Sunday 8:00 & Wednesday Worship Service

This page looks best if you turn your mobile device sideways (landscape view).

May 1 (8:00) & 4, 2022

Worship Theme

Navigating life blind poses a plethora of challenges that the sighted do not face. This is why Scripture often uses the concept of blindness as a metaphor for how hard it is to navigate life without a correct understanding of Christ. No matter the specific form spiritual blindness takes, Easter has the power to replace it with sight. Easter allows us to see where we sinners stand with a holy God and who is worthy of our eternal worship. 


Pastor Frick’s Welcome

Christ the Lord Is Risen Again – CW 459

1 Christ the Lord is ris’n again;
Christ has broken death’s strong chain.
Hark, the angels shout for joy,
singing evermore on high:
    Hallelujah!

2 He who gave for us his life,
who for us endured the strife,
is our Paschal Lamb today.
We too sing for joy and say:
    Hallelujah!

3 He who bore all pain and loss
comfortless upon the cross
lives in glory now on high,
pleads for us, and hears our cry:
    Hallelujah!

4 He whose path no records tell
has descended into hell;
he the strong man armed has bound
and in highest heav’n is crowned.
    Hallelujah!

5 He who slumbered in the grave
is exalted now to save;
now through Christendom it rings
that the Lamb is King of kings.
    Hallelujah!

6 Now he bids us tell abroad
how the lost may be restored,
how the penitent forgiv’n,
how we, too, may enter heav’n.
    Hallelujah!

Invocation

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

Confession

If we claim to be without sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in 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 confess our sins to the Lord.
Holy God, gracious Father,
    I am sinful by nature
        and have sinned against you in my thoughts, words, and actions.
    I have not loved you with my whole heart;
    I have not loved others as I should.
        I deserve your punishment both now and forever.
    But Jesus, my Savior, paid for my sins
        with his innocent suffering and death.
    Trusting in him, I pray: God, have mercy on me, a sinner.

Silence for meditation and reflection

God, our merciful Father, has forgiven all our sins. He sent his Son, Jesus Christ, to be our Redeemer and Savior. Jesus paid the penalty for our guilt by his death on the cross and freed us from death by his resurrection from the grave. We have peace with God now and forever.
Amen.

Lord, Have Mercy

In peace let us pray to the Lord.
Lord, have mercy.

For the peace from above and for our salvation, let us pray to the Lord. 
Lord, have mercy.

For the peace of the whole world, for the well-being of the Church of God, and for the unity of all, let us pray to the Lord. 
Lord, have mercy.

For this holy house and for all who offer here their worship and praise, let us pray to the Lord. 
Lord, have mercy.

Help, save, comfort, and defend us, gracious Lord. 
Amen.

He Is Arisen! Glorious Word – CW 461

He is arisen! Glorious Word!
Now reconciled is God, my Lord;
    the gates of heav’n are open.
My Jesus did triumphant die,
and Satan’s arrows broken lie,
    destroyed hell’s fiercest weapon.
        O hear what cheer!
    Christ victorious,
    rising glorious,
        life is giving.
He was dead but now is living!

The Word

The Lord be with you.
And also with you.

Prayer of the Day

Let us pray.
  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.
Amen.

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.

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

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!

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.

Prayer of the Church

Worthy are you, O Christ, to receive power and riches and wisdom and strength and honor and glory and blessing.
Sing the praises of the Lord, you his faithful people; 
praise his holy name.

You appeared to your disciples and showed them your power. Open our eyes to your holy Word that we may see you there, hear your voice and be strengthened in our faith.
Sing the praises of the Lord, you his faithful people; 
praise his holy name.

You commissioned Paul as your chosen instrument to carry your name before the Gentiles. Bring the Word of your gospel to people near and far who have not heard it, that your name may be believed and glorified in all the world.
Sing the praises of the Lord, you his faithful people; 
praise his holy name.

We give you our thanks for all of your blessings, and we pray that you would bless those who plow and plant that we may receive our daily bread from your hand.
Sing the praises of the Lord, you his faithful people; 
praise his holy name.

Give boldness and confidence to those who share the warning of your law and the comfort of your gospel that many may be added to the number of your believers.
Sing the praises of the Lord, you his faithful people; 
praise his holy name.

We pray for those who suffer for the sake of your name and for those who suffer hardships of all kinds. Refresh your promises in their hearts and minds. Relieve their burdens. Give healing and patience.
Sing the praises of the Lord, you his faithful people; 
praise his holy name.

Special prayers and intercessions may follow. 

O loving Master, shine into our hearts by the pure light of your teaching that we may love what you command. Lead us to set aside all that is worldly that we may follow a spiritual life, thinking and doing all things as it pleases you. For you are our sanctification and our illumination, and to you we give all glory, now and forever.
Amen.

Offering

Christ Jesus Lay in Death’s Strong Bands – CW 440, st. 5-7

5 Here the true Paschal Lamb we see,
    whom God so freely gave us;
he died on the accursèd tree –
    so strong his love – to save us.
See, his blood now marks our door;
faith points to it; death passes o’er,
    and Satan cannot harm us.
    Alleluia, alleluia!

6 So let us keep the festival
    to which the Lord invites us;
Christ is himself the joy of all,
    the sun that warms and lights us.
Now his grace to us imparts
eternal sunshine to our hearts;
    the night of sin is ended.
    Alleluia, alleluia!

7 Then let us feast this Easter Day
    on Christ, the bread of heaven;
the Word of grace has purged away
    the old and evil leaven.
Christ alone our souls will feed;
he is our meat and drink indeed;
    faith lives upon no other!
    Alleluia, alleluia!

Prayer

Almighty God, we thank you for teaching us the things you want us to believe and do.  Help us by your Holy Spirit to keep your Word in pure hearts that we may be strengthened in faith, guided in holiness and comforted in life and in death, through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. 
Amen.  

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.

Blessing

The Lord bless you and keep you.
  The Lord make his face shine on you and be gracious to you.
    The Lord look on you with favor and give you peace.
Amen.

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.