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WE GATHER IN GOD’S NAME
FIRST PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH OF HOMEWOOD
Through the grace of God, faith in Jesus Christ, and the power of the Holy Spirit, we prayerfully seek to discern God’s will for this congregation and to reach beyond ourselves to feed the hungry, body and soul. Adopted by Session 7/31/17
PRAYER FOR PEACE |||Peace Prayer of Saint Francis
Lord, make me an instrument of your peace: where there is hatred, let me sow love; where there is injury, pardon; where there is doubt, faith; where there is despair, hope; where there is darkness, light; where there is sadness, joy. O divine Master, grant that I may not so much seek to be consoled as to console, to be understood as to understand, to be loved as to love. For it is in giving that we receive, it is in pardoning that we are pardoned, and it is in dying that we are born to eternal life. Amen.
*CALL TO CONTINUING WORSHIP
We hear the voice of Jesus:
our hearts burn within us.
We lift our voices to God
and call on the name of the Lord!
The risen Christ is here in this place:
*HYMN 817 ||| We Walk by Faith and Not by Sight ||| Dunlap’s Creek
CALL TO CONFESSION
As we continue our celebrationof the resurrection of Jesus Christ,we are called to repent,remembering that the promise of Jesus Christis for us, for our children, for our siblings,for all who are near and all who are far,for everyone called to God. In confidence, let us confess our sin.
*PRAYER OF CONFESSION
Eternally patient God,we ask again and again,“What should we do?” And again and again, you tell us,“Repent and return to me.” Yet we have not changed our ways. We fall into old habits,cling to our own ways,and take for granted the grace you have given us. Once again, we ask you for forgiveness. Show us the way forwardand help us return, once again, to you. (silent prayer)
*DECLARATION OF FORGIVENESS
Beloved, hear this good news:through Christ you have come to trust in God,who raised Christ from the dead and gave him glory,so that your faith and hope are set on God. We are born anew, through the livingand enduring word of God.
Alleluia! Praise to the risen Christ!
*THE GLORIA 581
MOMENT WITH OUR CHILDREN ||| Rev. Matt Lang
WELCOME AND CHURCH COMMUNICATIONS
WE HEAR GOD’S WORD
PRAYER FOR ILLUMINATION
FIRST SCRIPTURE READING ||| Acts 2:14a, 36-41
14aBut Peter, standing with the eleven, raised his voice and addressed them,36“Therefore let the entire house of Israel know with certainty that God has made him both Lord and Messiah, this Jesus whom you crucified.”37Now when they heard this, they were cut to the heart and said to Peter and to the other apostles, “Brothers, what should we do?” 38Peter said to them, “Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ so that your sins may be forgiven; and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. 39For the promise is for you, for your children, and for all who are far away, everyone whom the Lord our God calls to him.” 40And he testified with many other arguments and exhorted them, saying, “Save yourselves from this corrupt generation.” 41So those who welcomed his message were baptized, and that day about three thousand persons were added.
SECONDSCRIPTUREREADING ||| Luke 24:13-35
13Now on that same day two of them were going to a village called Emmaus, about seven miles from Jerusalem, 14and talking with each other about all these things that had happened. 15While they were talking and discussing, Jesus himself came near and went with them, 16but their eyes were kept from recognizing him. 17And he said to them, “What are you discussing with each other while you walk along?” They stood still, looking sad. 18Then one of them, whose name was Cleopas, answered him, “Are you the only stranger in Jerusalem who does not know the things that have taken place there in these days?” 19He asked them, “What things?” They replied, “The things about Jesus of Nazareth, who was a prophet mighty in deed and word before God and all the people, 20and how our chief priests and leaders handed him over to be condemned to death and crucified him. 21But we had hoped that he was the one to redeem Israel. Yes, and besides all this, it is now the third day since these things took place. 22Moreover, some women of our group astounded us. They were at the tomb early this morning, 23and when they did not find his body there, they came back and told us that they had indeed seen a vision of angels who said that he was alive. 24Some of those who were with us went to the tomb and found it just as the women had said; but they did not see him.” 25Then he said to them, “Oh, how foolish you are, and how slow of heart to believe all that the prophets have declared! 26Was it not necessary that the Messiah should suffer these things and then enter into his glory?” 27Then beginning with Moses and all the prophets, he interpreted to them the things about himself in all the scriptures.28As they came near the village to which they were going, he walked ahead as if he were going on. 29But they urged him strongly, saying, “Stay with us, because it is almost evening and the day is now nearly over.” So he went in to stay with them. 30When he was at the table with them, he took bread, blessed and broke it, and gave it to them. 31Then their eyes were opened, and they recognized him; and he vanished from their sight. 32They said to each other, “Were not our hearts burning within us while he was talking to us on the road, while he was opening the scriptures to us?” 33That same hour they got up and returned to Jerusalem; and they found the eleven and their companions gathered together. 34They were saying, “The Lord has risen indeed, and he has appeared to Simon!” 35Then they told what had happened on the road, and how he had been made known to them in the breaking of the bread.
The Word of the Lord
Thanks be to God!
SERMON ||| "What Are You Discussing With Each Other? ||| Rev. Matt Lang
WE RESPOND TO GOD’S WORD
*HYMN 252 ||| Day of Arising ||| Raabe
*AFFIRMATION OF FAITH ||| The Brief Statement of Faith 1983
In life and in death we belong to God. Through the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, the love of God, and the communion of the Holy Spirit, we trust in the one triune God, the Holy One of Israel, whom alone we worship and serve.
PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE AND 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.
OFFERING OF OUR GIFTS
INVITATION TO THE OFFERING
As God gave us Christ,the firstfruit of creation,let us humbly offerthe substance of our livesin thanksgiving to our God.
*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
Thank you, O God, for giving us this celebration with our risen and glorious Lord.Now send us out to be a signof the new life that has come into the world;through Jesus Christ our Savior. Amen.
WE GO IN GOD’S NAME
*HYMN 451 ||| Open My Eyes, That I May See ||| Open My Eyes
CHARGE & BLESSING
May the love of the holy triune God—Father, Son, and Holy Spirit—abide with you forever.
Now go forth in Jesus’ name,remembering his new commandmentto love one another, just as he has loved us.
Go in peace to love and serve the Lord! Thanks be to God!
Rev. Matt Lang, Pastor
Mrs. Mary Ann Wenzelman, Interim Organist/Pianist
Worship Liturgist: Vern Moore
Ushers: Charlene Hansen, Bob James, Eleanor Steiner
Web Techs: Shirley Armistead, Nancy Beaudoin, Phil Dillman, Kathie Hazlett
SCRIPTURES IN WORSHIP – Next Sunday we will be readingActs 2:42-47 and John 10:1-10.