FOURTH SUNDAY OF EASTER
May 8, 2022, 9am
L: The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, the love of God, and the communion of the Holy Spirit be with you all.
All: And also with you
*GATHERING HYMN— “Good Christian Friends, Rejoice and Sing,” ELW #385
*CALL TO WORSHIP
L: Christ is risen.
All: Christ is risen, indeed.
L: God is alive.
All: New birth is given.
L: Hope is alive…
All: A new age is dawning.
L: Joy is alive…
All: Redemption is here.
L: Love is alive
All: Death cannot harm us.
L: We are alive…
All: New life is within us.
L: The church is alive…
All: God’s spirit is within us.
L: God of life, we worship you.
All: God of creation, we praise you.
L: God of revelation, we learn from you.
All: God of resurrection, we come to celebrate you.
*HYMN OF PRAISE “Now the Feast and Celebration,” ELW #167
PRAYER OF THE DAY—“Creative Joy” from The Work of the People
VOCAL ENSEMBLE– “Mothering God You Gave Me Birth” arr. Sam Eschliman
Now in Joppa there was a disciple whose name was Tabitha, which in Greek is Dorcas. She was devoted to good works and acts of charity. At that time she became ill and died. When they had washed her, they laid her in a room upstairs. Since Lydda was near Joppa, the disciples, who heard that Peter was there, sent two men to him with the request, “Please come to us without delay.” So Peter got up and went with them; and when he arrived, they took him to the room upstairs. All the widows stood beside him, weeping and showing tunics and other clothing that Dorcas had made while she was with them. Peter put all of them outside, and then he knelt down and prayed. He turned to the body and said, “Tabitha, get up.” Then she opened her eyes, and seeing Peter, she sat up. He gave her his hand and helped her up. Then calling the saints and widows, he showed her to be alive. This became known throughout Joppa, and many believed in the Lord. Meanwhile he stayed in Joppa for some time with a certain Simon, a tanner.
Word of God, Word of Life.
Thanks be to God.
*GOSPEL ACCLAMATION—“Alleluia,” ELW #175
At that time the festival of the Dedication took place in Jerusalem. It was winter, and Jesus was walking in the temple, in the portico of Solomon. So the Jews gathered around him and said to him, “How long will you keep us in suspense? If you are the Messiah, tell us plainly.” Jesus answered, “I have told you, and you do not believe. The works that I do in my Father’s name testify to me; but you do not believe, because you do not belong to my sheep. My sheep hear my voice. I know them, and they follow me. I give them eternal life, and they will never perish. No one will snatch them out of my hand. What my Father has given me is greater than all else, and no one can snatch it out of the Father’s hand. The Father and I are one.”
L: The Gospel of the Lord.
All: Thanks be to God.
MESSAGE—Pastor Tobi White
HYMN OF THE DAY “Alleluia! Jesus is Risen!,” ELW #377, vs. 1-2, 4-5
*AFFIRMATION OF FAITH
L: Let us affirm our faith together:
All: I believe in God, the Father almighty,
creator of heaven and earth.
I believe in Jesus Christ, God’s 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 to the dead.
On the third day he rose again;
he ascended into heaven,
he is seated at the right hand of the Father,
and he will come to judge the living and the dead.
I believe in the Holy Spirit,
the holy catholic church,
the communion of saints,
the forgiveness of sins,
the resurrection of the body,
and the life everlasting. Amen.
PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE
*PASSING THE PEACE
L: The peace of Christ be with you always.
All: And also with you.
*PRAYER OF OFFERING DEDICATION
L: Living God, you welcome us all at your table. Reach out to us through this meal, and show us your wounded and risen body, that we may be nourished and believe in Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord,
*WORDS OF INSTITUTION
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.
DISTRIBUTION OF COMMUNION
Hymns “Thine the Amen,” ELW #826
“Lord of All Hopefulness,” ELW #765
L: The body and blood of our Lord Jesus Christ strengthen you and keep you in his grace.
L: God, the Author of life, Christ, the living Cornerstone, and the life-giving Spirit of adoption, bless you now and forever.
RECOGNITION OF SENIORS (Jake Yoder)
*SENDING HYMN “The Strife Is O’er, the Battle Done,” ELW #366, vs. 1, 3-4
L: Christ is risen. Alleluia!
All: Christ is risen, indeed. Alleluia!
L: Go in peace. Serve the Lord.
All: Thanks be to God.