Sunday, May 8, 2022

The Holy Communion on the Fourth Sunday of Easter, May 8, 2022, 10:30 a.m.

 The livestream may be found here.




The season of Easter is 50 days long, as the season of rejoicing will last far longer than our season of penitence. The paschal candle, sign among us of the presence of the risen Christ, is lit during all services in Eastertide. The ‘Alleluia’ is used abundantly in our worship. We stand to receive Holy Communion as an expression of resurrection joy.


FIRST READING: By the Holy Spirit the ministry of Jesus among the people remains after his ascension and bears witness through the apostles to his saving power. Tabitha was one of a group of widows which was supported by the early Christian community and was ‘devoted to good works and acts of charity.’ In the early Christian centuries, these widows became a kind of religious order, alongside the deacons, presbyters and bishops. They can be read about in Paul’s first letter to Timothy. Their order declined in the fourth century, while the order of deaconesses thrived.[1]


SECOND READING: In last week’s reading from Revelation, we heard of the ‘four living creatures’ and the elders who worship God in heaven. Today we see added the great multitude from every tribe, nation and language; identified as those martyred for their faith – killed for the confession of the name of Jesus. Along with the angels, they worship God in words that we use in our praise today: ‘Blessing and glory and wisdom and thanksgiving and honor and power and might be to our God forever and ever. Amen.’


GOSPEL: Jesus identifies himself as ‘shepherd,’ and the people who hear his voice and follow him as his ‘sheep.’ The relationship of God to hjs ancient people Israel is described metaphorically as that of a shepherd to his sheep (Psalm 23). The Christian community is given assurance, through these pre-resurrection words of Jesus, that he eternally remains their shepherd and is able to protect them in the midst of the world.









OPENING MUSIC                                  With God as Our Friend- Harald Rohlig

In Thee Is Gladness- J.S. Bach



WHymn                                                 In Thee Is Gladness    Green LBW 552

1      In thee is gladness amid all sadness,

        Jesus, sunshine of my heart.

        By thee are given the gifts of heaven,

        thou the true redeemer art.

        Our souls thou wakest; our bonds thou breakest.

        Who trusts thee surely has built securely

        and stands forever: Alleluia!

        Our hearts are pining to see thy shining,

        dying or living, to thee are cleaving;

        naught us can sever: Alleluia!


2      If he is ours, we fear no powers,

        not of earth or sin or death.

        He sees and blesses in worst distresses;

        he can change them with a breath.

        Wherefore the story tell of his glory

        with heart and voices; all heav’n rejoices

        in him forever: Alleluia!

        We shout for gladness, triumph o’er sadness,

        love him and praise him and still shall raise him

        glad hymns forever: Alleluia!


Text: Johann Lindemann, 1549-c. 1631; tr. Catherine Winkworth, 1829-1878, alt.


Alleluia! Christ is risen!

  He is risen indeed! Alleluia!

The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, the love of God,

and the communion of the Holy Spirit be with you all.

  And also with you.




 A             In peace, let us pray to the Lord.

C             Lord, have mercy.

A             For the peace from above, and for our salvation,

                let us pray to the Lord.

C             Lord, have mercy.

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

                and for the unity of all, let us pray to the Lord.

C             Lord, have mercy.

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

                let us pray to the Lord.

C             Lord, have mercy.

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

C             Amen










Almighty God, heavenly Father, your Son Jesus is the Good Shepherd of your people. Grant that when we hear his voice we may know him who calls us each by name, and follow where he leads; through the same Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.




The LORD revives our souls

and guides us along right pathways for His name’s sake.                Psalm 23:3

  Let us hear the Word of the Lord.                                      




FIRST READING        Acts 9:36-43


36Now 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. 37At that time she became ill and died. When they had washed her, they laid her in a room upstairs. 38Since 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.” 39So 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. 40Peter 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. 41He gave her his hand and helped her up. Then calling the saints and widows, he showed her to be alive. 42This became known throughout Joppa, and many believed in the Lord. 43Meanwhile he stayed in Joppa for some time with a certain Simon, a tanner.


The Word of the Lord.                  

  Thanks be to God.



                  1 The Lord | is my shepherd;*

                I shall not | be in want.

2 He makes me lie down | in green pastures*

                and leads me be- | side still waters.

3 He re- | vives my soul*

                and guides me along right pathways | for his name's sake.

