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Jay McDivitt is the pastor at Christ the Servant Lutheran Church located in Waukesha, WI. For more information, please visit www.christtheservant.org

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Jay McDivitt is the pastor at Christ the Servant Lutheran Church located in Waukesha, WI. For more information, please visit www.christtheservant.org

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    Easter 7

    Easter 7

    Easter 7 ~ Ascension Observed ~ May 24, 2020
    Welcome

    Easter Proclamation
    Alleluia! Christ is Risen! Christ is Risen, indeed! Alleluia!

    Prayer of the Day
    Let us pray. Almighty God, your blessed Son, our Savior Jesus Christ, ascended far above all heavens that he might fill all things. Mercifully give us faith to trust that, as he promised, he abides with us on earth to the end of time, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.

    Scripture Reading Acts 1:1-14
    In the first book, Theophilus, I wrote about all that Jesus did and taught from the beginning until the day when he was taken up to heaven, after giving instructions through the Holy Spirit to the apostles whom he had chosen. After his suffering he presented himself alive to them by many convincing proofs, appearing to them over the course of forty days and speaking about the kingdom of God. While staying with them, he ordered them not to leave Jerusalem, but to wait there for the promise of the Father. ‘This’, he said, ‘is what you have heard from me; for John baptized with water, but you will be baptized with the Holy Spirit not many days from now.’
    So when they had come together, they asked him, ‘Lord, is this the time when you will restore the kingdom to Israel?’ He replied, ‘It is not for you to know the times or periods that the Father has set by his own authority. But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.’ When he had said this, as they were watching, he was lifted up, and a cloud took him out of their sight. While he was going and they were gazing up towards heaven, suddenly two men in white robes stood by them. They said, ‘Men of Galilee, why do you stand looking up towards heaven? This Jesus, who has been taken up from you into heaven, will come in the same way as you saw him go into heaven.’
    Then they returned to Jerusalem from the mount called Olivet, which is near Jerusalem, a sabbath day’s journey away. When they had entered the city, they went to the room upstairs where they were staying, Peter, and John, and James, and Andrew, Philip and Thomas, Bartholomew and Matthew, James son of Alphaeus, and Simon the Zealot, and Judas son of James. All these were constantly devoting themselves to prayer, together with certain women, including Mary the mother of Jesus, as well as his brothers.
    Word of God, Word of Life

    Message

    Hymn: Jen Hauser

    Prayers of Intercession
    Uplifted by the promised hope of healing and resurrection, we join the people of God in all times and places in praying for the church, the world, and all who are in need.
    O God, call your people to be one, as you are one. Unite your church in the truth of your gospel, the love of our neighbor, and the call to proclaim your reign to all people. Lord, in your mercy,
    hear our prayer.

    Breathe life into your creation. Guide your people as we explore the mysteries of the universe. We pray for the work of scientists, creators, health care providers whose skill leads to life and health. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.
    Make your justice known among the nations of the earth. Protect the vulnerable, the ill, trauma survivors, and everyone in the midst of crisis. Redirect those who use violence and greed as weapons. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

    Come to the aid of your children. We pray for those engulfed in grief, those without supportive families, and for all who are isolated, powerless, or afraid, that all may rest their anxieties in your care. Hear the prayers of our hearts now… Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

    Give courage to all who embark on new ventures. Those who serve their neighbors in love. Those who extend hospitality and refuge to those in need. Lord, in your

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    Easter 6

    Easter 6

    Welcome Easter 6 ~ May 17, 2020

    Come, let us worship God who calls us and gives us life!

    Easter Proclamation
    Alleluia! Christ is Risen! Christ is Risen, indeed! Alleluia!

    Hymn: What Wondrous Love is This
    (ELW 666 vs. 1, 3, 4)
    1. What wondrous love is this, O my soul, O my soul! What wondrous love is this, O my soul! What wondrous love is this that cause the Lord of bliss to bear the dreadful curse for my soul, for my soul, to bear the dreadful cures for my soul?

    3. To God and to the Lamb, I will sing, I will sing; to God and to the lamb. I will sing; to God and to the lamb, who is the great I AM, while millions join the theme, I will sing, I will sing, while millions join the theme, I will sing.

    4. And when from death I’m free, I’ll sing on, I’ll sing on; and when from death I’m free, I’ll sing on; and when from death I’m free, I’ll sing God’s love for me, and through eternity I’ll sing on, I’ll sing on, and through eternity I’ll sing on.

