Bulletins:

 

May 24, 2020 


 

EVANGELICAL LUTHERAN CHURCH OF THE REDEEMER

 

      1135 Jocelyn             Houston, Texas  77023

 

Church Office (713) 921-4986

 

Rev. Grant Housewright, Pastor

 

Email: elcr@att.net                  website:  www.redeemerlutheranhouston.com

 

Pastor’s Cell phone (713) 305-7133           Nancy Housewright, Music Director & Organist         

 

Bill Anderau, Council President                                   Denise Thumann, Office Manager

 

  MINISTERS:  MEMBERS OF THE CONGREGATION

 

MISSION STATEMENT
We, the members of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of the Redeemer, are a people of Word and Sacrament, are culturally diverse people of God, who worship in a family tradition, holding scripture as the norm for our lives.  We witness to Jesus Christ, the Son of God, reaching out to our community with support and comfort through various forms of nurturing care, directly and/or through the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America.  

 

We do this only for the Kingdom of God, always have and always will.

 

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Seventh Sunday of Easter

 

May 24, 2020 

 


 

Pastor Announcement: 


Hello, Redeemer,

Grace and peace be with you now and always!

In light of our president's comments on the 22nd,  I feel we need to remind ourselves that plans to hold in-person worship are not politically oriented, regardless of which political party holds the majority.  Rather, they are founded on health and medical reports in Harris County and Houston.

Even though we truly have no idea when we will re-enter our building, we must faithfully remember that we have never closed.  We're still, and will continue to be, the Church, because the community of Redeemer is not confined between four walls.  It is in us and all around us.  It will serve us well if we don't forget that.

Our Bishop, Michael Rinehart has reminded us that, since cases have not declined significantly in our area, and since over 70% of our worshipping numbers are over 65 years of age, we must wait Phase Two or even Phase Three.  We should never allow the health of our older individuals to be jeopardized.

In the meantime, let us remind ourselves, again, that Redeemer has never "closed".  We continue to worship through sermon and music videos, brief mid-week devotions, emailing a men's Bible study, phone calling each other, asking if our people need anything, feeding our neighborhood through the use of our outdoor pantry and praying for one another's faith, hope and well-being.  I have heard that some folks even light candles on Sundays for a time.

Yes, the normal to which we were accustomed has been replaced with something new, but faithful perseverance is the key to being and remaining the people of God. 

Remember, you can phone, text or email me at any time.  You are always in my prayers!

 I would like to offer you some words from Tom Trenny (Grace Lutheran, Eau Claire, WI):

 

“Our church is open.

Open to patience and wisdom.

Open to science and common sense.

Open to discovering new ways to connect when it is unsafe to “do it the way we’ve always done it.”

Open to saving lives by giving up some of the traditions and sacraments we hold dear.

Open to wearing masks to show we love our neighbor.

Open to keeping the sanctuary closed so more of us can come back together safely when it is time.

Our church is open to following Jesus who, himself, spent time in the wilderness.

 We will remain open, and someday, by the grace of God, we will be able to worship together again.”



Silence for Reflection

 


Greeting 

 

P:The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, the love of God, 

 

and the communion of the Holy Spirit be with you.

 

 

 

Prayer of the 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 in suffering and in joy, that all the world may be drawn into your bountiful presence, through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord, who livesand reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.  Amen.

 

 

 

First Reading:   Acts 1:6-14

 

 So when they had come together, they asked him, “Lord, is this the time when you will restore the kingdom to Israel?”  He replied, “It is not for you to know the times or periods that the Father has set by his own authority.  But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.” When he had said this, as they were watching, he was lifted up, and a cloud took him out of their sight.  While he was going and they were gazing up toward heaven, suddenly two men in white robes stood by them.  They said, “Men of Galilee, why do you stand looking up toward heaven? This Jesus, who has been taken up from you into heaven, will come in the same way as you saw him go into heaven.”  Then they returned to Jerusalem from the mount called Olivet, which is near Jerusalem, a sabbath day’s journey away. When they had entered the city, they went to the room upstairs where they were staying, Peter, and John, and James, and Andrew, Philip and Thomas, Bartholomew and Matthew, James son of Alphaeus, and Simon the Zealot, and Judas son of James.  All these were constantly devoting themselves to prayer, together with certain women, including Mary the mother of Jesus, as well as his brothers.

 

The word of the Lord.

 

Thanks be to God.

 

 

 

Psalm    68:1-10, 32-35

 

Let God rise up, let his enemies be scattered;
    let those who hate him flee before him.
As smoke is driven away, so drive them away;
    as wax melts before the fire, let the wicked perish before God.

 

But let the righteous be joyful;
    let them exult before God; let them be jubilant with joy.

 

Sing to God, sing praises to his name;
    lift up a song to him who rides upon the clouds—
his name is the Lord
    be exultant before him.

 

Father of orphans and protector of widows
    is God in his holy habitation.
God gives the desolate a home to live in;
    he leads out the prisoners to prosperity, but the rebellious live in a parched land.

 

O God, when you went out before your people,
    when you marched through the wilderness, Selah
the earth quaked, the heavens poured down rain
    at the presence of God, the God of Sinai,at the presence of God, the God of Israel.
Rain in abundance, O God, you showered abroad;
    you restored your heritage when it languished;
your flock found a dwelling in it;
    in your goodness, O God, you provided for the needy.

 

Sing to God, O kingdoms of the earth;
    sing praises to the Lord, Selah
O rider in the heavens, the ancient heavens;
    listen, he sends out his voice, his mighty voice.
Ascribe power to God,
    whose majesty is over Israel; and whose power is in the skies.
Awesome is God in his sanctuary,
    the God of Israel; he gives power and strength to his people.

 

Blessed be God!

 

 

 

Second Reading  1 Peter 4:12-14; 5:6-11  

 

Beloved, do not be surprised at the fiery ordeal that is taking place among you to test you, as though something strange were happening to you.  But rejoice insofar as you are sharing Christ’s sufferings, so that you may also be glad and shout for joy when his glory is revealed.  If you are reviled for the name of Christ, you are blessed, because the spirit of glory, which is the Spirit of God, is resting on you. Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, so that he may exalt you in due time.  Cast all your anxiety on him, because he cares for you.  Discipline yourselves, keep alert. Like a roaring lion your adversary the devil prowls around, looking for someone to devour.  Resist him, steadfast in your faith, for you know that your brothers and sisters in all the world are undergoing the same kinds of suffering.  And after you have suffered for a little while, the God of all grace, who has called you to his eternal glory in Christ, will himself restore, support, strengthen, and establish you.  To him be the power forever and ever. Amen.

 

 

 

The word of the Lord.

 

Thanks be to God.

 

 

 

The Holy Gospel according to the book ofJohn, in the 17th chapter.

 

Glory to you, O Lord.

 

 

 

Gospel Reading      John 17:1-11

 

After Jesus had spoken these words, he looked up to heaven and said, “Father, the hour has come; glorify your Son so that the Son may glorify you, since you have given him authority over all peopleto give eternal life to all whom you have given him.  And this is eternal lifethat they may know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom you have sent.  I glorified you on earth by finishing the work that you gave me to do.  So now, Father, glorify me in your own presence with the glory that I had in your presence before the world existed. “I have made your name known to those whom you gave me from the world. They were yours, and you gave them to me, and they have kept your word.  Now they know that everything you have given me is from you; for the words that you gave to me I have given to them, and they have received them and know in truth that I came from you; and they have believed that you sent me.  I am asking on their behalf; I am not asking on behalf of the world, but on behalf of those whom you gave me, because they are yours. All mine are yours, and yours are mine; and I have been glorified in them.  And now I am no longer in the world, but they are in the world, and I am coming to you. Holy Father, protect them in your name that you have given me, so that they may be one, as we are one.

 

 

 

The Gospel of the Lord.

 

Praise to you, O Christ.

 

 

 

Sermon

 

John 17:11: Protect them with Your Name which you have given Me.

 

 

 

Grace and peace be to you from God and the Lord Jesus Christ.  May the Holy Spirit guide us toward perfect unity.  Amen

 

 

 

In Biblical times, peoples' attitudes toward names and titles were packed with meaning. For example, in invoking the Name of God, the pious Jews used the word "Yahweh, "The Self-Existent Being who determines His own destiny and that of the world."  Invoking the Name of "Yahweh" was a profound expression of faith in the God who presides over all creation. 

 

 

 

Properly invoked, the Name of the Messiah is a profound statement of Christian Faith.  In Luke’s Gospel we read: "the name, Jesus, was given the child. The symbolic Name was "Emmanuel," which means "God with us."  Jesus' messianic mission -- His destiny -- was to reveal to the world the Good News that God is truly "with us." Therefore, Jesus' fate is summed up in His Name: God With Us!  Jesus is "God with us" which tells us that we are loved by a God who will never abandon us. 

 

 

 

In today's Gospel Lesson, Jesus is praying to the Father, "O Father most Holy, protect them with Your Name which you have given Me that they may be one as you and I are one (Jn. 17:11).  Here is the unity of the Father and the Son, which is the model for the togetherness of all God's Children.  Unity and peace in the world are possible only to the extent that (like Jesus) we assume for ourselves the "Name" of God.  Genuine faith is not just the acceptance of a proposition.  It is a commitment to a Person. 

 

 

 

Looking out over our disordered world, it is good to hear, again and again, the Good News of a God who cares, loves, and has taken the initiative in doing something about our desperate situation; how God who comes through to us in Jesus Christ; that the Spirit of Christ is not only within us as a very personal and individual reality, but also is in the whole world, and that is a reality!  It is terribly essential for us to hear, again and again, that God is working through the Christ Spirit in us to bring about the final harmonization of all things. 

