Sunday Worship Service

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May 22, 2022

Theme of the Day

  To the world he seemed like a defeated man; opposed and killed by his enemies, his followers scattered in fear. Yet three days after Jesus’ death, he rose victorious from the dead. Nothing would ever be the same. The rest of eternity is now a victory march for the risen Christ. During Easter, we should not think of ourselves as passive observers in Christ’s victory. We are more than fans cheering for our favorite athlete! Rather, we are active participants in Christ’s triumph. Just as his death was our death, so also his life is our life. Buried with Christ in baptism, our life is now hidden with him on high. The victory is ours, now and forever.
  Easter is more than a day. It is an entire joyful season. The six solemn weeks of Lent are eclipsed by seven weeks of unbridled joy. The seven weeks correspond to the period of fifty days of the Jewish calendar between Passover and Pentecost. The Church reserves its highest praise for the Easter season. We do not merely watch from the sidelines as Christ marches in victory over sin, death, Satan, and hell. We join in the festal procession!


Pastor Turriff’s Welcome

Rejoice, the Lord Is King – CW 524

1 Rejoice, the Lord is King!
    Your Lord and King adore!
Rejoice, give thanks and sing,
    and triumph evermore:
Lift up your heart, lift up your voice!
Rejoice, again I say, rejoice!

2 The Lord, our Savior, reigns,
    the God of truth and love;
when he had purged our stains,
    he took his seat above:
Lift up your heart, lift up your voice!
Rejoice, again I say, rejoice!

3 His kingdom cannot fail,
    he rules o’er earth and heav’n;
the keys of death and hell
    are to our Jesus giv’n:
Lift up your heart, lift up your voice!
Rejoice, again I say, rejoice!

4 Rejoice in glorious hope!
    Our Lord and judge shall come
and take his servants up
    to their eternal home:
Lift up your heart, lift up your voice!
Rejoice, again I say, rejoice!

Invocation

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

Confession

Blessed are they whose transgressions are forgiven, whose sins are covered.
Blessed are they whose sin the Lord does not count against them.

Let us confess our sins to the Lord.
Almighty and merciful Father,
        we have strayed from your ways like lost sheep.

    We have followed what we have devised and desired in our hearts.
    We have offended you and sinned against your holy law.
    We have done those things that we should not have done,
        and we have not done those things that we should have done.
    Have mercy on us, Lord!
        Spare us, forgive us, and restore us,
        according to your promises in Christ Jesus.

Silence for meditation and reflection

Our gracious Father in heaven has been merciful to us. He sent his only Son, Jesus Christ, who gave his life as the atoning sacrifice for the sins of the whole world. 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.
Amen.

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.
Amen.

First Reading – Acts 14:8-22

  In Lystra there sat a man who was lame. He had been that way from birth and had never walked. He listened to Paul as he was speaking. Paul looked directly at him, saw that he had faith to be healed and called out, “Stand up on your feet!” At that, the man jumped up and began to walk.
  When the crowd saw what Paul had done, they shouted in the Lycaonian language, “The gods have come down to us in human form!” Barnabas they called Zeus, and Paul they called Hermes because he was the chief speaker. The priest of Zeus, whose temple was just outside the city, brought bulls and wreaths to the city gates because he and the crowd wanted to offer sacrifices to them.
 But when the apostles Barnabas and Paul heard of this, they tore their clothes and rushed out into the crowd, shouting: “Friends, why are you doing this? We too are only human, like you. We are bringing you good news, telling you to turn from these worthless things to the living God, who made the heavens and the earth and the sea and everything in them. In the past, he let all nations go their own way. Yet he has not left himself without testimony: He has shown kindness by giving you rain from heaven and crops in their seasons; he provides you with plenty of food and fills your hearts with joy.” Even with these words, they had difficulty keeping the crowd from sacrificing to them.
  Then some Jews came from Antioch and Iconium and won the crowd over. They stoned Paul and dragged him outside the city, thinking he was dead. But after the disciples had gathered around him, he got up and went back into the city. The next day he and Barnabas left for Derbe.
  They preached the gospel in that city and won a large number of disciples. Then they returned to Lystra, Iconium and Antioch, strengthening the disciples and encouraging them to remain true to the faith. “We must go through many hardships to enter the kingdom of God,” they said.

