"Jesus At Our Table" April 26, 2020 Worship Service

April 28, 2020 | by: Pastor Harry Therwanger | 0 Comments

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Resurrection of Our Lord
Easter Season Worship Third Sunday of Easter
April 26, 2020

Musical Prelude
As We Gather
Today’s gospel begins with two disciples walking to Emmaus, overcome with sadness, loss, and disappointment. They had hoped Jesus, who was crucified, would be the one to redeem Israel! Yet the risen Christ walks with them and then opens their eyes in the breaking of the bread. Each Sunday our hearts burn within us as the scriptures are proclaimed and Christ appears to us as bread is broken and wine is poured. The story of Emmaus becomes the pattern of our worship each Lord’s day.
Pastor’s Greeting—
Music – “At The Lamb’s High Feast We Sing” LBW 132

At the Lamb’s High Feast We Sing

At the Lamb’s high feast we sing praise to our victorious king,
who has washed us in the tide flowing from his pierced side. Alleluia!

Praise we him, whose love divine gives his sacred blood for wine,
gives his body for the feast, Christ the victim, Christ the priest. Alleluia!

Now no more can death appall, now no more the grave enthrall;
you have opened paradise, and your saints in you shall rise. Alleluia!

Easter triumph, Easter joy! This alone can sin destroy;
from sin’s pow’r, Lord, set us free, newborn souls in you to be. Alleluia!

Father, who the crown shall give, Savior, by whose death we live,
Spirit, guide through all our days: Three in One, your name we praise. Alleluia!

Invocation Confession and Absolution
Blessed be the holy Trinity, ☩ one God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit who is present, who gives life, who calls into existence the things that do not exist.
Let us confess our sins and be reconciled with God and with one another.

Silence is kept for reflection and self-examination.
Most merciful God,
you sent your son to die and rise to new life in order that death might be brought to an end and that we might live a new life in Him. Yet we confess that we too often have chosen to remain captive to doubt and fear and ways that lead to death. By our thoughts, words, and actions, we have scorned your love, diminished the lives of others, and defaced your image in us. Gracious God, forgive us for Jesus’ sake, and enable us by His resurrection power to live no longer for ourselves but for Him who died and rose again for us. Amen.
Jesus was delivered over to death for our sins and raised to life for our justification. God, who is rich in mercy, loved us even when we were dead in sin, and made us alive together with Christ. By grace you have been saved.
I, a called and ordained servant of the Word, announce the grace of God to all of you and in the stead and by the command of our Lord Jesus forgive you all your sins, in the Name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit.
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.



Prayer of the Day
O God, your Son makes himself known to all his disciples in the breaking of bread. Open the eyes of our faith, that we may see him in his redeeming work, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.

First Reading: Acts 2:14a, 36-41
Today’s reading is the conclusion of Peter’s sermon preached following the giving of the Holy Spirit to the apostles on the day of Pentecost. The center of his preaching is the bold declaration that God has made the crucified Jesus both Lord and Christ.

14aPeter, standing with the eleven, raised his voice and addressed [the crowd], 36“Therefore let the entire house of Israel know with certainty that God has made him both Lord and Messiah, this Jesus whom you crucified.”
  37Now when they heard this, they were cut to the heart and said to Peter and to the other apostles, “Brothers, what should we do?” 38Peter said to them, “Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ so that your sins may be forgiven; and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. 39For the promise is for you, for your children, and for all who are far away, everyone whom the Lord our God calls to him.” 40And he testified with many other arguments and exhorted them, saying, “Save yourselves from this corrupt generation.” 41So those who welcomed his message were baptized, and that day about three thousand persons were added.

Psalm: Psalm 116:1-4, 12-19
 1I love the Lord, who has heard my voice, and listened to my supplication,
 2for the Lord has given ear to me whenever I called.
 3The cords of death entangled me; the anguish of the grave came upon me; I came to grief and sorrow.
 4Then I called upon the name of the Lord: “O Lord, I pray you, save my life.”
 12How shall I repay the Lord for all the good things God has done for me?
 13I will lift the cup of salvation and call on the name of the Lord.
 14I will fulfill my vows to the Lord in the presence of all God’s people.
 15Precious in your sight, O Lord, is the death of your servants.
 16O Lord, truly I am your servant; I am your servant, the child of your handmaid; you have freed me from my bonds.
 17I will offer you the sacrifice of thanksgiving and call upon the name of the Lord.
 18I will fulfill my vows to the Lord in the presence of all God’s people,
 19in the courts of the Lord‘s house, in the midst of you, O Jerusalem. Hallelujah!

