Order of Worship Service

    Sixth Sunday of Easter - May 9
  • Sixth Sunday of Easter  
    May 9, 2021
     
    The Common Service - Page 15
     
     
    HYMN 155     Christ the Lord Is Risen Again
    Christ the Lord is ris’n again; Christ has broken death’s strong chain.
    Hark, the angels shout for joy, singing evermore on high: Hallelujah!
     
    He who gave for us his life, who for us endured the strife,
    Is our Paschal Lamb today. We, too, sing for joy and say: Hallelujah!
     
    He who bore all pain and loss comfortless upon the cross
    Lives in glory now on high, pleads for us, and hears our cry: Hallelujah!
     
    He whose path no records tell has descended into hell;
    He the strong man armed has bound and in highest heav’n is crowned. Hallelujah!
     
    He who slumbered in the grave is exalted now to save;
    Now through Christendom it rings that the Lamb is King of kings. Hallelujah!
     
    Now he bids us tell abroad how the lost may be restored,
    How the penitent forgiv’n, how we, too, may enter heav’n. Hallelujah!
     
     
    INVOCATION
    In the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. 
    AMEN.
     
     
    CONFESSION OF SINS AND ABSOLUTION
    Beloved in the Lord: let us draw near with a pure heart and confess our sins to God our Father, asking Him in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ to grant us forgiveness.
     
    Holy and merciful Father, I confess that I am by nature sinful and that I have disobeyed You in my thoughts, words, and actions. I have done with is evil and failed to do what is good. For this I deserve Your punishment both now and in eternity. But I am truly sorry for my sins, and trusting in my Savior, Jesus Christ, I pray:  Lord, have mercy on me, a sinner.
     
    God, our heavenly Father, has been merciful to us and has given His only Son to be the atoning sacrifice for our sins. Therefore, as a called 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.
    AMEN.
     
     
    PRAYER OF THE DAY
    Father of lights, every good and perfect gift comes from you. Inspire us to think those things that are true and long for those things that are good, that we may always make our petitions according to your gracious will; through your Son, Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.
    AMEN.
     
     
    FIRST LESSON   -   ACTS 11:19-26  
    19Now those who had been scattered by the persecution that took place at the time of Stephen traveled as far as Phoenicia, Cyprus, and Antioch, speaking the word to no one except Jews. 20But there were some men from Cyprus and Cyrene who came to Antioch and also began to speak to the Greeks, preaching the good news about the Lord Jesus. 21The Lord’s hand was with them, and a large number of people believed and turned to the Lord.
    22A report about this reached the ears of the church in Jerusalem, and they sent Barnabas to go on to Antioch. 23When he arrived and saw God’s grace, he was glad and encouraged them all to remain true to the Lord with devoted hearts. 24He was a good man who was full of the Holy Spirit and faith, and a large number of people were added to the Lord.
    25Then Barnabas went to Tarsus to look for Saul. 26When he found him, he brought him to Antioch. So for a whole year they met with the church and taught a large number of people. It was in Antioch that the disciples were first called Christians.
     
     
    PSALM 98 (page 103)
    Sing to the LORD a new song,
                for he has done marvelous things.
    The LORD has made his salvation known
                and revealed his righteousness to the nations.
    He has remembered his love and his faithfulness to the house of Israel;
                all the ends of the earth have seen the salvation of our God.
    Shout for joy to the LORD, all the earth,
                burst into jubilant song with music;
    make music to the LORD with the harp,
                with the harp and the sound of singing.
    Shout for joy before the LORD, the King.
                He will judge the world in righteousness and the peoples with equity.
    Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit,
    As it was in the beginning, is now, and will be forever. Amen.
     
