April 18, 2021

Third Sunday of Easter


The Holy Spirit calls us together as the people of God.

Alleluia! Christ is Risen!

Christ is Risen, indeed! Alleluia!

PROCESSIONAL HYMN With High Delight Let Us Unite (ELW 368)

1 With high delight let us unite in songs of great jubilation.

You pure in heart, all bear your part, sing Jesus Christ, our salvation.

To set us free forever, he

is ris'n and sends

to all earth's ends

good news to save ev'ry nation.

2 True God, he first from death has burst forth into life, all subduing.

His enemy now vanquished see; his death has been death's undoing.

"And yours shall be like victory

o'er death and grave,"

says he, who gave

his life for us, life renewing.

3 Let praises ring; give thanks, and bring to Christ our Lord adoration.

His honor speed by word and deed to ev'ry land, ev'ry nation.

So shall his love give us above,

from misery

and death set free,

all joy and full consolation.


Water may be poured into the font as the minister gives thanks.

We thank you, risen Christ,

for these waters where you make us new,

leading us from death to life, from tears to joy.

We bless you, risen Christ, that your Spirit comes to us

in the grace-filled waters of rebirth,

like rains to our thirsting earth,

like streams that revive our souls,

like cups of cool water shared with strangers.

Breathe your peace on your church when we hide in fear.

Clothe us with your mercy and forgiveness.

Send us companions on our journey as we share your life.

Make us one, risen Christ.

Cleanse our hearts.

Shower us with life.

To you be given all praise,

with the Holy Spirit,

in the glory of God,

now and forever.



The presiding minister and the assembly greet each other.

The grace of our risen Lord Jesus Christ, the love of God,

and the communion of the Holy Spirit be with you all.

And also with you.


In peace, in peace, let us pray to the Lord.

Lord, have mercy. Christ, have mercy.

Lord, have mercy.

For the reign of God, and for peace throughout the world,

for the unity of all, let us pray to the Lord.

Lord, have mercy. Christ, have mercy.

Lord, have mercy.

For your people here who have come to give you praise,

for the strength to live your word, let us pray to the Lord.

Lord, have mercy. Christ, have mercy.

Lord, have mercy.

Help, save, and defend us, O God.




Now the feast and celebration,

all of creation sings for joy

to the God of life and love and freedom;

praise and glory forevermore!

1 Now is the feast of the Lamb once slain,

whose blood has freed and united us

to be one great people of God. Refrain

2 Power and riches, wisdom and might,

all honor and glory to Christ forever. Refrain

3 For God has come to dwell with us,

to make us people of God;

to make all things new. Refrain


The presiding minister leads the prayer of the day.

Let us pray.

A brief silence is kept before the prayer.

Holy and righteous God, you are the author of life, and you adopt us to be your children. Fill us with your words of life, that we may live as witnesses to the resurrection of your Son, Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.


The assembly is seated.


God speaks to us in scripture reading, preaching, and song.

FIRST READING: Acts 3:12-19

A reading from Acts.

12[Peter] addressed the people, “You Israelites, why do you wonder at this, or why do you stare at us, as though by our own power or piety we had made him walk?13The God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob, the God of our ancestors has glorified his servant Jesus, whom you handed over and rejected in the presence of Pilate, though he had decided to release him. 14But you rejected the Holy and Righteous One and asked to have a murderer given to you, 15and you killed the Author of life, whom God raised from the dead. To this we are witnesses. 16And by faith in his name, his name itself has made this man strong, whom you see and know; and the faith that is through Jesus has given him this perfect health in the presence of all of you.

  17“And now, friends, I know that you acted in ignorance, as did also your rulers. 18In this way God fulfilled what he had foretold through all the prophets, that his Messiah would suffer. 19Repent therefore, and turn to God so that your sins may be wiped out.”

Word of God, word of life.

Thanks be to God.

SECOND READING: 1 John 3:1-7

A reading from 1 John.

1See what love the Father has given us, that we should be called children of God; and that is what we are. The reason the world does not know us is that it did not know him. 2Beloved, we are God’s children now; what we will be has not yet been revealed. What we do know is this: when he is revealed, we will be like him, for we will see him as he is. 3And all who have this hope in him purify themselves, just as he is pure.

  4Everyone who commits sin is guilty of lawlessness; sin is lawlessness. 5You know that he was revealed to take away sins, and in him there is no sin. 6No one who abides in him sins; no one who sins has either seen him or known him. 7Little children, let no one deceive you. Everyone who does what is right is righteous, just as he is righteous.

Word of God, word of life.

Thanks be to God.


The assembly stands to welcome the gospel.

Alleluia, Alleluia! Lord to whom shall we go?

You have the words of eternal life. Alleluia!

GOSPEL: Luke 24:36b-48

The holy gospel according to Luke.

Glory to you, O Lord.

