Sunday Worship 4-26-20

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Order of Worship for our online worship experience.

“He was buried, and he was raised from the dead on the third day, just as the Scriptures said.”
1 Corinthians 15:4

Greeting and Welcome

Prelude Music

Call to Worship (Luke 24)
Pastor: Stay with Christ, and Christ will stay with you.
All: Listen for God, and God will speak.
Pastor: Seek the Spirit, and the Spirit will be revealed.
All: For the Spirit is already here, inviting us to stay.

Opening Prayer (1 Pet 1, Luke 24)
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.

Hymn “Crown Him with Many Crowns” UMH #327 Text: Matthew Bridges, 1800-1894, and Godfrey Thring, 1823-1903
Music: George J. Elvey, 1816-1893

  1. Crown him with many crowns,
    the Lamb upon his throne,
    Hark! how the heavenly anthem drowns
    all music but its own.
    Awake, my soul, and sing
    of him who died for thee,
    and hail him as thy matchless King
    through all eternity.
  2. Crown him the Lord of life,
    who triumphed o’er the grave,
    and rose victorious in the strife
    for those he came to save.
    His glories now we sing,
    who died, and rose on high,
    who died, eternal life to bring,
    and lives that death may die.
  3. Crown him the Lord of peace,whose power a scepter sways
    from pole to pole, that wars may cease,
    and all be prayer and praise.
    His reign shall know no end,
    and round his pierced feet
    fair flowers of paradise extend
    their fragrance ever sweet.
  4. Crown him the Lord of love;
    behold his hands and side,
    those wounds, yet visible above,
    in beauty glorified.
    All hail, Redeemer, hail!
    For thou hast died for me;
    thy praise and glory shall not fail
    throughout eternity.

Affirmation of Faith “The Apostle’s Creed” Traditional Version UMH #881

All: I believe in God, the Father Almighty, maker of heaven and earth.

And in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord; who was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died, and was buried; the third day he rose from the dead; he ascended into heaven, and sitteth at the right hand of the Father Almighty. From thence he shall come again to judge the quick and the dead.

I believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy catholic Church, the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and the life everlasting.  Amen.

Gloria Patri “Glory Be to the Father” UMH #70 Words: Lesser Doxology, 3rd-4th cent.
Music: Charles Meineke, 1844.

Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Ghost;
as it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be,
world without end. Amen. Amen.

Children’s Moment

Scripture Reading Luke 24:13-35

Meditation “Jesus Our Hope: On the Road to Emmaus” Rev. Matthew Sergent

Hymn “Blessed Assurance” UMH #369 Text: Fanny J. Crosby, 1820-1915 Music: Phoebe P. Knapp, 1839-1908.

  1. Blessed assurance, Jesus is mine!
    O what a foretaste of glory divine!
    Heir of salvation, purchase of God,
    born of his Spirit, washed in his blood.Refrain:
    This is my story, this is my song,
    praising my Savior all the day long;
    this is my story, this is my song,
    praising my Savior all the day long.
  2. Perfect submission, perfect delight,visions of rapture now burst on my sight;
    angels descending bring from above
    echoes of mercy, whispers of love.
  3. Perfect submission, all is at rest;
    I in my Savior am happy and blest,
    watching and waiting, looking above,
    filled with his goodness, lost in his love.

Benediction (Luke 24)
Pastor: Christ is risen
All: Christ is risen indeed.
Pastor: Christ is with us.
All: Christ is with us indeed.
Pastor: Go to share this good news with the world!


(The Call to Worship, Opening Prayer, and Benediction taken from Abingdon Worship Annual, Mary Scifres, April 26, 2020.)