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Reformation And All Saints Sunday Worship

 

 

REFORMATION

Sunday Worship

In the Season of Pentecost

October 31st, 2021

9:00AM

 

WELCOME AND ANNOUNCEMENTS

 

PROCESSIONAL

 

PRELUDE      The Church’s One Foundation           Sunday School Chimes                  

INVOCATION

P     In the name of the Father, and of the ☩Son, and of the Holy Spirit.

C     Amen.

  

ORDER OF CONFESSION AND FORGIVENESS

P     God of all mercy and consolation, come to the aid of your people, turning us from our sin to live for you alone. Give us the power of your Holy Spirit that, attentive to your Word, we may confess our sins, receive your forgiveness, and grow into the fullness of your Son, Jesus Christ our Lord.

C     Amen.

 

P     Let us now confess our sin in the presence of God and of one another.

 

Silence for reflection and self-examination.

 

P     Most merciful God,

C     we confess that we are in bondage to sin and cannot free ourselves. 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. 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 us and, for his sake, forgives us all our sins. As a called and ordained minister of the Church of Christ, and by his authority, I therefore declare to you the entire forgiveness of all your sins, in the name of the Father, and of the ☩Son, and of the Holy Spirit.

C     Amen.

 

OPENING HYMN    A Mighty Fortress Is Our God   vss. 1, 2 & 4  (LBW #229)                                                                           

A mighty fortress is our God;

a sword and shield victorious;

He breaks the cruel oppressor’s rod

and wins salvation glorious.

The old satanic foe

has sworn to work us woe!

With craft and dreadful might

he arms himself to fight.

On earth he has no equal.

 

No strength of ours can match his might! 

We would be lost, rejected.

But now a champion comes to fight,

whom God himself elected.

You ask who this may be? 

The Lord of hosts is he!

Christ Jesus, mighty Lord,

God’s only Son, adored.

He holds the field victorious.

 

Organ Interlude

 

God’s Word forever shall abide,

no thanks to foes, who fear it;

For God himself fights by our side

with weapons of the Spirit.

Were they to take our house,

goods, honor, child, or spouse,

Though life be wrenched away,

they cannot win the day.

The Kingdom’s ours forever!

 

GREETING

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.

 

KYRIE        A  - Assisting Cantor    C – Sung by All

A   In peace let us pray to the Lord

C   Lord in your mercy.

A   For the peace from above, and for our salvatio, ;et us pray to the Lord.

C   Lord in your mercy.

A   For the peace of eh 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 in your mercy.

A   For this holy house, and for all who offer her their worship and praise,

      let us pray to the Lord.

C   Lord in your mercy.

A   Help, save, comfort, and defend us, gracious Lord.

C   Amen.

      

CANTICLE OF PRAISE  

                      Refrain –All       Verses –Assisting Cantor

C   Listen! You nations of the world: Listen to the Word of the Lord.     

     Anounce it from coast to coast; declare it to distant islands.

A   The Lord who scattered Israel will gather his people again:

      and he will keep watch over them as ashepherd watches his glock.

C    REFRAIN

A   With shouts of joy they will come, their faces radiantly happy,

      for the Lord is so genrous to them; he showers his people with gifts.

C    REFRAIN

 

 

SALUTATION

P     The Lord be with you.

C     And also with you.

 

PRAYER OF THE DAY  

P   Let us pray

C  Almighty God, gracious Lord, we thank you that your Holy Spirit renews the church in every age. Pour out your Holy Spirit on your faithful people. Keep them steadfast in your word, protect and comfort them in times of trial, defend them against all enemies of the gospel, and bestow on the church your saving peace, through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.  Amen.

 

SUNDAY SCHOOL CHOIR    “Abundawonderful” Life in Jesus     arr. Joseph Linn

 

FIRST READING                                                                                           Jeremiah 31: 31-34

 

       The days are surely coming, says the Lord, when I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel and the house of Judah. It will not be like the covenant that I made with their ancestors when I took them by the hand to bring them out of the land of Egypt—a covenant that they broke, though I was their husband, says the Lord. But this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, says the Lord: I will put my law within them, and I will write it on their hearts; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people. No longer shall they teach one another, or say to each other, “Know the Lord,” for they shall all know me, from the least of them to the greatest, says the Lord; for I will forgive their iniquity, and remember their sin no more.

