Sunday Worship – April 8, 2018


PART 1:  

  • The Ringing of the Bell
  • Words of Welcome:  Rev. Joel Weible, Pastor
  • Prelude:  “Come, Thou Fount of Every Blessing” arranged by John Longhurst

PART 2:  

  • Call to Worship: Ashia Stoess, Seminarian Minister
    • Leader: Blessed be the God of our Savior, Jesus Christ!
    • People: God has given us new birth in the living hope of the resurrection.
    • Leader: God has given us an inheritance that is imperishable and unfading.
    • People: In this we rejoice, for the outcome of our faith is the salvation of our lives!
  • Hymn 150:  “Come, Christians, Join to Sing” –  MADRID
  • Call to Confession and Prayer (unison)
    • Gracious God, you have made yourself known to us in deeds of power, signs of wonder, and silent moments. You do not abandon us when we confess the truth about our lives. Too often we put other things before you and turn away from the ways of life and toward the ways of death. Forgive us and guide us back into your presence, that we may know the fullness of your peace, and joy, and love. In Christ’s name, hear our silent prayers of return…
      • (A Time of Silence for Personal Confession)
  • Assurance of Pardon
    • Leader: God loves us and frees us from all that we do to turn away from the transformative power of belief.
    • People: God hears our cries and questions, and promises to remain in covenant with us.
    • Leader: In the name of the Risen One, who came, who comes, and who is to come again, the heavy weight of our doubt is lifted.
    • People: We are forgiven and may begin again to love as Christ loves.
  • Response, Hymn 106: “Alleluia, Alleluia! Give Thanks” –  ALLELUIA NO. 1
    (refrain, stanza 3, refrain)

PART 3:  

  • Time for Young Disciples: Christiaan Faul, Youth Minister

PART 4: 

  • Anthem:  “Shut de Do” – The Chancel Choir, featuring Annie Weible, soprano – arranged by Tom Fetke

PART 5: 

  • Scripture:  Acts 5:33-39
  • Sermon:  IF IT IS OF GOD – Reverend Joel Weible, Pastor

PART 6:  

  • Hymn 374:  “Lord, Make Us Servants of Your Peace” –  DICKINSON COLLEGE
  • Affirmation of Faith from A BRIEF STATEMENT OF FAITH”
    • In life and death we belong to God.
    • Through the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, the love of God, and the communion of the Holy Spirit, we trust in one triune God, the Holy One of Israel, whom alone we worship and serve.
    • With believers in every time and place, we rejoice that nothing in life or death can separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord. Amen.

PART 7:  

  • Time of Giving Thanks:  Rev. Joel Weible, Pastor
  • Announcements
  • Prayers of the People and the Lord’s Prayer

PART 8:  

  • Offertory:  “Deck Thyself, My Soul, with Gladness”   Johann Cruger
  • Doxology 592:  “Praise God, from Whom All Blessings Flow”
  • Prayer of Dedication (unison):
    • Holy God, we give you thanks and praise for light and life and love. Above all we give thanks for the presence of the living Lord among us. By your Spirit that breathes within us, strengthen our faith, use our gifts, and work in our lives to bear witness to the resurrection that is possible every day of our lives. Amen.

PART 9:  

    • Communion setting 1:  “As the Deer” – arranged by Douglas Wagner
    • Communion setting 2:  “In the Garden” – arranged by Dale Wood

PART 10:  

  • Hymn 430: “Come Sing, O Church, in Joy!” – DARWALL’S 148TH
  • Charge and Benediction

PART 11:  

  • The Ringing of the Bell
  • Postlude: “The Glory of the Easter Feast” –  Franklin D. Ashdown

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