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Sunday, 4/11/2021

 

This Week’s Service:

 

WELCOME AND ANNOUNCEMENTS

 

PRELUDE             “Come Ye Faithful, Join the Strain”        arr. Johnson

 

*CALL TO WORSHIP

Rejoice in the Lord always.

 I will say it again: Rejoice! 

Let us worship God!

 

*OPENING PRAYER

 

*HYMN     # 268     “Crown Him with Many Crowns”

Crown him with many crowns,
the Lamb upon his throne;
hark, how the heavenly anthem drowns
all music but its own!
Awake, my soul, and sing
of him who died for thee,
and hail him as thy matchless King
through all eternity.

Crown him the Lord of love;
behold his hands and side,
rich wounds, yet visible above,
in beauty glorified:
no angel in the sky
can fully bear that sight,
but downward bends his burning eye
at mysteries so bright.

Crown him the Lord of peace,
whose power a scepter sways
from pole to pole, that wars may cease,
absorbed in prayer and praise.
His reign shall know no end;
and round his pierced feet
fair flowers of paradise extend
their fragrance ever sweet.

Crown him the Lord of years,
the potentate of time;
creator of the rolling spheres,
ineffably sublime.
All hail, Redeemer, hail!
For thou hast died for me;
thy praise shall never, never fail
throughout eternity.

 

PRAYER OF CONFESSION

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 our lives and cast out our fear so that we may come to trust in you and have life in Jesus’ name. Amen.

 

ASSURANCE OF PARDON

We have an advocate with God— Jesus Christ, the righteous one—who offered his life in love to save the world from sin. This is the good news of the gospel: in Jesus Christ we are forgiven.

Thanks be to God.

 

CHORAL ANTHEM

 

PRAYER FOR ILLUMINATION

 

OLD TESTAMENT READING          Psalm 133

 

NEW TESTAMENT READING             Luke 24:13-35

 

SERMON     “The Road to Emmaus: When You Can’t See Jesus”

 

*APOSTLES’ CREED

 

*HYMN     # 157     “I Danced in the Morning”

I danced in the morning when the world was begun,
and I danced in the moon and the stars and the sun,
and I came down from heaven and I danced on the earth.
At Bethlehem I had my birth.

Refrain:
Dance, then, wherever you may be;
I am the Lord of the Dance, said he,
and I’ll lead you all, wherever you may be,
and I’ll lead you all in the dance, said he.

I danced for the scribe and the Pharisee,
but they would not dance and they would not follow me.
I danced for the fishermen, for James and John.
They came with me and the dance went on. (Refrain)

3 I danced on the Sabbath and I cured the lame.
The holy people said it was a shame.
They whipped and they stripped and they hung me high,
and left me there on a cross to die. (Refrain)

I danced on a Friday when the sky turned black.
It’s hard to dance with the devil on your back.
They buried my body and they thought I’d gone,
but I am the dance and I still go on. (Refrain)

They cut me down and I leapt up high.
I am the life that will never, never die.
I’ll live in you if you’ll live in me,
I am the Lord of the Dance, said he. (Refrain)

 

PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE & THE LORD’S PRAYER

 

*HYMN     # 485     “We Know that Christ Is Raised”

We know that Christ is raised
and dies no more.
Embraced by death he broke
its fearful hold,
and our despair he turned
to blazing joy. Alleluia!

We share by water in
his saving death.
Reborn we share with him
an Easter life
as living members of
a living Christ. Alleluia!

We know that Christ is raisedand dies no more.
Embraced by death he broke
its fearful hold,
and our despair he turned
to blazing joy. Alleluia!

We share by water in
his saving death.
Reborn we share with him
an Easter life
as living members of
a living Christ. Alleluia!

The Father’s splendor clothes
the Son with life.
The Spirit’s power shakes
the church of God.
Baptized we live with God
the Three in One. Alleluia!

A new creation comes
to life and grows
as Christ’s new body takes
on flesh and blood.
The universe, restored
and whole, will sing: Alleluia!

the Son with life.
The Spirit’s power shakes
the church of God.
Baptized we live with God
the Three in One. Alleluia!

A new creation comes
to life and grows
as Christ’s new body takes
on flesh and blood.
The universe, restored
and whole, will sing: Alleluia!

 

*CHARGE AND BLESSING

 

*POSTLUDE             “The Strife is Over”             arr.

 

Announcements:

 

Nursery and Junior Church – Beginning on Sunday, April 11, the church’s Nursery and Junior Church will be up and running again.  We are excited to welcome the children back.  The nursery will be operational for the entire worship service for children through five years old.  Junior Church, for children through 5th grade, will begin after the special music.

 

Card Making Class – The Fellowship Team is scheduling two card making classes instructed by Carol Adams and Kathy Braun.  The dates are Wednesday, April 28, at 10:00 AM, and Thursday, April 29, at 6:00 PM.  The cost is $3 per person for three cards.  Please bring fine pointed scissors.  Sign-up in the Fellowship Hall by Sunday, April 18.  Please pay either Kathy or Carol.  Masks are required.  Snacks will not be provided but you may bring your own.

 

VBS – Rocky Mountain Railway Vacation Bible School is tentatively scheduled for August 8-12.  All of the fun will be in the evening – specific times will be announced in the near future.  We can’t wait to see the kids for fun lessons and activities!

Also, please consider volunteering for our upcoming VBS.  Watch for future announcements about how to sign-up, and when the organizational meeting will take place.

 

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