Liturgy for Worship

Sixth Sunday of Easter


Music and Gathering


Welcome and Announcements


L: We begin in the name of the + Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.

A: Amen.


L: Almighty God, to whom all hearts are open, all desires known, and from whom no secrets are hid: cleanse the thoughts of our hearts by the inspiration of your Holy Spirit, that we may perfectly love you and worthily magnify your holy name, through Jesus Christ our Lord.

A: Amen


L: Let us confess our sins in the presence of God and one another.


Silence for reflection


L: Most merciful God,

A: We confess that we are in bondage to sin, and cannot free ourselves. We have sinned against you in thought, word, and deed, by what we have done, and by what we have left undone. We have not loved you with our whole heart; we have not loved our neighbor as ourselves. For the sake of your Son, Jesus Christ, have mercy on us. Forgive us, renew us, and lead us, so that we may delight in your will and walk in your ways, to the glory of your Holy name.


L: In the mercy of almighty God, Jesus Christ was given to die for us, and for his sake God forgives us all our sins. As a called and ordained minister of the church of Christ, and by his authority, I therefore declare to you the entire forgiveness of all your sins, in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.

A: Amen.


L: The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, the love of God, and the communion of the Holy Spirit be with you all.

A: And also with you.


L: We join our hearts in prayer. O God,

A: you have prepared for those who love you joys beyond understanding. Pour into our hearts such love for you that, loving you above all things, we may obtain your promises, which exceed all we can desire; through Jesus Christ, your Son and our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.




Children’s Message



FIRST READING – 1 John 5:1-6

Everyone who believes that Jesus is the Christ has been born of God, and everyone who loves the parent loves the child. 2By this we know that we love the children of God, when we love God and obey his commandments. 3For the love of God is this, that we obey his commandments. And his commandments are not burdensome, 4for whatever is born of God conquers the world. And this is the victory that conquers the world, our faith. 5Who is it that conquers the world but the one who believes that Jesus is the Son of God?

  6This is the one who came by water and blood, Jesus Christ, not with the water only but with the water and the blood. And the Spirit is the one that testifies, for the Spirit is the truth.

L: The word of the Lord

A: Thanks be to God.



GOSPEL READING – John 15:9-17

L: The Holy Gospel, according to John

A: Glory to you, O Lord.

[Jesus said:] 9“As the Father has loved me, so I have loved you; abide in my love. 10If you keep my commandments, you will abide in my love, just as I have kept my Father’s commandments and abide in his love. 11I have said these things to you so that my joy may be in you, and that your joy may be complete.

  12“This is my commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you. 13No one has greater love than this, to lay down one’s life for one’s friends. 14You are my friends if you do what I command you. 15I do not call you servants any longer, because the servant does not know what the master is doing; but I have called you friends, because I have made known to you everything that I have heard from my Father. 16You did not choose me but I chose you. And I appointed you to go and bear fruit, fruit that will last, so that the Father will give you whatever you ask him in my name. 17I am giving you these commands so that you may love one another.”

L: The Gospel of our Lord.

A: Praise to you, O Christ.


SERMON Pastor James


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,

he 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 the life everlasting. Amen.





With the whole people of God in Christ Jesus, let us pray for the church, those in need, and all of God’s creation.

After each petition:

L: Lord, in your mercy,

A: Hear our prayer.

L: Into your hands, gracious God, we commend all for whom we pray, trusting in your mercy; through Jesus Christ, our Savior.

A: Amen.



L: Gathered into one by the Holy Spirit, let us pray as Jesus taught us.

A: 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.


L: The Lord bless you and keep you.

The Lord’s face shine on you with grace and mercy.

The Lord look upon you with favor and give you peace.

A: Amen.


L: Go in peace to love and serve the Lord.

A: Thanks be to God!




Thank you for being with us today! We hope you and yours are safe and well.







An update from our Covid Task Force

The SMLC COVID Task Force met Wednesday, April 28 to discuss a possible next step in the phased approach to reopening the church. Although we do not feel that we can reopen for services at this time and safely accommodate everyone that wishes to worship, we do feel that it is the right time to begin allowing the use of facilities for Sunday School, meetings, and other small gatherings. After a walkthrough of the facilities, here is what we decided:

  • Our target for starting Sunday School is May 9. We will have one adult class and one children’s class. The adult class will meet in the sanctuary with a capacity of 30. We will use every fourth row of pews, beginning at the front, with no more than two pods of 2-3 persons per pew with six feet between pods. The children’s class will meet in the fellowship hall with a capacity of 20. Ten tables are set up, socially distanced, with two seats per table.
  • Other adult groups can schedule meetings at the church only using the fellowship hall and sanctuary at this time. Other classrooms, including the nursery, remain closed. Other rooms may come online as needed if conditions continue to improve.
  • Masks and social distancing are strictly required.
  • At this time, we are asking groups to not serve food at any indoor meetings. Food can be served outside, so long as distancing between households is strictly observed. For food preparation, the kitchen is limited to one person.
  • One person at a time in restrooms.
  • Families will be permitted to bring lawn chairs and sit masked in pods in the grassy area next to the fellowship hall for our Parking Lot service.


The Task Force will continue to monitor the pandemic and will make modifications to this policy as they become necessary. Thank you all for your patience and understanding.







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