CAN WE TAKE THE CROSS DOWN? A Sermon By Pastor Michael Poellet

The Seventh Sunday of Easter

GREETING

Pastor: Alleluia! Christ is risen.
People: Christ is risen indeed. Alleluia!
Pastor: The grace and peace of our risen Lord Jesus Christ,
the love of God,
and the communion of the Holy Spirit
be with you all.
People: And also with you

HYMN OF PRAISE
“Now the Feast and Celebration”
[click on the link below]
https://youtu.be/upAJ3gSzaRs

PRAYER OF THE DAY
O God of glory, your Son Jesus Christ suffered for us and ascended to your right hand. Unite us with Christ and each other in suffering and in joy, that all the world may be drawn into your bountiful presence, through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.

GOSPEL READING
John 17:1-11
Jesus Prays for His Disciples
After Jesus had spoken these words, he looked up to heaven and said, ‘Father, the hour has come; glorify your Son so that the Son may glorify you, since you have given him authority over all people, to give eternal life to all whom you have given him. And this is eternal life, that they may know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom you have sent. I glorified you on earth by finishing the work that you gave me to do. So now, Father, glorify me in your own presence with the glory that I had in your presence before the world existed.
‘I have made your name known to those whom you gave me from the world. They were yours, and you gave them to me, and they have kept your word. Now they know that everything you have given me is from you; for the words that you gave to me I have given to them, and they have received them and know in truth that I came from you; and they have believed that you sent me. I am asking on their behalf; I am not asking on behalf of the world, but on behalf of those whom you gave me, because they are yours. All mine are yours, and yours are mine; and I have been glorified in them. And now I am no longer in the world, but they are in the world, and I am coming to you. Holy Father, protect them in your name that you have given me, so that they may be one, as we are one.

SERMON

HYMN OF THE DAY
“Alleluia, Alleluia, Give Thanks To The Risen Lord”
[click on the link below]
https://youtu.be/6f9pH_yioGE

TODAY IN OUR PRAYERS
Bill, Carol, Curtis, and Christine Buchkowsky, Teri Peterson, Mabel Zolotarchuk, Wayne Turner, Janet Gregory, Norm Gregory, the Rose family, Jody Giesbrecht, Marge McMillan, Kyrie Parimi, John Beaven, Doris Turner, Hilda Anderson, Linda Wolfe, Naomi, Mary Anderson, Joan Schock, Bev Gregory, Dale Robinson, Bryan Matschke, the family of Lyle Sand, the family of Hildegard Schneider (Renita Falkenstern’s mother), and the family of Cortney Palmer (Pat and Carol Sarich’s niece).

We remember the missing and murdered indigenous women in Canada, the people of Syria, Iraq, Iran, Ukraine, Sudan, South Sudan, Afghanistan, Turkey, Yemen, Venezuela, Somalia, Libya, Hong Kong, the Palestinians and Israelis, the Rohingya Muslim refugees, all at the Mexico/United States border seeking refuge, the people of Haiti suffering from natural and political disasters, the people of the Bahamas suffering from hurricanes, the victims, families, and communities grieving the tragic shootings in Nova Scotia, those in Fort McMurray and the Peace River region recovering from flooding, the people of Kenya devastated by flooding, those in central Michigan whose livelihoods have been washed out by collapsed dams, the people of India and Bangladesh recovering from Cyclone Amphan, the victims and families of the Armed Forces helicopter crash, and those throughout the world, in Canada, in our province, and in our community threatened by the coronavirus.

THE PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE OF FAITH
[The congregational response after each petition is: “COMPLETE YOUR NEW CREATION.”]
Pastor: As we celebrate the joy of the resurrection, let us pray for God’s continuing work of new creation in the life of the Church, for the peace and well-being of the world, and wherever brokenness and death oppose God’s abundant life, saying, “Hear us, O God of life,” and responding, “Complete your new creation.”

Petitioner: God of life, our deepest identity is discovered in baptism, proclaimed in the Word, and nourished in Christ’s holy supper. Send your Spirit to help us in our struggle to be one people of faith who struggle for the unity that you intend for your Church and for the entire human family. Tear down the walls that divide us from one another and fill us with the grace of the risen Christ to make your name known to all the world. Hear us, O God of life…

Petitioner: God of all creation, enlighten our earth darkened by our pollution gushing into the water, air and land. Empower us to eradicate pollution and to reduce our consumption of the earth’s resources. Bring water to lands where there is drought, sun where there is flood, renewal where there is fire, hail, and tornado, and sustainability where there is violence and war. Hear us, O God of life…

Petitioner: God of promise, through your Word and font and table you call us into a love that exceeds our understanding or desire. Deepen our lives of prayer. Open us to the guiding of your Spirit. Fill us with compassion. We pray that through your renewing ways you would make your people into a Church which abides in the oneness of Christ’s love and embodies Christ’s perfect love in an imperfect world. Hear us, O God of life…

