Bulletin for April 15

PRELUDE by Janesta Williams, Organist

THE LIFE AND WORK OF THE CHURCH
Shirley Cauthen, Liturgist

ENTERING GOD’S HOUSE

CALL TO WORSHIP
Leader: God raised Jesus from the grave so all fears might be banished;
People: So the locked doors of our hearts could be flung open;
Leader: So our quivering lips could declare what was seen and heard.
People: As Christ stood in the middle of his friends on that first Easter night,
Leader: We ask that Christ come among us now, in this time and place,
People: Showing us that nothing stands in the way of our life with God.

*HYMN No. 108 Christ Is Alive!

*PRAYER OF CONFESSION
Leader: How often have we heard the good news of forgiveness and restoration? Yet, we are still reluctant to believe. God offers us new life, yet we are afraid to let go of the old. Let us confess our doubts and fears to the One who waits to make us whole.
People: We use a lot of words, Gracious God, but do little to turn them into deeds. Instead of being of one heart and soul, we choose sides and form groups of folks just like us.
Blessed with great grace, we have trouble sharing it with those who need it the most. Forgive us, God of love. Forgive us, as we step out of our shadows into your light.
Restore us, as we reveal our brokenness. Hear us, as we proclaim Jesus Christ as our Lord and our God. Amen

*KYRIE ELEISON
Lord, have mercy upon us.
Christ, have mercy upon us.
Lord, have mercy upon us. Amen.

*ASSURANCE OF PARDON
Leader: This is the good news we have to declare: God leads us out of the shadows to walk in the light of Christ. People: This is the word we have heard: our faithful God forgives our sins and raises us to new life.
Thanks be to God. Amen.
(Lectionary Liturgies, Second Sunday of Easter-B)

*GLORIA PATRI No 579

MOMENT WITH THE CHILDREN by Pat Oglesby

HEARING GOD’S WORD

*HYMN No. 376 Love Divine, All Loves Excelling
(Please pass prayer cards to the end of the pew so they may be collected as we sing.)

SCRIPTURE John 20:19-31 New Testament Page 115 in pew Bible

SERMON
BELIEVING
by Rev. McSpadden

RESPONDING TO GOD’S WORD

*DECLARATION OF FAITH (Unison)
Jesus was dead and buried, but God raised him from the dead.
The risen Lord appeared to his followers.
They recognized him as their Master who had been crucified. Before Jesus left them, he commissioned them to proclaim to all people the good news of his victory over death, and promised to be with them always.
We are certain that Jesus lives. He lives as God with us, touching all of human life with the presence of God. He lives as one of us with God. Because he shares our humanity and has bound us to himself in love, we have an advocate in the innermost life of God. We declare that Jesus is Lord.
His resurrection is a decisive victory over the powers that deform and destroy human life. His lordship is hidden. The world appears to be dominated by people and systems that do not acknowledge his rule. But his lordship is real. It demands our loyalty and sets us free from the fear of all lesser lords who threaten us. We maintain that ultimate sovereignty now belongs to Jesus Christ in every sphere of life. Jesus is Lord! He has been Lord from the beginning. He will be Lord at the end. Even now he is Lord.
(Declaration of Faith, Chapter 4(5)

PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE AND THE LORD’S PRAYER

THE OFFERING

*THE DOXOLOGY No. 592

*PRAYER OF THANKSGIVING

*HYMN OF RESPONSE No. 438 Blest Be the Tie That Binds

*BENEDICTION

*POSTLUDE

*Please Stand
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ANNOUNCEMENTS:
As we pray today we will be remembering Bowling Green Presbyterian Church in Clover, SC and its 102 members.

ONE GREAT HOUR OF SHARING OFFERING:
You may still make a donation to the One Great Hour of Sharing Offering this week. Just designate it on your check.

GREETERS AND USHERS: Jack and Carol Leedy

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