19 May 2024

The Day of Pentecost

Ringing of the Bell

The bell rings as the call to worship, reminding us to discontinue conversation and reverently prepare for worship.


Welcome and Announcements

Lutheran Service Book Divine Service Setting One


905 Come, Thou Almighty King LSB 905

1 Come, Thou almighty King,
Help us Thy name to sing;
Help us to praise;
Father all-glorious,
er all victorious,
Come and reign over us,
Ancient of Days.

2 Come, Thou incarnate Word,
Gird on Thy mighty sword;
Our prayer attend.
Come and Thy people bless,
And give Thy Word success,
And let Thy righteousness
On us descend.

3 Come, holy Comforter,
Thy sacred witness bear
In this glad hour!
Thou, who almighty art,
Now rule in evry heart,
And neer from us depart,
Spirit of pow’r.

D 4 To Thee, great One in Three,
Eternal praises be
Hence evermore!
Thy sov’
reign majesty
May we in glory see,
And to eternity
Love and adore.

Text: English, before 1760, alt.
Text: Public domain


The sign of the cross may be made by all in remembrance of their Baptism.


P In the name of the Father and of the TSon and of the Holy Spirit.

C Amen.


P If we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.

C But if we confess our sins, God, who is faithful and just, will forgive our sins and cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

Silence for reflection on God's Word and for self-examination.

Confession of Sins

P Let us then confess our sins to God our Father.

C Most merciful God, we confess that we are by nature sinful and unclean. 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 neighbors as ourselves. We justly deserve Your present and eternal punishment. 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. Amen.


P Almighty God in His mercy has given His Son to die for you and for His sake forgives you all your sins. As a called and ordained servant of Christ, and by His authority, I therefore forgive you all your sins in the name of the Father and of the TSon and of the Holy Spirit.

C Amen.


Kyrie 152

A In peace let us pray to the Lord.

C Lord, have mercy.

A For the peace from above and for our salvation let us pray to the Lord.

C Lord, have mercy.

A For the peace of the whole world, for the well-being of the Church of God, and for the unity of all let us pray to the Lord.

C Lord, have mercy.

A For this holy house and for all who offer here their worship and praise let us pray to the Lord.

C Lord, have mercy.

A Help, save, comfort, and defend us, gracious Lord.

C Amen.

Gloria in Excelsis 154

P Glory to God in the highest, and peace to His people on earth.

C Lord God, heavenly king, almighty God and Father:

We worship You, we give You thanks, we praise You for Your glory.

Lord Jesus Christ, only Son of the Father, Lord God, Lamb of God:

You take away the sin of the world; have mercy on us.

You are seated at the right hand of the Father; receive our prayer.

For You alone are the Holy One, You alone are the Lord,

You alone are the Most High, Jesus Christ, with the Holy Spirit,

in the glory of God the Father. Amen.

Salutation and Collect of the Day

P The Lord be with you.

C And also with you.

P Let us pray.

O God, on this day You once taught the hearts of Your faithful people by sending them the light of Your Holy Spirit. Grant us in our day by the same Spirit to have a right understanding in all things and evermore to rejoice in His holy consolation; through Jesus Christ, Your Son, our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.

C Amen.


Psalm Psalm 139:1–12

O Lord, you have searched me and known me!
You know when I sit down and when I rise up;
you discern my thoughts from afar.
You search out my path and my lying down
and are acquainted with all my ways.
Even before a word is on my tongue,
behold, O Lord, you know it altogether.
You hem me in, behind and before,
and lay your hand upon me.
Such knowledge is too wonderful for me;
it is high; I cannot attain it.

Where shall I go from your Spirit?
Or where shall I flee from your presence?
If I ascend to heaven, you are there!
If I make my bed in Sheol, you are there!
If I take the wings of the morning
and dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea,
even there your hand shall lead me,
and your right hand shall hold me.
If I say, Surely the darkness shall cover me,
and the light about me be night,
even the darkness is not dark to you;
the night is bright as the day,
for darkness is as light with you.

