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May 24, 2020 Worship Service

7th Sunday of Easter Worship Service

I will launch this service at around 9:30 a.m.

These Services will be provided by Zoom again. The Zoom password that you will need if asked: 762034

We will be holding Sunday Church Services this way until further notice.

Thank you,

Jeremy Grasby


EASTER 7, May 24, 2020, Redeemer Lutheran ZOOM worship [Week of Ascension of our Lord]

P=Pastor L=Leader C=Congregation


Welcome and Announcements

1. Next Sunday, May 31/20, is Pentecost Sunday. Wear red when you worship.

2. You can call Pastor Laurel at 1-204-727-8928

4. Create a worship space in your home; set out a candle, a cross, your bible, or something else that gives you a sense of sanctuary, sacredness,



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.



* At the very end of Jesus’ time with his disciples,

Jesus gave them the hardest command of all: Wait.

We have joined them in this waiting.

Yet even as we wait, we celebrate that Christ is risen!

Christ is risen indeed! Alleluia!


Hymn (Read or sung together)

ELW 650 "In Christ There Is No East or West"

(Hymn lyrics printed under OneLicence # 11411292)

1. In Christ there is no east or west, in him no south or north,

but one community of love throughout the whole wide earth.

2. In Christ shall true hearts everywhere their high communion fond;

his service is the golden cord close binding humankind.

3. Join hands, disciples of the faith, whate’er your race may be.

All children of the living God are surely kin to me.

4. In Christ now meet both east and west, in him meet south and north;

all Christly souls are one in him throughout the whole wide earth.


Prayer of the Day

(Prayer used by permission of Augsburg Fortress)

* Christ is risen! Christ is risen indeed!

Let us pray: O God of glory, your Son Jesus Christ suffered for us and ascended to your right hand. Unite us with Christ and each other in suffering and in joy, that all the world may be drawn into your bountiful presence, through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.


Scripture Readings

First Reading:

[Today’s reading is part of the introduction to the narrative of the outpouring of the Spirit on Pentecost. These verses tell of the risen Lord’s conversation with his disciples on the eve of his ascension, in which he promises that they will receive the power of the Holy Spirit.]

Acts 1:6-14 When [the apostles] had come together, they asked [Jesus], “Lord, is this the time when you will restore the kingdom to Israel?” He replied, “It is not for you to know the times or periods that the Father has set by his own authority. But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.” When he had said this, as they were watching, he was lifted up, and a cloud took him out of their sight. While he was going and they were gazing up toward heaven, suddenly two men in white robes stood by them. They said, “Men of Galilee, why do you stand looking up toward heaven? This Jesus, who has been taken up from you into heaven, will come in the same way as you saw him go into heaven.” Then they returned to Jerusalem from the mount called Olivet, which is near Jerusalem, a sabbath day’s journey away. When they had entered the city, they went to the room upstairs where they were staying, Peter, and John, and James, and Andrew, Philip and Thomas, Bartholomew and Matthew, James son of Alphaeus, and Simon the Zealot, and Judas son of James. All these were constantly devoting themselves to prayer, together with certain women, including Mary the mother of Jesus, as well as his brothers.

Word of God. Word of Life. Thanks be to God.


Psalm: Psalm 68:1-10, 32-35

1 Let God arise, and let God’s enemies be scattered;

let those who hate God flee.

2 As smoke is driven away, so you should drive them away;

as the wax melts before the fire, so let the wicked perish at the presence of God.

3 But let the righteous be glad and rejoice before God;

let them also be merry and joyful.

4 Sing to God, sing praises to God’s name; exalt the one who rides the clouds;

I Am is that name, rejoice before God! R

5 In your holy habitation, O God,

you are a father to orphans, defender of widows;

6 you give the solitary a home and bring forth prisoners into freedom;

but the rebels shall live in desert places.

