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April 29, 2018 Traditional Fifth Sunday of Easter

 

Five minutes before the service, the Pastor and Elder are praying for you.

 
   

 

 

 

 

As we prepare for worship, please be considerate of those around you who are praying and meditating on Scripture by turning off your cell phones as soon as you enter the sanctuary. May God bless your time of worship!

 

TO OUR VISITORS

Welcome in the name of Jesus! Thank you for allowing us to serve you and your family today. We ask you to sign our guest register located in the foyer or fill out a guest card letting us know how we can serve you.  If you have no church home, we invite you to make First Evangelical Lutheran your church home. Please get in touch with our Pastor for the next available new member class.

 

HYMNS used in today’s service: LSB 913, 826, 830

Divine Service Setting One LSB pg. 151

 

PRESERVICE MUSIC

WORDS OF WELCOME

 

HYMN: LSB 913, O Holy Spirit, Enter In


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INVOCATION:

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

 Amen.

 

CONFESSION AND ABSOLUTION:

If we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.

But if we confess our sins, God, who is faithful and just, will forgive our sins and cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

 

Silence for reflection on God's Word and for self-examination.

 

Let us then confess our sins to God our Father.

Most merciful God, we confess that we are by nature sinful and unclean. We have sinned against You in thought, word, and deed, by what we have 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 justly deserve Your present and eternal punishment. For the sake of Your Son, Jesus Christ, have mercy on us. Forgive us, 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.

 

Almighty God in His mercy has given His Son to die for you and for His sake forgives you all your sins. As a called and ordained servant of Christ, and by His authority, I therefore forgive you all your sins in the name of the Father and of the (+) Son and of the Holy Spirit.

 Amen.

 

Sharing of the peace.

 

INTROIT: Ps. 145:1–2, 8, 10, 21; antiphon: John 16:16

A little while, and you will see me no longer;

and again a little while, and you will see me.

I will extol you, my God and King,

and bless your name forever and ever.

Every day I will bless you

and praise your name forever and ever.

The Lord is gracious and merciful,

slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love.

All your works shall give thanks to you, O Lord,

and all your saints shall bless you!

My mouth will speak the praise of the Lord,

and let all flesh bless his holy name forever and ever.

 

Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit;

as it was in the beginning, is now, and will be forever. Amen.

 

A little while, and you will see me no longer;

and again a little while, and you will see me.

 

KYRIE:

In peace let us pray to the Lord.

 

 

 

 

 

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

 

 

For the peace of the whole world, for the well-being of the Church of God,

And the unity of all, let us pray to the Lord.

 

 

For this holy house and for all who offer here their worship and praise

Let us pray to the Lord.

 

 

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

 

 

Gloria in Excelsis

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

SALUTATION AND COLLECT OF THE DAY:

The Lord be with you.

 

 

Let us pray O God, You make the minds of Your faithful to be of one will. Grant that we may love what You have commanded and desire what You promise, that among the many changes of this world our hearts may be fixed where true joys are found; through Jesus Christ, Your Son, our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.

 

 

 

Be Seated

 

First Reading:  Acts 8:26–40

26Now an angel of the Lord said to Philip, “Rise and go toward the south to the road that goes down from Jerusalem to Gaza.” This is a desert place. 27And he rose and went. And there was an Ethiopian, a eunuch, a court official of Candace, queen of the Ethiopians, who was in charge of all her treasure. He had come to Jerusalem to worship 28and was returning, seated in his chariot, and he was reading the prophet Isaiah. 29And the Spirit said to Philip, “Go over and join this chariot.” 30So Philip ran to him and heard him reading Isaiah the prophet and asked, “Do you understand what you are reading?” 31And he said, “How can I, unless someone guides me?” And he invited Philip to come up and sit with him. 32Now the passage of the Scripture that he was reading was this:

“Like a sheep he was led to the slaughter

and like a lamb before its shearer is silent,

so he opens not his mouth.

33In his humiliation justice was denied him.

Who can describe his generation?

For his life is taken away from the earth.”

34And the eunuch said to Philip, “About whom, I ask you, does the prophet say this, about himself or about someone else?” 35Then Philip opened his mouth, and beginning with this Scripture he told him the good news about Jesus. 36And as they were going along the road they came to some water, and the eunuch said, “See, here is water! What prevents me from being baptized?” 38And he commanded the chariot to stop, and they both went down into the water, Philip and the eunuch, and he baptized him. 39And when they came up out of the water, the Spirit of the Lord carried Philip away, and the eunuch saw him no more, and went on his way rejoicing. 40But Philip found himself at Azotus, and as he passed through he preached the gospel to all the towns until he came to Caesarea.