     
    SECOND LESSON   -   1 JOHN 4:1-11
    Dear friends, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see if they are from God, for many false prophets have gone out into the world. 2This is how you can recognize the Spirit of God: Every spirit who confesses that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is from God, 3and every spirit who does not confess Jesus is not from God. This is the spirit of the Antichrist, which you have heard is coming and is already in the world. 4You are from God, dear children, and you have overcome the false prophets, because the one in you is greater than the one in the world. 5They are from the world. That is why they speak from a worldly perspective and the world listens to them. 6We are from God. The one who knows God listens to us, but whoever is not from God does not listen to us. That is how we can distinguish between the spirit of truth and the spirit of error.
    7Dear friends, let us love one another, because love comes from God. Everyone who loves has been born of God and knows God. 8The one who does not love has not known God, because God is love. 9This is how God’s love for us was revealed: God has sent his only-begotten Son into the world so that we may live through him. 10This is love: not that we have loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son to be the atoning sacrifice for our sins. 11Dear friends, if God loved us so much, we also should love one another.
     
     
    VERSE OF THE DAY
    Alleluia. Alleluia. Christ is risen! He is risen indeed! Alleluia. If anyone loves me, he will obey my teaching. My Father will love him, and we will come to him and make our home with him. Alleluia. (John 14:23)
     
     
    GOSPEL LESSON   -   JOHN 15:9-17
     
    After the announcement of the Gospel, the congregation speaks:
    GLORY BE TO YOU, O LORD!
     
    9“As the Father has loved me, so also I have loved you. Remain in my love. 10If you hold on to my commands, you will remain in my love, just as I have held on to my Father’s commands and remain in his love. 11I have told you these things so that my joy would continue to be in you and that your joy would be complete.
    12“This is my command: Love one another as I have loved you. 13No one has greater love than this: that someone lays down his life for his friends. 14You are my friends if you continue to do the things I instruct you. 15I no longer call you servants, because a servant does not know what his master is doing. But I have called you friends, because everything that I heard from my Father, I have made known to you. 16You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you to go and bear fruit, fruit that will endure, so that the Father will give you whatever you ask in my name. 17These things I am instructing you, so that you love one another.”
     
    This is the Gospel of our risen Savior.
    PRAISE BE TO YOU, O CHRIST!
     
     
    NICENE CREED
    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 fully 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 in unity with the Father and the Son is worshiped and glorified,
                who has spoken through the prophets.
      We believe in one holy Christian 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.
     
     
    HYMN 152     I Know That My Redeemer Lives
     I know that my Redeemer lives;
    What comfort this sweet sentence gives!
    He lives, he lives, who once was dead;
    He lives, my everliving Head.
     
    He lives triumphant from the grave;
    He lives eternally to save.
    He lives all-glorious in the sky;
    He lives exalted there on high.
     
    He lives to bless me with his love;
    He lives to plead for me above.
    He lives, my hungry soul to feed;
    He lives to help in time of need.
     
    He lives to grant me rich supply;
    He lives to guide me with his eye.
    He lives to comfort me when faint;
    He lives to hear my soul’s complaint.
     
    He lives to silence all my fears;
    He lives to wipe away my tears.
    He lives to calm my troubled heart;
    He lives all blessings to impart.
     
    He lives, my kind, wise, heav’nly friend;
    He lives and loves me to the end.
    He lives, and while he lives I’ll sing;
    He lives, my Prophet, Priest, and King.
     
    He lives and grants me daily breath;
    He lives, and I shall conquer death.
    He lives my mansion to prepare;
    He lives to bring me safely there.
     
    He lives, all glory to his name!
    He lives, my Jesus, still the same.
    Oh, the sweet joy this sentence gives;
    “I know that my Redeemer lives!”
     
     
     
    SERMON        1 John 4:1-11   
                                        God’s Love Leads Us …
                                          I. To confess His truth
                                         II. To love each other
     
     
    Thankoffering prayer
     
     
    PRAYER  
     
     
    LORD’S PRAYER
     
     
    THE SACRAMENT
    The Lord be with you.
    AND ALSO WITH YOU.
     
    Lift up your hearts.
    WE LIFT THEM UP UNTO THE LORD.
     
    Let us give thanks to the Lord, our God.
    IT IS GOOD AND RIGHT SO TO DO.
     
    It is good and right……
     
    Words of Institution
     
    The peace of the Lord be with you always.
    AMEN.
     
    Distribution
     
    O give thanks to the Lord, for he is good.
    AND HIS MERCY ENDURES FOREVER.
     
