An Inspiring View – SIXTH SUNDAY OF EASTER

HE IS RISEN!!!

SIXTH SUNDAY OF EASTER

An Inspiring View

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.

+ PREPARATION +

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OPENING HYMN: #465 – Now All the Vault of Heaven Resounds
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OPENING HYMN: #465 – Now All the Vault of Heaven Resounds                      

1    Now all the vault of heav’n resounds
In praise of love that still abounds:
    “Christ has triumphed! He is living!”
Sing, choirs of angels, loud and clear!
Repeat their song of glory here:
    “Christ has triumphed! Christ has triumphed!”
    Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia!

2    Eternal is the gift He brings,
Therefore our heart with rapture sings:
    “Christ has triumphed! He is living!”
Now still He comes to give us life
And by His presence stills all strife.
    Christ has triumphed! He is living!
    Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia!

3    O fill us, Lord, with dauntless love;
Set heart and will on things above
    That we conquer through Your triumph;
Grant grace sufficient for life’s day
That by our lives we truly say:
    “Christ has triumphed! He is living!”
    Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia!

4   Adoring praises now we bring
And with the heav’nly blessèd sing:
    “Christ has triumphed! Alleluia!”
Be to the Father and our Lord,
To Spirit blest, most holy God,
    All the glory, never ending!
    Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia!

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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! (LSB 464:3)

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 X Son and of the Holy Spirit.

People:          Amen.

+ WORD +

HYMN OF PRAISE: Gloria in Excelsis

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HYMN OF PRAISE: Gloria in ExcelsisLSB 154
Glory to God in the highest, and peace to His people on earth.
Lord God, heavenly king, almighty God and Father:
We worship You, we give You thanks, we praise You for Your glory.
Lord Jesus Christ, only Son of the Father, Lord God, Lamb of God:
You take away the sin of the world; have mercy on us.
You are seated at the right hand of the Father; receive our prayer.
For You alone are the Holy One, You alone are the Lord,
You alone are the Most High, Jesus Christ, with the Holy Spirit,
in the glory of God the Father. Amen.

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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 at Athens, his spirit was provoked within him as he saw that the city was full of idols. 17So 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. 18Some 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. 19And they took hold of him and brought him to the Areopagus, saying, “May we know what this new teaching is that you are presenting? 20For you bring some strange things to our ears. We wish to know therefore what these things mean.” 21Now all the Athenians and the foreigners who lived there would spend their time in nothing except telling or hearing something new.

            22So Paul, standing in the midst of the Areopagus, said: “Men of Athens, I perceive that in every way you are very religious. 23For 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. 24The God who made the world and everything in it, being Lord of heaven and earth, does not live in temples made by man, 25nor is he served by human hands, as though he needed anything, since he himself gives to all mankind life and breath and everything. 26And 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, 27that 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, 28for

“‘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.’

29Being 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. 30The times of ignorance God overlooked, but now he commands all people everywhere to repent, 31because 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.”

PSALM       Psalm 66:8–20

8Bless our God, O peoples;
            let the sound of his praise be heard,
9who has kept our soul among the living

            and has not let our feet slip.

10For you, O God, have tested us;
            you have tried us as silver is tried.
11You brought us into the net;

            you laid a crushing burden on our backs;

12you let men ride over our heads;
            we went through fire and through water;
yet you have brought us out to a place of abundance.

13I will come into your house with burnt offerings;

            I will perform my vows to you,

14that which my lips uttered
            and my mouth promised when I was in trouble.
15I will offer to you burnt offerings of fattened animals,
            with the smoke of the sacrifice of rams;

I will make an offering of bulls and goats.

16Come and hear, all you who fear God,
            and I will tell what he has done for my soul.
17I cried to him with my mouth,

            and high praise was on my tongue.

18If I had cherished iniquity in my heart,
            the Lord would not have listened.
19But truly God has listened;

            he has attended to the voice of my prayer.

20Blessèd be God,
            because he has not rejected my prayer
            or removed his steadfast love from me!

