Sunday, April 18, 2021

Third Sunday Of Easter
April 18, 2021
10:00A.M.

 

Organ Prelude

 

Welcome and Announcements

 

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

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

 

Prayer of Invocation (All)

Lord of Resurrection surprises, open our hearts this day to the presence of Jesus Christ. Erase our excuses for unbelief, and exchange them for a strong witness to the power of your mercy and love. Give us courage and challenge us to walk the path of discipleship, knowing that Jesus goes before us, leading and guiding our steps. In his name, we pray. Amen.

 

Opening Hymn  “We Are Called”                TFWS 2172

1. Come, live in the light
Shine with the joy and the love of the Lord
We are called to be light for the kingdom
To live in the freedom of the city of God
REFRAIN:We are called to act with justice
We are called to love tenderly
We are called to serve one another
To walk humbly with God


2. Come, open your heart
Show your mercy to all those in fear
We are called to be hope for the hopeless
So all hatred and blindness will be no more
REFRAIN:


3. Sing, sing a new song
Sing of that great day when all will be one
God will reign and we’ll walk with each other
As sisters and brothers united in love (united in love)
REFRAIN:

 

Epistle Lesson                             Acts 3:12-19 New International Version

12 When Peter saw this, he said to them: “Fellow Israelites, why does this surprise you? Why do you stare at us as if by our own power or godliness we had made this man walk? 13 The God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, the God of our fathers, has glorified his servant Jesus. You handed him over to be killed, and you disowned him before Pilate, though he had decided to let him go. 14 You disowned the Holy and Righteous One and asked that a murderer be released to you. 15 You killed the author of life, but God raised him from the dead. We are witnesses of this. 16 By faith in the name of Jesus, this man whom you see and know was made strong. It is Jesus’ name and the faith that comes through him that has completely healed him, as you can all see. 17 “Now, fellow Israelites, I know that you acted in ignorance, as did your leaders. 18 But this is how God fulfilled what he had foretold through all the prophets, saying that his Messiah would suffer. 19 Repent, then, and turn to God, so that your sins may be wiped out, that times of refreshing may come from the Lord,
The Word of God…Thanks be to God

 

Prayer of Confession (All)

L: Risen Lord Jesus, what is it that keeps us from recognizing you?
P: Often we are so full of ourselves that it’s easy to block you right
out of our lives.
L: Maybe it’s the way we interpret Scripture that obscures the signs
pointing to you.
P: Perhaps we are guilty of being slow of heart when we don’t
recognize you in our neighbor, or in the guise of the poor or the dispossessed.
L: Our eyes and ears have become so crammed with the sights and
sounds of living that we simply fail to see you or to recognize your voice.
P: Risen Lord Jesus, help us to empty ourselves of all that hinders our
awareness of your presence with us. Fill us with the joy of knowing
your continuing presence, so that, like those travelers on the road to Emmaus, we too, hasten to share this great good news with others. Amen.

 

Silent Confession

 

Assurance of Pardon

L: We know that we were ransomed from futile ways….with the precious blood of Christ…and have been born anew through the living and enduring word of God.” In this we recognize God’s great love for the world revealed in the death and resurrection of Jesus…who came into the world not to condemn it but to save it. Those who believe in him are not condemned.  (based on 1 Peter 1: 18,23; John 3:17,18)
P: 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                                   Luke 24:35-48 New International Version

35 Then the two told what had happened on the way, and how Jesus was recognized by them when he broke the bread. 36 While they were still talking about this, Jesus himself stood among them and said to them, “Peace be with you.” 37 They were startled and frightened, thinking they saw a ghost. 38 He said to them, “Why are you troubled, and why do doubts rise in your minds? 39 Look at my hands and my feet. It is I myself! Touch me and see; a ghost does not have flesh and bones, as you see I have.” 40 When he had said this, he showed them his hands and feet. 41 And while they still did not believe it because of joy and amazement, he asked them, “Do you have anything here to eat?” 42 They gave him a piece of broiled fish, 43 and he took it and ate it in their presence. 44 He said to them, “This is what I told you while I was still with you: Everything must be fulfilled that is written about me in the Law of Moses, the Prophets and the Psalms.” 45 Then he opened their minds so they could understand the Scriptures. 46 He told them, “This is what is written: The Messiah will suffer and rise from the dead on the third day, 47 and repentance for the forgiveness of sins will be preached in his name to all nations, beginning at Jerusalem. 48 You are witnesses of these things.
The Word of God for the people of God….Thanks be to God.

 

Sermon “You Are Witnesses”                        Rev. Debbie Scott

 

Invitation to Offering

On-Line giving

 

Offertory

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!

 

Offering Prayer (All)

Gracious and loving God, you raised Jesus from the dead, disclosing forever your great love for the world. We respond to such love with these gifts and our lives – praying your blessing upon them. Send us out in the power of the Holy Spirit to reveal your love in all we do and say. We pray in the name of our risen Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. Amen.

 

Closing Hymn “The Summons”                       TFWS 2130 Vs. 1, 4, & 5

1. Will you come and follow me if I but call your name?
Will you go where you don’t know and never be the same?
Will you let my love be shown? Will you let my name be known,
will you let my life be grown in you and you in me?

4. Will you love the “you” you hide if I but call your name?
Will you quell the fear inside and never be the same?
Will you use the faith you’ve found to reshape the world around,
through my sight and touch and sound in you and you in me?

5. Lord your summons echoes true when you but call my name.
Let me turn and follow you and never be the same.
In Your company I’ll go where Your love and footsteps show.
Thus I’ll move and live and grow in you and you in me.

 

Benediction

L: May the Lord bless, preserve and fill you
P: with love that knows no barrier
L: with sympathy that reaches to all
P: with courage that cannot be shaken
L: with faith strong enough for the darkness
P: with strength sufficient for all tasks
L: with wisdom to meet life’s complexities
P: with power to lift each of us to the other.
L: May the Lord be with us for another week,
P: and use us as God wills.

 

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

 

Upcoming Meetings

The finance meeting is Wednesday, April 21st at 6:30 PM via Zoom.

 

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