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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

Fourth Sunday in Easter - 2021

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THE RINGING OF THE BELLS AND THE WELCOME

OPENING HYMN:“Good Christian Friends, Rejoice & Sing” (#475)

Good Christian friends, rejoice and sing!
Now is the triumph of our King!
To all the world glad news we bring: Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia!
The Lord of Life is ris’n this day;
Bring flowers of song to strew His way;
Let all the world rejoice and say: Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia!
Praise we in songs of victory
That love, that life which cannot die,
And sing with hearts uplifted high: Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia!
Your name we bless, O risen Lord,
And sing today with one accord
The life laid down, the life restored: Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia!

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: By this we know love,
People: that He laid down His life for us.
Pastor: “I am the good shepherd,” says the Lord.
People: The good shepherd lays down His life for the sheep.

CONFESSION AND FORGIVENESS
Pastor: The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want. He makes me lie down in green pastures.
People: Lord Jesus, our Good Shepherd, we confess to You that we have been ungrateful
for all You give us to sustain our bodies and lives. Forgive us, Good Shepherd.
Pastor: He leads me beside still waters. He restores my soul. He leads me in paths of
righteousness for His name’s sake.
People: Like sheep, we are distracted and tend to wander and scatter. We forget who we are
as baptized children of God and fail to respond to Your shepherding in our lives.
Forgive us, Good Shepherd.
Pastor: Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for You
are with me; Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me.
People: We confess that in difficult times of life, we sometimes struggle to be confident in
Your presence and protection, seeking to find our own comfort. Forgive us, Good
Shepherd.
Pastor: You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies; You anoint my head with
oil; my cup overflows. Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life,
and I shall dwell in the house of the LORD forever.
People: As we journey through this sinful world, we overlook the goodness and mercy that
flow into our lives from You. Forgive us, Good Shepherd.
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: Jesus, our Good Shepherd, hears our cries and says to us, “I am the good shepherd. The
good shepherd lays down His life for the sheep.” Receive the forgiveness won for You
through Christ’s laying down His life and rising from death in victory. As a called and
ordained servant of Christ, and by His authority, I forgive you all your sins in the name of
the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.
People: Amen. Thanks be to God.

THE PRAYER OF THE DAY
Pastor: The Lord be with you.
People: And also with you.
Pastor: Let us pray:
People: Almighty God, merciful Father, since You have wakened from death the Shepherd
of Your sheep, grant us Your Holy Spirit that when we hear the voice of our
Shepherd we may know Him who calls us each by name and follow where He leads;
through the same Jesus Christ your Son our Lord, who lives and reigns with you
and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.
THE RESPONSE: THIS IS THE FEAST
This is the feast of victory for our God. Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia!
Worthy is Christ the lamb who was slain,
Whose blood set us free to be people of God.
This is the feast of victory for our God. Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia.
Power, riches, wisdom, and strength,
and honor, blessing, and glory are His.
This is the feast of victory for our God. Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia.
Sing with all the people of God,
and join in the hymn of all creation:
Blessing, honor, glory, and might
Be to God and the Lamb forever. Amen
This is the feast of victory for our God. Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia.
For the Lamb who was slain has begun His reign. Alleluia.
This is the feast of victory for our God. Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia!

Acts 4:1-12
1 Peter and John were still speaking to the people when some priests, the officer in charge of the
temple guards, and some Sadducees arrived. 2They were annoyed because the two apostles were
teaching the people that Jesus had risen from death, which proved that the dead will rise to life. 3So
they arrested them and put them in jail until the next day, since it was already late. 4But many who
heard the message believed; and the number of men grew to about 5,000. 5 The next day the
Jewish leaders, the elders, and the teachers of the Law gathered in Jerusalem. 6They met with the
High Priest Annas and with Caiaphas, John, Alexander, and the others who belonged to the High
Priest’s family. 7They made the apostles stand before them and asked them, “How did you do this?
What power have you got or whose name did you use?” 8 Peter, full of the Holy Spirit, answered
them, “Leaders of the people and elders: 9if we are being questioned today about the good deed
done to the lame man and how he was healed, 10then you should all know, and all the people of
Israel should know, that this man stands here before you completely well through the power of the
name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth—whom you crucified and whom God raised from death. 11 Jesus
is the one of whom the scripture says: ‘The stone that you the builders despised turned out to be
the most important of all.’ 12 Salvation is to be found through him alone; in all the world there is no
one else whom God has given who can save us.”
Reader: This is the Word of the Lord.
People: Thanks be to God!

