Sunday, April 26, 2020


Organ Prelude


Welcome and Announcements                                                                       John Strawbridge


Choral Introit Christ Is Alive                                                                              (UMH 318 vs. 1)

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.


Opening Prayer (All)

Loving God, come and speak to our hearts today. May we, like those on the Emmaus Road, find your words burning with hope in our lives. Strengthen us and give us courage for the journey ahead. For we pray in Christ’s Name. Amen.


Opening Hymn Emmaus-Bound on Easter Day (“Though I May Speak” UMH 408) Carolyn Gilette

1. Emmaus-bound on Easter Day,
Two travelers walked along the way.
They’d once had hope, but hope had died
When you, O Lord, were crucified.

2. When you appeared beside the two,
They could not see that it was you;
But as they talked and shared their pain,
You gave them hope and joy again.

3. For as you spoke to them God’s word,
Explaining all they’d seen and heard,
They understood what God had done
And that a new day had begun.


Epistle Lesson                                                                                            1 Peter 1:17-21 (NIV)

17 Since you call on a Father who judges each person’s work impartially, live out your time as foreigners here in reverent fear. 18 For you know that it was not with perishable things such as silver or gold that you were redeemed from the empty way of life handed down to you from your ancestors, 19 but with the precious blood of Christ, a lamb without blemish or defect. 20 He was chosen before the creation of the world, but was revealed in these last times for your sake. 21 Through him you believe in God, who raised him from the dead and glorified him, and so your faith and hope are in God.
The Word of God…Thanks be to God


Sharing Joys and Concerns                                                                            Rev. Debbie Scott


Pastoral Prayer


Lord’s Prayer


Choral Response Cares Chorus                                                                      TFWS 2215

I cast all my cares upon You
I lay all of my burdens down at Your feet
And any time I don’t know just what to do,
I will cast all my cares upon You.


Gospel Lesson Luke                                                                                       24:13-35 (NIV)

13 Now that same day two of them were going to a village called Emmaus, about seven miles from Jerusalem. 14 They were talking with each other about everything that had happened. 15 As they talked and discussed these things with each other, Jesus himself came up and walked along with them; 16 but they were kept from recognizing him.
17 He asked them, “What are you discussing together as you walk along?”
They stood still, their faces downcast. 18 One of them, named Cleopas, asked him, “Are you the only one visiting Jerusalem who does not know the things that have happened there in these days?”19 “What things?” he asked. “About Jesus of Nazareth,” they replied. “He was a prophet, powerful in word and deed before God and all the people. 20 The chief priests and our rulers handed him over to be sentenced to death, and they crucified him; 21 but we had hoped that he was the one who was going to redeem Israel. And what is more, it is the third day since all this took place. 22 In addition, some of our women amazed us. They went to the tomb early this morning 23 but didn’t find his body. They came and told us that they had seen a vision of angels, who said he was alive. 24 Then some of our companions went to the tomb and found it just as the women had said, but they did not see Jesus.”
25 He said to them, “How foolish you are, and how slow to believe all that the prophets have spoken! 26 Did not the Messiah have to suffer these things and then enter his glory?” 27 And beginning with Moses and all the Prophets, he explained to them what was said in all the Scriptures concerning himself.
28 As they approached the village to which they were going, Jesus continued on as if he were going farther. 29 But they urged him strongly, “Stay with us, for it is nearly evening; the day is almost over.” So he went in to stay with them.
30 When he was at the table with them, he took bread, gave thanks, broke it and began to give it to them. 31 Then their eyes were opened and they recognized him, and he disappeared from their sight. 32 They asked each other, “Were not our hearts burning within us while he talked with us on the road and opened the Scriptures to us?”
33 They got up and returned at once to Jerusalem. There they found the Eleven and those with them, assembled together 34 and saying, “It is true! The Lord has risen and has appeared to Simon.” 35 Then the two told what had happened on the way, and how Jesus was recognized by them when he broke the bread.
The Word of God for the people of God….Thanks be to God.


Sermon “On The Road Again”                                                                       Rev. Debbie Scott


Invitation to Offering


Offertory “Leaning on the Everlasting Arms” arr. Mark Hayes Guest Musician, Ann Bartlow


Offering Prayer

Gracious God, You have offered to us the blood of Christ – the lamb with no blemish or defect. We accept that gift with love, as it was offered. We have perishable gifts of silver and gold to offer you. But in that same love we also offer you that which is imperishable: our voices, or hands and our whole selves. Take these earthly gifts and transform them by your word into divine purpose. This we ask in the name of the one who washes us clean, Jesus the Christ. Amen.


Closing Hymn “He Lives”                                                                                  UMH 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

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



Christ has brought us together: together in faith, together in hope, together in love. We have gathered together this morning to be sent out again: sent out with the welcome message of God’s love! We go together, to be living testimonies of Christ’s love!


Choral Benediction

Christ is risen! Amen!


Ringing the Bicentennial Bell


Organ Postlude





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