Sunday, April 15, 2018

Third Sunday of Easter

11:00 a.m.

*Please Stand, As You Are Able

Prelude – Sinfonia in E minor (William Walker)

Words of Welcome and Announcements John Strawbridge, Lay Leader

PrayerSundays of Easter Hymnal 321

L: Almighty God,

L: You give us the joy of celebrating our Lord’s resurrection.

L: Give us also the joys of life in your service,

L: And bring us at last to the full joy of life eternal;

L: Through Jesus Christ our Lord.

ALL:     Amen.

Choral Introit – Christ Is Arisen (old German melody, arr. BSM)                                    Choir

Christ is risen! Christ is risen! Christ is risen!
Christ the Lord is risen from the tomb. Alleluia! Alleluia!

* Call to Celebration

Leader Jesus you are Lord of life, of love, of peace, of time itself.

People: We stand in awe of your eternal presence and resurrection power.

Leader:      Let us open our lives, once again, to Christ’s involvement.

People:      Come and reawaken our spirits.

Leader:      You revealed yourself to your disciples after the resurrection many times.

People:      Come and reveal your risen self to us again this day.

ALL:         We ARE YOUR DISCIPLES LORD, AND WE WANT TO WORSHIP YOU!

* SongChrist is Risen Hymnal 307

1. Christ is risen! Shout Hosanna! Celebrate this day of days. Christ is risen! Hush in wonder; all creation is amazed. In the desert all surrounding, see, a spreading tree has grown. Healing leaves of grace abounding bring a taste of love unknown.

2. Christ is risen! Raise your spirits from the caverns of despair. Walk with gladness in the morning. See what love can do and dare. Drink the wine of resurrection, not a servant, but a friend; Jesus is our strong companion. Joy and peace shall never end.

3. Christ is risen! Earth and heaven nevermore shall be the same. Break the bread of new creation where the world is still in pain. Tell its grim, demonic chorus: “Christ is risen! Get you gone!” God the First and Last is with us. Sing Hosanna everyone!

Time of Morning Prayer

Prayer Song – He Is Lord Hymnal 177

He is Lord, he is Lord! He is risen from the dead and he is Lord! Every knee shall bow, every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord.

Pastoral Prayer

Lord’s Prayer: (You may pray either version printed below or another that you know.)

Methodist Version
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.

F
or thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory forever.  Amen.
Modern Ecumenical Version
Our God in heaven:
your holy name be honored,
your kin-dom come, your will be done,
on earth as in heaven.
Give us today our daily bread.
Forgive us our sins
as we forgive those who sin against us.
Save us from the time of trial
and deliver us from the evil one.
For the kingdom, the power, and the glory
are yours now and always.  Amen.

Prayer Song – He Is Lord Hymnal 177

He is Lord, he is Lord! He is risen from the dead and he is Lord! Every knee shall bow, every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord.

Pastor’s Time with Young Disciples Rev. Dr. Patricia L. Sebring

Special Music Christ Will Be Lifted Up (Mary McDonald)                                                Choir

“It is finished,” He cried;
My Lord was crucified
As he hung upon the cross and died.
But his death on Calvary became a victory;
And Christ will reign as Lord eternally! 

Christ will be lifted up, robed in majesty and crowned with grace.
Every eye shall see,
Every knee shall bow,
When we see our King face to face!

We will rise and go to him when Christ shall come again.
Heaven’s glory will descend when Jesus comes.
Let us follow now in faith until that glorious day
when Christ will reign as Lord eternally!

Scripture Reading – Luke 24:36-48                                                                   Carrie Harnick

While they were talking about this, Jesus himself stood among them and said to them, “Peace be with you.” They were startled and terrified, and thought that they were seeing a ghost. He said to them, “Why are you frightened, and why do doubts arise in your hearts? Look at my hands and my feet; see that it is I myself. Touch me and see; for a ghost does not have flesh and bones as you see that I have.” And when he had said this, he showed them his hands and his feet. While in their joy they were disbelieving and still wondering, he said to them, “Have you anything here to eat?” They gave him a piece of broiled fish, and he took it and ate in their presence.

Then he said to them, “These are my words that I spoke to you while I was still with you—that everything written about me in the law of Moses, the prophets, and the psalms must be fulfilled.” Then he opened their minds to understand the scriptures, and he said to them, “Thus it is written, that the Messiah is to suffer and to rise from the dead on the third day, and that repentance and forgiveness of sins is to be proclaimed in his name to all nations, beginning from Jerusalem. You are witnesses of these things.

