April 26 Bulletin

Third Sunday of Easter

April 26, 2020


Call to Worship

  ONE: Sometimes good things are right in front of us and we don’t see them.
  ALL: Our fears and our prejudices blind us.
  ONE: Open your eyes this day to see the goodness of the Lord.
  ALL: Open our hearts, gracious God, to receive your blessings.
  ONE: Hallelujah!
  ALL: Hallelujah!

Opening Prayer

Lord’s Prayer

Our Father who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come, they 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

Hymn                                                          Guide Me, O Thou Great Jehovah (verses. 1, 3)

Call to Confession

Prayer of Confession (unison)

Caring God, we yearn for your love and grace; yet, we isolate ourselves from the struggles of the world and wonder if we will ever find our way back. Even in these moments, when we could do more for others, we multiply their sorrows by focusing more on ourselves and our fears. We see the ones who are risking their lives to care for those they don’t even know, and grumble that they could be doing more. Have mercy on us, Light of the World. Walk through the closed doors of our worries and doubts to stand in our midst, offering us that grace which can heal us, that hope which can enliven us, and that faith which enables us to follow Jesus Christ, our Lord and Savior.

Assurance of Pardon

Gloria Patri

Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Ghost; as it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without end. Amen, Amen.

Prayer for Illumination

New Testament Scripture

Special Music                                              How Can I Fear?                                                  Jenna Hoffman, Pianist

Psalm Reading

Message                                                     Fighting Our Fears

Hymn of Response                                     What a Fellowship, What a Joy Divine

                                                                    (Leaning on the Everlasting Arms)                                                   (verses 1, 3)

Affirmation of Faith                                     Apostles Creed

I believe in God, the Father almighty, Maker of heaven and earth, and in Jesus Christ his only Son, our Lord; who was conceived by the Holy Ghost, born of the Virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, dead, and buried; he descended into hell; the third day he rose again from the dead; he ascended into heaven, And sitteth on the right hand Of God the Father Almighty; from thence he shall come to judge the quick and the dead. I believe in the Holy Ghost; the holy catholic church; the communion of saints; the forgiveness of sins; the resurrection of the body; and the life everlasting. Amen.

Prayers of the People

Stewardship Moment

Prayer of Thanksgiving for our Blessings

Closing Hymn                                              Standing on the Promises of God                                                   (verses. 1, 2)