 

L    The Word of the Lord        

C    Thanks be to God.

 

PSALM 46                                                           Read responsively by whole verse

God is our refuge and strength,
a very present help in trouble.
    Therefore we will not fear,

    though the earth be moved,
    and though the mountains shake

    in the depths of the sea;

though its waters rage and foam,

and though the mountains tremble with its tumult.
    There is a river whose streams

    make glad the city of God,
    the holy habitation of the Most High.

God is in the midst of the city; it shall not be shaken;
God shall help it at the break of day.
    The nations rage, and the kingdoms shake;
    God speaks, and the earth melts away.

The Lord of hosts is with us;
the God of Jacob is our stronghold.
  Come now, regard the works of the Lord,
  what desolations God has brought upon the earth;

behold the one who makes war to cease in all the world;
who breaks the bow, and shatters the spear,

and burns the shields with fire.
     “Be still, then, and know that I am God;
      I will be exalted among the nations;

      I will be exalted in the earth.”
he Lord of hosts is with us;
the God of Jacob is our stronghold. 

 

SECOND READING                                                                                        Romans 3: 19-28

 

       Now we know that whatever the law says, it speaks to those who are under the law, so that every mouth may be silenced, and the whole world may be held accountable to God. For “no human being will be justified in his sight” by deeds prescribed by the law, for through the law comes the knowledge of sin.

     But now, apart from law, the righteousness of God has been disclosed, and is attested by the law and the prophets, the righteousness of God through faith in Jesus Christ for all who believe. For there is no distinction, since all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God; they are now justified by his grace as a gift, through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus, whom God put forward as a sacrifice of atonement by his blood, effective through faith. He did this to show his righteousness, because in his divine forbearance he had passed over the sins previously committed; it was to prove at the present time that he himself is righteous and that he justifies the one who has faith in Jesus.

     Then what becomes of boasting? It is excluded. By what law? By that of works? No, but by the law of faith. For we hold that a person is justified by faith apart from works prescribed by the law.

 

L   The Word of the Lord        

C     Thanks be to God.

 

GOSPEL ACCLAMATION

C   Alleluia;

      Lord, to whom shall we go?

      You have the words of eternal Life.

     Alleluia.

                                                               

GOSPEL READING                                                                                                John 8: 31-36

P     The Holy Gospel according to the 8th chapter of St. John

C     Glory to you, O Lord.

 

       Jesus said to the Jews who had believed in him, “If you continue in my word, you are truly my disciples; and you will know the truth, and the truth will make you free.” 

       They answered him, “We are descendants of Abraham and have never been slaves to anyone. What do you mean by saying, ‘You will be made free’?”

     Jesus answered them, “Very truly, I tell you, everyone who commits sin is a slave to sin. The slave does not have a permanent place in the household; the son has a place there forever. So if the Son makes you free, you will be free indeed.”

 

P     The Gospel of our Lord

C     Praise to you, O Christ.

 

SERMON

 

HYMN of the DAY  Lord, Keep Us Steadfast in Your Word  vss. 1 & 2  (LBW #230)

 

Lord, keep us steadfast in your Word;

curb those who by deceit or sword

Would wrest the kingdom from your Son

and bring to nought all he has done.

 

Lord Jesus Christ, your pow’r make known,

for you are Lord of lords alone;

Defend your holy Church,

that we may sing your praise triumphantly.

 

RITE OF AFFIRMATION OF BAPTISM

Affirmation of baptism in Confirmation marks the completion of the congregation’s program of catechetical ministry, a period of instruction in the Christian faith as confessed in the teachings of the Lutheran Church. Those who have completed this program were made members of the church in baptism and now make a public profession of that faith and renew their dedication as children of God in baptism.

 

PRESENTATION OF THE CONFIRMAND

P     Marcus Lobaugh has been instructed in the Christian faith and

        has now come to make public profession of his baptism.

