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Eden Evangelical Lutheran Church ~ Munising, Michigan

3rd Sunday of Easter - 5/1/2022


         Third Sunday of Easter – April 30 & May 1, 2022

The 115th Anniversary of the faith community of Eden Evangelical Lutheran Church


The disciples make a big splash and eat breakfast with the risen Jesus. Wading in the water (remembering baptism) and eating with Jesus (celebrating holy communion) is our weekly encounter with the risen Christ. Jesus asks us again and again: Do you love me? And Jesus invites us, again and again, to follow him, bringing the Easter life to others.



Announcements

As you prepare for worship, gathered in virtual community and connected by God’s beautiful and unfathomable design, you are invited to light a candle for your home worship space.


Thanksgiving for Baptism

All may make the sign of the cross, the sign that is marked at baptism, as the presiding minister begins.


Alleluia! Christ is risen.

Christ is risen indeed. Alleluia!


In the waters of baptism,

we have passed over from death to life with Jesus Christ,

and we are a new creation.

For this saving mystery, and for this water, let us bless God,

who was, who is, and who is to come.


Water may be poured into the font as the presiding minister gives thanks.


We thank you, God, for your river of life,

flowing freely from your throne:

through the earth,

through the city,

through every living thing.



You rescued Noah and his family from the flood;

You opened wide the sea for the Israelites.

Now in these waters you flood us with mercy,

and our sin is drowned forever.

You open the gate of righteousness

and we pass safely through.


In Jesus Christ, you calm and trouble the waters.

You nourish us and enclose us in safety.

You call us forth and send us out.

In lush and barren places, you are with us.

You have become our salvation.


Now breathe upon this water

and awaken your church once more.

Claim us again as your beloved and holy people.

Quench our thirst; cleanse our hearts; wipe away every tear.


To you, our Beginning and our End,

our Shepherd and Lamb,

be honor, glory, praise, and thanksgiving,

now and forever.

Amen.


Opening Hymn -  #365   Jesus Christ Is Risen Today  

Greeting

The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, the love of God, and the communion of the Holy Spirit be with you all. And also with you.


Prayer of the Day

Eternal and all-merciful God, with all the angels and all the saints we laud your majesty and might. By the resurrection of your Son, show yourself to us and inspire us to follow 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 9:1-6 [7-20]

Saul (later called Paul) was an ardent persecutor of all who followed the Way of Christ. This reading recounts the story of his transformation beginning with an encounter with Jesus Christ on the way to Damascus.

Saul, still breathing threats and murder against the disciples of the Lord, went to the high priest and asked him for letters to the synagogues at Damascus, so that if he found any who belonged to the Way, men or women, he might bring them bound to Jerusalem. Now as he was going along and approaching Damascus, suddenly a light from heaven flashed around him. He fell to the ground and heard a voice saying to him, “Saul, Saul, why do you persecute me?” He asked, “Who are you, Lord?” The reply came, “I am Jesus, whom you are persecuting. But get up and enter the city, and you will be told what you are to do.” [The men who were traveling with him stood speechless because they heard the voice but saw no one. Saul got up from the ground, and though his eyes were open, he could see nothing; so they led him by the hand and brought him into Damascus. For three days he was without sight, and neither ate nor drank.
 Now there was a disciple in Damascus named Ananias. The Lord said to him in a vision, “Ananias.” He answered, “Here I am, Lord.” The Lord said to him, “Get up and go to the street called Straight, and at the house of Judas look for a man of Tarsus named Saul. At this moment he is praying, and he has seen in a vision a man named Ananias come in and lay his hands on him so that he might regain his sight.” But Ananias answered, “Lord, I have heard from many about this man, how much evil he has done to your saints in Jerusalem; and here he has authority from the chief priests to bind all who invoke your name.” But the Lord said to him, “Go, for he is an instrument whom I have chosen to bring my name before Gentiles and kings and before the people of Israel; I myself will show him how much he must suffer for the sake of my name.” So Ananias went and entered the house. He laid his hands on Saul and said, “Brother Saul, the Lord Jesus, who appeared to you on your way here, has sent me so that you may regain your sight and be filled with the Holy Spirit.” And immediately something like scales fell from his eyes, and his sight was restored. Then he got up and was baptized, and after taking some food, he regained his strength. 
  For several days he was with the disciples in Damascus, and immediately he began to proclaim Jesus in the synagogues, saying, “He is the Son of God.”] 

