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

The Sixth 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
Almighty and ever-living God, you hold together all things in heaven and on earth. In your great mercy receive the prayers of all your children, and give to all the world the Spirit of your truth and peace, 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 14: 15-21
The Promise of the Holy Spirit
‘If you love me, you will keep my commandments. And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Advocate, to be with you for ever. This is the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees him nor knows him. You know him, because he abides with you, and he will be in you.
‘I will not leave you orphaned; I am coming to you. In a little while the world will no longer see me, but you will see me; because I live, you also will live. On that day you will know that I am in my Father, and you in me, and I in you. They who have my commandments and keep them are those who love me; and those who love me will be loved by my Father, and I will love them and reveal myself to them.’

SERMON

 HYMN OF THE DAY
“Love Divine, All Loves Excelling”
[click on the link below]
https://youtu.be/6i6NrqCfLTs

TODAY IN OUR PRAYERS
Caron Parke, a member of Augustana, has died. Prayers for children Melissa and Mark and grandchildren.
For CHEP whose staff and volunteers are working hard to provide food security for those who are most vulnerable in our city: children, seniors, and those with lower incomes.
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 and the people of Kenya devastated by flooding, 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, through the resurrection of Jesus you make all things new. We pray for all who hunger for the fruit of the Spirit, for all who feel spiritually empty, for all estranged from you. Send your Spirit to work among us creatively and redemptively to lead us into a richer, deeper meaning of living life in Christ and providing us with a love that overcomes all worry and fear. Hear us, O God of life…

Petitioner: God of all creation, you have given us in baptism the waters of healing and of life. In creation you have provided water to sustain all life. We pray for this fragile earth, for all creatures that creep or run, swim or fly, that land, water, and air will be preserved and restored to nourish all life. 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. We pray that through your renewing way of forgiveness, you would make your people into a church which abides in Christ’s love and embodies Christ’s perfect love in an imperfect world. Hear us, O God of life…

Pastor: God of healing, we pray for those who wait for relief from their burdens, anxieties, and griefs, and for those who long for their health to be restored. We remember especially before you the family of Caron Parke, her children, Melissa and Mark, and her grandchildren. Comfort them in their mourning and hold before them Christ’s promise that because I live you also will live. May all find comfort in the abiding presence of Jesus. Hear us, O God of life…

Petitioner: God of peace, you abide with the nations. Reveal your truth, so that nations and peoples govern in peace and advocate for justice and safety. While we abide securely within your love, hear the cries for justice and compassion of our sisters and brothers throughout the world who are broken and helpless, and who suffer in the face of oppression, persecution, and violence. Hear us, O God of life…

Petitioner: God of hope, give us times of refreshment and peace in the course of this busy life. Protect and keep safe all who travel this long weekend and in the coming summer months. Help us to use our leisure to rebuild our bodies and renew our minds that we may be opened to the goodness of your creation and well rested for our continuing service to you. 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. Provide perseverance and vitality to those at CHEP whose staff and volunteers are working hard to provide food security for those who are most vulnerable in our city: children, seniors, and those with lower incomes. 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 and in your Spirit vision abounds. Peter and Paul had a vision of what to do. John had a vision of what will be. Give us vision of imagination and understanding to witness to life in you, to love, and to serve our community. 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
“Go, My Children, With My Blessing”
[click on the link below]

ANNOUNCEMENTS

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.

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

The Fifth 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
Almighty God, your Son Jesus Christ is the way, the truth, and the life. Give us grace to love one another, to follow in the way of his commandments, and to share his risen life with all the world, for he lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.

GOSPEL READING
John 14:1-14
Jesus the Way to the Father
‘Do not let your hearts be troubled. Believe in God, believe also in me. In my Father’s house there are many dwelling-places. If it were not so, would I have told you that I go to prepare a place for you? And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and will take you to myself, so that where I am, there you may be also. And you know the way to the place where I am going.’ Thomas said to him, ‘Lord, we do not know where you are going. How can we know the way?’ Jesus said to him, ‘I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. If you know me, you will know my Father also. From now on you do know him and have seen him.’
Philip said to him, ‘Lord, show us the Father, and we will be satisfied.’ Jesus said to him, ‘Have I been with you all this time, Philip, and you still do not know me? Whoever has seen me has seen the Father. How can you say, “Show us the Father”? Do you not believe that I am in the Father and the Father is in me? The words that I say to you I do not speak on my own; but the Father who dwells in me does his works. Believe me that I am in the Father and the Father is in me; but if you do not, then believe me because of the works themselves. Very truly, I tell you, the one who believes in me will also do the works that I do and, in fact, will do greater works than these, because I am going to the Father. I will do whatever you ask in my name, so that the Father may be glorified in the Son. If in my name you ask me for anything, I will do it.

