Worship at 8:00am & 10:30am, Spiritual Growth Hour at 9:15am

May 18, 2014                                                                                 Easter 5

Welcome to all worshipers of Jesus! The creative, sustaining Word of Christ brings people into fellowship with the true God and fits them as living stones into the spiritual temple of God, the holy Church.

Order of Service: Service of Word and Sacrament, page 26 in front of the hymnal

Opening Hymn Lord, Keep Us Steadfast in Your Word, #203

Prayer of the Day: O God, you form the minds of your faithful people into a single will.  Make us love what you command and desire what you promise, that among the many changes of this world, our hearts may ever yearn for the lasting joys of heaven; through your Son, Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit one God, now and forever. Amen (sung)

 First Lesson- Acts 17:1-12

Luke charts the progress of the Word as preached by Paul. In Thessalonica, the Word is met with joy by some, but stirs up the ire of Jews who become jealous of its progress. Moving on from Thessalonica to Berea, Paul preaches the Word to people “of more noble character.” The Bereans compared the message they heard with the written Word. In dong so they find Christ, the heart of Old Testament prophecy and New Testament proclamaiton.

Psalm of the Day- Psalm 33, page 79 in front of the hymnal

Second Lesson- 1 Peter 2:4-10

Christ, the “living stone,” builds up his people like living stones into a spiritual house. Jesus is “rejected by men but chosen by God,” and he makes his people into a holy priesthood to the glory of God. This is all the work of God's mercy in Christ. Calling sinners to himself, he recreates them as his “chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation,” that they may declare his praises now and in eternity.

Sunday School Sings (in place of the verse of the day)

Who Will Be a Witness?”

Gospel Lesson- John 14:1-12

As Jesus speaks words of farewell to his disciples Maundy Thursday evening, he comforts and assures them of his continuing care. For he is the way, the truth, and the life. Knowing and trusting in him, his disciples have every spiritual blessing and have seen the Father.

Hymn of the Day May God the Father of Our Lord, #597

Sermon-1 Peter 2:4-10—God Keeps On Building You Up

Hymn- God Loved the World So that He Gave, #391

Closing Hymn- Lord, Take My Hand and Lead Me, #439