First Reading Ezekiel 37:1–14

The hand of the Lord was upon me, and he brought me out in the Spirit of the Lord and set me down in the middle of the valley; it was full of bones. And he led me around among them, and behold, there were very many on the surface of the valley, and behold, they were very dry. And he said to me, Son of man, can these bones live?And I answered, O Lord God, you know.Then he said to me, Prophesy over these bones, and say to them, O dry bones, hear the word of the Lord. Thus says the Lord God to these bones: Behold, I will cause breath to enter you, and you shall live. And I will lay sinews upon you, and will cause flesh to come upon you, and cover you with skin, and put breath in you, and you shall live, and you shall know that I am the Lord.”

So I prophesied as I was commanded. And as I prophesied, there was a sound, and behold, a rattling, and the bones came together, bone to its bone. And I looked, and behold, there were sinews on them, and flesh had come upon them, and skin had covered them. But there was no breath in them. Then he said to me, Prophesy to the breath; prophesy, son of man, and say to the breath, Thus says the Lord God: Come from the four winds, O breath, and breathe on these slain, that they may live.So I prophesied as he commanded me, and the breath came into them, and they lived and stood on their feet, an exceedingly great army.

Then he said to me, Son of man, these bones are the whole house of Israel. Behold, they say, Our bones are dried up, and our hope is lost; we are clean cut off.Therefore prophesy, and say to them, Thus says the Lord God: Behold, I will open your graves and raise you from your graves, O my people. And I will bring you into the land of Israel. And you shall know that I am the Lord, when I open your graves, and raise you from your graves, O my people. And I will put my Spirit within you, and you shall live, and I will place you in your own land. Then you shall know that I am the Lord; I have spoken, and I will do it, declares the Lord.”

A This is the Word of the Lord.

C Thanks be to God.

Epistle Acts 2:1–21

When the day of Pentecost arrived, they were all together in one place. And suddenly there came from heaven a sound like a mighty rushing wind, and it filled the entire house where they were sitting. And divided tongues as of fire appeared to them and rested on each one of them. And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues as the Spirit gave them utterance.

Now there were dwelling in Jerusalem Jews, devout men from every nation under heaven. And at this sound the multitude came together, and they were bewildered, because each one was hearing them speak in his own language. And they were amazed and astonished, saying, Are not all these who are speaking Galileans? And how is it that we hear, each of us in his own native language? Parthians and Medes and Elamites and residents of Mesopotamia, Judea and Cappadocia, Pontus and Asia, Phrygia and Pamphylia, Egypt and the parts of Libya belonging to Cyrene, and visitors from Rome, both Jews and proselytes, Cretans and Arabians—we hear them telling in our own tongues the mighty works of God.And all were amazed and perplexed, saying to one another, What does this mean?But others mocking said, They are filled with new wine.

But Peter, standing with the eleven, lifted up his voice and addressed them, Men of Judea and all who dwell in Jerusalem, let this be known to you, and give ear to my words. For these men are not drunk, as you suppose, since it is only the third hour of the day. But this is what was uttered through the prophet Joel:

“‘And in the last days it shall be, God declares,
that I will pour out my Spirit on all flesh,
and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy,
and your young men shall see visions,
and your old men shall dream dreams;
even on my male servants and female servants
in those days I will pour out my Spirit, and they shall prophesy.
And I will show wonders in the heavens above
and signs on the earth below,
blood, and fire, and vapor of smoke;
the sun shall be turned to darkness
and the moon to blood,
before the day of the Lord comes, the great and magnificent day.
And it shall come to pass that everyone who calls upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.’”

A This is the Word of the Lord.

C Thanks be to God.


Common Alleluia and Verse

C Alleluia.

Lord, to whom shall we go?

You have the words of eternal life.

Alleluia, alleluia.

