Announcements and Readings for the week of July 5, 2020

Please click the link below to view Pastor Wright’s Sermon Message for this Sunday.

 https://youtu.be/QvOw1DWhCUU

Weekly Announcements for the Week of July 5th

Sunday, July 5 – 5th Sun after Pentecost
Jer. 28:5–9, Psalm 119:153–160
Rom. 7:1–13, Matt. 10:34–42
Worship 10:30 am

Monday July 6

Tuesday July 7 GO BIG GIVE
Lasagna Dinner at ABC  5 – 7 p.m.

Wednesday July 8 Men’s Breakfast Study 6:45 a.m.

Thursday July 9

Friday July 10

Saturday July 11 Habitat for Humanity Build (Footings)
Contact Lee Echtenkamp if you can volunteer

Sunday, July 12 – 6th Sun after Pentecost
Is. 55:10–13, Psalm 65:(1–8) 9–13
Rom. 8:12–17, Matt. 13:1–9,18–23
Worship 10:30 am

 SAVE the DATE
Pastor Out of Town June 29-July 11 for KS Wheat Harvest
HFH Build on Nelson Lane (Walls) July 25
Our 100th Anniversary Celebration July 10 & 11, 2021 

ANNIVERSARIES THIS WEEK

Dwight & Lisa Jones – 7/11/2015 (5)

BIRTHDAYS THIS WEEK

Allison Sokol – July 6
Kassidy Gascho – July 9
Holly Plejdrup – July 9
Dana Lemburg July 11

PRAYERS THIS WEEK

Please keep Kristin Schultz father in your prayers, recovering after surgery on his leg.
Please keep Carolyn Visser in your prayers, recovering at home following a stroke.
Please keep Keith Dibbern in your prayers, recovering following a stroke.
Please keep Sandy Banta (Lisa Harders Aunt from Arkansas) in the Council Bluffs Hospital, Sandy suffered a stroke while traveling to Iowa last week.
Prayers of Thanks for Dwight & Lisa Jones on the birth of their son, Braxton Michael born on June 30th. Mommy and Baby are doing well.   Please keep Jeanette Wudel (from Florida), Don Deines’ sister in your prayers. Jeanette is currently in the hospital and has been diagnosed with cancer. 

Suffering from Cancer

  Flora Meester, friend of Catherine Garrett
  Cheryl Klock, Julie Whitefoot’s Sister
  Barb Meyer
  Jeff Bexten, Former member of CLC
  Pat Hughes, Barb Teichmeier’s Sister
  Deb Homolka, Rick Gilbert’s Sister
  Lorie Stahl, Ravenna NE.

GO BIG GIVE – Tuesday July 7th
Pre-Giving Begins on Monday June 22nd
Join us for 24 hours of giving to make a BIG difference!

Go Big GIVE brings Hall, Hamilton, Howard and Merrick Counties together as one community, raising money and awareness for our local nonprofits during the 24-hour online giving day on July 7th. We inspire people to give generously to reach our goal of $1,000,000! Thank you for your support by making “a million gifts for the world we want to make”.
Several Local Groups are involved in Go Big Give, three close to our church are ALL BELONG TO CHRIST DAYCARE, NEW HOPE CHRISTIAN SCHOOL and HEARTLAND LUTHERAN HIGH SCHOOL.

HLHS will be having a Prayer Walk between the hours of 10:00 a.m. and 8:00 p.m. on July 7th. Guided sessions will start on the hour beginning with scripture readings and a short message. Self-guided sessions can be started any time. Walk around the school and pray for our school, community, nation and the world. Spend as much time here as you like, refreshments will be provided.

You Are Invited As part of this year’s GO BIG GIVE Event, All Belong to Christ (ABC) will be hosting a free Lasagna dinner open to  everyone. Please join us for supper Tuesday July 7th from 5-7pm. “Grab-And-Go” Containers will be available if you wish to take food home to enjoy as another convenient option. Volunteers will be available to help assist anyone in making online donations. This is a huge event for non-profits in Hall, Hamilton, Merrick and Howard counties. One can make donations to specific organizations or there is a ‘Support Them All’ option where the money donated that way gets split among all the nonprofits. Pretty cool for sure! Given the current COVID-19 climate our state is in, it is essential for us all to support our non-profits in order that they may continue to grow and thrive. We look forward to seeing you and enjoying some yummy supper on us.
If you have any questions please email us at: allbelongtochristdaycare@gmail.com Thank You, Robin & The Childcare Board

Christ Lutheran Church
Cairo, NE
 
This is the day the LORD has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it.
Psalm 118:24

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Sunday June 28, 2020 Worship Message and Announcements

To view Pastor Wright’s Sermon Message from 6-28 Worship, please click the link below.

ANNIVERSARIES THIS WEEK

BIRTHDAYS THIS WEEK
Bobbie Nation – June 30
Gerry Kohtz – July 1
Peg Lemburg – July 3
Lula Garrett – July 4

PRAYERS THIS WEEK
  Please keep Kristin Schultz father in your prayers, recovering after surgery on his leg.
  Please keep Carolyn Visser in your prayers, recovering at home following a stroke.
  Please keep Keith Dibbern in your prayers, recovering following a stroke.   Please keep Sandy Banta (Lisa Harders Aunt) from Arkansas in your prayers. Sandy suffered a stroke while traveling from Arkansas to Iowa. Please keep Sandy, her medical team and her family as they have traveled from Arkansas to be with her, in your prayers.

Suffering from Cancer
  Flora Meester, friend of Catherine Garrett
  Cheryl Klock, Julie Whitefoot’s Sister
  Barb Meyer
  Jeff Bexten, Former member of CLC
  Pat Hughes, Barb Teichmeier’s Sister
  Deb Homolka, Rick Gilbert’s Sister
  Lorie Stahl, Ravenna NE.

Sunday, June 28 – 4th Sun after Pentecost
Jer. 28:5–9, Psalm 119:153–160
Rom. 7:1–13, Matt. 10:34–42

Worship 10:30 am

Monday June 29
Tuesday June 30 
Wednesday July 1Men’s Bible Study 8 a.m. 
Thursday July 2  
Friday July 3
Saturday July 4

Sunday, July 5 – 5th Sun after Pentecost
Jer. 28:5–9, Psalm 119:153–160
Rom. 7:1–13, Matt. 10:34–42

Worship (Elder Led) 10:30 am

SAVE the DATE
Pastor Out of Town June 29-July 11 for KS Wheat Harvest
GO BIG GIVE – July 7
Men’s Breakfast Bible Study 6:45 a.m. – Weds. July 8
HFH Build on Nelson Lane (Footings) July 11
HFH Build on Nelson Lane (Walls) July 25
Our 100th Anniversary Celebration July 10 & 11, 2021 

GO BIG GIVE – Tuesday July 7th
Pre-Giving Begins on Monday June 22nd
Join us for 24 hours of giving to make a BIG difference!
Go Big GIVE brings Hall, Hamilton, Howard and Merrick Counties together as one community, raising money and awareness for our local nonprofits during the 24-hour online giving day on July 7th. We inspire people to give generously to reach our goal of $1,000,000! Thank you for your support by making “a million gifts for the world we want to make”. 

Several Local Groups are involved in Go Big Give, three close to our church are ALL BELONG TO CHRIST DAYCARE, NEW HOPE CHRISTIAN SCHOOL and HEARTLAND LUTHERAN HIGH SCHOOL.  

HLHS will be having a Prayer Walk between the hours of 10:00 a.m. and 8:00 p.m. on July 7th. Guided sessions will start on the hour beginning with scripture readings and a short message. Self-guided sessions can be started any time. Walk around the school and pray for our school, community, nation and the world. Spend as much time here as you like, refreshments will be provided. 

ABC Daycare & Preschool –  GO BIG GIVE Event!You Are Invited – As part of this year’s GO BIG GIVE Event, we will be hosting a free Lasagna dinner open to everyone. Please join us for supper Tuesday July 7th from 5-7pm. “Grab-And-Go”
Containers will be available if you wish to take food home to enjoy as another convenient option.
Volunteers will be available to help assist anyone in making online
donations. This is a huge event for non-profits in Hall, Hamilton,
Merrick and Howard counties. One can make donations to
specific organizations or there is a ‘Support Them All’ option
where the money donated that way gets split among all the nonprofits. Pretty cool for sure!
Given the current COVID-19 climate our state is in, it is essential
for us all to support our non-profits in order that they may
continue to grow and thrive.
We look forward to seeing you and enjoying some yummy supper
on us.
If you have any questions please email us at:
allbelongtochristdaycare@gmail.com
Thank You,
Robin & The Childcare Board


Habitat for Humanity Build Dates
See Lee Echtenkamp is you are able to Volunteer to help with
HFH Build on Nelson Lane, Grand Island NE.
July 11 will be Footings and July 25 will be Walls.

Old Testament Reading – Jeremiah 28:5–9
5Then the prophet Jeremiah spoke to Hananiah the prophet in the presence of the priests and all the people who were standing in the house of the LORD, 6and the prophet Jeremiah said, “Amen! May the LORD do so; may the LORD make the words that you have prophesied come true, and bring back to this place from Babylon the vessels of the house of the LORD, and all the exiles. 7Yet hear now this word that I speak in your hearing and in the hearing of all the people. 8The prophets who preceded you and me from ancient times prophesied war, famine, and pestilence against many countries and great kingdoms. 9As for the prophet who prophesies peace, when the word of that prophet comes to pass, then it will be known that the LORD has truly sent the prophet.”

Epistle – Romans 7:1–13
Released from the Law
1Or do you not know, brothers—for I am speaking to those who know the law—that the law is binding on a person only as long as he lives? 2Thus a married woman is bound by law to her husband while he lives, but if her husband dies she is released from the law of marriage. 3Accordingly, she will be called an adulteress if she lives with another man while her husband is alive. But if her husband dies, she is free from that law, and if she marries another man she is not an adulteress. 4Likewise, my brothers, you also have died to the law through the body of Christ, so that you may belong to another, to him who has been raised from the dead, in order that we may bear fruit for God. 5For while we were living in the flesh, our sinful passions, aroused by the law, were at work in our members to bear fruit for death. 6But now we are released from the law, having died to that which held us captive, so that we serve not under the old written code but in the new life of the Spirit.
The Law and Sin
7What then shall we say? That the law is sin? By no means! Yet if it had not been for the law, I would not have known sin. I would not have known what it is to covet if the law had not said, “You shall not covet.” 8But sin, seizing an opportunity through the commandment, produced in me all kinds of covetousness. Apart from the law, sin lies dead. 9I was once alive apart from the law, but when the commandment came, sin came alive and I died. 10The very commandment that promised life proved to be death to me. 11For sin, seizing an opportunity through the commandment, deceived me and through it killed me. 12So the law is holy, and the commandment is holy and righteous and good.
13Did that which is good, then, bring death to me? By no means! It was sin, producing death in me through what is good, in order that sin might be shown to be sin, and through the commandment might become sinful beyond measure.

Holy Gospel – Matthew 10:34–42
Not Peace, but a Sword
34[Jesus said:] “Do not think that I have come to bring peace to the earth. I have not come to bring peace, but a sword. 35For I have come to set a man against his father, and a daughter against her mother, and a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law. 36And a person’s enemies will be those of his own household. 37Whoever loves father or mother more than me is not worthy of me, and whoever loves son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me. 38And whoever does not take his cross and follow me is not worthy of me. 39Whoever finds his life will lose it, and whoever loses his life for my sake will find it.
Rewards
40“Whoever receives you receives me, and whoever receives me receives him who sent me. 41The one who receives a prophet because he is a prophet will receive a prophet’s reward, and the one who receives a righteous person because he is a righteous person will receive a righteous person’s reward. 42And whoever gives one of these little ones even a cup of cold water because he is a disciple, truly, I say to you, he will by no means lose his reward.”

Christ Lutheran Church
Cairo, NE
 
This is the day the LORD has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it.
Psalm 118:24

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Sunday June 21st Worship Message and Announcements

Sunday June 21 CLC Sermon Message and Announcements for the Week of June 21 – 28.


Christ Lutheran Church weekly Calendar and Announcements for the week of June 21st.

ANNIVERSARIES THIS WEEK

Daniel & Kathryn Reimers 6/21/1980 (40)
Randy & Erika White 6/27/2015 (5)

BIRTHDAYS THIS WEEK

Ryan Schweitzer 6/21
Russel Lemburg 6/22
Ted Dibbern 6/23
Eric Bredthauer 6/24
Nicholas Serr 6/24
Carol Fredrick 6/25
Robyn Dibbern 6/26

PRAYERS THIS WEEK

 +  Please keep Kristin Schultz father in your prayers, recovering after surgery on his leg.
 +  Please keep Carolyn Visser in your prayers, recovering at home following a stroke.
 +  Please keep Keith Dibbern in your prayers, recovering following a stroke.

Suffering from Cancer  Flora Meester, friend of Catherine Garrett
  Cheryl Klock, Julie Whitefoot’s Sister
  Barb Meyer
  Jeff Bexten, Former member of CLC
  Pat Hughes, Barb Teichmeier’s Sister
  Deb Homolka, Rick Gilbert’s Sister
  Lorie Stahl, Ravenna NE.

