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Worship Service

 

THE DAY OF PENTECOST

May 31, 2020

AS WE GATHER

Today we recall the Feast of Pentecost, fifty days after our Lord’s resurrection. In God’s wisdom, this is one of the feasts all were required to attend in Jerusalem. In this way God provided for the largest gathering from the farthest reaches where His people lived in order to discover what Pentecost was really all about. Today with the lavish outpouring of God Himself, the Holy Spirit, “the Lord and giver of life,” would proclaim the glory of salvation and eternal life through Jesus, the Son of God.

So today we hear the Word of God spoken to us in our own language, that powerful, mighty Word through which the Holy Spirit creates and strengthens the gift of saving faith in us. This faith is like living water flowing through our entire being bringing the refreshment of the forgiveness of all of our sins and a new and godly purpose for the living of our days. The water Jesus gives is the true water of life.

HYMN “Holy Spirit, Light Divine” LW 166

INVOCATION

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

People:  Amen.

CONFESSION AND ABSOLUTION

Pastor:   Away with sin and sorrow! My love, the Crucified, Has sprung to life this morrow. Alleluia! Christ is risen!

People:   He is risen indeed! Alleluia!

Pastor:   Even as we glory in the gift of eternal life, in that hope we spend our days in joyful repentance and faith. Let us confess our sin, the sin that still so easily besets us, and receive the full forgiveness our Lord daily provides for us.

People: Had Christ, who once was slain, Not burst His three-day prison, Our faith had been in vain: But now has Christ arisen, arisen, arisen; But now has Christ arisen! We are Your baptized people. Forgive us, renew us, and lead us into our Easter joy.

Pastor:   Upon this your confession, I, by virtue of my office, as a called and ordained servant of the Word, announce the grace of God to all of you. And in the stead and by the command of my Lord Jesus Christ I forgive you all your sins in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.

People:   Amen.

 KYRIE

All: Lord, have mercy upon us. Christ, have mercy upon us. Lord, have mercy upon us.

 SALUTATION

Pastor:    The Lord be with you.

People:   And also with you.

PRAYER OF THE DAY

Pastor:   Let us pray. O God, on this day You once taught the hearts of Your faithful people by sending them the light of Your Holy Spirit. Grant us in our day by the same Spirit to have a right understanding in all things and evermore to rejoice in His holy consolation; through Jesus Christ, Your Son, our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.

People:   Amen.

OLD TESTAMENT READING Numbers 11:24–30 (Moses prays for the Spirit upon all.)

 24So Moses went out and told the people what the LORD had said. He brought together seventy of their elders and had them stand around the Tent. 25Then the LORD came down in the cloud and spoke with him, and he took of the Spirit that was on him and put the Spirit on the seventy elders. When the Spirit rested on them, they prophesied, but they did not do so again. 26However, two men, whose names were Eldad and Medad, had remained in the camp. They were listed among the elders, but did not go out to the Tent. Yet the Spirit also rested on them, and they prophesied in the camp. 27A young man ran and told Moses, “Eldad and Medad are prophesying in the camp.” 28Joshua son of Nun, who had been Moses’ aide since youth, spoke up and said, “Moses, my lord, stop them!” 29But Moses replied, “Are you jealous for my sake? I wish that all the LORD'S people were prophets and that the LORD would put his Spirit on them!” 30Then Moses and the elders of Israel returned to the camp.

Pastor:            This is the Word of the Lord.

People:           Thanks be to God.

SECOND READING Acts 2:1–21 (The coming of the Holy Spirit)

