Bulletin for April 3

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.