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April 8, 2018 Traditional Second Sunday of Easter 




Five minutes before the service, the Pastor and Elder are praying for you.

As we prepare for worship, please be considerate of those around you who are praying and meditating on Scripture by turning off your cell phones as soon as you enter the sanctuary. May God bless your time of worship!

THE LORD’S SUPPER
The Lord’s Supper is Jesus’ gift to his people given for the forgiveness of sins, to strengthen our faith, and to bless his church with unity. We believe and joyfully confess that Jesus Christ is present in, with and under the bread and wine according to his own words, “This is my body…this is my blood” (1 Cor 10.14-16). Our Lord welcomes all who trust these words, acknowledge their sin, and set aside unforgiveness toward others. God’s word also tells us that we do spiritual harm to ourselves if we do not believe that Jesus is spiritually and physically present in the Lord’s Supper (1 Cor 11.29). If you are not a member of the Lutheran Church – Missouri Synod, we ask that you speak with our Pastor before receiving the Lord’s Supper. Because we care about your spiritual welfare, our Pastor would be glad to share God’s word with you: so that you can participate in this great blessing.

TO OUR VISITORS
Welcome in the name of Jesus! Thank you for allowing us to serve you and your family today. We ask you to sign our guest register located in the foyer or fill out a guest card letting us know how we can serve you.  If you have no church home, we invite you to make First Evangelical Lutheran your church home. Please get in touch with our Pastor for the next available new member class.

HYMNS used in today’s service: LSB 488,475, [464,465,478], 459
Divine Service Setting Four LSB pg. 203

PRESERVICE MUSIC

WORDS OF WELCOME

HYMN:  LSB 488, He is Arisen! Glorious Word

Stand
INVOCATION:
In the name of the Father and of the (+) Son and of the Holy Spirit.
 Amen.

CONFESSION AND ABSOLUTION:
Our help is in the name of the Lord,
 who made heaven and earth.
If You, O Lord, kept a record of sins, O Lord, who could stand?
 But with You there is forgiveness; therefore, You are feared.
 
Since we are gathered to hear God’s Word, call upon Him in prayer and praise, and receive the body and blood of our Lord Jesus Christ in the fellowship of this altar, let us first consider our unworthiness and confess before God and one another that we have sinned in thought, word, and deed, and that we cannot free ourselves from our sinful condition. Together as His people let us take refuge in the infinite mercy of God, our heavenly Father, seeking His grace for the sake of Christ, and saying: God, be merciful to me, a sinner.
Almighty God, have mercy upon us, forgive us our sins, and lead us to everlasting life. Amen.

Almighty God in His mercy has given His Son to die for you and for His sake forgives you all your sins.  As a called and ordained servant of Christ, and by His authority, I therefore forgive you all your sins in the name of the Father and of the (+) Son and of the Holy Spirit.
Amen.

Greeting of Peace

Service of the Word

INTROIT: Ps. 105:1–5, 8; antiphon: 1 Peter 2:2–3
Like newborn infants, long for the pure spiritual milk, that by it you may grow up to salvation—
if indeed you have tasted that the Lord is good.
Oh give thanks to the LORD; call upon his name;
 make known his deeds among the peoples!
Sing to him, sing praises to him;
 tell of all his wondrous works!
Glory in his holy name;
 let the hearts of those who seek the LORD rejoice!
Seek the LORD and his strength;
 seek his presence continually!
Remember the wondrous works that he has done,
 his miracles, and the judgments he uttered.

He remembers his covenant forever,
 the word that he commanded, for a thousand generations.


 Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit;
 as it was in the beginning, is now, and will be forever. Amen.

Like newborn infants, long for the pure spiritual milk, that by it you may grow up to salvation—
if indeed you have tasted that the Lord is good.

KYRIE:
 

GLORIA IN EXCELSIS:
 
 
 

 

SALUTATION AND COLLECT OF THE DAY:
The Lord be with you.
 And also with you.

Let us pray.
Almighty God, grant that we who have celebrated the Lord’s resurrection may by Your grace confess in our life and conversation that Jesus is Lord and God; through the same Jesus Christ, Your Son, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.
 Amen.

Be Seated

 FIRST READING: Acts 4:32-35  Acts 4:32–35
 32Now the full number of those who believed were of one heart and soul, and no one said that any of the things that belonged to him was his own, but they had everything in common. 33And with great power the apostles were giving their testimony to the resurrection of the Lord Jesus, and great grace was upon them all. 34There was not a needy person among them, for as many as were owners of lands or houses sold them and brought the proceeds of what was sold 35and laid it at the apostles’ feet, and it was distributed to each as any had need.
 
This is the Word of the Lord.
 Thanks be to God.

GRADUAL:  adapt. from Matt. 28:7; Heb. 2:7; Ps. 8:6
Christ has risen from the dead.
[God the Father] has crowned him with glory and honor,
He has given him dominion over the works of his hands;
he has put all things under his feet.

EPISTLE READING:   1 John 1:1—2:2
 1That which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes, which we looked upon and have touched with our hands, concerning the word of life— 2the life was made manifest, and we have seen it, and testify to it and proclaim to you the eternal life, which was with the Father and was made manifest to us— 3that which we have seen and heard we proclaim also to you, so that you too may have fellowship with us; and indeed our fellowship is with the Father and with his Son Jesus Christ. 4And we are writing these things so that our joy may be complete.
 5This is the message we have heard from him and proclaim to you, that God is light, and in him is no darkness at all. 6If we say we have fellowship with him while we walk in darkness, we lie and do not practice the truth. 7But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus his Son cleanses us from all sin. 8If we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. 9If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. 10If we say we have not sinned, we make him a liar, and his word is not in us.
 1My little children, I am writing these things to you so that you may not sin.
But if anyone does sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous. 2He is the propitiation for our sins, and not for ours only but also for the sins of the whole world.
 
