Sunday May 9, 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.

The Spirit of God falls on all people, calling the world in all its diversity to the promise of baptism.

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

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

PRELUDE Wedding Day at Troldhaugen – Edward Grieg

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 We are One in the Spirit, We are One in the Lord (Jesse Helton, guitar)

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 836 Joyful, Joyful, We Adore Thee

Introduction, Mark Ruff
v. 1 Mark Ruff
v. 2 Mark Roock
v. 3 Mark Ruff

PRAYER OF THE DAY

Let us pray: Loving God, help us to love one another as you have loved us. Bring us into the joy of living our lives as your friend, and teach us to abide in your love, that we may show that love to the world. 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: Harrison Ringkor

FIRST LESSON Acts 10: 44-48

The First Lesson is from Acts, the tenth Chapter.

44While Peter was still speaking, the Holy Spirit fell upon all who heard the word. 45The circumcised believers who had come with Peter were astounded that the gift of the Holy Spirit had been poured out even on the Gentiles, 46for they heard them speaking in tongues and extolling God. Then Peter said, 47“Can anyone withhold the water for baptizing these people who have received the Holy Spirit just as we have?” 48So he ordered them to be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ. Then they invited him to stay for several days.

The Word of the Lord.  Thanks be to God.

Reader: Brett Bussler

PSALM 98

1Sing a new song to the Lord, who has done marvelous things, whose right hand and holy arm have won the victory.
2O Lord, you have made known your victory, you have revealed your righteousness in the sight of the nations.
3You remember your steadfast love and faithfulness to the house of Israel; all the ends of the earth have seen the victory of our God.
4Shout with joy to the Lord, all you lands; lift up your voice, rejoice, and sing. 
5Sing to the Lord with the harp, with the harp and the voice of song.
6With trumpets and the sound of the horn shout with joy before the king, the Lord.
7Let the sea roar, and all that fills it, the world and those who dwell therein.
8Let the rivers clap their hands, and let the hills ring out with joy before the Lord, who comes to judge the earth.
9The Lord will judge the world with righteousness and the peoples with equity. 

Reader: Susan DeBusk

SECOND LESSON 1 John 5:1-6

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

1Everyone who believes that Jesus is the Christ has been born of God, and everyone who loves the parent loves the child. 2By this we know that we love the children of God, when we love God and obey his commandments. 3For the love of God is this, that we obey his commandments. And his commandments are not burdensome, 4for whatever is born of God conquers the world. And this is the victory that conquers the world, our faith. 5Who is it that conquers the world but the one who believes that Jesus is the Son of God? 6This is the one who came by water and blood, Jesus Christ, not with the water only but with the water and the blood. And the Spirit is the one that testifies, for the Spirit is the truth.

The Word of the Lord.  Thanks be to God.

GOSPEL ACCLAMATION (Mark Ruff, piano)

Reader: John Hoffmann

GOSPEL John 15: 9-17

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

Jesus said: 9“As the Father has loved me, so I have loved you; abide in my love. 10If you keep my commandments, you will abide in my love, just as I have kept my Father’s commandments and abide in his love. 11I have said these things to you so that my joy may be in you, and that your joy may be complete. 12“This is my commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you. 13No one has greater love than this, to lay down one’s life for one’s friends. 14You are my friends if you do what I command you. 15I do not call you servants any longer, because the servant does not know what the master is doing; but I have called you friends, because I have made known to you everything that I have heard from my Father. 16You did not choose me but I chose you. And I appointed you to go and bear fruit, fruit that will last, so that the Father will give you whatever you ask him in my name. 17I am giving you these commands so that you may love one another.”

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

CHILDREN’S SERMON

SERMON

HYMN OF THE DAY 666 What Wondrous Love Is This
Introduction, Mark Ruff
v. 1 Mark Roock
v. 2 Mark Ruff
v. 3 Mark Roock
v. 4 Mark Ruff

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.

Loving God, you call us to be your fruit-bearing church. Strengthen the bonds among all Christian churches here at Christ Lutheran and around the world, teaching us to embrace the diversity of your people so that all may know your promises and embody your expansive love for the world. Hear us, O God. Your mercy is great.

Creating God, the earth praises you. The seas roar and the hills sing for joy. Fill the earth with your love so that by their song, all creatures of land and sea and sky, burrowing and soaring, may call us to join with them in praise. Hear us, O God. Your mercy is great.

Faithful Savior, you conquer the world not with weapons but with undying love. Plant your word in the hearts of the nations’ leaders and give them your Spirit, so that the peoples of the world may live in peace. We especially lift to your care the people of India who are so devastated by violence, tension, and illness, and all people seeking healing, justice, and reconciliation. Hear us, O God. Your mercy is great.

Gracious God, as a mother comforts her child, you comfort us. Bless mothers and mothering people in our lives. Comfort those who miss their mothers, mothers who grieve, those who grieve because they cannot be mothers, and those who have never known a loving mother. 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

Caring Healer, you forget no one and accompany the lonely. Be present with those who are sick or suffering. Provide for those needing homes or medical care and point us towards life-changing responses to these needs in our own communities. 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.

Gentle Redeemer, all who die in you abide in your presence forever. We remember with thanksgiving those who shared your love throughout their lives. Keep us united with them in your lasting love. 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, in Christ you have chosen us to be your friends and to know your will in this world. Therefore we pray that these offerings spread your love to all people far and near, in Christ’s name. 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 fill the earth with mercy, justice and love. You created the world and all that live there; and the seas, rivers and hills roar their praise. Through your people you revealed your commandments and your merciful love to all the world. You came among us in your beloved Son, Jesus, who plants your word within us and leads us to abide in your love forever. He was crucified and buried, but through your victorious power he was born again from the deep waters of death, and his resurrection power will conquer the world. Now he is pouring out your Holy Spirit on all who believe, without distinction, and bringing everyone who loves you and follows your ways to new birth as your children.

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 Mark Roock 

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.

Live in the joy of Christ’s love, and in all the marvelous things that God is doing! Amen.

May the righteous fairness of God, the loving friendship of Christ, and the gift of the Holy Spirit go with you all. Alleluia! Thanks be to God!

CLOSING HYMN 656 Blest Be the Tie that Binds
Introduction, Mark Ruff
v. 1-3 Mark Roock
v. 4 Mark Ruff

POSTLUDE Fugue in C Major – Dietrich Buxtehude

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, Mae Hoerchler, Elsie Johnson, 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, Sherri Swanson, Shirley Wolf, Mary Stough (Sharon Hornbeck’s aunt), and Richard Yeast (Leslie Bennett’s father).

IN BLESSED MEMORY: For all of those who have died, especially Mertha Bishop (Gale Nunn’s mom), Helen Hedderig, 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), Mary Lou Sakonyi (Dianne Deck’s mother), Debra Schroeder (Leslie Bennett’s sister), 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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