Sunday 10:30 Worship Service

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May 5, 2024

Theme of the Day

The entirety of God’s Word can be summed up in one word: love. God’s Law is all about love. “Love the Lord your God with all your heart…” and “Love your neighbor as yourself” (Matthew 22:37,39). The gospel is all about love: “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son…” (John 3:16).

Therefore, love is our business too. The resurrection reality is that with the same supernatural power by which God raised Jesus from the dead, God now enables us to live a new life – one marked by radically selfless love. The motivation and ability to do this comes from seeing the endless love Christ has for us. We love only because he first loved us.

Pastor Frick’s Welcome

With High Delight Let Us Unite – CW 467

1 With high delight
    let us unite
in songs of sweet jubilation.
    You pure in heart,
    each take your part,
sing Jesus Christ, our salvation.
    To set us free
    forever, he
    is ris’n and sends
    to all earth’s ends
good news to save ev’ry nation.

2 True God, he first
    from death has burst
forth into life, all subduing.
    His enemy
    shall vanquished be;
his death has been death’s undoing.
    “And yours shall be
    like victory
    o’er death and grave,”
    said he, who gave
his life for us, life renewing.

3 Let praises ring;
    give thanks and bring
to Christ our Lord adoration.
    His honor speed
    by word and deed
to ev’ry land, ev’ry nation.
    So shall his love
    give us above,
    from misery
    and death set free,
all joy and full consolation.


In the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.

Confession and Absolution

Jesus says, “It is from within, out of a person’s heart, that evil thoughts come – sexual immorality, theft, murder, adultery, greed, malice, deceit, lewdness, envy, slander, arrogance and folly. All these evils come from inside and defile a person.” So let’s confess to God our sinful hearts with the words of King David long ago:

 “Have mercy on me, O God, 
    according to your unfailing love; 
According to your great compassion 
    blot out my transgressions. 
Wash away all my iniquity. 
    And cleanse me from my sin. 
For I know my transgressions, 
    and my sin is always before me. 
Against you, you only, have I sinned 
    and done what is evil in your sight. 
Surely I was sinful at birth, 
    sinful from the time my mother conceived me. 
Hide your face from my sins 
    and blot out all my iniquity. 
Create in me a pure heart, O God, 
    and renew a steadfast spirit within me.”

The good news of the Bible is that God takes dead, sinful hearts and makes them alive again. Here’s how: “But because of his great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy, made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in transgressions…. For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith – and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God – not by works, so that no one can boast.”

God, our heavenly Father, has been merciful to us and has given his only Son Jesus to be the atoning sacrifice for our sins. Therefore, as a called servant of Christ and by his authority, I forgive you all your sins in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.

Glory to God in the Highest

Glory to God in the highest
    and peace to his people on earth.

Lord God, heavenly King, almighty God and Father,
    we worship you, we give you thanks,
    we praise you for your glory.

Glory to God in the highest
    and peace to his people on earth.

Lord Jesus Christ, only Son of the Father,
  Lord God, Lamb of God,
    you take away the sin of the world;
    have mercy on us;
you are seated at the right hand of the Father:
    receive our prayer, receive our prayer.

Glory to God in the highest
    and peace to his people on earth.

For you alone are the Holy One,
    you alone are the Lord,
    you alone are the Most High,
    Jesus Christ, with the Holy Spirit
    in the glory of God the Father.

Glory to God in the highest
    and peace to his people on earth.

Glory to God, glory to God.

The Word

The Lord be with you.
And also with you.

Prayer of the Day

Let us pray.

O God, you are the giver of everything good. Inspire us, your humble servants, to long for what is right and, through your gracious guidance, accomplish it to your glory; through your Son, Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.

First Reading – Acts 9:36-42

  In Joppa there was a disciple named Tabitha (in Greek her name is Dorcas); she was always doing good and helping the poor. About that time she became sick and died, and her body was washed and placed in an upstairs room. Lydda was near Joppa; so when the disciples heard that Peter was in Lydda, they sent two men to him and urged him, “Please come at once!”
  Peter went with them, and when he arrived he was taken upstairs to the room. All the widows stood around him, crying and showing him the robes and other clothing that Dorcas had made while she was still with them.
  Peter sent them all out of the room; then he got down on his knees and prayed. Turning toward the dead woman, he said, “Tabitha, get up.” She opened her eyes, and seeing Peter she sat up. He took her by the hand and helped her to her feet. Then he called for the believers, especially the widows, and presented her to them alive. This became known all over Joppa, and many people believed in the Lord.

The Word of the Lord.
Thanks be to God.

Psalm 89 – Love Enduring Evermore

1 Love will be our song forever,
    faithful love from ages past;
love enshrined within a promise
    made by you and sure to last;
human tongues and angel voices
    join in rev’rence and delight,
praising your unrivaled splendor,
    loving Lord, the God of might.

