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4/21/24 ~ Fourth Sunday of Easter

Service of Holy Communion ~ 9:30am



Celebration of Christ’s Victory (Easter Dialogue)

P:   Let God arise; let His enemies be scattered!

C:   Let those who hate Him flee before His face.

P:   God shows His love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.

C:   Even when we were dead in our trespasses, God made us alive together with Christ—by grace we have been saved—and raised us up with Him.

P:   Let the righteous be glad; let them exult before God: Let them be jubilant with joy!

C:   Sing to God, sing praises to His name!

(Sung Together)
Christ is risen from the dead,
Trampling down death by death,
And upon those in the tombs bestowing life!

P:   Christ is risen!

C:   He is risen indeed!  Amen!  Alleluia!

Opening Hymn                  If You But Trust in God to Guide You, LBW 453

Apostolic Greeting

Hymn of Praise      Alleluia, Alleluia, Give Thanks, WOV 671 vs. 1,4

Prayer of the Day

Almighty God, you show those in error the light of your truth, that they may return into the way of righteousness. Grant to all that are admitted into fellowship with Christ the power to avoid all things that are contrary to the faith and to follow you according to the will of your Son, Jesus Christ, our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen. 

Children’s Sermon

1st Scripture Lesson          Acts 4:1-12

1As {Peter and John} were speaking to the people, the priests and the captain of the temple and the Sadducees came upon them, 2greatly annoyed because they were teaching the people and proclaiming in Jesus the resurrection from the dead. 3And they arrested them and put them in custody until the next day, for it was already evening. 4But many of those who had heard the word believed, and the number of the men came to about five thousand. 5On the next day their rulers and elders and scribes gathered together in Jerusalem, 6with Annas the high priest and Caiaphas and John and Alexander, and all who were of the high-priestly family. 7And when they had set them in the midst, they inquired, “By what power or by what name did you do this?” 8Then Peter, filled with the Holy Spirit, said to them, “Rulers of the people and elders, 9if we are being examined today concerning a good deed done to a crippled man, by what means this man has been healed, 10let it be known to all of you and to all the people of Israel that by the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, whom you crucified, whom God raised from the dead — by him this man is standing before you well. 11This Jesus is the stone that was rejected by you, the builders, which has become the cornerstone. 12And there is salvation in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved.”

The Word of the Lord.
C: Thanks be to God.

Psalm 23

1The Lord is my shepherd;
      I shall not be in want.

2He makes me lie down in green pastures
      and leads me beside still waters.

3He revives my soul
      and guides me along right pathways for his name’s sake.

4Though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I shall fear no evil; for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me.

5You spread a table before me in the presence of those who trouble me;
      you have anointed my head with oil, and my cup is running over.

6Surely your goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life, and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever.

2nd Scripture Lesson         1 John 3:16-24

16By this we know love, that he laid down his life for us, and we ought to lay down our lives for the brothers. 17But if anyone has the world’s goods and sees his brother in need, yet closes his heart against him, how does God’s love abide in him? 18Little children, let us not love in word or talk but in deed and in truth. 19By this we shall know that we are of the truth and reassure our heart before him; 20for whenever our heart condemns us, God is greater than our heart, and he knows everything. 21Beloved, if our heart does not condemn us, we have confidence before God; 22and whatever we ask we receive from him, because we keep his commandments and do what pleases him. 23And this is his commandment, that we believe in the name of his Son Jesus Christ and love one another, just as he has commanded us. 24Whoever keeps his commandments abides in God, and God in him. And by this we know that he abides in us, by the Spirit whom he has given us.

The Word of the Lord.
C: Thanks be to God.

Gospel Acclamation    This Joyful Eastertide

This joyful Eastertide, away with sin and sorrow!
My love, the crucified, has sprung to life this morrow.
Had Christ, who once was slain,
not burst his three-day prison,
our faith had been in vain.
But now has Christ arisen,
arisen, arisen, arisen!

Gospel                  John 10:11-18

The Holy Gospel according to St. John, the 10th Chapter.
C: Glory to you, O Lord.

11{Jesus said,} “I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep. 12He who is a hired hand and not a shepherd, who does not own the sheep, sees the wolf coming and leaves the sheep and flees, and the wolf snatches them and scatters them. 13He flees because he is a hired hand and cares nothing for the sheep. 14I am the good shepherd. I know my own and my own know me, 15just as the Father knows me and I know the Father; and I lay down my life for the sheep. 16And I have other sheep that are not of this fold. I must bring them also, and they will listen to my voice. So there will be one flock, one shepherd. 17For this reason the Father loves me, because I lay down my life that I may take it up again. 18No one takes it from me, but I lay it down of my own accord. I have authority to lay it down, and I have authority to take it up again. This charge I have received from my Father.”

The Gospel of the Lord.
C:  Praise to you, O Christ.


Hymn of the Day               The Lord’s My Shepherd, LBW 451

Apostle’s Creed

Prayers of God’s People


Offertory                             The Doxology  564

Praise God from whom all blessings flow;
Praise Him, all creatures here below;
Praise Him above, Ye heav’nly host;
Praise Father, Son, and Holy Ghost

Offertory Prayer               p. 67 LBW

The Great Thanksgiving p. 68

Words of Institution  (rubric 33)

The Lord’s Prayer

Distribution of Communion

Post Communion Blessing & Prayer

Benediction                        p. 74 LBW

Closing Hymn        The King of Love My Shepherd Is, LBW 456

Dismissal                             p. 74 LBW









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