Sunday April 11, 2021

Continuing to Be the Church


Deepening people’s connections to Christ, Bringing meaning to daily life, and Making a difference in our community.

If you’re a guest, we’re thankful you’re here today. We hope you’ll feel welcomed and spiritually nourished. If you’d like to speak to the pastor about the congregation, please let her know directly or call the church office at 314-962-6011.

Christ is alive! Alleluia! Just like Thomas, we all struggle and doubt sometimes, and Jesus promises to help us believe.

We will celebrate communion together. Gather the bread and wine, and join us for worship on Zoom at 9:30am.

Sunday, April 11, 9:30am
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Call in from any phone 312-626-6799 Meeting ID: 278 217 453 Password: 971744

PRELUDE Adagio, from Symphony #5 for Organ, Charles-Marie Widor

WELCOME AND ANNOUNCEMENTS

SILENT MEDITATION Let us prepare for worship by quieting our hearts and minds.

GREETING Alleluia! Christ is risen! Christ is risen indeed! Alleluia!

THANKSGIVING FOR BAPTISM

Every week, we start out by remembering that we are God’s children. Sometimes, we take time to ask for God’s forgiveness and help using a Confession and Forgiveness, because we all make mistakes! Other Sundays, we remember our baptisms, and celebrate God’s love and the gift of life.

Joined to Christ in the waters of baptism, we are clothed with God’s mercy and forgiveness. We give thanks for the gift of baptism.

Water is poured into the font.

We give you thanks, holy God, for you created the waters of the earth; wide oceans, rushing streams, clear lakes, mighty Mississippi River. You led your people through the sea and called them to life in covenant with you. Your Child was baptized in the River Jordan and continued a mission among us. You pour out your Holy Spirit to renew the face of the earth.

Through this water remind us of the gift of baptism. Renew in us your promise so that we may serve this world in all its need; through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Light, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.

GATHERING HYMN 382 Christ is Risen! Alleluia! v. 1, 3, 4

Introduction, Mark Ruff
v. 1 Matt Bender
v. 3 Mark Ruff
v. 4 Matt Bender

We sing in Worship because it is a way to come together and pray to God as a family. And then, we offer one another peace, promising to love, forgive, and care for one another.

SIGN OF PEACE Sign Peace Be With You

HYMN OF PRAISE 167 Now the Feast and Celebration, Mark Ruff, piano

PRAYER OF THE DAY

Let us pray: Breathe in this place, O God, by the power of the Holy Spirit, to open our minds, unlock our hearts, and enliven our faith so that we may welcome the Holy One among us. As you invited Thomas to draw and touch you so he could trust in you and believe, walk with us in our struggles and reveal your promise to us each day. Amen.

THE WORD

We Lutherans call the Bible the “Living Word.” It was written a long time ago by people who were inspired by God to share about their faith. It is “living” because even today, reading the Bible helps us learn about God, and how to bring God’s love and mercy to the world. So, every week, we read from the Bible together at Worship. We call this part of the service “The Word” because we read the word of God!

Reader: Carolyn Lange

FIRST LESSON Acts 4:32-35

The First Lesson is from Acts, the 4th Chapter.

32Now the whole group of those who believed were of one heart and soul, and no one claimed private ownership of any possessions, but everything they owned was held in common. 33With great power the apostles gave their testimony to the resurrection of the Lord Jesus, and great grace was upon them all. 34There was not a needy person among them, for as many as owned lands or houses sold them and brought the proceeds of what was sold. 35They laid it at the apostles’ feet, and it was distributed to each as any had need.

The Word of the Lord.  Thanks be to God.

PSALM  133

1How good and how pleasant it is, when kindred live together in unity!
2It is like fine oil upon the head, flowing down upon the beard, upon the beard of Aaron, flowing down upon the collar of his robe. 
3It is like the dew of Hermon flowing down upon the hills of Zion. For there the Lord has commanded the blessing: life forevermore. 

