Seventh Sunday of Easter
(Sunday after Ascension Day)
May 24, 2020

Welcome to worship at St. John’s wherever you are –
It is good to have you worshiping with us today. We are a diverse community of faith that gathers around Word and Sacrament in Jesus’ Name. As disciples of Christ, we seek to live out and proclaim the good news of the Gospel. That includes celebrating and supporting the rich diversity of the West Village. Please know that all are welcome. We hope that you will find a home here.
As we worship in these extraordinary circumstances, we are thankful for the technology that enables us to share this time. And most importantly, we trust in the Spirit that unites us whether or not we are in the same place. Please feel free to participate in Holy Communion where you are. Prepare a piece of bread or a cracker and some juice or wine to drink. As I elevate the elements at the altar, raise up your elements at home. We live into the mystery of Christ’s presence in the holy supper. We do not try to explain it. Certainly the power of Christ joins us across not only time but also space. We are one in Christ. We are Christ’s body. We trust in the awesome power of the Holy Spirit.

In these days between Ascension and Pentecost, we gather with the disciples in the upper room, waiting for the Spirit to transform the church around the world. In today’s gospel Jesus prays for his followers and for their mission in his name. Amid religious, social, and economic divisions, we seek the unity that Jesus had with his Father. Made one in baptism, we go forth to live our faith in the world, eager for the unity that God intends for the whole human family.



Gathering Proclamation for the Sunday after the feast of the Ascension of Our Lord                    Luke 24:44-53

Alleluia!  Christ is risen.             The Lord is risen indeed.  Alleluia!

          A reading from the gospel according to St. Luke:                                                              
        44 Then Jesus said to his disciples, “These are my words that I spoke to you while I was still with you—that everything written about me in the law of Moses, the prophets, and the psalms must be fulfilled.” 45 Then he opened their minds to understand the scriptures, 46 and he said to them, “Thus it is written, that the Messiah is to suffer and to rise from the dead on the third day, 47 and that repentance and forgiveness of sins is to be proclaimed in his name to all nations, beginning from Jerusalem. 48 You are witnesses of these things. 49 And see, I am sending upon you what my Father promised; so stay here in the city until you have been clothed with power from on high.”

50 Then he led them out as far as Bethany, and, lifting up his hands, he blessed them. 51 While he was blessing them, he withdrew from them and was carried up into heaven. 52 And they worshiped him, and returned to Jerusalem with great joy; 53 and they were continually in the temple blessing God.

The word of the Lord.  Thanks be to God.

God has gone up with a shout,     The Lord with the sound of a trumpet.

Let us pray… Almighty God, your only Son was taken into the heavens and in your presence intercedes for us.  Receive us and our prayers for all the world, and in the end bring everything into your glory, through Jesus Christ, our Sovereign Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.

 Seeing that we have a great high priest who has ascended to heaven, Jesus, the Son of God,
Let us offer him the praise worthy his name.  Alleluia!

Gathering Hymn     Thine the Amen       No. 826

1   Thine the amen thine the praise
       alleluias angels raise
       thine the everlasting head
       thine the breaking of the bread
       thine the glory thine the story
       thine the harvest then the cup
       thine the vineyard then the cup
       is lifted up lifted up.

2     Thine the life eternally
       thine the promise let there be
       thine the vision thine the tree
       all the earth on bended knee
       gone the nailing gone the railing
       gone the pleading gone the cry
       gone the sighing gone the dying
       what was loss lifted high.

3     Thine the truly thine the yes
       thine the table we the guest
       thine the mercy all from thee
       thine the glory yet to be
       then the ringing and the singing
       then the end of all the war
       thine the living thine the loving
       evermore evermore.

4     Thine the kingdom thine the prize
       thine the wonder full surprise
       thine the banquet then the praise
       then the justice of thy ways
       thine the glory thine the story
       then the welcome to the least
       then the wonder all increasing
       at thy feast at thy feast.

