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  • The Second Sunday of Easter April 19, 2020

    Christ’s Lutheran Church exists to welcome people to faith in Christ Jesus;

    to equip persons with a faith that works in real life; and to send us in service into the world in Jesus’ name.

    Christ’s Lutheran Church 700 East Pennsylvania Avenue

    Oreland, Pennsylvania

    The Rev. Bill Vanderslice, Pastor

    Christ is risen.

    He is risen indeed.


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    All weekly building activities and worship schedules continue to be suspended due to the coronavirus.

    Our schedule will be regularly reevaluated.

    Please note that the scripture readings and prayers in this program have been updated for April 19

    for home devotional purposes.

    Christ’s Evangelical Lutheran Church 700 E. Pennsylvania Avenue, Oreland, PA 19075

    Office Phone: 215-886-4612 | Office Hours: 8:30am – 12:30pm

    Email: [email protected] Bill Vanderslice, Senior Pastor: [email protected]

    Ken Selinger, Director of Music: [email protected] Elise Seyfried, Spiritual Formation Director: [email protected] Lorraine Pfeiffer, Administrative Assistant: [email protected]

    Sally Mead, Preschool Director: [email protected] Peter Carr, Sexton: [email protected]

    In the event of a pastoral emergency, after office hours,

    you may reach Pastor Vanderslice by calling his cell phone at 215-534-2845.

    mailto:[email protected]

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    Welcome to Christ’s Lutheran Church! May you experience the joy of God’s presence as we worship together this morning. We are blessed by your presence! Enjoy our gracious lobby to greet friends, guests, and visitors before the service. Please sign the guest book in the lobby if you are visiting with us today, and include your address and zip code. Please allow others to enjoy quiet space and time in the pews as they prepare for worship. Our musical prelude begins our worship experience. We encourage you to use this time to silently prepare to receive God’s Word. WHEN YOU LEAVE…..Introduce yourself to someone you do not know.

    We remember Ed Suloff and family

    on Kathy Suloff’s birthday.

    You may download an electronic copy of the worship program to your electronic device by scanning the QR code on the lobby bulletin board. Cell Phones - Please silence your electronic devices before entering the worship area. We request that you put your cell phone on “airplane” mode to avoid any interference with the sound system. An AED is located in the office hallway. There is an automated external defibrillator (AED) in case of an emergency. Large Print Bulletins are available in the lobby, or ask an usher. Activity Bags for young children are also available in the lobby. A lobby speaker and windows make it possible to see/hear the service from the Lobby in case you need to step out for your comfort or for attending to young children's needs.


    The Service is from Evangelical Lutheran Worship, copyright 2006. All rights reserved

    Service music and hymns are used by permission of Augsburg Fortress license #14002-LIT,

    CCLI License # 1589737 or One License # A 70825.

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    The Service

    [Congregational responses are printed in bold-faced type.] ELW: the hard covered service book, Evangelical Lutheran Worship

    The Prelude

    Welcome and Announcements Moment for Reflection


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

    Please stand in body or spirit.

    Remembering our Baptism In baptism, we are welcomed into the body of Christ and sent to share in the mission of God. We are called to live among God’s faithful people, to hear the word of God and share in the Lord’s supper, to proclaim the good news of God in Christ through word and deed, to serve all people, following the example of Jesus, and to strive for justice and peace in all the earth. People of God, do you promise to support and pray for the mission of the church as we connect to God, each other and the community? We do, and we ask God to help and guide us. Good and gracious God we give you thanks for the new life we share in baptism. Bless and sustain us as your children every day and throughout eternity. Amen.

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    The Gathering Song Christ is Alive! Let Christians Sing Hard Covered Hymn Book – ELW # 389

    Reprinted by ownership of sufficient copies or license #, see page 3.

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    The Greeting Christ is risen! He is risen indeed! Alleluia! The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, the love of God and the communion of the Holy Spirit be with you all. And also with you. The Prayer of the Day Let us pray together: Almighty and eternal God, the strength of those who believe and the hope of those who doubt, may we, who have not seen, have faith in you and receive the fullness of Christ’s blessing, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.

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    Hymn of Praise ELW Setting # 3

    The hymn continues on the next page.

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    Please be seated.

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

    The First Reading Acts 2:14a, 22-32

    A reading from Acts Chapter 2. 14aPeter, standing with the eleven, raised his voice and addressed [the crowd], 22“You that are Israelites, listen to what I have to say: Jesus of Nazareth, a man attested to you by God with deeds of power, wonders, and signs that God did through him among you, as you yourselves know—23this man, handed over to you according to the definite plan and foreknowledge of God, you crucified and killed by the hands of those outside the law. 24But God raised him up, having freed him from death, because it was impossible for him to be held in its power. 25For David says concerning him, ‘I saw the Lord always before me, for he is at my right hand so that I will not be shaken; 26therefore my heart was glad, and my tongue rejoiced; moreover my flesh will live in hope. 27For you will not abandon my soul to Hades, or let your Holy One experience corruption. 28You have made known to me the ways of life; you will make me full of gladness with your presence.’ 29“Fellow Israelites, I may say to you confidently of our ancestor David that he both died and was buried, and his tomb is with us to this day. 30Since he was a prophet, he knew that God had sworn with an oath to him that he would put one of his descendants on his throne. 31Foreseeing this, David spoke of the resurrection of the Messiah, saying, ‘He was not abandoned to Hades, nor did his flesh experience corruption.’ 32This Jesus God raised up, and of that all of us are witnesses.”

    Word of God. Word of Life. Thanks be to God.

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    The Psalmody | Psalm 16 Be Not Afraid Hard Covered Hymn Book – ELW # 388

    Reprinted by ownership of sufficient copies or license #, see page 3.

    The Congregation will sing the following response:

    1Protect me, O God, for I take refuge in you; I have said to the LORD, “You are my Lord, my good above all other.” 2All my delight is in the godly that are in the land, upon those who are noble among the people. 3But those who run after other gods shall have their troubles multiplied. 4I will not pour out drink offerings to such gods, never take their names upon my lips. Response 5O LORD, you are my portion and my cup; it is you who uphold my lot. 6My boundaries enclose a pleasant land; indeed, I have a rich inheritance. 7I will bless the LORD who gives me counsel; my heart teaches me night after night. 8I have set the LORD always before me; because God is at my right hand, I shall not be shaken. Response

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    9My heart, therefore, is glad, and my spirit rejoices; my body also shall rest in hope. 10For you will not abandon me to the grave, nor let your holy one see the pit. 11You will show me the path of life; in your presence there is fullness of joy, and in your right hand are pleasures forevermore. Response The Second Reading 1 Peter 1:3-9 A reading from First Peter Chapter 1. 3Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! By his great mercy he has given us a new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, 4and into an inheritance that is imperishable, undefiled, and unfading, kept in heaven for you, 5who are being protected by the power of God through faith for a salvation ready to be revealed in the last time. 6In this you rejoice, even if now for a little while you have had to suffer various trials, 7so that the genuineness of your faith—being more precious than gold that, t

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