In Sympathy

Betty Gatch Budds, 84, of Charleston, South Carolina, passed away peacefully on Thursday, May 7, 2020, surrounded by family, at her son's home in Chapin, South Carolina. A private graveside service with immediate family members will be held on May 9, 2020 at Saint Lawrence Cemetery. Arrangements by J. Henry Stuhr, Inc. Downtown Chapel. Betty was born in Charleston, South Carolina on September 16, 1935 to Eric Leo Gatch and Erma Heinsohn Gatch. She graduated from M. Rutledge Rivers High School and attended Newberry College. She was then employed by the City of Charleston, where she met her husband. Betty married John Joseph Budds (Jack) on February 1, 1958 at the Cathedral of Saint John the Baptist in Charleston. She then became a full-time homemaker and mother. Betty and Jack were blessed with four children. She devoted her life to raising her children and doting over her grandchildren. Betty was happiest surrounded by her family or working in her yard. She was a dedicated member of her beloved Saint Johannes Lutheran Church and volunteered there frequently. Betty is survived by her children: John J. Budds, Jr. (Claudia), Eric Gatch Budds (Nina), and Laurie Budds Davis (Albert, Jr.); and her grandchildren: Maggie Davis, Thomas Budds, Ben Davis, William Budds, Sean Budds, Jackson Davis, and Lauren Budds. She is preceded in death by her father, Eric Leo Gatch; her mother, Erma Heinsohn Gatch; her husband, John J. Budds; sister, Eleanor Gatch Moore, and her son, James Earl Budds. Her family would like to thank Amedysis home health and hospice care. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to St. Johannes Lutheran Church, P.O. Box 21927, Charleston, SC 29413


5th Sunday of Easter

St. Johannes Lutheran Church
May 10, 2020

Kyrie eleison, on our world and on our way. Kyrie eleison, every day!

from Setting 4 of the Lutheran Liturgy

PRELUDE:    Mama's Knees is a beautiful worship song by the Blythe Family. Yes, children learn about Jesus sitting on their Mama's knees. But when those children climb down to run and play, Mama gets down on those same knees and becomes a prayer warrior for the kingdom of God.  If you have a godly mother or you want to be that godly mother, we pray that this song will be an inspiration to all of you.

5th Sunday of EASTER LITURGY


Welcome to this St. Johannes Lutheran Church celebration of the Fifth Sunday of Easter coming to you via video streaming from Facebook or Our Website! 
We are so glad you are joining us for this special service and if you are not already a member of St. Johannes we invite you to join us for worship in our beautiful sanctuary at 48 Hasell Street in Charleston, South Carolina once we allowed to gather again for Sunday Services.

I am Pastor Rich Donoughue, and am currently serving as the interim pastor for St. Johannes.  Please feel free to call the church office if you have any pastoral needs. Although our church administrator, Amy Biafano, is working from her home, she is monitoring our calls.  You are  also welcome to call me directly. 

I am leading the video version of our service today using a different angle from the beautiful Garden of the Beatitudes behind the Taizé Chapel on our property. Chuck Long, our producer, wants you to experience the Lutheran service from the many beautiful locations on our property. The video version is available by logging onto our website and choosing "Services." ( Then select Fifth Sunday of Easter where you will be treated to wonderful music by our amazingly talented organist-Sean Holleran. This week we welcome Jean Rivas reading our lessons from the portico of St. Johannes.


The Holy Spirit calls us together as the people of God.

