Bulletins

ST. JOHN’S EVANGELICAL LUTHERAN CHURCH
Maytown, Pennsylvania
Organized 1767
James Anderson, Pastor
Keith D. Smith, Organist
Melissa Herr, Parish Secretary
(717-945-4209 or email mpenwell1@gmail.com)
www.stjohnsmaytown.com
Church 717- 426-3431 Pastors Cell 402-570-9050
Pastors email- Pastorstjohnsmaytown @gmail.com
Day of Pentecost May 31, 2020 10:30 A.M

*THANKSGIVING FOR BAPTISM
P: Alleluia! Christ is risen.
C: Christ is risen indeed. Alleluia!

P: Joined to Christ in the waters of baptism,
we are raised with him to new life.
Let us give thanks for the gift of baptism.

P: We give you thanks, O God,
For in the beginning you created us in your image
And planted us in a well-watered garden.
In the desert you promised pools of water for the parched,
and you gave us water from the rock.
When we did not know the way,
You sent the Good Shepherd to lead us to still waters.
At the cross, you watered us from Jesus’ wounded side,
and on this day, you shower us again with the water of life.

We praise you for your salvation through water,
for the water in this font,
and for all water everywhere.
Bathe us in your forgiveness, grace, and love.
Satisfy the thirsty, and give us the life only you can give.

To you be given honor and praise
Through Jesus Christ our Lord
In the unity of the Holy Spirit, now and forever.

C: Amen.
*Please stand if you are able
*THE PROCESSIONAL HYMN
*THE GREETING p. 138 *THE KYRIE pp. 138 – 139
*THE PRAYER OF DAY
O God, on this day you open the hearts of your faithful people by sending into us your Holy Spirit. Direct us by the light of that spirit, that we may have a right judgment in all things and rejoice at all times in your peace, through Jesus Christ, Our Savior and Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen

THE WELCOME AND ANNOUNCEMENTS
THE FIRST READING – Acts 2:1-21
When the day of Pentecost had come, they were all together in one place. 2 And suddenly from heaven there came a sound like the rush of a violent wind, and it filled the entire house where they were sitting. 3 Divided tongues, as of fire, appeared among them, and a tongue rested on each of them. 4 All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other languages, as the Spirit gave them ability.
5 Now there were devout Jews from every nation under heaven living in Jerusalem. 6 And at this sound the crowd gathered and was bewildered, because each one heard them speaking in the native language of each. 7 Amazed and astonished, they asked, “Are not all these who are speaking Galileans? 8 And how is it that we hear, each of us, in our own native language? 9 Parthians, Medes, Elamites, and residents of Mesopotamia, Judea and Cappadocia, Pontus and Asia, 10 Phrygia and Pamphylia, Egypt and the parts of Libya belonging to Cyrene, and visitors from Rome, both Jews and proselytes, 11 Cretans and Arabs—in our own languages we hear them speaking about God’s deeds of power.” 12 All were amazed and perplexed, saying to one another, “What does this mean?” 13 But others sneered and said, “They are filled with new wine.”
14 But Peter, standing with the eleven, raised his voice and addressed them, “Men of Judea and all who live in Jerusalem, let this be known to you, and listen to what I say. 15 Indeed, these are not drunk, as you suppose, for it is only nine o’clock in the morning. 16 No, this is what was spoken through the prophet Joel:
17 ‘In the last days it will be, God declares,
that I will pour out my Spirit upon all flesh,
and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy,
and your young men shall see visions,
and your old men shall dream dreams.
18 Even upon my slaves, both men and women,
in those days I will pour out my Spirit;
and they shall prophesy.
19 And I will show portents in the heaven above
and signs on the earth below,
blood, and fire, and smoky mist.
20 The sun shall be turned to darkness
and the moon to blood,
before the coming of the Lord’s great and glorious day.
21 Then everyone who calls on the name of the Lord shall be saved.’

THE PSALM #104:24-34
O Lord, how manifold are thy works!
In wisdom hast thou made them all;
the earth is full of thy creatures.
25 Yonder is the sea, great and wide,
which teems with things innumerable,
living things both small and great.
26 There go the ships,
and Leviathan which thou didst form to sport in it.
27 These all look to thee,
to give them their food in due season.
28 When thou givest to them, they gather it up;
when thou openest thy hand, they are filled with good things.
29 When thou hidest thy face, they are dismayed;
when thou takest away their breath, they die
and return to their dust.
30 When thou sendest forth thy Spirit,[a] they are created;
and thou renewest the face of the ground.
31 May the glory of the Lord endure for ever,
may the Lord rejoice in his works,
32 who looks on the earth and it trembles,
who touches the mountains and they smoke!
33 I will sing to the Lord as long as I live;
I will sing praise to my God while I have being.
34 May my meditation be pleasing to him,
for I rejoice in the Lord.

