Introit:                                     Psalms 119: 57 – 60   antiphon: verse 105
Old Testament:                       Genesis 18: 1 – 10a (10b – 14)
Psalm                                      Psalm 27: (1 – 6) 7 – 14 antiphon: verse 4
Epistle:                                    Colossians 1: 21 – 29
Gradual:                                  Romans 10: 15b, 18b; Isaiah 52: 7b, alt
Verse:                                      Colossians 2: 6b – 7a
Gospel:                                    Luke 10: 38 – 42


The Word of Christ Is the One Thing Needed

     “The Lord appeared to [Abraham] by the oaks of Mamre” (Gen. 18:1) and received his hospitality. But Abraham received the gracious promise of a son. Though Abraham and Sarah were very old, nothing is “too hard for the Lord” (Gen. 18:14). His Word appointed the time and fulfilled the promise. In the same way, the Lord Jesus “entered a village” and received Martha’s hospitality (Luke 10:38). “Martha was distracted with much serving” because she was “anxious and troubled about many things” (Luke 10:40–41), but her sister, Mary, “sat at the Lord’s feet and listened to his teaching” (Luke 10:39). The service of love is no sin, but “one thing is necessary” for both faith and love — the Word of Christ (Luke 10:42). Thus, the ministers of Christ are sent “to make the word of God fully known, the mystery hidden for ages and generations but now revealed to his saints” (Col. 1:25–26).
Opening Hymn:           855 / For All The Faithful Women (stanzas 1, 9, 3, & 4)
Sermon Hymn:            536 / One Thing’s Needful
Distribution Hymns:    547 / The Lamb
729 / I Am Trusting Thee Lord Jesus
641 / You Satisfy The Hungry Heart
392 / God Loves Me Dearly
655 / Lord Keep Us Steadfast In Your Word
Closing Hymn:            662 / Onward Christian Soldiers
Season:                                   Time of the Church
Color:                                      Green
Divine Service:                        I
Proper Preface:                       Common
Introit:                                      Psalms 136: 23 – 26   antiphon: verse 1
Old Testament:                        Leviticus (18:1–5) 19:9–18
Gradual:                                   Romans 10: 15b, 18b; Isaiah 52: 7b, alt
Psalm                                       Psalms 41  antiphon: verse 1
Epistle:                                     Colossians 1:1–14
Verse:                                       Luke 10: 27
Gospel:                                     Luke 10:25–37

Jesus Is Our Good Samaritan

     The Law commands that “you shall love the Lord your God” with all your heart, soul, mind and strength (Luke 10:27), and that you shall “love your neighbor as yourself” (Lev. 19:18). Love fulfills the Law because love does no harm to the neighbor. Christ Jesus is the Good Samaritan, who with divine compassion saves you from all evil. He takes your sin and death upon Himself and bears these in His body to the cross. He binds up your wounds with the healing balm of His Gospel, and He brings you into His Church, where He takes care of you at His own expense (Luke 10:34–35). By such mercy, He proves “to be a neighbor to the man who fell among the robbers” (Luke 10:36). Therefore, “you go, and do likewise” (Luke 10:37). By “your faith in Christ Jesus” and “because of the hope laid up for you in heaven” (Col. 1:4–5), you have the same love for others as the Lord Jesus has for you.


