Our Redeemer Evangelical Lutheran Church

802 E. Trapp, Herington, KS 67449

31 March 2018 A T D

The Vigil of Easter

 

 

 

Church office & Preschool: 785-258-3122

Pr. Mark Lovett: 620-292-7098

www.ourredeemerherington.org

email: orlclcms@sbcglobal.net / pastor@ourredeemerherington.org

Visitors: We welcome you in the name of our Lord Jesus to our Father’s house. We’re glad that you’ve joined us and pray that you find comfort and peace in the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ.

As We Gather ~ What’s an Easter Vigil? “Vigil” means “keeping watch”—it’s traditionally an all-night service on the eve of a major feast or holiday (that’s where our tradition of Christmas Eve services began, from the vigil). The Easter Vigil connects the days of Holy Week, especially Maundy Thursday and Good Friday, and culminates in the resurrection of Christ. We gather in the full of expectation for Christ’s return. The vigil consists of prayer, psalms, hymns, and Old Testament readings proclaiming the resurrection, leading into the Lord’s Supper as its high point. The service moves from the darkness of death (Good Friday) to the light of life (Easter). For the first time in 40 days you’ll hear, “Alleluia! Christ is Risen!” You’ll notice that this Easter Vigil service is unique in that all our senses will participate in our praise of the God who gave His Son to die and rise again!

·         Our hands will touch the candles as they carry the light of the world into the sanctuary again, filling the darkness with the light of Christ.

·         Our ears will hear the chanting of the canticles of the church and the promises of resurrection as the salvation history is read from the Old Testament.

·         Our eyes will be fixed on seeing the changing colors, from purple to white and back to purple, highlighting the night as the transition from Lent’s restrained joy to Easter’s shouts of praise.

·         Our noses will sense the aroma of incense, a symbol of the well-pleasing aroma of Christ crucified for us!

·         And finally, our tongues will taste the goodness of the Lord as the broken body and shed blood of Christ enter our mouths and make us members of His own body.

The Easter Vigil is also traditionally a time for receiving members into the body of Christ. Baptisms often took place on the Easter Vigil. This year we’ll remember our baptism and the confession we made to renounce the devil and cling to God in Christ. All have spent the Lenten season in repentant preparation and thorough catechesis. The light of the Vigil will truly be the light of salvation and the life of our Church. I encourage all our members to attend these services as part of our Lenten preparation for the dying and rising of Christ Jesus. The fruit of your service—the prayers, praises, confessions, and offerings—will benefit not only you and your family, but the whole Church throughout the world, as well as those for whom we pray that do not yet know Christ.

Yours in Christ our Life T Pastor Lovett.

A prayer before worship: O Lord, Creator, Redeemer, and Comforter, as I come to worship You in spirit and in truth, I humbly pray that You would open my ears to the preaching of Your Holy Word so that I may repent of my sins, believe in Jesus Christ as my only Savior, and grow in grace and holiness. Hear me for the sake of His name.  Amen.

( For more prayers during the Service see the inside cover of the Lutheran Service Book, or pages 305-318.)

There is much standing during the Vigil of Easter, but anyone may sit as he or she has need.

The Service of Light begins outside the church. A new fire is lit signifying a new creation in Christ, who is the Light of the world. The Paschal Candle, then, lit from the new fire, is symbolic of the light of Christ in the midst of the Church.

 

T Liturgy of Light T

The Invocation & Address

The sign of the cross may be made by all in remembrance of their baptism.

P In the name of the Father and of the T Son and of the Holy Spirit.

C Amen.

P Beloved in the Lord, on this most holy night, in which Our Lord Jesus passed over from death into life, we are gathered here in vigil and in prayer. This is the Passover of the Lord in which, by hearing His Word and celebrating His Sacraments, we share in His victory over death.

Let us pray.

O God, You are like a refiner's fire, and Your Spirit enkindles the hearts of Your faithful people with the fire of Your love. Bless T, we implore You, this new flame and those who keep this joyful Easter festival that, burning with desire for life with You, we may be found rightly prepared to share in the Feast of Light which has no end; through Jesus Christ, Your Son, our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.

C Amen.

The minister now censes the new fire.

