KOG SERVICE FOR MAY 15, 2022

 This service is a repeat from last year.

The announcements are current.

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NOW THE FEAST AND CELEBRATION

Easter, the resurrection of the crucified Jesus, is one single celebration which lasts for fifty days.  Each Sunday of Easter—from the Resurrection to Pentecost—celebrates the resurrection, the appearances, acknowledgment of Jesus as Lord, the community’s experience of the risen Lord, Christ’s mission to the disciples, and the promise of the Spirit.  This fifty-day long celebration testifies to the truth that the last word and the lasting word is not death, but God’s Word of life.

Hymn for The Easter Season:  

“Christ Is Alive! Let Christians Sing”

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Christ is alive! Let Christians sing. 

His cross stands empty to the sky. 

Let streets and homes with praises ring. 

His love in death shall never die. 

Christ is alive! No longer bound 

To distant years in Palestine, 

He comes to claim the here and now 

And dwell in every place and time. 

Not throned afar, remotely high, 

Untouched, unmoved by human pains, 

But daily, in the midst of life, 

Our Savior in the Godhead reigns. 

In every insult, rift, and war, 

Where color, scorn, or wealth divide, 

He suffers still, yet loves the more, 

And lives, though ever crucified. 

Christ is alive, and comes to bring 

Good news to this and every age, 

Till earth and all creation ring 

With joy, with justice, love and praise.

GATHERING

WE RESPOND TO GOD’S CALL WITH PRAISE AND PRAYER,
AND PREPARE TO HEAR GOD’S WORD OF LIFE

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”

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PRAYER OF THE DAY     

O God, you give us your Son as the vine apart from whom we cannot live.  Nourish our life in his resurrection, that we may bear the fruit of love and know the fullness of your joy, through Jesus Christ, our Saviour and Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.

WORD

THE CHURCH HEARS THE GOOD NEWS OF GOD ACTING
IN THIS AND EVERY TIME AND PLACE

FIRST READING  

Acts 8:26-40

Then an angel of the Lord said to Philip, ‘Get up and go towards the south to the road that goes down from Jerusalem to Gaza.’ (This is a wilderness road.) So he got up and went. Now there was an Ethiopian eunuch, a court official of the Candace, queen of the Ethiopians, in charge of her entire treasury. He had come to Jerusalem to worship and was returning home; seated in his chariot, he was reading the prophet Isaiah. Then the Spirit said to Philip, ‘Go over to this chariot and join it.’ So Philip ran up to it and heard him reading the prophet Isaiah. He asked, ‘Do you understand what you are reading?’ He replied, ‘How can I, unless someone guides me?’ And he invited Philip to get in and sit beside him. Now the passage of the scripture that he was reading was this:
‘Like a sheep he was led to the slaughter,
   and like a lamb silent before its shearer,
     so he does not open his mouth.
In his humiliation justice was denied him.
   Who can describe his generation?
     For his life is taken away from the earth.’
The eunuch asked Philip, ‘About whom, may I ask you, does the prophet say this, about himself or about someone else?’ Then Philip began to speak, and starting with this scripture, he proclaimed to him the good news about Jesus. As they were going along the road, they came to some water; and the eunuch said, ‘Look, here is water! What is to prevent me from being baptized?’ He commanded the chariot to stop, and both of them, Philip and the eunuch, went down into the water, and Philip baptized him. When they came up out of the water, the Spirit of the Lord snatched Philip away; the eunuch saw him no more, and went on his way rejoicing. But Philip found himself at Azotus, and as he was passing through the region, he proclaimed the good news to all the towns until he came to Caesarea. 

SECOND READING  

1 John 4:7-21

Beloved, let us love one another, because love is from God; everyone who loves is born of God and knows God. Whoever does not love does not know God, for God is love. God’s love was revealed among us in this way: God sent his only Son into the world so that we might live through him. In this is love, not that we loved God but that he loved us and sent his Son to be the atoning sacrifice for our sins. Beloved, since God loved us so much, we also ought to love one another. No one has ever seen God; if we love one another, God lives in us, and his love is perfected in us. 

By this we know that we abide in him and he in us, because he has given us of his Spirit. And we have seen and do testify that the Father has sent his Son as the Saviour of the world. God abides in those who confess that Jesus is the Son of God, and they abide in God. So we have known and believe the love that God has for us.

