Third Sunday

of Easter

April 23, 2023

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...they told what had happened on the road,

and how he had been made known to them

in the breaking of the bread.


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- Gathering -


Thanksgiving for Baptism

Blessed be the holy Trinity, ☩ one God, by whose hand we are given new birth, by whose speaking we are given new life.


God gathers us and gives us the name Beloved Child of God. Through the waters of baptism, God clothes us with mercy and forgiveness. Let us give thanks for the gift of baptism.

Water is poured into the font.

Holy God, fountain of living water, source of mercy, tender and mighty, you are clothed with majesty and splendor. 

Your steadfast love fills the earth. 

Your love flows through water, satisfying the thirst of all living things, sustaining life in this community, nourishing and delighting us. We bless you for these gifts of water: The Great Lakes and Finger Lakes, the Erie Canal and the Genesee River, the small ponds and creeks that water our earth.

Your steadfast love fills the earth. 

Your love flows through water, a sign of your saving power. Noah and the animals survive the flood. Hagar discovers your well. The Israelites escape through the sea and they drink from your gushing rock. The Samaritan woman will never be thirsty again.

Your steadfast love fills the earth. 

Shower us with your Holy Spirit. Clothe us and all your people with grace. Embolden us to do justice. Bless us to love mercy. Guide us to walk humbly with you, whom we thank and praise through Jesus Christ, our risen Savior, now and forever.


Gathering Hymn verses 1-2, 7-8


Alleluia! Christ is risen!

Christ is risen indeed! Alleluia!

The grace of our risen Savior, the love of God, and the communion of the Holy Spirit be with you all.

And also with you.

Prayer of the Day

The Lord be with you.

And also with you.

O God, your Son makes himself known to all his disciples in the breaking of bread. Open the eyes of our faith, that we may see him in his redeeming work, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.



- Word -


Children’s Message  


First Reading               Acts 2:14a, 36-41

14aPeter, standing with the eleven, raised his voice and addressed [the crowd], 36“Therefore let the entire house of Israel know with certainty that God has made him both Lord and Messiah, this Jesus whom you crucified.”

37Now when they heard this, they were cut to the heart and said to Peter and to the other apostles, “Brothers, what should we do?” 38Peter said to them, “Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ so that your sins may be forgiven; and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. 39For the promise is for you, for your children, and for all who are far away, everyone whom the Lord our God calls to him.” 40And he testified with many other arguments and exhorted them, saying, “Save yourselves from this corrupt generation.” 41So those who welcomed his message were baptized, and that day about three thousand persons were added.

Word of God. Word of life. 

Thanks be to God.



Second Reading          1 Peter 1:17-23

17If you invoke as Father the one who judges all people impartially according to their deeds, live in reverent fear during the time of your exile. 18You know that you were ransomed from the futile ways inherited from your ancestors, not with perishable things like silver or gold, 19but with the precious blood of Christ, like that of a lamb without defect or blemish. 20He was destined before the foundation of the world, but was revealed at the end of the ages for your sake. 21Through him you have come to trust in God, who raised him from the dead and gave him glory, so that your faith and hope are set on God.

 22Now that you have purified your souls by your obedience to the truth so that you have genuine mutual love, love one another deeply from the heart. 23You have been born anew, not of perishable but of imperishable seed, through the living and enduring word of God.

Word of God. Word of life.

Thanks be to God.

Gospel                 Luke 24:13-35


The Holy Gospel according to Luke.

Glory to you, O Lord.

13Now on that same day [when Jesus had appeared to Mary Magdalene,] two [disciples] were going to a village called Emmaus, about seven miles from Jerusalem, 14and talking with each other about all these things that had happened. 15While they were talking and discussing, Jesus himself came near and went with them, 16but their eyes were kept from recognizing him. 17And he said to them, “What are you discussing with each other while you walk along?” They stood still, looking sad. 18Then one of them, whose name was Cleopas, answered him, “Are you the only stranger in Jerusalem who does not know the things that have taken place there in these days?” 19He asked them, “What things?” They replied, “The things about Jesus of Nazareth, who was a prophet mighty in deed and word before God and all the people, 20and how our chief priests and leaders handed him over to be condemned to death and crucified him. 21But we had hoped that he was the one to redeem Israel. Yes, and besides all this, it is now the third day since these things took place. 22Moreover, some women of our group astounded us. They were at the tomb early this morning, 23and when they did not find his body there, they came back and told us that they had indeed seen a vision of angels who said that he was alive. 24Some of those who were with us went to the tomb and found it just as the women had said; but they did not see him.” 25Then he said to them, “Oh, how foolish you are, and how slow of heart to believe all that the prophets have declared! 26Was it not necessary that the Messiah should suffer these things and then enter into his glory?” 27Then beginning with Moses and all the prophets, he interpreted to them the things about himself in all the scriptures.

