Saturday, May 2, 2020

Fourth Sunday of Easter

St. Luke Evangelical Lutheran Church
Chambersburg, Pennsylvania

Prayer of the Day
Let us pray.
O God our shepherd, you know your sheep by name and lead us to safety through the valleys of death. Guide us by your voice, that we may walk in certainty and security to the joyous feast prepared in your house, through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.
First Reading: Acts 2:42-47 
Psalm: Psalm 23  
Second Reading: 1 Peter 2:19-25 
Gospel: John 10:1-10
The holy gospel according to John. Glory to you, O Lord. 
The gospel of the Lord. Praise to you, O Christ.

Penned up in our homes but united in the one flock of believers, we pray for the church, the earth, the world, and all in need, asking God our Shepherd using the words, “restore our life.”
A brief silence.
For the church, O God, we pray: that we will hear and follow your voice calling to us in the word; that bishops and pastors be sustained for their shepherding tasks; that churches devastated by the virus be upheld; that in this time churches find ways to continue their ministries of education and service:
A brief silence.
O God, faithful shepherd of the church,
restore our life.
For the earth we pray: that lands and waters be renewed; that animals and plants enjoy safe growth; that rain and soil nurture the fields; that drought and floods in Yemen be averted and locusts of Kenya cease their frenzy:
A brief silence.
O God, steadfast gardener of the earth,
restore our life.
For the nations of the world we pray: that heads of state and legislators cooperate for the good of all; that medical experts be heeded; that government moneys serve the nations’ greatest needs; that during Ramadan Muslims are granted release from prejudice:
A brief silence.
O God, fearless peacemaker of the nations,
restore our life.
For a world so economically divided, we pray: that the millions of those unemployed be given food and shelter now and jobs in the future; that children find a fruitful means of education; that refugees be safeguarded from violence and prejudice; that, inspired by the early Christians, those who have means become ever more generous to those who endure great want:
A brief silence.
O God, just protector of the poor,
restore our life.
For all in need we pray: that those afflicted with the coronavirus be cared for; that the sick be healed; that those in despair find hope; that those who are lonely be comforted; that medical workers be safeguarded; that those we name here receive the best possible care:  For Randy, Cameron, Bruce, Pat, and Chet,
A brief silence.
O God, mighty healer of the sick,
restore our life.
For our own desires we pray:   that like the shepherds Rachel and David, each tending their father’s flocks, we will be blessed for the fulfilling our tasks; and that you hear the cries of our hearts:
A longer period of silence.
O God, tender shepherd of each of us,
restore our life.
We praise you for those who have died in the faith, remembering this week: Monica, Julian of Norwich, Nicholaus Zinzendorf, and those we name before you here. . .
We pray that at our end, as sheep of your own fold, as lambs of your own flock, we will be gathered into your mercy, through Jesus Christ our Savior and Lord.
A brief silence.
O God, gateway to life,
restore our life.
Into your everlasting arms we commend all for whom we pray, trusting in your care for us, through Jesus Christ, our guardian and friend.
Your continued financial support is inspiring. During this season of pandemic, may we maintain our solid footing for whatever God is preparing for us in our mutual ministry and mission as a congregation. 
Let us pray.
A brief silence is kept before the prayer.
Almighty God, you give us the joy of celebrating our Lord’s resurrection. Give us also the joys of life in your service, and bring us at last to the full joy of life eternal, through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.
Lord, remember us in your kingdom, and teach us to pray:
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 God of hope fill us with all joy and peace in believing, so that we may abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.
Almighty God, Father,  + Son, and Holy Spirit, bless you now and forever.  Amen
Alleluia! Christ is risen!
Christ is risen indeed! Alleluia!

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Devotional Music Links: For your individual or group devotion, you may choose to listen to the following choral recordings made available through Augsburg Fortress, ” What a Friend We Have in Jesus”“Filled with His Voice”“Shepherd of Souls”;

Prayer Requests
Jack Leeti, as he mourns the death of his wife Betty. 

Chet and Linda Walker prayers requested as Chet seeks treatment for pancreatic cancer at Hershey Medical Center.

Bruce Toma was readmitted to NIH for ongoing evaluation and participation in a treatment trial for has pancreatic cancer.

Pat Midolo, is under the care of SpiriTrust Lutheran Home Care and Hospice.

Luther Rider has moved into skilled care at SpiriTrust Lutheran the Village at Luther Ridge.

Cameron Zeger, great-grandson of Jerry and Jeanie Madden. Cameron is back at Hershey Medical Center being treated for cancer.

For our bishops: Elizabeth, Jim, and Bishop of Konde Diocese, The Rev. Dr. Edward Johnson Mwaikali and all who serve the church.

Readings for the Week:
Monday (commemoration of Monica, mother of Augustine, died 387) Psalm 100. Tuesday Hebrews 13:20-21. Wednesday Jeremiah 23:1-8. Thursday Psalm 31:1-5, 15-16. Friday (commemoration of Julian of Norwich, renewer of the church, died around 1416) Exodus 3:1-12. Saturday (commemoration of Nicolaus Ludwig von Zinzendorf, renewer of the church, hymnwriter, died 1760) Jeremiah 26:20-24. Fifth Sunday of Easter Acts 7:55-60; Psalm 31:1-5, 15-16; 1 Peter 2:2-10; John 14:1-14.
Daily Prayer Resources are now available, including simple forms of Morning, Evening, and Night Prayer; Responsive Prayer; and prayers for mealtimes and other occasions.

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