Word of God. Word of Life.  Thanks be to God.



Psalm: Psalm 30

You have turned my wailing into dancing. (Ps. 30:11)

 I will exalt you, O Lord, because you have lifted me up
  and have not let my enemies triumph over me.
Lord my God, I cried out to you,
  and you restored me to health.
 You brought me up, O Lord, from the dead;
  you restored my life as I was going down to the grave.
Sing praise to the Lord, all you faithful;
  give thanks in holy remembrance. 
 God’s wrath is short; God’s favor lasts a lifetime.
  Weeping spends the night, but joy comes in the morning.
While I felt secure, I said,
  “I shall never be disturbed.
 You, Lord, with your favor, made me as strong as the mountains.”
  Then you hid your face, and I was filled with fear.
I cried to you, O Lord;
  I pleaded with my Lord, saying,
 “What profit is there in my blood, if I go down to the pit?
  Will the dust praise you or declare your faithfulness?
Hear, O Lord, and have mercy upon me;
  Lord, be my helper.” 
 You have turned my wailing into dancing;
  you have put off my sackcloth and clothed me with joy.
Therefore my heart sings to you without ceasing;
  Lord my God, I will give you thanks forever. 


Second Reading: Revelation 5:11-14

The vision of John recorded in Revelation offers a glimpse of cosmic worship around the throne. At its center is “the Lamb who was slain.”

Then I looked, and I heard the voice of many angels surrounding the throne and the living creatures and the elders; they numbered myriads of myriads and thousands of thousands, singing with full voice, 
 “Worthy is the Lamb that was slaughtered
 to receive power and wealth and wisdom and might
 and honor and glory and blessing!”
Then I heard every creature in heaven and on earth and under the earth and in the sea, and all that is in them, singing, 
 “To the one seated on the throne and to the Lamb
 be blessing and honor and glory and might
 forever and ever!”
And the four living creatures said, “Amen!” And the elders fell down and worshiped.

Word of God. Word of Life.  Thanks be to God.


The Holy Gospel according to St. John, the 21st chapter

Glory to you, O Lord

Gospel: John 21:1-19

The risen Christ appears again to his disciples by the sea where they were first called. After echoes of the fishing and feeding miracles, he gives a final reminder of the cost of a disciple’s love and obedience.

