Welcome to Worship with usThis morning
THIRD SUNDAY OF EASTER 14 th April 2013*
*The servicesimplified spoken formThis Service is a revision of the Simplified form of the communion serviceReleased by the LCA Commission on Worship in 1989.
Opening SentenceM: Worthy is the Lamb, who was slain AlleluiaC: to receive power and wealth and wisdom and strength and honour and glory and praise Alleluia! (Rev 5:12 NIV)*
PREPARATIONM: In the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.C: Amen.*
*HymnWe sing:Love divine, all loves excelling
LHS 164CAL 293
*Love divine, all loves excelling1. Love divine, all loves excelling,Joy of heaven, to earth come down,Fix in us Your humble dwelling,All Your faithful mercies crown.Jesus, Your are all compassion,Pure unbounded love You are;Visit us with Your salvation,Enter every trembling heart.
*Love divine, all loves excelling2. Come, almighty to deliver,Let us all Your grace receive;Suddenly return, and never,Never more Your temples leave.You we would be always blessing,Serve You as Your hosts above;Pray, and praise You, without ceasing,Glory in Your perfect Love.
*Love divine, all loves excelling3. Finish then Your new creation,Pure and spotless let us be;Let us see Your great salvation,Perfectly restored in You;Changed from glory into glory,Till in heaven we take our place,Till we cast our crowns before You,Lost in wonder, love, and praise.
INTRODUCTION TO CONFESSIONM: Friends in Christ: Jesus said to the apostles: 'Receive the Holy Spirit. If you forgive the sins of any, they are forgiven them. If you retain the sins of any, they are retained.'Therefore, let us confess our sins to God our Father and ask him in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ to forgive us. *
CONFESSION AND ABSOLUTIONC: We confess that we are born in bondage to sinAnd cannot free ourselves.We have sinned against you in thought, word, and deed,By what we have doneAnd by what we have failed to do.
CONFESSION AND ABSOLUTIONWe have not loved you with our whole heart,And we have not loved our neighbor as ourselves.We deserve your eternal punishment.
CONFESSION AND ABSOLUTIONFor 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.
CONFESSION AND ABSOLUTIONM: As a called and ordained servant of the word, I announce the grace of God to all of you. On behalf of my Lord Jesus Christ, and by his command, I forgive the sins of all of you who repent and believe, in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.C: Amen
*LITURGY OF THE WORD
GREETINGM: The Lord be with you.C: And also with you.*
PRAYER OF THE DAYM: Let us pray for the assurance of Christ's presence. C: Almighty and merciful God, you made the disciples glad by the sight of the risen Lord. Remind us that he is always with us, and that we now share in his resurrection. (Continued)*
PRAYER OF THE DAYFor he lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.*
The first readingR: The first reading for the third Sunday of Easter is written in chapter 9 of Acts, beginning at verse 1.
Acts 9:1-20 CEVThe conversion of Saul*
Acts 9:1-20Saul kept on threatening to kill the LORD'S followers. He even went to the high priest 2and asked for letters to the Jewish leaders in Damascus. He did this because he wanted to arrest and take to Jerusalem any man or woman who had accepted the LORD'S Way. *
Acts 9:1-203When Saul had almost reached Damascus, a bright light from heaven suddenly flashed around him. 4He fell to the ground and heard a voice that said, "Saul! Saul! Why are you so cruel to me?" "Who are you?" Saul asked. "I am Jesus," the Lord answered. "I am the one you are so cruel to.*
Acts 9:1-206Now get up and go into the city, where you will be told what to do." 7The men with Saul stood there speechless. They had heard the voice, but they had not seen anyone. 8Saul got up from the ground, and when he opened his eyes, he could not see a thing.*
Acts 9:1-20Someone then led him by the hand to Damascus, 9and for three days he was blind and did not eat or drink.10A follower named Ananias lived in Damascus, and the Lord spoke to him in a vision. Ananias answered, "Lord, here I am."*
Acts 9:1-2011The Lord said to him, "Get up and go to the house of Judas on Straight Street. When you get there, you will find a man named Saul from the city of Tarsus. Saul is praying, 12and he has seen a vision. He saw a man named Ananias coming to him and putting his hands on him, so that he could see again." *
Acts 9:1-2013Ananias replied, "Lord, a lot of people have told me about the terrible things this man has done to your followers in Jerusalem. 14Now the chief priests have given him the power to come here and arrest anyone who worships in your name.*
Acts 9:1-2015The Lord said to Ananias, "Go! I have chosen him to tell foreigners, kings, and the people of Israel about me. 16I will show him how much he must suffer for worshiping in my name."17Ananias left and went into the house where Saul was staying. Ananias placed his hands on him and said, "Saul, the Lord Jesus has sent me. *
Acts 9:1-20He is the same one who appeared to you along the road. He wants you to be able to see and to be filled with the Holy Spirit." 18Suddenly something like fish scales fell from Saul's eyes, and he could see. He got up and was baptized. 19Then he ate and felt much better. *
Acts 9:1-20For several days Saul stayed with the LORD'S followers in Damascus. 20Soon he went to the Jewish meeting places and started telling people that Jesus is the Son of God. This is the Word of the LordC: Thanks be to God.*
PSALMA prayer of thanksYou have turned my mourning into dancing.
