Sunday, May 22, 2022 The Sixth Sunday of Easter
8:00am Worship Service
Welcome and Announcements:
*Welcome our worshipers, in person or via livestream!
*Please note that all sign ups are now located in the coat hallway off the Narthex. Thanks to Katie Lemke and Ray Johnson for creating this new space!
*Our May Collection Box is for the Medina Personal Care Pantry. They need paper towels, dish soap, cleaning products, small and large size laundry detergent. If you have any questions, please contact Liesl Emrikian at 330-441-1316.
*Our Family Day of Service is for everyone to serve, all families, all ages! This is a multigenerational event where we get to love and serve others. Please sign up to help and let us know what tee shirt sizes you and your people need. Everyone received an email with the Sign-up Genius link this week. OR You can Sign Up in person on the clipboard in the narthex.
*A new member class to be led by Pastor Haberkost will start June 12 in the Fellowship Hall during Sunday School. Please sign up if you’d like to attend.
*Terry Leu will speak about the Sunday, June 12 English District Virtual Gala.
Invocation: We begin our service in The Name of The Father and of The Son and of The Holy Spirit. Amen.
Opening Hymn: I Love to Tell the Story OSB #93 V. 1, 3
I love to tell the story, of unseen things above
Of Jesus and His glory, of Jesus and His love
I love to tell the story, because I know it’s true
Is satisfies my longings, as nothing else could do
Chorus: I love to tell the story
‘twill be my theme in glory.
To tell the old, old story of Jesus and His love.
I love to tell the story; for those who know it best
Seem hungering and thirsting, to hear it like the rest
And when, in scenes of glory, I sing the new, new song
‘Twill be the old, old story, that I have loved so long Chorus
Opening Prayer said by all:
Dear Father in Heaven,
The Psalmist says, “You guide me with Your counsel, and afterward You will take me into Glory. Whom have I in Heaven but you? And earth has nothing I desire besides You. My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever.” Lord Jesus, I long to see You and be in Your presence. You have saved me for that very purpose. Let my actions bring joy to You as I await That Day when I will see You face to face in Your Glory. In Your Name. Amen.
C: 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.
Song of Confession: Cleanse Me OSB #21 V. 1, 3
Search me, O God, And know my heart today;
Try me, O Savior, Know my thoughts, I pray.
See if there be Some wicked way in me;
Cleanse me from every sin And set me free.
Lord, take my life, And make it wholly Thine;
Fill my poor heart With Thy great love divine.
Take all my will, My passion, self and pride;
I now surrender, Lord In me abide.
P: Let us then confess our sins to God our Father.
Silence for reflection on God's Word and for self-examination.
C: If I claim to be without sin, I deceive myself and the truth is not in me. If I confess my sins, God is faithful and just and will forgive me my sins and purify me from all unrighteousness. If I claim I have not sinned, I make God out to be a liar and His Word is not in me. Oh Lord, I have broken Your Commandments and against You, You only, have I sinned and done what is evil in Your sight. Have mercy on me through Christ, Your Son, Who died for me.
P: Upon this your confession, I, by virtue of my office, as a called servant of The Word, announce The Grace of God unto all of you, and in the stead and by the command of my Lord Jesus Christ, forgive all your sins in The Name of The Father and of The Son and of The Holy Spirit. Amen.
First Reading: Acts 16:9-15
9 During the night Paul had a vision of a man of Macedonia standing and begging him, “Come over to Macedonia and help us.” 10 After Paul had seen the vision, we got ready at once to leave for Macedonia, concluding that God had called us to preach the gospel to them. 11 From Troas we put out to sea and sailed straight for Samothrace, and the next day we went on to Neapolis. 12 From there we traveled to Philippi, a Roman colony and the leading city of that district[a] of Macedonia. And we stayed there several days. 13 On the Sabbath we went outside the city gate to the river, where we expected to find a place of prayer. We sat down and began to speak to the women who had gathered there. 14 One of those listening was a woman from the city of Thyatira named Lydia, a dealer in purple cloth. She was a worshiper of God. The Lord opened her heart to respond to Paul’s message. 15 When she and the members of her household were baptized, she invited us to her home. “If you consider me a believer in the Lord,” she said, “come and stay at my house.” And she persuaded us.