EPISTLE    1 Peter 3:13–22                   

(Suffering for Christ)

13Now who is there to harm you if you are zealous for what is good? 14But even if you should suffer for righteousness’ sake, you will be blessed. Have no fear of them, nor be troubled, 15but 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; 16yet 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. 17For it is better to suffer for doing good, if that should be God’s will, than for doing evil.

            18For 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, 19in which he went and proclaimed to the spirits in prison, 20because 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. 21Baptism, 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, 22who has gone into heaven and is at the right hand of God, with angels, authorities, and powers having been subjected to him.

VERSE        Romans 6:9; John 16:33b

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)

Pastor:            The Holy Gospel according to St. John, the fourteenth chapter.

15[Jesus said:] “If you love me, you will keep my commandments. 16And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Helper, to be with you forever, 17even 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. 19Yet a little while and the world will see me no more, but you will see me. Because I live, you also will live. 20In that day you will know that I am in my Father, and you in me, and I in you. 21Whoever 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.”

HYMN OF THE DAY: #826 – Hark, the Voice of Jesus Crying
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HYMN OF THE DAY: #826 – Hark, the Voice of Jesus Crying

1    Hark, the voice of Jesus crying,
    “Who will go and work today?
Fields are white and harvests waiting—
    Who will bear the sheaves away?”
Loud and long the Master calleth;
    Rich reward He offers thee.
Who will answer, gladly saying,
    “Here am I, send me, send me”?

2    If you cannot speak like angels,
    If you cannot preach like Paul,
You can tell the love of Jesus,
    You can say He died for all.
If you cannot rouse the wicked
    With the judgment’s dread alarms,
You can lead the little children
    To the Savior’s waiting arms.

3    If you cannot be a watchman,
    Standing high on Zion’s wall,
Pointing out the path to heaven,
    Off’ring life and peace to all,
With your prayers and with your bounties
    You can do what God commands;
You can be like faithful Aaron,
    Holding up the prophet’s hands.

4    Let none hear you idly saying,
    “There is nothing I can do,”
While the multitudes are dying
    And the Master calls for you.
Take the task He gives you gladly,
    Let His work your pleasure be;
Answer quickly when He calleth,
    “Here am I, send me, send me!”

SERMON – Easter 6A, We bring strange words to the ears of the world

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SERMON – Easter 6A, We bring strange words to the ears of the world

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APOSTLES’ CREED

Pastor:      God has made us His people through our Baptism into Christ. Living together in trust and hope, we confess our faith.

All:            I believe in God, the Father Almighty, maker of heaven and earth.


And in Jesus Christ, His only Son, our Lord,
     who was conceived by the Holy Spirit,
     born of the virgin Mary,
     suffered under Pontius Pilate,
     was crucified, died, and was buried.
     He descended into hell.
     The third day He rose again from the dead.
     He ascended into heaven
     and sits at the right hand of God the Father Almighty.
     From thence He will come to judge the living and the dead.

I believe in the Holy Spirit,
     the holy Christian Church,
     the communion of saints.
     the forgiveness of sins,
     the resurrection of the body,
     and the life everlasting. Amen.

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. 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, and that we may be eager witnesses to the hope that is within us. 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, continue to guide and direct their efforts to restore health and prosperity to our nation that tranquility and peace would abound once more. 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, especially all those we list on our bulletin. 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:            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.

OFFERING

LORD’S PRAYER Matthew 6:9–13

All: 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.

CLOSING PRAYER

Almighty God, in Your kindness You cause the light of the Gospel to shine among us. By the working of Your Holy Spirit, help us to share the good news of Your salvation that all who hear it may rejoice in the gift of Your unending love; through Jesus Christ, Your Son, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.

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: #489 – Hail Thee, Festival Day  
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HYMN: #489 – Hail Thee, Festival Day  

ref Hail thee, festival day!
Blest day to be hallowed forever;
Day when our Lord was raised,
Breaking the kingdom of death.

1    All the fair beauty of earth
From the death of the winter arising!
Ev’ry good gift of the year
Now with its master returns: Refrain

2    Rise from the grave now, O Lord,
The author of life and creation.
Treading the pathway of death,
New life You give to us all: Refrain

ref Hail thee, festival day!
Blest day to be hallowed forever;
Day when our Lord was raised,
Breaking the kingdom of death.

HE IS RISEN!!!