Sunday 10:30 Worship Service

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May 1, 2022

Pastor Frick’s Welcome

Lord, Bless Your Word to All the Young – CW 762

1 Lord, bless your Word to all the young;
    let them, your truth possessing,
declare your praise with heart and tongue,
    their faith in Christ confessing.
From birth your firm embrace
has held them in your grace.
Baptized into your name,
redeemed and free from blame,
    as your dear children keep them.

2 When faced with pressure, grief, or pain,
    when Satan comes alluring,
may their baptismal grace remain
    a refuge reassuring.
God’s promises are sure;
his mercy will endure.
They shall not be undone
who trust in Christ alone;
    God is their mighty Father!

The Prelude and Procession of the Confirmands

Invocation

In the name of God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit.
Amen. 

Prayer

Heavenly Father, we praise you as the Giver of every good and perfect gift. Be gracious to us and bless us.
May your ways be known on earth, your salvation among all nations.

Lord Jesus, you are the Way, the Truth, and the Life.
Show us your ways, O Lord, teach us your paths. Then we will walk in the light of life.

Holy Spirit, you alone know the thoughts of God. Be our Counselor and guide us into all truth.
Sanctify us through the gospel, that we might share in the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ.

Confession

Our Lord, speaking through the Apostle John in 1 John 1:9 tells us, “If we confess our sins, God is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.”  Let us now come before Him in sincere repentance, confessing our sins to God, our Father, and asking him to forgive us for the sake of his Son, Jesus, our Savior.
O almighty God, merciful Father, I, a troubled and repentant sinner, confess to you all my sins and iniquities with which I have ever offended you. Because of my sinful rebellion, I confess that I deserve your punishment both now and forever. But I am truly sorry for my sins, and sincerely repent of them. I ask of your boundless mercy, and for the sake of the bitter suffering and death of your Son, Jesus Christ, that you be gracious and merciful to me, a sinful being. Grant me the power of your Holy Spirit to amend my sinful life and to serve you in righteousness now and forever.

By the command of our Lord Jesus Christ, and in light of his innocent suffering and death and of his perfect work on our behalf, I announce to you the good news that your sins are all forgiven. You are God’s dear child. May he fill you with all hope by knowing Jesus is not dead but alive.

The Day of Resurrection – CW 450

1 The day of resurrection!
    Earth, tell it out abroad,
the passover of gladness,
    the passover of God.
From death to life eternal,
    from earth unto the sky,
our Christ has brought us over
    with hymns of victory.

2 Our hearts be pure from evil
    that we may see aright
the Lord in rays eternal
    of resurrection light
and, list’ning to his accents,
    may hear, so calm and plain,
his own “All hail!” and, hearing,
    may raise the victor strain.

3 Now let the heav’ns be joyful,
    let earth her song begin,
let all the world keep triumph
    and all that is therein.
Let all things, seen and unseen,
    their notes of gladness blend,
for Christ the Lord has risen,
    our joy that has no end.

Prayer

O God, by the humiliation of your Son, you lifted up this fallen world from the despair of death. By his resurrection to life, grant your faithful people gladness of heart and the hope of eternal joys; 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 9:1-22

