5-17-15 Sandwich Sunday

Seventh Sunday of Easter
Armed Forces Sunday
May 17, 2015-8:30am service
Divine Service Setting Three- Page 184
“After all, the chief purpose of all ceremonies is to teach the people what they need to know about Christ”
From the Augsburg Confession – Article 24-The Mass

Prelude

HYMNS: Opening – #589
“Speak, O Lord, Your Servant Listens”

The Introit
Pastor: Hear, O Lord, when I cry aloud; be gracious to me and answer me! The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? One thing have I asked of the Lord, that will I seek after; that I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life, to gaze upon the beauty of the Lord and to inquire in His temple, For He will hide me in His shelter in the day of trouble; He will conceal me under the cover of His tent; He will lift me high upon a rock. For my father and my mother have forsaken me, but the Lord will take me in. Wait for the Lord; be strong, and let your heart take courage; wait for the Lord!

The Collect for the Day
(C) O King of glory, Lord of hosts, uplifted in triumph far above all heavens, leave us not without consolation but send us the Spirit of truth whom you promised from the Father; for You live and reign with Him and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.

The First Reading Acts 1:12-26
12 Then they returned to Jerusalem from the mount called Olivet, which is near Jerusalem, a Sabbath day’s journey away.
13 And when they had entered, they went up to the upper room, where they were staying, Peter and John and James and Andrew, Philip and Thomas, Bartholomew and Matthew, James the son of Alphaeus and Simon the Zealot and Judas the son of James.
14 All these with one accord were devoting themselves to prayer, together with the women and Mary the mother of Jesus, and his brothers.
15 In those days Peter stood up among the brothers (the company of persons was in all about 120) and said,  16 “Brothers,  the Scripture had to be fulfilled, which the Holy Spirit spoke beforehand by the mouth of David concerning Judas, who became a guide to those who arrested Jesus.
17 For he was numbered among us and was allotted his share in this ministry.”
18 (Now this man acquired a field with the reward of his wickedness, and falling headlong he burst open in the middle and all his bowels gushed out.
19 And it became known to all the inhabitants of Jerusalem, so that the field was called in their own language Akeldama, that is, Field of Blood.)
20 “For it is written in the Book of Psalms, “‘May his camp become desolate, and let there be no one to dwell in it’; and “‘Let another take his office.’
21 So one of the men who have accompanied us during all the time that the Lord Jesus went in and out among us, 22 beginning from the baptism of John until the day when he was taken up from us—one of these men must become with us a witness to his resurrection.”
23 And they put forward two, Joseph called  Barsabbas, who was also called Justus, and  Matthias.
24 And they prayed and said, “You, Lord, who know the hearts of all, show which one of these two you have chosen 25 to take the place in this ministry and apostleship from which Judas turned aside to go to his own place.”
26 And they cast lots for them, and the lot fell on Matthias, and he was numbered with the eleven apostles.

The Gradual
(C) Christ has risen from the dead. God the Father has crowned Him with glory and honor. He has given Him dominion over the works of His hands; He has put all things under His feet.

The Epistle Reading – 1 John 5:9-15
9 If we receive the testimony of men, the testimony of God is greater, for this is the testimony of God that he has borne concerning his Son.
10 Whoever believes in the Son of God has the testimony in himself. Whoever does not believe God  has made him a liar, because he has not believed in the testimony that God has borne concerning his Son.
11 And this is the testimony, that God gave us eternal life, and this life is in his Son.
12 Whoever has the Son has life; whoever does not have the Son of God does not have life.
13 I write these things to you who believe in the name of the Son of God that you may know that you have eternal life.
14 And this is the confidence that we have toward him, that if we ask anything according to his will he hears us.
15 And if we know that he hears us in whatever we ask, we know that we have the requests that we have asked of him.

Special Music: – “Indescribable” by Laura Story
Sung by Katie Wilcox

The Gospel – John 17:11-19
11 And I am no longer in the world, but they are in the world, and I am coming to you. Holy Father, keep them in your name, which you have given me, that they may be one, even as we are one.
12 While I was with them, I kept them in your name, which you have given me. I have guarded them, and not one of them has been lost except the son of destruction, that the Scripture might be fulfilled.
13 But now I am coming to you, and these things I speak in the world, that they may have my joy fulfilled in themselves.
14 I have given them your word, and the world has hated them because they are not of the world, just as I am not of the world.
15 I do not ask that you take them out of the world, but that you keep them from the evil one.
16 They are not of the world, just as I am not of the world.
17 Sanctify them in the truth; your word is truth.
18 As you sent me into the world, so I have sent them into the world.
19 And for their sake I consecrate myself, that they also may be sanctified in truth.

Hymn of the day: #655
“Lord, Keep Us Steadfast in Your Word”
(Please rise for the final verse)

Sermon – “Sandwich Sunday” Not “Where’s the Beef? “What’s the roast beef?”
Psalm 1

Offertory “Brethren, We Have Met to Worship”.
Music by William Moore  Violin Duet by Emma & Andrew Tumlin, accompanied by Barbara Cripe

Armed Services Prayer
Leader: We confess that the human family cannot always live together in harmony. Even as we try to work for peace, whether in our personal life or the affairs of the nation, we find ourselves at war.
People: Only Your forgiveness and love can bring peace to our personal lives, to our country, and to the world. Lord, let Your love work in our hearts.
Leader: We pray for the members of our Armed Forces who serve on land, sea and air; for those who safeguard our shores and those called to bear arms around the world.
People: Heavenly Father, keep those serving in the Armed Forces from harm, and give them strength and courage to do their duty, especially those who work to bring order to Afghanistan; protect them and let Christ’s love shine through them.
Leader: We pray for the Military chaplains who share your love and healing with injured and disabled veterans throughout our country.
People: Lord, give our chaplains perseverance as they labor to bring healing to those who bear scars of war and suffer sorrowful memories and terrifying dreams. Give the chaplains patience and a rich measure of love.
Leader: We pray for pastors who serve double duty, both as reserve and guard chaplains, especially those mobilized to active duty and deployed away from home.
People: Surround our reserve and guard chaplains with love; bless families and parishes during times of separation; let them find sustaining strength in Word and Sacrament, and give joy to their homecomings.
Leader: Lord in Your mercy
People: Hear our Prayer

Distribution Hymns:
#618 “I Come, O Savior, to Thy Table”
#623 “Lord Jesus Christ, We Humbly Pray”

Closing: #577 “Almighty God, Your Word Is Cast”

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