5     Thine the glory in the night
       no more dying only light
       thine the river thine the tree
       then the Lamb eternally
       then the holy holy holy
       celebration jubilee
       thine the splendor thine the brightness
       only thee only thee.

Alleluia! Christ is risen.
The Lord is risen indeed. Alleluia!
The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, the love of God, and the communion of the Holy Spirit of the Holy Spirit be with you all.
And also with you.

Hymn of Praise      A Hymn of Glory Let Us Sing        No. 393

1     A hymn of glory let us sing!
       New hymns throughout the world shall ring:
       Alleluia! Alleluia!
       Christ, by a road before untrod,
       ascends unto the throne of God.
       Alleluia! Alleluia!
       Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia!

2     The holy apostolic band
       upon the Mount of Olives stand,
       Alleluia! Alleluia!
       and with his faithful foll’wers see
       their Lord ascend in majesty.
       Alleluia! Alleluia!
       Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia!

3     To whom the shining angels cry,
       “Why stand and gaze upon the sky?”
       Alleluia! Alleluia!
       “This is the Savior!” thus they say,
       “this is his glorious triumph day!”
       Alleluia! Alleluia!
       Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia!

4     “You see him now, ascending high
       up to the portals of the sky.”
       Alleluia! Alleluia!
       “Hereafter Jesus you shall see
       returning in great majesty.”
       Alleluia! Alleluia!
       Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia!

5     O risen Christ, ascended Lord,
       all praise to you let earth accord:
       Alleluia! Alleluia!
       You are, while endless ages run,
       with Father and with Spirit one.
       Alleluia! Alleluia!
       Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia! 

Prayer of the Day
The Lord be with you.
And also with you.
Let us pray…O God of glory, your Son Jesus Christ suffered for us and ascended to your right hand. Unite us with Christ and each other in suffering and in joy, that all the world may be drawn into your bountiful presence, through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever..  Amen.

First Reading                                                                         Acts 1:6-14

6When [the apostles] had come together, they asked [Jesus], “Lord, is this the time when you will restore the kingdom to Israel?” 7He replied, “It is not for you to know the times or periods that the Father has set by his own authority. 8But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.” 9When he had said this, as they were watching, he was lifted up, and a cloud took him out of their sight. 10While he was going and they were gazing up toward heaven, suddenly two men in white robes stood by them. 11They said, “Men of Galilee, why do you stand looking up toward heaven? This Jesus, who has been taken up from you into heaven, will come in the same way as you saw him go into heaven.”
12Then they returned to Jerusalem from the mount called Olivet, which is near Jerusalem, a sabbath day’s journey away. 13When they had entered the city, they went to the room upstairs where they were staying, Peter, and John, and James, and Andrew, Philip and Thomas, Bartholomew and Matthew, James son of Alphaeus, and Simon the Zealot, and Judas son of James. 14All these were constantly devoting themselves to prayer, together with certain women, including Mary the mother of Jesus, as well as his brothers.

Word of God, word of life.
Thanks be to God

Psalm (read responsively)                              Psalm 68

1Let God arise, and let God’s enemies be scattered;
  let those who hate God flee.
2As smoke is driven away, so you should drivethem away;
  as the wax melts before the fire, so let the wicked perish at the presence of God.
3But let the righteous be glad and rejoice before God;
  let them also be merry and joyful.
4Sing to God, sing praises to God’s name; exalt the one whorides the clouds;
  I Am is that name, rejoicebefore God! 
5In your holy habitation, O God,
  you are a father to orphans, defender of widows;
6you give the solitary a home and bring forth prisoners into freedom;
  but the rebels shall live in desert places.
7O God, when you went forth before your people,
  when you marched through the wilderness,
8the earth quaked, and the skies poured down rain, at the presence of God, the God of Sinai,
  at the presence of God, the God of Israel.
9You sent a bountiful rain, O God;
  you restored your inheritance when it languished.
10Your people found their home in it;
  in your goodness, O God, you have made provision for the poor. 
32Sing to God, O kingdoms of the earth;
  sing praises to the Lord.
33You ride in the heavens, O God, in the ancient heavens;
  you send forth your voice, your mighty voice.
34Ascribe power to God,
  whose majesty is over Israel; whose strength is in the skies.
35How wonderful you are in your holy places, OGod of Israel,
  giving strength and power to your people! Blessed be God!

