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Augustana Lutheran Church of Hyde Park
and Lutheran Campus Ministry
May 17, 2020
Sixth Sunday of Easter

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.
The Prayer of the Day
Almighty and ever-living God, you hold together all things in heaven and on earth. In your great mercy receive the prayers of all your children, and give to all the world the Spirit of your truth and peace, through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.
Readings of the Day
The Acts of the Apostles: Acts 17:22-31
In Athens, Paul faces the challenge of proclaiming the gospel to Greeks who know nothing of either Jewish or Christian tradition. He proclaims that the “unknown god” whom they worship is the true Lord of heaven and earth who will judge the world with justice through Jesus, whom God has raised from the dead.

22Paul stood in front of the Areopagus and said, “Athenians, I see how extremely religious you are in every way. 23For as I went through the city and looked carefully at the objects of your worship, I found among them an altar with the inscription, ‘To an unknown god.’ What therefore you worship as unknown, this I proclaim to you. 24The God who made the world and everything in it, he who is Lord of heaven and earth, does not live in shrines made by human hands, 25nor is he served by human hands, as though he needed anything, since he himself gives to all mortals life and breath and all things. 26From one ancestor he made all nations to inhabit the whole earth, and he allotted the times of their existence and the boundaries of the places where they would live, 27so that they would search for God and perhaps grope for him and find him—though indeed he is not far from each one of us. 28For ‘In him we live and move and have our being’; as even some of your own poets have said, ‘For we too are his offspring.’

29Since we are God’s offspring, we ought not to think that the deity is like gold, or silver, or stone, an image formed by the art and imagination of mortals. 30While God has overlooked the times of human ignorance, now he commands all people everywhere to repent, 31because he has fixed a day on which he will have the world judged in righteousness by a man whom he has appointed, and of this he has given assurance to all by raising him from the dead.”
Psalm 66:8-20
8Bless our | God, you peoples;
  let the sound of | praise be heard.
9Our God has kept us a- | mong the living
  and has not allowed our | feet to slip.
10For you, O God, have | tested us;
  you have tried us just as sil- | ver is tried.
11You brought us in- | to the net;
  you laid heavy burdens up- | on our backs.
12You let people ride over our heads; we went through | fire and water,
  but you brought us out into a place | of refreshment.
13I will enter your house | with burnt offerings
  and will pay | you my vows—
14those that I promised | with my lips
  and spoke with my mouth when I | was in trouble.
15I will offer you burnt offerings of fatlings with the | smoke of rams;
  I will give you ox- | en and goats.
16Come and listen, all you | who believe,
  and I will tell you what God has | done for me.
17I called out to God | with my mouth,
  and praised the Lord | with my tongue.
18If I had cherished evil | in my heart,
  the Lord would | not have heard me;
19but in truth | God has heard me
  and has attended to the sound | of my prayer.
20Blessed be God, who has not reject- | ed my prayer,
  nor withheld unfailing | love from me.
The Epistles of Peter: 1 Peter 3:13-22
The author of 1 Peter encourages Christians to remain faithful even in the face of defamation and persecution. In baptism we are made clean to act in accordance with what is right.

13Who will harm you if you are eager to do what is good? 14But even if you do suffer for doing what is right, you are blessed. Do not fear what they fear, and do not be intimidated, 15but in your hearts sanctify Christ as Lord. Always be ready to make your defense to anyone who demands from you an accounting for the hope that is in you; 16yet do it with gentleness and reverence. Keep your conscience clear, so that, when you are maligned, those who abuse you for your good conduct in Christ may be put to shame. 17For it is better to suffer for doing good, if suffering should be God’s will, than to suffer for doing evil. 18For Christ also suffered for sins once for all, the righteous for the unrighteous, in order to bring you to God. He was put to death in the flesh, but made alive in the spirit, 19in which also he went and made a proclamation to the spirits in prison, 20who in former times did not obey, when God waited patiently in the days of Noah, during the building of the ark, in which a few, that is, eight persons, were saved through water. 21And baptism, which this prefigured, now saves you—not as a removal of dirt from the body, but as an appeal to God for a good conscience, through the resurrection of Jesus Christ, 22who has gone into heaven and is at the right hand of God, with angels, authorities, and powers made subject to him.
The Holy Gospel according to John:  John 14:15-21
In final words to his disciples on the night of his arrest, Jesus encourages obedience to his commandments and speaks of the Spirit, who will be with them forever.
[Jesus said to the disciples:] 15“If you love me, you will keep my commandments. 16And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Advocate, to be with you forever. 17This is the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees him nor knows him. You know him, because he abides with you, and he will be in you.