Sermon – “Post-Its”                                                                        Rev. Dr. Patricia L. Sebring

* SongHe Rose Hymnal 316

1. They crucified my Savior and nailed him to the tree, they crucified my Savior and nailed him to the tree, they crucified my Savior and nailed him to the tree, and the Lord will bear my spirit home. He rose, (he rose) he rose, (he rose) he rose from the dead! He rose, (he rose) he rose, (he rose) he rose from the dead! He rose, (he rose) he rose, (he rose) he rose from the dead, and the Lord will bear my spirit home.

2. Then Joseph begged his body and laid it in the tomb, then Joseph begged his body and laid it in the tomb, then Joseph begged his body and laid it in the tomb, and the Lord will bear my spirit home. He rose, (he rose) he rose, (he rose) he rose from the dead! He rose, (he rose) he rose, (he rose) he rose from the dead! He rose, (he rose) he rose, (he rose) he rose from the dead, and the Lord will bear my spirit home.

3. Sister Mary she came running, alooking for my Lord, Sister Mary she came running, alooking for my Lord, Sister Mary she came running, alooking for my Lord, and the Lord will bear my spirit home. He rose, (he rose) he rose, (he rose) he rose from the dead! He rose, (he rose) he rose, (he rose) he rose from the dead! He rose, (he rose) he rose, (he rose) he rose from the dead, and the Lord will bear my spirit home.

4. An angel came from heaven and rolled the stone away, an angel came from heaven and rolled the stone away, an angel came from heaven and rolled the stone away, and the Lord will bear my spirit home. He rose, (he rose) he rose, (he rose) he rose from the dead! He rose, (he rose) he rose, (he rose) he rose from the dead! He rose, (he rose) he rose, (he rose) he rose from the dead, and the Lord will bear my spirit home.

* Affirmation of Faith

I believe in the Jesus who liberated
and the Jesus who was arrested.
I believe in the Jesus who was abused
and the Jesus who abused not in return.
I believe in the Jesus who was called a traitor
and the Jesus who was a peacemaker.
I believe in the Jesus who was falsely accused
and the Jesus who turned those accusations back on his accusers.
I believe in the Jesus who was crucified and the Jesus who forgave his crucifiers as they watched the breath of life leave him.
I believe that the Jesus who was buried on Friday
is the Christ who arose on Sunday,
and because I believe this,
I affirm Jesus to be the Christ, Son of the living God,
Savior, liberator, long-awaited Messiah, King of kings and Lord of lords.
I gladly proclaim the day of Christ’s resurrection
to be the Easter for all generations.
Glory to God—our Savior rose and our Savior reigns.  Amen.

Glorifying God with our Gifts and Offerings

Invitation to Share in God’s Kingdom Work

Offertory – I Know Whom I Have Believed (Lani Smith)                                               Choir

I know not why God’s wondrous grace
To me He hath made known,
Nor why, unworthy, Christ in love
Redeemed me for His own, 

But “I know Whom I have believed,
and am persuaded that he is able
To keep that which I’ve committed
Unto Him against that day.”.

I know not how this saving faith
To me he did impart,
Nor how believing in His word
Wrought peace within my heart. 

I know not when my Lord may come,
At night or noonday fair,
Nor if I’ll walk the vale with Him,
Or meet Him in the air.

Prayer of Dedication –

Holy God,
thank you for making Jesus the Author of life,
whom you raised from the dead.
You still do marvelous miracles of forgiveness,
bringing healing and new life in our midst.
We know that these gifts don’t come from our power or piety,
but by your providential care for which we are grateful.
Please now take and use the gifts and givers for your kingdom and your glory.
Extend and multiply our offering’s reach and influence
that it may it be a great blessing to the work of this church and to many.

We ask all this in the powerful name of Jesus, the risen Christ.

Alleluia and Amen

*      Song to Present the Offering – Majesty Hymnal 176

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.

* Words for Sending Us into the world

Leader:     You said everything written about your Lord, must be fulfilled.

People:     You have opened their minds of the willing to understand the scriptures

Leader:     You have risen from the dead and commissioned us to tell the good news.

People:     We go to proclaim repentance and forgiveness of sins
in Christ’s name to all nations.

Leader:     We are witnesses to the miracle of resurrection..

ALL: WE RECEIVE THE HOLY SPIRIT TO GIVE US POWER TO SERVE. AMEN.

* Choral Response – Our Savior Lives (John Purifoy)                                                        Choir

Our Savior lives again, no more to die.
He lives to reign as Lord, enthroned on high.
Our Savior lives victorious, He has risen from the grave!
He lives, eternally to save.

* Ringing of the Bicentennial Bell

* Postlude – Allegro Fiero (Blake)

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