The Word of the Lord.
Thanks be to God.

Psalm 67 – Let the People Praise You, O God

Let the peoples praise you, O God, let all the peoples praise you.

May God be gracious to us and / bless us
    and make his face / shine on us –
so that your ways may be / known on earth,
    your salvation among all / nations.
May the peoples / praise you, God;
    may all the peoples / praise you.
May the nations be glad and / sing for joy,
    for you rule the peoples with equity and guide the nations / of the earth.    Refrain

The land yields its / harvest;
    God, our God, / blesses us.
May God / bless us still,
    so that all the ends of the earth will / fear him.

Glory be to the Father and / to the Son
    and to the Holy / Spirit,
as it was in the be- / ginning,
    is now, and will be forever. / Amen.    Refrain

Second Reading – Revelation 21:21-27

  The twelve gates were twelve pearls, each gate made of a single pearl. The great street of the city was of gold, as pure as transparent glass.
  I did not see a temple in the city, because the Lord God Almighty and the Lamb are its temple. The city does not need the sun or the moon to shine on it, for the glory of God gives it light, and the Lamb is its lamp. The nations will walk by its light, and the kings of the earth will bring their splendor into it. On no day will its gates ever be shut, for there will be no night there. The glory and honor of the nations will be brought into it. Nothing impure will ever enter it, nor will anyone who does what is shameful or deceitful, but only those whose names are written in the Lamb’s book of life. 

The Word of the Lord.
Thanks be to God.

Gospel Acclamation – John 14:6

Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia, alleluia.
I am the way and the truth and the life. 
No one comes to the Father except through me.
Alleluia.

Gospel – John 16:16-24

  Jesus went on to say, “In a little while you will see me no more, and then after a little while you will see me.”
  At this, some of his disciples said to one another, “What does he mean by saying, ‘In a little while you will see me no more, and then after a little while you will see me,’ and ‘Because I am going to the Father’?” They kept asking, “What does he mean by ‘a little while’? We don’t understand what he is saying.”
  Jesus saw that they wanted to ask him about this, so he said to them, “Are you asking one another what I meant when I said, ‘In a little while you will see me no more, and then after a little while you will see me’? Very truly I tell you, you will weep and mourn while the world rejoices. You will grieve, but your grief will turn to joy. A woman giving birth to a child has pain because her time has come; but when her baby is born she forgets the anguish because of her joy that a child is born into the world. So with you: Now is your time of grief, but I will see you again and you will rejoice, and no one will take away your joy. In that day you will no longer ask me anything. Very truly I tell you, my Father will give you whatever you ask in my name. Until now you have not asked for anything in my name. Ask and you will receive, and your joy will be complete.

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

Jesus Lives! The Victory’s Won – CW 444

1 Jesus lives! The vict’ry’s won!
    Death no longer can appall me
Jesus lives! Death’s reign is done!
    From the grave Christ will recall me.
Brighter scenes will then commence;
this shall be my confidence.

2 Jesus lives! To him the throne
    high o’er heav’n and earth is given.
I shall go where he is gone,
    live and reign with him in heaven.
God is faithful; doubtings, hence!
This shall be my confidence.

3 Jesus lives! For me he died;
    hence will I, to Jesus living,
pure in heart and act abide,
    praise to him and glory giving.
All I need God will dispense;
this shall be my confidence.

4 Jesus lives! I know full well
    nothing me from him shall sever.
Life nor death nor pow’rs of hell
    part me now from Christ forever.
God will be a sure defense;
this shall be my confidence.