Readings from Holy Scripture – Old Testament – Jeremiah 20:7–13

7O LORD, you have deceived me, and I was deceived; you are stronger than I, and you have prevailed. I have become a laughingstock all the day; everyone mocks me. 8For whenever I speak, I cry out, I shout, “Violence and destruction!” For the word of the LORD has become for me a reproach and derision all day long. 9If I say, “I will not mention him, or speak any more in his name,” there is in my heart as it were a burning fire shut up in my bones, and I am weary with holding it in, and I cannot.
10For I hear many whispering. Terror is on every side! “Denounce him! Let us denounce him!” say all my close friends, watching for my fall. “Perhaps he will be deceived; then we can overcome him and take our revenge on him.” 11But the LORD is with me as a dread warrior; therefore my persecutors will stumble; they will not overcome me. They will be greatly shamed, for they will not succeed. Their eternal dishonor will never be forgotten. 12O LORD of hosts, who tests the righteous, who sees the heart and the mind, let me see your vengeance upon them, for to you have I committed my cause.
13Sing to the LORD; praise the LORD! For he has delivered the life of the needy from the hand of evildoers.

Epistle – Romans 6:12–23

12Let not sin therefore reign in your mortal bodies, to make you obey their passions. 13Do not present your members to sin as instruments for unrighteousness, but present yourselves to God as those who have been brought from death to life, and your members to God as instruments for righteousness. 14For sin will have no dominion over you, since you are not under law but under grace.
Slaves to Righteousness
15What then? Are we to sin because we are not under law but under grace? By no means! 16Do you not know that if you present yourselves to anyone as obedient slaves, you are slaves of the one whom you obey, either of sin, which leads to death, or of obedience, which leads to righteousness? 17But thanks be to God, that you who were once slaves of sin have become obedient from the heart to the standard of teaching to which you were committed, 18and, having been set free from sin, have become slaves of righteousness. 19I am speaking in human terms, because of your natural limitations. For just as you once presented your members as slaves to impurity and to lawlessness leading to more lawlessness, so now present your members as slaves to righteousness leading to sanctification. 20When you were slaves of sin, you were free in regard to righteousness. 21But what fruit were you getting at that time from the things of which you are now ashamed? The end of those things is death. 22But now that you have been set free from sin and have become slaves of God, the fruit you get leads to sanctification and its end, eternal life. 23For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Holy Gospel – Matthew 10:5a, 21–33
Jesus Sends Out the Twelve Apostles
5These twelve Jesus sent out, instructing them, . . .21“Brother will deliver brother over to death, and the father his child, and children will rise against parents and have them put to death, 22and you will be hated by all for my name’s sake. But the one who endures to the end will be saved. 23When they persecute you in one town, flee to the next, for truly, I say to you, you will not have gone through all the towns of Israel before the Son of Man comes. 24“A disciple is not above his teacher, nor a servant above his master. 25It is enough for the disciple to be like his teacher, and the servant like his master. If they have called the master of the house Beelzebul, how much more will they malign those of his household.
Have No Fear
26“So have no fear of them, for nothing is covered that will not be revealed, or hidden that will not be known. 27What I tell you in the dark, say in the light, and what you hear whispered, proclaim on the housetops. 28And do not fear those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. Rather fear him who can destroy both soul and body in hell. 29Are not two sparrows sold for a penny? And not one of them will fall to the ground apart from your Father. 30But even the hairs of your head are all numbered. 31Fear not, therefore; you are of more value than many sparrows. 32So everyone who acknowledges me before men, I also will acknowledge before my Father who is in heaven, 33but whoever denies me before men, I also will deny before my Father who is in heaven.”

Sunday, June 21 – 3rd Sun after Pentecost
Ex. 19:2–8, Psalm 100
Rom. 5:6–15, Matt. 9:35—10:8 (9–20)
Happy Father’s Day!
Worship / with communion 10:30 am

Monday June 22
Tuesday June 23
Wednesday June 24
Thursday June 25
Friday June 26
Saturday June 27

Sunday, June 28 – 4th Sun after Pentecost
Jer. 28:5–9, Psalm 119:153–160
Rom. 7:1–13, Matt. 10:34–42
Worship 10:30 am

SAVE the DATE

Pastor Out of Town June 29-July 11 for KS Wheat Harvest

Elder’s Mtg. (In Person) Monday – June 29
Men’s Bible Study Begins 8:00 a.m. – Weds. July 1
GO BIG GIVE – July 7
Men’s Breakfast Bible Study 6:45 a.m. – Weds. July 8
HFH Build on Nelson Lane (Footings) July 11
HFH Build on Nelson Lane (Walls) July 25
Our 100th Anniversary Celebration July 10 & 11, 2021 

GO BIG GIVE – Tuesday July 7th
Pre-Giving Begins on Monday June 22nd
Join us for 24 hours of giving to make a BIG difference!
Go Big GIVE brings Hall, Hamilton, Howard and Merrick Counties together as one community, raising money and awareness for our local nonprofits during the 24-hour online giving day on July 7th. We inspire people to give generously to reach our goal of $1,000,000! Thank you for your support by making “a million gifts for the world we want to make”. Several Local Groups are involved in Go Big Give, three close to our church are ALL BELONG TO CHRIST DAYCARE, NEW HOPE CHRISTIAN SCHOOL and HEARTLAND LUTHERAN HIGH SCHOOL. HLHS will be having a Prayer Walk between the hours of 10:00 a.m. and 8:00 p.m. on July 7th. Guided sessions will start on the hour beginning with scripture readings and a short message. Self-guided sessions can be started any time. Walk around the school and pray for our school, community, nation and the world. Spend as much time here as you like, refreshments will be provided. New Hope School is planning a Road Rally on Sat. June 27thRoad Rally time!!!! This is a great opportunity to get out of the house and stretch your mind and eyes and laugh and have a good time!!! New Hope Christian School invites you to test your clue finding skills at a Road Rally! Grab your friends and family and relax in the comfort of your vehicle while you search for clues and follow the correct route and see if you can win a prize! This is not a race; winner will be determined by the closest mileage. Rally will begin south of New Hope Christian School on West Oasis St. Cut off to complete the route is 5:30pm. 1st place will win a $50 gas card from Hy-Vee Gas! 2nd place will receive $20! Cost is $5 per person or $20 per vehicle. All ages are welcome but driver must be at least 18 years old.

Habitat for Humanity Build Dates
See Lee Echtenkamp if you are able to Volunteer to help with FH Build on Nelson Lane, Grand Island NE.
July 11 will be Footings and July 25 will be Walls.
Call Lee at 308-850-8816 to Volunteer. 

Christ Lutheran Church
Cairo, NE
 
This is the day the LORD has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it.
Psalm 118:24

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June 7, 2020 Worship and Announcements

Sunday June 7, 2020 – The Holy Trinity

Divine Service One LSB pg. 151-166

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Thank you for your patience and grace, during this time of transitioning back into in-person worship. We are trying to follow all the State and CDC Health guidelines, we have set up several things to make worshiping together safe.

We will enter for worship only on the EAST end of the church. So the East bell tower door or the Southeast old fellowship hall doors will be propped open so no one will need to touch the doors (if the weather will not permit this, we will have an Elder there to open the doors).

We will NOT be using the ABC Daycare side, no kitchen or bathroom use on the west end please do not go beyond the fire door, we will have the east end bathrooms open if you should need one.

As you enter your worship folder and offering envelope will be located in your church mailbox, there will not be an usher handing out bulletins.

Hand sanitizer will be available for you as you enter and leave the church.

We encourage you, if you have your own mask please bring it with you, as it will be required. We have purchased disposable masks and have received several handmade ones for your protection. We do ask that you please wear your mask into and out of the church, and during worship, if we are not singing or speaking feel free to lower your mask as we understand they are not the most comfortable. PLEASE understand the mask wearing is not just for you, it is also for your neighbor’s health so please be kind and respect the social distancing guidelines.

We will be seated in the church every other pew and alternating sides as to try and follow the 6’ distancing rule. We will have chairs set up in the fellowship hall in pods for overflow seating if needed. PLEASE as you enter head to the front of the church and fill FRONT to BACK first, we do realize this is not or norm and sounds confusing, but as we enter the church and fill front to back we will dismiss from church BACK to FRONT.

PLEASE even though we are meeting, we encourage everyone to follow the suggested social distancing guidelines through the month of June, including remaining home if you are showing any signs or symptoms of the virus, or have been exposed to someone who is or has been diagnosed, or are particularly susceptible to illness for any reason. We will be posting the services online immediately afterwards for your viewing from home.

** All RESPONSES WILL BE SPOKEN IN TODAY’S WORSHIP

*** We will only be singing the first and last verses of today’s hymns.

**** Holy Communion will be distributed different during the month of June, as you enter the church the head of the family will go to the center of the fellowship hall and collect the wine and wafers from the Elder for your family. Pastor will direct everyone during worship on how communion will take place.

T Confession and Absolution

Stand

Hymn of Invocation – LSB 801 “How Great Thou Art”

1 O Lord my God, when I in awesome wonder
Consider all the works Thy hand hath made,
I see the stars, I hear the mighty thunder,
Thy pow’r throughout the universe displayed; Refrain

Refrain

    Then sings my soul, my Savior God, to Thee,
How great Thou art! How great Thou art!

Then sings my soul, my Savior God, to Thee,
How great Thou art! How great Thou art!

4 When Christ shall come with shout of acclamation
And take me home, what joy shall fill my heart!
Then I shall bow in humble adoration
And there proclaim: “My God, how great Thou art!” Refrain

Text: © 1949, 1953 The Stuart Hine Trust, admin. EMI CMG and Hope Publishing Co. Used by permission: LSB Hymn License no. 110003661

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Invocation & Exhortation – LSB 151

P In the name of the Father and of the T Son and of the Holy Spirit.

C Amen.

P If we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.

C But if we confess our sins, God, who is faithful and just, will forgive our sins and cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

Confession of Sins – LSB 151

P Let us then confess our sins to God our Father.

C Most merciful God, we confess that we are by nature sinful and unclean. We have sinned against You in thought, word, and deed, by what we have done and by what we have left undone. We have not loved You with our whole heart; we have not loved our neighbors as ourselves. We justly deserve Your present and eternal punishment. For the sake of Your Son, Jesus Christ, have mercy on us. Forgive us, renew us, and lead us, so that we may delight in Your will and walk in Your ways to the glory of Your holy name. Amen.

Absolution – LSB 151

P Almighty God in His mercy has given His Son to die for you and for His sake forgives you all your sins. As a called and ordained servant of Christ, and by His authority, I therefore forgive you all your sins in the name of the Father and of the T Son and of the Holy Spirit.

C Amen.

T Service of the Word

Responsive Psalm – Psalm 8

P 1O Lord, our Lord, how majestic is your name in all the earth!

C You have set your glory above the heavens.

P 2Out of the mouth of babes and infants, you have established strength because of your foes,

C to still the enemy and the avenger.

P 3When I look at your heavens, the work of your fingers,

C the moon and the stars, which you have set in place,

P 4what is man that you are mindful of him,

C and the son of man that you care for him?

P 5Yet you have made him a little lower than the heavenly beings

C and crowned him with glory and honor.

P 6You have given him dominion over the works of your hands;

C you have put all things under his feet,

P 7all sheep and oxen,

C and also the beasts of the field,

P 8the birds of the heavens, and the fish of the sea,

C whatever passes along the paths of the seas.

P 9O Lord, our Lord,

C how majestic is your name in all the earth!

Kyrie – LSB 152

P In peace let us pray to the Lord.

C Lord, have mercy.

P For the peace from above and for our salvation let us pray to the Lord.

C Lord, have mercy.

P For the peace of the whole world, for the well-being of the Church of God, and for the unity of all let us pray to the Lord.

C Lord, have mercy.

P For this holy house and for all who offer here their worship and praise let us pray to the Lord.

C Lord, have mercy.

P Help, save, comfort, and defend us, gracious Lord.

C Amen.

Gloria in Excelsis – LSB 154

P Glory to God in the highest, and peace to His people on earth.

C Lord God, heavenly king, almighty God and Father:

We worship You, we give You thanks, we praise You for Your glory.

Lord Jesus Christ, only Son of the Father, Lord God, Lamb of God:

You take away the sin of the world; have mercy on us.

You are seated at the right hand of the Father; receive our prayer.

For You alone are the Holy One, You alone are the Lord,

You alone are the Most High, Jesus Christ, with the Holy Spirit,

in the glory of God the Father. Amen.

Salutation and Collect of the Day – Holy Trinity

P The Lord be with you.

C And also with you.

P Let us pray.

Almighty and everlasting God, You have given us grace to acknowledge the glory of the eternal Trinity by the confession of a true faith and to worship the Unity in the power of the Divine Majesty. Keep us steadfast in this faith and defend us from all adversities; for You, O Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, live and reign, one God, now and forever.

C Amen.