 

        Marcus, the church rejoices that you now desire to affirm your faith and

        assume greater responsibility in the life of our Christian community and

        its mission in the world.

 

PROFESSION OF FAITH

P   In Holy Baptism our Lord Jesus Christ received you and made you a member of his Church. In the community of God’s people, you have learned from his Word God’s loving purpose for you and all creation. You have been nourished at his holy table and called to be a witness to the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

 

Now, therefore, I ask you to profess your faith in Christ Jesus, reject sin, and confess the faith of the Church, the faith in which we baptize.

 

Do you renounce all the forces of evil, the devil, and all his  empty promises?

 

Marcus  I do.

 

P     Do you believe in God the Father?

Marcus   I believe in God, the Father almighty,

                 creator of heaven and earth.

 

P     Do you believe in Jesus Christ, the Son of God?

Marcus    I believe in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord.

                    He was conceived by the power of the Holy Spirit

                           and born of the virgin Mary.

                    He suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified,

                             died, and was buried.

                    He descended into hell.

                    On the third day he rose again.

                    He ascended into heaven,

                         and is seated at the right hand of the Father.

                    He will come again to judge the living and the dead.

 

P     Do you believe in God the Holy Spirit?

Marcus     I believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy catholic church,

                    the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins,

                    the resurrection of the body, and the life everlasting. Amen

 

PRAYERS OF THE CHURCH

Prayers of the Church are petitions lifted up by the people of God on behalf of the faithful, special local and worldly concerns and for all in need. This week the confirmation class wrote and will share their petitions as we pray together.

P   Rejoicing in the grace of our Lord and the Spirit’s work in reforming our faith, let us pray for Marcus, for all the faithful and for all those in need this day.    

A brief silence.

 

Marcus  Great God, we thank you for sending Jesus to remove our sins. However, even though you have forgiven our sins, we still keep doing evil and sinning. Please help us to stop and live in your justification by grace through faith. Lord, in your mercy

C     Hear our prayer.

 

Marcus God Almighty, thank you for allowing me to come to confirmation, to have a great high school experience so far and for all that you do. I am glad you have made joy, fun and goodness of work for all. But I need to tell you that people are going without food and are starving. Help the fair distribution of food and crops to be better dispersed to help end hunger. Lord, in your mercy,

C     Hear our prayer.

 

Noah      Heavenly Father, we give thanks to you for blessing us with shelter, food, water, money, clothes and our well-being. There are others in both our country and other countries around the world without shelter, food, clean water, and clothes, that are suffering. We ask that you give them help in need and make them well. Lord, in your mercy,

C     Hear our prayer.

 

Noah            Almighty God, we thank you for blessing our country with leaders that are wise and smart. There are other countries in the world whose leaders don’t get along as well as ours. We ask that you have leaders and countries come together, end war and violence, and have peace spread across the world. Lord, in your mercy,

C     Hear our prayer.

 

Morgana     God our Father, thank you for all the medicine we are able to use to heal people and help the unwell. However, many people are still suffering from diseases, seeking to heal or unable to heal. Help us stop strong diseases and find better cures to heal the sick and suffering. Be especially with our shut-ins, the hospitalized and all those we name in our prayers to you. Lord, in your mercy,

C     Hear our prayer.

 

Morgana     Dearest God, you have helped provide teachers to schools so that they can teach students and give equipment for them to use. But, many people are unable to get the education they need for having the money or ability to learn. Give us the ability to let everyone get the education and the leadership and supplies they need to learn. Lord, in your mercy,

C     Hear our prayer.

 

P  Gracious Lord, we give thanks and ask for your Spirit to continue to dwell on these youth and especially on Marcus as he makes his confirmation. Continue to bless all those who affirm the faith and may you continue to reform your church today in passion for your Word of truth. Lord, in your mercy,

C     Hear our prayer.

 

P   Into your hands, O Lord, we commend all for whom we pray. Trusting in your mercy and filled with your Holy Spirit and join together as one Holy church praying the words your Son taught us to pray:

 

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.

