Sunday, April 11, 2021

Second Sunday Of Easter
April 11, 2021
11:00A.M.

 

Organ Prelude

 

 

Welcome and Announcements                            John Strawbridge

 

Choral Introit “Your Voices Raise With One Accord” (Cleaver)

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

 

Call to Worship

L: Last Sunday was Easter, a day on which the only fitting call to worship was the announcement of the Event – the resurrection, the greatest act of life-saving imaginable. Through it God let us laugh at our own death sentence by punctuating it with a living exclamation mark. On this day and in days to come may we remember that there are times when God restates the joyful resurrection proclamation.
P: Abilities faded and forgotten are channeled toward new creativity –that’s resurrection.
L: Friendships once killed by frosty misunderstanding bloom again in warm reconciliation – that’s resurrection.
P: Hopes glimmering and gone are rekindled by expressions of caring – that’s resurrection.
L: Faith dulled by lack of exercise, dances again to God’s everyday rhythms – that’s resurrection.
P: We worship the God whose resurrecting power lives on as does the Christ we serve. Amen.

 

Opening Hymn “Crown Him with Many Crowns” UMH 327 Vs. 1, 2, & 3

1 Crown him with many crowns,
the Lamb upon his throne.
Hark! how the heavenly anthem drowns
all music but its own.
Awake, my soul, and sing
of him who died for thee,
and hail him as thy matchless king
through all eternity.

2 Crown him the Lord of life,
who triumphed o’er the grave,
and rose victorious in the strife
for those he came to save;
his glories now we sing
who died and rose on high,
who died eternal life to bring,
and lives that death may die.

3 Crown him the Lord of love;
behold his hands and side,
rich wounds, yet visible above,
in beauty glorified;
no angels in the sky
can fully bear that sight,
but downward bends their burning eye
at mysteries so bright.

 

Epistle Lesson                                                           Acts 4:32-35 NIV

32 All the believers were one in heart and mind. No one claimed that any of their possessions was their own, but they shared everything they had. 33 With great power the apostles continued to testify to the resurrection of the Lord Jesus. And God’s grace was so powerfully at work in them all 34 that there were no needy persons among them. For from time to time those who owned land or houses sold them, brought the money from the sales 35 and put it at the apostles’ feet, and it was distributed to anyone who had need.
The Word of God…Thanks be to God

 

Sharing Joys and Concerns
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                                                            John 20:19-31 NIV

19 On the evening of that first day of the week, when the disciples were together, with the doors locked for fear of the Jewish leaders, Jesus came and stood among them and said, “Peace be with you!” 20 After he said this, he showed them his hands and side. The disciples were overjoyed when they saw the Lord.
21 Again Jesus said, “Peace be with you! As the Father has sent me, I am sending you.” 22 And with that he breathed on them and said, “Receive the Holy Spirit. 23 If you forgive anyone’s sins, their sins are forgiven; if you do not forgive them, they are not forgiven.”
24 Now Thomas (also known as Didymus), one of the Twelve, was not with the disciples when Jesus came. 25 So the other disciples told him, “We have seen the Lord!”
But he said to them, “Unless I see the nail marks in his hands and put my finger where the nails were, and put my hand into his side, I will not believe.”
26 A week later his disciples were in the house again, and Thomas was with them. Though the doors were locked, Jesus came and stood among them and said, “Peace be with you!” 27 Then he said to Thomas, “Put your finger here; see my hands. Reach out your hand and put it into my side. Stop doubting and believe.”
28 Thomas said to him, “My Lord and my God!”
29 Then Jesus told him, “Because you have seen me, you have believed; blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed.”
30 Jesus performed many other signs in the presence of his disciples, which are not recorded in this book. 31 But these are written that you may believe that Jesus is the Messiah, the Son of God, and that by believing you may have life in his name.
The Word of God for the people of God….Thanks be to God.

 

Sermon “Beyond the Shadow of Death”                Rev. Debbie Scott

 

Invitation to Offering

On-Line giving

 

Offertory “O Sons and Daughters Of The King” (arr. Lane)

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 sit 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!

 

Offering Prayer (All)

There are so many in need, so many who are afraid, so many who are lonely – so may you take our gifts, Loving God, and use them to bring food to those who hunger, hope to those who struggle, comfort to those who mourn, and peace to all. In Jesus’ name, we pray. Amen.

 

Closing Hymn “Great Is Thy Faithfulness”          UMH 140

1. Great is Thy faithfulness, O God my Father
There is no shadow of turning with Thee
Thou changest not, Thy compassions, they fail not
As Thou hast been Thou forever wilt be
REFRAIN: Great is Thy faithfulness, great is Thy faithfulness
Morning by morning new mercies I see
All I have needed Thy hand hath provided

Great is Thy faithfulness, Lord, unto me

2. Summer and winter, and springtime and harvest
Sun, moon and stars in their courses above
Join with all nature in manifold witness
To Thy great faithfulness, mercy and love
REFRAIN

3. Pardon for sin and a peace that endureth
Thine own dear presence to cheer and to guide
Strength for today and bright hope for tomorrow
Blessings all mine, with ten thousand beside
REFRAIN

 

Benediction

Let us go forth, walking in the light of God.
We go to share the good news of life
to a world which struggles with a pandemic.
Let us go forth, serving in the light of Christ.
We go to unlock the doors of fear,
to bring hope to all in the shadows.
Let us go forth, living in the light of the Spirit.
We go to share healing with the broken,
to be a community to the lonely.

 

Choral Benediction “Jesus, My Lord” (Moore)

Low in the grave He lay – Jesus, my Savior!
Waiting the coming day – Jesus, my Lord!
Vainly they watched His bed.
Vainly they sealed the dead, – Jesus, my Savior, O Jesus my Lord!

 

Ringing the Bicentennial Bell

 

Organ Postlude

 

Tower Lighting

Betsy Fisk is lighting the tower in  memory of  her husband, George Fisk.

 

Upcoming Meetings

The LL21CC Meeting is on Tuesday at 6:00PM via Zoom.

The Finance Committee Meeting is on the 21st at 6:30PM via Zoom.

 

 

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