Opening Hymn:           803 / Joyful, Joyful We Adore Thee
Sermon Hymn:            845 / Where Charity And Love Prevail
Distribution Hymns:    833 / Listen, God Is Calling
850 / God Of Grace And God Of Glory
832 / Jesus Shall Reign
973 / Thy Word Is A Lamp To My Feet
839 / O Christ, Our True And Only Light
Closing Hymn:            857 / Lord, Help Us Walk Your Servant Way
Season:                                  Time of the Church
Color:                                      Green
Divine Service:                        I
Proper Preface:                      Common
Introit:                                     Psalms 19: 2, 4 – 6 antiphon: verse 1                 The Law of the Lord is Perfect
Old Testament:                       Isaiah 66: 10 – 14                                       The Humble and Contrite Spirit
Gradual:                                 Romans 10: 15b, 18b; Isaiah 52: 7b
Verse:                                     Luke 10: 5b, 9b
Psalm                                     Psalms 66: 1 – 7 antiphon: verses 8 – 9                 How Awesome Are Your Deeds
Epistle:                                   Galatians 6: 1 – 10, 14 – 18                         Bear One Another’s Burdens
Verse:                                     Luke 10: 5b, 10b.
Gospel:                                    Luke 10: 1 – 20                                           Jesus sends out the Seventy-Two.

The Lord Grants Peace and Life to His Church

  The Lord restores Jerusalem, His Church, because she is the mother of His children, whom He comforts “as one whom his mother comforts” (Is. 66:13). We are “satisfied from her consoling breast” with the pure milk of the Word, and we “drink deeply with delight from her glorious abundance” (Is. 66:11). The messengers of Christ bestow such gifts upon His Church. For He sends them out “as lambs in the midst of wolves” (Luke 10:3), bearing in their bodies the sacrifice of His cross, by which “the kingdom of God has come near” (Luke 10:9, 11). Wherever He enters in with this Gospel, Satan is cast out and falls “like lightning from heaven” (Luke 10:18). Thus, we do not “boast except in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ” (Gal. 6:14). Rejoicing in this Gospel, we “bear one another’s burdens” in love, according to “the law of Christ” (Gal. 6:2).


Opening Hymn:          793 / Praise, My Soul, The King Of Heaven
Sermon Hymn:            533 / Jesus Has Come And Brings Pleasure
Distribution Hymns:    717 / Eternal Father Strong To Save
966 / Before You, Lord, We Bow
426 / When I Survey The Wondrous Cross
861 / Christ Be My Leader
699 / I Heard The Voice Of Jesus Say
Closing Hymn:            830 / Spread The Reign Of God The Lord
Season:                                  Time of the Church
Color:                                      Green
Divine Service:                        I
Proper Preface:                      Common
Introit:                                     Psalms 85: 8 – 10, 13 antiphon: verse 7
Old Testament:                       1 Kings 19: 9b – 21.   “The Lord speaks to Elijah”
Gradual:                                  Romans 10: 15b, 18b; Isaiah 52: 7b; alternate
Psalm                                      Psalms 16:antiphon: verse 11“You will not abandon my soul”
Epistle:                                    Galatians 5: 1, 13 – 25   “Walk in the Spirit”
Verse:                                      Luke 9: 51.
Gospel:                                    Luke 9: 51 – 62              The Samaritan Village rejects Jesus & the cost of following Jesus.

Christ’s Messengers Proclaim His Kingdom

When the prophet Elijah became discouraged and despaired of his life, the word of the Lord came to him (1 Kings 19:9b) and stood him on the mount before the Lord (1 Kings 19:11). The Lord made Himself known to the prophet — not in the impressive power of gale force winds, or in an earthquake, or in the fire, but in the sound of a low whisper (1 Kings 19:12). Today God reveals Himself to us through the frail preaching of the Gospel. The Son of Man sends messengers ahead of him … to make preparations for him (Luke 9:52). Putting their hand to that plow of preaching, they go and proclaim the kingdom of God, and they do not look back (Luke 9:60, 62). What they preach is not the power of the Law with its yoke of slavery, but the power of God unto salvation through the Gospel of forgiveness, by which Christ has set us free (Gal. 5:1).