 

AFFIRMATION

P   You have made public profession of your faith. Do you intend to continue in the covenant God made with you in Holy Baptism:

to live among God’s faithful people,

to hear his Word and share in his supper,

to proclaim the good news of God in Christ

through word and deed,

to serve all people, following the example of our Lord Jesus,

and to strive for justice and peace in all the earth?

 

Marcus    I do, and I ask God to help and guide me.

 

PRAYER OF BLESSING

P   Let us pray.

C   Gracious Lord, through water and the Spirit you have made this young man your own. You forgave him all his sins and brought him to newness of life. Continue to strengthen him with the Holy Spirit, and daily increase in him your gifts of grace: the spirit of wisdom and understanding, the spirit of counsel and might, the spirit of knowledge and the fear of the Lord, the spirit of joy in your presence; through Jesus Christ, your Son, our Lord. Amen.

 

LAYING ON OF HANDS

P  Father in heaven, for Jesus’ sake, stir up in Marcus the gift of your Holy Spirit; confirm his faith, guide his life, empower him in his serving, give him patience in suffering, and bring him to everlasting life.

C  Amen.   

 

SHARING OF PEACE

P     Peace be with you.

Marcus  Peace be with you.

 

P     Peace be with you all.

C     And also with you. 

 

Confirmation Hymn         

    For the Bread Which You have Broken   vss. 2 & 4  (LBW #200)

 

By this promise that you love us,

by your gift of peace restored,

By your call to heav’n above us,

hallow all our lives, O Lord.

 

In your service, Lord, defend us;

in our hearts keep watch and ward,

In the world to which you send us

let your kingdom come, O Lord.

 

COMMUNION OFFERTORY

C   Let the vineyards be fruitful Lord, and fill to the brim our cup of blessing. Gather a harvest from the seeds that were sown, that we may be fed with the bread of life. Gather the hopes and dreams of all; unite them with the prayers we offer. Grace our table wiht your presnce, and give us a foretaste of the feat to come. 

GREAT THANKSGIVING

P     The Lord be with you.

C     And also with you.

 

P     Lift up your hearts.

C     We lift them to the Lord.

 

P     Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.

C     It is right to give him thanks and praise.

 

PREFACE

P   It is indeed right and salutary that we should at all times and in all places offer  thanks and praise to you, O Lord, holy Father; who on this day overcame death and the grave, and by his glorious resurrection opened to us the way of everlasting life. And so, with the Church on earth and the hosts of heaven, we glorify your name and join their unending praise:

 

SANCTUS

Holy, holy, holy, Lord. God of power and might:

Heav'n and earth are full of your glory. Hosanna in the hghest.

Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord.

Hosanna in the highest. Hosanna in the hghest.

 

GREAT THANKSGIVING

P     In the night in which he was betrayed,

          our Lord Jesus took bread, and gave thanks;

          broke it, and gave it to his disciples, saying:

          Take and eat; this is my body, given for you.

          Do this for the remembrance of me.

 

       Again, after supper, he took the cup, gave thanks,

          and gave it for all to drink, saying:

          This cup is the new covenant in my blood,

          shed for you and for all people for the forgiveness

          of sin. Do this for the remembrance of me.

 

LAMB OF GOD                                        

Lamb of God, you take away the sin of the world; have mercy on us.

Lamb of God, you take away the sin of the world; have mercy on us.

Lamb of God, you take away the sin of the world; grant us peace,

                                                                                     grant us peace. 

 

DISTRIBUTION OF HOLY COMMUNION

 

COMMUNION HYMN   The Church of Christ, in Every Age   vss. 1, 3 & 5  (LBW #433)

 

The Church of Christ, in ev’ry age

beset by change, but Spirit-led,

Must claim and test its heritage

and keep on rising from the dead.

 

Then let the servant Church arise,

a caring Church that longs to be

A partner in Christ’s sacrifice,

and clothed in Christ’s humanity.

 

We have no mission but to serve

in full obedience to our Lord;

To care for all, without reserve,

and spread his liberating Word.

 

POST-COMMUNION BLESSING

P     The body and blood of our Lord Jesus Christ

         strengthen you and keep you in his grace.

C     Amen.

