Celtic Music Worship Service: Sunday 24 April 2022

Blessings to you today, the 2nd Sunday of Easter! What a joy to worship today with you and with our special music.
Doubting Thomas or Honest Thomas? What do you think? What would it look like if you could not see the risen Lord?
Peace, Pastor Chris Lee

Order of Service for Sunday, April 24, 2022:

Prelude: Inisheer by Walsh, performed by the Celtic Music Ensemble.

ANNOUNCEMENTS

Presentation of Certificate of Appreciation to Pam King from Lutheran World Relief for her quilt-making gifts, by Sylvia Martin.

Noisy Coin Collection for Ukraine

Nena Myers re: property: “pick up sticks”

Penny Timmons: green thumb project for the Witness Committee

Meditation

In spite of all we have heard and all we have seen, it is often hard to believe. Because it is hard to believe, we will invest ourselves in the Easter mystery for fifty days (a week of weeks). Because it is hard to believe, John the evangelist will provide sign after sign celebrating Jesus’ victory over death. Because it is hard to believe, the risen Jesus will return to us again and again in the mystery of holy communion, inviting us to touch and taste his presence, and offering us his peace.

Thanksgiving for Baptism

Alleluia! Christ is risen.

Christ is risen indeed. Alleluia!

In the waters of baptism, we have passed over from death to life with Jesus Christ, and we are a new creation. For this saving mystery, and for this water, let us bless God, who was, who is, and who is to come.

We thank you, God, for your river of life, flowing freely from your throne: through the earth, through the city, through every living thing. You rescued Noah and his family from the flood; You opened wide the sea for the Israelites. Now in these waters you flood us with mercy, and our sin is drowned forever. You open the gate of righteousness and we pass safely through. In Jesus Christ, you calm and trouble the waters. You nourish us and enclose us in safety. You call us forth and send us out. In lush and barren places, you are with us. You have become our salvation. Now breathe upon this water and awaken your church once more. Claim us again as your beloved and holy people. Quench our thirst; cleanse our hearts; wipe away every tear. To you, our Beginning and our End, our Shepherd and Lamb, be honor, glory, praise, and thanksgiving, now and forever.

Amen.

Opening Hymn: WOV 778- “O Christ the Same.”

Prayer of the Day

O God of life, you reach out to us amid our fears with the wounded hands of your risen Son. By your Spirit’s breath revive our faith in your mercy, and strengthen us to be the body of your Son, Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.

Amen.

First Reading: Acts 5:27-32

Peter has been arrested for proclaiming the good news of Jesus’ death and resurrection. His response to the charges of the high priest summarizes the early church’s proclamation of forgiveness of sin through repentance.

27When they had brought the apostles, they had them stand before the council. The high priest questioned them, 28saying, “We gave you strict orders not to teach in this name, yet here you have filled Jerusalem with your teaching and you are determined to bring this man’s blood on us.” 29But Peter and the apostles answered, “We must obey God rather than any human authority. 30The God of our ancestors raised up Jesus, whom you had killed by hanging him on a tree. 31God exalted him at his right hand as Leader and Savior that he might give repentance to Israel and forgiveness of sins. 32And we are witnesses to these things, and so is the Holy Spirit whom God has given to those who obey him.”

Psalm: Psalm 118:14-29

You are my God, and I will exalt you. (Ps. 118:28)

14The Lord is my strength and my song,
  and has become my salvation.
15Shouts of rejoicing and salvation echo in the tents of the righteous:
  “The right hand of the Lord acts valiantly!
16The right hand of the Lord is exalted!
  The right hand of the Lord acts valiantly!”
17I shall not die, but live,
  and declare the works of the Lord.
18The Lord indeed punished me sorely,
  but did not hand me over to death.
19Open for me the gates of righteousness;
  I will enter them and give thanks to the Lord.
20“This is the gate of the Lord;
  here the righteous may enter.”
21I give thanks to you, for you have answered me
  and you have become my salvation.
22The stone that the builders rejected
  has become the chief cornerstone.
23By the Lord has this been done;
  it is marvelous in our eyes.
24This is the day that the Lord has made;
  let us rejoice and be glad in it.
25Hosanna! O Lord, save us!
  We pray to you, Lord, prosper our days!
26Blessed is the one who comes in the name of the Lord;
  we bless you from the house of the Lord.
27The Lord is God and has given us light.
  Form a procession with branches up to the corners of the altar.
28You are my God, and I will thank you;
  you are my God, and I will exalt you.
29Give thanks to the Lord, for the Lord is good;
  God’s mercy endures forever.

Second Reading: Revelation 1:4-8

The book of Revelation recounts a mystical vision of the risen Christ experienced by a Christian prophet named John. Here he describes Christ as a timeless redeemer, the beginning, present, and end of all time.

4John to the seven churches that are in Asia:
  Grace to you and peace from him who is and who was and who is to come, and from the seven spirits who are before his throne, 5and from Jesus Christ, the faithful witness, the firstborn of the dead, and the ruler of the kings of the earth.
  To him who loves us and freed us from our sins by his blood, 6and made us to be a kingdom, priests serving his God and Father, to him be glory and dominion forever and ever. Amen.
7Look! He is coming with the clouds;
  every eye will see him,
 even those who pierced him;
  and on his account all the tribes of the earth will wail.
So it is to be. Amen.
8“I am the Alpha and the Omega,” says the Lord God, who is and who was and who is to come, the Almighty.