5 Jesus lives! And now is death
    but the gate to life immortal;
this shall calm my trembling breath
    when I pass its gloomy portal.
Faith shall cry, as fails each sense:
Jesus is my confidence!

Sermon – Acts 14:8-22

No Matter What, We Have Joy

Nicene Creed

We believe in one God, the Father, the Almighty,
        maker of heaven and earth,
        of all that is,
        seen and unseen.

We believe in one Lord, Jesus Christ, the only Son of God,
        eternally begotten of the Father,
        God from God, Light from Light, true God from true God,
        begotten, not made,
        of one being with the Father.
    Through him all things were made.
    For us and for our salvation, he came down from heaven,
        was incarnate of the Holy Spirit and the Virgin Mary,
        and became truly human.
    For our sake he was crucified under Pontius Pilate.
    He suffered death and was buried.
    On the third day he rose again in accordance with the Scriptures.
    He ascended into heaven
        and is seated at the right hand of the Father.
    He will come again in glory to judge the living and the dead,
        and his kingdom will have no end.

We believe in the Holy Spirit,
        the Lord, the giver of life,
        who proceeds from the Father and the Son,
        who in unity with the Father and the Son
            is worshiped and glorified,

        who has spoken through the prophets.
    We believe in one holy Christian and apostolic Church.
    We acknowledge one baptism for the forgiveness of sins.
    We look for the resurrection of the dead
        and the life of the world to come. Amen.

Prayer of the Church

Eternal Lord, give us peace as we ponder the good news that you forgive our sins in Christ. Lead us to see clearly the path you have laid out for us.
Work in us so that we believe and live the Word we have heard today.

Provide courage and compassion to all who preach and teach your Word. Fill them with a love like yours as they proclaim your grace to us and all people.
Move us to love all ministers of the Word wherever they serve.

Guard and guide the families of our congregation. Lead husbands and wives to love each other with commitment, respect, and patience. Help parents to grasp the eternal value of keeping their children close to Jesus all their lives. Grant joy to those who are single, and make them a blessing to others.
Protect us from the temptations that surround us; give us pure hearts and minds.

Provide wisdom and insight to those who make laws and set policies. Give us respect for those who protect us from crime. Lead us to value the rights of our fellow citizens and to defend those who cannot defend themselves.
Bless our land with peace and prosperity so that the gospel may be proclaimed to all.

Give us passion to share the story of your love with our family and friends. Overcome unbelief, and open the hearts of people everywhere to believe the good news that Jesus has forgiven their sins and opened the gates of heaven.
Fill us with joy over every sinner who repents and comes to trust in you.

Extend your healing power to those who are sick and suffering in body or mind. Give patience and compassion to all who care for the sick and dying.
Lift the eyes of the distressed to your love in Christ.

Hear us, Lord, as we pray in silence.

Silent prayer

Gracious God, you govern and direct all things and you love all people. Hear our prayers, spoken and silent, and answer them in your wisdom and grace.
In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.

Offering

The Sacrament

Preface

The Lord be with you.
And also with you.

Lift up your hearts.
We lift them up to the Lord.

Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.
It is right to give him thanks and praise.

It is truly good and right that we should at all times and in all places give you thanks, O Lord, holy Father, almighty and everlasting God, through Jesus Christ our Lord, who by his willing sacrifice on the cross took away the sins of the world and by his glorious resurrection restored everlasting life. Therefore, with all the saints on earth on hosts of heaven, we praise your holy name and join their glorious song.

Holy, Holy, Holy

Holy, holy, holy Lord,
  God of power, God of might.
Heav’n and earth are full of your glory.
  Hosanna in the highest.
Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord.
Hosanna in the highest,
  hosanna in the highest!

Prayer of Thanksgiving

Lord God, you are worthy to receive thanks and praise from all people. You created the world and all who live in it, and in your mercy you saved us. We give thanks to you for the grace of your Son, Jesus Christ.

