Sunday, April 26, 2020

Worship order - Sunday, April 26, 2020 - 10:30 a.m.

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 SERVICE OF THE WORD – St. Stephen Lutheran Church
April 26, 2020 – The Third Sunday of Easter

OPENING MUSIC             
                                    Abide With Us, O Savior                                                                              F.W. Marpurg
                                    That Easter Day With Joy Was Bright
                                                (PUER NOBIS NASCITUR)                                  Paul Manz

HYMN                       That Easter Day with Joy Was Bright        
Lutheran Book of Worship 154
1           That Easter day with joy was bright;
            the sun shone out with fairer light,
            when, to their longing eyes restored,
            the apostles saw their risen Lord!

2          O Jesus, king of gentleness,
            with constant love our hearts possess;
            to you our lips will ever raise
            the tribute of our grateful praise.

3          O Christ, you are the Lord of all
            in this our Easter festival,
            for you will be our strength and shield
            from ev’ry weapon death can wield.

4          All praise, O risen Lord, we give
            to you, once dead, but now alive!
            To God the Father equal praise,
            and God the Holy Ghost, we raise!

Text: Latin hymn, 4th or 5th cent.; 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.

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

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.

O God, by the humiliation of your Son you lifted up this fallen world, rescuing us from the hopelessness of death. Grant your faithful people a share in the joys that are eternal; 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, 36-41

14aPeter, standing with the eleven, raised his voice and addressed [the crowd], 36“Therefore let the entire house of Israel know with certainty that God has made him both Lord and Messiah, this Jesus whom you crucified.”
37Now when they heard this, they were cut to the heart and said to Peter and to the other apostles, “Brothers, what should we do?” 38Peter said to them, “Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ so that your sins may be forgiven; and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. 39For the promise is for you, for your children, and for all who are far away, everyone whom the Lord our God calls to him.” 40And he testified with many other arguments and exhorted them, saying, “Save yourselves from this corrupt generation.” 41So those who welcomed his message were baptized, and that day about three thousand persons were added.

The Word of the Lord.                                                                    
Thanks be to God.

PSALM 116:1-3, 10-17         

1 I love the Lord, because he has heard the voice of my | supplication,*
            because he has inclined his ear
to me whenever I | called upon him.
2 The cords of death entangled me;
the grip of the grave took | hold of me;*
            I came to | grief and sorrow.
3 Then I called upon the name | of the Lord:*
            "O Lord, I pray you, | save my life."
10 How shall I re- | pay the Lord*
            for all the good things he has | done for me?
11 I will lift up the cup | of salvation*
            and call upon the name | of the Lord.
12 I will fulfill my vows | to the Lord*
            in the presence of | all his people.
13 Precious in the sight | of the Lord*
            is the death | of his servants.
14 O Lord, I | am your servant;*
            I am your servant and the child of your handmaid;
            you have freed me | from my bonds.
15 I will offer you the sacrifice | of thanksgiving*
            and call upon the name | of the Lord.
16 I will fulfill my vows | to the Lord*
            in the presence of | all his people,
17 in the courts of | the Lord's house,*
            in the midst of you, O Jerusalem. | Hallelujah!                      

SECOND Lesson     1 Peter 1:17-23
17If you invoke as Father the one who judges all people impartially according to their deeds, live in reverent fear during the time of your exile. 18You know that you were ransomed from the futile ways inherited from your ancestors, not with perishable things like silver or gold, 19but with the precious blood of Christ, like that of a lamb without defect or blemish. 20He was destined before the foundation of the world, but was revealed at the end of the ages for your sake. 21Through him you have come to trust in God, who raised him from the dead and gave him glory, so that your faith and hope are set on God.
22Now that you have purified your souls by your obedience to the truth so that you have genuine mutual love, love one another deeply from the heart. 23You have been born anew, not of perishable but of imperishable seed, through the living and enduring word of God.

The Word of the Lord.        
Thanks be to God.