    Prayer of the Day
    Let us pray: Loving God, you know we love you and yet our love is not like yours. We repeatedly fail to love as you love us, and disregard the needs of others. Help us to love more fully and completely. In Jesus’ name. Amen

    Gospel Matthew 28:16-20
    Now the eleven disciples went to Galilee, to the mountain to which Jesus had directed them. When they saw him, they worshiped him; but some doubted. And Jesus came and said to them, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything that I have commanded you. And remember, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”

    Word of God. Word of Life.

    Alleluia! Christ is risen! Christ is risen, indeed! Alleluia!

    Message

    Thanksgiving for Baptism:
    The Lord be with you. And also with you.
    Together we pray. Great are you, O God. For you have chosen water to give life and water to preserve it. In the beginning you separated chaos from creation and land from sea. But you sent rain to care for grain grown in the ground.
    Great are you, O God.

    When the Israelites ran from slavery, the Red Sea blocked them like a prison door; but you turned the sea into salvation. When disease ate the flesh of the warrior Naaman, you used gentle water and a word to cleanse him.
    Great are you, O God.

    You washed the feet of your friends, when nobody else respected them. You made mud in your hand to open the eyes of a man nobody noticed. You chose to speak to a woman who chose the loneliest hour to visit the well; and you gave her a thirst for your unquenchable promise. Great are you, O God.

    When we despise the water that floods farmland and house; when we beg for water as the ground cracks; when we fear the disease spread by the vapor we breathe— You are still great, because you have made water the agent of healing and hope. Great are you, O God. Amen.

    Now, take your dish in your hands as we bless the waters we share.
    God of Love, all water is a sign of the goodness you create: the rivers that flow; the waters that pool beneath the ground; and oceans that ring our planet; the water that fills our skin, our blood, our bones. Bless this water we have gathered as a sign of your blessing, for this water binds us to your promise, your eternal word; it is the wellspring of love for the world you have made.

    You, O God, pour out salvation. You refresh the weary. You died and rose again that we might have life abundantly. Your light shines and the darkness cannot overcome it. You hold us tight in the promise of your creative love. Amen

    Wherever you are, use this water to mark the sign of the cross on your forehead and say, “I am a beloved child, created in the image of God.” “

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    Easter 5

    Easter 5

    Welcome Easter 5 ~ May 10, 2020

    Easter Proclamation
    Alleluia! Christ is Risen! Christ is Risen, indeed! Alleluia!

    Hymn: Blessing, Honor and Glory
    ELW 433
    Blessing honor. Glory to the Lamb. Holy, righteous, worthy is the Lamb. Death could not hold him down, for he is risen! Seated upon the throne, he is the Lamb of God!
    Blessing, honor, glory to the Lamb. Holy, righteous worthy is the Lamb. Death could not hold him down, for he is risen! Seated upon the throne, he is the Lamb of God!
    Blessing, honor, glory to the Lamb. Holy, righteous, worthy is the Lamb of God.

    Prayer of the Day
    Let us pray: Loving God, you know we love you and yet our love is not like yours. We repeatedly fail to love as you love us, and disregard the needs of others. Help us to love more fully and completely. In Jesus’ name. Amen

    Gospel John 21: 15-19
    The holy gospel according to John the 21st chapter:
    When they had finished breakfast, Jesus said to Simon Peter, ‘Simon son of John, do you love me more than these?’ He said to him, ‘Yes, Lord; you know that I love you.’ Jesus said to him, ‘Feed my lambs.’ A second time he said to him, ‘Simon son of John, do you love me?’ He said to him, ‘Yes, Lord; you know that I love you.’ Jesus said to him, ‘Tend my sheep.’ He said to him the third time, ‘Simon son of John, do you love me?’ Peter felt hurt because he said to him the third time, ‘Do you love me?’ And he said to him, ‘Lord, you know everything; you know that I love you.’ Jesus said to him, ‘Feed my sheep. Very truly, I tell you, when you were younger, you used to fasten your own belt and to go wherever you wished. But when you grow old, you will stretch out your hands, and someone else will fasten a belt around you and take you where you do not wish to go.’ (He said this to indicate the kind of death by which he would glorify God.) After this he said to him, ‘Follow me.’

    Word of God. Word of Life.

    Alleluia! Christ is risen! Christ is risen, indeed! Alleluia!