THE ANTHEM-
THE SECOND READING – 1 Corinthians 12:3b-13
3 Therefore I want you to understand that no one speaking by the Spirit of God ever says “Jesus be cursed!” and no one can say “Jesus is Lord” except by the Holy Spirit.
4 Now there are varieties of gifts, but the same Spirit; 5 and there are varieties of service, but the same Lord; 6 and there are varieties of working, but it is the same God who inspires them all in every one. 7 To each is given the manifestation of the Spirit for the common good. 8 To one is given through the Spirit the utterance of wisdom, and to another the utterance of knowledge according to the same Spirit, 9 to another faith by the same Spirit, to another gifts of healing by the one Spirit, 10 to another the working of miracles, to another prophecy, to another the ability to distinguish between spirits, to another various kinds of tongues, to another the interpretation of tongues. 11 All these are inspired by one and the same Spirit, who apportions to each one individually as he wills.
12 For just as the body is one and has many members, and all the members of the body, though many, are one body, so it is with Christ. 13 For by one Spirit we were all baptized into one body—Jews or Greeks, slaves or free—and all were made to drink of one Spirit.

*THE HOLY GOSPEL – John 20:19-23
Response after the announcement: “GLORY TO YOU, O LORD!”
19 On the evening of that day, the first day of the week, the doors being shut where the disciples were, for fear of the Jews, Jesus came and stood among them and said to them, “Peace be with you.” 20 When he had said this, he showed them his hands and his side. Then the disciples were glad when they saw the Lord. 21 Jesus said to them again, “Peace be with you. As the Father has sent me, even so I send you.” 22 And when he had said this, he breathed on them, and said to them, “Receive the Holy Spirit. 23 If you forgive the sins of any, they are forgiven; if you retain the sins of any, they are retained.”
Response after the conclusion: “PRAISE TO YOU, O’CHRIST!”
THE HYMN
THE SERMON
*THE APOSTLES CREED p.105
*THE PRAYER OF THE CHURCH
*THE PEACE (Verbal giving of the peace due to flu and cold season.)
*THE OFFERTORY HYMN #884 “Praise God From Whom All Blessings Flow”
*THE PRAYER OVER THE GIFTS
P: Merciful God,
Our ordinary gifts seem small for such a celebration,
but you make of them an abundance,
just as you do with our lives.
Feed us again at this table
for service in your name,
in the strength of the risen Christ.
C: Amen
*THE GREAT THANKSGIVING
*THE OPENING VERSICLES AND PREFACE p. 144
*THE SANCTUS (“Holy, Holy, Holy”) p.144
*THE WORDS OF INSTITUTION
*THE LORD’S PRAYER
*THE INVITATION TO COMMUNION
P: Come to the banquet. Behold the risen Christ.
*THE AGNUS DEI (“Lamb of God”) p. 146
*THE DISTRIBUTION (intinction.)
(All who are baptized and who believe that the Risen One is present in this communion, bestowing upon the faithful His strength, salvation, and forgiveness, are welcome at our altar. The unbaptized and those who do not wish to commune may come forward for a blessing or remain in their pews. The latter should indicate their intention to receive only a blessing by bowing their head before the pastor or deacon.)

THE HYMN SUNG DURING THE DISTRUBUTION:
*THE BLESSING
*THE PRAYER (Prayed by the deacon.)
D: Life-giving God,
You have fed us with your word,
and our hearts burn within us.
Through this meal you have opened us to your presence.
Now send us forth to share the gifts of Easter with all in need;
Through Jesus Christ our Lord.
C: Amen
*THE BENEDICTION
P: May the One who brought forth Jesus from the dead
raise you to new life, fill you with hope,
and turn your mourning into dancing.
Almighty God, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit,
bless you now and forever.
C: AMEN.
*THE DISMISSAL
P: Christ is risen, just as he said.
Go in peace. Share the good news. Alleluia!
C: THANKS BE TO GOD. ALLELUIA!
COUNCIL MEETING
Our monthly council meeting will be held on Monday June 1st at 7pm in the social hall. If you are on council please plan to attend.