Opening Hymn:          819 / Sing Praise To God, The Highest Good
Sermon Hymn:           688 / “Come Follow Me” The Savior Spake
Distribution Hymns:    691 / Fruitful Trees, The Spirit Sowing
649 / Blest Be The Tie That Binds
595 / O Blessed Spring
712 / Seek Ye First 645 / Built On The Rock
Closing Hymn:            685 / Let Us Ever Walk With Jesus

Season:                                    Time of the Church
Color:                                        Green
Divine Service:                          I
Proper Preface:                        Common
Introit:                                       Psalms 71: 20 – 24 antiphon: verse 3
Old Testament:                         Isaiah 65: 1 – 9            “I will bring forth offspring from Jacob”
Gradual:                                    Romans 10: 8b, 10
Psalm:                                       Psalm 3:antiphon: verse 8    “I cried to the Lord and He answered me”
Epistle:                                      Galatians 3: 23 – 4: 7  “You are no longer a slave, but a son”
Verse:                                        Luke 8: 39a                 “Return to your home, and declare how much God has done for you.”
Gospel:                                      Luke 8: 26 – 39           Jesus heals a demon-possessed man

Jesus Brings Release from the Bonds of Sin, Death and the Devil

The Lord finds those who did not seek Him or ask for Him. He spreads out His hands to a rebellious people (Is. 65:2) and calls them to be His people and to dwell in peace upon His holy mountain (Is. 65:9). For wherever Jesus Christ enters in, Satan is cast out. Those who were enslaved and driven mad by the assaults and accusations of the devil are set free by the Word of Christ. He drowns and destroys the old Adam in us with the waters of Holy Baptism and thereby brings us out of death into life. No longer naked in our shame, living among the tombs (Luke 8:27), we are brought into the Lord’s house, fully clothed by Christ; He has come in the fullness of time (Gal. 4:4) to fulfill the Law on our behalf and to redeem us from its every accusation. Therefore, having been justified by His grace through faith in His Gospel, you are no longer a slave, but a son (Gal. 4:7).
Opening Hymn:          825 / Rise, Shine, You People
Sermon Hymn:           601 / All Who Believe And Are Baptized
Distribution Hymns:    653 / In Christ There Is No East Or West
644 / The Church’s One Foundation
846 / Your Hand, O Lord, In Days Of Old
811 / Oh, That I Had A Thousand Voices
623 / Lord Jesus Christ, We Humbly Pray
Closing Hymn:            660 / Stand Up, Stand Up For Jesus

Season:                                  Pentecost
Color:                                      White
Divine Service:                       I
Introit:                                     Psalms 16: 8 – 11 antiphon: Liturgical Text        
Old Testament:                       Proverbs 8: 1 – 4, 22 – 31
Gradual:                                  Romans 10: 8b, 10
Psalm                                      Psalm 8:antiphon: verse 9   
Second Reading:                     Acts 2: 14a, 22 – 36
Verse:                                      Isaiah 6: 3b
Gospel:                                    John 8: 48 – 59

The Triune God Reveals Himself in Christ Jesus

  The divine Word of the Father also is the holy wisdom who “was beside him, like a master workman,” who “was daily his delight, rejoicing before him always” (Prov. 8:30). This Word became flesh and suffered death in order to bestow life by the preaching of His Gospel “to the children of man” (Prov. 8:4). He honors the Father, and the Father glorifies Him by raising Him from the dead, so that all who keep His Word “will never see death” (John 8:51). Long ago, “father Abraham rejoiced” in the day of Christ, for “he saw it and was glad” (John 8:56). Though Christ was “crucified and killed by the hands of lawless men,” “God raised him up, loosing the pangs of death” (Acts 2:23, 24). As He “received from the Father the promise of the Holy Spirit” (Acts 2:33), so it is by and through the Son that God the Father pours out the Holy Spirit upon His Church.
Opening Hymn:          507 / Holy, Holy, Holy
Sermon Hymn:           498 / Come Holy Spirit, Creator Blest
Distribution Hymns:     817 / Earth And All Stars
818 / In Thee Is Gladness
950 / Splendor And Honor
894 / For The Fruits Of His Creation
506 / Glory Be To The Father
Closing Hymn:            822 / Alleluia! Let Praises Ring

