Weekly Bulletin

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During the season of Easter, Matt will be utilizing writers and resources from the Celtic tradition in our worship services. The Wednesday Kerygma class is currently studying this tradition. It is informed by a deep reverence for creation, something many of us are mindful of during the month of April because of Earth Day. Sources and authors are noted. If you have a favorite Celtic resource that inspires your faith, please share it with Matt so that he might incorporate it into our worship services in the coming weeks.


Greeting & Announcements

Minute for Stewardship

Prelude - Hymn of Promise (In the Bulb There Is a Flower), arranged and played by Robin Morrill

Call to Worship 
God has great things in store for us.
We come with excitement for all God offers.
We are called to be the children of God. 
We will answer God’s call to love God and one another.
Let us worship God with our praise and our love.

Hymn 393 - O Day of Rest and Gladness

+ Call to Confession

+ A Prayer of Confession
God of glory, we confess that we fall short of our intention to walk in your way. We do the unkind thing, choose selfish acts, and hold onto anger and hurt. Call us back to live in you and so we will choose love in all that we do and say. Through the grace of Jesus Christ, forgive us. With the power of your Holy Spirit, work in us as we seek to live as your children. Amen.
• Assurance of Pardon
• Response to Forgiveness: Hymn 587, Alleluia!

Passing of the Peace

Children’s Message

Prayer for Openness
God, by your Holy Spirit, help us experience your radical, surprising love. Come to us and help us hear what you would have us hear. Amen.

Scripture Reading - Luke 24:36b-48
Jesus himself stood among them and said to them, “Peace be with you.” They were startled and terrified and thought that they were seeing a ghost. He said to them, “Why are you frightened, and why do doubts arise in your hearts? Look at my hands and my feet; see that it is I myself. Touch me and see, for a ghost does not have flesh and bones as you see that I have.” And when he had said this, he showed them his hands and his feet. Yet for all their joy they were still disbelieving and wondering, and he said to them, “Have you anything here to eat?” They gave him a piece of broiled fish, and he took it and ate in their presence. Then he said to them, “These are my words that I spoke to you while I was still with you—that everything written about me in the law of Moses, the prophets, and the psalms must be fulfilled.” Then he opened their minds to understand the scriptures, and he said to them, “Thus it is written, that the Messiah is to suffer and to rise from the dead on the third day and that repentance and forgiveness of sins is to be proclaimed in his name to all nations, beginning from Jerusalem. You are witnesses of these things.

This is the written testimony to the Word of the Lord.  Thanks be to God

ANTHEM - Saints Bound for Heaven, Howard Helvey, Chancel Choir, Loren Tice, piano

Scripture Reading - 1 John 3:1-7
See what love the Father has given us, that we should be called children of God; and that is what we are. The reason the world does not know us is that it did not know him. Beloved, we are God’s children now; what we will be has not yet been revealed. What we do know is this: when he is revealed, we will be like him, for we will see him as he is. And all who have this hope in him purify themselves, just as he is pure.Everyone who commits sin is guilty of lawlessness; sin is lawlessness. You know that he was revealed to take away sins, and in him there is no sin. No one who abides in him sins; no one who sins has either seen him or known him. Little children, let no one deceive you. Everyone who does what is right is righteous, just as he is righteous.

Sermon - Rev. Kathy Riley

+ HYMN 254 - That Easter Day with Joy Was Bright

Reaffirmation of Faith - Confirmation
• Presentation
• *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.

• Questions for the Confirmands - Acts 2:42
Who is your Lord and Savior?
Jesus Christ is my Lord and Savior.
Will you be Christ’s faithful disciple,
obeying his word and showing his love?
I will, with God’s help.
Will you devote yourself
to the church’s teaching and fellowship,
to the breaking of bread and the prayers?
I will, with God’s help.
• Laying on of Hands and Anointing
• Welcome
…in the worship and mission of the church. Amen. Alleluia!

Prayers of the People & The Lord’s Prayer (Debts/Debtors)

• Offertory - Christ lag in Todesbanden, BWV 625, J. S. Bach
Christ lay in death’s bonds, given up for our sin. He rose again and brought us life. 
Therefore let us be glad, praise and thank God, and sing Alleluia! Alleluia!

• Doxology
Praise God from whom all blessing flow Praise Christ the Word in flesh born low;
              Praise Holy Spirit evermore; One God, Triune, whom we adore. Amen.

• Prayer of Dedication

+ HYMN 295 - Go to the World!

Charge and Benediction

Benediction Response - Hymn 240, Alleluia, Alleluia! Give Thanks
Alleluia, alleluia! Give thanks to the risen Lord.
Alleluia, alleluia! Give praise to his name

1 Jesus is Lord of all the earth. He is the King of creation. (Refrain)
2 Spread the good news o’er all the earth: Jesus has died and has risen. (Refrain)

Postlude - Christ is Risen! Shout Hosanna!, arr. Phillips & Hustad