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Old Testament Reading – Genesis 1:1—2:4a

The Beginning of Creation 1In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth. 2The earth was without form and void, and darkness was over the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God was hovering over the face of the waters. The Six Days of Creation 3And God said, “Let there be light,” and there was light. 4And God saw that the light was good. And God separated the light from the darkness. 5God called the light Day, and the darkness he called Night. And there was evening and there was morning, the first day. 6And God said, “Let there be an expanse in the midst of the waters, and let it separate the waters from the waters.” 7And God made the expanse and separated the waters that were under the expanse from the waters that were above the expanse. And it was so. 8And God called the expanse Heaven. And there was evening and there was morning, the second day. 9And God said, “Let the waters under the heavens be gathered together into one place, and let the dry land appear.” And it was so. 10God called the dry land Earth, and the waters that were gathered together he called Seas. And God saw that it was good. 11And God said, “Let the earth sprout vegetation, plants yielding seed, and fruit trees bearing fruit in which is their seed, each according to its kind, on the earth.” And it was so. 12The earth brought forth vegetation, plants yielding seed according to their own kinds, and trees bearing fruit in which is their seed, each according to its kind. And God saw that it was good. 13And there was evening and there was morning, the third day. 14And God said, “Let there be lights in the expanse of the heavens to separate the day from the night. And let them be for signs and for seasons, and for days and years, 15and let them be lights in the expanse of the heavens to give light upon the earth.” And it was so. 16And God made the two great lights—the greater light to rule the day and the lesser light to rule the night—and the stars. 17And God set them in the expanse of the heavens to give light on the earth, 18to rule over the day and over the night, and to separate the light from the darkness. And God saw that it was good. 19And there was evening and there was morning, the fourth day. 20And God said, “Let the waters swarm with swarms of living creatures, and let birds fly above the earth across the expanse of the heavens.” 21So God created the great sea creatures and every living creature that moves, with which the waters swarm, according to their kinds, and every winged bird according to its kind. And God saw that it was good. 22And God blessed them, saying, “Be fruitful and multiply and fill the waters in the seas, and let birds multiply on the earth.” 23And there was evening and there was morning, the fifth day. 24And God said, “Let the earth bring forth living creatures according to their kinds—livestock and creeping things and beasts of the earth according to their kinds.” And it was so. 25And God made the beasts of the earth according to their kinds and the livestock according to their kinds, and everything that creeps on the ground according to its kind. And God saw that it was good. 26Then God said, “Let us make man in our image, after our likeness. And let them have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the heavens and over the livestock and over all the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.” 27So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them. 28And God blessed them. And God said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply and fill the earth and subdue it and have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the heavens and over every living thing that moves on the earth.” 29And God said, “Behold, I have given you every plant yielding seed that is on the face of all the earth, and every tree with seed in its fruit. You shall have them for food. 30And to every beast of the earth and to every bird of the heavens and to everything that creeps on the earth, everything that has the breath of life, I have given every green plant for food.” And it was so. 31And God saw everything that he had made, and behold, it was very good. And there was evening and there was morning, the sixth day. The Seventh Day, God Rests 1Thus the heavens and the earth were finished, and all the host of them. 2And on the seventh day God finished his work that he had done, and he rested on the seventh day from all his work that he had done. 3So God blessed the seventh day and made it holy, because on it God rested from all his work that he had done in creation. The Creation of Man and Woman 4These are the generations
of the heavens and the earth when they were created.

P This is the Word of the Lord.

C Thanks be to God.

Second Reading – Acts 2:14a, 22–36

Peter’s Sermon at Pentecost – 14Peter, standing with the eleven, lifted up his voice and addressed them, . . .22“Men of Israel, hear these words: Jesus of Nazareth, a man attested to you by God with mighty works and wonders and signs that God did through him in your midst, as you yourselves know— 23this Jesus, delivered up according to the definite plan and foreknowledge of God, you crucified and killed by the hands of lawless men. 24God raised him up, loosing the pangs of death, because it was not possible for him to be held by it. 25For David says concerning him, “‘I saw the Lord always before me, for he is at my right hand that I may not be shaken; 26therefore my heart was glad, and my tongue rejoiced; my flesh also will dwell in hope. 27For you will not abandon my soul to Hades, or let your Holy One see corruption. 28You have made known to me the paths of life; you will make me full of gladness with your presence.’ 29“Brothers, I may say to you with confidence about the patriarch David that he both died and was buried, and his tomb is with us to this day. 30Being therefore a prophet, and knowing that God had sworn with an oath to him that he would set one of his descendants on his throne, 31he foresaw and spoke about the resurrection of the Christ, that he was not abandoned to Hades, nor did his flesh see corruption. 32This Jesus God raised up, and of that we all are witnesses. 33Being therefore exalted at the right hand of God, and having received from the Father the promise of the Holy Spirit, he has poured out this that you yourselves are seeing and hearing. 34For David did not ascend into the heavens, but he himself says, “‘The Lord said to my Lord, Sit at my right hand, 35until I make your enemies your footstool.’ 36Let all the house of Israel therefore know for certain that God has made him both Lord and Christ, this Jesus whom you crucified.”

P This is the Word of the Lord.

C Thanks be to God.

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Alleluia and Verse – LSB 156

C Alleluia.

Lord, to whom shall we go?

You have the words of eternal life.

Alleluia, alleluia.

Holy Gospel – Matthew 28:16–20

P The Holy Gospel according to St. Matthew, the twenty-eighth chapter.

C Glory to You, O Lord.

The Great Commission – 16Now the eleven disciples went to Galilee, to the mountain to which Jesus had directed them. 17And when they saw him they worshiped him, but some doubted. 18And Jesus came and said to them, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. 19Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”

P This is the Gospel of the Lord.

C Praise to You, O Christ.

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Hymn of the Day – LSB 498 “Come, Holy Ghost, Creator Blest”

(Please rise for verse 7 in Honor of the Triune God”

1 Come, Holy Ghost, Creator blest,
And make our hearts Your place of rest;
Come with Your grace and heav’nly aid,
And fill the hearts which You have made.

D 7 Praise we the Father and the Son
And Holy Spirit, with them One,
And may the Son on us bestow
The gifts that from the Spirit flow!

Text: Public domain

Sermon – “LORD & CHRIST” Matthew 28:18-20, Acts 2:36

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The Athanasian Creed – The Church’s Confession of the Holy Trinity

Early in the fourth century, a new teaching appeared which claimed that Jesus was not true God. Arius, the north African priest who first proposed this theory, was extremely persuasive, and soon the controversy was so widespread that a church council was called to settle the matter. Out of that meeting in A.D. 325 came the Nicene Creed, which clearly confesses Jesus to be true God. That creed, which was expanded in A.D. 381 in order to defend the divinity of the Holy Spirit, is still widely used today as a confession of the triune faith. Despite the clarity of the Nicene Creed, the controversy continued for some time. Toward the end of the fifth century, another creed was written that marveled at the mystery of the Trinity in a way that no creed had ever done. Though attributed to Athanasius, a fourth-century opponent of Arius, this anonymous creed clearly came at a later stage in the debate. The Athanasian Creed proclaims that its teachings concerning the Holy Trinity and our Lord’s incarnation are the catholic faith. In other words, this is what the true church of all times and all places has confessed. More than 15 centuries later, the church continues to confess this truth, confident that the triune God, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, has given himself for our salvation.

P Whoever desires to be saved must, above all, hold the catholic faith.

C Whoever does not keep it whole and undefiled will without doubt perish eternally.

P And the catholic faith is this,

C that we worship one God in Trinity and Trinity in Unity, neither confusing the persons nor dividing the substance.

P For the Father is one person, the Son is another, and the Holy Spirit is another.

C But the Godhead of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit is one: the glory equal, the majesty coeternal.

P Such as the Father is, such is the Son, and such is the Holy Spirit:

C the Father uncreated, the Son uncreated, the Holy Spirit uncreated;

P the Father infinite, the Son infinite, the Holy Spirit infinite;

C the Father eternal, the Son eternal, the Holy Spirit eternal.

P And yet there are not three Eternals, but one Eternal,

C just as there are not three Uncreated or three Infinites, but one Uncreated and one Infinite.

P In the same way, the Father is almighty, the Son almighty, the Holy Spirit almighty;

C and yet there are not three Almighties, but one Almighty.

P So the Father is God, the Son is God, the Holy Spirit is God;

C and yet there are not three Gods, but one God.

P So the Father is Lord, the Son is Lord, the Holy Spirit is Lord;

C and yet there are not three Lords, but one Lord.

P Just as we are compelled by the Christian truth to acknowledge each distinct person as God and Lord, so also are we prohibited by the catholic religion to say that there are three Gods or Lords.

C The Father is not made nor created nor begotten by anyone.

P The Son is neither made nor created, but begotten of the Father alone.

C The Holy Spirit is of the Father and of the Son, neither made nor created nor begotten, but proceeding.

P Thus, there is one Father, not three Fathers; one Son, not three Sons; one Holy Spirit, not three Holy Spirits.

C And in this Trinity none is before or after another; none is greater or less than another;

P but the whole three persons are coeternal with each other and coequal, so that in all things, as has been stated above, the Trinity in Unity and Unity in Trinity is to be worshiped.

C Therefore, whoever desires to be saved must think thus about the Trinity.

P But it is also necessary for everlasting salvation that one faithfully believe the incarnation of our Lord Jesus Christ.

C Therefore, it is the right faith that we believe and confess that our Lord Jesus Christ, the Son of God, is at the same time both God and man.

P He is God, begotten from the substance of the Father before all ages; and He is man, born from the substance of His mother in this age:

C perfect God and perfect man, composed of a rational soul and human flesh;

P equal to the Father with respect to His divinity, less than the Father with respect to His humanity.

C Although He is God and man, He is not two, but one Christ:

P one, however, not by the conversion of the divinity into flesh, but by the assumption of the humanity into God;

C one altogether, not by confusion of substance, but by unity of person.

P For as the rational soul and flesh is one man, so God and man is one Christ,

C who suffered for our salvation, descended into hell, rose again the third day from the dead,

P ascended into heaven, and is seated at the right hand of the Father, God Almighty, from whence He will come to judge the living and the dead.

C At His coming all people will rise again with their bodies and give an account concerning their own deeds.

P And those who have done good will enter into eternal life, and those who have done evil into eternal fire.

C This is the catholic faith; whoever does not believe it faithfully and firmly cannot be saved.

Prayer of the Church

P O blessed and holy Trinity, the Father, Son and Holy Spirit, hear the prayers of Your people and grant to us all things according to Your Word and promise.

Brief silence

In the beginning, Father, Your Word spoke all things into being and from nothing You made all that is. Help us to see the imprint of Your love in the goodness of creation and to exercise responsible care of all that You have entrusted to us. Lord, in Your mercy,

C hear our prayer.

P Throughout the ages, Father, Your Spirit filled the sin-stained world with hope and called us to repentance and faith. Help us to hear the voice of Your Word and to respond with faith, confessing You without fear before all manner of people and in every corner of the earth. As You planned long before the world began, deliver us in Christ, that we may be Your own and live according to Your commands all our days. Lord, in Your mercy,

C hear our prayer.

P In Baptism, You joined us to our Savior’s death and resurrection, Father. Guide us, that we may live out faithfully the new lives born of water and the Spirit, serving You with all our bodies, minds, souls and strength. In the face of disease and death, make us bold to expect that we will be united with Him in a resurrection like His. Lord, in Your mercy,

C hear our prayer.

P In government and law, Father, You work to establish and preserve order, protecting the weak and fostering godly virtue. Bless our president; our governor; and all who make, administer and judge our laws. Deliver the world from the threats of pandemic and tyranny, and preserve the nations in peace. Bless all who defend us in the armed forces, aid us in emergency and medical fields, and inform us with news. Hinder those who oppress any peoples with mistruth, violence or fear. Lord, in Your mercy,

C hear our prayer.

P In the hour of trial and in the moment of trouble, You are there, Father. Hear us as we cry to You for the sake of the sick, the troubled in mind, the wounded in heart and those who grieve [especially _]. Deliver them from affliction as You will, and sustain them in hope with a patient heart and strength for the day. Lord, in Your mercy,

C hear our prayer.

P Father, in the blessed Supper of our Lord, Your Son has offered us His body as the bread of heaven and His blood as the cup of salvation. Help us to receive this blessed Sacrament with faith and to show forth the fruits of the Spirit in lives of faith, repentance and goodness. Lord, in Your mercy,

C hear our prayer.

P In this hour of worship, Father, You serve us with gifts of Your grace so that forgiven we might know the gift of a clear conscience and redeemed we might honor You with all we think, say and do. Accept the sacrifice of our praise and the tithes and offerings we bring. Lord, in Your mercy,

C hear our prayer.

P All these things and whatever else You know we need, we pray You to grant us, Father, for the sake of our Savior Jesus Christ, through whom, with whom and in whom, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, all honor and glory are Yours, almighty Father, both now and forevermore.

C Amen.