FINANCE
Please mail your offering to the church or on a regular basis Nina Gaskill and Wanda Long will be at the church every 1st and 3rd Wednesday of the month from 6pm to 8pm. This Wednesday, June 3 is the first Wednesday again so stop by and say Hi. Thank you for doing the best you can to help
FOOD BANK
The Social ministry committee has food bank duty on Wednesday June 3, if you are willing to help please let Nina Gaskill know. I will be sending out a text to the committee as a reminder. Thanks to anyone willing to help, Nina phone number 717-609-7739
CLIFF HAFER
Cliff Hafer was released from the State Hospital on Thursday May 21st and going to live with his brother and sister in-law in Georgia. His address is.
Cliff Hafer
1015 Windsor Trail
Roswell, GA. 30076

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ST. JOHN’S EVANGELICAL LUTHERAN CHURCH
Maytown, Pennsylvania
Organized 1767
James Anderson, Pastor
Keith D. Smith, Organist
Melissa Herr, Parish Secretary
(717-945-4209 or email mpenwell1@gmail.com)
www.stjohnsmaytown.com
Church 717- 426-3431 Pastors Cell 402-570-9050
Pastors email- Pastorstjohnsmaytown @gmail.com
Seventh Sunday of Easter May 24, 2020 10:30 A.M

*THANKSGIVING FOR BAPTISM
P: Alleluia! Christ is risen.
C: Christ is risen indeed. Alleluia!

P: Joined to Christ in the waters of baptism,
we are raised with him to new life.
Let us give thanks for the gift of baptism.

P: We give you thanks, O God,
For in the beginning you created us in your image
And planted us in a well-watered garden.
In the desert you promised pools of water for the parched,
and you gave us water from the rock.
When we did not know the way,
You sent the Good Shepherd to lead us to still waters.
At the cross, you watered us from Jesus’ wounded side,
and on this day, you shower us again with the water of life.

We praise you for your salvation through water,
for the water in this font,
and for all water everywhere.
Bathe us in your forgiveness, grace, and love.
Satisfy the thirsty, and give us the life only you can give.

To you be given honor and praise
Through Jesus Christ our Lord
In the unity of the Holy Spirit, now and forever.

C: Amen.
*Please stand if you are able
*THE PROCESSIONAL HYMN
*THE GREETING p. 138 *THE KYRIE pp. 138 – 139
*THE PRAYER OF DAY
O God of glory, your Son Jesus Christ suffered for us and ascended to your right hand. Unite us with Christ and each other is suffering and in joy, that all the world may be drawn into your bountiful presence, through Jesus Christ, Our Savior and Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen

THE WELCOME AND ANNOUNCEMENTS
THE FIRST READING – Acts 1:6-14
6 Then the apostles gathered around Jesus and asked him a question. “Lord,” they said, “are you going to give the kingdom back to Israel now?”
7 He said to them, “You should not be concerned about times or dates. The Father has set them by his own authority. 8 But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you. Then you will tell people about me in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria. And you will even tell other people about me from one end of the earth to the other.”
9 After Jesus said this, he was taken up to heaven. The apostles watched until a cloud hid him from their sight.
10 While he was going up, they kept on looking at the sky. Suddenly two men dressed in white clothing stood beside them. 11 “Men of Galilee,” they said, “why do you stand here looking at the sky? Jesus has been taken away from you into heaven. But he will come back in the same way you saw him go.”
Matthias Is Chosen to Take the Place of Judas Iscariot
12 The apostles returned to Jerusalem from the hill called the Mount of Olives. It is just over half a mile from the city. 13 When they arrived, they went upstairs to the room where they were staying. Here is a list of those who were there.
Peter, John, James and Andrew, Philip and Thomas, Bartholomew and Matthew, James son of Alphaeus, Simon the Zealot and Judas son of James14 They all came together regularly to pray. The women joined them too. So did Jesus’ mother Mary and his brothers.

THE PSALM #68:1-10, 32-35
May God arise, may his enemies be scattered;
may his foes flee before him.
2 May you blow them away like smoke –
as wax melts before the fire,
may the wicked perish before God.
3 But may the righteous be glad
and rejoice before God;
may they be happy and joyful.
4 Sing to God, sing in praise of his name,
extol him who rides on the clouds[b];
rejoice before him – his name is the Lord.
5 A father to the fatherless, a defender of widows,
is God in his holy dwelling.
6 God sets the lonely in families,[c]
he leads out the prisoners with singing;
but the rebellious live in a sun-scorched land.
7 When you, God, went out before your people,
when you marched through the wilderness,[d]
8 the earth shook, the heavens poured down rain,
before God, the One of Sinai,
before God, the God of Israel.
9 You gave abundant showers, O God;
you refreshed your weary inheritance.
10 Your people settled in it,
and from your bounty, God, you provided for the poor.
Psalm 68:32-35 New International Version – UK (NIVUK)
32 Sing to God, you kingdoms of the earth,
sing praise to the Lord,
33 to him who rides across the highest heavens, the ancient heavens,
who thunders with mighty voice.
34 Proclaim the power of God,
whose majesty is over Israel,
whose power is in the heavens.
35 You, God, are awesome in your sanctuary;
the God of Israel gives power and strength to his people.
Praise be to God!

