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We will be holding a traditional worship service using Zoom on Sunday, May 17, 2020 at 10:00 am. Join us in worship with Zoom meeting ID: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84839538536.
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Or dial 646-876-9923 US (New York). 

If you are unable to join us at 10:00 on Sunday, please consider staying in touch with God by holding your own service with the materials provided here. Scroll to the end of this e-mail for the order of service.
In these unprecedented times, St. Luke's has had to cancel its on-site services, but the church's mission is still on. Our secretary will be going into the office once or twice a week to check messages, receive mail, and pay our bills. Remember your church and consider sending your offerings, tithes and gifts if you are able. Thank you.
We are still here for you, so don't hesitate to call
732-968-4447 with any questions or concerns.
Just need to talk to someone now? Although church services and office hours are suspended, Pastor Dámaris is ready to listen. Feel free to reach out to her for any pastoral care you may need at 718-809-4599.
And keep checking your e-mail for more information on how
St. Luke's is bringing its services online...
DUNELLEN COVID-19 POP-UP FOOD DRIVE:
DONATE TO NEIGHBORS IN NEED!

EXTENDED!!!!!!
Dunellen has partnered with members of our Faith Community to collect food donations to serve Dunellen Residents in need while Fish Inc – Dunellen Area is temporarily closed. 
Drop off your unopened, unexpired, non-perishable food items at the Living Hope Outreach Center located at: 201 Whittier Ave, Dunellen, NJ 08812.
DROP OFF DATES: Wed. May 20 5PM-7PM,
Thu. May 21 10AM-12PM

Items in Particular Need at This Time:
Paper products (toilet paper, napkins, paper towels), Water, Personal hygiene (deodorant, soap, shampoo, toothpaste, feminine products),
Condiments (mayonnaise, mustard, ketchup),
Baby Foods (including formula), Pet food

Residents who have registered to receive food will be contacted and given their assigned time-frame to pick-up their food on Sat. May 23 at Living Hope Outreach Center between 9AM-1PM. One member from the household will be allowed to enter the building, remaining socially distant and wearing PPE. Volunteers will also be adhering to social distancing guidelines and wearing PPE.
To receive food, residents in need can either fill out the form (linked below) by May 22 or contact Alex Miller at 732.968.3033, ext. 8 or amiller@dunellenborough.com 
The form link:  https://forms.gle/MmiRr6vyd9Nye8728

St. Luke’s Family
- In addition to tall of those being affected by COVID-19 in any way, please keep the following people in your daily prayers:
In the Military - for all members of the Armed Forces, especially Jeremy Mostowski; Gilbert Mercedes, nephew of Ron Kovac, in the military; Sarah Rizkallah; Robert; Angelo & Kaitlin Martinez, granddaughter and husband of granddaughter of Lois Gorman, in the marines; Garland Suit, husband of a friend of Margaret Hill, deployed with the army to the Far East; Jason Heney and Jeffrey Jacobus, nephews of Jan Dunn; Nathaniel Eliason
For Healing
-
Anil Maharjan, Ellen Lindemann's son; Ralph and Rosie; Gladys Rask, Deb Webb’s aunt; Arthur Shapiro, a friend of Ellen Lindemann; Betty, a friend of Deb and Daymon Webb; Nadeem Daniel; Marlene Slader, a friend of Ellen Lindemann; John Ditski, family member of Debra Webb; Timothy, a customer of Deb Webb’s at Quick Check with cancer; Kyle Wentzel; a friend of the Lovich family; Jeff; Roy Wood, Sharon Lovich’s brother-in-law, diagnosed with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma; Harold Harding; Jan Dunn; Lucy; Hans; Gary Gregory; Doris Jean; Pearl; Patrice, Mary Beth’s niece; Victoria, friend of Mary Beth Bawarshi with brain cancer; Phylene Dey; Donna DeMarias, wife of a co-worker of Mary Mauriello; Amy, a relative of the Lukacs family, facing her second bout with cancer; Lieselotte Kugis; Louise; Doris Welsh, mother of Mary Beth Bawarshi; Margaret Hill; Jessica Grace; Joshua Maynard; Kevin Kwasnick; Jessica Marie; Carol Ann, Nancy Jane, and Thomas Albert; Georgina Ayala, friend/co-worker of Ruth Muzik; Grace Kerr, with cancer; Archie, Lorraine, Lory & Michael with coronavirus.
Prayers for comfort and peace for the family and friends of Jenny Rodriguez, and for Dina Mascarelli and her family in the loss of her uncle Jim Flaherty to COVID-19