Second Reading                                                                   I Peter 4:12-14, 5:6-11

12Beloved, do not be surprised at the fiery ordeal that is taking place among you to test you, as though something strange were happening to you. 13But rejoice insofar as you are sharing Christ’s sufferings, so that you may also be glad and shout for joy when his glory is revealed. 14If you are reviled for the name of Christ, you are blessed, because the spirit of glory, which is the Spirit of God, is resting on you.
5:6Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, so that he may exalt you in due time. 7Cast all your anxiety on him, because he cares for you. 8Discipline yourselves, keep alert. Like a roaring lion your adversary the devil prowls around, looking for someone to devour. 9Resist him, steadfast in your faith, for you know that your brothers and sisters in all the world are undergoing the same kinds of suffering. 10And after you have suffered for a little while, the God of all grace, who has called you to his eternal glory in Christ, will himself restore, support, strengthen, and establish you. 11To him be the power forever and ever. Amen.

Word of God, word of life.
Thanks be to God.

Gospel Acclamation               Halle, Halle, Hallelujah              No. 172
Halle, Halle, Halle-lu-jah!

Halle, Halle, Halle-lu-jah!
Halle, Halle, Halle-lu-jah!
Hallelujah! Hallelujah!

The Holy Gospel according to St. John, the seventeenth chapter.
Glory to you, O Lord.

Gospel                                                                             John 17:1-11

1After Jesus had spoken these words [to his disciples], he looked up to heaven and said, “Father, the hour has come; glorify your Son so that the Son may glorify you, 2since you have given him authority over all people, to give eternal life to all whom you have given him. 3And this is eternal life, that they may know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom you have sent. 4I glorified you on earth by finishing the work that you gave me to do. 5So now, Father, glorify me in your own presence with the glory that I had in your presence before the world existed.
6“I have made your name known to those whom you gave me from the world. They were yours, and you gave them to me, and they have kept your word. 7Now they know that everything you have given me is from you; 8for the words that you gave to me I have given to them, and they have received them and know in truth that I came from you; and they have believed that you sent me. 9I am asking on their behalf; I am not asking on behalf of the world, but on behalf of those whom you gave me, because they are yours. 10All mine are yours, and yours are mine; and I have been glorified in them. 11And now I am no longer in the world, but they are in the world, and I am coming to you. Holy Father, protect them in your name that you have given me, so that they may be one, as we are one.”

The gospel of the Lord.
Praise to you, O Christ.

Gospel Response                  Take, Oh, Take Me As I Am                       No. 841

       Take, oh, take me as I am; summon out what I should be;
       Set your seal upon my heart and live in me.

Sermon                                                                          Pastor Mark Erson

Hymn of the Day      You Are Mine                 No. 581

 1     “I will come to you in the silence,
       I will lift you from all your fear.
       You will hear my voice,
       I claim you as my choice.
       Be still and know I am here.”

2     “I am hope for all who are hopeless,
       I am eyes for all who long to see.
       In the shadows of the night,
       I will be your light.
       Come and rest in me.”

       “Do not be afraid, I am with you.

       I have called you each by name.
       Come and follow me,
       I will bring you home;
       I love you and you are mine.”