1When the day of Pentecost came, they were all together in one place. 2Suddenly a sound like the blowing of a violent wind came from heaven and filled the whole house where they were sitting. 3They saw what seemed to be tongues of fire that separated and came to rest on each of them. 4All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues as the Spirit enabled them. 5Now there were staying in Jerusalem God-fearing Jews from every nation under heaven. 6When they heard this sound, a crowd came together in bewilderment, because each one heard them speaking in his own language. 7Utterly amazed, they asked: “Are not all these men who are speaking Galileans? 8Then how is it that each of us hears them in his own native language? 9Parthians, Medes and Elamites; residents of Mesopotamia, Judea and Cappadocia, Pontus and Asia, 10Phrygia and Pamphylia, Egypt and the parts of Libya near Cyrene; visitors from Rome 11(both Jews and converts to Judaism); Cretans and Arabs—we hear them declaring the wonders of God in our own tongues!” 12Amazed and perplexed, they asked one another, “What does this mean?” 13Some, however, made fun of them and said, “They have had too much wine.” 14Then Peter stood up with the Eleven, raised his voice and addressed the crowd: “Fellow Jews and all of you who live in Jerusalem, let me explain this to you; listen carefully to what I say. 15These men are not drunk, as you suppose. It’s only nine in the morning! 16No, this is what was spoken by the prophet Joel: 17‘In the last days, God says, I will pour out my Spirit on all people. Your sons and daughters will prophesy, your young men will see visions, your old men will dream dreams. 18Even on my servants, both men and women, I will pour out my Spirit in those days, and they will prophesy. 19I will show wonders in the heaven above and signs on the earth below, blood and fire and billows of smoke. 20The sun will be turned to darkness and the moon to blood before the coming of the great and glorious day of the Lord. 21And everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.’”

Pastor:            This is the Word of the Lord.

People:           Thanks be to God.

VERSE

All: Alleluia. Come, Holy Spirit, fill the hearts of the faithful, and kindle in them the fire of Your love. Alleluia.

HOLY GOSPEL John 7:37–39 (Rivers of living water)

37On the last and greatest day of the Feast, Jesus stood and said in a loud voice, “If anyone is thirsty, let him come to me and drink. 38Whoever believes in me, as the Scripture has said, streams of living water will flow from within him.” 39By this he meant the Spirit, whom those who believed in him were later to receive. Up to that time the Spirit had not been given, since Jesus had not yet been glorified.

Pastor:            This is the Gospel of the Lord.

People:           Praise to You, O Christ.

HYMN “O Church Arise”

O church arise and put your armor on Hear the call of Christ our Captain For now the weak can say that they are strong In the strength that God has given With shield of faith and belt of truth We'll stand against the devil's lies An army bold whose battle cry is Love Reaching out to those in darkness

 

Our call to war to love the captive soul But to rage against the captor And with the sword that makes the wounded whole We will fight with faith and valour When faced with trials on every side We know the outcome is secure And Christ will have the prize for which He died An inheritance of nations

 

Come see the cross where love and mercy meet As the Son of God is stricken Then see His foes lie crushed beneath His feet For the Conqueror has risen And as the stone is rolled away And Christ emerges from the grave This victory march continues till the day Every eye and heart shall see Him

 

So Spirit come put strength in every stride Give grace for every hurdle That we may run with faith to win the prize Of a servant good and faithful As saints of old still line the way Retelling triumphs of His grace We hear their calls and hunger for the day When with Christ we stand in glory

CCLI Song # 4611992 Keith Getty | Stuart Townend © 2005 Thankyou Music (Admin. by Capitol CMG Publishing) For use solely with the SongSelect®  License # 11463099

 SERMON Acts 2:1–21

When we study a foreign _________________ and begin to communicate with people who speak that language, we realize they are human too and probably aren’t that much different than we are.

What I simply want to stress today is the importance of knowing a language to ______________ others.

We call this day ____________________ which is the Greek word for fiftieth.

Pentecost corresponds to the Jewish festival known as the Feast of _________________.

It was on the day of Pentecost that the _________ _____________ descended upon believers gathered in Jerusalem.

The Holy Spirit gave the __________ of languages to those in Jerusalem.

We may not be able to speak in different languages but we still play an important role in spreading the ________________.

The gift of suddenly knowing a foreign language seems to correspond with ______________ times.

Today, __________________ go through the long process of learning a language because the mission of the apostles hasn’t ceased.

The church has been entrusted with the mission of spreading _____________________ in Jesus Christ. We are the church today.

APOSTLES’ CREED (p. 167 in front of the hymnal)

OFFERING

PRAYER OF THE CHURCH

Pastor:   Let us pray for the whole people of God in Christ Jesus, and for all people according to their needs. Lord God, heavenly Father, we offer before You our common supplications for the well-being of Your Church throughout the world. So guide and govern it by Your Holy Spirit, that all who profess themselves Christians be led into the way of truth and hold the faith in unity of spirit, in the bond of peace, and in righteousness of life. Lord, in Your mercy,

People:           hear our prayer.

