Dear people of God at Peace: TODAY we are the church at worship – in our own homes – in this Easter season!
Christ is risen:
He is risen indeed!
When you are ready to worship:
Click to open the worship video for May 17, Sixth Sunday of Easter
FIND THESE RESOURCES ON PEACE’S WEBSITE:
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For Families with Children Today: Get ready for worship by opening “10 Spiritual Activities for Families at Home” from www.peacelutheranlz.com and help your child(ren) join in today’s worship along with activities for the day.
Join the LIVE “Virtual Coffee Hour” today at 9:15am to connect with each other and today’s guest speaker, Rev. John Alan Boryk. Go to Peace website for easy link
Here is a brief tutorial if you need some help on YouTube.
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Now is the Time to Worship
Video: Welcome and Introduction to the Day
VIDEO and JOIN IN: Confession and Forgiveness
You may make the sign of the cross, the sign marked on you at baptism, as we begin.
Blessed be the holy Trinity, + one God, who forgives all our sin, whose mercy is never ending. Amen. Seeking reconciliation with God and neighbor, let us remember the gift of baptism and confess our sin.
Silence is kept for reflection.
God of mercy: We confess that we have sinned against you and against one another. We are worried and distracted by many things, and we fail to love you above all else. We think mostly of ourselves, and turn away from our neighbors in need. Forgive us, that we may live in the freedom of your risen Son, Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
When we were laid low by sin and guilt, God made us alive together with Christ, forgiving us + all our failures and shortcomings, by taking our sins to the cross. For freedom Christ has set us free: Rejoice in this good news! Amen.
VIDEO AND SING ALONG: Now the Feast and Celebration
Refrain: Now the feast and celebration, all of creation sings for joy to the God of life and love and freedom: praise and glory forevermore!
Now is the feast of the Lamb once slain, whose blood has freed and united us to be one great people of God. Refrain
Power and riches, wisdom and might, all honor and glory to Christ forever. Refrain
For God has come to dwell with us, to make us people of God; to make all things new. Refrain
VIDEO AND SAY (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. Amen
Video: Children’s Word
Video: First Reading: Acts 17:22-31
VIDEO AND READ ALONG RESPONSIVELY: Psalm 66:8-20
8Bless our God, you peoples; let the sound of praise be heard.
9Our God has kept us among the living and has not allowed our feet to slip.
10For you, O God, have tested us; you have tried us just as silver is tried.
11You brought us into the net; you laid heavy burdens upon our backs.
12You let people ride over our heads; we went through fire and water,
but you brought us out into a place of refreshment.
13I will enter your house with burnt offerings and will pay you my vows--
14those that I promised with my lips and spoke with my mouth when I was in trouble.
15I will offer you burnt offerings of fatlings with the smoke of rams;
I will give you oxen and goats.
16Come and listen, all you who believe, and I will tell you what God has done for me.
17I called out to God with my mouth, and praised the Lord with my tongue.
18If I had cherished evil in my heart, the Lord would not have heard me;
19but in truth God has heard me and has attended to the sound of my prayer.
20Blessed be God, who has not rejected my prayer, nor withheld unfailing love from me.
Video: Second Reading - I Peter 3:13-22
Video: Gospel - John 14:15-21
Video: Sermon – Rev. John Alan Boryk
VIDEO & SING ALONG – Hymn of the Day: “What a Friend We Have in Jesus”
What a friend we have in Jesus, all our sins and griefs to bear!
What a privilege to carry ev’ry thing to God in prayer!
Oh, what peace we often forfeit; oh, what needless pain we bear –
all because we do not carry ev’ry thing to God in prayer!
Have we trials and temptations? Is there trouble anywhere?
We should never be discouraged – take it to the Lord in prayer.
Can we find a friend so faithful who will all our sorrows share?
Jesus knows our ev’ry weakness – take it to the Lord in prayer.
Are we weak and heavy-laden, cumbered with a load of care?
Precious Savior, still our refuge – take it to the Lord in prayer.
Do your friends despise, forsake you? Take it to the Lord in prayer.
In his arms he’ll take and shield you; you will find a solace there.
VIDEO & JOIN IN: THE APOSTLES’ CREED
I believe in God, the Father almighty, creator of heaven and earth.
I believe in Jesus Christ, God’s only Son, our Lord, who was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died, and was buried; he descended to the dead. On the third day he rose again; he ascended into heaven, he is seated at the right hand of the Father, and he will come to judge the living and the dead.
I believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy catholic church, the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and the life everlasting. Amen.
Video: PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE …Lord, in your mercy: Hear our prayer
Video: THE LORD’S PRAYER Our Father, who art in heaven…
Video: Musical offering
How to give your offering now
Your friends and fellow members are sharing their gifts and talents to help us all celebrate Easter! As we bring these moments of worship to you in this virtual setting, please consider your contributions to the virtual offering plate we pass. Send your offering through one of these 4 convenient methods:
· Mail your check to church
· Use your bank website “send-payment” feature
· Go to PLC website www.peacelutheranlz.com and click on “make a donation”
· Download and use the app we recommend: https://www.vancopayments.com/egiving/church-app
VIDEO AND JOIN IN: OFFERING PRAYER
Merciful God, our ordinary gifts seem small, but you make of them an abundance,
just as you do with our lives. You have fed us with your Word for service in your name. In the strength of the risen Christ we pray. Amen.
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.
VIDEO AND SING ALONG: “This Joyful Eastertide”
This joyful Eastertide, away with sin and sorrow!
My love the Crucified, has sprung to life this morrow.
Refrain: 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.
My flesh in hope shall rest and for a season slumber till trumpet from east to west shall wake the dead in number. Refrain
Death’s flood has lost its chill since Jesus crossed the river. Lover of souls, from ill my passing soul deliver. Refrain
Christ is risen, just as he said. Go in peace. Share the good news. Alleluia!
Thanks be to God. Alleluia!
So much gratitude for everyone who has contributed to our worship today and in recent weeks. The young and old, readers and musicians, and the technical help from a growing circle of Peace people is making this possible.
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