5th Sunday in Easter - DIVINE SERVICE, SETTING ONE, P. 151 REVISED
INVOCATION, CONFESSION AND ABSOLUTION
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.
SERVICE OF THE WORD
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. 30:1–5; antiphon: Ps. 149:1
Praise the Lord! Sing to the Lord a new song,*
his praise in the assembly of the godly!
I will extol you, O Lord, for you have drawn me up*
and have not let my foes rejoice over me.
O Lord my God, I cried to you for help,*
and you have healed me.
O Lord, you have brought up my soul from Sheol;*
you restored me to life from among those who go down to the pit.
Sing praises to the Lord, O you his saints,*
and give thanks to his holy name.
For his anger is but for a moment, and his favor is for a lifetime.*
Weeping may tarry for the night, but joy comes with the morning.
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.
Praise the Lord! Sing to the Lord a new song,*
his praise in the assembly of the godly!
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, You make the minds of Your faithful to be of one will. Grant
that we may love what You have commanded and desire what You
promise, that among the many changes of this world our hearts may
be fixed where true joys are found; through Jesus Christ, Your Son,
our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one
God, now and forever. AMEN
First Reading Acts 6:1–9; 7:2a, 51–60
1Now in these days when the disciples were increasing in number, a
complaint by the Hellenists arose against the Hebrews because their
widows were being neglected in the daily distribution. 2And the
twelve summoned the full number of the disciples and said, “It is not
right that we should give up preaching the word of God to serve
tables. 3Therefore, brothers, pick out from among you seven men of
good repute, full of the Spirit and of wisdom, whom we will appoint
to this duty. 4But we will devote ourselves to prayer and to the
ministry of the word.” 5And what they said pleased the whole
gathering, and they chose Stephen, a man full of faith and of the
Holy Spirit, and Philip, and Prochorus, and Nicanor, and Timon, and
Parmenas, and Nicolaus, a proselyte of Antioch. 6These they set
before the apostles, and they prayed and laid their hands on them.
7And the word of God continued to increase, and the number of the
disciples multiplied greatly in Jerusalem, and a great many of the
priests became obedient to the faith.
8And Stephen, full of grace and
power, was doing great wonders and signs among the people. 9Then
some of those who belonged to the synagogue of the Freedmen (as
it was called), and of the Cyrenians, and of the Alexandrians, and of
those from Cilicia and Asia, rose up and disputed with Stephen.
2And Stephen said: “Brothers and fathers, hear me. The God of glory
appeared to our father Abraham when he was in Mesopotamia,
before he lived in Haran, 51“You stiff-necked people, uncircumcised in
heart and ears, you always resist the Holy Spirit. As your fathers did,
so do you. 52Which of the prophets did not your father’s persecute?
And they killed those who announced beforehand the coming of the
Righteous One, whom you have now betrayed and murdered, 53you
who received the law as delivered by angels and did not keep it.”
54Now when they heard these things they were enraged, and they
ground their teeth at him. 55But he, full of the Holy Spirit, gazed into
heaven and saw the glory of God, and Jesus standing at the right
hand of God. 56And he said, “Behold, I see the heavens opened, and
the Son of Man standing at the right hand of God.” 57But they cried
out with a loud voice and stopped their ears and rushed together at
him. 58Then they cast him out of the city and stoned him. And the
witnesses laid down their garments at the feet of a young man
named Saul. 59And as they were stoning Stephen, he called out, “Lord
Jesus, receive my spirit.” 60And falling to his knees he cried out with a
loud voice, “Lord, do not hold this sin against them.” And when he
had said this, he fell asleep. This is the Word of the Lord. C Thanks
be to God.
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 2:2–10
2Like newborn infants, long for the pure spiritual milk, that by it you
may grow up to salvation— 3
if indeed you have tasted that the Lord
is good. 4As you come to him, a living stone rejected by men but in
the sight of God chosen and precious, 5you yourselves like living
stones are being built up as a spiritual house, to be a holy
priesthood, to offer spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through
Jesus Christ. 6For it stands in Scripture: “Behold, I am laying in Zion a
stone, a cornerstone chosen and precious, and whoever believes in
him will not be put to shame.” 7So the honor is for you who believe,
but for those who do not believe, “The stone that the builders
rejected has become the cornerstone,” 8and “A stone of stumbling,
and a rock of offense.” They stumble because they disobey the word,
as they were destined to do. 9But you are a chosen race, a royal
priesthood, a holy nation, a people for his own possession, that you
may proclaim the excellencies of him who called you out of darkness
into his marvelous light. 10Once you were not a people, but now you
are God’s people; once you had not received mercy, but now you
have received mercy. This is the Word of the Lord. C Thanks be to
Holy Gospel John 14:1–14
P The Holy Gospel according to St. John, the fourteenth chapter.