The Blessing of the Paschal Candle

The cross is traced on the paschal candle, then the Greek letters Alpha and Omega, and finally the year is traced on the Paschal Candle.

P Christ Jesus, the same yesterday, today, and forever, the beginning and the ending, the Alpha and the Omega. His are time and eternity; His are the glory and dominion, now and forever.

C Amen.

 

The five holy wounds of Christ are traced on the paschal candle.

P By His wounds we have healing both now and forever.

C Amen.

The paschal candle is lit.

P May the light of Christ, who is risen in glory from the dead, scatter all the darkness of our hearts and minds.

P The Lord be with you.

C And with thy spirit.

P Let us pray.

Almighty and most merciful God, pour out on us Your abundant blessing that all who in true faith share this night in joyful celebration of the resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ from the dead may be filled with Your heavenly benediction. Once we were in darkness, but now we are in the light, even Jesus Christ, our Lord.

C Amen.

The minister now censes the Paschal Candle. All light their candles from the Paschal Candle and follow the candle bearer in procession into the darkened church.

The Lux Christi

The bearer of the Paschal Candle stops at the entrance of the nave.


 

A The light of Christ.


Then in the middle of the nave:


 

A The light of Christ.


And finally before the altar:


 

A The light of Christ.


The Exsultet

A Rejoice now, all you heav’nly choirs of angels; rejoice now, all creation; sound forth, trumpet of salvation, and proclaim the triumph of our King. Rejoice too, all the earth, in the radiance of the light now poured upon you and made brilliant by the brightness of the everlasting King; know that the ancient darkness has been forever banished. Rejoice, O Church of Christ, clothed in the brightness of this light; let all this house of God ring out with rejoicing, with the praises of all God’s faithful people.


 

P The Lord be with you.


 

P Lift up your hearts.


P Let us give thanks unto the Lord our God.


P It is truly good, right, and salutary that we should at all times and in all places, with all our heart and mind and voice, praise You, O Lord, Holy Father, almighty everlasting God, and Your only-begotten Son, Jesus Christ. For He is the very Paschal Lamb who offered Himself for the sin of the world, who has cleansed us by the shedding of His precious blood. This is the night when You brought our fathers, the children of Israel, out of bondage in Egypt and led them through the Red Sea on dry ground. This is the night when all who believe in Christ are delivered from bondage to sin and are restored to life and immortality. This is the night when Christ, the Life, arose from the dead. The seal of the grave is broken and the morning of the new creation breaks forth out of night. Oh, how wonderful and beyond all telling is Your mercy toward us, O God, that to redeem a slave You gave Your Son. How holy is this night when all wickedness is put to flight and sin is washed away. How holy is this night when innocence is restored to the fallen and joy is given to those downcast. How blessed is the night when man is reconciled to God in Christ. Holy Father, accept now the evening sacrifices of our thanksgiving and praise. Let Christ, the true light and morning star, shine in our hearts, He who gives light to all creation, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.

The congregation may be seated. All extinguish their candles.

T The Service of the Readings T

P In this most holy night our Savior, Christ the Lord, broke the power of death and by His resurrection brought life and salvation to all creation. Let us praise the Lord, for He truly keeps His word. The sun of righteousness has dawned upon us who have sat in darkness and in the shadow of death.

THE CREATION

A A reading from Genesis, chapters one and two.

A This is the Word of the Lord.

C Thanks be to God.

P Let us pray.

Almighty God, through Your Word and Spirit You most wonderfully created all things, and through the Word made flesh You brought new life to fallen humanity. Grant that in Your mercy we may be conformed to the image of Him who shares fully in our humanity, even Jesus Christ, our Lord

C Amen.

THE FLOOD

A A reading from Genesis, chapters seven, eight, and nine.

A This is the Word of the Lord.

C Thanks be to God.

P Let us pray.

O Lord, You kill and You raise to life; You brought the flood upon a wicked and perverse generation, and yet You saved faithful Noah and his family in the ark. Keep us in safety in the ark of Christ’s body, the Church, that Your mercy may come to its fullness and Your salvation be preached to the ends of the earth; through Jesus Christ, our Lord.

C Amen.

THE TESTING OF ABRAHAM

A A reading from Genesis, chapter twenty-two.

A This is the Word of the Lord.

C Thanks be to God.

P Let us pray.