4 Though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death,

I shall | fear no evil;*

                for you are with me; your rod and your staff,

they | comfort me.

5 You spread a table before me

in the presence of those who | trouble me;*

                you have anointed my head with oil,

and my cup is | running over.

6 Surely your goodness and mercy shall follow me

all the days | of my life,*

                and I will dwell in the house of the | Lord forever.         R



SECOND READING    Revelation 7:9-17


9After this I looked, and there was a great multitude that no one could count, from every nation, from all tribes and peoples and languages, standing before the throne and before the Lamb, robed in white, with palm branches in their hands. 10They cried out in a loud voice, saying,
 “Salvation belongs to our God who is seated on the throne, and to the Lamb!”
11And all the angels stood around the throne and around the elders and the four living creatures, and they fell on their faces before the throne and worshiped God, 12singing,
 “Amen! Blessing and glory and wisdom
 and thanksgiving and honor
 and power and might
 be to our God forever and ever! Amen.”

13Then one of the elders addressed me, saying, “Who are these, robed in white, and where have they come from?” 14I said to him, “Sir, you are the one that knows.” Then he said to me, “These are they who have come out of the great ordeal; they have washed their robes and made them white in the blood of the Lamb.
15For this reason they are before the throne of God,
  and worship him day and night within his temple,
  and the one who is seated on the throne will shelter them.
16They will hunger no more, and thirst no more;
  the sun will not strike them, nor any scorching heat;

17for the Lamb at the center of the throne will be their shepherd,
  and he will guide them to springs of the water of life,
 and God will wipe away every tear from their eyes.”


The Word of the Lord.                                                  Thanks be to God.



Romans 6:9, John 10:14                                          Setting by Walter L. Pelz

Alleluia. Christ being raised from the dead will die no more; death has no more dominion over him. Alleluia. I am the Good Shepherd; I know my own and my own know me. Alleluia.

 Gospel             John 10:22-30

The Holy Gospel according to St. John.

22At that time the festival of the Dedication took place in Jerusalem. It was winter, 23and Jesus was walking in the temple, in the portico of Solomon. 24So 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.” 25Jesus answered, “I have told you, and you do not believe. The works that I do in my Father’s name testify to me; 26but you do not believe, because you do not belong to my sheep. 27My sheep hear my voice. I know them, and they follow me. 28I give them eternal life, and they will never perish. No one will snatch them out of my hand. 29What my Father has given me is greater than all else, and no one can snatch it out of the Father’s hand. 30The Father and I are one.”


The Gospel of the Lord.


SERMON                                                                                           Pastor Frontz                                


W Hymn of the DaY    With God as Our Friend      Green LBW 371

 The text of this hymn may not be reproduced here.


The pastor and people confess the faith of the Church in the words of the Nicene Creed.


X At the words ‘For us and for our salvation,’ and continuing through ‘and was made man,’ a solemn bow is appropriate to praise the incarnation of our Lord.


We believe in one God,

                the Father, the Almighty,            

                                maker of heaven and earth,

                                of all that is, seen and unseen.


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 from true God,

                begotten, not made,

                of one Being with the Father.

                Through him all things were made.

X For us and for our salvation

                                he came down from heaven;

                                by the power of the Holy Spirit

                                he became incarnate from the virgin Mary, and was made man. X

For our sake he was crucified under Pontius Pilate;

                                he suffered death and was buried.

                On the third day he rose again

                                                in accordance with the Scriptures;

                                he ascended into 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 have no end.

We believe in the Holy Spirit, the Lord, the giver of life,

                who proceeds from the Father and the Son.

                With the Father and the Son he is worshiped and glorified.

                He has spoken through the prophets.

                We believe in one holy catholic and apostolic Church.

                We acknowledge one Baptism for the forgiveness of sins.

                We look for the resurrection of the dead,

                                and the life of the world to come. Amen






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.


Father, your risen Son, our Lord Jesus, is the good shepherd and the giver of eternal life. He calls us into one flock, that in his fold we may be protected and nourished. Open our ears to hear his voice, and lead us to follow him in the paths of righteousness. Lord, in your mercy,

  hear our prayer.


Father, bless those who pastor your Church in the name of Jesus, the good shepherd. We pray especially for those preparing for ministry and those who teach them. May they be strengthened to testify to your love in Christ. Lord, in your mercy,

  hear our prayer.