    O God the Father, source of all goodness, in your loving kindness you sent your Son to share our humanity. We thank you that through him you have given us pardon and peace in this sacrament. We also pray that you will not forsake us but will rule our hearts and minds by your Holy Spirit so that we willingly serve you day after day, through Jesus Christ, our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.
    AMEN.
     
     
    BLESSING
    The Lord bless you and keep you.
    The Lord make his face shine on you and be gracious to you.
    The Lord look on you with favor and give you peace.
    AMEN.
     
     
    HYMN 506   Oh, Blest the House, Whate’er Befall
    Oh, blest the house, whate’er befall, where Jesus Christ is all in all!
    A home that is not wholly his – how sad and poor and dark it is!
     
    Oh, blest that house where faith you find and all within have set their mind
    To trust their God and serve him still and do in all his holy will.
     
    Oh, blest the parents who give heed unto their children’s foremost need
    And weary not of care or cost. May none to them and heav’n be lost!
     
    Blest such a house; it prospers well, in peace and joy the parents dwell,
    And in their children’s lives is shown how richly God can bless his own.
     
    Then here will I and mine today a solemn promise make and say:
    Though all the world forsake his Word, I and my house will serve the Lord!
     
     
    Silent prayer
     
     
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    Fifth Sunday of Easter/Confirmation Sunday - May 2
  • Fifth Sunday of Easter / Confirmation Sunday
    May 2, 2021  
     
    The Common Service - Page 15
     
     
    HYMN 148   -   The Strife Is O’er, the Battle Done
    Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia!
     
    The strife is o’er, the battle done; now is the victor’s triumph won;
    Now be the song of praise begun. Alleluia!
     
    Death’s mightiest pow’rs have done their worst, and Jesus has his foes dispersed;
    Let shouts of praise and joy outburst. Alleluia!
     
    On the third morn he rose again glorious in majesty to reign;
    Oh, let us swell the joyful strain! Alleluia!
     
    He closed the yawning gates of hell; the bars from heav’n’s high portals fell.
    Let songs of praise his triumph tell. Alleluia!
     
    Lord, by the stripes which wounded you, from death’s sting free your servants, too,
    That we may live and sing to you. Alleluia!
     
    Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia!
     
     
    INVOCATION
    In the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. 
    AMEN.
     
     
    CONFESSION OF SINS AND ABSOLUTION
    Beloved in the Lord: let us draw near with a pure heart and confess our sins to God our Father, asking Him in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ to grant us forgiveness.
     
    Holy and merciful Father, I confess that I am by nature sinful and that I have disobeyed You in my thoughts, words, and actions. I have done with is evil and failed to do what is good. For this I deserve Your punishment both now and in eternity. But I am truly sorry for my sins, and trusting in my Savior, Jesus Christ, I pray:  Lord, have mercy on me, a sinner.
     
    God, our heavenly Father, has been merciful to us and has given His only Son to be the atoning sacrifice for our sins. Therefore, as a called 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.
    AMEN.
     
     
    PRAYER OF THE DAY
    The Lord be with you.
    AND ALSO WITH YOU.
     
    O God, you form the minds of your faithful people into a single will. Make us love what you command and desire what you promise, that among the many changes of this world, our hearts may ever yearn for the lasting joys of heaven; through your Son, Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.
    AMEN.
     
     
    FIRST LESSON   -   ACTS 8:26-40  
    26Now an angel of the Lord said to Philip, “Get up and go south to the road that goes down from Jerusalem to Gaza.” (This is an isolated area.) 27So he got up and went. And there was a man, an Ethiopian eunuch, a court official of Candace, Queen of the Ethiopians, who was in charge of all her treasury. He had come to Jerusalem to worship. 28He was on his way home, sitting in his chariot and reading the prophet Isaiah.
    29The Spirit told Philip, “Go over there and stay close to that chariot.” 30Philip ran up to it and heard him reading Isaiah the prophet.
    Philip asked, “Do you understand what you are reading?”
    31The man replied, “How can I unless someone explains it to me?” And he invited Philip to come up and sit with him.
    32Now the passage of Scripture the eunuch was reading was this:
    He was led like a sheep to the slaughter,
    and as a lamb before its shearer is silent,
    so he does not open his mouth.
    33In his humiliation justice was denied him.
    Who will talk about his generation?
    For his life is taken from the earth.
    34The eunuch said to Philip, “I ask you, who is the prophet talking about—himself or someone else?” 35Then Philip began to speak. Starting with that very passage of Scripture, he told him the good news about Jesus. 36As they were traveling along the road, they came to some water, and the eunuch said, “Look, here is water. What is there to prevent me from being baptized?”
    38He ordered the chariot to stop. Then both Philip and the eunuch went down into the water, and Philip baptized him. 39When they stepped up out of the water, the Spirit of the Lord carried Philip away. The eunuch did not see him anymore, but went on his way rejoicing.
    40Philip, however, found himself at Azotus. And as he went from place to place, he preached the gospel in all the towns until he came to Caesarea.
     
