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