Second Reading: 1 Peter 1:17-23
The imagery of exile is used to help the readers of this letter understand that they are strangers in a strange land. Christians no longer belong to this age. Through the death of Christ we belong to God, so that our focus, faith, and hope are no longer on such things as silver or gold.
17If you invoke as Father the one who judges all people impartially according to their deeds, live in reverent fear during the time of your exile. 18You know that you were ransomed from the futile ways inherited from your ancestors, not with perishable things like silver or gold, 19but with the precious blood of Christ, like that of a lamb without defect or blemish. 20He was destined before the foundation of the world, but was revealed at the end of the ages for your sake. 21Through him you have come to trust in God, who raised him from the dead and gave him glory, so that your faith and hope are set on God.
  22Now that you have purified your souls by your obedience to the truth so that you have genuine mutual love, love one another deeply from the heart. 23You have been born anew, not of perishable but of imperishable seed, through the living and enduring word of God.


Gospel: Luke 24:13-35
The colorful story of Jesus’ appearance to two disciples on the road to Emmaus answers the question of how Jesus is to be recognized among us. Here, he is revealed through the scriptures and in the breaking of bread.


13Now on that same day [when Jesus had appeared to Mary Magdalene,] two [disciples] were going to a village called Emmaus, about seven miles from Jerusalem, 14and talking with each other about all these things that had happened. 15While they were talking and discussing, Jesus himself came near and went with them, 16but their eyes were kept from recognizing him. 17And he said to them, “What are you discussing with each other while you walk along?” They stood still, looking sad. 18Then one of them, whose name was Cleopas, answered him, “Are you the only stranger in Jerusalem who does not know the things that have taken place there in these days?” 19He asked them, “What things?” They replied, “The things about Jesus of Nazareth, who was a prophet mighty in deed and word before God and all the people, 20and how our chief priests and leaders handed him over to be condemned to death and crucified him. 21But we had hoped that he was the one to redeem Israel. Yes, and besides all this, it is now the third day since these things took place. 22Moreover, some women of our group astounded us. They were at the tomb early this morning, 23and when they did not find his body there, they came back and told us that they had indeed seen a vision of angels who said that he was alive. 24Some of those who were with us went to the tomb and found it just as the women had said; but they did not see him.” 25Then he said to them, “Oh, how foolish you are, and how slow of heart to believe all that the prophets have declared! 26Was it not necessary that the Messiah should suffer these things and then enter into his glory?” 27Then beginning with Moses and all the prophets, he interpreted to them the things about himself in all the scriptures.
  28As they came near the village to which they were going, he walked ahead as if he were going on. 29But they urged him strongly, saying, “Stay with us, because it is almost evening and the day is now nearly over.” So he went in to stay with them. 30When he was at the table with them, he took bread, blessed and broke it, and gave it to them. 31Then their eyes were opened, and they recognized him; and he vanished from their sight. 32They said to each other, “Were not our hearts burning within us while he was talking to us on the road, while he was opening the scriptures to us?” 33That same hour they got up and returned to Jerusalem; and they found the eleven and their companions gathered together. 34They were saying, “The Lord has risen indeed, and he has appeared to Simon!” 35Then they told what had happened on the road, and how he had been made known to them in the breaking of the bread.

SERMON “Jesus At The Table” Luke 24:13-35

Music – “Day of Arising” (tune: Morning Has Broken)
1 Day of arising, Christ on the roadway, unknown companion walks with his own.
When they invite him, as fades the first day, and bread is broken, Christ is made known.

2 When we are walking, doubtful and dreading, blinded by sadness, slowness of heart,
yet Christ walks with us ever awaiting our invitation: Stay, do not part.

3 Lo, I am with you, Jesus has spoken. This is Christ’s promise, this is Christ’s sign:
When the church gathers, when bread is broken, there Christ is with us in bread and wine.

