The Sixth Week of Easter

St. John American Lutheran + ELCA + May 4 & 5, 2024


 This Sunday’s image of the life the risen Christ shares with us is the image of friendship. We are called to serve others as Jesus came to serve; but for John’s gospel, the image of servanthood is too hierarchical, too distant, to capture the essence of life with Christ. Friendship captures the love, the joy, the deep mutuality of the relationship into which Christ invites us. The Greeks believed that true friends are willing to die for each other. This is the mutual love of Christian community commanded by Christ and enabled by the Spirit.



PRELUDE               Sarah Jorgensen (Sat.), Amber Holtberg (Sun.) 


CALL TO WORSHIP (Sun.)  St. John Adult Choir.  “People Need the Lord”

Directed by Sarah Jorgensen, Accompanied by Amber Holtberg



L Blessed be the holy Trinity, ☩ one God, who writes the law on our hearts, who draws all people together through Jesus.

C   Amen.

L   Held in God’s mercy, let us confess our sin in the presence of God  

     and of one another.

Silence for reflection

L  Holy God,

C   we confess that we are caught in snares of sin and cannot 

     break free. We hoard resources while our neighbors are  

     hungry and cold. We speak in ways that silence others. We 

     are silent when  we should speak up. We keep score in our 

     hearts. We let hurts grow into hatred. For all these things 

     and for sins only you know, forgive us, Lord. Amen.

L  Here is a flood of grace: Out of love for the whole world, God   

     draws near to us, breaks every snare of sin, washes away our  

     wrongs, and restores the promise of life through ☩ Jesus Christ.

C   Amen.

GATHERING HYMN No. 708 (Red Hymnal)

 “Jesu, Jesu, Fill Us With Your Love”


L The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, the love of God, and the   

       communion of the Holy Spirit be with you.

C And also with you.

KYRIE (Setting Eight) p. 184 (Red Hymnal)

SPECIAL MUSIC St. John Adult Choir. “What A Mighty God We Serve”. Jarid Kvale, guitar

The Congregation will join in during part of this song. The words and music will be on the screen. Sarah will direct you when to start.


C     O God, you have prepared for those who love you joys 

        beyond understanding. Pour into our hearts such love for 

        you that, loving you above all things, we may obtain your 

        promises, which exceed all we can desire; through Jesus 

       Christ, your Son and our Lord, who lives and reigns with 

       you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.  Amen.


CHILDREN’S WORD                                                 Pastor Kyle


SCRIPTURES Acts 10:44-48 (Holy Bible, p. 895)

1 John 5:1-6 (Holy Bible, p. 991)

GOSPEL ACCLAMATION (Setting Eight) p. 188 (Red Hymnal)

GOSPEL John 15:9-17 (Holy Bible, p. 878)

SERMON Pastor Kyle Svennungsen

HYMN OF DAY No. 641 (Red Hymnal).  “All Are Welcome”

HOLY BAPTISM      Baptized today, Briana, Kayle, Isabella and Sage - children of Megan Lange


After each petition the Leader will say, “God of Grace”.  Please join in the prayer by responding, “Hear our prayer.”



“Is He Worthy”


L    Risen One,

C   You call us to believe and bear fruit. May the gifts that we  

      offer here be signs of your abiding love. Form us to be  

      your witnesses in the world, through Jesus Christ, our true 

      vine. Amen.


L The Lord be with you.

C And also with you.

L Lift up your hearts.

C We lift them to the Lord.

L Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.

C It is right to give him thanks and praise.

L It is indeed right, our duty and our joy…we praise your name and join their unending hymn:  

C (Sung) Holy, holy, holy Lord, God of power and might,

      heaven and earth are full of your glory, full of your glory.  

      Hosanna, Hosanna, Hosanna in the highest. Blessed is he  

      who comes in the name of the Lord. Hosanna, hosanna,  

      hosanna in the highest. (p. 190)   


THE LORD’S PRAYER                                         p. 191 (Red Hymnal)


The risen Christ is made known to us in the breaking of the bread. Come and eat at God’s table.

At St. John, we practice an open table for Holy Communion. That means all are welcome and worthy to receive the sacrament, regardless of age, membership or anything else. If you'd like communion simply extend your hands out to receive it. If you'd like to abstain but receive a blessing, please come with your arms crossed. All are welcome to the table.

DISTRIBUTION  (Wine is red,  juice is white, gluten free bread available upon request)


HYMNS DURING DISTRIBUTION             #481, #838, #595



L    Shepherding God,

C   you have prepared a table before us and nourished us with  

     your love. Send us forth from this banquet to proclaim your 

     goodness and share the abundant mercy of Jesus, our 

    redeemer and friend. Amen.


L     Alleluia! Christ is risen!

C    Christ is risen indeed! Alleluia!

L     The God of resurrection power, the Christ of unending joy,

       and the Spirit of Easter hope ☩ bless you now and always.

C    Amen.

SENDING HYMN No. 836 (Red Hymnal)

“Joyful, Joyful, We Adore Thee”


L    Alleluia! Go in peace. Rejoice and be glad.

C   Thanks be to God. Alleluia!

POSTLUDE             Sarah Jorgensen (Sat.), Amber Holtberg (Sun.)