SERMON

HYMN OF THE DAY
“When We Are Living”
[click on the link below]
https://youtu.be/aWyJtBOwwyc

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 and the people of Kenya devastated by flooding, 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, through the resurrection of Jesus you make all things new. In baptism you have made a new people of us who live in your presence. Help us to see all people in the new light of the resurrection that through forgiveness and in love we might bring life, joy, and hope to any who are broken, sorrowful, and caught up in anxiety and worry. Hear us, O God of life…

Petitioner: God of all creation, you have prepared a place for us in your creation and have given us the way and the truth that leads to life. Help us to care for this planet we have damaged. Provide wisdom, protection, and aid to all. Mend the scarred places of our earth. Hear us, O God of life…
Petitioner: God of promise, you call us into situations and prepare places for us that require difficult choices and decisions. Give us the self-discipline and forethought, the faith and the courage, to recognize the needs of not only our families and friends, but also our enemies, and to respond to all with forgiveness and care. Hear us, O God of life…

Pastor: God of healing, you promise to wipe away every tear from our eyes. Comfort those who are lost and discouraged, facing the loss of a loved one, a job, good health, sustaining relationships, or their own inner peace and wholeness. We remember especially before you …. Renew all with your promise of life. Hear us, O God of life…

Petitioner: God of peace, your Spirit makes us a part of Christ’s living and life-giving self and makes us alive with Christ’s life. By your Spirit shape us to share your love. While we abide securely within your love, alert us to hear the cries for justice of our sisters and brothers in the world. We remember all who are broken and helpless, and all who suffer in the face of oppression, persecution, and violence. Hear us, O God of life…

Petitioner: God of wholeness, your Spirit makes us a part of Christ’s living and life-giving self and makes us alive with Christ’s life. Nourished by the love of our mothers and all who show care and devotion to others, we pray for mothers we love and mothers we struggle to love, for grandmothers, adoptive mothers, stepmothers, and foster mothers, and for those who long to be mothers. Build strong bonds of tender care in families and friendships. Bless mothers and all who offer motherly care, child care workers, nurses and nursery attendants, and those who teach our children, that the love they offer will be a sign of your love for all people. 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. At this time and with the gifts you have given us, enable us to serve and to witness to the one who is our way, our truth, and our life. Through your Spirit show us your ways; teach us your truth; enliven our mission. 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.

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
“We Know That Christ Is Raised”
[click on the link below]
https://youtu.be/bYS491Bpuac

ANNOUNCEMENTS

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. Thanks to Wayne Turner who is our website master and facebook poster and has been involved in setting up this website.

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.

Send Pastor Michael your cell phone number and email address. I have land line telephone numbers and house addresses for all of you, but in these times of physical distancing to be in touch with you is primarily through cell phones and the internet. If you have not done so, please send me your cell phone numbers and email addresses so we can establish various ways of communicating with one another e.g. ZOOM. My email address is michaelpoellet@sasktel.net. Thank you.

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

The Fourth 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 our shepherd, you know your sheep by name and lead us to safety through the valleys of death. Guide us by your voice, that we may walk in certainty and security to the joyous feast prepared in your house, 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 10:1-10
Jesus the Good Shepherd
‘Very truly, I tell you, anyone who does not enter the sheepfold by the gate but climbs in by another way is a thief and a bandit. The one who enters by the gate is the shepherd of the sheep. The gatekeeper opens the gate for him, and the sheep hear his voice. He calls his own sheep by name and leads them out. When he has brought out all his own, he goes ahead of them, and the sheep follow him because they know his voice. They will not follow a stranger, but they will run from him because they do not know the voice of strangers.’ Jesus used this figure of speech with them, but they did not understand what he was saying to them.
So again Jesus said to them, ‘Very truly, I tell you, I am the gate for the sheep. All who came before me are thieves and bandits; but the sheep did not listen to them. I am the gate. Whoever enters by me will be saved, and will come in and go out and find pasture. The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have life, and have it abundantly.

