Sunday, April 23, 2017

First Sunday after Easter
Morning Worship at 11 o’clock

Resurrection has to do with being called forth from all kinds of hiding. Resurrection begins wherever one heart opens to another, wherever goodness triumphs over the instincts of hatred. Jesus understood our need for presence. The same one who washed feet, broke bread, & ate with strangers, comes into the disciples midst,
urging them to be at peace & commissioning them with the power of the Holy Spirit. Into their fear he comes, despite locked doors, disbelief and hiding.

“When it was evening on that day, the first day of the week, the doors of the house where the disciples had met, were locked for fear.”

I can’t help but wonder, are Jesus’ followers afraid of death, or terrified of life?
- Christine M. Smith

The Church Gathers

Organ Prelude “Andante flessibile”      Durand

Words of Welcome and Announcements (by the Lay Leader)

Choral Introit “Now Has Christ Arisen”              Joachim Oudaen

Now has Christ arisen.

Call to Worship Dr. Emora Brannan

God is our strength and our song

God is our salvation.

On this day, Christ’s presence comes to us with words of peace,

bringing us out of our hiding places with strength and power.

On this day, Christ’s presence comes to us with words of assurance,

transforming our anxiety to comfort

and turning our mourning into joyful dance.

On this day, Christ’s presence comes to us with words of hope,

reminding us of new life all around us, even within us.

Our assurance is in Jesus Christ, our Risen Lord, Christ is risen!

Christ is risen indeed!

Hymn “Thine Be the Glory”     No. 308

Thine be the glory, risen, conquering Son; endless is the victory thou o’er death hast won. Angels in bright raiment rolled the stone away, kept the folded graveclothes where thy body lay. Thine be the glory, risen, conquering Son; endless is the victory thou o’er death hast won.

Lo! Jesus meets thee, risen from the tomb; lovingly he greets thee, scatters fear and gloom. Let the church with gladness hymns of triumph sing, for our Lord now liveth; death hath lost its sting. Thine be the glory, risen, conquering Son; endless is the victory thou o’er death hast won.

No more we doubt thee, glorious Prince of life! Life is naught without thee; aid us in our strife. Make us more than conquerors, through thy deathless love; bring us safe through Jordan to thy home above. Thine be the glory, risen, conquering Son; endless is the victory thou o’er death hast won.

Morning Prayer

God of Resurrection, we long to discover your presence;

we long to feel the rhythm of your power.

Bring Easter to our hearts, to our eyes and ears, to our lives.

In the name of Christ, whose life cannot be stamped out,

whose resurrection hope is the hope

which plants love and laughter in our lives

and lures them to bloom and blossom.

Accept our worship, gracious God.

Be present with us as daystar, miracle, and mystery. Amen.

To Hear the Word

Reading from Letters to the Early Church 1 Peter 1:3-9

Carrie Harnick is the Liturgist.

Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! By his great mercy he has given us a new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, and into an inheritance that is imperishable, undefiled, and unfading, kept in heaven for you, who are being protected by the power of God through faith for a salvation ready to be revealed in the last time. In this you rejoice, even if now for a little while you have had to suffer various trials, so that the genuineness of your faith—being more precious than gold that, though perishable, is tested by fire—may be found to result in praise and glory and honor when Jesus Christ is revealed. Although you have not seen him, you love him; and even though you do not see him now, you believe in him and rejoice with an indescribable and glorious joy, for you are receiving the outcome of your faith, the salvation of your souls.

The Psalter Psalm 16 with Sung Response  1                      No. 748

Response: Preserve me, O God, for in you I take refuge.
The Lord is my chosen portion and my cup;
You hold my lot.
The lines have fallen for me in pleasant places;
I have a glorious heritage.
I bless the Lord who gives me counsel;
Even at night my heart instructs me.
I have set the Lord always before me;
The Lord is at my right hand;
I shall not be moved.
Response: Preserve me, O God, for in you I take refuge.
Therefore my heart is glad, and my soul rejoices;
My body also dwells secure.
For you do not give me up to Sheol,
Or let your godly one see the pit.
You show me the path of life;
In your presence there is fullness of joy,
In your right hand are pleasures for evermore.
Response: Preserve me, O God, for in you I take refuge.

Anthem “O Sons & Daughters of the King”          Arr. Lani Smith

O sons and daughters of the King,
Whom heavenly hosts in glory sing,
Today the grave has lost its sting!
Alleluia! Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia!

That Easter morn, at break of day,
The faithful women went their way
To seek the tomb where Jesus lay.
Alleluia! Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia!

An angel clad in white they see,
Who sits and speaks unto the three,
“Your Lord will go to Galilee.”
Alleluia! Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia!

On this most holy day of days
Be laud and jubilee and praise:
To God your hearts and voice raise.
Alleluia! Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia!

Love so amazing, so divine
Demands my soul, my life, my all.
Alleluia!

