May 10, 2020


WORSHIP IN THE HOME

Fifth Sunday of Easter

May 10, 2020

COVID-19 Pandemic Week 9

 

Led by:

LIVING WATERS LUTHERAN CHURCH

11 Old York Road ~ Ringoes, NJ 08551

Rev. Scott Schantzenbach, Interim Pastor
Shannen Hemmel, Musician
Don Barb, Lector 
 

In this time of world-wide crisis, congregations throughout this church are not able to gather for worship as the body of Christ. While we cannot be together in person, we can hear the word of God and hold each other in prayer. We offer this worship resource as an aid for prayer in the home.

Introduction

As we continue to celebrate the fifty days of Easter, today’s gospel includes Jesus’ promise that he goes to prepare a place for his followers in his Father’s house. Our baptism commissions us to share Jesus’ mission in the world. As 1 Peter reminds us, we are a holy people, called to proclaim the one who called us out of darkness into light. In words and deeds, we bear witness to the risen Christ—our way, our truth, our life.

WE BEGIN

 

Alleluia! Christ is risen!

Christ is risen indeed. Alleluia!

Prayer of the Day

Almighty God, your Son Jesus Christ is the way, the truth, and the life. Give us grace to love one another, to follow in the way of his commandments, and to share his risen life with all the world, for he lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.

 

Psalm: Psalm 31:1-5, 15-16

1In you, O LORD, have I taken refuge; let me never be | put to shame;
deliver me | in your righteousness.
2Incline your | ear to me;
make haste to de- | liver me.

3Be my strong rock, a castle to keep me safe, for you are my crag | and my stronghold;
for the sake of your name, lead | me and guide me.
4Take me out of the net that they have secretly | set for me,
for you are my tow- | er of strength.

5Into your hands I com- | mend my spirit,
for you have redeemed me, O LORD, | God of truth.
15My times are | in your hand;
rescue me from the hand of my enemies, and from those who | persecute me.
16Let your face shine up- | on your servant;
save me in your | steadfast love.”

Gospel: John 14:1-14

The holy gospel according to John.
Glory to you, O Lord.

[Jesus said:] 1“Do not let your hearts be troubled. Believe in God, believe also in me. 2In my Father’s house there are many dwelling places. If it were not so, would I have told you that I go to prepare a place for you? 3And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and will take you to myself, so that where I am, there you may be also. 4And you know the way to the place where I am going.” 5Thomas said to Jesus, “Lord, we do not know where you are going. How can we know the way?” 6 Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. 7 If you know me, you will know my Father also. From now on you do know him and have seen my Father.”

8Philip said to him, “Lord, show us the Father, and we will be satisfied.” 9 Jesus said to him, “Have I been with you all this time, Philip, and you still do not know me? Whoever has seen me has seen the Father. How can you say, ‘Show us the Father’? 10 Do you not believe that I am in the Father and the Father is in me? The words that I say to you I do not speak on my own; but the Father who dwells in me does his works. 11Believe me that I am in the Father and the Father is in me; but if you do not, then believe me because of the works themselves. 12Very truly, I tell you, the one who believes in me will also do the works that I do and, in fact, will do greater works than these, because I am going to the Father. 13I will do whatever you ask in my name, so that the Father may be glorified in the Son. 14If in my name you ask me for anything, I will do it.

The gospel of the Lord.
Praise to you, O Christ.

SERMON

 

SING: ELW 816 “Come My Way”

Come my way, my truth, my life: such a way as gives us breath
Such a truth as ends all strife; such a life as killeth death.
 
Come my light, my feast, my strength: such a light as shows a feast.
Such a feast; as mends in length; such a strength as makes his guest.
 

 

Still worshiping from our homes, but with our hearts bonded into one, let us pray for all who are in need, responding to each petition with words from today’s psalm, “make haste to deliver us.”

Build us up, mothering God, that like living stones we embody the strength that only you can give. Nurse all the baptized with the milk of your word. As you provided the early church with the apostle Matthias, fill now the churches’ needs for leaders to serve your holy people.

O God, incline your ear to us:
Make haste to deliver us.

Form us to be humble participants in your complex creation. We praise your power in evolving a magnificent earth, from flowering trees to tropical rainstorms, from black holes to beloved pets. Lead us to respect your wondrous earth with both all that creates and all that destroys.

O God, incline your ear to us:
Make haste to deliver us.

