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St. Paul Lutheran Church

Sunday, April 25, 2021
Fourth Sunday of Easter

 

The image of the good shepherd shows us how the risen Christ brings us to life. It is the relationship between the shepherd and the sheep, one of mutual knowledge and love, that gives the shepherd authority. The shepherd’s willingness to lay down his life for the sheep shows his love. First John illustrates what it means to lay down our lives for one another by the example of sharing our wealth with any sibling in need.

 

Gathering Making room for God

 

8:45a.m. – The Sanctuary welcomes all into quiet contemplation.  For the sake of those around you, please respect this centering time.

 

Welcome – Visioning

 

* Announcements

Please bring your offerings to the basket at the front of the church. Thank you for your gifts.

Thank you for wearing your mask during the entire service.

*REFLECTION

P          We pause to ask God what he would have us do and listen for his response.

*THANKSGIVING FOR BAPTISM

All may make the sign of the cross, the sign marked at baptism, as the presiding minister begins.

P          Alleluia! Christ is risen.

C         Christ is risen indeed. Alleluia!

P          Refreshed by the resurrection life we share in Christ, let us give thanks for the gift of baptism.

            We thank you, risen Christ,

for these waters where you make us new,

leading us from death to life, from tears to joy.

We bless you, risen Christ, that your Spirit comes to us

in the grace-filled waters of rebirth,

like rains to our thirsting earth,

like streams that revive our souls,

like cups of cool water shared with strangers.

Breathe your peace on your church when we hide in fear.

Clothe us with your mercy and forgiveness.

Send us companions on our journey as we share your life.

Make us one, risen Christ.

Cleanse our hearts.

Shower us with life.

To you be given all praise,

with the Holy Spirit,

in the glory of God,

now and forever.

C         Amen.

 

*GATHERING SONG:                   TBA

           

*PRAYER OF THE DAY

P          O Lord Christ, good shepherd of the sheep, you seek the lost and guide us into your fold. Feed us, and we shall be satisfied; heal us, and we shall be whole. Make us one with you, for you live and reign with the Father and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.

C         Amen.

 

*KYRIE, ELEISON

 

*WORD

First Reading: Is from the book of Acts 4:5-12

Peter and John had been arrested the previous day because they were proclaiming the news of the resurrection to the people. In today’s reading, Peter is filled with the Holy Spirit so that he can proclaim salvation in Jesus’ name to the religious authorities.

5The next day [the] rulers, elders, and scribes assembled in Jerusalem, 6with Annas the high priest, Caiaphas, John, and Alexander, and all who were of the high-priestly family. 7When they had made the prisoners stand in their midst, they inquired, “By what power or by what name did you do this?” 8Then Peter, filled with the Holy Spirit, said to them, “Rulers of the people and elders, 9if we are questioned today because of a good deed done to someone who was sick and are asked how this man has been healed, 10let it be known to all of you, and to all the people of Israel, that this man is standing before you in good health by the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, whom you crucified, whom God raised from the dead. 11This Jesus is
 ‘the stone that was rejected by you, the builders;
  it has become the cornerstone.’
12There is salvation in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given among mortals by which we must be saved.”

* Psalm: Is from the book of Psalm 23

1The Lord| is my shepherd;
  I shall not | be in want.
2The Lord makes me lie down | in green pastures
  and leads me be- | side 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. R
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. R

Second Reading: is from the book of 1 John 3:16-24

Jesus’ death on our behalf is the clearest demonstration of divine love. This is the very love we share with others, not just through our words but especially through our deeds. In sharing such love we fulfill God’s commandments.

16We know love by this, that [Jesus Christ] laid down his life for us—and we ought to lay down our lives for one another. 17How does God’s love abide in anyone who has the world’s goods and sees a brother or sister in need and yet refuses help?
  18Little children, let us love, not in word or speech, but in truth and action. 19And by this we will know that we are from the truth and will reassure our hearts before him 20whenever our hearts condemn us; for God is greater than our hearts, and he knows everything. 21Beloved, if our hearts do not condemn us, we have boldness before God; 22and we receive from him whatever we ask, because we obey his commandments and do what pleases him.
  23And this is his commandment, that we should believe in the name of his Son Jesus Christ and love one another, just as he has commanded us. 24All who obey his commandments abide in him, and he abides in them. And by this we know that he abides in us, by the Spirit that he has given us.

