Second Sunday of Easter

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We Gather 

 

PRELUDE 

 

WELCOME and CALL TO WORSHIP

Christ has risen, 

Alleluia! Christ is risen! 

We gather to worship the risen Christ, conqueror of death. Alleluia! Christ is risen! 

We lift up praise to the risen Christ, Redeemer of all life. Alleluia! Christ is risen! 

We give thanks to the risen Christ, giver of the Holy Spirit. Alleluia! Christ is risen! 

Christ has risen, 

Christ is risen indeed! 

OPENING HYMN Breathe on Me Breath of God No. 286 (Because the singing of hymns is discouraged during this period of pandemic, you are invited to hum or meditate on the verses below.) 

 

Breathe on me, Breath of God; 

fill me with life anew, 

that I may love what thou dost love, 

and do what thou wouldst do. 

Breathe on me, Breath of God, 

until my heart is pure, 

until with thee I will one will, 

to do and to endure. 

Breathe on me, Breath of God, 

till I am wholly thine, 

until this earthly part of me 

glows with thy fire divine. 

CALL TO PRAYERS 

Resurrected Christ, 

the one who has overcome death and doors alike, we recognize that any gathering of believers is sacred. Fill this space with your abundant joy. 

 

PRAYERS OF APPROACH & CONFESSION

We confess that there are times when we are overcome by fear; times when our faith fails, 

times when we close ourselves off to you, 

times when we ignore the needs of others. 

Lord, forgive us. 

When shadows surrounds us, 

show us the radiant power of your light. 

When we hold on to our worldly possessions with help us to use our resources for the glory of your realm. When our differences threaten to divide us, 

draw us together in the unity of your perfect love. Christ, forgive us. 

We grieve the ways in which we have caused pain; the ways in which we have fallen short, 

the ways in which we have turned away 

from the suffering in our world. 

Spirit, forgive us. 

 

ASSURANCE OF GOD WITH US

Our words of confession are released into the air, and in the act of speaking them aloud, we have been set free. 

In the stillness, God whispers “Take heart; you are forgiven, cleansed of all unrighteousness.” 

Praise God, in whose fullness 

we receive grace upon grace. 

SHARING THE PEACE OF CHRIST

Let us greet one another as we would greet Christ, for all come in the name of the Lord. The peace of Christ be with you always! And also with you. 

 

We Reflect 

 

CHILDREN’S MESSAGE 

 

PRAYER FOR ILLUMINATION 

May the words of my mouth and the meditations of our hearts be acceptable in your sight, O Lord, our strength and our redeemer. Amen. 

 

SCRIPTURE LESSON Acts 4:32–35 John 20:19–31 

 

SERMON Justin Warner Breathe 

 

We Respond 

 

AFFIRMATION OF FAITH

Let the same mind be in you that was in Christ Jesus, who, though he was in the form of God, did not regard equality with God as something to be exploited, but emptied himself, taking the form of a slave, 

being born in human likeness. 

And being found in human form, he humbled himself and became obedient to the point of death— 

even death on a cross. 

Therefore God also highly exalted him 

and gave him the name that is above every name, so that at the name of Jesus every knee should bend, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, 

and every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father. 

 

PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE 

Lord in your mercy/in thanksgiving, 

Hear our prayer. 

 

OUR GIFTS OF SACRIFICE and THANKSGIVING

Invitation 

God has abundantly blessed us and called us to be a community that honors each other, to serve others with joy, to share our love and material possessions. Let us rejoice in what we have been given and in what is ours to give. 

Thank you for sending your offerings. 

They make a great difference to our church’s work in the world.

Musical Meditation 

Prayer of Dedication

Ever-present God, we desire to walk in the warmth of your sacred light. We testify all that we have seen, heard, and felt. We declare your matchless grace to the rest of creation, so that all may hear. Thank you for meeting us where we are. Grant us your peace in the face of uncertainty. Help us to live as those who have encountered the resurrected Christ. Amen. 

 

We Are Sent 

 

CLOSING HYMN O For a Thousand Tongues to Sing No. 610 (You are invited to hum or meditate on the verses below.) 

 

O for a thousand tongues to sing 

my dear Redeemer’s praise, 

the glories of my God and King, 

the triumphs of God’s grace! 

The name of Jesus charms our fears, 

and bids our sorrows cease, 

sings music in the sinner’s ears, 

brings life, and health, and peace. 

Christ speaks, and listening to his voice 

new life the dead receive; 

the mournful waken to rejoice; 

the poor in heart believe. 

 

BENEDICTION 

 

POSTLUDE 

 

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