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Bulletin, Prayers and Announcements for May 29


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WELCOME & ANNOUNCEMENTS

THANKSGIVING FOR BAPTISM

P: Alleluia! Christ is risen.

C: Christ is risen indeed. Alleluia!

In the waters of baptism, we have passed over from death to life with Jesus Christ, and we are a new creation. For this saving mystery, and for this water, let us bless God, who was, who is, and who is to come.

Water may be poured into the font as the presiding minister gives thanks.

We thank you, God, for your river of life, flowing freely from your throne: through the earth, through the city, through every living thing. You rescued Noah and his family from the flood; You opened wide the sea for the Israelites. Now in these waters you flood us with mercy, and our sin is drowned forever. You open the gate of righteousness and we pass safely through. In Jesus Christ, you calm and trouble the waters. You nourish us and enclose us in safety. You call us forth and send us out. In lush and barren places, you are with us. You have become our salvation. Now breathe upon this water and awaken your church once more. Claim us again as your beloved and holy people. Quench our thirst; cleanse our hearts; wipe away every tear. To you, our Beginning and our End,

our Shepherd and Lamb, be honor, glory, praise, and thanksgiving, now and forever.

C: Amen.


PRAYER OF THE DAY (Read in unison)

O God, form the minds of your faithful people into your one will. Make us love what you command and desire what you promise, that, amid all the changes of this world, our hearts may be fixed where true joy is found, your Son, Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.

Amen.


READINGS


Acts 16:16-34

16One day, as we were going to the place of prayer, we met a slave-girl who had a spirit of divination and brought her owners a great deal of money by fortune-telling. 17While she followed Paul and us, she would cry out, “These men are slaves of the Most High God, who proclaim to you a way of salvation.” 18She kept doing this for many days. But Paul, very much annoyed, turned and said to the spirit, “I order you in the name of Jesus Christ to come out of her.” And it came out that very hour. 19But when her owners saw that their hope of making money was gone, they seized Paul and Silas and dragged them into the marketplace before the authorities. 20When they had brought them before the magistrates, they said, “These men are disturbing our city; they are Jews 21and are advocating customs that are not lawful for us as Romans to adopt or observe.” 22The crowd joined in attacking them, and the magistrates had them stripped of their clothing and ordered them to be beaten with rods. 23After they had given them a severe flogging, they threw them into prison and ordered the jailer to keep them securely. 24Following these instructions, he put them in the innermost cell and fastened their feet in the stocks. 25About midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns to God, and the prisoners were listening to them. 26Suddenly there was an earthquake, so violent that the foundations of the prison were shaken; and immediately all the doors were opened and everyone’s chains were unfastened. 27When the jailer woke up and saw the prison doors wide open, he drew his sword and was about to kill himself, since he supposed that the prisoners had escaped. 28But Paul shouted in a loud voice, “Do not harm yourself, for we are all here.” 29The jailer called for lights, and rushing in, he fell down trembling before Paul and Silas. 30Then he brought them outside and said, “Sirs, what must I do to be saved?” 31They answered, “Believe on the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved, you and your household.” 32They spoke the word of the Lord to him and to all who were in his house. 33At the same hour of the night he took them and washed their wounds; then he and his entire family were baptized without delay. 34He brought them up into the house and set food before them; and he and his entire household rejoiced that he had become a believer in God.


Psalm 97 (Read responsively)

1The Lord reigns; let the earth rejoice;   let the multitude of the isles be glad. 2Clouds and darkness surround the Lord, righteousness and justice are the foundations of God’s throne. 3Fire goes before the Lord, burning up enemies on every side. 4Lightnings light up the world; the earth sees and trembles. 5The mountains melt like wax before the Lord of all the earth. 6The heavens declare your righteousness, O Lord, and all the peoples see your glory. 7Confounded be all who worship carved images and delight in false gods! Bow down before the Lord, all you gods. 8Zion hears and is glad, and the cities of Judah rejoice, because of your judgments, O Lord. 9For you are the Lord, most high over all the earth;   you are exalted far above all gods. 10You who love the Lord, hate evil! God guards the lives of the saints and rescues them from the hand of the wicked. 11Light dawns for the righteous, and joy for the honest of heart. 12Rejoice in the Lord, you righteous, and give thanks to God’s holy name.


Revelation 22:12-14, 16-17, 20-21

12“See, I am coming soon; my reward is with me, to repay according to everyone’s work. 13I am the Alpha and the Omega, the first and the last, the beginning and the end.” 14Blessed are those who wash their robes, so that they will have the right to the tree of life and may enter the city by the gates. 16“It is I, Jesus, who sent my angel to you with this testimony for the churches. I am the root and the descendant of David, the bright morning star.” 17The Spirit and the bride say, “Come.”  And let everyone who hears say, “Come.”  And let everyone who is thirsty come.  Let anyone who wishes take the water of life as a gift. 20The one who testifies to these things says, “Surely I am coming soon.”   Amen. Come, Lord Jesus! 21The grace of the Lord Jesus be with all the saints. Amen.


Holy Gospel: John 17:20-26

P: The Holy Gospel according to John.

