Call to worship:
P: Alleluia! Christ is risen.
C: Christ is risen indeed. Alleluia!
Confession and Forgiveness:
P: In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.
C: Wondrous God, we confess that at times our doubts and fears override our hope and faith. Forgive us when we lose sight of the joy of Your love. Lift up our spirits, Lord, and help us to remember the promise of new life here and now, not just the hope of resurrection for the future. We give thanks for Your Son, Jesus the Christ, who continues to offer us new life, who continues to turn us around and upside down, who continuses to break down the walls of death in our own life. Forgive us, restore us and renew us. In the name of our Savior, Jesus the Christ, we pray.
Gathering Hymn: ELW 408 Come, Thou Almighty King vs. 1-2
Prayer of the Day:
Almighty and ever-living God, you hold together all things in heaven and on earth. In your great mercy receive the prayers of all your children, and give to all the world the Spirit of your truth and peace, through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.
Today's reading are: Acts 17:22-31, and John 14:15-21
The Sermon - Pastor Walter Rice:
Hymn: ELW #540 Go, Make Disciples
Prayers of Intercession:
Special Music: Old Rugged Cross - John Parker and Dave Bjornson
Uplifted by the promised hope of healing and resurrection, we join the people of God in all times and places in praying for the church, the world, and all who are in need.
A brief silence.
Abiding God, you have revealed yourself to us in the form of your Son, Jesus Christ. Embolden your church, as your followers, to reveal your love to everyone in our speaking and in our living.
You are the creator of heaven and earth. Revitalize the health of oceans, rivers, lakes, springs, glaciers, and other bodies of water that give life to your creatures.
You call all people of the world your children. Judge the nations justly, show mercy to the oppressed, and speak truth to power though your prophets.
You come near to us when we are lost, and you hear our distress. We pray for those who suffer in any way especially to those who are afflicted with the coronavirus, for their families. We pray your protection and your peace for all healthcare workers and first responders.
Your commands are good and merciful. Give us courage to take hold of our baptismal promises to work for justice, advocate for the voiceless, and free the oppressed and imprisoned in body, mind, or spirit.
You remain with us always, O God, and your kingdom has no end. We remember the saints who have gone before us. Unite us forever in your final victory over death.
With bold confidence in your love, almighty God, we place all for whom we pray into your eternal care; through Christ our Lord. Amen.
Hymn: ELW #836 Joyful, Joyful We Adore Thee
P: The Lord be with you.
C: And also with you
P: Lift up your hearts.
C: We lift them to the Lord.
P: Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.
C: It is right to give God thanks and praise.
P: Be present Lord Jesus Christ, our risen high prield; make yourself know to us in the breaking of bread. With all the angels and archangels, with the disciples and all the witnesses of the resurrection, we raise our voices in praise of your glory.
The Lords Prayer:
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
Christ is risen, just as he said. Go in peace. Share the good news. Alleluia!
Thanks be to God. Alleluia!