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Offering

(During the month of June our offering will not be passed throughout the church, there will be an offering plate on the Clavinova for you to place your offering in as you enter or leave the sanctuary.)

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T Service of the Sacrament

Preface – LSB 160

P The Lord be with you.

C And also with you.

P Lift up your hearts.

C We lift them to the Lord.

P Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.

C It is right to give Him thanks and praise.

P It is truly good, right, and salutary that we should at all times and in all places give thanks to You, holy Lord, almighty Father, everlasting God, through Jesus Christ, our Lord, who, sharing Your eternal splendor, was presented on this day in Your temple in the substance of our human flesh and revealed by the Spirit as the glory of Israel and the light of all peoples. Therefore with angels and archangels and with all the company of heaven we laud and magnify Your glorious name, evermore praising You and saying:

Sanctus – LSB 161

C Holy, holy, holy Lord God of pow’r and might:

Heaven and earth are full of Your glory.

Hosanna. Hosanna.

Hosanna in the highest.

Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord.

Hosanna in the highest.

The Words of Our Lord

P Our Lord Jesus Christ, on the night when He was betrayed, took bread, and when He had given thanks, He broke it and gave it to the disciples and said: “Take, eat; this is My T body, which is given for you. This do in remembrance of Me.”

In the same way also He took the cup after supper, and when He had given thanks, He gave it to them, saying: “Drink of it, all of you; this cup is the new testament in My T blood, which is shed for you for the forgiveness of sins. This do, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of Me.”

Lord’s Prayer – LSB 162

P Lord, remember us in Your kingdom and teach us to pray:

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 forever and ever. Amen.

The Dismissal

P The body and blood of our Lord Jesus Christ strengthen and preserve you in body and soul to life everlasting. Depart T in peace.

C Amen.

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Thank the Lord – LSB 164

C Thank the Lord and sing His praise; tell ev’ryone what He has done.

Let all who seek the Lord rejoice and proudly bear His name.

He recalls His promises and leads His people forth in joy

with shouts of thanksgiving. Alleluia, alleluia.

Post-Communion Collect

P Let us pray.

We give thanks to You, almighty God, that You have refreshed us through this salutary gift, and we implore You that of Your mercy You would strengthen us through the same in faith toward You and in fervent love toward one another; through Jesus Christ, Your Son, our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.

C Amen.

Benediction – LSB 166

P The Lord bless you and keep you.

The Lord make His face shine on you and be gracious to you.

The Lord look upon you with favor and T give you peace.

C Amen.

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Hymn to Depart – LSB 805 “Praise God, from Whom All Blessings Flow”

D 1 Praise God, from whom all blessings flow;
Praise Him, all creatures here below;
Praise Him above, ye heav’nly host:
Praise Father, Son, and Holy Ghost.
Amen.

Text: Public domain

Acknowledgments – Divine Service, Setting One from Lutheran Service Book Unless otherwise indicated, Scripture quotations are from the ESV® Bible (The Holy Bible, English Standard Version®), copyright © 2001 by Crossway, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers. Used by permission. All rights reserved. Created by Lutheran Service Builder © 2018 Concordia Publishing House.

ANNIVERSARIES THIS WEEK
Bill & Catherine Garrett – June 11, 1988 (32)

BIRTHDAYS THIS WEEK
Troy Callahan – June 7
Jan Leth – June 7
Barb Robertson – June 9
Julie Whitefoot – June 9
Sara Bierhaus – June 10
Barb Rasmussen – June 10
Kristin Schultz – June 13
Rod Schweitzer – June 13

Our Offerings 5-12 / 6-3
General Fund $5,374.97

PRAYERS THIS WEEK
Please keep Carolyn Visser in your prayers, Carolyn suffered a stroke and had been hospitalized in Grand Island at CHI St Francis.
Please keep Keith Dibbern in your prayers, Keith is in the hospital after having a stroke.

Suffering from Cancer
Flora Meester, friend of Catherine Garrett
Cheryl Klock, Julie Whitefoot’s Sister
Barb Meyer
Jeff Bexten, Former member of CLC
Pat Hughes, Barb Teichmeier’s Sister
Deb Homolka, Rick Gilbert’s Sister
Lorie Stahl, Ravenna NE.

Sunday, June 7 – The Holy Trinity
Gen. 1:1—2:4a, Psalm 8
Acts 2:14a, 22–36, Matt. 28:16–2039

Our First in person Worship since March 15 – 10:30 a.m.
*Please watch your email for worship CDC safety protocols,
to safely attend worship together.
**There will be NO Bible Study this Sunday, but it is the hope to continue with ZOOM Bible Studies on June 14.

Monday June 8
Tuesday June 9
Wednesday June 10
Thursday June 11
Friday June 12
Saturday June 13

Sunday, June 14 – 2nd Sun after Pentecost
Ex. 19:2–8, Psalm 100
Rom. 5:6–15, Matt. 9:35—10:8 (9–20)
Worship 10:30 am

SAVE the DATE
M & M Meeting (In Person) Monday – June 15
Father’s Day – June 21
Elder’s Mtg. (In Person) Monday – June 29
GO BIG GIVE – July 7
Our 100th Anniversary Celebration July 10 & 11, 2021

Christ Lutheran Church
Cairo, NE

This is the day the LORD has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it.
Psalm 118:24

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Rite of Confirmation this Sunday May 31, 2020 joins us on FACEBOOK Live

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Don’t forget you are invited to join the Confirmation Students in celebration of their Rite of Confirmation Worship Service on FACEBOOK Live this Sunday May 31 at 9:00 a.m. 
Congratulations to our Confirmands – Lilyana Campbell, Katie Hadenfeldt and Kendal Knuth

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The Day of Pentecost Worship Sunday May 31, 2020

The Day of Pentecost – May 31, 2020

Divine Service 4 pg. 203-212

Please click the link below to view Pastor Wright’s message.   

Announcements

+ Confession and Absolution

Hymn of Invocation – LSB 537 “Beautiful Savior”

1      Beautiful Savior,
    King of creation,
Son of God and Son of Man!
    Truly I’d love Thee,
    Truly I’d serve Thee,
Light of my soul, my joy, my crown.

2      Fair are the meadows,
    Fair are the woodlands,
Robed in flow’rs of blooming spring;
    Jesus is fairer,
    Jesus is purer,
He makes our sorr’wing spirit sing.

3      Fair is the sunshine,
    Fair is the moonlight,
Bright the sparkling stars on high;
    Jesus shines brighter,
    Jesus shines purer
Than all the angels in the sky.

4      Beautiful Savior,
    Lord of the nations,
Son of God and Son of Man!
    Glory and honor,
    Praise, adoration
Now and forevermore be Thine!

Text: Public domain

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The sign of the cross may be made by all in remembrance of their Baptism.

Invocation & Exhortation – LSB 203

P    In the name of the Father and of the 

+ Son and of the Holy Spirit.

C    Amen.

P    Our help is in the name of the Lord,

C    who made heaven and earth.

P    If You, O Lord, kept a record of sins, O Lord, who could stand?

C    But with You there is forgiveness; therefore You are feared.

P    Since we are gathered to hear God’s Word, call upon Him in prayer and praise, and receive the body and blood of our Lord Jesus Christ in the fellowship of this altar, let us first consider our unworthiness and confess before God and one another that we have sinned in thought, word, and deed, and that we cannot free ourselves from our sinful condition. Together as His people let us take refuge in the infinite mercy of God, our heavenly Father, seeking His grace for the sake of Christ, and saying: God, be merciful to me, a sinner.

Confession of Sins & Prayer of Forgiveness – LSB 203

C    Almighty God, have mercy upon us, forgive us our sins, and lead us to everlasting life. Amen.

P    Almighty God, merciful Father, in Holy Baptism You declared us to be Your children and gathered us into Your one, holy Church, in which You daily and richly forgive us our sins and grant us new life through Your Spirit. Be in our midst, enliven our faith, and graciously receive our prayer and praise; through Your Son, Jesus Christ, our Lord.

C    Amen.

+ Service of the Word

Kyrie- LSB 204

C    Lord, have mercy;

Christ, have mercy;

Lord, have mercy.

Gloria in Excelsis – LSB 204

C    1 To God on high be glory

    And peace to all the earth;

    Goodwill from God in heaven

    Proclaimed at Jesus’ birth!

    We praise and bless You, Father;

    Your holy name, we sing—

    Our thanks for Your great glory,

    Lord God, our heav’nly King.

2 To You, O sole-begotten,

    The Father’s Son, we pray;

    O Lamb of God, our Savior,

    You take our sins away.

    Have mercy on us, Jesus;

    Receive our heartfelt cry,

    Where You in pow’r are seated

    At God’s right hand on high—

3 For You alone are holy;

    You only are the Lord.

    Forever and forever,

    Be worshiped and adored;

    You with the Holy Spirit

    Alone are Lord Most High,

    In God the Father’s glory.

    “Amen!” our glad reply.

Salutation and Collect of the Day – Pentecost Day

P    The Lord be with you.

C    And also with you.

P    Let us pray.

O God, on this day You once taught the hearts of Your faithful people by sending them the light of Your Holy Spirit. Grant us in our day by the same Spirit to have a right understanding in all things and evermore to rejoice in His holy consolation; through Jesus Christ, Your Son, our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.

C    Amen.

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Old Testament Reading – Numbers 11:24–30

24Moses went out and told the people the words of the Lord. And he gathered seventy men of the elders of the people and placed them around the tent. 25Then the Lord came down in the cloud and spoke to him, and took some of the Spirit that was on him and put it on the seventy elders. And as soon as the Spirit rested on them, they prophesied. But they did not continue doing it. 26Now two men remained in the camp, one named Eldad, and the other named Medad, and the Spirit rested on them. They were among those registered, but they had not gone out to the tent, and so they prophesied in the camp. 27And a young man ran and told Moses, “Eldad and Medad are prophesying in the camp.” 28And Joshua the son of Nun, the assistant of Moses from his youth, said, “My lord Moses, stop them.” 29But Moses said to him, “Are you jealous for my sake? Would that all the Lord’s people were prophets, that the Lord would put his Spirit on them!” 30And Moses and the elders of Israel returned to the camp.

P    This is the Word of the Lord.

C    Thanks be to God.

Second Reading – Acts 2:1–21

1When the day of Pentecost arrived, they were all together in one place. 2And suddenly there came from heaven a sound like a mighty rushing wind, and it filled the entire house where they were sitting. 3And divided tongues as of fire appeared to them and rested on each one of them. 4And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues as the Spirit gave them utterance. 5Now there were dwelling in Jerusalem Jews, devout men from every nation under heaven. 6And at this sound the multitude came together, and they were bewildered, because each one was hearing them speak in his own language. 7And they were amazed and astonished, saying, “Are not all these who are speaking Galileans? 8And how is it that we hear, each of us in his own native language? 9Parthians and Medes and Elamites and residents of Mesopotamia, Judea and Cappadocia, Pontus and Asia, 10Phrygia and Pamphylia, Egypt and the parts of Libya belonging to Cyrene, and visitors from Rome, 11both Jews and proselytes, Cretans and Arabians—we hear them telling in our own tongues the mighty works of God.” 12And all were amazed and perplexed, saying to one another, “What does this mean?” 13But others mocking said, “They are filled with new wine.” 14But Peter, standing with the eleven, lifted up his voice and addressed them, “Men of Judea and all who dwell in Jerusalem, let this be known to you, and give ear to my words. 15For these men are not drunk, as you suppose, since it is only the third hour of the day. 16But this is what was uttered through the prophet Joel: 17“‘And in the last days it shall be, God declares, that I will pour out my Spirit on all flesh, and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, and your young men shall see visions, and your old men shall dream dreams; 18even on my male servants and female servants in those days I will pour out my Spirit, and they shall prophesy. 19And I will show wonders in the heavens above and signs on the earth below, blood, and fire, and vapor of smoke; 20the sun shall be turned to darkness and the moon to blood, before the day of the Lord comes, the great and magnificent day.
21And it shall come to pass that everyone who calls upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.’”

P    This is the Word of the Lord.

C    Thanks be to God.

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Alleluia and Verse – LSB 205

C    Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia.

C    These things are written that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God.

C    Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia.

Holy Gospel: John 7:37–39

P    The Holy Gospel to St. John, the seventh chapter.

C    Glory to You, O Lord.

37On the last day of the feast, the great day, Jesus stood up and cried out, “If anyone thirsts, let him come to me and drink. 38Whoever believes in me, as the Scripture has said, ‘Out of his heart will flow rivers of living water.’” 39Now this he said about the Spirit, whom those who believed in him were to receive, for as yet the Spirit had not been given, because Jesus was not yet glorified.

P    This is the Gospel of the Lord.

C    Praise to You, O Christ.

Apostles’ Creed

C    I believe in God, the Father Almighty, maker of heaven and earth.

And in Jesus Christ, His only Son, our Lord, who was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died and was buried. He descended into hell. The third day He rose again from the dead. He ascended into heaven and sits at the right hand of God the Father Almighty. From thence He will come to judge the living and the dead.

I believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy Christian Church, the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and the life + everlasting. Amen.