1 John 3:16-24
16 This is how we know what love is: Christ gave his life for us. We too, then, ought to give our lives
for others. 17 If someone has enough to live on and sees a brother or sister in need but does not
help, how can the love of God be in that person? 18My children, our love should not be just words
and talk; it must be true love, which shows itself in action. 19 This is how we will know that we belong
to the truth and reassure our hearts in God’s presence when our hearts condemn us; for God is
greater than our hearts and knows everything. 21-22And so, my dear friends, if our hearts do not
condemn us, we can approach God with confidence and receive from him what we ask, because
we are keeping his commands and doing what he approves. 23 His command is that we should put
our trust in his Son Jesus Christ and love one another as Christ commanded us. 24Those who keep
God’s commands live in union with God and God lives in union with them. And because of the Spirit
that God has given us we know that God lives in union with us.
Reader: This is the Word of the Lord.
People: Thanks be to God!

John 10:11-18
11 “I am the good shepherd, who is willing to die for the sheep. 12When the hired man, who is not
a shepherd and does not own the sheep, sees a wolf coming, he leaves the sheep and runs away;
so the wolf snatches the sheep and scatters them. 13The hired man runs away because he is only
a hired man and does not care about the sheep. 14-15 I am the good shepherd. As the Father knows
me and I know the Father, in the same way I know my sheep and they know me. And I am willing
to die for them. 16 There are other sheep which belong to me that are not in this sheepfold. I must
bring them, too; they will listen to my voice, and they will become one flock with one shepherd. 17
“The Father loves me because I am willing to give up my life, in order that I may receive it back
again. 18 No one takes my life away from me. I give it up of my own free will. I have the right to give
it up, and I have the right to take it back. This is what my Father has commanded me to do.”
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.

CHILDREN’S MESSAGE

SERMON HYMN: “The King of Love My Shepherd Is”
The King of love my shepherd is, whose goodness faileth never;
I nothing lack if I am his and he is mine forever.
Where streams of living water flow, My ransomed soul he leadeth
And where the verdant pastures grow, With food celestial feedeth.
Perverse and foolish oft I strayed, but yet in love he sought me
And on his shoulder gently laid and home rejoicing brought me.
In death’s dark vale I fear no ill with thee, dear Lord, beside me,
Thy rod and staff my comfort still, thy cross before to guide me.
Thou spreadst a table in my sight; thine unction grace bestoweth;
And, oh, what transport of delight from thy pure chalice floweth!
And so through all the length of days thy goodness faileth never.
Good Shepherd, may I sing thy praise within thy house forever.

SERMON

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

PRAYER HYMN: “Espíritu de Dios” (“Oh Spirit of God”)
Espíritu de Dios, llena mi vida, llena mi alma, llena mi ser.
Espíritu de Dios, llena mi vida, llena mi alma, llena mi ser.
Y lléname, lléname, lléname de tu presencia lléname, lléname,
de tu verdad, de tu amor.
Y lléname, lléname, lléname de tu presencia lléname, lléname,
de tu verdad, de tu amor. Espíritu de Dios.
Oh Spir-it of God, come fill my life, come fill my soul,
come fill me whole.
Oh Spir-it of God, come fill my life, come fill my soul,
come fill me whole.
Come fill me now, fill me now, fill me now;
come with your presence, fill me now, fill me now;
come with your truth; come with your love.
Come fill me now, fill me now, fill me now;
come with your presence, fill me now, fill me now;
come with your truth; come with your love. Oh Spir-it of God!

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.

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: "Have No Fear, Little Flock" (# 735)
Have no fear, little flock, have no fear, little flock,
For your Father has chosen to give you the kingdom;
Have no fear, little flock.
Have good cheer, little flock; have good cheer, little flock,
For the Father will keep you in His love forever;
Have good cheer, little flock.
Praise the Lord high above; Praise the Lord high above,
For He stoops down to heal you, uplift and restore you;
Praise the Lord high above!
Thankful hearts raise to God; Thankful hearts raise to God,
For he stays close beside you, in all things works with you;
Thankful hearts raise to God!

THE BLESSING

The Third Sunday in Easter

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The Ringing of the Bells and The Welcome

Opening Hymn: All Hail The Power of Jesus Name

All hail the pow'r of Jesus' name! Let angels prostrate fall;

Bring forth the royal diadem And crown Him Lord of all.

