Worship Orders

Sunday, May 9th, 2021

WELCOME TO WORSHIP

OPENING SONG – Precious Lord, Take my Hand

Verse 1

Precious Lord, take my hand, lead me on, let me stand

I am tired, I am weak, I am worn

Through the storm, through the night, lead me on to the light

Refrain

Take my hand precious Lord, lead me home.

Verse 2

When my way grows drear, precious Lord, linger near,

when my life is almost gone,

Hear my cry, hear my call, hold my hand lest I fall.

Refrain

Take my hand precious Lord, lead me home.

Verse 3

When the darkness appears and the night draws near,

and the day is past and gone,

At the river I stand, guide my feet, hold my hand.

Refrain

Take my hand precious Lord, lead me home.

Confession and Forgiveness

Blessed be the Holy Trinity, one God

who creates, redeems, and sustains us and all of creation. 

Amen

Let us confess our sin in the presence of God and of one another.

To you, O God, 

all hearts are open,

to you all desires known.

We come to you, 

confessing our sins. 

Forgive us in your mercy, 

and remember us in your love.

Show us your ways;

teach us your paths;

and lead us in justice and truth,

for the sake of your goodness

in Jesus Christ our Savior. Amen

By water and the Holy Spirit

God gives you a new birth,

and through the death and resurrection

of Jesus Christ, 

God forgives you all your sins. 

The God of mercy and might

strengthen you in all goodness

and keep you in eternal life. 

Amen

Children of the Heavenly Father

Tryggare kan ingen vara

        Tryggare kan ingen vara

        än Guds lilla barna skara,

        stjärnan ej på himlafästet,

        fågeln ej i kända nästet.

1        Children of the heav’nly Father

        safely in his bosom gather;

        nestling bird nor star in heaven

        such a refuge e’er was given.

2        God his own doth tend and nourish,

        in his holy courts they flourish.

        From all evil things he spares them,

        in his mighty arms he bears them.

3        Neither life nor death shall ever

        from the Lord his children sever;

        unto them his grace he showeth,

        and their sorrows all he knoweth.

4        Though he giveth or he taketh,

        God his children ne’er forsaketh;

        his the loving purpose solely

        to preserve them pure and holy.

Text: Carolina Sandell Berg, 1832-1903; tr. Ernst W. Olson, 1870-1958

Text © 1925 Board of Publication, Lutheran Church in America, admin. Augsburg Fortress.

Duplication in any form prohibited without permission or valid license from copyright administrator.

PRAYER OF THE DAY 

O God, you have prepared for those who love you joys beyond understanding. Pour into our hearts such love for you that, loving you above all things, we may obtain your promises, which exceed all we can desire; through Jesus Christ, your Son and our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.

Amen.

KIDS TIME MESSAGE – Hymn – Jesus Loves Me 

Jesus Loves Me!  ELW 595   

1 Jesus loves me! this I know,

for the Bible tells me so;

little ones to him belong,

they are weak, but he is strong.

Refrain

Yes, Jesus loves me,

yes, Jesus loves me,

yes, Jesus loves me,

the Bible tells me so.

2 Jesus loves me! he who died

heaven’s gates to open wide;

he will wash away my sin,

let his little child come in.  

Refrain

3 Jesus loves me! he will stay

close beside me all the way;

when at last I come to die,

he will take me home on high.  

Refrain

Text: Anna B. Warner, 1820-1915, alt.

Psalm 98

1Sing a new song to the Lord, who has done | marvelous things,

  whose right hand and holy arm have | won the victory.

2O Lord, you have made | known your victory,

  you have revealed your righteousness in the sight | of the nations.

3You remember your steadfast love and faithfulness to the | house of Israel;

  all the ends of the earth have seen the victory | of our God.

4Shout with joy to the Lord, | all you lands;

  lift up your voice, re- | joice, and sing. R

5Sing to the Lord| with the harp,

  with the harp and the | voice of song.

6With trumpets and the sound | of the horn

  shout with joy before the | king, the Lord.

7Let the sea roar, and | all that fills it,

  the world and those who | dwell therein.

8Let the rivers | clap their hands,

  and let the hills ring out with joy before the Lord, who comes to | judge the earth.

9The Lord will judge the | world with righteousness

  and the peo- | ples with equity. R

LESSON 

1 John 5:1-6

1Everyone who believes that Jesus is the Christ has been born of God, and everyone who loves the parent loves the child. 2By this we know that we love the children of God, when we love God and obey his commandments. 3For the love of God is this, that we obey his commandments. And his commandments are not burdensome, 4for whatever is born of God conquers the world. And this is the victory that conquers the world, our faith. 5Who is it that conquers the world but the one who believes that Jesus is the Son of God?