9 June 2019

Divine Service:           Setting I
Color:                          Red
Introit:                          Psalms 104: 24, 27-28, 30 antiphon: Liturgical Text     
Old Testament:            Genesis 11: 1-9
Gradual:                       Acts 2: 17b; Romans 10: 10
Psalm                          143:antiphon: verse 10  
Second Reading:         Acts 2: 1 – 21
Alleluia & Verse:          Liturgical Text
Gospel:                        John 14: 23 – 31

The Holy Spirit Gives Peace

Following the flood, Noah’s descendants failed to spread out and fill the earth as God had spoken. Rather, they exalted themselves; with “one language and the same words” (Gen. 11:1), they spoke proudly and arrogantly. The Lord humbled them by confusing “the language of all the earth,” dividing and dispersing the people (Gen. 11:9). That dispersal was reversed on Pentecost Day (the 50th day of Easter), when God caused the one Gospel of the Lord, Jesus Christ, to be preached in a multitude of languages. “At this sound the multitude came together” (Acts 2:6), for the preaching of Christ is the primary work of the Holy Spirit, whereby He gathers people from all nations into one Church. The Holy Spirit teaches and brings to our remembrance the words of Jesus, which are the words of the Father who sent Him. These words bestow forgiveness and peace to those who keep and hold on to them in love for Jesus. “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. Not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid” (John 14:27).

Pentecost Sermon

Readings Summary

Opening Hymn:          497 / Come Holy Ghost, God and Lord
Sermon Hymn:           502 / Holy Spirit, The Dove Sent From Heaven
Distribution Hymn:      529 / My Hope Is Built On Nothing Less
637 / Draw Near and Take The Body Of the Lord
496 / Holy Spirit, Light Divine
631 / Here, O My Lord, I See Thee Face To Face
702 / My Faith Looks Up To Thee
Closing Hymn:            503 / O Day Full Of Grace .


2 June 2019

Divine Service:           Setting I
Color:                          White
Introit:                         Psalms 110: 1, 4 – 5 antiphon: Psalm 47: 5                       
First Reading:             Acts 1: 1 – 11
Gradual:                      adapted from Matthew 28: 7; Hebrews 2: 7; Psalm 8: 6
Psalm                          Psalm 47:antiphon: verse 5                
Epistle:                        Ephesians 1: 15 – 23
Alleluia & Verse:        Romans 6: 9; Matthew 28: 20b
Gospel:                        Luke 24 44 – 53 & John 17: 20 – 26 (Seventh Sunday of Easter)

Luke 24: 44 – 53: Christ Ascended Is with You Always

  In His resurrection, the Lord Jesus presented Himself alive to the apostles,appearing to them during forty days and speaking about the kingdom of God (Acts 1:3). Then He ascended to the right hand of the Father, not orphaning His Church, but filling all things in heaven and on earth, and giving gifts to His disciples. So today, He continues to preach repentance for the forgiveness of sins(Luke 24:47) through the apostles whom he had chosen(Acts 1:2), evento the end of the earth (Acts 1:8). Jesus comes among us today by His Word and Spirit, whom He pours out upon the church, which is his body (Eph. 1:22–23). In His Church, He blesses us with forgiveness, lifts us up in His hands and seats us with Himself in the heavenly places (Eph. 1:20).