3     “I am strength for all the despairing,
       healing for the ones who dwell in shame.
       All the blind will see,
       the lame will all run free,
       and all will know my name.”  Refrain

4     “I am the Word that leads all to freedom,
       I am the peace the world cannot give.
       I will call your name,
       embracing all your pain.
       Stand up, now walk and live!”  Refrain

 Nicene Creed
We believe in one God, the Father, the Almighty,
maker of heaven and earth, of all that is, seen and unseen.
We believe in one Lord, Jesus Christ, the only Son of God,
eternally begotten of the Father,
God from God, Light from Light,
true God from true God, begotten, not made,
of one Being with the Father.
Through him all things were made.
For us and for our salvation he came down from heaven;
was incarnate of the Holy Spirit and the virgin Mary
and became truly human.
For our sake he was crucified under Pontius Pilate;
he suffered death and was buried.
On the third day he rose again
in accordance with the Scriptures;
he ascended into heaven and is seated at the right hand of the Father.
He will come again in glory to judge the living and the dead,
and his kingdom will have no end.
We believe in the Holy Spirit, the Lord, the giver of life,
who proceeds from the Father,
who with the Father and the Son is worshiped and glorified,
who has spoken through the prophets.
We believe in one holy catholic and apostolic Church.
We acknowledge one Baptism for the forgiveness of sins.
We look for the resurrection of the dead,
and the life of the world to come. Amen.

Prayers of Intercession
Each petition ends with: Hear us, O God
Assembly responds with: Your mercy is great.
Prayers end with: With bold confidence in your love, almighty God, we place all for whom we pray into your eternal care; through Christ our Lord.  Amen.

The peace of the risen Christ be with you always.
And also with you.


We respond to God’s goodness through giving of time, talent and treasure.

Musical Offering

Offertory                    As the Grains of Wheat                No. 465

As the grains of wheat once scattered on the hill were gathered into one to become our bread;
So may all your people from all the ends of earth be gathered into one in you.

Offertory Prayer
Let us pray. Risen One, as you made yourself known in the breaking of bread with the disciples, make yourself known to us now in this meal. Nourish us to follow you, using our gifts to feed the hungry and tend the weary, and all for your love’s sake. Amen.

The Great Thanksgiving                                                                    pg. 144

The Lord be with you     And also with you
Lift up your hearts.        We lift them to the Lord
Let us give thanks to the Lord our God      It is right to give our thanks and praise.

It is indeed right, our duty and our joy, that we should at all times and in all places give thanks and praise to you, almighty and merciful God, for the glorious resurrection of our  Savior Jesus Christ; who, enthroned forever at your right hand, intercedes for us as our great high priest.  And so, with Mary Magdalene and Peter and al the witnesses of the resurrection, with earth and sea and all their creatures, and with angels and archangles, cherubim and seraphim, we praise your name and join their unending hymn:

Sanctus                                                                                               pg. 144
Holy, holy, holy Lord, God of pow’r and might, heaven and earth are full of your glory.

Hosanna, hosanna, hosanna in the highest.
Blessed is he who comes in the names of the Lord.  Hosanna in the highest.

Thanksgiving Prayer
Blessed are you, O God of the universe … With this bread and cup we remember our Lord’s Passover from death to life as we proclaim the mystery of faith:
Christ has died.  Christ is risen.  Christ will come again.

… Grace our table with your presence.
Come, Lord Jesus.

… Send us forth, burning with justice, peace, and love.
Come, Holy Spirit.

…we praise you, O God, blessed and Holy Trinity, now and forever. Amen.

Lord’s Prayer
Gathered into one by the Holy Spirit, let us pray as Jesus taught us:
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.

Come to the banquet. Behold the risen Christ.

Lamb of God                                                                     pg. 146
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.

As we are located in different places, we are still joined in and as the body of Christ. Lutheran tradition holds to Christ’s promise to be present in the bread and the wine. We trust this promise and we live in this mystery that cannot be explained. So if you choose to share in this Holy Communion by consuming bread and wine/juice wherever your are, we trust in Christ’s uniting Spirit to give us the full benefit of this sacrament.

Communion Hymn   Like the Murmur of the Dove’s Song     No. 403

1     Like the murmur of the dove’s song,
       like the challenge of her flight,
       like the vigor of the wind’s rush,
       like the new flame’s eager might:
       come, Holy Spirit, come.

