Seventh Sunday of Easter
May 29, 2022 + 10:00am
Zion Lutheran Church
Lexington, South Carolina
WELCOME AND ANNOUNCEMENTS
SHARING OF GROW & RENEW COMMITMENTS
CONFESSION AND FORGIVENESS
Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord + Jesus Christ, by whose Spirit we have been reborn to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead. Amen.
Rejoicing in Christ's victory over sin and death, let us come before God who calls us to repentance.
We kneel. Silence is kept for confession and meditation.
Faithful and just God, we confess that we are captive to doubt and fear and bound by the ways that lead to death. We have sinned against you. We have not believed your good news. We have not loved our sisters and brothers as you have first loved us. Forgive us, God of mercy. Let your Holy Spirit work in us to change our lives and make us new, that we may know the abundant life given in Jesus Christ, our risen Lord. Amen.
People of God: Christ is alive, and death has lost its power. Through the waters of baptism you have been born anew by the living word of God. Know that your sins are forgiven in + Jesus' name and that the Spirit of the risen Christ is alive in you, now and forever. Amen.
SHARING OF THE PEACE
The peace of the Lord be with you always. And also with you.
We share a sign of Christ’s peace with one another.
GATHERING HYMN # 855 Crown Him with Many Crowns
The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, the love of God, and the communion of the Holy Spirit be with all of you. And also with you.
PRAYER OF THE DAY
O God, form the minds of your faithful people into your one will. Make us love what you command and desire what you promise, that, amid all the changes of this world, our hearts may be fixed where true joy is found, your Son, Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.
Young children are invited forward to the steps for a special message.
Following the Children’s Message, children may go to Children’s Church.
Meet the Children’s Church leaders at the red door at the back of the church. Children will return from Children’s Church during the offering.
FIRST READING Revelation 22:12-14, 16-17, 20-21
“See, I am coming soon; my reward is with me, to repay according to everyone’s work. 13I am the Alpha and the Omega, the first and the last, the beginning and the end.”
14Blessed are those who wash their robes, so that they will have the right to the tree of life and may enter the city by the gates. 16“It is I, Jesus, who sent my angel to you with this testimony for the churches. I am the root and the descendant of David, the bright morning star.”
17The Spirit and the bride say, “Come.” And let everyone who hears say, “Come.” And let everyone who is thirsty come. Let anyone who wishes take the water of life as a gift. 20The one who testifies to these things says, “Surely I am coming soon.” Amen. Come, Lord Jesus! 21The grace of the Lord Jesus be with all the saints. Amen.
The word of the Lord. Thanks be to God.
1The Lord reigns; let the earth rejoice;
let the multitude of the isles be glad.
2Clouds and darkness surround the Lord,
righteousness and justice are the foundations of God’s throne.
3Fire goes before the Lord,
burning up enemies on every side.
4Lightnings light up the world;
the earth sees and trembles.
5The mountains melt like wax
before the Lord of all the earth.
6The heavens declare your righteousness, O Lord,
and all the peoples see your glory.
7Confounded be all who worship carved images and delight in false gods!
Bow down before the Lord, all you gods.
8Zion hears and is glad, and the cities of Judah rejoice,
because of your judgments, O Lord.
9For you are the Lord, most high over all the earth;
you are exalted far above all gods.
10You who love the Lord, hate evil! God guards the lives of the saints
and rescues them from the hand of the wicked.
11Light dawns for the righteous,
and joy for the honest of heart.
12Rejoice in the Lord, you righteous,
and give thanks to God’s holy name.
GOSPEL READING John 17:20-26
The Holy Gospel according to John. Glory to you, O Lord.
Jesus prayed: 20“I ask not only on behalf of these, but also on behalf of those who will believe in me through their word, 21that they may all be one. As you, Father, are in me and I am in you, may they also be in us, so that the world may believe that you have sent me. 22The glory that you have given me I have given them, so that they may be one, as we are one, 23I in them and you in me, that they may become completely one, so that the world may know that you have sent me and have loved them even as you have loved me. 24Father, I desire that those also, whom you have given me, may be with me where I am, to see my glory, which you have given me because you loved me before the foundation of the world.
25“Righteous Father, the world does not know you, but I know you; and these know that you have sent me. 26I made your name known to them, and I will make it known, so that the love with which you have loved me may be in them, and I in them.”
The gospel of the Lord. Praise to you, O Christ.
SERMON Pastor Nathan Gragg
HYMN OF THE DAY # 611 I Heard the Voice of Jesus Say
Living together in trust and hope, let us confess our faith.
We believe in one God, the Father, the Almighty, maker of heaven and earth, of all that is, seen and unseen.
We believe in one Lord, Jesus Christ, the only Son of God, eternally begotten of the Father, God from God, Light from Light, true God from true God, begotten, not made, of one Being with the Father; through him all things were made. For us and for our salvation he came down from heaven, was incarnate of the Holy Spirit and the virgin Mary and became truly human. For our sake he was crucified under Pontius Pilate; he suffered death and was buried. On the third day he rose again in accordance with the scriptures; he ascended into heaven and is seated at the right hand of the Father. He will come again in glory to judge the living and the dead, and his kingdom will have no end.
We believe in the Holy Spirit, the Lord, the giver of life, who proceeds from the Father and the Son, who with the Father and the Son is worshiped and glorified, who has spoken through the prophets. We believe in one holy catholic and apostolic church. We acknowledge one baptism for the forgiveness of sins. We look for the resurrection of the dead, and the life of the world to come. Amen
PRAYERS OF INTERCESSION
Each petition ends: God, in your mercy, hear our prayer.
TITHES AND OFFERINGS
We share our gifts for those in need and for the church’s mission.
Let us pray. Living God, you gather the wolf and the lamb to feed together in your peaceful reign, and you welcome us all at your table of grace. Reach out to us through this meal, and show us your wounded and risen body, that we may be nourished and believe in Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord. Amen.
The Lord be with you.
And also with you.
Lift up your hearts.
We lift them to the Lord.
Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.
It is right to give our thanks and praise.
It is indeed right, our duty and our joy, that we should at all times and in all places give thanks and praise . . . we praise your name and join their unending hymn:
Holy, living, and loving God, we praise you . . . all glory and honor is yours, Almighty Father, with the Holy Spirit, in your holy Church, both now and forever. Amen.
O Lord, remember us in your kingdom, and teach us to pray:
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
INVITATION TO COMMUNION
The risen Christ dwells with us here. All who are hungry, all who are thirsty, come. Amen.
DISTRIBUTION OF COMMUNION
Christ welcomes you to this feast of the baptized!
We receive communion at the front of the worship space.
Come forward to receive the bread and wine packet and return to your seat to eat and drink.
As the minister says, “The Body and blood of Christ given for you,” you may respond “Amen.”
MUSIC DURING COMMUNION
May the body and blood of our Lord Jesus Christ strengthen you and keep you in his grace. Amen.
Prayer after Communion
We give you thanks, generous God, for in this bread and cup we have tasted the new heaven and earth where hunger and thirst are no more. Send us from this table as witnesses to the resurrection, that through our lives, all may know life in Jesus’ name. Amen.
God, the Author of life, Christ, the living Cornerstone, and the life-giving Spirit of adoption, + bless you now and forever. Amen.
SENDING HYMN # 655 Son of God, Eternal Savior
Alleluia! Christ is risen.
Christ is risen indeed. Alleluia!
Go in peace. Tell what God has done.
Thanks be to God.
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