Sunday, May 1, 2022

The Holy Communion on the Third Sunday of Easter, 10:30 a.m.

  The livestream may be found here.


Adoration of the Lamb from the Ghent Altarpiece



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: Saul was a persecutor of the infant Church, for he believed that the followers of Jesus were turning people away from the right practice of faith. The appearance of Jesus to Saul on the road to Damascus is a death and resurrection experience for Saul. He would come to write in the sixth chapter of Romans:


‘Do you not know that all those who are baptized into Christ Jesus are baptized into his death? We were therefore buried with him by baptism into death; so that as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, we too might live a new life…So you too must consider yourself dead to sin and alive to God in Christ Jesus.’ (Romans 6:3-5)


SECOND READING: According to Church tradition, both Peter and Paul suffered martyrdom in Rome. They join the great throng of those who, freed from sin, death and evil, praise God in heaven. Our hymn of praise in Easter, This Is the Feast, is a combination of many of the songs of the saints described in the book of Revelation.


GOSPEL: Though Peter was one of the first followers of Jesus and the first to confess him as Messiah, on Good Friday morning he is unable to confess that he is Jesus’ disciple. But the risen Jesus renews Peter’s discipleship, and will empower him to witness before others, despite persecution, imprisonment and eventual martyrdom. The command to ‘feed Jesus’ sheep’ is the call to proclaim the Gospel so that many may be gathered into the fold. Last week we heard this preaching as the book of Acts, chapter 5, describes it:


‘Peter and the apostles said: ‘We must obey God rather than any human authority. The God of our ancestors raised up Jesus, whom you had killed by hanging him on a tree. God exalted him at his right hand as Leader and Savior that he might give repentance to Israel and forgiveness of sins. And we are witnesses to these things, and so is the Holy Spirit whom God has given to those who obey him.’’ (Acts 5:29-32)


OPENING MUSIC                                 With High Delight – Gerhard Krapf



WHymn                       With High Delight Let Us Unite    Green LBW 140

 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, 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.





Saul began to proclaim Jesus in the synagogues,

saying, ‘He is the Son of God.’

  Let us hear the Word of the Lord.                                       Acts 9:20



FIRST READING        Acts 9:1-20


1Saul, still breathing threats and murder against the disciples of the Lord, went to the high priest 2and asked him for letters to the synagogues at Damascus, so that if he found any who belonged to the Way, men or women, he might bring them bound to Jerusalem. 3Now as he was going along and approaching Damascus, suddenly a light from heaven flashed around him. 4He fell to the ground and heard a voice saying to him, “Saul, Saul, why do you persecute me?” 5He asked, “Who are you, Lord?” The reply came, “I am Jesus, whom you are persecuting. 6But get up and enter the city, and you will be told what you are to do.” 7The men who were traveling with him stood speechless because they heard the voice but saw no one. 8Saul got up from the ground, and though his eyes were open, he could see nothing; so they led him by the hand and brought him into Damascus. 9For three days he was without sight, and neither ate nor drank.
10Now there was a disciple in Damascus named Ananias. The Lord said to him in a vision, “Ananias.” He answered, “Here I am, Lord.” 11The Lord said to him, “Get up and go to the street called Straight, and at the house of Judas look for a man of Tarsus named Saul. At this moment he is praying, 12and he has seen in a vision a man named Ananias come in and lay his hands on him so that he might regain his sight.” 13But Ananias answered, “Lord, I have heard from many about this man, how much evil he has done to your saints in Jerusalem; 14and here he has authority from the chief priests to bind all who invoke your name.” 15But the Lord said to him, “Go, for he is an instrument whom I have chosen to bring my name before Gentiles and kings and before the people of Israel; 16I myself will show him how much he must suffer for the sake of my name.” 17So Ananias went and entered the house. He laid his hands on Saul and said, “Brother Saul, the Lord Jesus, who appeared to you on your way here, has sent me so that you may regain your sight and be filled with the Holy Spirit.” 18And immediately something like scales fell from his eyes, and his sight was restored. Then he got up and was baptized, 19and after taking some food, he regained his strength.
  For several days he was with the disciples in Damascus, 20and immediately he began to proclaim Jesus in the synagogues, saying, “He is the Son of God.”


The Word of the Lord.                  

  Thanks be to God.


PSALM  30         


1 I will exalt you, O Lord, because you have lift- | ed me up*

                and have not let my enemies triumph | over me.

2 O Lord my God, I cried | out to you,*

                and you restored | me to health.

3 You brought me up, O Lord, | from the dead;*

                you restored my life as I was going down | to the grave.

