Monona Ev. Lutheran Church  4411 Monona Dr., Madison, WI 53716

 

                              Welcome to Monona!                            Wishing everyone a Blessed Easter  - 2021

Dear Members,

From now on  Sunday services will be available through YouTube and Facebook (contains a link to the YouTube video).  Daily devotions are also available there.  

 

This week’s Sunday service can be found here:  https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCpv2txxNeXN0BCt6d8tP2iw/featured

 

Our Facebook page can be found here:

https://www.facebook.com/Monona-Lutheran-Church-111089293859686

NOTE:  You’ll need to ‘Like' us on Facebook.

 

If you would like to receive the Word and Sacrament in your home to make sure your faith remains strong and your inner peace and faith controls your outlook, please call me at 1-516-477-1770.  Let us know what is happening with your family so we can keep caught up as if we were at church.

What a brand-new world we live in.  Psalm 91 read and digest often.  I do every day!

 

Blessings and peace,

Pastor Nowak

 

 

Monona Ev. Lutheran Church

Missouri Synod

4411 Monona Dr.,

Monona, WI 53716

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ORDER OF WORSHIP: Setting 1 Page 151

Sunday 9:00 a.m.
April 11
th, 2021 

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SECOND SUNDAY OF EASTER 

 

 

Prelude


Word of Welcome

 

Opening Hymn.         Come, You Faithful, Raise the Strain.                   LSB 487 

 

Confession and Absolution                                                           Page 151 

 

Service of the Word

Introit 

P: Like newborn infants, long for the pure spiritual milk, that by it you may grow up to salvationif indeed you have tasted that the Lord is good.

C: Oh give thanks to the LORD; call upon his name; make known his deeds among the peoples!

P: Sing to him, sing praises to him; tell of all his wondrous works!

C: Glory in his holy name; let the hearts of those who seek the LORD rejoice!

P: Seek the LORD and his strength; seek his presence continually!

C: Remember the wondrous works that he has done, his miracles, and the judgments he uttered.

P: He remembers his covenant forever, the word that he commanded, for a thousand generations.

ALL: Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit; as it was in the beginning, is now, and will be forever. Amen.

P: Like newborn infants, long for the pure spiritual milk, that by it you may grow up to salvationif indeed you have tasted that the Lord is good.

 

Kyrie.                                                                                                    Page 152 


Gloria in Excelsis.                                                                               Page 154 

 

Salutation and Collect of the Day.                                                     Page 156 

 

First Reading.                                                                                 Acts 4:3235

32Now the full number of those who believed were of one heart and soul, and no one said that any of the things that belonged to him was his own, but they had everything in common. 33And with great power the apostles were giving their testimony to the resurrection of the Lord Jesus, and great grace was upon them all. 34There was not a needy person among them, for as many as were owners of lands or houses sold them and brought the proceeds of what was sold 35and laid it at the apostles’ feet, and it was distributed to each as any had need.

P: This is the Word of the Lord.

C: Thanks be to God. 

 

Gradual
Christ has risen from the dead. [God the Father] has crowned him with glory and honor, He has given him dominion over the works of his hands; he has put all things under his feet. Amen.

 

Epistle                                                                                         1 John 1:12:2

1That which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes, which we looked upon and have touched with our hands, concerning the word of life 2the life was made manifest, and we have seen it, and testify to it and proclaim to you the eternal life, which was with the Father and was made manifest to us 3that which we have seen and heard we proclaim also to you, so that you too may have fellowship with us; and indeed our fellowship is with the Father and with His Son Jesus Christ. 4And we are writing these things so that our joy may be complete.

5This is the message we have heard from him and proclaim to you, that God is light, and in him is no darkness at all. 6If we say we have fellowship with him while we walk in darkness, we lie and do not practice the truth. 7But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus his Son cleanses us from all sin. 8If we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. 9If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. 10If we say we have not sinned, we make him a liar, and his word is not in us.

1My little children, I am writing these things to you so that you may not sin. But if anyone does sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous. 2He is the propitiation for our sins, and not for ours only but also for the sins of the whole world.
P: This is the Word of the Lord.

C: Thanks be to God.

 

Alleluia and Verse.                                                                                   Page 156

 

Holy Gospel.                                                                                     John 20:1931

P: The Holy Gospel according to John 20:1931
C: Glory to You, O Lord.
19On the evening of that day, the first day of the week, the doors being locked where the disciples were for fear of the Jews, Jesus came and stood among them and said to them, “Peace be with you.” 20When he had said this, he showed them his hands and his side. Then the disciples were glad when they saw the Lord. 21Jesus said to them again, “Peace be with you. As the Father has sent me, even so, I am sending you.” 22And when he had said this, he breathed on them and said to them, “Receive the Holy Spirit. 23If you forgive the sins of anyone, they are forgiven; if you withhold forgiveness from anyone, it is withheld.”
24Now Thomas, one of the Twelve, called the Twin, was not with them when Jesus came. 25So the other disciples told him, “We have seen the Lord.” But he said to them, “Unless I see in his hands the mark of the nails, and place my finger into the mark of the nails, and place my hand into his side, I will never believe.”
26Eight days later, his disciples were inside again, and Thomas was with them. Although the doors were locked, Jesus came and stood among them and said, “Peace be with you.” 27Then he said to Thomas, “Put your finger here, and see my hands; and put out your hand, and place it in my side. Do not disbelieve, but believe.” 28Thomas answered him, “My Lord and my God!” 29Jesus said to him, “Have you believed because you have seen me? Blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed.” 