We are all experiencing hard times right now; that includes St. Luke's. If you are able, remember your pledge and consider signing up for Simply Giving. For more information, click here.
Something for the kids
(and the adults!) to try...
and a lesson for all of us to remember.
The Bulletins are given to the glory of God by Jan Dunn in memory of Margaret and Richard Platz.
Keep in touch with your St. Luke family!
As we all stay locked in our homes, we lose that human contact with the outside world.  We all miss the contact with others and learning how we are all doing.  Being mindful of health concerns, we must stay physically socially distant, but that does not require us to remain virtually socially distant!!  What can we do to help our community and stay safe? 
  • How about calling other church members you know?  A phone call from one member to another is a welcomed surprise and really helps to bring them joy keep us connected.  It’s a way to keep our community closer, virtually.
  • Share pictures, advice, special events, arts and crafts, etc. on our Facebook or Instagram page! Or submit them to apostle@stlukedunellen.org to see them in our weekly e-mail blast.
We are not alone. We are together in this and by keeping us together, we will build a stronger church!
#AloneTogether
Seventh Sunday of Easter -
May 24, 2020

Prelude: Song of Devotion by R. Hughes
 
Thanksgiving for Baptism
Blessed be the holy Trinity, ☩one God,
the fountain of living water,
the rock who gave us birth,
our light and our salvation.
Amen.
 
Joined to Christ in the waters of baptism,
we are clothed with Gods mercy and forgiveness.
Let us give thanks for the gift of baptism.
 
We give you thanks, O God,
for in the beginning your Spirit moved over the waters
and by your Word you created the world,
calling forth life in which you took delight.
 
Through the waters of the flood you delivered Noah and his family.
Through the sea you led your people Israel from slavery into freedom.
At the river your Son was baptized by John and anointed with the Holy Spirit.
By water and your Word you claim us as daughters and sons,
making us heirs of your promise and servants of all.
 
We praise you for the gift of water that sustains life,
and above all we praise you for the gift of new life in Jesus Christ.
Shower us with your Spirit,
and renew our lives with your forgiveness, grace, and love.
To you be given honor and praise
through Jesus Christ our Lord
in the unity of the Holy Spirit, now and forever. Amen.
 
Gathering Hymn: “I Come With Joy” #482 ELW
1 I come with joy, a child of God,
forgiven, loved, and free,
the life of Jesus to recall
in love laid down for me,
in love laid down for me.
2 I come with Christians far and near
to find, as all are fed,
the new community of love
in Christ’s communion bread,
in Christ’s communion bread.
3 As Christ breaks bread and bids us share,
each proud division ends.
The love that made us, makes us one,
and strangers now are friends,
and strangers now are friends.
4 The Spirit of the risen Christ,
unseen, but ever near,
is in such friendship better known,
alive among us here,
alive among us here.
5 Together met, together bound
by all that God has done,
we’ll go with joy, to give the world
the love that makes us one,
the love that makes us one.
 
Greeting
The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, the love of God,
and the communion of the Holy Spirit be with you all.
And also with you.
 
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.
 
First Reading: Acts 1:6-14
So when they had come together, they asked him, "Lord, is this the time when you will restore the kingdom to Israel?" He replied, "It is not for you to know the times or periods that the Father has set by his own authority. But 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." When he had said this, as they were watching, he was lifted up, and a cloud took him out of their sight. While he was going and they were gazing up towards heaven, suddenly two men in white robes stood by them. They said, "Men of Galilee, why do you stand looking up towards 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."
Then they returned to Jerusalem from the mount called Olivet, which is near Jerusalem, a sabbath day's journey away. When 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. All these were constantly devoting themselves to prayer, together with certain women, including Mary the mother of Jesus, as well as his brothers.
 
Word of God, word of life.
Thanks be to God.
 
