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Eden Evangelical Lutheran Church ~ Munising, Michigan

Baccalaureate Sunday - 5/15/2022


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


Easter initiates a new day. It anticipates a new heaven and a new earth. The risen Christ is making all things new. In the mystery of holy baptism God has made new people of us. Today Jesus invites us to see everyone in a new light—through the lens of love.


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 -  #836   Joyful, Joyful We Adore Thee  

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

O Lord God, you teach us that without love, our actions gain nothing. Pour into our hearts your most excellent gift of love, that, made alive by your Spirit, we may know goodness and peace, through your Son, 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 11:1-18

In defense of his earlier baptism of non-Jewish believers, Peter demonstrates to the members of the Jerusalem church that God’s intention to love Gentiles as well as Jews is revealed in Jesus’ testimony. In this way the mission to the Gentiles is officially authorized.

Now the apostles and the believers who were in Judea heard that the Gentiles had also accepted the word of God. So when Peter went up to Jerusalem, the circumcised believers criticized him, saying, “Why did you go to uncircumcised men and eat with them?” Then Peter began to explain it to them, step by step, saying, “I was in the city of Joppa praying, and in a trance I saw a vision. There was something like a large sheet coming down from heaven, being lowered by its four corners; and it came close to me. As I looked at it closely I saw four-footed animals, beasts of prey, reptiles, and birds of the air. I also heard a voice saying to me, ‘Get up, Peter; kill and eat.’ But I replied, ‘By no means, Lord; for nothing profane or unclean has ever entered my mouth.’ But a second time the voice answered from heaven, ‘What God has made clean, you must not call profane.’ This happened three times; then everything was pulled up again to heaven. At that very moment three men, sent to me from Caesarea, arrived at the house where we were. The Spirit told me to go with them and not to make a distinction between them and us. These six brothers also accompanied me, and we entered the man’s house. He told us how he had seen the angel standing in his house and saying, ‘Send to Joppa and bring Simon, who is called Peter; he will give you a message by which you and your entire household will be saved.’ And as I began to speak, the Holy Spirit fell upon them just as it had upon us at the beginning. And I remembered the word of the Lord, how he had said, ‘John baptized with water, but you will be baptized with the Holy Spirit.’ If then God gave them the same gift that he gave us when we believed in the Lord Jesus Christ, who was I that I could hinder God?” When they heard this, they were silenced. And they praised God, saying, “Then God has given even to the Gentiles the repentance that leads to life.”

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


Psalm: Psalm 148

The splendor of the Lord is over earth and heaven. (Ps. 148:13)

 Hallelujah! Praise the Lord from the heavens;
  praise God in the heights.
Praise the Lord, all you angels;
  sing praise, all you hosts of heaven.
 Praise the Lord, sun and moon;
  sing praise, all you shining stars.
Praise the Lord, heaven of heavens,
  and you waters above the heavens.
 Let them praise the name of the Lord,
  who commanded, and they were created,
who made them stand fast forever and ever,
  giving them a law that shall not pass away. 
 Praise the Lord from the earth,
  you sea monsters and all deeps;
fire and hail, snow and fog,
  tempestuous wind, doing God’s will;
 mountains and all hills,
  fruit trees and all cedars;
wild beasts and all cattle,
  creeping things and flying birds;
 sovereigns of the earth and all peoples,
  princes and all rulers of the world;
young men and maidens,
  old and young together. 
 Let them praise the name of the Lord,
  whose name only is exalted, whose splendor is over earth and heaven.
The Lord has raised up strength for the people and praise for all faithful 

       servants, the children of Israel, a people who are near the Lord. Hallelujah! 


The Holy Gospel according to St. John, the 13th chapter

Glory to you, O Lord

Gospel: John 13:31-35

After washing the disciples’ feet, predicting his betrayal, and then revealing his betrayer, Jesus speaks of his glorification on the cross. This deep complicated love of Jesus, even to death on the cross, will be the distinctive mark of Jesus’ community.

When he had gone out, Jesus said, “Now the Son of Man has been glorified, and God has been glorified in him. If God has been glorified in him, God will also glorify him in himself and will glorify him at once. Little children, I am with you only a little longer. You will look for me; and as I said to the Jews so now I say to you, ‘Where I am going, you cannot come.’ I give you a new commandment, that you love one another. Just as I have loved you, you also should love one another. By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.”

