Our Redeemer Evangelical Lutheran Church

802 E. Trapp, Herington, KS 67449

13 May 2018 A T D



The Sunday of the Ascension of our Lord


Hear, O Lord, when I cry aloud.

Your face, Lord, do I seek; hide not your face from me.



Church office & Preschool: 785-258-3122

Pr. Mark Lovett: 620-292-7098


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


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.

Visitors: We welcome you in the name of our Lord Jesus to our Father’s house. We’re glad that you’ve joined us today and pray that you find comfort and peace in the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ. If you desire the Sacrament but have not received it at our altar, please speak with the Pastor before communing.

As we gather: The prelude music & bells marks a time for prayer and meditation as we prepare to receive the blessings of our Lord. Please respect the prayers of others by praying quietly. In the same respect, if possible, please do not leave the Service of the Lord until after His benediction.

A word on the order of service: If you find yourself a bit lost, take heart! We were all there once. Listen to and watch those around you and learn from them how the Church worships God.

NB: Italicized words or phrases indicate an appropriate time to bow one’s head, such as at the Holy Name of Jesus. The (T) marks an appropriate time to make the sign of the Holy Cross.  The symbol () marks a scriptural and theological explanation of that part of the liturgy.

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




The Hymn of Procession                 A Hymn of Glory Let Us Sing               LSB 493              Stand

The Preparation

The sign of the holy cross (T) may be made by all in remembrance of their Baptism.

In the name of the Father and of the T Son and of the Holy Spirit.                                 C Amen.

Beloved in the Lord! Let us draw near with a true heart and confess our sins unto God our Father, beseeching Him in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ to grant us forgiveness.

Our help is in the name of the Lord,                            C who made heaven and earth.

I said, I will confess my transgressions unto the Lord,   C and You forgave the iniquity of my sin.

P     Almighty God, our maker and redeemer, we poor sinners confess unto You that we are by nature sinful and unclean and that we have sinned against You by thought, word, and deed.  Wherefore we flee for refuge to Your infinite mercy, seeking and imploring Your grace for the sake of our Lord Jesus Christ.

C     O most merciful God, who has given Your only-begotten Son to die for us, have mercy upon us and for His sake grant us remission of all our sins; and by Your Holy Spirit increase in us true knowledge of You and of Your will and true obedience to Your Word, to the end that by Your grace we may come to everlasting life; through Jesus Christ, our Lord. Amen.

The minister faces the assembly, announcing God’s mercy by the blood of Jesus which washes us clean in the waters of Holy baptism and allows us entrance into the holy of holies where Christ is seated at the right hand of God.

P     Almighty God, our heavenly Father, has had mercy upon us and has given His only Son to die for us and for His sake forgives us all our sins. To those who believe on His name He gives power to become the children of God and has promised them His Holy Spirit. He that believes and is baptized shall be saved.

Grant this, Lord, unto us all.

C    Amen.

The call to gather:

Therefore, brothers, since we have confidence to enter the holy places by the blood of Jesus, by the new and living way that He opened for us through the curtain, that is, through His flesh, and since we have a great priest over the house of God, let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, with our hearts sprinkled clean from an evil conscience and our bodies washed with pure water. Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for He who promised is faithful. And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near.” (Heb. 10:19-25)



T The Liturgy of the Word T

The Introit                                                            Psalm 66:1–2a, 17, 19–20; antiphon: Isaiah 48:20b

T Hear, O Lord, when I cry aloud. Alleluia. Your face, Lord, do I seek; hide not your face from me. Alleluia.

Chant tone “A” is used for Ascension and its Octave.

P The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom | shall I fear?* The Lord is the stronghold of my life; of whom shall I | be afraid?

C Teach me your way, | O Lord;* give me not up to the will of my adver- | saries;

P for false witnesses have risen a- | gainst me,* and they breathe out | violence.

C Glory be to the Father and | to the Son* and to the Holy |Spirit;

     as it was in the be- | ginning* is now and will be forever. | Amen.

(Antiphon repeated) T

The Kyrie (Here the people of God ask for and confess God’s mercies which are new every morning (Lam. 3:22-23.))