O God, since You promised faithful Abraham that he would be the father of a great multitude, You provided a substitute for his son Isaac. In the fullness of time, You sent Your Son, the Lamb who takes away the sin of the world, to lay down His life that we might live as faithful children of Abraham. Grant to all people a living trust in Your mercy; through Jesus Christ, our Lord.

C Amen.

ISRAEL’S DELIVERANCE AT THE RED SEA

A A reading from Exodus, chapters fourteen and fifteen.

A This is the Word of the Lord.

C Thanks be to God.

P Let us pray.

O God, You once delivered Your people Israel from bondage under Pharaoh and led them by a pillar of cloud and fire through the sea to safety. Grant that we may so follow Christ that through the waters of Baptism we may daily die and rise with Him and walk in safety through the wilderness of this life until we see Your salvation; through Jesus Christ, our Lord.

C Amen.

THE VALLEY OF DRY BONES

A A reading from Ezekiel, chapter thirty-seven.

A This is the Word of the Lord.

C Thanks be to God.

P Let us pray.

O God, Your Son came as the Son of Man to breathe His Word and Spirit upon the dry, dead bones of Adam’s children. Grant that we may hear Your holy Word, receive Your Spirit, and rise each day from the death of sin to live in newness of life before You; through Jesus Christ, our Lord.

C Amen.

JONAH PREACHES TO NINEVEH

A A reading from Jonah, chapter three.

A This is the Word of the Lord.

C Thanks be to God.

P Let us pray.

O God, as the prophet Jonah spent three days in the belly of the great fish, so Your Son Jesus spent three days in the heart of the earth. Grant us repentance to embrace our death in Him through Holy Baptism and to proclaim His victory over sin and death to all the world; through the same Jesus Christ, our Lord.

C Amen.

THE FIERY FURNACE

A A reading from Exodus, chapters fourteen and fifteen.

A This is the Word of the Lord.

C Thanks be to God.

P Let us pray.

O God, Your Son protected faithful Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego in the fiery furnace of the king. Grant us protection in our time of testing that we would boldly confess Your name, reject all false worship, and live and die in confidence, knowing that we are safe in Your Son, Jesus Christ, our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.

C Amen.

Stand

The Canticle                      All You Works of God, Bless the Lord                                   LSB 931

The cantor will chant the verses, the congregation shall chant the refrain.

 

 

 

 


1.     All you works of the Lord, | bless the Lord*
praise Him and magnify Him for- | ever.*
You angels of the Lord, | bless the Lord: Refrain

2.     You heavens, | bless the Lord;*
all you waters above the heavens, | bless the Lord;*
all you powers of the Lord, | bless the Lord: Refrain

3.     You sun and moon, | bless the Lord;*
you stars of heaven, | bless the Lord;*
all you showers and dew, | bless the Lord: Refrain

4.     All you winds of God, | bless the Lord;*
you fire and heat, | bless the Lord;*
you winter and summer, | bless the Lord: Refrain

5.     You dews and frost, | bless the Lord;*
you frost and cold, | bless the Lord;*
you ice and snow, | bless the Lord: Refrain

6.     You nights and days, | bless the Lord;*
you light and darkness, | bless the Lord;*
you lightnings and clouds, | bless the Lord: Refrain

7.     Let the earth | bless the Lord;*
you mountains and hills, | bless the Lord;*
all you green things that grow on the earth, | bless the Lord: Refrain

8.     You wells and springs, | bless the Lord;*
you rivers and seas, | bless the Lord;*
you whales and all who move in the waters, | bless the Lord: Refrain

9.     All you birds of the air, | bless the Lord;*
all you beasts and cattle, | bless the Lord;*
all you children of men, | bless the Lord: Refrain

10.  O Israel, | bless the Lord;*
you priests of the Lord, | bless the Lord;*
you servants of the Lord, | bless the Lord: Refrain

11.  You spirits and souls of the righteous, | bless the Lord;*
you pure and humble of heart, | bless the Lord;*
let us bless the Father and the Son and the Holy | Spirit: Refrain


 

T The Service of Holy Baptism T

Even if there are no candidates for Holy Baptism, the Service of Holy Baptism is always used at the Vigil as a remembrance of the grace received in Holy Baptism. If there are candidates to receive First Communion, to be Confirmed, or to be received into fellowship, the intended portions are also used.