Holy Gospel John 15:26–27; 16:4b–15

P The Holy Gospel according to St. John, the fifteenth chapter.

C Glory to You, O Lord.

[Jesus said:] When the Helper comes, whom I will send to you from the Father, the Spirit of truth, who proceeds from the Father, he will bear witness about me. And you also will bear witness, because you have been with me from the beginning. . . .

I did not say these things to you from the beginning, because I was with you. But now I am going to him who sent me, and none of you asks me, Where are you going?But because I have said these things to you, sorrow has filled your heart. Nevertheless, I tell you the truth: it is to your advantage that I go away, for if I do not go away, the Helper will not come to you. But if I go, I will send him to you. And when he comes, he will convict the world concerning sin and righteousness and judgment: concerning sin, because they do not believe in me; concerning righteousness, because I go to the Father, and you will see me no longer; concerning judgment, because the ruler of this world is judged.

I still have many things to say to you, but you cannot bear them now. When the Spirit of truth comes, he will guide you into all the truth, for he will not speak on his own authority, but whatever he hears he will speak, and he will declare to you the things that are to come. He will glorify me, for he will take what is mine and declare it to you. All that the Father has is mine; therefore I said that he will take what is mine and declare it to you.

P This is the Gospel of the Lord.

C Praise to You, O Christ.


650 Holy Spirit, Ever Dwelling LSB 650

1 Holy Spirit, ever dwelling
In the holiest realms of light;
Holy Spirit, ever brooding
er a world of gloom and night;
Holy Spirit, ever raising
Those of earth to thrones on high;
Living, life-imparting Spirit,
You we praise and magnify.

2 Holy Spirit, ever living
As the Churchs very life;
Holy Spirit, ever striving
Through us in a ceaseless strife;
Holy Spirit, ever forming
In the Church the mind of Christ:
You we praise with endless worship
For Your gifts and fruits unpriced.

3 Holy Spirit, ever working
Through the Churchs ministry;
Quickning, strengthning, and absolving,
Setting captive sinners free;
Holy Spirit, ever binding
Age to age and soul to soul
In communion never ending,
You we worship and extol.

Text: Timothy Rees, 1874–1939, alt.
Text: Public domain

Sermon Pastor Eric Ash

Pentecost A May 19, 2024 Acts 2:1-21

God Be With You

How do you greet people? Do you say “Hello?” I knew someone who didn't like to say the word “hello” because it had the “H-E doubly hockey sticks” word in it. So, what is the origin of our modern English word “hello?” There are words like “hello” in most European languages. Many years ago, one would call for a boat, like a ferryboat, by yelling something like “Hallo.” “Hello” likely came from “hallo.” When the telephone was still a newfangled invention, Thomas Edison, who didn't invent the telephone, but who had a hand in the business end of most things to do with electricity its early days, popularized the “Hello” greeting to be used when someone answered the phone, and it became pretty much our most used greetings from then on.

Some languages use the same word for greeting and parting. “Aloha” is used to say both “Hello” and “Goodbye” in Hawaiian. The Jews use “Shalom” in a similar way. The word “Shalom” means “peace” or “wholeness, which is a very nice blessing to meet or leave someone with. Our usual parting word today is “Goodbye,” and it has an interesting origin as well. At one time it was typical for people to depart from one another with the words, “God be with thee” or, later, “God be with you.” People sometimes alternately would end a conversation by saying “Good Day” or “Good Night.” It appears that the words “Good” and “God” got blended together, and the whole phrase was shortened to “Goodbye.” I think it would be good to end conversations by saying “God be with you,” to get God into the conversation at least that much, but I don't expect it to happen in today's spiritual vacuum of a world we live in.

