North Presbyterian Church
April 18, 2021
9:45 & 11:00am Sunday Worship
Silent Prayer of Preparation: Christ has risen to companion former friends who fear the night, sensing loss and limitation where their faith had once burned bright. They bemoan what is no longer, they expect no hopeful sign till Christ ends their conversation, breaking bread and sharing wine.
Prelude “Variations on Old Hundredth” Sheets
Introit: All heaven declares the glory of the risen Lord; who can compare with the beauty of the Lord? Forever he will be the Lamb upon the throne; I gladly bow the knee, and worship him alone.
Call to Worship:
Christ is risen indeed. We gather to praise God!
Together we have more courage from the resurrection.
We too will be raised in Christ in the end.
No matter what, Christ is risen, He is risen indeed! God is with us!
Hymn At the font we start our journey, in the Easter faith baptized; doubts and fears no longer blind us, by the light of Christ surprised, Alleluia! Alleluia! Hope held out and realized. At the pulpit we are fashioned by the Easter tale retold into witnesses and prophets, by the power of Christ made bold. Alleluia! Alleluia! Faith proclaimed, yet still untold. 2114 vs1,2
Prayer of Confession: (Unison) Easter came and went Lord, and some of us are back to status quo forgetting the power of the resurrection, Forgive us. (Please pray silently) Gracious God, forgive us all our sins, conscious and unconscious. Create in us clean hearts and ready spirits to follow you, in Christ we pray. Amen.
Assurance of Pardon
In the risen Christ we are forgiven and set free to live for Him!
In Christ we are forgiven and set free to live, love and serve God!
Response: Sing we to our God above, Alleluia! Praise eternal as God’s love; Alleluia! Praise our God, ye heavenly host, Alleluia! Father, Son, and Holy Ghost. Alleluia! B123
Prayer for peace: Come and fill our hearts with your peace. You alone, O Lord,
are holy. Come and fill our hearts with your peace, Alleluia! 2157
Prayer for Illumination: Holy Spirit come to us, kindle in us the fire of your love. Holy Spirit come to us.
Old Testament Lesson: Psalm 84
Hymn We saw a suffering Jesus alone, without a friend, and heard the voices shouting abuse until the end We wept as we stood watching Love’s light grow dim and die, and cried, “Why did this happen? God, tell us, tell us why!” We buried him, not knowing that on the third day morn a risen Christ would greet us and hope would be reborn. Though evil had extinguished the life that burned so bright, the love of God would triumph like dawn that ends the night. 2111 vs 4,5
New Testament Lesson: I John 1:1-4
These are the Words of the Lord: Thanks be to God
Sermon “What We Saw!” Rev. Stuart C. Buisch
Creed In life and in 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 the one triune God, the Holy One of Israel, who alone we worship and serve. We trust in Jesus Christ fully human, fully God; preaching good news to the poor and release to the captives, teaching by word and deed and blessing the children, healing the sick and binding up the brokenhearted, eating with outcasts, forgiving sinners, and calling all to repent and believe the gospel. A Brief Statement of Faith
Hymn God sent His Son, they called Him Jesus, He came to love, heal, and forgive; He lived and died to buy my pardon, An empty grave is there to prove my Savior lives.
REF: Because He lives I can face tomorrow, Because He lives all fear is gone; Because I know He holds the future. And life is worth the living just because He lives.
And then one day I’ll cross the river, I’ll fight life’s final war with pain; And then as death gives way to victory, I’ll see the light of glory and I’ll know He lives. Ref: R292 vs 1,3
Joys and Concerns/Prayers of the People/Lord’s Prayer (pray for our church family)
Hymn Christ has risen while earth slumbers, Christ as risen where hope died, as he said and as he promised, as we doubted and denied, Let the moon embrace the blessing; let the sun sustain the cheer; let the world confirm the rumor: Christ is risen, God is Here! Christ has risen for the people whom he died to love and save; Christ has risen for the women bringing flowers to grace his grave. Christ has risen for disciples huddled in an upstairs room. He whose word inspired creation can’t be silenced by the tomb. 2115:1,2
Charge: To see we must look. Looking is conscious and requires attention. Telling results.
Benediction May the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, the love of God and the community
of the Holy Spirit be with us all evermore. Amen.
Song: Lord, prepare me to be a sanctuary Pure and holy, tried and true. With thanksgiving, I'll be a living Sanctuary for You 2164
Postlude “Toccata” Frescobaldi
Bible study with masks and distancing Tuesdays at 7pm in the basement. Luke 22:62 start
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