John 17:20–26: Jesus Is with Us in His Holy Christian Church

  On the night when He was betrayed, Jesus interceded for His Church — for His apostles and all who believe in Him through their word — that all of His disciples may become perfectly one in the Father and the Son (John 17:21–23). For Jesus became flesh and dwells among us in order to reveal the Father and His name, to share with us the glory of His righteousness, and to bring us to the Father in Himself. As the Father loved the Son from before the foundation of the world (John 17:24), so He loves the whole world (John 17:23, 26). Through the apostolic witness to the baptism, cross and resurrection of Jesus (Acts 1:21–22), the Lord gathers His disciples throughout the world with one accord as one body in Christ (Acts 1:14). And so with one voice and by one Spirit, His Bride prays, “Come” (Rev. 22:17). And He comes to us. He gives us the water of life without price to wash our robes and quench our thirst (Rev. 22:17); He feeds us fromthe tree of life with its twelve kinds of fruit (Rev. 22:2).
Opening Hymn:          821 / Alleluia! Sing To Jesus
Sermon Hymn:           525 / Crown Him With Many Crowns
Distribution Hymns:    529 / Since Our Great High Priest, Christ Jesus
492 / On Christ’s Ascension I Now Build
493 / A Hymn Of Glory Let Us Sing
632 / O Jesus, Blessed Lord, To Thee
494 / See, The Lord Ascends In Triumph
Closing Hymn:            340 / Lift Up Your Heads, Ye Mighty Gates .


26 May 2019

Color:                                     White
Divine Service Setting:           I
Introit:                                     Psalm 55: 4, 16 – 18 (antiphon: verse 22)
First Reading:                         Acts 16: 9–15
Gradual:                                 Adapted from Matthew 28: 7; Hebrews 2: 7; Psalm 8:6
Christ has risen from the dead
[God the Father] hs crowned Him with glory and honor,
He has given Him dominion over the work of His hands,
He has put all things under His feet.
Second Reading :                   Revelation 21: 9 – 14, 21 – 27 Alleluia & Verse                      Romans 6: 9; John 16: 33b
                                                Alleluia.  We know that Christ being raised from the dead will never die again;
death no longer has dominion over Him.  AlleluiaIn the world you will have tribulation.  But take heart; I have overcome the world  Alleluia.
Gospel:                                   John 16:23–33                  Sermon Title:  “Overcome”

We Pray to the Father in Jesus’ Name

In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world(John 16:33). Jesus has opened the way to the Father so that whatever you ask of the Father in Jesus’ name, he will give it to you (John 16:23). We pray, therefore, in the confidence that we will be heard and answered, that our joy may be full (John 16:24). We pray because the Gospel has been preached to us and the Lord has opened our hearts to believe the Gospel (Acts 16:10, 14). We pray in the name of Jesus because we have been baptized into Him, as Lydia and her household were baptized (Acts 16:15). We have been healed, and we live and walk and pray in newness of life (John 5:8–9). For we stand upon the firm foundation of the twelve apostles of the Lamb(Rev. 21:14), and our temple is the Lord God the Almighty and the Lamb(Rev. 21:22).

Opening Hymn:                  Sing With All The Saints In Glory
Sermon Hymn:                   Drawn To The Cross Which Thou Has Blessed
Distribution Hymns:            Holy Spirit Ever Dwelling
Draw Near And Take The Body Of The Lord
Jerusalem, My Happy Home
Eat This Bread
Rise My Soul To Watch And Pray

Closing Hymn:             Stand Up, Stand Up For Jesus



19 May 2019

Color:                                     White
Divine Service Setting:          I
Introit:                                   Psalm 98: 2 – 6 (antiphon: verse 1)
First Reading:                        Acts 11:1–18
Gradual:                                Adapted from Matthew 28: 7; Hebrews 2: 7; Psalm 8:6
Christ has risen from the dead
[God the Father] has crowned Him with glory and honor,
He has given Him dominion over the work of His hands,
He has put all things under His feet.
Second Reading :                  Revelation 21:1–7
Alleluia & Verse                     Romans 6: 9; John 14: 23
                         Alleluia.  We know that Christ being raised from the dead will never die again;
death no longer has dominion over Him.
Alleluia. If anyone loves Me, he will keep My word, and My Father will love him, and We will come to him and make our home with him.  Alleluia.
Gospel:                                 John 13:31–35


Jesus Turns Sorrow into Joy

On earth “you will be sorrowful, but your sorrow will turn into joy” (John 16:20). Already the Spirit grants you peace and joy through the forgiveness of your sins. For by the cross of Christ, “God has granted repentance that leads to life” (Acts 11:18). His Gospel is “a message by which you will be saved, you and all your household” (Acts 11:14). He gives freely “from the spring of the water of life” (Rev. 21:6), “and death shall be no more” (Rev. 21:4). He dwells with His people, adorning His Church as a bride for her husband, “making all things new” (Rev. 21:5). Therefore, as the Son of Man is glorified by His cross, “and God is glorified in him” (John 13:31), so He is glorified in us by our “love for one another” (John 13:35), which His Spirit works in us by His grace.