As it is now, with the words “Hello” and “Goodbye,” we don't directly mention or even consciously allude to God in our greetings and partings as “Shalom” and “God be with you” do. Is that because we shy about our faith? Are we ashamed of our God? A lot of Christians, maybe Lutherans in particular, are rather quiet about their beliefs and their religious life. We know that “forcing our faith down peoples' throats” is an ineffective evangelism strategy. Yet there are some evangelical Christians who would have no problem asking someone as a greeting “What is the Holy Spirit doing in your life, today, right now?” Maybe we should and could be a little bolder in talking publicly about our faith. Certainly, asking about how the Holy Spirit is active in the lives of our fellow believers is a valid question.

For instance, imagine if you had asked the Israelites what the Holy Spirit was doing in their livea as they were on their way top the Holy Land? They would tell how they had been slaves in Egypt; how God had raised up Moses to lead them to freedom; how they had crossed through the Red Sea on dry land; and how God was blessing them by putting His Spirit on their leaders. But we also know how God also found it necessary to chastise the people when they questioned Moses' leadership and grumbled against God.

If we asked Jesus' disciples what God was doing for them before Jesus;” death, they might say how they were getting to know Jesus; how they saw him do miracles; how he threw the money changers out of the temple; and how he spoke to them in words of beauty and truth. Ask those same disciples at the time of Acts Chapter 2 and they would tell you how Jesus was crucified and raised again; how he ascended into Heaven; and how the promise he had made to them was fulfilled as they were filled with the Holy Spirit and empowered to witness to all the people from all over the world gathered in Jerusalem for the Feast of Pentecost.

That's what God's Holy Spirit did in history, in the times recorded for us in the Bible. Now, let me ask you, “How about your life” What is the Spirit doing in your life today?” The average person may think that the Holy Spirit is doing very much in their lives. We often don't perceive the Spirit at work in and around us, although He is. As a pastor preaching and teaching every week, those questions about the Spirit's work need to be always on my mind. Hopefully they are there not just for the sake of sermons, but for the sake of your spirituality and mine. I need to be acutely aware of the Spirit’s movement in my life and the life of this congregation. So, when I talk about our parish life from the pulpit, it’s intended as an example of the Holy Spirit working out His will in our time among our people just as He did before.

Someone once commented on the sermon stories and illustrations I use based on real personal events. She said, “Religious things happen all the time to you; nothing theological ever happens to me.” And I said, “Really, everything that happens to you is theological, it's spiritual, it's all just a matter of looking at it that way.” The Holy Spirit is personally involved in every aspect of your life, teaching you, leading you, sometimes chastising you, but always loving you and pointing you toward Christ.

For example, think of a crisis, such as sickness. A lot of people here today have chronic or acute illnesses, or care for someone who does. Maybe some of us are recovering from being sick, or receiving therapy. When we're sick, or debilitated, or even not just not quite feeling up to par, what does it teach us? What does the Holy Spirit say to us?

There was a time when it was thought all illness was punishment from God. We know that's not what it's all about now. Still people like to play a game I like to call “pin the blame on the victim.” Isn't it funny how if someone has a moral failure, we are quick to excuse it as a matter of genetics or a bad environment. “He was born that way. Her parents failed to raise her right,” we say. But if someone gets physically sick we say, “They had an unhealthy diet. They didn't exercise enough. She never used sunblock,” and on and on.

God does not cause sickness, our broken Creation: God Creation that we broke, does. But the Holy Spirit can teach us things through adversity, it if we will learn from Him. You probably don't want to say that someone in the ER or right out of surgery. But when one can contemplate the bigger picture and the deeper issues, you will be surprised at what the Holy Spirit can lead you to find.

At the very least, sickness in ourselves or in those we love should make us more compassionate toward others who suffer. We can't really understand how another might feel until we have experienced something similar. Once we truly know, we won't make light of another's pain. We won't judge others as having brought their illnesses on themselves when we know firsthand how randomly sickness can strike. It can happen to anybody. No one is immune and everyone deserves our sympathy. Those are some things the Holy Spirit can teach us when we are ill. And perhaps, when we're healthy again, we might be inspired, that is the Spirit will move us, to help others who are sick.