After [he appeared to his followers in Jerusalem,] Jesus showed himself again to the disciples by the Sea of Tiberias; and he showed himself in this way. Gathered there together were Simon Peter, Thomas called the Twin, Nathanael of Cana in Galilee, the sons of Zebedee, and two others of his disciples. Simon Peter said to them, “I am going fishing.” They said to him, “We will go with you.” They went out and got into the boat, but that night they caught nothing.
 Just after daybreak, Jesus stood on the beach; but the disciples did not know that it was Jesus. Jesus said to them, “Children, you have no fish, have you?” They answered him, “No.” He said to them, “Cast the net to the right side of the boat, and you will find some.” So they cast it, and now they were not able to haul it in because there were so many fish. That disciple whom Jesus loved said to Peter, “It is the Lord!” When Simon Peter heard that it was the Lord, he put on some clothes, for he was naked, and jumped into the sea. But the other disciples came in the boat, dragging the net full of fish, for they were not far from the land, only about a hundred yards off.
 When they had gone ashore, they saw a charcoal fire there, with fish on it, and bread. Jesus said to them, “Bring some of the fish that you have just caught.” So Simon Peter went aboard and hauled the net ashore, full of large fish, a hundred fifty-three of them; and though there were so many, the net was not torn. Jesus said to them, “Come and have breakfast.” Now none of the disciples dared to ask him, “Who are you?” because they knew it was the Lord. Jesus came and took the bread and gave it to them, and did the same with the fish. This was now the third time that Jesus appeared to the disciples after he was raised from the dead.
 When they had finished breakfast, Jesus said to Simon Peter, “Simon son of John, do you love me more than these?” He said to him, “Yes, Lord; you know that I love you.” Jesus said to him, “Feed my lambs.” A second time he said to him, “Simon son of John, do you love me?” He said to him, “Yes, Lord; you know that I love you.” Jesus said to him, “Tend my sheep.” He said to him the third time, “Simon son of John, do you love me?” Peter felt hurt because he said to him the third time, “Do you love me?” And he said to him, “Lord, you know everything; you know that I love you.” Jesus said to him, “Feed my sheep. Very truly, I tell you, when you were younger, you used to fasten your own belt and to go wherever you wished. But when you grow old, you will stretch out your hands, and someone else will fasten a belt around you and take you where you do not wish to go.” (He said this to indicate the kind of death by which he would glorify God.) After this he said to him, “Follow me.”

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

  Sermon

  Hymn of the Day  -  #379   Now the Green Blade Rises 

NICENE CREED                                              

We believe in one God,

    the Father, the Almighty,

    maker of heaven and earth,

    of all that is, seen and unseen.

We believe in one Lord, Jesus Christ,

    the only Son of God,

    eternally begotten of the Father,

    God from God, Light from Light,

    true God from true God,

    begotten, not made,

    of one Being with the Father;

    through him all things were made.

    For us and for our salvation

        he came down from heaven,

        was incarnate of the Holy Spirit and the virgin Mary

        and became truly human.

        For our sake he was crucified under Pontius Pilate;

        he suffered death and was buried.

        On the third day he rose again

        in accordance with the scriptures;

        he ascended into heaven

        and is seated at the right hand of the Father.

        He will come again in glory to judge the living and the dead,

        and his kingdom will have no end.


We believe in the Holy Spirit, the Lord, the giver of life,

    who proceeds from the Father and the Son,*

    who with the Father and the Son is worshiped and glorified,

    who has spoken through the prophets.

    We believe in one holy catholic and apostolic church.

    We acknowledge one baptism for the forgiveness of sins.

    We look for the resurrection of the dead,

        and the life of the world to come.  

Amen.

    

Prayers of Intercession

Set free from captivity to sin and death, we pray to the God of resurrection for the church, people in need, and all of creation.

A brief silence.

Holy One of new beginnings, fill us with new life. Send us into the world as you sent your apostles Philip and James, to invite people to come and see your wondrous acts in Christ. God, in your mercy,

hear our prayer.

Revive ecosystems along coastlands that have been devastated by natural forces and human negligence. Reestablish plant and animal life that purifies air and water and that feeds humans and other living creatures. God, in your mercy,

hear our prayer.

Accompany laborers who get little rest from their work. Give them hope when they struggle to produce what they need. Give all who labor fair treatment and just wages. God, in your mercy,

hear our prayer.

Restore all people who cry to you for help (especially). Turn their mourning into dancing, clothe them with joy, and put a testimony of healing and praise on their lips. God, in your mercy,

hear our prayer.

Be present to faithful ones who are persecuted for following you (and especially the church in . . .). Sustain them by your faithfulness, and give them strength in the name of Jesus. God, in your mercy,

hear our prayer.

Here other intercessions may be offered.

Join our voices with angels, creatures, and all the saints in praising Christ and bestowing upon him all blessing and honor and glory. Reveal Christ’s glory to us and through us in our worship. God, in your mercy,

hear our prayer.

In your mercy, O God, respond to these prayers, and renew us by your life-giving Spirit; through Jesus Christ, our Savior.

Amen.


Offering 


Offering 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.