2 Heav’n and earth alike affirm it:
    Lord, you are magnificent!
Evil pow’rs and hidden forces
    you have rendered impotent.
At your throne of love and justice
    we extol you, faithful King:
blest are those who learn to trust you –
    they have ample cause to sing.

3 Once, when Israel lacked a leader,
    David was the man you chose;
an exalted throne you gave him,
    and relief from all his foes;
even when your rebel people
    scorned your ways and spurned your law,
still your promise shaped the future;
    love enduring evermore.

4 Now, though, we have felt your anger;
    now we find disaster near.
Shame is ours instead of triumph;
    neighbors see our plight and sneer.
How much longer till you hear us?
    Life is short, so swift our days!
Lord, renew the love you promised –
    fill your people’s hearts with praise.

Second Reading – 1 John 4:7-11,19-21

  Dear friends, let us love one another, for love comes from God. Everyone who loves has been born of God and knows God. Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love. This is how God showed his love among us: He sent his one and only Son into the world that we might live through him. This is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins. Dear friends, since God so loved us, we also ought to love one another.

  We love because he first loved us. Whoever claims to love God yet hates a brother or sister is a liar. For whoever does not love their brother and sister, whom they have seen, cannot love God, whom they have not seen. And he has given us this command: Anyone who loves God must also love their brother and sister.

The Word of the Lord.
Thanks be to God.

Gospel Acclamation

And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. 
But the greatest of these is love.

Gospel – John 15:9-17

  “As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you. Now remain in my love. If you keep my commands, you will remain in my love, just as I have kept my Father’s commands and remain in his love. I have told you this so that my joy may be in you and that your joy may be complete. My command is this: Love each other as I have loved you. Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends. You are my friends if you do what I command. I no longer call you servants, because a servant does not know his master’s business. Instead, I have called you friends, for everything that I learned from my Father I have made known to you. You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you so that you might go and bear fruit – fruit that will last – and so that whatever you ask in my name the Father will give you. This is my command: Love each other.”

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

This Is My Will – CW 728

1 This is my will, my one command,
    that love should dwell among you all.
This is my will, that you should love
    as I have shown that I love you.

2 No greater love can be than this:
    To choose to die to save one’s friends.
You are my friends if you obey
    what I command that you should do.

3 I call you now no longer slaves;
    no slave knows all his master does.
I call you friends, for all I hear
    my Father say you hear from me.

4 You chose not me, but I chose you,
    that you should go and bear much fruit.
I chose you out that you in me
    should bear much fruit that will abide.

5 All that you ask my Father dear
    for my name’s sake you shall receive.
This is my will, my one command,
    that love should dwell in each, in all.

Pastor Westendorf’s Sermon – John 15:9-17

Friends of Jesus, Love One Another
  – by remaining in his love
  – by keeping his commands

Apostles’ Creed

I believe in God, the Father Almighty,
        maker of heaven and earth.

I believe in Jesus Christ, his 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 into hell.
    The third day he rose again from the dead.
    He ascended into heaven

        and is seated at the right hand of God the Father Almighty.
    From there he will come to judge the living and the dead.

I believe in the Holy Spirit,
        the holy Christian Church,
            the communion of saints,
        the forgiveness of sins,

        the resurrection of the body,
        and the life everlasting. Amen.


Loving Father, you have given us your love, you sent your Son in love, and you move us to love.

Gracious God, you showed your love among us by giving us a new birth through your Word of truth. Fill our hearts with the power of your love, that we may show that love to others, and that our joy may be complete.

Open our lips to make your faithfulness known throughout the world and through all generations. Empower us to produce fruits of love to display your glory to the world.

Your only Son willingly shed his blood for us and reconciled earth and heaven. With the good news of his resurrection for our redemption give us your never-ending peace. 

You gave your Word, and you have also given your church people to proclaim it. Give your blessing, courage and strength to the new workers who are about to be sent into your harvest field. Send them out to bring your message to the lost and to bless your church.

Remember, Lord, your servants who suffer, who bear in their hearts pains of mind or body.  Sustain, strengthen, and restore their health if it is your will. Do not let the evil foe deceive or discourage them.

O Lord, save your people who hope in you. Comfort us with your Word, since you have redeemed with your most precious blood, and grant us perpetual joy and happiness with you where sighing is at an end and sorrow cannot come; through Jesus Christ our Lord.



My dear young friends, when you were baptized, your gracious Lord forgave all your sins and covered you with the robe of Christ’s righteousness. Through water and Word he created faith in your hearts and adopted you into the family of believers. As you matured and heard and studied the Scriptures, the Holy Spirit enlightened your minds and preserved you as children of God.

