The United Church of Canada
Drumbo-Richwood Pastoral Charge
P.O. Box 97, Drumbo, N0J 1G0
Sunday April 12, 2015
Minister: Rev. Liz Lemon
Organist: Joan Shantz- Willis
Betty Ford – Richwood
The Season of Easter
We Gather to Celebrate God’s Presence
*Indicates a time to stand if you are able.
WELCOME AND ANNOUNCEMENTS
THE LIGHTING of the CHRIST CANDLE
Hallelujah! Christ is risen!
Christ has risen indeed!
*HYMN # 177 “This Joyful Eastertide”
CALL TO WORSHIP
The God of resurrection, the God of life, invites us to worship.
With wonder and anticipation we offer prayer and praise.
Does not damage faith.
Does not damage faith.
Does not damage faith.
So we will ….
Question, wonder and doubt,
knowing that God’s love is with us always.
We shall not be afraid!
For Christ is risen! We want to tell the world!
This is the day that our God has made.
We will rejoice and be glad in it!
Let us pray:
Ever-present God, we sometimes envy the first disciples of Christ:
the ones who walked with him, the ones he healed,
the ones he taught. And then we remember that Jesus is with us too.
We too have known grief and sorrow, loss and tears, fear and failure,
and we are also in need of resurrection. Be among us and bless us in
this time of worship. Call us to a new way of being so we may live
Jesus’ resurrected life in today’s world. We pray in his name,
saying the words he taught: Our Father, who art in heaven, ….
We Listen for God’s Word
*HYMN # 145 “Come Children, Join to Sing”
STORY TIME “I Don’t Believe It!”
SCRIPTURE John 20: 19-31
*HYMN #175 “This is the Day That God Has Made”
SERMON “Resurrection, Eh? Prove It!”
We Respond to God’s Call
THE INVITATION TO THE LORD’S TABLE
*COMMUNION HYMN # 468 “Let Us Talents and Tongues Employ”
THE PASSING OF THE PEACE
“The peace of Christ be with you always.”
“And also with you.”
*Presented in Song # 191 (MV) “What Can I Do?”
What can I do? What can I bring?
What can I say? What can I sing?
I’ll sing with joy. I’ll say a prayer.
I’ll bring my love. I’ll do my share. (Repeat )
*Prayer of Dedication
The Sacrament of the Lord’s Supper
Prayer of Thanksgiving
The Lord be with you.
And also with you.
Lift up your hearts.
We lift them up to the Lord.
Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.
It is right to give God thanks and praise.
Creator God, you spoke the Word and
our world came into being,
and with your strong and gentle voice you called us
into conversation with you.
When we became deaf, when we stopped our ears or tried to
shout above the sound of your love, you kept on speaking.
Down through the ages, through prophets, poets
and preachers, you have spoken to us.
In the fullness of time, you sent Jesus,
your Word made flesh,
in whom we hear and see and come to know you.
In Jesus, all creation learned to sing your song of love.
By Jesus, the poor and lowly were given a voice.
But there were those who sought to silence Jesus,
those for whom the Word was too much.
They were too busy with other words;
they could not and would not listen to Jesus.
On the night in which he was betrayed, Jesus took bread, broke it,
and gave it to his friends, saying: “Take, eat; this is my body,
broken for you. Each time you do this, remember me.”
Each time we eat this bread we will remember him.
After supper he took a cup and gave it for all to drink, saying:
“Take, drink. This is the cup of the promises of God. Whenever
you drink it, remember me.”
Each time we drink this cup we will remember him.
Come, Holy Spirit, hover over us and this bread and wine. Unite us and strengthen us to live Christ’s resurrected life in the world.
Come, Holy Spirit, come.
As we share this bread and cup, may we know the presence
of the Living Christ and cry out: Christ is risen!
Hallelujah! Christ is risen! Christ is risen indeed!
These are the gifts of God, for us, the children of God.
Come now, for all is ready.
THE SHARING OF THE BREAD AND CUP
PRAYER AFTER COMMUNION
God of life, thank you for this gift of Easter.
May its reality become part of us and challenge us
to deeper commitment and a closer understanding of you.
May your resurrecting power move through us
for the renewal of our world. Amen.
We Go Out into God’s World
*HYMN # 159 “The Strife is O’er”
*COMMISSIONING & BENEDICTION
*SUNG BENEDICTION VU 958 “Halle, Halle, Halle” (2 times)
Halle, halle, hallelujah! Halle, halle, hallelujah!
Halle, halle, hallelujah! Hallelujah! Hallelujah!
Announcements/ Upcoming Events
• Lorraine is in the office Wed. & Thurs. Mornings 9-12. Office Phone 519-463-5222.
• Coffee Time- Every Monday Morning from 9:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. @ Willis.
• Choir Practice – 9:20 a.m. at Richwood
- 10:30 a.m. at Willis
• Sun. Apr. 12 – Rev. Liz Lemon will do communion.
Sun. Apr. 19 –John Perrin
Sun. Apr. 26 –Dave Money
Sun. May 3 - to be determined
Sun. May 10- Mother’s Day – Hymn Sing at Willis at 11 a.m.
Sun. May 31 – Willis Anniversay Service at 11 a.m.
• Sun. Apr. 12 – Fellowship Lunch at Willis after church.
• Mon. Apr. 13- Willis Open Music Time for all ages – every Monday from 7 – 8 p.m. Apr. 13 forward.
Thought for the Week
To doubt everything or to believe everything are two equally convenient solutions; both dispense with the necessity of reflection.”
- Henri Poincare, philosopher
Seen in a church bulletin:
This morning’s sermon is “Jesus Walks on Water.”
Next week’s sermon will be: “Searching for Jesus.”