Grace Lutheran Church
Grace Lutheran Church
5th Sunday of Easter
May 6, 2018

LSB 490

Jesus Lives! The Victory's Won


5 Jesus lives! And now is death
But the gate of life immortal;
This shall calm my trembling breath
When I pass its gloomy portal.
Faith shall cry, as fails each sense:
Jesus is my confidence!







LSB 220



Easter Antiphon



Psalm 98 (antiphon: v. 2)


1Oh sing to the Lord a new song,

for he has done marvelous things!

His right hand and his holy arm

have worked salvation for him.

2The Lord has made known his salvation;

he has revealed his righteousness in the sight of the nations.

3He has remembered his steadfast love and faithfulness

to the house of Israel.

All the ends of the earth have seen

the salvation of our God.

4Make a joyful noise to the Lord, all the earth;

break forth into joyous song and sing praises!

5Sing praises to the Lord with the lyre,

with the lyre and the sound of melody!

6With trumpets and the sound of the horn

make a joyful noise before the King, the Lord!

7Let the sea roar, and all that fills it;

the world and those who dwell in it!

8Let the rivers clap their hands;

let the hills sing for joy together

9before the Lord, for he comes

to judge the earth.

He will judge the world with righteousness,

and the peoples with equity.




LSB 845

Where Charity and Love Prevail


5 Let us recall that in our midst
Dwells Christ, His only Son;
As members of His body joined
We are in Him made one.


6 For love excludes no race or clan
That names the Savior’s name;
His family embraces all
Whose Father is the same.


Catechetical Reading

How can bodily eating and drinking do such great things?

Certainly not just eating and drinking do these things, but the words written here: “Given and shed for you for the forgiveness of sins.” These words, along with the bodily eating and drinking, are the main thing in the Sacrament. Whoever believes these words has exactly what they say: “Forgiveness of sins.”

Bible Passages

[W]hoever comes to me I will never cast out. –John 6:37b

But the one who endures to the end will be saved. –Matthew 24:13

And blessed is she who believed that there would be a fulfillment of what was spoken to her from the Lord. –Luke 1:45

“Blessed is the womb that bore you, and the breasts at which you nursed!” But [Jesus] said, “Blessed rather are those who hear the word of God and keep it!” –Luke 11:27b-28

My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me. I give them eternal life, and they will never perish, and no one will snatch them out of my hand. –John 10:27-28




Acts 10:34–48

First Reading

L A reading from Acts, the tenth chapter.

34So Peter opened his mouth and said: “Truly I understand that God shows no partiality, 35but in every nation anyone who fears him and does what is right is acceptable to him. 36As for the word that he sent to Israel, preaching good news of peace through Jesus Christ (he is Lord of all), 37you yourselves know what happened throughout all Judea, beginning from Galilee after the baptism that John proclaimed: 38how God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and with power. He went about doing good and healing all who were oppressed by the devil, for God was with him. 39And we are witnesses of all that he did both in the country of the Jews and in Jerusalem. They put him to death by hanging him on a tree, 40but God raised him on the third day and made him to appear, 41not to all the people but to us who had been chosen by God as witnesses, who ate and drank with him after he rose from the dead. 42And he commanded us to preach to the people and to testify that he is the one appointed by God to be judge of the living and the dead. 43To him all the prophets bear witness that everyone who believes in him receives forgiveness of sins through his name.”

44While Peter was still saying these things, the Holy Spirit fell on all who heard the word. 45And the believers from among the circumcised who had come with Peter were amazed, because the gift of the Holy Spirit was poured out even on the Gentiles. 46For they were hearing them speaking in tongues and extolling God. Then Peter declared, 47“Can anyone withhold water for baptizing these people, who have received the Holy Spirit just as we have?” 48And he commanded them to be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ. Then they asked him to remain for some days.


L O Lord, have mercy on us.

C Thanks be to God.


1 John 5:1–8


P The Epistle is from 1 John , the fifth chapter.

1Everyone who believes that Jesus is the Christ has been born of God, and everyone who loves the Father loves whoever has been born of him. 2By this we know that we love the children of God, when we love God and obey his commandments. 3For this is the love of God, that we keep his commandments. And his commandments are not burdensome. 4For everyone who has been born of God overcomes the world. And this is the victory that has overcome the world—our faith. 5Who is it that overcomes the world except the one who believes that Jesus is the Son of God?