Pastor:   Send down upon all ministers of the Gospel and upon the congregations committed to their care the healthful spirit of Your grace, that they please You in all things. Lord, in Your mercy,

People:           hear our prayer.

Pastor:   Behold in mercy all who are in authority over us. Supply them with Your blessing, that they be inclined to Your will and walk according to Your Commandments. Lord, in Your mercy,

People:           hear our prayer.

Pastor:   We humbly ask Your abiding presence in every situation that You would make known Your ways among us. Preserve those who travel, satisfy the wants of Your creatures, and help those who call upon You in any need, that they have patience in the midst of suffering and, according to Your will, be released from their afflictions. Lord, in Your mercy,

People:           hear our prayer.

Pastor:   Merciful Father, Your dear Son, our Lord Jesus Christ, rose victorious over death and the grave. We remember with thanksgiving all Your servants who trusted in Christ and now stand in Your nearer presence, where all sorrows are turned to joy. Strengthen us in the confident hope of the resurrection of the dead and the life of the world to come, that we await with joy our reunion in Your heavenly kingdom. Lord, in Your mercy,

People:           hear our prayer.

Pastor:   Into Your hands, O Lord, we commend all for whom we pray, trusting in Your mercy; through Your Son, Jesus Christ, our Lord.

People:           Amen.

LORD’S PRAYER Matthew 6:9–13

PAX DOMINI

Pastor:   The peace of the Lord be with you always.

People:   Amen.

SONG “They'll Know We Are Christians By Our Love”

We are one in the Spirit

We are one in the Lord

We are one in the Spirit

We are one in the Lord

And we pray that all unity

May one day be restored

 

Chorus

And they’ll know we are Christians

By our love by our love

Yes they’ll know we are Christians

By our love

 

We will walk with each other

We will walk hand in hand

We will walk with each other

We will walk hand in hand

And together we’ll spread the news

That God is in our land

 

Chorus

 

We will work with each other

We will work side by side

We will work with each other

We will work side by side

And we’ll guard each man’s dignity

And save each man’s pride

 

Chorus

 

All praise to the Father

From whom all things come

And all praise to Christ Jesus

His only Son

And all praise to the Spirit

Who makes us one

Chorus

CCLI Song # 26997 Peter Scholtes © Words: 1966 F.E.L. Publications. Assigned 1991 Lorenz Publishing Company (Admin. by Lorenz Corporation) Music: 1966 F.E.L. Publications. Assigned 1991 Lorenz Publishing Company (Admin. by Lorenz Corporation) For use solely with the SongSelect. CCLI License # 11463099

PRAYER

Pastor:   Let us pray. We give thanks to You, almighty God, that You have refreshed us through your word, and we implore You that of Your mercy You would strengthen us through the same 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.

People:   Amen.

BENEDICTION

Pastor:   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 favor and give you peace. Numbers 6:24–26

People:    Amen.

HYMN “Come, Oh, Come, O Quickening Spirit” LW 165

Creative Worship for the Lutheran Parish, Series A, Quarter 2. Copyright © 2019 Concordia Publishing House. All rights reserved. Used by permission.

 

SEVENTH SUNDAY OF EASTER

May 24, 2020

AS WE GATHER

Today we find ourselves in a similar situation as the first disciples in Acts 1, left still to wonder at what awaits us between our Lord’s ascension and His promised return. But we do not need to see Him with our eyes to know He is still with us, speaking to and strengthening us with His gift of salvation and eternal life. In Holy Baptism, Absolution, Communion, and the preaching of His Word, He gives us His mercy. In Jesus, our lives have been transformed. We are given power to avoid suffering from our own sinful passions to the blessed suffering that marks taking up our cross of faith and following Jesus. As the Day of Pentecost approaches, we will understand and believe by means of the Holy Spirit our unity with Christ and God the Father through faith in Him.

HYMN “Lord Jesus Christ, Be Present Now” LW 201

INVOCATION

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

People:  Amen.

CONFESSION AND ABSOLUTION

Pastor:   This joyful Eastertide Away with sin and sorrow! My love, the Crucified, Has sprung to life this morrow. Alleluia! Christ is risen!

People:  He is risen indeed! Alleluia!

Pastor:   Even as we glory in the gift of eternal life, in that hope we spend our days in joyful repentance and faith. Let us confess our sin, the sin that still so easily besets us, and receive the full forgiveness our Lord daily provides for us.