This is the Word of the Lord.
 Thanks be to God.

Stand
ALLELUIA and VERSE:
 
 
 

 

HOLY GOSPEL:  John 20:19-31 
The Holy Gospel according to St. John, the Twentieth chapter.
 Glory to You, O Lord.

19On the evening of that day, the first day of the week, the doors being locked where the disciples were for fear of the Jews, Jesus came and stood among them and said to them, “Peace be with you.” 20When he had said this, he showed them his hands and his side. Then the disciples were glad when they saw the Lord. 21Jesus said to them again, “Peace be with you. As the Father has sent me, even so I am sending you.” 22And when he had said this, he breathed on them and said to them, “Receive the Holy Spirit. 23If you forgive the sins of anyone, they are forgiven; if you withhold forgiveness from anyone, it is withheld.”
24Now Thomas, one of the Twelve, called the Twin, 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 in his hands the mark of the nails, and place my finger into the mark of the nails, and place my hand into his side, I will never believe.”
26Eight days later, his disciples were inside again, and Thomas was with them. Although the doors were locked, 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; and put out your hand, and place it in my side. Do not disbelieve, 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 believed.”
30Now Jesus did many other signs in the presence of the disciples, which are not written in this book; 31but these are written so that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that by believing you may have life in his name.

This is the Gospel of the Lord.
 Praise to You, O Christ.

APOSTLES’ CREED:
 I believe in God, the Father Almighty, maker of heaven and earth.
 And in Jesus Christ, His only Son, our Lord.  Who was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died, and was buried.  He descended into hell.  The third day He rose again from the dead.  He ascended into heaven, and sits at the right hand of God the Father Almighty.  From thence He will come to judge the living and the dead.
 I believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy Christian Church, the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body and the life everlasting.  Amen.

Be Seated

HYMN:  LSB 475, Good Christian Friends, Rejoice and Sing.
 
SERMON: Resurrection Witnesses Pastor William Zeige

Stand
PRAYER OF THE CHURCH response ‘Hear our prayer’

Be Seated
OFFERING

Service of the Sacrament
Stand
PREFACE:
The Lord be with you.
 And also with you.
Lift up your hearts.
 We lift them to the Lord.
Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.
 It is right to give Him thanks and praise.

It is truly good, right, and proper that we should at all times and in all places give thanks to You, for the countless blessings You pour out on your creation.  Above all, we give thanks for Your amazing love shown to us when You sent Your Son, Jesus Christ, into our flesh and laid on Him our sin, giving Him into death that we might not die eternally. Because He is now risen from the dead and lives and reigns to all eternity, all who believe in Him will overcome sin and death and will rise again to new life. Therefore with angels and archangels and with all the company of heaven we laud and magnify Your glorious name, evermore praising You and singing:

SANCTUS:
 
 
 

 

PRAYER OF THANKSGIVING:
Blessed are You, O Lord our God, king of all creation, for You have had mercy on us and given Your only-begotten Son that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have eternal life.
For Christ, our Passover Lamb, has been sacrificed. By His death, He has redeemed us from bondage to sin and death, and by His resurrection, He has delivered us into new
life in Him.

Grant us to keep the Feast in sincerity and truth, faithfully eating His body given into death and drinking His life's blood poured out for our salvation until we pass through death to the promised land of life eternal.
 
Hear us as we pray in His name and as He has taught us:
LORD’S PRAYER:
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 WORDS OF OUR LORD:
Our Lord Jesus Christ, on the night when He was betrayed, took bread, and when He had given thanks, He broke it and gave it to the disciples and said: “Take, eat; this is My (+)  body, which is given for you.  This do in remembrance of Me.”

In the same way also He took the cup after supper, and when He had given thanks, He gave it to them, saying: “Drink of it, all of you; this cup is the new testament in My (+) blood, which is shed for you for the forgiveness of sins.  This do, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of Me.”

PAX DOMINI:
The peace of the Lord be with you always.
 Amen.

AGNUS DEI:
 
 
 
 
Be Seated

HYMNS DURING DISTRIBUTION OF THE SACRAMENT:
LSB 464, The Strife is Over the Battle Done
LSB 465, Now All the Vault of Heaven Resounds
LSB 478, The Day of Resurrection

DISMISSAL:
The body and blood of our Lord Jesus Christ strengthen and preserve you in body and soul to life everlasting. Depart (+) in peace.
 Amen.

Stand
NUNC DIMITTIS:
 
 
 
 
 

 

POST-COMMUNION COLLECT:
Let us pray.  We give thanks to You, almighty God, that You have refreshed us through this beautiful and holy gift, and we ask that You would strengthen us in faith toward You and in fervent love toward one another; through Jesus Christ, Your Son, our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.
 Amen.

BENEDICAMUS:
Let us bless the Lord.
 Thanks be to God.

BENEDICTION:
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 you (+) peace.
 Amen.

Be Seated
HYMN:  LSB 459, Christ Is Risen