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The Third Sunday of Easter

May 5, 2019 PRELUDE Chorale Partita on Alleluia! Jesus is Risen! Wells

Holy Communion (ELW I) WELCOME


In the name of the Father, and of the (+) Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

GATHERING SONG: Alleluia! Jesus is Risen! ELW 377)

The disciples make a big splash and breakfast with the risen Jesus in the
gospel. Wading in the water (remembering our baptism) and eating with Alleluia! Christ is risen!
Jesus (celebrating the holy communion) is our weekly encounter with the Christ is risen indeed! Alleluia!
risen Christ. Jesus asks us, with Peter, again and again: Do you love me? The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, the love of God, and the communion of
And Jesus invites us, again and again, to follow him, bringing the Easter the Holy Spirit be with you all!
life to others. And also with you!

CHILDREN are always welcome to our Worship Service. Rainbow bags and KYRIE
a cry room are available. A staffed nursery is also available if needed. An
usher will gladly provide you with assistance.

As a worship courtesy, we ask that you please turn off or set to vibrate all
cellular telephones and pagers during the worship service.

We ask that all present today please fill out the Attendance and Communion
registration card found in your bulletin and place it in the offering plate so
that we may record your presence with us.


In you, Father all-mighty, we have our preservation and our bliss. In you,
Christ, we have our restoring and our saving. You are our mother, brother,
and savior. In you, our Lord the Holy Spirit, is marvelous and plenteous
grace. You are our clothing: for love you wrap us and embrace us. You are
our maker, our lover, our keeper. Teach us to believe that by your grace
all shall be well, and all shall be well, and all manner of things shall be
well. Amen

Let us pray. Eternal and all-merciful God, with all the angels and all the
saints we laud your majesty and might. By the resurrection of your Son,
show yourself to us and inspire us to follow Jesus Christ, our Savior and
Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and
forever. Amen.

Please be seated.


FIRST READING: Acts 9:1-6 [7-20]

