May 17, 2020


Sixth Sunday of Easter
May 17, 2020
COVID-19 Pandemic Week 10


Led by:
11 Old York Road ~ Ringoes, NJ 08551


Rev. Scott Schantzenbach, Interim Pastor
Shannen Hemmel, Musician
Pat Johnston, Lector 
Terry Welsh, Videographer and Editor

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.


Jesus does not abandon his followers. Through the Holy Spirit, Jesus comes to abide with his disciples of every generation. As Pentecost draws near, we are reminded that the risen Christ dwells in us as the Spirit of truth. We receive this Spirit in baptism and pray that the Spirit will transform us to be the body of the risen Christ in the world

We Begin


Alleluia! Christ is risen!

Christ is risen indeed. Alleluia!


Prayer of the Day

Let us pray. Almighty and ever-living God, you hold together all things in heaven and on earth. In your great mercy receive the prayers of all your children, and give to all the world the Spirit of your truth and peace, through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.

Psalm 66:8-20 

8Bless our | God, you peoples;
let the sound of | praise be heard.
9Our God has kept us a- | mong the living
and has not allowed our | feet to slip.

10For you, O God, have | tested us;
you have tried us just as sil- | ver is tried.
11You brought us in- | to the net;
you laid heavy burdens up- | on our backs.

You let people ride over our heads; we went through | fire and water,
but you brought us out into a place | of refreshment.
13I will enter your house | with burnt offerings
and will pay | you my vows—

those that I promised | with my lips
and spoke with my mouth when I | was in trouble.
I will offer you burnt offerings of fatlings with the | smoke of rams;
I will give you ox- | en and goats.

16Come and listen, all you | who believe,
and I will tell you what God has | done for me.
I called out to God | with my mouth,
and praised the Lord | with my tongue.

18If I had cherished evil | in my heart,
the Lord would | not have heard me;

19but in truth | God has heard me
and has attended to the sound | of my prayer.

20Blessed be God, who has not reject- | ed my prayer,
nor withheld unfailing | love from me. 


GOSPEL according to John 14: 15-21 read by Pat Johnston

Gospel: John 14:15-21

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

[Jesus said:] 15“If you love me, you will keep my commandments. 16And I will ask the Father, who will give you another Advocate, to be with you forever. 17This is the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, whom the world neither sees nor knows. You know the Spirit, because the Spirit abides with you, and will be in you.

 18“I will not leave you orphaned; I am coming to you. 19In a little while the world will no longer see me, but you will see me; because I live, you also will live. 20On that day you will know that I am in my Father, and you in me, and I in you. 21They who have my commandments and keep them are those who love me; and those who love me will be loved by my Father, and I will love them and reveal myself to them.”

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



"Gracious Spirit Heed our Pleading" played by Shannen Hemmel

Sing: ELW 401 “Gracious Spirit Heed our Pleading”

Gracious Spirit, heed our pleading, fashion us all anew.
It’s your leading that we’re needing, help us to follow you.
Come, Come, come Holy Spirit, come. Come, Come, come Holy Spirit, come.
Come to teach us, come to nourish those who believe in Christ,
Bless the faithful, may they flourish, strengthened by grace unpriced.
Come, Come, come Holy Spirit, come. Come, Come, come Holy Spirit, come.


P: As we welcome our God into the sanctuaries of our homes, let us pray for all the needs of the world, responding to each petition with words that echo today’s psalm: “O God, hear us.”

A: Abiding God, come into all the homes around the globe from which your people offer their prayer. Bless Christian leaders as they guide the church through this pandemic. Show our pastors and our church councils the way forward. Grant your grace also to the devout in other religions of the world, and show your kindness to all who search for you, whether within or outside the church.

For this we pray:
O God, hear us!

A: Creating God, revitalize the health of oceans, rivers, lakes, springs, glaciers, and other bodies of water that give life to your creatures. Especially we pray for our local bodies of water (local bodies of water may be named). Form us unto a baptized body that protects the waters on which we rely.

For this we pray:
O God, hear us!

A: Righteous God, instill in all the leaders of nations a desire for justice and the will to serve the oppressed. We pray especially for those nations in which dictatorship threatens the population. Guide our nation’s governors in their difficult pathway between the threat of disease and the dangers of scarcity and isolation. Bring our legislators into agreement about how to assist those in need. Give us patience in facing our current predicament.

For this we pray:
O God, hear us!

A: Compassionate God, visit all who are in great need, those who suffer from the coronavirus, those living in loneliness and fear, those without jobs, and those who mourn their dead. Uphold those whose futures have been taken away from them. We pray for health care workers and for the residents in care homes, prisons, and refugee camps. For the countless persons who carry heavy burdens on their back, we pray, and we call out to you these names:

For this we pray:
O God, hear us!

A: Benevolent God, give the world a vaccine.

For this we pray:
O God, hear us!

A: Fatherly and motherly God, embrace all orphans. Support the agencies that attend to the world’s orphans. Shield orphaned children from traffickers. Give to all nations wisdom concerning the refugees who are children. Watch over all children whose usual caregivers are absent. Form us into your children who love all your whom you have made.

For this we pray:
O God, hear us!

A: Loving God, once again each of us offers our personal praises and petitions.

For this we pray:
O God, hear us!

A: Eternal God, your kingdom is here now, and it has no end. We remember the saints who have gone before us, especially King Erik of Sweden, Queen Helena of the Roman Empire, those who have died of Covid-19, and those who remember in our hearts. Unite us forever in the resurrection of Jesus Christ.

For this we pray:
O God, hear us!

P: With bold confidence in your love, merciful God, we place all for whom we pray into your eternal care, through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord.



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 or plasma 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.


P:  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.

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.

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.

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

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


“God Be with You Till We Meet Again” played by Shannen Hemmel

SING: ELW 536 “God Be with You Till We Meet Again”

God be with you till we meet again; by good counsels guide uphold you
With a shepherd’s care enfold you; God be with you till we meet again,
Till we meet, till we meet, till we meet at Jesus’ feet;
till be meet, till we meet, God be with you till we meet again
God be with you till we meet again; when life’s perils thick confound you,
Put unfailing arms around you; God be with you till we meet again.
Till we meet, till we meet, till we meet at Jesus’ feet;
till be meet, till we meet, God be with you till we meet again



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Devotional Music Links: For your individual or group devotion, you may choose to listen to the following choral recordings made available through Augsburg Fortress: “Jesus Loves Me/We are Baptized in Christ Jesus”; “Once Led to Your Font.”


Readings for the Week:
Monday (commemoration of Erik, King of Sweden, martyr, died 1160) Psalm 93. Tuesday 1 Peter 3:8-12. Wednesday John 16:16-24. Thursday (Ascension of Our Lord; commemoration of Helena, mother of Constantine, died around 330) Luke 24:44-53. Friday Ephesians 2:1-7. Saturday 2 Kings 2:13-15. Seventh Sunday of Easter(commemoration of Nicolaus Copernicus, died 1543; Leonhard Euler, died 1783; scientists) Acts 1:6-14; Psalm 68:1-01, 32;35; 1 Peter 4:12-14, 15:6-11; John 17:1-11.


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