Scenes of God at Work FIFTH SUNDAY OF EASTER

HE IS RISEN!

May 10th, 2020

+ AS WE GATHER +

With the comforting words of our Savior, spoken before His passion and death in our Gospel lesson, our Lord increases our confidence that through the forgiveness of our sins we will be with Him forever in the place He has prepared for us. In this Easter faith, we are more than prepared to face the challenges of living now as strangers and foreigners in this world as His royal priesthood and holy nation. Those challenges may begin in the struggles of daily life but increase as we are confronted by confusion in the public square over issues that are clearly defined in God’s Word. Regardless of the intensity of the fight of the faith, we know that our Savior is with us to deliver us. We see Him in the water of Baptism through His Word, in the body and blood we share at His command, in the comforting word of Absolution, and in His preached word, as we wait to see Him come to “take you to Myself, that where I am you may be also” (John 14:3). Let us join all creation in praise to our saving Lord.

+ PREPARATION +

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HYMN: #480 – He’s Risen, He’s Risen
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HYMN: #480 – He’s Risen, He’s Risen

1    He’s risen, He’s risen, Christ Jesus, the Lord;
He opened death’s prison, the_incarnate, true Word.
Break forth, hosts of heaven, in jubilant song
And earth, sea, and mountain their praises prolong.

2    The foe was triumphant when on Calvary
The Lord of creation was nailed to the tree.
In Satan’s domain did the hosts shout and jeer,
For Jesus was slain, whom the evil ones fear.

3    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.

4    O, 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.

D 5    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:
With Father and Spirit He ever shall reign.

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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 Son and of the Holy Spirit.

People:          Amen.

+ WORD +

HYMN of PRAISE: All Creatures of our God and King

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PRAYER OF THE DAY

Pastor:            Let us pray.

Lord Jesus Christ, Son of the Father and our eternal Savior, hear the prayers of Your people especially for our deliverance when called to suffer for Your sake. Deliver us and all our persecutors from the just judgment of our sins, and receive us into the eternal mansions prepared for us; for You live and reign with the Father and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.

People:          Amen.

FIRST READING           Acts 6:1–9; 7:2a, 51–60

(Stephen chosen, the first martyr)

1Now in these days when the disciples were increasing in number, a complaint by the Hellenists arose against the Hebrews because their widows were being neglected in the daily distribution. 2And the twelve summoned the full number of the disciples and said, “It is not right that we should give up preaching the word of God to serve tables. 3Therefore, brothers, pick out from among you seven men of good repute, full of the Spirit and of wisdom, whom we will appoint to this duty. 4But we will devote ourselves to prayer and to the ministry of the word.” 5And what they said pleased the whole gathering, and they chose Stephen, a man full of faith and of the Holy Spirit, and Philip, and Prochorus, and Nicanor, and Timon, and Parmenas, and Nicolaus, a proselyte of Antioch. 6These they set before the apostles, and they prayed and laid their hands on them.

            7And the word of God continued to increase, and the number of the disciples multiplied greatly in Jerusalem, and a great many of the priests became obedient to the faith.

            8And Stephen, full of grace and power, was doing great wonders and signs among the people. 9Then some of those who belonged to the synagogue of the Freedmen (as it was called), and of the Cyrenians, and of the Alexandrians, and of those from Cilicia and Asia, rose up and disputed with Stephen. . . .

            2And Stephen said:

            “Brothers and fathers, hear me. . . .

            51You stiff-necked people, uncircumcised in heart and ears, you always resist the Holy Spirit. As your fathers did, so do you. 52Which of the prophets did not your fathers persecute? And they killed those who announced beforehand the coming of the Righteous One, whom you have now betrayed and murdered, 53you who received the law as delivered by angels and did not keep it.”54Now when they heard these things they were enraged, and they ground their teeth at him. 55But he, full of the Holy Spirit, gazed into heaven and saw the glory of God, and Jesus standing at the right hand of God. 56And he said, “Behold, I see the heavens opened, and the Son of Man standing at the right hand of God.” 57But they cried out with a loud voice and stopped their ears and rushed together at him. 58Then they cast him out of the city and stoned him. And the witnesses laid down their garments at the feet of a young man named Saul. 59And as they were stoning Stephen, he called out, “Lord Jesus, receive my spirit.” 60And falling to his knees he cried out with a loud voice, “Lord, do not hold this sin against them.” And when he had said this, he fell asleep.

PSALM       Psalm 146

1Praise the Lord!
Praise the Lord, O my soul!
2I will praise the Lord as long as I live;
            I will sing praises to my God while I have my being.

3Put not your trust in princes,
            in a son of man, in whom there is no salvation.
4When his breath departs he returns to the earth;
            on that very day his plans perish.

5Blessèd is he whose help is the God of Jacob,
            whose hope is in the Lord his God,
6who made heaven and earth,
            the sea, and all that is in them,
who keeps faith forever;
            7who executes justice for the oppressed,
            who gives food to the hungry.