P On this holiest of nights, the whole Church of our Lord Jesus Christ recalls His death and burial, rejoicing with great joy in the Gospel of His glorious and mighty resurrection from the dead. The apostle Paul says:

“Do you not know that all of us who have been baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into His death? We were buried therefore with Him by baptism into death, in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, we too might walk in newness of life. For if we have been united with Him in a death like His, we shall certainly be united with Him in a resurrection like His. We know that our old self was crucified with Him in order that the body of sin might be brought to nothing, so that we would no longer be enslaved to sin. For one who has died has been set free from sin. Now if we have died with Christ, we believe that we will also live with Him. We know that Christ being raised from the dead will never die again; death no longer has dominion over Him. For the death He died He died to sin, once for all, but the life He lives He lives to God. So you also must consider yourselves dead to sin and alive to God in Christ Jesus.”                                                               (Romans 6:3-11)

The Flood Prayer

Stand

P Let us pray.

Almighty and eternal God, according to Your strict judgment You condemned the unbelieving world through the flood, yet according to Your great mercy You preserved believing Noah and his family, eight souls in all. You drowned hard-hearted Pharaoh and all his host in the Red Sea, yet led Your people Israel through the water on dry ground, foreshadowing this washing of Your Holy Baptism. Through the Baptism in the Jordan of Your beloved Son, our Lord Jesus Christ, You sanctified and instituted all waters to be a blessed flood and a lavish washing away of sin. We pray that You would behold us all according to Your boundless mercy and bless us with true faith by the Holy Spirit, that through this saving flood all sin in us, which has been inherited from Adam and which we ourselves have committed since, would be drowned and die. Grant that we be kept safe and secure in the holy ark of the Christian Church, being separated from the multitude of unbelievers and serving Your name at all times with a fervent spirit and a joyful hope, so that, with all believers in Your promise, we would be declared worthy of eternal life; through Jesus Christ, our Lord.

C Amen.

P Do you renounce the devil?                          C Yes, I renounce him.

P Do you renounce all his works?                     C Yes, I renounce them.

P Do you renounce all his ways?                      C Yes, I renounce them.

P Do you believe in God, the Father Almighty, maker of heaven and earth?

C Yes, I believe in God, the Father Almighty, maker of heaven and earth.

P Do you believe in Jesus Christ, His only Son?

C Yes, I believe in Jesus Christ, His only Son, our Lord, who was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died and was buried. He descended into hell. The third day He rose again from the dead. He ascended into heaven and sits at the right hand of God the Father Almighty. From thence He will come to judge the living and the dead.

P Do you believe in the Holy Spirit?

C Yes, I believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy Christian Church, the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and the life T everlasting.

P The almighty God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has given you the new birth of water and of the Spirit and has forgiven you all your sins, strengthen you with His grace to life everlasting.

C Amen.

P Peace T be with you.         C Amen.

The rites of Frist Communion, Confirmation, and / or the reception of new members are inserted here as they are needed. Candidates should present themselves to the Pastor.

The Rite of First Communion (found on page 25 of The Lutheran Service Book Agenda)

Having been examined and absolved according to the custom of the Lutheran Confessions, Mstr. Luke Obermeyer is here welcomed to the fellowship of the altar.

“This rite is intended to be used to admit to the Lord’s supper baptized children who have not yet been confirmed. Candidates for admission to the Lord’s Supper have learned the Ten Commandments, the Creed, and the Lord’s Prayer. They have received careful instruction in the Gospel and the Sacraments. Confessing their sins and trusting in their Savior, they desire to receive the Lord’s Supper for the forgiveness of sins and the strengthening of their faith in Christ and their loved toward others.

“Concerning worthy reception of the Lord’s Supper, the Small Catechism teaches: ‘That person is truly worthy and well prepared who has faith in these words: “Given and shed for you for the forgiveness of sins.” But anyone who does not believe these words or doubts them is unworthy and unprepared, for the words “for you” require all hearts to believe.’

“Baptized Christians are admitted to the Sacrament when they have been examined and absolved by their pastor in accordance with the practice outlined in the Augsburg Confession (Article XXV).                                                                           

“Catechumens and their parents and baptismal sponsors (if present) gather at the font.” [Page 25, the LSB Agenda]

 
Stand / Kneel

The Litany of the Resurrection


P O Lord,                C have mercy.