Bring forth the royal diadem And crown Him Lord of all.

Crown Him, ye martyrs of our God Who from His altar call;

Extol the Stem of Jesse's rod And crown Him Lord of all.

Extol the Stem of Jesse's rod And crown Him Lord of all.

Let ev'ry kindred, ev'ry tribe, On this terrestrial ball

To Him all majesty ascribe And crown Him Lord of all.

To Him all majesty ascribe And crown Him Lord of all.

Oh, that with yonder sacred throng We at his feet may fall!

We'll join the everlasting song And crown Him Lord of all.

We'll join the everlasting song And crown Him Lord of all.

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:            In Your presence there is fullness of joy;

People:          at Your right hand are pleasures forevermore.

Pastor:            I will extol You, Lord, for You have drawn me up

People:          and have not let my foes rejoice over me.

Pastor:            O Lord my God, I cried to You for help, and You have healed me.

People:          Lord, You brought my soul up from the pit; You restored me to life!

CONFESSION AND FORGIVENESS

Pastor:            “See what kind of love the Father has given to us, that we should be called children of God; and so we are.” Gracious Lord, by Your name You have called us Your own children, and we are to pray, praise, and give thanks to You.

People:          Yet we often choose not to see the love You have given to us, letting other things of this world impede our vision of Your mercy and grace in Christ. We do not always live as You have called us to be as Your children.

Pastor:            We confess our sins to God in repentance, turning from those things that lead us away, turning back to You in the love You’ve shown:

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

People:          we are sinful and unclean. We confess our failures as we have not followed You. We have not loved others as You have loved us, and our thoughts, words, and deeds have not been pleasing to You. Forgive, renew, and lead us to delight in You and walk in Your ways.

Pastor:            See what kind of love the Father has given to us, that we should be called children of God. 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. As His children, may He keep you in His grace by the Holy Spirit and grant you a renewed life on earth and finally a triumphant life with Him in heaven forever, through Jesus Christ, our Lord. Alleluia! He is risen!

People:          He is risen indeed! Alleluia! Praise God!

 

The Prayer of the Day

Pastor:            The Lord be with you.

People:          And also with you.

Pastor:           Let us pray:

People:          Risen Christ, you filled your disciples with boldness and fresh hope: strengthen us to proclaim your risen life and fill us with your peace, to the glory of God the Father.

 

The Response: This is the Feast

This is the feast of victory for our God.

Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia!

Worthy is Christ the lamb who was slain,

Whose blood set us free to be people of God.

This is the feast of victory for our God. Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia.

Power, riches, wisdom, and strength,

and honor, blessing, and glory are His.

This is the feast of victory for our God. Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia.

Sing with all the people of God,

and join in the hymn of all creation:

Blessing, honor, glory, and might

Be to God and the Lamb forever. Amen

This is the feast of victory for our God. Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia.

For the Lamb who was slain has begun His reign. Alleluia.

This is the feast of victory for our God. Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia!

Acts 3:11-21

11 As the man held on to Peter and John in Solomon’s Porch, as it was called, the people were amazed and ran to them. 12When Peter saw the people, he said to them, “Fellow-Israelites, why are you surprised at this, and why do you stare at us? Do you think that it was by means of our own power or godliness that we made this man walk? The God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, the God of our ancestors, has given divine glory to his Servant Jesus. But you handed him over to the authorities, and you rejected him in Pilate’s presence, even after Pilate had decided to set him free. He was holy and good, but you rejected him, and instead you asked Pilate to do you the favor of turning loose a murderer. 15You killed the one who leads to life, but God raised him from death—and we are witnesses to this. 16 By faith in the name of Jesus, this man whom you see and know was made strong. It is Jesus’ name and the faith that comes through him that has given this complete healing to him, as you can see.“And now, my fellow-Israelites, I know that what you and your leaders did to Jesus was due to your ignorance. 18God announced long ago through all the prophets that his Messiah had to suffer; and he made it come true in this way. 19Repent, then, and turn to God, so that he will forgive your sins. If you do, 20times of spiritual refreshment will come from the presence of the Lord, and he will again send Jesus, who is the Messiah he has already chosen for you. 21He must remain in heaven until the time comes for all things to be made new, as God announced through his holy prophets who lived long ago

Reader:          This is the Word of the Lord.

