Holy Spirit, the Lord and giver of life, who proceeds from the Father and the Son, who with the Father and the Son together is worshiped and glorified, who spoke by the prophets. And I believe in one holy Christian and apostolic Church, I acknowledge one Baptism for the remission of sins, and I look for the resurrection of the dead and the life of the world to come. Amen.

 

Hymn: "From All That Dwell Below the Skies" (#816)

    1. From all that dwell below the skies

        Let the Creator's praise arise;  Alleluia, alleluia!

        Let the Redeemer's name be sung

             Through every land by every tongue.

        Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia, alleluia, alleluia!

    2. Eternal are your mercies, Lord;

        Eternal truth attends your Word;  Alleluia, alleluia!

        Your praise shall sound from shore to shore

             Till suns shall rise and set no more.

        Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia, alleluia, alleluia!

    3. All praise to God the Father be,  

        All praise, eternal Son, to Thee;  Alleluia, alleluia!

        Whom with the Spirit we adore

              Forever and forevermore:

        Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia, alleluia, alleluia!

Children’s Sermon

 

Sermon

 

The Prayers

 

The Lord’s 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

 

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 right, and it is our joy, to always give you thanks and praise. On this day, we give you thanks, because in fulfilment of your promise, you pour out your Spirit on us, filling us with your gifts,

                leading us in love, and uniting people of many tongues in Your name. 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 & Distribution

Post Communion Song   

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.

 

The Blessing

 

Closing Hymn: “God Is Our Father”

[Words by Barry L. Ralph; Tune:"Bunessan"]

 God is our Father; we are his children

     Born of creation, born of His grace;

 Named as His people, called as His witness,

     With all His saints of each time and place.

 Christ is our Savior, Shepherd, and Brother,

     Sharing the plight of humanity;

 Dying that our sin might be forgiven,

     Raised so we live to eternity.

 God's Holy Spirit, ever abiding

     with us in Christian community;

 Leading us onward, prompting our witness,

     Forming, inspiring what we shall be.

 Lord God, our Father, Savior, & Spirit–

     Holy Creator, creating still;

 Blessed Redeemer; comforting presence:

     Now let our witness show forth your will.

 

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