SERMON

HYMN OF THE DAY
“Shepherd Me, O God”
[click on the link below]
https://youtu.be/wP3eGsqGWZk

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 threatened by flooding, the victims and families of the Armed Forces helicopter crash, and those throughout the world, in Canada, 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, Jesus, the good Shepherd, calls us and through him we have the gift of new and abundant life and live in your presence. We pray for all that you call, gather, and keep in your presence: every nation, all tribes, peoples and languages, and for all in this community of faith: musicians, artists, teachers, greeters, readers, communion assistants, council members, and all who serve in so many ways. Hear us, O God of life…

Petitioner: God of all creation, in the gift of the earth blessed by you for us, our acts of disobedience and faithfulness stand side by side. Forgive our lack of care and renew our stewardship for endangered species, polluted watersheds, clear-cut forests, land scarred by mining and ruined by poor farming practices, and a toxic atmosphere. Hear us, O God of life…

Petitioner: God of promise, you lead us to a table of plenty where everyone is welcome. We pray for international relief agencies such as Canadian Lutheran World Relief, and local agencies such as the Saskatoon Food Bank, the Friendship Inn, and all individuals who care for the hungry, and especially for all who are fed by them. Hear us, O God of life…

Pastor: God of healing, you lead us through dark valleys and difficult circumstances. We pray for the lost and discouraged, for all facing the loss of a loved one, a job, good health, sustaining relationships, or their own inner peace and wholeness. We remember especially before you …. Renew all with your promise of abundant life. Hear us, O God of life…

Petitioner: God of peace, while securely within your fold, do not let us sleep, but awaken us to hear the cries of our sisters and brothers in the world, who live in fear, who are broken and helpless, who suffer in the face of oppression, persecution, and violence, and yearn for peace. 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. Through your Spirit lead us to put aside our own lives, that your life may abound in us. When we act as lost sheep open new opportunities, renew our ministries and our callings through your promise of new life, and 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.

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
“The King of Love My Shepherd Is”
[click on the link below]
https://youtu.be/0cHWMltF9_8

ANNOUNCEMENTS

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. Thanks to Wayne Turner who is our website master and facebook poster and has been involved in setting up this website.

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.
Send Pastor Michael your cell phone number and email address. I have land line telephone numbers and house addresses for all of you, but in these times of physical distancing to be in touch with you is primarily through cell phones and the internet. If you have not done so, please send me your cell phone numbers and email addresses so we can establish various ways of communicating with one another e.g. ZOOM. My email address is michaelpoellet@sasktel.net. Thank you.

The Resurrection of Our Lord/Easter Sunday

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]

PRAYER OF THE DAY
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. Amen.

GOSPEL READING
Luke 24:13-35
The Walk to Emmaus
Now on that same day two of them were going to a village called Emmaus, about seven miles from Jerusalem, and talking with each other about all these things that had happened. While they were talking and discussing, Jesus himself came near and went with them, but their eyes were kept from recognizing him. And he said to them, ‘What are you discussing with each other while you walk along?’ They stood still, looking sad. Then 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?’ He 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, and how our chief priests and leaders handed him over to be condemned to death and crucified him. But 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. Moreover, some women of our group astounded us. They were at the tomb early this morning, and 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. Some 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.’ Then he said to them, ‘Oh, how foolish you are, and how slow of heart to believe all that the prophets have declared! Was it not necessary that the Messiah should suffer these things and then enter into his glory?’ Then beginning with Moses and all the prophets, he interpreted to them the things about himself in all the scriptures.
As they came near the village to which they were going, he walked ahead as if he were going on. But 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. When he was at the table with them, he took bread, blessed and broke it, and gave it to them. Then their eyes were opened, and they recognized him; and he vanished from their sight. They 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?’ That same hour they got up and returned to Jerusalem; and they found the eleven and their companions gathered together. They were saying, ‘The Lord has risen indeed, and he has appeared to Simon!’ Then they told what had happened on the road, and how he had been made known to them in the breaking of the bread.

