As a community of faith following God’s awesome example in Jesus, we welcome, affirm and extend our love to all persons regardless of age, race, income, nationality, life experiences, sexual orientation or gender identity and expression.We celebrate God’s inclusive love and invite all to join the faith journey at St. Paul’s United Methodist Church on Cherry Street.
CELEBRATION OF WORSHIP
THE PEOPLE GATHER
BRINGING IN THE LIGHT
O Sons and Daughters, Let Us Sing (arr. Larkin) Phyllis Swift
WELCOME AND ANNOUNCEMENTS
PRAYER OF PREPARATION
Easter People, Raise Your Voices UMH #304
PASSING OF THE PEACE OF CHRIST
Saint Paul’s United Methodist Church welcomes and extends our love to all persons regardless of age, race, income, nationality, life experiences, sexual orientation, or gender identity. All are welcome into our family. You are invited to greet one another with signs of God’s peace. Peace be with you. ALL: And also with you.
CALL TO WORSHIP
The joy of the resurrection of our Savior Jesus Christ is with us.
We rejoice in the blessing God has poured into our lives.
Even though we hear words of doubt, we are called to believe.
Even though the world would draw us back again into darkness,
we focus on the Light.
Blessed are those who believe. God is still with us.
Open our eyes, Lord. We, like Thomas, want to see Jesus.
Christ the Lord has risen and is among us.
Thanks be to God. May our lives be a witness!
HYMN OF PRAISE
Open Our Eyes TFWS # 2086
(spoken in unison)
Holy One, as our spirits huddle together with grief and fear entangled, let your peace be upon us. Keep us from closing off our hearts to the world in pain. Wherever we encounter wounds, still tender from trauma or despair, may we be a healing presence, a community of compassion and solidarity. Amen.
UMH # 70
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
PROCLAMATION AND RESPONSE
This, this is where children belong. Welcomed as part of the worshipping throng. Water, God’s word, bread and cup, prayer and song. This is where children belong.
A TIME OF PRAYER
Cares Chorus TFWS #2215
I cast all my cares upon you. I lay all of my burdens down at your feet. And any time that I don’t know what to do, I will cast all my cares upon you.
PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE, PASTORAL PRAYER AND LORD’S PRAYER
Lord, in your mercy….hear our prayers.
READING FROM THE EPISTLE
1 Peter 1:3-9
The Easter Day With Joy was Bright (arr. Gilbert Martin)
Suzy Law, Soloist
**READING FROM THE GOSPEL
Receiving the Breath of Life Rev. Kathy Brown
HYMN OF RESPONSE
Breathe On Me Breath of God UMH #420
.GIVING OF OUR TITHES AND OFFERING
If You Believe and I Believe (Schaffer) Phyllis Swift
Praise God, from whom all blessings flow
Praise God, all creatures here below. Alleluia! Alleluia!
Praise God, the source of all our gifts. Praise Jesus Christ, whose power uplifts
Praise the Spirit, Holy Spirit, Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia!
THE SENDING FORTH
**HYMN OF INVITATION AND DISCIPLESHIP
Christ Has Risen TFWS #2115
Taking Out the Light of Christ
At the Font We Start Our Journey (vs. 4) TFWS #2114
As we leave we are commissioned, now the Easter victory’s won,
to restore a world divided to the peace of Christ as one.
Alleluia! Alleluia! Easter’s work must still be done.
Thine Be the Glory (Handel) Phyllis Swift
As you leave today, remember you are taking the light of Christ into the world.
Make it shine!
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