God is love, and those who abide in love abide in God, and God abides in them. Love has been perfected among us in this: that we may have boldness on the day of judgement, because as he is, so are we in this world. There is no fear in love, but perfect love casts out fear; for fear has to do with punishment, and whoever fears has not reached perfection in love. We love because he first loved us. Those who say, ‘I love God’, and hate their brothers or sisters, are liars; for those who do not love a brother or sister whom they have seen, cannot love God whom they have not seen. The commandment we have from him is this: those who love God must love their brothers and sisters also. 

THE GOSPEL

Pastor: The Holy Gospel according to St.________, the _________ chapter.

People: Glory to you, O Lord.

(The Gospel is read.)

Pastor: The Gospel of the Lord.

People: Praise to you, O Christ.

GOSPEL READING  

John 15:1-8

‘I am the true vine, and my Father is the vine-grower. He removes every branch in me that bears no fruit. Every branch that bears fruit he prunes to make it bear more fruit. You have already been cleansed by the word that I have spoken to you. Abide in me as I abide in you. Just as the branch cannot bear fruit by itself unless it abides in the vine, neither can you unless you abide in me. I am the vine, you are the branches. Those who abide in me and I in them bear much fruit, because apart from me you can do nothing. Whoever does not abide in me is thrown away like a branch and withers; such branches are gathered, thrown into the fire, and burned. If you abide in me, and my words abide in you, ask for whatever you wish, and it will be done for you. My Father is glorified by this, that you bear much fruit and become my disciples. 

SERMON

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HYMN OF THE DAY

“All Are Welcome”

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Let us build a house where love can dwell 

and all can safely live, 

a place where saints and children tell 

how hearts learn to forgive. 

Built of hopes and dreams and visions,

 rock of faith and vault of grace; 

here the love of Christ shall end divisions: 

All are welcome, all are welcome,

all are welcome in this place. 

Let us build a house where prophets speak, 

and words are strong and true, 

where all God’s children dare to seek 

to dream God’s reign anew. 

Here the cross shall stand as witness 

and as symbol of God’s grace; 

here as one we claim the faith of Jesus:

All are welcome, all are welcome,

all are welcome in this place.

Let us build a house where love is found 

in water, wine, and wheat; 

a banquet hall on holy ground, 

where peace and justice meet. 

Here the love of God, through Jesus, 

is revealed in time and space; 

as we share in Christ the feast that frees us: 

All are welcome, all are welcome,

all are welcome in this place.

Let us build a house where hands will reach 

beyond the wood and stone 

to heal and strengthen, serve and teach, 

and live the Word they’ve known. 

Here the outcast and the stranger 

bear the image of God’s face; 

let us bring an end to fear and danger: 

All are welcome, all are welcome,

all are welcome in this place. 

Let us build a house where all are named, 

their songs and visions heard 

and loved and treasured, taught and claimed

as words within the Word. 

Built of tears and cries and laughter, 

prayers of faith and songs of grace; 

let this house proclaim from floor to rafter:

All are welcome, all are welcome,

all are welcome in this place.  

NICENE CREED   (on festival Sundays)

Pastor: Let us confess our faith in the words of the Nicene Creed.

All: We believe in one God,

the Father, the Almighty,

maker of heaven and earth,

of all that is, seen and unseen.

We believe in one Lord, Jesus Christ,

the only Son of God,

eternally begotten of the Father,

God from God, Light from Light,

true God from true God,

begotten, not made,

of one Being with the Father.

Through him all things were made.

For us and for our salvation

he came down from heaven;

by the power of the Holy Spirit

    he became incarnate from the virgin Mary, and was made man.

For our sake he was crucified under Pontius Pilate;

he suffered death and was buried.

On the third day he rose again

    in accordance with the Scriptures;

he ascended into heaven

    and is seated at the right hand of the Father.

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

and his kingdom will have no end.

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

who proceeds from the Father and the Son.

With the Father and the Son he is worshipped and glorified.

He has spoken through the prophets.

We believe in one holy catholic and apostolic Church.

We acknowledge one Baptism for the forgiveness of sins.

We look for the resurrection of the dead,

and the life of the world to come. Amen.