People: Had Christ, who once was slain, Not burst His three-day prison, Our faith had been in vain: But now has Christ arisen, arisen, arisen; But now has Christ arisen! We are Your baptized people. Forgive us, renew us, and lead us into our Easter joy.

Pastor:   Upon this your confession, I, by virtue of my office, as a called and ordained servant of the Word, announce the grace of God to all of you. And in the stead and by the command of my Lord Jesus Christ I forgive you all your sins in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.

People:  Amen.

HYMN OF PRAISE “This Is the Feast” (p. 161 in front of the hymnal)

SALUTATION

Pastor:   The Lord be with you.

People:  And also with you.

PRAYER OF THE DAY

Pastor:   Let us pray. You are the King of glory, O Christ; You are the everlasting Son of the Father, now seated at His right hand. As You send the Holy Spirit to us through Your Word and Sacraments, give us the strengthening of faith to endure all trials and live in the hope of eternal life; for You live and reign with the Father and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.

People:  Amen.

FIRST READING Acts 1:12–26 (Matthias chosen to replace Judas)

12Then they returned to Jerusalem from the hill called the Mount of Olives, a Sabbath day’s walk from the city. 13When they arrived, they went upstairs to the room where they were staying. Those present were Peter, John, James and Andrew; Philip and Thomas, Bartholomew and Matthew; James son of Alphaeus and Simon the Zealot, and Judas son of James. 14They all joined together constantly in prayer, along with the women and Mary the mother of Jesus, and with his brothers. 15In those days Peter stood up among the believers (a group numbering about a hundred and twenty) 16and said, “Brothers, the Scripture had to be fulfilled which the Holy Spirit spoke long ago through the mouth of David concerning Judas, who served as guide for those who arrested Jesus—17he was one of our number and shared in this ministry.” 18(With the reward he got for his wickedness, Judas bought a field; there he fell headlong, his body burst open and all his intestines spilled out. 19Everyone in Jerusalem heard about this, so they called that field in their language Akeldama, that is, Field of Blood.) 20“For,” said Peter, “it is written in the book of Psalms, “ ‘May his place be deserted; let there be no one to dwell in it,’ and, “ ‘May another take his place of leadership.’ 21Therefore it is necessary to choose one of the men who have been with us the whole time the Lord Jesus went in and out among us, 22beginning from John’s baptism to the time when Jesus was taken up from us. For one of these must become a witness with us of his resurrection.” 23So they proposed two men: Joseph called Barsabbas (also known as Justus) and Matthias. 24Then they prayed, “Lord, you know everyone’s heart. Show us which of these two you have chosen 25to take over this apostolic ministry, which Judas left to go where he belongs.” 26Then they cast lots, and the lot fell to Matthias; so he was added to the eleven apostles.

Pastor:            This is the Word of the Lord.

People:           Thanks be to God.

PSALM 72 (p. 332 in front of the hymnal)

EPISTLE 1 Peter 4:12–19; 5:6–11 (Suffering as a Christian)

12Dear friends, do not be surprised at the painful trial you are suffering, as though something strange were happening to you. 13But rejoice that you participate in the sufferings of Christ, so that you may be overjoyed when his glory is revealed. 14If you are insulted because of the name of Christ, you are blessed, for the Spirit of glory and of God rests on you. 15If you suffer, it should not be as a murderer or thief or any other kind of criminal, or even as a meddler. 16However, if you suffer as a Christian, do not be ashamed, but praise God that you bear that name. 17For it is time for judgment to begin with the family of God; and if it begins with us, what will the outcome be for those who do not obey the gospel of God? 18And, “If it is hard for the righteous to be saved, what will become of the ungodly and the sinner?” 19So then, those who suffer according to God’s will should commit themselves to their faithful Creator and continue to do good. 5:6Humble yourselves, therefore, under God’s mighty hand, that he may lift you up in due time. 7Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you. 8Be self-controlled and alert. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour. 9Resist him, standing firm in the faith, because you know that your brothers throughout the world are undergoing the same kind of sufferings. 10And the God of all grace, who called you to his eternal glory in Christ, after you have suffered a little while, will himself restore you and make you strong, firm and steadfast. 11To him be the power for ever and ever. Amen.

 Pastor:            This is the Word of the Lord.

People:           Thanks be to God.

