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April 14, 2024 - The Third Sunday of Easter

8:00am Worship Service



To the friends who know us, we renew our welcome, to the guest 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!


Handbell Pre-Service: Jesus Christ Is Risen Today

Easter Hymn from Lyra Davidicia 1708 Arranged by Cathy Moklebust 


Welcome & Announcements

·      Collection Box for April for Cups Cafe

·      Bibles and Brews at Planted Flag on Thursday, April 18.

·      Vertical Marriage small group meets Friday, April 19.

·      Outdoor Work Day is Saturday May, 4. Lots of work to do and we need lots of help! See a member of the Board of Properties to find out how to help.

·      PPC following late service today.



Sharing of the Peace

P: The peace of the Lord be with you.

C: And also with you.



P: In the name of the Father and of the + Son and of the Holy Spirit.

C: Amen.

Hymn: O Sons and Daughters of the King LSB# 470 V. 1-3, 9

1 O sons and daughters of the King,

Whom heav’nly hosts in glory sing,

Today the grave has lost its sting!

Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia!


2 That Easter morn, at break of day,

The faithful women went their way

To seek the tomb where Jesus lay.

Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia!


3 An angel clad in white they see,

Who sits and speaks unto the three,

“Your Lord will go to Galilee.”

Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia!


9 On this most holy day of days

Be laud and jubilee and praise:

To God your hearts and voices raise.

Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia!

Text: attr. Jean Tisserand, d. 1494; tr. John Mason Neale, 1818–66, 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.



Lord, have mercy upon us.

Christ, have mercy upon us.

Lord, have mercy upon us.

First Reading: Acts 3:11-21

While the man held on to Peter and John, all the people were astonished and came running to them in the place called Solomon’s Colonnade. When Peter saw this, he said to them: “Fellow Israelites, why does this surprise you? Why do you stare at us as if by our own power or godliness we had made this man walk? The God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, the God of our fathers, has glorified his servant Jesus. You handed him over to be killed, and you disowned him before Pilate, though he had decided to let him go. You disowned the Holy and Righteous One and asked that a murderer be released to you.  You killed the author of life, but God raised him from the dead. We are witnesses of this. By faith in the name of Jesus, this man whom you see and know was made strong. It is Jesus’ name and the faith that comes through him that has completely healed him, as you can all see.  “Now, fellow Israelites, I know that you acted in ignorance, as did your leaders. But this is how God fulfilled what he had foretold through all the prophets, saying that his Messiah would suffer. Repent, then, and turn to God, so that your sins may be wiped out, that times of refreshing may come from the Lord, and that he may send the Messiah, who has been appointed for you—even Jesus. Heaven must receive him until the time comes for God to restore everything, as he promised long ago through his holy prophets.

P: This is the Word of the Lord.                                

C: Thanks be to God.     

New Testament Reading: 1 John 3:1-7

See what great love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God! And that is what we are! The reason the world does not know us is that it did not know him. Dear friends, now we are children of God, and what we will be has not yet been made known. But we know that when Christ appears, we shall be like him, for we shall see him as he is. All who have this hope in him purify themselves, just as he is pure. Everyone who sins breaks the law; in fact, sin is lawlessness. But you know that he appeared so that he might take away our sins. And in him is no sin. No one who lives in him keeps on sinning. No one who continues to sin has either seen him or known him. Dear children, do not let anyone lead you astray. The one who does what is right is righteous, just as he is righteous.

P: This is the Word of the Lord.

C: Thanks be to God.


Please stand

Gospel Reading: Luke 24:36-49

While they were still talking about this, Jesus himself stood among them and said to them, “Peace be with you.” They were startled and frightened, thinking they saw a ghost.  He said to them, “Why are you troubled, and why do doubts rise in your minds? Look at my hands and my feet. It is I myself! Touch me and see; a ghost does not have flesh and bones, as you see I have.” When he had said this, he showed them his hands and feet. And while they still did not believe it because of joy and amazement, he asked them, “Do you have anything here to eat?” They gave him a piece of broiled fish, and he took it and ate it in their presence. He said to them, “This is what I told you while I was still with you: Everything must be fulfilled that is written about me in the Law of Moses, the Prophets and the Psalms.” Then he opened their minds so they could understand the Scriptures.  He told them, “This is what is written: The Messiah will suffer and rise from the dead on the third day, and repentance for the forgiveness of sins will be preached in his name to all nations, beginning at Jerusalem. You are witnesses of these things.  I am going to send you what my Father has promised; but stay in the city until you have been clothed with power from on high.”

P: This is the Gospel of the Lord.

C: Thanks be to God.


Kids Korner with Madeline Bartley

Sermon Hymn: Lord, Keep Us Steadfast in Your Word LSB# 655

Lord, keep us steadfast in Your Word;

Curb those who by deceit or sword

Would wrest the kingdom from Your Son

And bring to naught all He has done.


Lord Jesus Christ, Your pow’r make known,

For You are Lord of lords alone;

Defend Your holy Church that we

May sing Your praise eternally.


O Comforter of priceless worth,

Send peace and unity on earth;

Support us in our final strife

And lead us out of death to life.

Text: Martin Luther, 1483–1546; tr. Catherine Winkworth, 1827–78, alt. Text: Public domain


Sermon: He Opens Your Mind

Handbell Offertory: And The Glory Of The Lord from Messiah

Composed by George Frideric Handel Arranged by Kevin McChesney 


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.


Hymn to Depart: At the Lamb’s High Feast We Sing LSB# 633 V. 1, 6–7

At the Lamb’s high feast we sing

Praise to our victorious King,

Who has washed us in the tide

Flowing from His piercèd side.



Now no more can death appall,

Now no more the grave enthrall;

You have opened paradise,

And Your saints in You shall rise.



Easter triumph, Easter joy!

This alone can sin destroy;

From sin’s pow’r, Lord, set us free,

Newborn souls in You to be.


Text: Latin, c. 5th–10th cent.; tr. Robert Campbell, 1814–68, alt. Text: Public domain


Today’s altar flowers given by Dennis Barowicz in memory of Juanita.


Serving Today:

Rev. Jim Bretthauer

Director of Children and Family Ministry: Madeline Bartley

Handbell Director: Trevor Wozniak

Organist: Dr. Daniel Barber

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