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
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!
Prayer of the Day
Children’s Message: WH
First Lesson Acts 1:6-14
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)
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
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
Christ’s prayer for his disciples
“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:
– 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.
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.
- Mail a check to church address below
- Online bill pay through your bank
- Online giving – Orange button
Go in peace to love and serve the Lord!
We thank the following for today’s flowers: Cathy Mueller
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