Sunday Moments

May 17, 2020

Gathering Song

Amazing Love offered by Emma Niiler and Rebecca Lees

Amazing Love (You Are My King)

Amazing Love (You Are My King)
I'm forgiven because you were forsaken.
I'm accepted, you were condemned.
I'm alive and well your Spirit is within me,
Because you died and rose again.

Amazing love, how can it be,
That you my King would die for me?
Amazing love, I know it's true.
It's my joy to honor you, in all I do, I honor you.
Billy Foote © 1996 songs. CCLI License# 383771

Easter Greeting*

Alleluia! Christ is Risen!
Christ is Risen Indeed! Alleluia!

Prayer of the Day*

Let us pray
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.

Gospel Reading 14:15-21

[Jesus said:] “If you love me, you will keep my commandments. And I will ask the Father, who will give you another Advocate, to be with you forever. This is the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, whom the world neither sees nor knows. You know the Spirit, because the Spirit abides with you, and 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.”

Thought for the Day

The gospel reading today is one filled with hope amidst despair. The disciples do not know what is to come. They are afraid, anxious, and worried…just like us during these days of the coronavirus. Like the disciples, our lives have been disrupted; we may be disappointed in plans that have changed; the future may be unknown and ever changing daily.

Yet in this Gospel reading, Christ promises that an advocate, the Holy Spirit, will be with the disciples and in turn with us. We are not alone; we are not orphaned. God’s Spirit is with us…always…abiding in our communities and in us.

Our gathering song today, Amazing Love, sums this up so well with these lyrics: “I’m alive and well, your Spirit is within me, because you died and rose again.” We can sing this song with confidence. Through our baptisms, we are joined with Christ, who died to bring us closer to God. This is the amazing and good news today that in this unknown territory we are facing, God has never left us. Through Christ’s amazing love we are forgiven, we are accepted, and we are a community, the family of God.

Often our appointed prayers to God for each Sunday end with this assuring phrase: “through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.” Today’s prayer of the day offers assurance that God holds everything together in heaven and on earth…and gives this world as we know it the Spirit of truth and peace. Look around today for places you see God…God is here in the faces of so many people in our communities. And God is with and in YOU. God’s love and work in this world is boundless.

Take a breath and take in God’s Spirit, the advocate Christ promised to us all. Calumet Nation: Peace be with you today and always.
~Judy Hakanson Smith, Director of Family & Adult Programs

Prayers of Intercession*

As we welcome our God into the sanctuaries of our homes, let us pray for all the needs of the world, responding to each petition with: “O God, hear us.”

A brief silence.

Abiding God, come into all the homes around the globe from which your people offer their prayer. Bless leaders as they guide the church through this pandemic. Show our pastors, deacons and our church councils the way forward. Grant your grace also to the devout in other religions of the world, and show your kindness to all who search for you, whether within or outside the church.

A brief silence.
For this we pray: Oh God, hear us!

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.

A brief silence.
For this we pray: Oh God, hear us!

Creating God, revitalize the health of oceans, rivers, lakes, springs, glaciers, and other bodies of water that give life to your creatures. Especially we pray for our local bodies of water and Ossipee Lake, the West Branch River, the Bear Camp River, the Lovell River, the Pine River, and the Ossipee River. Form us unto a baptized body that protects the waters on which we rely.

A brief silence.
For this we pray: Oh God, hear us!

Everlasting God, be with outdoor ministry sites across our country as decisions are made about summer camp programs. You are the rock we cling to in uncertain times. You provide safe shelter and hope to all. We remember especially Calumet Lutheran Ministries and other camps this week that have chosen to suspend summer programming for children after much discernment. Bless Calumet staff, campers, families and guests that you may show them hope for the future. Keep your children safe and in good health. ****

A brief silence.
For this we pray: Oh God, hear us!

Righteous God, instill in all the leaders of nations a desire for justice and the will to serve the oppressed. We pray especially for those nations in which dictatorship threatens the population. Guide our nation’s governors in their difficult pathway between the threat of disease and the dangers of scarcity and isolation. Bring our legislators into agreement about how to assist those in need. Give us patience in facing our current predicament.

A brief silence.
For this we pray: Oh God, hear us!

Compassionate God, visit all who are in great need, those who suffer from the coronavirus, those living in loneliness and fear, those without jobs, and those who mourn their dead. Uphold those whose futures have been taken away from them. We pray for health care workers and for the residents in care homes, prisons, and refugee camps. For the countless persons who carry heavy burdens on their back, we pray, and we call out to you these names:

A brief silence.
For this we pray: Oh God, hear us!

Benevolent God, give the world a vaccine.

A brief silence.
For this we pray: Oh God, hear us!

Fatherly and motherly God, embrace all orphans. Support the agencies that attend to the world’s orphans. Shield orphaned children from traffickers. Give to all nations wisdom concerning the refugees who are children. Watch over all children whose usual care-givers are absent. Form us into your children who love all your whom you have made.

A brief silence.
For this we pray: Oh God, hear us!

Loving God, once again each of us offers our personal praises and petitions.

A brief silence.
For this we pray: Oh God, hear us!

Eternal God, your kingdom is here now, and it has no end. We remember the saints who have gone before us and those who have died of Covid-19, and those who we remember in our hearts. Unite us forever in the resurrection of Jesus Christ.

A brief silence.
For this we pray: Oh God, hear us!

Almighty God, you give us the joy of celebrating our Lord’s resurrection. Give us also the joys of life in your service, and bring us at last to the full joy of life eternal, through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.

Sending song

The Blessing

The Lord bless you and keep you.
Make his face shine upon you
and be gracious to you.
The Lord turn his face toward you
and give you peace.
Amen, Amen, Amen.

May his favor be upon you
and a thousand generations,
and your family, and your children,
and their children, and their children.

May his presence go before you,
And behind you, and beside you,
all around you, and within you.
He is with you, He is with you.

In the morning, in the evening,
in your coming, and your going,
in your weeping, and rejoicing
He is for you, He is for you.
Chris Brown | Cody Carnes | Kari Jobe | Steven Furtick
© 2020 Capitol CMG Paragon (Admin. by Capitol CMG Publishing)
Music by Elevation Worship Publishing (Admin. by Essential Music Publishing LLC)
For use solely with the SongSelect® CCLI License # 383771


Go out into the world in peace;
have courage;
hold on to what is good;
return no one evil for evil;
strengthen the fainthearted;
support the weak, and help the suffering;
honor all people;
love and serve the Lord,
rejoicing in the power of the Holy Spirit.
You got this, Calumet Nation!

Thanks be to God.
*Adapted from ©2020 Augsburg Fortress. All rights reserved. Reprinted by permission under Augsburg Fortress Liturgies Annual License #SAS006505.

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***Adapted from This Far By Faith hymnal,, Annual License #SAS006505

****Petition inspired by a prayer petition posted by Karen Makar on Calumet’s Facebook page.

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