Our Gatherings


A Service for the Lord’ Day

3rd Sunday of Easter

The Instrumental Prelude and Time for Meditation

Pastoral Greeting, Rev. Hana Elliott

*Call to Worship:

Leader: Come, and see the love God has given to us.

People: Come and see what it means to be children of God.

Leader: Come with this hope, that Christ’s presence is real.

People: With joy, we come to see the Lord.

Hymn #49 “Come, Christians, Join to Sing”

Call to Confession:

You have heard what was written about Jesus in Scripture: how he would suffer and die and then rise from the dead on the third day; how, through his death and resurrection, the forgiveness of sin is now possible for all who repent. So let us boldly approach the throne of God, where we will find grace and mercy.

Prayer of Confession, In Unison

Almighty God, in raising Jesus from the grave, you shattered the power of sin and death. We confess that we remain captive to doubt and fear, bound by the ways that lead to death. We overlook the poor and the hungry, and pass by those who mourn; we are deaf to the cries of the oppressed, and indifferent to calls for peace; we despise the weak, and abuse the earth you made. Forgive us, God of mercy. Help us to trust your power to change our lives and make us new, that we may know the joy of life abundant given in Jesus Christ, the risen Lord.

Assurance of Forgiveness: (1 Peter 1:3)

Blessed be the Lord, who has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ. In the name of Jesus Christ, we are forgiven! Thanks be to God!

The Gloria, In Unison

Glory be to the Father,

  And to the Son and to the Holy Ghost

    as it was in the beginning,

      is now and ever shall be, world without end. Amen

Passing of the Peace: (Romans 15:7)

Welcome one another, therefore, just as Christ has welcomed you, for the glory of God. May the peace of Christ be with you. And also with you.

Prayer for Illumination: (by Augustine of Hippo)

You, God, are the light of the minds that know you, the joy of the hearts that love you,   and the strength of the wills that serve you; grant us so to know you, that we may truly love you, and so to love you, that we may fully serve you, whom to serve is perfect freedom, in Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen!

First Scripture Reading: Acts 3:12-19

Second Scripture Reading: Luke 24:36b-48

Leader: This is the Word of the Lord

People: Let our thanks and praise be to God!

Sermon: “Practicing Incarnation”

Affirmation of Faith: (from A Brief Statement of Faith)

We trust in God the Holy Spirit, everywhere the giver and renewer of life. The Spirit justifies us by grace through faith, sets us free to accept ourselves and to love God and neighbor, and binds us together with all believers in the one body of Christ, the Church. The same Spirit who inspired the prophets and apostles rules our faith and life in Christ through Scripture, engages us through the Word proclaimed, claims us in the waters of baptism, feeds us with the bread of life and the cup of salvation, and calls women and men to all ministries of the Church. In a broken and fearful world the Spirit gives us courage to pray without ceasing, to witness among all peoples to Christ as Lord and Savior, to unmask idolatries in Church and culture, to hear the voices of peoples long silenced and to work with others for justice, freedom, and peace. Amen.

Call to Offering: (John 1:16)

From the fullness of God we have all received grace upon grace. Let us offer our lives to the Lord.

Offering of our volunteer Mission Hours:

If you have completed any volunteer mission hours this week, fill out a slip of paper about them, and come forward to drop one piece of money (any size coin) in the birthday jar for each hour completed, and place your slip of paper in the offering plate.

Prayer of Dedication:

Eternal God, we praise you that your glory has dawned on us. By your Spirit, set our feet in Christ’s holy way, that our lives may be signs of his life, and all we have may show forth his love. Amen.

Doxology:

Praise God from whom  all blessings flow,

   Praise God all creatures here below,

    Praise God above ye heavenly host,

      Praise Father, Son, and Holy Ghost. Amen.

Prayer of Thanksgiving & Intercession:

   Our Father who art in heaven, hallowed be they 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 debts, as we forgive our debtors; and lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. For thine is the kingdom and the power and the glory, forever. Amen.

Choral Response:

Hear our prayer, O Lord, hear our prayer, O Lord,

  Incline thine ear to us, and grant us thy peace. Amen

Hymn #43 “Praise Him! Praise Him!

Charge & Blessing: (Hebrews 13:20-21)

Choral Response: “Precious Lord, Take My Hand”

Precious Lord, take my hand, lead me on, help me stand;

  I am tired, I am weak, I am worn;

    Thru the storm, thru the night, lead me on to the light,

      Take my hand, precious Lord, lead me home.

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The Choral Amen, In Unison

Amen,

  Amen,

    Amen.