    Children’s Message

    Message

    Alleluia! Christ is risen! Christ is risen, indeed! Alleluia!


    Hymn: Savior, Like a Shepherd Lead Us ELW 789
    1. Savior like a shepherd led us; much we need your tender care. In your pleasant pastures feed us, for our use your fold prepare. Blessed Jesus, blessed Jesus, you have bought us; we are yours. Blessed Jesus, blessed Jesus, you have bought us, we are yours.

    2 We are yours; in love befriend us, be the guardian of our way; keep your flock from sin defend us, seek us when we go astray. Blessed Jesus, blessed Jesus, hear us children when we pray. Blessed Jesus, blessed Jesus, hear us children when we pray.

    3. You have promised to receive us; poor and sinful though we be; you have mercy to relieve us, grace to cleanse, and pow’r to free. Blessed Jesus, blessed Jesus, early let us turn to you. Blessed Jesus, blessed Jesus, early let us turn to you.

    4. Early let us seek your favor, early let us do your will; blessed Lord and only Savior, with your love our spirits fill. Blessed Jesus, blessed Jesus, you have loved us, love us still. Blessed Jesus, blessed Jesus, you have loved us, love us still.

    Prayers of Intercession
    In the promised hope of healing and resurrection, we join the people of God in all times and places in praying for the church, the world, and all in need.

    Build us up, loving God, that we may love you fully, and in our loving you, we love and care for our neighbors as you desire. Be with us and strengthen us. Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.

    Humble us, creator God, as part of your creation. Fill us with respect and awe for the world you have made, including volcanoes, ocean currents, tropical rainstorms, glaciers, and other forces that both destroy and create. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

    Align our ways to your love, O God. We pray for countries, leaders,

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    Easter 4 Sunday

    Easter 4 Sunday

    Welcome Easter 4 ~ May 3, 2020

    Easter Proclamation
    Alleluia! Christ is Risen! Christ is Risen, indeed! Alleluia!

    Hymn: Lord God, We Praise You (ELW 558, Vs. 1-3)
    1. Lord God, we praise you, now the night is over, active and watchful, standing her before you; singing we offer prayer and meditation; thus we adore you.

    2. Monarch of all things, fit us for your mansion; banish our weakness, heath and wholeness sending; bring us to heaven where your saints united joy without ending.

    3. All holy Father, Son, and equal Spirit, Trinity blessed, send us your salvation; yours is the glory, gleaming and resounding though all creation.

    Prayer of the Day
    Let us pray: God of abundance, how often we are like the disciples; you call to us and we do not know it is you. Help us to see you and to hear your voice in our day to day lives, for you are always with us and desire us to have life abundantly. In Jesus’ name. Amen
    Gospel John 21: 1-14
    The Holy Gospel according to John the 21st chapter:
    After these things Jesus showed himself again to the disciples by the Sea of Tiberias; and he showed himself in this way. Gathered there together were Simon Peter, Thomas called the Twin, Nathanael of Cana in Galilee, the sons of Zebedee, and two others of his disciples. Simon Peter said to them, ‘I am going fishing.’ They said to him, ‘We will go with you.’ They went out and got into the boat, but that night they caught nothing.
    Just after daybreak, Jesus stood on the beach; but the disciples did not know that it was Jesus. Jesus said to them, ‘Children, you have no fish, have you?’ They answered him, ‘No.’ He said to them, ‘Cast the net to the right side of the boat, and you will find some.’ So they cast it, and now they were not able to haul it in because there were so many fish. That disciple whom Jesus loved said to Peter, ‘It is the Lord!’ When Simon Peter heard that it was the Lord, he put on some clothes, for he was naked, and jumped into the lake. But the other disciples came in the boat, dragging the net full of fish, for they were not far from the land, only about a hundred yards off.
    When they had gone ashore, they saw a charcoal fire there, with fish on it, and bread. Jesus said to them, ‘Bring some of the fish that you have just caught.’ So Simon Peter went aboard and hauled the net ashore, full of large fish, a hundred and fifty-three of them; and though there were so many, the net was not torn. Jesus said to them, ‘Come and have breakfast.’ Now none of the disciples dared to ask him, ‘Who are you?’ because they knew it was the Lord. Jesus came and took the bread and gave it to them, and did the same with the fish. This was now the third time that Jesus appeared to the disciples after he was raised from the dead.

    Word of God. Word of Life.

