St. Paul Evangelical Lutheran Church—LCMS
40291 NE 40th Ave., Preston, Kansas 67583
Website: www.stpaulpreston.org              
Telephone: (620) 672-5354
Email: splcms@sctelcom.net (Office)        mslcms@sctelcom.net (Pastor)
Rev. Michael Schotte, Pastor
FIFTH SUNDAY OF EASTER       May 15, 2022
ORDER OF WORSHIP:  LSB — Divine Service Setting III, pgs. 184ff
HYMNS: 795  - 468  - (629 - 490  - 525)  - 475
SERMON: Where Are You, Lord Jesus?                                     
TEXT: John 16:22
Lord Jesus Christ, open our mouths to give thanks to You for Your words which declare to us the gift of eternal life. As we in our baptism have been united to Your death and resurrection, lead us daily in contrition to drown our sinful nature so that we will walk in the newness of life according to Your commandments, which express our love for You and one another. Hear our prayers, and let our words and deeds bring honor and worship to You, with Your Father and the Holy Spirit, one God forever. Amen
“Let them praise the name of the Lord!  For He commanded
and they were created” (Psalm 148:5).
▪   Thanks be to the heavenly Father for the daily work He gives His people to do and for His protection upon us when difficulty and danger come.
▪   For the Lord’s continued guidance for graduates as they continue to follow the Lord’s will in the work He gives them in days and years ahead: Graduating from college -- Ellie Schwertfeger, Hayley Hullman; graduating from high school -- Christopher Barnes, Brent Detwiler, Dani Farr, and Aubree Lankford.
▪   For the Lord’s healing and recovery for Chris Gordon and Ron Hommertzheim as they have returned home from being hospitalized; for recovery after surgery last week for Jama Hommertzheim; for strength from the Lord in times of weakness for all for whom we pray.
▪   For safety and protection from the Lord’s hand for those who are in the path of danger from storms, fires, and floods; and for relief efforts to bring benefit to those who have suffered loss.
VALUE THEM BOTH is the name of an amendment to our Kansas Constitution to be considered by voters in Kansas on August 2nd. Information cards and resources for the people of St. Paul may be found, taken, and shared from the tables at the entrances to our church building.
SUMMER ADULT BIBLE CLASS . . . We are growing in Christ Jesus as we are gaining insight into the Six Chief Parts of Christian Doctrine. Come join us each Thursday evening in the church basement from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. All are welcome to attend.
THIS MORNING IN THE DIVINE SERVICE we celebrate the Sacrament of the  Altar in which the Lord gives the gifts to us of His body and blood for our   forgiveness, life, and salvation. With deep love for God’s Word and respect for  the fellowship of faith in confessing His Word, we practice closed communion.
As the Scriptures teach, we receive in this Sacrament both the bread and wine and the true body and blood of Jesus Christ given and shed on His cross (1 Cor. 10:16; 11:27).  We are also instructed: “Let a person examine himself, then, and so eat of the bread and drink of the cup” (1 Cor. 11:28).
Visitors to our congregation today who desire to receive the Lord’s Supper should speak with the pastor before the service.  To those joining in Holy Communion from a congregation of The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod, and having visited with the pastor, please fill out an attendance card that we may inform your congregation of your communion with us.
A NOTE from our Kansas District LCMS office last week suggests ways in which assistance may be extended to the people of Sedgwick County, Andover, and Butler County by members of Kansas congregations for recovery efforts for those affected by a recent tornado. If you would like to be involved through our district office, this may be done by:
• DONATING ONLINE at https://kslcms.org/caring-ministry/disaster-response/. Click the red button at this link. Specify "Andover Tornado" as a designation on the payment page. (This is the quickest way to provide help.)
• SENDING A CHECK to the LCMS Kansas District (1000 SW 10th Ave, Topeka, KS 66604), "Andover Tornado" in memo line. 
The funds generated will help these families start rebuilding their lives. If funds received exceed the needs of these families, they will be forwarded to the Kansas District LCMS Disaster Relief fund. 
THE LUTHERAN WITNESS for May contains informative and helpful articles which focus on the Ascension of the Lord Jesus Christ. We confess that “He ascended into heaven,” but what does this mean? I encourage the people of St. Paul to read this monthly issue in an effort for us to re-affirm the importance of this day and the peace of Jesus that this event has for us. 
--Pastor Schotte--
STEWARDSHIP SENTENCES based on Revelation 21:1 . . . “Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and the sea was no more.” The things of this world are passing away. We are waiting for a new heaven and a new earth, which have been promised to us in Christ. This knowledge is foundational for our stewardship of what God has put into our hands. What is truly important? What is worthy of our support? How has God called us to use “unrighteous mammon” for the good of our neighbor and His kingdom?
HEAD USHER: Gary McGuire                                    ALTAR COMMITTEE:   Shelley Hullman
USHERS:                                                                                               Brittany Ford                                                                                                                                                                        Helen Condict
TODAY - 8:00 am – The Lutheran Hour, KGNO (Dodge City, 1370 AM)
                8:00 am – The Lutheran Hour, KCVW (Wichita, Hutch., 94.3
                8:25 am – The Lutheran Hour, KMMM (Pratt, 1290 AM)                                         
                8:30 am – The Lutheran Hour, KWBW (Hutchinson, 1450 AM)
              10:00 am – St. Paul Radio Broadcast, KMMM (Pratt, 1290 AM)
                6:00 pm – The Lutheran Hour, KREJ (88.1FM)
MONDAY - 8:00 - 11:00 am – Secretary’s Office Hours
TUESDAY - 5:00 - 6:30 pm – Bread of Life Community Kitchen open – Pratt 
WEDNESDAY - 8:00 - 11:00 am – Secretary’s Office Hours 
THURSDAY - 6:30 pm - Bible Study                                                 
FRIDAY -  8:00 - 11:00 am - Secretary’s Office Hours                 
SUNDAY - 9:00 am - Sunday School and Bible Class
                10:00 am - Divine Service
THE LUTHERAN HOUR – “What the Bible Is About” (I Corinthians 15:3-5) To make sense of a 1000-piece jigsaw puzzle, one needs to know “the big picture.”  The Bible is like that too.  Speaker Rev. Dr. Michael Zeigler.
ESSENTIAL EXERCISE FOR THE CHRISTIAN MIND . . . Issues, Etc. is a radio talk show and podcast produced by Lutheran Public Radio and hosted by LCMS Pastor Todd Wilken. This week’s topics include: Why the Public Square Needs Christianity, The Natural Family, The Ascension of Christ, The Hippocratic Oath, The Lord’s Supper, Planned Parenthood, and more.  You can listen at your convenience at issuesetc.org, the LPR mobile app, and your favorite podcast provider.
KFUO Radio, the broadcast voice of The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod, shares Christ for you anytime, anywhere on KFUO.org via worship services, Bible and theology studies, practical talk programs, and sacred music. Find programs on demand at kfuo.org and wherever you get your podcasts. Find us on social: @KFUOradio on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.
About the Cover:  After Christ’s resurrection, the Holy Spirit took the Lord’s words to the disciples and opened their minds to understand all that He had taught.  The Spirit is always working in and through the Word to bring about faith among us and all believers.  Whenever we gather around Word and Sacrament, the Spirit is at work, drawing us close to the redeeming words of Jesus.
FIRST READING - Acts 11:1-18
EPISTLE - Revelation 21:1-7
HOLY GOSPEL - John 16:12-22