7 O God, when you went forth before your people,

when you marched through the wilderness,

8 the earth quaked, and the skies poured down rain, at the presence of God, the God of Sinai,

at the presence of God, the God of Israel.

9 You sent a bountiful rain, O God;

you restored your inheritance when it languished.

10 Your people found their home in it;

in your goodness, O God, you have made provision for the poor. R

32 Sing to God, O kingdoms of the earth;

sing praises to the Lord.

33 You ride in the heavens, O God, in the ancient heavens;

you send forth your voice, your mighty voice.

34 Ascribe power to God,

whose majesty is over Israel; whose strength is in the skies.

35 How wonderful you are in your holy places, O God of Israel,

giving strength and power to your people! Blessed be God! R


Second Reading:

[Our faith in Christ does not make us immune from the scorn of others. Nevertheless, we are to resist the designs of evil when we experience disparagement from others because we trust God’s grace will strengthen and guide us.]

1 Peter 4:12-14; 5:6-11: Beloved, do not be surprised at the fiery ordeal that is taking place among you to test you, as though something strange were happening to you. But rejoice insofar as you are sharing Christ’s sufferings, so that you may also be glad and shout for joy when his glory is revealed. If you are reviled for the name of Christ, you are blessed, because the spirit of glory, which is the Spirit of God, is resting on you.

5:6 Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, so that he may exalt you in due time. Cast all your anxiety on him, because he cares for you. Discipline yourselves, keep alert. Like a roaring lion your adversary the devil prowls around, looking for someone to devour. Resist him, steadfast in your faith, for you know that your brothers and sisters in all the world are undergoing the same kinds of suffering. And after you have suffered for a little while, the God of all grace, who has called you to his eternal glory in Christ, will himself restore, support, strengthen, and establish you. To him be the power forever and ever. Amen.

Word of God. Word of Life. Thanks be to God


Gospel Acclamation

Alleluia, Lord to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life.

Alleluia, Alleluia!



[On the night before his crucifixion, Jesus prays to his heavenly Father, asking that those who continue his work in this world will live in unity.]

The Holy Gospel according to John 17:1-11: Gloria to You, O Lord

After Jesus had spoken these words [to his disciples], he looked up to heaven and said, “Father, the hour has come; glorify your Son so that the Son may glorify you, since you have given him authority over all people, to give eternal life to all whom you have given him. And this is eternal life, that they may know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom you have sent. I glorified you on earth by finishing the work that you gave me to do. So now, Father, glorify me in your own presence with the glory that I had in your presence before the world existed. “I have made your name known to those whom you gave me from the world. They were yours, and you gave them to me, and they have kept your word. Now they know that everything you have given me is from you; for the words that you gave to me I have given to them, and they have received them and know in truth that I came from you; and they have believed that you sent me. I am asking on their behalf; I am not asking on behalf of the world, but on behalf of those whom you gave me, because they are yours. All mine are yours, and yours are mine; and I have been glorified in them. And now I am no longer in the world, but they are in the world, and I am coming to you. Holy Father, protect them in your name that you have given me, so that they may be one, as we are one.”

Here ends the Gospel. Praise to you, O Christ.




Hymn (Read or sung together)

ELW 247 "Come Now, O Prince of Peace"

[You may not know the tune for this. I sang it to "Row, Row, Row your boat".

Doesn't work perfectly, but the words will fit. Have fun while being blessed by the text.]

(Hymn lyrics printed under OneLicence # 11411292)

1 Come now, O Prince of peace, make us one body,

Come, O Lord Jesus, reconcile your people

2. Come now, O God of love, make us one body,

Come, O Lord Jesus, reconcile your people

3. Come now and set us free, O God, our Saviour,

Come, O Lord Jesus, reconcile all nations.

4. Come, Hope of unity, make us one body,

Come, O Lord Jesus, reconcile all nations.


Apostles' Creed

I believe in God, the Father almighty,

creator of heaven and earth.