 

*ACCLAMATION                                                                                                 

 

*GOSPEL

P          The holy Gospel according to John the 10th Chapter

C         Glory be to you, O Lord

Gospel: John 10:11-18

In language that recalls the twenty-third psalm, Jesus describes himself as the shepherd who cares for his sheep. He is willing to die for them, and he is able to overcome death for them.

[Jesus said:] 11“I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep. 12The hired hand, who is not the shepherd and does not own the sheep, sees the wolf coming and leaves the sheep and runs away—and the wolf snatches them and scatters them. 13The hired hand runs away because a hired hand does not care for the sheep. 14I am the good shepherd. I know my own and my own know me, 15just as the Father knows me and I know the Father. And I lay down my life for the sheep. 16I have other sheep that do not belong to this fold. I must bring them also, and they will listen to my voice. So there will be one flock, one shepherd. 17For this reason the Father loves me, because I lay down my life in order to take it up again. 18No one takes it from me, but I lay it down of my own accord. I have power to lay it down, and I have power to take it up again. I have received this command from my Father.”

 P        The gospel of the Lord.                                C         Praise to you, O Christ.

*PASTORS MESSAGE:

 

* HYMN OF THE DAY:                             TBA

 

Thank you for wearing your mask during the entire service.

 

*Nicene creed

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.

 

Thank you for wearing your mask during the entire service.

 

*PRAYERS OF INTERCESSION

A         Alive in the risen Christ by the power of the Holy Spirit, we bring our prayers before God who promises to hear us and answer in steadfast love.

A brief silence.

A         Loving Shepherd, you know your own and your own know you. Your voice calls us to your loving embrace. Strengthen your church throughout the world that we bear witness to your expansive love. Hear us, O God.

C         Your mercy is great.

 

A         Gracious Shepherd, you are generous with the gifts of goodness and mercy. Restore your creation to wholeness so that cities and towns, countryside and wilderness, may abound with life. Hear us, O God.

C         Your mercy is great.

 

A         Hope-giving Shepherd, the nations and peoples are your heritage. Place into the hearts of all leaders and rulers the passion to serve. Crucify any desire to overpower others and give leaders joy in lifting up the lowly. Hear us, O God.

C         Your mercy is great.

 

A         Abiding Shepherd, your love flows as we reach out to those around us. Move us with your Spirit, so that we lay down our lives for those in need. Help us love one another in truth and action. Hear us, O God.

C         Your mercy is great.

 

A         Saving Shepherd, you restore us to wholeness. Help our community in our life together and give us vigor as a people of faith. In the midst of challenges and opportunities, fill us anew with you Holy Spirit. Hear us, O God.

C         Your mercy is great.

 

A         Eternal Shepherd, you hold us securely in your loving hands. In the assurance of resurrection hope, we remember our loved ones who have died in you. Bring us, with them, to dwell in your house forever. Hear us, O God.

C         Your mercy is great.

 

P          In the hope of new life in Christ, we raise our prayers to you, trusting in your never-ending goodness and mercy; through Jesus Christ our Lord.

C         Amen

*OFFERING PRAYER

God of love, you call us beloved children and welcome us to your table.

Receive our lives and the gifts we offer.

Abide with us and send us in service to a suffering world;

for the sake of your beloved Child, Jesus Christ.

C         Amen.

 

*Dialogue

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 God our thanks and praise.

 

*PREFACE

P          It is indeed right, our duty and our joy, that we should at all times and in all places give thanks and praise to you, almighty and merciful God. You reveal your glory as the glory of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit: equal in majesty, undivided in splendor, one Lord, one God, ever to be adored in your eternal glory. And so, with all the choirs of angels, with the church on earth and the hosts of heaven, we praise your name and join their unending hymn:

 

*sanctus

 

*EUCHARISTIC PRAYER

Pastor to offer Eucharistic Prayer     

C         Amen.

 

*LAMB OF GOD

 

*Lord’s Prayer

P          Gathered into one by the Holy Spirit; let us pray as Jesus taught us:

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.

