Worship Services



Online Worship for Sunday May 24, 2020

Seventh Sunday In Easter

Greeting & Announcements

{refrain} Kyrie eleison, on our world and on our way … Kyrie eleison, ev’ry day!

For peace in the world, for the health of the church, for the unity of all;for this holy house, for all who worship and praise,
let us pray to the Lord, let us pray to the Lord! {refrain}

That we may live out your impassioned response to the hungry and the poor;that we may live out truth and justice and grace,
let us pray to the Lord, let us pray to the Lord! {refrain}

For peace in our hearts, for peace in our homes, for friends and family; for life and for love, for our work and our play,
let us pray to the Lord, let us pray to the Lord! {refrain}

For your Spirit to guide; that you center our lives in the water and the Word; that you nourish our souls with your body and blood,
let us pray to the Lord, let us pray to the Lord! {refrain}

Responsive Reading: Psalm 68:4-10 & 32 {adapted}

L: Sing to God, sing praises to God’s name; exalt the one who |rides the clouds!

C: “I AM” is his holy name; rejoice before the living God!

L: In your holy courts, O God, you are a father to orphans and a defender of widows.

C: You give the lonely a home and bring forth prisoners into freedom; but those who rebel    against you shall dwell in their isolation.

L: O God, when you went forth before your people, when you marched with them through the wilderness,

C: the earth quaked, and the skies poured down rain, in the presence of God, the God of  Mt. Sinai and of the Law; at the presence of God, the God of Israel.

L: You sent a bountiful rain of goodness and providence; O God, you restored your people’s  inheritance when it withered.

C: Your people found their true home in its bounty, in your goodness, O God; for you give generously to the poor.

L: Sing to the sovereign God, all kingdoms of the earth!

C: Sing praises to the Lord – the great I AM.  Amen!

Children’s Sermon:Pastor John Riggle

Scripture Reading Acts 1:6-14 –   Lay Reader

Today’s reading is part of the introduction to the narrative of the outpouring of the Spirit on Pentecost. These verses tell of the risen Lord’s conversation with his disciples on the eve of his ascension, in which he promises that they will receive the power of the Holy Spirit.

When [the apostles] had come together, they asked [Jesus], “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.

Sermon: “Incomparable Unity in Jesus” -- Pastor John Riggle

Glory to God in the highest, the highest, and peace to God’s people on earth.

Lord God, heavenly King, almighty God and Father,
we worship you, we give you thanks, we praise you for your glory.

Glory to God in the highest, the highest, and peace to God’s people on earth.

Lord Jesus Christ, only Son of the Father, Lord God, Lamb of God,
you take away the sin of the world: have mercy on us;
you are seated at the right hand of the Father: receive our prayer.

Glory to God in the highest, the highest, and peace to God’s people on earth.

For you alone are the Holy One, you alone are the Lord,
you alone are the Most High, Jesus Christ, with the Holy Spirit,
in the glory of God the Father. Amen. Amen. Amen.

Glory to God in the highest, the highest, and peace to God’s people on earth.
Glory to God in the highest, the highest, and peace to God’s people on earth.

Prayers of the Church -- L: Gracious God, we look beyond ourselves to pray for the whole world, for all people of every culture and language, and for the safety and sustainability of nature, upon which we all depend.  Lord in your mercy … C: hear our prayer!

L: Loving Savior Jesus, we pray for our souls, for the souls of our family members and friends, and for people everywhere.  Convict our hearts where we must repent, and comfort us with the assurance of your love and forgiveness.  Lord in your mercy … C: hear our prayer!

L: Life-giving Holy Spirit, hold your Church together, by calling each of us to share our gifts with one another.  Fill our hearts with your precious fruits: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, generous-goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control.  Lord in your mercy … C: hear our prayer!

L: We trust, living God, that you always hear us when we pray.  We lift up our silent prayers to you now … {silence.}  Lord in your mercy … C: hear our prayer!

L:  We pray by name for … {petitions.}  Lord in your mercy … C: hear our prayer!

Words of Institution – Pr. Riggle

Our Lord’s PrayerOur 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.