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

Introduction of Our Graduates

  Sermon

  Hymn of the Day  -  #838   Beautiful Savior 

Affirmation of Faith: Abundant God

We believe in the debonaire God

who clothes the wild flowers

dressing them so superbly

that they outdo Solomon in all his glory;

who is the true Friend

of all creatures great and small

who feeds robins and sandhill cranes,

and even doleful ravens and mourning doves.


We believe in the God of Christ Jesus

the Source of abundance,

full of grace and truth.


We believe in the extravagant God

who turns the other cheek,

goes the second mile,

turns water into the best wine,

brings healing with his every touch,

and who welcomes a Mary’s love

as she fills the house with unforgettable fragrance.


We believe in the faith-full God of Jesus Christ,

who sweated blood in an Olive Grove,

and kept the faith to the very end.


We believe in the redeeming God

who spared no cost,

forgave even his brutal crucifiers,

had time for a dying thief at his side,

and who on the third day

did a thing so extraordinary

that even his friends were dismayed with joy.


We believe in the God of Jesus Christ,

the Source of abundance

wherever we turn

and no matter what we do.

Amen.

    Adapted from Affirmation of Faith by Bruce Prewer, www.bruceprewer.com

    

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.

Loving God, lead us to follow your Spirit, rather than our own prejudices or desires, as the church cares for one another. Open us to perceive your gifts in those we least expect. God, in your mercy,

hear our prayer.


Inspire us to praise you through the beauty and majesty of the natural world around us (local natural areas may be named). Urge us toward more deliberate care of the world you have made. God, in your mercy,

hear our prayer.

Humble the rulers of nations before your splendor. Direct them to the people who need their attention most, and turn them from the temptation to hoard wealth or power. God, in your mercy,

hear our prayer.


Hasten to dwell among those who are in pain or distress (especially). As Christ enters our deepest suffering, remain with those experiencing despair and great need. God, in your mercy,

hear our prayer.


Place holy love at the center of all our relationships and communities. By your love heal us, convict us, and renew us. Bring an end to racism in our churches and communities. Let everyone know your goodness by the love we show one another. God, in your mercy,

hear our prayer.

Here other intercessions may be offered.

Give us a place in the diverse company of your beloved saints. Teach us the value of each person’s identity, and bless us with a shared identity as your children, kindred of Christ. 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 of Graduates
Let us unite our hearts in prayer
and entrust to the hands of the Lord
those who graduate from High School in this remarkable year. 


May God who began this good work in you
carry it through to completion,
enabling you to use your talents to the fullest.


May God give you the grace to make wise choices
and to be faithful to your commitments,
always confident in the support of those who love you.

May God bless you with discomfort at easy answers,
half-truths, and superficial relationships,
so that you will live deep within your heart.

May God bless you with anger at injustice,
oppression, and exploitation of people,
so that you will work for justice, equality, and peace.

May God bless you with tears to shed for those who
suffer from pain, rejection, starvation, and war,
so that you will reach out your hand
to comfort them and change their pain into joy.

May God bless you with the foolishness to think
that you can make a difference in the world,
so that you will do the things
which others tell you cannot be done.

May your integrity be a gift to the world
and may the Spirit of God be with you always. Amen.
    ~ http://www.xavier.edu/jesuitresource/online-resources/Graduation-and-Graduates.cfm


Sending Hymn -  #790   Day by Day


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:   Bruce Dausey

ASSISTING MINISTER:    George Balko – Saturday      Joanie Hinsa - Sunday

USHERS:                    Volunteer – Saturday           Kaye Methot - Sunday

ALTAR GUILD:            Deb Perttula

MUSICIAN:                Michele Albright

Events of the Week

Saturday, May 21st   -  Saturday Worship Service – 5:00pm - In-person

Sunday, May 22nd     - Sunday Worship Service  - 10:30am - In-person and on Facebook Live                      ********************************************************************************************************************************    

PLEASE JOIN US FOR FELLOWSHIP FOLLOWING THE SERVICE TO CELEBRATE 

OUR GRADUATES!


    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.

      Eden is in the process of updating our church directory.  Please complete a form with any changes to your current information.  Forms are in the narthex.  Thank you.



Please contact Pastor Tommy Richter if pastoral care is needed -

pastor.tommyrichter@gmail.com

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