Lectionary Summaries for May 2019

Opening Hymn:           Love Divine, All Loves Excelling
Sermon Hymn:            At The Lamb’s High Feast We Sing
Distribution Hymns:     Love In Christ Is Strong And Living
Good Christian Friends, Rejoice And Sing
Lord, Thee I Love With All My Heart
I Love Your Kingdom, Lord
Jesus, Lead Thou On
Closing Hymn:            Jesus, Savior, Pilot Me

Fourth Sunday Of Easter

 12 May 2019

Color:                        White.
Service Setting:        Lutheran Service Book Divine Service Setting I.
Proper Preface:        Easter.
Introit:                        Psalm 145: 70 – 72, 79  (Antiphon: John 10: 14 – 15b).
First Reading:            Acts 20: 17 – 35.
Psalm:                       Psalm 23 (Antiphon: verse 4).
Gradual:                    adaptation of Matthew 28: 7; Hebrews 2: 7; Psalm 8: 6.
                                       Christ has risen from the dead, [God the Father] has crowned Him with glory and honor,
                                        He has given Him dominion over the works of His hands; He has put all things under His feet.
Second Reading:       Revelation 7: 9 – 17.
Verse:                         Romans 6: 9; John 10: 14..
                                          Alleluia.  We know that Christ being raised from the dead will never die again;
                                           death no longer has dominion over Him.  Alleluia.  I am the good shepherd. I know my own and my own
                                           know me.  Alleluia.
Gospel:                           John 10: 22 – 30.
Sermon Title:“Proof”
The Good Shepherd Cares for His Sheep
      Jesus Christ, the Son of God, came from the Father and became flesh among us in order to rescue us, His sheep. He laid down His life for us and took it up again in order to give us eternal life. By the preaching of His Gospel, He calls His sheep to Himself and keeps them with Him forever. As they hear His voice and follow Him, “they will never perish” (John 10:28), for “no one is able to snatch them out of the Father’s hand” (John 10:29). In the same way, faithful pastors (literally, “shepherds”) “care for the church of God, which he obtained with his own blood” (Acts 20:28), “testifying both to Jews and to Greeks of repentance toward God and of faith in our Lord Jesus Christ” (Acts 20:21). Therefore, with all the company of heaven, the Good Shepherd gathers His flock in worship, as they cry: “Salvation belongs to our God who sits on the throne, and to the Lamb!” (Rev. 7:10).
Opening Hymn:            Savior, Like A Shepherd Lead Us.
Sermon Hymn:             The King Of Love My Shepherd Is.
Distribution Hymns:    He’s Risen, He’s Risen.
                                       Now, My Tongue, The Mystery Telling.
                                       Holy Spirit, Ever Dwelling.
                                       The Lords My Shepherd, I’ll Not Want.
                                       Draw Us To Thee.
Closing Hymn:              Oh, That The Lord Would Guide My Ways.