Pastor: God of healing, your promises are medicine and healing for our bodies, mind and spirit. Be present with those experiencing grief and loss, sickness and pain, fear and depression, addiction and abuse, loneliness and brokenness. We remember especially before you … Make us agents of your love, serving the sick, broken, weak, and forgotten ones. Hear us, O God of life…

Petitioner: God of peace, your rule of resurrection ushers in a new way of life. Breathe that life into us and into our world that the homeless might be sheltered, the hungry might be fed, the brokenhearted might be comforted, the anxious might be calmed, and the captives to addictions might find release. Unite our words and deeds for justice with those of our sisters and brothers in the world. We remember all who suffer in the face of oppression, persecution, and violence. Hear us, O God of life…

Petitioner: God of hope, through the prayer of your Son he has entrusted our communities, our lives, and our world into your care. We, too, pray for unity and peace in our homes, relationships, workplaces, and neighbourhoods. Draw all into your life-giving future: those who share our faith in Christ, those of other faith traditions, and especially those who have no faith. Hear us, O God of life….

Petitioner: Generous God, fill us with compassion and concern for others, young and old, that we may look after one another in these challenging days. Bring healing to those who are sick with the virus and be with their families. Comfort the family and friends of those who have died. Strengthen and protect all medical professionals caring for the sick and all who work in our medical and health care facilities. Give wisdom to leaders in healthcare and governance that they may make the right decisions for the well-being of people. We pray in gratitude for all those in our country who will continue to work in the days ahead in so many fields of life for the sake of us all. Bless them and keep them safe. O God of creation and life, we place ourselves in your protection. May the mantle of your peace enfold us this day and tomorrow. Hear us, O God of life …

Petitioner: God of mission, you have redeemed and anointed your people through baptism and united us in the death and resurrection of Jesus for a life-giving mission. Your resurrection creates new ways to live. Renew all who feel downtrodden in this assembly; energize the old among us; give a spirit of commitment to the young. Help us make use of our diverse gifts, that we might glorify you in many ways. Through your promise of new life graciously give us the resolve to faithfully worship, nurture and proclaim Christ’s love with one voice for all in our community and in our world. Hear us, O God of life…

Pastor: Sustaining God, as you bring life even out of death, hear our call for your abundant life, make our prayers part of your new creation, and guide us with the hope of joy in your presence for the sake of the crucified and risen one, Jesus Christ, our Lord.

People: Amen.

THE LORD’S PRAYER

Pastor: Let us pray with confidence in the words our Saviour gave us:

People: Our Father in heaven,
hallowed be your name,
your kingdom come,
your will be done,
on earth as in heaven.
Give us today our daily bread.
Forgive us our sins
as we forgive those
who sin against us.
Save us from the time of trial
and deliver us from evil.
For the kingdom, the power,
and the glory are yours,
now and forever. Amen.
BENEDICTION

Pastor: The God of life, who has called you to eternal life in Christ,
lift you up and restore you to wholeness.

People: Amen.

Pastor: Jesus Christ, the Living Word,
bless you and send you to be his witnesses.

People: Amen.

Pastor: God the Holy Spirit, who renews the whole earth,
refresh, restore, support, and strengthen you this day and always.

People: Amen.

CLOSING HYMN
“Alleluia, Sing To Jesus”
[click on the link below]
https://youtu.be/3Mq9LinE8DI

DISMISSAL

Pastor: Alleluia! Go and tell the news that Christ is risen.

People: Christ is risen indeed. Alleluia!

ANNOUNCEMENTS

The draft website for all seven ELCIC congregations in Saskatoon is now up and the address is https://saskatoonelcic.com/ It will be used now mainly for sharing information during the pandemic.

Offerings.
Even though we are not meeting together we still have expenses and need your offerings so that we can pay them. Church Council has decided that the best way to receive your offerings is that you mail a cheque (Please no cash for mail security reasons) to the church and we can process them from there.
Send your contributions to: King of Glory Lutheran Church
3318 Merritt Street
Saskatoon, SK S7M 3P6
Thank you for your generosity.

Secretary/Treasurer position
Resurrection Lutheran Church, Saskatoon, SK 310 Lenore Drive, Saskatoon, SK S7K 6Y1
Job Purpose
As Secretary, this person ensures the efficient day-to-day operation of the church office, supports and is responsible to the Pastor and the church council.
As Treasurer, this person manages the church’s financial records and payment procedures and is responsible to the Church Council.
We are looking for someone who is:
Highly organized, with excellent planning and time management skills
An excellent communicator both verbally and written
Proficiency in the use of software programs such as: Microsoft Office and QuickBooks
Independent and team worker
Punctual and maintains confidentiality
Education and Experience:
Minimum High School Diploma
Post secondary education or 2 years experience in business, computers and office management is an asset
Job Type: Part-time, 9AM to 3 PM Monday to Thursday, Friday: 9AM to noon. Pension and benefits.
Anticipated start time: June 15, 2020 Applications are due by June 1, 2020 to Judy Prociuk, email: judyp1@sasktel.net

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