    Alleluia! Christ is risen! Christ is risen, indeed! Alleluia!

    Children’s Message: Easter…Where Do You See Jesus?
    Message

    Alleluia! Christ is risen! Christ is risen, indeed! Alleluia!
    Hymn: Christ is Alive! Let Christians Sing (ELW 389, Vs. 1-3 and 5)
    1. Christ is alive! Let Christians sing. The cross stands empty to the sky. Let streets and homes with praises ring. Love, drowned in death shall never die.

    2. Christ is alive! No longer bound to distant years in Palestine, but saving healing, hear and now, and touching every place and time.

    3. In ev’ry insult, rift, and war, where color, scorn, or wealth divide, Christ suffers still, yet loves the more, and lives, where even hope has died.

    5. Christ is alive, and comes to bring good news to this and every age, till earth and sky and ocean ring with joy, with justice, love and praise.

    Prayers of Intercession
    Uplifted by the promised hope of healing and resurrection, we join the people of God in all times and places in praying for the church, the world, and all who are in

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    Easter 3 Sunday

    Easter 3 Sunday

    Easter 3
    Welcome

    Easter Proclamation
    Alleluia! Christ is Risen! Christ is Risen, indeed! Alleluia!

    Hymn Alleluia! Jesus is Risen!
    ELW 377
    1. Alleluia! Jesus is risen! Trumpets resounding in glorious light! Splendor the Lamb, heaven forever! Oh, what a miracle God has insight!

    Refrain: Jesus is risen and we shall arise, Give God the glory! Alleluia!

    4. 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. Refrain

    Prayer of the Day
    O God, your Son makes himself known to all his disciples. Open our eyes that we may see him in his redeeming work each day, in Jesus’ name. Amen.

    Gospel Luke 24:13-35
    Now on that same day when Jesus had appeared to Mary Magdalene, two disciples were going to a village called Emmaus, about seven miles from Jerusalem, and talking with each other about all these things that had happened. While they were talking and discussing, Jesus himself came near and went with them, but their eyes were kept from recognizing him. And he said to them, “What are you discussing with each other while you walk along?” They stood still, looking sad. Then one of them, whose name was Cleopas, answered him, “Are you the only stranger in Jerusalem who does not know the things that have taken place there in these days?” He asked them, “What things?” They replied, “The things about Jesus of Nazareth, who was a prophet mighty in deed and word before God and all the people, and how our chief priests and leaders handed him over to be condemned to death and crucified him. But we had hoped that he was the one to redeem Israel. Yes, and besides all this, it is now the third day since these things took place. Moreover, some women of our group astounded us. They were at the tomb early this morning, and when they did not find his body there, they came back and told us that they had indeed seen a vision of angels who said that he was alive. Some of those who were with us went to the tomb and found it just as the women had said; but they did not see him.” Then he said to them, “Oh, how foolish you are, and how slow of heart to believe all that the prophets have declared! Was it not necessary that the Messiah should suffer these things and then enter into his glory?” Then beginning with Moses and all the prophets, he interpreted to them the things about himself in all the scriptures.
      As they came near the village to which they were going, he walked ahead as if he were going on. But they urged him strongly, saying, “Stay with us, because it is almost evening and the day is now nearly over.” So he went in to stay with them. When he was at the table with them, he took bread, blessed and broke it, and gave it to them. Then their eyes were opened, and they recognized him; and he vanished from their sight. They said to each other, “Were not our hearts burning within us while he was talking to us on the road, while he was opening the scriptures to us?” That same hour they got up and returned to Jerusalem; and they found the eleven and their companions gathered together. They were saying, “The Lord has risen indeed, and he has appeared to Simon!” Then they told what had happened on the road, and how he had been made known to them in the breaking of the bread.

    Alleluia! Christ is risen! Christ is risen, indeed! Alleluia!

    Message

    Alleluia! Christ is risen! Christ is risen, indeed! Alleluia!

    Hymn Alleluia! Jesus is Risen!
    2. 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.
    Refrain: Jesus is risen and we shall arise, Give God the glory! Alleluia!
    3. 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. Re

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    HYMN: Nearer My God to Thee

    HYMN: Nearer My God to Thee

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MattMcWilliams ,

GREAT JOB!

WOW….Christ the Servant Lutheran Church Podcast is flat out awesome. Good production quality. Easy to listen. Very impressed. Keep bringing it.

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