From the Gospel John 20:19-31

When it was evening on that day, the first day of the week, and the doors of the house where the disciples had met were locked for fear of the Jews, Jesus came and stood among them and said, “Peace be with you.” After he said this, he showed them his hands and his side. Then the disciples rejoiced when they saw the Lord. Jesus said to them again, “Peace be with you. As the Father has sent me, so I send you.” When he had said this, he breathed on them and said to them, “Receive the Holy Spirit. If you forgive the sins of any, they are forgiven them; if you retain the sins of any, they are retained.”
But Thomas (who was called the Twin), one of the twelve, was not with them when Jesus came. So the other disciples told him, “We have seen the Lord.” But he said to them, “Unless I see the mark of the nails in his hands, and put my finger in the mark of the nails and my hand in his side, I will not believe.”
A week later his disciples were again in the house, and Thomas was with them. Although the doors were shut, Jesus came and stood among them and said, “Peace be with you.” Then he said to Thomas, “Put your finger here and see my hands. Reach out your hand and put it in my side. Do not doubt but believe.” Thomas answered him, “My Lord and my God!” Jesus said to him, “Have you believed because you have seen me? Blessed are those who have not seen and yet have come to believe.”
Now Jesus did many other signs in the presence of his disciples, which are not written in this book. But these are written so that you may come to believe that Jesus is the Messiah, the Son of God, and that through believing you may have life in his name.

Sermon “Peace Be With You”      Rev. Roberta Scoville

To Respond in Faith

Hymn “He Lives”         No. 310

I serve a risen Savior, he’s in the world today; I know that he is living, whatever foes may say. I see his hand of mercy, I hear his voice of cheer, and just the time I need him, he’s always near. He lives, (he lives) he lives, (he lives) Christ Jesus lives today! He walks with me and talks with me along life’s narrow way. He lives, (he lives) he lives, (he lives) salvation to impart! You ask me how I know he lives? He lives within my heart.

In all the world around me I see his loving care, and though my heart grows weary, I never will despair. I know that he is leading through all the stormy blast; the day of his appearing will come at last. He lives, (he lives) he lives, (he lives) Christ Jesus lives today! He walks with me and talks with me along life’s narrow way. He lives, (he lives) he lives, (he lives) salvation to impart! You ask me how I know he lives? He lives within my heart.

Rejoice, rejoice, O Christian, lift up your voice and sing eternal hallelujahs to Jesus Christ the King! The hope of all who seek him, the help of all who find; none other is so loving, so good and kind. He lives, (he lives) he lives, (he lives) Christ Jesus lives today! He walks with me and talks with me along life’s narrow way. He lives, (he lives) he lives, (he lives) salvation to impart! You ask me how I know he lives? He lives within my heart.

A Modern Affirmation of Faith No. 885

Where the Spirit of the Lord is,
There is the one true church, apostolic and universal,
Whose holy faith let us now declare:
We believe in God the Father,
Infinite in wisdom, power, and love,
Whose mercy is over all his works,
And whose will is ever directed to his children’s good.
We believe in Jesus Christ,
Son of God and Son of man,
The gift of the Father’s unfailing grace,
The ground of our hope,
And the promise of our deliverance from sin and death.
We believe in the Holy Spirit
As the divine presence in our lives,
Whereby we are kept in perpetual remembrance
Of the truth of Christ,
And find strength and help in time of need.
We believe that this faith should manifest itself
In the service of love
As set forth in the example of our blessed Lord,
To the end
That the kingdom of God may come upon the earth. Amen.

The Collection of Tithes and Offerings

Offertory “O Savior Sweet”           J.S. Bach

O Savior sweet, O Savior kind!
Thy Father’s will has all Thy mind.
From heaven Thou hast vouchsafed to come,
With men, as Man, to make Thy home,
O Savior sweet, O Savior kind!

O Savior sweet, O Savior kind!
The way to please Thee we would find,
What e’er we have, it comes of Thee,
O let us ever near Thee be,
O Savior sweet, O Savior kind!

O Savior sweet, O Savior kind!
Who came to earth the lost to find,
Who died to save us on the tree,
Our hearts are filled with love to Thee,
O Savior sweet, O Savior kind!

Presentation of Tithes and Offerings No. 94

Praise God, from whom all blessings flow;
praise God, all creatures here below: Alleluia! Alleluia!
Praise God, the source of all our gifts!
Praise Jesus Christ, whose power uplifts!
Praise the Spirit, Holy Spirit! Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia!

Pastoral Prayer

The Lord’s Prayer

Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy 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 trespasses,
as we forgive those who trespass against us.
And lead us not into temptation but deliver us from evil.
For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, forever. Amen.

And Scatters to Be the Church in the World

Hymn “Christ is Alive”                No. 318

Christ is alive! Let Christians sing. His cross stands empty to the sky. Let streets and homes with praises ring. His love in death shall never die.

Christ is alive! No longer bound to distant years in Palestine, he comes to claim the here and now and dwell in every place and time.

Not throned afar, remotely high, untouched, unmoved by human pains, but daily, in the midst of life, our Savior in the Godhead reigns.

In every insult, rift, and war, where color, scorn, or wealth divide, he suffers still, yet loves the more, and lives, though ever crucified.

Christ is alive, and comes to bring good news to this and every age, till earth and all creation ring with joy, with justice, love, and praise.

Dismissal with Blessing

Choral Response “O Raise Your Glad Voices”             trad. Welsh

O, raise your glad voices, all people, and sing;
Bring sweet Easter praises to Jesus, the King.

Ringing of the Bicentennial Bell

† Organ Postlude “Festal Finale in A”         York

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