440 STONEVILLE RD.  485-4432 

Pastor Thomsen                                                                                Amanda Stacy, DCE

(906) 250-2132                                                                                   (402) 650-3132



Early Worship                                     8:30 a.m.

Late Worship                                    10:45 a.m.

Saturday Service                               5:00 p.m.



April 18, 2021                        10:45 Worship Service



OPENING HYMN:   “Father Welcomes”


Father welcomes all His children

To His fam’ly through His Son.

Father giving His salvation,

Life forever has been won.


Little children, come to Me,

For My kingdom is of these.

Life and love I have to give,

Mercy for your sin.      Refrain 


In the water, in the Word,

In His promise, be assured:

Those who are baptized and believe

Shall be born again.     Refrain 


Let us daily die to sin;

Let us daily rise with Him,

Walk in the love of Christ our Lord,

Live in the peace of God.


Pastor:       In the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.

People:      Amen.

Pastor:       Alleluia! Christ is risen!

People:      He is risen indeed! Alleluia!

Pastor:       In Your presence there is fullness of joy;

People:      at Your right hand are pleasures forevermore.

Pastor:       I will extol You, O Lord, for You have drawn me up

People:      and have not let my foes rejoice over me.

Pastor:       O Lord my God, I cried to You for help, and You have healed me.

People:      O Lord, You have brought up my soul from Sheol; You restored me to life from among those who go down to the pit.



Pastor:       “See what kind of love the Father has given to us, that we should be called children of God; and so we are.” Gracious Lord, by Your name You have called us Your own children, and we are to pray, praise, and give thanks to You.

People:      Yet we often choose not to see the love You have given to us, letting other things of this world impede our vision of Your mercy and grace in Christ. We do not always live as You have called us to be as Your children.

Pastor:       We confess our sins to God in repentance, turning from those things that lead us away, turning back to You in the love You’ve shown.

Silence for reflection.

Pastor:       Almighty and ever-compassionate Lord,

People:      we are by nature sinful and unclean. We confess our many failures as we have not followed You joyfully and trustingly. We have not loved others as You have first loved us, and our thoughts, words, and deeds have not been pleasing to You. Forgive us, renew us, and lead us to delight in Your will and walk in Your ways to the glory of Your holy name.

Pastor:       Sing praises to the Lord, O you His saints,

People:      and give thanks to His holy name.

Pastor:       For His anger is but for a moment, and His favor is for a lifetime.

People:      Weeping may tarry for the night, but joy comes with the morning.

Pastor:       In Your presence there is fullness of joy;

People:      at Your right hand are pleasures forevermore.

Pastor:       “See what kind of love the Father has given to us, that we should be called children of God; and so we are.” 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 Son and of the Holy Spirit. As His children, may He keep you in His grace by the Holy Spirit and grant you a renewed life on earth and finally a triumphant life with Him in heaven forever, through Jesus Christ, our Lord. Alleluia! Christ is risen!

People:      He is risen indeed! Alleluia! Thanks be to God!


Pastor:       The Lord be with you.

People:      And also with you.

Pastor:       Let us pray.


Pastor:       O God, through the humiliation of Your Son You raised up the fallen world. Grant to Your faithful people, rescued from the peril of everlasting death, perpetual gladness and eternal joys; through Jesus Christ, our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.

People:      Amen.


FIRST READING:              Acts 3:11-21

While the man held on to Peter and John, all the people were astonished and came running to them in the place called Solomon’s Colonnade. 12 When Peter saw this, he said to them: “Fellow Israelites, why does this surprise you? Why do you stare at us as if by our own power or godliness we had made this man walk? 13 The God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, the God of our fathers, has glorified his servant Jesus. You handed him over to be killed, and you disowned him before Pilate, though he had decided to let him go. 14 You disowned the Holy and Righteous One and asked that a murderer be released to you. 15 You killed the author of life, but God raised him from the dead. We are witnesses of this. 16 By faith in the name of Jesus, this man whom you see and know was made strong. It is Jesus’ name and the faith that comes through him that has completely healed him, as you can all see. 17 “Now, fellow Israelites, I know that you acted in ignorance, as did your leaders. 18 But this is how God fulfilled what he had foretold through all the prophets, saying that his Messiah would suffer. 19 Repent, then, and turn to God, so that your sins may be wiped out, that times of refreshing may come from the Lord, 20 and that he may send the Messiah, who has been appointed for you—even Jesus. 21 Heaven must receive him until the time comes for God to restore everything, as he promised long ago through his holy prophets.

Reader:    This is the Word of the Lord.                                

People:    Thanks be to God.


EPISTLE READING:         1 John3:1-7    

See what great love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God! And that is what we are! The reason the world does not know us is that it did not know him. Dear friends, now we are children of God, and what we will be has not yet been made known. But we know that when Christ appears, we shall be like him, for we shall see him as he is. All who have this hope in him purify themselves, just as he is pure. Everyone who sins breaks the law; in fact, sin is lawlessness. But you know that he appeared so that he might take away our sins. And in him is no sin. No one who lives in him keeps on sinning. No one who continues to sin has either seen him or known him. Dear children, do not let anyone lead you astray. The one who does what is right is righteous, just as he is righteous.

Reader:     This is the Word of the Lord.                             

People:     Thanks be to God.  



Pastor:       Answer me when I call to you, my righteous God.

People:      Give me relief from my distress; have mercy on me and hear my prayer.

Pastor:       How long will you people turn my glory into shame? How long will you love delusions and seek false gods?

People:      Know that the Lord has set apart his faithful servant for himself; the Lord hears when I call to him.