Reader: Marc Horn

SECOND LESSON 1 John 1: 1-2:2

The Second Lesson is from John, the 1st Chapter.

1We declare to you what was from the beginning, what we have heard, what we have seen with our eyes, what we have looked at and touched with our hands, concerning the word of life—2this life was revealed, and we have seen it and testify to it, and declare to you the eternal life that was with the Father and was revealed to us—3we declare to you what we have seen and heard so that you also may have fellowship with us; and truly our fellowship is with the Father and with his Son Jesus Christ. 4We are writing these things so that our joy may be complete. 5This is the message we have heard from him and proclaim to you, that God is light and in him there is no darkness at all. 6If we say that we have fellowship with him while we are walking in darkness, we lie and do not do what is true; 7but if we walk in the light as he himself is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus his Son cleanses us from all sin. 8If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. 9If we confess our sins, he who is faithful and just will forgive us our sins and cleanse us from all unrighteousness. 10If we say that we have not sinned, we make him a liar, and his word is not in us.

2:1My little children, I am writing these things to you so that you may not sin. But if anyone does sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous; 2and he is the atoning sacrifice for our sins, and not for ours only but also for the sins of the whole world.

The Word of the Lord.  Thanks be to God.

GOSPEL ACCLAMATION Alleluia (from Now the Feast), Mark Ruff, piano

Reader: Annika Bartek

GOSPEL John 20: 19-31

The Holy Gospel according to St. John, the twentieth chapter, Glory to you, O Lord.

19When it was evening on that day, the first day of the week, and the doors of the house where the disciples had met were locked for fear of the Jews, Jesus came and stood among them and said, “Peace be with you.” 20After he said this, he showed them his hands and his side. Then the disciples rejoiced when they saw the Lord. 21Jesus said to them again, “Peace be with you. As the Father has sent me, so I send you.” 22When he had said this, he breathed on them and said to them, “Receive the Holy Spirit. 23If you forgive the sins of any, they are forgiven them; if you retain the sins of any, they are retained.” 24But Thomas (who was called the Twin), one of the twelve, was not with them when Jesus came. 25So the other disciples told him, “We have seen the Lord.” But he said to them, “Unless I see the mark of the nails in his hands, and put my finger in the mark of the nails and my hand in his side, I will not believe.” 26A week later his disciples were again in the house, and Thomas was with them. Although the doors were shut, Jesus came and stood among them and said, “Peace be with you.” 27Then he said to Thomas, “Put your finger here and see my hands. Reach out your hand and put it in my side. Do not doubt but believe.” 28Thomas answered him, “My Lord and my God!” 29Jesus said to him, “Have you believed because you have seen me? Blessed are those who have not seen and yet have come to believe.” 30Now Jesus did many other signs in the presence of his disciples, which are not written in this book. 31But these are written so that you may come to believe that Jesus is the Messiah, the Son of God, and that through believing you may have life in his name.

The Gospel of the Lord. Praise to you, O Christ.

CHILDREN’S SERMON

SERMON

HYMN OF THE DAY 386 O Sons and Daughter, Let us Sing, v. 1, 4-8
Sung to the tune of 385 Good Christian Friends, Rejoice and Sing!

All verses, Matt Bender

APOSTLE’S CREED

Each week, we say a creed, a statement of what we believe as Christians. We say it every week, because we are all still learning about our faith, and it helps to practice it together. We use different words sometimes, but we always say that we believe that God created all things, that God came in Jesus to show us how much he loves us, and that the Holy Spirit brings life, courage, and hope.

I believe in God, the Father almighty, creator of heaven and earth.   

I believe in Jesus Christ, God’s 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 to the dead.*  On the third day he rose again;  he ascended into heaven,  he is seated at the right hand of the Father,  and he will come to judge the living and the dead.   

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

PRAYER REQUESTS

You are invited to share joys and concerns via chat in Zoom, or speak them aloud, so the whole community of faith gathered may hold them in prayer.

