Worship Service – April 26, 2020
(10:15) Facebook Live Stream Sunday
Prelude/ Lighting of the Candles
(L) Opening Prayer: Eternal God, we are here, yearning to know you more fully. Stay with us as we worship this day. Reveal yourself in the words that are spoken, the songs that are sung, and the bread that is broken. Help us understand your truth, and embrace your life-giving power, revealed within your enduring word. In Christ’s holy name, we pray. Amen.
Passing of the Peace: (L)The Peace of Christ be with you
(P) And Also with you.
Opening Songs: Lord I lift Your Name on High & Above all
CALL TO CONFESSION
(L) James 5:16 Therefore, confess your sins to one another, and pray for one another so that you may be healed. The effective prayer of a righteous man can accomplish much. Let us now confess our sin.
CONFESSION: Holy One, we long to recognize your presence, but the journey can be confusing. In the midst of our confusion, reveal yourself with grace and love. We yearn to hear your voice, but noisy distractions surround us daily. Cut through the distractions that overwhelm us, and bring us the clarity of your wisdom. We desire to touch the living water of
your mercy and forgiveness. Grant us this life-giving water and the power of your enduring word, that we may know your forgiveness each and every day. In the name of the risen Christ, we pray. Amen.
WORDS OF ASSURANCE: In the name of the risen Christ, we are forgiven and free. In the power of God’s enduring word, we are given new birth, and offered a community of resurrection and hope.
Hymn of Illumination Spirit of the living God UMH #393
Offertory call (Liturgist, please call ushers forward at this time)
Remember the words Jesus said, ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.
Offertory Prayer: Living Christ, bless the gifts we bring with the power of r esurrection and hope. AMEN.
Gospel Reading: Luke 24:13-16, 28-35
L: This is the word of the Lord.
P: Thanks be to God.
Song of Response Surely the presence of the Lord UMH#328
Message Eyes Wide Shut, Hearts Open Wide By Edward Granadosin
Pastor East Alton First UMC
Closing Hymn “My Hope is Built on Nothing Less” UMH #368