Another thing we can learn from being sick or injured is that life is uncertain and short. We can make plans, but we can never be certain about anything in the future. Some people say that when people make plans, God laughs. If He does laugh, I'm sure it's not an angry, dismissive laugh. I'm sure it's a wry but affectionate chuckle because He has other plans for us. We may get frustrated that all our plans and dreams don't come to fruition. But we must trust that God has something better in store for us, or at least something more important in His inscrutable plan for the universe. We may not ever understand that plan on this side of Heaven, but it's there. Seeing how life can change, or be cut short in an instant, persuades to focus on the present, to not get caught up and invested in schemes that may never happen. We are to enjoy today – to trot an old saying that's corny but true, “Today is a gift, that's why it's called the present.” We always remember that tomorrow is not guaranteed to any of us, so we do our best today.

Another thing illness teaches us is our total dependence on Christ. We human beings like to think that we are independent and self-sufficient, that we can do anything, that we're in control. That is so not so. There is nothing quite like being sick to remind us that we are not all powerful, that we cannot do everything alone. We are dependent on the kindness of others, and that ultimately everything we have, including our health, comes from Christ. If our wellbeing in this world depends in Christ, how much more does our life in the world to come absolutely depend on him. Only by His grace we are saved.

Sometimes we get food poisoning or a 48 hour bug that makes us feel so bad we say out loud, “Just let me die.” We laugh when it's over, but, of course, there are people who have to live with much worse. Both short term and long term illnesses remind us that this body of ours breaks down over time; that this world in not our eternal home; and that one day we will have a new resurrected body like Jesus. When we are sick, the Spirit can help us get ready for heaven. We can get to longing for heaven. God will take us there in His time, which will be the right time. We don't need to rush it.

By the work of the Holy Spirit then, showing us the uncertainty and shortness of life, calling us to compassion, and readying us for heaven, we can live as Spirit-led people. We can love others wholeheartedly and let them know it every time we can. We can seek forgiveness for our wrongs and make amends while there is time, forgiving others as we want to be forgiven. We can strive to be a force for good in the world in every way we can. And especially, with the Holy Spirit as our guide, we can witness for Christ. We tell others about what he has done for us and can do for them. That's what we do here each Sunday. The Holy Spirit is moving among us, here and now. God be with you. Amen.



C I believe in God, the Father Almighty,

maker of heaven and earth.

And in Jesus Christ, His 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 into hell.

The third day He rose again from the dead.

He ascended into heaven

and sits at the right hand of God the Father Almighty.

From thence He will come to judge the living and the dead.

I believe in the Holy Spirit,

the holy Christian Church,

the communion of saints,

the forgiveness of sins,

the resurrection of the body,

and the life T everlasting. Amen.


Lord God, guide the Church into all truth by Your Holy Spirit through Your Word, that we may be guarded from all error and false doctrine and other great shame and vice. Lord, in Your mercy, hear our prayer.

Lord God, be near to those You have set in place to govern our land. Do not let the ruler of this world govern them and their decisions to our harm, but give us the benefits of good government. Lord, in Your mercy, hear our prayer.

We call on Your name, O Lord, praying in Your Spirit to help and heal all the sick [especially _____________]. Renew the face of the earth, look with favor on Your creatures and fill the hearts of Your faithful, kindling in them the fire of Your love. Lord, in Your mercy, hear our prayer.

Lord God, heavenly Father, through Your Son You promised Your Holy Spirit, who would convict the world of sin, of righteousness and of judgment. Enlighten our hearts, that we would confess our sins; obtain everlasting righteousness through faith in Christ; and through every trial and temptation, abide in the consolation that Christ is Lord over the devil, death and all things. We ask that You would graciously deliver us from all affliction to make us partakers of 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. Amen.


Offertory Invitation

Let us with joy and gratitude present the offerings and oblations of our life and labor to the Lord.

The Choir sings the Offertory as the offerings are collected.