PRAYERS OF INTERCESSION

The Prayers of Intercession are when we pray together as God’s family. “Intercession” means we are praying for each other, and for the world, not only for ourselves.

Prayer Leader: Kersten Horn

Alive in the risen Christ by the power of the Holy Spirit, we bring our prayers before God who promises to hear us and answer in steadfast love.

You shower your church with grace, O God. Unite the whole church at Christ Lutheran and across the earth, so that with one heart it testifies to the resurrection of Jesus Christ with power and love. Inspire us with your Spirit of generosity, and guide us as we follow your call to welcome and serve. Hear us, O God. Your mercy is great.

You proclaim the blessing of life forevermore. Like dew upon the mountains, refresh your creation. Restore waters, cleanse the air, and provide revitalizing moisture to parched land. Give your whole creation the promise of new life. Hear us, O God. Your mercy is great.

You direct the nations, O God. Guide all in authority, that they shepherd their peoples in the ways of your love. Defeat in us our impulse to war. Embolden us to speak truth to power, and seek justice in our communities. Bestow the peace of Christ upon those in authority and breathe upon them the Holy Spirit. Hear us, O God. Your mercy is great.

Healing God, we pray for those with Covid-19. We look with hope as we move forward and return to in-person gathering and new ways of ministry. Grant strength and compassion to all working to ensure a just and efficient vaccine roll out, and patience and wisdom to us as we seek your will in our new normal. Comfort us as we grieve what has been lost, and fill us with joy at the ways we have witnessed your work among us. Hear us, O God. Your mercy is great.

Presider

We bring before you today all who are ill, injured, lonely, and suffering. We pray especially for those named in Remembering One Another in Prayer, and those named by we who gather this morning . . . . Hear us, O God. Your mercy is great.

You share the gift of eternal life. In thanksgiving and remembrance, we recall the lives and gifts of those who now live in endless joy. Unite us with them in resurrection hope. Hear us, O God. Your mercy is great.

In the hope of new life in Christ, we raise our prayers to you, trusting in your never-ending goodness and mercy; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

OFFERING 

We invite you to support the ministries of this community of faith, as we re-imagine how we can be church, for one another and for our community. It takes all of us, our time, our vision, our gifts. To support ministry financially, you can give electronically on our website, or send a check in to the office.

OFFERTORY

OFFERTORY PRAYER

Let us pray. Holy God, we give you thanks for your love, and your presence among us in Christ. By your Spirit who breathes in us in Christ, strengthen our faith, use our gifts, and work in our lives to bear witness to the resurrection of Christ out Lord, in whose name we pray. Amen.

THE MEAL

When Jesus was here on earth, he had meals with all different people, everywhere he went. Sometimes he even got into trouble because people didn’t like who he ate with! At the Last Supper, Jesus told his disciples they should eat with one another, so they would remember that no matter what, Jesus is right here with us, not just in our imaginations, but in the bread and wine we share together. We have Communion every week so we remember Jesus is with us, and invites us to care for each other as he did.

The Lord be with you. And also with you.
Let us lift up our hearts. We lift them to the Lord.
Let us give thanks to the Lord our God. It is right to give our thanks and praise.

It is indeed right to give you our thanks and praise, O God, for you have raised Jesus Christ from the dead and by your grace we have life in his name. From the very beginning, the Word of life was with you, creating everything in earth and heaven. You rescued your people from death and called them to follow you, walking in the light. You sent your Word of Life into the world, in your Son, Jesus, shining your light into our darkness, that the sins of the world might be forgiven. Though he was killed by those who walk in darkness, you raised him to resurrection life. When Thomas struggled to believe, you invited him close, that he might know and believe that Jesus who had died is now alive. Through his great grace we are able to live in fellowship with you and in peace with one another, in one heart and mind.

And so, with the earth and all of its creatures, with all of your children of all corners of the earth, and with all of the angels and saints, we join your joyful hymn of praise.

