Saturday, April 18, 2020

Order of Worship, Sunday April 19, 2020 - the Second Sunday of Easter

 SERVICE OF THE WORD – St. Stephen Lutheran Church
April 19, 2020 – The Second Sunday of Easter

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OPENING MUSIC             
                                    O Sons and Daughters of the King – Flor Peeters
                                        Come You Faithful, Raise the Strain – Robert Buckley Farlee

HYMN                       Come You Faithful, Raise the Strain        
Lutheran Book of Worship 132
1           Come, you faithful, raise the strain
            of triumphant gladness!
            God has brought his Israel
            into joy from sadness,
            loosed from Pharaoh’s bitter yoke
            Jacob’s sons and daughters,
            led them with unmoistened foot
            through the Red Sea waters.

2          ’Tis the spring of souls today:
            Christ has burst his prison,
            and from three days’ sleep in death
            as a sun has risen;
            all the winter of our sins,
            long and dark, is flying
            from his light, to whom is giv’n
            laud and praise undying.

3          Now the queen of seasons, bright
            with the day of splendor,
            with the royal feast of feasts
            comes its joy to render;
            comes to gladden faithful hearts
            which with true affection
            welcome in unwearied strain
            Jesus’ resurrection!

4          For today among the twelve
            Christ appeared, bestowing
            his deep peace, which evermore
            passes human knowing.
            Neither could the gates of death,
            nor the tomb’s dark portal,
            nor the watchers, nor the seal,
            hold him as a mortal.

5          Alleluia! Now we cry
            to our King immortal,
            who, triumphant, burst the bars
            of the tomb’s dark portal.
            Come, you faithful, raise the strain
            of triumphant gladness!
            God has brought his Israel
            into joy from sadness!

Text: John of Damascus, c. 696-c. 754; tr. John M. Neale, 1818-1866, alt.


Alleluia! Christ is risen!
He is risen indeed! Alleluia!

Holy is the Lord, the Almighty,
            He was, he is, and he is to come.
He is worthy of glory and honor and power.
            He created all things.  By his will they came to be.
Worthy is Christ, the Lamb who was slain;
            worthy to take the scroll and break its seals.
By his blood he purchased for God
            people of every race and tongue, of every folk and nation.
Christ made of them a kingdom
            and priests to serve our God.
And they shall reign on earth forever.
            Amen. Come, Lord Jesus.

God has made us his people through our Baptism into Christ. Living together in trust and hope, we confess our faith.

            I believe in God, the Father almighty,
                        creator of heaven and earth.
I believe in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord.
                        He was conceived by the power of the Holy Spirit
                                    and born of the virgin Mary.
                        He suffered under Pontius Pilate,
                                    was crucified, died, and was buried.
                        He descended into hell.
                        On the third day he rose again.
                        He ascended into heaven,
                        and is seated at the right hand of the Father.
                        He will come again 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

The Lord be with you.
And also with you.

Let us pray.

Almighty God, we have celebrated with joy the festival of our Lord’s resurrection. Graciously help us to show the power of the Resurrection in all that we say and do; through your Son, Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.

First Lesson       Acts 2:14a, 22-32

14aPeter, standing with the eleven, raised his voice and addressed [the crowd], 22“You that are Israelites, listen to what I have to say: Jesus of Nazareth, a man attested to you by God with deeds of power, wonders, and signs that God did through him among you, as you yourselves know—23this man, handed over to you according to the definite plan and foreknowledge of God, you crucified and killed by the hands of those outside the law. 24But God raised him up, having freed him from death, because it was impossible for him to be held in its power. 25For David says concerning him,
 ‘I saw the Lord always before me,
  for he is at my right hand so that I will not be shaken;
26therefore my heart was glad, and my tongue rejoiced;
  moreover my flesh will live in hope.
27For you will not abandon my soul to Hades,
  or let your Holy One experience corruption.
28You have made known to me the ways of life;
  you will make me full of gladness with your presence.’
29“Fellow Israelites, I may say to you confidently of our ancestor David that he both died and was buried, and his tomb is with us to this day. 30Since he was a prophet, he knew that God had sworn with an oath to him that he would put one of his descendants on his throne.
31Foreseeing this, David spoke of the resurrection of the Messiah, saying,
 ‘He was not abandoned to Hades,
  nor did his flesh experience corruption.’
32This Jesus God raised up, and of that all of us are witnesses.”

