The Sixth Sunday
May 17, 2020
The Lutheran Church - Missouri Synod
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Hymn: “He’s Risen, He’s Risen” # 480
He's risen, He's risen, Christ Jesus, the Lord;
Death's prison He opened, incarnate, true Word.
Break forth, hosts of heaven, in jubilant song
While earth, sea, and mountain the praises prolong.
The foe was triumphant when on Calvary
The Lord of creation was nailed to the tree.
In Satan's domain his hosts shouted and jeered,
For Jesus was slain, whom the evil ones feared.
But short was their triumph, the Savior arose,
And death, hell, and Satan He vanquished, His foes;
The conquering Lord lifts His banner on high.
He lives, yes, He lives, and will nevermore die.
Oh, where is your sting, death? We fear you no more;
Christ rose, and now open is fair Eden's door.
For all our transgressions His blood does atone;
Redeemed and forgiven, we now are His own.
Then sing your hosannas and raise your glad voice;
Proclaim the blest tidings that all may rejoice.
Laud, honor, and praise to the Lamb that was slain;
In glory He reigns, yes, and ever shall reign.
Pastor: We begin in the name of the Father, and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.
Responsive reading of
“Word of God, Come Down on Earth” # 545
P: Word of God, Come down on Earth, Living Rain from Heaven Descending;
C: Touch Our Hearts and Bring to Birth, Faith and Hope and Love Unending.
P: Word Almighty We Revere You ;
C: Word Made Flesh, We Long to Hear You.
P: Word Eternal, Throned on High, Word That Brought to Life Creation
C: Word That Came from Heaven to Die, Crucified for Our Salvation.
P: Saving Word, the World Restoring
C: Speak to Us, Your Love Outpouring
P: Word That Speaks God’s Tender Love, One with God Beyond All Telling
C: Word That Sends Us from Above, God the Spirit, with Us Dwelling
P: Word of Truth, to All Truth Lead Us;
C: Word of Life, with One Bread Feed Us. Amen.
Pastor: We confess our sins to God our Father.
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.
Pastor: We have not loved You with our whole heart;
People: we have not loved our neighbors as ourselves. We justly deserve Your present and eternal punishment.
Pastor: For the sake of Your Son, Jesus Christ, have mercy on us.
People: 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. In the stead and by the command of Jesus Christ I announce the grace of God to you. Your sins are forgiven in the name of the Father, and of the (+) Son and of the Holy Spirit.
Hymn of Praise: “Heavenly Hosts in Ceaseless Worship” # 949
Heavenly hosts in ceaseless worship "Holy, holy, holy!" cry;
"He who is, who was and will be,
God Almighty, Lord Most High."
Praise and honor, power and glory be to him who reigns alone;
we, with all his hands have fashioned,
fall before the Father's throne.
All creation, all redemption, join to sing the Savior's worth;
Lamb of God whose blood has bought us,
kings and priests, to reign on earth.
Wealth and wisdom, power and glory,
honor, might, dominion, praise
now be his from all his creatures and to everlasting days
Prayer of the Day:
Pastor: O God, the giver of all that is good, by Your holy inspiration grant that we may think those things that are right and by Your merciful guiding accomplish them; through Jesus Christ, Your Son, our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.
Our First Lesson is the account of the apostle Paul visiting Athens, Greece. Athens was full of idols and religious objects of every type. The people of Athens liked nothing better than to discuss the newest teachings. Paul took advantage of this hunger for knowledge and addressed the Athenians at "Mars Hill" (Mars was the Roman god of war) or it was also called the "hill of Ares" who was the Greek god of thunder and war. Paul makes the arguement that his teaching about Jesus is the answer that they have been searching for in all of their idols and religious practices. The First Reading for the Sixth Sunday of Easter is from Acts, chapter 6
16 Now while Paul was waiting for them at Athens, his spirit was provoked within him as he saw that the city was full of idols. 17 So he reasoned in the synagogue with the Jews and the devout persons, and in the marketplace every day with those who happened to be there. 18 Some of the Epicurean and Stoic philosophers also conversed with him. And some said, "What does this babbler wish to say?" Others said, "He seems to be a preacher of foreign divinities"—because he was preaching Jesus and the resurrection. 19 And they took hold of him and brought him to the Areopagus, saying, "May we know what this new teaching is that you are presenting? 20 For you bring some strange things to our ears. We wish to know therefore what these things mean." 21 Now all the Athenians and the foreigners who lived there would spend their time in nothing except telling or hearing something new.
