Second Sunday of Pentecost

Prayer

Oh God, we praise You for being our kind and heavenly Father. Your compassion and love in sending Your Son to die for us is the greatest gift we could ever receive. We thank You also for Christian fathers in our homes who lead us to know You and know the way of salvation through Your Son, Jesus. Bless all Christian fathers in  their service to You and their families. In Jesus' precious name, Amen. 

Collect

O God, You have prepared for those who love You such good things as surpass our understanding. Cast out all sins and evil desires from us, and pour into our hearts Your Holy Spirit to guide us into all blessedness; through Jesus Christ, Your Son, our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.  Amen. 

Old Testament Reading             Isaiah 65: 1-9

Epistle Reading                           Galatians 3: 23 - 4: 7

Holy Gospel                                 Luke 8: 26 - 39 

Sermon        "We Are One In Christ"

Trinity Sunday

Prayer

Holy Trinity, though You are unfathomable, You have given us hearts of faith. We praise You, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, for Your great works in the world and in us. We marvel at the beauty of Your creation. The redeeming work of Your Son brings us hearts of gratitude. The Spirit's gift of faith is our guarantee of life forever with You. We praise and magnify Your holy name. In Jesus' precious name, Amen.

Collect

Almighty and ever-living God, You have given us grace to acknowledge the glory of the eternal Trinity by the glory of the eternal Trinity confession of a true faith and to worship the Unity in the power of the Divine Majesty.  Keep us steadfast in this faith and defend us from all adversities; for You, O Father, Son and Holy Spirit, live and reign, one God, now and forever. 

Old Testament Reading             Proverbs 8: 1-4, 22-31

Epistle Reading                           Acts 2: 14a, 22-36

Holy Gospel                                 John 8: 48-59 

Sermon        "The Holy Trinity - Gods of Love"

Pentecost Sunday

Prayer

Spirit of Truth, what comfort it is to know that You dwell in our hearts. Thank You for the saving faith You created in us. Keep us steadfast in Your Word so that we cling to You always and look to You for guidance in our daily living. Embolden us, as You did the first disciples, to declare God's saving grace to all whom we encounter. In Jesus' precious name, Amen.

Collect

Almighty and ever-living God, You fulfilled Your promise by sending the gift of the Holy Spirit to unite disciples of all nations in the cross and resurrection of Your Son, Jesus Christ.  By the preaching of the Gospel spread this gift to the ends of the earth, through the same Jesus Christ, our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.  Amen

Old Testament Reading             Genesis 11: 1-9

Epistle Reading                           Acts 2: 1-21

Holy Gospel                                 John 14: 23-31 

Sermon        "Our Much Needed Helper"

Ascension Sunday

Prayer

Lord Jesus, You traveled in Your mother Mary's womb to see Elizabeth. Her pregnancy was affirmed by Elizabeth and the kicking of John in Elizabeth's womb.  Today, we honor You as the incarnate Savior of the world. We thank You for Your life, suffering, death and resurrection for us and for the sake of all the sins against the lives of unborn children. Protect them by grace and give them the privilege of life in this world. In Jesus' precious name, Amen. 

Collect

Almighty God, as Your only-begotten Son, our Lord Jesus Christ, ascended into the heavens, so may we also ascent in heart and mind and continually dewll there with Him, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.  Amen.

Old Testament Reading             Acts 1: 1-11

Epistle Reading                           Ephesians 1: 15-23

Holy Gospel                                 Luke 24: 44-53 

Sermon        "Christ, The Head Over All"

Sixth Sunday in Easter

Prayer

Lord Jesus, You humbled Yourself and came to live among us on this earth. You suffered and died so that we could be forgiven and restored as children of our heavenly Father. Having risen from death, You have ascended to the right hand of Your Father. Rule over Your Church with mercy and grace. Provide for the needs of Your people. Keep us faithful until You return in glory so that we may be with You for all eternity. In Jesus' precious name. Amen.

Collect

O God, the giver of all that is good. by Your holy inspiration grant that we may think those things that are right and by Your merciful guiding accomplish them, through Jesus Christ, Your Son, our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.  