VERSE Romans 6:9; John 14:18

All: Alleluia. We know that Christ being raised from the dead will never die again; death no longer has dominion over Him. Alleluia. I will not leave you as orphans; I will come to you. Alleluia.

HOLY GOSPEL John 17:1–11 (The High Priestly Prayer)

1After Jesus said this, he looked toward heaven and prayed: “Father, the time has come. Glorify your Son, that your Son may glorify you. 2For you granted him authority over all people that he might give eternal life to all those you have given him. 3Now this is eternal life: that they may know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom you have sent. 4I have brought you glory on earth by completing the work you gave me to do. 5And now, Father, glorify me in your presence with the glory I had with you before the world began. 6I have revealed you to those whom you gave me out of the world. They were yours; you gave them to me and they have obeyed your word. 7Now they know that everything you have given me comes from you. 8For I gave them the words you gave me and they accepted them. They knew with certainty that I came from you, and they believed that you sent me. 9I pray for them. I am not praying for the world, but for those you have given me, for they are yours. 10All I have is yours, and all you have is mine. And glory has come to me through them. 11I will remain in the world no longer, but they are still in the world, and I am coming to you. Holy Father, protect them by the power of your name—the name you gave me—so that they may be one as we are one. 

Pastor:            This is the Gospel of the Lord.

People:           Praise to You, O Christ.

HYMN “All Hail the Power of Jesus’ Name” LW 272

SERMON Acts 1:12–26

It also shows us how Jesus gives _____________ chance after chance to repent of their ways.

Another way to put all of this is that ______________ has not given up on people.

If we’re honest with ourselves we know that we are far from being _____________ people.

But the good news is that God hasn’t given up on ________.

He still uses them for His purpose, which is to share the _______________ and live holy lives.

After Judas had killed himself and Jesus ascended into heaven, the eleven disciples chose _________________ to replace him.

If we want to do something constructive besides wasting our time doing frivolous things, let’s get excited over God’s ____________________ for all people.

The disciples looked for a man who had been with them from Jesus’ ________________ until he ascended into heaven.

I should make it clear at this point that not just the _____ disciples followed Jesus around during His ministry. There were many others.

The disciples ________________ for the Lord’s guidance and Matthias was chosen.

I pray and hope that we understand how much of an honor it is to be God’s ________________ children.

 APOSTLES’ CREED (p. 167 in front of the hymnal)

OFFERING

PRAYER OF THE CHURCH

Pastor:            Let us pray for the whole people of God in Christ Jesus, and for all people according to their needs. Almighty and merciful God, we give thanks for Your mercy, especially for the salvation You have prepared for the whole world through the suffering and resurrection of Your Son, Jesus Christ, our Lord. Enable us to walk by faith, enduring all trials encountered because of that faith as we deny ourselves, take up our cross, and follow Christ. Lord, in Your mercy,

People:           hear our prayer.

Pastor:   We pray that You rule and govern Your Holy Church throughout the world, granting Your blessing to all You have called to preach Your Holy Word, in order that we be preserved in the pure doctrine of Your saving Word, and that we bear witness to Your saving truth. Lord, in Your mercy,

People:           hear our prayer.

Pastor:   Give health, wisdom, and protection to all who are in authority of making, administering, and judging our laws in order that they rule according to Your goodwill and pleasure. Lord, in Your mercy,

People:           hear our prayer.

Pastor:   Give Your comfort to all who are in trouble, want, sickness, peril of death, or any other adversity. Grant courage and steadfastness especially to those who suffer for Your name’s sake, that they receive and accept their afflictions in the confidence that You will acknowledge them as Your own. Lord, in Your mercy,

People:           hear our prayer.

Pastor:   We remember with thanksgiving those who have loved and served You in Your Church on earth who now rest from their labors. Keep us in fellowship with all Your saints and bring us at last to the joys of Your heavenly kingdom. Lord, in Your mercy,

People:           hear our prayer.

Pastor:   Into Your hands, O Lord, we commend all for whom we pray, trusting in Your mercy; through Your Son, Jesus Christ, our Lord.

People:           Amen.

LORD’S PRAYER Matthew 6:9–13

PAX DOMINI

Pastor:            The peace of the Lord be with you always.

People:           Amen.

 HYMN “Stand Up, Stand Up for Jesus” LW 305

PRAYER

Pastor:   Let us pray. We give thanks to You, almighty God, that You have refreshed us through your word, and we implore You that of Your mercy You would strengthen us through the same 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.

