Glory to the Lamb – Freddy Hayler
P: Alleluia! Christ is risen.
C: Christ is risen indeed. Alleluia!
FROM PSALM 23
P: The Lord is our shepherd
C: We shall not be in want.
THANKSGIVING FOR BAPTISM
NOW THE FEAST AND CELEBRATION – MARTY HAUGEN
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
P: The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, the love of God, and the communion of the Holy Spirit be with you all.
C: And also with you.
PRAYER OF THE DAY
P: O God our shepherd,
C: you know your sheep by name and lead us to safety through the valleys of death. Guide us by your voice, that we may walk in certainty and security to the joyous feast prepared in your house, through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.
FIRST READING – Acts 2:42-47
42[The baptized] devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and fellowship, to the breaking of bread and the prayers.
43Awe came upon everyone, because many wonders and signs were being done by the apostles. 44All who believed were together and had all things in common; 45they would sell their possessions and goods and distribute the proceeds to all, as any had need. 46Day by day, as they spent much time together in the temple, they broke bread at home and ate their food with glad and generous hearts, 47praising God and having the goodwill of all the people. And day by day the Lord added to their number those who were being saved.
1The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not be in want.
2The Lord makes me lie down in green pastures
and leads me beside still waters.
3You restore my soul, O Lord,
and guide me along right pathways for your name’s sake.
4Though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I shall fear no evil; for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me.
5You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies;
you anoint my head with oil, and my cup is running over.
6Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life, and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever.
GOSPEL – JOHN 10:1-10
P: The gospel according to John, the 10th chapter.
C: Glory to you, O Lord.
[Jesus said:] 1“Very truly, I tell you, anyone who does not enter the sheepfold by the gate but climbs in by another way is a thief and a bandit. 2The one who enters by the gate is the shepherd of the sheep. 3The gatekeeper opens the gate for him, and the sheep hear his voice. He calls his own sheep by name and leads them out. 4When he has brought out all his own, he goes ahead of them, and the sheep follow him because they know his voice. 5They will not follow a stranger, but they will run from him because they do not know the voice of strangers.” 6Jesus used this figure of speech with them, but they did not understand what he was saying to them.
7So again Jesus said to them, “Very truly, I tell you, I am the gate for the sheep. 8All who came before me are thieves and bandits; but the sheep did not listen to them. 9I am the gate. Whoever enters by me will be saved, and will come in and go out and find pasture. 10The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have life, and have it abundantly.”
P: The gospel of the Lord.
C: Praise to you, O Christ!
SERMON – PASTOR NATALIE LESKE
SONG OF THE DAY – HYMN #764 (ELW)
Have no fear, little flock; have no fear, little flock,
for the Father has chosen to give you the kingdom;
have no fear, little flock!
Have good cheer, little flock; have good cheer, little flock,
for the Father will keep you in his love forever;
have good cheer, little flock!
Praise the Lord high above; praise the Lord high above,
for he stoops down to heal you, uplift and restore you;
praise the Lord high above!
Thankful hearts raise to God; thankful hearts raise to God,
for he stays close beside you, in all things works with you;
thankful hearts raise to God!
PRAYERS OF THE CHURCH
P: Lord, in your mercy,
C: hear our prayer.
Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name, your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as in heaven. Give us today our daily bread. Forgive us our sins as we forgive those who sin against us. Save us from the time of trial and deliver us from evil. For the kingdom, the power, and the glory are yours, now and forever. Amen.
POST COMMUNION BLESSING & PRAYER
FROM PSALM 23
P: The Lord is my shepherd;
C: I shall not be in want.
P: 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.
He Is Exalted – Twila Paris
He is exalted, the King is exalted on high; I will praise Him.
He is exalted, forever exalted and I will praise his name!
He is the Lord; forever his truth shall reign.
Heaven and earth rejoice in his holy name
He is exalted; the King is exalted on high! Repeat
He is the Lord: forever his truth shall reign. Heaven and earth rejoice in his holy name
He is exalted; the King is exalted on high! He is exalted; the King is exalted on high
P: Be safe. Be well. Be assured that we are all in God’s hands. Christ is risen, just as he said. Go in peace. Share the good news. Alleluia!
C: Thanks be to God. Alleluia!
Agnus Dei – Michael W. Smith
Hymns, songs and portions of the liturgy are reprinted under the following licenses:
The scripture readings are reprinted from
the NRSV Bible.