Serving of Holy Communion & Musical Interlude

BenedictionNow may the Lord bless you and keep you; the Lord make God’s face shine on you and be gracious to you; the Lord look upon you with favor and give you peace.  In the name of God the Father + God the Son and God the Holy Spirit.  Amen.

Hymn: Leaning on the Everlasting Arms  [ELW 774]

What a fellowship, what a joy divine, leaning on the everlasting arms; what a blessedness, what a peace is mine, leaning on the everlasting arms.

{Refrain} Leaning, leaning … safe and secure from all alarms;

leaning, leaning … leaning on the everlasting arms.

Oh, how sweet to walk in this pilgrim way, leaning on the everlasting arms; oh, how bright the path grows from day to day, leaning on the everlasting arms.  {Refrain}

What have I to dread, what have I to fear, leaning on the everlasting arms? I have blessed peace with my Lord so near, leaning on the everlasting arms.  {Refrain}

Text: Elisha A. Hoffman, 1839-1929


Acknowledgments“Kyrie eleison …” © Dakota Road Music; “Glory to God” Dennis Friesen-Carper; the music arrangement for “Leaning on the Everlasting Arms” -- all administered by Augsburg Fortress, used in online worship by permission of Augsburg Fortress, in virtue of Sundays & Seasons subscription.




Thank You to Kevin Lee, Harvey Simonson, and Viola Riggle for helping lead worship today.

Worship in the Home: Available each week on the ELCA worship blog are materials for “Worship in the Home.”  In addition to Sunday worship resources, Daily Prayer in the Home is available, providing simplified forms of Morning Prayer, Evening Prayer and Night Prayer, as well as table prayers.

Sunday School at Home:  If you know of kids or grandkids whom you would like to have Sunday school materials snail-mailed to them each week, please let our office secretary, Sue, know by way of the "Contact Us" form on our website.  Also, help them access our “For Kids” page on our website faithlutheranmiltona.com and watch the video each week with them.

Moving Forward:  This past Tuesday Church Council voted to move toward drive-in worship services, as well as online, as soon as we can put this together.  Thank you for your patience and continue staying safe!

Church Offerings:  Thank you to everyone who gives to Christ’s mission and ministry, here at Faith Lutheran Church, regardless of how much or how often.  We really appreciate it!  Thanks to the volunteers counting offerings, each week, and thanks for mailing those to us right now.

University of Minnesota Extension Webinars:

+ Adjusting to Suddenly Reduced Income -- Tuesday, May 26; 10-11 am -- To learn how to minimize the effects of income loss register at https://z.umn.edu/SuddenlyReducedIncome

+ Budgeting 101: Making a Plan -- Thursday, May 28; 3-4 pm or 7-8 pm – To learn how to make a budget register at https://z.umn.edu/Budgeting101

+ Mental Well-Being, Resilience & Self-Care -- Tuesday, June 2; 11 am-noon – For help to promote mental well-being and resilience during this pandemic register at  https://z.umn.edu/MentalWell-Being

+ Budgeting 201: Managing a Plan -- Thursday, June 4; 3-4 pm or 7- 8 pm – For tips and strategies to manage your spending plan register at https://z.umn.edu/Budgeting201

+ COVID-19 Scams -- Tuesday, June 9; 10-11 am or 7-8 pm – To learn how to avoid scams and identify where and how to file a complaint register at https://z.umn.edu/COVIDSCAMS

+ Preparing Your Finances for Disasters & Pandemics -- Tuesday, June 16; 11 am-noon --

To learn strategies to increase your financial resilience register at https://z.umn.edu/PreparingFinances

Luther Crest Bible Camp has made the difficult decision to cancel all on site and regular programming for the summer of 2020.Their full-time staff is working on developing the Bold Transformational Faith (BTF) program. This will be a faith formation experience for you as a camper!
They know that the traditional Onsite Camp experience is irreplaceable, but our focus at Luther Crest will be to continue to connect with you by providing activities for youth to participate in at home, and helping youth grow in their faith during this time when we are unable to gather.