All may make the sign of the cross, the sign marked at baptism.
P:  Alleluia! Christ is risen.
C  Christ is risen indeed. Alleluia!
P:  Joined to Christ in the waters of baptism,
C: we are raised with him to new life.
P:  Let us give thanks for the gift of baptism.
Water may be poured into the bowl as we offer our thanks to God.
P:  We give you thanks, O God, for in the beginning you created us in your image and planted us in a well-watered garden. In the desert you promised pools of water for the parched, and you gave us water from the rock. When we did not know the way, you sent the Good Shepherd to lead us to still waters. At the cross, you watered us from Jesus’ wounded side, and on this day, you shower us again with the water of life. 
We praise you for your salvation through water, for the water in this bowl, and for all water everywhere. Bathe us in your forgiveness, grace, and love. Satisfy the thirsty, and give us the life only you can give. To you be given honor and praise through Jesus Christ our Lord in the unity of the Holy Spirit, now and forever.
C: Amen.
P:  The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, the love of God, and the communion of the Holy Spirit be with you all.  
C: And also with you.
CANTICLE OF PRAISE Page 149  This Is The Feast Of Victory

P: The Lord be with you.  
C: And also with you.
P: Almighty God, your Son Jesus Christ is the way, the truth, and the life. Give us grace to love one another, to follow in the way of his commandments, and to share his risen life with all the world, for he lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.
C: Amen.

God speaks to us in scripture reading, preaching, and song.



Acts 7:55-60
P:   A reading from Acts.

55Filled with the Holy Spirit, [Stephen] gazed into heaven and saw the glory of God and Jesus standing at the right hand of God. 56“Look,” he said, “I see the heavens opened and the Son of Man standing at the right hand of God!” 57But they covered their ears, and with a loud shout all rushed together against him. 58Then they dragged him out of the city and began to stone him; and the witnesses laid their coats at the feet of a young man named Saul. 59While they were stoning Stephen, he prayed, “Lord Jesus, receive my spirit.” 60Then he knelt down and cried out in a loud voice, “Lord, do not hold this sin against them.” When he had said this, he died.
P:  The word of the Lord.
C:  Thanks be to God!

Psalm 31:1-5, 15-16 (in unison)
1In you, O Lord, have I taken refuge; let me never be put to shame;
  deliver me in your righteousness.
2Incline your ear to me;
  make haste to deliver me.
3Be my strong rock, a castle to keep me safe, for you are my crag and my stronghold;
  for the sake of your name, lead me and guide me.
4Take me out of the net that they have secretly set for me,
  for you are my tower of strength. 
5Into your hands I commend my spirit,
  for you have redeemed me, O Lord, God of truth.
15My times are in your hand;
  rescue me from the hand of my enemies, and from those who persecute me.
16Let your face shine upon your servant;
  save me in your steadfast love.” 

SECOND LESSON 1 Peter 2:2-10
P: A reading from First Peter.

2Like newborn infants, long for the pure, spiritual milk, so that by it you may grow into salvation—3if indeed you have tasted that the Lord is good.
  4Come to him, a living stone, though rejected by mortals yet chosen and precious in God’s sight, and 5like living stones, let yourselves be built into a spiritual house, to be a holy priesthood, to offer spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ. 6For it stands in scripture:
 “See, I am laying in Zion a stone,
  a cornerstone chosen and precious;
 and whoever believes in him will not be put to shame.”
7To you then who believe, he is precious; but for those who do not believe,
 “The stone that the builders rejected
  has become the very head of the corner,”
 “A stone that makes them stumble,
  and a rock that makes them fall.”
They stumble because they disobey the word, as they were destined to do.
  9But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s own people, in order that you may proclaim the mighty acts of him who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light.
10Once you were not a people,
  but now you are God’s people;
 once you had not received mercy,
  but now you have received mercy.
P:  The word of the Lord.                     C: Thanks be to God!

GOSPEL  St John 14:1-14

P: The holy gospel according to John the 14th chapter.

C: Glory to you, O Lord!

