Easter Sunday – April 12, 2020
(10:15) Facebook Live Stream Sunday
Prelude/ Lighting of the Candles
(L) Opening Prayer: Hear our prayers, O God, as we come to you to sing your praises. Bless us with your steadfast love, in times of peace and in times of trial. Make your presence known to us this day, for we seek to know you better. Enliven us with your Spirit of truth, and increase
our faith, even as we place our hope and trust in you. Amen.
Passing of the Peace:
(L)The Peace of Christ be with you
(P) And Also with you.
Opening Songs: Come Now is the Time to Worship & I Give You My Heart
CALL TO CONFESSION
(L) James 4:8 Come near to God and he will come near to you. Wash your hands, you sinners, and purify your hearts, you double-minded. With faith and hope, let us confess our sin.
PRAYER OF CONFESSION: Sometimes, O God, your ways are a mystery to us. When we cry out in desperation, we don’t really expect you to hear our prayers. When we suffer for doing the right thing, it just seems like par for the course. When we deny or doubt your presence, forgive
us, O God. Make your presence known to us, and receive our prayers and praise, as those who long to feel your presence. AMEN.
WORDS OF ASSURANCE: Listen for the presence of God in the word. Listen for the presence of the Holy in your lives. Worship a God who makes known a love for all humanity. See a God who sends help and hope. Open yourselves to the Spirit of the truth.
Hymn of Illumination “Spirit of the living God” UMH #393
L: 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: God of love, you are present in all things. Be present to a hurting world in these gifts. Help us use this offering to create a community of love and a place of belonging for all people. Help us reach those who seek, and those who doubt. Use these gifts to help people know the blessings of being your beloved children.
Scripture Reading: 1 Peter 3:13-22
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 Doing Good Can be Harmful? By Edward Granadosin (Pastor)
Closing Hymn Because He Lives UMH #364