 

 

 

There is a beautiful little parable in which a high-flying sparrow looks down at her shadow skimming along a parched, withering landscape. This saddens the little bird. “If it were not for the constant sun, plants and all living things would come back to life”.

 

 

 

The air would cool, and all things would grow again.  Then she had a thought. She flew off and excitedly chirped the idea to all the birds of the earth.  Soon the skies were abuzz with the sparrow’s idea, casting great shadow over the earth.  Plants and animals looked up in disbelief. The earth had suddenly cooled. The earth "sprouted".  Then clouds appeared and the rains came.

 

 

 

We are like the sparrow: tiny specks on the parched landscape of God’s needy world.  Yet, when we work together, in harmony and with good intention, God’s Grace is amazingly revealed.

 

 

 

In his letter to the Ephesians, the Apostle Paul writes persuasively and passionately on the theme of unity and harmony and peace on earth: 

 

 

 

"I plead with you ... to live a life worthy of the calling you have received, bearing with one another lovingly, preserving the unity which has the Spirit as its origin and peace as its binding force (Ephesians, chapter 4).

 

 

 

Because we are children of God, our destiny is to share in our God's Kingdom.  By God's design, we are to build up the Kingdom.  In Jesus' words, "The Kingdom of God is in the midst of you" (Lk.17:21).

 

 

 

By God's design, God's Kingdom will come to the extent that it is developed and nurtured in the hearts of God's children and heirs.  By God's plan, His Kingdom will come when the community of humankind comes to regard the name "Children of God" seriously! 

 

 

 

The Kingdom will come, Jesus tells us, when we have learned to love one another as He has loved us. That, by God's design, is our means of living up to the Name we bear as members of this worshipping community: Christians!  Seriously!

 

 

 

Now may the peace of Christ be with you, in you and all around you.  Amen

 

 

 

The Prayers  

 

 

 

Uplifted by the promised hope of healing and resurrection, we join the people of God in all times and places in praying for the church, the world, and all who are in need.

 

 

 

O God, call your people to be one, as you are one.  Unite your church in the truth of your gospel, the love of our neighbor, and the call to proclaim your reign to all people.  Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer. 

 

 

 

Breathe life into your creation.  Guide your people as we explore the mysteries of the universe.  We pray for the work of scientists and mathematicians whose skill enriches our understanding.  Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

 

 

 

Make your justice known among the nations of the earth.  Protect the vulnerable. Redirect those who use violence and greed as weapons.  Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

 

 

 

Come to the aid of your children.  We pray for those engulfed in grief, those without supportive families, and for all who are isolated, powerless, or afraid, that all may rest their anxieties in your care.  (Hear our silent and verbal prayers.) Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer. 

 

 

 

Give courage to all who embark on new ventures.  We especially remember this day those who risked their lives to serve in our armed forces.  Grant safety to those serving at home or abroad, and assure them of your never-failing strength. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

 

 

 

Raise all your saints to eternal life.  Until that day, we give you thanks for the faithful examples of those who have listened to your voice and now rest in you.  Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.  

 

 

 

With bold confidence in your love, almighty God, we place all for whom we pray into your eternal care; through Christ our Lord.  Amen

 

 

 

Offering    

 

Your regular contributions during the Lenten services and the Sundays that we will be missing in corporate worship, will certainly be appreciated.  As you can see through our weekly communications and sermons, we are not suspending our church operations.  We are adapting to the current circumstances.  Please remember us, and mail in your contributions to the church. Thank you for your prayers, and your faithful donations!  

 

                                 

 

Lord’s Prayer                        

 

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.

 

                                                                                                                                        

 

The Benediction

 

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.  Amen.

 

 

 

Dismissal

 

Christ is risen, just as he said.

 

Go in peace.  Share the good news.  Alleluia!

 

Thanks be to God.  Alleluia!

 

 

 

Prayer list updates during the Coronavirus outbreak 

 

Please call or text Pastor Grant at 713-305-7133

 

with any prayer requests or changes. 

 

Thank you.

 

 

 

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REDEEMER’S PRAYER LIST

 

The Family of Debbie Adams, Judy Adams, Monica Allen, Laurie Aubin, Mariah Bell,

 

Patsy Maureen Blair, Deborah Bostwick, Bill Chambles, Mimi Chance, Edna Cole, 

 

Maria Aurelia Cordova, Israel Cruz, Lucille Dailey-MetcalfCasey A.K. Davis IV, 

 

Thomas Davis, Bobbie Dean, Parker Dixon, Lance Dromgoole, Antonio Duarte, Mary Duron, Rocky Espinosa, The Family of Jose Owen Flores, Jesus Garza, William Giddens, 

 

Manny Gonzalez, Monica Gonzales, The Family of Ruthie Goolsby, 

 

Sharon Timmerman Graves, Tamara Handerson, Steve Helmke, Priscilla Hilmers, Sue Hill, Fran Hington, Michael Holm, Olga Holten, Jon Johansen, Alex Kavlaski, 

 

The Family of Eddie League, Josh Leamons, Donna Leonard, Martha Limon, Maria M. Lopez, Tanzy Lopez, Nathan Maldonado, Cynthia Martinez, Pat Maxwell, 

 

The Family of Gene Mayes, Cris McFarland, Christopher Mendoza, Phil Miller, Wallace Montalvo, Sally Musachea, Veronica Natividad, Guadalupe Ordaz, Bonnie Pierson,

 

Erin Pereira, Olivia Pereira, The Family of Bettye Pipes, Harry Podszus, 

 

Esther Maurine Roberts, Cesar Rodriguez, Norma Saenz, Richard Salias, 

 

Melvin & Thelma Schulte, Margot Noelle Sharp, Evan Smith, Roy Soraiz, Pamela Swafford, Larry Stormer, David Taylor, Rosie Tello, Laura Thac, Rosie Trevino, Julius Trotter,

 

Jyme Tyson, Carlos Villagomez, Raul Villagomez, Bonnie Walker, Oliver Walkup, Dorothy White, Hudson Wiggins, Jimmie Wilkins, Terry & Jerry Wilkins, Nannette Zertuche.

 

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Today’s service does not include Holy Communion

 

On the last page, please find 

 

“AN ORDER FOR HOLY COMMUNION AT HOME”

 

We hope you find this helpful, 

 

and will use it to have Holy Communion in your homes today. 

 

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Pastor Grant’s video sermons and the bulletins can be found on our website:

 

http://www.redeemerlutheranhouston.com/

 

From our website homepage, roll your pointer over the heading “Sermons”.  A drop down menu will appear.  Then you can choose what you would like to see. 

 

 

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AN ORDER FOR HOLY COMMUNION AT HOME

 

 

 

(For those desiring to participate in Communion at home, you are Invited to gather in a comfortable location, have some bread and a beverage - coffee, wine, juice, cola, etc.- 

 

of some sort on hand.)

 

 

 

Pray together:   

 

Merciful God, we do not presume to come to your table trusting in our own righteousness, but in your abundant mercy.  Grant us, therefore, gracious Lord, so to eat and drink the body and blood of your dear Son, Jesus Christ, that we may live in him and he in us, now and forever.  Amen

 

 

 

Speaking in unison:  

 

The Lord be with us as we lift our hearts to the Lord.  We give thanks to the Lord our God, because it is right to give God thanks and praise.

 

 

 

Unison or one person may read

 

It is indeed right, our duty and our joy, that we should at all times and all places give thanks and praise to you, almighty and merciful God, through our Savior Jesus Christ.  With all the choirs of angels, with the church on earth and the hosts of heaven, praise your holy name. 

 

 

 

Speak together:  

 

Holy, holy, holy Lord, God of power and might, heaven and earth are full of your glory. Hosanna in the highest. Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord. Hosanna in the highest.

 

 

 

Choose one person to read:

 

In the night in which he was betrayed, our Lord Jesus took bread, and gave thanks; broke it and gave it to his disciples, saying: Take and eat. This my body given for you.  Do this for the remembrance of me.

 

Again, after supper, he took the cup, gave thanks and gave it for all to drink, saying; This cup is the new covenant in my blood, shed for you and all people for the forgiveness of sin.  Do this for the remembrance of me.

 

 

 

All pray the Lord's Prayer.

 

 

 

Distribute one to another, saying,

 

"The body of Christ, given for you,"

 

"The blood of Christ, shed for you."

 

 

 

Prayer spoken by all:

 

We give you thanks, almighty God, that you have refreshed us through the healing power of this gift of life.  In your mercy, strengthen us through this gift, in faith toward you and in fervent love toward one another; for the sake of Jesus Christ our Lord.  Amen





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May 17, 2020


EVANGELICAL LUTHERAN CHURCH OF THE REDEEMER

   1135 Jocelyn Houston, Texas  77023

 Church Office (713) 921-4986

 Rev. Grant Housewright, Pastor

 

Email: elcr@att.net  website:  redeemerlutheranhouston.com

 

Pastor’s Cell phone (713) 305-7133     Nancy Housewright, Music Director & Organist         

 

Bill Anderau, Council President Denise Thumann, Office Manager

 

  MINISTERS:  MEMBERS OF THE CONGREGATION

 

MISSION STATEMENT
We, the members of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of the Redeemer, are a people of Word and Sacrament, are culturally diverse people of God, who worship in a family tradition, holding scripture as the norm for our lives.  We witness to Jesus Christ, the Son of God, reaching out to our community with support and comfort through various forms of nurturing care, directly and/or through the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America.  

 

We do this only for the Kingdom of God, always have and always will.

 

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Sixth Sunday of Easter

 

May 17, 2020

 

 

 

Silence for Reflection

 

 

 

Greeting 

 

P:The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, the love of God, 

 

and the communion of the Holy Spirit be with you.