[Jesus said to the disciples:] 1“Do not let your hearts be troubled. Believe in God, believe also in me. 2In my Father’s house there are many dwelling places. If it were not so, would I have told you that I go to prepare a place for you? 3And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and will take you to myself, so that where I am, there you may be also. 4And you know the way to the place where I am going.” 5Thomas said to him, “Lord, we do not know where you are going. How can we know the way?” 6Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. 7If you know me, you will know my Father also. From now on you do know him and have seen him.”
  8Philip said to him, “Lord, show us the Father, and we will be satisfied.” 9Jesus said to him, “Have I been with you all this time, Philip, and you still do not know me? Whoever has seen me has seen the Father. How can you say, ‘Show us the Father’? 10Do you not believe that I am in the Father and the Father is in me? The words that I say to you I do not speak on my own; but the Father who dwells in me does his works. 11Believe me that I am in the Father and the Father is in me; but if you do not, then believe me because of the works themselves. 12Very truly, I tell you, the one who believes in me will also do the works that I do and, in fact, will do greater works than these, because I am going to the Father. 13I will do whatever you ask in my name, so that the Father may be glorified in the Son. 14If in my name you ask me for anything, I will do it.”

P: The Gospel of the Lord.
C: Praise to you O Christ!

Mother's Day Hymn: "As a Mother Holds Her Baby" #659
Hymn is below the service.

SERMON                                                                           by Pastor Rich                             
Silence for reflection follows the sermon.
At our children’s sermon time at St. Johannes it has been a tradition (for how long I don’t know – Pastor Steve and I inherited it when we came to supply) – a tradition to sing, “Jesus loves me.” One line states that Jesus loves me “for the Bible tells me so.” A seminary professor once stated that it would be more correct and helpful to young hearts and minds to sing, “Jesus loves me, this I know, for my parents tell me so.” On this day when we honor mothers and all who have played that nurturing role in our lives, no matter their title or gender, our understanding of our God is often grown from those relationships. St Paul remarks to St Timothy in his second letter to him about the faith formation role that Timothy’s grandmother, Lois, and mother, Eunice, played in Timothy’s life. It is no different for us in God’s gift of loving and faith-filled parents and guardians.
The Gospel today pictures the disciples struggling to maintain a relationship with Jesus and with God the Father. The reading opens with one of the best “you gotta be kidding me statements” by Jesus. In the upper room on this Passover night he has just told the disciples that he will die; Judas will betray him; and Peter will deny him. Then he says, “Do not let your hearts be troubled.” Is Jesus kidding? Of course their hearts will be troubled. Their lives and relationships seem to be on the brink of falling apart. But Jesus promises them a way. And in typically dense fashion more common in the Synoptic Gospels (Mt, Mk, Lk) than in St John’s Gospel, the disciples struggle to find the way to be with Jesus. Their GPS is apparently not working or at best the signal is weak, and they’ve lost their Israelite Auto Association’s Trip-Tik.
I recall my first supply Sunday to the churches in Fairfax. My phone’s GPS led me to St. Nicholas and then Herb Loadholt (former director of the retreat center on the Isle of Palms) led me to Trinity in town for the second service. When I left the service at Trinity to head home, I neglected to turn on my phone and GPS. Suddenly I was on unfamiliar roads with no signal and guessing my way back home. Fortunately I finally came to an intersection that I remembered and headed home. A short detour that seemed like forever.
This time in our country has definitely challenged our ability to maintain relationships. Separated by stay at home orders and closed venues we have had to rely on electronics to keep us connected. But it just isn’t the same without the closeness of person to person. Even as we are separated in worship, while we make our best attempts to keep connected, it is second best to worshiping together in one place, to sharing the peace, to taking communion. Those who were already homebound may see no difference. This experience may raise our compassion for them and our need to provide for them at all times in the future.
The separation may also challenge our relationship with God like never before. Whenever there is crisis, we tend to turn our attention toward God. Often people pray more, return to worship, and search for companionship on the journey. The crisis may even find us wondering if God is even in the picture or paying attention to our needs.
Today Jesus promises his disciples a place. We all have images of heaven, of the mansions that are going to be there. Yet as we spend time in this text we discover that the place Jesus is referring to is a place in relationship to God. People of God are offered the gift of presence with God each day of our lives and forever in eternity. The second lesson calls it a spiritual house.
And Jesus does go to prepare that place. On the eve of his death he is focused on going to the cross. There we are changed from “not a people” to “God’s people” and from “not receiving mercy” to “receiving mercy” as the second reading reminds us. The grace of God comes to us through the Word made flesh, as the opening prologue on St. John’s Gospel reminds us, through the Son, Jesus Christ, the only one full of grace and truth. The cross of Jesus is the necessary preparation that we may have life – abundant life as we were reminded last week – life both now and forever. God’s grace touches us each day of our lives and keeps us in the midst of any struggle of faith and life.
This is the promise of the Christ who says to his disciples and to us who are his disciples in this generation. “I am the way, the truth, and the life.” When we want to know and experience the Father. When we want to see the Father, we look to Jesus and we follow Jesus. Pilate has Jesus standing before him and asks, “What is truth?” unable to see that the truth is standing before him in the person of Jesus about to be condemned to death. Jesus has said, “I am the bread of life,” “I am the resurrection and the life,” “I am the light of the world,” and “I am the way, the truth and the life.”  There is nothing to fear or search for in our relationship with God. He is still standing before us.
The relationship with God comes to us, personally, through the gift of baptism. In that sacrament we are named children of God and gifted with the Holy Spirit. It is that Spirit who calls us through the Gospel, enlightens us with his gifts and sanctifies (makes us holy) and keeps us in faith, as Luther reminds us in the Small Catechism. It is in our baptism that we are forever linked to the death and resurrection of our Lord Jesus, as the old in us is drowned and we are raised to a new life in Christ Jesus.
In these difficult times hear the promise of Jesus for each of us. Our relationship with God is secure because it has been secured by Christ. Our relationship with each other is blessed because we are united as God’s people. This is our strength for each day;
And when we have opportunity, a gift to share with the world.