 

Old Testament Reading             Acts 16: 9-15

Epistle Reading                           Revelation 21: 9-14

Holy Gospel                                 John 16: 23-33 

Sermon        "Jerusalem: The Great City of God"

Fifth Sunday in Easter

Prayer

Lord, we thank You for those who volunteer to protect our homeland by joining the military. Please be with the members of our armed forces and their families. Protect them during training and deployments. especially when they are in harm's way. Use them to bring peace whenever possible. If it is Your will, bring them safely back to their families. In Jesus' precious name, Amen.

Collect

O God, You make the minds of Your failthful to be of one will. Grant that we may love what You have commanded and desire what You promise, that among the many changes of this world our hearts may be fixed where trule joys are found; through Jesus Christ, Your Son, our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. 

 

Old Testament Reading             Acts 11: 1-18

Epistle Reading                           Revelation 21: 1-7

Holy Gospel                                 John 16: 12-22 

Sermon        "The Kingdon: A Dwelling Place for God and His People"

Fourth Sunday in Easter

Prayer

Lord, I love the habitation of Your house and the place where Your glory dwells. In the multitude of Your tender mercies, prepare my heart that I may enter Your house to worship aand confess Your holy name; through Jesus Christ, my God and Lord. Amen.

Collect

Almighty God, merciful Father, since You have wakened from death the Shepherd of Your sheep, grant us Your Holy Spirit that when we hear the voice of our Shepherd we may know Him who calls us each by name and follow where He leads; through the same Jesus Christ, Your Son, our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.

 

Old Testament Reading             Acts 20: 17-35

Epistle Reading                           Revelation 7: 9-17

Holy Gospel                                 John 10: 22-30 

Sermon        "The Martyrs of the Kingdon: Comfort for the Afflicted"

Third Sunday in Easter

Prayer

Lord Jesus, as the head of Your Church, You gift Your Church with various leaders. We thank You for leaders like C. F. W. Walther, who guided The Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod through its difficult early history by pointing people to You. Continue to provide leaders for Your Church. Guide themm by Your Spirit so that they always direct people to You. In Jesus' precious name, Amen.

Collect

O God, through the humiliation of Your Son You raised up the fallen world. Grant to Your faithful people, rescued from the peril of everlasting death, perpetual gladness and eternal joys; through Jesus Christ, our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. 

 

Old Testament Reading             Acts 9: 1-22

Epistle Reading                           Revelation 5: 1-14

Holy Gospel                                 John 21: 1-19 

Sermon        "The Anthem of the Kingdom, Worthy is the Lamb"

Second Sunday in Easter

Prayer

Heavenly Father, thank You for sending Your Son, our Savior, to suffer the weight of the world's sin on His shoulders. There is no greater sacrifice. Turn our hearts, dear Lord, to focus on the wonderous gifts of forgiveness You offer after this Easter time. Lead us in humility to accept this gift and renew our faith daily, so we may serve You as you have served us. In Jesus' precious name, Amen.

Collect

Almighty God, grant that we who have celebrated the Lord's resurrection may by Your grace confess in our life and conversation that Jesus is Lord and God; through the same Jesus Christ, Your Son, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever, Amen.

 

Old Testament Reading             Acts 5: 12-20

Epistle Reading                           Revelation 1: 4-18

Holy Gospel                                 John 20: 19-31 

Sermon        "The Kingdom"

Resurrection Sunday

Prayer

Arisen Lord and Savior, jesus, You made a promise to Adam and Eve. Today, we celebrate Your completion of that promise: the gift of eternal life. You suffered and died and rose again so that we may live victoriously with You in Heaven. Live in us and through us daily, guiding our struggle to live our lives in faithfulness to Your glory and unending love. In Jesus' precious name, Amen. 

Collect

Almighty God the Father, through Your only-begotten Son, Jesus Christ, You have overcome death and opened the gate of everlasting life to us. Grant that we, who celebrate with joy the day of our Lord's resurrection, may be raised from the death of sin by Your life-giving Spirit; through Jesus Christ, our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.

 

Holy Gospel                                 Mark 16: 1-8

Old Testament Reading             Isaiah 65: 17-25

Epistle Reading                           1 Corinthians 15: 19-26 

Holy Gospel                                 Luke 24: 1-12 

Sermon        "The Firstfruits"