 

 

 

Prayer of the Day

 

Almighty and ever-living God, you hold together all things in heaven and on earth.  In your great mercy receive the prayers of all your children, and give to all the world the Spirit of your truth and peace, through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.  Amen         

 

 

 

First Reading:   Acts 17:22-31

 

Then Paul stood in front of the Areopagus and said, “Athenians, I see how extremely religious you are in every way.  For as I went through the city and looked carefully at the objects of your worship, I found among them an altar with the inscription, ‘To an unknown god.’ What therefore you worship as unknown, this I proclaim to you.  The God who made the world and everything in it, he who is Lord of heaven and earth, does not live in shrines made by human hands, nor is he served by human hands, as though he needed anything, since he himself gives to all mortals life and breath and all things.  From one ancestor he made all nations to inhabit the whole earth, and he allotted the times of their existence and the boundaries of the places where they would live, so that they would search for God and perhaps grope for him and find him—though indeed he is not far from each one of us.  For ‘In him we live and move and have our being’; as even some of your own poets have said, ‘For we too are his offspring.’ Since we are God’s offspring, we ought not to think that the deity is like gold, or silver, or stone, an image formed by the art and imagination of mortals. 

 

While God has overlooked the times of human ignorance, now he commands all people everywhere to repent, because he has fixed a day on which he will have the world judged in righteousness by a man whom he has appointed, and of this he has given assurance to all by raising him from the dead.”

 

 

The word of the Lord.

 

Thanks be to God.

 

 

Psalm 66:8-20

 

Bless our God, O peoples,
    let the sound of his praise be heard,
who has kept us among the living,
    and has not let our feet slip.
For you, O God, have tested us;
    you have tried us as silver is tried.
You brought us into the net;
    you laid burdens on our backs:
you let people ride over our heads;
    we went through fire and through water; yet you have brought us out to a spacious place.

 

I will come into your house with burnt offerings;
    I will pay you my vows,
those that my lips uttered
    and my mouth promised when I was in trouble.
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.

 

Come and hear, all you who fear God,
    and I will tell what he has done for me.

 

I cried aloud to him,
    and he was extolled with my tongue.
If I had cherished iniquity in my heart,
    the Lord would not have listened.
But truly God has listened;
    he has given heed to the words of my prayer.

 

Blessed be God,
    because he has not rejected my prayer or removed his steadfast love from me.

 

 

Second Reading    1 Peter 3:13-22

 

Now who will harm you if you are eager to do what is good?  But even if you do suffer for doing what is right, you are blessed. Do not fear what they fear, and do not be intimidated, 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; yet do it with gentleness and reverence. 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. For it is better to suffer for doing good, if suffering should be God’s will, than to suffer for doing evil.  For Christ also suffered for sins once for all, the righteous for the unrighteous, in order to bring you to God. He was put to death in the flesh, but made alive in the spirit, in which also he went and made a proclamation to the spirits in prison, 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.  And baptism, which this prefigured, now saves you—not as a removal of dirt from the body, but as an appeal to God for a good conscience, through the resurrection of Jesus Christ, who has gone into heaven and is at the right hand of God, with angels, authorities, and powers made subject to him.

 

 

The word of the Lord.

 

Thanks be to God.

 


 

The Holy Gospel according to the book ofJohn, in the 14th chapter.

 

Glory to you, O Lord.

 

 

Gospel Reading      John 14:15-21

 

“If you love me, you will keep my commandments.  And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Advocate, to be with you forever.  This is the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees him nor knows him. You know him, because he abides with you, and he will be in you.  “I will not leave you orphaned; I am coming to you.  In a little while the world will no longer see me, but you will see me; because I live, you also will live.  On that day you will know that I am in my Father, and you in me, and I in you. They who have my commandments and keep them are those who love me; and those who love me will be loved by my Father, and I will love them and reveal myself to them.”

 

 

The Gospel of the Lord.

 

Praise to you, O Christ.

 

 

Sermon

 

John 14:16: I shall ask the Father, and He will give you another Advocate to be with you forever

 

Grace and peace be to you from God and the Lord Jesus Christ.  May the Holy Spirit comfort, strengthen and equip you.  Amen

 

In today's Gospel Lesson, while Jesus is still with them in the Upper Room with the disciples he gives them the promise of a great gift to come.  He is preparing them for His departure; for a time of terrible anxiety and grief.  "I will ask the Father and He will give you another Paraclete (a Comforter, an Advocate, a Soul-Reviver, a Re-Creator) to be with you always".  And Jesus assures the disciples that their belief in this promise would enable them to accomplish wonders with their lives. 

 

Later, after the Resurrection, Jesus keeps the promise. He appears to the disciples and He gives them the Gift of the Holy Spirit. 

 

I am willing to bet that it was a peaceful, gentle experience.  But later still, on the day of Pentecost, 50 days after Jesus was resurrected, all the believers are gathered together to worship, and the Holy Spirit comes, this time in a mighty display of wind and fire. 

 

Who is this Holy Spirit?  The Biblical writers want us to know, with certainty, that the God who made us loves us so much and wants so much for us to love Him, that He literally pours out His Presence for us to embrace.  And it is the gift of His Spirit that makes it possible for us to experience the joy of being immersed in God, of being temples of God's Love. 

 

A young Armenian girl named Elizabeth Caraman saw Turkish troops arrest her father for no apparent reason.  After spending time in prison, they wrapped him in a blanket, put him on a donkey and took him away.  That was the last time Elizabeth saw her father alive. 

 

Now, she and her mother were Christians, and the Spirit helped them get through that tragedy without becoming bitter or cynical.  Elizabeth grew up to become a nurse, worked in a mission hospital where she dressed the wounds of soldiers. 

 

One day, while nursing a Turkish man she had never seen before, Elizabeth began talking about how her father had died. The man listened intently.  Finally, in a low voice, he said, "I am the man who killed your father. I rolled him off the donkey, still wrapped in the carpet, and ran him through with my bayonet. I still see it in my mind. And it still sickens me." 

 

Elizabeth said nothing but went on bandaging his wound.  How strong must have been the temptation to hate, or even kill, that man.  Remembering she had the promised Advocate in the Holy Spirit, she said, "Jesus told us to forgive our enemies. So, I forgive you." 

 

Remember, now, that Jesus gives the Advocate, the Comforter, to be with us forever".  The fullness of this word suggests at least three ways in which the Advocate (Holy Spirit) is with us, now and forever. 

 

The Holy Spirit comforts us; the Holy Spirit strengthens us; the Holy Spirit equips us for our Christian Ministry.

 

It is the Spirit that helped that young Elizabeth: She was comforted her in the loss; strengthened when faced with her father's murderer; and equipped to minister and forgive.

 

The Holy Spirit is our comforter, even in our most bitter grief, and the grief of your neighbor.

 

God's Spirit is in our hearts, friends.  He has called us and set us apart. This is what we must do.

 

Since God's Spirit speaks in your heart so that you can experience wholeness of life, awaken to your true purpose, and have the power to do the things that will bring genuine joy into your life, as well as in the lives of others. 

 

We will let our hearts speak - as individuals and members one of another!

 

Now may the peace of God, which sometimes eludes our human understanding, keep our hearts and minds with the kind of faith Jesus can give.  Amen

 

 

The Prayers  

 

Uplifted by the promised hope of healing and resurrection, we join the people of God in all times and places in praying for the church, the world, and all who are in need.

 

Abiding God, you have revealed yourself to us in the form of your Son, Jesus Christ.  Embolden your church, as your followers, to reveal your love to everyone in our speaking and in our living.  Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer. 

 

You are the creator of heaven and earth.  Revitalize the health of oceans, rivers, lakes, springs, glaciers, and other bodies of water that give life to your creatures.  Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.

 

You call all people of the world your children.  Judge the nations justly, show mercy to the oppressed, and speak truth to power through your prophets.  Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.

 

You come near to us when we are lost, and you hear our distress.  We pray for those who suffer in any way (hear our silent and verbal prayers).  Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.

 

Your commands are good and merciful.  Give us courage to take hold of our baptismal promises to work for justice, advocate for the voiceless, and free the oppressed and imprisoned in body, mind, or spirit.  Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.

 

You remain with us always, O God, and your kingdom has no end.  We remember the saints who have gone before us.  Unite us forever in your final victory over death.  Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.

 

With bold confidence in your love, almighty God, we place all for whom we pray into your eternal care; through Christ our Lord.  Amen

 

 

Offering    

 

Your regular contributions during the Lenten services and the Sundays that we will be missing in corporate worship, will certainly be appreciated.  As you can see through our weekly communications and sermons, we are not suspending our church operations.  We are adapting to the current circumstances.  Please remember us, and mail in your contributions to the church. Thank you for your prayers, and your faithful donations!  

 

                                

Lord’s Prayer                        

 

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.

 

                                                                                                                                  

The Benediction

 

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.  Amen.

 

 

Dismissal

 

Christ is risen, just as he said.

 

Go in peace.  Share the good news.  Alleluia!

 

Thanks be to God.  Alleluia!

 

 

 

 

 

Today’s service does not include Holy Communion

 

On the last page, please find 

 

“AN ORDER FOR HOLY COMMUNION AT HOME”

 

We hope you find this helpful, and will use it to have 

 

Holy Communion in your homes today. 

 

 

 

Prayer list updates during the Coronavirus outbreak 

 

Please call or text 

 

Pastor Grant at 713-305-7133

 

with any prayer requests or changes. 

 

Thank you.

