Worship Service

Third Sunday of Easter (April 26, 2020)

Service for the Worship of God
April 26, 2020
Third Sunday of Easter

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Deep River/There is a Balm in Gilead
Spiritual, arr. Bill Wolaver (b. 1958)

Rev. Katherine A. Stanford

The Lord be with you.
And also with you.
Let us worship God!

Preparing to Hear God’s Word

Call to Worship
The Hazzard Family

As the sun set over the village of Emmaus,
Jesus shared a meal with his friends.
Then their eyes were opened and they recognized him.
Today we gather remotely from our homes hoping to behold the risen Lord.
May our eyes be open to see Jesus in our midst.

Hymn 248
Christ Is Risen! Shout Hosanna!


(1) Christ is risen! Shout Hosanna!
Celebrate this day of days!
Christ is risen! Hush in wonder:
all creation is amazed.
In the desert all-surrounding,
see, a spreading tree has grown.
Healing leaves of grace abounding
bring a taste of love unknown.

(2) Christ is risen! Raise your spirits
from the caverns of despair.
Walk with gladness in the morning.
See what love can do and dare.
Drink the wine of resurrection,
not a servant, but a friend.
Jesus is our strong companion.
Joy and peace shall never end.

(3) Christ is risen! Earth and heaven
nevermore shall be the same.
Break the bread of new creation
where the world is still in pain.
Tell its grim, demonic chorus:
“Christ is risen! Get you gone!
God the First and Last is with us.
Sing Hosanna everyone!

Prayer of Confession
Mrs. Mary Pratt Perry

Living Lord, by the power of your Spirit, you are present among us. Yet, like the first disciples, we fail to see you in our midst. We do not realize you are walking beside us, for we are consumed with family and work obligations. We do not notice you in everyday encounters, for we are distracted by threats to our well-being. We do not recognize you at our tables, for our expectations are too limited to imagine all the ways you dwell with us. Open our eyes to perceive you in our midst, so that, seeing you clearly, we might follow you faithfully. Hear now the prayers we bring to you in silence …

Assurance of Pardon

God’s Word to Us


Ave verum corpus, K. 618
—W.A. Mozart (1756–1791)
Performed by the Meeting House Virtual Choir
Translation: Hail the true body, born of the Virgin Mary: you who truly suffered and were sacrificed on the cross for the our sake. From whose pierced side flowed water and blood: be a foretaste for us in the trial of death.
Text attrib. to Pope Innocent VI (14th century)

Scripture Lesson
Rev. Ann Herlin

Luke 24:13–35

Time with Children
The Carl Family

Dr. Robert R. Laha

“Trauma Talk”

Our Response to God

Affirmation of Faith
Adapted from A Declaration of Faith, 1977
Mrs. Noelle Castin

In the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus, God kept God’s promises. All that we can every hope for was present in Jesus. But the work of God is not over. God calls us to hope for more than we have yet seen. The hope God gives us is ultimate confidence that supports us when lesser hopes fail us. In Jesus, God gives hope for a new heaven and earth, certainty of victory over death, assurance of mercy and judgment beyond death. The hope gives us courage for the present struggle.

Invitation to Discipleship
Rev. Ann Herlin

Presentation of Our Tithes and Offerings
Rev. Ann Herlin

Moment for Mission
The Hill/Powell Family (Rise Against Hunger)

Prayers of the People and the Lord’s Prayer
Rev. Katherine A. Stanford

    Our Father who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come, thy 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 691
Lord, When I Came into This Life


(1) Lord, when I came into this life
you called me by my name;
today I come, commit myself,
responding to your claim.

(2) Within the circle of the faith,
as member of your cast,
I take my place with all the saints
of future, present, past.

(3) In all the tensions of my life,
between my faith and doubt,
let your great Spirit give me hope,
sustain me, lead me out.

(4) So help me in my unbelief
and let my life be true:
feet firmly planted on the earth,
my sights set high on you.

Charge and Benediction
Dr. Robert R. Laha

Choral Response

—Richard Proulx
Performed by the Meeting House Virtual Choir


Sortie in F
César Franck (1822–1890)