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4.30.23 Bulletin & Announcements


Please lift in prayer- Mark Muellenbach & family, Steve Haux, Beulah Rustad, Matt Valan, Bob Mitchell, Pastor Phil Larsen and family, Brown Family, Trudy Torgerson, Carol Malone, Bonnie Plath, Arlene Haux, Garret Fenner & family, Tanya Ausk, Shirley Berg, Kenny Garrett and family.


*BINGO Davenport Lutheran will be hosting Bingo on Thursday, May 11th 7-8:30pm Davenport Supper Club. This will be the last event before summer. Plan to resume next fall!

*Davenport Lutheran will have a potluck Brunch on Sunday, May 7th honoring our graduate and confirmand.

*Norman Lutheran will be honoring their graduates on Sunday, May 21. Sign up genius for the dinner on the Parish website.

*Sunday ushering available at Norman Lutheran. Please sign up at the website if you would help Worship with reading, greeting, acolyting, bell ringing, ushering duties. Thank you!


Norman Davenport Lutheran Parish

Fourth Sunday of Easter April 30th 2023

Norman Davenport Lutheran Parish Youth

Prelude/Bell Good Shepherd (Lead On) Vineyard Worship featuring David Ruis

Reader- Charlie Odegaard.


This is the day that the Lord has made, let us rejoice and be glad in it!

Leader Charlie O: The Lord be with you!

Congregation: And also with you!



Today is sometimes called “Good Shepherd Sunday.” Jesus is called the “gate” of the sheep in today’s 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 he spreads a feast before us amid the world’s violence and war. We go forth to be signs of the resurrection and extend God’s tender care to all creation.

Prayer of the Day O God our shepherd, you know your sheep by name and lead us to safety through the valleys of death. Guide us by your voice, that we may walk in certainty and security to the joyous feast prepared in your house, through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.

Gathering Hymn Lord, I Lift Your Name on High by Mercy Me

Reader- Teige Erdmann

Story of Peace John 14:27 - (Jesus said) "Peace I leave with you; My peace I give to you. Not as the world gives, do I give to you. Let not your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid."

Peace! We want peace between nations, in our communities, among families, within ourselves. But in thinking of peace only as the absence of war, civil unrest, quarreling, and personal conflict, we can easily overlook a most important quality of true peace: its givingness. Jesus said it was His peace He gives to us. It's a peace not of this world; it's a peace this world can never give. Take note of the verb He uses: "to give." Peace is a gift that can be passed from one to another. If parents stay calm in an emergency, their children will, too. When the teacher enters the classroom smiling, the students relax. If your manager handles a difficult situation calmly, the office remains at peace. Peace gives peace! The peace Christ gives also has this quality of givingness. As Christ gives His peace, it doesn't just sit there in the lives of believers. Rather, as we receive and experience God's peace, we share it—passing it along in word and action. It informs our actions, as it were. Knowing we have peace with God through Jesus' work on the cross, our lives reflect this. This then is witnessed by others who benefit from God's peace at work in our lives. Because Christ has given me His peace, I am at peace with myself and with others, because I know He is with me. God demonstrated His peace with us when He sent Jesus into the flesh to be our Savior. He is our Peacemaker, our Intercessor before God. When the world weighs in heavy around us and peace seems far away, Jesus is here, and He is here for us. "I have said these things to you, that in Me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world" (John 16:33). With the peace of God at work in our lives, we can share it with others. When tempers flare, when situations are out of our control, when a disturbed world seems to be closing in, we can know the peace of God. And since it's from God, it goes beyond the fears the world can cause, as it both calms and protects us. "And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus" (Philippians 4:7). Just how present and active is God's peace in your life? His peace for you is the same peace He wants others to know. It should compel us forward, as we declare through our lives in word and deed the wonderful message of God's love and transforming peace—a peace only He can give.

THE PRAYER of Peace: Heavenly Father, Giver of all true and lasting peace, grant us the gift of the Holy Spirit so our lives may reflect the peace we have through Your Son Jesus Christ. In His Name we pray. Amen. Teige -The peace of Christ be with you always.

Congregation- And also with you

Teige- Let us share God’s Peace with one another

Sharing of the Peace

Reader- Jack Sauvageau

First Reading: Acts 2:42-47 42[The baptized] devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and fellowship, to the breaking of bread and the prayers. 43Awe came upon everyone, because many wonders and signs were being done by the apostles. 44All who believed were together and had all things in common; 45they would sell their possessions and goods and distribute the proceeds to all, as any had need. 46Day by day, as they spent much time together in the temple, they broke bread at home and ate their food with glad and generous hearts, 47praising God and having the goodwill of all the people. And day by day the Lord added to their number those who were being saved.