 

POST-COMMUNION PRAYER

P     Let us pray,

C     O Lord, Heavenly Father, we thank you that you have strengthened our hearts through this feast of life and salvation. Shine the light of Christ on our path, that we may do justice, love kindness, and walk humbly with you, now and forever. Amen.

 

BENEDICTION

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 give you grace.

 

DISMISSAL

P     Go in peace. Tell others the Good News.

C     Thanks be to God! 

 

POSTLUDE        Postlude on “Hyfrydol”                 arr. David Lasky

 

 

Weekend Worship Leadership:

Ministers: The people of God

Pastor: Rev. Kirk Griffin

Lector:  Kathy Gates

Processional:

   Crucifer Marcus Lobaugh,

   Banner Bearer: Noah Shermeyer

   Torch Bearers: Abby Shermeyer & Morgana Lobaugh.

Organist: Martha Lobaugh

Videographer: Michael Lobaugh

 

Music of the Day and other special music was pre-recorded.

 

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St. Mark Church Staff:

Pastor: Rev. Kirk Griffin

Office Coordinator: Alison Peterson

Director of Music: Melinda Elnaggar

Organist: Martha Lobaugh

Sexton: Wally Rodenhaber

Housekeeper: Dale Dull

Preschool Directors: Idonia Klunk & Allison Wentz

 

Congregation Council:  President Hollis Long, Vice-President Pat Keefer, Secretary Linda Bolin, Treasurer Jeff Kindschuh, Mary Berry, Karen Feeser,  Kathy Gates, Patricia Hagarman,  Tom Long, Maria Martin, Lynn Peterson.

 

 

 

 

 

ALL SAINTS

Sunday Worship

In the Season of Pentecost

November 7, 2021

9:00AM

 

WELCOME AND ANNOUNCEMENTS

 

PRELUDE           Ye Watchers and Ye Holy Ones                  by David Paxton                                                                            

INVOCATION

P     Blessed be the Holy Trinity, Father, †Son, and Holy Spirit; the one true God who gives us life, forgives our sin, and sustains us with everlasting peace.

C     Amen.

 

PROCESSION OF HYMN OF HONOR  

 The saints of God surround us, witness to us and go before us into the kingdom of God. We honor them this day remembering their lives and their faith until we rejoin with them before the throne of God everlasting.

 

            For All the Saints    vss. 1, 2, 4 & 8   (LBW Green Hymnal #174)

 

For all the saints who from their labor rest,

all who by faith before the world confessed,

Your name, O Jesus, be forever blest.

Alleluia! Alleluia!

 

You were their rock, their fortress, and their might,

You, Lord, their captain in the well-fought fight;

You, in the darkness drear, their one true light. 

Alleluia!  Alleluia!

 

Oh, blest communion, fellowship divine,

we feebly struggle, they in glory shine;

Yet all are one within your great design. 

Alleluia!  Alleluia!

 

From earth’s wide bounds, from ocean’s farthest coast,

Through gates of pearl streams in the countless host,

Singing to Father, Son, and Holy Ghost: 

Alleluia!  Alleluia!

 

LITANY OF SAINTS TRIUMPHANT

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.

 

P     Lord our Creator and Father, have mercy.                 

C     God, have mercy.

 

P     Christ our Savior and Redeemer, have mercy.

C     God, have mercy.

 

P     Holy Spirit our Comfort and Hope, have mercy.

C     God, have mercy.

 

P     O God, hear us.                

C     In mercy, hear us.

 

P     Lord, in all times of life and even in death, be gracious to us.      

C     Grant us mercy and save us good Lord.