  Meanwhile, Saul was still breathing out murderous threats against the Lord’s disciples. He went to the high priest and asked him for letters to the synagogues in Damascus, so that if he found any there who belonged to the Way, whether men or women, he might take them as prisoners to Jerusalem. As he neared Damascus on his journey, suddenly a light from heaven flashed around him. He fell to the ground and heard a voice say to him, “Saul, Saul, why do you persecute me?”
  “Who are you, Lord?” Saul asked.
  “I am Jesus, whom you are persecuting,” he replied. “Now get up and go into the city, and you will be told what you must do.”
  The men traveling with Saul stood there speechless; they heard the sound but did not see anyone. Saul got up from the ground, but when he opened his eyes he could see nothing. So they led him by the hand into Damascus. For three days he was blind, and did not eat or drink anything.
  In Damascus there was a disciple named Ananias. The Lord called to him in a vision, “Ananias!”
  “Yes, Lord,” he answered.
  The Lord told him, “Go to the house of Judas on Straight Street and ask for a man from Tarsus named Saul, for he is praying. In a vision he has seen a man named Ananias come and place his hands on him to restore his sight.”
  “Lord,” Ananias answered, “I have heard many reports about this man and all the harm he has done to your holy people in Jerusalem. And he has come here with authority from the chief priests to arrest all who call on your name.”
  But the Lord said to Ananias, “Go! This man is my chosen instrument to proclaim my name to the Gentiles and their kings and to the people of Israel. I will show him how much he must suffer for my name.”
  Then Ananias went to the house and entered it. Placing his hands on Saul, he said, “Brother Saul, the Lord – Jesus, who appeared to you on the road as you were coming here – has sent me so that you may see again and be filled with the Holy Spirit.” Immediately, something like scales fell from Saul’s eyes, and he could see again. He got up and was baptized, and after taking some food, he regained his strength.
  Saul spent several days with the disciples in Damascus. At once he began to preach in the synagogues that Jesus is the Son of God. All those who heard him were astonished and asked, “Isn’t he the man who raised havoc in Jerusalem among those who call on this name? And hasn’t he come here to take them as prisoners to the chief priests?” Yet Saul grew more and more powerful and baffled the Jews living in Damascus by proving that Jesus is the Messiah.

The Word of the Lord.
Thanks be to God.

Second Reading – Revelation 5:11-14

  Then I looked and heard the voice of many angels, numbering thousands upon thousands, and ten thousand times ten thousand. They encircled the throne and the living creatures and the elders. In a loud voice they were saying:

“Worthy is the Lamb, who was slain,
to receive power and wealth and wisdom and strength
and honor and glory and praise!”

  Then I heard every creature in heaven and on earth and under the earth and on the sea, and all that is in them, saying:

“To him who sits on the throne and to the Lamb
be praise and honor and glory and power,
for ever and ever!”

  The four living creatures said, “Amen,” and the elders fell down and worshiped.

The Word of the Lord.
Thanks be to God.

Gospel Acclamation – 2 Timothy 1:10

Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia.
Christ Jesus has destroyed death 
and has brought life and immortality to light through the gospel.
Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia.

Gospel – John 21:1-14

  Afterward Jesus appeared again to his disciples, by the Sea of Galilee. It happened this way: Simon Peter, Thomas (also known as Didymus), Nathanael from Cana in Galilee, the sons of Zebedee, and two other disciples were together. “I’m going out to fish,” Simon Peter told them, and they said, “We’ll go with you.” So they went out and got into the boat, but that night they caught nothing.
  Early in the morning, Jesus stood on the shore, but the disciples did not realize that it was Jesus.
  He called out to them, “Friends, haven’t you any fish?”
  “No,” they answered.
  He said, “Throw your net on the right side of the boat and you will find some.” When they did, they were unable to haul the net in because of the large number of fish.
  Then the disciple whom Jesus loved said to Peter, “It is the Lord!” As soon as Simon Peter heard him say, “It is the Lord,” he wrapped his outer garment around him (for he had taken it off) and jumped into the water. The other disciples followed in the boat, towing the net full of fish, for they were not far from shore, about a hundred yards. When they landed, they saw a fire of burning coals there with fish on it, and some bread.
  Jesus said to them, “Bring some of the fish you have just caught.” So Simon Peter climbed back into the boat and dragged the net ashore. It was full of large fish, 153, but even with so many the net was not torn. Jesus said to them, “Come and have breakfast.” None of the disciples dared ask him, “Who are you?” They knew it was the Lord. Jesus came, took the bread and gave it to them, and did the same with the fish. This was now the third time Jesus appeared to his disciples after he was raised from the dead.

Easter Acclamation

Christ is risen!
He is risen, indeed!

Christ Jesus Lay in Death’s Strong Bands – CW 440

1 Christ Jesus lay in death’s strong bands
    for our offenses given;
but now at God’s right hand he stands
    and brings us life from heaven.
Therefore let us joyful be
and sing to God right thankfully
    loud songs of alleluia!
    Alleluia, alleluia!