 

 

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   REDEEMER’S PRAYER LIST

 

The Family of Debbie Adams, Judy Adams, Monica Allen, Laurie Aubin, Mariah Bell,

 

Patsy Maureen Blair, Deborah Bostwick, Bill Chambles, Mimi Chance, Edna Cole, 

 

Maria Aurelia Cordova, Israel Cruz, Lucille Dailey-MetcalfThomas Davis, Bobbie Dean, Parker Dixon, Lance Dromgoole, Antonio Duarte, Mary Duron, Rocky Espinosa, 

 

The Family of Jose Owen Flores, Jesus Garza, William Giddens, Manny Gonzalez, 

 

Monica Gonzales, The Family of Ruthie Goolsby, Sharon Timmerman Graves,

 

Tamara Handerson, Steve Helmke, Priscilla Hilmers, Sue Hill, Fran Hington, Michael Holm, Olga Holten, Jon Johansen, Alex Kavlaski, Eddie League, Josh Leamons, Donna Leonard, Martha Limon, Maria M. Lopez, Tanzy Lopez, Nathan Maldonado, Cynthia Martinez,

 

Pat Maxwell, Gene Mayes, Cris McFarland, Christopher Mendoza, Phil Miller, Wallace Montalvo, Sally Musachea, Veronica Natividad, Guadalupe Ordaz, Bonnie Pierson,

 

Erin Pereira, Olivia Pereira, The Family of Bettye Pipes, Harry Podszus, Esther Maurine Roberts, Cesar Rodriguez, Norma Saenz, Richard Salias, Melvin & Thelma Schulte, 

 

Margot Noelle Sharp, Evan Smith, Roy Soraiz, Pamela Swafford, Larry Stormer, David Taylor, Rosie Tello, Laura Thac, Rosie Trevino, Julius Trotter, Jyme Tyson, 

 

Carlos Villagomez, Raul Villagomez, Bonnie Walker, Oliver Walkup, Dorothy White, Hudson Wiggins, Jimmie Wilkins, Terry & Jerry Wilkins, Nannette Zertuche.

 

 

 

News & Updates

 

Baldo Garza new phone number:  713-775-5207

 

George Speck (Myrtle Meek’s nephew)  passed away on April 26, at the age of 88 in Oxford, OH

 

Ruthie Goolsby (Paula Goolsby’s aunt)  passed away on May 8, at the age of 80 in Tyler, TX

 

Betty Pipes (Kay Bartholomew’s stepmother) passed away May 9, in Corrigan, TX

 

Nannette Zertuche (Denise Thumann’s cousin) has been diagnosed with cancerage 45.

 

Tanzy Lopez (Denise Thumann’s cousin) had her house burn down on May 10th.

 

Jesus Garza (Baldo Garza’s brother) has been admitted to the hospital in San Antonio with difficulty breathing; can’t swallow or drink.  The doctor has yet to come up with a diagnosis. He is 56.

 

Remember all these folks in your prayers.

 

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AN ORDER FOR HOLY COMMUNION AT HOME

 

 

 

(For those desiring to participate in Communion at home, you are Invited to gather in a comfortable location, have some bread and a beverage - coffee, wine, juice, cola, etc.- 

 

of some sort on hand.)

 

 

 

Pray together:   

 

Merciful God, we do not presume to come to your table trusting in our own righteousness, but in your abundant mercy.  Grant us, therefore, gracious Lord, so to eat and drink the body and blood of your dear Son, Jesus Christ, that we may live in him and he in us, now and forever.  Amen

 

 

 

Speaking in unison:  

 

The Lord be with us as we lift our hearts to the Lord.  We give thanks to the Lord our God, because it is right to give God thanks and praise.

 

 

 

Unison or one person may read

 

It is indeed right, our duty and our joy, that we should at all times and all places give thanks and praise to you, almighty and merciful God, through our Savior Jesus Christ.  With all the choirs of angels, with the church on earth and the hosts of heaven, praise your holy name. 

 

 

 

Speak together:  

 

Holy, holy, holy Lord, God of power and might, heaven and earth are full of your glory. Hosanna in the highest. Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord. Hosanna in the highest.

 

 

 

Choose one person to read:

 

In the night in which he was betrayed, our Lord Jesus took bread, and gave thanks; broke it and gave it to his disciples, saying: Take and eat. This my body given for you.  Do this for the remembrance of me.

 

Again, after supper, he took the cup, gave thanks and gave it for all to drink, saying; This cup is the new covenant in my blood, shed for you and all people for the forgiveness of sin.  Do this for the remembrance of me.

 

 

 

All pray the Lord's Prayer.

 

 

 

Distribute one to another, saying,

 

"The body of Christ, given for you,"

 

"The blood of Christ, shed for you."

 

 

 

Prayer spoken by all:

 

We give you thanks, almighty God, that you have refreshed us through the healing power of this gift of life.  In your mercy, strengthen us through this gift, in faith toward you and in fervent love toward one another; for the sake of Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen





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                                 May 10, 2020

 

EVANGELICAL LUTHERAN CHURCH OF THE REDEEMER

 

      1135 Jocelyn             Houston, Texas  77023

 

Church Office (713) 921-4986

 

Rev. Grant Housewright, Pastor

 

Email: elcr@att.net                          website:  redeemerlutheranhouston.com

 

Pastor’s Cell phone (713) 305-7133           Nancy Housewright, Music Director & Organist         

 

Bill Anderau, Council President                                   Denise Thumann, Office Manager

 

  MINISTERS:  MEMBERS OF THE CONGREGATION

 

MISSION STATEMENT
We, the members of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of the Redeemer, are a people of Word and Sacrament, are culturally diverse people of God, who worship in a family tradition, holding scripture as the norm for our lives.  We witness to Jesus Christ, the Son of God, reaching out to our community with support and comfort through various forms of nurturing care, directly and/or through the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America.  

 

Fifth Sunday of Easter

May 10, 2020 

 

We do this only for the Kingdom of God, always have and always will.

 

 

 

Today’s service does not include Holy Communion

 

On the last page, please find 

 

“AN ORDER FOR HOLY COMMUNION AT HOME”

 

We hope you find this helpful, and will use it to have

 

Holy Communion in your homes today.

 

 

 

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Silence for Reflection

 

 

 

Greeting 

 

P:The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, the love of God, 

 

and the communion of the Holy Spirit be with you.

 

 

 

 

Prayer of the Day

 

Almighty God, your Son Jesus 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.

 

 

 

 

 

First Reading:   Acts 7:55-60

 

But filled with the Holy Spirit, he gazed into heaven and saw the glory of God and Jesus standing at the right hand of God. “Look,” he said, “I see the heavens opened and the Son of Man standing at the right hand of God!” But they covered their ears, and with a loud shout all rushed together against him. Then they dragged him out of the city and began to stone him; and the witnesses laid their coats at the feet of a young man named Saul. While they were stoning Stephen, he prayed, “Lord Jesus, receive my spirit.”  Then he knelt down and cried out in a loud voice, “Lord, do not hold this sin against them.” When he had said this, he died.

 

The word of the Lord.

 

Thanks be to God.

 

 

 

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.
Incline your ear to me;
    rescue me speedily.
Be a rock of refuge for me,
    a strong fortress to save me.

 

You are indeed my rock and my fortress;
    for your name’s sake lead me and guide me,
take me out of the net that is hidden for me,
    for you are my refuge.
Into your hand I commit my spirit;
    you have redeemed me, O Lord, faithful God.

 

15 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.

 

 

 

Second Reading  1 Peter 2:2-10

 

Like newborn infants, long for the pure, spiritual milk, so that by it you may grow into salvation—if indeed you have tasted that the Lord is good. Come to him, a living stone, though rejected by mortals yet chosen and precious in God’s sight, and like living stones, let yourselves be built into a spiritual house, to be a holy priesthood, to offer spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ.  

 

For it stands in scripture: “See, I am laying in Zion a stone, a cornerstone chosen and precious; and whoever believes in him will not be put to shame.”  To you then who believe, he is precious; but for those who do not believe, 

 

“The stone that the builders rejected has become the very head of the corner,” and “A stone that makes them stumble, and a rock that makes them fall.”  They stumble because they disobey the word, as they were destined to do.  But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s own people, in order that you may proclaim the mighty acts of him who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light.  Once you were not a people, but now you are God’s people; once you had not received mercy, but now you have received mercy.

 

 

 

The word of the Lord.

 

Thanks be to God.

 

 

 

The Holy Gospel according to the book ofJohn, in the 14th chapter.

 

Glory to you, O Lord.

 

 

 

Gospel Reading  John 14:1-14    

 

“Do not let your hearts be troubled. Believe in God, believe also in me.  In my Father’s house there are many dwelling places. If it were not so, would I have told you that I go to prepare a place for you? And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and will take you to myself, so that where I am, there you may be also.  And you know the way to the place where I am going.” Thomas said to him, “Lord, we do not know where you are going. How can we know the way?”  Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.  If you know me, you will know my Father also. From now on you do know him and have seen him.” Philip said to him, “Lord, show us the Father, and we will be satisfied.” Jesus said to him, “Have I been with you all this time, Philip, and you still do not know me? Whoever has seen me has seen the Father. How can you say, ‘Show us the Father’?  Do you not believe that I am in the Father and the Father is in me? The words that I say to you I do not speak on my own; but the Father who dwells in me does his works.  Believe me that I am in the Father and the Father is in me; but if you do not, then believe me because of the works themselves.  Very truly, I tell you, the one who believes in me will also do the works that I do and, in fact, will do greater works than these, because I am going to the Father.  I will do whatever you ask in my name, so that the Father may be glorified in the Son.  If in my name you ask mefor anything, I will do it.

 

 

 

The Gospel of the Lord.

 

Praise to you, O Christ.

 

 

 

 

 

Sermon

 

John 14:1 reads: Do not let your hearts be troubled!  Believe in God, believe also in Me.

 

 

 

Grace and peace be to you from God and the Lord Jesus Christ.  May the Holy Spirit take you by the hands and show you to a less worrisome place.  Amen

 

 

 

In Greek and Cypriot culture, "Worry beads" are strings of beads manipulated with one's hands to pass the time.  Among the traditional uses, the beads serve to guard against bad luck. It should come as no surprise that worry beads are a hot topic of conversation these days......especially these days!