Though in very nature God, he took the nature of a servant and became obedient to death, even death on a cross. He offered himself as a sacrifice for sin and redeemed us from its curse and penalty. He rescued us from the terrors of death and restored eternal life with you. He conquered our enemies and gained for us the kingdom of grace and glory.

Bless us as we receive your Son’s body and blood, and lead us to remember his suffering, death, and resurrection. Forgive our sins and fill us with the hope of new life in heaven. Hear our praise and receive our thanks as we worship you – the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.
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.

Words of Institution

Our Lord Jesus Christ, on the night he was betrayed, took bread; and when he had given thanks, he broke it and gave it to his disciples, saying, “Take and eat; this is my body, which is given for you. Do this in remembrance of me.”

Then he took the cup, gave thanks, and gave it to them, saying, “Drink from it, all of you; this is my blood of the new covenant, which is poured out for you for the forgiveness of sins. Do this, whenever you drink it, in remembrance of me.”

The peace of the Lord be with you always.
Amen.

Jesus, Lamb of God

Jesus, Lamb of God,
    you take away the sin of the world;
    have mercy on us.
Jesus, Lamb of God,
    you take away the sin of the world;
    have mercy on us.
Jesus, Lamb of God,
    you take away the sin of the world;
    grant us your peace.

Distribution

Hail, O Once-Despised Jesus – CW 534

1 Hail, O once-despisèd Jesus!
    Hail, O Galilean King!
You have suffered to release us,
    hope to give and peace to bring.
Hail, O universal Savior,
    bearer of our sin and shame;
by your merits we find favor:
    life is given through your name.

2 Paschal Lamb, by God appointed,
    all our sins on you were laid;
by almighty love anointed,
    you have full atonement made.
Ev’ry sin has been forgiven
    through the power of your blood;
open is the gate of heaven,
    we are reconciled to God.

3 Jesus, heav’nly hosts adore you,
    seated at your Father’s side.
Crucified this world once saw you;
    now in glory you abide.
There for sinners you are pleading,
    and our place you now prepare,
ever for us interceding
    till in glory we appear.

4 Worship, honor, pow’r, and blessing
    you are worthy to receive;
loudest praises, without ceasing,
    right it is for us to give.
Help, O bright angelic spirits,
    all your noblest anthems raise;
help to sing our Savior’s merits,
    help to chant Immanuel’s praise.

Jesus, My Great High Priest – CW 538

1 Jesus, my great High Priest,
    offered his blood and died;
my guilty conscience seeks
    no sacrifice beside.
His pow’rful blood did once atone,
and now it pleads before the throne.

2 To Christ, my substitute,
    will I commit my cause;
he answers and fulfills
    his Father’s broken laws.
Behold my soul at freedom set –
my Jesus paid the dreadful debt!

3 My advocate appears
    for my defense on high;
a gracious Father hears
    and lays his thunder by.
Not all that hell or sin can say
shall turn his heart, his love, away.

4 Should all the hosts of death
    and pow’rs of hell unknown
put their most dreadful forms
    of rage and mischief on,
I shall be safe, for Christ displays
superior pow’r and guardian grace.

Thanksgiving

Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good;
his mercy endures forever.

Whenever we eat this bread and drink this cup,
we proclaim the Lord’s death until he comes.

We give you thanks, O Lord, for the foretaste of the heavenly banquet you have given us in this Sacrament. Through this gift you have fed our faith, nourished our hope, and strengthened our love. By your Spirit, help us to live as your holy people until that day when you will receive us as your guests at the wedding supper of the Lamb, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, 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.

Lord, When Your Glory I Shall See – CW 884

Lord, when your glory I shall see
    and taste your kingdom’s pleasure,
your blood my royal robe shall be,
    my joy beyond all measure!
When I appear before your throne,
your righteousness shall be my crown;
    with these I need not hide me.
And there, in garments richly wrought,
as your own bride I shall be brought,
    to stand in joy beside you.