April 15, 2018
3rd Sunday in Easter, Year B
ELW #377 Alleluia! Jesus is Risen
Alleluia! Christ is risen.
Christ is risen indeed. Alleluia!
Prayer of the Day
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. Amen.
First Reading: Acts 3:12-19
12Peter 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 this man walk? 13The God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, the God of our ancestors has glorified Jesus, the servant of God whom you handed over and rejected in the presence of Pilate, though Pilate 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 the name of Jesus, 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 had been foretold through all the prophets, that the Messiah would suffer. 19Repent therefore, and turn to God so that your sins may be wiped out.”
1Answer me when I call, O God, defender | of my cause;
you set me free when I was in distress; have mercy on me and | hear my prayer.
2“You mortals, how long will you dishon- | or my glory;
how long will you love illusions and seek | after lies?”
3Know that the Lord does wonders | for the faithful;
the Lord will hear me | when I call.
4Tremble, then, and | do not sin;
speak to your heart in silence up- | on your bed. R
5Offer the appointed | sacrifices,
and put your trust | in the Lord.
6Many are saying, “Who will show us | any good?”
Let the light of your face shine upon | us, O Lord.
7You have put gladness | in my heart,
more than when grain and | wine abound.
8In peace, I will lie | down and sleep;
for you alone, O Lord, make me | rest secure.
Second Reading: 1 John 3:1-7
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 God. 2Beloved, we are God’s children now; what we will be has not yet been revealed. What we do know is this: when it is revealed, we will be like God, for we will see God as God is. 3And all who have this hope in God purify themselves, just as the Son is pure.
4Everyone who commits sin is guilty of lawlessness; sin is lawlessness. 5You know that Christ was revealed to take away sins, and in him there is no sin. 6No one who abides in the Son sins; no one who sins has either seen or known the Son. 7Little children, let no one deceive you. Everyone who does what is right is righteous, just as Christ is righteous.
Gospel: Luke 24:36b-48
36bJesus himself stood among them 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 Jesus 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 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.”
ELW #367 Now All the Vault of Heaven Resounds
Prayers of Intercession
Rejoicing in the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ, we pray for the witness of the church, the wholeness of creation, and all who are in need.
A brief silence.
Holy God, we pray for the church and its many expressions. Strengthen the National Youth Gathering planning teams across the country. Prepare the hearts and minds of our youth and adults who will experience your love this summer. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.
Creating God, you gave us dominion over the soil. In this icy weather, protect the first responders, electrical line workers and emergency personnel as they keep our roads safe and our homes warm. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.
Merciful God, walk with all refugees who leave their homes to move to safety. Protect them on their journey. Greet them with hospitality. Guide world leaders to make decisions that lead to ways of peace, especially as we hold our breath for the situation in Syria. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.
Compassionate God, you heal us. For all who have not been granted the healing they desire and for all who cannot access the care they need, send social workers, doctors, parish nurses, and other caregivers. Today we pray especially for Kim Stevens. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.
God our provider, you call us to give generously. Bless the finance and stewardship teams of this congregation. Make us joyful givers of the time, talents, and treasures you have first given us. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.
God of our ancestors, in you we have our beginning and our end. We remember all the faithful departed. Enfold in a shield of peace all those who mourn, especially the family of Diane Maturen, on the death of her brother Jon Fink. Hold them in your love. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.
We entrust all our prayers to you, gracious God. Receive them by the power of the Holy Spirit and the love of your Son, Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
The peace of Christ be with you always.
And also with you.
Today I encourage you to pick up the phone and call someone who could use an extra measure of peace today.
May God who has brought us from death to life
fill you with great joy.
Almighty God, Father, ☩ Son, and Holy Spirit,
bless you now and forever. Amen.
ELW #366 The Strife is O’er, The Battle Done
Alleluia! Christ is risen.
Christ is risen indeed. Alleluia!
You are the body of Christ raised up for the world.
Go in peace. Share the good news.
Thanks be to God.