KOG SERVICE FOR MAY 29, 2022

 NOWTHE FEASTAND 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:  

“Alleluia!  Jesus Is Risen!”

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“Alleluia! Jesus is risen! 

Trumpets resounding in glorious light! 

Splendor, the Lamb, Heaven forever! 

Oh, what a miracle God has in sight! 

Jesus is risen and we shall arise: 

Give God the glory! Alleluia! 

“Walking the way, Christ in the center 

Telling the story to open our eyes; 

Breaking our bread, Giving us glory: 

Jesus our blessing, our constant surprise.

Jesus is risen and we shall arise: 

Give God the glory! Alleluia! 

“Jesus the vine, We are the branches; 

Life in the Spirit the fruit of the tree;

Heaven to earth, Christ to the people, 

Gift of the future now flowing to me.

 Jesus is risen and we shall arise: 

Give God the glory! Alleluia! 

“Weeping, be gone; Sorrow, be silent: 

Death put asunder, and Easter is bright. 

Cherubim sing: “O grave, be open!”

Clothe us in wonder, adorn us in light. 

Jesus is risen and we shall arise: 

Give God the glory! Alleluia! 

“City of God, Easter forever, 

Golden Jerusalem, Jesus the Lamb, 

River of life, Saints and archangels, 

Sing with creation to God the I AM! 

Jesus is risen and we shall arise: 

Give God the glory! Alleluia!”

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, form the minds of your faithful people into your one will.  Make us love what you command and desire what you promise, that, amid all the changes of this world, our hearts may be fixed where true joy is found, your Son, 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 16:16-34

One day, as we were going to the place of prayer, we met a slave-girl who had a spirit of divination and brought her owners a great deal of money by fortune-telling. While she followed Paul and us, she would cry out, ‘These men are slaves of the Most High God, who proclaim to you a way of salvation.’ She kept doing this for many days. But Paul, very much annoyed, turned and said to the spirit, ‘I order you in the name of Jesus Christ to come out of her.’ And it came out that very hour. 

But when her owners saw that their hope of making money was gone, they seized Paul and Silas and dragged them into the market-place before the authorities. When they had brought them before the magistrates, they said, ‘These men are disturbing our city; they are Jews and are advocating customs that are not lawful for us as Romans to adopt or observe.’ The crowd joined in attacking them, and the magistrates had them stripped of their clothing and ordered them to be beaten with rods. After they had given them a severe flogging, they threw them into prison and ordered the jailer to keep them securely. Following these instructions, he put them in the innermost cell and fastened their feet in the stocks. 

About midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns to God, and the prisoners were listening to them. Suddenly there was an earthquake, so violent that the foundations of the prison were shaken; and immediately all the doors were opened and everyone’s chains were unfastened. When the jailer woke up and saw the prison doors wide open, he drew his sword and was about to kill himself, since he supposed that the prisoners had escaped. 

But Paul shouted in a loud voice, ‘Do not harm yourself, for we are all here.’ The jailer called for lights, and rushing in, he fell down trembling before Paul and Silas. Then he brought them outside and said, ‘Sirs, what must I do to be saved?’ They answered, ‘Believe on the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved, you and your household.’ They spoke the word of the Lord to him and to all who were in his house. At the same hour of the night he took them and washed their wounds; then he and his entire family were baptized without delay. He brought them up into the house and set food before them; and he and his entire household rejoiced that he had become a believer in God. 

SECOND READING                                                                                          Revelation 22:12-14,16-17,20-21       ‘See, I am coming soon; my reward is with me, to repay according to everyone’s work. I am the Alpha and the Omega, the first and the last, the beginning and the end.’ 

Blessed are those who wash their robes, so that they will have the right to the tree of life and may enter the city by the gates. 

‘It is I, Jesus, who sent my angel to you with this testimony for the churches. I am the root and the descendant of David, the bright morning star.’
The Spirit and the bride say, ‘Come.’
And let everyone who hears say, ‘Come.’
And let everyone who is thirsty come.
Let anyone who wishes take the water of life as a gift. 

The one who testifies to these things says, ‘Surely I am coming soon.’              Amen. Come, Lord Jesus! 

The grace of the Lord Jesus be with all the saints. Amen.

THE GOSPEL

Pastor: The Holy Gospel according to St. John, the seventeenth chapter.

People: Glory to you, O Lord.