The Gloria in Excelsis (angelic hymn from Lk. 2:14; a hymn of praise to the one true God for His salvation among men.)

The Blessing & Collect for Easter 7 (The Collect is a common prayer of all Christians in every time and place.)

The Lord’s minister first addresses the congregation at the Blessing (the Preparatory Rite not properly belonging to the Holy Liturgy but an extension of private confession). The minister blesses the people – “The Lord be with you” – and they bless him – “And with thy spirit” – that he might fulfill his ministry of prayer and teaching by the Spirit of the Lord Jesus (cf. Ruth 2:4).


P The Lord be with you.


P Let us pray....

O King of glory, Lord of hosts, uplifted in triumph far above all heavens, leave us not without consolation but send us the Spirit of truth whom You promised from the Father; for You live and reign with Him and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.

A prayer (Psalm 43:3) at hearing the word of the Lord: “O Lord, send out Thy light and Thy truth, let them lead me.”

The First Reading                                Ezekiel 36:22–28                                                        Sit

Thus says the Lord God: It is not for your sake, O house of Israel, that I am about to act, but for the sake of my holy name, which you have profaned among the nations to which you came. And I will vindicate the holiness of my great name, which has been profaned among the nations, and which you have profaned among them. And the nations will know that I am the Lord, declares the Lord God, when through you I vindicate my holiness before their eyes. I will take you from the nations and gather you from all the countries and bring you into your own land. I will sprinkle clean water on you, and you shall be clean from all your uncleannesses, and from all your idols I will cleanse you. And I will give you a new heart, and a new spirit I will put within you. And I will remove the heart of stone from your flesh and give you a heart of flesh. And I will put my Spirit within you, and cause you to walk in my statutes and be careful to obey my just decrees. You shall dwell in the land that I gave to your fathers, and you shall be my people, and I will be your God.

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

During the Easter Season the Gradual is omitted because the Alleluia Verse is extended.

The Epistle                                             1 Peter 4:7–11

Beloved: The end of all things is at hand; therefore be self-controlled and sober-minded for the sake of your prayers. Above all, keep loving one another earnestly, since love covers a multitude of sins. Show hospitality to one another without grumbling. As each has received a gift, use it to serve one another, as good stewards of God’s varied grace: whoever speaks, as one who speaks oracles of God; whoever serves, as one who serves by the strength that God supplies—in order that in everything God may be glorified through Jesus Christ. To him belong glory and dominion forever and ever. Amen.

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

The Alleluia and Verse (9-fold Alleluia during Easter)                                                              stand

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.

A God reigns over the | nations;* God sits on his | holy throne. (Repeat “Alleluias”)

A I will not leave you as | orphans;* I am going away, and I will come to you, and your hearts | will rejoice. (Repeat “Alleluias”)

The Holy Gospel                                                                                          St. John 15:26 – 16:4

P The continuation of the T Holy Gospel according to St. John.

T      At that time, Jesus said to His disciples: “When the Helper comes, whom I will send to you from the Father, the Spirit of truth, who proceeds from the Father, he will bear witness about me. And you also will bear witness, because you have been with me from the beginning. “I have said all these things to you to keep you from falling away. They will put you out of the synagogues. Indeed, the hour is coming when whoever kills you will think he is offering service to God. And they will do these things because they have not known the Father, nor me. But I have said these things to you, that when their hour comes you may remember that I told them to you.”


P The T Gospel of the Lord.

The Apostles’ Creed

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

And 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.

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. Amen.

The Hymn of the Day                   Christ is the World’s Redeemer                LSB 539                    Sit

The Sermon

The Catechetical InstructionHow the head of the family should teach his household to ask a blessing.

P The children and members of the household shall go to the table reverently, fold their hands, and say:

C The eyes of all look to You, [O LORD,] and You give them their food at the proper time. You open Your hand and satisfy the desires of every living thing. (Ps. 145: 15–16)

P Then shall be said the Lord’s Prayer and the following:

C Lord God, heavenly Father, bless us and these Your gifts which we receive from Your bountiful goodness, through Jesus Christ, our Lord. Amen.