THE ANTHEM-
THE SECOND READING – 1 Peter 4:12-14, 5:6-11
12 Dear friends, do not be surprised at the fiery ordeal that has come on you to test you, as though something strange were happening to you. 13 But rejoice inasmuch as you participate in the sufferings of Christ, so that you may be overjoyed when his glory is revealed. 14 If you are insulted because of the name of Christ, you are blessed, for the Spirit of glory and of God rests on you.
6 Humble yourselves, therefore, under God’s mighty hand, that he may lift you up in due time. 7 Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.
8 Be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour. 9 Resist him, standing firm in the faith, because you know that the family of believers throughout the world is undergoing the same kind of sufferings.
10 And the God of all grace, who called you to his eternal glory in Christ, after you have suffered a little while, will himself restore you and make you strong, firm and steadfast. 11 To him be the power for ever and ever. Amen.

*THE HOLY GOSPEL – John 14:1-14
Response after the announcement: “GLORY TO YOU, O LORD!”
17 After Jesus said this, he looked towards heaven and prayed:
‘Father, the hour has come. Glorify your Son, that your Son may glorify you. 2 For you granted him authority over all people that he might give eternal life to all those you have given him. 3 Now this is eternal life: that they know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom you have sent. 4 I have brought you glory on earth by finishing the work you gave me to do. 5 And now, Father, glorify me in your presence with the glory I had with you before the world began.
6 ‘I have revealed you[a] to those whom you gave me out of the world. They were yours; you gave them to me and they have obeyed your word. 7 Now they know that everything you have given me comes from you. 8 For I gave them the words you gave me and they accepted them. They knew with certainty that I came from you, and they believed that you sent me. 9 I pray for them. I am not praying for the world, but for those you have given me, for they are yours. 10 All I have is yours, and all you have is mine. And glory has come to me through them. 11 I will remain in the world no longer, but they are still in the world, and I am coming to you. Holy Father, protect them by the power of[b] your name, the name you gave me, so that they may be one as we are one.
Response after the conclusion: “PRAISE TO YOU, O’CHRIST!”
THE HYMN
THE SERMON
*THE APOSTLES CREED p.105
*THE PRAYER OF THE CHURCH
*THE PEACE (Verbal giving of the peace due to flu and cold season.)
*THE OFFERTORY HYMN #884 “Praise God From Whom All Blessings Flow”
*THE PRAYER OVER THE GIFTS
P: Merciful God,
Our ordinary gifts seem small for such a celebration,
but you make of them an abundance,
just as you do with our lives.
Feed us again at this table
for service in your name,
in the strength of the risen Christ.
C: Amen
*THE GREAT THANKSGIVING
*THE OPENING VERSICLES AND PREFACE p. 144
*THE SANCTUS (“Holy, Holy, Holy”) p.144
*THE WORDS OF INSTITUTION
*THE LORD’S PRAYER
*THE INVITATION TO COMMUNION
P: Come to the banquet. Behold the risen Christ.
*THE AGNUS DEI (“Lamb of God”) p. 146
*THE DISTRIBUTION (intinction.)
(All who are baptized and who believe that the Risen One is present in this communion, bestowing upon the faithful His strength, salvation, and forgiveness, are welcome at our altar. The unbaptized and those who do not wish to commune may come forward for a blessing or remain in their pews. The latter should indicate their intention to receive only a blessing by bowing their head before the pastor or deacon.)

THE HYMN SUNG DURING THE DISTRUBUTION:
*THE BLESSING
*THE PRAYER (Prayed by the deacon.)
D: Life-giving God,
You have fed us with your word,
and our hearts burn within us.
Through this meal you have opened us to your presence.
Now send us forth to share the gifts of Easter with all in need;
Through Jesus Christ our Lord.
C: Amen
*THE BENEDICTION
P: May the One who brought forth Jesus from the dead
raise you to new life, fill you with hope,
and turn your mourning into dancing.
Almighty God, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit,
bless you now and forever.
C: AMEN.
*THE DISMISSAL
P: Christ is risen, just as he said.
Go in peace. Share the good news. Alleluia!
C: THANKS BE TO GOD. ALLELUIA!
FINANCE
I know everyone is wondering how we are doing financially with not having Sunday services. Joyce Boyer, our treasurer, has done an analysis for the period from January 1 through April 30. Total income for the period has been $38,747 and our year to date budget is $52,488 leaving a $13,357 shortfall. The checking account has $12,245 in it, but of that $9,458 is designated to Building Fund and 3,210 to Educational Endowment Fund. As a result there is not enough to pay bills. The church has a Money Market Fund of $32,159 in Northwest bank, but we do not want to use that unless needed. We get interest from that account. At present Joyce has been borrowing money from the building fund so she does not have to loose interest, but if we have any needed repairs she will have to take money from the Money Market account to ensure the Building Fund has the designated $9,458 available. As we have been saying you can mail in offering to the church or on a regular basis Nina Gaskill and Wanda Long will be at the church every 1st and 3rd Wednesday of the month from 6pm to 8pm. Thank you for doing the best you can to help. Nina Gaskill
FOOD BANK
The Social ministry committee has food bank duty on Wednesday June 3, if you are willing to help please let Nina Gaskill know. I will be sending out a text to the committee as a reminder. Thanks to anyone willing to help, Nina phone number 717-609-7739
CLIFF HAFER
Cliff Hafer was released from the State Hospital on Thursday May 21st and going to live with his brother and sister in-law in Georgia. His address is.
Cliff Hafer
1015 Windsor Trail
Roswell, GA. 30076