Psalm 23

1The Lord| is my shepherd;   I shall not | be in want. 2The Lord makes me lie down | in green pastures   and leads me be- | side still waters. 3You restore my | soul, O Lord,   and guide me along right pathways | for your name’s sake. 4Though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I shall | fear no evil;   for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they | comfort me. 5You prepare a table before me in the presence | of my enemies;   you anoint my head with oil, and my cup is | running over. 6Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days | of my life,   and I will dwell in the house of the | Lord forever.

Reader- Jorgen Swenson

Second Reading: 1 Peter 2:19-25 19It 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 is that? But if you endure when you do right and suffer for it, you have God’s approval. 21For to this you have been called, because Christ also suffered for you, leaving you an example, so that you should follow in his steps. 22“He committed no sin,   and no deceit was found in his mouth.” 23When he was abused, he did not return abuse; when he suffered, he did not threaten; but he entrusted himself to the one who judges justly. 24He himself bore our sins in his body on the cross, so that, free from sins, we might live for righteousness; by his wounds you have been healed. 25For you were going astray like sheep, but now you have returned to the shepherd and guardian of your souls.

Jorgen- The Holy Gospel according to John

Congregation: Glory to you, O Lord.

Gospel: John 10:1-10 [Jesus said:] 1“Very truly, I tell you, anyone who does not enter the sheepfold by the gate but climbs in by another way is a thief and a bandit. 2The one who enters by the gate is the shepherd of the sheep. 3The gatekeeper opens the gate for him, and the sheep hear his voice. He calls his own sheep by 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. 5They will not follow a stranger, but they will run from him because they do not know the voice of strangers.” 6Jesus used this figure of speech with them, but they did not understand what he was saying to them. 7So again Jesus said to them, “Very truly, I tell you, I am the gate for the sheep. 8All who came before me are thieves and bandits; but the sheep did not listen to them. 9I am the gate. Whoever enters by me will be saved, and will come in and go out and find pasture. 10The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have life, and have it abundantly.”

Jorgen: The Gospel of our Lord

Congregation: Praise to you, O Christ.

Reader -Oliver Opgrand

**Sermon/Childrens Moment- Oliver

A Shepherd

Hymn of the Day- Good Shepherd by Mercy Hill Worship

Readers - Kylan Swenson, Asher Swenson, Madelyn Kjelstrup and Anthony Ebens

Prayers of Intercession

United in the hope and joy of the resurrection, let us pray for the church, the world, and all in need. A brief silence.

You are the shepherd who gathers us in your mighty and loving arms. Help your church to listen for your voice, especially when the voices of sin, idolatry, and oppression threaten to overpower us. Hear us, O God. Your mercy is great.

The green pastures, still waters, and dark valleys of this earth all belong to you, O Lord. Sustain your creation with a love that is both mighty and just. Where there is destruction, bring healing. Where there is desolation, bring abundance. Hear us, O God. Your mercy is great.

You proclaim shepherding love, comfort, and protection for all people and all of creation. Direct leaders in our own time to learn from your example and instruction. Give them servant hearts, that they generously seek the good of all. Hear us, O God. Your mercy is great.

You journey with us wherever our paths may lead. We pray for those feeling overwhelmed by anxiety or depression or suffering in any way (especially). Hear us, O God. Your mercy is great.

You are the sheepgate that gives safety to your beloved flocks. Provide protection for refugees, victims of domestic violence, those who are imprisoned, and all people who are vulnerable to violence and mistreatment. Hear us, O God. Your mercy is great.

Today, as the youth of this Parish, we thank you for being our Good Shepherd. We look out into this sanctuary and we thank our parents, grandparents, family, friends and the elders of our Congregations for their love, support, guidance and protection- like You do for one of your Flock, they do for us. Hear us, O God. Your Mercy is great.

You call your sheep by name and lead them through the valley of death. We give you thanks for those who have died and now dwell in your house forever (especially). Be with those who mourn, and give them hope in the promise of resurrection. Hear us, O God. Your mercy is great.

Rejoicing in the victory of Christ’s resurrection, we lift our prayers and praise to you, almighty and eternal God; through Jesus Christ, our risen Lord. Amen.


OFFERING SONG: I Am the Good Shepherd by Faithful Heart

Reader- Ida Berg


Let us pray. Blessed are you, O God, maker of all things. Through your goodness, you have blessed us with these gifts: ourselves, our time, and our possessions. Use us, and what we have gathered, in feeding the world with your love, through the one who gave himself for us, Jesus Christ, our Savior, and Lord. Amen.


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.

SENDING God blesses us and sends us in mission to the world.


The Lord bless you and keep you.

The Lord’s face shine upon and be gracious to you.

The Lord look upon you with favor and ☩ give you peace.

In the name of the Father, Son & Holy Spirit. Amen.

SENDING SONG: Hills and Valleys by Tauren Wells (We won’t sing this song, but listen with open ears and open hearts)

DISMISSAL Go in peace. Serve the Lord.

Congregation- Thanks be to God.

Postlude-Hallelujah- Pentatonix


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