Sunday, April 28, 2019

Organ PreludeAndante Piacevole (Ingham)

Words of Welcome and Announcements John Strawbridge, Lay Leader

Choral IntroitYour Voices Raise with One Accord (T. Allen Cleaver)

Your voices raise with one accord
To bless and praise your risen Lord.

* Call to Worship

L: For Judah’s Lion bursts his chains, Crushing the serpent’s head;
P: And cries aloud through death’s domains To wake the imprisoned dead.
L: By your cross you destroyed the curse of the tree.
P: By your burial you slayed the dominion of death.
L: By your rising you enlightened the human race.
P: O Benefactor, Christ our God, glory to you.

* Opening HymnUp from the Grave He Arose UMH 322

1. Low in the grave he lay, Jesus my Savior, waiting the coming day, Jesus my Lord! Up from the grave he arose, (he arose) with a mighty triumph o’er his foes; (o’er his foes) he arose a victor from the dark domain, and he lives forever, with his saints to reign. He arose! (he arose) He arose! (he arose) Hallelujah! Christ arose!

2. Vainly they watch his bed, Jesus my Savior; vainly they seal the dead, Jesus my Lord! Up from the grave he arose, (he arose) with a mighty triumph o’er his foes; (o’er his foes) he arose a victor from the dark domain, and he lives forever, with his saints to reign. He arose! (he arose) He arose! (he arose) Hallelujah! Christ arose!

3. Death cannot keep its prey, Jesus my Savior; he tore the bars away, Jesus my Lord! Up from the grave he arose, (he arose) with a mighty triumph o’er his foes; (o’er his foes) he arose a victor from the dark domain, and he lives forever, with his saints to reign. He arose! (he arose) He arose! (he arose) Hallelujah! Christ arose!

Prayer of Invocation (All)

O Lord, your wondrous birth means noting unless we are born again, your death and sacrifice mean nothing unless we die to sin, your resurrection means nothing if you be risen alone.  Raise and exalt us, O Savior, both now to the estate of grace and hereafter to the state of glory, where with the Father and the Holy Spirit you live & reign, God for ever & ever. Amen.

Sharing of Joys and Concerns

Pastoral Prayer

Lord’s Prayer UMH 895

Children’s Moment

Anthem Living Lamb Of God (Larson)

The Shepherd was stricken, the sheep roamed away.
In death’s confinement, the Holy Jesus lay.
Day into evening, night into day,
In fear we waited, alone we prayed.

Then on the third day at breaking of dawn,
From death’s dark shadow His body was gone!
What now had happened? Did He survive?
Our fallen Shepherd was now alive!

Living Lamb of God, slain for the sins of all,
Risen up victorious! Again we hear His call.
In death He scattered darkness, in life He gathers all,
He is the Living Lamb of God!

The stone that was rejected has become my solid rock,
The dying gentle Shepherd is now the Living Lamb of God!
Praise the Lamb of God, the Holy Lamb of God!

A Reading from the Prophets – Hosea 6:1-6   Jeanni Galloway, Liturgist

“Come, let us return to the Lord;
for it is he who has torn, and he will heal us;
he has struck down, and he will bind us up.
2 After two days he will revive us;
on the third day he will raise us up,
that we may live before him.
3 Let us know, let us press on to know the Lord;
his appearing is as sure as the dawn;
he will come to us like the showers,
like the spring rains that water the earth.”

4 What shall I do with you, O Ephraim?
What shall I do with you, O Judah?
Your love is like a morning cloud,
like the dew that goes away early.
5 Therefore I have hewn them by the prophets,
I have killed them by the words of my mouth,
and my[a] judgment goes forth as the light.
6 For I desire steadfast love and not sacrifice,
the knowledge of God rather than burnt offerings.

A Meditation on the Upper Room Jeanni Galloway, Leader

L: The Resurrection has let Christ loose upon the world: he can enter even those places and lives where the doors are barred and bolted to keep out whatever is unfamiliar & threatening.  In the midst of the fear which filled that upper room where the disciples were assembled, the Risen Jesus made himself known and gave his Easter gift of peace.  Let us pray.

Your only Son, O God, graciously appeared to his disciples when the doors were shut;

P: May he fill us with the precious gift of his blessing, and open to us the doors of the kingdom of heaven.
L. He took from the disciples’ hearts the doubt which was wounding them, by inviting them to touch his body;
P. May he take away from us the scars of our sins, through faith in his Resurrection.
L: With Thomas we believe that he is our Lord & our God, & we call upon him in humble faith;
P: May he keep us safe from all evil in this world, and enable us to stand in the company of the saints in the world to come.  Amen.

* HymnImmortal Love, Forever Full (1964 UMH 158 Tune – “Serenity”)

A Reading from the Gospel – John 20:19-29

19 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.” 20 After he said this, he showed them his hands and his side. Then the disciples rejoiced when they saw the Lord. 21 Jesus said to them again, “Peace be with you. As the Father has sent me, so I send you.” 22 When he had said this, he breathed on them and said to them, “Receive the Holy Spirit. 23 If you forgive the sins of any, they are forgiven them; if you retain the sins of any, they are retained.”

24 But Thomas (who was called the Twin[a]), one of the twelve, was not with them when Jesus came. 25 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.”

26 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.” 27 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.” 28 Thomas answered him, “My Lord and my God!” 29 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.”

Sermon – “A New Way of Knowing”                                                                  Dr. Emora Thomas Brannan

The Offering of Gifts & Tithes

OffertoryMy Shepherd Will Supply My Need (arr. Larson)

My Shepherd will supply my need,
The God of love supreme;
In pastures green You let me feed
Beside the living stream.
You bring my wondering spirit back
When I forsake your ways,
And lead me for Your mercy’s sake
In paths of truth and grace.

When I walk through the shades of death,
You presence is my stay;
One word of Your supporting breath
Drives all my fears away.
Your hand, in sight of all my foes,
Does still my table spread;
My cup with blessings overflows,
Your oil anoints my head.

The sure provisions of my God
Attend me all my days.
O may Your house be my abode,
And all my work be praise!
There would I find a settled rest,
While others go and come,
No more a stranger nor a guest,
But like a child at home.

My Shepherd will supply my need;
The God of love supreme.

* Presentation of OfferingPraise God from Whom All Blessings Flow UMH 95

Praise God, from whom all blessings flow; praise him, all creatures here below;
praise him above, yet heavenly host; praise Father, Son, and Holy Ghost. Amen.

Offering Prayer (All)

Almighty God, source of all our comfort and joy: Receive us and these our gifts as we dedicate them and ourselves anew to you.  Consecrate for us the experience and resolves of this hour, and lead us in the way of true understanding and fruitful service; through Jesus Christ our Lord.  Amen.

* Closing Hymn Ask Ye What Great Thing I Know UMH 163

1. Ask ye what great thing I know, that delights and stirs me so? What the high reward I win? Whose the name I glory in? Jesus Christ, the crucified.

2. Who defeats my fiercest foes? Who consoles my saddest woes? Who revives my fainting heart, healing all its hidden smart? Jesus Christ, the crucified.

3. Who is life in life to me? Who the death of death will be? Who will place me on his right, with the countless hosts of light? Jesus Christ, the crucified.

4. This is that great thing I know; this delights and stirs me so: faith in him who died to save, him who triumphed o’er the grave: Jesus Christ, the crucified.

* Benediction (By the Minister)

* Choral Response Christ Is Risen (Lowe)

Christ is risen. Amen.

* Ringing of the Bicentennial Bell

* Organ Postlude

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