Second Reading: John 16:23-33
23 In that day you will no longer ask me anything. Very truly I tell you, my Father will give you whatever you ask in my name. 24 Until now you have not asked for anything in my name. Ask and you will receive, and your joy will be complete. 25 “Though I have been speaking figuratively, a time is coming when I will no longer use this kind of language but will tell you plainly about my Father. 26 In that day you will ask in my name. I am not saying that I will ask the Father on your behalf. 27 No, the Father himself loves you because you have loved me and have believed that I came from God. 28 I came from the Father and entered the world; now I am leaving the world and going back to the Father.” 29 Then Jesus’ disciples said, “Now you are speaking clearly and without figures of speech. 30 Now we can see that you know all things and that you do not even need to have anyone ask you questions. This makes us believe that you came from God.” 31 “Do you now believe?” Jesus replied. 32 “A time is coming and in fact has come when you will be scattered, each to your own home. You will leave me all alone. Yet I am not alone, for my Father is with me. 33 “I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.”
Kid’s Korner with Vicar Jim:
Sermon Text: Revelation 22:9-11
9 But he said to me, “Don’t do that! I am a fellow servant with you and with your fellow prophets and with all who keep the words of this scroll. Worship God!” 10 Then he told me, “Do not seal up the words of the prophecy of this scroll, because the time is near. 11 Let the one who does wrong continue to do wrong; let the vile person continue to be vile; let the one who does right continue to do right; and let the holy person continue to be holy.”
Sermon: He showed me The Holy City, Jerusalem, coming down out of Heaven from God.
Sermon Hymn: We’re Marching to Zion V. 1, 2, 4
Come, we that love the Lord,
And let our joys be known;
Join in a song with sweet accord,
And thus surround the throne.
We’re marching to Zion, beautiful, beautiful Zion;
We’re marching upward to Zion, the beautiful city of God
Let those refuse to sing,
Who never knew our God;
But children of the heav’nly King
May speak their joys abroad. Chorus
Then let our songs abound,
And every tear be dry;
We’re marching through Immanuel’s ground
To fairer worlds on high. Chorus
Prayers: Said by all.
Dear Father in Heaven,
Strengthen me in my faith. Let me live each day, knowing that my life is in Your hand. Protect me from the lies and temptations that the world and Satan throw at me every day. I pray Your Spirit lead my life and that I bring glory to Your Name by how I live it. In Jesus Name. Amen.
Prayers for our people:
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.
Piecemakers and Gifts from the Heart (Gifters) teams have been making shawls and lap robes during the winter months for county nursing homes. In addition, Piecemakers have been making baby quilts for Medina County's Oasis of Hope. We will have a blessing for these items now.
P: The Lord bless you and keep you. The Lord make His Face shine upon you and be gracious unto you. The Lord lift up His countenance upon you and give you His Peace. Both now and forever more. Amen.
Please note: This is a new song to Prince of Peace. Joseph will play it thru once and then the congregation can join in. If it is too difficult to sing, please just speak the words in your heart.
Closing Hymn: He the Pearly Gates Will Open OSB #63 V. 1, 2, 4
Love Divine, so great and wondrous,
Deep and mighty, pure, sublime;
Coming from the heart of Jesus,
Just the same thro’ tests of time.
He the pearly gates will open
So that I may enter in:
For he purchased my redemption,
And forgave me all my sin.
Like a dove when hunted frightened,
As a wounded fawn was I;
Brokenhearted yet He healed me,
He will heed the sinner’s cry. Chorus
In life’s eventide at twilight,
At His door I’ll knock and wait;
By the precious love of Jesus,
I shall enter heaven’s gate. Chorus
Today’s altar flowers given by Gil & Laura Kostyn.