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Welcome to Prince of Peace Lutheran Church

May 28, 2023 The Day of Pentecost




Welcome Friends! - To the friends who know us, we renew our welcome, to the guests who worship with us, we extend our welcome most warmly. To those seeking a church home, we offer fellowship with a Living, Personal Savior, membership in His Church, and citizenship in His eternal Kingdom!


Welcome and Announcements

*Happy Memorial Day!

*Our May Collection Box is for Feeding Medina County. We will be collecting peanut butter, jelly and all types of boxed macaroni and cheese.

*Pets Unleashed VBS is coming June 14 – 16. A link is included HERE to donate towards snacks and decorations. Please give generously!

*Men’s Bible study is next Saturday, June 3, at 7am.

*Operation HOMES will be here the week of June 19. Can you volunteer to help? Please sign up on the Ministry in Action wall. Questions? See the Ulms.

*A drawer with first aid supplies has been designated in the workroom. If you need anything, please check there first.

*The church office will be closed on Monday, May 29 for Memorial Day.

Opening Hymn: O Holy Spirit, Enter In LSB# 913

O Holy Spirit, enter in,

And in our hearts Your work begin,

Your dwelling place now make us.

Sun of the soul, O Light divine,

Around and in us brightly shine,

To joy and gladness wake us

That we may be

Truly living,

To You giving

Prayer unceasing

And in love be still increasing.


Give to Your Word impressive pow’r,

That in our hearts from this good hour

As fire it may be glowing,

That in true Christian unity

We faithful witnesses may be,

Your glory ever showing.

Hear us, cheer us

By Your teaching;

Let our preaching

And our labor

Praise You, Lord, and serve our neighbor.


O mighty Rock, O Source of life,

Let Your dear Word, in doubt and strife,

In us be strongly burning

That we be faithful unto death

And live in love and holy faith,

From You true wisdom learning.

Your grace and peace

On us shower;

By Your power

Christ confessing,

Let us see our Savior’s blessing.

Text: Michael Schirmer, 1606–73, adapt.; (sts. 1, 3): tr. Catherine Winkworth, 1827–78, alt.; (st. 2): tr. The Lutheran Hymnal, 1941, alt. Text: Public domain


Confession and Absolution

P: If we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.

C: But if we confess our sins, God, who is faithful and just, will forgive our sins and cleanse us from all unrighteousness.


Silence for reflection on God’s Word and for self-examination.


P: Let us then confess our sins to God our Father.

C: Most merciful God, we confess that we are by nature sinful and unclean. We have sinned against You in thought, word, and deed, by what we have done and by what we have left undone. We have not loved You with our whole heart; we have not loved our neighbors as ourselves. We justly deserve Your present and eternal punishment. For the sake of Your Son, Jesus Christ, have mercy on us. Forgive us, renew us, and lead us, so that we may delight in Your will and walk in Your ways to the glory of Your holy name. Amen.


P: 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.

C: Amen.




Gloria in Excelsis LSB 187

P: Glory be to God on high:


C: and on earth, peace, goodwill toward men.

We praise Thee, we bless Thee, we worship Thee,

We glorify Thee, we give thanks to Thee, for They great glory.

O Lord God, heav'nly Kind, God the Father Almighty.

O Lord, the only begotten Son, Jesus Christ;

O Lord God, Lamb of God, Son of the Father, 

that takest away the sin of the world, have mercy upon us.

Thou that takes away the sin of the world, receive our prayer.

Thou that sittest at the right hand of God the Father, have mercy upon us.

For Thou only are holy; Thou only art the Lord.

Thou only, O Christ, with the Holy Ghost,

are most high in the Glory of God the Father.





Old Testament Reading: Psalm 27:1-4

1 The Lord is my light and my salvation— whom shall I fear? The Lord is the stronghold of my life—of whom shall I be afraid? 2 When the wicked advance against me to devour me, it is my enemies and my foes who will stumble and fall. 3 Though an army besiege me, my heart will not fear; though war break out against me, even then I will be confident. 4 One thing I ask from the Lord, this only do I seek: that I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life, to gaze on the beauty of the Lord and to seek him in his temple.

