Sunday, April 8, 2018

Liturgies for Resurrection Season

The Order of Worship for the Lord’s Day

The Second Sunday of the Resurrection
April 8, 2018
The Third Sunday of the Resurrection
April 15, 2018 
The Fourth Sunday of the Resurrection
April 22, 2018
The Fifth Sunday of the Resurrection
April 29, 2018
The Sixth Sunday of the Resurrection
May 6, 2018
The Seventh Sunday of the Resurrection
May 13, 2018


Gathering Music:
Welcome & Announcements
Entrance Song: “Be Not Afraid” (sung twice) ——/243 

Call to Worship 

The time is fulfilled,
the Kingdom of God has drawn near,
Repent, and believe the good news. Mark 1:15

Filling the Baptismal Font 

Do you not know that all of us who have been baptized into Christ Jesus 
were baptized into his death? 
Therefore we have been buried with him by baptism into death, 
so that, just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, 
so we too might walk in newness of life. Romans 6:3, 4

In baptism God claims us
and seals us to show that we belong to God.
God frees us from sin and death,
uniting us with Jesus Christ
in his death and resurrection.
By water and the Holy Spirit
we are gathered into the church, the body of Christ,
and sent out into the world 
with the good news of Christ’s love, peace, and justice.

Remember your baptism, and be thankful!


4/8 “Jesus Shall Reign Where’er the Sun” 423/265
4/15 “Bring Many Names” ——/760
4/22 “The Strife Is O’er” 119/236
4/29 “That Easter Day with Joy Was Bright” 121/254
5/6 “Because You Live, O Christ” 105/249
5/13 “Come, Christians, Join to Sing” 150/267

Prayer for Wholeness 

4/8, 4/15

O Christ our God:
You defeat death by death!
We clam up and say nothing.
You deliver us from death to life!
We scoff in disbelief.
You reveal the truth of your love for us!
We want proof.
You give us wings!
We crawl around in the dirt.
You make us whole!
We prefer the sour security 
of our fear, shame, and anger.
You make all things new!
We want things to be the way they used to be.
You make us one in you!
We would rather have competitors and enemies.
You set us free from sin and death!
But we like it here in this familiar tomb.
You roll away the stone crushing our hearts!
Open our eyes to your saving presence.
You call us out of the darkness, into your light!
May we respond with joy and delight,
risking all to dance in the glory of your love!

4/22, 4/29, 5/6

Great God of life:
you give us the key to new life,
you open us up to a new way of being.
Reform us, O God;
reveal our true nature.
After the time of our disintegration;
after all the losses and closings;
after all the cutbacks and costs:
You reassemble us according to the pattern of Christ:
the true Human and the true God.
You reveal our destiny and our origin
as people made in your Image.
What we used to be is gone forever,
and that is good!
Our true nature is emerging in us!
Who we will be is far greater than we can imagine!


God of Love and welcome:
you give us the “highest” and most inclusive vision of all.
In Christ we see our unity with all of life and all people.
In Christ we see that there are no “others,”
just different manifestations of blessing and glory.
In his Ascension he does not go away, but within.
He does not abandon us, but makes us participants in your nature.
Therefore, in Christ, we are people of compassion and empathy,
all suffering is our suffering,
all joy is our joy.
We cherish every life as a miracle of grace and love;
we honor every soul as a gift of light.
For in you we are one,
and we are lost in wonder, joy, and praise!


O Holy God, 
you dwell among us in all the good things that you have made,
and within us by the power of your Holy Spirit. 
You have brought everything out of nothing into being.
You breathed your breath into all that lives. 
You have created human beings in your image and likeness 
and adorned us with all the gifts of grace. 
You give us wisdom and understanding,
and have established repentance as the way of salvation. 
Master, accept our prayers  
and visit us in your goodness. 
Forgive all that we have done which is contrary to your will,
whether voluntary or involuntary.
sanctify our souls and bodies, 
and grant that we may worship and serve you 
in holiness all the days of our lives.