2 No son of man could conquer death,
    such ruin sin had wrought us.
No innocence was found on earth,
    and therefore death had brought us
into bondage from of old
and ever grew more strong and bold
    and held us as its captive.
    Alleluia, alleluia!

3 Christ Jesus, God’s own Son, came down,
    his people to deliver;
destroying sin, he took the crown
    from death’s pale brow forever.
Stripped of pow’r, no more it reigns;
an empty form alone remains;
    its sting is lost forever.
    Alleluia, alleluia!

4 It was a strange and dreadful strife
    when life and death contended.
The victory remained with life,
    the reign of death was ended.
Holy Scripture plainly saith
that death is swallowed up by death;
    disgraced, it lies defeated.
    Alleluia, alleluia!

Sermon – John 21:1-14

It is the Lord!

Confession of Faith

We All Believe in One True God – CW 940

1 We all believe in one true God,
    Father, Son, and Holy Ghost,
ever-present help in need,
    praised by all the heav’nly host,
by whose mighty pow’r alone
all is made and wrought and done.

2 We all believe in Jesus Christ,
    Son of God and Mary’s Son,
who descended from his throne
    and for us salvation won,
by whose cross and death are we
rescued from all misery.

3 We all confess the Holy Ghost,
    who from both fore’er proceeds,
who upholds and comforts us
    in all trials, fears, and needs.
Blessèd, holy Trinity,
praise to you eternally!

Presentation of the Offering

Confirmation

Megan Sarah Clohecy
Deuteronomy 31:6 – Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the Lord your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you.

Matthew Jason Dellar
Proverbs 3:5-6 – Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight.

Miriam Grace Frick
Deuteronomy 31:6 – Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the Lord your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you.

Ethan James Lecher
Philippians 4:13 – I can do everything through him who gives me strength.

Devin Curtis Phipps
Revelation 2:10 – Be faithful, even to the point of death, and I will give you the crown of life.

Hailey Grace Phipps
John 8:12 – “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.”

Adult Choir – Holy Spirit, Living Breath of God

Holy Spirit, living Breath of God, 
Breathe new life into my willing soul.
Bring the presence of the risen Lord 
To renew my heart and make me whole.
Cause your Word to come alive in me; 
Give me faith for what I cannot see.
Give me passion for your purity; 
Holy Spirit, breathe new life in me.

Holy Spirit, come aide within; 
May your joy be seen in all I do.
Love enough to cover ev’ry sin in 
Each thought and deed and attitude.
Kindness to the greatest and the least; 
Gentleness that sows the path of peace.
Turn my striving into works of grace. 
Breath of God, show Christ in all I do.

Holy Spirit, from creation’s birth, 
Giving life to all that God has made.
Show your power once again on earth, 
Cause your church to hunger for your ways.
Let the fragrance of our prayers arise; 
Lead us on the road of sacrifice, 
That in unity the face of Christ 
Will be clear for all the world to see.
Holy Spirit, breathe new life in me.

Prayer

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. Lord, in your mercy,
hear our prayer.

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. Lord, in your mercy,
hear our prayer.

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. Lord, in your mercy,
hear our prayer.

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. Lord, in your mercy,
hear our prayer.

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. Lord, in your mercy,
hear our prayer.

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. Lord, in your mercy,
hear our prayer.

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,
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.

Duet – Amy Frick & Heather Lecher – On Eagle’s Wings

Prayer

Lord Jesus, you promised that you will confess before your Father in heaven those who confess you before others on earth. Grant those who confess their faith before your altar the grace and strength to avoid all things contrary to what they confess, that in humble faith they seek and do all things pleasing to you; you live and reign, now and forever.

Blessing

The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ 
  and the love of God 
    and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you all.
Amen.

God’s Word Is Our Great Heritage – CW 640

God’s Word is our great heritage
    and shall be ours forever;
to spread its light from age to age
    shall be our chief endeavor.
Through life it guides our way,
in death it is our stay.
Lord, grant, while worlds endure,
we keep its teachings pure
    throughout all generations.