HYMN OF THE DAY: ELW #758 "You Are the Way"

Hymn is below the service.

P: Using the words of the Nicene Creed, let us declare our faith:
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.

P:  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.
Build us up, mothering God, as living stones united in your spiritual house. Continually strengthen your church as it is sent forth to proclaim your love. We pray especially for new congregations and those in redevelopment. Lord, in your mercy,
hear our prayer.
Humble us, creator God, as part of your creation. Fill us with respect and awe for the world you have made, including volcanoes, ocean currents, tropical rainstorms, glaciers, and other forces that both destroy and create. Lord, in your mercy,
hear our prayer.
Align our ways to your love, O God. We pray for countries, leaders, and other organizations as they prepare places for those seeking refuge and safety (aid organizations may be named). Lord, in your mercy,
hear our prayer.
God of healing and rest, help those whose hearts are heavy and weighed down by many troubles. Comfort their suffering, ease their distress, and carry their burdens. We pray especially this morning for Marcy Floyd, Connie Morgan, Betty Budds, Charles Long III, Anne Foster, Marie Mood, Barbara Lyerly, John Fowlkes, Mary Sweat, Elmore Marlow, Ted Bowers, Bob Oswald, Bill Cornwell, Marilyn Stehmeier, Harry Klutz, and Pooh Kanapaux and those we now lift up to you in our hearts, or with our lips…. Lord, in your mercy,
hear our prayer.
Nurturing God, we pray for those who tend and teach young children, for the safe pregnancies of expectant parents, and for families who struggle with infertility and miscarriage. We give thanks for all who have shown mothering care, and we remember all for whom this day is difficult.
Lord, in your mercy, 
hear our prayer.                                                                                      

Here other intercessions may be offered.

Generous God, you call into your brilliant light all who have died. Give us faith to take hold of the promise of your eternal life.
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.                                                                                                         
Lord's Prayer                                                                                                       
P: Lord, remember us in your Kingdom and teach us to pray.
C: 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.                   


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

P: May the One who brought forth Jesus from the dead raise you up to new life.  May He fill you with hope, and turn your mourning into dancing.   Almighty God, Father, ☩ Son, and Holy Spirit, bless you now and forever.
C:  Amen
SENDING HYMN   ELW #376 "Thine is the Glory"
Hymn is below the service.

P  Christ is risen, just as he said. Go in peace. Share the good news. Alleluia!
C Thanks be to God. Alleluia!

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