 

This is the Word of Lord.

 Thanks be to God.

 

GRADUAL: adapt. from Matt. 28:7; Heb. 2:7; Ps. 8:6

Christ has risen from the dead.

[God the Father] has crowned him with glory and honor,

He has given him dominion over the works of his hands;

he has put all things under his feet.

 

EPISTLE READING:  1 John 4:1–11

1Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God, for many false prophets have gone out into the world. 2By this you know the Spirit of God: every spirit that confesses that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is from God, 3and every spirit that does not confess Jesus is not from God. This is the spirit of the antichrist, which you heard was coming and now is in the world already. 4Little children, you are from God and have overcome them, for he who is in you is greater than he who is in the world. 5They are from the world; therefore they speak from the world, and the world listens to them. 6We are from God. Whoever knows God listens to us; whoever is not from God does not listen to us. By this we know the Spirit of truth and the spirit of error.

7Beloved, let us love one another, for love is from God, and whoever loves has been born of God and knows God. 8Anyone who does not love does not know God, because God is love. 9In this the love of God was made manifest among us, that God sent his only Son into the world, so that we might live through him. 10In this is love, not that we have loved God but that he loved us and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins. 11Beloved, if God so loved us, we also ought to love one another.

 

This is the Word of Lord.

 Thanks be to God.

 

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ALLELUIA AND VERSE:

 

 

 

HOLY GOSPEL:  John 15:1–8

The Holy Gospel according to St. John, the fifteenth chapter.

 

 

1[Jesus said:] “I am the true vine, and my Father is the vinedresser.

2Every branch of mine that does not bear fruit he takes away, and every branch that does bear fruit he prunes, that it may bear more fruit. 3Already you are clean because of the word that I have spoken to you. 4Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit by itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in me. 5I am the vine; you are the branches. Whoever abides in me and I in him, he it is that bears much fruit, for apart from me you can do nothing. 6If anyone does not abide in me he is thrown away like a branch and withers; and the branches are gathered, thrown into the fire, and burned. 7If you abide in me, and my words abide in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you. 8By this my Father is glorified, that you bear much fruit and so prove to be my disciples.

 

This is the Gospel of the Lord.

 

 

Be Seated

HYMN: LSB 826, Hark, the Voice of Jesus Crying

 

SERMON: You Are Someone Pastor Bill Zeige

 

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NICENE CREED:

I believe in one God, the Father Almighty, maker of heaven and earth and of all things visible and invisible.

And in one Lord Jesus Christ, the only-begotten Son of God, begotten of His

Father before all worlds, God of God, Light of Light, very God of very God,

 begotten, not made, being of one substance with the Father,

 by whom all things were made; who for us men and for our salvation

came down from heaven and was incarnate by the Holy Spirit of the virgin Mary and was made man; and was crucified also for us under Pontius Pilate.  He suffered and was buried.  And the third day He rose again according to the Scriptures and ascended into heaven and sits at the right hand of the Father.

 And He will come again with glory to judge both the living and the dead,

 whose kingdom will have no end.

And I believe in the Holy Spirit, the Lord and giver of life, who proceeds from

the Father and the Son, who with the Father and the Son together is worshiped and glorified, who spoke by the prophets.

 And I believe in one holy Christian and apostolic Church, I acknowledge one

Baptism for the remission of sins, and I look for the resurrection of the

 dead and the life of the world to come.  Amen.

 

PRAYER OF THE CHURCH  ‘Hear our prayer.’

 

Be Seated

OFFERING

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OFFERTORY:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

LORD’S PRAYER:

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 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.

 

CONCLUDING COLLECT:

Almighty God, grant to Your Church Your Holy Spirit and the wisdom that comes down from above, that Your Word may not be bound but have free course and be preached to the joy and edifying of Christ’s holy people, that in steadfast faith we may serve You and, in the confession of Your name, abide unto the end; through Jesus Christ, our Lord.

Amen.

 

BENEDICTION:

The Lord bless you and keep you.

The Lord make His face shine on you and be gracious to you.

The Lord look upon you with favor and give you (+) peace.

 

 

Be Seated

HYMN: LSB 830, Spread the Reign of God the Lord

 

ANNOUNCEMENTS

POSTLUDE

Acknowledgments  Divine Service, Setting One from Lutheran Service Book © 2006 Concordia Publishing House. Reprinted with permission.  Unless otherwise indicated, all scripture quotations are from The Holy Bible, English Standard Version, copyright © 2001 by Crossway Bibles, a division of Good News Publishers. Used by permission. All rights reserved. Created by Lutheran Service Builder © 2006 Concordia Publishing House