The Word of the Lord.                                                                    
Thanks be to God.


1 Protect me, O God, for I take ref- | uge in you;*
            I have said to the Lord, "You are my Lord,
my good a- | bove all other."
2 All my delight is upon the godly that are | in the land,*
            upon those who are noble a- | mong the people.
3 But those who run after | other gods*
            shall have their troubles | multiplied.
4 Their libations of blood I | will not offer,*
            nor take the names of their gods up- | on my lips.
5 O Lord, you are my portion | and my cup;*
            it is you who up- | hold my lot.
6 My boundaries enclose a | pleasant land;*
            indeed, I have a | goodly heritage.
7 I will bless the Lord who | gives me counsel;*
            my heart teaches me night | after night.
8 I have set the Lord al- | ways before me;*
            because he is at my right hand, I | shall not fall.
9 My heart, therefore, is glad, and my spir- | it rejoices;*
            my body also shall | rest in hope.
10 For you will not abandon me | to the grave,*
            nor let your holy one | see the pit.
11 You will show me the | path of life;*
            in your presence there is fullness of joy,
            and in your right hand are pleasures for- | evermore.

SECOND Lesson     1 Peter 1:3-9
A         A reading from First Peter.
3Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! By his great mercy he has given us a new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, 4and into an inheritance that is imperishable, undefiled, and unfading, kept in heaven for you, 5who are being protected by the power of God through faith for a salvation ready to be revealed in the last time. 6In this you rejoice, even if now for a little while you have had to suffer various trials, 7so that the genuineness of your faith—being more precious than gold that, though perishable, is tested by fire—may be found to result in praise and glory and honor when Jesus Christ is revealed. 8Although you have not seen him, you love him; and even though you do not see him now, you believe in him and rejoice with an indescribable and glorious joy, 9for you are receiving the outcome of your faith, the salvation of your souls.

The Word of the Lord.
Thanks be to God.

GOSPEL                    John 20:19-31

19When it was evening on that day, the first day of the week, and the doors of the house where the disciples had met were locked for fear of the Jews, Jesus came and stood among them and said, “Peace be with you.” 20After he said this, he showed them his hands and his side. Then the disciples rejoiced when they saw the Lord. 21Jesus said to them again, “Peace be with you. As the Father has sent me, so I send you.” 22When he had said this, he breathed on them and said to them, “Receive the Holy Spirit. 23If you forgive the sins of any, they are forgiven them; if you retain the sins of any, they are retained.” 24But Thomas (who was called the Twin), one of the twelve, was not with them when Jesus came. 25So the other disciples told him, “We have seen the Lord.” But he said to them, “Unless I see the mark of the nails in his hands, and put my finger in the mark of the nails and my hand in his side, I will not believe.”
26A week later his disciples were again in the house, and Thomas was with them. Although the doors were shut, Jesus came and stood among them and said, “Peace be with you.” 27Then he said to Thomas, “Put your finger here and see my hands. Reach out your hand and put it in my side. Do not doubt but believe.” 28Thomas answered him, “My Lord and my God!” 29Jesus said to him, “Have you believed because you have seen me? Blessed are those who have not seen and yet have come to believe.” 30Now Jesus did many other signs in the presence of his disciples, which are not written in this book. 31But these are written so that you may come to believe that Jesus is the Messiah, the Son of God, and that through believing you may have life in his name.

The Gospel of the Lord.
Thanks be to God.


HYMN                                   O Sons and Daughters of the King
                                                            Stanzas 1, 4-9
Lutheran Book of Worship 139

Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia!

1           O sons and daughters of the King,
            whom heav’nly hosts in glory sing,
            today the grave has lost its sting!

4          That night the apostles met in fear;
            among them came their master dear,
            and said, “My peace be with you here.”

