WELCOME to TRINITY "Sharing in God's love”
LAY READING SERVICE Service of the word This order was originally prepared by the Department of Liturgics and released in 1991 in a booklet by the Board for Congregational Life for use in the Lutheran Church of Australia.
OPENING RESPONSES L: I will sing to the Lord, C: because he has won a glorious victory. L: The Lord is my strong defender; C: he is the one who has saved me.
OPENING RESPONSES L: His right hand is awesome in power; C: it breaks the enemy in pieces. L: Faithful to his promise, he led the people he had rescued; C: by his strength he guided them to his sacred land.
OPENING RESPONSES L: He brings them in and plants them on his mountain, C: the place that he has chosen for his home, L: the temple that he himself has built. C: The Lord will be king forever and ever. [Exod 15:1,2,6,13,17,18]
Opening Hymn We sing our opening hymn: Blessèd Jesus, at Thy word LH 500 CAL 293 LiebsterJesu, wirsindhier Tobias Clausnitzer 1619-84 Tr Catherine Winkworth 1827-78, alt.
Blessèd Jesus, at Thy word 1. Blessèd Jesus, at your word we are gathered all to hear you; let our hearts and minds be stirred now to seek and love and fear you; by your gospel pure and holy teach us, Lord, to love you solely.
Blessèd Jesus, at Thy word 2. All our knowledge, sense and sight lie in deepest darkness shrouded, till your Spirit breaks our night with your beams of truth unclouded; you alone to God can win us, only you work good within us.
Blessèd Jesus, at Thy word 3. Glorious Lord, yourself impart, light of light from God proceeding; open lips and ears and heart, help us by your Spirit's leading; hear the cry your Church now raises; Lord, accept our prayers and praises. †
CONFESSION AND ABSOLUTION L: Let us confess our sins in the presence of God and of each other. C: We confess to you, almighty God, before the whole company of heaven, and to each other, that we have sinned in thought, word, and deed by our own fault. »»
CONFESSION AND ABSOLUTION Have mercy on us, for Jesus’ sake, forgive us all our sins, and bring us to eternal life. Amen. L: The almighty and merciful Lord grants us pardon; and forgives us all our sins. C: Amen.
Lord have mercy L: Let us call on the Lord, to whom we belong through our baptism. Lord Jesus Christ, you are the true vine: C: Lord, have mercy. L: You give us growth as branches in you: C: Christ, have mercy. L: You make us produce fruit by remaining in you: C: Lord, have mercy.
APOSTLE’S CREED L: As God’s people through our baptism into Christ, let us confess our faith. C: I believe in God, the Father almighty, maker of heaven and earth.
APOSTLE’S CREED And in Jesus Christ, his only Son our Lord, who was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, dead, and buried. He descended into hell. The third day he rose again from the dead.
APOSTLE’S CREED He ascended into heaven, and sits at the right hand of God, the Father almighty, from thence he will come to judge the living and the dead.
APOSTLE’S CREED 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 *or: Christian; ‘catholic’ here means ‘universal’
OLD TESTAMENT CANTICLE Isaiah 12:1–6 L: I will thank you, Lord. C: Although you were angry with me, L: your anger has turned away C: and you have comforted me. L: Surely God is my salvation; C: I will trust him and not be afraid.
OLD TESTAMENT CANTICLE Isaiah 12:1–6 L: The Lord God is my strength and my song; C: he has become my salvation. L: With joy you will draw water C: from the wells of salvation.
OLD TESTAMENT CANTICLE Isaiah 12:1–6 L: Give thanks to the Lord, call on his name; C: make known among the nations what he has done, and proclaim that his name is exalted.
OLD TESTAMENT CANTICLE Isaiah 12:1–6 L: Sing to the Lord, for he has done glorious things; C: let this be known to all the world. L: Shout and sing for joy, people of Zion, C: for Israel’s holy God is great, and he lives among you.
OLD TESTAMENT CANTICLE Isaiah 12:1–6 L: Glory to the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, C: as it was in the beginning, is now, and will be forever. Amen. L: The Lord be with you. C: And also with you.
PRAYER OF THE DAY L: Let us pray that we love others. C: Merciful Father, you have reached out to all people through your Son Jesus, who died for us all. Encourage us to live as your chosen people and give of ourselves to others.
PRAYER OF THE DAY We ask this through Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.
