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Worship May 10, 2020- 5th Sunday of Easter

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Introduction to Worship - Into Your Hand I Commit My Spirit


As we continue to celebrate the fifty days of Easter, today’s gospel includes Jesus’ promise that he goes to prepare a place for his followers in his Father’s house. We are called us to share Jesus’ mission in the world. 1 Peter reminds us we are a holy people, called to proclaim the one who called us out of darkness into light. We consider deeply how we can commit ourselves to God. This is illustrated in the story of Stephen the martyr and highlighted in Pastor Jill's sermon. 'Into your hand, I commit my spirit'. In words and deeds we bear witness to the risen Christ—our way, our truth, our life.


Opening Hymn

The Solid Rock (My Hope Is Built On Nothing Less)


A favorite hymn... This song is from the album, "Together for the Gospel Live" from Sovereign Grace Music, Bob Kauflin. Album- Together for the Gospel, Licensed by [Merlin] Absolute Label Services; Capitol CMG Publishing, and 3 Music Rights Societies

Verse 1 My hope is built on nothing less; Than Jesus' blood and righteousness I dare not trust the sweetest frame; But wholly lean on Jesus' name Chorus On Christ the solid Rock I stand, All other ground is sinking sand; All other ground is sinking sand Verse 2 When darkness seems to hide His face; I rest on His unchanging grace In ev’ry high and stormy gale; My anchor holds within the veil

Verse 3 His oath, His covenant, His blood; Support me in the whelming flood When all around my soul gives way; He then is all my hope and stay Verse 4 When He shall come with trumpet sound; O may I then in Him be found Dressed in His righteousness alone; Faultless to stand before the throne

CCLI Song # 3309418 Edward Mote | Roger Jones | William Batchelder Bradbury © Words: Public Domain Music: 1993 Christian Music Ministries (Admin. by Sovereign Music UK) For use solely with the SongSelect®. Terms of Use. All rights reserved. www.ccli.com CCLI License # 11430998

Prayer of the Day

Almighty God, your Son Jesus Christ is the way, the truth, and the life. Give us grace to love one another, to follow in the way of his commandments, and to share his risen life with all the world, for he lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.

Amen.

First Reading: Acts 7:55-60 The martyrdom of Stephen

Stephen was one of the seven men chosen by the apostles to serve tables so that the apostles could be free to serve the word (Acts 6:1-6). Stephen does more than distribute food, however. For his preaching of God’s word, he becomes the first martyr of the faith.

But [Stephen), full of the Holy Spirit, gazed into heaven and saw the glory of God, and Jesus standing at the right hand of God. And he said, “Behold, I see the heavens opened, and the Son of Man standing at the right hand of God.” But they cried out with a loud voice and covered their ears and rushed at him. Then they cast him out of the city and stoned him. And the witnesses laid down their garments at the feet of a young man named Saul. And as they were stoning Stephen, he called out, “Lord Jesus, receive my spirit.” And falling to his knees he cried out with a loud voice, “Lord, do not hold this sin against them.” And when he had said this, he died.

Here ends the Reading.


Psalm 31:1-5, 15-16

Into your hand I commit my spirit. (Ps. 31:5)

In you, O Lord, do I take refuge; let me never be put to shame; in your righteousness deliver me! Incline your ear to me; rescue me speedily! Be a rock of refuge for me, a strong fortress to save me!

For you are my rock and my fortress; and for your name's sake you lead me and guide me; you take me out of the net they have hidden for me, for you are my refuge. Into your hand I commit my spirit; you have redeemed me, O Lord, faithful God.

rescue me from the hand of my enemies and from my persecutors! Make your face shine on your servant; save me in your steadfast love!


Second Reading: 1 Peter 2:2-10

God’s people chosen to proclaim God’s mighty acts

Christ is the cornerstone of God’s saving work and the foundation of our lives. We are God’s chosen, holy people who continuously celebrate and declare the mercy of God we experience through Jesus Christ.

Like newborn infants, long for the pure spiritual milk, that by it you may grow up into salvation— if indeed you have tasted that the Lord is good. As you come to him, a living stone rejected by men but in the sight of God chosen and precious, you yourselves like living stones are being built up as a spiritual house, to be a holy priesthood, to offer spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ. For it stands in Scripture:

“Behold, I am laying in Zion a stone, a cornerstone chosen and precious, and whoever believes in him will not be put to shame.” So, the honor is for you who believe, but for those who do not believe, “The stone that the builders rejected has become the cornerstone,” and “A stone of stumbling, and a rock of offense.” They stumble because they disobey the word, as they were destined to do.

But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for his own possession, that you may proclaim the excellencies of him who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light. Once you were not a people, but now you are God's people; once you had not received mercy, but now you have received mercy.

Here ends the Reading.