Father, in the holy meal you give to us, you spread a table before us even in the midst of the darkness of the world. Give us your blessing, that we may recognize our Lord in his body and blood and be more and more devoted to receive him as he gives himself to us. Lord, in your mercy,

  hear our prayer.


Father, bless all those who, like Tabitha, are devoted to good works and acts of love in your Church. We pray for the ministry of Water Mission, and for all those who provide aid to those who are in want. Make us to abound in love for you and for our neighbors in need. 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 serve the people with wisdom and integrity. Hear now our prayers for nations and peoples in turmoil or distress.


The pastor names the countries and situations brought for prayer.


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 pastor reads the names brought for prayer.

The people may offer spoken or silent petitions and prayers.


Lord, in your mercy,                                                        hear our prayer.

We give you thanks, O God, for our mothers who gave us birth; for our mothers who fed us, clothed us, taught us, healed us, and loved us; for those who have acted as mothers to us, even though we were not their own; and for our mothers in faith, pastors and teachers of your holy Word, together with all who are called to the sacred vocation of motherhood. And we remember all of our departed dear ones, who rejoice in your presence together with Mary, the mother of our Lord and all the faithful women. Lord, in your mercy,

  hear our prayer.


We give you thanks, O God, for your risen Son, the Lamb who was slain, is worthy to receive power and riches, wisdom and strength, honor, glory and blessing. Receive the worship we offer today, and bring us to that day when we will praise you in heaven with the saints and with all creation. Lord, in your mercy,

  hear our prayer.


Into your hands, Father, we commend all for whom we pray, trusting in your steadfast love; through your Son, our Savior Jesus Christ.




On the first day of the week,

Jesus came and stood among the disciples

and said to them, ‘Peace be with you.’                                      John 20:19, 20

The peace of the Lord be with you always.                 

  And also with you.


The people exchange a sign of peace with the simple words, Peace be with you.



The Lord’s Table is prepared.



OFFERTORY    Ezekiel 34:11-13                   Setting by Walter L. Pelz

Alleluia. I myself will search for my sheep and will seek them out. As a shepherd seeks out his flock when some of his sheep have been scattered abroad, so will I seek out my sheep. And I will bring them out from the peoples, and I will feed them on the mountains of Israel. Alleluia.




Merciful Father,

  we offer with joy and thanksgiving what you have first given us—

  our selves, our time, and our possessions, signs of your gracious

  love. Receive them for the sake of him who offered himself for us,

  Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen



  It is indeed right and salutary that we should at all times and in all

places offer thanks and praise to you, O Lord, holy Father,

through the great shepherd of your flock, Christ our Lord.

  In him your Church is gathered from all the peoples of the world; by his Spirit you continue his ministry on earth, and by the confession of his name unto death the martyrs have gained the unfading crown of glory.   

  And so, with Mary Magdalene and Peter and all the witnesses of the resurrection; with earth and sea and all their creatures, and with angels and archangels, cherubim and seraphim, we praise your name and join their unending hymn:

The pastor leads the people in praying the Eucharistic canon.


You are indeed holy, O God, the fountain of all holiness;

  you bring light from darkness, life from death,

  speech from silence.

We worship you for our lives and for the world you give us.

We thank you for the new world to come

  and for the love that will rule all in all.


We praise you for the grace shown to Israel, your chosen,

  the people of your promise:

  the rescue from Egypt, the gift of the promised land,

  the memory of the fathers, the homecoming from exile,

  and the prophets' words that will not be in vain.

In all this we bless you for your only-begotten Son,

  who fulfilled and will fulfill all your promises.


In the night in which he was betrayed,

  our Lord Jesus took bread, and gave thanks;

  broke it, and gave it to his disciples, saying:

  Take and eat; this is my body, given for you.

  Do this for the remembrance of me.


Again, after supper, he took the cup, gave thanks,

  and gave it for all to drink, saying:

  This cup is the new covenant in my blood,

  shed for you and for all people for the forgiveness of sin.

  Do this for the remembrance of me.


For as often as we eat of this bread and drink from this cup,

  we proclaim the Lord's death until he comes.

  Christ has died. Christ is risen. Christ will come again.


Therefore, O God, with this bread and cup

  we remember the incarnation of your Son:

  his human birth and the covenant he made with us.