The living God is an eternal dance of joyful love
we call the Holy Trinity.
We join in that dance as we stand and sing together:
“Sing we to our God above:” 

*Gloria: “Jesus Christ Is Risen Today!” (verse 4) 123/232

TF *Procession of the Word

TF A child processes into the Sanctuary carrying a Bible, as the people sing the Gloria.
*The Peace

Christ is in the midst of us.
He is and ever shall be.
May the grace and peace of Christ our God be with all of you.
And also with you.

The people exchange words and signs of God’s peace.

*Response: “Halle-, Halle-, Halleluia” ——/591

Halle-, Halle-, Halleluia!
Halle-, Halle-, Halleluia!
Halle-, Halle-, Halleluia!


TF (Our young disciples depart to continue worship and learning downstairs.)

Prayer for Understanding

Enlighten our hearts and minds by your Word, O God.
Open our eyes to the truth of your saving love, revealed in Scripture,
Move our legs to walk in your way of peace.
Open our hands to do your work,
and our arms to welcome others in your name.
For you are the enlightening of our souls and bodies, O Christ our God, 
and to you we give glory, now and forever.  

New Testament

4/8 Acts 4:32-35
4/15 Acts 3:12-19
4/22 Acts 4:5-12
4/29 Acts 8:26-40
5/6 Acts 10:44-48
5/13 Acts 1:15-17, 21-26


4/8 TF “Behold the Goodness of Our Lord”  Psalm 133   241
LW “O Look and Wonder” Psalm 133       397
4/15 TF “In the Night I Can Take My Rest”  Psalm 4 160
LW “O God, Be Gracious”   Psalm 4                     776
4/22 “My Shepherd Will Supply My Need”   Psalm 23 172/803
4/29 “In the Presence of Your People” Psalm 22:25-31 ——/631
5/6 “New Songs of Celebration Render” Psalm 98 218/371
5/13 TF “God, Our Lord, a King Remaining” Psalm 93 213
LW “God, You Rule with Royal Bearing” Psalm 93       272

4/8 John 20:19-31
4/30 Luke 24:36b-48
5/7 John 10:11-18
5/14 John 15:1-8
5/21 John 15:9-17
5/28 Luke 24:44-53


*Affirmation of Faith, The Nicene Creed (Ecumenical, p. 15)

Prayers of God’s Creation and People


O Great Healer:
let your Spirit swing 
around us and through us,
over us, under us, and among us,
with healing in her wings,
making us whole
and restoring us to our created goodness.


O Deep Mystery:
Bless all of us here today, 
as we offer our worship and praise to you,
and for all those baptized into your Name of every time and place
who have sought to trust and follow you.
We pray especially for disciples chosen for responsibility in your church….

And as we gather we also represent our whole community, especially: 
those chosen for responsibility in government and the courts…
all first responders…
travelers and workers… 
the aged and infirm…
the grieving and abandoned…
the sick and the addicted…
the poor and the oppressed…  
the unemployed and the destitute…
the prisoners and captives…
the undocumented, migrants, and refugees…
indigenous peoples…
victims of war and terrorism… 
victims of natural disasters…
victims of domestic abuse…
victims of slavery and human trafficking…
and all who remember and care for the needy among us…. 

As you commanded, O Lord,
we pray for our enemies and those who wish us harm.

We pray for all experiencing persecution for their faith…

We gather as well with all those who have died in the hope of resurrection,
and are now at rest….

Help, save, comfort, and defend us, gracious Lord.
In the communion of all the saints, 
we commend ourselves, one another, 
and our whole life to you, O Christ our God,
and to you we render glory,
now and forever.



The Earth is the Lords and the fullness thereof,
the world and all that dwell therein.            Psalm 24:1 

Offertory Music: “” 

*Doxology: “Alleluia, Alleluia!  Give Thanks”  (verse 1) 106/240

Invitation to the Lord’s Table

According to Luke,
when our risen Lord was at table with his disciples, 
he took the bread, and blessed and broke it,
and gave it to them.
Then their eyes were opened
and they recognized him.
Luke 24:30, 31

This is the Lord’s table.
Our Savior invites those who trust in him
to share in the feast
which he has prepared.

