Sunday, May 22, 2022

The Holy Communion on the Sixth Sunday of Easter: May 22, 2022, 10:30 a.m.

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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: The Holy Spirit urges the people of God to mission and service. Paul and his companions travel to Macedonia, a northeastern region of what is now Greece, to proclaim the good news to the people there. They encounter Lydia, a ‘worshiper of God,’ a Gentile who worships the God of Israel. Her heart is opened and she requests and receives baptism into Christ.


SECOND READING: The Holy Spirit shows John a vision of the new, heavenly Jerusalem, the home of those who have suffered with Christ in this world. The visions of Revelation are imaginative visions: they are not necessarily literal depictions of what God’s kingdom will look like when it comes in its fullness. However, the imaginative details lead us to the truths. There will be representatives of all nations and peoples. There will be no evil present. The hurts of the world will be healed. God will be encountered without the mediation of cult, temple, or sacrament; he will be unveiled and we will see him without fear. If we are troubled about the world’s violence and unfaithfulness and afraid for our future, this Spiritual vision and others like it can give us the peace of Christ to sustain us.


GOSPEL: In a seeming paradox, Jesus tells the disciples that he will leave them, but will remain with them forever. Though Jesus is hidden from our eyes, we apprehend him in the Holy Spirit, whom Jesus calls ‘the Advocate.’ The Holy Spirit is inseparable from the name and person of Jesus. Jesus’ parting gift of peace is not the absence of conflict or suffering, but, instead, is it certainty and comfort in the midst of trials. This certainty and comfort come through faith that Jesus is risen and will fulfill all his promises.


OPENING MUSIC                                                                        Alleluia! Jesus is Risen - David Cherwien

Glories of Your Name Are Spoken - Wayne Barlow


WHymn                         Glories of Your Name Are Spoken       Green LBW 358

 The text of this hymn may not be reproduced here.


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










O God, from whom all good things come: Lead us by the inspiration of your Spirit to think those things which are right, and by your goodness help us to do them; through your Son, Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.





Jesus said: ‘Those who love me will keep my word.’               John 14:23

  Let us hear the Word of the Lord.                              




FIRST READING        Acts 16:9-15


9During the night Paul had a vision: there stood a man of Macedonia pleading with him and saying, “Come over to Macedonia and help us.” 10When he had seen the vision, we immediately tried to cross over to Macedonia, being convinced that God had called us to proclaim the good news to them.
11We set sail from Troas and took a straight course to Samothrace, the following day to Neapolis, 12and from there to Philippi, which is a leading city of the district of Macedonia and a Roman colony. We remained in this city for some days. 13On the sabbath day we went outside the gate by the river, where we supposed there was a place of prayer; and we sat down and spoke to the women who had gathered there. 14A certain woman named Lydia, a worshiper of God, was listening to us; she was from the city of Thyatira and a dealer in purple cloth. The Lord opened her heart to listen eagerly to what was said by Paul. 15When she and her household were baptized, she urged us, saying, “If you have judged me to be faithful to the Lord, come and stay at my home.” And she prevailed upon us.


The Word of the Lord.                  

  Thanks be to God.





1 May God be merciful to | us and bless us,*

                show us the light of his countenance, and | come to us.

2 Let your ways be known | upon earth,*

                your saving health a- | mong all nations.

3 Let the peoples praise | you, O God;*

                let all the | peoples praise you.

4 Let the nations be glad and | sing for joy,*

                for you judge the peoples with equity

and guide all the nations | upon earth.

5 Let the peoples praise | you, O God;*

                let all the | peoples praise you.

6 The earth has brought | forth her increase;*

                may God, our own God, give | us his blessing.