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ST. JOHN’S EVANGELICAL LUTHERAN CHURCH
Maytown, Pennsylvania
Organized 1767
James Anderson, Pastor
Keith D. Smith, Organist
Melissa Herr, Parish Secretary
(717-945-4209 or email mpenwell1@gmail.com)
www.stjohnsmaytown.com
Church 717- 426-3431 Pastors Cell 402-570-9050
Pastors email- Pastorstjohnsmaytown @gmail.com
Sixth Sunday of Easter May 17, 2020 10:30 A.M

*THANKSGIVING FOR BAPTISM
P: Alleluia! Christ is risen.
C: Christ is risen indeed. Alleluia!

P: Joined to Christ in the waters of baptism,
we are raised with him to new life.
Let us give thanks for the gift of baptism.

P: We give you thanks, O God,
For in the beginning you created us in your image
And planted us in a well-watered garden.
In the desert you promised pools of water for the parched,
and you gave us water from the rock.
When we did not know the way,
You sent the Good Shepherd to lead us to still waters.
At the cross, you watered us from Jesus’ wounded side,
and on this day, you shower us again with the water of life.

We praise you for your salvation through water,
for the water in this font,
and for all water everywhere.
Bathe us in your forgiveness, grace, and love.
Satisfy the thirsty, and give us the life only you can give.

To you be given honor and praise
Through Jesus Christ our Lord
In the unity of the Holy Spirit, now and forever.

C: Amen.
*Please stand if you are able
*THE PROCESSIONAL HYMN
*THE GREETING p. 138 *THE KYRIE pp. 138 – 139
*THE PRAYER OF DAY
Almighty God, your Son Jesus Christ is the way, the truth, and the life. Give us grace to love one another, to follow in the way of his commandments, and to share his risen life with all the world, for he lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen

THE WELCOME AND ANNOUNCEMENTS
THE FIRST READING – Acts 17:22-31
Paul then stood up in the meeting of the Areopagus and said: “People of Athens! I see that in every way you are very religious. For as I walked around and looked carefully at your objects of worship, I even found an altar with this inscription: to an unknown god. So you are ignorant of the very thing you worship—and this is what I am going to proclaim to you.
“The God who made the world and everything in it is the Lord of heaven and earth and does not live in temples built by human hands. And he is not served by human hands, as if he needed anything. Rather, he himself gives everyone life and breath and everything else. From one man he made all the nations, that they should inhabit the whole earth; and he marked out their appointed times in history and the boundaries of their lands. God did this so that they would seek him and perhaps reach out for him and find him, though he is not far from any one of us. ‘For in him we live and move and have our being.’ As some of your own poets have said, ‘We are his offspring.’
“Therefore since we are God’s offspring, we should not think that the divine being is like gold or silver or stone—an image made by human design and skill. In the past God overlooked such ignorance, but now he commands all people everywhere to repent. For he has set a day when he will judge the world with justice by the man he has appointed. He has given proof of this to everyone by raising him from the dead.
THE PSALM #66:8-20
Bless our God, O peoples,
let the sound of his praise be heard,
9 who has kept us among the living,
and has not let our feet slip.
10 For you, O God, have tested us;
you have tried us as silver is tried.
11 You brought us into the net;
you laid burdens on our backs;
12 you let people ride over our heads;
we went through fire and through water;
yet you have brought us out to a spacious place.[a]
13 I will come into your house with burnt offerings;
I will pay you my vows,
14 those that my lips uttered
and my mouth promised when I was in trouble.
15 I will offer to you burnt offerings of fatlings,
with the smoke of the sacrifice of rams;
I will make an offering of bulls and goats.Selah
16 Come and hear, all you who fear God,
and I will tell what he has done for me.
17 I cried aloud to him,
and he was extolled with my tongue.
18 If I had cherished iniquity in my heart,
the Lord would not have listened.
19 But truly God has listened;
he has given heed to the words of my prayer.
20 Blessed be God,
because he has not rejected my prayer
or removed his steadfast love from me.