 

P  God of promise and life, through the waters of baptism you have indeed claimed us as your own. Keep us with all the saints and bring us to the time of victory with all the faithful that have departed this earthly realm to enter your church triumphant. Until that glorious day arrives, we continue to remember all the saints who have gone before us and especially honor those who have died in the past year from the membership of this family of God:

 

Nancy J. Fasnacht

October 28, 1937-November 1, 2020

 

Barbara S. Shriner

July 12, 1941-December 3, 2020

 

Patricia M. Warehime

January 21, 1938-December 19, 2020

 

Marion L. Miller

October 29, 1937-March 24, 2021

 

Patsy A. Anderson

March 9, 1934-April 18, 2021

 

Gertrude M. Wentz

December 30, 1923-January 24, 2021

 

Janice R. Kunkel

September 25, 1928-January 15, 2021

 

Doris M. Gouker

February 19, 1937-May 17, 2021

 

Nedalyn “Nini” C. Houck

September 12. 1933-June 24, 2021

 

Fern “Jack” L. Houck

July 14, 1933-June 30, 2021

 

Sally M. Hershey

January 5, 1943-July 10, 2021

 

James “Jim” A. Cole

February 17, 1941-August 5, 2021

 

Arlene M. Keiter

May 12, 1923-August 15, 2021

 

Marcia E. Peters

August 6, 1941-August 21, 2021

 

Frank R. Willheim, Sr.

February 27, 1923-October 12, 2021

 

P  As a loving Lord, we also lift up to you friends and family of this congregation, loved ones who we release into your loving hands. Receive them in the blessedness that you offer to all your creation.

 

Jennifer Allison

Nancy C. Bolin

Shirley Bowman

Robert Breighner Jr.

Dale Brillhart

Lester Eline, Jr.

Shirley Garrett

Andrew Leister

Sharon Diane Noel

 

A Silent moment to reflect on beloved saints that we remember

and lift up before the Lord with thanksgiving and honor.

 

P    Everlasting Lord, we praise and honor your holy name. You have blessed us with a great company of saints, those who have gone before us, those that are with us today and those yet to come. Remind us once again that we are a part of that great multitude that will one day stand before your everlasting throne singing songs of praise and worshipping you. Giving thanks, we gather with all the faithful everywhere, of all times and places, awaiting in hope for the redemption you have promised.

 

Lord, grant us comfort and peace this day as we remember our beloved saints and lift them up to you. Surround us with their presence as an encouragement to holy living, emboldening us to rise up in Christian love, and fill us with the blessed hope and anticipation of the eternal heavenly kingdom, with you and the Holy Spirit and Jesus Christ our Lord and Savior.

C  Amen.

 

P     God the Father, †Son and Holy Spirit,

C     hear us, God Lord.

 

PRAYER OF THE DAY  

P   Let us pray

C   Almighty God, you have joined us with all your people together in one communion in the mystical body of your Son, Jesus Christ our Lord. Grant us grace to follow your blessed saints in lives of faith and commitment, and to know the inexpressible joys you have prepared for those who love you, through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.  Amen.

 

FIRST READING                                                                                        Isaiah 25:6-9

     On this mountain

              the Lord of hosts will make for all peoples
          a feast of rich food, a feast of well-aged wines,
          of rich food filled with marrow,

             of well-aged wines strained clear.
     And he will destroy on this mountain
          the shroud that is cast over all peoples,
          the sheet that is spread over all nations;
          he will swallow up death forever.
     Then the Lord God will wipe away the tears

              from all faces,
          and the disgrace of his people

              he will take away from all the earth,
          for the Lord has spoken.
     It will be said on that day,
   Lo, this is our God; we have waited for him,

              so that he might save us.
   This is the Lord for whom we have waited;
   let us be glad and rejoice in his salvation.

 

L     The Word of the Lord        

C    Thanks be to God.

 

 

PSALM 24                                  Read responsively by whole verse

     The earth is the Lord’s and all that is in it,
   the world and those who dwell therein.
            For the Lord has founded it upon the seas
                and established it upon the rivers. 

     Who may ascend the mountain of the Lord,
   and who may stand in God’s holy place?
            Those of innocent hands

                     and purity of heart,
          who do not swear on God’s being,

                     nor do they pledge by what is false.
     They shall receive blessing from the Lord
   and righteousness from the God of their salvation.
            Such is the generation of those

                     who seek you, O Lord,
          of those who seek your face,

                     O God of Jacob. 
     Lift up your heads, O gates;

       and be lifted up, O everlasting doors,
   that the King of glory may come in.
            Who is this King of glory?
          The Lord, strong and mighty,

              the Lord, mighty in battle!
     Lift up your heads, O gates;

       and be lifted up, O everlasting doors,
   that the King of glory may come in.
            Who is this King of glory?
          Truly, the Lord of hosts

                     is the King of glory. 

