Fourth Sunday of Easter

May 8, 2022





My sheep hear my voice.
I know them, and they follow me.

John 10:27






Welcome to worship!
We worship each Sunday in person at 9:30 am.



Masks are encouraged, but optional in our building for worship and all activities. Masks will still be available at our entrance, and anyone who is more comfortable wearing a mask is encouraged to do so.

We livestream worship each week at 9:30 am, and the service is available to view anytime afterwards. You may access the link to Sunday Worship in a variety of ways:

  • A link is posted on Immanuel's website, www.immanuelwebster.org or by clicking the link at the bottom of this email.
  • Go to www.YouTube.com and search Immanuel Webster. You will find all of our past worship services there as well.
  • A link is posted each Sunday morning on Immanuel's Facebook page.
  • Click the link below on Sunday morning at 9:30 or anytime afterwards.


You may access the livestream by clicking the link below.

- Gathering -


Prelude 


Thanksgiving for Baptism

Alleluia! Christ is risen.
Christ is risen indeed. Alleluia!
Joined to Christ in the waters of baptism, we are clothed with God’s mercy and forgiveness. Let us give thanks for the gift of baptism.

Water is poured into the font.

Holy God, holy and merciful, holy and mighty, you are the river of life, you are the everlasting wellspring, you are the fire of rebirth. Glory to you for oceans and lakes, for rivers and streams. Honor to you for cloud and rain, for dew and snow. Your waters are below us, around us, above us: our life is born in you. 

You are the fountain of resurrection. Praise to you for your saving waters:
Noah and the animals survive the flood, Hagar discovers your well. The Israelites escape through the sea, and they drink from your gushing rock.
Naaman washes his leprosy away, and the Samaritan woman will never be thirsty again.

Praise to you for the water of baptism and for your Word that saves us in this sacrament. Breathe your Spirit into all who are gathered here and into all creation. Illumine our days. Enliven our bones. Dry our tears. Wash away the sin within us, and drown the evil around us. Satisfy all our thirst with your living water, Jesus Christ, our Savior, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.
Amen.


Greeting
          
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.
               
Let us pray. O God of peace, you brought again from the dead our Lord Jesus Christ, the great shepherd of the sheep. By the blood of your eternal covenant, make us complete in everything good that we may do your will, and work among us all that is well-pleasing in your sight, through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.
Amen.

 
 
- Word -
 


First Reading   Acts 9:36-43
 
36Now in Joppa there was a disciple whose name was Tabitha, which in Greek is Dorcas. She was devoted to good works and acts of charity. 37At that time she became ill and died. When they had washed her, they laid her in a room upstairs. 38Since Lydda was near Joppa, the disciples, who heard that Peter was there, sent two men to him with the request, “Please come to us without delay.” 39So Peter got up and went with them; and when he arrived, they took him to the room upstairs. All the widows stood beside him, weeping and showing tunics and other clothing that Dorcas had made while she was with them. 40Peter put all of them outside, and then he knelt down and prayed. He turned to the body and said, “Tabitha, get up.” Then she opened her eyes, and seeing Peter, she sat up. 41He gave her his hand and helped her up. Then calling the saints and widows, he showed her to be alive. 42This became known throughout Joppa, and many believed in the Lord. 43Meanwhile he stayed in Joppa for some time with a certain Simon, a tanner.

Word of God. Word of life.
Thanks be to God.
 



Psalm 23


1The Lord| is my shepherd;
I shall not | be in want.
2The Lord makes me lie down | in green pastures
and leads me be- | side still waters.
3You restore my | soul, O Lord,
and guide me along right pathways | for your name’s sake.
4Though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I shall | fear no evil;
for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they | comfort me. 
5You prepare a table before me in the presence | of my enemies;
you anoint my head with oil, and my cup is | running over.
6Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days | of my life,
and I will dwell in the house of the | Lord forever. 


Second Reading  Revelation 7:9-17

9After this I looked, and there was a great multitude that no one could count, from every nation, from all tribes and peoples and languages, standing before the throne and before the Lamb, robed in white, with palm branches in their hands. 10They cried out in a loud voice, saying,
“Salvation belongs to our God who is seated on the throne, and to the Lamb!”
11And all the angels stood around the throne and around the elders and the four living creatures, and they fell on their faces before the throne and worshiped God, 12singing,
“Amen! Blessing and glory and wisdom
and thanksgiving and honor
and power and might
be to our God forever and ever! Amen.”
13Then one of the elders addressed me, saying, “Who are these, robed in white, and where have they come from?” 14I said to him, “Sir, you are the one that knows.” Then he said to me, “These are they who have come out of the great ordeal; they have washed their robes and made them white in the blood of the Lamb.
15For this reason they are before the throne of God,
and worship him day and night within his temple,
and the one who is seated on the throne will shelter them.
16They will hunger no more, and thirst no more;
the sun will not strike them,
nor any scorching heat;
17for the Lamb at the center of the throne will be their shepherd,
and he will guide them to springs of the water of life,
and God will wipe away every tear from their eyes.”

Word of God. Word of life.
Thanks be to God.
 