THE ANTHEM-
THE SECOND READING – 1 Peter 2:2-10
13 Now who will harm you if you are eager to do what is good? 14 But even if you do suffer for doing what is right, you are blessed. Do not fear what they fear,[a] and do not be intimidated, 15 but in your hearts sanctify Christ as Lord. Always be ready to make your defense to anyone who demands from you an accounting for the hope that is in you; 16 yet do it with gentleness and reverence.[b] Keep your conscience clear, so that, when you are maligned, those who abuse you for your good conduct in Christ may be put to shame. 17 For it is better to suffer for doing good, if suffering should be God’s will, than to suffer for doing evil. 18 For Christ also suffered[c] for sins once for all, the righteous for the unrighteous, in order to bring you[d] to God. He was put to death in the flesh, but made alive in the spirit, 19 in which also he went and made a proclamation to the spirits in prison, 20 who in former times did not obey, when God waited patiently in the days of Noah, during the building of the ark, in which a few, that is, eight persons, were saved through water. 21 And baptism, which this prefigured, now saves you—not as a removal of dirt from the body, but as an appeal to God for[e] a good conscience, through the resurrection of Jesus Christ, 22 who has gone into heaven and is at the right hand of God, with angels, authorities, and powers made subject to him.
*THE GOSPEL ACCLAMATION – p.143
*THE HOLY GOSPEL – John 14:1-14
Response after the announcement: “GLORY TO YOU, O LORD!”
15″If you love me, keep my commands. 16And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another advocate to help you and be with you forever- 17the Spirit of truth. The world cannot accept him, because it neither sees him nor knows him. But you know him, for he lives with you and will be in you. 18I will not leave you as orphans; I will come to you. 19Before long, the world will not see me anymore, but you will see me. Because I live, you also will live. 20On that day you will realize that I am in my Father, and you are in me, and I am in you. 21Whoever has my commands and keeps them is the one who loves me. The one who loves me will be loved by my Father, and I too will love them and show myself to them.”
Response after the conclusion: “PRAISE TO YOU, O’CHRIST!”
THE HYMN
THE SERMON
*THE APOSTLES CREED p.105
*THE PRAYER OF THE CHURCH
*THE PEACE (Verbal giving of the peace due to flu and cold season.)
*THE OFFERTORY HYMN #884 “Praise God From Whom All Blessings Flow”
*THE PRAYER OVER THE GIFTS
P: Merciful God,
Our ordinary gifts seem small for such a celebration,
but you make of them an abundance,
just as you do with our lives.
Feed us again at this table
for service in your name,
in the strength of the risen Christ.
C: Amen
*THE GREAT THANKSGIVING
*THE OPENING VERSICLES AND PREFACE p. 144
*THE SANCTUS (“Holy, Holy, Holy”) p.144
*THE WORDS OF INSTITUTION
*THE LORD’S PRAYER
*THE INVITATION TO COMMUNION
P: Come to the banquet. Behold the risen Christ.
*THE AGNUS DEI (“Lamb of God”) p. 146
*THE DISTRIBUTION (intinction.)
(All who are baptized and who believe that the Risen One is present in this communion, bestowing upon the faithful His strength, salvation, and forgiveness, are welcome at our altar. The unbaptized and those who do not wish to commune may come forward for a blessing or remain in their pews. The latter should indicate their intention to receive only a blessing by bowing their head before the pastor or deacon.)

THE HYMN SUNG DURING THE DISTRUBUTION:
*THE BLESSING
*THE PRAYER (Prayed by the deacon.)
D: Life-giving God,
You have fed us with your word,
and our hearts burn within us.
Through this meal you have opened us to your presence.
Now send us forth to share the gifts of Easter with all in need;
Through Jesus Christ our Lord.
C: Amen
*THE BENEDICTION
P: May the One who brought forth Jesus from the dead
raise you to new life, fill you with hope,
and turn your mourning into dancing.
Almighty God, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit,
bless you now and forever.
C: AMEN.
*THE DISMISSAL
P: Christ is risen, just as he said.
Go in peace. Share the good news. Alleluia!
C: THANKS BE TO GOD. ALLELUIA!

