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St. Paul Lutheran Church

Sunday, April 18, 2021
Third Sunday of Easter

 

The gospel for the third Sunday of Easter is always one in which the risen Christ shares food with the disciples, meals that are the Easter template for the meal we share each Sunday. In today’s gospel, Jesus both shares the disciples’ food and shows them the meaning of his suffering, death, and resurrection through the scriptures, the two main elements of our Sunday worship.

 

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.

 

*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          Almighty God, with joy we celebrate the day of our Lord’s resurrection. By the grace of Christ among us, enable us to show the power of the resurrection in all that we say and do, through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.

C         Amen.

 

*KYRIE, ELEISON

*WORD

*First Reading: Is from the book of Acts 3:12-19

After healing a man unable to walk, Peter preaches to the people, describing how God’s promises to Israel have been fulfilled in Jesus. Through the proclamation of Christ’s death and resurrection, God is offering them forgiveness and restoration in Jesus’ name.

12[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.”

 * Psalm: Is from the book of Psalm 4

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. R
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. R

Thank you for wearing your mask during the entire service.

 

*Second Reading: Is from the book of 1 John 3:1-7.

God has loved us in order to make us children of God. Though we do not yet know the full details of our future existence, we trust that God will reveal it just as God revealed Jesus to take away our sins.

1See 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.

 

*ACCLAMATION                                                                                                 

 

*GOSPEL

P          The holy Gospel according to John the 20th Chapter

C         Glory be to you, O Lord

* Gospel: The Gospel according to Luke 24:36b-48

In this account of an appearance after his resurrection, Jesus opens the minds of the disciples to understand him as Messiah. Jesus convinces them that he has been raised and sends them on a mission to proclaim the message of repentance and forgiveness.

36bJesus 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.”

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

 

*PASTORS MESSAGE:

 

* HYMN OF THE DAY:                             TBA

*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         Living God, in the midst of Easter joy we are still filled with questions and wondering. Open our hearts and minds as we encounter the scriptures, so that the church embodies repentance and forgiveness in the name of Jesus to all nations. Hear us, O God.

C         Your mercy is great.

 

A         Creating God, like a master artist you have fashioned the universe out of your love and delight. Heal your creation where it is in need of restoration. Provide all the inhabitants of earth a peaceful and sustainable home. Hear us, O God.

C         Your mercy is great.

 

A         God of all, the nations hunger and thirst for your righteousness. Many call on you for guidance and strength. Answer their hopes with the peace of Christ and give your lovingkindness to national, state, and local leaders of people. Hear us, O God.

C         Your mercy is great.

 

A         Healing God, you hear the cries of those in need and answer them in their distress. Grant to those who are sick and suffering your compassion and nurse them back to health and wholeness. Be close to the hearts of the lonely. Hear us, O God.

C         Your mercy is great.

 

A         Loving Parent, you have given us such love that we should be called the children of God. Reveal yourself to us so that we in this community of faith will become more and more like you in our mutual love and bold witness. Hear us, O God.

C         Your mercy is great.

 

A         God of all times and ages, those who have died in you now see you as you are. We thank you for their lives among us. Assure us of the peace you have promised, that we may join them in everlasting life. 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

 

 

 

 

Thank you for wearing your mask during the entire service.

 

 

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 18, 2021

THIRD SUNDAY OF EASTER

We Are Fed

It appears the gospel writers knew that people would question whether Jesus was indeed fully human. Details such as how he wept at the death of his dear friend Lazarus, lost patience with those who had turned the temple into a marketplace, and was a bit annoyed with his mother when she asked him to help out at the wedding in Cana remind us that Jesus felt many of the things we feel ourselves.

Similarly, in case anyone wondered if Jesus had really risen from the dead, Luke tells us how, after Jesus appeared to his disciples, he asked for something to eat. This may seem like a small detail, but there’s no doubt it is an important one. After all, only people who are living and breathing must eat; there is no getting around that physical need.

However, this detail does not remind us only that Jesus really was raised from the dead. It also brings to mind the many times Jesus gathered around a table with a great variety of people, feeding them in both body and soul. As we remember each of these interactions, we are reminded that even though we do not dine with Jesus in the flesh, today he is still at work to nurture us.

Jesus feeds us through his words of forgiveness, through the love of our family and friends, and through the blessing of community. Most notably, Jesus feeds us at the Lord’s supper, where he invites all to taste and see God’s goodness and grace. Through bread and wine we are fortified with Christ’s body and blood to be witnesses to God’s love out in the world as we go about our daily work, bless one another with our time and gifts, and serve our neighbors in need. 

 

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 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Thank you for wearing your mask during the entire service.

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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