Gospel: John 14:1-14 I Am the Way, the Truth, the Life

On the night that he is to be arrested, Jesus shares final words with his disciples. As the one through whom God is known, he promises to go before them and act on their behalf.

“Let not your hearts be troubled. Believe in God; believe also in me. In my Father's house are many rooms. If it were not so, would I have told you that I go to prepare a place for you? And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and will take you to myself, that where I am you may be also. And you know the way to where I am going.” Thomas said to him, “Lord, we do not know where you are going. How can we know the way?” Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. If you had known me, you would have known my Father also. From now on you do know him and have seen him.”

Philip said to him, “Lord, show us the Father, and it is enough for us.” Jesus said to him, “Have I been with you so long, and you still do not know me, Philip? Whoever has seen me has seen the Father. How can you say, ‘Show us the Father’? Do you not believe that I am in the Father and the Father is in me? The words that I say to you I do not speak on my own authority, but the Father who dwells in me does his works. Believe me that I am in the Father and the Father is in me, or else believe on account of the works themselves.

“Truly, truly, I say to you, whoever believes in me will also do the works that I do; and greater works than these will he do, because I am going to the Father. Whatever you ask in my name, this I will do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son. If you ask me anything in my name, I will do it.

The Gospel of the Lord

Sermon I Commit My Spirit


[Psalm 31] Into your hand I commit my spirit; you have redeemed me, O Lord, faithful God. But I trust in you, O Lord; I say, “You are my God.” My times are in your hand;

This Scripture stood out to me—and was illuminated in my heart! The Word for the Warrior posts this week have highlighted our Glorious Inheritance—which is laid up for the saints. How do we respond to this treasure? I believe Psalm 31 tells us one way—to commit our spirit into His hands each & every day—why? Because Jesus has redeemed—bought back, paid the price, rescued us!

When we wonder which way to go—or if we get lost—we hear from Him in the still, small voice: I Am the Way, and the Truth, and the Life.

“Let not your hearts be troubled. Believe in God; believe also in me. I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and will take you to myself, that where I am you may be also.”

Let us place these two texts together, and we shall find that they become all the richer!

OUR TIMES ARE FIXED BY GOD. We have little choice in the matter, no more than as to when we should be born. God is Sovereign. It is his prerogative to settle all things that concern us. Whatever comes of prosperity or adversity, or joy or sorrow is of his ordering. It is for him to rule, it is for us to trust and to obey.

OUR SPIRIT CAN ONLY BE COMMITTED TO GOD BY OUR OWN ACT. We are free. When we act, we express the feelings of our hearts. To commit our spirit to God is to surrender ourselves wholly and forever to his will. It is only when we know and believe in God's love towards us, that we can joyously do this transcendent thing that will settle our destiny for time and for eternity.

IT IS ONLY WHEN WE HAVE COMMITTED OUR SPIRITS TO GOD, THAT WE CAN TAKE COMFORT FROM THE KNOWLEDGE THAT OUR TIMES ARE IN HIS HAND. We should be careful to put that first which should be first. When the most precious thing is safe, we need not be much concerned as to the lesser things. God has given us the greatest proof of his love, for he has redeemed us; we can therefore with quiet hearts leave to him the ordering of all things that concern us.

"My times are in your hand;" then come what will -- nothing can befall me but what is ordered by God---therefore I will be content and not fret; I will trust, and not be afraid; I will work, and not be weary in well-doing. I will be patient and hope to the end. knowing that all things work together for good to them that love God."

"Into your hands I commend my spirit." This I did at the first, when the Lord Jesus called me; this I would do evermore during my earthly course, after the example of your saints; this I would do in the end, as our Lord himself has taught us.

Now God gets our attention riled up when we hear: “Truly, truly, I say to you, whoever believes in me will also do the works that I do; and greater works than these will he do, because I am going to the Father.”

What in the world is Jesus talking about? How could we possibly do greater things than Jesus? Wowser, how could this be? We’ve learned to that the eternal God entered history as the God-man Jesus Christ, He has raised a dead guy named Lazarus, healed a blind man, and is on the brink of atoning for the sin of the world on the cross and defeating death through His resurrection. How could any Christian possibly do greater things than Christ?

The reference to “greater” does not, and obviously cannot, refer to greater in magnitude. Instead, it means greater in number. While on the earth, Jesus Christ the Son of God accepted the temporary limitations that came with a human body. Jesus was limited to being in one place at a time and ministering in one place at a time. After His death, burial, and resurrection the Spirit was sent to empower Christians to continue the ministry of Christ in greater numbers.

Today, Christianity continues to grow as believers in greater and greater numbers testify to the wondrous works of Jesus Christ. When Jesus spoke of these “greater works”, He had not yet died on the cross or risen from death and returned to heaven. Having completed His greater works, Jesus has now sent Christians filled with the Spirit to testify to what He has accomplished.