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Children’s Message

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Hymn of the Day – LSB 702 “My Faith Looks Up to Thee”

1      My faith looks up to Thee,
Thou Lamb of Calvary,
    Savior divine.
Now hear me while I pray;
Take all my guilt away;
O let me from this day
    Be wholly Thine!

2      May Thy rich grace impart
Strength to my fainting heart;
    My zeal inspire!
As Thou hast died for me,
Oh, may my love to Thee
Pure, warm, and changeless be,
    A living fire!

3      While life’s dark maze I tread
And griefs around me spread,
    Be Thou my guide;
Bid darkness turn to day,
Wipe sorrow’s tears away,
Nor let me ever stray
    From Thee aside.

4      When ends life’s transient dream,
When death’s cold, sullen stream
    Shall o’er me roll,
Blest Savior, then, in love,
Fear and distrust remove;
O bear me safe above,
    A ransomed soul!

Text: Public domain

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Sermon Message – “Come Thirsty, My Friends!” John 7:37-38

The text for our message this morning is the Gospel Reading from John chapter 7, verses 37-38.  I encourage you to open up your Bibles to all of the readings for this Pentecost Sunday, or to follow along where the readings are printed in the worship folder, sent out to you.

John 7:37–38 (ESV) Rivers of Living Water

37 On the last day of the feast, the great day, Jesus stood up and cried out, “If anyone thirsts, let him come to me and drink. 38 Whoever believes in me, as the Scripture has said, ‘Out of his heart will flow rivers of living water.’”

This is our text.

Grace, mercy and peace to you, from God our heavenly Father, and from our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. Amen…  Amen.

We celebrate the Day of Pentecost as Christians, remembering Jesus’ fulfilled promise of pouring out His Holy Spirit on the early Christian believers, beginning in Jerusalem, but spreading all around the world.  We often think of Pentecost as a purely New Testament event, and indeed Pentecost signified the start of the spread of the New Testament Gospel good news of our salvation won for us through the life, death and resurrection of Jesus, as God’s Holy Spirit came upon Jesus’ disciples gathered that day in Jerusalem, 50 days after the Passover feast, to give thanks for their delivery from slavery in Egypt, and the reception of the 10 Commandments via Moses in the wilderness.  Like tongues of fire, the Holy Spirit came to rest over the heads of Jesus’ disciples while they then shared the good news of the forgiveness of sins in Jesus’ name with the crowds gathered there for what was known as the Feast of Weeks.  The crowds from all over the region, from many different cultures, all heard the Gospel proclaimed by the disciples in their own language, by the Holy Spirit’s power, working through the disciples.  Many of those in the crowds believed the good news they heard and then took that Word back home to their own lands, helping to quickly spread the Gospel all through the region.  While it has long been our practice here at Christ Lutheran Church, to celebrate the Rite of Confirmation much earlier in the Church yearly cycle, namely on Palm Sunday of Holy Week, due to our social distancing procedures of the last couple months that celebration was put off until now.  But I can’t think of a better time to commemorate and celebrate the work of God’s Holy Spirit, now, in the lives of our Junior Confirmands, than on the day we celebrate Pentecost.  Earlier this weekend the Confirmands, along with their families and Baptismal Sponsors joined the Elders and I for their Confirmation Examination.  And having displayed that they indeed had completed their studies of the basic teachings of the Christian faith, as well as the history of the Lutheran Church, they then gathered this morning for the Rite of Confirmation, and declared their Christian faith, not as works of their own, but as the fruit of the work of the Holy Spirit, poured out on them at their own baptisms.  We give thanks to God, and His Holy Spirit for walking faithfully with each of our Confirmands, Lilyana Campbell, Katie Hadenfeldt, and Kendal Knuth, each and every day since their baptisms, to bring them to this very special day of celebration of their declaration of faith in the very same saving work of Jesus for the forgiveness of their sins, and for the promise of eternal life in His name.  We truly worship an awesome God, and He Is Faithful, and fulfills His promises.  We streamed that Confirmation Rite earlier this morning, but if you were unable to join us online, I encourage you to log onto our website and watch it as you are able.

You know, every Confirmation class is special, and this class was no different, special in my heart in so many ways.  It is my earnest prayer for each of them, that as the Holy Spirit continues to work in their hearts and lives that the words of today’s Gospel reading from John might be brought to bear through their continued witness, where Jesus declared, “Whoever believes in me… out of their heart will flow rivers of living water.” 

It is interesting, that the Gospel reading from John, chosen historically for this Pentecost Sunday, that took place all those years ago at the culmination of the Jewish Feast of Weeks, this Gospel reading takes place in the same location, but at a whole different Jewish Feast celebration.  While the Feast of Weeks commemorated the receiving of the Law of God to guide them in living as the people of God, the account of Jesus in John chapter 7 actually took place at the end of Fall harvest Feast called the Feast or Festival of Booths, where the Hebrew people would live for a week in tent-like structures called “booths” to remember and commemorate, not the guidance of God’s Laws, but the goodness of God’s providence, remaining with them and providing for them in the 40 years their ancestors wandered in the wilderness, awaiting their time of deliverance into the promised land.

            Now, while on the surface this reading might then seem out of context, with the Spring Celebration of Pentecost, permit me one more opportunity to share a Confirmation-like thought with you.  While the Old Testament commemoration of Pentecost celebrated the reception of God’s Laws, and is indeed worthy of celebrating, the central tenet of the Christian faith, in fact the whole reason for Jesus’ earthly ministry, is the recognition that while we are called to live as God’s people, in our sinful nature, we cannot follow His laws perfectly, we sin, and as sinners fall short of the glory of God.  But Jesus’ words to the crowds in John 7, and to you and me today, are a beautiful reminder, that though we are sinners, every one of us, God still loves us.  So much so, that He sent His only Son to die for us in order that we might be forgiven.  That is the spiritual reality Jesus is speaking of in John 7, “If anyone thirst, let him come to me and drink.”  God himself, in the Person of Jesus, camped out in the temporary booth of human flesh and blood, and dwelt among His creation in order to save it, that you and I might be redeemed.  That despite our spiritual weakness, and our wandering in the wilderness of our own sinfulness, Jesus comes to us…  He dwells with us… He provides for all who believe the living water of salvation through the forgiveness we have in Him.  On this day of Pentecost, and on this day of Confirmation celebration, let us give thanks for the work of God’s Holy Spirit to constantly point us back to the saving work of Jesus, that at knowing the gift of salvation we have in him, we might come to His Holy House…  We might listen to His Holy Word… and we might come to Him, THIRSTING for His righteousness throughout our days.    AMEN!

Now may the PEACE of God, which passes all worldly understanding guard and protect your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Amen!

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Prayer of the Church

P    Almighty God, You have blessed us in love with the Savior to whom the nations cry and in whom is forgiveness of sins, life and salvation. Grant to us Your Holy Spirit, the Comforter whom You have promised, that we and all who call upon His name shall be saved. Help us to treasure in our hearts Your mercy and to give ourselves fully to Your service. Lord, in Your mercy,

C    hear our prayer.

P    Almighty God, You delivered Your Word through Moses and the prophets and fulfilled Your Word in Christ. He was planted in death for our sins and raised for our justification, and in Him shall all the nations of the earth be united. Give us pastors who will preach this Word faithfully and church workers who are devoted to Your service. Lord, in Your mercy,

C    hear our prayer.

P    Almighty God, You have promised the thirsty will drink and from the empty will flow forth rivers of living water. Help us to show forth in holy lives the fruits of the Spirit and to live with love toward our neighbor. Give us a servant’s heart that doesn’t seek our own way but walks on the path of eternal life. Lord, in Your mercy,

C    hear our prayer.

P    Almighty God, You have promised to make one people from the many. Take from us all pride, prejudice and hate, that we may not hinder the cause of the Gospel by our shame but give welcome to all people in the name of Christ. Lord, in Your mercy,

C    hear our prayer.

P    Almighty God, You have ordered all things in heaven and on earth. Bless Donald, our president; _____________, our governor; the Congress of the United States; and all elected and appointed civil servants, that the rule of law may protect the weak, preserve life from conception to its natural end, and peace may reign for the benefit of all. Lord, in Your mercy,

C    hear our prayer.

P    Almighty God, have mercy and spare us. Put an end to the pandemic, and restore the communities of the world to their common life. Lord, in Your mercy,

C    hear our prayer.

P    Almighty God, You have given our nation the gift and heritage of freedom. It came at the cost of many lives on battlefields far and near. Receive our thanks for their sacrifice, and give us the courage to preserve liberty in our own time and use it honorably. Lord, in Your mercy,

C    hear our prayer.

P    Almighty God, You breath hope into the weary and renew Your Church by Your grace. Bless newly planted congregations that they may endure, guide established congregations that they may not lose heart, and build up our Synod that our zeal for Your Kingdom may not flag but flourish and prosper according to Your will. Lord, in Your mercy,

C    hear our prayer.

P    Almighty God, You carry the burdens of our lives in Your hands. Deliver from illness and suffering all who cry to You for release. Hear us on behalf of the sick, the dying and those who mourn [especially _____________]. Answer Your people, O Lord, and deliver them from their infirmities and their grief by Your grace. Lord, in Your mercy,

C    hear our prayer.

P    Almighty God, hear Your people for the sake of Him who loved us even to death and who lives to call to Himself all who will be saved. You know what we need and those things we should ask in Your name. Grant them to us for the sake of our crucified, risen and ascended Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.

C    Amen.

Lord’s Prayer

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 forever and ever. Amen.

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Offering

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Benedicamus & Benediction – LSB 212

P    Let us bless the Lord.

C    Thanks be to God.

P    The Lord bless you and keep you.

The Lord make His face shine on you and be gracious to you.

The Lord look upon you with favor and + give you peace.

C    Amen.

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Hymn to Depart – LSB 770 “What a Friend We Have in Jesus”

1      What a friend we have in Jesus,
    All our sins and griefs to bear!
What a privilege to carry
    Ev’rything to God in prayer!
Oh, what peace we often forfeit;
    Oh, what needless pain we bear—
All because we do not carry
    Ev’rything to God in prayer!

2      Have we trials and temptations?
    Is there trouble anywhere?
We should never be discouraged—
    Take it to the Lord in prayer.
Can we find a friend so faithful
    Who will all our sorrows share?
Jesus knows our ev’ry weakness—
    Take it to the Lord in prayer.

3      Are we weak and heavy laden,
    Cumbered with a load of care?
Precious Savior, still our refuge—
    Take it to the Lord in prayer.
Do thy friends despise, forsake thee?
    Take it to the Lord in prayer.
In His arms He’ll take and shield thee;
    Thou wilt find a solace there.

Text: Public domain

Acknowledgments

Unless otherwise indicated, Scripture quotations are from the ESV® Bible (The Holy Bible, English Standard Version®), copyright © 2001 by Crossway, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

Created by Lutheran Service Builder © 2018 Concordia Publishing House.

Christ Lutheran Church
Cairo, NE
 
This is the day the LORD has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it.
Psalm 118:24

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Announcements for the week of May 31, 2020

CLC Weekly Announcements for the week of May 31, 2020

Sunday, May 31 – Pentecost
Num. 11:24–30, Psalm 25:1–15
Acts 2:1–21, John 7:37–39

Rite of Confirmation 9:00 a.m. Only Confirmands and their immediate family can attend. Church family may watch through Facebook Live Event.
Monday June 1
Tuesday June 2
Wednesday June 3
Thursday June 4
Friday June 5
Saturday June 6


Sunday, June 7 – The Holy Trinity
Gen. 1:1—2:4a, Psalm 8
Acts 2:14a, 22–36, Matt. 28:16–2039

Our First in person Worship since March 15 – 10:30 a.m.
*Please watch your email for worship CDC safety protocols, to safely attend worship together.
**There will be NO Bible Study this Sunday, but it is the hope to continue with ZOOM Bible Studies on June 14.


SAVE the DATE

M & M Meeting (In Person) Monday – June 15
Father’s Day – June 21
Elder’s Mtg. (In Person) Monday – June 29
GO BIG GIVE – July 7
Our 100th Anniversary Celebration July 10 & 11, 2021

ANNIVERSARIES THIS WEEK
Steven & Cynthia Hansen – May 31, 1975 (45)
Jose & Laurie Ocana – June 1, 2002 (18)
Larry & Peggy Hadenfeldt – June 2, 1973 (47)
Steve & Dana Lemburg – June 3, 1989 (31)

BIRTHDAYS THIS WEEK
Steve Schroeder – June 1
Brad Adams – June 2
Troy Grabowski – June 2
Katelyn Bierhaus – June 3
Carly Callahan – June 4

PRAYERS THIS WEEK
+  Prayers for our newly confimand members, Lily Campbell, Katie Hadenfeldt and Kendal Knuth.
+  Please keep Carolyn Visser in your prayers, Carolyn suffered a stroke and has been hospitalized in Grand Island at CHI St Francis.
+  Please keep Keith Dibbern in your prayers, Keith is in the hospital after having a stroke.
+  Please keep Kristin Schultz in your prayers, Kristin is home recovering for outpatient sinus surgery.
+  Please keep Cindy Bredthauer in your prayers, Cindy has recently been diagnosed with diabetes and will begin insulin injections.
+  Prayers for Charles Kemptar, Kristin Schultz’s father, in Lincoln hospital.
+  Prayers for Pastor Brian’s father, Norman continued healing at home.  
+  Prayers for Kay Budde, continued healing at home.

