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Paul's Evangelical Lutheran Church sinned against you in thought, word, and deed, by what we have done and
53 WEST KING STREET by what we have left undone. We have not loved you with our whole
LITTLESTOWN, PENNSYLVANIA 17340 heart; we have not loved our neighbors as ourselves. For the sake of your
ST. PAULS WEB SITE: HTTP://WWW.STPAULSLITTLESTOWN.ORG Son, Jesus Christ, have mercy on us. Forgive us, renew us, and lead us, so
PHONE #: 359-4822 that we may delight in your will and walk in your ways, to the glory of

In the mercy of almighty God, Jesus Christ was given to die for us, and for
his sake God forgives us all our sins. As a called and ordained minister of
the Church of Christ, and by his authority, I therefore declare to you the
* This asterisk is an invitation to stand entire forgiveness of all your sins, in the name of the Father, and of the Son
THE FOURTH SUNDAY OF EASTER X, and of the Holy Spirit.
MAY 7, 2017 - 8:00AM & 10:15AM Amen.
8AM& 10:15AM
*GATHERING HYMN #778 (ELW) The Lords My Shepherd
Today is sometimes called Good Shepherd Sunday. Jesus is called the gate of the
sheep in todays gospel. The risen Christ opens the way to abundant life. He anoints
our heads with oil and guides us beside the still waters of our baptism. Each Sunday
The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, the love of God and the communion of
he spreads a feast before us in the midst of the worlds violence and war. We go forth
the Holy Spirit be with you all.
to be signs of the resurrection and extend Gods tender care to all creation.
And also with you.
Announcements & Introduction to the Day
Alleluia! Christ is Risen!
Christ is risen indeed! Alleluia!

PRELUDE Savior, Like a Shepherd Lead Us arr. by Robert J. Hughes

*Confession and Forgiveness

In the name of the Father, and of the Son X, and of the Holy Spirit.

Almighty God, to whom all hearts are open, all desires known, and from
whom no secrets are hid: cleanse the thoughts of our hearts by the
inspiration of your Holy Spirit, that we may perfectly love you and worthily
magnify your holy name, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Let us confess our sin in the presence of God and of one another.
Silence is kept for reflection.
Most merciful God,
We confess that we are captive to sin and cannot free ourselves. We have
*Hymn of Praise
*PRAYER OF THE DAY Though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I shall | fear
Let us pray. no evil;
There is silence to prepare for the readings. The pastor continues: for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they | comfort me.
O God our shepherd, you know your sheep by name and lead us to safety You prepare a table before me in the presence | of my enemies;
through the valleys of death. Guide us by your voice, that we may walk in you anoint my head with oil, and my cup is | running over.
certainty and security to the joyous feast prepared in your house, through Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days | of my life,
Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the and I will dwell in the house of the | LORD forever.
Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.
SECOND READING: 1 Peter 2:19-25
W ORD Doing the right things does not guarantee that one will not experience difficulties,
FIRST READING: Acts 2:42-47 hardships, rejection, or even suffering. Here Christ is presented as the model for our
Todays reading is a description of life in the community following Peters sermon on path of endurance and loyalty to God, particularly in the midst of adversity.
the day of Pentecost, when the Spirit was outpoured on Gods people. This new
community is founded on the teachings of the apostles and sustained in the breaking Lector: A reading from 1st Peter.
of the bread. It is a credit to you if, being aware of God, you endure pain while suffering
unjustly. 20If you endure when you are beaten for doing wrong, what credit
Lector: A reading from Acts. is that? But if you endure when you do right and suffer for it, you have
[The baptized] devoted themselves to the apostles teaching and fellowship, Gods approval. 21For to this you have been called, because Christ also
to the breaking of bread and the prayers. suffered for you, leaving you an example, so that you should follow in his
Awe came upon everyone, because many wonders and signs were being steps.
done by the apostles. 44All who believed were together and had all things in 22
He committed no sin,
common; 45they would sell their possessions and goods and distribute the and no deceit was found in his mouth.
proceeds to all, as any had need. 46Day by day, as they spent much time 23
When he was abused, he did not return abuse; when he suffered, he did
together in the temple, they broke bread at home and ate their food with not threaten; but he entrusted himself to the one who judges justly. 24He
glad and generous hearts, 47praising God and having the goodwill of all the himself bore our sins in his body on the cross, so that, free from sins, we
people. And day by day the Lord added to their number those who were might live for righteousness; by his wounds you have been healed. 25For you
being saved. were going astray like sheep, but now you have returned to the shepherd
Lector: The Word of the Lord. and guardian of your souls.
Congregation: Thanks be to God. Lector: The Word of the Lord.
Congregation: Thanks be to God.