Psalm Psalm 68:1-10, 32-35
Let God rise up,
   let God's enemies be scattered;
let those who hate God
   flee before God.
As smoke is driven away,
   so drive them away;
as wax melts before the fire,
   let the wicked perish before God.
But let the righteous be joyful;
   let them exult before God;
let them be jubilant with joy.
Sing to God,
   sing praises to God's name;
lift up a song to the one who rides
   upon the clouds —
be exultant before God
   whose name is the Sovereign.
Father-Mother of orphans
   and protector of widows
is God in God's holy habitation.
God gives the desolate
   a home to live in;
God leads out the prisoners
   to prosperity,
but the rebellious live
   in a parched land.
O God, when you went out
   before your people,
when you marched
   through the wilderness,
the earth quaked,
   the heavens poured down rain
at the presence of God,
   the God of Sinai,
at the presence of God,
   the God of Israel.
Rain in abundance, O God,
   you showered abroad;
you restored your heritage
   when it languished;
your flock found a dwelling in it;
   in your goodness, O God,
you provided for the needy.
Sing to God,
   O kingdoms of the earth;
sing praises to the Lord,
O rider in the heavens,
   the ancient heavens;
listen, God sends out a voice,
   a mighty voice.
Ascribe power to God,
   whose majesty is over Israel;
and whose power is in the skies.
Awesome is God
   in God's sanctuary,
the God of Israel gives power
   and strength to God's people.
Blessed be God!
 
Second Reading: 1 Peter 4:12-14; 5:6-11
Beloved, 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. But rejoice in so far as you are sharing Christ's sufferings, so that you may also be glad and shout for joy when his glory is revealed. If 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.
Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, so that he may exalt you in due time. Cast all your anxiety on him, because he cares for you. Discipline yourselves; keep alert. Like a roaring lion your adversary the devil prowls around, looking for someone to devour. Resist him, steadfast in your faith, for you know that your brothers and sisters throughout the world are undergoing the same kinds of suffering. And 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. To him be the power for ever and ever. Amen.
 
Word of God, word of life.
Thanks be to God.
 
Gospel Reading: John 17:1-11
The holy gospel according to John.
Glory to you, O Lord.
After Jesus had spoken these words, he looked up to heaven and said, "Father, the hour has come; glorify your Son so that the Son may glorify you, since you have given him authority over all people, to give eternal life to all whom you have given him. And this is eternal life, that they may know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom you have sent. I glorified you on earth by finishing the work that you gave me to do. So now, Father, glorify me in your own presence with the glory that I had in your presence before the world existed.
"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. Now they know that everything you have given me is from you; for 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. I 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. All mine are yours, and yours are mine; and I have been glorified in them. And 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.”
 
The gospel of the Lord.
Praise to you, O Christ.
 
Sermon
 
Hymn of the Day: “You Are Mine” #581 ELW
I will come to you in the silence
I will lift you from all your fear
You will hear My voice
I claim you as My choice
Be still, and know I am near.
 
I am hope for all who are hopeless
I am eyes for all who long to see
In the shadows of the night,
I will be your light
Come and rest in Me.

Do not be afraid, I am with you
I have called you each by name
Come and follow Me
I will bring you home
I love you and you are mine.
 
I am strength for all the despairing
Healing for the ones who dwell in shame
All the blind will see, the lame will all run free
And all will know My name.
Do not be afraid, I am with you
I have called you each by name
Come and follow Me
I will bring you home
I love you and you are mine.
 
I am the Word that leads all to freedom
I am the peace the world cannot give
I will call your name, embracing all your pain
Stand up, now, walk, and live.

Do not be afraid, I am with you
I have called you each by name
Come and follow Me
I will bring you home
I love you and you are mine.
 
 
Profession of Faith
Nicene Creed
We believe in one God,
the Father, the Almighty,
maker of heaven and earth,
of all that is, seen and unseen.
 
