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Augustana Lutheran Church of Hyde Park
and Lutheran Campus Ministry
May 24, 2020
Seventh Sunday of Easter
Campus Ministry Sunday

During this time of shelter-in-place, we still worship together online. You can find the link to our worship channel on our website. The video will be available starting at 8:30am on Sunday morning.
Hymn of Praise: ELW #656 - Blest Be the Tie that Binds
The Prayer of the Day
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.
Readings of the Day
The Acts of the Apostles: Acts 1:6-14
 
Today’s reading is part of the introduction to the narrative of the outpouring of the Spirit on Pentecost. These verses tell of the risen Lord’s conversation with his disciples on the eve of his ascension, in which he promises that they will receive the power of the Holy Spirit.

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.
Psalm 68:1-10, 32-35

1Let God arise, and let God’s ene- | mies be scattered;

  let those who | hate God flee.

2As smoke is driven away, so you should drive | them away;

  as the wax melts before the fire, so let the wicked perish at the pres- | ence of God.

3But let the righteous be glad and rejoice | before God;

  let them also be mer- | ry and joyful.

 4Sing to God, sing praises to God’s name; exalt the one who | rides the clouds;

  I Am is that name, rejoice | before God

 5In your holy habita- | tion, O God,

  you are a father to orphans, defend- | er 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 be- | fore 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 pow- | er to God,

  whose majesty is over Israel; whose strength is | in the skies.

 35How wonderful you are in your holy places, O | God of Israel,

  giving strength and power to your people! | Blessed be God! 

The Epistles of Peter: 1 Peter 4:12-14, 5:6-11
 
Our faith in Christ does not make us immune from the scorn of others. Nevertheless, we are to resist the designs of evil when we experience disparagement from others because we trust God’s grace will strengthen and guide us.

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.
The Holy Gospel according to John:  John 17:1-11
 
On the night before his crucifixion, Jesus prays to his heavenly Father, asking that those who continue his work in this world will live in unity.

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.”
Hymn of the Day: ELW #657 - Rise, O Sun of Righteousness
To make this hymn fit better with the Easter season, the Cantor will be replacing "Have Mercy, Lord" with "Al-le-lu-ia!" You are encouraged to do the same when you sing along at home.
In Our Prayers

Friends and family of Dorothy Goede, mother of Pastor Goede, upon her death
Family and friends of Debra Abraham, cousin of Sandy Henley after losing a long battle with cancer
Caleb Tompsett, grandson of Bill and Chris, beginning radiation for a pediatric brain tumor

Jeanette Bordelon, recovering from surgery and awaiting a biopsy
Mark van Scharrel, husband of Pastor Julie Ryan, advanced cancer
Frank Showers, beginning cell stem therapy for cancer
Anu, Smitha Gunthoti's cousin, late-stage cancer
Oliver, friend of Padraig McGuire, for guidance and strength
Kitty, Jeanette Bordelon's sister, beginning physical therapy after surgery for an ankle tendon injury
Butch Muller, friend of Judy Merritt-Morgan, suffering from chronic pain and about to undergo hand surgery
Kathy, friend of Robin Mitchell, suffering from isolation in a nursing home

Millie Spino, friend of Pat Chromy, living in a nursing home and diagnosed with COVID-19
Cathy Eurich, friend of Pat Chromy, in ICU with COVID-19

Karl, friend of Joe Klonowski, diagnosed with COVID-19
House of Faith, Decatur, Illinois, COVID-19 cases, including a relative of Judy Merritt-Morgan

The people of India, as they confront both COVID-19 and resulting violence against Muslims
Those who struggle with substance abuse, a condition made more difficult by isolation
The security guards that protect the U of C campus

The doctors in our congregation, Peter Pytel, Jefree Schulte, and Elaine Worcester; and nurse practitioners, Steph Stuhlmuller and Norma Rolfsen
Deb Burnet, Joe Klonowski’s mother, a doctor at U of C Hospital
Kimi, a friend of the Klonowskis', working hard at U of C Hospital
Kevin Rist, father of Erika, a doctor in Wausau, WI


Please do not hesitate to email the office with any prayer requests that you would like included next week
 
Please share the peace and make an offering

Did you know that sharing the peace is meant to reconcile us before we share the Holy Supper? We can't do that in person right now, but we can the rest of the week. Please take time soon to call or email someone. It helps build community and keeps us strong. 

At the end of worship, please remember to make an offering. The people we employ depend on your generosity during this difficult time. You can arrange an ongoing electronic offering through our website. 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 treasurer@augustanahydepark.org. You can, of course, also send a check to Augustana, 5500 S. Woodlawn Ave., Chicago, IL, 60637.
Thank you to our Sunday School teachers!
Even though they were unable to finish the way that they would have liked, Augustana owes a huge debt of gratitude to this year's batch of Sunday School teachers.  Thank you so much to Richard Krull who led a stellar group of teachers: Max Kellogg, Elaine Worcester, Ron Rahaman, Dorothy Pytel, Carolyn Rahaman, and Melinda Billingsley.  A further shout out goes to our cantor, Padraig McGuire, who somehow managed to oversee music for the children in addition to the adult choir during the short 45 minutes between services.
Communing at home?  Take a picture!

We would love to receive pictures of the bread and wine that you're using at home for your Communion so that we can vary the images we display in our videos.  If you feel that you set a nice Communion table, please snap a picture and email it to Carolyn.  
Our national church, the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) is preparing a social message on government and civic engagement. Messages and statements guide what pastors teach and what we ask of our church's lobbyists in Washington. Until May 27, you are invited to provide feedback on how to strengthen the draft of the message.

To offer feedback on the draft “Social Message on Government and Civic Engagement: Discipleship in a Democracy," please fill out the survey. You may also choose to email comments to draftsocialmessage@elca.org. In light of the feedback, the message draft will be revised and presented to the ELCA Church Council for a vote in June.

Read the draft.

 
While we all miss the beautiful interior of our beloved church, we can still enjoy nature's extravagant beautification of the exterior.
The Chicago Pride Parade will be significantly delayed this year, if it takes place at all.  But even if the LGTBQIA+ commuity and its allies can't be together, we can still remember that we are not alone. Show your PRIDE and support ReconcilingWorks at the same time! A portion of every shirt sold will go to support ReconcilingWorks in making a way for the welcome, inclusion, and celebration of LGTQIA+ people in the Lutheran Church.
 
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