SERMON

HYMN OF THE DAY
“Alleluia, Jesus is Risen”
[click on the link below]
https://youtu.be/1TygzRjinL8

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, and those throughout the world, in Canada, 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, in spite of all we have heard and all that we have seen we forget where healing comes from, forget who binds all together as community, forget that life in Christ is completely different. Through touching the water of baptism, hearing the Word of forgiveness, tasting the goodness of your life-giving meal, help us remember that we have a God of truth and mercy whose gracious, steadfast love for us is certain and assured. Hear us, O God of life…

Petitioner: God of all creation, you open our eyes and we marvel at the wonders of your spring-time of life. Send us forth as humble people who care for the waters, lands, and air, for the plants and animals of your creation. Help us to understand that as your life has been broken for us that we might be healed, we now might go about healing your creation which we have broken through our greed, misuse, and carelessness. Hear us, O God of life…

Petitioner: God of promise, transform us from frightened individuals, communities, and nations, into a community of celebration and thanksgiving. Open our eyes to see the presence of Christ in our midst. Open our hearts to receive forgiveness, grace, and hope. Open our mouths to proclaim, “It is the Lord!” Open our doors to welcome all. Hear us, O God of life…

Pastor: God of healing, you tend to those who are weak and in distress, overcome with sadness, loss, and disappointment. Send us forth as practitioners of compassion to attend to all facing the loss of a loved one, a job, good health, sustaining relationships, or their own inner peace and wholeness. We remember especially before you …. Renew all with your promise of life. Hear us, O God of life…

Petitioner: God of peace, instill in our world, national, provincial, and local leaders a spirit of cooperation and reconciliation, and the courage to serve the way of justice and peace among nations, communities, and within families. Make them signs of hope for all in need. Send them wisdom to uphold justice and security, safe neighbourhoods, adequate housing, health care, and sufficient food and employment for all people in this time of pandemic. 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. When we are lost or empty, renew our ministries and our callings through this covenant of new life. Help us to discover daily Christ walking before, beside, and behind us wherever our paths may lead. 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.

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
“Christ is Alive, Let Christians Sing”
[click on the link below]
https://youtu.be/GRQoeitN5nA

ANNOUNCEMENTS

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. Thanks to Wayne Turner who is our website master and facebook poster and has been involved in setting up this website.

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.

Send Pastor Michael your cell phone number and email address. I have land line telephone numbers and house addresses for all of you, but in these times of physical distancing to be in touch with you is primarily through cell phones and the internet. If you have not done so, please send me your cell phone numbers and email addresses so we can establish various ways of communicating with one another e.g. ZOOM. My email address is michaelpoellet@sasktel.net. Thank you.

PICS AND VERSES (Cont.)

Now that spring is here, KOG is looking another round of coping pics in this time of distancing. Please send in (click here) a picture of themselves as they cope with these anxious times, perhaps an action of shot of how you while away the hours. If you like you can include a favourite bible passage or Psalm to accompany the picture.

Here is Wendell, Hannah, and Big Shell busting out of the house.

7 ELCIC JOINT WORSHIP SERVICE APRIL 19, 2020

Hosted by Resurrection Lutheran Church, Pastor Ali Tote presiding.

(Follow along the service below the audio link.)


GATHERING

Announcements

Words of Welcome

Gathering Hymn Christ Arose!
1. Low in the grave He lay,
Jesus, my Savior,
Waiting the coming day,
Jesus, my Lord!
Refrain:
Up from the grave He arose,
With a mighty triumph o’er His foes,
He arose a Victor from the dark domain,
And He lives forever, with His saints to reign.
He arose! He arose!
Hallelujah! Christ arose!
2. Vainly they watch His bed,
Jesus, my Savior;
Vainly they seal the dead,
Jesus, my Lord! Refrain
3. Death cannot keep his Prey,
Jesus, my Savior;
He tore the bars away,
Jesus, my Lord! Refrain
Confession and Forgiveness

Greeting

Kyrie

Kyrie Eleison, on our world and on our way.
Kyrie Eleison, ev-’ry day.
For peace in the world, for the health of the church, for the unity of all;
for this holy house, for all who worship and praise,
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let us pray to the Lord, let us pray to the Lord.
Kyrie Eleison, on our world and on our way.
Kyrie Eleison, ev-’ry day.
That we may live out your impassioned response to the hungry and the poor;
that we may live out truth and justice and grace,
let us pray to the Lord, let us pray to the Lord.
Kyrie Eleison, on our world and on our way.
Kyrie Eleison, ev-’ry day.
For peace in our hearts, for peace in our homes, for friends and family;
for life and for love, for our work and our play,
let us pray to the Lord, let us pray to the Lord.
Kyrie Eleison, on our world and on our way.
Kyrie Eleison, ev-’ry day.
For your Spirit to guide; that you center our lives in the water and the word;
that you nourish our souls with your body and blood,
let us pray to the Lord, let us pray to the Lord.
Kyrie Eleison, on our world and on our way.
Kyrie Eleison, ev-’ry day
Prayer of the Day
The Lord be with you. And also with you.
Let us pray together.
Almighty and eternal God, the strength of those who believe and the hope of those who doubt,
may we, who have not seen, have faith in you and receive the fullness of Christ’s blessing, who
lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.