FIRST READING Acts 8:26-40CEV Philip and the Ethiopian R: The first Reading for the Fifth Sunday of Easter is written in Chapter 8 of Acts, beginning at Verse 26.
Acts 8:26-40 26The LORD'S angel said to Philip, "Go south along the desert road that leads from Jerusalem to Gaza." • 27So Philip left.
Acts 8:26-40 An important Ethiopian official happened to be going along that road in his chariot. He was the chief treasurer for Candace, the Queen of Ethiopia. The official had gone to Jerusalem to worship 28and was now on his way home. He was sitting in his chariot, reading the book of the prophet Isaiah.
Acts 8:26-40 29The Spirit told Philip to catch up with the chariot. 30Philip ran up close and heard the man reading aloud from the book of Isaiah. Philip asked him, "Do you understand what you are reading?" • 31The official answered, "How can I understand unless someone helps me?" He then invited Philip to come up and sit beside him.
Acts 8:26-40 32The man was reading the passage that said, He was led like a sheep on its way to be killed. He was silent as a lamb whose wool is being cut off, and he did not say a word. 33He was treated like a nobody and did not receive a fair trial. How can he have children, if his life is snatched away?
Acts 8:26-40 34The official said to Philip, "Tell me, was the prophet talking about himself or about someone else?" 35So Philip began at this place in the Scriptures and explained the good news about Jesus.
Acts 8:26-40 36-37As they were going along the road, they came to a place where there was some water. The official said, "Look! Here is some water. Why can't I be baptized?" 38He ordered the chariot to stop. Then they both went down into the water, and Philip baptized him.
Acts 8:26-40 39After they had come out of the water, the LORD'S Spirit took Philip away. The official never saw him again, but he was very happy as he went on his way.
Acts 8:26-40 40Philip later appeared in Azotus. He went from town to town, all the way to Caesarea, telling people about Jesus. This is the Word of the Lord. C: Thanks be to God.
Psalm 22:25-31CEV R: The Psalm is Psalm 22 25When your people meet, you will fill my heart with your praises, LORD, and everyone will see me keep my promises to you. C: 26The poor will eat and be full, and all who worship you will be thankful and live in hope.
Psalm 22:25-31CEV R: 27Everyone on this earth will remember you, LORD. People all over the world will turn and worship you, C: 28because you are in control, the ruler of all nations.
Psalm 22:25-31CEV R: 29All who are rich and have more than enough will bow down to you, LORD. Even those who are dying and almost in the grave will come and bow down. C: 30In the future, everyone will worship and learn about you, our LORD.
Psalm 22:25-31CEV R:31People not yet born will be told, "The LORD has saved us!" C: Glory to the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Spirit; As it was in the beginning is now, and will be for ever. Amen
Second reading 1 John 4:7-21CEV Love one another, as God loved us. R: The Second Reading is written in Chapter 4 of First John, beginning at Verse 7.
1 John 4:7-21 7My dear friends, we must love each other. Love comes from God, and when we love each other, it shows that we have been given new life. We are now God's children, and we know him. 8God is love, and anyone who doesn't love others has never known him.
1 John 4:7-21 9God showed his love for us when he sent his only Son into the world to give us life. 10Real love isn't our love for God, but his love for us. God sent his Son to be the sacrifice by which our sins are forgiven. 11Dear friends, since God loved us this much, we must love each other.
1 John 4:7-21 12No one has ever seen God. But if we love each other, God lives in us, and his love is truly in our hearts. 13God has given us his Spirit. That is how we know that we are one with him, just as he is one with us. 14God sent his Son to be the Savior of the world. We saw his Son and are now telling others about him.
1 John 4:7-21 15God stays one with everyone who openly says that Jesus is the Son of God. That's how we stay one with God 16and are sure that God loves us. God is love. If we keep on loving others, we will stay one in our hearts with God, and he will stay one with us. 17If we truly love others and live as Christ did in this world, we won't be worried about the day of judgment.
1 John 4:7-21 18A real love for others will chase those worries away. The thought of being punished is what makes us afraid. It shows that we have not really learned to love.
1 John 4:7-21 19We love because God loved us first. 20But if we say we love God and don't love each other, we are liars. We cannot see God. So how can we love God, if we don't love the people we can see? 21The commandment that God has given us is: "Love God and love each other!" This is the Word of the Lord. C: Thanks be to God.