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 10, Fifth Sunday of Easter
FIND THESE RESOURCES ON PEACE’S WEBSITE:
All of This Week’s Announcements are at www.peacelutheranlz.com
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, David Anderson, founder and director of Safe Families for Children. 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 - 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 God, your Son Jesus Christ is the way, the truth, and the life. Give us grace to love one another, to following 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
Video: Children’s Word
Video: First Reading: Acts 7:55-60
VIDEO AND READ ALONG RESPONSIVELY: Psalm 31:1-5, 15-16
1In you, O LORD, have I taken refuge; let me never be put to shame;
deliver me in your righteousness.
2Incline your ear to me; make haste to deliver me.
3Be my strong rock, a castle to keep me safe, for you are my crag and my stronghold;
for the sake of your name, lead me and guide me.
4Take me out of the net that they have secretly set for me,
for you are my tower of strength.
5Into your hands I commend my spirit, for you have redeemed me,
O LORD, God of truth.
15My times are in your hand; rescue me from the hand of my enemies,
and from those who persecute me.
16Let your face shine upon your servant; save me in your steadfast love.
Video: Second Reading - I Peter 2:2-10
Video: Gospel - John 14:1-14
Video: Sermon – Rev. David Anderson, Founder and Director of Safe Families for Children, Chicago, IL
VIDEO & SING ALONG – Hymn of the Day: “For the Beauty of the Earth”
For the beauty of the earth, for the beauty of the skies, for the love which from our birth over and around us lies: Christ our God, to thee we raise this our sacrifice of praise.
For the joy of human love, brother, sister, parent, child, friends on earth and friends above; for all gentle thoughts and mild: Christ our God, to thee we raise this our sacrifice of praise.
For each perfect gift of thine, peace on earth and joy in heav’n; for thyself, best gift divine, to our world so freely giv’n: Christ our God, to thee we raise this our sacrifice of praise.
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.
PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE …Lord, in your mercy: Hear our prayer
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: “I Know That My Redeemer Lives!”
I know that my Redeemer lives! What comfort this sweet sentence gives! He lives, he lives, who once was dead; he lives, my ever-living head!
He lives triumphant from the grave; he lives eternally to save; he lives exalted, throned above; he lives to rule his church in love.
He lives to silence all my fears; he lives to wipe away my tears; he lives to calm my troubled heart; he lives all blessings to impart.
He lives, all glory to his name! He lives, my Savior, still the same; what joy this blest assurance gives: I know that my Redeemer lives!
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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