You have expressed the desire to confess the truths you believe before your Savior, your family and friends, and this congregation. You are ready to say with St. Paul, “I believed; therefore I have spoken.” You have learned to examine your thoughts, words, and actions in the light of God’s law, and you have experienced the comfort of forgiveness in the Savior’s gospel. With this preparation you are eager to receive the Savior’s body and blood in the sacrament.

As we worship with you on this day, we are filled with joy as we see how the Lord has grown your faith and love. We are bringing our prayers to the Savior’s throne of grace and imploring him to keep you faithful to him and his Word until you join us and all believers in the glories of heaven.

I now ask each of you:

Are you ready and willing to confess your faith before the triune God and those who are worshiping with you today?
Confirmands: I am.

Do you believe in God the Father?
Confirmands: Yes, I believe in God, the Father Almighty,
  maker of heaven and earth.

Do you believe in Jesus Christ, the Son of God?
Confirmands: Yes, I believe in Jesus Christ, his 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 into hell.
 The third day he rose again from the dead.
 He ascended into heaven
  and is seated at the right hand of God the Father Almighty.
 From there he will come to judge the living and the dead.

Do you believe in God the Holy Spirit?
Confirmands: Yes, I believe in the Holy Spirit,
  the holy Christian Church,
   the communion of saints,
  the forgiveness of sins,
  the resurrection of the body,
  and the life everlasting. Amen.

Do you reject the devil along with all his lies and empty promises?
Confirmands: I do reject him.

Do you believe that all the books of the Bible are the inspired and inerrant Word of God?
Confirmands: I do.

Do you believe that the teachings of the Evangelical Lutheran Church, as you have learned to know them from Luther’s Small Catechism, are faithful and true to the Word of God?
Confirmands: I do.

Is it your sincere prayer and desire to remain faithful to your Lord Jesus and his Word all the days of your life?
Confirmands: Yes, and I ask God to help me.

Is it your sincere prayer and desire to live a life that pleases God, to value his Word and sacraments, and to witness to your Savior wherever you go?
Confirmands: Yes, and I ask God to help me.

I now invite each of you Confirmands to come forward to receive a blessing from the Lord and a word of encouragement from the Scriptures.


Friends in Christ, the Word of God urges us to pray for one another and especially for the youth of the church. On this special day, it is fitting that we bring our prayers before God, firmly believing that he alone is able to strengthen us by the power of the Holy Spirit and keep us faithful to the Savior until we die. Let us pray.

Gracious Father, in Holy Baptism you created faith in the hearts of these young people and gave them a new birth as members of your family. Help them remember their baptisms every day and find comfort in your promise that you will never leave them or forsake them.

Give them strength to put down and drown the sinful nature that lives within them so that each day their faith may triumph in their living and loving and in their words and actions. 

Lead them to see and believe that in the word of the gospel they find forgiveness for their sins and relief for their guilt. Use the remembrance of your commandments to drive them to the comfort of the gospel and then to guide them as they live for you and others. 

Protect them from Satan when he tempts them to be careless with your Word and sacrament, to make plans for this life and not for the life to come, or to find popular theories more appealing than your truth. 

Empower them by the gospel of your Son to live in their world with kindness, humility, and patience that others may see their good works and glorify their Father in heaven. 

Help us provide fitting examples of faithfulness to your Word and sacraments. Lead us to encourage and admonish them in wisdom and love even after they have left our homes and made new homes for themselves. 

When the end comes and we all stand before the judgment seat of Christ, have compassion on us despite our sins and accept us as eternal dwellers in your royal rooms, through the merits of Jesus our Savior, who became sin for us so that in him we might become the righteousness of God. Lord, in your mercy,
Congregation: hear our prayer.

Lord’s Prayer

Our Father in heaven,
    hallowed be your name,
    your kingdom come,
    your will be done
        on earth as in heaven.
Give us today our daily bread.
Forgive us our sins,
    as we forgive those
    who sin against us.
Lead us not into temptation,
but deliver us from evil.
For the kingdom, the power,
    and the glory are yours
    now and forever. Amen.

Adult Choir – I Am Jesus Little Lamb

Adult Choir – The Blessing

Lord, Take My Hand and Lead Me – CW 849

1 Lord, take my hand and lead me
    upon life’s way;
direct, protect, and feed me
    from day to day.
Without your grace and favor
    I go astray;
so take my hand, O Savior,
    and lead the way.

2 Lord, when the tempest rages,
    I need not fear;
for you, the Rock of Ages,
    are always near.
Close by your side abiding,
    I fear no foe,
for when your hand is guiding,
    in peace I go.

3 Lord, when the shadows lengthen
    and night has come,
I know that you will strengthen
    my steps toward home.
Then nothing can impede me,
    O blessèd Friend;
so take my hand and lead me
    unto the end.

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