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April 21, 2024

Fourth Sunday of Easter

GATHERING IN GOD'S NAME

SILENT PREPERATION:  The stone that the builders rejected has become the chief cornerstone.            (Psalm 118:22)

PIANO PRELUDE                       "I am Thine, O Lord"  by William Doane

CHIMES

WELCOME

*CALL TO WORSHIP

Christ is risen from the dead. Alleluia!

We know that since Christ was raised from the dead, he cannot die again; death no longer has mastery over him.

The death he died, he died to sin once for all;

but the life he lives, he lives to God.

*HYMN                                      “We Praise Thee, O God, Our Redeemer”                                           #334

CALL TO CONFESSION

The psalmist shows us openness with God with these words:

Search me, O God, and know my heart; test me and know my thoughts. See if there is any wicked way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.

We express our longing for God’s leading by our own transparent confession.

PRAYER OF CONFESSION

Almighty God, you have raised Jesus from the grave and crowned him Lord of all. We confess that we have not bowed before him or acknowledged his rule in our lives. We have gone along with the way of the world and failed to give him glory. Forgive us and raise us from sin, that we may be your faithful people, obeying the commands of our Lord Jesus Christ, who rules the world and is head of the church, his body. Amen.

SILENT REFLECTION

ASSURANCE OF PARDON

                                                                           PROCLAIMING GOD'S WORD

PRAYER FOR ILLUMINATION

God of life, your Spirit raised Jesus from dead. Your Spirit inspired the prophets and writers of Scripture. Your Spirit draws us to Christ and helps us to acknowledge him as Lord. We ask that you will send your Spirit now to give us deeper insight, encouragement, faith, and hope through the proclamation of the Easter gospel. Amen.

SCRIPTURE                                                                                                                              1 John 3:18-24

ANTHEM                             "Spirit of the Living God"  by Daniel Iverson

SCRIPTURE                                                                                                                                 1 Peter 1:3-9

SERMON                                                      “Peter’s New Life”                                                   Acts 4:1-22

*HYMN                                                    “The Solid Rock” (v. 1-3)                                                          #92

                                                                      RESPONDING TO GOD'S WORD

*AFFIRMATION OF FAITH                                                                                               The Apostles Creed

PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE and LORD’S PRAYER (Debts & Debtors) 

INVITATION TO THE OFFERING

OFFERTORY                                    "Take My Life"  by Cesar Malan and Havergal

*DOXOLOGY

*PRAYER OF DEDICATION

Yours, Lord, is the greatness, the power and the glory, the victory and the majesty. All that is in the heavens and in the earth is yours, and you rule over all. Therefore, Lord, receive these offerings, our tangible expressions of love and gratitude. Transform them into a source of life for many, so that your kingdom may grow in the hearts of all. In the name of Jesus. Amen.

                                                                        GOING IN GOD'S NAME

*HYMN                                       “Come, All Christians, Be Committed” (v. 1-3)                                       #507

*BENEDICTION

*BENEDICTION RESPONSE      “Come, All Christians, Be Committed” (v. 4)                                         #507

POSTLUDE

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