People:           Amen.

 BENEDICTION

Pastor:   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 favor and give you peace. Numbers 6:24–26

People:  Amen.

HYMN “You Are the Way; to You Alone” LW 283

Creative Worship for the Lutheran Parish, Series A, Quarter 2. Copyright © 2019 Concordia Publishing House. All rights reserved. Used by permission.

 

SIXTH SUNDAY OF EASTER

May 17, 2020

AS WE GATHER

During these great fifty days of Easter, we gather again to hear the risen Lord Jesus as He appears and speaks to us in no less a real way than when He appeared and spoke to the first disciples before His ascension into heaven. As Scripture says, “The LORD is in His holy temple; let all the earth keep silence before Him” (Habakkuk 2:20). So we gather in reverent, holy anticipation as we hear the words of Jesus in John’s inspired account, recalling His promise given on Holy Thursday, His word concerning the promise that He would send “another Helper, to be with you forever, even the Spirit of truth” (John 14:16–17). The Holy Spirit is wherever He creates and sustains faith through God’s Word. However, our Easter celebration will break forth before the world on the Day of Pentecost. Jesus says the world cannot receive, see, or know the Spirit. Paul found this to be true in Athens as he noticed an altar dedicated “To the unknown god.” Though many in our day certainly have heard about Jesus, they do not know Him apart from faith in His word. But you know Him! Baptized into Christ, His resurrection life has given us new life, which for now is but the beginning to be stretched out into life eternal.

 

HYMN “My Hope Is Built on Nothing Less” LW 368

INVOCATION

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

People:  Amen.

CONFESSION AND ABSOLUTION

Pastor:   The three sad days have quickly sped, He rises glorious from the dead. All glory to our risen Head! Alleluia! Alleluia! Christ is risen!

People:  He is risen indeed! Alleluia!

Pastor:   Even as we glory in the gift of eternal life, in that hope we spend our days in joyful repentance and faith. Let us confess our sin, the sin that still so easily besets us, and receive the full forgiveness our Lord daily provides for us.

People: Lord God, though the strife is over, the battle done, and now is the victor’s triumph won, sin still hangs on. We are Your baptized people. Forgive us, renew us, and lead us into our Easter joy.

Pastor:   Upon this your confession, I, by virtue of my office, as a called and ordained servant of the Word, announce the grace of God to all of you. And in the stead and by the command of my Lord Jesus Christ, I forgive you all your sins in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.

People:  Amen.

HYMN OF PRAISE “This Is the Feast” (p.161 in front of the hymnal)

SALUTATION

Pastor:    The Lord be with you.

People:   And also with you.

PRAYER OF THE DAY

Pastor:   Let us pray. God our Father, You protect Your children from all that would harm our salvation. Give us the courage of faith and love toward You, that we have boldness to live for You and confess Your holy name before all; through Jesus Christ, our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.

People:           Amen.

 FIRST READING Acts 17:16–31 (Paul in Athens)

16While Paul was waiting for them in Athens, he was greatly distressed to see that the city was full of idols. 17So he reasoned in the synagogue with the Jews and the God-fearing Greeks, as well as in the marketplace day by day with those who happened to be there. 18A group of Epicurean and Stoic philosophers began to dispute with him. Some of them asked, “What is this babbler trying to say?” Others remarked, “He seems to be advocating foreign gods.” They said this because Paul was preaching the good news about Jesus and the resurrection. 19Then they took him and brought him to a meeting of the Areopagus, where they said to him, “May we know what this new teaching is that you are presenting? 20You are bringing some strange ideas to our ears, and we want to know what they mean.” 21(All the Athenians and the foreigners who lived there spent their time doing nothing but talking about and listening to the latest ideas.) 22Paul then stood up in the meeting of the Areopagus and said: “Men of Athens! I see that in every way you are very religious. 23For as I walked around and looked carefully at your objects of worship, I even found an altar with this inscription: TO AN UNKNOWN GOD. Now what you worship as something unknown I am going to proclaim to you. 24The God who made the world and everything in it is the Lord of heaven and earth and does not live in temples built by hands. 25And he is not served by human hands, as if he needed anything, because he himself gives all men life and breath and everything else. 26From one man he made every nation of men, that they should inhabit the whole earth; and he determined the times set for them and the exact places where they should live. 27God did this so that men would seek him and perhaps reach out for him and find him, though he is not far from each one of us. 28‘For in him we live and move and have our being.’ As some of your own poets have said, ‘We are his offspring.’ 29Therefore since we are God’s offspring, we should not think that the divine being is like gold or silver or stone—an image made by man’s design and skill. 30In the past God overlooked such ignorance, but now he commands all people everywhere to repent. 31For he has set a day when he will judge the world with justice by the man he has appointed. He has given proof of this to all men by raising him from the dead.”

