In today’s worship we are between Ascension and Pentecost, and we await the promised Spirit. 

We‘ll find something for the kids, scripture, an Easter Message, prayers and music.  We say Godspeed to two families, enjoy special music, and hear a next step in bringing us together.

Waiting for the Spirit

In these days between Ascension and Pentecost, we gather with the disciples in the upper room, waiting for the Spirit to transform the church around the world. In today’s gospel Jesus prays for his followers and for their mission in his name. Amid religious, social, and economic divisions, we seek the unity that Jesus had with his Father. Made one in baptism, we go forth to live our faith in the world, eager for the unity that God intends for the whole human family..

Worship Liturgy



Ringing the church bell

Opening Song:  “Behold, how pleasant/Miren qué bueno” ELW 649

Easter Greeting:          Alleluia, Christ is risen! :: Christ is risen indeed! Alleluia! 

Apostolic Greeting 

Prayer of the Day 


Children’s Message: WH

First Lesson    Acts 1:6-14

                          1 Peter 4:12-14; 5:6-11


Gospel             John 14:15-21   

Message      “Restoration”  Pr Wendell Hendershott

Message Hymn –  ” Come Now, O Prince of Peace“, ELW #247

Prayer of the Faithful  

Lord’s Prayer (Sung)



Farewell and Godspeed (videoed)

Final Blessing


Prayer of the Day

O God of glory, your Son Jesus Christ suffered for us and ascended to your right hand. Unite us with Christ and each other in suffering and in joy, that all the world may be drawn into your bountiful presence, through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.


Readings & Psalm

Acts 1:6-14
Jesus’ companions at prayer after his departure
Psalm 68:1-10, 32-35
Sing to God, who rides upon the clouds. (Ps. 68:4)
1 Peter 4:12-14; 5:6-11
God will sustain and restore those who suffer
John 17:1-11
Christ’s prayer for his disciples
While we wait for the Spirit, watch the osprey parents.



“Cast all your anxiety on him, because he cares for you…” 1 Peter 5:7

1 Peter is a good reminder for the days we need to hear that God will strengthen and support us. But how do we experience this? And how can we be a living witness to God’s care? Some food for thought:


“How the Pandemic Has Been Good for Parenting”

– Our kids are learning resilience in the midst of all this loss. “… we are discovering, thanks to resilience, we are far more capable than we thought we were. What a surprise. And what a gift.”


“Empathy”      Brené Brown Video (2:53 minutes)

– Empathy creates connection, and connection helps heal



“Love Letters to Strangers”

Hannah Bencher Ted Talk (4:37 minutes)

– “The World Needs More Love Letters” is now a global initiative that rushes handwritten letters to those in need of a boost.

“The Power of Vulnerability”

Brené Brown Ted Talk (20:04 minutes)

– What makes the difference? Knowing that you are worthy of love and belonging.


“The Science of Prayer”       (Wall Street Journal, article attached) 

– Prayer and spiritual meditation (even more than secular meditation) decreases anxiety and stress, fosters connection, strength, and care.


Offerings of Thanksgiving

While we are keeping physical social distance, there are still options for you to continue bringing your offerings to God and support the ministries of Grace.

Giving Options:

  • Mail a check to church address below
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Go in peace to love and serve the Lord!


We thank the following for today’s flowers: Cathy Mueller

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