Sunday, April 24, 2022

LOVELY LANE UNITED METHODIST CHURCH

FIRST SUNDAY AFTER EASTER

APRIL 24, 2022

10:15A.M.

 

Organ Prelude

 

Welcome and Announcements    John Strawbridge, Lay Leader

 

Choral Introit    “Christ Rose Up From The Dead”     Spiritual, arr. Moore

Christ rose (arose!) Christ rose up from the dead,

And God’s grace will bear my spirit home.

 

Call to Worship

L: Happy Easter Season! Today is the first day of the week.
P: The joy of Easter still sings in our hearts.
L: Breathe the breath of new life in your spirits!
P: We open our hearts to all the wondrous work God has for us to do.
L: Welcome to worship this glorious day!
P: Let our lives be testimony to God’s redeeming love! AMEN.

 

Opening Hymn   “In The Garden”  UMH 314

1. I Come To The Garden Alone, While The Dew Is Still On The Roses,
And The Voice I Hear Falling On My Ear
The Son Of God Discloses.

REFRAIN: And He Walks With Me, And He Talks With Me,
And He Tells Me I Am His Own;
And The Joy We Share As We Tarry There,
None Other Has Ever Known.

2. He Speaks, And The Sound Of His Voice
Is So Sweet The Birds Hush Their Singing,
And The Melody That He Gave To Me
Within My Heart Is Ringing. REFRAIN

3. I’d Stay In The Garden With Him,
Though The Night Around Me Be Falling,
But He Bids Me Go; Through The Voice Of Woe
His Voice To Me Is Calling. REFRAIN

 

Psalter Reading     Psalm 150  NIV

1 Praise the Lord. Praise God in his sanctuary; praise him in his mighty heavens.
2 Praise him for his acts of power; praise him for his surpassing greatness.
3 Praise him with the sounding of the trumpet, praise him with the harp and lyre,
4 Praise him with timbrel and dancing, praise him with the strings and pipe,
5 Praise him with the clash of cymbals, praise him with resounding cymbals.

6 Let everything that has breath praise the Lord. Praise the Lord.

The Word of God….Thanks Be To God

 

Call to Confession (Leader)

When we keep our faults and failures locked safely away, we have no need to confess. But God comes into our hearts when we least expect, so we can be filled with forgiveness, with hope, with peace.  Please join me as we pray together, saying,

 

Unison Prayer for Forgiveness

God of empty tombs and emptier people:
When we hesitate to speak of your hope, forgive us, and give us a voice.
When we find it difficult to love one another, forgive us, and give us fresh compassion.
When we want to stand with the high and mighty, forgive us, and seat us next to the poor and oppressed.
When we stay locked behind our fears and doubts, forgive us, and send us out to share you grace.
When we cannot believe your Word of new life,  forgive us, and fill us with your joy.

 

Assurance of Pardon

Christ comes into every shadowed corner of our lives with the light of Easter. Christ comes into the locked rooms of our faults and gifts us with grace and hope.
Christ comes to fill us with peace, so we may proclaim the good news of mercy and forgiveness for all. Thanks be to God. Amen.

 

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     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   “Full of Doubts”    Rev. Debbie Scott

 

Invitation to Offering

On-Line giving

 

Offertory   “And Didst Thou Travel Light” (Richard Shepherd)

And didst Thou travel light, dear Lord,
Was Thine so smooth a road,
That Thou upon Thy shoulders broad
Could hoist our heavy load?
Too frail each other’s woes to bear
Without Thy help are we;
Can we each other’s burdens share,
If we not burden Thee?

O wonder of the world withstood!
That night of prayer and doom,
Was not the sunset red with blood,
The dawn pale as a tomb?
In agony and bloody sweat,
In tears of love undried,
O undespairing Lord, and yet
With man identified.

As in dark drops the pitting rain
Falls on a dusty street,
So tears shall fall and fall again
To wash Thy wounded feet.
But Thy quick hands to heal are strong,
O love, thy patients we
Who sing with joy the pilgrims’ song
And walk, dear Lord, with Thee.

 

Offering Prayer (All)

We could keep our treasures locked up where they never see the light of your love, or we can offer them back to you so that those who live in the shadows of poverty might be fed, those who walk the streets of loneliness find a community, and those who long for peace will bind an end to the violence in their lives.  And so we open our hearts and our gifts in joyous praise to you.  Amen.

 

Closing Hymn   “He Lives”  UMH 310

1. 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.

REFRAIN: 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, salvation to impart!

You ask me how I know He lives?

He lives within my heart.

2. 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. REFRAIN

3. 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. REFRAIN

 

Benediction

God sends us forth with songs of joy in our hearts.
We will go to sing of wonder to all who are empty of life
even as we gather them close to our hearts.
Jesus calls us to step out of our fears into lives of witness.
We will go to breathe peace into all the broken places around us.
The Spirit teaches us new dance steps of grace.
We will go to take our sisters and brothers by the hand
to dance in the streets of the kingdom.

 

Choral Benediction     Hallelujah!   Trad. Caribbean, arr. Moore

Hallelujah!

 

Ringing the Bicentennial Bell

 

Organ Postlude

 

 

We are grateful that you have come to be with us this morning.  It is our hope that you experience the love of Christ this morning and his presence during our worship. Please find our contact information below if you would like to reach out to us:

 

Church Office Number: 410-889-1512
Office Hours: Tuesday, Wednesday, & Saturday

8:00 AM to 4:00 PM

Email: Lovely.Lane.BCS@gmail.com

Pastor: Rev. Deb Scott

Phone Number: 301-641-4601

Email: revdeb8@aol.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

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