C Glory to You, O Lord.
[Jesus said:] “Let not your hearts be troubled. Believe in God;
believe also in me. 2
In my Father’s house are many rooms. If it were
not so, would I have told you that I go to prepare a place for you?
3And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and will
take you to myself, that where I am you may be also. 4And you know
the way to where I am going.” 5Thomas said to him, “Lord, we do not
know where you are going. How can we know the way?” 6
to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to
the Father except through me. 7
If you had known me; you would
have known my Father also. From now on you do know him and have
8Philip said to him, “Lord, show us the Father, and it is
enough for us.” 9
Jesus said to him, “Have I been with you so long,
and you still do not know me, Philip? Whoever has seen me has seen
the Father. How can you say, ‘Show us the Father’? 10Do you not
believe that I am in the Father and the Father is in me? The words
that I say to you I do not speak on my own authority, but the Father
who dwells in me does his works. 11Believe me that I am in the Father
and the Father is in me, or else believe on account of the works
12“Truly, truly, I say to you, whoever believes in me will
also do the works that I do; and greater works than these will he do,
because I am going to the Father. 13Whatever you ask in my name,
this I will do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son. 14If you ask
me anything in my name, I will do it. This is the Gospel of the Lord.
C Praise to You, O Christ.
HYMN OF THE DAY - We Praise You and Acknowledge You, O God LSB 941 v. 1
We praise You and acknowledge You, O God, to be the Lord,
The Father everlasting, by all the earth adored. To You all angel
powers cry aloud, the heavens sing, The cherubim and seraphim their
praises to You bring: “O holy, holy, holy Lord God of Sabaoth; Your
majesty and glory fill the heavens and the earth!”
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 –
You have promised, O Lord, to be our God, and we rejoice to be Your
children by grace. Hear now the prayers of Your people for all manner and
conditions... Lord, in Your mercy, hear our prayer.
Your Church is set among many and great enemies, O Lord, and yet You
have promised that no enemy will triumph over us. Give us such confidence
in Your promise that we will not fear and give us the courage of Your love
that we may love our enemies and pray for those who persecute us. Lord, in
Your mercy, hear our prayer.
You have promised us the gift of Your Spirit to make known to us all truth
and to keep us in Your Word. Grant to us, O Lord, faithful pastors who will
teach us Your Word and devoted church workers who will serve us in Your
name. Bless those now preparing for church-work and inspire many to
follow Your call. Lord, in Your mercy, hear our prayer.
You hold all people accountable for the responsibilities You have given
them. O Lord... bless our president; our governor; the Congress and
legislature; and all judges and magistrates. Guide them to serve according to
Your will and for the common good of all. Raise up those with heroic virtue
who will defend our liberty. Protect those who defend us in the armed
forces, even as You give peace to the nations. Lord, in Your mercy, hear
You have called unto Yourself a people from all nations and races. Bless, O
Lord, the missionaries who bring the light of Your Word to those living in
darkness. Grant to us the wisdom and gifts of Your Spirit, that we may give
faithful witness to Your Son within our homes, to the neighbors nearby and
to the strangers we meet but once. Lord, in Your mercy, hear our prayer.
You are above all things, the Alpha and the Omega, and yet You have
chosen to dwell among us. Give us a glimpse of Your glory, that we may
know what is good and right and true, the perfect beauty of Your presence.
Bless those who in art and music point us to Your majesty, O Lord, and to
the promise of Your future, the holy city and new Jerusalem on high. Move
us to offer to You our best for Your glory. Lord, in Your mercy, hear our
You have given us your Holy Word and have blessed us with the gift of
Holy Baptism. Prepare us now for this world as we hope for the future.
Give us strength to do what is good and healthy for those around us. Help
us to think of others and not just our own wants and needs. Unite us that we
may believe and confess one faith and bring us to that day when we shall be
one people together at the foot of Your cross. Lord, in Your mercy, hear
You promised our sorrows would turn into joy and we would not long
remember the anguish of the times that we live here and now. O Lord,
deliver us from our tears and raise us with the saints of old to know You
and to live in the joy of Your presence, feasting together in the marriage
supper of the Lamb, in His kingdom without end. Lord, in Your mercy,
hear our prayer.
Now, with confidence that You will grant us all things needful and all
things beneficial to us and to all for whom we have prayed, we pray in the
name of Jesus Christ, our Lord. Amen.
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