SANCTUS 191 Holy, Holy, Holy, Mark Ruff, piano

THE WORDS OF INSTITUTION

In the night in which he was betrayed, our Lord Jesus took bread, gave thanks, broke the bread and gave it to his disciples saying: Take and eat, this is my body, given for you. Do this for the remembrance of me.     

Again after supper, he took the cup, gave thanks, and gave it for all to drink, saying, this cup is the new covenant in my blood, shed for you and for all people for the forgiveness of sins. Do this for the remembrance of me.  

THE LORD’S PRAYER

We say the Lord’s Prayer together every week, because when the disciples wanted to know how to pray, this is how Jesus taught them. We are reminded that God loves us like a parent. We ask God to provide what we need, help us to follow God, and to forgive us when we make mistakes. And we remember that everything belongs to God.

In faith and hope, let us join together in praying the words that Jesus taught us.

Our Creator, our Mother, 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.

INVITATION TO THE TABLE

Gathered together, separated by space, but not by time, let us, people of all ages and genders and histories, eat the bread, and drink the wine. God’s table has no boundaries or limits. This is Christ’s body and blood, given for us all, and we do this in his memory.

We invite you to take time right now to sit and break bread, and know that this whole community of faith joins in the meal with you. Peace be upon you this day!

AGNUS DEI v. 1, 2, 5

POST-COMMUNION PRAYER

Let us pray. Mighty and compassionate God, you have brought us over from death to life through your Child, our risen Savior, and you have fed us with the food of life in the sacrament. Send us now into the world in peace, and grant us strength and courage to love and serve you with gladness and singleness of heart; through Jesus Christ. Amen.

BENEDICTION

We come to Worship every week so we can go out and bring God’s love to the world, so we always end Worship with a Benediction–a blessing–to help us do that.

Let your life be a sign of Christ’s life, so that all may know and believe that Jesus is alive! Amen.

This is the blessing of the Lord: Life forevermore! Alleluia! Thanks be to God!

CLOSING HYMN 363 Come, You Faithful, Raise the Strain, v. 1,3-5, Mark Ruff, Organ

POSTLUDE Chorale Prelude on “Good Christian Friends” – Healey Willan

REMEMBERING ONE ANOTHER IN PRAYER

Please include the following people in your prayer life during this week. To add a name to the Prayer List, inform Pastor Meagan (pastor@christwg.org or 612-388-5920) or the Church Office (office@christwg.org).  Please assure that the individual agrees to have his or her name printed in the bulletin.

ONGOING HEALTH CONCERNS: Those who are suffering from chronic pain & diseases, Linda Armstrong, Gege Brightman, Christine Austin, Kate and Brian Bates (John Hoffmann’s sister and brother-in-law), Edith Cooper, Michael Cooper (Edith Cooper’s grandson), Evan Deck, Helga Hayes, Gerri Mac (Sharon Hornbeck’s aunt), Bev & Al Marcus (friend of John Hoffmann), Doris & Harry Rahlfs (Karen Wood’s parents), Edward Ruebeck (Roocks’ grand-nephew), Ken Ruppar (friend of Mark Roock), Flo Saeger, Mary Lou Sakonyi (Dianne Deck’s mother), Sherri Swanson, Shirley Wolf, Mary Stough (Sharon Hornbeck’s aunt), and Richard Yeast and Debra Schroeder (Leslie Bennett’s father and sister).

IN BLESSED MEMORY: For all of those who have died, especially Mertha Bishop (Gale Nunn’s mom), Gwen Hickman, Dolly Hoyer, Susan Hunt, Irene Kalnins, Ed Mansour, David Notley, Sr. (Roger Rose’s brother-in-law), Gloria Richardson, Vic Saeger, Alex Sakonyi (Dianne Deck’s uncle), Cletus Romay and all of those who grieve at a distance in this time.

IN MILITARY SERVICE: Josh Duncan, Chris Hudson, Jesse Proctor, Scott Warr.

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