Bulletin for Sunday, April 19, 2020

April 19, 2020

Second Sunday of Easter

Gathering in God's Presence



Call to Worship

This is the good news which we proclaim to you.

Jesus Christ is raised from the dead!

Walk in the light of his love.

Live in the light of his teachings and healing mercies.

Come, let us worship the One Who overcame death.

Let us celebrate the triumph of our Lord. Amen.

Opening Prayer

Living God,

for whom no door is closed,

no heart is locked,

draw us beyond our doubts,

till we see your Christ

and touch his wounds

where they bleed in others.

This we ask through Christ our Savior,

who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,

one God, now and forever. Amen

Call to Confession

Silent Prayer of Confession

Corporate Prayer of Confession

Creator God,

we confess that at times we are skeptics.

At times we doubt that You exist

because of the evil we have seen in the world.

Oppression, marginalization, disease

and plain hate still plague our world.

It is hard to see Your love and light.

Sometimes, even we who bear your name

do not walk in your ways.

Forgive us, gracious God

Help us to see your goodness in this world.

Help us to know your love.

Fill us with your love and goodness,

so that we might love one another,

and lift up one another in faith. 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)

  1. Life-giving God, steady us with your Spirit.

  2. Create deep inner peace within us,

  3. so that we may attend to your words of hope and promise

  4. for the sake of Christ, your Living Word. Amen.

First Scripture Reading Psalm 16

Protect me, O God, for in you I take refuge.

I say to the Lord, “You are my Lord;

I have no good apart from you.”

As for the holy ones in the land, they are the noble,     in whom is all my delight.

Those who choose another god

multiply their sorrows;

their drink offerings of blood I will not pour out

or take their names upon my lips.

The Lord is my chosen portion and my cup;     you hold my lot. The boundary lines have fallen for me

in pleasant places; I have a goodly heritage.

I bless the Lord who gives me counsel;     in the night also my heart instructs me. I keep the Lord always before me;     because he is at my right hand,

I shall not be moved.

Therefore my heart is glad, and my soul rejoices;     my body also rests secure. For you do not give me up to Sheol,     or let your faithful one see the Pit.

You show me the path of life.     In your presence there is fullness of joy;     in your right hand are pleasures forevermore.

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

Second Scripture Reading John 20:19-31

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


Musical Meditation

Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring written by J.S. Bach, arranged by Sue Garton.

Sherilyn Roach, Bell soloist


*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)

Holy God, you sent us your Son

to teach us how to live with one another,

and Jesus made it so clear for us

when he told parables of compassion and mercy.

We remember that our lives are a journey,

and there are wounded and hurting all along the road.

Some are where we can see, some are where we cannot see. May we be used to bind up the wounds, to ease the pain,

to give hope to those who wait in despair

as the world seems to pass by on the other side.

We pray as we serve, in Jesus’ name. Amen


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