I know everyone is wondering how we are doing financially with not having Sunday services. Joyce Boyer, our treasurer, has done an analysis for the period from January 1 through April 30. Total income for the period has been $38,747 and our year to date budget is $52,488 leaving a $13,357 shortfall. The checking account has $12,245 in it, but of that $9,458 is designated to Building Fund and 3,210 to Educational Endowment Fund. As a result there is not enough to pay bills. The church has a Money Market Fund of $32,159 in Northwest bank, but we do not want to use that unless needed. We get interest from that account. At present Joyce has been borrowing money from the building fund so she does not have to loose interest, but if we have any needed repairs she will have to take money from the Money Market account to ensure the Building Fund has the designated $9,458 available. As we have been saying you can mail in offering to the church or on a regular basis Nina Gaskill and Wanda Long will be at the church every 1st and 3rd Wednesday of the month from 6pm to 8pm. Thank you for doing the best you can to help. Nina Gaskill

“Dear Friends in Christ,
We want to express our sincere gratitude to our church family that offered their support through phone calls, cards, food and most importantly your prayers. Louise loved to worship at St John’s and was a dedicated lifetime member. WE thank you for your support and hope you and your families stay safe and healthy during these difficult times. God Bless.
In Christ’s Love,
Richard Baker and Family

CHURCH ADDRESS
St. John’s Lutheran Church
P.O. Box 96
Maytown, Pa 17550

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ST. JOHN’S EVANGELICAL LUTHERAN CHURCH
Maytown, Pennsylvania
Organized 1767
James Anderson, Pastor
Keith D. Smith, Organist
Melissa Herr, Parish Secretary
(717-945-4209 or email mpenwell1@gmail.com)
www.stjohnsmaytown.com
Church 717- 426-3431 Pastors Cell 402-570-9050
Pastors email- Pastorstjohnsmaytown @gmail.com
Fifth Sunday of Easter May 10, 2020 10:30 A.M

*THANKSGIVING FOR BAPTISM
P: Alleluia! Christ is risen.
C: Christ is risen indeed. Alleluia!

P: Joined to Christ in the waters of baptism,
we are raised with him to new life.
Let us give thanks for the gift of baptism.

P: We give you thanks, O God,
For in the beginning you created us in your image
And planted us in a well-watered garden.
In the desert you promised pools of water for the parched,
and you gave us water from the rock.
When we did not know the way,
You sent the Good Shepherd to lead us to still waters.
At the cross, you watered us from Jesus’ wounded side,
and on this day, you shower us again with the water of life.

We praise you for your salvation through water,
for the water in this font,
and for all water everywhere.
Bathe us in your forgiveness, grace, and love.
Satisfy the thirsty, and give us the life only you can give.

To you be given honor and praise
Through Jesus Christ our Lord
In the unity of the Holy Spirit, now and forever.

C: Amen.
*Please stand if you are able
*THE PROCESSIONAL HYMN
*THE GREETING p. 138 *THE KYRIE pp. 138 – 139
*THE PRAYER OF DAY
Almighty God, your Son Jesus Christ is the way, the truth, and the life. Give us grace to love one another, to follow in the way of his commandments, and to share his risen life with all the world, for he lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen

THE WELCOME AND ANNOUNCEMENTS
THE FIRST READING – Acts 7:55-60
55 He was filled with the Holy Spirit. As he looked up to heaven, he saw the shining-greatness of God and Jesus standing at the right side of God. 56 He said, “See! I see heaven open and the Son of Man standing at the right side of God!” 57 They cried out with loud voices. They put their hands over their ears and they all pushed on him. 58 Then they took him out of the city and threw stones at him. The men who were throwing the stones laid their coats down in front of a young man named Saul. 59 While they threw stones at Stephen, he prayed, “Lord Jesus, receive my spirit.” 60 After that he fell on his knees and cried out with a loud voice, “Lord, do not hold this sin against them.” When he had said this, he died.
THE PSALM #31: 1-5, 15-16
In you, O Lord, I seek refuge;
do not let me ever be put to shame;
in your righteousness deliver me.
2 Incline your ear to me;
rescue me speedily.
Be a rock of refuge for me,
a strong fortress to save me.
3 You are indeed my rock and my fortress;
for your name’s sake lead me and guide me,
4 take me out of the net that is hidden for me,
for you are my refuge.
5 Into your hand I commit my spirit;
you have redeemed me, O Lord, faithful God.
My times are in your hand;
deliver me from the hand of my enemies and persecutors.
16 Let your face shine upon your servant;
save me in your steadfast love.
THE ANTHEM-
THE SECOND READING – 1 Peter 2:2-10
1Therefore, rid yourselves of all malice and all deceit, hypocrisy, envy, and slander of every kind. 2 Like newborn babies, crave pure spiritual milk, so that by it you may grow up in your salvation, 3 now that you have tasted that the Lord is good.
The Living Stone and a Chosen People
4 As you come to him, the living Stone—rejected by humans but chosen by God and precious to him— 5 you also, like living stones, are being built into a spiritual house[a] to be a holy priesthood, offering spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ. 6 For in Scripture it says:
“See, I lay a stone in Zion,
a chosen and precious cornerstone,
and the one who trusts in him
will never be put to shame.”[b]
7 Now to you who believe, this stone is precious. But to those who do not believe,
“The stone the builders rejected
has become the cornerstone,”[c]
8 and,
“A stone that causes people to stumble
and a rock that makes them fall.”[d]
They stumble because they disobey the message—which is also what they were destined for.
9 But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s special possession, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light. 10 Once you were not a people, but now you are the people of God; once you had not received mercy, but now you have received mercy.