Suffering from Cancer
+  Flora Meester, friend of Catherine Garrett
+  Cheryl Klock, Julie Whitefoot’s Sister
+  Barb Meyer
+  Jeff Bexten, Former member of CLC
+  Pat Hughes, Barb Teichmeier’s Sister
+  Deb Homolka, Rick Gilbert’s Sister
+  Lorie Stahl, Ravenna NE.

Christ Lutheran Church
Cairo, NE
 
This is the day the LORD has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it.
Psalm 118:24
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Vacation Bible School At Christ Lutheran Cairo CANCELLED

This decision did not come easy and after lots of prayers and following the CDC guidelines, Christ Lutheran Church, Cairo has decided to CANCEL Vacation Bible School this year. Mark your calendars for next year 2021 – Rainforest Explorers – Jesus Leads the Way

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Worship and Announcements for the 7th Sunday of Easter May 24, 2020

7th Sunday of Easter – May 24, 2020
Divine Service 4 LSB pg. 203-212

+ Confession and Absolution

Hymn of Invocation – LSB 594 “God’s Own Child, I Gladly Say It”

1 God’s own child, I gladly say it:
    I am baptized into Christ!
He, because I could not pay it,
    Gave my full redemption price.
Do I need earth’s treasures many?
I have one worth more than any
    That brought me salvation free
    Lasting to eternity!

2 Sin, disturb my soul no longer:
    I am baptized into Christ!
I have comfort even stronger:
    Jesus’ cleansing sacrifice.
Should a guilty conscience seize me
Since my Baptism did release me
    In a dear forgiving flood,
    Sprinkling me with Jesus’ blood?

3 Satan, hear this proclamation:
    I am baptized into Christ!
Drop your ugly accusation,
    I am not so soon enticed.
Now that to the font I’ve traveled,
All your might has come unraveled,
    And, against your tyranny,
    God, my Lord, unites with me!

4 Death, you cannot end my gladness:
    I am baptized into Christ!
When I die, I leave all sadness
    To inherit paradise!
Though I lie in dust and ashes
Faith’s assurance brightly flashes:
    Baptism has the strength divine
    To make life immortal mine.

5 There is nothing worth comparing
    To this lifelong comfort sure!
Open-eyed my grave is staring:
    Even there I’ll sleep secure.
Though my flesh awaits its raising,
Still my soul continues praising:
    I am baptized into Christ;
    I’m a child of paradise!

Text: © 1991 Robert E. Voelker. Used by permission: LSB Hymn License no. 110003661

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The sign of the cross may be made by all in remembrance of their Baptism.

Invocation & Exhortation – LSB 203

P In the name of the Father and of the T Son and of the Holy Spirit.
C Amen.
P Our help is in the name of the Lord,
C who made heaven and earth.
P If You, O Lord, kept a record of sins, O Lord, who could stand?
C But with You there is forgiveness; therefore You are feared.
P Since we are gathered to hear God’s Word, call upon Him in prayer and praise, and receive the body and blood of our Lord Jesus Christ in the fellowship of this altar, let us first consider our unworthiness and confess before God and one another that we have sinned in thought, word, and deed, and that we cannot free ourselves from our sinful condition. Together as His people let us take refuge in the infinite mercy of God, our heavenly Father, seeking His grace for the sake of Christ, and saying: God, be merciful to me, a sinner.

Confession of Sins & Prayer for Forgiveness – LSB 203

C Almighty God, have mercy upon us, forgive us our sins, and lead us to everlasting life. Amen.
P Almighty God, merciful Father, in Holy Baptism You declared us to be Your children and gathered us into Your one, holy Church, in which You daily and richly forgive us our sins and grant us new life through Your Spirit. Be in our midst, enliven our faith, and graciously receive our prayer and praise; through Your Son, Jesus Christ, our Lord.
C Amen.

+ Service of the Word

Kyrie – LSB 204

C Lord, have mercy;
Christ, have mercy;
Lord, have mercy.

Gloria in Excelsis – LSB 204

C 1 To God on high be glory
    And peace to all the earth;
    Goodwill from God in heaven
    Proclaimed at Jesus’ birth!
    We praise and bless You, Father;
    Your holy name, we sing—
    Our thanks for Your great glory,
    Lord God, our heav’nly King.

2 To You, O sole-begotten,
    The Father’s Son, we pray;
    O Lamb of God, our Savior,
    You take our sins away.
    Have mercy on us, Jesus;
    Receive our heartfelt cry,
    Where You in pow’r are seated
    At God’s right hand on high—

3 For You alone are holy;
    You only are the Lord.
    Forever and forever,
    Be worshiped and adored;
    You with the Holy Spirit
    Alone are Lord Most High,
    In God the Father’s glory.
    “Amen!” our glad reply.

Salutation and Collect of the Day – Easter 7

P The Lord be with you.
C And also with you.
P Let us pray.
O King of glory, Lord of hosts, uplifted in triumph far above all heavens, leave us not without consolation but send us the Spirit of truth whom You promised from the Father; for You live and reign with Him and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.
C Amen.

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First Reading – Acts 1:12–2612Then [the apostles] returned to Jerusalem from the mount called Olivet, which is near Jerusalem, a Sabbath day’s journey away. 13And when they had entered, they went up to the upper room, where they were staying, Peter and John and James and Andrew, Philip and Thomas, Bartholomew and Matthew, James the son of Alphaeus and Simon the Zealot and Judas the son of James. 14All these with one accord were devoting themselves to prayer, together with the women and Mary the mother of Jesus, and his brothers. 15In those days Peter stood up among the brothers (the company of persons was in all about 120) and said, 16“Brothers, the Scripture had to be fulfilled, which the Holy Spirit spoke beforehand by the mouth of David concerning Judas, who became a guide to those who arrested Jesus. 17For he was numbered among us and was allotted his share in this ministry.” 18(Now this man bought a field with the reward of his wickedness, and falling headlong he burst open in the middle and all his bowels gushed out. 19And it became known to all the inhabitants of Jerusalem, so that the field was called in their own language Akeldama, that is, Field of Blood.) 20“For it is written in the Book of Psalms, “‘May his camp become desolate, and let there be no one to dwell in it’; and “‘Let another take his office.’ 21So one of the men who have accompanied us during all the time that the Lord Jesus went in and out among us, 22beginning from the baptism of John until the day when he was taken up from us—one of these men must become with us a witness to his resurrection.” 23And they put forward two, Joseph called Barsabbas, who was also called Justus, and Matthias. 24And they prayed and said, “You, Lord, who know the hearts of all, show which one of these two you have chosen 25to take the place in this ministry and apostleship from which Judas turned aside to go to his own place.” 26And they cast lots for them, and the lot fell on Matthias, and he was numbered with the eleven apostles.

P This is the Word of the Lord.
C Thanks be to God.

Epistle – 1 Peter 4:12–19; 5:6–11

12Beloved, do not be surprised at the fiery trial when it comes upon you to test you, as though something strange were happening to you. 13But rejoice insofar as you share Christ’s sufferings, that you may also rejoice and be glad when his glory is revealed. 14If you are insulted for the name of Christ, you are blessed, because the Spirit of glory and of God rests upon you. 15But let none of you suffer as a murderer or a thief or an evildoer or as a meddler. 16Yet if anyone suffers as a Christian, let him not be ashamed, but let him glorify God in that name. 17For it is time for judgment to begin at the household of God; and if it begins with us, what will be the outcome for those who do not obey the gospel of God? 18And “If the righteous is scarcely savd, what will become of the ungodly and the sinner?” 19Therefore let those who suffer according to God’s will entrust their souls to a faithful Creator while doing good. . . .6Humble yourselves, therefore, under the mighty hand of God so that at the proper time he may exalt you, 7casting all your anxieties on him, because he cares for you. 8Be sober-minded; be watchful. Your adversary the devil prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour. 9Resist him, firm in your faith, knowing that the same kinds of suffering are being experienced by your brotherhood throughout the world. 10And after you have suffered a little while, the God of all grace, who has called you to his eternal glory in Christ, will himself restore, confirm, strengthen, and establish you. 11To him be the dominion forever and ever. Amen.

P This is the Word of the Lord.
C Thanks be to God.

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Alleluia and Verse – LSB 205

C Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia.
These things are written that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God.
Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia.

Holy Gospel – John 17:1–11

P The Holy Gospel according to St. John, the seventeenth chapter.
C Glory to You, O Lord.

1When Jesus had spoken these words, he lifted up his eyes to heaven, and said, “Father, the hour has come; glorify your Son that the Son may glorify you, 2since you have given him authority over all flesh, to give eternal life to all whom you have given him. 3And this is eternal life, that they know you the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom you have sent. 4I glorified you on earth, having accomplished the work that you gave me to do. 5And now, Father, glorify me in your own presence with the glory that I had with you before the world existed. 6“I have manifested your name to the people whom you gave me out of the world. Yours they were, and you gave them to me, and they have kept your word. 7Now they know that everything that you have given me is from you. 8For I have given them the words that you gave me, and they have received them and have come to know in truth that I came from you; and they have believed that you sent me. 9I am praying for them. I am not praying for the world but for those whom you have given me, for they are yours. 10All mine are yours, and yours are mine, and I am glorified in them. 11And I am no longer in the world, but they are in the world, and I am coming to you. Holy Father, keep them in your name, which you have given me, that they may be one, even as we are one.”

P This is the Gospel of the Lord.
C Praise to You, O Christ.

Apostles’ Creed

C I believe in God, the Father Almighty, maker of heaven and earth.

And in Jesus Christ, His only Son, our Lord, who was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died and was buried. He descended into hell. The third day He rose again from the dead. He ascended into heaven and sits at the right hand of God the Father Almighty. From thence He will come to judge the living and the dead.

I believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy Christian Church, the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and the life + everlasting. Amen.

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Children’s Message

Hymn of the Day – LSB “728 How Firm a Foundation”

1 How firm a foundation, O saints of the Lord,
Is laid for your faith in His excellent Word!
What more can He say than to you He has said
Who unto the Savior for refuge have fled?

2 “Fear not! I am with you, O be not dismayed,
For I am your God and will still give you aid;
I’ll strengthen you, help you, and cause you to stand,
Upheld by My righteous, omnipotent hand.

3 “The soul that on Jesus has leaned for repose
I will not, I will not, desert to his foes;
That soul, though all hell should endeavor to shake,
I’ll never, no never, no never, forsake!

4 “When through fiery trials your pathway will lie,
My grace, all-sufficient, will be your supply.
The flames will not hurt you; I only design
Your dross to consume and your gold to refine.

5 “Throughout all their lifetime My people will prove
My sov’reign, eternal, unchangeable love;
And then, when gray hairs will their temples adorn,
Like lambs they will still in My bosom be borne.”

Text: Public domain

Sermon Message – “Stay, Until You Get It.”Luke 24:44-53 & John 17:7-11

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Prayer of the Church

P Guard Your people, O Lord, and grant us unity of faith and singleness of heart as we come to You in prayer.
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Lord, You have promised not to abandon Your people but to be with us always. Grant us grace to hear Your Word with faith and receive Your Holy Sacrament with repentant hearts, and to keep what we hear and receive upon our lips in holy lives. Lord, in Your mercy,
C hear our prayer.

P Lord, You have delivered the saints from fiery trial and raised up the martyr from the darkness of death to everlasting life. Give us courage, that we may give bold witness to the truth in our own day and proclaim Jesus Christ to the ends of the earth. Lord, in Your mercy,
C hear our prayer.

P Lord, You have pledged to us Your Spirit and promised to supply Your Church with pastors who will preach and teach Your Word. Give us ears to hear and hearts to believe Your Word. Raise up those who will serve Your Church in generations to come, that we may never be without the aid of those to serve us in Your name. Lord, in Your mercy,
C hear our prayer.

P Lord, You have power over all things and appoint an order on earth for the protection of the weak, the punishment of evildoers and the encouragement of virtue. Bless Donald, our president; _____________, our governor; and all who make, administer, and judge our laws. Give them wisdom for the challenges of our times and preserve them from self-serving concerns. Give us grace, that we may honor the gift of liberty and be good citizens and neighbors to all. Lord, in Your mercy,
C hear our prayer.

P Lord, You have compassion upon all who suffer. Give grace to the sick, to those with mental illness, to the dying in their last hours and to those who grieve. Hear us especially for _____________ and those we name in our hearts before You. Grant them patience in their afflictions and deliver them according to Your gracious will. Lord, in Your mercy,
C hear our prayer.

