Second Sunday of Easter

During this season of Easter, virtual, recorded worship will continue to be available on the Augustana website on Sunday mornings. As always, during these challenging times, contact Pastor Goede if you have any questions, suggestions or would like to visit.

The order of worship is below:

  • Introit
  • Festival Bells
  • Greeting
  • Hymn of Praise, This is the Feast, Evangelical Lutheran Worship (ELW), Setting 4
  • Prayer of the Day
  • First Reading, Israel is Given a King from Samuel
  • Psalm 133
  • Second Reading, 1 John 1:1-2:2
  • Gospel Acclamation, Alleluia
  • Gospel, John 20:19-31
  • Sermon
  • Hymn of the Day, O Sons and Daughters, ELW #386 vs1, 4, 5, 6, 7
  • Nicene Creed
  • Prayers of the People
  • Peace
  • Offering Prayer
  • Dialogue and Preface
  • Sanctus
  • Thanksgiving at the Table
  • Lord’s Prayer
  • Invitation to Communion
  • Communion of the Faithful
  • Communion Meditation
  • Prayer After Communion
  • Blessing
  • Dismissal
  • Postlude, Voluntary on Wachterlied

Notes on Today’s Service

Thank you to this week’s lector, Dorothy Pytel. Padraig McGuire served as both videographer and cantor, and Pastor Nancy Goede presides.

Our guest preacher this morning is Bishop Yehiel Curry, from the Metropolitan Chicago Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. Bishop Curry was elected June 8, 2019 to serve a six-year term as bishop. Previously, from 2013-2019, he served as pastor of Shekinah Chapel Lutheran Church, where he also served as mission developer from 2007 to 2012. In 1995, he received the Bachelor of Arts degree from Lewis University and the Master of Divinity degree from the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago in 2013. He and his wife, LaShonda, are the parents of three daughters.

We continue to hear stories from the Hebrew Scriptures that are not normally in the lectionary, stories that may be unfamiliar to us. Our First Reading, from Samuel as re-told by Sandol Stoddard in the Doubleday Illustrated Children’s Bible, tells the story of God instructing Samuel to choose a king for Israel and his selection of Saul.

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