*PRAYERS AFTER COMMUNION

A         Wellspring of joy, through this meal you have put gladness in our hearts.

Satisfy the hunger still around us, and send us as joyful witnesses, that your love may bring joy to the hearts of all people, through Jesus Christ our Lord.

C         Amen.

 

*Benediction:

P          May our glorious God grant you a spirit of wisdom to know and to love the risen Lord Jesus.The God of life, Father, ☩ Son, and Holy Spirit, bless you now and forever.

C         Amen.

 

*SENDING SONG:                          TBA   

 

*DISMISSAL

*Please wait until the usher dismisses your row. Thank you for your cooperation.

 

P          Alleluia! Christ is risen.

C         Christ is risen indeed. Alleluia!

P          Go in peace. Share the good news. Alleluia!

C         Thanks be to God. Alleluia!

 

*PRAISE SONG:                             TBA

PRAYER LIST

 

Eileen Turner Alexis Sharp Karen DiTomasso
Anita DiVita Laurie Colburn Mark DellaVecchia
Terry Luther Alice Colburn Valerie Francis
Jerry Fedorovich Tom Seleman Chuck Ford
Darlyne Wadhams Nancy Merrow Mary Bailey-Keefe
Charlie Gray Mary Lynn Gagnon Judy Ford
Sharon Gray Bob Johnson Skip Henke
Kerry Ekstrom Gene Bald Mia Devine
Haley Mitnick Cesar Deleon Mena Aabid Dar
Robin Miessau Matt Bendzinski Ashiq Reshi
    Alex Farkash

 

Bold names are members, non-bold names are Non-members.

 Also, victims of disaster and those affected by and serving in wars, and all those we name aloud or in our hearts before you now.

 

 

 

 

GOSPEL MESSAGE

April 25, 2021

FOURTH SUNDAY OF EASTER

Abundant Care

One of the things that drew people to Jesus was that he was a master communicator. Drawing from examples of daily life, like shepherding, fishing, and growing grapes, he helped people see the connections between their story and God’s story. He drew from very ordinary and familiar elements like bread, water, and light to describe how God is at work in our lives and the world.

If Jesus were using imagery from our world today, it’s interesting to ponder what illustrations he might use to remind us of God’s presence and grace. However, even though much has changed from the ancient world, the “I am” sayings of Jesus, like those found in today’s gospel, are still amazingly relevant and tell us a great deal about how God moves among us.

When Jesus says, “I am the good shepherd” (John 10:11), and describes how this shepherd cares for his sheep, he is naming God’s abundant care for each and every one of us. Perhaps you don’t always feel the immediacy of God’s care. There are moments in each of our lives when our outlook is bleak, when God’s provision doesn’t seem obvious, and when we wonder where God is in the midst of a trying situation.

But as the good shepherd, Jesus does not wait for us to be able to name our needs and pain before he comes to heal it. Jesus knows each one of his sheep in all their particular uniqueness: “I know my own” (John 10:14). God the good shepherd anticipates our needs and gives generously so we may have life in Jesus’ name. This is a promise we can depend on yesterday, today, and tomorrow.

 

 

This week begins our LIGHT the WAY FOR KINDNESS Campaign.

Please decorate your homes with Purple: flowers, lights, any decorations.

Do a selfless deed, offer help to someone in need, pay it forward and pray daily.

 

 

*FUTURE TERRYVILLE/ PLYMOUTH EVENTS

 

Thur. 5/06  (5:30-7:00)            NATIONAL DAY OF PRAYER

                                                Prayers for Plymouth      Plymouth Green

 

Sat. 5/22   (4:00)                     Concert on the Green       Plymouth Green

(4:00-6:00)                  Chicken BBQ  (Take-Out  or Eat In)    

                                                American Legion Post #20

                                                Tickets available at the Legion     $12.00

 

Sun. 5/30      (10:00)               Memorial Day Service      Plymouth Green

 

Mon. 5/31     (10:30)               Terryville Memorial Day Parade

                                                Step off at (10:30) at Terryville Fire Station

                                                And end with a ceremony at Baldwin Park

 

 

*St Paul Newsletter- The next Newsletter will postpone printing until June.