P Lord, You are the source of all wisdom and knowledge. Bless those who teach, those who learn and especially those who graduate this year. Be the hope of those whose plans have been disappointed and grant that all graduates would find good employment. Guide them in the pursuit of Your Word and truth, to live honorable lives in worthy vocations, that in all things You may be glorified. Lord, in Your mercy,
C hear our prayer.

P Lord, You have daily and richly supplied us with all things for this body and life. Give us grateful hearts, that we may receive Your gifts with thanksgiving and bring to You our tithes and offerings. Lord, in Your mercy,
C hear our prayer.

P Lord, we rejoice in the Savior’s promise to guard the people who wear Your name by Baptism and faith. Until we are with You in Your presence forevermore, guard us against the devil who prowls about like a roaring lion, seeking those whom he might devour. Grant us the power to resist him and trust in You without fear; through Jesus Christ, our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.
C Amen.

Lord’s Prayer

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 forever and ever. Amen.

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Offering – Thank you to everyone who has donated during this time away from in person worship.

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Benedicamus & Benediction – LSB 212

P Let us bless the Lord.
C Thanks be to God.
P The Lord bless you and keep you.
The Lord make His face shine on you and be gracious to you.
The Lord look upon you with favor and T give you peace.
C Amen.

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Hymn to Depart – LSB 821 “Alleluia! Sing to Jesus”

1 Alleluia! Sing to Jesus;
    His the scepter, His the throne;
Alleluia! His the triumph,
    His the victory alone.
Hark! The songs of peaceful Zion
    Thunder like a mighty flood:
“Jesus out of ev’ry nation
    Has redeemed us by His blood.”

2 Alleluia! Not as orphans
    Are we left in sorrow now;
Alleluia! He is near us;
    Faith believes, nor questions how.
Though the cloud from sight received Him
    When the forty days were o’er,
Shall our hearts forget His promise:
    “I am with you evermore”?

3 Alleluia! Bread of heaven,
    Here on earth our food, our stay;
Alleluia! Here the sinful
    Flee to You from day to day.
Intercessor, Friend of sinners,
    Earth’s Redeemer, hear our plea
Where the songs of all the sinless
    Sweep across the crystal sea.

4 Alleluia! King eternal,
    Lord omnipotent we own;
Alleluia! Born of Mary,
    Earth Your footstool, heav’n Your throne.
As within the veil You entered,
    Robed in flesh, our great High Priest,
Here on earth both priest and victim
    In the eucharistic feast.

5 Alleluia! Sing to Jesus;
    His the scepter, His the throne;
Alleluia! His the triumph,
    His the victory alone.
Hark! The songs of peaceful Zion
    Thunder like a mighty flood:
“Jesus out of ev’ry nation
    Has redeemed us by His blood.”

Text: Public domain

Acknowledgments
Unless otherwise indicated, Scripture quotations are from the ESV® Bible (The Holy Bible, English Standard Version®), copyright © 2001 by Crossway, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers. Used by permission. All rights reserved.
Created by Lutheran Service Builder © 2018 Concordia Publishing House.

Christ Lutheran Church
Cairo, NE
 
This is the day the LORD has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it.
Psalm 118:24

WEEKLY ANNOUNCEMENTS 

Sunday, May 24 – 7th Sun of Easter
Acts 1:12–26, Psalm 68:1–10
1 Peter 4:12–19; 5:6–11, John 17:1–11

No worship or Activities at Church
Watch your email for more information regarding Worship and the COVID-19 Virus updates.

Monday May 25
Tuesday May 26
Wednesday May 27
Thursday May 28
Friday May 29
Saturday May 30

Sunday, May 31 – Pentecost
Num. 11:24–30, Psalm 25:1–15
Acts 2:1–21, John 7:37–39

SAVE the DATE

Moses Basket Auction POSTPONED
Vacation Bible School – CANCELLED
GO BIG GIVE – POSTPONED until July 7
Our 100th Anniversary Celebration July 10 & 11, 2021

ANNIVERSARIES THIS WEEK
Douglas & Angela Meyer – May 25, 1996 (24)
Tim & Peg Lemburg – May 26, 1979 (41)
Sara & Alvin Mayes – May 26, 2018 (2)
Jim & Donna Schultz – May 27 (53)
Jerry & Barb Meyer – May 29 (54)

BIRTHDAYS THIS WEEK
Morgan Janda – May 24
Lauren Lemburg – May 24
Lynn Sundberg – May 25
Destiny Dibbern – May 26
Ethan Reynolds – May 26
Keith Harders – May 28
Deb Weber – May 28

Thank you to everyone who has donated during this time of no in person worship!

PRAYERS THIS WEEK
+ Please keep Cindy Bredthauer in your prayers, Cindy has been waiting for a while to have back surgery, it was scheduled for May 27, but due to recently being diagnosed with diabetes, the surgery has been cancelled. Prayers for peace and comfort, for Cindy as she begins her insulin injections and wisdom and compassion for her Dr’s as they work to lower her blood sugar levels would be appreciated.
+ Prayers for Charles Kemptar, Kristin Schultz’s father, in Lincoln hospital.
+ Prayers for Pastor Brian’s father, Norman continued healing at home.  
+ Prayers for Kay Budde, continued healing at home.

Suffering from Cancer
+  Flora Meester, friend of Catherine Garrett
+  Cheryl Klock, Julie Whitefoot’s Sister
+  Barb Meyer
+  Jeff Bexten, Former member of CLC
+  Pat Hughes, Barb Teichmeier’s Sister
+  Deb Homolka, Rick Gilbert’s Sister
+  Lorie Stahl, Ravenna NE.

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6th Sunday of Easter Worship & Announcements Sunday May 17, 2020

Sixth Sunday of Easter – May 17, 2020

Divine Service 4 pg. 203-212

*Announcements

+ Confession and Absolution

Hymn of Invocation – LSB 725 – Children of the Heavenly Father

1      Children of the heav’nly Father
Safely in His bosom gather;
Nestling bird nor star in heaven
Such a refuge e’er was given.

2      God His own doth tend and nourish;
In His holy courts they flourish.
From all evil things He spares them;
In His mighty arms He bears them.

3      Neither life nor death shall ever
From the Lord His children sever;
Unto them His grace He showeth,
And their sorrows all He knoweth.

4      Though He giveth or He taketh,
God His children ne’er forsaketh;
His the loving purpose solely
To preserve them pure and holy.

Text: © Augsburg Publishing House. Used by permission: LSB Hymn License no. 110003661

Stand

The sign of the cross may be made by all in remembrance of their Baptism.

Invocation & Exhortation – LSB 203

P    In the name of the Father and of the T Son and of the Holy Spirit.

C    Amen.

P    Our help is in the name of the Lord,

C    who made heaven and earth.

P    If You, O Lord, kept a record of sins, O Lord, who could stand?

C    But with You there is forgiveness; therefore You are feared.

P    Since we are gathered to hear God’s Word, call upon Him in prayer and praise, and receive the body and blood of our Lord Jesus Christ in the fellowship of this altar, let us first consider our unworthiness and confess before God and one another that we have sinned in thought, word, and deed, and that we cannot free ourselves from our sinful condition. Together as His people let us take refuge in the infinite mercy of God, our heavenly Father, seeking His grace for the sake of Christ, and saying: God, be merciful to me, a sinner.

Confession of Sins & Prayer for Forgiveness – LSB 203

C    Almighty God, have mercy upon us, forgive us our sins, and lead us to everlasting life. Amen.

P    Almighty God, merciful Father, in Holy Baptism You declared us to be Your children and gathered us into Your one, holy Church, in which You daily and richly forgive us our sins and grant us new life through Your Spirit. Be in our midst, enliven our faith, and graciously receive our prayer and praise; through Your Son, Jesus Christ, our Lord.

C    Amen.

+ Service of the Word

Kyrie – LSB 204

C    Lord, have mercy;

Christ, have mercy;

Lord, have mercy.

Gloria in Excelsis – LSB 204

C    1 To God on high be glory

    And peace to all the earth;

    Goodwill from God in heaven

    Proclaimed at Jesus’ birth!

    We praise and bless You, Father;

    Your holy name, we sing—

    Our thanks for Your great glory,

    Lord God, our heav’nly King.

2 To You, O sole-begotten,

    The Father’s Son, we pray;

    O Lamb of God, our Savior,

    You take our sins away.

    Have mercy on us, Jesus;

    Receive our heartfelt cry,

    Where You in pow’r are seated

    At God’s right hand on high—

3 For You alone are holy;

    You only are the Lord.

    Forever and forever,

    Be worshiped and adored;

    You with the Holy Spirit

    Alone are Lord Most High,

    In God the Father’s glory.

    “Amen!” our glad reply.

Salutation and Collect of the Day – Easter 6

P    The Lord be with you.

C    And also with you.

P    Let us pray.

O God, the giver of all that is good, by Your holy inspiration grant that we may think those things that are right and by Your merciful guiding accomplish them; through Jesus Christ, Your Son, our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.

C    Amen.

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First Reading – Acts 17:16–31

16While Paul was waiting for them at Athens, his spirit was provoked within him as he saw that the city was full of idols. 17So he reasoned in the synagogue with the Jews and the devout persons, and in the marketplace every day with those who happened to be there. 18Some of the Epicurean and Stoic philosophers also conversed with him. And some said, “What does this babbler wish to say?” Others said, “He seems to be a preacher of foreign divinities”—because he was preaching Jesus and the resurrection. 19And they took hold of him and brought him to the Areopagus, saying, “May we know what this new teaching is that you are presenting? 20For you bring some strange things to our ears. We wish to know therefore what these things mean.” 21Now all the Athenians and the foreigners who lived there would spend their time in nothing except telling or hearing something new. 22So Paul, standing in the midst of the Areopagus, said: “Men of Athens, I perceive that in every way you are very religious. 23For as I passed along and observed the objects of your worship, I found also an altar with this inscription, ‘To the unknown god.’ What therefore you worship as unknown, this I proclaim to you. 24The God who made the world and everything in it, being Lord of heaven and earth, does not live in temples made by man, 25nor is he served by human hands, as though he needed anything, since he himself gives to all mankind life and breath and everything. 26And he made from one man every nation of mankind to live on all the face of the earth, having determined allotted periods and the boundaries of their dwelling place, 27that they should seek God, in the hope that they might feel their way toward him and find him. Yet he is actually not far from each one of us, 28for “‘In him we live and move and have our being’; as even some of your own poets have said, “‘For we are indeed his offspring.’ 29Being then God’s offspring, we ought not to think that the divine being is like gold or silver or stone, an image formed by the art and imagination of man. 30The times of ignorance God overlooked, but now he commands all people everywhere to repent, 31because he has fixed a day on which he will judge the world in righteousness by a man whom he has appointed; and of this he has given assurance to all by raising him from the dead.”

P    This is the Word of the Lord.

C    Thanks be to God.

Epistle – 1 Peter 3:13–22

13Now who is there to harm you if you are zealous for what is good? 14But even if you should suffer for righteousness’ sake, you will be blessed. Have no fear of them, nor be troubled, 15but in your hearts regard Christ the Lord as holy, always being prepared to make a defense to anyone who asks you for a reason for the hope that is in you; 16yet do it with gentleness and respect, having a good conscience, so that, when you are slandered, those who revile your good behavior in Christ may be put to shame. 17For it is better to suffer for doing good, if that should be God’s will, than for doing evil. 18For Christ also suffered once for sins, the righteous for the unrighteous, that he might bring us to God, being put to death in the flesh but made alive in the spirit, 19in which he went and proclaimed to the spirits in prison, 20because they formerly did not obey, when God’s patience waited in the days of Noah, while the ark was being prepared, in which a few, that is, eight persons, were brought safely through water. 21Baptism, which corresponds to this, now saves you, not as a removal of dirt from the body but as an appeal to God for a good conscience, through the resurrection of Jesus Christ, 22who has gone into heaven and is at the right hand of God, with angels, authorities, and powers having been subjected to him.

P    This is the Word of the Lord.

C    Thanks be to God.

Stand

Alleluia and Verse – LSB 205

C  Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia.

      These things are written that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God.

      Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia.

Holy Gospel – John 14:15–21

P    The Holy Gospel according to St. John, the fourteenth chapter.

C    Glory to You, O Lord.

15[Jesus said:] “If you love me, you will keep my commandments. 16And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Helper, to be with you forever, 17even the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees him nor knows him. You know him, for he dwells with you and will be in you. 18“I will not leave you as orphans; I will come to you. 19Yet a little while and the world will see me no more, but you will see me. Because I live, you also will live. 20In that day you will know that I am in my Father, and you in me, and I in you. 21Whoever has my commandments and keeps them, he it is who loves me. And he who loves me will be loved by my Father, and I will love him and manifest myself to him.”

P    This is the Gospel of the Lord.

C    Praise to You, O Christ.

Apostles’ Creed

C    I believe in God, the Father Almighty, maker of heaven and earth.

And in Jesus Christ, His only Son, our Lord, who was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died and was buried. He descended into hell. The third day He rose again from the dead. He ascended into heaven and sits at the right hand of God the Father Almighty. From thence He will come to judge the living and the dead.

I believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy Christian Church, the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and the life + everlasting. Amen.

