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Sunday, April 11, 2021

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———   ENTRANCE AND PRAISE   ———

We welcome you to this time of worship; we are glad you’re here. We invite you to either sit outside, socially-distanced and masked, or to remain in your car. Bradley Hall restrooms are available if needed.

 ANNOUNCEMENTS –  Rev. Amanda Bunce

OPENING HYMN “Lift High the Cross”

Lift high the cross, the love of Christ proclaim
till all the world adore his sacred name.

1. Come, Christians, follow this triumphant sign,
The hosts of God in unity combine.

2. Each newborn servant of the Crucified
bears on the brow the seal of him who died.

3. O Lord, once lifted on the glorious tree,
as thou hast promised, draw the world to thee.

4. So shall our song of triumph ever be:
praise to the Crucified for victory!

OPENING PRAYER

Holy God, we give you thanks and praise for light and life and love, and above all the presence of the living Lord among us. By your Spirit who breathes within us, strengthen our faith, use our gifts, and work in our lives to bear witness to the resurrection of Christ our Lord, in whose name we pray. Amen.

  ———   PROCLAMATION ———

CHILDREN’S SERMON – Amy Takahashi

PRAYER FOR ILLUMINATION

The Lord be with you.

And also with you.

Let us pray:

Lord, open our hearts and minds by the power of your Holy Spirit, that as the Scriptures are read and your Word is proclaimed, we may hear with joy what you say to us today. Amen.

ACTS LESSON Acts 4:32-35 CEB

PSALTER Psalm 118:1-2, 19-29 CEB

Look at how good and pleasing it is
when God’s people live together as one!

It is like expensive oil poured over the head,
running down onto the beard—
Aaron’s beard!—
which extended over the collar of his robes.

It is like the dew on Mount Hermon
streaming down onto the mountains of Zion,

Because it is there that the Lord has commanded the blessing:

everlasting life.

EPISTLE LESSON 1 John 1:1-2:2 CEB

GOSPEL LESSON John 20 19-31 CEB

SERMON “Unless I See”-  Rev. Dr. Alan Swartz

———   RESPONSE TO THE WORD ———

SONG OF RESPONSE “Resurrecting” Morgan & Fielding

Verse 1

The head that once was crowned with thorns is crowned with glory now.

The Savior knelt to wash our feet, now at His feet we bow.

Verse 2

The One who wore our sin and shame, now robed in majesty.
The radiance of perfect love now shines for all to see.

Chorus

Your name, Your name is victory. All praise will rise to Christ our King. (x2)

Verse 3

The fear that held us now gives way to Him who is our peace.
His final breath upon the cross is now alive in me.

Bridge

By Your Spirit I will rise from the ashes of defeat. The resurrected King is resurrecting me.
In Your name I come alive to declare Your victory. The resurrected King is resurrecting me.

Verse 4

The tomb where soldiers watched in vain was borrowed for three days.
His body there would not remain, our God has robbed the grave.

PRAYER OF CONFESSION – Rev. Janet Baucom

You have shown yourself to us, O God, by Word and Spirit, with signs and wonders, in flesh and blood, yet we still struggle to live and believe the good news of Jesus Christ. Have mercy on us; forgive us. Enter into our lives and cast out our fear so that we may come to trust in you and have life in Jesus’ name.

 THE PEACE

The peace of Christ be with you.

And also with you.

 OFFERING

DOXOLOGY “Praise God, From Whom All Blessings Flow” old hundredth

Praise God, from whom all blessings flow;

praise God, all creatures here below;

praise God above, ye heavenly host;

praise Father, Son, and Holy Ghost. Amen

 PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE

Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.

THE LORD’S PRAYER

Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy Name.
Thy kingdom come, thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread, and forgive us our trespasses,
as we forgive those who trespass against us.
And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.
For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, forever. Amen.

  ———   SENDING FORTH ———

CLOSING HYMN  “Christ Is Risen”

Christ is risen! Shout hosanna! Celebrate this day of days!
Christ is risen! Hush in wonder: all creation is amazed.
In the desert all-surrounding, see, a spreading tree has grown.
Healing leaves of grace abounding bring a taste of love unknown.

Christ is risen! Raise your spirits from the caverns of despair.
Walk with gladness in the morning. See what love can do and dare.
Drink the wine of resurrection, not a servant, but a friend.
Jesus is our strong companion. Joy and peace shall never end.

Christ is risen! Earth and heaven nevermore shall be the same.
Break the bread of new creation where the world is still in pain.
Tell its grim, demonic chorus: “Christ is risen! Get you gone!”
God the First and Last is with us. Sing Hosanna everyone!

BENEDICTION   

 

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