We are glad to have you worship with us!
Children are always welcome in worship; activity bags are available at the sanctuary entrances.
During the 9:30 a.m. worship, we offer a nursery for infants and toddlers, and
Discovery Zone for pre‑K to 12th grade following a Children’s Message.
Hearing devices and LARGE PRINT bulletins are available;
our ushers are happy to assist you.
Please silence all devices during worship. (*) indicates please stand, as you are able
Sunday, April 3, 2016
GREETING & QUESTIONS OF LIFE & FAITH Please be in SILENT reflection as we prepare ourselves for worship.
Where could you use the peace of God right now?
How do you deal with your doubts?
What has convinced you of who Jesus is and following Him is the right path for your life?
PRELUDE I. Andante Allegro (Concerto B‑dur Op 4 Nr 6) — G F Händel
CONGREGATIONAL INTROIT No. 186 Alleluia (twice through)
CALL TO WORSHIP
One: Christ the Lord is Risen!
All: Christ the Lord is Risen indeed!
One: Lord, the hope in the resurrection is still difficult to realize.
All: The fog of life’s grief and woe makes it hard to believe.
One: Walk among us today in worship.
All: Show us your wounds that heal us.
One: “Blessed are those who see and believe
All: and Blessed are those who believe and do not see.”
*HYMN OF PRAISE No. 304 Easter People, Raise Your Voices
OUR COMMON PRAYER (unison, written by Karen Turner)
Creator of Life, in raising Christ Jesus up — through, out of, and beyond the chains of death, You opened for us the way to eternal and abundant life. May our Alleluias on this day float high above the ceiling of what we think we know and transcend to the heaven of what we believe — and thus live. Raise us up! Renew our lives! Resurrect our dreams! Through Jesus Christ our Living Savior, Amen.
CELEBRATING OUR CHILDREN (9:30)
*Children are dismissed to the Discovery Zone
AN AFFIRMATION OF FAITH 1 Corinthians 15. 1–8
All: We believe the Scriptures which testify that Christ died for our sins; that He was buried, and was raised from the dead on the third day, just as the Scriptures say. His tomb was found empty by the women and He revealed Himself first to Mary, then to Peter and John after they heard the witness of the women. Then Jesus visited the Twelve. Later He was seen by more than 500 of his followers at one time. He was then seen by James and later by all the apostles. He revealed Himself to Saul, who first persecuted those who followed Jesus but whose life was suddenly transformed by the Lord’s appearing to become Paul, the apostle and greatest evangelist of the Good News of Christ. Last of all, as to those untimely born, the Living Christ has revealed Himself to us. His resurrection is evidence our sin has truly been forgiven and our lives transformed by faith in Him. He has raised us to a higher purpose in living and we possess assurance of eternal life as we enjoy an abundance of joy and peace in this present life until He takes us home.
CONGREGATIONAL RESPONSE No. 177 He Is Lord
CONGREGATIONAL CALL TO PRAYER No. 2201 (FWS) Prayers of the People (refrain twice)
PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE and THE LORD’S PRAYER
OFFERING OUR GIFTS and OURSELVES TO GOD
II. Larghetto (Concerto B‑dur Op 4 Nr 6) — G F Händel
*PRESENTING OUR GIFTS No. 176 Majesty
*PASSING OF THE PEACE OF CHRIST
*FELLOWSHIP CHORUS No. 2088 (FWS) Lord, I Lift Your Name On High
THE WRITTEN WORD John 20. 19–29
A SPECIAL GIFT OF MUSIC I Know that My Redeemer Liveth Nancy B. James
from The Messiah by G F Händel
MEDITATION Discovering the Living Christ: Finding Peace Rev. Dr. Brian Homan
*HYMN No. 364 Because He Lives
BENEDICTION Go Now In Peace
POSTLUDE III. Allegro Moderato (Concerto B‑dur Op 4 Nr 6) — G F Händel
*Please stand as you are able
Please join us in Fellowship Hall for fellowship and refreshments following worship.