GOSPEL READING  

John 17:20-26                                                                                                                           ‘I ask not only on behalf of these, but also on behalf of those who will believe in me through their word, that they may all be one. As you, Father, are in me and I am in you, may they also be in us, so that the world may believe that you have sent me. The glory that you have given me I have given them, so that they may be one, as we are one, I in them and you in me, that they may become completely one, so that the world may know that you have sent me and have loved them even as you have loved me. Father, I desire that those also, whom you have given me, may be with me where I am, to see my glory, which you have given me because you loved me before the foundation of the world.

Pastor: The Gospel of the Lord.

People: Praise to you, O Christ.

SERMON

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HYMN OF THE DAY

“One Bread, One Body”

Refrain:  One bread, one body,
one Lord of all,
one cup of blessing which we bless.
And we, though many,
throughout the earth,
we are one body in this one Lord.

Gentile or Jew servant or free,
woman or man, no more.  Refrain

Many the gifts, many the works,
one in the Lord of all.  Refrain

Grain for the fields, scattered and grown,
gathered to one, for all.  Refrain

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, 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 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 100 million refugees and displaced persons, the people of Haiti suffering from earthquake, hurricane, and political disasters, those in southern MB, especially the Peguis first nation, southeastern SK, northwestern AB, and Hay River NWT devastated by torrential rains and flooding, the people in Ontario and Quebec recovering from a violent storm, New Mexico and Arizona battling wildfires, the people of India and Pakistan 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, especially the victims and families of the mass shooting in Buffalo, NY and Uvalde, TX, 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:  “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.  Fill us to overflowing with the grace we receive in water, word and meal.  Send your Spirit to help us in our mission 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, and peace where there is violence and war.  Hear us, O God of life…

Petitioner:  God of wisdom, as another academic year is coming to a close for all and many look toward graduation, we thank you for the blessing of education and all that it has done and will continue to do for our daughters and sons. Provide refreshment and renewal for teachers and students in the summer break.  Encourage them in their search for truth and value in their lives and be with them as they look for a better world than either we or they have known. Hear us, O God of life…

Pastor:   God of healing, your promises are medicine and healing for our bodies and souls.  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 hope,your rule of resurrection ushers in a new way of life.  Breathe that life into us and into our world.  Put our compassion into practice that the homeless might be sheltered, the hungry might be fed, the brokenhearted might be comforted, the anxious might be calmed, and the burdened might find release. Hear us, O God of life…

Petitioner:   God of promise,  through the prayer of your Son he has entrusted our communities, our lives, and our world into your care.  We, too, pray for peace in our homes, relationships, workplaces, and neighbourhoods.  Draw all into your life-giving future: those who share our faith in Christ, those who do not, and especially those who have no faith.  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.  

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:  

Hymn for The Ascension of Our Lord:  

“Alleluia! Sing to Jesus”

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Alleluia, sing to Jesus! 

His the sceptre, his the throne. 

Alleluia, his the triumph, 

his the victory alone. 

Hark, the songs of peaceful Sion 

thunder like a mighty flood, 

Jesus out of every nation 

has redeemed us by his blood. 

Alleluia, not as orphans 

are we left in sorrow now; 

Alleluia, he is near us, 

faith believes nor questions how; 

though the cloud from sight received him 

when the forty days were o’er 

Shall our hearts forget his promise 

‘I am with you evermore’? 

Alleluia, Bread of Angels, 

thou on earth our food, our stay; 

Alleluia, here the sinful 

flee to thee from day to day;

intercessor, friend of sinners, 

earth’s Redeemer, plead for me. 

Where the songs of all the sinless 

sweep across the crystal sea. 

Alleluia, King eternal, 

thee the Lord of lords we own; 

Alleluia, born of Mary, 

earth thy footstool, heav’n thy throne; 

thou within the veil hast entered 

robed in flesh, our great High Priest; 

thou on earth both priest and victim

in the Eucharistic Feast.

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

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: $3,178.07

April income/expenses: -$2,371.86

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  May 15: $430  

May 22: $0

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.

Next Sunday is Pentecost.  Two symbols of this day are the colour red and tongues of fire.  We want both at the service.  Please wear something/everything red.  For the tongues of fire on your smartphone download the free Virtual Zippo Lighter app available at Google Play and iTunes.

Offerings.  

Even though we are not all 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.

Checklist and Guidelines for Re-opening Worship Services

Disinfect/sanitize worship space and entrance etc before the service

One person preps worship materials [pastor]

Six feet distancing recommended

No sharing of pencils, pens, etc.

No serving of food or beverages

Try not to use the washrooms

Open doors and windows if possible

Use/wear face masks, but you may sing quietly recommended

Hand sanitizer available

No physical contact (e.g. sharing of the peace, no passing of offering plate)

Communion procedure: distribution in a way that maintains physical distancing

Disinfect/sanitize worship space and entrance etc after the service

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