Assist the leaders of nations to find and follow your ways of justice. Guide their way through the challenges of pandemic and poverty. Protect governors and legislators from sickness and burn-out. Despite our own considerable needs, keep us mindful of the needs of others, especially refugees and prisoners.

O God, incline your ear to us:
Make haste to deliver us.

Accompany those who are sick, sorrowful, or confused. Comfort them in suffering, ease their distress, and carry their burdens. We beg you to protect us from the coronavirus, and we pray for those we name in our hearts before you.

O God, incline your ear to us:
make haste to deliver us.

Sustain those who mother infants and children. Uphold the parents and grandparents who now must school their children. Provide enough food and resources for families. Grant safe pregnancy and delivery to expectant parents, and minister to those who endure infertility and miscarriage. Bless the countless relatives, medical workers, and hospice volunteers who give to others mothering care. Embrace all for whom today’s cultural celebration of mothers is difficult.

O God, incline your ear to us:
Make haste to deliver us.

We remember before you for all who have died in the faith, those like Stephen martyred for the faith, those struck down by the coronavirus, and those whom we name now in our hearts.

At the end, bring us all to you, who are our way, our truth, and our life.

O God, incline your ear to us:
Make haste to deliver us.

With bold confidence in your love, almighty God, we place all for whom we pray into your eternal care; through Christ our Lord.
Amen.

 

OFFERING, SERVING, CARING

In the abundance of God’s steadfast love, God calls us from death to life, from silence to speech, from idleness to action. In Proverbs 3:9 Solomon writes: “Honor the Lord with your substance, and with the first-fruits of all your produce.” Giving is an act of honor. Living Waters is a generous people honoring our neighbor, our community, our God, by sharing and serving.

This week we specifically ask that you:

  • Stay safe, keep your distance, wash your hands
  • Watch over your neighbor
  • Support local feeding ministries with your gifts of food, and cleaning supplies
  • Share financial support with the church by mailing your gift to the church or by sharing through electronic option found on our website.
  • Consider becoming a blood donor
  • Investigate volunteering to fulfill and deliver groceries at Shop Rite on behalf of our seniors 908-806-3418
  • Sew masks. Wear masks in public places.

We offer ourselves to God and neighbor, and with the Church through all the ages we give thanks for the saving love in Jesus.

CONCLUDING PRAYERS

Let us pray. Almighty God, you give us the joy of celebrating our Lord’s resurrection. Give us also the joys of life in your service, and bring us at last to the full joy of life
eternal, through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.
Amen.

 

Our Father in heaven,
hallowed be your name,
your kingdom come,
your will be done,
on earth as in heaven.
Give us today our daily bread,
Forgive us our sins
as we forgive those who sin against us.
Save us from the time of trial,
and deliver us from evil.
For the kingdom, the power,
and the glory are yours,
now and forever.
Amen.

The God of hope fill us with all joy and peace in believing, so that we may abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.
Amen.

The God of all grace, bless us now and forever.
Amen.

Alleluia! Christ is risen!
Christ is risen indeed! Alleluia!

SING: “Victory is Mine”

Victory is mine; victory is mine; victory today is mine
I Told Satan, “Get thee behind” Victory today is mine.
 
Joy is mine; joy is mine; joy today is mine.
I told Satan, “Get thee behind,” Joy today is mine.

 

From Sundays and Seasons.com. Copyright © 2020 Augsburg Fortress. All rights reserved. Reprinted by permission under Augsburg Fortress Liturgies Annual License #23228 New Revised Standard Version Bible, copyright 1989, Division of Christian Education of the National Council of Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved. Hymns and songs reprinted under the permission of OneLicense.net #700509 Intercessory Prayer: Gail Ramshaw

 

THROUGH THE WEEK

Devotional Music Links: For your individual or group devotion, you may choose to listen to the following choral recordings made available through Augsburg Fortress: “Alleluia! Jesus Is Risen”“Come, My Way, My Truth, My Life”; “Love Is Come Again.

Readings for the Week:
Monday Psalm 102:1-17. Tuesday Proverbs 3:5-12. Wednesday John 8:31-38. Thursday (Matthias, Apostle) Luke 6:12-16. Friday Genesis 7:1-24. Saturday John 14:27-29. Sixth Sunday of Easter Acts 17:22-31; Psalm 66:8-20; 1 Peter 3:13-22; John 14:15-21.

 

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