22 So Paul, standing in the midst of the Areopagus, said: "Men of Athens, I perceive that in every way you are very religious. 23 For as I passed along and observed the objects of your worship, I found also an altar with this inscription, 'To the unknown god.' What therefore you worship as unknown, this I proclaim to you. 24 The God who made the world and everything in it, being Lord of heaven and earth, does not live in temples made by man, 25 nor is he served by human hands, as though he needed anything, since he himself gives to all mankind life and breath and everything. 26 And he made from one man every nation of mankind to live on all the face of the earth, having determined allotted periods and the boundaries of their dwelling place, 27 that they should seek God, in the hope that they might feel their way toward him and find him. Yet he is actually not far from each one of us, 28 for
"'In him we live and move and have our being';
as even some of your own poets have said,
"'For we are indeed his offspring.'
29 Being then God's offspring, we ought not to think that the divine being is like gold or silver or stone, an image formed by the art and imagination of man. 30 The times of ignorance God overlooked, but now he commands all people everywhere to repent, 31 because he has fixed a day on which he will judge the world in righteousness by a man whom he has appointed; and of this he has given assurance to all by raising him from the dead." ESV
Reader: This is the Word of the Lord.
People: Thanks be to God.
Christ has risen from the dead.*
[God the Father] has crowned him with glory and honor,
He has given him dominion over the works of his hands;*
he has put all things under his feet.
In our Epistle Lesson the apostle Peter gives us a plan for evangelism. Peter wants us to follow the Lord and the commandments. Then when others see how different our life is from theirs they will become curious about why we are able to find true joy and contentment in life. When they ask us for the reason we have this hope, we are to respond to them in gentleness and respect. The last section of this reading about Jesus' descent into hell has been interpreted in many ways. According to the Lutheran Study Bible a sound interpretation is that Christ in his glorified body went and preached to the spirits in prison(hell) to declare his victory over death and all the evil forces. Jesus did not go there to offer them a second chance. The formula of Concorde, one of our Lutheran confessions, says "It is enough if we know that Christ descended into hell, destroyed hell for all believers, and delivered them from the power of death and of the devil, from eternal condemnation and the jaws of hell. We will save our questions and not curiously investigate about how this happened until the other world. Then not only this mystery but others will be revealed that we simply believe here and cannot grasp with our blind reason." The Epistle Lesson for today is from 1 Peter chapter 3
1 Peter 3:13-22
13 Now who is there to harm you if you are zealous for what is good? 14 But even if you should suffer for righteousness' sake, you will be blessed. Have no fear of them, nor be troubled, 15 but in your hearts regard Christ the Lord as holy, always being prepared to make a defense to anyone who asks you for a reason for the hope that is in you; 16 yet do it with gentleness and respect, having a good conscience, so that, when you are slandered, those who revile your good behavior in Christ may be put to shame. 17 For it is better to suffer for doing good, if that should be God's will, than for doing evil.
18 For Christ also suffered once for sins, the righteous for the unrighteous, that he might bring us to God, being put to death in the flesh but made alive in the spirit, 19 in which he went and proclaimed to the spirits in prison, 20 because they formerly did not obey, when God's patience waited in the days of Noah, while the ark was being prepared, in which a few, that is, eight persons, were brought safely through water. 21 Baptism, which corresponds to this, now saves you, not as a removal of dirt from the body but as an appeal to God for a good conscience, through the resurrection of Jesus Christ, 22 who has gone into heaven and is at the right hand of God, with angels, authorities, and powers having been subjected to him. ESV
Reader: This is the Word of the Lord.
People: Thanks be to God.
The Gospel Reading: [Please stand]
In our Gospel Lesson Jesus promised that He and His Father will dwell with those who love Him. He also promised to send us the Holy Spirit who will help us and guide us. The Lord Jesus revealed His grace to us in His Word and promised to return and take us home. He will not leave us as orphans. In Jesus Christ, we are the children of God. The Holy Gospel according to St John, the 14th Chapter.