36bJesus himself stood among [the disciples] and said to them, “Peace be with you.” 37They were startled and terrified, and thought that they were seeing a ghost. 38He said to them, “Why are you frightened, and why do doubts arise in your hearts? 39Look at my hands and my feet; see that it is I myself. Touch me and see; for a ghost does not have flesh and bones as you see that I have.” 40And when he had said this, he showed them his hands and his feet. 41While in their joy they were disbelieving and still wondering, he said to them, “Have you anything here to eat?” 42They gave him a piece of broiled fish, 43and he took it and ate in their presence.

  44Then he said to them, “These are my words that I spoke to you while I was still with you—that everything written about me in the law of Moses, the prophets, and the psalms must be fulfilled.” 45Then he opened their minds to understand the scriptures, 46and he said to them, “Thus it is written, that the Messiah is to suffer and to rise from the dead on the third day, 47and that repentance and forgiveness of sins is to be proclaimed in his name to all nations, beginning from Jerusalem. 48You are witnesses of these things.”

The gospel of the Lord.

Praise to you, O Christ.

SERMON: Deacon Carole Edwards

HYMN OF THE DAY Lord, You Give the Great Commission (ELW 579)

1 Lord, you give the great commission:

"Heal the sick and preach the word."

Lest the church neglect its mission,

and the gospel go unheard,

help us witness to your purpose

with renewed integrity:


With the Spirit's gifts empow'r us

for the work of ministry.

2 Lord, you call us to your service:

"In my name baptize and teach."

That the world may trust your promise,

life abundant meant for each,

give us all new fervor, draw us

closer in community: Refrain

3 Lord, you make the common holy:

"This my body, this my blood."

Let us all, for earth's true glory,

daily lift life heavenward,

asking that the world around us

share your children's liberty: Refrain

4 Lord, you show us love's true measure:

"Father, what they do, forgive."

Yet we hoard as private treasure

all that you so freely give.

May your care and mercy lead us

to a just society: Refrain

5 Lord, you bless with words assuring:

"I am with you to the end."

Faith and hope and love restoring,

may we serve as you intend

and, amid the cares that claim us,

hold in mind eternity: Refrain

CREED (ELW p. 104)

I believe in God, the Father almighty,

creator of heaven and earth.

I believe in Jesus Christ, God’s 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 to the dead.*

On the third day he rose again;

he ascended into heaven,

he is seated at the right hand of the Father,

and he will come to judge the living and the dead.

I believe in the Holy Spirit,

the holy catholic church,

the communion of saints,

the forgiveness of sins,

the resurrection of the body,

and the life everlasting. Amen.


Following each petition:

...Lord, in your mercy,

Hear our prayer.

PEACE (ELW p. 143)

The peace of Christ be with you always.

And also with you.



The Lord be with you.        

And also with you.

Lift up your hearts.        

We lift them to the Lord.

Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.

It is right to give our thanks and praise.

The thanksgiving continues with the preface for the day or season.


Holy, holy, holy are you,

God of power and might:

Heaven and earth are filled with your glory.

Hosanna in the highest.

Blessed is the one who comes in your name.

Hosanna in the highest, hosanna in the highest.


The presiding minister continues, using an appropriate form.

...we proclaim the mystery of faith.

Christ has died.

Christ is risen.

Christ will come again.

...grace our table with your presence.

Come, Holy Spirit.


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 risen Christ invites us to this table.

Come, eat and be satisfied.

Thanks be to God.


The congregation is invited to partake in the meal from where they are seated or to take the elements with them as they leave.

The body of Christ, given for you.

The blood of Christ, shed for you.



Lamb of God, you take away the sin of the world;

have mercy on us, mercy on us, mercy on us.

Lamb of God, you broke the bonds of sin and of death;

have mercy on us, mercy on us, mercy on us.

Lamb of God, you take away the sins of the world;

grant us peace, grant us peace, grant us peace.

After all have communed, the minister may say these or similar words.

The body and blood of our Lord Jesus Christ strengthen you and keep you in his grace.



Let us pray.

Wellspring of joy,

through this meal you have put gladness in our hearts.

Satisfy the hunger still around us,

and send us as joyful witnesses,

that your love may bring joy to the hearts of all people,

through Jesus Christ our Lord.



God blesses us and sends us in mission to the world.


May our glorious God grant you a spirit of wisdom

to know and to love the risen Lord Jesus.

The God of life,

Father, ☩ Son, and Holy Spirit,

bless you now and forever.


SENDING SONG This Joyful Eastertide (ELW 391)

1 This joyful Eastertide,

away with sin and sorrow!

My love, the Crucified,

has sprung to life this morrow.


Had Christ, who once was slain,

not burst his three-day prison,

our faith had been in vain.

But now has Christ arisen,

arisen, arisen, arisen.

2 My flesh in hope shall rest

and for a season slumber

till trump from east to west

shall wake the dead in number. Refrain

3 Death's flood has lost its chill

since Jesus crossed the river.

Lover of souls, from ill

my passing soul deliver. Refrain


Alleluia! Christ is risen.

Christ is risen indeed. Alleluia!

Go in peace. Share the good news. Alleluia!

Thanks be to God. Alleluia!

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