We believe in one Lord, Jesus Christ,
the only Son of God,
eternally begotten of the Father,
God from God, Light from Light,
true God from true God,
begotten, not made,
of one Being with the Father;
through him all things were made.
For us and for our salvation
he came down from heaven,
was incarnate of the Holy Spirit and the virgin Mary
and became truly human.
For our sake he was crucified under Pontius Pilate;
he suffered death and was buried.
On the third day he rose again
in accordance with the scriptures;
he ascended into heaven
and is seated at the right hand of the Father.
He will come again in glory to judge the living and the dead,
and his kingdom will have no end.
 
We believe in the Holy Spirit, the Lord, the giver of life,
who proceeds from the Father and the Son,*
who with the Father and the Son is worshiped and glorified,
who has spoken through the prophets. We believe in one holy
catholic and apostolic church.
We acknowledge one baptism for the forgiveness of sins.
We look for the resurrection of the dead,
and the life of the world to come. Amen
 
Prayers of the People
Uplifted by the promised hope of healing and resurrection, we join the people of God in all times and places in praying for the church, the world, and all who are in need.
A brief silence.
O God, call your people to be one, as you are one. Unite your church in the truth of your gospel, the love of our neighbor, and the call to proclaim your reign to all people. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.
Breathe life into your creation. Guide your people as we explore the mysteries of the universe. We pray for the work of scientists and mathematicians whose skill enriches our understanding. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.
Make your justice known among nations of the earth. Protect the vulnerable. Redirect those who use violence and greed as weapons. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.
Come to the aid of your children. We pray for those engulfed in grief, those without supportive families, and for all who are isolated, powerless, or afraid, that all may rest their anxieties in your care. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.
Give courage to all who embark on new ventures. We especially remember this day those who risk their lives to serve in our armed forces. Grant safety to those serving at home or abroad, and assure them of your never-failing strength. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.
Raise all your saints to eternal life. Until that day, we give you thanks for the faithful examples of those who have listened to your voice and now rest in you. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.
With bold confidence in your love, almighty God, we place all for whom we pray into your eternal care; through Christ our Lord. Amen.
 
Thanksgiving for the Word
Let us pray.
O God of justice and love, we give thanks to you that you illumine our way through life with the words of your Son. Give us the light we need, awaken us to the needs of others, and at the end bring all the world to your feast; through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord, to whom, with you and the Holy Spirit, be honor and glory forever.
Amen.
 
Lords Prayer
Gathered into one by the Holy Spirit, let us pray as Jesus taught us.
 
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.
 
Call to Offering
The author of the First Letter to Peter encourages us
to humble ourselves before God
so that we may be exalted by God on the appointed day.”
Let us share in todays offering with humble spirits and generous hearts.
 
Offertory Prayer     
Ever-present and loving God,
your Word tells us to cast our
cares on you because you care for us.
In faith and trust we present these gifts, and ourselves, to you.
Bless and multiply them to meet the needs,
both hidden and apparent, of your beloved ones.
Inspire each of us to live as Christs witnesses,
today and ever more.
By the power of the Holy Spirit, we pray. Amen.
 
Benediction
Continue to be faithful, remain committed, be witnesses for Christ.
For the God of all grace has called you to eternal glory
through Jesus Christ,
and will fulfill, restore, strengthen, and establish you
through suffering and struggle.
Go forth from this place, empowered by Christs love,
with Christs name on your lips,
the Wisdom of the Holy Spirit in your mind,
Gods love in your hearts,
Gods beloved ones always in your sight, and
Gods still speaking voice in your ear.           
 
Almighty God, Father & Mother, ☩Son, and Holy Spirit, bless you now and forever.
Amen.
 
Sending Hymn: “God Be With You Till We Meet Again” #536 ELW
1 God be with you till we meet again;
by good counsels guide, uphold you,
with a shepherd's care enfold you:
God be with you till we meet again.
Refrain:
Till we meet, till we meet,
till we meet at Jesus' feet;
till we meet, till we meet,
God be with you till we meet again.
2 God be with you till we meet again;
holy wings securely hide you,
daily manna still provide you;
God be with you till we meet again. [Refrain]
3 God be with you till we meet again;
when life's perils thick confound you,
put unfailing arms around you;
God be with you till we meet again. [Refrain]
 
Dismissal
Go in peace. Christ is with you.
Thanks be to God.

Postlude: Eternal Father, Strong to Save by T. Chesterton