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Bulletin for the Third Sunday of Easter, April 23, 2023

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Worship Helpers: Reader – Patricia Jones Lay Assistant – Earl Jones

Today’s gospel begins with two disciples walking to Emmaus, overcome with sadness, loss, and disappointment. They had hoped Jesus, who was crucified, would be the one to redeem Israel! Yet the risen
Christ walks with them and then opens their eyes in the breaking of the bread. Each Sunday our hearts
burn within us as the scriptures are proclaimed and Christ appears to us as bread is broken and wine is
poured. The story of Emmaus becomes the pattern of our worship each Lord’s day.

(*) 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!

*ENTRANCE HYMN Now the Green Blade Rises ELW 379

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

*HYMN OF PRAISE Glory to God WOV p.29

L Let us pray… O God,
C your Son makes himself known to all his disciples in the breaking of bread. Open the
eyes of our faith, that we may see him in his redeeming work, who lives and reigns with
you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.


-FIRST READING: Acts 2:14a, 36-41
(after the reading)
L The Word of the Lord. C Thanks be to God.

-PSALM 116:1-4, 12-19

1 I love the Lord, who has |heard my voice, and listened to my |

2 for the Lord has given |ear to me whenev-|er I called.

3 The cords of death entangled me; the anguish of the grave |
came upon me; I came to |grief and sorrow.

4 Then I called upon the name |of the Lord: “O Lord, I pray you, |
save my life.” R

12 How shall I re-|pay the Lord for all the good things God has |
done for me?

13 I will lift the cup |of salvation and call on the name |
of the Lord.

14 I will fulfill my vows |to the Lord in the presence of |
all God’s people.

15 Precious in your |sight, O Lord, is the death |
of your servants.

16 O Lord, truly I |am your servant;
I am your servant, the child of your handmaid; you have freed me |
from my bonds.

17 I will offer you the sacrifice |of thanksgiving and call upon the name |
of the Lord. R

18 I will fulfill my vows |to the Lord in the presence of |
all God’s people,

19 in the courts of |the Lord’s house, in the midst of you, O Jerusalem. | Hallelujah! R

-SECOND READING: 1 Peter 1:17-23
(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 3

*GOSPEL: Luke 24:13-35
L The holy gospel according to Luke, the 24th chapter. C Glory to you , O Lord.
(after the reading)
L The Gospel of the Lord. C Praise to you, O Christ.

-MESSAGE Pastor Megan Morrow

-HYMN OF THE DAY Alleluia! Jesus is Risen! ELW 377


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 f
orgive 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
C: Amen.

*SENDING HYMN Let All Things Now Living ELW 881

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



SCRIPTURES FOR WEEK OF APRIL 30th– Acts 2:42-47, Psalm 23, 1 Peter 2:19-25,
John 10:1-10.

WORSHIP HELPERS – April 30 -Reader– Melinda Ewing, Lay Assistant– Luayne Weisgerber.

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

NEW MEMBER CLASS– New member class will meet after fellowship on April 30th, or
Wednesday, May 3rd. If you or someone you know are interested in joining the St. John’s congregation, please come to one of the classes. New members will be received in worship on Sunday, May 21 @ 9:00am, or Wednesday, May 24th @ 6:30pm.

BAPTISM–If you or someone you know would like to be baptized, please contact Pastor Megan.

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 &/or May 10th! Cake to
follow during fellowship. If you get the church office a picture of your graduate and a sentence as
to what plans are after graduation. We would put it in the newsletter.

APRIL BRUNCH– Brunch TODAY after worship.

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

MAY FLOWERS– We would like to plant ‘annual’ flowers in the Memorial Garden, and planters in front of the church. 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. 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 4/16/2023 $51,023.72
Giving thru 4/16/2023 $40,135.23 Giving under actual expenses ($10,888.49)
15 Weeks of Budget Expenses $57,238.35 Giving under Budget Expenses ($17,103.12)