28As they came near the village to which they were going, he walked ahead as if he were going on. 29But they urged him strongly, saying, “Stay with us, because it is almost evening and the day is now nearly over.” So he went in to stay with them. 30When he was at the table with them, he took bread, blessed and broke it, and gave it to them. 31Then their eyes were opened, and they recognized him; and he vanished from their sight. 32They said to each other, “Were not our hearts burning within us while he was talking to us on the road, while he was opening the scriptures to us?” 33That same hour they got up and returned to Jerusalem; and they found the eleven and their companions gathered together. 34They were saying, “The Lord has risen indeed, and he has appeared to Simon!” 35Then they told what had happened on the road, and how he had been made known to them in the breaking of the bread.

The Gospel of the Lord.

Praise to you, O Christ.


Apostles' Creed


I believe in God, the Father almighty,

creator of heaven and earth.

I believe in Jesus Christ, God’s only Son, our Lord,

who was conceived by the Holy Spirit,

born of the virgin Mary,

suffered under Pontius Pilate,

was crucified, died, and was buried;

he descended to the dead.*

On the third day he rose again;

he ascended into heaven,

he is seated at the right hand of the Father,

and he will come to judge the living and the dead.

I believe in the Holy Spirit,

the holy catholic church,

the communion of saints,

the forgiveness of sins,

the resurrection of the body,

and the life everlasting. Amen.



Prayers of the People

Each petition ends:

       God of grace,

        hear our prayer.




The peace of Christ be with you always.

And also with you.



Offertory Prayer              


Generous God,

in this meal you offer your very self. We give thanks for these gifts of the earth. In the breaking of this bread reveal to us the Risen One. In the pouring of this wine pour us out in service to the world; through Christ our Lord. Amen.


Great Thanksgiving        

It is indeed right, our duty and our joy.... join their unending hymn:

Eucharistic Prayer

Lord’s Prayer

Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name, thy kingdom come, thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread; and forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us; and lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, forever and ever. Amen.




Post Communion Blessing and Prayer

The body and blood of our Lord Jesus Christ strengthen you and keep you in his grace.


Gracious God, in you we live and move and have our being. With your word and this meal of grace, you have nourished our life together. Strengthen us to show your love and serve the world in Jesus’ name.





Alleluia! Christ is risen!

Christ is risen indeed! Alleluia!

Go in peace. Christ is with you.

Alleluia! Thanks be to God!



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What's Happening at Immanuel...

The Upstate NY Synod Hunger Justice Team invites us all to participate in the 2023 synod-wide appeal. Each congregation is challenged to raise $440 or more to cover the cost of two bee colonies ($20 each) and two community gardens ($200 each). These ministries make God's creation more sustainable and support families in need. A garden will help a family to be self-supporting; and the honeybees are not only providing honey to eat, but to make beeswax soap and candles which allow a family to start a small business.

Donations can be put in the beehive located on the piano in the sanctuary or in the offering plate. Please make checks payable to Immanuel Lutheran Church and add “Bee Generous” on the memo line.


You can also make a donation by clicking the link below and designating it "Bee Generous" in the memo field.


Thank YOU for BEE-ing generous!!

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Kids' Sunday School Meets Today at 10:45

All kids age 3 through grade 5 are invited to a time of fun, learning, and growing together, this morning at 10:45 in the Sunday School wing on the 2nd floor. Come for this wonderful time!

Adult Sunday School

Embracing Interfaith Cooperation:

Coming Together to Change the World

In today’s world, “we” and “they” are common words in conversations. In our communities, there are many striving to love God and love neighbor. What happens when we work together, across religious disciplines, to love God and neighbor? Eboo Patel, an interfaith commentator, explores what it means to be “literate” about other faiths, how interfaith cooperation “works” and why, the skills needed for interfaith cooperation, and the significant role that our institutions—including faith communities—can play in this process. Join the adult class on Sundays at 10:45, beginning on April 16, to participate in the discussion and learning.

Can You Help?

People in our community with food insecurities rely on our “Little Free Pantry”. During the summer months we can offer fresh vegetables from our garden. I have been told that the vegetables are very much appreciated. Do you enjoy gardening, working outdoors? The Hunger Ministry is looking for help to keep fresh vegetables as an option to our pantry. We are looking for someone (or multiple people) to coordinate the planting of the gardens and volunteer sign up to care for the gardens throughout the summer. Contact the church office if you are interested.

One Night Only in May

Create your own piece of paradise!

Welch's Greenhouses is offering an evening of everything flowers. We will meet at their nursery, 1271 Webster Rd., Monday, May 8, at 6:30, choose our favorite flowers, and create our own container gardens to take home. The cost is $45 per container. Please contact the church office by April 24th to sign up.

Bible Study This Wednesday

Throughout the season of Lent, we will be digging into Matthew's story of Jesus' Passion and Resurrection. Deepen your Lenten journey by joining the conversation Wednesday mornings at 9 on Zoom. It's a great way to begin your day!

Meeting ID: 863 5628 3748

Passcode: 358139

or click the link below:

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