 

SECOND READING                                               Revelation 21:1-6a

 

St. John Wrote:

 

       I saw a new heaven and a new earth; for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and the sea was no more. And I saw the holy city, the new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband. And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying,


            “See, the home of God is among mortals.

            He will dwell with them;

                   they will be his peoples,

                   and God himself will be with them;

                   he will wipe every tear from their eyes.

            Death will be no more; mourning and crying

                    and pain will be no more,

                   for the first things have passed away.”

            And the one who was seated on the throne said,

“See, I am making all things new.”

       Also he said, “Write this, for these words are trustworthy and true.” 

       Then he said to me, “It is done! I am the Alpha and the Omega, the beginning and the end.”

 

L     The Word of the Lord        

C     Thanks be to God.

 

GOSPEL ACCLAMATION                                                                             

C    Alleluia. Lord, to whom shall we go?

You have the words of eternal life. Alleluia!

 

GOSPEL READING                                                    John 11:32-44

P      The Holy Gospel according to the 11th chapter of St. John

C     Glory to you, O Lord.

 

       When Mary came where Jesus was and saw him, she knelt at his feet and said to him, “Lord, if you had been here, my brother would not have died.” 

       When Jesus saw her weeping, and the Jews who came with her also weeping, he was greatly disturbed in spirit and deeply moved. He said, “Where have you laid him?”

       They said to him, “Lord, come and see.” Jesus began to weep. 

       So the Jews said, “See how he loved him!” But some of them said, “Could not he who opened the eyes of the blind man have kept this man from dying?”

     Then Jesus, again greatly disturbed, came to the tomb. It was a cave, and a stone was lying against it. Jesus said, “Take away the stone.”

       Martha, the sister of the dead man, said to him, “Lord, already there is a stench because he has been dead four days.” 

       Jesus said to her, “Did I not tell you that if you believed, you would see the glory of God?” So they took away the stone. And Jesus looked upward and said, “Father, I thank you for having heard me. I knew that you always hear me, but I have said this for the sake of the crowd standing here, so that they may believe that you sent me.” When he had said this, he cried with a loud voice, “Lazarus, come out!” The dead man came out, his hands and feet bound with strips of cloth, and his face wrapped in a cloth. Jesus said to them, “Unbind him, and let him go.”

 

P     The Gospel of our Lord 

C      Praise to you, O Christ.

 

SERMON

 

HYMN of the DAY   Alleluia!  Jesus Is Risen   vss. 1, 4 & 5     (WOV Blue Hymnal #674)

 

Alleluia!  Jesus is risen! 

Trumpets resounding in glorious light!

Splendor, the Lamb, heaven forever! 

Oh, what a miracle God has in sight! Refrain

 

Refrain:  Jesus is risen and we shall arise: 

Give God the glory!  Alleluia!

 

Weeping, be gone; sorrow, be silent: 

death put asunder, and Easter is bright.

Cherubim sing:  “O grave, be open!” 

Clothe us in wonder, adorn us in light.  Refrain

 

City of God, Easter forever,

golden Jerusalem, Jesus the Lamb,

river of life, saints and archangels,

sing with creation to God the I AM!  Refrain

 

PRAYER OF INTERCESSION                                                                                  

P   Baptized as God’s children and made heirs with all the saints of your everlasting promise, we pray for the church, the world, and all in need.     

 

Petition

P  Lord, in your mercy,

C   Hear our prayer.

 

P   Filled with the Holy Spirit and joined together as one Holy church we pray the words our Lord, Jesus Christ taught us to pray: 

 

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

 

EXCHANGING THE LORD’S PEACE

P     The peace of the Lord be with you always.

C     And also with you.

 

APOSTLES’ CREED

P     As a church family of God, formed together in one body of trust and hope we confess our faith:

 

C     I believe in God, the Father almighty,

creator of heaven and earth.

 

I believe in Jesus Christ,

       his only Son, our Lord.