P: This is the Word of the Lord.                                

C: Thanks be to God.


New Testament Reading: Galatians 2:11-16

11 When Cephas came to Antioch, I opposed him to his face, because he stood condemned. 12 For before certain men came from James, he used to eat with the Gentiles. But when they arrived, he began to draw back and separate himself from the Gentiles because he was afraid of those who belonged to the circumcision group. 13 The other Jews joined him in his hypocrisy, so that by their hypocrisy even Barnabas was led astray. 14 When I saw that they were not acting in line with the truth of the gospel, I said to Cephas in front of them all, “You are a Jew, yet you live like a Gentile and not like a Jew. How is it, then, that you force Gentiles to follow Jewish customs? 15 “We who are Jews by birth and not sinful Gentiles 16 know that a person is not justified by the works of the law, but by faith in Jesus Christ. So we, too, have put our faith in Christ Jesus that we may be justified by faith in Christ and not by the works of the law, because by the works of the law no one will be justified.

P: This is the Word of the Lord.

C: Thanks be to God.


Gospel Reading: John 7:37-39

37 On the last and greatest day of the festival, Jesus stood and said in a loud voice, “Let anyone who is thirsty come to me and drink. 38 Whoever believes in me, as Scripture has said, rivers of living water will flow from within them.” 39 By this he meant the Spirit, whom those who believed in him were later to receive. Up to that time the Spirit had not been given, since Jesus had not yet been glorified.

P: This is the Gospel of the Lord.

C: Thanks be to God.


Kids Korner


Hymn: God Bless Our Native Land LSB# 965

God bless our native land;

Firm may she ever stand

Through storm and night.

When the wild tempests rave,

Ruler of wind and wave,

Do Thou our country save

By Thy great might.


So shall our prayers arise

To God above the skies;

On Him we wait.

Thou who art ever nigh,

Guarding with watchful eye,

To Thee aloud we cry:

God save the state!

Text (st. 1): Charles T. Brooks, 1813–83, alt.; (st. 2): John S. Dwight, 1813–93, alt. Text: Public domain


Sermon: Unfollow the Rules


Offertory: Jesus Shall Reign LSB# 832

Jesus shall reign where’er the sun

Does its successive journeys run;

His kingdom stretch from shore to shore

Till moons shall wax and wane no more.


To Him shall endless prayer be made,

And endless praises crown His head;

His name like sweet perfume shall rise

With ev’ry morning sacrifice.


People and realms of ev’ry tongue

Dwell on His love with sweetest song;

And infant voices shall proclaim

Their early blessings on His name.

Text: Isaac Watts, 1674–1748, alt.Text: Public domain


Apostle’s Creed

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.


Prayer of the Church


Lord’s Prayer

P: Let us pray together the prayer that Jesus taught us to pray:

C: 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.



P: 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.

C: Amen.


Hymn to Depart: My Soul Rejoices LSB# 933

My soul rejoices,

My spirit voices—

Sing the greatness of the Lord!

For God my Savior

Has shown me favor—

Sing the greatness of the Lord!

With praise and blessing,

Join in confessing

God, who is solely

Mighty and holy—

O sing the greatness of God the Lord!

His mercy surely

Shall rest securely

On all who fear Him,

Love and revere Him—

O sing the greatness of God the Lord!


His arm now baring,

His strength declaring—

Sing the greatness of the Lord!

The proud He scatters,

Their rule He shatters—

Sing the greatness of the Lord!

Oppression halted;

The meek exalted.

Full are the hungry;

Empty, the wealthy—

O sing the greatness of God the Lord!

Here is the token

All that was spoken

To Abr’ham’s offspring

God is fulfilling—

O sing the greatness of God the Lord!

Text: Stephen P. Starke, 1955 Text: © 1991 Stephen P. Starke, admin. Concordia Publishing House. Used by permission


The altar flowers are given by Terry and Carolyn Leu in celebration of

Matthew and Jenny Leu’s wedding on May 27.


Serving Today:

Pastor Jim Bretthauer

Organist: Daniel Barber, D.M.

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