     
    PSALM 67  (page 91)
    May God be gracious to us and bless us
                and make his face shine upon us;
    may your ways be known on earth,
                your salvation among all nations.
    May the nations be glad and sing for joy,
                for you rule the peoples justly and guide the nations of the earth.
    Then the land will yield its harvest,
                and God, our God, will bless us.
    God will bless us,
                and all the ends of the earth will fear him.
    Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit,
    As it was in the beginning, is now, and will be forever. Amen.
     
     
    SECOND LESSON   -   1 JOHN 3:18-24
    18Dear children, let us love not only with word or with our tongue, but also in action and truth.
    19This is how we know that we are of the truth and how we will set our hearts at rest in his presence: 20If our hearts condemn us, God is greater than our hearts, and he knows everything. 21Dear friends, if our hearts do not condemn us, we have confidence before God. 22We also receive from him whatever we ask, because we keep his commands and do what is pleasing in his sight. 23This then is his command: that we believe in the name of his Son, Jesus Christ, and that we love one another just as he commanded us. 24The one who keeps his commands remains in God and God in him. This is how we know that he remains in us: We know it from the Spirit, whom he has given to us.
     
     
    VERSE OF THE DAY
    Alleluia. Alleluia. Christ is risen! He is risen indeed! Alleluia. I am the way, the truth, and the life, says the Lord. Alleluia. (John 14:6)
     
     
    GOSPEL LESSON   -   JOHN 15:1-8
    After the announcement of the Gospel, the congregation speaks:
    GLORY BE TO YOU, O LORD!
     
    “I am the true vine, and my Father is the gardener. 2Every branch in me that does not bear fruit, he is going to cut off. And he prunes every branch that does bear fruit, so that it will bear more fruit.
    3“You are already clean because of the word I have spoken to you. 4Remain in me, and I am going to remain in you. A branch cannot bear fruit by itself; it must remain in the vine. Likewise, you cannot bear fruit unless you remain in me.
    5“I am the Vine; you are the branches. The one who remains in me and I in him is the one who bears much fruit, because without me you can do nothing. 6If anyone does not remain in me, he is thrown away like a branch and withers. Such branches are gathered, thrown into the fire, and burned. 7If you remain in me and my words remain in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you. 8My Father is glorified by this: that you continue to bear much fruit and prove to be my disciples.”
     
    This is the Gospel of our risen Savior.
    PRAISE BE TO YOU, O CHRIST!
     
     
    APOSTLES’ CREED   
    I believe in God, the Father almighty,
                maker of heaven and earth.
     
    I believe 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 is seated at the right hand of God the Father almighty.
             From there 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.
     
     
    HYMN 598   My Maker, Be With Me
    My Maker, be with me the light of life to give,
    And guide me patiently while here on earth I live.
    To you my heart I tender and all my pow’rs surrender;
    Make it my one endeavor to love and serve you ever.
    Help me you loving care to see; my Maker be with me.
     
    My Savior, wash me clean with your most precious blood,
    That takes away all sin and seals my peace with God.
    My soul will rest securely, for you still love me dearly;
    Now I find full salvation and freedom from damnation.
    Without you, lost, defiled by sin, my Savior, wash me clean.
     
    My Comforter, give pow’r that I may stand secure
    When in temptation’s hour the world and sin allure.
    The Son to me revealing, inspire my thought and feeling,
    His Word of grace to ponder nor let me from him wander.
    On me your gifts and graces show’r: My Comforter, give pow’r.
     
