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April 18, 2021–Third Sunday of Easter

We Come Together as God’s People

Prelude        Fanfare (from Four Extemporizations)          Percy Whitlock
Dr. John Allegar, Organist & Assistant Director of Music and Fine Arts       (1903-1946)

Welcome          Rev. Christopher A. Henry

* Call to Worship          Kelly D. Spencer and Rev. Michael M. Samson

Leader One:         The presence of the Spirit is with us,

Leader Two:         Gathering us in community.

Leader One:         The Spirit moves us to lives of compassion, celebration, and witness.

Leader Two:         Let us marvel at God’s power at work in and through us.

All:                      Let us worship God in Spirit and in truth!

* Prayer of Adoration          Kelly D. Spencer

* Opening Hymn #119         The Strife Is O’er        VICTORY

Call to Confession

Silent Confession

Prayer of Confession

Leader:        God of Great Grace,
                         we trust that the breath of the Spirit does not abandon us,
                          yet sometimes we choose the rush of other winds.
                   We find ourselves caught up by the winds of achievement and earnings,
                         of disgrace and shame, of apathy and disillusionment.
                   We forget why we are and whose we are.
                   Our confusion keeps us from recognizing your Spirit
                         that dwells within each of us and spreads to all.

All:             Renew us by your forgiveness, Jesus Christ.
                   Refresh us, Holy Spirit.

Leader:      Within this hope, carry us forward toward your future again,
                         affirming Christ in ourselves and in each other. Amen.

Assurance of Pardon

* Response of Praise Hymn #106         Alleluia, Alleluia! Give Thanks        ALLELUIA NO. 1

* Passing of the Peace

We Experience God’s Word

Time with Children

Prayer for Illumination         Elder Janet Blank

First Scripture Lesson        1 John 1:1-7

Anthem           Exsultate Jubilate, K. 165, I          W.A. Mozart
              Elizabeth Ewigleben, soprano                  (1756-1791)

Exsultate, jubilate,                        Rejoice, resound with joy,
o vos animae beatae,                   o you blessed souls,
dulcia cantica canendo.                singing sweet songs.
Cantui vestro respondendo,          In response to your singing,
psallant aethera cum me.              let the heavens sing forth with me.

Second Scripture Lesson            Acts 4:32-35

Sermon       Rev. Christopher A. Henry

“Practicing Resurrection”
"With great power the apostles gave their testimony to the resurrection of the Lord Jesus, and great grace was upon them all."
(Acts 4:33)

Moment of Silent Meditation

We Give Thanks to God

* Affirmation of Faith by Ruth Duck         Rev. Michael M. Samson

Leader:       We believe in God, the Creator Spirit,
                        who moved upon the face of the deep at the beginning of creation,
                        who created all that is,
                        and who spoke through the prophets of old.

All:            We believe in Jesus Christ,
                       into whom God’s Spirit was poured in fullness and in power,
                       that the whole creation might be restored and unified;
                       and who promised that the Spirit would come
                       and fill the faithful with power to witness
                       to the mighty love of God.

Leader:      We wait on that Spirit today with longing hearts,
                       seeking to be empowered to witness to God’s love in Christ,
                       with fresh words and courageous actions of love and hope.
                      Glory be to God – Creator, Christ, and Holy Spirit –
                      now and always. Amen.

Invitation to Discipleship and Generosity

Offertory          Alleluia (from Exsultate Jubilate, K. 165)          W.A. Mozart
                     Elizabeth Ewigleben, soprano

Prayers of the People           Let Us Build a House         TWO OAKS

The Lord’s Prayer

Our Father who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name.
Thy kingdom come, thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread;
       and forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors;
       and lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.
For thine is the kingdom and the power and the glory, forever. Amen.

We Go Forth to Serve

* Closing Hymn #111       Good Christians All, Rejoice and Sing!        GELOBT SEI GOTT

* Charge and Benediction

Postlude         Postlude on a Melody of Melchior Vulpius: “Gelobt sei Gott”       Derek Holman