2     To the members of Christ’s body,
       to the branches of the vine,
       to the church in faith assembled,
       to our midst as gift and sign:
       come, Holy Spirit, come.

3     With the healing of division,
       with the ceaseless voice of prayer,
       with the power to love and witness,
       with the peace beyond compare:
       come, Holy Spirit, come.

Table Blessing
The body and blood of our Lord Jesus Christ strengthen you and keep you in his grace. Amen.

Post Communion Prayer
Let us pray. …Life-giving God, you have fed us with your word, and our hearts burn within us. Through this meal you have opened us to your presence. Now send us forth to share the gifts of Easter with all in need; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Almighty God, who raised our Lord Jesus from death, lifts you up and restores you to wholeness. Amen.
Jesus Christ, the Word of life, blesses you and sends you to be his witnesses. Amen.
The Holy Spirit, who renews the whole earth, refreshes you in the gift of baptism this day and always. Amen.
Rejoice, and live in the blessing of God Almighty, the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit, this day and forever. Amen

Sending Hymn   How Clear Is Our Vocation, Lord            No. 580

 1    How clear is our vocation, Lord,
        when once we heed your call
        to live according to your word
        and daily learn, refreshed, restored,
        that you are Lord of all,
        and will not let us fall.

2    But if, forgetful, we should find
       your yoke is hard to bear;
      if worldly pressures fray the mind
      and life itself cannot unwind
      its tangled skein of care:
      our inward life repair.

3    We marvel how your saints become
       in hindrances more sure;
       whose joyful virtues put to shame
      the casual way we wear your name,
     and by our faults obscure
     your pow’r to cleanse and cure.

4    In what you give us, Lord, to do,
       together or alone,
      in old routines or ventures new,
     may we not cease to look to you,
     the cross you hung upon,
     all you endeavored done.

In preparation for next Sunday’s Pentecost celebration.  Let us pray. 
As we wait in silence,                                    make us ready for your coming Spirit.
As we listen to your word,                            make us ready for your coming Spirit.
As we worship you in majesty                     make us ready for your coming Spirit.
As we long for your refreshing,                   make us ready for your coming Spirit.
As we long for your renewing,                     make us ready for your coming Spirit.
As we long for your equipping                     make us ready for your coming Spirit.
As we long for your empowering,                make us ready for your coming Spirit.

Waiting expectantly for the promised Holy Spirit, go in the peace of Christ.  Alleluia.
Thanks be to God, Alleluia.

From Sundays and Copyright 2011 Augsburg Fortress. All rights reserved. Reprinted by permission under Augsburg Fortress Liturgies Annual License #32592. New Revised Standard Version Bible, copyright 1989, Division of Christian Education of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

Prayers are Requested for:
The healing of our nation, those struggling with COVID 19, Healthcare workers and first responders, Joe, Carmen, Julie, Maddie, Maryanne, Edward, Jarred, Piphy, Cynthia, Brent, Philip, Charlene, Annie, Christopher, Clifford, Marie, Florence, Rudy, Sage, Rob, Robin, Philip, Robert, Cari, Chris, Yolanda, Karen, Elliott, Judith, Jean-Luc, Ann, Regina, Frank, Ben, Stella, Jim, Barbara, Maria, Jason, Heidi, Richie, Catalina, Giancarlo, John, Paul, Gladys, Ray, Rosemary, James, Stephen, Christine, Inga, Terrianna, Colin, Sarah, Refugees

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This Week at St. John’s:
May 24-31

Sunday Seventh Sunday of Easter
11:00 am Mass (online)

9:00 am Morning Prayer (online)
4:30 pm Evening Prayer (online)

7:30 PM Cyber Salon  (via ZOOM)

Sunday – The Day of Pentecost
11:00 am Mass (online)

St. John’s Evangelical Lutheran Church
is a diverse community of faith seeking to share the love of Jesus Christ with all creation.

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The Rev. Mark Erson, Pastor – mobile: 646-538-5724,
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Dr. Janet Chung, Director of Music
Angel Salgado, Sexton

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