Each of us has a story of meeting God’s grace. Saul (later called Paul) was
an ardent persecutor of all who followed the Way of Christ. This reading
recounts the story of his transformation, beginning with an encounter with Psalm 30
Jesus Christ on the way to Damascus.
1 Refrain:
Saul, still breathing threats and murder against the disciples of the Lord,
went to the high priest 2and asked him for letters to the synagogues at
Damascus, so that if he found any who belonged to the Way, men or
women, he might bring them bound to Jerusalem. 3Now as he was going
along and approaching Damascus, suddenly a light from heaven flashed
around him. 4He fell to the ground and heard a voice saying to him, “Saul,
Saul, why do you persecute me?” 5He asked, “Who are you, Lord?” The
reply came, “I am Jesus, whom you are persecuting. 6But get up and enter
the city, and you will be told what you are to do.” [7The men who were
traveling with him stood speechless because they heard the voice but saw Tone:
no one. 8Saul got up from the ground, and though his eyes were open, he
could see nothing; so they led him by the hand and brought him into
Damascus. 9For three days he was without sight, and neither ate nor drank.
Now there was a disciple in Damascus named Ananias. The Lord said
to him in a vision, “Ananias.” He answered, “Here I am, Lord.” 11The Lord 1
I will exalt you, O LORD, because you have lift- | ed me up
said to him, “Get up and go to the street called Straight, and at the house of and have not let my enemies triumph | over me.
Judas look for a man of Tarsus named Saul. At this moment he is praying, O LORD my God, I cried | out to you,
12 and you restored | me to health.
and he has seen in a vision a man named Ananias come in and lay his
hands on him so that he might regain his sight.” 13But Ananias answered, You brought me up, O LORD, | from the dead;
“Lord, I have heard from many about this man, how much evil he has done you restored my life as I was going down | to the grave.
to your saints in Jerusalem; 14and here he has authority from the chief Sing praise to the LORD, | all you faithful;
priests to bind all who invoke your name.” 15But the Lord said to him, “Go, give thanks in ho- | ly remembrance. R
for he is an instrument whom I have chosen to bring my name before
Gentiles and kings and before the people of Israel; 16I myself will show him 5
God’s wrath is short; God’s favor | lasts a lifetime.
how much he must suffer for the sake of my name.” 17So Ananias went and Weeping spends the night, but joy comes | in the morning.
entered the house. He laid his hands on Saul and said, “Brother Saul, the While I felt se- | cure, I said,
Lord Jesus, who appeared to you on your way here, has sent me so that you “I shall never | be disturbed.
may regain your sight and be filled with the Holy Spirit.” 18And 7
You, LORD, with your favor, made me as strong | as the mountains.”
immediately something like scales fell from his eyes, and his sight was Then you hid your face, and I was | filled with fear.
restored. Then he got up and was baptized, 19and after taking some food, he I cried to | you, O LORD;
regained his strength. I pleaded with | my Lord, saying,
For several days he was with the disciples in Damascus, 20and 9
“What profit is there in my blood, if I go down | to the pit?
immediately he began to proclaim Jesus in the synagogues, saying, “He is Will the dust praise you or de- | clare your faithfulness?
the Son of God.”] Hear, O LORD, and have mer- | cy upon me;
O LORD, | be my helper.” R
The word of the Lord.
Thanks be to God. You have turned my wailing | into dancing;
you have put off my sackcloth and clothed | me with joy.
Therefore my heart sings to you | without ceasing;
O LORD my God, I will give you | thanks forever. R
SECOND READING: Revelation 5:11-14 my lips, and in my heart.”
The vision of John recorded in Revelation offers a glimpse of cosmic
worship on the Lord’s Day. At its center is “the Lamb who was slain.” The holy gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ, according to John.
Glory to you, O Lord.
Then I looked, and I heard the voice of many angels surrounding the
throne and the living creatures and the elders; they numbered myriads of The risen Christ appears again to his disciples by the sea where they were
myriads and thousands of thousands, 12singing with full voice, first called. After echoes of the fishing and feeding miracles, he gives a
“Worthy is the Lamb that was slaughtered final reminder of the cost of a disciple’s love and obedience.
to receive power and wealth and wisdom and might 1
After [he appeared to his followers in Jerusalem,] Jesus showed himself
and honor and glory and blessing!”
13 again to the disciples by the Sea of Tiberias; and he showed himself in this
Then I heard every creature in heaven and on earth and under the earth
way. 2Gathered there together were Simon Peter, Thomas called the Twin,
and in the sea, and all that is in them, singing,
Nathanael of Cana in Galilee, the sons of Zebedee, and two others of his
“To the one seated on the throne and to the Lamb
disciples. 3Simon Peter said to them, “I am going fishing.” They said to
be blessing and honor and glory and might
him, “We will go with you.” They went out and got into the boat, but that
forever and ever!” night they caught nothing.
And the four living creatures said, “Amen!” And the elders fell down and 4
Just after daybreak, Jesus stood on the beach; but the disciples did not
know that it was Jesus. 5Jesus said to them, “Children, you have no fish,
have you?” They answered him, “No.” 6He said to them, “Cast the net to
The word of the Lord.
the right side of the boat, and you will find some.” So they cast it, and now
Thanks be to God. they were not able to haul it in because there were so many fish. 7That
disciple whom Jesus loved said to Peter, “It is the Lord!” When Simon
Please rise for the reading of the gospel.
Peter heard that it was the Lord, he put on some clothes, for he was naked,
and jumped into the sea. 8But the other disciples came in the boat, dragging
GOSPEL ACCLAMATION the net full of fish, for they were not far from the land, only about a
hundred yards off.
When they had gone ashore, they saw a charcoal fire there, with fish on
it, and bread. 10Jesus said to them, “Bring some of the fish that you have
just caught.” 11So Simon Peter went aboard and hauled the net ashore, full
of large fish, a hundred fifty-three of them; and though there were so many,
the net was not torn. 12Jesus said to them, “Come and have breakfast.” Now
none of the disciples dared to ask him, “Who are you?” because they knew
it was the Lord. 13Jesus came and took the bread and gave it to them, and
did the same with the fish. 14This was now the third time that Jesus
appeared to the disciples after he was raised from the dead.
When they had finished breakfast, Jesus said to Simon Peter, “Simon
VERSE: Our hearts | burn within us* son of John, do you love me more than these?” He said to him, “Yes, Lord;
while you open to | us the scriptures. (Luke 24:32) you know that I love you.” Jesus said to him, “Feed my lambs.” 16A second
time he said to him, “Simon son of John, do you love me?” He said to him,
GOSPEL: John 21:1-19 “Yes, Lord; you know that I love you.” Jesus said to him, “Tend my
As the Gospel is announced, worshippers are invited to trace a cross upon sheep.” 17He said to him the third time, “Simon son of John, do you love
their forehead, then over their lips, and then over their hearts, silently me?” Peter felt hurt because he said to him the third time, “Do you love
praying, “May the Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ be ever on my mind, on me?” And he said to him, “Lord, you know everything; you know that I
love you.” Jesus said to him, “Feed my sheep. 18Very truly, I tell you, when PRAYERS OF INTERCESSION
you were younger, you used to fasten your own belt and to go wherever
you wished. But when you grow old, you will stretch out your hands, and Trusting God’s promise of new life, we pray for the renewal of the church,
someone else will fasten a belt around you and take you where you do not the world, and all of creation.
wish to go.” 19(He said this to indicate the kind of death by which he would
glorify God.) After this he said to him, “Follow me.”
Each petition ends with:
Hear us, O God.
The gospel of the Lord.
Your mercy is great.
Praise to you, O Christ.
We commend these and all our prayers to you, O God. Come near to us
SERMON Rev. Dr. Cheryl Peterson Pastor, Saturday
with your saving help, for the sake of Jesus Christ, our risen Lord. Amen.
Pastor Grant Eckhart, Sunday
Amazing Grace, How Sweet the Sound (ELW 779) Let us confess our sin in the presence of God and of one another.
NICENE CREED Most merciful God,
As they recite the creed, worshippers are invited to bow beginning with the we confess that we are captive to sin and cannot free ourselves. We
words “incarnate of the Holy Spirit and the virgin Mary” until the words have sinned against you in thought, word, and deed, by what we have
“he suffered death and was buried.” done and by what we have left undone. We have not loved you with our
whole heart; we have not loved our neighbors as ourselves.
We believe in one God, the Father, the Almighty, maker of heaven and For the sake of your Son, Jesus Christ, have mercy on us. Forgive us,
earth, of all that is, seen and unseen. renew us, and lead us, so that we may delight in your will and walk in
your ways, to the glory of your holy name. Amen.
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 In the mercy of almighty God, Jesus Christ was given to die for us, and for
from true God, begotten, not made, of one Being with the Father; his sake God forgives us all our sins. As a called and ordained minister of
through him all things were made. For us and for our salvation he the church of Christ, and by his authority, I therefore declare to you the
came down from heaven, was incarnate of the Holy Spirit and the entire forgiveness of all your sins, in the name of the Father, and of the +
virgin Mary and became truly human. For our sake he was crucified Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.
under Pontius Pilate; he suffered death and was buried. On the third
day he rose again in accordance with the scriptures; he ascended into PEACE
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 Alleluia! Christ is risen!
have no end. Christ is risen indeed! Alleluia!
The peace of Christ be with you always.
We believe in the Holy Spirit, the Lord, the giver of life, who proceeds And also with you.
from the Father and the Son, who with the Father and the Son is
worshiped and glorified, who has spoken through the prophets. We ANNOUNCEMENTS
believe in one holy catholic and apostolic church. We acknowledge one
baptism for the forgiveness of sins. We look for the resurrection of the ANTHEM AT THE OFFERING
dead, and the life of the world to come. Amen. O Bread of Life from Heaven David Ashley White
God’s Paschal Lamb is sacrificed for us (Tune: ELW 422)