       He was conceived by the power of the

              Holy Spirit and born of the virgin Mary.

              He suffered under Pontius Pilate,

              was crucified, died, and was buried.
       He descended into hell.
       On the third day he rose again.
       He ascended into heaven, and is seated

              at the right hand of the Father.
       He will come again to judge

              the living and the dead.

 

I believe in the Holy Spirit,

          the holy catholic Church,

              the communion of saints,

              the forgiveness of sins,
       the resurrection of the body,

              and the life everlasting. Amen.

 

OFFERTORY PRAISE

C     Let the vineyards be fruitful, Lord,

              and fill to the brim our cup of blessing.

       Gather a harvest from the seeds that were sown,

              that we may be fed with the bread of life.

       Gather the hopes and dreams of all;

              unite them with the prayers we offer.

       Grace our table with you presence,

              and give us a foretaste of the feast to come.

 

GREAT THANKSGIVING

P     The Lord be with you.

C     And also with you.

 

P     Lift up your hearts.

C     We lift them to the Lord.

 

P     Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.

C     It is right to give him thanks and praise.

 

PREFACE

P   It is indeed right and salutary that we should at all times and in all places offer  thanks and praise to you, O Lord, holy Father; who on this day overcame death and the grave, and by his glorious resurrection opened to us the way of everlasting life. And so, with the Church on earth and the hosts of heaven, we glorify your name and join their unending praise:

 

SANCTUS

C     Holy, holy, holy Lord, God of power and might:

       Heav’n and earth are full of your glory.

          Hosanna in the highest.

          Blessed is he who comes

                in the name of the Lord.

       Hosanna in the highest,

       Hosanna in the highest.

 

 GREAT THANKSGIVING

P     In the night in which he was betrayed,

          our Lord Jesus took bread, and gave thanks;

          broke it, and gave it to his disciples, saying:

          Take and eat; this is my body, given for you.

          Do this for the remembrance of me.

 

       Again, after supper, he took the cup, gave thanks,

          and gave it for all to drink, saying:

          This cup is the new covenant in my blood,

          shed for you and for all people for the forgiveness

          of sin. Do this for the remembrance of me.

 

LAMB OF GOD

C     Lamb of God, you take away the sin of the world;

         Have mercy on us.

       Lamb of God, you take away the sin of the world;

         Have mercy on us.

       Lamb of God, you take away the sin of the world;

          Grant us peace, grant us peace.

 

DISTRIBUTION OF HOLY COMMUNION

 

COMMUNION ANTHEM                             

     Shall We Gather at the River          

 

Post-Communion Blessing

P     The body and blood of our Lord Jesus Christ

        strengthen you and keep you in his grace.

C     Amen.

 

POST-COMMUNION PRAYER

P     Let us pray,

C     O Lord, Heavenly Father, we thank you that you have strengthened our hearts through this feast of life and salvation. Shine the light of Christ on our path, that we may do justice, love kindness, and walk humbly with you, now and forever. Amen.

 

BENEDICTION

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 give you grace.

 

DISMISSAL

P     Go in peace. Tell others the Good News.

C     Thanks be to God! 

 

POSTLUDE         Rejoice, Ye Pure in Heart        by Franklin Ritter

 

Sunday Worship Leadership:

Ministers: The people of God

Pastor: Rev. Kirk Griffin

Lector:  Hollis Long

Music Director: Melinda Elnagger

Organist: Martha Lobaugh

Videographer: Michael Lobaugh

 

Music of the Day and other special music was pre-recorded.

 

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St. Mark Church Staff:

Pastor: Rev. Kirk Griffin

Office Coordinator: Alison Peterson

Director of Music: Melinda Elnaggar

Organist: Martha Lobaugh

Sexton: Wally Rodenhaber

Housekeeper: Dale Dull

Preschool Directors: Idonia Klunk & Allison Wentz

 

Congregation Council:  President Hollis Long, Vice-President Pat Keefer, Secretary Linda Bolin, Treasurer Jeff Kindschuh, Mary Berry, Karen Feeser,  Kathy Gates, Patricia Hagarman,  Tom Long, Maria Martin, Lynn Peterson.