Sunday, April 22, 2018

Fourth Sunday of Easter

11:00 a.m.

*Please Stand, As You Are Able

Prelude – Praeludio and Ricercar (Walon)

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 arisen from the grave.

* Call to Celebration

Leader From our slumber you awakened us to come into your presence.

People: We rejoice to be called to be with you again.

Leader:      From our silence you called us to open our mouths in praise.

People:      We are ready to sing and shout the name above all names.

Leader:      From our past into this present moment you command us to share the Good News.

People:      We come to take the news of resurrection to a world that needs your power.

ALL:         we are easter people ready to rise to new life in you!

* SongNow the Green Blade Riseth Hymnal 311

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.

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 MusicWhen I Survey the Wondrous Cross (Lani Smith)                                    Choir

When I survey the wondrous cross
On which the Prince of glory died,
My richest gain I count but loss,
And pour contempt on all my pride.

Forbid it, Lord, that I should boast,
Save in the death of Christ my God!
All the vain things that charm me most,
I sacrifice them to His blood.

See from His head, His hands, His feet,
Sorrow and love flow mingled down!
Did e’re such love and sorrow meet,
Or thorns compose so rich a crown?

There on the Cross was the Sacrifice made;
There in the tomb was my Lord’s body laid;
There in this Act was the hand of death stayed
By love so amazing, love so divine.

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

Scripture Reading – Acts 4:5-12

The next day their rulers, elders, and scribes assembled in Jerusalem, with Annas the high priest, Caiaphas, John, and Alexander, and all who were of the high-priestly family. When they had made the prisoners stand in their midst, they inquired, “By what power or by what name did you do this?” Then Peter, filled with the Holy Spirit, said to them, “Rulers of the people and elders, if we are questioned today because of a good deed done to someone who was sick and are asked how this man has been healed, let it be known to all of you, and to all the people of Israel, that this man is standing before you in good health by the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, whom you crucified, whom God raised from the dead. This Jesus is

‘the stone that was rejected by you, the builders;
it has become the cornerstone.’

There is salvation in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given among mortals by which we must be saved.”

Sermon – “Challenges”                                                                   Rev. Dr. Patricia L. Sebring

* SongThe Church’s One Foundation Hymnal 546

L: The church’s one foundation

L: is Jesus Christ our Lord;

L: we are his new creation

L: by water and the Word;

L: from heaven he came and sought us

L: that we might ever be

L: his living servant people,

L: by his own death set free.

L: Called forth from every nation,

L: yet one o’er all the earth;

L: our charter of salvation:

L: one Lord, one faith, one birth.

L: One holy name professing

L: and at one table fed,

L: to one hope always pressing,

L: by Christ’s own Spirit led.

L: Though with a scornful wonder

L: the world sees us oppressed,

L: by schisms rent asunder,

L: by heresies distressed,

L: yet saints their watch are keeping;

L: their cry goes up, “How long?”

L: But soon the night of weeping

L: shall be the morn of song.

L: Mid toil and tribulation,

L: and tumult of our war,

L: we wait the consummation

L: of peace forevermore;

L: till with the vision glorious

L: our longing eyes are blest,

L: and the great church victorious

L: shall be the church at rest.

L: We now on earth have union

L: with God the Three in One,

L: and share through faith communion

L: with those whose rest is won.

L: Oh, happy ones, and holy!

L: Lord, give us grace that we

L: like them, the meek and lowly,

L: on high may dwell with thee.

* 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 – Bless the Lord, O My Soul (Gary James)                                                    Choir

Bless the Lord, O my soul, and all that is within me bless his holy Name.
Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all His benefits.
He forgives all your sins and heals all your infirmities.
He redeems your life from the grave and crowns you with mercy and loving kindness. Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all His benefits.
Our days are like the grass; we flourish like a flower of the field.
When the wind goes over it, it is gone, and its place shall know it no more.
Bless the Lord, O my soul, and all that is within me bless His holy name.

Prayer of Dedication –

O Lord Jesus, you laid down your life for all who belong to you.
Thank you for nurturing our life and sustaining our faith.
In gratitude, we want to help others to know your love.
Open our ears to listen to your voice.
Open our eyes to see our brothers and sisters in need.
May our tithes and offerings give voice to Christ’s love for all people,
especially those who have gone astray.
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:     We have been in the presence of the almighty.

People:     We leave with the power of God indwelling us.

Leader:     We have been in the presence of the risen Christ.

People:     We leave to be the resurrected body of Christ in the world..

Leader:     We have been in the presence of the Holy Spirit.

People:     We leave enabled by the Holy Spirit to meet the challenges before us.

ALL: alleluia! 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 – Vivace, con slancio (Vaughan)

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