Third Sunday of Easter

5 May 2019

Color: White.
Proper: Preface        Easter.
Introit:                        Psalm 145: 4 – 7, 9 (Antiphon: verse 10).
First Reading:            Acts 9: 1 – 22.
Psalm:                       Psalm 30 (Antiphon: verse 11a, 12b).
Gradual:                    adaptation of Matthew 28: 7; Hebrews 2: 7; Psalm 8: 6.
                                       Christ has risen from the dead, [God the Father] has crowned Him with glory and honor,
                                        He has given Him dominion over the works of His hands; He has put all things under His feet.
Second Reading:       Revelation 5: (1 – 7) 8 – 14.
Verse:                         Romans 6: 9; Luke 24: 32.
                                          Alleluia.  We know that Christ being raised from the dead will never die again;
                                           death no longer has dominion over Him.  Alleluia.  Did not our hearts burn within us while He talked to us
                                           on the road, while He opened to us the Scriptures.  Alleluia.
Gospel:                           John 21: 1 – 14 (15 – 19).
Sermon Title:  “Children, do you have any fish?”
The Good Shepherd Feeds His Lambs
“Worthy is the Lamb who was slain” (Rev. 5:12), who by His cross has conquered sin and death. With His blood, He has “ransomed people for God from every tribe and language and people and nation” (Rev. 5:9). This same Lord Jesus visits people of all nations and calls them to Himself by the Gospel, even as He “was revealed to the disciples after he was raised from the dead” (John 21:14). He restored Simon Peter to faith and life, and He commissioned him to feed His lambs and tend His sheep (John 21:15–17). Likewise, He revealed Himself to Saul of Tarsus and brought him to repentance, so that the persecutor of Jesus might carry and confess His name “before the Gentiles and kings and the children of Israel” (Acts 9:15).
Opening Hymn:            By All Your Saints In Warfare.
Sermon Hymn:             With High Delight Let Us Unite.
Distribution Hymns:    “Come Follow Me,” The Savior Spake.
                                       This Joyful Eastertide.
                                       I Want To Walk As A Child Of The Light.
                                       I Know My Redeemer Lives.
                                       What Is This Bread.
Closing Hymn:              Hark, The Voice Of Jesus Crying.

Second Sunday of Easter

28 April 2019

Color:                        White.
Proper: Preface        Easter.
Introit:                        Psalm 105: 1 – 5, 8 (Antiphon: 1 Peter 2: 2 – 3).
First Reading:            Acts 5: 12 – 20 (21 – 32).
Psalm:                       Psalm 148 (Antiphon: verse 13).
Gradual:                    adaptation of Matthew 28: 7; Hebrews 2: 7; Psalm 8: 6.
                                       Christ has risen from the dead, [God the Father] has crowned Him with glory and honor,
                                        He has given Him dominion over the works of His hands; He has put all things under His feet.
Second Reading:       Revelation 1: 4 – 18.
Verse:                         Romans 6: 9; John 20: 29b.
                                          Alleluia.  We know that Christ being raised from the dead will never die again;
                                           death no longer has dominion over Him.  Alleluia.  Blessed are those who have not seen and jet have believed.  Alleluia.
Gospel:                           John 20: 19 – 31.
Sermon Title:  Peace
That You May Believe and Have Life in Him Name.
On the Lord’s Day, St. John the apostle was given a revelation of the Lord Jesus Christ, the incarnation Son of God, the Alpha and Omega, the First and the Last.  He is the Living One, “the firstborn of the dead” (Revelation 1: 5).  He died for all people, and behold, He is alive forevermore!  Therefore, He has “the keys to Death and Hades” (Revelation 1: 18).  For His death atoned for sin and conquered death, and in His resurrection He opened the kingdom of heaven to us.  The “sharp two-edged sword” of His mouth (Revelation 1: 16) calls you to “believer that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God,” that by such faith “you may have life in His name” (John 20: 31).  To that end, He sends His ministers of the Word, as the Father sent Him, “to give repentance to Israel and forgiveness of sins”  (Acts 5: 31).
Opening Hymn:            Christ Is Risen, Christ The Living.
Sermon Hymn:             Come, Your Faithful, Raise The Strain.
Distribution Hymns:    He Lives
                                       Awake, My Heart, With Gladness
                                       The Day Of Resurrection
                                       The Strife Is O’er, The Battle Done
                                       Ten Thousand Reasons
Closing Hymn:              On What Has  Now Been Sown.