Pastor:       Tremble and do not sin; when you are on your beds, search your hearts and be silent.

People:      Offer the sacrifices of the righteous and trust in the Lord.

Pastor:       Many, Lord, are asking, “Who will bring us prosperity?” Let the light of your face shine on us.

People:      Fill my heart with joy when their grain and new wine abound.

Pastor:       In peace I will lie down and sleep, for you alone, Lord, make me dwell in safety.

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.

Pastor:       Answer me when I call to you, my righteous God.



            I believe in one God, the Father Almighty, maker of heaven and earth and of all things visible and invisible. And in one Lord Jesus Christ, the only-begotten Son of God, begotten of his Father before all worlds, God of God, Light of Light, very God of very God, begotten, not made, being of one substance with the Father, by whom all things were made; who for us men and for our salvation came down from heaven and was incarnate by the Holy Spirit of the virgin Mary and was made man; and was crucified also for us under Pontius Pilate.  He suffered and was buried.  And the third day he rose again according to the Scriptures and ascended into heaven and sits at the right hand of the Father. And he will come again with glory to judge both the living and the dead, whose kingdom will have no end. And I believe in the Holy Spirit, the Lord and giver of life, who proceeds from the Father and the Son, who with the Father and the Son together is worshiped and glorified, who spoke by the prophets.  And I believe in one holy Christian and apostolic Church, I acknowledge one Baptism for the remission of sins, and I look for the resurrection of the dead and the life of the world to come. Amen.


HOLY GOSPEL:                              Luke 24:36–49                                   

While they were still talking about this, Jesus himself stood among them and said to them, “Peace be with you.” 37 They were startled and frightened, thinking they saw a ghost. 38 He said to them, “Why are you troubled, and why do doubts rise in your minds? 39 Look at my hands and my feet. It is I myself! Touch me and see; a ghost does not have flesh and bones, as you see I have.” 40 When he had said this, he showed them his hands and feet. 41 And while they still did not believe it because of joy and amazement, he asked them, “Do you have anything here to eat?” 42 They gave him a piece of broiled fish, 43 and he took it and ate it in their presence. 44 He said to them, “This is what I told you while I was still with you: Everything must be fulfilled that is written about me in the Law of Moses, the Prophets and the Psalms.” 45 Then he opened their minds so they could understand the Scriptures. 46 He told them, “This is what is written: The Messiah will suffer and rise from the dead on the third day, 47 and repentance for the forgiveness of sins will be preached in his name to all nations, beginning at Jerusalem. 48 You are witnesses of these things. 49 I am going to send you what my Father has promised; but stay in the city until you have been clothed with power from on high.”

Pastor:       This is the Gospel of Our Lord.               

People:     Praise to You, O Christ


SERMON HYMN:   “How Deep The Father’s Love for Us”

How deep the Father's love for us,
How vast beyond all measure
That He should give His only Son
To make a wretch His treasure
             How great the pain of searing loss,
             The Father turns His face away
             As wounds which mar the chosen One,
             Bring many sons to glory
Behold the Man upon a cross,
My sin upon His shoulders
Ashamed I hear my mocking voice,
Call out among the scoffers

             It was my sin that left Him there
             Until it was accomplished
             His dying breath has brought me life
             I know that it is finished
I will not boast in anything
No gifts, no power, no wisdom
But I will boast in Jesus Christ
His death and resurrection
             Why should I gain from His reward?
              I cannot give an answer
             But this I know with all my heart
             His wounds have paid my ransom     Repeat last verse







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.




COMMUNION HYMN:  “Behold the Lamb”

“Behold the Lamb who bears our sins away,
Slain for us - and we remember
The promise made that all who come in faith
Find forgiveness at the cross.
So we share in this bread of life,
And we drink of His sacrifice
As a sign of our bonds of peace
Around the table of the King.

The body of our Saviour Jesus Christ,
Torn for you - eat and remember
The wounds that heal, the death that brings us life
Paid the price to make us one.
So we share in this bread of life,
And we drink of His sacrifice
As a sign of our bonds of love
Around the table of the King.

The blood that cleanses every stain of sin,
Shed for you - drink and remember
He drained death’s cup that all may enter in
To receive the life of God.
So we share in this bread of life,
And we drink of His sacrifice
As a sign of our bonds of grace
Around the table of the King.

And so with thankfulness and faith we rise
To respond, - and to remember
Our call to follow in the steps of Christ
As His body here on earth.
As we share in His suffering
We proclaim Christ will come again!
And we’ll join in the feast of heaven
Around the table of the King ”





Pastor:       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.        

People:      Amen.


CLOSING HYMN:  “Go, My Children, with My Blessing”

Go, My children, with My blessing, Never alone.

Waking, sleeping, I am with you; You are my own.

In My love’s baptismal river I have made you Mine forever.

Go, My children, with My blessing--You are My own.

Go, My children, sins forgiven, At peace and pure.

Here you learned how much I love you, What I can cure.

Here you heard My dear Son’s story; Here you touched Him, saw His glory.

Go, My children, sins forgiven, At peace and pure.

Go, My children, fed and nourished, Closer to Me;

Grow in love and love by serving, Joyful and free.

Here My Spirit’s power filled you; Here His tender comfort stilled you.

Go, My children, fed and nourished, Joyful and free.

I the Lord will bless and keep you And give you peace;

I the Lord will smile upon you And give you peace:

I the Lord will be your Father, Savior, Comforter, and Brother.

Go, My children; I will keep you And give you peace.


Pastor:       Go in peace. Serve the Lord.     

People:      Thanks be to God!