Communion Preface

Gracious God:
we lift up our hearts to you in deep gratitude.
You raised Jesus from death to life. 
Because he is the One in whom we share true Humanity,
we also share in his victory over the grave. 
In him we are set free from the bonds of sin and the fear of death 
to share the glorious freedom of your children. 
In his uprising you promise eternal life to all who trust and follow him. 
For he makes us by grace what he is by nature:
participants in your divine and eternal life.
We praise you that as we break bread in faith, 
we shall know the risen Christ within and among us.


And so we join our voices 
with those of all your people
in every time and place,
in the angels’ song of praise to you:

Holy, holy, holy Lord
God of power and might.
Heaven and earth are full of your glory
Hosanna in the highest!
Blessed is he,
O blessed is he 
who comes in the name of the Lord!
Hosanna in the highest,
Hosanna in the highest!

Eucharistic Prayer & the Lord’s Prayer (Traditional, p. 16)

God, our Creator, Redeemer, and Sustainer: 
You breathed the universe into being
and loved your creation so much 
that you gave your only Son 
so that whoever places their wholehearted trust in him 
should not perish, but have eternal life.

On that last night just before he gave his life for the life of the world,
he took the bread, blessed it, broke it, 
and gave it to his disciples,
saying, “This is my body.  Do this in remembrance of me.”

The celebrant breaks the bread.

And he took the cup of wine.  
After giving thanks he shared it with them,
saying, “This is the new covenant in my blood.
Whenever you drink it, remember me.”

The celebrant pours the wine into the cup.

And so we do remember him,
the One in whom true humanity was realized 
once and for all.
And in so doing we remember ourselves:
who and whose we truly are.
For he restores your Image in each of us,
revealing the blessing and goodness,
the joy and the beauty
at the heart of all that is.

Pour out your Holy Spirit upon us 
and upon these your gifts of the bread and the cup, 
making the bread we break 
and the cup we bless the true and full communion 
in the body and blood of Jesus Christ.

Remembering, therefore, 
this command of the Savior, 
we offer to you these gifts from your own gifts 
on behalf of all and for all.

O God,
like chicks fed by a mother-bird,
so our mouths are open to receive you.
And so we are bold to pray in the words Jesus taught us,
saying: Our Father….    

The Holy Communion of the People of God

With hearts trusting in an awesome God, 
come to the Table.  
Blessed is the one who comes in the name of the Lord.
Receive the Body of Christ:
taste the fountain of immortality.
Alleluia!  Alleluia!  Alleluia!

The people come to the Table to share in Christ’s body and blood by intinction:
taking a piece of bread, dipping it into the cup, and eating it.
(The cup contains non-alcoholic juice.)
TF Those who wish to pray with the pastor before or after communion
may meet with him to the side.

May the Body and Blood of Christ our God bring you to everlasting life.  Amen.

Communion Music 

Closing Prayer

O God, your life infuses us and fills us,
energizing every part of us, 
empowering us to share together in your mission,
showing your love and justice in all we do.
Send us out into your world as bearers of the good news
of your saving love for the whole world.
Guide us in forming a community of peace
through which we may witness to and share your love
here and everywhere.
We have seen the True Light!
We have received the heavenly Spirit!
We have found the true Faith 
in the undivided and life-giving Trinity
who has saved us!


4/8 “Hear the Good News of Salvation” 355/441
4/15 “When Peace Like a River” ——/840
4/22 “In the Bulb, There Is a Flower” ——/250
4/29 “Alleluia!  Sing to Jesus” 144/260
5/6 “Will You Come and Follow Me” ——/726
5/13 “Blessing and Honor” 369/147



Brothers and sisters, 
Be at peace among yourselves. 
Encourage the faint-hearted, help the weak, be patient with all of them. 
See that none of you repays evil for evil, 
but always seek to do good to one another and to all. 
Rejoice always, 
pray without ceasing, 
give thanks in all circumstances; 
for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you. 
Do not quench the Spirit. 
Do not despise the words of prophets, 
but test everything; 
hold fast to what is good; 
abstain from every form of evil. From 1 Thessalonians 5:12-22


And now may the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ,
the love of God,
and the communion of the Holy Spirit
be with you all. 2 Corinthians 13:13

*Choral Benediction: “Goodness Is Stronger Than Evil” ——/750



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