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  • The Fourth Sunday of Easter May 3, 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 May 3

    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]org

    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. 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 The Lord’s My Shepherd Hard Covered Hymn Book – ELW # 778

    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: O God our shepherd, you know your sheep by name and lead us to safety through the valleys of death. Guide us by your voice, that we may walk in certainty and security to the joyous feast prepared in your house, through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. 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 2:42-47

    Today’s reading is a description of life in the community following Peter’s sermon on the day of Pentecost, when the Spirit was poured out on God’s people. The new community is sustained in worship and fellowship, shares what they have, and ensures that everyone has enough.

    A reading from Acts Chapter 2. 42[The baptized] devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and fellowship, to the breaking of bread and the prayers. 43Awe came upon everyone, because many wonders and signs were being done by the apostles. 44All who believed were together and had all things in common; 45they would sell their possessions and goods and distribute the proceeds to all, as any had need. 46Day by day, as they spent much time together in the temple, they broke bread at home and ate their food with glad and generous hearts, 47praising God and having the goodwill of all the people. And day by day the Lord added to their number those who were being saved.

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

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    The Psalmody | Psalm 23 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:

    1The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not be in want. 2The LORD makes me lie down in green pastures and leads me beside still waters. 3You restore my soul, O LORD, and guide me along right pathways for your name’s sake. 4Though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I shall fear no evil; for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me. Response 5You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies; you anoint my head with oil, and my cup is running over. 6Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life, and I will dwell in the house of the LORD forever. Response

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    The Second Reading 1 Peter 2:19-25

    Doing the right things does not guarantee that one will not experience difficulties, hardships, rejection, or even suffering. Here Christ is presented as the model for our path of endurance and loyalty to God, particularly amid adversity.

    A reading from First Peter Chapter 2.

    19It is a credit to you if, being aware of God, you endure pain while suffering unjustly. 20If you endure when you are beaten for doing wrong, what credit is that? But if you endure when you do right and suffer for it, you have God’s approval. 21For to this you have been called, because Christ also suffered for you, leaving you an example, so that you should follow in his steps. 22“He committed no sin, and no deceit was found in his mouth.” 23When he was abused, he did not return abuse; when he suffered, he did not threaten; but he entrusted himself to the one who judges justly. 24He himself bore our sins in his body on the cross, so that, free from sins, we might live for righteousness; by his wounds you have been healed. 25For you were going astray like sheep, but now you have returned to the shepherd and guardian of your souls.

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

    Please stand in body or spirit.

    The Gospel Acclamation Halle, Halle, Halleluiah Hard Covered Hymn Book – ELW # 172 Reprinted by ownership of sufficient copies or license #, see page 3.

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    The Holy Gospel

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