Today, a few billion people on planet earth claim to be followers of Jesus Christ. The Church of Jesus Christ is the biggest, longest lasting, and most diverse movement of any kind in the history of the world. Filled with the Holy Spirit, Jesus’ people are ministering across the globe as Christ works through Christians to bring the hope, help, and healing that only Jesus provides. If you are a Christian, you are part of God’s plan to bring His works to the world.

Are you ready & willing to be a Warrior Man & Woman, Youth, Child—sent out to bring the good news to others? That is the greater works! And we start out by following Him closely—the Way, the Truth & the Life, and by committing our spirits each day into His hands—realizing for sure that our times are fixed by Him—why should we fear or fret or stall? Jesus is worth it all. Amen

Hymn of the Day: The Way

Verse 1 Through every battle; Through every heartbreak Through every circumstance; I believe that You are my fortress Oh You are my portion; You are my hiding place; Oh I believe You are Chorus The Way the Truth the Life; I believe You are The Way the Truth the Life; I believe (You are) Verse 2 Through every blessing; Through every promise Through every breath I take; I believe that You are provider You are protector; You are the One I love; I believe You are Bridge It's a new horizon; And I'm set on You And You meet me here today; With mercies that are new All my fears and doubts; They can all come too Because they can't stay long; (When I'm here with You); (When I believe You are)

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Prayers of Intercession

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.

Build us up, God, as living stones united in your spiritual house. Continually strengthen your church as it is sent forth to proclaim your love. We pray especially for new congregations and those in redevelopment. Lord, in your mercy,

hear our prayer.

Humble us, creator God, as part of your creation. Fill us with respect and awe for the world you have made, including volcanoes, ocean currents, tropical rainstorms, glaciers, and other forces that both destroy and create. Lord, in your mercy,

hear our prayer.

Align our ways to your love, O God. We pray for countries, leaders, and other organizations as they prepare places for those seeking refuge and safety. Lord, in your mercy,

hear our prayer.

God of healing and rest, help those whose hearts are heavy and weighed down by many troubles. Comfort their suffering, ease their distress, and carry their burdens (especially those we name in our hearts today). Lord, in your mercy,

hear our prayer.

Nurturing God, we pray for those who tend and teach young children, for the safe pregnancies of expectant parents, and for families who struggle with infertility and miscarriage. We give thanks for all who have shown mothering care, and we remember all for whom this day is difficult. Lord, in your mercy,

hear our prayer.

Here other intercessions may be offered.

Generous God, you call into your brilliant light all who have died. Give us faith to take hold of the promise of your eternal life. 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.


The 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 power, and the glory, forever and ever,

Amen.

Offering

The offering is received as the Lord’s table is prepared.

During this time, it can be a strain on households, but please continue your giving as you are able. For now, send your offerings to Raymond Sundrud, Treasurer at: 35563 300th Street SE, Fosston, MN 56542.

Offering Prayer

Merciful God,

our ordinary gifts seem small for such a celebration,

but you make of them an abundance,

just as you do with our lives.

Feed us again at this table

for service in your name,

in the strength of the risen Christ.

Amen.

Communion

Let us now confess our sins & receive forgiveness.

(Pastor): In the Name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.

Almighty God, to whom all hearts are open, all desires known, and from whom no secrets are hid: Cleanse the thoughts of our hearts by the inspiration of your Holy Spirit, that we may perfectly love you and worthily magnify your holy name, through Jesus Christ our Lord.

If we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. But if we confess our sins, God who is faithful and just will forgive our sins & cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

All: Most merciful God,

we confess that, without Christ, we are in bondage to sin & cannot free ourselves. We have sinned against you in thought, word and deed, by what we have done, and what we have left undone. We have not loved you with our whole heart; we have not loved our neighbors as ourselves. For 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

Pastor: In the mercy of Almighty God, Jesus Christ was given to die for you, & for His sake God forgives you all your sins. To those who believe in Jesus Christ He gives the power to become the children of God & bestows on them the Holy Spirit.

All: Amen

The Apostles Creed:

I believe in God, the Father Almighty, Creator of heaven and earth.

I believe in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord.

He was conceived by the power of the Holy Spirit & born of the virgin Mary.

He suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died and was buried.

He descended into hell.

On the third day he rose again. He ascended into heaven, and is seated at the right hand of the Father. He will come again to judge the living and the dead.

I believe in the Holy Spirit, The holy Christian church, The communion of saints, The forgiveness of sins, The resurrection of the body, And the life everlasting.

All: Amen

Words of Institution

P: In the night in which he was betrayed, our Lord Jesus took bread, & gave thanks; broke it and gave it to his disciples, saying: Take and eat; this is my body, given for you.

All: Do this in remembrance of me.

