Bulletin for April 26, 2020

April 26, 2020

Third Sunday of Easter

Gathering in God's Presence



Call to Worship

Sing praises to God, you faithful, give thanks to God’s holy name!

Weeping may linger for a night, but joy comes in the morning.

You turn our weeping to dancing, God;

You remove the garments of mourning and clothe us in gladness.

May we praise you and not be silent!

We will give thanks to you, O God, forever!

Opening Prayer

We come before you, O God, in Easter joy,

seeking to be a people of the resurrection.

Be known among us;

grant us the assurance of your presence,

your love, and your renewing power.

Through your Word and Spirit,

reveal to us your purpose in our lives.

We pray in the name of Jesus Christ. Amen.

Hymn #113 Christ the Lord Is Risen Today

Call to Confession

Silent Prayer of Confession

Corporate Prayer of Confession

Almighty God,

in raising Jesus from the grave,

you shattered the power of sin and death.

We confess that we remain captive to doubt and fear,

bound by the ways that lead to death.

We overlook the poor and the hungry,

and pass by those who mourn;

we are deaf to the cries of the oppressed,

and indifferent to calls for peace;

we despise the weak,

and abuse the earth you made.

Forgive us, God of mercy.

Help us to trust your power

to change our lives and make us new,

that we may know the joy of life abundant

given in Jesus Christ, the risen Lord. Amen.

Assurance of Forgiveness

Sharing the Peace of Christ

The peace of the risen Christ be with you.

And also with you.

The Word

Prayer for Illumination (unison)

Lord, like the disciples walking to Emmaus,

we often fail to recognize you.

Open our eyes to see you today.

Open our ears to hear what you are saying to us today.

Lord, as you did with those walking to Emmaus,

spend time with us in fellowship until our hearts burn.


First Scripture Reading Psalm 116:1-4, 12-19 (NRSV)

I love the LORD,

because he has heard my voice and my supplications. Because he inclined his ear to me,

therefore I will call on him as long as I live. The snares of death encompassed me;

the pangs of Sheol laid hold on me;

I suffered distress and anguish. Then I called on the name of the LORD:

"O LORD, I pray, save my life!" What shall I return to the LORD for all his bounty to me? I will lift up the cup of salvation

and call on the name of the LORD, I will pay my vows to the LORD

in the presence of all his people. Precious in the sight of the LORD

is the death of his faithful ones. O LORD, I am your servant;

I am your servant, the child of your serving girl.

You have loosed my bonds. I will offer to you a thanksgiving sacrifice

and call on the name of the LORD. I will pay my vows to the LORD

in the presence of all his people, in the courts of the house of the LORD, in your midst, O Jerusalem.

Praise the LORD!

For the Word of God in Scripture

For the Word of God among us,

For the Word of God within us,

Thanks be to God

Special Music

“On that Great, Great Mornin”’ Mary McDonald

Trio Nancy Abbott, Steve Abbott, Karen Bengtson

Second Scripture Reading Luke 24:13-35

For the Word of God in Scripture

For the Word of God among us,

For the Word of God within us,

Thanks be to God



*Declaration of Faith Apostles' Creed

Prayers of the People/Pastoral Prayer

Lord, in your steadfast love,

Hear our prayer.

Lord's Prayer


*Prayer of Dedication (unison)

Like the disciples at Emmaus, we offer what we have. They offered their company, their table, their bread. We invite you to be with us, Jesus, as we offer you our love, our devotion, ourselves. May our eyes be opened to your holy presence among us, now and always. Amen.

Song of Praise #122 Thine Is the Glory


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