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Bulletin for the Second Sunday of Easter, April 16, 2023

Preacher – Maurine Roller Reader – Jim Bonsall Lay Assistant – Ron Henzler

In today’s gospel the risen Christ appears to the disciples and offers them the gift of peace. Even amid
doubts and questions, we experience the resurrection in our Sunday gathering around word and meal,
and in our everyday lives. Throughout the coming Sundays of Easter the first two readings will be from
the Acts of the Apostles and the first letter of Peter. Even as the early Christians proclaimed the resurrection, we rejoice in the new birth and living hope we receive in baptism.
(*) Please stand as you are able
(-) Please be seated

L: Christ is risen!
C: Christ is risen indeed! Alleluia!

L: Christ is risen!
C: Christ is risen indeed! Alleluia!

All turn toward the baptismal font and may make the sign of the cross, the sign that is marked at baptism, as the presiding minister begins.
L: Blessed be the holy Trinity, ☩ one God, by whose hand we are given new birth,
by whose speaking we are given new life.
C: Amen.
L: Joined to Christ in the waters of baptism, we are welcomed, restored, and supported as citizens of the new creation. Let us give thanks for the gift of baptism.
L: Holy God, holy and merciful, holy and mighty, you are the river of life, you are the everlasting wellspring. In mercy and might you have freed us from death and raised us with Jesus,
the firstborn of the dead. In baptismal waters our old life is washed away, and in them we
are born anew.

Water is poured into the font as the presiding minister continues.

L: Glory to you for oceans and lakes, for rivers and streams. Honor to you for waters that wash
us clean, quench our thirst, and nurture both crops and creatures. Praise to you for the lifegiving water of baptism, the outpouring of the Spirit of the new creation.
C: Wash away our sin and all that separates us from you. Empower our witness to your
resurrection. Strengthen our resolve in seeking justice for all.

L: Satisfy the world’s need through this living water. Where drought dries the earth, bring refreshment. Where despair prevails, grant hope. Where chaos reigns, bring peace. We ask this
through Christ, who with you and the Spirit reigns forever.
C: Amen.

*HYMN OF PRAISE Glory to God WOV p.29

L Let us pray… Almighty and eternal God,
C 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.


-FIRST READING: Acts 2:14a, 22-32
(after the reading)
L The Word of the Lord. C Thanks be to God.


1 Protect me, O God, for I take ref-|uge in you; I have said to the Lord, “You are my Lord, my good a-
|bove all other.”
2All my delight is in the godly that are |in the land,
upon those who are noble a-| mong the people.
3But those who run after |other gods shall have their troubles | multiplied.
4I will not pour out drink offerings |
to such gods, never take their names up-|on my lips. R
5O Lord, you are my portion |and my cup; it is you who up-|hold my lot.
6My boundaries enclose a |pleasant land; indeed, I have a |
rich inheritance.
7I will bless the Lord who |gives me counsel; my heart teaches me night |
after night.
8I have set the Lord al-| ways before me;
because God is at my right hand, I shall |
not be shaken. R
9My heart, therefore, is glad, and my spir-|it rejoices; my body also shall |
rest in hope.
10For you will not abandon me |to the grave, nor let your holy one |
see the pit.
11You will show me the |path of life; in your presence there is fullness of joy, and in your
right hand are pleasures for-|evermore. R

-SECOND READING: 1 Peter 1:3-9
(after the reading)
L The Word of the Lord. C Thanks be to God.

-LET THE CHILDREN COME (Please pass worship cards to the center aisle)

*GOSPEL ACCLAMATION Alleluia. Lord, to Whom Shall We Go? ELW p. 188
(This is the one we sang during Epiphany that the kids know the sign language to)

*GOSPEL: John 20:19-31
L The holy gospel according to John, the 20th chapter. C Glory to you , O Lord. 3
(after the reading)
L The Gospel of the Lord. C Praise to you, O Christ.

-MESSAGE Maurine Roller, PMA

-HYMN OF THE DAY We Walk By Faith ELW 635


each petition ends with
L Risen Lord, in your mercy, C hear our prayer.

L The peace of the Lord be with you always.
C And also with you.
(Please share a sign of God’s peace with one another, such as Peace be with you.)

The Offering is presented at the altar as the Offertory is sung.

-OFFERTORY Glory to you, God WOV p.50

L Let us pray. Gracious God,
C in the abundance of your steadfast love, you call us from death to life, from silence to
speech, from idleness to action. With these gifts we offer ourselves to you, and with the
Church through all the ages we give thanks for your saving love in Jesus Christ our
Lord. Amen.

L Let us pray with confidence in the words our Savior gave us:
C 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, forev
er and ever. Amen.


L: Almighty God, who raised our Lord Jesus from death, lift you up and restore you to wholeness.
C: Amen.
L: Jesus Christ, the Word of life, bless you and send you to be his witnesses.
C: Amen.
L: God the Holy Spirit, who renews the whole earth, refresh you in the gift of baptism this day
and always.
C: Amen.

*SENDING HYMN Thine is the Glory ELW 376

L Go in peace. Share the good news! Alleluia!
C Thanks be to God. Alleluia!



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SCRIPTURES FOR WEEK OF APRIL 23rd– Acts 2:14a, 36-41, Psalm 116:1-4, 12-19,
1 Peter 1:17-23, Luke 24:13-35.

WORSHIP HELPERS – April 23-Reader– Patricia Jones, Lay Assistant– Earl Jones. April 30 –
Reader– Melinda Ewing, Lay Assistant– Luayne Weisgerber.

COMMUNITY TABLE– April 17th & 24th. Please contact the church office to help.

GRADUATES– Please let the church office know of any graduates you may have. We would like
to recognize all graduates, and give them a special blessing on May 7th!

APRIL BRUNCH– Brunch will be on April 23 after worship. Sign-up is in the Fellowship Rm.

MAY BRUNCH – Brunch for May will be on May 21st.

MAY-JUNE NEWSLETTER– Articles for the May-June newsletter needs to be to the office by
April 20th please.

MAY FLOWERS– We would like to plant ‘annual’ flowers in the Memorial Garden, planters by
the Fellowship Room and in the planter by the carport. If you would like to donate a ‘flat’ of
flowers in honor/memory of a loved one, or if you just like pretty flowers growing, please bring
them to the church after May 1st. Jerry and Krestie Tolstedt will be planting the flowers. If you
would like to help plant, please contact them or the church office.

WOMEN’S BIBLE STUDY– Wednesdays @ 9:30. 1st & 2nd Corinthians, led by Jody Mischnick

CONFIRMATION CLASSES– Thursdays at 5:30pm.

ELCA FARM BILL LISTENING SESSIONS- We always hear people say that they don’t feel
like they have a voice on these issues, or that the church doesn’t care. This is an opportunity to
listen and speak, and to know the church does care and advocate. This won’t tell people how to
vote or what to speak, but will give information and opportunity for people to be heard.

ELCA Farm Bill Listening Sessions

Actual expenses thru 4/9/2023 $44,345.73
Giving thru 4/9/2023 $37,991.23

Giving under actual expenses ($6,354.50)
14 Weeks of Budget Expenses $53,422.46

Giving under Budget Expenses ($15,431.23)