6This is he who came by water and blood—Jesus Christ; not by the water only but by the water and the blood. And the Spirit is the one who testifies, because the Spirit is the truth. 7For there are three that testify: 8the Spirit and the water and the blood; and these three agree.

P This is the Word of the Lord.

C Thanks be to God.


John 15:9–17

Gospel Reading

L A reading from the Gospel of John, the fifteenth chapter.

9As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you. Abide in my love. 10If you keep my commandments, you will abide in my love, just as I have kept my Father’s commandments and abide in his love. 11These things I have spoken to you, that my joy may be in you, and that your joy may be full.

12[Jesus said:] “This is my commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you. 

13Greater love has no one than this, that someone lays down his life for his friends. 14You are my friends if you do what I command you. 15No longer do I call you servants, for the servant does not know what his master is doing; but I have called you friends, for all that I have heard from my Father I have made known to you. 16You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you that you should go and bear fruit and that your fruit should abide, so that whatever you ask the Father in my name, he may give it to you. 17These things I command you, so that you will love one another.

L O Lord, have mercy on us.

C Thanks be to God.



LSB 221

Common Responsory



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LSB 285


L O Lord,

C have mercy.

L O Christ,

C have mercy.

L O Lord,

C have mercy.


Lord's Prayer

C 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.


Apostles' Creed

C 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 + everlasting. Amen.


LSB 286


L Hear my prayer, O Lord;

C let my cry come to You.

L In the day of my trouble I call upon You,

C for You answer me.

L Hide Your face from my sins,

C and blot out all my iniquities.

L Create in me a clean heart, O God,

C and renew a right spirit within me.

L Cast me not away from Your presence,

C and take not Your Holy Spirit from me.

L Restore to me the joy of Your salvation,

C and uphold me with a willing spirit.

L Because Your steadfast love is better than life,

C my lips will praise You.

L For You have been my help,

C and in the shadow of Your wings I will sing for joy.

L Teach me Your way, O Lord, that I may walk in Your truth;

C unite my heart to fear Your name.

L I give thanks to You, O Lord my God, with my whole heart,

C and I will glorify Your name forever.

L May all who seek You rejoice and be glad in You.

C May those who love Your salvation say evermore, “God is great!”

L Save Your people and bless Your heritage!

C Be their shepherd and carry them forever.

L Give ear, O Lord, to my prayer;

C listen to my plea for grace.




Collect of the Day

O God, the giver of all that is good, by Your holy inspiration grant that we may think those things that are right and by Your merciful guiding accomplish them; through Jesus Christ, Your Son, our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.


Additional Collects



C I thank You, my heavenly Father, through Jesus Christ, Your dear Son, that You have kept me this night from all harm and danger; and I pray that You would keep me this day also from sin and every evil, that all my doings and life may please You. For into Your hands I commend myself, my body and soul, and all things. Let Your holy angel be with me, that the evil foe may have no power over me. Amen.


Paschal Blessing

P All of you who were baptized into Christ have been clothed with Christ.

C Alleluia.

P On the first day of the week, very early in the morning, the women took the spices they had prepared and went to the tomb. They found the stone rolled away from the tomb, but when they entered, they did not find the body of the Lord Jesus. While they were wondering about this, suddenly two men in clothes that gleamed like lightening stood beside them. In their fright the women bowed down with their faces to the ground, but the men said to them, "Why do you look for the living among the dead? Remember how He told you, while He was still with you in Galilee: 'The Son of Man must be delivered into the hands of sinful men, be crucified, and on the third day be raised again.'"



LSB 223

Te Deum


P O God, for our redemption You gave Your only Son to suffer death on the cross, and by His glorious resurrection, You delivered us from the power of death. Make us die every day to sin so that we may rise to live with Christ forever; who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.

C Amen.

P The almighty and merciful Lord, the Father, the + Son, and the Holy Spirit, bless and preserve you.

C Amen.


LSB 660

Stand Up, Stand Up for Jesus



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