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

May 21, 2017                                                                        Easter 6

Welcome to all worshipers of Jesus! Confession of Christ and of our hope in him is the calling of all who have been baptized. Such confession includes not only our faithful testimony but also our loving obedience to Jesus’ commands. As we live out our confession of Christ, we are comforted by the presence of the Spirit whom the Son has sent while we await his return.

Order of Service

Divine Service 1, page 15 in the front part of the blue supplement

Opening Hymn

Like the Golden Sun Ascending, #147

Prayer of the Day

Father of lights, every good and perfect gift comes from you. Inspire us to think those things that are true and long for those things that are good, that we may always make our petitions according to your gracious will; through your Son, Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen

First Lesson

Acts 17:22-31

Paul preaches before the meeting of the Areopagus in Athens. To these pagan Greeks the apostle proclaims the “unknown God”—the God who made the world and who calls all people to repentance and faith in the One whom he raised from the dead.

Psalm of the Day

Psalm 66, page 90 in front of the hymnal

Second Lesson

1 Peter 3:15-22

Peter admonishes the faithful to be ready always to confess the hope they have in Christ Jesus, particularly when they face hardship and persecution. In so doing they show the power of their baptism by which they have washed free of the guilt of sin and connected the Christ and his resurrection.

Gospel Lesson

John 14:15-21

Jesus’ farewell discourse continues from the previous week. The Holy Spirit is promised to the disciples, and they are comforted by the Lord’s promise: that he will not leave them orphaned but will return to them. Jesus exhorts them to show love for their Lord by giving loving obedience to his commands.

Hymn of the Day

Dear Christians, One and All, Rejoice, #377

Sermon

John 14:15-21—Love Still Comes to Us

Hymn

Jesus Lives! The Victory’s Won, #145

Closing Hymn

Triumphant from the Grave, #151