Sunday Worship Service: Sixth Sunday of Easter: 9 May 2021

Blessings on your day! Happy Mother’s day.
Peace, Pastor Chris Lee

Order of Worship for Sunday, May 9, 2021

Prelude: “All Things Bright and Beautiful.” Vocal duet: Brittany and Miriam Anderson.

Meditation

This Sunday’s image of the life the risen Christ shares with us is the image of friendship. We are called to serve others as Jesus came to serve; but for John’s gospel, the image of servanthood is too hierarchical, too distant, to capture the essence of life with Christ. Friendship captures the love, the joy, the deep mutuality of the relationship into which Christ invites us. The Greeks believed that true friends are willing to die for each other. This is the mutual love of Christian community commanded by Christ and enabled by the Spirit.

Thanksgiving for Baptism

All may make the sign of the cross, the sign marked at baptism, as the presiding minister begins.

Alleluia! Christ is risen.

Christ is risen indeed. Alleluia!

Refreshed by the resurrection life we share in Christ, let us give thanks for the gift of baptism.

We thank you, risen Christ, for these waters where you make us new, leading us from death to life, from tears to joy. We bless you, risen Christ, that your Spirit comes to us in the grace-filled waters of rebirth, like rains to our thirsting earth, like streams that revive our souls, like cups of cool water shared with strangers. Breathe your peace on your church when we hide in fear. Clothe us with your mercy and forgiveness. Send us companions on our journey as we share your life. Make us one, risen Christ. Cleanse our hearts. Shower us with life. To you be given all praise, with the Holy Spirit, in the glory of God, now and forever.

Amen.

Opening Hymn: ELW 631- “Love Divine, All Love’s Excelling,” verses 1, 2, & 4.

Prayer of the Day

O God, you have prepared for those who love you joys beyond understanding. Pour into our hearts such love for you that, loving you above all things, we may obtain your promises, which exceed all we can desire; through Jesus Christ, your Son and our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.

Amen.

First Reading: Acts 10:44-48

While Peter shares the good news of Jesus with a Gentile soldier and his family, the Holy Spirit comes upon them. Recognizing that the Spirit works inclusively in the lives of both Jews and Gentiles, Peter commands that these Gentiles also be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ.

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.

Gospel: John 15:9-17

On the night of his arrest, Jesus delivers a final testimony to his disciples to help them in the days ahead. Here, he repeats the most important of all his commands, that they love one another.

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.”

Sermon: Pastor Chris Lee

Hymn of the Day: ELW 343- “My Song Is Love Unknown,” verses 1, 2, & 3.

Prayers of Intercession

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. Today we pray for the Moravian Church, giving thanks for the life and witness of Nicolaus Ludwig von Zinzendorf, renewer of the church and hymnwriter. 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. Hear us, O God.

Your mercy is great.

Caring Healer, you forget no one and accompany the lonely. Be present with those who are sick or suffering especially Art Renfro; Randy McIntyre; Abbey Wehrheim; Karen Bemowski; Mary Florence; Patrick Esping; Marilyn Hubbard; Nancy Johnson; Helen Schubert, and all those we name before you. 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.

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.

Peace

Great Thanksgiving

The Lord’s Prayer

Prayer

Wellspring of joy, through this meal we are about to receive you have put gladness in our hearts. Satisfy the hunger still around us, and send us as joyful witnesses, that your love may bring joy to the hearts of all people, through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Amen.

Blessing

May our glorious God grant you a spirit of wisdom to know and to love the risen Lord Jesus. The God of life, Father, ☩ Son, and Holy Spirit, bless you now and forever.

Amen.

Sending Hymn: ELW 666- “What Wondrous Love is This,” verses 1, 2, & 4.

Dismissal

Even as we depart and receive the Body and Blood of Christ, given and shed for you,  to strengthen us for the days ahead, remember you are the body of Christ raised up for the world.

Alleluia! Christ is risen.

Christ is risen indeed. Alleluia!

Go in peace. Share the good news. Alleluia!

Thanks be to God. Alleluia!

Postlude: ELW 595- “Jesus Loves Me!”

Facebook video link to service for May 9, 2021:

https://www.facebook.com/190629367619921/videos/829421438007960

Image credits: Love One Another, Pinterest.co.uk and Magnolia Blossoms at First Evangelical Lutheran Church, by Therese Guise

Music credits:

Music director/ Pianist/ Organist: Pam Edwards

Vocalists: Miriam and Brittany Anderson

“All Things Bright and Beautiful.” Gagliardi. All rights reserved. Permission to podcast/stream and print the music in this service obtained from One License with license #A-704843.

“Love Divine, All Love’s Excelling.” Text: Charles Wesley, 1707 – 1788. Music: HYFRYDOL, Rowland H. Prichard, 1811 – 1887. Public domain.

“My Song Is Love Unknown.” Text: Samuel Crossman, 1624 – 1683, alt.. Music: John Ireland, 1879 – 1962. Music copyright 1924 John Ireland, admin. The John Ireland Trust. All rights reserved. Permission to podcast/stream and print the music in this service obtained from One License with license #A-704843.

“What Wondrous Love is This.” Text: North American folk hymn 19th cent., alt.. Music: WONDROUS LOVE, W. Walker, Southern Harmony, 1835; arr. Paul J. Christiansen, 1914 – 1997, alt.. Arr. copyright 1955 Augsburg Publishing House, admin. Augsburg Fortress. All rights reserved. Permission to podcast/stream and print the music in this service obtained from One License with license #A-704843.

“Jesus Loves Me!” Text: Anna B. Warner, 1820 – 1915, alt.. Music: William B. Bradbury, 1816 – 1868. Public domain.

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