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P In the name of the Father and of the T Son and of the Holy Spirit. C Amen.
P If we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, & the truth is not in us.
C But if we confess our sins, God, who is faithful and just, will forgive
our sins and cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
P Let us then confess our sins to God our Father.
C Most merciful God, we confess that we are by nature sinful and unclean. We
have sinned against You in thought, word, and deed, by what we have done and by
what we have left undone. We have not loved You with our whole heart; we have
not loved our neighbors as ourselves. We justly deserve Your present and eternal
punishment. For the sake of Your Son, Jesus Christ, have mercy on us. Forgive us,
renew us, and lead us, so that we may delight in Your will and walk in Your ways
to the glory of Your holy name. Amen.
P Almighty God in His mercy has given His Son to die for you and for His sake
forgives you all your sins. As a called and ordained servant of Christ, and by His
authority, I therefore forgive you all your sins in the name of the
Father and of the T Son and of the Holy Spirit. C Amen.

P In peace let us pray to the Lord. C Lord have mercy.
P For the peace from above and for our salvation let us pray to the Lord.
C Lord, have mercy.
P For the peace of the whole world, for the well-being of the Church of
God, and for the unity of all let us pray to the Lord. C Lord, have mercy.
P For this holy place and for all who offer here their worship and praise let
us pray to the Lord. C Lord, have mercy.
P Help, save, comfort, and defend us, gracious Lord. C Amen.
INTROIT Ps. 133; antiphon: Ps. 133:1
Behold, how good and pleasant it is* when brothers dwell in unity!
It is like the precious oil on the head, running down on the beard, on the


beard of Aaron,* running down on the collar of his robes!
It is like the dew of Hermon, which falls on the mountains of Zion!* For there
the LORD has commanded the blessing, life forevermore. Glory be to the
Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit; as it was in the beginning,*
is now, and will be forever. Amen.
Behold, how good and pleasant it is* when brothers dwell in | unity!
Gloria in Excelsis

Salutation and Collect of the Day
P The Lord be with you. C And also with you. P We pray...
O God, through the humiliation of Your Son You raised up the fallen world.
Grant to Your faithful people, rescued from the peril of everlasting death,
perpetual gladness and eternal joys; through Jesus Christ, our Lord, who lives
and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. AMEN
First Reading Acts 2:14a, 36–41
14But Peter, standing with the eleven, lifted up his voice and addressed them,
“Men of Judea and all who dwell in Jerusalem, let this be known to you, and
give ear to my words. 36Let all the house of Israel therefore know for certain
that God has made him both Lord and Christ, this Jesus whom you crucified.”
37Now when they heard this they were cut to the heart, and said to Peter and
the rest of the apostles, “Brothers, what shall we do?” 38And Peter said to them,
“Repent and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the
forgiveness of your sins, and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. 39For
the promise is for you and for your children and for all who are far off,
everyone whom the Lord our God calls to himself.” 40And with many other
words he bore witness and continued to exhort them, saying, “Save yourselves
from this crooked generation.” 41So those who received his word were
baptized, and there were added that day about three thousand souls.
This is the Word of the Lord. C Thanks be to God.
Gradual (together)
Christ has risen from the dead. [God the Father] has crowned him with glory
and honor, He has given him dominion over the works of his hands; he has put
all things under his feet.
Epistle 1 Peter 1:17–25
17And if you call on him as Father who judges impartially according to each one’s
deeds, conduct yourselves with fear throughout the time of your exile,
18knowing that you were ransomed from the futile ways inherited from your
forefathers, not with perishable things such as silver or gold, 19but with the
precious blood of Christ, like that of a lamb without blemish or spot. 20He was
foreknown before the foundation of the world but was made manifest in the last
times for your sake, 21who through him are believers in God, who raised him
from the dead and gave him glory, so that your faith and hope are in God.


22Having purified your souls by your obedience to the truth for a sincere brotherly
love, love one another earnestly from a pure heart, 23since you have been born
from above, not of perishable seed but of imperishable, through the living and
abiding word of God; 24for “All flesh is like grass and all its glory like the flower of
grass. The grass withers, and the flower falls, 25but the word of the Lord remains
forever.” And this word is the good news that was preached to you. This is the
Word of the Lord. C Thanks be to God.

C ♫ Alleluia. Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal
life. Alleluia, alleluia.
Holy Gospel Luke 24:13–35
P The Holy Gospel according to St. Luke, the twenty-fourth chapter.
C Glory to You, O Lord.
13That very day two of them were going to a village named Emmaus, about
seven miles from Jerusalem, 14and they were talking with each other about all
these things that had happened. 15While they were talking and discussing
together, Jesus himself drew near and went with them. 16But their eyes were
kept from recognizing him. 17And he said to them, “What is this conversation
that you are holding with each other as you walk?” And they stood still, looking
sad. 18Then one of them, named Cleopas, answered him, “Are you the only
visitor to Jerusalem who does not know the things that have happened there in
these days?” 19And he said to them, “What things?” And they said to him,
“Concerning Jesus of Nazareth, a man who was a prophet mighty in deed and
word before God and all the people, 20and how our chief priests and rulers
delivered him up to be condemned to death and crucified him. 21But we had
hoped that he was the one to redeem Israel. Yes, and besides all this, it is now
the third day since these things happened. 22Moreover, some women of our
company amazed us. They were at the tomb early in the morning, 23and when
they did not find his body, they came back saying that they had even seen a
vision of angels, who said that he was alive. 24Some of those who were with us
went to the tomb and found it just as the women had said, but him they did
not see.” 25And he said to them, “O foolish ones, and slow of heart to believe
all that the prophets have spoken! 26Was it not necessary that the Christ should
suffer these things and enter into his glory?” 27And beginning with Moses and
all the Prophets, he interpreted to them in all the Scriptures the things


concerning himself.