Pastor:    This is the Word of the Lord.

People:   Thanks be to God.

PSALM 67 (p. 331 in front of the hymnal)

EPISTLE 1 Peter 3:13–22 (Suffering for Christ)

13Who is going to harm you if you are eager to do good? 14But even if you should suffer for what is right, you are blessed. Do not fear what they fear; do not be frightened. 15But in your hearts set apart Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect, 16keeping a clear conscience, so that those who speak maliciously against your good behavior in Christ may be ashamed of their slander. 17It is better, if it is God’s will, to suffer for doing good than for doing evil. 18For Christ died for sins once for all, the righteous for the unrighteous, to bring you to God. He was put to death in the body but made alive by the Spirit, 19through whom also he went and preached to the spirits in prison 20who disobeyed long ago when God waited patiently in the days of Noah while the ark was being built. In it only a few people, eight in all, were saved through water, 21and this water symbolizes baptism that now saves you also—not the removal of dirt from the body but the pledge of a good conscience toward God. It saves you by the resurrection of Jesus Christ, 22who has gone into heaven and is at God’s right hand—with angels, authorities and powers in submission to him.

Pastor:   This is the Word of the Lord.

People:  Thanks be to God.

VERSE Romans 6:9; John 16:33b

All: Alleluia. We know that Christ being raised from the dead will never die again; death no longer has dominion over Him. Alleluia. In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world. Alleluia.

HOLY GOSPEL John 14:15–21 (The promise of the Holy Spirit)

15If you love me, you will obey what I command. 16And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Counselor to be with you forever—17the Spirit of truth. The world cannot accept him, because it neither sees him nor knows him. But you know him, for he lives with you and will be in you. 18I will not leave you as orphans; I will come to you. 19Before long, the world will not see me anymore, but you will see me. Because I live, you also will live. 20On that day you will realize that I am in my Father, and you are in me, and I am in you. 21Whoever has my commands and obeys them, he is the one who loves me. He who loves me will be loved by my Father, and I too will love him and show myself to him.

Pastor:   This is the Gospel of the Lord.

People:  Praise to You, O Christ.

 HYMN OF THE DAY “If You But Trust in God to Guide You” LW 420

 SERMON Acts 17:16–31

One of the other things that Athens and the Greeks were known for was their many ________.

___________________ in Jesus Christ wasn’t just for the Jews; He was for everyone.

In ancient times the council of Athens met at the _______________.

And so some of the Greeks decided to bring Paul there to explain his ________________ about Jesus Christ.

Paul might have seen this as a good ____________________ to present the teachings of Jesus Christ.

As it turns out, a group of those gathered there _________________ Paul.

It’s apparent that Paul’s preaching wasn’t in __________. ___________________ took root in Greece.

The point in all of this is that Jesus’ death and resurrection in Jerusalem wasn’t meant for just the _______________.

But Paul continued to preach the Gospel because he was convinced that it was for ______________ people, even for the Greeks in Athens.

Our ___________ is to keep the Gospel going.

Paul experienced all kinds of hardship yet never gave up on the _________________.

 NICENE CREED (p. 166 in front of the hymnal)

OFFERING

RITE OF CONFIRMATION

PRAYER OF THE CHURCH

Pastor:   Let us pray for the whole people of God in Christ Jesus, and for all people according to their needs. Lord God, we give You thanks and praise for the new life and salvation with which You have brought beauty into our lives and our world again through the resurrection of Your Son, Jesus Christ, our Lord. We pray that You open the ears of all who hear Your Word, that this salvation come to many in true repentance and faith, the gift of Your own Holy Spirit. Lord, in Your mercy,

People:           hear our prayer.