 

In today's Gospel Lesson, we return to a conversation Jesus had with his disciples in the upper room.  In that conversation, Jesus tells the Apostles that He is about to leave them.  He knows that His hour of crucifixion is drawing near. Can't you just see the disciples fidgeting with their worry beads?  Then he tells that where he's going they cannot follow. Then, right in the middle of this stunning exchange, Jesus says to the Apostles: "Do not let your hearts be troubled! Believe in God and believe in Me!" (Jn. 14:1). 

 

 

 

What a great message of assurance for us today - worried about the future, as well as worried about today.  Jesus says: "Do not be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will be anxious for itself.  Let the day's own trouble be sufficient for the day" (Mt. 6:34).  Jesus is telling you that He will support and sustain you in the concerns of a single day.  Worries just grow and grow.  Jesus can help you stop! J. Gregory writes in GROWING PAINS OF THE SOUL: "I will help you live today," Jesus promises. Do not let your heart be troubled! Believe in Him.

 

 

 

Norman Vincent Peale used to tell the story of a woman who came to him for counseling.  She was filled with anxiety and fear -- "worried almost out of her senses," Dr. Peale says.

 

 

 

It seems that she had suffered a minor heart attack recently, and now she was overwhelmed by the fear that she might die at any moment.  She kept talking compulsively about this fear until, finally, Dr. Peale held out his hand, palms up, and said, "Put it there!"  "Put what there?" the woman asked. "Your problem," Peale said. "This thing that is worrying you.  I want you to stretch out your hand and place it in mine."  And when she did, said, "The problem is no longer in the room.  Is now outside the door.  Now we're going to fill the place inside you where that problem used to be with some thoughts of God and faith and hope.  We're going to saturate your mind with God's peace! 

 

 

 

"Do not let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God and trust in me."  The most important decision you will ever make is your decision about belief and trust in the loving God who made you and wants you for His own.  A gracious God is deep within you at this very moment -- wanting to get through to you. 

 

 

 

Once this takes place, it's time to move on to doing Jesus' work here on earth. Jesus reveals God's purpose for your life and mine in terms of mercy and forgiveness toward others.  That's what the Kingdom of God is built on: a foundation of endless mercy, forgiveness and limitless love.

 

 

 

God has ordained that our fulfillment as human persons depends upon the depth of our love for others; our willingness to love, even our enemies.

 

 

 

A newspaper columnist did a story about a man named Gordon McLaurin, a one-hundred-three-year-old lawyer in Dellon, South Carolina. She writes, 

 

 

 

He shows up at his office every weekday at 9:00 am, then goes home at lunchtime and stays there, until his secretary calls him at 3:15 and asks, "Are you all right?"  When he answers, he always says he is.  Then one day the elderly man's secretary got busy and forgot to call, so he called her.  "Are you all right?" were his first words.

 

 

 

From a heart full of His love, I declare for you: God is loving you now.  Do not let your heart be troubled!  Believe in Him!  Now --- are you alright?

 

 

 

Now may the peace of God, which sometimes eludes our human understanding, keep you hearts and minds fixed on the Jesus today and always.  Amen

 

 

 

 

 

The Prayers  

 

 

 

Uplifted by the promised hope of healing and resurrection, we join the people of God in all times and places in praying for the church, the world, and all who are in need.

 

 

 

Build us up, mothering God, as living stones united in your spiritual house.  Continually strengthen your church as it is sent forth to proclaim your love.  We pray especially for new congregations and those in redevelopment.  Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

 

 

 

Humble us, creator God, as part of your creation.  Fill us with respect and awe for the world you have made, including volcanoes, ocean currents, tropical rainstorms, glaciers, and other forces that both destroy and create.  Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

 

 

 

Align our ways to your love, O God.  We pray for countries, leaders, and other organizations as they prepare places for those seeking refuge and safety.  Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

 

 

 

God of healing and rest, help those whose hearts are heavy and weighed down by many troubles.  Comfort their suffering, ease their distress, and carry their burdens (hear our silent and verbal prayers).  Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

 

 

 

Nurturing God, we pray for those who tend and teach young children, for the safe pregnancies of expectant parents, and for families who struggle with infertility and miscarriage.  We give thanks for all who have shown mothering care, and we remember all for whom this day is difficult.  Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

 

 

 

Generous God, you call into your brilliant light all who have died.  Give us faith to take hold of the promise of your eternal life.  Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.  

 

 

 

With bold confidence in you love, almighty God, we place all for whom we pray into your eternal care; through Christ our Lord.  Amen

 

 

 

Offering    

 

Your regular contributions during the Lenten services and the Sundays that we will be missing in corporate worship, will certainly be appreciated.  As you can see through our weekly communications and sermons, we are not suspending our church operations.  We are adapting to the current circumstances.  Please remember us, and mail in your contributions to the church. Thank you for your prayers, and your faithful donations!  

 

                                 

 

Lord’s Prayer                        

 

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.

 

                                                                                                                                        

 

 

 

The Benediction

 

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.  Amen.

 

 

 

Dismissal

 

Christ is risen, just as he said.

 

Go in peace.  Share the good news.  Alleluia!

 

Thanks be to God.  Alleluia!

 

 

 

 

 

Prayer list updates during the Coronavirus outbreak 

 

Please call or text Pastor Grant

 

at 713-305-7133

 

with any prayer requests or changes. 

 

Thank you.

 

 

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   REDEEMER’S PRAYER LIST

 

The Family of Debbie Adams, Judy Adams, Monica Allen, Laurie Aubin, Mariah Bell,

 

Patsy Maureen Blair, Deborah Bostwick, Bill Chambles, Mimi Chance, Edna Cole, 

 

Maria Aurelia Cordova, Israel Cruz, Lucille Dailey-MetcalfThomas Davis, Bobbie Dean, Parker Dixon, Lance Dromgoole, Antonio Duarte, Mary Duron, Rocky Espinosa, 

 

The Family of Jose Owen Flores, William Giddens, Manny Gonzalez, Monica Gonzales,Ruthie Goolsby, Sharon Timmerman Graves, Tamara Handerson, Steve Helmke, 

 

Priscilla Hilmers, Sue Hill, Fran Hington, Michael Holm, Olga Holten, Jon Johansen, 

 

Alex Kavlaski, Eddie League, Josh Leamons, Donna Leonard, Martha Limon, 

 

Maria M. Lopez, Nathan Maldonado, Cynthia Martinez, Pat Maxwell, Gene Mayes, 

 

Cris McFarland, Christopher Mendoza, Phil Miller, Wallace Montalvo, Sally Musachea, Veronica Natividad, Guadalupe Ordaz, Bonnie Pierson, Erin Pereira, Olivia Pereira, 

 

Bettye Pipes, Harry Podszus, Esther Maurine Roberts, Cesar Rodriguez, Norma Saenz, Richard Salias, Melvin & Thelma Schulte, Margot Noelle Sharp, Evan Smith, Roy Soraiz, Pamela Swafford, Larry Stormer, David Taylor, Rosie Tello, Laura Thac, Rosie Trevino, Julius Trotter, Jyme Tyson, Carlos Villagomez, Raul Villagomez, Bonnie Walker, 

 

Oliver Walkup, Dorothy White, Hudson Wiggins, Jimmie Wilkins, Terry & Jerry Wilkins.

 

 

 

 

 

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AN ORDER FOR HOLY COMMUNION AT HOME

 

 

 

(For those desiring to participate in Communion at home, you are Invited to gather in a comfortable location, have some bread and a beverage - coffee, wine, juice, cola, etc.- 

 

of some sort on hand.)

 

 

 

Pray together:   

 

Merciful God, we do not presume to come to your table trusting in our own righteousness, but in your abundant mercy.  Grant us, therefore, gracious Lord, so to eat and drink the body and blood of your dear Son, Jesus Christ, that we may live in him and he in us, now and forever.  Amen

 

 

 

Speaking in unison:  

 

The Lord be with us as we lift our hearts to the Lord.  We give thanks to the Lord our God, because it is right to give God thanks and praise.

 

 

 

Unison or one person may read

 

It is indeed right, our duty and our joy, that we should at all times and all places give thanks and praise to you, almighty and merciful God, through our Savior Jesus Christ.  With all the choirs of angels, with the church on earth and the hosts of heaven, praise your holy name. 

 

 

 

Speak together:  

 

Holy, holy, holy Lord, God of power and might, heaven and earth are full of your glory. Hosanna in the highest. Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord. Hosanna in the highest.

 

 

 

Choose one person to read:

 

In the night in which he was betrayed, our Lord Jesus took bread, and gave thanks; broke it and gave it to his disciples, saying: Take and eat. This my body given for you.  Do this for the remembrance of me.

 

Again, after supper, he took the cup, gave thanks and gave it for all to drink, saying; Thiscup is the new covenant in my blood, shed for you and all people for the forgiveness of sin.  Do this for the remembrance of me.

 

 

 

All pray the Lord's Prayer.

 

 

 

Distribute one to another, saying,

 

"The body of Christ, given for you,"

 

"The blood of Christ, shed for you."

 

 

 

Prayer spoken by all:

 

We give you thanks, almighty God, that you have refreshed us through the healing power of this gift of life.  In your mercy, strengthen us through this gift, in faith toward you and in fervent love toward one another; for the sake of Jesus Christ our Lord.  Amen


    
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May 3, 2020

 

EVANGELICAL LUTHERAN CHURCH OF THE REDEEMER

      1135 Jocelyn             Houston, Texas  77023

Church Office (713) 921-4986

Rev. Grant Housewright, Pastor

Email: elcr@att.net                          website:  redeemerlutheranhouston.com

Pastor’s Cell phone (713) 305-7133           Nancy Housewright, Music Director & Organist         

Bill Anderau, Council President                                   Denise Thumann, Office Manager

  MINISTERS:  MEMBERS OF THE CONGREGATION

MISSION STATEMENT
We, the members of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of the Redeemer, are a people of Word and Sacrament, are culturally diverse people of God, who worship in a family tradition, holding scripture as the norm for our lives.  We witness to Jesus Christ, the Son of God, reaching out to our community with support and comfort through various forms of nurturing care, directly and/or through the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America.  

