John 6:54 Whoever eats
my flesh and drinks my
blood has eternal life,
and I will raise him up
at the last day.
1 Dear Christians, one and all, rejoice,
With exultation springing,
And with united heart and voice
And holy rapture singing,
Proclaim the wonders God has done,
How His right arm the vict'ry won;
What price our ransom cost Him!
2 Fast bound in Satan's chains I lay;
Death brooded darkly o'er me.
Sin was my torment night and day;
In sin my mother bore me.
But daily deeper still I fell;
My life became a living hell,
So firmly sin possessed me.
3 My own good works all came to
No grace or merit gaining;
Free will against God's jugment fought,
Dead to all good remaining.
My fears increased till sheer despair
Left only death to be my share;
The pangs of hell I suffered.
4 But God had seen my wretched state
Before the world's foundation,
And mindful of His mercies great,
He planned for my salvation.
He turned to me a father's heart;
He did not choose the easy part
But gave His dearest treasure.
5 God said to His beloved Son:
"It's time to have compassion.
Then go, bright jewel of My crown,
And bring to all salvation.
From sin and sorrow set them free;
Slay bitter death for them that they
May live with You forever."
6 The Son obeyed His Father's will,
Was born of virgin mother;
And God's good pleasure to fulfill,
He came to be my brother.
His royal pow'r disguised He bore;
A servant's form, like mine, He wore
To lead the devil captive.
7 To me He said: "Stay close to Me,
I am your rock and castle.
Your ransom I Myself will be;
For you I strive and wrestle.
For I am yours, and you are Mine,
And where I am you may remain;
The foe shall not divide us.
8 "Though he will shed My precious
Me of My life bereaving,
All this I suffer for your good;
Be steadfast and believing.
Life will from death the vict'ry win;
My innocence shall bear your sin,
And you are blest forever.
9 "Now to My Father I depart,
From earth to heav'n ascending,
And, heav'nly wisdom to impart,
The Holy Spirit sending;
In trouble He will comfort you
And teach you always to be true
And into truth shall guide you.
10 "What I on earth have done and
Guide all your life and teaching;
So shall the kingdom's work be
And honored in your preaching.
But watch lest foes with base alloy
The heav'nly treausre should destroy;
This final word I leave you."
For sure and certain faith to
love the Lord and to keep His
commandments, let us pray to
the Lord: Lord, have mercy.
For those who suffer for
righteousness’ sake, that they
would be delivered from fear of
their enemies and honor Christ
as Lord in their hearts…
For boldness to make a faithful
witness to Christ, as St. Paul
once did in the Areopagus, and
to faithfully proclaim one divine
truth in the midst of this world’s
many false gods…
Remembering those who have
given all for our country and
laid the ultimate sacrifice on the
altar of freedom; for those who
have borne the burdens of
deployment; for those who have
faithfully served God and
country; for those who now
wear the cloth of our country
and serve with honor, courage
and commitment, that we might
give thanks for their faithful
service this Memorial Day…
For the lonely, the destitute and
the homeless, that they would
trust in the Lord for their daily
bread, and that the Lord would
make us messengers of His
mercy as we reach out to all
around us in need…
For our inner cities and those
who face the challenges of
urban living, that the Lord
would reach down to them in
grace and grant them peace,
safety and security…
For those who travel this
holiday weekend, that they
would be granted safe
passage on the land, in the air
and by sea…
For those who have requested
our intercession, [especially
________________,] that the Lord
would grant healing
according to His will and
hope according to His
For the right reception of the
Lord’s Supper at this altar
today, that those who eat and
drink the Savior’s body and
blood may remember Jesus’
sacrifice, proclaim His death
and receive in faith the pledge
of future glory…
For all who departed this life
in saving faith, let us give
thanks and praise, asking that
we might be given our portion
with them in the Kingdom…
Into Your hands, O Lord, we
commend all for whom we
pray, trusting in Your mercy,
through Jesus Christ, our
The Lord Jesus Comforts Us with
the Preaching of His Resurrection
1 Up through endless ranks of
cries of triumph in his ears,
to his heavenly throne ascending,
having vanquished all their fears,
Christ looks down upon his faithful,
leaving them in happy tears.
2 Death-destroying, life-restoring,
proven equal to our need,
now for us before the Father
as our brother intercede;
flesh that for our world was
living, for the wounded plead!
3 To our lives of wanton wandering
send your promised Spirit guide;
through our lives of fear and failure
with your power and love abide;
welcome us, as you were
to an endless Eastertide.
4 Alleluia! Alleluia!
O to breathe the Spirit's grace!
O to see the Father's face.
O to feel the Son's embrace!