5          When Thomas first the tidings heard,
            that they had seen the risen Lord,
            he doubted the disciples’ word.

6          “My pierced side, O Thomas, see,
            and look upon my hands, my feet;
            not faithless, but believing be.”

7          No longer Thomas then denied;
            he saw the feet, the hands, the side;
            “You are my Lord and God!” he cried.

8          How blest are they who have not seen,
            and yet whose faith has constant been,
            for they eternal life shall win.

9          On this most holy day of days,
            be laud and jubilee and praise:
            to God your hearts and voices raise.

            Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia!

Text: attr. Jean Tisserand, d. 1494; tr. John M. Neale, 1818-1866, alt.

Rejoicing in the resurrection of our Lord, let us pray for the whole people of God in Christ Jesus, and for all people according to their needs.

Father, your Son revealed himself to his disciples in the Upper Room, and reveals himself to this day in the Word and in the Sacraments. By your Spirit, open the eyes of our hearts to behold him in faith and acknowledge him as Lord and God. Lord, in your mercy,
hear our prayer.

The Church bears witness to your Son’s resurrection and is empowered by the Spirit to forgive sins in his name. Make us part of the Spirit’s activity in the Church, and help us to build your Church and make our confession of Jesus before others. Lord, in your mercy,
hear our prayer.

Your Son blessed Thomas with the knowledge of the resurrection, and had mercy upon his doubt. Bless us when we doubt your existence or his Resurrection. Give us your peace, so that we who do not see yet may come to believe and be strengthened in that belief. Lord, in your mercy,
hear our prayer.

We make our prayer for the peoples of the world, especially those afflicted by violence, hunger, pollution, and disease. Come to their assistance, and bless governments and rulers, that they may truly serve the people to whom they are entrusted. Lord, in your mercy,
hear our prayer.

We pray to you, almighty God, in this time of pandemic. You are our refuge and our strength, a very present help in time of trouble. Do not let us fail in the face of these events. Uphold us with your love, and give us the strength we need. Help us in our confusion, and guide our actions. Heal the sick, console the bereaved and afflicted, protect the innocent and helpless, and deliver all who are in peril; Lord, in your mercy,
hear our prayer.

We ask you to show your mercy upon those we name before you, for whom we have been called to pray…

The People may offer spoken or silent petition.

Lord, in your mercy,
hear our prayer.

We give you thanks, O God, for after his Resurrection you exalted Jesus at your right hand, and we look for the day when he is revealed to all people. May we stand in that day to greet him with shouts of joy, and take our places with those who have gone before us confessing him as Lord and God. Lord, in your mercy,
hear our prayer.

Into your hands, Father, we commend all for whom we pray, trusting in your mercy; through Jesus Christ our Lord.

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


         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 us peace.

HYMN                                   A Mighty Fortress is Our God                    
Lutheran Book of Worship 229

1           A mighty fortress is our God,
            a sword and shield victorious;
            he breaks the cruel oppressor's rod
      and wins salvation glorious.  
            The old satanic foe
            has sworn to work us woe!
            With craft and dreadful might
            he arms himself to fight.
            On earth he has no equal.

2          No strength of ours can match his might!
            We would be lost, rejected.
            But now a champion comes to fight,
            whom God himself elected.
            You ask who this may be?
            The Lord of hosts is he!
            Christ Jesus, mighty Lord,
            God's only Son, adored.
            He holds the field victorious.

3          Though hordes of devils fill the land
            all threat'ning to devour us,
            we tremble not, unmoved we stand;
            they cannot overpow'r us.
            Let this world's tyrant rage;
            in battle we'll engage!
            His might is doomed to fail;
            God's judgment must prevail!
            One little word subdues him.

4          God's Word forever shall abide,
            no thanks to foes, who fear it;
            for God himself fights by our side
            with weapons of the Spirit.
            Were they to take our house,
            goods, honor, child, or spouse,
            though life be wrenched away,
            they cannot win the day.
            The kingdom's ours forever!

Alleluia! Christ is risen!
He is risen indeed! Alleluia!
Be at peace. Serve the Lord.
Thanks be to God!