"A Matter of Life and Death"

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BULLETIN FOR STREAMING SERVICE


WE GATHER IN GOD’S NAME

PRAYER FOR PEACE
Did I offer peace today? Did I bring a smile to someone’s face? Did I offer words of healing? Did I let go of my anger and resentment? Did I forgive? Did I love? These are the real questions. I must trust that the little bit of love that I sow now will bear many fruits, here in this world and the life to come.
~Henri Nouwen

PRELUDE ||| Fanfares on "Easter Hymn" Robert Lau


*CALL TO CONTINUING WORSHIP
Today is the day mystery unfolds.
We glimpse it at the dawning of light.
We yearn to hear our Lord calling us:
sister, brother, sibling.
Today we recall again God’s trustworthy promise:
The tomb is empty!
The Lord is risen!
The enemy of death is destroyed!
We delight, saying: alleluia!
We wonder, singing: alleluia!
We are witnesses shouting: alleluia!

*HYMN 232 ||| Jesus Christ Is Risen Today ||| Easter Hymn
(interlude between verses 3 & 4)

CALL TO CONFESSION
Death is overcome.
Evil is thwarted.
Let us confess the sin we carry
that we may receive new life in Christ.

*PRAYER OF CONFESSION
On this bright and joyful day, we bring our whole selves to you, great God, honestly naming the truth about our lives. We are sinking under piles of shame, judgment, and self-pity, feeling closer to hell than heaven. Christ, rend our veil of tears. Restore us. Renew us. Revive us. In the name of the risen Christ we pray.
(silent prayer)
Amen.


*DECLARATION OF FORGIVENESS
Hear the good news! The Lord is alive! The risen Lord destroys death, conquers sin, and wipes away all shame. We are drenched in radiating mystery: God is with us. Receive the wonderful news: You are made alive in Christ.
In Jesus Christ you are restored. Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia!

*THE GLORIA 581

MOMENT WITH OUR CHILDREN ||| Rev. Matt Lang

WELCOME AND CHURCH COMMUNICATIONS
(Instead of passing a pad, we ask that you sign the register in the Narthex as you leave, if you haven’t done so already.)

WE HEAR GOD’S WORD

PRAYER FOR ILLUMINATION

FIRST SCRIPTURE READING ||| Acts 10:34-43
34Then Peter began to speak to them: “I truly understand that God shows no partiality, 35but in every nation anyone who fears him and does what is right is acceptable to him. 36You know the message he sent to the people of Israel, preaching peace by Jesus Christ—he is Lord of all. 37That message spread throughout Judea, beginning in Galilee after the baptism that John announced: 38how God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and with power; how he went about doing good and healing all who were oppressed by the devil, for God was with him. 39We are witnesses to all that he did both in Judea and in Jerusalem. They put him to death by hanging him on a tree; 40but God raised him on the third day and allowed him to appear, 41not to all the people but to us who were chosen by God as witnesses, and who ate and drank with him after he rose from the dead. 42He commanded us to preach to the people and to testify that he is the one ordained by God as judge of the living and the dead. 43All the prophets testify about him that everyone who believes in him receives forgiveness of sins through his name.”

SPECIAL MUSIC ||| O Sons and Daughters ||| Lyndell Leatherman

SECOND SCRIPTURE READING ||| Luke 24:1-12
But on the first day of the week, at early dawn, they came to the tomb, taking the spices that they had prepared. 2They found the stone rolled away from the tomb, 3but when they went in, they did not find the body. 4While they were perplexed about this, suddenly two men in dazzling clothes stood beside them. 5The women were terrified and bowed their faces to the ground, but the men said to them, “Why do you look for the living among the dead? He is not here, but has risen. 6Remember how he told you, while he was still in Galilee, 7that the Son of Man must be handed over to sinners, and be crucified, and on the third day rise again.” 8Then they remembered his words, 9and returning from the tomb, they told all this to the eleven and to all the rest. 10Now it was Mary Magdalene, Joanna, Mary the mother of James, and the other women with them who told this to the apostles. 11But these words seemed to them an idle tale, and they did not believe them. 12But Peter got up and ran to the tomb; stooping and looking in, he saw the linen cloths by themselves; then he went home, amazed at what had happened.
The Word of the Lord
Thanks be to God! 
SERMON ||| A Matter of Life and Death ||| Rev. Matt Lang

WE RESPOND TO GOD’S WORD

*HYMN 247 ||| Now the Green Blade Rises ||| Noel Nouvelet

*AFFIRMATION OF FAITH ||| The Apostles’ Creed
I believe in God the Father Almighty, Maker of heaven and earth, and in Jesus Christ his only Son our Lord; who was conceived by the Holy Ghost, born of the Virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, dead, and buried; he descended into hell; the third day he rose again from the dead; he ascended into heaven, and sitteth on the right hand of God the Father Almighty; from thence he shall come to judge the quick and the dead. I believe in the Holy Ghost; the holy catholic Church; the communion of saints; the forgiveness of sins; the resurrection of the body; and the life everlasting. Amen.

PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE

OFFERING OF OUR GIFTS AND ONE GREAT HOUR OF SHARING OFFERING

OFFERTORY ||| Christ Is Risen Medley ||| Ruth Elaine Schram

*DOXOLOGY 606 ||| Old Hundredth
Praise God, from whom all blessings flow;
Praise Him, all creatures here below;
Praise Him above, ye heavenly host;
Praise Father, Son and Holy Ghost. Amen.

*PRAYER OF DEDICATION
See in our gifts our loyalty to you. We commit ourselves to both show forth and work for your kingdom to come in our midst and around the world. Amen.

SEALING OF THE WORD

INVITATION TO THE LORD’S TABLE

GREAT PRAYER OF THANKSGIVING
The Lord be with you.
And also with you.
Lift up your hearts.
We lift them up to the Lord.
Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.
It is right to give our thanks and praise.

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 debts, as we forgive our debtors; and lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. For thine is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever. Amen.

WORDS OF INSTITUTION
SHARING OF THE MEAL
All who believe in Jesus Christ as Lord, regardless of age or denomination, are invited to partake in the Sacrament of Communion. Please come forward down the side aisle. Take a piece of the bread and a cup and eat. Please dispose of the cups in the waste baskets by the table. We have gluten free bread available. Return to your seat by the center aisle.

PRAYER AFTER COMMUNION
God of grace, you renew us at your table with the bread of life. May this food strengthen us in love and help us to serve you in each other. We ask this in the name of Jesus the Lord. Amen.


WE GO IN GOD’S NAME

*HYMN 238 ||| Thine Is the Glory ||| Judas MacCabeus

CHARGE
Believe what you have witnessed and run to the others, joyfully shouting, “I have seen the Lord!”
Alleluia! Amen!

BENEDICTION
At the doors of the church: Christ is risen! Christ is risen! Christ is risen!
He is risen indeed!

POSTLUDE ||| Hail the Day That Sees Him Rise ||| Douglas E. Wagner

Some people choose to be seated to listen to the postlude. If you need to leave,
the pastor and worship leader are glad to greet you at the entrance of the sanctuary.
Go in peace to love and serve the Lord! Thanks be to God!

Rev. Matt Lang, Pastor
Mrs. Mary Ann Wenzelman, Interim Organist/Pianist
Web Techs: Phil Dillman, Laura Dillman, Kathie Hazlett, Susan Zorns

Worship Liturgists: Char Hansen, Jeff Hill, Linda Hill
Ushers: Char Hansen, Bob James, Eleanor Steiner

SCRIPTURES IN WORSHIP – Next Sunday we will be reading Acts 5:27-32 and John 20:19-31.

 

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