P O Christ,               C have mercy.

P O Lord,                C have mercy.

P Lord Jesus Christ, Son of God,        C Hear us.


P Paschal Lamb, who was offered for us and has taken away the sin of the world,

C have mercy on us.

P Who was crucified for our transgressions and raised for our justification,

C have mercy on us.

P Who foretold Your passion saying, "The Son of Man must be crucified and on the third day rise again,"

C have mercy on us.

P Who destroyed death by dying, and by rising to life again brought life and immortality to light,

C have mercy on us.

P Whose resurrection was first announced by an angel to the women,

C have mercy on us.

P Who appeared to Mary Magdalene and was worshiped by her,

C have mercy on us.

P Who revealed Yourself to the two disciples on the Emmaus road and made Yourself known to them in the Scriptures and in the breaking of the bread,

C have mercy on us.

P Who appeared to the disciples, bestowing on them Your peace and Your Spirit,

C have mercy on us.

P Who showed Your wounded hands and side to the apostle Thomas that he too might believe,

C have mercy on us.

P Who appeared to seven disciples on the Sea of Tiberias, bringing a miraculous catch of fish,

C have mercy on us.

P Who appeared to Peter and to the Twelve, to over 500 disciples, to James and to all the apostles, and to Paul on the Damascus road,

C have mercy on us.

P Who commissioned Your Church to make disciples of all nations by baptizing and teaching them,

C have mercy on us.


P By Your glorious resurrection from the dead,     C good Lord, deliver us.

P By Your victory over sin and death,                    C good Lord, deliver us.

P By the majesty of Your risen body,                     C good Lord, deliver us.

P We poor sinners implore You                            C to hear us, Lord Jesus.


P That we may daily die and rise with You in our Baptism and walk in the freedom of Your forgiveness,

C grant us, good Lord.

P That we may set our minds on things above and not on earthly things, serving as we have been served by You,

C grant us, good Lord.

P That we may dwell with You forever in the new creation as citizens of the heavenly Jerusalem, together with all the saints,

C grant us, good Lord.

P Christ, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world,          C have mercy on us.

P Christ, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world,          C have mercy on us.

P Christ, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world,          C grant us Your peace.


P O Lord,    C have mercy.

P O Christ,   C have mercy.

P O Lord,    C have mercy. Amen.

The congregation may be seated. The ministers don the eucharistic vestments and the chancel is prepared for the Holy Communion.

A silence is observed, broken by the cry of the resurrection. The congregants are encouraged to pray and meditate on Christ and His work of salvation. The sanctuary and chancel are prepared for the Easter Proclamation.

T The Service of the  Holy Communion T

All rise at the Easter Proclamation.

The Easter Proclamation (repeated three times)

P Alleluia! Christ is risen!      R He is risen indeed! Alleluia!

Lights in the church are turned on, the chancel is decorated and the altar prepared while the congregation sings the Hymn of Praise.

The altar candles are now lit from the Paschal Candle.

The Hymn of Praise                This is the Feast                          (from DS 1)

The Blessing & Collect of the Day


 

P The Lord be with you.


P Let us pray.

...one God, now and forever.


The Epistle Reading                             Colossians 3:1-4                                                           sit


Brethren: If you have been raised with Christ, seek the things that are above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth. For you have died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God. When Christ who is your life appears, then you also will appear with Him in glory.

P The Word of the Lord.        C Thanks be to God.


The Alleluia and Verse (An acclamation of praise, the Church sings “Alleluia” because Jesus is risen.)

The Alleluias were ‘put away’ on Transfiguration Sunday, silent during the season of fasting and penitence; now they resound at the resurrection of our Lord Jesus.

  The Holy Gospel is the high point of the Liturgy of the Word. The Book of the Gospels is raised and we stand because the Lord is among us in His Holy Gospel. Processions and other rituals of prayer and bodily postures help honor and bring reverence to this solemn event of the Lord among us.