28So they drew near to the village to which they were
going. He acted as if he were going further, 29but they urged him strongly,
saying, “Stay with us, for it is toward evening and the day is now far spent.” So,
he went in to stay with them. 30When he was at table with them, he took the
bread and blessed and broke it and gave it to them. 31And their eyes were
opened, and they recognized him. And he vanished from their sight. 32They
said to each other, “Did not our hearts burn within us while he talked to us on
the road, while he opened to us the Scriptures?” 33And they rose that same
hour and returned to Jerusalem. And they found the eleven and those who
were with them gathered together, 34saying, “The Lord has risen indeed, and
has appeared to Simon!” 35Then they told what had happened on the road, and
how he was known to them in the breaking of the bread. This is the Gospel of
the Lord. C Praise to You, O Christ.
Hymn of the Day - “O God of God, O Light of Light” LSB 810
O God of God, O Light of Light, O Prince of Peace and King of kings:
To you in heaven’s glory bright The song of praise forever rings.
To Him who sits upon the throne, The Lamb once slain but raised again, Be all
the glory He has won, All thanks and praise! Amen, amen.
SERMON – “Living in Reverent Fear...”
Apostles' Creed
C I believe in God, the Father Almighty, maker of heaven and earth. And in
Jesus Christ, His 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 into hell. The third day He rose again from the dead. He ascended
into heaven and sits at the right hand of God the Father Almighty. From thence
He will come to judge the living and the dead. I believe in the Holy Spirit, the
holy Christian Church, the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the
resurrection of the body, and the life T everlasting. Amen.
Prayer of the Church – YOUR RESPONSE...
Hear us, merciful Father, as we pray for ourselves, for the Church, for our nation and
for all conditions and manner of people. Your response to... Lord, in Your mercy, is...
hear our prayer.
God of mercy keep us from the doubts and fears that cripple us and prevent us from
knowing the fullness of Your saving peace and gracious presence. Teach us to trust in


Your Word and to believe with all our hearts, minds, bodies and strength in Jesus
Christ, crucified for our sins and raised for our justification. Lord, in Your mercy, hear
our prayer.
God of grace send to Your Church... Your Holy Spirit and all the gifts that come down
from on high. Grant to us pastors who will preach faithfully and give us ears to hear
Your Word proclaimed. Sustain us while we are apart and bring Your scattered Church
together again quickly. Give us boldness in our witness before the world and courage
to speak Your name without fear. Lord, in Your mercy, hear our prayer.
God of power give courage and strength to those persecuted for the faith, and comfort
the families of those who still die for the faith. In uncertain times, keep Your Church
from being tossed about by the winds of change. Keep it steadfast in the doctrine of the
apostles and the faith once delivered to the saints. Help us to seek those who have
fallen away and restore with gentleness those who have wandered from the truth. Lord,
in Your mercy, hear our prayer.
God of might, counsel the nations and their leaders to act wisely in all matters. Bless
us with faithful and just leaders who will protect the sanctity of life and defend us
against all enemies, foreign and domestic. Make us wise and discerning citizens who
use the gift of liberty for noble purposes and consider others when making difficult
decision. Lord, in Your mercy, hear our prayer.
God of love teach us to love one another as You have loved us. Guide us to show the
love and strength of Christ to our troubled and fearful world. Deliver us from disease
and everything else that would threaten our homes and families. Protect the police,
firefighters, disaster-relief workers and medical personnel who attend to us, as well as
the places where we live and work. Lord, in Your mercy, hear our prayer.
God of comfort give Your aid and relief to all who suffer want or need, to the sick in
their afflictions, to those troubled, and to those to whom death draws near [especially
___________]. Heal and sustain them according to Your gracious will and preserve
them in faith to eternal life. Lord, in Your mercy, hear our prayer.
God of hope be with those who grieve the loss of a loved one. Point them to the
promise of the resurrection and the gift of everlasting life to all who die in Christ.
Deliver us from distractions, that we may focus on Your needful Word and Sacraments
and so be found faithful when our Lord returns in His glory. Lord, in Your mercy,
hear our prayer.


God of compassion bless us with the good gifts of the earth, with the fruits of our
honest labors, and with kind and generous hearts. Accept the worship of our hearts and
voices, along with the offerings we bring in gratitude and thanksgiving. Look with
mercy on the unemployed and open our eyes and hearts to the needs of the poor, that
we may serve them in Your name. Lord, in Your mercy, hear our prayer.
God of peace give harmony and unity to Your people, both in our various vocations
before the world and in our lives at home. Help us to remember our Baptism and
continue to show us our worth in the shadow of the cross. May we be strengthened in
faith and enjoy the gift of a clear conscience thru the forgiveness of our sins. Comfort
and sustain those who are unable to gather together this day. Lord, in Your mercy,
hear our prayer.
O blessed God and Lord, hear the prayers of Your people and teach us to trust in Your
will to answer our prayers with all that is needful and beneficial, both for us and for all
for whom we pray; thru Jesus Christ, our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the
Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.

Lord's Prayer
C Our Father who art in heaven, hallowed be Thy name, Thy kingdom come,
Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven; give us this day our daily bread; and
forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us; and lead us
not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. For Thine is the kingdom and the
power and the glory forever and ever. Amen.

P The Lord bless you and keep you. The Lord make His face shine on you and be
gracious to you. The Lord look upon you with favor and T give you
peace. Amen.