18“I will not leave you orphaned; I am coming to you. 19In a little while the world will no longer see me, but you will see me; because I live, you also will live. 20On that day you will know that I am in my Father, and you in me, and I in you. 21They who have my commandments and keep them are those who love me; and those who love me will be loved by my Father, and I will love them and reveal myself to them.”
Hymn of the Day: ELW #392 - Alleluia! Sing to Jesus
Communion Hymn: ELW #595 - Jesus Loves Me!
The postlude, "What Wondrous Love" is from a 2002 performance by the Chicago Chorale and is used with the generous permission of its conductor (and Augustana member!) Bruce Tammen.  Other Augustana members were also in the Chorale in 2002 and participated in this performance, including Paul Erling, Nancy Goede, and Esther Menn.  The CD can be purchased here.
In Our Prayers

Friends and family of Dorothy Goede, mother of Pastor Goede, upon her death
Friends and family of Dennis Whitten, godfather of Shelley Barnard, upon his death

Caleb Tompsett, grandson of Bill and Chris, beginning radiation for a pediatric brain tumor
Jeanette Bordelon, diagnosed with cancer and awaiting abdominal surgery on May 20th
Mark van Scharrel, husband of Pastor Julie Ryan, advanced cancer
Frank Showers, undergoing treatment for cancer
Anu, Smitha Gunthoti's cousin, late-stage cancer
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, a friend and coworker of Joe Klonowski, diagnosed with COVID-19
House of Faith, Decatur, Illinois, COVID-19 cases, including a relative of Judy Merritt-Morgan

Jeanette Bordelon's sister, a very active woman beginning a six-month course of physical therapy after surgery for an ankle tendon injury
Kathy, a friend of Robin Mitchell, suffering from isolation in a nursing home
The security guards that protect the campus, asked by Jean Nye
The people of India, as they confront both COVID-19 and resulting violence against Muslims
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 You can, of course, also send a check to Augustana, 5500 S. Woodlawn Ave., Chicago, IL, 60637.
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 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.
Dear HPRP Community,


We are asking today that you consider donating to support our refugee families through this crisis. Just like many people in the country and world today, our families are facing challenges both financial and emotional during this difficult time. Living through a national emergency in a country where you are still learning the language and without a financial safety net, or a long-standing social or family network poses particular challenges. 



The HP Refugee Project is responding to this by shifting our priorities to meet the most urgent needs of these families: food, shelter, healthcare, and emotional wellbeing. We are happy to report that we have provided $3200 in rent assistance, over $1000 toward utilities and transportation costs, and $1000 towards food and household goods in the last month.


Here are some of the activities we are doing to address these issues and support our families:


* Monthly budget check-ins with families to assess need for financial support;

* Deliveries of food gift cards and cloth masks;

* Care packages full of activities and art supplies for children;

* Covid-19 information translated into native languages for our families;

* Information and assistance applying for public benefits and unemployment insurance;

* Information about local coronavirus testing sites and telehealth procedures;

* Regular check-ins with families to ensure they feel part of a loving community.


We currently assist 45 people across six families, many of whom have suddenly found themselves struggling with additional instability. While we still hope to welcome a refugee family soon, the money we raised in the winter will go to helping families already in the neighborhood. These are our friends and neighbors who recently fled from other countries and are now starting over. 


The funds we currently have, though, will not support our families for long, so we ask you to consider making a donation. Would you consider helping our local refugee neighbors by financially contributing to our project? Donations can be made directly through our paypal link or on our gofundme page or by check. 


Please make checks payable to Hyde Park Refugee Project and mail to:

Hyde Park & Kenwood Interfaith Council (HPKIC) 

1448 E. 52nd Street, #117

Chicago, IL 60615


Please also consider sharing our gofundme page with your friends and family over social media:


From the bottom of our hearts, we are grateful for all who can make a contribution and for those who desire to show support to our neighbors! We couldn't do any of this without the generosity of the community!


Wishing you all health and safety in this time,


The Hyde Park Refugee Project Working Group

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