Service for the Worship of God
April 19, 2020
Second Sunday of Easter
Aria, Op. 51
—Flor Peeters (1903–1986)
Preparing to Hear God’s Word
Call to Worship
The Berner Family
The Lord is risen!
He is risen, indeed!
Blessed are those who have not seen and yet have come to believe!
Let us worship God for whom nothing is impossible!
Christ Is Alive!
(1) Christ is alive! Let Christians sing.
The cross stands empty to the sky.
Let streets and homes with praises ring.
Love, drowned in death, shall never die.
(2) Christ is alive! No longer bound
to distant years in Palestine,
but saving, healing, here and now,
and touching every place and time.
(3) Women and men, in age and youth,
can feel the Spirit, hear the call,
and find the way, the life, the truth,
revealed in Jesus, freed for all.
(4) Christ is alive, and comes to bring
good news to this and every age,
till earth and sky and ocean ring
with joy, with justice, love, and praise.
Prayer of Confession
The Berner Family
Lord Jesus, we are your disciples. Your wounded hands and feet in the world today are ours. We have been the frightened ones, worrying about our safety and reputations. But you come close to us, unlocking our potential. We have been the doubting ones, when beliefs conflict and certainty eludes us. But you allow us to speak our minds, accepting us. We have been the confused ones, feeling far from you with questions that don’t have answers. Forgive us, Lord. In this season of your resurrection open our hearts and ears as we listen for your peace. Hear now the prayers we bring to you in silence …
Assurance of Pardon
God’s Word to Us
On Easter Day Our Lord Arose
—Suffolk melody, arr. by John Bertalot (b. 1931)
Recorded April 28, 2019
Text by John Bertalot
Time with Children
The Olson Family
Prayer for Illumination
Rev. Katherine A. Stanford
“Some Good News”
Our Response to God
Affirmation of Faith
From The Iona Community, Scotland, 2002
Mrs. Mary Pratt Perry
We believe that God is present, in the darkness before dawn, in the waiting and uncertainty, where fear and courage join hands. We believe in God with us, who sits down in our midst to share our humanity. We affirm a faith that takes us beyond the safe place: into action, into vulnerability, and into the streets. We commit ourselves to work for change and put ourselves on the line, to stand with those on the edge, to choose life and be used by the Spirit for God’s new community of hope.
Invitation to Discipleship
Presentation of Our Tithes and Offerings
Prayers of the People and the Lord’s Prayer
Rev. Ann Herlin
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.
We Walk by Faith and Not by Sight
(1) We walk by faith and not by sight;
with gracious words draw near,
O Christ, who spoke as none e’er spoke:
“My peace be with you here.”
(2) We may not touch your hands and side,
nor follow where you trod;
but in your promise we rejoice
and cry, “My Lord and God!”
(3) Help then, O Lord, our unbelief;
and may our faith abound
to call on you when you are near
and seek where you are found.
(4) And when our life of faith is done,
in realms of clearer light
may we behold you as you are,
with full and endless sight.
Charge and Benediction
Performed by the Meeting House Virtual Choir
Duetto III, BWV 804
—J.S. Bach (1685–1750)
Played on the Erben organ