Again, after supper, he took the cup, gave thanks, and gave it for all to drink, saying: This cup is the new covenant in my blood, shed for you and for all people for the forgiveness of sin.

All: Do this in remembrance of me.

Invitation to Communion

Come to the banquet. Behold the risen Christ.

Receive the elements.

partake of wine or juice and also the bread at this time.

After all have communed, say:

The body and blood of our Lord Jesus strengthen you and keep you in His grace.


-The following hymn may be played during communion-

"Panis Angelicus" is at section of the hymn "Sacris solemniis," which was written by Saint Thomas Aquinas in the 13th century. "Panis Angelicus" is Latin for "Heavenly Bread" or "Bread of Angels." The song was originally written for the Feast of Corpus Christi, a celebration of the body and blood of Jesus Christ. In 1872, composer César Franck set "Panis Angelicus" to music as part of a sacred composition. Artists: Luciano Pavarotti, Sting. Translations: Egyptian (Old Egyptian/Coptic), https://lyricstranslate.com

Latin Text (English translation in bold)

Panis Angelicus fit panis hominum

Heavenly bread that becomes the bread for all mankind;

Dat panis coelicus figuris terminum

Bread from the angelic host, That is the end of all imaginings

O res mirabilis! Manducat Dominum

Oh, miraculous thing! This body of God will nourish

Pauper, pauper, servus et humilis

Even the poorest, The most humble of servants

Pauper, pauper, servus et humilis

Even the poorest, The most humble of servants


After all have communed, say:

The body and blood of our Lord Jesus strengthen you and keep you in His grace.


Prayer after Communion

Life-giving God,

you have fed us with your word, and our hearts burn within us.

Through this meal you have opened us to your presence.

Now send us forth to share the gifts of Easter with all in need;

through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Amen.

Blessing

May the One who brought forth Jesus from the dead, raise you to new life, fill you with hope, and turn your mourning into dancing. Almighty God, Father, ☩ Son, and Holy Spirit, bless you now and forever.

Amen.

Closing Hymn- We Plow the Fields and Scatter

-selected today for our farmers out planting crops this week:

(Tutti Regali Buoni) Film clips from an 8 mm. movie camera. Most shots are from the 1930's and 1940's and feature rural and farm life. London Philharmonic Choir. UMG (on behalf of Sparrow (SPR)); ASCAP, Capitol CMG Publishing, Adorando Brazil, and 3 Music Rights Societies

Verse 1 We plow the fields and scatter; The good seed on the land But it is fed and watered; By God's almighty hand He sends the snow in winter; The warmth to swell the grain The breezes and the sunshine; And soft refreshing rain Chorus All good gifts around us; Are sent from heaven above Then thank the Lord; O thank the Lord for all His love Verse 2 He only is the Maker; Of all things near and far He paints the wayside flower; He lights the evening star The winds and waves obey Him; By Him the birds are fed Much more to us His children; He gives our daily bread Verse 3 We thank Thee then O Father; For all things bright and good The seed time and the harvest; Our life our health our food No gifts have we to offer; For all Thy love imparts But that which Thou desirest; Our humble thankful hearts

CCLI Song # 5284335 Jane Montgomery Campbell | Matthias Claudius | Vince Ambrosetti © Words: Public Domain Music: 2001 International Liturgy Publications For use solely with the SongSelect®. Terms of Use. All rights reserved. www.ccli.com CCLI License # 11430998

Dismissal

Christ is risen, just as he said.

Go in peace. Share the good news. Alleluia!

Thanks be to God. Alleluia!

Processional That Where I Am

a festive song with a theme from our gospel lesson- Jesus’ promise that he goes to prepare a place for us, performed by Michael W. Smith and Rich Mullins

Verse 1 In my Father's house; There are many many rooms In my Father's house; There are many many rooms And I'm going up there now; To prepare a place for you That where I am there you may also be Verse 2 If I go prepare a place for you; I will come back again If I go prepare a place for you; I will come back again You know I am the Way; The Truth the Life Keep My command; That where I am you may also be Chorus That where I am there you may also be; Up where the truth The truth will set you free; In the world you will have trouble But I leave you My peace; That where I am there you may also be Verse 3 Remember you did not choose Me; No I have chosen you Remember you did not choose Me; No I have chosen you The world will show you hatred; The Spirit show you truth That where I am there you may also be Verse 4 I've come down from the Father; Time for Me to go back up Oh I've come down from the Father; Time for Me to go back up One command I leave you; Love as I have loved That where I am there you may also be

CCLI Song # 2587468 Rich Mullins © 1998 Liturgy Legacy Music (Admin. by CURB / Word Music Publishing) Curb Word Music (Admin. by WC Music Corp.) For use solely with the SongSelect®. Terms of Use. All rights reserved. www.ccli.com CCLI License # 11430998

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