P The continuation of the T Holy Gospel according to St. John.                       (St. John 20:1-18)


T      Now on the first day of the week Mary Magdalene came to the tomb early, while it was still dark, and saw that the stone had been taken away from the tomb. So she ran and went to Simon Peter and the other disciple, the one whom Jesus loved, and said to them, “They have taken the Lord out of the tomb, and we do not know where they have laid him.” So Peter went out with the other disciple, and they were going toward the tomb. Both of them were running together, but the other disciple outran Peter and reached the tomb first. And stooping to look in, he saw the linen cloths lying there, but he did not go in. Then Simon Peter came, following him, and went into the tomb. He saw the linen cloths lying there, and the face cloth, which had been on Jesus’ head, not lying with the linen cloths but folded up in a place by itself. Then the other disciple, who had reached the tomb first, also went in, and he saw and believed; for as yet they did not understand the Scripture, that he must rise from the dead. Then the disciples went back to their homes. But Mary stood weeping outside the tomb, and as she wept she stooped to look into the tomb. And she saw two angels in white, sitting where the body of Jesus had lain, one at the head and one at the feet. They said to her, “Woman, why are you weeping?” She said to them, “They have taken away my Lord, and I do not know where they have laid him.” Having said this, she turned around and saw Jesus standing, but she did not know that it was Jesus. Jesus said to her, “Woman, why are you weeping? Whom are you seeking?” Supposing him to be the gardener, she said to him, “Sir, if you have carried him away, tell me where you have laid him, and I will take him away.” Jesus said to her, “Mary.” She turned and said to him in Aramaic, “Rabboni!” (which means Teacher). Jesus said to her, “Do not cling to me, for I have not yet ascended to the Father; but go to my brothers and say to them, ‘I am ascending to my Father and your Father, to my God and your God.’” Mary Magdalene went and announced to the disciples, “I have seen the Lord”—and that he had said these things to her.


 

P The T Gospel of the Lord.

Sit

The Sermon – Paschal Homily of St. John Chrysostom

T The Liturgy of the Sacrament T

Stand

The Offertory                        New Testament Canticle                   LSB 266                            Stand

The Offering – We give an offering in faith; that the ministry of Christ may remain among us, St. Luke 8:1-3, and to care for the poor, Gal 2:10; 1 Tim. 5:18. The “Peace of the Lord” may be shared by all. “Upon the first day of the week let every one of you set something aside to store it up, as God has prospered him.” (1 Cor. 16:2)

Through [Jesus] then, let us continually offer up a sacrifice of praise to God, that is, the fruit of the lips that acknowledge His name. Do not neglect to do good and to share what you have, for such sacrifices are pleasing to God.” (Heb. 13:15-16)

The Prayers of the Saints – Intercession for our parish and community, and all creation (1 Timothy 2:1).

The Salutation, Exhortation, & Eucharistic Prayer


 

P The Lord be with you.


 

 

 

 

 

P Lift up your hearts.


 

P Let us give thanks unto the Lord our God.


The Prayer of Thanksgiving (Eucharistic Prayer)

P It is truly meet, right, and salutary that we should at all times and in all places give thanks to You, holy Lord, almighty Father, everlasting God.  And most especially are we bound to praise You on this day for the glorious resurrection of Your Son, Jesus Christ, the very Paschal Lamb, who was sacrificed for us and bore the sins of the world.  By His dying He has destroyed death, and by His rising again He has restored to us everlasting life.  Therefore with Mary Magdalene, Peter and John, and with all the witnesses of the resurrection, with angels and archangels, and with all the company of heaven we laud and magnify Your glorious name, evermore praising You and saying:

The Eucharistic Prayer of St. Hippolytus (from the 1969 LCMS worship supplement)

The Lord’s Prayer

The Pax Domini (Our Risen Savior proclaims His peace to His gathered people; we respond, “Amen.”)

 

 

The Agnus Dei (Lamb of God – sung in praise of Jesus who makes Himself known in the breaking of the bread)

 Prayer before receiving the Sacrament

O Lord, I am not worthy that You should enter under my roof; but speak only Your Word, and Your servant will be healed. What shall I render to the Lord for all His benefits to me? I will take the Cup of Salvation and call upon the Name of the Lord. Amen.

During the Distribution of the Sacrament

The Lord was made flesh and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory; glory as of the only-begotten Son of the Father, full of grace and truth. Amen.