    O Holy Trinity, to whom I all things owe,
    Your presence graciously within my heart bestow.
    Though I am weak and lowly, I am your temple holy.
    My praise shall rise unending for grace so condescending.
    Oh, heav’nly bliss, your own to be, O Holy Trinity!
     
     
    SERMON        ACTS 8:26-40
                                        Confirmands, the Holy Spirit Still Has Work to Do in You
                                                                  I. The same tools
                                                                 II. The same goals
                                                                III. The same agents
                                                
     
    Thankoffering prayer
     
     
    Prayer
     
     
    LORD’S PRAYER
     
     
    PRAYER
    Almighty God, grant to your Church the Holy Spirit and the wisdom that comes from above. Let nothing hinder your Word from being freely proclaimed to the joy and edifying of Christ’s holy people, so that we may serve you in steadfast faith and confess your name as long as we live, through Jesus Christ, our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.
    AMEN.
     
     
    BLESSING
    The Lord bless you and keep you.
    The Lord make his face shine on you and be gracious to you.
    The Lord look on you with favor and give you peace.
    AMEN.
     
     
    HYMN  332   Go, My Children, with My Blessing
    Go, my children, with my blessing, never alone.
    Waking, sleeping, I am with you; you are my own.
    In my love’s baptismal river I have made you mine forever.
    Go, my children, with my blessing – you are my own.
     
    Go, my children, sins forgiven, at peace and pure.
    Here you learned how much I love you, what I can cure.
    Here you heard my dear Son’s story; here you touched him, saw his glory.
    Go, my children, sins forgiven, at peace and pure.
     
    Go, my children, fed and nourished, closer to me;
    Grow in love and love by serving, joyful and free.
    Here my Spirit’s power filled you; here his tender comfort stilled you.
    Go, my children, fed and nourished, joyful and free.
     
    I the Lord will bless and keep you and give you peace;
    I the Lord will smile upon you and give you peace;
    I the Lord will be your Father, Savior, Comforter, and Brother.
    Go, my children; I will keep you and give you peace.
     
     
    Silent prayer
     
     
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    Fourth Sunday of Easter - April 25
  • Fourth Sunday of Easter
    April 25, 2021
     
    Service of Word and Sacrament - Page 26
     
     
    HYMN 150   -   Christ the Lord Is Risen Today; Alleluia
    Christ the Lord is ris’n today; Alleluia! Christians, hasten on your way; Alleluia!
    See the place where he was laid; Alleluia! Praise him for the ransom paid. Alleluia!
     
    For the sheep the Lamb has bled, Alleluia! Sinless in the sinners’ stead. Alleluia!
    “Christ is ris’n,” today we cry; Alleluia! Now he lives, no more to die. Alleluia!
     
    Christ, the victim undefiled, Alleluia! God and sinners reconciled. Alleluia!
    While, in strange and awefull strife, Alleluia! Met together death and life. Alleluia!
     
    Christ, who once for sinners bled, Alleluia! Now the firstborn from the dead, Alleluia!
    Throned in endless might and pow’r, Alleluia! Lives and reign forevermore. Alleluia!
     
     
    INVOCATION
    The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ and the love of God and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you.
    And also with you.
     
     
    CONFESSION OF SINS AND ABSOLUTION
    God invites us to come into his presence and worship him with humble and penitent hearts. Therefore, let us acknowledge our sinfulness and ask him to forgive us.
     
    Holy and merciful Father, I confess that I am by nature sinful, and that I have disobeyed you in my thoughts, words, and actions. I have done what is evil and failed to do what is good. For this I deserve your punishment both now and in eternity. But I am truly sorry for my sins, and trusting in my Savior Jesus Christ, I pray: Lord, Have mercy on me, a sinner.
     
    God, our heavenly Father, has been merciful to us and has given his only Son to be the atoning sacrifice for our sins. Therefore, as a called 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.
    AMEN.
     
     
    PRAYER AND PRAISE
    For all that we need in life and for the wisdom to use all your gifts with gratitude and joy, hear our prayer, O Lord.
    Lord, have mercy.
     