15 "If you love me, you will keep my commandments. 16 And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Helper, to be with you forever, 17 even the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees him nor knows him. You know him, for he dwells with you and will be in you.
18 "I will not leave you as orphans; I will come to you. 19 Yet a little while and the world will see me no more, but you will see me. Because I live, you also will live. 20 In that day you will know that I am in my Father, and you in me, and I in you. 21 Whoever has my commandments and keeps them, he it is who loves me. And he who loves me will be loved by my Father, and I will love him and manifest myself to him." ESV
Pastor: This is the Gospel of our Lord.
People: Thanks be to God.
Pastor: We confess our faith with 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 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: “Father Welcomes” # 605
Father welcomes all His children
To His family through His Son.
Father giving His Salvation,
Life forever has been won.
Little children, come to Me, For My kingdom is of these
Life and love I have to give, Mercy for your sin. Refrain
In the water, in the Word, In His promise be assured:
Those who are Baptized and believe
Shall be born again. Refrain
Let us daily die to sin; Let us daily rise with Him
Walk in the love of Christ our Lord,
Live in the peace of God. Refrain
Sermon: “Hard-Knock Life”John 14: 15-21
Hymn “O Lord, Hear My Prayer” # 780
O Lord, hear my prayer, O Lord, hear my prayer;
When I call answer me.
O Lord, hear my prayer, O Lord, hear my prayer;
Come and listen to me. (Repeat)
Prayers (Lord in your mercy - Hear our prayer)
Let us pray to the Father in the name of our blessed Lord, since He has promised that we will receive answers to our prayers.
Father of mercy, we give You thanks that You have sent to us Your only Son and that He has accomplished all things for our salvation. Give us the joy of Your presence, help us to believe and follow You without fear. We are happy to know Jesus did not leave us as orphans but brought us into Your family. Lord, in Your mercy, hear our prayer.
Father of mercy, we know that we will have tribulation in the world. During this pandemic give us confidence in Your presence, courage in adversity and the peace of Jesus who has overcome the world. Lord, in Your mercy, hear our prayer.
Father of mercy, bless our president, the Congress, all elected and appointed civil servants, and those who guard us at home and abroad. Lord, in Your mercy, hear our prayer.
Lord God, heavenly Father, receive our thanks for the knowledge gained by those who are graduating. Be with our pastor elect Patrick and Brett as they continue to learn and grow. Grant them Your Holy Spirit that their talents and abilities may be used for Your glory and as a blessing to others. Lord in Your mercy, hear our prayer.
Almighty God, creator of all that exists, we thank You this day for the birth of Briar. Give health and protection to mother, father and child. By the gracious working of Your Holy Spirit, help her to grow in Your grace and favor that she may bring glory to You and serve others in Your name Lord, in Your mercy, hear our prayer.
We pray for the sick, the suffering, (especially ___________) O God, your compassion never fails, give healing to the sick, relief to the suffering, peace to the sorrowful, and mercy to every soul that is distressed, that they may find in You the help that only You can give them. Lord, in Your mercy, hear our prayer.
Holy Father we thank you for the rain and ask you to continue to bless our desert home. Lord, in Your mercy, hear our prayer.
Holy Lord Jesus, as You come to us in Your true body and blood, restore, confirm, strengthen and establish us in the faith. Forgive our sins, and guard our souls as we await the day when we will join in Your eternal wedding feast on that mountain where You swallow up death forever. Lord, in Your mercy, hear our prayer.
P Into Your hands, O Lord, we commend all for whom we pray, trusting in Your mercy; through Your Son, Jesus Christ, our Lord.
Offering: "Praise God From Whom All Blessing Flow" # 805
Praise God, from whom all blessings flow;
Praise him, all creatures here below;
Praise him above, O heavenly host;
Praise Father, Son, and Holy Ghost. Amen
+ SACRAMENT +
P: Bless the Lord, for he is good!
C: He Has Answered the Cries of His People.
He Has Prepared a Table for Us
in the midst of Our Starvation.
P: God has given us life from death.