Pastor:   Send Your Spirit mightily especially upon those called to preach, proclaim, and teach Your life-giving Word. Guide all pastors, teachers, and servants of the Church to be faithful in word and deed. Lord, in Your mercy,

People:           hear our prayer.

Pastor:   To all who bear the authority of government in our land, give Your blessing, that tranquility and peace rule our days. Lord, in Your mercy,

People:           hear our prayer.

Pastor:   When suffering for Your truth comes our way, remind us of the certain victory that is ours by our Baptism into Christ. Give us the vision of Your mercy and grace, that we endure any opposition to the true faith. Lord, in Your mercy,

People:           hear our prayer.

Pastor:   Visit with Your peace and healing all who suffer illness, injury, or any painful difficulty. Let not their hearts be troubled or weighed down with any fear, but lift their eyes to Your sure and certain promises of eternal life and joy. Lord, in Your mercy,

People:           hear our prayer.  

Pastor:   With reverence and affection, we remember before You, O everlasting God, all our departed family and friends who have followed Christ and now are with Him in glory. By Your grace, keep us faithful and steadfast, that we see the joys of Your heavenly kingdom. Lord, in Your mercy,

People:           hear our prayer.

Pastor:   Continue to guide those who have been confirmed before Your altar today. Let not their confirmation serve as the ending of their instruction to know more about You, Lord, but as the beginning of their promise to fulfill their vows to remain faithful to You all the days of their lives. Lord, in Your mercy,

People:           hear our prayer.

Pastor:   Into Your hands, O Lord, we commend all for whom we pray, trusting in Your mercy; through Your Son, Jesus Christ, our Lord.

People:           Amen.

LORD’S PRAYER Matthew 6:9–13

PREFACE

Pastor: The Lord be with you. 2 Timothy 4:22

People: And also with you.

Pastor: Lift up your hearts. [Colossians 3:1]

People: We lift them to the Lord.

Pastor: Let us give thanks to the Lord our God. [Psalm 136]

People: It is right to give Him thanks and praise.

Pastor:   It is truly good, right, and salutary that we should at all times and in all places give thanks to You, holy Lord, almighty Father, everlasting God, through Jesus Christ, our Lord, who overcame the assaults of the devil and gave His life as a ransom for many that with cleansed hearts we might be prepared joyfully to celebrate the paschal feast in sincerity and truth. Therefore with angels and archangels and with all the company of heaven we laud and magnify Your glorious name, evermore praising You and singing:

SANCTUS “Holy, Holy, Holy” (from p. 170 in front of the hymnal)

Holy, holy, holy Lord, God of pow’r and might:

Heaven and earth are full of your glory.

Hosanna, Hosanna, Hosanna in the highest.

Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord.

Hosanna in the highest.

 PRAYER OF THANKSGIVING

Pastor:   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 faithfully to eat His body and drink His blood as He bids us do in His own testament. Gather us together, we pray, 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. Graciously receive our prayers; deliver and preserve us. To You alone, O Father, be all glory, honor, and worship, with the Son and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.

People:           Amen.

WORDS OF OUR LORD Matthew 26:26–28; Mark 14:22–24; Luke 22:19–20; 1 Corinthians 11:23–25

PROCLAMATION OF CHRIST

Pastor:   As often as we eat this bread and drink this cup, we proclaim the Lord’s death until He comes. 1 Corinthians 11:26

People:  Amen. Come, Lord Jesus. Revelation 22:20

THE PEACE OF THE LORD

Pastor: The peace of the Lord be with you always.

People: Amen.

AGNUS DEI “Lamb of God” (from p. 172 in front of the hymnal)

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.

 DISTRIBUTION HYMNS “Amazing Grace” LW 509; “Lift High the Cross” LW 311

 POST-COMMUNION CANTICLE “Thank the Lord” (from p. 173 in front of hymnal)

Thank the Lord and sing his praise; tell ev’ryone what he has

done. Let all who seek 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 THANKSGIVING

Pastor:   O Lord, we thank You for Your abundant mercy and love for us, which, even when we were dead in our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ. Having received Your grace and forgiveness in this Holy Sacrament, send us forth now to do the good works You have already prepared to be our way of life; through Jesus Christ, Your Son, our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.

People:   Amen.

 BENEDICTION

Pastor:   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 favor and give you peace. Numbers 6:24–26

People:   Amen.

 HYMN “Jesus Lives! The Victory’s Won” LW 139

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