May 6, 2018                    Easter 6

ORDER OF SERVICE

The Common Service (also found on page 15 in the front part of the red hymnal).
 

OPENING HYMN

Hymn 158, I Am Content! My Jesus Lives Again

 

PRAYER OF THE DAY


C: 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. (sung) Amen.

 

FIRST LESSON

 

Acts 11:19-26 (printed on back of worship folder)

The Word of the Lord spreads after the first great persecution in Jerusalem. The church at Antioch experienced substantial growth, especially among the heathen.


PSALM OF THE DAY

Psalm 98 (also found on page 53 of the blue supplement)

 

SECOND LESSON

 

1 John 4:1-11 (printed on back of worship folder)

John urges us to “test the spirits to see whether they are from God.” The Spirit of God can be recognized in those who acknowledge that “Jesus Christ has come into the flesh.” John also tells us to love one another, since God loved us by sending his Son as a sacrifice for our sins.


 

VERSE OF THE DAY
 

M: Alleluia. Alleluia. Christ is risen! He is risen indeed! Alleluia. If anyone loves me, he will obey my teaching. My Father will love him, and we will come to him and make our home with him. Alleluia.

 

 

GOSPEL

 

John 15:9-17 (printed on back of worship folder)

John points out the connection between love and obedience, and tells us to put our faith into action by loving one another.


 

 

HYMN OF THE DAY

 

Hymn 377, Dear Christians, One and All, Rejoice

 

SERMON

 

Acts 11:19-26

Well, That Didn't Work ... Or Did It?

 

DISTRIBUTION HYMN
 

Hymn 312, Lord Jesus Christ, You Have Prepared

 

CLOSING HYMN

 

Hymn 163, Welcome, Happy Morning