We do this only for the Kingdom of God, always have and always will.

____________________________________________________________

Fourth Sunday of Easter


Today’s service does not include Holy Communion

On the last page, please find 

“AN ORDER FOR HOLY COMMUNION AT HOME”

We hope you find this helpful, and will use it to have Holy Communion in your homes today.

May 3, 2020

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Silence for Reflection

 

Greeting 

P:The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, the love of God, 

and the communion of the Holy Spirit be with you.

 

Prayer of the Day

O God our shepherd, you know your sheep by name and lead us to safety through the valleys of death.  Guide us by your voice, that we may walk in certainty and security to the joyous feast prepared in your house, through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.  Amen.

 

First Reading:   Acts 2:42-47                            

They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and fellowship, to the breaking of bread and the prayers.  Awe came upon everyone, because many wonders and signs were being done by the apostles. 44 All who believed were together and had all things in common; 45 they would sell their possessions and goods and distribute the proceeds to all, as any had need. 46 Day by day, as they spent much time together in the temple, they broke bread at home and ate their food with glad and generous hearts, 

47 praising God and having the goodwill of all the people. And day by day the Lord added to their number those who were being saved.

 

The word of the Lord.

Thanks be to God.

Psalm 23

The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want.
    He makes me lie down in green pastures;
he leads me beside still waters;
    he restores my soul.
He leads me in right paths
    for his name’s sake.

Even though I walk through the darkest valley,
    I fear no evil;
for you are with me;
    your rod and your staff—they comfort me.

You prepare a table before me
    in the presence of my enemies;
you anoint my head with oil;
    my cup overflows.

 Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me
    all the days of my life,
and I shall dwell in the house of the Lord
    my whole life long.

 

 

Second Reading  1 Peter 2:19-25

19 For it is a credit to you if, being aware of God, you endure pain while suffering unjustly. 20 If you endure when you are beaten for doing wrong, what credit is that? But if you endure when you do right and suffer for it, you have God’s approval. 21 For to this you have been called, because Christ also suffered for you, leaving you an example, so that you should follow in his steps.

22 “He committed no sin,
    and no deceit was found in his mouth.”

23 When he was abused, he did not return abuse; when he suffered, he did not threaten; but he entrusted himself to the one who judges justly. 24 He himself bore our sins in his body on the cross, so that, free from sins, we might live for righteousness; by his wounds you have been healed. 25 For you were going astray like sheep, but now you have returned to the shepherd and guardian of your souls.

 

The word of the Lord.

Thanks be to God.

 

The Holy Gospel according to the book ofJohn, in the 10th chapter.

Glory to you, O Lord.

 

Gospel Reading      

“Very truly, I tell you, anyone who does not enter the sheepfold by the gate but climbs in by another way is a thief and a bandit. The one who enters by the gate is the shepherd of the sheep. The gatekeeper opens the gate for him, and the sheep hear his voice. He calls his own sheep by name and leads them out. When he has brought out all his own, he goes ahead of them, and the sheep follow him because they know his voice. They will not follow a stranger, but they will run from him because they do not know the voice of strangers.” Jesus used this figure of speech with them, but they did not understand what he was saying to them. So again Jesus said to them, “Very truly, I tell you, I am the gate for the sheep. All who came before me are thieves and bandits; but the sheep did not listen to them. I am the gate. Whoever enters by me will be saved, and will come in and go out and find pasture. 10 The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have life, and have it abundantly. 

 

The Gospel of the Lord.

Praise to you, O Christ.

 

Sermon

John 10:1: Very truly I tell you, anyone who does not enter the sheepfold by the gate, but climbs in by another way is a thief and a bandit.

 

Grace and peace be to you from God and the Lord Jesus Christ.  May the Holy Spirit guide us to nourish and build up our relationships.

 

A famous comedian, W. C. Fields, once observed, "Horse sense is the good judgment that keeps horses from betting on people."

 

There's an old story about a farmer who you could say was terribly lacking in horse sense.  He rode into town on his beautiful horse, tied it to the hitching post, and walked into the general store.  Two thieves came by.  One took the horse and the other stayed at the hitching post with the reigns around his neck. When the farmer came out the thief said, in a sad, low tone, "Sir, I am your horse. Years ago, I sinned, and for my sins, my punishment was to be changed into a horse. Today my sentence is over, and I am a man once again."

 

Not much time went by when the farmer saw his horse at the county fair. He walked up to it and said, "So – I see you've sinned again!"

 

Jesus' teachings are full of surprises, too.  Take today's gospel for instance.  What always seems to come to us as a big surprise is this business of not being able to enter the Good Shepherd's sheepfold except by just one gate.  (John 10:1).  It's a surprise every time we read it.

 

The picture is clear and straightforward. The parable is meant to teach one beautiful and surprising truth ---two great surprises, really. The sheep on Jesus' right (the just) are utterly dumbfounded to find how Jesus has identified Himself with the needy. They haven't been ministering to Christ; they've merely been feeding hungry people, putting clothes on the poor, taking care of the sick and visiting those in prison.

 

Secondly, those on the left (the unjust) are even more surprised to hear Jesus identify Himself so entirely with the poor and the oppressed.  They hadn't performed any ministry at all, because they were too busy being religious and pious and worrying about the letter of the law. In so doing, they had rejected Christ. 

 

The second great surprise is really the cap.  Those on the right and those on the left, both, are utterly taken aback in discovering the high premium God places upon this ministry to others.  Here they are, their eternal destiny being determined. And what is the question? It's not a question of going to Church; reading theology books; academic degrees they had earned; possessions and money; where you live, where you come from or what color your skin is.  God places the highest value on the simple ministry of fulfilling other people's needs. This is more than a surprise.  It's a shock -- a reverse of values.  Today's Gospel is about people --- our relationships of intimacy, dependence and trust. 

 

An adult man was talking to his dad. "You know, Dad, if we could take all the great moments we experience in our lifetimes and put them back-to-back, they wouldn't last twenty minutes."  Dad answered, "Yup."

The dad looked into his son's eyes and added quietly, "Precious, aren't they?"

 

The Good Shepherd is calling out our relationships.  May the precious times, when added up, last longer than 20 minutes.

 

Now may the peace of God, which sometimes eludes our human understanding, keep our hearts and minds with the kind of faith only Jesus can give.  Amen

 

 

The Prayers  

Uplifted by the promised hope of healing and resurrection, we join the people of God in all times and places in praying for the church, the world, and all who are in need.

 

Shepherding God, we thank you for the educational ministries of your church.  Enrich the work of teachers, professors, mentors, advisors, and faculty at colleges, seminaries, and learning sites.  Lord in your mercy, hear our prayers.  

 

Creating God, we praise you for those who maintain and operate farm equipment, for those who plant and harvest crops, for local farmers’ markets, and for those involved in agriculture of any kind.  Strengthen their hands as they feed the world.  Lord in your mercy, hear our prayers.

 

Guiding God, no one should be in want.  Bid the nations to return to your paths of righteousness and inspire our leaders to walk in your ways, so that all may have the opportunity to live abundantly and sustainably.  Lord in your mercy, hear our prayers.

 

Comforting God, you carry us tenderly.  We pray for those who walk through dark valleys overshadowed by anxiety and overwhelmed with suffering (hear our silent and verbal prayers).  Lord in your mercy, hear our prayers.

 

Nurturing God, you desire justice for the hungry.  Bless advocacy work, food pantries, and feeding ministries in our congregations.  May none of our neighbors lack for basic needs.  Lord in your mercy, hear our prayers.

Everlasting God, your beloved have heard your voice; you have called them by name and guided them to your side in death.  We thank you for their lives of faithful witness.  Lord in your mercy, hear our prayers.

 

With bold confidence in your love, almighty God, we place all for whom we pray into your eternal care; through Christ our Lord.  Amen

 

 

 

 

 

Offering    

Your regular contributions during the Lenten services and the Sundays that we will be missing in corporate worship, will certainly be appreciated.  As you can see through our weekly communications and sermons, we are not suspending our church operations.  We are adapting to the current circumstances.  Please remember us, and mail in your contributions to the church. Thank you for your prayers, and your faithful donations!  

                                 

Lord’s Prayer                        

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.

                                                                                                                                        

The Benediction

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.  Amen.

 

Dismissal

Christ is risen, just as he said.

Go in peace.  Share the good news.  Alleluia!

Thanks be to God.  Alleluia!

 

 

Prayer list updates during the Coronavirus outbreak 

Please call or text Pastor Grant at 713-305-7133

with any prayer requests or changes. 

Thank you.