4 Sing to the Lord, you ser- | vants of his;*

                give thanks for the remembrance | of his holiness.

5 For his wrath endures but the twinkling | of an eye,*

                his favor | for a lifetime.

6 Weeping may | spend the night,*

                but joy comes | in the morning.

7 While I felt secure, I said, "I shall never | be disturbed.*

                You, Lord, with your favor,

made me as strong | as the mountains."

8 Then you | hid your face,*

                and I was | filled with fear.

9 I cried to | you, O Lord;*

                I pleaded with | the Lord, saying,

10 "What profit is there in my blood, if I go down | to the pit?*

                Will the dust praise you or de- | clare your faithfulness?

11 Hear, O Lord, and have mer- | cy upon me;*

                O Lord, | be my helper."

12 You have turned my wailing | into dancing;*

                you have put off my sackcloth and clothed | me with joy.

13 Therefore my heart sings to you | without ceasing;*

                O Lord my God, I will give you | thanks forever.                 R


SECOND READING    Revelation 5:11-14


11Then I looked, and I heard the voice of many angels surrounding the throne and the living creatures and the elders; they numbered myriads of myriads and thousands of thousands, 12singing with full voice,
 “Worthy is the Lamb that was slaughtered
 to receive power and wealth and wisdom and might
 and honor and glory and blessing!”
13Then I heard every creature in heaven and on earth and under the earth and in the sea, and all that is in them, singing,
 “To the one seated on the throne and to the Lamb
 be blessing and honor and glory and might
 forever and ever!”
14And the four living creatures said, “Amen!” And the elders fell down and worshiped.


The Word of the Lord.  

  Thanks be to God.




Romans 6:9, Luke 24:32                                        Setting by Walter L. Pelz

Alleluia. Christ being raised from the dead will die no more; death has no more dominion over him. Alleluia. Our hearts burn within us while he opens to us the Scriptures. Alleluia.

Gospel             John 21:1-19


The Holy Gospel according to St. John.

1After [he appeared to his followers in Jerusalem,] Jesus showed himself again to the disciples by the Sea of Tiberias; and he showed himself in this way. 2Gathered there together were Simon Peter, Thomas called the Twin, Nathanael of Cana in Galilee, the sons of Zebedee, and two others of his disciples. 3Simon Peter said to them, “I am going fishing.” They said to him, “We will go with you.” They went out and got into the boat, but that night they caught nothing.
4Just after daybreak, Jesus stood on the beach; but the disciples did not know that it was Jesus. 5Jesus said to them, “Children, you have no fish, have you?” They answered him, “No.” 6He said to them, “Cast the net to the right side of the boat, and you will find some.” So they cast it, and now they were not able to haul it in because there were so many fish. 7That disciple whom Jesus loved said to Peter, “It is the Lord!” When Simon Peter heard that it was the Lord, he put on some clothes, for he was naked, and jumped into the sea. 8But the other disciples came in the boat, dragging the net full of fish, for they were not far from the land, only about a hundred yards off.
9When they had gone ashore, they saw a charcoal fire there, with fish on it, and bread. 10Jesus said to them, “Bring some of the fish that you have just caught.” 11So Simon Peter went aboard and hauled the net ashore, full of large fish, a hundred fifty-three of them; and though there were so many, the net was not torn. 12Jesus said to them, “Come and have breakfast.” Now none of the disciples dared to ask him, “Who are you?” because they knew it was the Lord. 13Jesus came and took the bread and gave it to them, and did the same with the fish. 14This was now the third time that Jesus appeared to the disciples after he was raised from the dead.
15When they had finished breakfast, Jesus said to Simon Peter, “Simon son of John, do you love me more than these?” He said to him, “Yes, Lord; you know that I love you.” Jesus said to him, “Feed my lambs.” 16A second time he said to him, “Simon son of John, do you love me?” He said to him, “Yes, Lord; you know that I love you.” Jesus said to him, “Tend my sheep.” 17He said to him the third time, “Simon son of John, do you love me?” Peter felt hurt because he said to him the third time, “Do you love me?” And he said to him, “Lord, you know everything; you know that I love you.” Jesus said to him, “Feed my sheep. 18Very truly, I tell you, when you were younger, you used to fasten your own belt and to go wherever you wished. But when you grow old, you will stretch out your hands, and someone else will fasten a belt around you and take you where you do not wish to go.” 19(He said this to indicate the kind of death by which he would glorify God.) After this he said to him, “Follow me.”


The Gospel of the Lord.


SERMON                                                                                           Pastor Frontz                                


W Hymn of the DaY                             

                The Easter Day with Joy Was Bright          Green LBW 154

                      Tune/ PUER NOBIS

Stanza 3: Choir

 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! Alleluia!