7 May God give | us his blessing,*

                and may all the ends of the earth stand in | awe of him.         R


SECOND READING    Revelation 21:10, 22 – 22:5


10And in the spirit [one of the angels] carried me away to a great, high mountain and showed me the holy city Jerusalem coming down out of heaven from God.
22I saw no temple in the city, for its temple is the Lord God the Almighty and the Lamb. 23And the city has no need of sun or moon to shine on it, for the glory of God is its light, and its lamp is the Lamb. 24The nations will walk by its light, and the kings of the earth will bring their glory into it. 25Its gates will never be shut by day—and there will be no night there. 26People will bring into it the glory and the honor of the nations. 27But nothing unclean will enter it, nor anyone who practices abomination or falsehood, but only those who are written in the Lamb’s book of life.
22:1Then the angel showed me the river of the water of life, bright as crystal, flowing from the throne of God and of the Lamb 2through the middle of the street of the city. On either side of the river is the tree of life with its twelve kinds of fruit, producing its fruit each month; and the leaves of the tree are for the healing of the nations. 3Nothing accursed will be found there anymore. But the throne of God and of the Lamb will be in it, and his servants will worship him; 4they will see his face, and his name will be on their foreheads. 5And there will be no more night; they need no light of lamp or sun, for the Lord God will be their light, and they will reign forever and ever.


The Word of the Lord.                  

  Thanks be to God.




Romans 6:9, John 14:23                                         Setting by Walter L. Pelz

Alleluia. Christ being raised from the dead will die no more; death has no more dominion over him. All who love me will keep my word, and my Father will love them, and we will come to them and make our home with them. Alleluia.


 Gospel             John 14:23-29

The Holy Gospel according to St. John.

23Jesus [said], “Those who love me will keep my word, and my Father will love them, and we will come to them and make our home with them. 24Whoever does not love me does not keep my words; and the word that you hear is not mine, but is from the Father who sent me.
25“I have said these things to you while I am still with you. 26But the Advocate, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you everything, and remind you of all that I have said to you. 27Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled, and do not let them be afraid. 28You heard me say to you, ‘I am going away, and I am coming to you.’ If you loved me, you would rejoice that I am going to the Father, because the Father is greater than I. 29And now I have told you this before it occurs, so that when it does occur, you may believe.”


The Gospel of the Lord.


SERMON                                                                                           Pastor Frontz                                



                        Alleluia! Jesus is Risen       Blue WOV 674


 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, before your Son ascended into heaven, he bestowed his peace upon his chosen ones; and he promised that you would send the Advocate, the Holy Spirit, to remain with them until the great day of his appearing. Stir up that same Spirit in your holy Church today, and confirm us in faith, hope, and love, giving us his peace to sustain us until your victory is revealed to all nations. Lord, in your mercy,

  hear our prayer.


Father, pour out your richest blessings upon this your congregation, that, listening eagerly to the Gospel and striving to keep your Word, we may live in word and truth as your sons and daughters. Lord, in your mercy,

  hear our prayer.


Father, through trial, torture, and execution your martyrs held fast to the faith delivered to them and looked with hope to the new creation promised in your Word. Be with all who are persecuted for their faith in Christ; let your Advocate testify for them before enemies of flesh and spirit, that they may win the victory over sin, death, and the evil one. Lord, in your mercy,

  hear our prayer.


Father, guide and guard those in authority in our land, and let your saving health be known among all nations. Hear our prayers for those in crisis.


The pastor names the countries and situations brought for prayer.


Lord, in your mercy,                                                         

  hear our prayer.



Father, be merciful to us and bless us. Show the light of your countenance and come to us. Hear our prayers for those who are in any need of body, mind, or spirit.


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.


Father, bring us quickly to that day when all evil is banished, all nations are healed, and we, with your servants of every time and every place, will worship you in the heavenly city. 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    John 14:12-14                     Setting by Walter L Pelz

Alleluia. Truly, truly, I say to you, those who believe in me will also do the works that I do; and greater works than these will they do, because I go to the Father. Whatever you ask in my name, I will do it, that the Father may be glorified in the Son; if you ask anything in my name, I will do it. 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.

  Before his ascension, he promised to send the Advocate, the Holy Spirit,

in this way to remain with his Church to the end of time, building it in holiness, empowering it for witness, instructing it in all goodness, and preserving it in peace until the day of his reappearing.

  And so, with Peter and the apostles, 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


The earth has brought forth her increase;

  May God, our own God, give us his blessing.                 Psalm 67:6


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    Come Down, O Love Divine             Text/ Bianco da Siena, born 1434;

Tr. Richard Littledale, 1833-1890

Music/ R. Vaughan Williams, 1872-1958

Setting/ Donald Bussarow


Please follow the text at Green LBW 508 as the choir sings.


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.





Go, My Children, with My Blessing          Blue WOV 721


The text of this hymn may not be reproduced here.


Go in peace. Serve the Lord.

  Thanks be to God!



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