Gospel Verse: Celtic Alleluia- WOV 613

Gospel: John 20:19-31

The unprecedented events of the day of resurrection continue as the risen Jesus appears to his fearful disciples. A week later, after Thomas worships Jesus, Jesus pronounces that the blessings of the resurrection are also for those who “have not seen and yet believe.”

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.

Sermon: Pastor Chris Lee

Hymn of the Day: ELW 793- “Be Thou My Vision.”

Prayers of Intercession

Set free from captivity to sin and death, we pray to the God of resurrection for the church, people in need, and all of creation.

Holy One who acts righteously, equip your church as witnesses of your goodness to go and tell others of your abundant love, that they may believe that Jesus is our salvation and life. God, in your mercy,

hear our prayer.

Renew your people’s commitment to use resources responsibly and to live well with your creation. Invite us to recognize and nurture signs of resurrection life in the natural world. God, in your mercy,

hear our prayer.

Direct those who are given human authority to lead with humility and compassion. By your Holy Spirit channel their attention toward serving those who are most in need. God, in your mercy,

hear our prayer.

Uphold your children who cry out to you or who suffer in any way especially Lisa Miers Lange; Emma Wheeler; Janice Neu; Mickey Welling; Candi Wheeler; Johnny Scoglio; Ruth Mortland; Richard Mowery; Melvin Neu; Sky Stoutt; Gary Berg; Jeanna LaRue; Bruce and Sandy Wright; Betty Lee; Julie Prenatt; David Neu; Sheri Stoutt; Nan Hibbs; Noah Stoutt; Richard Hotchkiss; Charysse and Adean Heritage and Family; Randy McIntyre; Karen Bemowski; Marilyn Hubbard; Helen Schubert, and all those we name before you now, aloud or in our hearts…

Wherever people are overcome by the fear of death, breathe into them your life and peace. God, in your mercy,

hear our prayer.

Inspire those who lead your people in worship and praise especially the art and music ministries of this congregation. With joyful motion and sound, send us forth with praise that we cannot keep to ourselves. God, in your mercy,

hear our prayer.

Give us the words of your saints who, like Thomas, boldly confessed your Son as Lord and God. With Jesus our leader, empower us to live according to his ways. God, in your mercy,

hear our prayer.

In your mercy, O God, respond to these prayers, and renew us by your life-giving Spirit; through Jesus Christ, our Savior.

Amen.

Peace

Great Thanksgiving

The Lord’s Prayer

Communion Music: The Celtic Ensemble

   “Come to the Fount of Creation,” – Ylvisaker

   “Boulavogue,” -McCall.

Prayer after Communion

We give you thanks, generous God, for in this bread and cup we have tasted the new heaven and earth where hunger and thirst are no more. Send us from this table as witnesses to the resurrection, that through our lives, all may know life in Jesus’ name.

Amen.

Blessing

God, the Author of life, Christ, the living Cornerstone, and the life-giving Spirit of adoption, ☩ bless you now and forever.

Amen.

Sending Hymn: ELW 547- “Sent Forth By God’s Blessing”

Dismissal

Alleluia! Christ is risen.

Christ is risen indeed. Alleluia!

Go in peace. Tell what God has done.

Thanks be to God.

Postlude: “Roan Inish the Butterfly.”

Facebook link to Celtic music worship service at First Evangelical Lutheran Church, Sunday, April 24, 2022:

https://www.facebook.com/190629367619921/videos/389703956158309

Image credits: Celtic-Trinity-Knot, by April Love, fordam.com; Doubting_Thomas-Jesus_Christ, hdwallpaperim.com; and Celtic-Shamrock, clker.com

Music credits:

Assisting Minister: Miriam Anderson

Pam Edwards: Music Director/ Piano/ Organ

The Celtic Ensemble:

   Erin Bowman, violin

   Deb O’Malley, guitar

   Janet Stodd, flute

“Inisheer,” by Walsh. Public domain.

“O Christ the Same.” (LONDONDERRY AIR) Words (c) 1984 Hope Publishing Company Music Arr. (c) 1982 The Jubilate Group Admin. Hope Publishing Company. Contributors: Timothy Dudley-Smith, John Barnard. Tune: Music Arr. (c) 1982 The Jubilate Group Admin. Hope Publishing Company Text: Words (c) 1984 Hope Publishing Company. All rights reserved. Permission to podcast/stream and print the music in this service obtained from One License with license #A-704843.

“Celtic Alleluia,” With One Voice 613. Verse text: based on the Te Deum. Music and verses text © 1985, Fintan O’Carroll and Christopher Walker. Contributors: Christopher Walker, Fintan O’Carroll. Published by OCP, 5536 NE Hassalo, Portland, OR 97213. All rights reserved. All rights reserved. Permission to podcast/stream and print the music in this service obtained from One License with license #A-704843.

“Be Thou My Vision,” Contributors: Craig Courtney, Public Domain.

“Come to the Fount of Creation.” (One License #CT-214). Contributors: John Ylvisaker Tune: Down By The Sally Gardens Source: Ireland Text: Based on Revelation 21:1-27 One of six liturgical songs included in Put On Love, A Marriage Celebration Service. All rights reserved. Permission to podcast/stream and print the music in this service obtained from One License with license #A-704843.

“Boulavogue,” by McCall. Public domain.

“Sent Forth By God’s Blessing.” Text: Omer Westendorf, 1916 – 1997, alt. Music: Welsh folk tune. Text copyright 1964 World Library Publications. All rights reserved. Permission to podcast/stream and print the music in this service obtained from One License with license #A-704843.

“Roan Inish the Butterfly.” Public domain.

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