WORD

Children’s Chat

First Reading Acts 2:14a, 22-32
God fulfills the promise to David.
14a “Men of Judea and all who live in Jerusalem, let this be known to you, and listen to what I
say.
22 “You that are Israelites, listen to what I have to say: Jesus of Nazareth, a man attested to
you by God with deeds of power, wonders, and signs that God did through him among you, as
you yourselves know— 23 this man, handed over to you according to the definite plan and
foreknowledge of God, you crucified and killed by the hands of those outside the law. 24 But God
raised him up, having freed him from death, because it was impossible for him to be held in its
power. 25 For David says concerning him,
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‘I saw the Lord always before me, for he is at my right hand so that I will not be shaken;
26 therefore my heart was glad, and my tongue rejoiced; moreover my flesh will live in hope.
27 For you will not abandon my soul to Hades, or let your Holy One experience corruption. 28 You
have made known to me the ways of life; you will make me full of gladness with your presence.’
29 “Fellow Israelites, I may say to you confidently of our ancestor David that he both died and was
buried, and his tomb is with us to this day. 30 Since he was a prophet, he knew that God had sworn
with an oath to him that he would put one of his descendants on his throne. 31 Foreseeing this,
David spoke of the resurrection of the Messiah, saying, ‘He was not abandoned to Hades, nor did
his flesh experience corruption.’
32 This Jesus God raised up, and of that all of us are witnesses.
The word of the Lord. Thanks be to God.

Psalm 16 (We will read this responsively)
In your presence there is fullness of joy. (Ps. 16:11)
1 Protect me, O God, for in you I take refuge.
2 I say to the Lord, “You are my Lord; I have no good apart from you.”
3 As for the holy ones in the land, they are the noble, in whom is all my delight.
4 Those who choose another god multiply their sorrows; their drink offerings of blood I will
not pour out or take their names upon my lips.
5 The Lord is my chosen portion and my cup; you hold my lot.
6 The boundary lines have fallen for me in pleasant places; I have a goodly heritage.
7 I bless the Lord who gives me counsel; in the night also my heart instructs me.
8 I keep the Lord always before me; because he is at my right hand, I shall not be moved.
9 Therefore my heart is glad, and my soul rejoices; my body also rests secure.
10 For you do not give me up to Sheol, or let your faithful one see the Pit.
11 You show me the path of life. In your presence there is fullness of joy;
in your right hand are pleasures forevermore.
Second Reading 1 Peter 1:3-9
New birth to a living hope.
3 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! By his great mercy he has given us a
new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, 4 and into an
inheritance that is imperishable, undefiled, and unfading, kept in heaven for you, 5 who are being
protected by the power of God through faith for a salvation ready to be revealed in the last time.
6 In this you rejoice, even if now for a little while you have had to suffer various trials, 7 so that the
genuineness of your faith—being more precious than gold that, though perishable, is tested by
fire—may be found to result in praise and glory and honor when Jesus Christ is revealed. 8 Although
you have not seen him, you love him; and even though you do not see him now, you believe in
him and rejoice with an indescribable and glorious joy, 9 for you are receiving the outcome of your
faith, the salvation of your souls.
The word of the Lord. Thanks be to God.
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Gospel Acclamation

Holy Gospel John 20:19-31
Beholding the wounds of the risen Christ.
Gospel Response Glory to you, O Lord.
19 When it was evening on that day, the first day of the week, and the doors of the house
where the disciples had met were locked for fear of the Jews, Jesus came and stood among them
and said, “Peace be with you.” 20 After he said this, he showed them his hands and his side. Then
the disciples rejoiced when they saw the Lord. 21 Jesus said to them again, “Peace be with you.
As the Father has sent me, so I send you.” 22 When he had said this, he breathed on them and
said to them, “Receive the Holy Spirit. 23 If you forgive the sins of any, they are forgiven them; if
you retain the sins of any, they are retained.”
24 But Thomas (who was called the Twin), one of the twelve, was not with them when Jesus
came. 25 So the other disciples told him, “We have seen the Lord.” But he said to them, “Unless I
see the mark of the nails in his hands, and put my finger in the mark of the nails and my hand in
his side, I will not believe.”
26 A week later his disciples were again in the house, and Thomas was with them. Although the
doors were shut, Jesus came and stood among them and said, “Peace be with you.” 27 Then he
said to Thomas, “Put your finger here and see my hands. Reach out your hand and put it in my
side. Do not doubt but believe.” 28 Thomas answered him, “My Lord and my God!” 29 Jesus said
to him, “Have you believed because you have seen me? Blessed are those who have not seen
and yet have come to believe.”
30 Now Jesus did many other signs in the presence of his disciples, which are not written in this
book. 31 But these are written so that you may come to believe that Jesus is the Messiah, the Son
of God, and that through believing you may have life in his name.
The Gospel of the Lord. Praise to you, O Christ.