8:00 a.m. - The psalm is read responsively as marked.

10:15 a.m. - The psalm is sung responsively as marked.

The LORD| is my shepherd;
I shall not | be in want.
The LORD makes me lie down | in green pastures
and leads me be- | side still waters.
You restore my | soul, O LORD,
and guide me along right pathways | for your names sake.
*GOSPEL: John 10:1-10 eternally begotten of the Father,
Jesus uses an image familiar to the people of his day to make a point about spiritual God from God, Light from Light,
leadership. Good shepherds bring people to life through Jesus, but those who avoid true God from true God,
Jesus are dangerous to the flock. begotten, not made,
of one Being with the Father;
The Holy Gospel according to St. John, the tenth chapter. through him all things were made.
Glory to you, O Lord. For us and for our salvation
he came down from heaven,
[Jesus said:] 1Very truly, I tell you, anyone who does not enter the sheepfold was incarnate of the Holy Spirit and the virgin Mary
by the gate but climbs in by another way is a thief and a bandit. 2The one and became truly human.
who enters by the gate is the shepherd of the sheep. 3The gatekeeper opens For our sake he was crucified under Pontius Pilate;
the gate for him, and the sheep hear his voice. He calls his own sheep by he suffered death and was buried.
name and leads them out. 4When he has brought out all his own, he goes
ahead of them, and the sheep follow him because they know his voice. On the third day he rose again
They will not follow a stranger, but they will run from him because they do in accordance with the scriptures;
not know the voice of strangers. 6Jesus used this figure of speech with he ascended into heaven
them, but they did not understand what he was saying to them. and is seated at the right hand of the Father.
So again Jesus said to them, Very truly, I tell you, I am the gate for the He will come again in glory to judge the living and the dead,
sheep. 8All who came before me are thieves and bandits; but the sheep did and his kingdom will have no end.
not listen to them. 9I am the gate. Whoever enters by me will be saved, and We believe in the Holy Spirit, the Lord, the giver of life,
will come in and go out and find pasture. 10The thief comes only to steal who proceeds from the Father and the Son,*
and kill and destroy. I came that they may have life, and have it who with the Father and the Son is worshiped and glorified,
abundantly. who has spoken through the prophets.
The Gospel of the Lord. We believe in one holy catholic and apostolic church.
Praise to you, O Christ. We acknowledge one baptism for the forgiveness of sins.
We look for the resurrection of the dead,
The children are invited to come forward. and the life of the world to come. Amen.
"Let the little children come to me; do not stop them; for it is to such as these that the
kingdom of God belongs. Mark 10:14 *PRAYERS OF INTERCESSION
Rejoicing in the risen life of Christ, let us pray for the Church, the world,
SERMON and all who are in need.