TODAY IN OUR PRAYERS

Bill, Carol, Curtis, and Christine Buchkowsky, Teri Peterson, Wayne Turner, Janet Gregory, Marge McMillan, Kyrie Parimi, Doris Turner, Hilda Anderson, Linda Wolfe, Naomi, Bev Gregory, Dale Robinson, Bryan Matschke, Audrey Hedlin,  Mona Neher, Carl Rausch, Oma Ywo, Joan Schock, Owen Peterson, Lux Matschke, the family of Norm Gregory, the family of Mary Anderson (Evelyn Robson’s mother), the family of Joel Zimmerman, the family of baby Mavrick Gallant (Bev Gregory’s great-grandson), the family of Ray Johnson (the brother of Doris Turner), and the family of Katherine Meger (Joshua Bratvold’s great grandmother), the family of Lois Jenkins (Ann Salmon’s mother), the family of Dunja Yousif (former member of King of Glory), the family of Helen Neher (Carol Sarich’s mother), and the family of John Beaven (Bev Gregory’s brother).

We remember the missing and murdered indigenous women in Canada, the children and people buried in unmarked graves at residential schools and First Nation lands, and all those who have suffered the trauma of residential schools, Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, the people of Syria, Iraq, Iran, Sudan and Darfur, South Sudan, Afghanistan, Yemen, Venezuela, Hong Kong, the Palestinians and Israelis, the civil war in Ethiopia, Myanmar, the Rohingya Muslim refugees and the ethnic Karen of Myanmar, Lebanon, Sre Lanka, all at the Mexico/United States border seeking refuge, the people of Haiti suffering from earthquake, hurricane, and political disasters, those in northwestern Washington, and southern B.C., New South Wales and Queensland, Australia, South Africa and southern MB, especially the Peguis first nation, southeastern SK, northwestern AB, and Hay River NWT devastated by torrential rains and flooding, the communities in the Philippines ravaged by typhoon Rai and tropical storm Nege, the people of Tonga whose communities are destroyed by volcano and tsunami, the people of Madagascar recovering from four cyclones and drought, New Mexico, Arizona, and Nebraska battling wildfires, the people of India caught in an oppressive heatwave, those in the United States, Canada, and throughout the world caught up in racism and injustice and the resulting violence, and those throughout the world, in Canada, in our province, and in our community still threatened by the coronavirus and fearful of the omicron variant.

THE PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE OF FAITH

 [The congregational response after each petition is:  “LEAD US IN THE WAY OF TRUTH AND LIFE.”

Pastor:  As we celebrate the joy of the resurrection, knowing that God has given us a new birth into a living hope, let us pray for the life of the Church, for the well-being of the world, and for the whole creation as it longs for the grace of God’s new life, saying, “Hear us, O God of life,” and responding, “Lead us in the way of truth and life.”

Petitioner:  God of life, at baptism we are grafted into Christ and abide in his love.  Feed our hunger and satisfy our thirst with Christ’s word and sacraments and encourage us so that we might become fruitful through our worship, in our mission, and by our service to others.   Hear us, O God of life…

Petitioner:  God of all creation, we are nourished and abide in the abundance of your creation.  Spread your sheltering presence over all new things in your creation: plants sprouting out of soil and young animals growing stronger.  Protect all that is fragile.  We pray for plentiful rains, fertile soil, just prices, and safety for all who plant and harvest our food.   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, love, and care.  Hear us, O God of life…

Pastor:   God of healing, we pray for those who wait for relief from their burdens, anxieties, and griefs, for those who feel unloved or who find themselves in crisis, and for those who long for their health to be restored.  We remember especially before you ….   May all find comfort in the abiding presence of Jesus. Hear us, O God of life…

Petitioner:  God of hope, 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 with one another, so that others see your love and come to know you. While we abide securely within your branches, alert us to hear the cries for justice of our sisters and brothers in 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 peace, you come down to us and make your dwelling and abide among mortals.  Bring health and joy to all.  Bring peace to our urban centres and bring well-being to our rural areas.  Bring employment, security and productivity to our cities and visit farms and ranches with good weather, fair markets, and resources.  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.  As Christ, the vine, brings food to us, the branches, open new opportunities, renew our ministries and our callings through your promise of new life and through your Spirit provide us with the faith and courage to reach out and love all our neighbours, especially those we find hardest to love, so that we might bear fruit for the life of the 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.

THANKSGIVING


THE COMMUNITY PRAISES GOD FOR THE GRACIOUS GIFTS OF CREATION
AND THE SAVING DEEDS OF JESUS CHRIST

THE GREETING AND SHARING OF PEACE

Pastor: Sisters and brothers, rejoice, encourage one another, live in peace.
God through Christ has given us the gift of reconciliation.

People: Therefore, let us be reconciled to God and to one another.

Pastor: The peace of the Lord be with you always.

People: And also with you.