After receiving the Sacrament

I Live, yet not I, but Christ lives in me. What we have received with our mouths, O Lord, let us keep with faithful hearts that this Gift given us in earthly time may bring us to eternal salvation. Amen.

It is a laudable custom that the congregation greet one another in the name of the Lord, saying, “Peace be with you,” as a sign of reconciliation and of the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace (Matt. 5:22–24; Eph. 4:1–3).

If you desire to receive the Sacrament but have not received it at our altar, please speak with the Pastor before communing.

At the Lamb’s High Feast We Sing                                  LSB 633

Wide Open Stand the Gates                                            LSB 639

The Post Communion Canticle       Nunc Dimittis (a prayer)                                                      stand

A O give thanks unto the Lord for He is good.

 


A Let us pray.…

one God, now and forever.


 

P The Lord be with you.


 

A Bless we the Lord.


P The Lord bless you and keep you.

The Lord make His face shine upon you and be gracious unto you.

The Lord lift up His countenance upon you and T give you peace.

It is a salutary custom to remain standing and reverence the Cross as it processes out.

A Hymn of Procession           Now All the Vault of Heaven Resounds           LSB 465

 

As the congregation departs we greet one another with the Peace of the Lord (the apostolic “kiss of peace” – 1 Peter 5:14) brought by the resurrection of Jesus.


A prayer after worship:                   (the Anima Christi – “Soul of Christ”)

“Soul of Christ, sanctify me; Body of Christ, save me;

Blood of Christ, inebriate me; Water from the side of Christ, wash me;

Passion of Christ, strengthen me; O good Jesus, hear me;

With Your wounds, hide me; Separated from You, let me never be;

From the evil one, protect me;

At the hour of my death call me,

and bid me come to You that with Your saints I may praise You for all eternity.

Amen.”

 


 

God has instituted a lofty beautiful worship; namely, His remembrance and the glory of the passion of Christ, and to it He has borne witness that He is indeed well-pleased with it. If you want to engage in a marvelous great worship of God and honor Christ’s passion rightly, then remember and participate in the sacrament. In it there is a remembrance of Him; that is, He is praised and glorified. If you practice or assist in practicing this same remembrance with diligence, then you will assuredly forget about the self-chosen forms of worship, for you cannot praise and thank God too often or too much for His grace revealed in Christ.

T Dr. Martin Luther, 1530

Welcome to

Our Redeemer Evangelical Lutheran Church

We cordially welcome all who gather with us around the Altar and Pulpit to hear and receive the Word of God. If you are visiting this morning, please sign the Guest Register in the narthex and fill out a pew card. We hope that you will come again. If you would like to learn more about worshiping and communing at Our Redeemer, please visit with Pastor Lovett.

Our churches practice closed communion. Communicants are baptized Christians who have been instructed in the Chief Articles of Christian Doctrine – The Ten Commandments, The Creed, The Lord’s Prayer, The Sacrament of Holy Baptism, Confession and the Office of The Keys, and the Sacrament of the Altar – and have been formally admitted to the fellowship of the Altar and continue in that fellowship as a congregant of Our Redeemer or another Christian congregation committed to rightly preach the Word of God and administer the Sacraments according to Christ’s institution and mandate.  If you would like to receive the Holy Communion, but have not previously communed at our altar, please speak with the pastor.

Contact Pastor Lovett

To contact Pastor Lovett, you may call the church office (785-258-3122)

or his cell phone (620-292-7098).

Church email: orlclcms@sbcglobal.net

Pastor Lovett’s email: rev_lovett@yahoo.com

 

www.ourredeemerherington.org

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Acknowledgments

Cover art is from Higher Things: Ecclesiastical Art. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

Divine Service Setting(s) is/are from Lutheran Service Book © 2006 Concordia Publishing House. Reprinted with permission.

Unless otherwise indicated, all scripture quotations are from The Holy Bible, English Standard Version, copyright © 2001 by Crossway Bibles, a division of Good News

“My Soul Rejoices” © 1991 Stephen P. Starke. Public domain
admin. Concordia Publishing House. Used by permission: LSB Hymn License .NET, no. 100012561.
Publishers. Used by permission.

All rights reserved by Lutheran Service Builder © 2006 Concordia Publishing House.