Gospel     John 10:22-30
 
The Holy Gospel according to John.
Glory to you, O Lord.
 
22At that time the festival of the Dedication took place in Jerusalem. It was winter, 23and Jesus was walking in the temple, in the portico of Solomon. 24So the Jews gathered around him and said to him, “How long will you keep us in suspense? If you are the Messiah, tell us plainly.” 25Jesus answered, “I have told you, and you do not believe. The works that I do in my Father’s name testify to me; 26but you do not believe, because you do not belong to my sheep. 27My sheep hear my voice. I know them, and they follow me. 28I give them eternal life, and they will never perish. No one will snatch them out of my hand. 29What my Father has given me is greater than all else, and no one can snatch it out of the Father’s hand. 30The Father and I are one.”


The Gospel of the Lord.
Praise to you, O Christ.




Sermon



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 Intercession

Each petition ends:
God of grace,
hear our prayer.
 



Peace
The peace of Christ be with you all.
And also with you.
 



Anthem 
 



- Meal -

Offertory Prayer

Living God,
you gather the wolf and the lamb to feed together in your peaceable reign, and you welcome us all at your table. Reach out to us through this meal, and show us your wounded and risen body, that we may be nourished and believe in Jesus Christ, our Savior and 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.



Communion

All are invited to share in this meal of grace and love and may come forward at the direction of the usher, then return by way of the side aisles. Wine is shared by pouring chalice. Pre-filled cups of grape juice and gluten-free communion wafers are also available.




Post Communion Blessing and Prayer

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

We give you thanks, generous God, for in this bread and cup we have tasted the new heaven and earth where hunger and thirst are no more. Send us from this table as witnesses to the resurrection, that through our lives, all may know life in Jesus’ name.
Amen.




Blessing



Sending Hymn         Have No Fear, Little Flock
 
1     Have no fear, little flock;
       have no fear, little flock,
       for the Father has chosen
       to give you the kingdom;
       have no fear, little flock!

2     Have good cheer, little flock;
       have good cheer, little flock,
       for the Father will keep you
       in his love forever;
       have good cheer, little flock!

3     Praise the Lord high above;
       praise the Lord high above,
       for he stoops down to heal you,
       uplift and restore you;
       praise the Lord high above!

4     Thankful hearts raise to God;
       thankful hearts raise to God,
       for he stays close beside you,
       in all things works with you;
       thankful hearts raise to God!

Text: Luke 12:32, st. 1; Marjorie Jilson, b. 1931, sts. 2-4

 
Dismissal  

Alleluia! Christ is risen!
Christ is risen indeed! Alleluia!
Go in peace. Christ is with you.
Alleluia! Thanks be to God!




Postlude
Coming Up at Immanuel
Freedom: Finding Peace in Anxious Times

Marjorie J. Thompson writes in the introduction to this study, “We live in an age of high anxiety. So rapid are the changes of this modern era that we struggle to cope with both its pace and scope... It seems the perfect storm for stress that can quickly become overwhelming.”

Join us for five Sunday mornings beginning April 24 as we look at scripture and the teachings of Henri Nouwen, and explore several ways of learning to trust God as we move from anxiety to peace and reclaim the great gift of our freedom in Christ.

We meet in-person at church at 10:45 am and via Zoom:
Meeting ID: 847 7837 2738
Passcode: 435368
Food Drive

Immanuel will host a food drive on Saturday, May 14 from 10-12. This collection will be used for the Backpack Ministry and the Little Free Pantry. Please share this with you friends and neighbors. Please let Karen Keymel or Deb Huehn know if you would be available to help that morning. Thank you for your support!
Ten (or So) Small Changes to Eat Healthier Forever, May 9, 7:00PM

Nobody has the perfect diet. Still, I was quite proud of my healthy choices—until I recently learned that my gut was suffering significant inflammation. While I’ve made considerable changes in my diet, I have also learned that making small changes to your eating habits can also have positive impact. Have you heard of the “dirty dozen”? How much water do you drink each day? Join me, Kathy Bannon, for One Night Only! on May 9 at 7 pm for some tips from registered dietitians on the impact that small diet changes can have on our long-term health. We will not meet in April for One Night Only due to Holy Week.

Join on Zoom: Meeting ID: 832 3516 0120 Passcode: 820489
Wednesday Morning Bible Study

Each Wednesday we gather on Zoom for conversation about the upcoming readings for Sunday worship. It is a morning filled with engaging discussion, wonderful questions, and a whole lot of fun and laughter. Join in the conversation - no previous experience is necessary. You may join in by going to www.zoom.us and entering the meeting ID and passcode, or by clicking the link below.

Meeting ID: 863 5628 3748
Passcode: 358139
Support the People of Ukraine and Easter Europe through
Lutheran World Relief

Our prayers abound for the loss and devastation experienced in Ukraine and Eastern Europe. To make a gift, you may leave it in the offering plate or return to the church office marked "Eastern Europe Response," or you may click below to make a gift directly to the ELCA online.

“And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in the one body. And be thankful” (Colossians 3:15).
 

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