I believe in Jesus Christ, God's only Son, our Lord,

who was conceived by the Holy Spirit,

born of the virgin Mary,

suffered under Pontius Pilate,

was crucified, died, and was buried;

he descended to the dead.

On the third day he rose again;

he ascended into heaven,

he is seated at the right hand of the Father,

and he will come 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 Prayer

Let us pray:

Merciful God, our ordinary gifts seem small, but you make of them an abundance, just as you do with our lives. We offer with joy and thanksgiving what you have first given us: Our selves, our time our possessions and our envelope offerings, signs of your gracious love. Receive all we offer for the sake of Jesus Christ who offered himself for us. Amen


Prayers of the People

[As always, you are encouraged to add your own prayers from your own situation.]

* Celebrating the victory of love over death, we offer our prayers to God.

[Short pause]

* God for whom we wait, it is hard to wait. We crave an end; we desire fulfilment. Breathe your patience into our hearts.

God of Easter, Hear our prayer.

* God for whom we wait, Breathe your love and guidance in our Bishops, clergy and lay ministers who continue to faithfully seek ways and our imaginations in liturgy and technology for worship, prayer and hearing the voice of God.

God of Easter, Hear our prayer.

* God for whom we wait, you command us to wait, to pause, to let go and not be in charge. Breathe faith into our hearts.

God of Easter, Hear our prayer.

* God for whom we wait, your church is anxious about the future, and it is easy to give in to impatience and fear. Breathe your love into our community.

God of Easter, Hear our prayer.

* God for whom we wait, we pray for others who wait: the sick (of any disease) in body, mind or spirit; those waiting for diagnosis and treatment; the hungry waiting for food; refugees waiting for safety; families, waiting for reconciliation; the poor, waiting for justice. Remind all the needy of your presence. [Especially we lift up Jack, Fern, Renata, Pete & Ella D., and those we carry in our hearts...) Breathe your healing into our world

God of Easter, Hear our prayer.

* God for whom we wait, guide the leaders of governments (all levels) around the world to make wise decisions; guide scientists in their search for a vaccine for COVID; continue to give courage and strength to essential service workers in health/first responders/retail/food prep and all others that we carry in our hearts. May the daily news lead us to prayer rather than fear; may that prayer lead us in trust, faith and hope in You;

God of Easter, Hear our prayer.

* God for whom we wait, we lift up those who grieve and mourn. It might be the loss of loved ones, the loss of jobs/financial security, loss of community, loss of freedom of movement, loss of "the way things were". Breath your grace, hope and love into our hearts.

God of Easter, Hear our prayer.

* God for whom we wait, it is hard to wait. Remind us again that we are waiting for you.

Breathe hope into all of creation.

God of Easter, Hear our prayer.

**We pray this in the name of our risen and living Saviour, Jesus the Christ, who taught us to pray, Our Father….


Lord’s Prayer

(used by permission of Augsburg Fortress)

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.


Peace be with you all


Hymn: ELW # 632 "O God, Our Help in Ages Past"

1. O God, our help in ages past,

Our hope for years to come,

Our shelter from the stormy blast,

And our eternal home.

2. Under the shadow of your throne

your saints have dwelt secure;

Sufficient is your arm alone,

And our defense is sure.

3. Before the hills in order stood,

Or earth received her frame,

From everlasting you are God,

To endless years the same.

4. A thousand ages in your sight

Are like an evening gone;

Short as the watch that ends the night

Before the rising sun.

5. Time, like an ever-rolling stream,

Bears all our years away;

They fly forgotten, as a dream

Dies at the opening day.

6. O God, our help in ages past,

Our hope for years to come,

still be our guard while life shall last,

And our eternal home.



May almighty God,

The Father who created us to live in love,

The Son (✝) who died and rose to bring us new life,

And the Spirit who empowers us, even to wait,

bless us all, now and forever. Amen.



Go in peace. Christ is with you.

Thanks be to God!

For Christ is risen!

Christ is risen indeed! Alleluia!



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