(If with others greet one another with a gesture of peace, using these or similar words: “Christ’s peace be with you.”)

THE OFFERING

(We worship God with the offering of our selves, our time, our talents, and our possessions.)

OFFERTORY PRAYER

Leader: Let us pray.
Blessed are you, O God,

People: ruler of heaven and earth.  

Day by day you shower us with blessings.

As you have raised us to new life in Christ,

give us glad and generous hearts.

May these gifts be signs of our whole lives returned to you,

dedicated to the healing and unity of all creation,

through Jesus Christ our Lord.  Amen.

THE LORD’S PRAYER

Pastor: Lord, remember us in your kingdom, and teach us to pray:

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.

SENDING


ALL RECEIVE THE BLESSING OF GOD, LEAVE IN PEACE,
AND ARE SENT OUT TO SERVE

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

“Love Divine, All Loves Excelling”

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Love divine, all loves excelling, 

Joy of heaven to earth come down; 

Fix in us thy humble dwelling; 

All thy faithful mercies crown! 

Jesus, Thou art all compassion, 

Pure unbounded love Thou art; 

Visit us with Thy salvation; 

Enter every trembling heart.   

Breathe, oh, breathe thy loving Spirit,

into every troubled breast;

let us all in thee inherit;

let us find thy promised rest.

Take away the love of sinning;

Alpha and Omega be;

end of faith, as its beginning,

set our hearts at liberty.

Come, Almighty to deliver, 

Let us all Thy life receive; 

Suddenly return and never, 

Never more Thy temples leave. 

Thee we would be always blessing, 

Serve Thee as Thy hosts above, 

Pray and praise Thee without ceasing, 

Glory in Thy perfect love. 

Finish then Thy new creation; 

Pure and spotless let us be. 

Let us see Thy great salvation 

Perfectly restored in Thee; 

Changed from glory into glory, 

Till in heaven we take our place, 

Till we cast our crowns before Thee, 

Lost in wonder, love, and praise. 

DISMISSAL

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

People: Christ is risen indeed.  Alleluia!

ANNOUNCEMENTS

TODAY AT KOG                                                                                   

THIS WEEK AT KOG

COMING UP AT KOG

– Thursday, May 26, Church Council meeting via Zoom at 7:30

April, May, and Year-to-Date Budget and Contribution Report for KOG

2022 Budget:  $48,854       Monthly Budget:  $4,071.17     Weekly Budget:  $939.50

2021 income/expenses: $5,566.93

March income/expenses: -$1,750.18

Weekly contributions for April:  April 3: $570   April 10: $390   April 17: $280

April 24: $125

Weekly contributions for May:  May 1: $1170  May 8: $0

Thank you to Pastor Ali Tote for proclaiming the “trustworthy and true” word of the Gospel and presiding at Christ’s life-giving meal.  Pastor Ali has not been given a “new commandment,” but he has been given a new call as Assistant to the Bishop.  We give thanks to God and Pastor Ali for his ministry at Resurrection, and Resurrection’s, along with Trinity’s and King of Glory’s, ventures in the cooperative ministry of our three congregations.  Blessings to you on your new calling as you work with all the congregations in this Synod to help us to carry out Jesus’ command to “love one another.”

Thank you from Canadian Lutheran World Relief for your contributions to their various aid programs in Canada and throughout the world.

Thank you to all involved in sewing the quilts and Comfort Quilts that have been made by members of King of Glory and their friends.   Over 60 quilts were made:  48 for long term care at LutherCare Communities, 15 to Bishop Klein School, and 2 Comfort Quilts were given to individuals suffering from sickness, significant change in life, loss or grief.  Prodigious thimbles full of thanks to the industrious sewers Bev Gregory, Karen McKenzie, Carol Sarich, Doreen Matschke, Sharon Morgan, Sherry Andrews and an anonymous fabric donor in B.C.

Pastor Michael and Renita will be in Canmore, AB from Sunday, May 15 to Thursday, May 19.  

Congratulations to Sharon (Schreiner) Kane on her graduation from Lutheran Theological Seminary and blessings on her forthcoming calling to ministry.

Save the Date! Lutheran Campus Ministry-Saskatoon                                “Burgers Without Borders”                                                                                  Lutheran Campus Ministry-Saskatoon invites you to “Burgers Without Borders”: a fundraiser BBQ that will take place on Saturday, May 28th starting at 5:00pm at the Lutheran Campus Center at the corner of College Drive and Wiggins Avenue. 

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 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.

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