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MINISTRY IN THE TIME OF PANDEMIC SURVEY

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GATHERING

PRELUDE

WELCOME

EASTER PROCLAMATION: Susan, Aaron & Abby Rovaldi

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

We gather, separate but together, in the house of God.
There is no ending. Only beginnings.
Love cannot be killed.
The tomb is empty.

The valley of the shadow of death no longer holds sway.
It is a momentary heartbreak.
A passing through.
The tomb is empty.

The absence of death announcing the presence of God.
At every hospital bed.
In every home.
With every person yearning, striving, seeking, breaking, hoping.
The tomb is empty.

And Christ is risen. Christ is risen indeed. Alleluia!

GATHERING HYMN

I’m So Glad Jesus Lifted Me

GREETING

The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, the love of God, and the communion of the Holy Spirit be with you all. And also with you.

PRAYER OF THE DAY

Let us pray. O God of glory, your Son Jesus Christ suffered for us and ascended to your right hand. Unite us with Christ and each other in suffering and in joy, that all the world may be drawn into your bountiful presence, through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.

HYMN OF PRAISE

WORD

FIRST READING: Acts 1:1-11 Katie Hallett

A reading from Acts.

Luke writes:  1In the first book, Theophilus, I wrote about all that Jesus did and taught from the beginning 2until the day when he was taken up to heaven, after giving instructions through the Holy Spirit to the apostles whom he had chosen. 3After his suffering he presented himself alive to them by many convincing proofs, appearing to them during forty days and speaking about the kingdom of God. 4While staying with them, he ordered them not to leave Jerusalem, but to wait there for the promise of the Father. “This,” he said, “is what you have heard from me; 5for John baptized with water, but you will be baptized with the Holy Spirit not many days from now.”

6So when they had come together, they asked him, “Lord, is this the time when you will restore the kingdom to Israel?” 7He replied, “It is not for you to know the times or periods that the Father has set by his own authority. 8But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.” 9When he had said this, as they were watching, he was lifted up, and a cloud took him out of their sight. 10While he was going and they were gazing up toward heaven, suddenly two men in white robes stood by them. 11They said, “Men of Galilee, why do you stand looking up toward heaven? This Jesus, who has been taken up from you into heaven, will come in the same way as you saw him go into heaven.”

The word of the Lord. Thanks be to God.

PSALM: Psalm 47

1Clap your hands, | all you peoples;
  shout to God with a | joyful sound.
2For the Lord Most High is | to be feared:
  a great king over | all the earth,
3who subdues the | peoples under us,
 and the nations un- | der our feet;
4who chooses our inheri- | tance for us,

  the pride of Jacob, | whom God loves.
5God has gone up | with a shout,
  the Lord with the sound | of the ram’s horn.
6Sing praises to | God, sing praises;
  sing praises to our | king, sing praises.
7For God is king of | all the earth;
  sing praises | with a song.
8God reigns o- | ver the nations;
  God is en- | throned on high.
9The nobles of the peoples have gathered as the people of the | God of Abraham.
  The rulers of the earth belong to God, who is high- | ly exalted. 

CHILDREN’S SERMON

GOSPEL: John17:1-11

The Holy Gospel according to John. Glory to you O Lord.

1After Jesus had spoken these words to his disciples, he looked up to heaven and said, “Father, the hour has come; glorify your Son so that the Son may glorify you, 2since you have given him authority over all people, to give eternal life to all whom you have given him. 3And this is eternal life, that they may know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom you have sent. 4I glorified you on earth by finishing the work that you gave me to do. 5So now, Father, glorify me in your own presence with the glory that I had in your presence before the world existed.
6“I have made your name known to those whom you gave me from the world. They were yours, and you gave them to me, and they have kept your word. 7Now they know that everything you have given me is from you; 8for the words that you gave to me I have given to them, and they have received them and know in truth that I came from you; and they have believed that you sent me. 9I am asking on their behalf; I am not asking on behalf of the world, but on behalf of those whom you gave me, because they are yours. 10All mine are yours, and yours are mine; and I have been glorified in them. 11And now I am no longer in the world, but they are in the world, and I am coming to you. Holy Father, protect them in your name that you have given me, so that they may be one, as we are one.”

