Sunday Morning Worship - April 26, 2020

Third Sunday of Easter

“The Hope of Easter Remains in the Face of Fear and Worry”

The entire order of service is found in this video. If you like, you may follow along below.

You may also view this service on our Facebook page - https://www.facebook.com/LivingSaviorAsheville/


Preparations for Worship:

  • Worship actively! Whether you are by yourself or with others, read the parts of the service aloud (responses, lessons, and prayers). Try singing along with the hymns as well.
  • This service is for children too. Help them participate. Ask those who have that ability to read a prayer or lesson aloud. Take a moment to describe what’s happening. Ask questions. Encourage little ones to draw what they are hearing while you all listen. Unlike our more typical Sunday worship at church, you can pause at any time for discussion.
  • Pause for a moment of quiet meditation. Then pray:
    Heavenly Father, I have come to worship you. Draw near to me in your gracious Word, and assure me of your loving kindness. Curb my wandering thoughts, that with undivided attention I may hear your voice and speak your praise. Through Jesus Christ. Amen.

INVOCATION & RESPONSES

In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.

Amen.

Christ is risen!

He is risen indeed! Alleluia!

Now faith is being sure of what we hope for,

and certain of what we do not see.  
(Hebrews 11:1)

 

CONFESSION & ABSOLUTION

As we come into the presence of God, we acknowledge that we have often been unsure about God’s promises and certain only of what we can see. For these and all our sins, let us confess to God.

Lord of life, I confess that I am by nature dead in sin. For faithless worrying and selfish pride, for sins of habit and sins of choice, for the evil I have done and the good I have failed to do, you should cast me away from your presence forever. O Lord, I am sorry for my sins. Forgive me, for Jesus’ sake.

If Christ has not been raised, your faith is futile; you are still in your sins.

But Christ has indeed been raised from the dead, the firstfruits of those who have fallen asleep.

After his resurrection, Christ commanded his church to proclaim the forgiveness of sins to one another and to all nations, promising his disciples that their words were as valid as his. Therefore, it is by Christ’s command and with his authority that I say to you: In the name of Jesus, your sins are forgiven.

Christ is risen!

He is risen indeed! Alleluia!

 

SONG – “My Heart Is Filled with Thankfulness”

My heart is filled with thankfulness  To Him who bore my pain;

Who plumbed the depths of my disgrace  And gave me life again;

Who crushed my curse of sinfulness  And clothed me in His light

And wrote His law of righteousness With pow'r upon my heart.

 

My heart is filled with thankfulness  To Him who walks beside;

Who floods my weaknesses with strength  And causes fears to fly;

Whose ev'ry promise is enough  For ev'ry step I take,

Sustaining me with arms of love  And crowning me with grace.

 

My heart is filled with thankfulness  To him who reigns above,

Whose wisdom is my perfect peace,  Whose ev'ry thought is love.

For ev'ry day I have on earth  Is given by the King;

So I will give my life, my all,  To love and follow him.

 

PRAYER OF THE DAY

O God, by the humiliation of your Son you lifted up this fallen world from the despair of death. By his resurrection to life, grant your faithful people gladness of heart and the hope of eternal joys; through your Son, Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.

Amen.

 

EPISTLE LESSON - 1 Peter 1:17-21

17 Since you call on a Father who judges each person’s work impartially, live out your time as foreigners here in reverent fear. 18 For you know that it was not with perishable things such as silver or gold that you were redeemed from the empty way of life handed down to you from your ancestors, 19 but with the precious blood of Christ, a lamb without blemish or defect. 20 He was chosen before the creation of the world, but was revealed in these last times for your sake. 21 Through him you believe in God, who raised him from the dead and glorified him, and so your faith and hope are in God.

 

GOSPEL OF THE DAY - Luke 24:13-35

13 Now that same day two of them were going to a village called Emmaus, about seven miles from Jerusalem. 14 They were talking with each other about everything that had happened. 15 As they talked and discussed these things with each other, Jesus himself came up and walked along with them; 16 but they were kept from recognizing him.

17 He asked them, “What are you discussing together as you walk along?”

They stood still, their faces downcast. 18 One of them, named Cleopas, asked him, “Are you the only one visiting Jerusalem who does not know the things that have happened there in these days?”

19 “What things?” he asked.