People:          Thanks be to God!

1 John 3:1-7

1 See how much the Father loved us! His love is so great that we are called God’s children; and so, we are. This is why the world does not know us: it has not known God. 2My dear friends, we are now God’s children, but it is not yet clear what we shall become. But we know that when Christ appears, we shall be like him, because we shall see him as he really is. 3Everyone who has this hope in Christ keeps himself pure, just as Christ is pure. 4 Whoever sins is guilty of breaking God’s law, because sin is a breaking of the law. You know that Christ appeared to take away sins, and that there is no sin in him. 6So everyone who lives in union with Christ doesn’t continue to sin; but whoever continues to sin has never seen him or known him. 7 Let no one deceive you, my children! Whoever does what is right is righteous, just as Christ is righteous.

Reader:          This is the Word of the Lord.

People:          Thanks be to God!

Luke 24:36-49 

36 While the two were telling them this, suddenly the Lord stood among them and said; “Peace be with you.” 37 They were terrified, thinking that they were seeing a ghost. 38But he said to them, “Why are you alarmed? Why are these doubts coming up in your minds? 39Look at my hands and my feet, and see that it is I myself. Feel me, and you will know, for a ghost doesn’t have flesh and bones, as you can see I have.” 40 He said this and showed them his hands and his feet. 41They still could not believe, they were so full of joy and wonder; so he asked them, “Have you anything here to eat?” 42They gave him a piece of cooked fish, 43which he took and ate in their presence. 44 Then he said to them, “These are the very things I told you about while I was still with you: everything written about me in the Law of Moses, the writings of the prophets, and the Psalms had to come true.” 45 Then he opened their minds to understand the Scriptures, 46and said to them, “This is what is written: the Messiah must suffer and must rise from death three days later, 47and in his name the message about repentance and the forgiveness of sins must be preached to all nations, beginning in Jerusalem. 48You are witnesses of these things. And I myself will send upon you what my Father has promised. But you must wait in the city until the power from above comes down upon you.”

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.

 

Sermon Hymn: Thine The Amen Thine The Praise

Thine the amen Thine the praise Alleluias angels raise

Thine the everlasting head Thine the breaking of the bread

Thine the glory Thine the story Thine the harvest then the cup

Thine the vineyard then the cup is lifted up lifted up.

Thine the life eternally Thine the promise let there be

Thine the vision Thine the tree All the earth on bended knee

Gone the nailing gone the railing Gone the pleading gone the cry

Gone the sighing gone the dying what was loss lifted high.

Thine the truly Thine the yes Thine the table we the guest

Thine the mercy all from Thee Thine the glory yet to be

Then the ringing and the singing Then the end of all the war

Thine the living Thine the loving evermore evermore.

Thine the kingdom Thine the prize Thine the wonder full surprise

Thine the banquet then the praise Then the justice of Thy ways

Thine the glory Thine the story Then the welcome to the least

Then the wonder all increasing at Thy feast at Thy feast.

Thine the glory in the night No more dying only light

Thine the river Thine the tree Then the Lamb eternally

Then the holy holy holy Celebration jubilee

Thine the splendor Thine the brightness only Thee only Thee.

 

Sermon

Prayers

Prayer Hymn: Resucito

  (El Coro:)  Resucitó, resucitó, resucitó. ¡Aleluya, aleluya!  

La muerte...¿Dónde esta la muerte?

¿Dónde está mi muerte?  ¿Dónde su victoria?   (coro)

Gracias sean dadas al Padre, Que nos paso a su reino,

Donde se vive de amor.   (coro)

Alegría, alegría hermanos: Que si hoy nos queremos,

es que resucitó.  (coro)

Si con él morimos, Con él vivimos, Con él cantamos;  ¡Aleluya!       (coro:)

 

Resucitó, resucitó, resucitó. ¡Aleluya, aleluya!

¡Aleluya, aleluya, aleluya,aleluya, aleluya!

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.

 

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: Sent Forth By Gods Blessing

Sent forth by God’s blessing, our true faith confessing,

the people of God from this dwelling take leave.

The supper is ended. Oh, now be extended

the fruits of this service in all who believe.

The seed of Christ’s teaching, receptive souls reaching,

shall blossom in action for God and for all.

Your grace shall incite us, your love shall unite us

to work for your kingdom and answer your 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 God’s children, the whole human 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.

 

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