Worship Bulletin for April 8, 2018

SUNDAY APRIL 8, 2018

Second Sunday of Easter

*indicates a request to stand

 

PRELUDE     A time to reflect and prepare to hear God

Psalm XIX – Benedetto Marcello

 

GREETING & QUESTIONS OF LIFE & FAITH

  • Where have you sensed the most unity between people?
  • What should be the source of unity between followers of Christ?
  • How should the resurrection of Jesus impact the fellowship?

 

CHORAL INTROIT   Simply, Alleluia  by Tom Fettke

 

CALL TO WORSHIP                              

One: We gather in the name of the risen Lord.
All:   Christ is risen! Alleluia!
One: We gather as sisters and brothers of the resurrected one.
All:   Christ is risen! Alleluia!
One: We gather to share our faith and to worship God.
All:   Christ is risen! Alleluia!
One: We gather to proclaim the good news of Easter!
All:   Christ is risen! Alleluia!

 

HYMN #318   Christ Is Alive          

 

OPENING PRAYER

God of the resurrection, we gather this morning as a community of believers. We come with joy to greet one another and to tell again and again the amazing news: Christ is risen! Love is victorious over death! You have given us new life in the name of your Son! May our singing, praying, listening, and proclaiming be a testimony to the power of your love to make us a new creation as a community of faith. We pray in the name of the risen Christ. Amen.

 

CHORAL ANTHEM   An Endless Alleluia  by Eugene Butler

 

CHILDREN’S MESSAGE

 

CHORAL CALL TO PRAYER   Let the Words of My Mouth

by John Yarrington

 

PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE & THE LORD’S PRAYER

 

*GIVING OURSELVES TO GOD      

Praeludium (Partita B-dur BWV 825) – J S Bach

All that we have belongs to God. As we celebrate our unity as a community of faith and focus our hearts on the risen Christ, we joyfully lay our possessions at the altar. Through the grace of God and the bounty of this church, we have the ability to share our gifts so that all may have what they need to live. We thank God for the opportunity to truly be in fellowship with one another and with the world through our offerings today.

 

*PRESENTATION OF OUR GIFTS   Majesty, Worship His Majesty

Majesty, worship His majesty!

Unto Jesus be all glory, honor and praise
Majesty, kingdom authority, flow from His throne unto His own,

His anthem raise! So exalt lift up on high the name of Jesus.
Magnify, come glorify, Christ Jesus the King.
Majesty, worship His majesty! Jesus who died, now glorified,

King of all kings!
Presentation Prayer: Generous and surprising God, when we thought that death had claimed your only Son, you amazed us with the resurrection. Surprise us again with your ability to turn these humble offerings into gifts that will transform the world through our witness to your love. Amen.

 

*PASSING THE PEACE OF CHRIST

 

*FELLOWSHIP CHORUS   #364 (chorus) Because He Lives

 

THE WRITTEN WORD        Acts 4:32-35

32 All the believers were one in heart and mind. No one claimed that any of his possessions was his own, but they shared everything they had. 33 With great power the apostles continued to testify to the resurrection of the Lord Jesus, and much grace was upon them all. 34 There were no needy persons among them. For from time to time those who owned lands or houses sold them, brought the money from the sales 35 and put it at the apostles’ feet, and it was distributed to anyone as he had need. – NIV

One: The Word of God for the people of God

All: Thanks be to God

 

HYMN #545 The Church’s One Foundation          

 

SPIRITUAL CONVERSATION  The Impact of the Resurrection

Rev. Candace Lawrence (9:30 am)

Rev. Blessed Sikhosana (11 am)

 

CONFESSION & CHALLENGE

Patient Lord, you wait for us to understand. You wait for us to remove the blinders of prejudice, fear, unbelief, confusion. You have offered to us the greatest miracle of all time, the resurrection of Your Son Jesus Christ. We sang and celebrated last Sunday, but a week has passed and we have slid back into our old ways of perceiving your presence and love. Shake us up, Lord! Shake us up and cause us to look with new eyes on our Savior, who came that we might have life, abundantly serving all who are in need. Forgive our stubbornness and our complacency. Reach out to us so that we may reach out with healing love to others, for we pray this in Jesus’ Name. AMEN.

 

HYMN #2220 (The Faith We Sing) We Are God’s People

 

THE SENDING

One: Go now with the love of God, the grace of Jesus Christ, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit.
All:   Christ is risen! Alleluia!
One: Go to share your faith and your lives.
All:   Christ is risen! Alleluia!
One: Go to proclaim the good news of Easter.
All:   Christ is risen! Alleluia!

 

POSTLUDE Fanfares (Premiere Suite) – Jean Joseph Mouret

 

Today’s Worship leader: Bill Patton

Today’s Greeters: Ginny Tilden & Lorrie LaDuke

 

DAILY BIBLE READINGS FOR APRIL 9 – 14

Monday: Luke 24. 13-43

Tuesday: John 20. 24-21.14

Wednesday: John 21. 15-25

Thursday: Matthew 28. 16-20

Friday: Luke 24. 44-53

Saturday: Acts 1. 1-11