 

26D94F99-58EC-4745-9579-EC65A217F315 REDEEMER’S PRAYER LIST

The Family of Debbie Adams, Judy Adams, Monica Allen, Laurie Aubin, Mariah Bell,

Patsy Maureen Blair, Deborah Bostwick, Bill Chambles, Mimi Chance, Edna Cole, 

Maria Aurelia Cordova, Israel Cruz, Lucille Dailey-MetcalfThomas Davis, Bobbie Dean, Parker Dixon, Lance Dromgoole, Antonio Duarte, Mary Duron, Rocky Espinosa, 

The Family of Jose Owen Flores, William Giddens, Manny Gonzalez, Monica Gonzales,Ruthie Goolsby, Sharon Timmerman Graves, Tamara Handerson, Steve Helmke, 

Priscilla Hilmers, Sue Hill, Fran Hington, Michael Holm, Olga Holten, Jon Johansen, 

Alex Kavlaski, Eddie League, Josh Leamons, Donna Leonard, Martha Limon, 

Maria M. Lopez, Nathan Maldonado, Cynthia Martinez, Pat Maxwell, Gene Mayes, 

Cris McFarland, Christopher Mendoza, Phil Miller, Wallace Montalvo, Sally Musachea, Veronica Natividad, Guadalupe Ordaz, Bonnie Pierson, Erin Pereira, Olivia Pereira, 

Bettye Pipes, Harry Podszus, Esther Maurine Roberts, Cesar Rodriguez, Norma Saenz, Richard Salias, Melvin & Thelma Schulte, Margot Noelle Sharp, Evan Smith, Roy Soraiz, Pamela Swafford, Larry Stormer, David Taylor, Rosie Tello, Laura Thac, Rosie Trevino, Julius Trotter, Jyme Tyson, Carlos Villagomez, Raul Villagomez, Bonnie Walker, 

Oliver Walkup, Dorothy White, Hudson Wiggins, Jimmie Wilkins, Terry & Jerry Wilkins.



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AN ORDER FOR HOLY COMMUNION AT HOME

 

 

(For those desiring to participate in Communion at home, you are Invited to gather in a comfortable location, have some bread and a beverage - coffee, wine, juice, cola, etc.- 

of some sort on hand.)

 

Pray together:   

Merciful God, we do not presume to come to your table trusting in our own righteousness, but in your abundant mercy.  Grant us, therefore, gracious Lord, so to eat and drink the body and blood of your dear Son, Jesus Christ, that we may live in him and he in us, now and forever.  Amen

 

Speaking in unison:  

The Lord be with us as we lift our hearts to the Lord.  We give thanks to the Lord our God, because it is right to give God thanks and praise.

 

Unison or one person may read

It is indeed right, our duty and our joy, that we should at all times and all places give thanks and praise to you, almighty and merciful God, through our Savior Jesus Christ.  With all the choirs of angels, with the church on earth and the hosts of heaven, praise your holy name. 

 

Speak together:  

Holy, holy, holy Lord, God of power and might, heaven and earth are full of your glory. Hosanna in the highest. Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord. Hosanna in the highest.

 

Choose one person to read:

In the night in which he was betrayed, our Lord Jesus took bread, and gave thanks; broke it and gave it to his disciples, saying: Take and eat. This my body given for you.  Do this for the remembrance of me.

Again, after supper, he took the cup, gave thanks and gave it for all to drink, saying; This cup is the new covenant in my blood, shed for you and all people for the forgiveness of sin.  Do this for the remembrance of me.

 

All pray the Lord's Prayer.

 

Distribute one to another, saying,

"The body of Christ, given for you,"

"The blood of Christ, shed for you."

 

Prayer spoken by all:

We give you thanks, almighty God, that you have refreshed us through the healing power of this gift of life.  In your mercy, strengthen us through this gift, in faith toward you and in fervent love toward one another; for the sake of Jesus Christ our Lord.  Amen

 

 

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                                 April 26, 2020

 

 

EVANGELICAL LUTHERAN CHURCH OF THE REDEEMER

      1135 Jocelyn             Houston, Texas  77023

Church Office (713) 921-4986

Rev. Grant Housewright, Pastor

Email: elcr@att.net                          website:  redeemerlutheranhouston.com

Pastor’s Cell phone (713) 305-7133           Nancy Housewright, Music Director & Organist         

Bill Anderau, Council President                                   Denise Thumann, Office Manager

  MINISTERS:  MEMBERS OF THE CONGREGATION

MISSION STATEMENT
We, the members of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of the Redeemer, are a people of Word and Sacrament, are culturally diverse people of God, who worship in a family tradition, holding scripture as the norm for our lives.  We witness to Jesus Christ, the Son of God, reaching out to our community with support and comfort through various forms of nurturing care, directly and/or through the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America.  

We do this only for the Kingdom of God, always have and always will.

____________________________________________________________

 

 

Third Sunday of Easter

April 26, 2020

 

 

Today’s service does not include Holy Communion

 

On the last page, please find 

“AN ORDER FOR HOLY COMMUNION AT HOME”

 

We hope you find this helpful, 

and will use it to have Holy Communion in your homes today. 

 

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Silence for Reflection

 

Opening Hymn                      “Come, Now is the Time to Worship” 

Come, now is the time to wor-ship.

Come, now is the time to give- your -heart.

Come, just as you are to wor-ship. 

Come, just as you are be-fore your God.  Come.

 

One day ev-ry tongue will confess you are God. 

One day ev-ry knee will bow.

Still the greatest treasure remains for those who glad-ly choose you now. 

 

Come, now is the time to wor-ship.

Come, now is the time to give- your -heart.

Come, just as you are to wor-ship.

Come, just as you are be-fore your God.  Come.

 

One day ev-ry tongue will confess you are God. 

One day ev-ry knee will bow.

Still the greatest treasure remains for those who glad-ly choose you now. 

 

One day ev-ry tongue will confess you are God. 

One day ev-ry knee will bow.

Still the greatest treasure remains for those who glad-ly choose you now. 

 

Come, now is the time to wor-ship.

Come, now is the time to give- your -heart.

Come, just as you are to wor-ship.

Come, just as you are be-fore your God.  Come.  Come. Come.  

 

Greeting 

P:The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, the love of God, 

and the communion of the Holy Spirit be with you.

 

Prayer of the Day

O God, your Son makes himself known to all his disciples in the breaking of bread.  Open the eyes of our faith, that we may see him in his redeeming work, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.  

 

First Reading:   Acts 2:14a, 36-41

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. 

36 Therefore let the entire house of Israel know with certainty that God has made him both Lord and Messiah, this Jesus whom you crucified.”

37 Now when they heard this, they were cut to the heart and said to Peter and to the other apostles, “Brothers, what should we do?” 38 Peter said to them, “Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ so that your sins may be forgiven; and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. 39 For the promise is for you, for your children, and for all who are far away, everyone whom the Lord our God calls to him.” 40 And he testified with many other arguments and exhorted them, saying, “Save yourselves from this corrupt generation.” 41 So those who welcomed his message were baptized, and that day about three thousand persons were added.

 

The word of the Lord.

Thanks be to God.

 

Psalm 116:1-4, 12-19  

I love the Lord, because he has heard
    my voice and my supplications.

Because he inclined his ear to me,
    therefore I will call on him as long as I live.

The snares of death encompassed me;
    the pangs of Sheol laid hold on me; I suffered distress and anguish.
Then I called on the name of the Lord:
    “O Lord, I pray, save my life!”

What shall I return to the Lord
    for all his bounty to me?

I will lift up the cup of salvation
    and call on the name of the Lord,
I will pay my vows to the Lord
    in the presence of all his people.
Precious in the sight of the Lord
    is the death of his faithful ones.
Lord, I am your servant;
    I am your servant, the child of your serving girl. You have loosed my bonds.

I will offer to you a thanksgiving sacrifice
    and call on the name of the Lord.
I will pay my vows to the Lord
    in the presence of all his people,
in the courts of the house of the Lord,
    in your midst, O Jerusalem.
Praise the Lord!

 

Second Reading  1 Peter 1:17-23

17 If you invoke as Father the one who judges all people impartially according to their deeds, live in reverent fear during the time of your exile. 18 You know that you were ransomed from the futile ways inherited from your ancestors, not with perishable things like silver or gold, 19 but with the precious blood of Christ, like that of a lamb without defect or blemish. 20 He was destined before the foundation of the world, but was revealed at the end of the ages for your sake. 21 Through him you have come to trust in God, who raised him from the dead and gave him glory, so that your faith and hope are set on God.

22 Now that you have purified your souls by your obedience to the truth so that you have genuine mutual love, love one another deeplyfrom the heart. 23 You have been born anew, not of perishable but of imperishable seed, through the living and enduring word of God.

 

The word of the Lord.

Thanks be to God.

 

The Holy Gospel according to the book ofLuke, in the 24th chapter.

Glory to you, O Lord.

 

Gospel Reading      Luke 24:13-35       

13 Now on that same day two of them were going to a village called Emmaus, about seven miles from Jerusalem, 14 and talking with each other about all these things that had happened. 15 While they were talking and discussing, Jesus himself came near and went with them, 16 but their eyes were kept from recognizing him. 17 And he said to them, “What are you discussing with each other while you walk along?” They stood still, looking sad. 18 Then one of them, whose name was Cleopas, answered him, “Are you the only stranger in Jerusalem who does not know the things that have taken place there in these days?” 19 He asked them, “What things?” They replied, “The things about Jesus of Nazareth, who was a prophet mighty in deed and word before God and all the people, 20 and how our chief priests and leaders handed him over to be condemned to death and crucified him. 21 But we had hoped that he was the one to redeem Israel. Yes, and besides all this, it is now the third day since these things took place. 22 Moreover, some women of our group astounded us. They were at the tomb early this morning, 23 and when they did not find his body there, they came back and told us that they had indeed seen a vision of angels who said that he was alive. 24 Some of those who were with us went to the tomb and found it just as the women had said; but they did not see him.” 25 Then he said to them, “Oh, how foolish you are, and how slow of heart to believe all that the prophets have declared! 26 Was it not necessary that the Messiah should suffer these things and then enter into his glory?” 27 Then beginning with Moses and all the prophets, he interpreted to them the things about himself in all the scriptures.  28 As they came near the village to which they were going, he walked ahead as if he were going on. 29 But they urged him strongly, saying, “Stay with us, because it is almost evening and the day is now nearly over.” So he went in to stay with them. 30 When he was at the table with them, he took bread, blessed and broke it, and gave it to them. 31 Then their eyes were opened, and they recognized him; and he vanished from their sight. 32 They said to each other, “Were not our hearts burning within us while he was talking to us on the road, while he was opening the scriptures to us?” 33 That same hour they got up and returned to Jerusalem; and they found the eleven and their companions gathered together. 34 They were saying, “The Lord has risen indeed, and he has appeared to Simon!” 35 Then they told what had happened on the road, and how he had been made known to them in the breaking of the bread.