Sermon

Hymn of the Day Christ, Be Our Light
1. Longing for light, we wait in darkness.
Longing for truth, we turn to you.
Make us your own, your holy people,
light for the world to see.
Refrain
Christ be our light! Shine in our hearts. Shine through the darkness.
Christ, be our light! Shine in your church gathered today.
2. Longing for shelter, many are homeless.
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Longing for warmth, many are cold.
Make us your building, sheltering others,
walls made of living stone. Refrain
3. Many the gifts, many the people,
many the hearts that yearn to belong.
Let us be servants to one another,
making your kingdom come. Refrain
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
Uplifted by the promised hope of healing and resurrection, we join the people of God in all times
and places in praying for the church, the world, and all who are in need.
Open the doors we close, O God, when we fear those who worship you in different ways. Guide
us to unity and harmony so that we may come to respect and cherish our commonalities. Lord,
in your mercy, hear our prayer.
Open the paths we ignore, O God, when we prioritize financial gain and convenience over
listening to the groaning of the earth. Inspire all to care for the world you have made so that
living things might thrive. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.
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Open the rooms we lock, O God, to those who live without a homeland or place of safety. We
pray that generous nations offer refuge and peace for all. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.
Open the hearts we close, O God, to the cries of those in pain. We pray for those isolated
physically or emotionally through incarceration, addiction, mental illness, chronic suffering, grief,
and all in need. We pray especially for those we bring before you now out loud or in silent prayer.
Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.
Open the ways of love, O God, in the pursuit of peace throughout the world, and bless the efforts
of missionaries, healthcare professionals, activists for women and children, and relief workers,
especially those who find themselves in harm’s way. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.
Open the ways of truth, O God, we pray for our Bishops Susan and Sid, all our bishops, pastors,
diaconal ministers, our lay leaders and all in ministry, for Resurrection Lutheran Church and for
all members of Christ’s body. Prepare our hearts to accept your Word. Lord, in your mercy, hear
our prayer.
Open the way to eternal life, O God, as we remember those who have died in faith. Free us from
the fear of death, that we embrace the peace you have promised. Lord, in your mercy, hear our
prayer.

The Lord’s Prayer

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.

Peace Please share our Lord’s gift of Peace with one another.

SENDING

Blessing

Sending Hymn Thine is the Glory
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Thine is the glory, risen, conqu’ring Son;
endless is the vict’ry thou o’er death hast won!
Angels in bright raiment rolled the stone away,
kept the folded grave-clothes where thy body lay.
Refrain:
Thine is the glory, risen, conqu’ring Son;
endless is the vict’ry thou o’er death hast won!
Lo, Jesus meets thee, risen from the tomb!
Lovingly he greets thee, scatters fear and gloom;
let his church with gladness hymns of triumph sing,
for the Lord now liveth; death hath lost its sting! [Refrain]
No more we doubt thee, glorious Prince of life;
life is naught without thee; aid us in our strife;
make us more than conqu’rors, through thy deathless love;
bring us safe through Jordan to thy home above. [Refrain]
Dismissal Go in peace, serve the Lord. Thanks be to God!
Special thanks to Worship Assistant Jill Pecar and reader Brian Hogan.
SCRIPTURE READINGS FOR APRIL 26th
Acts 2:141, 36-41; Psalm 116:1-4, 12-19; 1 Peter 1:17-23; Luke 24:13-35
Services from the Saskatoon ELCIC 7 Churches are posted here as well as some other COVID-19
information: https://saskatoonelcic.com

PICS AND VERSES (Cont.)

Don’t forget, KOG is inviting past and present members as well as friends to send in (click here) a picture of themselves as they cope with these anxious times, perhaps an action of shot of how you while away the hours. If you like you can include a favourite bible passage or Psalm to accompany the picture.

Here is a pic from Jody Giesbrecht:

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