In today’s video we meet Jesus as the living path by which we live and witness to God’s love. You’ll find something for the kids, scripture, an Easter Message, prayers and music.
Jesus, the Advocate, Assures us of God’s ever presence
God comes to love us in Jesus, promising to be with us always by the Holy Spirit.
Jesus does not abandon his followers. Through the Holy Spirit, Jesus comes to abide with his disciples of every generation. As Pentecost draws near, we are reminded that the risen Christ dwells in us as the Spirit of truth. We receive this Spirit in baptism and pray that in our gathering around the Lord’s table the Spirit will transform us to be the body of the risen Christ in the world.
Opening Song:: “Christ Is Alive”, ELW 389, vv 1, 3, 5
Easter Greeting: Alleluia, Christ is risen! :: Christ is risen indeed! Alleluia!
Prayer of the Day
Children’s Message Video: WH
First Lesson Acts 17:22-31
Gospel John 14:15-21
Message “Holy Spirit: In, With & Alongside Us” Pr Netsie Griffith
Message Hymn – ” What Wondrous Love“, ELW 666, vv 1, 4
Message from President Bob Keith
“O Lord, Hear My Prayer”
Prayer of the Faithful
Lord’s Prayer (Sung)
Prayer of the Day
Almighty and ever-living God, you hold together all things in heaven and on earth. In your great mercy receive the prayers of all your children, and give to all the world the Spirit of your truth and peace, through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.
Readings & Psalm
Jesus doesn’t abandon us. instead he send the Advocate (and advocates) to transform our lives.
“I will not leave you orphaned; I am coming to you. In a little while the world will no longer see me, but you will see me; because I live, you also will live. On that day you will know that I am in my Father, and you in me, and I in you….” (John 14: 18-20)
How does this look in your life? Who do you stand with?
One Of The Most Inspirational Speeches From Gangsters | Father Gregory Boyle
Unless Someone Like You Cares… Lindy Cleveland | TEDx
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bvSglef1Tyk (7:21 minutes)
Is there someone you care about where life just isn’t right?
Optimism won’t save me…but neither will worrying about shit | Pr. Nadia Bolz-Weber https://nadiabolzweber.substack.com/p/optimism-wont-save-mebut-neither (written message)
https://www.instagram.com/tv/CAAbWYxHtdu/ (video 7:49 minutes)
‘Show Up With Hope’: Anne Lamott’s Plan for Facing Adversity (long, but good) https://www.facebook.com/AnneLamott/posts/2741453112650981?__tn__=K-R
“Sometimes hope is a radical act, sometimes a quietly merciful response, sometimes a second wind, or just an increased awareness of goodness and beauty…”
Good grief! What I learned from loss | Elaine Mansfield | TEDx
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PBzEwf1k59Y (16:42 minutes)
There is power in grieving intentionally and purposefully. Telling her own story of loss, Elaine Mansfield explains the use of ritual as a tool for empowerment for life’s most challenging times.
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We thank the following for today’s flowers: Dale and Mary Jane Weber, Marna Renshaw, and Andrea Barnhurst.
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