*THE GOSPEL ACCLAMATION – p.143
*THE HOLY GOSPEL – John 14:1-14
Response after the announcement: “GLORY TO YOU, O LORD!”
14 “Do not let your hearts be troubled. You believe in God[a]; believe also in me. 2 My Father’s house has many rooms; if that were not so, would I have told you that I am going there to prepare a place for you? 3 And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am. 4 You know the way to the place where I am going.”
Jesus the Way to the Father
5 Thomas said to him, “Lord, we don’t know where you are going, so how can we know the way?”
6 Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. 7 If you really know me, you will know[b] my Father as well. From now on, you do know him and have seen him.”
8 Philip said, “Lord, show us the Father and that will be enough for us.”
9 Jesus answered: “Don’t you know me, Philip, even after I have been among you such a long time? Anyone who has seen me has seen the Father. How can you say, ‘Show us the Father’? 10 Don’t you believe that I am in the Father, and that the Father is in me? The words I say to you I do not speak on my own authority. Rather, it is the Father, living in me, who is doing his work. 11 Believe me when I say that I am in the Father and the Father is in me; or at least believe on the evidence of the works themselves. 12 Very truly I tell you, whoever believes in me will do the works I have been doing, and they will do even greater things than these, because I am going to the Father. 13 And I will do whatever you ask in my name, so that the Father may be glorified in the Son. 14 You may ask me for anything in my name, and I will do it.

Response after the conclusion: “PRAISE TO YOU, O’CHRIST!”
THE HYMN
THE SERMON
*THE APOSTLES CREED p.105
*THE PRAYER OF THE CHURCH
*THE PEACE (Verbal giving of the peace due to flu and cold season.)
*THE OFFERTORY HYMN #884 “Praise God From Whom All Blessings Flow”
*THE PRAYER OVER THE GIFTS
P: Merciful God,
Our ordinary gifts seem small for such a celebration,
but you make of them an abundance,
just as you do with our lives.
Feed us again at this table
for service in your name,
in the strength of the risen Christ.
C: Amen
*THE GREAT THANKSGIVING
*THE OPENING VERSICLES AND PREFACE p. 144
*THE SANCTUS (“Holy, Holy, Holy”) p.144
*THE WORDS OF INSTITUTION
*THE LORD’S PRAYER
*THE INVITATION TO COMMUNION
P: Come to the banquet. Behold the risen Christ.
*THE AGNUS DEI (“Lamb of God”) p. 146
*THE DISTRIBUTION (intinction.)
(All who are baptized and who believe that the Risen One is present in this communion, bestowing upon the faithful His strength, salvation, and forgiveness, are welcome at our altar. The unbaptized and those who do not wish to commune may come forward for a blessing or remain in their pews. The latter should indicate their intention to receive only a blessing by bowing their head before the pastor or deacon.)

THE HYMN SUNG DURING THE DISTRUBUTION:
*THE BLESSING
*THE PRAYER (Prayed by the deacon.)
D: Life-giving God,
You have fed us with your word,
and our hearts burn within us.
Through this meal you have opened us to your presence.
Now send us forth to share the gifts of Easter with all in need;
Through Jesus Christ our Lord.
C: Amen
*THE BENEDICTION
P: May the One who brought forth Jesus from the dead
raise you to new life, fill you with hope,
and turn your mourning into dancing.
Almighty God, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit,
bless you now and forever.
C: AMEN.
*THE DISMISSAL
P: Christ is risen, just as he said.
Go in peace. Share the good news. Alleluia!
C: THANKS BE TO GOD. ALLELUIA!

“Dear Friends in Christ,
We want to express our sincere gratitude to our church family that offered their support through phone calls, cards, food and most importantly your prayers. Louise loved to worship at St John’s and was a dedicated lifetime member. WE thank you for your support and hope you and your families stay safe and healthy during these difficult times. God Bless.
In Christ’s Love,
Richard Baker and Family

HAPPY MOTHERS DAY!

HAPPY BIRTHDAY PASTOR JAMES!

CHURCH ADDRESS
St. John’s Lutheran Church
P.O. Box 96
Maytown, Pa 17550

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