R: The Psalm is Psalm 30
PSALM 30R: 1I will praise you, LORD! You saved me from the grave and kept my enemies from celebrating my death. C: 2I prayed to you, LORD God, and you healed me, 3saving me from death and the grave. *
PSALM 30R: 4Your faithful people, LORD, will praise you with songs and honour your holy name.C: 5Your anger lasts a little while, but your kindness lasts for a lifetime. At night we may cry, but when morning comes we will celebrate. *
PSALM 30R: 6I was carefree and thought, "I'll never be shaken!" C: 7You, LORD, were my friend, and you made me strong as a mighty mountain. But when you hid your face, I was crushed. *
PSALM 30R: 8I prayed to you, LORD, and in my prayer I said, 9"What good will it do you if I am in the grave? Once I have turned to dust, how can I praise you or tell how loyal you are?C: 10Have pity, LORD! Help!*
PSALM 30R: 11You have turned my sorrow into joyful dancing. No longer am I sad and wearing sackcloth. C: 12I thank you from my heart, and I will never stop singing your praises, my LORD and my God. You have turned my mourning into dancing.*
PSALM 30C: Glory to the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit;As it was in the beginning is now and will be for ever. Amen.*
The Second ReadingR: The second reading is written in Chapter five beginning at verse eleven.
Revelation 5:11-14 CEVWorthy is the Lamb that was killed*
Revelation 5:11-1411As I looked, I heard the voices of a lot of angels around the throne and the voices of the living creatures and of the elders. There were millions and millions of them, 12and they were saying in a loud voice, *
Revelation 5:11-14"The Lamb who was killed is worthy to receive power, riches, wisdom, strength, honour, glory, and praise." 13Then I heard all beings in heaven and on the earth and under the earth and in the sea offer praise. *
Revelation 5:11-14Together, all of them were saying, "Praise, honour, glory, and strength forever and ever to the one who sits on the throne and to the Lamb!" 14The four living creatures said "Amen," while the elders knelt down and worshiped.This is the Word of the LordC: Thanks be to God.*
The Holy GOSPEL(We stand for the Gospel reading)M: The holy gospel is written in chapter 21 of the Gospel according to St John, beginning at verse 1.C: Glory to you, O Lord.
John 21:1-19 CEVJesus & the miraculous catch of fish; words to Peter*
John 21:1-19Jesus later appeared to his disciples along the shore of Lake Tiberias. 2Simon Peter, Thomas the Twin, Nathanael from Cana in Galilee, and the brothers James and John, were there, together with two other disciples.*
John 21:1-193Simon Peter said, "I'm going fishing!" The others said, "We will go with you." They went out in their boat. But they didn't catch a thing that night. 4Early the next morning Jesus stood on the shore, but the disciples did not realize who he was. *
John 21:1-195Jesus shouted, "Friends, have you caught anything?" "No!" they answered. 6So he told them, "Let your net down on the right side of your boat, and you will catch some fish." They did, and the net was so full of fish that they could not drag it up into the boat.*
John 21:1-197Jesus' favourite disciple told Peter, "It's the Lord! When Simon heard that it was the Lord, he put on the clothes that he had taken off while he was working. Then he jumped into the water. 8The boat was only about a hundred yards from shore. *
John 21:1-19So the other disciples stayed in the boat and dragged
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