Please share your Easter Memories and graduation pictures with us all.

We will finally get a chance to see family in the next few weeks so always stay safe and healthy. GOD bless you all. I look forward to seeing your stories and memories.

 

Please share birthdays & special anniversary. Favorite quotes or saying. Share pictures

and memories from Easter Past.

*    Please submit any items for our quarterly St Paul newsletter to our email st.paulterryville@gmail.com

*   If you prefer there is a box for you to drop in a note on the piano (ramp entrance) 

Council would love to hear from all of you and the newsletter will be sent via USPS as well as email. We expect to have our first printing out in January so get your news in! Thanks 

 

This week begins our LIGHT the WAY FOR KINDNESS Campaign.

Please decorate your homes with Purple: flowers, lights, any decorations.

Do a selfless deed, offer help to someone in need, pay it forward and pray daily.

 

*FUTURE TERRYVILLE/ PLYMOUTH EVENTS

 

Sat. 4/24      (4:00-6:00)          Ham & Bean Dinner  (Take-Out Only)

                                                Plymouth Congregational Church

                                                Cost  $12.00 or  $40.00 (Family of Four)

                                                Call  860-268-9341  or  860-805-3440

 

Thur. 5/06  (5:30-7:00)            NATIONAL DAY OF PRAYER

                                                Prayers for Plymouth      Plymouth Green

 

Sat. 5/22   (4:00)                     Concert on the Green       Plymouth Green

(4:00-6:00)                  Chicken BBQ  (Take-Out  or Eat In)    

                                                American Legion Post #20

                                                Tickets available at the Legion     $12.00

 

Sun. 5/30      (10:00)               Memorial Day Service      Plymouth Green

 

Mon. 5/31     (10:30)               Terryville Memorial Day Parade

                                                Step off at (10:30) at Terryville Fire Station

                                                And end with a ceremony at Baldwin Park

 

*St Paul Newsletter- The next Newsletter will postpone printing until June.

Please share your Easter Memories and graduation pictures with us all.

We will finally get a chance to see family in the next few weeks so always stay safe and healthy. GOD bless you all. I look forward to seeing your stories and memories.

 

Please share birthdays & special anniversary. Favorite quotes or saying. Share pictures

and memories from Easter Past.

*    Please submit any items for our quarterly St Paul newsletter to our email st.paulterryville@gmail.com

*   If you prefer there is a box for you to drop in a note on the piano (ramp entrance) 

Council would love to hear from all of you and the newsletter will be sent via USPS as well as email. We expect to have our first printing out in January so get your news in! Thanks 

 

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Please note: We stand with many in the faith community – including His Holiness  Pope Francis, The Dali Lama, Presiding ELCA Bishop Elizabeth Eaton – who are calling us to remember that we who call ourselves Christian are not to condemn another because of their faith or ethnicity. As a nation of immigrants, we proudly endorse the heritage of this land, proclaiming with Emma Lazurus the words emblazoned on the Statue of Liberty:

Not like the brazen giant of Greek fame,

With conquering limbs astride from land to land;

Here at our sea-washed, sunset gates shall stand

A mighty woman with a torch, whose flame

Is the imprisoned lightning, and her name

Mother of Exiles. From her beacon-hand

Glows world-wide welcome; her mild eyes command

The air-bridged harbor that twin cities frame.

“Keep ancient lands, your storied pomp!” cries she

With silent lips. “Give me your tired, your poor,

Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,

The wretched refuse of your teeming shore.

Send these, the homeless, tempest-tost to me,

I lift my lamp beside the golden door!”

#HateHasNoBusinessHere

Notice: Pledges (time, financial gifts and your personal talents) allow the church some idea of what we may plan for the future. Pledges may be mailed in to 134 Main Street Terryville CT 06786 Attn: Finance, dropped in the offering plate or communicated to the staff. Remember God only asks for 10% off the top – won’t you consider tithing this year?


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St Paul Luther Church Christmas Season December  2019

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Saint Lucinda Sunday 2nd week in Advent

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Christmas Eve 2019

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Aug. 16, 2015 – St Paul served 110 people at Cathedral of the night, click on this link for pictures…

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St Paul children’s dowel team in action, click here

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Confirmation Food Drive

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