    For the steadfast assurance that nothing can separate us from your love and for the courage to stand firm against the assaults of Satan and every evil, hear our prayer, O Christ.
    Christ, have mercy.
     
    For the well-being of your holy Church in all the world and for those who offer here their worship and praise, hear our prayer, O Lord.
    Lord have mercy.
     
    Merciful God, maker and preserver of life, uphold us by your power and keep us in your tender care:
    AMEN
     
     
    PRAYER OF THE DAY
    O Lord Jesus Christ, you are the Good Shepherd who laid down your life for the sheep. Lead us now to the still waters of your life-giving Word that we may abide in your Father’s house forevermore; for you live and reign with him and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.
    AMEN.
     
     
    FIRST LESSON   -   ACTS 4:23-33  
    23After Peter and John were released, they went to their own friends and reported everything the high priests and the elders had said. 24When they heard this, with one mind they raised their voices to God and said, “Master, you are the God who made the heaven, the earth, the sea, and everything in them. 25By the Holy Spirit, through the mouth of our father David, your servant, you said:
    Why do the nations rage
    and the peoples plot in vain?
    26The kings of the earth take their stand,
    and the rulers are gathered together
    against the Lord
    and against his Anointed One.
    27“For certainly, in this city both Herod and Pontius Pilate, along with the Gentiles and people of Israel, were gathered together against your holy servant Jesus, whom you anointed. 28They did whatever your hand and your plan had decided beforehand should happen.
    29“Now Lord, look at their threats and give to your servants the ability to keep on speaking your word with all boldness 30as you stretch out your hand to heal and as signs and wonders take place through the name of your holy servant Jesus.”
    31After they prayed, the place where they were gathered was shaken. Also, everyone was filled with the Holy Spirit, and they continued to speak the word of God with boldness.
    32The whole group of believers was one in heart and soul. No one claimed that any of his possessions was his own, but they held everything in common. 33The apostles continued to testify about the resurrection of the Lord Jesus Christ with great power, and abundant grace was on all of them.
     
     
    PSALM 23 (page 72)
    The LORD is my shepherd,
                I shall not be in want.
    He makes me lie down in green pastures;
                he leads me beside quiet waters.
    He restores my soul;
                he guides me in the paths of righteousness for his name’s sake.
    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.
    You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies.
                You anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows.
    Surely goodness and love will follow me all the days of my life,
                and I will dwell in the house of the LORD forever.
    Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit,
    as it was in the beginning, is now, and will be forever, Amen.
     
     
    SECOND LESSON   -   1 JOHN 3:1-2
    See the kind of love the Father has given us that we should be called children of God, and that is what we are! The world does not know us, because it did not know him. 2Dear friends, we are children of God now, but what we will be has not yet been revealed. We know that when he is revealed we will be like him, and we will see him as he really is.
     
     
    VERSE OF THE DAY
    Alleluia. Alleluia. Christ is risen! He is risen indeed! Alleluia. I am the good shepherd; I know my sheep and my sheep know me. Alleluia. (John 10:14)
     
     
    GOSPEL LESSON   -   JOHN 10:11-18
    11“I am the Good Shepherd. The Good Shepherd lays down his life for the sheep. 12The hired man, who is not a shepherd, does not own the sheep. He sees the wolf coming, leaves the sheep, and runs away. Then the wolf attacks the sheep and scatters them. 13Because he works for money, he does not care about the sheep.
    14“I am the Good Shepherd. I know my sheep and my sheep know me 15(just as the Father knows me and I know the Father). And I lay down my life for the sheep. 16I also have other sheep that are not of this sheep pen. I must bring them also, and they will listen to my voice. Then there will be one flock and one shepherd. 17This is why the Father loves me, because I lay down my life so that I may take it up again. 18No one takes it from me, but I lay it down on my own. I have the authority to lay it down, and I have the authority to take it up again. This is the commission I received from my Father.”
     
     
    This is the Gospel of our risen Savior.
    PRAISE BE TO YOU, O CHRIST!
     
     
    HYMN 360   -   The Lord’s My Shepherd; I’ll Not Want
    The Lord’s my shepherd; I’ll not want. He makes me down to lie
    in pastures green; he leadeth me the quiet waters by.
     