  6This is the one who came by water and blood, Jesus Christ, not with the water only but with the water and the blood. And the Spirit is the one that testifies, for the Spirit is the truth.

Word of God. Word of Life

Thanks be to God

MESSAGE

Song – Just a Closer Walk with Thee ELW – 697

Refrain

Just a closer walk with thee, grant it Jesus, is my plea;

daily walking close to thee, let it be, dear Lord, let it be

Verse 1

I am weak, but thou art strong: Jesus keep me from all wrong

I’ll be satisfied as long as I walk, let me walk close to thee.

Refrain

Just a closer walk with thee, grant it Jesus, is my plea;

daily walking close to thee, let it be, dear Lord, let it be

Verse 2

Through this world of toils and snares, if I falter Lord who cares?

Who with me my burdens shares? None but thee, dear Lord, none but thee.

Refrain

Just a closer walk with thee, grant it Jesus, is my plea;

daily walking close to thee, let it be, dear Lord, let it be

Verse 3

When my feeble life is o’er, time for me will be no more;

Guide me gently, safely o’er to thy kingdom shore, to thy shore

Refrain

Just a closer walk with thee, grant it Jesus, is my plea;

daily walking close to thee, let it be, dear Lord, let it be

NICENE CREED

We believe in one God,

the Father, the Almighty, maker of heaven and earth, of all that is, seen and unseen.

We believe in one Lord, Jesus Christ, the only Son of God,

eternally begotten of the Father, God from God, Light from Light, true God from true God, begotten, not made,

of one Being with the Father; through him all things were made. For us and for our salvation

he came down from heaven,

was incarnate of the Holy Spirit and the virgin Mary

and became truly human.

For our sake he was crucified under Pontius Pilate;

he suffered death and was buried.

On the third day he rose again

in accordance with the scriptures;

he ascended into heaven

and is seated at the right hand of the Father.

He will come again in glory to judge the living and the dead, and his kingdom will have no end.

We believe in the Holy Spirit, the Lord, the giver of life,

who proceeds from the Father and the Son,*

who with the Father and the Son is worshiped and glorified, who has spoken through the prophets.

We believe in one holy catholic and apostolic church.

We acknowledge one baptism for the forgiveness of sins. We look for the resurrection of the dead,

and the life of the world to come. Amen.

PRAYERS OF INTERCESSION 

Prayers of Intercession

Alive in the risen Christ by the power of the Holy Spirit, we bring our prayers before God who promises to hear us and answer in steadfast love.

A brief silence.

Loving God, you call us to be your fruit-bearing church. Strengthen the bonds among all Christian churches. Today we pray for the Moravian Church, giving thanks for the life and witness of Nicolaus Ludwig von Zinzendorf, renewer of the church and hymnwriter. Hear us, O God.

Your mercy is great.

Creating God, the earth praises you. The seas roar and the hills sing for joy. Fill the earth with your love so that by their song, all creatures of land and sea and sky, burrowing and soaring, may call us to join with them in praise. Hear us, O God.

Your mercy is great.

Faithful Savior, you conquer the world not with weapons but with undying love. Plant your word in the hearts of the nations’ leaders and give them your Spirit, so that the peoples of the world may live in peace. Hear us, O God.

Your mercy is great.

Caring Healer, you forget no one and accompany the lonely. Be present with those who are sick or suffering Provide for those needing homes or medical care and point us towards life-changing responses to these needs in our own communities. Be with the dying. Hear us, O God.

Your mercy is great.

Gracious God, as a mother comforts her child, you comfort us. Bless mothers and mothering people in our lives. Comfort those who miss their mothers, mothers who grieve, those who grieve because they cannot be mothers, and those who have never known a loving mother. Hear us, O God.

Your mercy is great.

Gentle Redeemer, all who die in you abide in your presence forever. We remember with thanksgiving those who shared your love throughout their lives. Keep us united with them in your lasting love. Hear us, O God.

Your mercy is great.

In the hope of new life in Christ, we raise our prayers to you, trusting in your never-ending goodness and mercy; through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Amen.

PEACE 

The Peace of Christ be with you always

And also with you.