Let us pray.
Blessed are you, O God, ruler of heaven and earth. Day by day you shower
us with blessings. As you have raised us to new life in Christ, give us glad
and generous hearts, ready to praise you and to respond to those in need,
Worshippers are invited to bow with the consecration of the Lord’s body
through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord. Amen.
and blood, each time the words “Do this for the remembrance of me,” are
You are indeed holy, almighty and merciful God. You are most holy, and
great is the majesty of your glory. You so loved the world that you gave
your only Son, so that everyone who believes in him may not perish but
have eternal life. We give you thanks for his coming into the world to fulfill
for us your holy will and to accomplish all things for our salvation.
In the night in which he was betrayed, our Lord Jesus took bread, and gave
broke it, and gave it to his disciples, saying: COMMUNION
Take and eat; this is my body, given for you.
Do this for the remembrance of me. The body of Christ, given for you.
The blood of Christ, shed for you.
Again, after supper, he took the cup, gave thanks, Amen.
and gave it for all to drink, saying:
This cup is the new covenant in my blood, Lutherans believe, teach and confess that we receive the true Body and
shed for you and for all people for the forgiveness of sin. Blood of Christ in Holy Communion. If you desire to pick up the cross and
Do this for the remembrance of me. live in Christ, we hope you will receive with us. Even if you do not feel
prepared to receive the sacrament today we hope you will join us at the
For as often as we eat of this bread and drink from this cup, we proclaim table. Simply hold your hands over your heart and the pastor will give you
the Lord's death until he comes. a blessing. Pastor will be glad to discuss Holy Communion and Holy
Baptism with you!