C: Glory to you O Lord.

[Jesus prayed:] 20“I ask not only on behalf of these, but also on behalf of those who will believe in me through their word, 21that they may all be one. As you, Father, are in me and I am in you, may they also be in us, so that the world may believe that you have sent me. 22The glory that you have given me I have given them, so that they may be one, as we are one, 23I in them and you in me, that they may become completely one, so that the world may know that you have sent me and have loved them even as you have loved me. 24Father, I desire that those also, whom you have given me, may be with me where I am, to see my glory, which you have given me because you loved me before the foundation of the world. 25“Righteous Father, the world does not know you, but I know you; and these know that you have sent me. 26I made your name known to them, and I will make it known, so that the love with which you have loved me may be in them, and I in them.”


P: The Gospel of the Lord.

C: Praise to You, O Christ.

CHILDREN’S SERMON


SERMON


HYMN OF THE DAY: 826 Thine the Amen




STATEMENT OF FAITH: THE APOSTLES’ CREED

I believe in God, the Father almighty, Creator of heaven and earth.

I believe in Jesus Christ, God’s only Son, our Lord, who was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died and was buried; he descended to the dead; on the third day he rose again; he ascended into heaven, and is seated at the right hand of the Father, and he will come to judge the living and the dead.

I believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy catholic Church, the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and life everlasting. Amen.

PRAYERS OF INTERCESSION

P: God, in your mercy,

C: hear our prayer.


PEACE

Please share a sign of peace with those around in whatever way you are most comfortable.

P: The peace of the Lord be with you always.

C: And also with you.


OFFERING

We join Christians all over the world in worshipping God through our giving of financial resources. For members and friends, the mission and ministry of this congregation is completely dependent upon your generous giving. Our offering is a significant act of worship, and we now worship God through our giving. If you have brought your offering with you today, please place it in the basket in the back as you leave. You may send your giving to the church office or give through the link on our website. Thank you for supporting our ministry.

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.

P: God, the Author of life, Christ, the living Cornerstone, and the life-giving Spirit of adoption, ☩ bless you now and forever.

C: Amen.

SENDING HYMN: 855 Crown Him with Many Crowns


BENEDICTION

P: Alleluia! Christ is risen.

C: Christ is risen indeed. Alleluia!

P: Go in peace. Tell what God has done.

C: Thanks be to God.


ATTENTION TRINITY AND FOUNTAIN MEMBERS: Trinity and Fountain will have a joint congregational meeting on Saturday, June 11 at 9:30am at Trinity. This will be an informational meeting to discuss the future of the two congregations. This meeting is open to all members of both congregations.


THIS WEEK IN THE PARISH. Thursday: 10 am Bible Study and Ruth Circle Meeting at Grace, 1 pm Regular Food Pantry Distribution at Grace; Friday and Saturday Garage Sale at Grace ; Sunday, June 5 8:30 am Communion Worship at Trinity with Confirmation; 10:15 am Worship at Grace, Last day to sign up for women’s Dutch treat meal at Beezer’s on June 6

WE PRAY FOR: Andy Helmann, Lola Frye, Holly and Harry Hinzpeter, Shirley Hyer, Calvin Nelson, Kandy Hagen, Mariam Burdick, Kathy Haske, Suzanne Soltvedt, Lola St. Clair, John Thompson, Clarence Johnson, Carol Leopold, Alan Leopold, Pete Nelson, Pat Nelson, Donnie Benson, Barney Johnson, Bob Brod, LouAnn Bever, Sue Ann Preuss, Norm Hyer, Barb Nofsinger, Sharon Halverson, Karyn Bell, Kathy Christensen, Gail Nastali, Jeanne Nastali, Dorothy Klipstein

Joy Circle at Grace is inviting all the women of the congregation to join us for a meal (Dutch treat) at Beezer’s on Monday, June 6. Let Kathy Besant, Kris Stauffacher or Penny Zmolek know if you plan to attend.

Synod Assembly is June 10-12. Voting delegates should register themselves. All are invited to the Friday night worship at Good Shepherd in La Crosse, Sunday worship in Riverside Park and to the workshops on Saturday afternoon. To register for the workshops, call the Synod office at 608-788-5000 or email office@lacrosseareasynod.org. There is a $10 fee for the workshops that can be reimbursed by your congregation. Find more information at https://lacrosseareasynod.org/2022-synod-assembly.

There will a collection of new underwear and socks at Synod Assembly. Bring your donation to church building by June 5.

+ Together In Mission +

WELCOME! If you are a visitor please fill out a “Welcome Card” and drop it in the offering plate. Fountain Grace Trinity Lutheran Parish is a congregation of the ELCA in the La Crosse Area Synod. We invite you to participate with us in following Christ as he leads.

Parish Office: 226 Erickson Street, Elroy WI 53929 Parish E-mail: fgtlpadmin@centurytel.net Phone: (608)462-5398 Sunday Organist: Heather Vlasak Sunday Pianist: Bev Rood

Parish Secretary: Kris Stauffacher; Grace Custodian: Dave Clark


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