C: We Praise the Lord of Our Life, for He Has Sent Salvation to Us in the Lamb of Life.
Pastor: O Lord, we give You thanks for Your mercy, that You did not leave us behind in our sins, but sent Your only-begotten Son to be our Savior. And now You bestow upon us the forgiveness of sins and the strengthening of our faith by the body and blood in this Holy Supper. For all this we praise You with all the saints and angels before Your throne.
[Luther’s Encouragement for the Lord’s Supper]
Pastor: Brothers and Sisters in Christ - we must give attention to the Testament of Christ in true faith, and above all take to heart the words with which Christ presents his body and blood to us for forgiveness; that we take note of and give thanks for the boundless love that he showed us when he saved us from the wrath of God, sin, death, and hell by his blood; and that we then externally receive the bread and wine, that is, his body and blood, as a guarantee and pledge. Let us then in his name, according to his command, and with his own words administer and receive the Testament.
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.
Our Lord Jesus Christ, on the night when He was betrayed, took bread, and when He had given thanks, He broke it and gave it to the disciples and said: Take, eat; this is My + body, which is given for you. This do in remembrance of Me.
In the same way also He took the cup after supper, and when He had given thanks, He gave it to them, saying: Drink of it, all of you; this is My + blood of the new testament, which is shed for you for the forgiveness of sins. This do, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of me.
Pastor: These are the gifts of God for the people of God.
People: Glory to You, O Lord. Amen.
+ 629 - What Is This Bread +
What is this bread? Christ's body risen from the dead:
This bread we break, This life we take,
Was crushed to pay for our release.
O taste and see--the Lord is peace.
What is this wine? The blood of Jesus shed for mine;
The cup of grace Brings His embrace
Of life and love until I sing!
O taste and see--the Lord is King.
So who am I, That I should live and He should die
Under the rod? My God, my God,
Why have You not forsaken me?
O taste and see--the Lord is free.
Yet is God here? Oh, yes! By Word and promise clear,
In mouth and soul He makes us whole–
Christ, truly present in this meal.
O taste and see--the Lord is real.
Is this for me? I am forgiven and set free!
I do believe That I receive His very body and His blood.
O taste and see--the Lord is good.
+ 635 O Gracious Lord, I Firmly Am Believing +
O gracious Lord, I firmly am believing
Your boundless love will bless each faithful soul,
and from this altar we are here receiving
Your body and Your blood to make us whole,
Your body and Your blood to make us whole.
Lord, I have sinned a thousand times offending;
My thankless thoughts and words and deeds erase,,
to me Your hand of mercy now extending,
O God my Savior I implore Your grace.
O God my Savior I implore Your grace.
You see my sin yet seat me at Your table;
Lord as a guest, I surely am the least
Unclean, unfit, of worthy deeds unable-
My heart prepare for this most holy feast,
My heart prepare for this most holy feast.
O Lamb of God, my faithful loving Savior,
You I embrace in faith and holy love;
Grant me the strength to show by my behavior
A life now hidden in Your reign above,
A life now hidden in Your reign above.
Heavenly Bread, my life and benediction,
this cup You give can take away each ill.
Come and relieve my soul from all affliction;
Calm every sigh until my heart is still,
Calm every sigh until my heart is still.
The Post-Communion Prayer
Pastor: We give thanks to You, loving and faithful Lord, for by the ransom payment You have made with Your precious blood You have provided for our healing. You have restored us that we may now live in Your presence eternally. We rejoice that in this Sacrament You are at work in us enabling us to live with the Spirit. Give us the hearts of servants and fulfill Your good purposes in our lives; through the same Jesus Christ, who lives and reigns with the Father and the Holy Spirit, now and forever.
Pastor: Let us bless the Lord.
People: Thanks Be to God.
Pastor: Receive the blessing of the LORD:
The Lord bless you and keep you. The Lord make His face shine on you and be gracious to You. The Lord look upon You with His favor and + give you peace.
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.
Parts of the liturgy in this service are reprinted from Lutheran Worship, copyright (c) 1982 by Concordia Publishing House and from The Hymnal Supplement 98, copyright (c) 1998 by Concordia Publishing House and Lutheran Service Book, © 2006 CPH
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