Offertory LSB 192

C Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a right spirit within me.

Cast me not away from Thy presence, and take not Thy Holy Spirit from me.

Restore unto me the joy of Thy salvation, and uphold me with Thy free spirit. Amen.

Offertory Prayer

Lord God, send your Spirit upon us as we offer you these gifts. Enrich us by your grace, strengthen us with your blessing, and keep us always in your love. Grant this through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.



P The Lord be with you.

C And also with you.

P Lift up your hearts.

C We lift them to the Lord.

P Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.

C It is right to give Him thanks and praise.

Proper Preface

P It is truly good, right, and salutary that we should at all times and in all places give thanks to You, holy Lord, almighty Father, everlasting God, through Jesus Christ, our Lord, who ascended above the heavens and, sitting at Your right hand, poured out on this day the promised Holy Spirit on His chosen disciples. For all this the whole earth rejoices with exceeding joy. Therefore with angels and archangels and with all the company of heaven we laud and magnify Your glorious name, evermore praising You and saying:


C Holy, holy, holy Lord God of powr and might:

Heaven and earth are full of Your glory.

Hosanna. Hosanna.

Hosanna in the highest.

Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord.

Hosanna in the highest.

The Words of Our Lord

P On the night, in which he was betrayed, our Lord Jesus took bread, gave thanks, broke it, and gave it to his disciples saying, take, eat; this is my body which is given for you. Do this in remembrance of me. In the same also, after supper, he took the cup, gave thanks, and gave it to them saying, this cup is the New Testament in my blood, shed for you and for many, for the forgiveness of sins. Do this as often as you drink it, in remembrance of me.

Lord's Prayer Invitation

Jesus taught us to call God "Father" and so we pray. . .

Lord's Prayer

C 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.


P Come for all things are now ready, the gifts of God for the people of God.

C Amen.

Agnus Dei

C Lamb of God, You take away the sin of the world; have mercy on us.

Lamb of God, You take away the sin of the world; have mercy on us.

Lamb of God, You take away the sin of the world; grant us peace.


The pastor and those who assist him receive the body and blood of Christ first and then distribute them to those who come to receive, saying:

Distribution 164

The body of Christ, given for you.


The blood of Christ, shed for you.



In dismissing the communicants, the following is said:

The Dismissal

P The body and blood of our Lord Jesus Christ strengthen and preserve you in body and soul to life everlasting. Depart Tin peace.

C Amen.

Thank the Lord

C Thank the Lord and sing His praise; tell evryone what He has done.

Let all who seek the Lord rejoice and proudly bear His name.

He recalls His promises and leads His people forth in joy

with shouts of thanksgiving. Alleluia, alleluia.

Post-Communion Prayer

P P: Pour out upon us the spirit of your love, O Lord, and unite the wills of those whom you have fed with one heavenly food; through Jesus Christ our Lord.

C: Amen

C Amen.


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 Tgive you peace.

C Amen.

643 Sent Forth by Gods Blessing LSB 643

1 Sent forth by Gods blessing,
Our true faith confessing,
The people of God from His dwelling take leave.
The Supper is ended.
O now be extended
The fruits of this service in all who believe.
The seed of His teaching,
Receptive souls reaching,
Shall blossom in action for God and for all.
His grace did invite us,
His love shall unite us
To work for Gods kingdom and answer His call.

2 With praise and thanksgiving
To God ever-living,
The tasks of our evryday life we will face.
Our faith ever sharing,
In love ever caring,
Embracing His children of each tribe and race.
With Your feast You feed us,
With Your light now lead us;
Unite us as one in this life that we share.
Then may all the living
With praise and thanksgiving
Give honor to Christ and His name that we bear.

Text: Omer E. Westendorf, 1916–97, alt.
Text: © 1964 World Library Publications. Used by permission: LSB Hymn License no. 110004199


P Go in Peace! Serve the Lord!

C Praise be to God!


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