A brief silence prepares us for the prayers.
*HYMN OF THE DAY (10:15 a.m.) #780 (ELW) Shepherd Me, O God We pray for the Church. Strengthen ministers of word, sacrament, and
service who are called to shepherd your people. Renew your Church and
*NICENE CREED unite us through your Spirit. Send us out to serve our neighbors and to
We believe in one God, receive their care with gratitude. Lord, in your mercy,
the Father, the Almighty, hear our prayer.
maker of heaven and earth, For the earth. For pastures and prairies, rivers and streams, oceans and
of all that is, seen and unseen. mountains. For those who care for livestock and pets. For all animals, wild
We believe in one Lord, Jesus Christ, and domestic, with whom we share this world. Lord, in your mercy,
the only Son of God, hear our prayer.
For the nations. Guide leaders into the path of peace. Uphold all who THE OFFERTORY (8:00 a.m. & 10:15 a.m)
govern. Bring an end to injustice, warfare, and violence. Protect those who
risk their lives to shield others from danger. Lord, in your mercy,
hear our prayer.
For those in need. For those who lack safe housing and adequate food. For
workers whose pay is insufficient to meet their daily needs. Comfort the
grieving and heal the sick. We pray for the sick, the dying, the grieving, and
ask for your healing grace, especially for Tyson Balek, Dick Beatty,
Goldie Boyd, Sharri Catanzaro, Bill Child, Joy Cline, Elizabeth
Conn, M ark Dayton, W ilda Dell, Sonny Dillman, Kelly Esti, Sharon
Fish, Doris Freeman*, Larry Hartman*, Landis Haugen, Paul
Kurlak, M olly Larkin, Brandon Null*, M ichael M umford, Darlene
Parlette, Gene Pratt, David Rea, Bob Roberts, Christina Shao Rule,
Sean Paul Rule, Rev. Fred Schilling, Don Schumaker, Sr., Pat
Sutphin*, Rebecca W estfall, and those we name before you. (There is
silence.) Lord, in your mercy,
hear our prayer.
For this assembly. For those who seek our new pastor. For ushers, acolytes,
and greeters. For those who clean and prepare this space for worship. Give
wisdom to our councils, committees, and all who guide this congregations
ministry. Lord, in your mercy,
hear our prayer. *Offertory Prayer
With thanksgiving, we remember those who have died in faith. In your Blessed are you, O God, ruler of heaven and earth.
goodness and mercy, bring us to the fulfillment of your promise to dwell in Day by day you shower us with blessings.
your house forever. Lord, in your mercy, As you have raised us to new life in Christ,
hear our prayer. give us glad and generous hearts,
Joining our voices with your faithful ones in every time and place, we offer ready to praise you and to respond to those in need,
our prayers in the name of the Risen One, Jesus Christ our Lord. through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord.
Amen. Amen.
The peace of the Lord be with you always. *PREFACE DIALOG Spoken at the 8:00 a.m. liturgy.
And also with you.
We share Gods peace with one another The greeting: The peace of the Lord be
with you. The response: And also with you.


