St. Paul’s Lutheran Church
24 E. Baltimore St. PO Box 148 Funkstown, MD 21734 301.791.1738
April 18, 2021
CONFESSION AND FORGIVENESS
In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.
God of all mercy and consolation, come to the aid of your people,
turning us from our sin to live for you alone. Give us the power of your
Holy Spirit that, attentive to your Word, we may confess our sins,
receive your forgiveness, and grow into the fullness of your Son, Jesus
Christ our Lord.
Let us confess our sin in the presence of God and of one another.
Silence for reflection and self-examination.
have mercy on us. In your compassion forgive us our sins, known
and unknown, things done and left undone. Uphold us by your
Spirit so that we may live and serve you in newness of life, to the
honor and glory of your holy name; through Jesus Christ our Lord.
In the mercy of almighty God, Jesus Christ was given to die for us, and
for his sake God forgives us all our sins. As a called and ordained
minister of the Church of Christ, and by his authority, I therefore declare
to you the entire forgiveness of all your sins, in the name of the Father,
and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.
Alleluia! Christ is risen.
He is risen indeed. Alleluia!
GATHERING HYMN ELW 522
PRAYER OF THE DAY
The Lord be with you. And also with you.
Holy and righteous God, you are the author of life, and you adopt us to be
your children. Fill us with your words of life, that we may live as witnesses to
the resurrection of your Son, Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord, who lives
and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen
1 John 3:1-7
First Reading: Acts 3:12-19
12[Peter] addressed the people, “You Israelites, why do you wonder at this,
or why do you stare at us, as though by our own power or piety we had
made him walk?13The God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of
Jacob, the God of our ancestors has glorified his servant Jesus, whom you
handed over and rejected in the presence of Pilate, though he had decided
to release him. 14But you rejected the Holy and Righteous One and asked to
have a murderer given to you, 15and you killed the Author of life, whom God
raised from the dead. To this we are witnesses. 16And by faith in his name,
his name itself has made this man strong, whom you see and know; and the
faith that is through Jesus has given him this perfect health in the presence
of all of you. 17“And now, friends, I know that you acted in ignorance, as did
also your rulers. 18In this way God fulfilled what he had foretold through all
the prophets, that his Messiah would suffer. 19Repent therefore, and turn to
God so that your sins may be wiped out.”
1Answer me when I call, O God, defender of my cause; you set me free
when I was in distress; have mercy on me and hear my prayer.
2“You mortals, how long will you dishonor my glory; how long will you
love illusions and seek after lies?”
3Know that the LORD does wonders for the faithful; the LORD will hear
me when I call.
4Tremble, then, and do not sin; speak to your heart in silence upon
5Offer the appointed sacrifices, and put your trust in the LORD.
6Many are saying, “Who will show us any good?” Let the light of your
face shine upon us, O LORD.
7You have put gladness in my heart, more than when grain and wine
8In peace, I will lie down and sleep; for you alone, O LORD, make
me rest secure.
Second Reading: 1 John 3:1-7
1See what love the Father has given us, that we should be called children of
God; and that is what we are. The reason the world does not know us is that
it did not know him. 2Beloved, we are God’s children now; what we will be
has not yet been revealed. What we do know is this: when he is revealed,
we will be like him, for we will see him as he is. 3And all who have this hope
in him purify themselves, just as he is pure. 4Everyone who commits sin is
guilty of lawlessness; sin is lawlessness. 5You know that he was revealed to
take away sins, and in him there is no sin. 6No one who abides in him sins;
no one who sins has either seen him or known him. 7Little children, let no
one deceive you. Everyone who does what is right is righteous, just as he is
Gospel: Luke 24:36b-48
36bJesus himself stood among [the disciples] and said to them, “Peace be
with you.” 37They were startled and terrified, and thought that they were
seeing a ghost. 38He said to them, “Why are you frightened, and why do
doubts arise in your hearts? 39Look at my hands and my feet; see that it is I
myself. Touch me and see; for a ghost does not have flesh and bones as
you see that I have.” 40And when he had said this, he showed them his
hands and his feet. 41While in their joy they were disbelieving and still
wondering, he said to them, “Have you anything here to eat?” 42They gave
him a piece of broiled fish, 43and he took it and ate in their presence.
44Then he said to them, “These are my words that I spoke to you while I
was still with you—that everything written about me in the law of Moses, the
prophets, and the psalms must be fulfilled.” 45Then he opened their minds to
understand the scriptures, 46and he said to them, “Thus it is written, that the
Messiah is to suffer and to rise from the dead on the third day, 47and that
repentance and forgiveness of sins is to be proclaimed in his name to all
nations, beginning from Jerusalem. 48You are witnesses of these things.”
I believe in God, the Father almighty, creator of heaven and earth.
I believe in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord. He was conceived by the
power of the Holy Spirit and born of the virgin Mary. He suffered under
Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died, and was buried. He descended into
hell. On the third day he rose again. He ascended into heaven, and is
seated at the right hand of the Father. He will come again 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
PRAYERS OF INTERCESSION
Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.
The Lord be with you. And also with you.
Lift up your hearts. We lift them to the Lord.
Let us give thanks to the Lord our God. It is right to give our thanks & praise.
It is indeed right and salutary that we should at all times and in all places offer
thanks and praise to you, O Lord, holy Father, almighty and ever-living God. But
chiefly we are bound to praise you for the glorious resurrection of our Lord; for he
is the true Passover Lamb who gave himself to take away our sin, who by his
death has destroyed death, and by his rising has brought us to eternal life. And so,
with Mary Magdalene and Peter and all the witnesses of the resurrection, with
earth and sea and all their creatures, and with angels and archangels, cherubim
and seraphim, we praise your name and join their unending hymn:
Holy, holy, holy Lord, God of power and might. Heaven and earth are full of
your glory. Hosanna in the highest. Blessed is he who comes in the name
of the Lord. Hosanna in the highest.
WORDS OF OUR LORD
In the night in which he was betrayed, our Lord Jesus took bread, and gave thanks;
broke it, and gave it to his disciples, saying: Take and eat; this is my body, given
for you. Do this for the remembrance of me.
Again, after supper, he took the cup, gave thanks, and gave it for all to drink, saying:
This cup is the new covenant in my blood, shed for you and for all people for the
forgiveness of sin. Do this for the remembrance of me.
Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name, thy kingdom come, thy
will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread;
and forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us;
and lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. For thine is the
kingdom, and the power, and the glory, forever and ever. Amen.
The body of Christ, given for you. The blood of Christ, shed for you. You may respond: Amen.
We give you thanks, almighty God that you have refreshed us through the healing
power of this gift of life; and we pray that in your mercy you would strengthen us,
through this gift, in faith toward you and in fervent love toward one another; for the
sake of Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
The blessing of the living God, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, surround and
sustain you, keep you from harm, and fill you with courage. Amen.
SENDING HYMN “Alleluia, Alleluia, Give Thanks” WOV 671
Refrain: Alleluia, Alleluia, give thanks to the risen Lord,
Alleluia, alleluia, give praise to His name.
Jesus is Lord of all the earth.
He is the King of creation. Refrain.
Spread the good news o’er all the earth.
Jesus has died and has risen. Refrain.
We have been crucified with Christ.
Now we shall live forever. Refrain.
God has proclaimed the just reward:
Life for all men, alleluia! Refrain.
Come, let us praise the living God,
Joyfully sing to our Saviour. Refrain.
Text/Music Donald Fishel, b. 1950, Copyright 1973, International Liturgy Publications CCLI Song 32376
Go in peace. Share the good news. Thanks be to God.
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