Fifth 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 Joyful Eastertide
  • Prayer of the Day
  • First Reading
  • Psalm 22:25-31 
  • Second Reading, 1 John 4:7-21
  • Gospel Acclamation, Alleluia 
  • Gospel, John 15:1-8
  • Sermon
  • Hymn of the Day, O Blessed Spring, #447 Evangelical Lutheran Worship (ELW)
  • Nicene Creed
  • Prayers of the People
  • Peace
  • 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

Notes on Today’s Service

Thank you to this week’s lector, Erik Erling. This week’s videographer was Padraig McGuire, who also serves as cantor, Campus Pastor Matthew Stuhlmuller preaches and Pastor Nancy Goede presides.

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 and 1 Chronicles, as re-told by Sandol Stoddard in the Doubleday Illustrated Children’s Bible, is titled Outlaw Part I and tells the beginning of the story of David and Saul.

At the end of worship, there are photos from Augustana’s springtime flower gardens.

During the Pandemic

During this time of isolation and separation, it is especially important that we all receive (and read) our weekly emails from Augustana, to know what is going on, and to connect. If you are not receiving the emails, your email program may be putting them in a ‘promotions’ folder. If you are not receiving or can’t find them, contact the church office (

You can arrange an ongoing, electronic offering through our website by visiting our Donation page. Setting up a free PayPal account allows you to make an offering of any size with a debit or credit card; the email address you need is You can, of course, send a check to Augustana, 5500 S. Woodlawn Ave., Chicago, IL, 60637.

We encourage you to share the Peace of Christ with your neighbors by calling them, e-mailing them, or reaching out through Facebook.