T The Liturgy of the Sacrament T


The Holy Communion will not be distributed today; if you would like the Holy Communion this week you are encouraged to attend the weekly distribution at the Divine Service on Thursdays at 10:00am at Legacy of Herington Assisted Living.

At the outset we must again make the preliminary statement that we do not abolish the mass, but religiously maintain and defend it. For among us masses are celebrated every Lord's Day and on the other festivals, in which the Sacrament is offered to those who wish to use it, after they have been examined and absolved. And the usual public ceremonies are observed, the series of lessons, of prayers, vestments, and other like things.”

The Apology of the Augsburg Confession: The Mass, XXIV, paragraph 1



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 Offertory            New Testament Canticle from the Service of Prayer & Preaching                      Stand

The Offering – We give an offering 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. Therefore, “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)

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

P … let us pray to the Lord.    C Lord, have mercy.

The Lord’s Prayer & Concluding Collect

P Almighty God, grant to Your Church Your Holy Spirit and the wisdom that comes down from above, that Your Word may not be bound but have free course and be preached to the joy and edifying of Christ’s holy people, that in steadfast faith we may serve You and, in the confession of Your name, abide unto the end; through Jesus Christ, our Lord.

C Amen.






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.

The Hymn of Procession            All Hail the Power of Jesus’ Name                 LSB 549

It is a laudable custom to remain standing for the final hymn (cf. Rev. 7:9) and reverence the cross as the ensign of our King (cf. Gal. 6:14). Please be seated as you have need.

T Soli Deo Gloria T

Those serving today in the house of the Lord

The Rev. Daniel Metzger, celebrant                                 Mr. Jeff Mortensen, elder of the month

Mstr. Kristopher Lovett, crucifer                                        Mstr. Grant Eskeldson, book bearer

Ms. Sarah Lovett & Ms. Emma Kickhaefer, acolytes

Mrs. Barbara Kickhaefer & Tammie Roe, altar guild

Mr. Glen Brockmeier & family, greeters                             Mrs. Lori Moldenhauer, accompanist


A silent prayer after worship:

Almighty and merciful God, I have again worshiped in Your presence and received both forgiveness for my many sins and the assurance of Your love for me in Jesus Christ. I thank You for this undeserved grace and ask You to keep me in faith until, with all Your saints, I inherit eternal salvation; through Jesus Christ, our Lord.  Amen.




There are  Angels God puts on this Earth

Who care for us and guide us.

You can feel their love and gentleness

as they walk through life beside us.


They do great things for us every day

they whisper in our ears,

they even hold us in their hearts

when we are filled with all our fears.


They are always there to give a hug

and try to make us smile.

They treat us with respect and love,

they treat us like their child.


God blessed me with an Angel,

I’m proud to call my own.

She’s been with me throughout my

life, been with me as I’ve grown.


She’s guided me the best she can,

she’s taught me like no other,

and I’m thankful I’m the lucky one

who get’s to call her …





Sunday Morning Schedule

9:15am – Breakfast / Sunday school / Adult Bible Class & 10:30am – The Divine Service

the Confession of the Lutheran churches

The Large Catechism: The Ten Commandments

 Let everyone, then, see to it that he esteem this commandment great and high above all things, and do not regard it as a joke. Ask and examine your heart diligently, and you will find whether it cleaves to God alone or not. If you have a heart that can expect of Him nothing but what is good, especially in want and distress, and that, moreover, renounces and forsakes everything that is not God, then you have the only true God. If, on the contrary, it cleaves to anything else, of which it expects more good and help than of God, and does not take refuge in Him, but in adversity flees from Him, then you have an idol, another god.

In order that it may be seen that God will not have this commandment thrown to the winds, but will most strictly enforce it, He has attached to it first a terrible threat, and then a beautiful, comforting promise which is also to be urged and impressed upon young people, that they may take it to heart and retain it:

For I am the Lord, thy God, strong and jealous, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children unto the third and fourth generation of them that hate Me; and showing mercy unto thousands of them that love Me and keep My commandments.

