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Weekly Bulletin

Third Sunday of Easter

April 14, 2024 + 10:00 am


Zion Lutheran Church
Lexington, South Carolina

+   Third Sunday of Easter   +






We stand.


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.

In Humbleness you may stand, sit, or kneel.

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.

We stand.


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 # 361      The Day of Resurrection



The grace of our risen Lord Jesus Christ, the love of God, and the communion of the Holy Spirit be with all of you. And also with you.


Holy and righteous God, you are the author of life, and you adopt us to be your children. Fill us with your words of life, that we may live as witnesses to the resurrection of your Son, Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.

We sit.


Preschool and elementary aged children are invited forward to the chancel steps for a special message. Following the Children’s Message, children are invited to Children’s Church - a special time of learning led by adult teachers. Children will return before Holy Communion.

FIRST READING                  Acts 3:12-19

Peter addressed the people, “You Israelites, why do you wonder at this, or why do you stare at us, as though by our own power or piety we had made him walk?13The God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob, the God of our ancestors has glorified his servant Jesus, whom you handed over and rejected in the presence of Pilate, though he had decided to release him. 14But you rejected the Holy and Righteous One and asked to have a murderer given to you, 15and you killed the Author of life, whom God raised from the dead. To this we are witnesses. 16And by faith in his name, his name itself has made this man strong, whom you see and know; and the faith that is through Jesus has given him this perfect health in the presence of all of you.

 17“And now, friends, I know that you acted in ignorance, as did also your rulers. 18In this way God fulfilled what he had foretold through all the prophets, that his Messiah would suffer. 19Repent therefore, and turn to God so that your sins may be wiped out.”

The word of the Lord.  Thanks be to God

PSALM 4 sung

 1Answer me when I call, O God, defender | of my cause;
  you set me free when I was in distress;

       have mercy on me and | hear my prayer.
 2“You mortals, how long will you dishon- | or my glory;
  how long will you love illusions and seek | after lies?”

 3Know that the Lord does wonders | for the faithful;
  the Lord will hear me | when I call.
 4Tremble, then, and | do not sin;
  speak to your heart in silence up- | on your bed.

 5Offer the appointed | sacrifices,
  and put your trust | in the Lord.
 6Many are saying, “Who will show us | any good?”
  Let the light of your face shine upon | us, O Lord.

 7You have put gladness | in my heart,
  more than when grain and | wine abound.
 8In peace, I will lie | down and sleep;
  for you alone, O Lord, make me | rest secure. 

SECOND READING               1 John 3:1-7

See what love the Father has given us, that we should be called children of God; and that is what we are. The reason the world does not know us is that it did not know him. 2Beloved, we are God’s children now; what we will be has not yet been revealed. What we do know is this: when he is revealed, we will be like him, for we will see him as he is. 3And all who have this hope in him purify themselves, just as he is pure.

 4Everyone who commits sin is guilty of lawlessness; sin is lawlessness. 5You know that he was revealed to take away sins, and in him there is no sin. 6No one who abides in him sins; no one who sins has either seen him or known him. 7Little children, let no one deceive you. Everyone who does what is right is righteous, just as he is righteous.


The word of the Lord. Thanks be to God.

We stand.



GOSPEL READING           Luke 24:36-48

The Holy Gospel according to Luke. Glory to you, O Lord.

Jesus himself stood among the disciples and said to them, “Peace be with you.” 37They were startled and terrified, and thought that they were seeing a ghost. 38He said to them, “Why are you frightened, and why do doubts arise in your hearts? 39Look at my hands and my feet; see that it is I myself. Touch me and see; for a ghost does not have flesh and bones as you see that I have.” 40And when he had said this, he showed them his hands and his feet. 41While in their joy they were disbelieving and still wondering, he said to them, “Have you anything here to eat?” 42They gave him a piece of broiled fish, 43and he took it and ate in their presence.
 44Then he said to them, “These are my words that I spoke to you while I was still with you—that everything written about me in the law of Moses, the prophets, and the psalms must be fulfilled.” 45Then he opened their minds to understand the scriptures, 46and he said to them, “Thus it is written, that the Messiah is to suffer and to rise from the dead on the third day, 47and that repentance and forgiveness of sins is to be proclaimed in his name to all nations, beginning from Jerusalem. 48You are witnesses of these things.”

The Word of God for the people of God. Praise to you, O Christ.

We sit.

HOMILY             Pastor Kathleen Miko


HYMN OF THE DAY # 468   Around You, O Lord Jesus



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



Each petition ends: God of grace, hear our prayer.

We sit.


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We stand.

OFFERTORY HYMN # 481                Come to the Table



Let us pray. Risen One, you call us to believe and bear fruit. May the gifts that we offer here be signs of your abiding love. Form us to be your witnesses in the world, through Jesus Christ, our true vine. 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 . . . we praise your name and join their unending hymn:




In the night…

Lord’s Prayer

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



The risen Christ is made known to us in the breaking of the bread.

Come and eat at God’s table. Amen.

We sit.




Christ welcomes you to this feast of the baptized!  

We receive communion at the front of the center aisle. You may come forward in two lines to receive the bread from the minister. After receiving bread, move to the left or right to receive wine which an assisting minister will place into your hand.  Place your used cup in the basket and return to your seat via the side aisle. Grape Juice and gluten free wafers are available upon request.



We stand.


May the body and blood of our Lord Jesus Christ strengthen you and keep you in his grace. Amen.

PrAyer after Communion

Shepherding God, you have prepared a table before us and nourished us with your love. Send us forth from this banquet to proclaim your goodness and share the abundant mercy of Jesus, our redeemer and friend. Amen.




Alleluia! Christ is risen!

Christ is risen indeed! Alleluia!

The God of resurrection power, the Christ of unending joy, and the Spirit of Easter hope + bless you now and always. Amen.

SENDING HYMN # 391          This Joyful Eastertide


Alleluia! Go in peace. Rejoice and be glad.

Thanks be to God. Alleluia!


Following worship all are invited to a time of Fellowship in the narthex/lobby.



Third Sunday of Easter

April 14, 2024 + 10:00 am

Zion Lutheran Church
Lexington, South Carolina

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