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. Alleluia!


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. Alleluia!


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! Alleluia!


Text: Latin hymn, 4th or 5th cent.; tr. John M. Neale, 1818-1866, alt.



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 called Peter to feed the sheep of his pasture and chose Paul for ministry to the nations. Call your Church today to witness to the Gospel of Christ. Lord, in your mercy,

  hear our prayer.


Father, your risen Son called Peter and Paul to suffer for the sake of his name. Call us to suffer the loss of attachments to the world and to bear the sins and weaknesses of others. Strengthen and bless all those who are persecuted for their faith in Jesus Christ. Lord, in your mercy,

  hear our prayer.


Father, your risen Son forgave Peter his denial and Paul his persecution, and restored them to life from death. Raise from the darkness of error all those who deny our Lord and persecute his followers. Forgive us our sins, and bring us all to praise and serve you. Lord, in your mercy,

  hear our prayer.


We pray 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 pray for all those whose days are taken up with the labor of obtaining water, and for those who have no access to clean water. We ask your blessing upon the ministry of Water Mission, as we look forward to our Water Sunday on May 15. Help us all to offer service in your name to others, as your Son has served us in his passion and resurrection. 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 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.’

The peace of the Lord be with you always.                  John 20:19, 20

  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 1 Peter 2:1-3                                  Setting by Walter L. Pelz

Alleluia. He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation; for in him all things were created. He is the head of the body, the Church; he is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead. For in him all the fullness of God was pleased to dwell, and through him to reconcile to all things on earth and in heaven, making peace by the blood of his cross. 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 Christ our Lord. But chiefly are we bound to praise you for the glorious resurrection of our Lord; for he is the true Passover lamb who gave himself to take away our sin, who by his death has destroyed death, and by his rising has brought us to eternal life. And so, with Peter, Paul, and all the apostles, with 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


Just as the risen Jesus fed the disciples by the lakeshore,

so now he comes and feeds us with his body and blood.

  Thanks be to God.


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:   At the Lamb’s High Feast We Sing

Text/17th cent; tr. Robert Campbell

Music/ Bohemian Brethren, Kirchengeseng, 1566

Please follow the text  as the choir sings.

1      At the Lamb’s high feast we sing

        praise to our victorious king,

        who has washed us in the tide

        flowing from his pierced side.



2      Praise we him, whose love divine

        gives his sacred blood for wine,

        gives his body for the feast-

        Christ the victim, Christ the priest.



3      Where the paschal blood is poured

        death’s dread angel sheathes the sword;

        Israel’s hosts triumphant go

        through the wave that drowns the foe.



4     Praise we Christ, whose blood was shed,

        paschal victim, paschal bread;

        with sincerity and love

        eat we manna from above.



5      Mighty victim from the sky,

        hell’s fierce pow’rs beneath you lie;

        you have conquered in the fight,

        you have brought us life and light.



6      Now no more can death appall,

        now no more the grave enthrall;

        you have opened paradise,

        and your saints in you shall rise.



7      Easter triumph, Easter joy!

        This alone can sin destroy;

        from sin’s pow’r, Lord, set us free,

        newborn souls in you to be.



8      Father, who the crown shall give,

        Savior, by whose death we live,

        Spirit, guide through all our days:

        Three in One, your name we praise.




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.





Come Away to the Skies                       Blue WOV 669


1      Come away to the skies,

        my beloved, arise,

        and rejoice in the day you were born:

        on this festival day,

        come exulting away,

        and with singing to Zion return.


2      For thy glory we were

        first created to share

        both the nature and kingdom divine;

        now created again,

        that our lives may remain

        throughout time and eternity thine.


3      We with thanks do approve

        the design of that love

        which has joined us to Jesus’ name;

        so united in heart,

        let us nevermore part,

        till we meet at the feast of the Lamb.


4     Hallelujah we sing

        to our Father and King,

        and our rapturous praises repeat:

        to the Lamb that was slain,

        hallelujah again;

        sing, all heaven, and fall at his feet.


Text: Charles Wesley, 1707-1788


Go in peace. Serve the Lord.

  Thanks be to God!



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Additional liturgical material from Common Worship: Times and Seasons,

© 2006 The Archbishops’ Council of the Church of England.

Eyck, Jan van, 1390-1440. Adoration of the Lamb detail, Ghent Altarpiece, from Art in the Christian Tradition, a project of the Vanderbilt Divinity Library, Nashville, TN. [retrieved April 26, 2022]. Original source:

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