Although these words relate to all the commandments (as we shall hereafter learn), yet they are joined to this chief commandment because it is of first importance that men have a right head; for where the head is right, the whole life must be right, and vice versa. Learn, therefore, from these words how angry God is with those who trust in anything but Him, and again, how good and gracious He is to those who trust and believe in Him alone with the whole heart; so that His anger does not cease until the fourth generation, while, on the other hand, His blessing and goodness extend to many thousands, lest you live in such security and commit yourself to chance, as men of brutal heart, who think that it makes no great difference [how they live]. He is a God who will not leave it unavenged if men turn from Him, and will not cease to be angry until the fourth generation, even until they are utterly exterminated. Therefore He is to be feared, and not to be despised.


Questions on the Gospel Reading & Service for conversation with your family and friends:

1)    Who comes to us when Jesus goes away?

2)    What other name do we use for “the Helper”?

3)    What will the Helper do to the world when he comes?

4)    What will the Helper do for the disciples (and therefore for all believers) when he comes?

5)    How does the Helper guide us into the truth?


Remember to invite your family and friends to come, hear, and learn from Jesus next Sunday.


“Let my prayer rise before You as incense …” (Ps. 141:2)

(You are encouraged to make use of these prayers, praying daily for our congregation and for our community at your family’s Daily Prayer & Catechesis.)

+++ Daily Prayer Office: Matins (Mon & Fri, 9am; Tue – Th, 7:45am) +++

The Collect for Easter 7 (may be prayed daily at home as a thematic prayer for the week)

O King of glory, Lord of hosts, uplifted in triumph far above all heavens, leave us not without consolation but send us the Spirit of truth whom You promised from the Father; for You live and reign with Him and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.

Let us pray: for our fellow parishioners who are ill, and their loved ones

Jeff Biehler

Rosemary Deines Terri Dehning
Shaila Estes (Marcia Sheilds’ sister)
Shirley Klein Adriane French

Howard Klein
Mark Pagenkopf

Armon Reith

 Pete Schultz
Meghan Wells (Luke & Macsen)

O, Lord, look down from heaven; behold, visit, and relieve Your servants [names] for whom we pray. Look upon them with the eyes of Your mercy, and give them comfort and sure confidence in You. Defend them from every danger to body and soul, and keep them in peace and safety; through Jesus Christ, our Lord. Amen.

for our shut-ins:

Arlene Barrett

Weldon Deines

Milton Fleming

Roger Krause

Velda McDiffitt

Gene Myers

Elsie Riffel (moved)


Helen Sorenson

Esther Tiede

Juanita Tousignant

Jerry Vinyard

Lorna Wendlandt

Vera Wooldridge

Gracious Father, You have assured us that we shall receive strength for every day of our lives. Grant Your servants, [names], who are homebound, both the desire and the will to spend their days as obedient children, trusting in Your goodness and remembering with thankfulness Your mercies, which are new every morning; through Jesus Christ, our Lord. Amen.

for Our Redeemer Lutheran Church, her pastor, teachers, workers, and preschool:

Gracious Lord and Shepherd, sustain this congregation in the true faith and holy living.  Be with our shepherd, teachers, workers, and preschool staff, giving them zeal and faithfulness to perform the task of building up Your Church and bringing glory to Your saving name; for You live and reign with the Father and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.

for our Synod and District leaders, and for the whole Church of God:

Rev. Matthew Harrison, synod president

Synodical & District Board of Directors

Rev. Peter Lange, district president

Rev. Clark Davis, circuit 9 circuit visitor

Almighty God, merciful Father, keep and preserve our whole synod, its teachers and officers, true to Your Word. Guard and protect her members against the danger of sinful ambitions, the love of dissension, and the spirit of indifference in doctrine and practice.  Preserve Your whole Church throughout the world from all heresy and false belief that we may abide in Your Word and faithfully proclaim the good news of Jesus Christ; who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.

Happy Mother’s Day! The Lord has given the world a great gift in motherhood. Please pray for all mothers that the Lord would bless through them as He has done since Creation.

Thank you, Pastor Metzger for serving us today in the ministry of our Lord. We pray the Lord’s blessings on you and your family.

Our Pentecost Choir will have practice today at 6pm. Come one, come all, even if you missed last time, and make a joyful noise unto the Lord. The choir will be singing the third stanza of “To God the Holy Spirit, Let Us Pray” (LSB 768) next Sunday as the hymn of the day.