Gospel                    Luke 24:13-35
The Holy Gospel according to St. Luke.

13Now on that same day [when Jesus had appeared to Mary Magdalene,] two [disciples] were going to a village called Emmaus, about seven miles from Jerusalem, 14and talking with each other about all these things that had happened. 15While they were talking and discussing, Jesus himself came near and went with them, 16but their eyes were kept from recognizing him. 17And he said to them, “What are you discussing with each other while you walk along?” They stood still, looking sad. 18Then one of them, whose name was Cleopas, answered him, “Are you the only stranger in Jerusalem who does not know the things that have taken place there in these days?” 19He asked them, “What things?” They replied, “The things about Jesus of Nazareth, who was a prophet mighty in deed and word before God and all the people, 20and how our chief priests and leaders handed him over to be condemned to death and crucified him. 21But we had hoped that he was the one to redeem Israel. Yes, and besides all this, it is now the third day since these things took place. 22Moreover, some women of our group astounded us. They were at the tomb early this morning, 23and when they did not find his body there, they came back and told us that they had indeed seen a vision of angels who said that he was alive. 24Some of those who were with us went to the tomb and found it just as the women had said; but they did not see him.” 25Then he said to them, “Oh, how foolish you are, and how slow of heart to believe all that the prophets have declared! 26Was it not necessary that the Messiah should suffer these things and then enter into his glory?” 27Then beginning with Moses and all the prophets, he interpreted to them the things about himself in all the scriptures.
28As they came near the village to which they were going, he walked ahead as if he were going on. 29But they urged him strongly, saying, “Stay with us, because it is almost evening and the day is now nearly over.” So he went in to stay with them. 30When he was at the table with them, he took bread, blessed and broke it, and gave it to them. 31Then their eyes were opened, and they recognized him; and he vanished from their sight. 32They said to each other, “Were not our hearts burning within us while he was talking to us on the road, while he was opening the scriptures to us?” 33That same hour they got up and returned to Jerusalem; and they found the eleven and their companions gathered together. 34They were saying, “The Lord has risen indeed, and he has appeared to Simon!” 35Then they told what had happened on the road, and how he had been made known to them in the breaking of the bread.

The Gospel of the Lord.
Thanks be to God.


HYMN                                   Abide With Us, O Savior
Lutheran Book of Worship 263

1           Abide with us, our Savior,
            nor let your mercy cease;
            from Satan’s might defend us,
            and grant our souls release.

2          Abide with us, our Savior,
            sustain us by your word;
            that we with all your people
            to life may be restored.

3          Abide among us always,
            Lord, with your faithfulness;
            O Jesus, leave us never,
            but help us in distress.

4          Abide with us, our Savior,
            O Light of endless light,
            bestow on us your blessings,
            and save us by your might.

Text: Josua Stegmann, 1588-1632; tr. unknown, sts. 1-2, 4; F. W. Detterer, st. 3; 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.
Silence is kept.

We pray that, as your people, we may always return to their baptism in water and Spirit, recognizing the Lord Jesus present and active in the Word and the Holy Supper; Lord, in your mercy,
hear our prayer.

We pray that your ministers may be bold in preaching the Gospel of Jesus, and call young and old alike to live in the covenant of baptism; Lord, in your mercy,
hear our prayer.

We pray that we, as members of our faith family, having been born through the living and enduring word of God, may love each other deeply from the heart; Lord, in your mercy,
hear our prayer.

We pray that nations may be moved to embrace the spirit of peace and justice; that leaders may act wisely for the good of all; that those who must maintain peace, order and health may be given both strength for their tasks and protection in danger; 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 pray that the sick may be healed, the poor be sustained, the imprisoned given hope, and that you would hear all prayers, especially those we make before you here and now:

The people may offer petition and thanksgiving.

Lord, in your mercy,
hear our prayer.

We pray that, remembering our blessed dead and the holy ones of your Church, we may be stirred up to holy lives in this world and live in your glory in the world to come;  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!