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Children’s Message

Hymn of the Day – LSB 605 – Father Welcomes

ref   Father welcomes all His children
    To His fam’ly through His Son.
Father giving His salvation,
    Life forever has been won.

1      Little children, come to Me,
For My kingdom is of these.
Life and love I have to give,
Mercy for your sin. Refrain

2      In the water, in the Word,
In His promise, be assured:
Those who are baptized and believe
Shall be born again. Refrain

3      Let us daily die to sin;
Let us daily rise with Him,
Walk in the love of Christ our Lord,
Live in the peace of God. Refrain

Text: © 1986 Kevin Mayhew Ltd. Used by permission: LSB Hymn License no. 110003661

Sermon – “Circular… Like a Circle…” John 14:18-20

The text for our message this morning is the Gospel Reading from John chapter 14, verses 18-20.  I encourage you to open up your Bibles to that reading, or to follow along where the readings are printed in your worship folder.

John 14:18-20 18 “I will not leave you as orphans; I will come to you. 19 Yet a little while and the world will see me no more, but you will see me. Because I live, you also will live. 20 In that day you will know that I am in my Father, and you in me, and I in you.

Grace, mercy and peace to you, from God our Father and from our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. Amen.

Before Going to the Seminary, the family and I lived in the town of Parker, Colorado.  Parker is a pretty upscale suburb, south of Denver.  As such it always felt like it was trying to be something more than what it was.  In fact if you just woke up one day in the middle of town, not knowing where you were, you would probably think you were somewhere more like southern California than Colorado.  Lots of stucco, and manicured properties.  A Starbuck’s on every other corner, and all the business signs on the buildings conforming to the same color scheme.  I must say, moving there from having lived in Northern California for a long time, it was not the Colorado I remembered from when we left a decade before.  The most obvious example was all the new intersections in town were turned into roundabouts instead of standard intersections with stop lights.  Something you would expect to see in European cities, but not the towns on the plains in Colorado.  Not that there is anything wrong with roundabouts, per se, but they just made being in that town feel even more pretentious than it should.  Like the town was putting on airs, as if it was better than the other adjoining towns around it.  In fact I cringed the other day as I drove down a road in Grand Island that had been closed to through traffic for some time, and discovered to my dismay that the construction was to turn yet another intersection into a roundabout, right here in Hall County.  But like I said, there is nothing inherently wrong with roundabouts themselves, but even more frustrating than the image they project, is that people who grew up with traditional intersections, have absolutely NO IDEA how to drive through a roundabout.  They go way too fast, or they go way too slow.  Some think they need to stop before entering a roundabout, while others, once they get into it, can’t figure out how to properly get back out.  I have literally seen, on more than one occasion, disoriented drivers just keep going around and around the circle, when they couldn’t figure it out.  For the inexperienced roundabout-er, the process can be intimidating and confusing, not to mention frustrating for anyone else caught in the intersection with them, which is exactly the opposite of the intent of a roundabout.  They are intended to be a much more organic process, facilitating the flow of traffic, to keep it moving and yet still allow multiple vehicles to transition into a new direction.  Using the car’s forward momentum to gently yet quickly move from one direction to another.  Like the words of the “Golf Philosopher,” Gary Potter, when helping a fellow golfer face a transition in his life, encouraged him to “Feel the flow” of the situation.  In other words, don’t be too anxious, but rather embrace the new situation, go with it, and let the “good energy” as he called it be your guide through the transition.  And not unlike a roundabout, transitions in life don’t have to be anxiety riddled, with starts and stops and agonizing over decisions, waiting to move, or waiting for someone else to move, but we can enter those circumstances with confidence, letting that “good energy”, what we in the church might better call “our conscience” be our guide through the transition, “Feeling the flow, Circular… Like a circle.”

Now I shared that imagery, not to just embrace my inner hippy philosopher, but rather to give you a sense of the intent of Jesus’ words in our reading today.  Look at those words again with me as I read them and try to see their natural, organic, even circular flow.

“I will not leave you as orphans; I will come to you. 19 Yet a little while and the world will see me no more, but you will see me. Because I live, you also will live. 20 In that day you will know that I am in my Father, and you in me, and I in you.

Jesus’ words go around and around, and if read too quickly, can even sound nonsensical, but there is serious intent in these words.  Jesus is addressing a very big transition that His disciples are about to face.  Jesus’ crucifixion looms just ahead of him, and also his resurrection and then His ascension to the Father.  All of which means a huge transition in the lives of the disciples.  Soon they would not have Jesus right in front of them, telling them at every turn which way to go.  In many ways they would now be on their own in their lives in this world.  But that’s where these circuitous words from Jesus make their point.  Jesus is saying, that although He was going away, they would not be alone.  Though He was returning to the Father, He was not leaving them as orphans, but in their times of need, in their transitions and circumstances, even persecutions and troubles, He would come to them.  He would not be visible to the world, or even to them, but they would know that he was there, guiding them, leading them, encouraging them through life through the memory of all he had taught them, and through the gift of the Holy Spirit whom He would send to them.  Over and over, Jesus is reinforcing the notion of His eternal presence with them, and encouraging them not to let the confusion of life’s transitions and circumstances bring them to a standstill but instead to keep moving forward with confidence, letting the truth of His Holy Word, and His Holy Spirit guide their consciences to know that everywhere they go, every decision they make, they are not alone, but He is still with them, taking them by the hand and leading in the way they should go.

            My friends, we too, like the disciples of John 14, face all kinds of transitions in this world.  Few bigger than the challenges presented by our current international health crisis.  The reality of a potentially deadly virus spreading across the globe, is a confusing, frightful, even paralyzing reality for many in the world.  I would suggest, especially for those who do not know Jesus, and as Jesus’ put it therefore, “Cannot see Him.’ Jesus would remind us that just as he did for the Disciples, He does for you and me.  Jesus comes to us, by His Holy Spirit, in His Holy Word, to guide us through ALL of life’s challenges, so that we as His children are not paralyzed with anxiety, even against the possibility of death, but have a confidence, and a hope that the world does not know.  A confidence and hope to “feel the flow” of Jesus’ truth working through us, guiding us through all of life’s transitions, to take us in the direction that he would have us go, and promises will be for the good of His people.  In this time of transition, all around the world, do not be people of anxiety and despair.  We are called into a new life of confidence and hope in a resurrected and eternal Lord, who will never leave us or forsake us.  Circular… Like a circle, through His Holy Spirit and the Word, He will guide you, and teach you, and lead you through every transition in this life until the final day of His return to take us to be with him forever.   

AMEN!

May the PEACE of God, which passes all worldly understanding guard and protect your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus our Lord. Amen!

Stand

Prayer of the Church

P    Let us pray for the whole people of God in Christ Jesus and for all people according to their  needs.

Brief silence

For the faithful proclamation of Jesus Christ to those who do not know Him, that through hearing the Word of the Lord many may be brought to faith and to the knowledge of the truth, let us pray to the Lord:

C    Lord, have mercy.

P    For this parish, for the work of the Kingdom in our community, and for the resources to accomplish all that God desires, that His name may be glorified among us and His purpose fulfilled in our words and works, let us pray to the Lord:

C    Lord, have mercy.

P    For the agencies and institutions through which we love our neighbor and provide for those in need, for the destitute and homeless, and for everyone who suffers unemployment and underemployment, that we may aid them in their needs and assist them to find honorable labor to supply all their needs, let us pray to the Lord:

C    Lord, have mercy.

P    For the lonely who suffer the burdens of life without friendship or family, for those depressed or weary of pandemic measures, and for the fellowship of the Church, that we may bear one another’s burdens and live in community with Christ as our head, let us pray to the Lord:

C    Lord, have mercy.

P    For the sick and those who suffer, [especially _____________,] that God would grant healing to their bodies, peace for their minds, and consolation in their grief and sorrows, let us pray to the Lord:

C    Lord, have mercy.

P    For love of godly things, that we may delight in God’s Word and walk in His ways; and for the Spirit, that we may be led into all truth and kept from error and false doctrine, let us pray to the Lord:

C    Lord, have mercy.

P    For the nation, for those who lead our nation, for the end of the pandemic, for peace among nations, and for an end to terror and violence, that we may work for the common good so that justice may prevail, life be protected and truth abound, let us pray to the Lord:

C    Lord, have mercy.

P    O Lord, our God, as we recall the obedient life and life-giving death of Your Son for our salvation, we pray You to strengthen our faith and to make our hearts bold, that we may not fear but address our prayers to You in all humility. Hear us on behalf of Jesus Christ, our great High Priest, who even now stands before You on our behalf, pleading our cause with His own blood, until that day when we are delivered from the changes and chances of this mortal life and stand before You in heaven; through Jesus Christ, our Lord.

C    Amen.

Lord’s Prayer

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 forever and ever. Amen.

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Offering

Stand

Benedicamus & Benediction – LSB 212

P    Let us bless the Lord.

C    Thanks be to God.

P    The Lord bless you and keep you.

The Lord make His face shine on you and be gracious to you.

The Lord look upon you with favor and T give you peace.

C    Amen.

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Hymn to Depart – LSB – 739 Precious Lord, Take My Hand

1      Precious Lord, take my hand,
Lead me on, let me stand;
    I am tired, I am weak, I am worn.
Through the storm, through the night,
Lead me on to the light.
    Take my hand, precious Lord; lead me home.

2      When my way grows drear,
Precious Lord, linger near,
    When my life is almost gone,
Hear my cry, hear my call;
Hold my hand lest I fall.
    Take my hand, precious Lord; lead me home.

3      When the darkness appears
And the night draws near
    And the day is almost gone,
At the river I stand;
Guide my feet, hold my hand,
    Take my hand, precious Lord; lead me home.

Text: © 1938 (renewed) Warner-Tamerlane Publishing Corp., admin. Alfred Music. Used by permission: LSB Hymn License no. 110003661

Acknowledgments

Unless otherwise indicated, Scripture quotations are from the ESV® Bible (The Holy Bible, English Standard Version®), copyright © 2001 by Crossway, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

Created by Lutheran Service Builder © 2018 Concordia Publishing House.

Christ Lutheran Church
Cairo, NE
 
This is the day the LORD has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it.
Psalm 118:24

WEEKLY CALENDARSunday, May 17 – 6th Sun of Easter
Acts 17:16–31, Psalm 66:8–20
1 Peter 3:13–22, John 14:15–21
No worship or Activities at Church
Watch your email for more information regarding Worship
and the COVID-19 Virus updates.

Monday May 18
Tuesday May 19
Wednesday May 20
Thursday May 21
Friday May 22
Saturday May 23

Sunday, May 24 – 7th Sun of Easter
Acts 1:12–26, Psalm 68:1–10
1 Peter 4:12–19; 5:6–11, John 17:1–11

SAVE the DATE
Moses Basket Auction POSTPONED
Vacation Bible School – POSTPONED
GO BIG GIVE – POSTPONED until July 7
Project Hunger Easter Basket Extravaganza – July 11
Our 100th Anniversary Celebration July 10 & 11, 2021

ANNIVERSARIES THIS WEEK
BIRTHDAYS THIS WEEK
Tiffany Bloomquist – May 17
Brianna Deines – May 19
Vickie Lemburg – May 19
Jessica Marsh – May 19
Adam Bierhaus – May 23
Liona Kenney – May 23

PRAYERS THIS WEEK
Prayers for the family and friends of Jeremy Leth, Peg Hadenfeldt’s nephew, Jeremy, age 39, was found at rest in his apartment early Sunday May 10, Memorial services will be held at a later date. Condolences may be sent to the family at www.soltwagnerfuneral.com.
 Prayers for Charles Kemptar, Kristin Schultz’s father, in Lincoln hospital.
 Prayers for Pastor Brian’s father, Norman continued healing at home.  
 Prayers for Kay Budde, continued healing at home.

Suffering from Cancer
  Flora Meester, friend of Catherine Garrett
  Cheryl Klock, Julie Whitefoot’s Sister
  Barb Meyer
  Jeff Bexten, Former member of CLC
  Pat Hughes, Barb Teichmeier’s Sister
  Judy Kemptar, Kristin Schultz mother
  Deb Homolka, Rick Gilbert’s Sister
  Lorie Stahl, Ravenna NE.

HLHS – Red/Blue Updates
Heartland Lutheran High School’s Red and Blue annual fundraiser has been moved online!
Items have been posted and are currently available for bidding at https://qtego.net/qlink/heartlandlutheranhs.
On May 23 at 7:00 p.m. the live auction and raffle drawing will be held with the opportunity to make a donation at the end.  On May 24 at 3:00 p.m. the silent auction will end.  
We ask for your generous support in bidding on these items that have been graciously donated by individual and business supporters of HLHS.  Thank you!  
The Red & Blue website is now live and accepting bids.
We are adding additional items every day.
Attached is a letter from Mr. Leech explaining the process of moving to an online format this year and how to register. Please email him at principal@heartlandlutheran.org with any questions.

Christ Lutheran Church
Cairo, NE
 
This is the day the LORD has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it.
Psalm 118:24

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