LERT (Lutheran Emergency Response Training): Date: Sept. 8, 2018; Time: 9am until 3pm. Doors open at 8:30am. Fee: $25 Deadline for registration: Sept. 2nd Contact: King of Kings Lutheran Church, 306 E. Madison St., Gardner KS 66030 (913-856-2500 or text 913-209-9324). Email: LERT_Team@kingofkingsks.org. Please indicate T-Shirt size: ($10 the day of the event): [S / M / L / XL / XXL / XXXL / 4X / 5X] (Please do not include t-shirt payment with your registration)

Missionary Jonathan Clausing and family will be here on June 10th. He is unable to be here Sunday morning, so he wanted to join us for game night at 6:30pm. We will have a dinner (as at all Game Nights), and then we will here a bit from Jonathan about his missionary work. Then we’ll play some games! (The Clausings were very excited to hear about Game Night and chose it specifically.) We have been supporting the Clausings in their mission work and will continue to do so. Please make every effort to join the Clausings on June10th at 6:30pm for a night of fellowship and fun.




Text Box: News & Notes for Our RedeemerSupporting the ministry of Christ (St. Luke 8:1-3) & remembering the poor (Gal. 2:10)

Our response to God’s mercy and grace in Christ Jesus in…

…last week’s budget receipts - $1,455.00            (weekly needed for 2018 budget: $1,872.70)

(2018 budget: $97,383.04)                          (approx.) Budget Receipts for 2018 - $32,623.00

…our attendance – 65 (SS – 11; Adult – 9)                        Scheduled for 2018 - $33,708.30

…our witness (# of visitors) – 5             Outstanding Budget Amount for 2018 - $68,014.74

                                                            above / (below) budget for 2018 – ($1,085.30)

…non-budget receipts: Missions - $15 / TIM - $20 / Building - $25 / Lucille Brockmeier Memorial - $50 / Tuition - $120 / Enrolment - $75

Our website, www.ourredeemerherington.org, has a lot of useful information, including sermons. Check it out.

Private Confession is heard by appointment. Come and receive the forgiveness of God and have your Lord and God cleanse your conscience and give you peace.

*Small Cap days are chief feasts or major festivals; bold days are Sundays & minor festivals; and Text Box: This Week at Our Redeemeritalicized days are commemorations or special days. Major festivals that fall on a Sunday replace that Sunday’s propers unless that Sunday is a high festival of the church (like Easter or Pentecost).

Sunday, May 13                           Exaudi (Easter 7) (w/g); Mothers’ Day

9:15am                                   Breakfast / Sunday School / Adult Bible Class

10:30am                                Divine Service (the Holy Communion will not be distributed)

6:00pm                                  Pentecost Choir Practice

Monday, May 14

No Matins

No office hours

Tuesday, May 15

No Matins

Wednesday, May 16

No Matins

Thursday, May 17

No Matins

10:00am                                the Holy Communion (Legacy of Herington)

7:00pm                                  Preschool End-of-Year Program

Friday, May 18

No Matins

Saturday, May 19

Sunday, May 20                           The Holy Feast of Pentecost

9:15am                                   Breakfast / Sunday School / Adult Bible Class

10:30am                                Divine Service (the Holy Communion will not be distributed)

After Church                          Youth Group

6:00pm                                  Pentecost Choir Practice


 Baptismal Birthdays this week:

Mason Mortensen 5/13

Larry Rucker Jr 5/13

Cladine Hartke 5/19



Because our Lord says, “When you fast,” (St. Matthew 6:16-17) here is a suggested fast.

Eucharistic Fast: from all food and drink, except water, after midnight until after the Sacrament on Sunday.

Weekday Eucharistic Fast: from all food and drink, except water, 3 hours before receiving the Sacrament.

Wedding Anniversary

Mike & Judy Frisbie   5/19 39 years

Altar Servers & Acolytes for 5/20

Mason Mortensen, Jax Kickhaefer, Luke Obermeyer, & Chloe Biehler


Next Week’s Greeters


Larry & Barb Schlesener







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

















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