Third Sunday Of Easter

From the Heart

Prelude 

Greetings / Concerns

Call to Worship 

Leader: Travelers on the Way, what shall we do?

People: We shall praise God who hears our prayers, who draws near to us,  and brings new life out of death.

Leader: Dear Ones, how shall we live? 

People: With the confidence of God’s beloved children, with security and joy of God’s saving grace.

Leader:  Friends old and new, what is the promise?

People:  New life, forgiveness of sin, the Spirit as gift!

Leader:  Beloved Siblings, how shall we praise? 

People: We lift our voices and our hearts in love, thanks, and praise! We will praise the Lord as long as we live!

Invocation

Loving God, we welcome your living presence in our midst. Share our joy and our thanks for the life you give us. Be with us! Dance among us! Pray with us! Shower us with your love! Amen!

Hymn: “Great is Thy faithfulness” 

Great is Thy faithfulness, O God my Father;

There is no shadow of turning with Thee;

Thou changest not, Thy compassions, they fail not;

As Thou hast been, Thou forever will be.

Refrain: 

Great is Thy faithfulness! 

Great is Thy faithfulness!

Morning by morning new mercies I see.

All I have needed Thy hand hath provided;

Great is Thy faithfulness, Lord, unto me!

Summer and winter and springtime and harvest,

Sun, moon and stars in their courses above

Join with all nature in manifold witness

To Thy great faithfulness, mercy and love.

Pardon for sin and a peace that endureth

Thine own dear presence to cheer and to guide;

Strength for today and bright hope for tomorrow,

Blessings all mine, with ten thousand beside!

Prayer of Confession (Luke 24:13-35)

Heavenly Stranger, our Companion on the Way,

we yearn for your love and grace. We seek your wisdom and guidance. We relish the joy which burns within our hearts when you are with us. 

Yet, sometimes we would cling to you, hoard the blessings of relationship with you,and not share your love with others. Forgive us, Dear One. Remind us that your love is to be carried throughout the world. Press us to share the hope and joy of your love, so that someone who hungers for spiritual food may be filled by our witness to your grace. Shine the light of your Spirit through us, so that we may show your Way those who long for peaceand help to revive those in whom hope has died. Amen.

Silent Prayer of Confession

Words of Assurance (Minister )

God may come to us, unrecognized, as a stranger. The Risen Christ reaches out to us in unexpected ways as we travel our own Emmaus roads. May the Word of our Still speaking God continue to burn in our hearts.

Pastoral Prayer (Minister)

Response:  

We know the Lord will answer all our prayers(2x)                            

If we live a holy life shone the wrong and do the right                            

We know the Lord will answer all our prayer   

The Reading of the Scripture       Luke 24:28-3

Meditation:

Invitation to the Offering  (1 Peter 1:22-23)

The author of 1 Peter implores us to love one another deeply from the heart, and assures us that we have been born anew through the living and enduring word of God. In our giving today, let us give, not out of obligation, but from the heart. Let our gifts be seeds of the living and enduring word of God, that will sprout in abundance of justice and hope all that is necessary for life, for sisters and brothers here at hand, and around the world. 

Offering of Tithes, Pledges & Other Gifts

Prayer of Dedication

Jesus, God has made you both Sovereign and Christ. Therefore we pray your blessing upon these gifts, upon us, and those whose lives will benefit from them. May your victory over death 

empower all whom you call to trust in God. In faith and hope we pray. Amen.

Closing Song:   “It is well with my soul!”

When peace like a river attendeth my way,

When sorrows like sea billows roll;

Whatever my lot Thou hast taught me to say,

“It is well, it is well with my soul!”

Refrain: 

It is well with my soul!

It is well, it is well with my soul!

Though Satan should buffet, though trials should come,

Let this blest assurance control,

That Christ hath regarded my helpless estate,

And hath shed His own blood for my soul.

My sin—oh, the bliss of this glorious thought—

My sin, not in part, but the whole,

Is nailed to His Cross, and I bear it no more;

Praise the Lord, praise the Lord, O my soul!

And Lord, haste the day when my faith shall be sight,

The clouds be rolled back as a scroll;

The trump shall resound, and the Lord shall descend,

Even so, it is well with my soul.

Benediction

Friends, rejoice in the mothering and fathering love of God! Rejoice in the victorious life of our Risen Savior! Rejoice in the power of the Spirit!

Go, living in the love of Christ! Go, serving in the name of Christ! Let your love of God embrace your children, your family, your enemies. My your lives praise the Lord!


The JCC Choir (Repost)

April 26, 2020

10:00 am

/ UCM / EA Eslao

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