4 Christ, our companion, hope for the journey, bread of compassion, open our eyes.
Grant us your vision, set all hearts burning that all creation with you may rise.

Offering Prayer
Merciful God, our ordinary gifts seem small for such a celebration, but you make of them an abundance, just as you do with our lives. Feed us again at this table for service in your name, in the strength of the risen Christ. Amen.
The Apostles Creed
I believe in God, the Father almighty, creator of heaven and earth.
I believe in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord.
He was conceived by the power of the Holy Spirit and born of the virgin Mary.
He suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died, and was buried.
He descended into hell. On the third day he rose again. He ascended into heaven,and is seated at the right hand of the Father.
He will come again 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
Prayers of Intercession
Prayers of Intercession

Uplifted by the promised hope of healing and resurrection, we join the people of God in all times and places in praying for the church, the world, and all who are in need.
A brief silence.
For those whose hearts are fervent with love for your gospel, that they are empowered to tell the story of your love in their lives and to show hospitality in response to this love. Lord, in your mercy,
hear our prayer.
For the diverse natural world: for jungles, prairies, forests, valleys, mountains, and for all the wild and endangered animals who call these spaces home, that they are nurtured and protected. Lord, in your mercy,
hear our prayer.
For broken systems we have inherited and that we continue to perpetuate, forgive us. Restrain the nations from fighting over limited resources. Redeem us from the cycles of scarcity and violence. Lord, in your mercy,
hear our prayer.
For all who call upon your healing name, give rest. Stay with us, and walk with all those who are hungry, friendless, despairing, and desiring healing in body and spirit (especially). Lord, in your mercy,
hear our prayer.
For the faith forming ministries of this church. For those preparing for baptism, first communion, confirmation, and membership (especially). For those who participate in Bible study and adult education; guide and inspire learners of every age and ability. Lord, in your mercy,
hear our prayer.
Here other intercessions may be offered.
Create in our hearts a yearning to rest in your promise of eternal and resurrected life. Give us thankful hearts for those who have died, even as we look forward to the hope of new life with you. Lord, in your mercy,
hear our prayer.
With bold confidence in your love, almighty God, we place all for whom we pray into your eternal care; through Christ our Lord.

The peace of the Lord be with you always --- And also with you


It is indeed right and salutary that we should at all times and in all places offer thanks and praise to, O Lord, holy Father, almighty and ever living God. But chiefly are we bound to praise you for the glorious resurrection of our Lord, for he is the true Passover Lamb who gave himself to take away our sin, who by his death has destroyed death, and by his rising has brought us eternal life. And so, with Mary Madgalene and Peter and all the witnesses of the resurrection, With earth and sea and all their creatures, and with angels and archangels, cherubim and seraphim, we praise your name and join their unending hymn:


Words of Institution

Lord’s Prayer

Invitation to Communion
Come to the banquet. Behold the risen Christ.

Sharing of Communion

Prayer after Communion
Life-giving God, you have fed us with your word, and our hearts burn within us. Through this meal you have opened us to your presence. Now send us forth to share the gifts of Easter with all in need;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.
May the One who brought forth Jesus from the dead
raise you to new life, fill you with hope, and turn your mourning into dancing.
Almighty God, Father, ☩ Son, and Holy Spirit, bless you now and forever.
MUSIC “I Am the Bread of Life”
1 "I am the Bread of life. You who come to me shall not hunger,
and who believe in me shall not thirst. No one can come to me unless the Father beckons."

"And I will raise you up, and I will raise you up, and I will raise you up on the last day."

2 "The bread that I will give is my flesh for the life of the world,
and if you eat of this bread, you shall live forever, you shall live forever." Refrain

3 "Unless you eat of the flesh of the Son of Man and drink of his blood, and drink of his blood,
you shall not have life within you." Refrain

4 "I am the resurrection, I am the life. If you believe in me, even though you die, you shall live forever." Refrain

5 Yes, Lord, I believe that you are the Christ, the Son of God,
who have come into the world. Refrain

Just as he said. Christ is risen
He is risen indeed.
Go in peace. Share the good news. Alleluia!
Thanks be to God. Alleluia!


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