Pastor’s Notes for May 23
The Lord be with you!
We are preparing for the 7th Sunday after Easter, and I wanted to write to you and make sure that you have all the details on how you may participate.
If you go to the above page, you should be able to see our Livestream on Sunday morning. We’ll be testing and playing around with it the 10 minutes or so beforehand, but Lord willing, we’ll have it all up and going by 9 a.m. You can access it on a phone or tablet or computer. My suggestion is that you use a computer, or even better still is put it up on a bigger screen.
The Service of the Word
This Sunday we will be doing the Service of the Word portion of the Divine Service. That means the confession and absolution, Introit, Kyrie, This is the Feast, Collect, Readings, and the like. We obviously cannot have the Lord’s Supper. But the Word will be proclaimed, God’s praises will be sung, and we will pray to our Lord for His mercy during this time of trial.
The service begins on page 151 of Lutheran Service Book. The readings are as follows:
1st Reading: Acts 1:12–26
Epistle: 1 Peter 4:12–19; 5:6–11
Gospel: John 17:1–11
728 How Firm a Foundation
539 Christ Is the World’s Redeemer
664 Fight the Good Fight
Our Lord Jesus Is with Us in the Upper Room of His Church on Earth On the night when He was betrayed, our Lord Jesus prayed for His apostles and
His Church on earth. “The hour” had come when the Father would glorify His Son by the cross (John 17:1). Through the shedding of His blood, He would bring
forgiveness for the sins of the world, and in His resurrection and ascension He would unite all Christians with the Father “that they may be one” with God (John
17:11). He manifested His name to the apostles and gave them the words of the Father to speak in His name. The apostolic witness of His cross and resurrection
(Acts 1:21–22) gathers disciples together “with one accord” into the one Body of Christ (Acts 1:14). “Devoting themselves to prayer,” they wait upon the Lord in
“the upper room” (Acts 1:13–14), the place of His Holy Supper. Strengthened by the Gospel, Christians bear the cross of Christ in patience and peace, rejoicing to
share in His suffering, in order that they “may also rejoice and be glad when his glory is revealed” (1 Peter 4:13).
We are continuing our study of Male and Female. This week, we’ll look at Romans 1: 26-27 and we’ll wrap up this study this week.
I hope that all of you are able to join us at 10 a.m. tomorrow morning. You may find the information about the Zoom class by going to our page on our web site for all of our online classes.
Holy Cross at Prayer
You can find today’s prayers on YouTube at Holy Cross at Prayer YouTube playlist
I am so looking forward to seeing everyone tomorrow!