“About Jesus of Nazareth,” they replied. “He was a prophet, powerful in word and deed before God and all the people. 20 The chief priests and our rulers handed him over to be sentenced to death, and they crucified him; 21 but we had hoped that he was the one who was going to redeem Israel. And what is more, it is the third day since all this took place. 22 In addition, some of our women amazed us. They went to the tomb early this morning 23 but didn’t find his body. They came and told us that they had seen a vision of angels, who said he was alive. 24 Then some of our companions went to the tomb and found it just as the women had said, but they did not see Jesus.”

25 He said to them, “How foolish you are, and how slow to believe all that the prophets have spoken! 26 Did not the Messiah have to suffer these things and then enter his glory?” 27 And beginning with Moses and all the Prophets, he explained to them what was said in all the Scriptures concerning himself.

28 As they approached the village to which they were going, Jesus continued on as if he were going farther. 29 But they urged him strongly, “Stay with us, for it is nearly evening; the day is almost over.” So he went in to stay with them.

30 When he was at the table with them, he took bread, gave thanks, broke it and began to give it to them. 31 Then their eyes were opened and they recognized him, and he disappeared from their sight. 32 They asked each other, “Were not our hearts burning within us while he talked with us on the road and opened the Scriptures to us?”

33 They got up and returned at once to Jerusalem. There they found the Eleven and those with them, assembled together 34 and saying, “It is true! The Lord has risen and has appeared to Simon.” 35 Then the two told what had happened on the way, and how Jesus was recognized by them when he broke the bread.

 

SONG – “Immovable Our Hope Remains”

Immovable our hope remains

Though shifting sands before us lie

The One who washed away our stains

Shall bear us safely to the skies

The floods may rise, the winds may beat

Torrential rains descend

Yet God His own will not forget

He'll love and keep us till the end

You'll love and keep us till the end.

 

This is eternal life: to know

The living God and Christ, the Son

The Savior will not let us go

Until His saving work is done

Our debt was great, as was our need

But now the price is paid

Who can behold Immanuel bleed

And doubt His willingness to save?

We trust Your willingness to save.

 

The Lord acquits, who can condemn?

Though Satan's accusations fly

His pow'r can never reach our names

To blot them from the Book of Life

The Son has surely made us free

His Word forever stands

And all our joy is knowing we

Are graven on His wounded hands.

We're graven on Your wounded hands.

 

MESSAGE

 

CONFESSION OF FAITH – Luther’s Explanation to the Second Article of the Apostles’ Creed

I believe that Jesus Christ, true God, eternally begotten of the Father, and also true man, born of the virgin Mary, is my Lord.

He has redeemed me, a lost and condemned creature, purchased and won me from all sins, from death and from the power of the devil, not with gold or silver, but with his holy, precious blood and with his innocent suffering and death.

All this he did that I should be his own, and live under him in his kingdom, and serve him in everlasting righteousness, innocence and blessedness, just as he has risen from death and lives and rules eternally.

This is most certainly true.

 

OFFERING

Offerings may be given on-line at LSavior.org/support, mailed to the church office, put into the offering plate if you come for private communion, or dropped off at the office during regular hours.

 

PRAYER OF THE CHURCH

Merciful God, with the precious blood of your Son you have redeemed us from the worrisome ways of the world and from the empty desires of our sinful flesh. Then you raised our Redeemer from the dead and seated him in glory at your right hand. Renew our faith in you. Give us peace as we look forward in hope to our heavenly home.

During these challenging times, Father, teach us the value of patience. Give each of us a calm and gentle spirit, even when you are testing us. Remind us that when you make us wait on your good gifts, it is to bless, strengthen, and refine us as your instruments. Help us see that our patience under testing is a powerful witness to those around us who do not know the beauty of the Lord Jesus. Make us strong to serve you and to do your will.

Special prayers and intercessions

Hear us, Lord, as we bring you our quiet petitions.

Private prayers

Accept these and all our prayers for the sake of our living Savior, Jesus Christ, in whose name we also pray:

 

LORD’S PRAYER

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.

 

BLESSING

The Lord bless you and keep you.

The Lord make his face shine on you and be gracious to you.

The Lord look on you with favor and give you peace.

Amen.

 

SONG – “Immovable Our Hope Remains”

Built into Christ, secure we stand

For with His Spirit we've been sealed

By grace we'll see the promised land

Where every sorrow shall be healed

To God who gave His only Son

To Jesus Christ, our Lord

To God the Spirit, Three-in-one

Be songs of praise forevermore

We'll sing Your praise forevermore.