OFFERTORY ANTHEM Where Is My Lamb? by J. Myers and C. McCartha

Chancel Choir, Soloist: Owen Yingling
and who, on the cross, opened his arms to all.
In the night in which he was betrayed,
our Lord Jesus took bread, and gave thanks;
broke it, and gave it to his disciples, saying:
Take and eat; this is my body, given for you.
Do this for the remembrance of me.
Again, after supper, he took the cup, gave thanks,
and gave it for all to drink, saying:
This cup is the new covenant in my blood,
It is indeed right, our duty and our joy,
shed for you and for all people for the forgiveness of sin.
that we should at all times and in all places
Do this for the remembrance of me.
give thanks and praise to you, almighty and merciful God,
Remembering, therefore, his death, resurrection, and ascension,
for the glorious resurrection of our Savior Jesus Christ,
we await his coming in glory.
the true Paschal Lamb who gave himself to take away our sin;
Pour out upon us the Spirit of your love, O Lord,
who in dying has destroyed death,
and unite the wills of all who share this heavenly food,
and in rising has brought us to eternal life.
the body and blood of Jesus Christ, our Lord;
And so, with Mary Magdalene and Peter and all the witnesses of the
to whom, with you and the Holy Spirit,
resurrection, with earth and sea and all their creatures,
be all honor and glory, now and forever. Amen.
and with angels and archangels, cherubim and seraphim,
we praise your name and join their unending hymn:
*The Lords Prayer
Lord remember us in your kingdom and teach us to boldly pray:
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.
*Eucharistic Prayer
The Fraction
Holy, mighty, and merciful Lord,
When we eat this bread we share the body of Christ.
heaven and earth are full of your glory.
When we drink this cup we share the blood of Christ.
In great love you sent to us Jesus, your Son,
Reveal yourself to us, O Lord, in the breaking of bread as once you
who reached out to heal the sick and suffering,
revealed yourself to your disciples.
who preached good news to the poor,
Please be seated.
THE DISTRIBUTION: All are welcome at the Lords Table: the baptized to receive
the sacrament - the unbaptized to receive a blessing. Parents decide when it is time
to commune their baptized children and what elements they should receive. The
pastor is always delighted to discuss participation in this Meal. Please note we use
wine. Grape juice is available in the glasses in the center of the trays. The hosts are
not gluten free. If choosing to refrain from either the wine or the host, please know
that in the Communion of one kind you have received the whole presence of the
risen Christ. At the 8:00a.m. Liturgy, we bring the elements to you in the pew and
ask that you wait until all are served to commune. At our 10:15a.m. Liturgy,
distribution can vary. Today we are communing continuously by coming to the
chancel rail. Please follow the ushers instructions.


*Post-Communion Prayer
We give you thanks, O God, that you make your home with us, bringing
heaven to earth in this holy meal. Fill us with your Spirit as we go from
here, that we may wipe away tears, tend to those in mourning and pain,
seek the healing of the nations, and bring to earth the presence of your Son,
Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord.


Almighty God, Father, Son X, and Holy Spirit bless you now and forever.
#782 (ELW) My Shepherd, You Supply My Need (10:15 a.m.) Amen.

*POST-COMMUNION BLESSING *SENDING HYMN (8:00 &10:15) #789 (ELW) Savior, Like A Shepherd
The body and blood of our Lord Jesus Christ strengthen you and keep you
in his grace. *Dismissal
Amen. Alleluia. Go in peace. Share the good news.
Thanks be to God. Alleluia.
POSTLUDE My Shepherd will Supply My Need arr. by Edward Broughton
Interim Pastor The Rev. Richard F. Michael
Assisting Minister/Lector (10:15 a.m.) Sue Strevig
Organist Martha Lobaugh
Choir Director Ben Messinger
Cantor (10 :15 a.m.) Rich Burnette*
Greeters (10:15 a.m.) TBA
Acolyte (10:15 a.m.) Tyler Airing
Lector (8:00 a.m.) Ernie Spamer
Ushers (8:00 a.m.) Congregation Members
Ushers (10:15 a.m.) Congregation Members
Communion Helper (10:15 a.m.) Mary Hall*
Counters (8 & 10:15 a.m.) Sharri Plattenburg
Counters (8 & 10:15 a.m.) Charlie* & Kerry Abruzzo
Altar Guild (8 & 10 :15 a.m.) Barb Zumbrum
*indicates council member


Pastor Alleman and Council met to plan a Congregational Festival for
Thursday, August 18, 1870, for all members of St. Pauls Church and
Sabbath School. A committee was appointed to arrange for religious
exercises 9:30 10:30 and 2:30 3: 30. A group of ladies would arrange
for dinner at noon and supper at 5:00. Families would provide the food,
but all would eat at a common table. It was to be held in a grove near the
Conewago Bridge on the Littlestown Railroad. Members were to meet at
the church to process to the railroad cars which would transport them to
and from the grove, complete with a Marshall of the Day.

Liturgy reprinted from Evangelical Lutheran Worship, 2006

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