 

The Gospel of the Lord.

Praise to you, O Christ.

 

Sermon

Luke 24:32 Did not our hearts burn within us as He talked to us on the road and explained the scriptures to us?

 

Grace and peace be to you from God and the Lord Jesus Christ, who rises up in our hearts for the sake of each other.  Amen

 

In 1872, a great demonstration was held in New Castle, Scotland to honor, Robert Stevenson, a great and revered engineer from the area.  This was the 100th anniversary of his birth.  There were dozens of banners. At the center of the procession walked a group of peasants who lived a great distance away, in the tiny village where the elder Stevenson had been born. They carried a small banner which, though not as attractively adorned as some of the other signs, bore the most profound message. It read: "He was one of us!" 

We may be like those peasants in more ways than one. We do march shoulder to shoulder with others who honor Christ. We display our banners. We speak his name and we praise and sing.  We are not known throughout the world, but we love the Lord with the same zeal as others.  However, as humble as our lives may be, we can still hold up the sign with the most inspiring message: "He was one of us!" 

 

In today's Gospel Lesson, two of Jesus' disciples are walking from Jerusalem to Emmaus -- a seven-mile journey. As they talk to each other about what had happened in Jerusalem during the past few days, Jesus Himself joins them. "But their eyes were kept from recognizing Him," Luke tells us. They didn't realize that "He was one of us."

 

The Risen Christ listens patiently as the disciples on the road tell Him the story of the crucifixion on Friday and the empty tomb on Sunday morning. Clearly, these events have left them confused and bewildered, so he interpreted to them in all the Scriptures the things concerning himself".

 

Great teacher that He was, Jesus had so successfully related to the two disciples, that they invited Him, Scripture tells us, to stay the night with them in Emmaus: 

 

"So, He went in to stay with them. And when He was at table with them, He took the bread, and blessed and broke it, and gave it to them. And their eyes were opened, and they recognized Him. Then they said to each other, "Did not our hearts burn within us while He talked with us on the road, while He opened to us the Scriptures?” 

 

Jesus not only teaches the Word of God, but Jesus is the Word of God, who alone can truly interpret the Mystery of Life itself; who can open our eyes to the scriptures.

 

In an ancient legend, a man is on a journey to a distant city. Being unfamiliar with the route, he becomes confused and takes the wrong road. When he realizes his predicament, he stops to ask a passing stranger, "Can you help me, I am lost?" "Where are you headed?" the stranger asks. "I'm going to Jerusalem," the traveler answers. The stranger replies, "Then you are not lost. You know where you're going. You just need directions." 

 

We, who gather 'round the Table of the Lord, must not imagine ever that we are lost. That's the whole point of being together to worship, not to find out where we are going, but simply needing direction on how to get there. 

 

And this is the direction: TO LOVE THE LORD. Further, to love the Lord is to love all His children -- all of them! Everyone of them; suffer with them and rejoice with them, and never stop to calculate how far it will get you!

 

In the famous novel, "The Shoes of The Fisherman," there is a line that reads, "It costs so much to be a full human being that there are very few who have the enlightenment to pay the price." 

 

Let us not take time out to count the cost. Let us set out this instant to be numbered among the enlightened who rejoice in the vision of God's loving presence in all His children – all of them! Everyone! And suffer with them and rejoice with them, and never, count the cost!

 

Now may the peace of God, that sometimes eludes our human understanding, keep our hearts and minds in the kind of faith only Jesus can give.  Amen

 

 

The Prayers  

 

Uplifted by the promised hope of healing and resurrection, we join the people of God in all times and places in praying for the church, the world, and all who are in need.

 

For those whose hearts are fervent with lovefor your gospel, that they are empowered to tell the story of your love in their lives and to show hospitality in response to this love.  Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.  

 

For the diverse natural world: for jungles, prairies, forests, valleys, mountains, and for all the wild and endangered animals who call these spaces home, that they are nurtured and protected.  Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

 

For broken systems we have inherited and that we continue to perpetuate, forgive us.  Restrain the nations from fighting over limited resources.  Redeem us from the cycles of scarcity and violence.  Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

 

For all who call upon your healing name, give rest.  Stay with us, and walk with all those who are hungry, friendless, despairing, and desiring healing in body and spirit (hear our silent and verbal prayers).  Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

 

For the faith forming ministries of this church. For those preparing for baptism, first communion, confirmation, and membership. For those who participate in Sunday school and adult education; guide and inspire learners of every age and ability.  Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

 

Create in our hearts a yearning to rest in your promise of eternal and resurrected life.  Give us thankful hearts for those who have died, even as we look forward to the hope of new life with you.  Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

 

With bold confidence in your love, almighty God, we place all for whom we pray into your eternal care; through Christ our Lord.

 

Amen

 

Offering    

Your regular contributions during the Lenten services and the Sundays that we will be missing in corporate worship, will certainly be appreciated.  As you can see through our weekly communications and sermons, we are not suspending our church operations.  We are adapting to the current circumstances.  Please remember us, and mail in your contributions to the church. Thank you for your prayers, and your faithful donations!  

                                 

Lord’s Prayer                        

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.

                                                                                                                                        

 

The Benediction

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.  Amen.

 

Dismissal

Christ is risen, just as he said.

Go in peace.  Share the good news.  Alleluia!

Thanks be to God.  Alleluia!

 

 

 

 

 

Prayer list updates during the Coronavirus outbreak 

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   REDEEMER’S PRAYER LIST

The Family of Debbie Adams, Judy Adams, Monica Allen, Laurie Aubin, Mariah Bell,

Patsy Maureen Blair, Deborah Bostwick, Bill Chambles, Mimi Chance, Edna Cole, 

Maria Aurelia Cordova, Israel Cruz, Lucille Dailey-MetcalfThomas Davis, Bobbie Dean, Parker Dixon, Lance Dromgoole, Antonio Duarte, Mary Duron, Rocky Espinosa, 

The Family of Jose Owen Flores, William Giddens, Manny Gonzalez, Monica Gonzales,Ruthie Goolsby, Sharon Timmerman Graves, Tamara Handerson, Steve Helmke

Priscilla Hilmers, Sue Hill, Fran Hington, Michael Holm, Olga Holten, Jon Johansen, 

Alex Kavlaski, Eddie League, Josh Leamons, Donna Leonard, Martha Limon, 

Maria M. Lopez, Nathan Maldonado, Cynthia Martinez, Pat Maxwell, Gene Mayes, 

Cris McFarland, Christopher Mendoza, Phil Miller, Wallace Montalvo, Sally Musachea, Veronica Natividad, Guadalupe Ordaz, Bonnie Pierson, Erin Pereira, Olivia Pereira, 

Bettye Pipes, Harry Podszus, Esther Maurine Roberts, Cesar Rodriguez, Norma Saenz, Richard Salias, Melvin & Thelma Schulte, Margot Noelle Sharp, Evan Smith, Roy Soraiz, Pamela Swafford, Larry Stormer, David Taylor, Rosie Tello, Laura Thac, Rosie Trevino, Julius Trotter, Jyme Tyson, Carlos Villagomez, Raul Villagomez, Bonnie Walker, 

Oliver Walkup, Dorothy White, Hudson Wiggins, Jimmie Wilkins, Terry & Jerry Wilkins.

 

 

 

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AN ORDER FOR HOLY COMMUNION AT HOME

 

(For those desiring to participate in Communion at home, you are Invited to gather in a comfortable location, have some bread and a beverage - coffee, wine, juice, cola, etc.- 

of some sort on hand.)

 

Pray together:   

Merciful God, we do not presume to come to your table trusting in our own righteousness, but in your abundant mercy.  Grant us, therefore, gracious Lord, so to eat and drink the body and blood of your dear Son, Jesus Christ, that we may live in him and he in us, now and forever.  Amen

 

Speaking in unison:  

The Lord be with us as we lift our hearts to the Lord.  We give thanks to the Lord our God, because it is right to give God thanks and praise.

 

Unison or one person may read

It is indeed right, our duty and our joy, that we should at all times and all places give thanks and praise to you, almighty and merciful God, through our Savior Jesus Christ.  With all the choirs of angels, with the church on earth and the hosts of heaven, praise your holy name. 

 

Speak together:  

Holy, holy, holy Lord, God of power and might, heaven and earth are full of your glory. Hosanna in the highest. Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord. Hosanna in the highest.

 

Choose one person to read:

In the night in which he was betrayed, our Lord Jesus took bread, and gave thanks; broke it and gave it to his disciples, saying: Take and eat. This my body given for you.  Do this for the remembrance of me.

Again, after supper, he took the cup, gave thanks and gave it for all to drink, saying; Thiscup is the new covenant in my blood, shed for you and all people for the forgiveness of sin.  Do this for the remembrance of me.

 

All pray the Lord's Prayer.

 

Distribute one to another, saying,

"The body of Christ, given for you,"

"The blood of Christ, shed for you."

 

Prayer spoken by all:

We give you thanks, almighty God, that you have refreshed us through the healing power of this gift of life.  In your mercy, strengthen us through this gift, in faith toward you and in fervent love toward one another; for the sake of Jesus Christ our Lord.  Amen

May 29, 2020

WORSHIP TIMES10:30 Sunday Morning

 

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