Remembering, therefore, the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus, along
with his promise to return, we give thanks to you, O God, and we ask you
to send us your Holy Spirit through the Body and Blood of Christ. Equip
us, through word and sacrament, to live as the people of your mission, so
that all the world may see and believe that Christ Jesus lives.

Through him, with him, in him, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, all honor
and glory are yours, Almighty Father, now and forever.


Risen Lord, remember us in your kingdom, and teach us to pray:

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 SONG DURING DISTRIBUTION: Blessing and Honor (ELW 854)
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.


Alleluia! Christ our Passover is sacrificed for us!

Therefore let us keep the feast! Alleluia!
that which is pleasing in God's sight; through + Jesus Christ,
to whom be the glory forever and ever. Amen.

SENDING HYMN: Let All Things Now Living (ELW 881)


Alleluia! Christ is risen!

Christ is risen indeed! Alleluia!
Go in peace. Share the good news.
Thanks be to God. Alleluia, alleluia!

POSTLUDE Chorale Prelude on Herzliebster Jesu Johannes Brahms

Upcoming Commemorations

Julian of Norwich, renewer of the church, died around 1416

Wednesday, May 8, 2019
When she was about thirty years old, Julian (or Juliana) reported visions
PRAYER AFTER COMMUNION that she later compiled into a book, Sixteen Revelations of Divine Love,
now a classic of medieval mysticism. The visions declared that love was
Let us pray. Life-giving God, in the mystery of Christ's resurrection you the meaning of religious experience, provided by Christ who is love, for the
send light to conquer darkness, water to give new life, and the bread of life purpose of love.
to nourish your people. Send us forth as witnesses to your Son's
resurrection, that we may show your glory to all the world, through Jesus Victor the Moor, martyr, died 303 (TFF)
Christ, our risen Lord. Amen. Wednesday, May 8, 2019
Also known as Victor Maurus, this native of the northwest African nation
SONG AFTER COMMUNION: of Mauritania was a soldier in the Roman Praetorian Guard. Under the
This Joyful Eastertide (ELW 391, verse 1 only) persecution of Maximian, Victor died for his faith at Milan.

SENDING OF HOLY COMMUNION Nicolaus Ludwig von Zinzendorf, renewer of the church, hymnwriter,
died 1760
O God of tender compassion, as you healed the sick and welcomed the Thursday, May 9, 2019
stranger, bless those who leave this assembly to share the gifts of this table When he was 22, a group of Moravians asked permission to live on
with our sisters and brothers who are sick/homebound/imprisoned. May Zinzendorf's land. He agreed, and eventually worldwide Moravian missions
they be sustained by the love and prayers of this community, and by the emanated from this community. Zinzendorf participated in these missions,
Bread of Life that satisfies all hunger, Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. and is also remembered for writing hymns characteristic of his Pietistic

The God of peace, who brought again from the dead our Lord Jesus, the
great shepherd of the sheep, by the blood of the eternal covenant, make you
complete in everything good so that you may do God's will, working in you