North Presbyterian Church
April 25, 2021 9:45 & 11:00am

Sunday Worship


Silent Prayer of Preparation: Because You live, O Christ, The garden of the world has come to flower: The darkness of the tomb Is flooded with Your resurrection power. The stone has rolled away And death cannot imprison! O sing this Easter Day, For Jesus Christ has risen, has risen, has risen, has risen! B105vs1


Prelude


Welcome


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:
The heavens declare the glory of God, blossoms, new leaves proclaim new life.
Our hope is in the Lord Jesus Christ who has risen from the dead destroying sin.
Let us sing, shout and praise the God of Heaven and Christ and Spirit!
No matter what, Christ is risen, He is risen indeed! God is with us!


Hymn Christ is risen! Raise your spirits From the caverns of despair. Walk with gladness in the morning. See what love can do and dare. Drink the wine of resurrection, Not a servant, but a friend. Jesus is our strong companion. Joy and peace shall never end.


Christ is risen! Earth and heaven Nevermore shall be the same. Break the bread of new creation Where the world is still in pain. Tell its grim, demonic chorus: “Christ is risen! Get you gone!” God the First and Last is with us. Sing Hosanna, everyone! B104vs2,3

Opening Prayer: (Unison) God of all, lover of all creation, today we praise you for life and life more abundantly. Open our eyes to your glorious being. (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 love and to serve God always!
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! B123vs4

 

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 51
 

Hymn Because You live, O Christ, The spirit bird of hope is freed for flying; Our cages of despair No longer keep us closed and life denying. The stone has rolled away And death cannot imprison! O sing this Easter Day, For Jesus Christ has risen, has risen, has risen, has risen! B105 vs2


New Testament Lesson: I John 1:5-10


These are the Words of the Lord: Thanks be to God


Sermon “Light, Darkness and Sin” Rev. Stuart C. Buisch
 

Creed Unjustly condemned for blasphemy and sedition, Jesus was crucified, suffering the depths of human pain and giving his life for the sins of the world. God raised this Jesus from the dead, vindicating his sinless life, breaking the power of sin and evil, delivering us from death to life eternal. We trust in God, whom Jesus called Abba, Father. A Brief Statement of Faith
 

Hymn Vainly they watched His bed, Jesus, My Savior! Vainly they sealed the dead, Jesus, my Lord!


Ref: Up from the grave He arose, With a mighty triumph o’er His foes; He arose a victor from the dark domain, And He lives forever with His saints to reign: He arose! He arose! Hallelujah! Christ arose!
Death could not keep his prey, Jesus, my Savior! He tore the bars away, Jesus, My Lord! Ref: R298 vs2,3


Joys and Concerns/Prayers of the People/Lord’s Prayer (pray for our church family)
 

Hymn Christ is alive! Let Christians sing. The cross stands empty to the sky, Let streets and homes with praises ring. Love, drowned in death, shall never die. Christ is alive! No longer bound To distant years in Palestine, But saving, healing, here and now, And touching every place and time. B108 vs1,2


Charge God’s light shines on sin and on life. We can focus on what’s wrong and forget the right or on the right and forget the wrong. Let us live and thrive in the light of Christ!
 

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: At the door 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.
2114 vs4


Postlude


Bible study with masks and distancing Tuesdays at 7pm in the basement. Luke 23:23 start
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