The Lord sets the prisoners free;
            8the Lord opens the eyes of the blind.
The Lord lifts up those who are bowed down;
            the Lord loves the righteous.
9The Lord watches over the sojourners;
            he upholds the widow and the fatherless,
            but the way of the wicked he brings to ruin.

10The Lord will reign forever,
            your God, O Zion, to all generations. Praise the Lord!

EPISTLE    1 Peter 2:2–10                     

(A living stone and a holy people)

            2Like newborn infants, long for the pure spiritual milk, that by it you may grow up to salvation— 3if indeed you have tasted that the Lord is good.

            4As you come to him, a living stone rejected by men but in the sight of God chosen and precious, 5you yourselves like living stones are being built up as a spiritual house, to be a holy priesthood, to offer spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ. 6For it stands in Scripture:

“Behold, I am laying in Zion a stone,
     a cornerstone chosen and precious,
and whoever believes in him will not be put to shame.”

7So the honor is for you who believe, but for those who do not believe,

“The stone that the builders rejected
     has become the cornerstone,”

8and

“A stone of stumbling,
     and a rock of offense.”

They stumble because they disobey the word, as they were destined to do.

            9But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for his own possession, that you may proclaim the excellencies of him who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light. 10Once you were not a people, but now you are God’s people; once you had not received mercy, but now you have received mercy.

VERSE        Romans 6:9; John 14:23

Alleluia. We know that Christ being raised from the dead will never die again; death no longer has dominion over Him. Alleluia. If anyone loves Me, he will keep My word, and My Father will love him, and We will come to him and make Our home with him. Alleluia.

HOLY GOSPEL  John 14:1–14                       

(I am the way, the truth, and the life.)

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

            1[Jesus said:] “Let not your hearts be troubled. Believe in God; believe also in me. 2In my Father’s house are many rooms. If it were not so, would I have told you that I go to prepare a place for you? 3And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and will take you to myself, that where I am you may be also. 4And you know the way to where I am going.” 5Thomas said to him, “Lord, we do not know where you are going. How can we know the way?” 6Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. 7If you had known me, you would have known my Father also. From now on you do know him and have seen him.”

            8Philip said to him, “Lord, show us the Father, and it is enough for us.” 9Jesus said to him, “Have I been with you so long, and you still do not know me, Philip? Whoever has seen me has seen the Father. How can you say, ‘Show us the Father’? 10Do you not believe that I am in the Father and the Father is in me? The words that I say to you I do not speak on my own authority, but the Father who dwells in me does his works. 11Believe me that I am in the Father and the Father is in me, or else believe on account of the works themselves.

            12“Truly, truly, I say to you, whoever believes in me will also do the works that I do; and greater works than these will he do, because I am going to the Father. 13Whatever you ask in my name, this I will do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son. 14If you ask me anything in my name, I will do it.”

HYMN OF THE DAY: #644 – The Church’s One Foundation
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SERMON – Let not your hearts be troubled, Jesus is with us”
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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.

Almighty God, with the whole creation, we praise You for Your gift of life and the world that sustains us and all the living. Grant that seeing Your even greater gift of deliverance from the disfigurement of sin and the promise of the renewal of Your original design all people may come to repentance and faith in Your gracious invitation through Jesus Christ, risen and victorious over death. Lord, in Your mercy,

People:          hear our prayer.

Pastor:            Give power to Your Word as it is proclaimed boldly by Your Church filled with the Holy Spirit in the faithful witness of all—as it is preached and taught by all who are ordained and commissioned by You as well as those to whom You have given the gifts to be faithful witnesses of Your salvation and glory. Lord, in Your mercy,

People:          hear our prayer.

Pastor:            Turn the hearts of all who bear the authority of government in our land and around the world that they serve and lead all people in the ways of justice, peace, and freedom. Continue to strengthen and enable them to lead compassionately and wisely through this pandemic. Lord, in Your mercy,

People:          hear our prayer.

Pastor:            To all who suffer sickness or injury, especially anyone who has been affected by coronavirus in any way, give the comfort of Your healing. And to all who suffer any persecution for standing for the truth of the Christian faith, give strength to endure. Finally, that You would increase our faithfulness, believing that the risen Christ leads us to the glory of eternal life in Your kingdom. Lord, in Your mercy,

People:          hear our prayer.

Pastor:            For all the faithful who have gone before us, for the prophets and apostles, for saints and martyrs, especially for Your servant Stephen, we give You thanks and ask that You strengthen us to walk according to their example throughout all our days to the glory of Your holy name. 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, grant to Your Church Your Holy Spirit and the wisdom that comes down from above, that Your Word may not be bound but have free course and be preached to the joy and edifying of Christ’s holy people, so that in steadfast faith we may serve You and, in the confession of Your name, abide unto the end; through Jesus Christ, Your Son, our Lord, 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:#727 – On Eagles’ Wings
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