OFFERTORY 

Song – Great is the Thy Faithfulness ELW – 733

Verse 1

Great is Thy faithfulness

O God my Father

There is no shadow

Of turning with Thee

Thou changest not

Thy compassions they fail not

As Thou hast been

Thou forever wilt be

Chorus

Great is Thy faithfulness

Great is Thy faithfulness

Morning by morning

New mercies I see

All I have needed

Thy hand hath provided

Great is Thy faithfulness

Lord unto me

Verse 2

Summer and winter

And springtime and harvest

Sun moon and stars

In their courses above

Join with all nature

In manifold witness

To Thy great faithfulness

Mercy and love

Chorus

Great is Thy faithfulness

Great is Thy faithfulness

Morning by morning

New mercies I see

All I have needed

Thy hand hath provided

Great is Thy faithfulness

Lord unto me

Verse 3

Pardon for sin

And a peace that endureth

Thy own dear presence

To cheer and to guide

Strength for today

And bright hope for tomorrow

Blessings all mine

With ten thousand beside

Chorus

Great is Thy faithfulness

Great is Thy faithfulness

Morning by morning

New mercies I see

All I have needed

Thy hand hath provided

Great is Thy faithfulness

Lord unto me

OFFERING PRAYER 

God of love,

you call us beloved children and welcome us to your table.

Receive our lives and the gifts we offer.

Abide with us and send us in service to a suffering world;

for the sake of your beloved Child, Jesus Christ.

Amen.

The Words of Institution

LORD’S PRAYER 

Our Father in Heaven, hallowed be your name

Your Kingdom come, Your will be done, on earth as it is 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.

COMMUNION INSTRUCTIONS 

  • We will have wafers and wine and grape juice on both tables
  • Please wait for ushers to direct you to come forward
  • All are welcome to receive Holy Communion at Lord of Life

INVITATION TO COMMUNION (Altar-Presider)

COMMUNION Songs

Amazing Grace [Tim Slinger’s mother’s favorite hymn]

Amazing Grace  [ELW – 779]

Verse 1

Amazing grace how sweet the sound

That saved a wretch like me

I once was lost but now am found

Was blind but now I see

Verse 2

‘Twas grace that taught my heart to fear

And grace my fears relieved

How precious did that grace appear

The hour I first believed

Verse 3

The Lord has promised good to me

His Word my hope secures

He will my shield and portion be

As long as life endures

Verse 4

Through many dangers toils and snares

I have already come

‘Tis grace hath brought me safe thus far

And grace will lead me home

Verse 5

Yea when this flesh and heart shall fail

And mortal life shall cease

I shall possess within the veil

A life of joy and peace

Verse 6

When we’ve been there ten thousand years

Bright shining as the sun

We’ve no less days to sing God’s praise

Than when we first begun

PRAYER AFTER COMMUNION

A Prayer of Thanksgiving 

For the mothering of mothers

and the mothering of fathers

for the mothering of others:

Mother God, we give you thanks.

For those who act as midwife to our hopes,

for those who nurse us through our pain,

for those who nurture, strengthen and guide us:

Mother God, we give you thanks.

For those who gently push us from the nest,

for those who welcome us home,

for those who become our family,

Mother God, we give you thanks.

For You who set a table before us

For You who became food for us in bread and wine.

For you who fills our lives, our hearts, our spirits with good things and sends us out as joyful witnesses of your love.

Mother God, we give you thanks.

ANNOUNCEMENTS 

Closing Song –

Beautiful Savior ELW-838

Beautiful Savior

1        Beautiful Savior,

        King of creation,

        Son of God and Son of Man!

        Truly I’d love thee,

        truly I’d serve thee,

        light of my soul, my joy, my crown.

2        Fair are the meadows,

        fair are the woodlands,

        robed in flow’rs of blooming spring;

        Jesus is fairer,

        Jesus is purer,

        he makes our sorrowing spirit sing.

3        Fair is the sunshine,

        fair is the moonlight,

        bright the sparkling stars on high;

        Jesus shines brighter,

        Jesus shines purer

        than all the angels in the sky.

4        Beautiful Savior,

        Lord of the nations,

        Son of God and Son of Man!

        Glory and honor,

        praise, adoration,

        now and forevermore be thine!

Text: Gesangbuch, Münster, 1677; tr. Joseph A. Seiss, 1823-1904

Benediction 

May God, who gave birth to all creation, bless us:

may God, who became incarnate by an earthly mother, bless us:

may God, who broods as a mother over her children, bless us.

May almighty God bless us,

now and for ever.

Amen.

~ from A Service for Mothering Sunday from the Church of England website.

DISMISSAL 

Alleluia! Christ is risen.

Christ is risen indeed. Alleluia!

Go in peace. Share the good news. Alleluia!

Thanks be to God. Alleluia!