30Now Jesus did many other signs in the presence of the disciples, which are not written in this book; 31but these are written so that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God and that by believing you may have life in his name.
P: This is the Gospel of the Lord.

C: Praise to You, O Christ. 

 

HYMN OF THE DAY.    O Sons and Daughters of the King          LSB 470 St. 1, 5-9 

 

SERMON.          “Thomas, Eye Witness – Christ is Risen!” 

            TEXT.                John 29:19-31 

 

Apostles’ Creed                                                                                   Page 159 

 

Prayer of the Church

P: Let us pray for the whole Church of God in Christ Jesus and for all people according to their needs.

Heavenly Father, by the resurrection of Your Son You adopt all who believe in Him. Receive us as Your newborn children and nourish our faith by the pure spiritual milk of Your Word, that we may dwell in Your presence forever. Lord, in Your mercy,

C: hear our prayer.

P: Almighty God, You have declared peace between God and man in the resurrection of Jesus Christ. Receive our thanks for the authority given to Your Church on earth, and grant that the ministers of Your Church would faithfully carry out their office and pronounce the free forgiveness of sins upon all repentant sinners. Lord, in Your mercy,

C: hear our prayer.

P: Merciful Father, as Your people are united in the common life and love of our Savior, grant that we would share that life and love with those in need. Lord, in Your mercy,

C: hear our prayer.

P: Heavenly Father, Your peace flows from the risen and glorified wounds of Christ through Your Church and into the lives of all Your faithful people. Bless and direct Christian parents, that Your forgiveness would be freely shared in their homes and that each family would live together in Your peace. Lord, in Your mercy,

C: hear our prayer.

P: Almighty God, You appoint rulers and officials for the sake of order and peace. Bless those You have placed in authority over us in federal, state, and local governments. Give to them the desire to serve with integrity and honor and to work for the benefit of all. Lord, in Your mercy,

C: hear our prayer.

P: Lord God, we praise Your Son’s resurrection from the dead and draw strength from His ascension before You, where He ever stands for us as our own High Priest. Graciously receive our prayers of intercession and hear them for His sake. Lord, in Your mercy,

C: hear our prayer.

P: Gracious God, the Word of life was made flesh, suffered death, and is risen in victory. Give us His body and blood in the bread and wine, that we may have the forgiveness of sins and fellowship with You. Lord, in Your mercy,

C: hear our prayer.

P: Lord God, heavenly Father, we thank You that out of Your indescribable grace and for the sake of Your Son You have given us the Holy Gospel and instituted the Holy Sacraments, that through them we may have comfort and the forgiveness of sin. Grant us Your Holy Spirit, that we may heartily believe Your Word, and through the Holy Sacraments establish our faith day by day until at last, we obtain eternal salvation; through the same Jesus Christ, Your Son, our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.

C: Amen.

 

Lord’s Prayer                                                                                      Page 162 

 

BENEDICTION

P:  The Lord bless you and keep you.
     The Lord make His face shine on you and be gracious to you.

     The Lord look upon you with favor and give you peace.        Numbers 6:2426

C: Amen.

 

CLOSING HYMN             Jesus Christ Is Risen Today                               LSB 457 

 

ANNOUNCEMENTS


POSTLUDE

 

Acknowledgments: Divine Service, Setting One from Lutheran Service Book; Unless otherwise indicated, all Scripture quotations are from The Holy Bible, English Standard Version, copyright © 2001 by Crossway Bibles, a division of Good News Publishers. Used by permission. All rights reserved. Created by Lutheran Service Builder © 2006 Concordia Publishing House. 

 

 

 

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Where Is Your Heart?

 

There is a story of a wise woman who was traveling in the mountains when she found a precious stone in a stream. The next day she met another traveler who was hungry, and the wise woman opened her bag to share her food. The hungry traveler saw the precious stone and asked the woman to give it to him. She did so without hesitation.

The traveler left rejoicing in his good fortune. He knew the stone was worth enough to give him security for a lifetime. But a few days later, he came back to return the stone to the wise woman. “I’ve been thinking,” he said, “I know how valuable this stone is, but I give it back in the hope that you can give me something even more precious. Give me what you have within you that enabled you to give me this stone.”

In this story, we have two travelers. The male traveler initially celebrated what he thought was his wonderful new fortune. This precious stone given to him by the woman would provide him with a lifetime of financial security. However, he makes a 180-turn in his thinking when he realizes that the generous heart demonstrated by the woman was even more precious than what the stone could provide. In his new paradigm, he sees life differently; he gains a new perspective on life. He realizes that a giving and loving heart is far more important than earthly treasures.

The question for each of us to consider is “Where is my heart?” Stewardship of the Gospel is about the heart. Those who faithfully serve and follow Jesus love Him wholeheartedly. The condition of our hearts determines whether we will serve ourselves, the things of this world, or Jesus. When our hearts are right with God, we will have peace and contentment, and He can use us to make a difference in other people’s lives.

Our Holy Week and Easter celebrations are a time for sinners to repent, a time for offenders to confess, a time for prodigals to return, but most of all a time to rejoice over the enormity of our Savior’s love. May this Easter season be a time for you to be reminded once again of the price your Savior paid for your redemption and remembering with your new heart to rededicate your self to Him in spreading the message of this incredible newsChrist Crucified

 

In Christ, the Gift to be shared,

 

Pastor Nowak 

 

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