THANKSGIVING FOR THE WORD 

The presiding minister leads the following prayer.

Let us pray.

Praise and thanks to you, holy God,

for by your Word you made all things:

you spoke light into darkness,

called forth beauty from chaos,

and brought life into being.

For your Word of life, O God,

we give you thanks and praise.


By your Word you called your people Israel

to tell of your wonderful gifts:

freedom from captivity,

water on the desert journey,

a pathway home from exile,

wisdom for life with you.

For your Word of life, O God,

we give you thanks and praise.


Through Jesus, your Word made flesh,

you speak to us and call us to witness:

forgiveness through the cross,

life to those entombed by death,

the way of your self-giving love.

For your Word of life, O God,

we give you thanks and praise.


Send your Spirit of truth, O God;

rekindle your gifts within us:

renew our faith, increase our hope,

and deepen our love, for the sake of a world in need.

Faithful to your Word, O God,

draw near to all who call on you;

through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord,

to whom, with you and the Holy Spirit,

be honor and glory forever.

Amen.


Lord’s Prayer

Our faithful teacher Jesus gave us the words we need to bring us back to God and our God-given selves when he taught us to pray:

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.

Sending

Blessing 

God, the Author of life,

Christ, the living Cornerstone,

and the life-giving Spirit of adoption,

bless you now and forever.

Amen.


Sending Hymn -  #391   This Joyful Eastertide

Dismissal

Alleluia! Christ is risen.

Christ is risen indeed. Alleluia!

Go in peace. Tell what God has done.

Thanks be to God.

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Please remember the following people in your prayersPaxton, Marlene Robbins, Tara Henry, Craig, Ray Berg, Anne Balko, Christina Bell, Jake Rosenberg, Dawn Syers, Rick, Tommy Paradise, Lana, Joe, Arlene Posont, Paige, Mary Kutsick, Jamie, Jonnie True, Gary, Florence, Jen Lincoln, Amy Sturtleen, Phil, Doris Hayrynen, Heidi Prunick, Duray Murk, and all who are in our prayers today.


Nursing Home: Ruth Elavsky, Jim LeVeque, and Babe Strand

Assisted Living: Norma Secreast

In Service: Airman Craig Oas, Ryan Graves, Zac Culter, Mike Knickerbocker, Peter Peterson, Mathew Moilanen, Michael Graves, Airman Mikala Robinson, and our veterans who have returned to their communities.

General:  All who deal with COVID-19 here in our neighborhoods and beyond.


PRESIDING MINISTER:   Elaine Robbins

ASSISTING MINISTER:    George Balko – Saturday      Volunteer - Sunday

USHERS:                    Volunteers

ALTAR GUILD:            Robin Mattson/Deb Perttula

MUSICIAN:                

Events of the Week

Tuesday, May 3rd   -  Feeding America Truck at Eden – volunteers are welcome to assist.

Saturday, May 7th  -  Saturday Worship Service – 5:00pm - In-person

Sunday, May 8th    -  Sunday Worship Service  - 10:30am - In-person and on Facebook Live


The Alger County Youth Committee is sponsoring an alcohol-free All-Night Graduation Party for the Class of 2022.  Each student attending will receive a gift valued at $30 or more, with several larger prizes to be awarded.  The committee is asking for donations of cash, prizes, food, or drinks.  If you would like to support this effort, you can send money to the Alger County Youth Committee, PO Box 135, Munising, MI 49862.  Pre-addressed envelopes will be available in the narthex, and checks should be made out to the Alger County Youth Committee. They are a non-profit organization so your contribution is tax deductible.  If you would like to donate food, drink, or prizes, we will collect them in Eden’s kitchen and get them to the committee. The party will be held May 28, so the committee is asking for donations to be received not later than May 21.


                

                         Please contact Pastor Tommy Richter if pastoral care is needed - 

pastor.tommyrichter@gmail.com

or 215-470-9948 cell; 906-286-4383 home