Sixth Sunday of Easter
10:00 AM Service May 14, 2023
Welcome and Announcements
Ringing of the Bell
Confession and Forgiveness
P: In the name of the Father, and of the +Son, and of the Holy Spirit.
P: God of all mercy and consolation, come to the help of your people, turning us from our sin to live for you alone. Give us the power of your Holy Spirit that we may confess our sin, receive your forgiveness, and grow into the fullness of Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord.
(Silence is kept for reflection)
P: Most merciful God,
C: We confess that we are captive to sin and cannot free ourselves. 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.
P: God, who is rich in mercy, loved us even when we were dead in sin, and made us alive together with Christ. By the grace you have been saved. In the name of +Jesus Christ, your sins are forgiven. Almighty God strengthen you with power through the Holy Spirit, that Christ may live in your hearts through faith.
Hymn #840 “Now Thank We All Our God”
L: The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ; the love of God, and the communion
of the Holy Spirit be with you all.
C: And also with you.
L: In peace, let us pray to the Lord.
L. For the peace from above, and for our salvation, let us pray to the Lord.
L: For the peace of the whole world, for the well being of the Church of God, and for the unity of all, let us pray to the Lord.
L: For the holy house, and for all who offer here their worship and praise, let us pray to the Lord.
L: Help, save, comfort, and defend us, gracious Lord.
L: Let us pray:
All: Almighty and ever-living God, you hold together all things in heaven and on earth. In your great mercy receive the prayers of all your children, and give to all the world the Spirit of your truth and peace, through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.
First Reading: Acts 17: 22—31 Pg. 1724
R: Word of God, Word of life. C: Thanks be to God.
Psalm Psalm 66: 8—20 Pg. 901
PS 66:8 Praise our God, O peoples, let the sound of his praise be heard;
PS 66:9 he has preserved our lives and kept our feet from slipping.
PS 66:16 Come and listen, all you who fear God; let me tell you what he has done for me.
PS 66:17 I cried out to him with my mouth; his praise was on my tongue.
PS 66:18 If I had cherished sin in my heart, the Lord would not have listened;
PS 66:19 but God has surely listened and heard my voice in prayer.
PS 66:20 Praise be to God, who has not rejected my prayer or withheld his love from me!
Second Reading: 1 Peter 3: 13—22 Pg. 1890
R: Word of God, Word of life. C: Thanks be to God.
(Please rise for the Gospel)
The gospel according to John, the fourteenth chapter
After the Gospel is announced, we sing
Gospel Reading John 14: 15—21 Pg. 1676
(After the reading of the Gospel, we sing)
(Please be seated)
Sermon Rev. Judi Miller
Hymn # 449 “We Know that Christ is Raised”
P: With the whole church, let us confess our faith:
We believe in one God, the Father, the Almighty, maker of heaven and earth, of all that is, seen and unseen.
We believe in one Lord, Jesus Christ, the only Son of God, eternally begotten of the Father, God from God, Light from Light, true God from true God, begotten, not made, of one Being with the Father; through him all things were made. For us and for our salvation he came down from heaven; was incarnate of the Holy Spirit and the virgin Mary and became truly human. For our sake he was crucified under Pontius Pilate; he suffered death and was buried. On the third day he rose again in accordance with the scriptures; he ascended into heaven and is seated at the right hand of the Father. He will come again in glory to judge the living and the dead, and his kingdom will have no end.
We believe in the Holy Spirit, the Lord, the giver of life, who proceeds from the Father and the Son, who with the Father and the Son is worshiped and glorified, who has spoken through the prophets. We be-lieve in one holy catholic and apostolic church. We acknowledge one baptism for the forgiveness of sins. We look for the resurrection of the dead, and the life of the world to come. Amen
L: . . .Hear us, O God. C: Your mercy is great.
Sharing of the Peace
L: The peace of Christ be with you always.
C: And also with you!
L: Let us share Christ’s peace with one another.
Offering Hymn #613 “Thy Holy Wings”
(As the last verse is sung, please stand as the offering is brought forward.)
L: Let us pray.
All: Gracious God, all goodness flows from you. You bless us and you call us to be a blessing to a world in need. Accept these offerings as a sign of our whole lives returned to you through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord. Amen.
The Lord’s Prayer: (Sung)
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 debts, as we forgive our debtors; and lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, forever. Amen
P: The God of all, who raised Jesus from the dead, bless you by the power of the Holy Spirit to live in the new creation.
Hymn #631 “Love Divine, All Loves Excelling”
L: Go in peace. Serve the Risen One.
C: Thanks be to God.
Our thanks to those who serve as our worship leaders today:
Our Reader—Wendy Kuenemann
Our Liturgist—Claire Roberts
Guest Organist—Doris Menke
Hand Bell Director—Wendy Kuenemann
Guest Preacher—Rev. Judith Miller