We remember the sacrifice of his life:

  his eating with outcasts and sinners,

  and his acceptance of death.


 But chiefly we remember his rising from the tomb,

  his ascension to the seat of power,

  and his sending of the holy and life-giving Spirit.

We cry out for the resurrection of our lives,

  when Christ will come again in beauty and power

  to share with us the great and promised feast.

  Amen. Come, Lord Jesus.


Send now, we pray, your Holy Spirit,

  that we and all who share in this bread and cup

  may be united in the fellowship of the Holy Spirit,

  may enter the fullness of the kingdom of heaven,

  and may receive our inheritance with all your saints in light.

  Amen. Come, Holy Spirit.


Join our prayers with those of your servants

  of every time and every place,

  and unite them with the ceaseless petitions

  of our great high priest until he comes as victorious Lord of all.




In the presence of Christ, we pray to his Father using the words he gave us.


Christ is in our midst.

  By the power of the Spirit,

  we pray to his Father, saying:


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                                    Matthew 6:9-15


God spreads a table for us in the presence of our enemies;

  He has anointed our heads with oil, and our cup overflows.

Psalm 23:5


We adore Christ, present in bread and wine.






Admission to the Sacrament is by invitation of the Lord, presented through the Church to those who are baptized.


They may receive the Lord’s Body and Blood who are baptized in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, who commune in their home churches, and who believe that Jesus Christ, crucified and risen, is truly present in, with, and under the forms of bread and wine for the forgiveness of sins, life, and salvation.


Please come forward, take a communion cup from the tray, and kneel at the altar rail on your ‘side’ of the worship space. Please make an effort to leave some distance between your family unit and the next family unit. When your side has finished communing, please place your empty cup in the tray provided.



During the Easter season, the people stand to receive the Holy Communion as a sign of resurrection rejoicing.



Choir:   The King of Love My Shepherd Is

Text/Henry W. Baker; Tune/ Irish

Setting/ John Ferguson

Please follow the text at Green LBW 456 as the choir sings.

1      The King of love my shepherd is,

        whose goodness faileth never;

        I nothing lack if I am his

        and he is mine forever.


2      Where streams of living water flow,

        my ransomed soul he leadeth

        and, where the verdant pastures grow,

        with food celestial feedeth.


3      Perverse and foolish oft I strayed,

        but yet in love he sought me,

        and on his shoulder gently laid,

        and home, rejoicing, brought me.


4     In death's dark vale I fear no ill,

        with thee, dear Lord, beside me,

        thy rod and staff my comfort still;

        thy cross before to guide me.


5      Thou spreadst a table in my sight;

        thine unction grace bestoweth;

        and, oh, what transport of delight

        from thy pure chalice floweth!


6      And so, through all the length of days,

        thy goodness faileth never.

        Good Shepherd, may I sing thy praise

        within thy house forever.


Text: Henry W. Baker, 1821-1877



When all have received, the congregation stands at the direction of the pastor.


The body and blood of our Lord Jesus Christ

strengthen you and keep you in his grace.             






Pour out upon us the spirit of your love, O Lord,

and unite the wills of those whom you have fed with one heavenly food; through Jesus Christ our Lord.










Alleluia. Christ is risen.

  He is risen indeed. Alleluia.

Blessed 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.

Though we do not see him, we love him;

  We believe in him

  and rejoice with an indescribable and glorious joy.     1 Peter 1:3, 8

Alleluia. Christ is risen.

  He is risen indeed. Alleluia.


Dismissal Gospel: John 11:25, 26

The Holy Gospel according to St. John.

  Glory to you, O Lord.


[Jesus said:] ‘I am the resurrection and the life. Those who believe in me, even though they die, will live, and everyone who lives and believes in me will never die.’                                                                          


The Gospel of the Lord.

  Praise to you, O Christ.



The God of peace – who brought again from the dead our Lord Jesus, the great shepherd of the sheep, through the blood of the everlasting covenant – make you perfect in every good work to do his will, working in you that which is well-pleasing in his sight, through the same Jesus Christ our Lord. 

  Amen                                                                                                  Hebrews 13:20-21


Almighty God, Father, X Son, and Holy Spirit,

bless you now and forever.





Have No Fear, Little Flock                   Green LBW 476


The text of this hymn may not be reproduced here.


Go in peace. Serve the Lord.

  Thanks be to God!



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