    My soul he doth restore again and me to walk doth make
    Within the paths of righteousness, e’en for his own name’s sake.
     
    Yea, though I walk in death’s dark vale, yet will I fear no ill;
    For thou art with me, and thy rod and staff me comfort still.
     
    My table thou hast furnished in presence of my foes;
    My head thou dost with oil anoint, and my cup overflows.
     
    Goodness and mercy, all my life, shall surely follow me,
    And in God’s house forevermore my dwelling-place shall be.
     
     
    SERMON        Acts 4:23-33  
                            The Good Shepherd Never Forsakes His Sheep  
                              I. We know that from His work done for us
                             II. We know that from His Word given to us
     
     
    NICENE CREED
    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 fully 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 in unity with the Father and the Son is worshiped and glorified,
                who has spoken through the prophets.
      We believe in one holy Christian 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.
     
     
    PRAYER OF THE CHURCH
    Gracious God and Father, we praise you for the countless blessings, which we receive from your hand: the beauties of creation and the bounties of the earth, the joy of life and the pleasure of friendship, the good of work and the gift of rest, the privilege to share happiness and sorrow with one another. Above all we praise and thank you for your saving Word and for your Son’s body and blood, which you give us to eat and to drink in the sacrament. Through these means of grace, you send the Holy Spirit into our hearts and unite us to Jesus and to the whole Christian Church on earth.
     
    Strengthen us through this heavenly food; increase our trust in Christ and our love for one another.
     
    Great God and Lord, without your continuing help we easily waver in our faith, lose courage, and grow careless in our watchfulness. The times and days are perilous. Give us strength to face the evils of each day with fresh confidence. Open our lips to speak of your grace, and move us to use the gifts that you give us to share your Word of salvation with all people. Protect and prosper the family, the school, the government, and all good institutions that you have established for the benefit of society. Remember in mercy those who are sick and suffering, and bring your healing to troubled homes and lives.
     
    Move us to pray for those in need and to help them with deeds of kindness.
     
    Special prayers and intercessions may follow.
     
    Hear us, Lord, as we bring you our private petitions.
    Silent prayer
     
    Now, eternal God and Father, keep us in  the saving faith and so enable us to overcome all things through our Lord Jesus Christ.
     
     
    LORD’S PRAYER
    Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name, your kingdom come, your will be done on earth as in heaven.
    Give us today our daily bread.
    Forgive us our sins, as we forgive those who sin against us.
    Lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.
    For the kingdom, the power, and the glory are yours now and forever.
    Amen. 
     
     
    THE SACRAMENT
    The Lord be with you.
    And also with you.
     
    Lift up your hearts.
    We lift them up to the Lord.
     
    Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.
    It is right to give him thanks and praise.
     
    Praise to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In love he has blessed us with every spiritual blessing.
     
    The peace of the Lord be with you always.
    Amen.
     
    WORDS OF INSTITUTION
     
    Distribution
     
    Hear the prayer of your people, O Lord, that the lips which have praised you here may glorify you in the world, that the eyes which have seen the coming of your Son may long for his coming again, and that all who have received in his true body and blood the pledge of your forgiveness may be restored to live a new and holy life, through Jesus Christ, our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.
    AMEN.
     
     
    BLESSING
    Brothers and sisters, go in peace. Live in harmony with one another. Serve the Lord with gladness.
     
    The Lord bless you and keep you.
    The Lord make his face shine on you and be gracious to you.
    The Lord look on you with favor and give you peace.
    AMEN.
     
     
    HYMN 432   I Am Jesus’ Little Lamb
    I am Jesus’ little lamb; ever glad at heart I am,
    For my shepherd gently guides me, knows my needs and well provides me,
    Loves me ev’ry day the same, even calls me by my name.
     
    Day by day, at home, away, Jesus is my staff and stay.
    When I hunger, Jesus feeds me, into pleasant pastures leads me;
    When I thirst, he bids me go where the quiet waters flow.
     
    Who so happy as I am, even now the shepherd’s lamb?
    And when my short life is ended, by his angel hosts attended,
    He shall fold me to his breast, there within his arms to rest.
     
     
    Silent prayer
     
     
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