The Gospel of the Lord. Praise to you O Christ.

SERMON: Pastor Jeff

HYMN OF THE DAY

A Hymn of Glory Let Us Sing!
verse 1, 2 & 4

PRAYERS OF INTERCESSION Nancy Fenton

Uplifted by the promised hope of healing and resurrection, we join the people of God in all times and places in praying for the church, the world, and all who are in need.

A brief silence.

O God, call your people to be one, as you are one. Unite your church in the truth of your gospel, the love of our neighbor, and the call to proclaim your reign to all people. Lord, in your mercy,

hear our prayer.

Breathe life into your creation wherever it cries out for healing. Restore oceans and rivers, jungles and rivers, deserts and grasslands. Lord, in your mercy,

hear our prayer.

Make your justice known among the nations of the earth. Protect the vulnerable. Redirect those who use violence and greed as weapons. Lord, in your mercy,

hear our prayer.

Come to the aid of your children. We pray for those on the front lines of the pandemic, for essential workers, for teachers, for the parents of young children, for those alone or isolated, for those infected with COVID-19, and for the loved ones who worry for them. Grant that all may rest their anxieties in your care. Lord, in your mercy,

hear our prayer.

Give courage to all who embark on new ventures. We especially remember this day those who risked their lives to serve in our armed forces. Grant safety to those serving at home or abroad, and assure them of your never-failing strength. Lord, in your mercy,

hear our prayer.

We pray now by name for several of your children, knowing that each name is one thread of a web of care and concern you have woven through our community. Bless Rachel, Carolyn, Arthur, Phyllis, Kathy, Jen, Father David Scheidler, Jamie, J.P., Eugene, Mike, Cathy, Beth, Kathryn, all those affected by addiction, all those affected by mental illness, all military personnel and first responders, for those who have contracted COVID-19. Bless, too, all connected to them by bonds of love and concern. Bless those names known only to you. Lord, in your mercy,

Hear our prayer.

We pray for the ministry of Camp Calumet in this week that they made the decision to cancel resident camp this summer. Give balm to hearts made heavy by the news; campers, staff, and counselors. Bless the directors and staff of Calumet as they discern their next steps. Lord, in your mercy,

Hear our prayer.

Raise all your saints to eternal life. Until that day, we give you thanks for the faithful examples of those who have listened to your voice and now rest in you, Keith Swenson and Dorothy Swanson. Lord, in your mercy,

hear our prayer.

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 INVITATION: Jen Compton

OFFERING MUSIC: Yeon Soh & Kirby Stalley

LORD’S PRAYER

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.

OR

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.

SENDING

ANNOUNCEMENTS

MEMORIAL DAY PRAYER

God of power and mercy,
you destroy war and put down earthly pride.
Banish violence from our midst and wipe away our tears,
that we may all deserve to be called your children.
Keep in your mercy those who have died in the cause of freedom
and bring them safely into your kingdom of justice and peace.
We ask this through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

BENEDICTION

In this prayer, I have a line; and your response is: Peace will find us.

Wherever we go,
Peace will find us.

Whoever we serve,
Peace will find us.

However we die,
peace will find us.

The Lord bless you and keep you.
The Lord’s face shine on you and be gracious to you.
The Lord look upon you with favor and give you peace. Amen.

SENDING HYMN

Rejoice for Christ is King
verses 1 & 2

DISMISSAL/PEACE

Go out into the world
with care and with courage.
Be kind to the ones you love.
Love the ones you do not know.
And go in peace, for Christ is risen.

Christ is risen indeed! Alleluia!

We invite you to share a sign of peace with those in your household or those gathered virtually.

POSTLUDE

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