APRIL 17, 2022

The Order for the Worship of God

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Let the first tone of the organ be a call to quiet meditation in which all may become aware of God’s presence, and lift up a prayer for yourself and for Faith Church.

 

Prelude     Entrée En Forme de Carillon          Gregory Hamilton

Choral Introit     Rejoice This Easter Day


Rejoice and sing this Easter Day

Rejoice, rejoice

For Christ has risen from the grave

I say rejoice

Rejoice, alleluia


Rejoice, the Lord is King

Your Lord and King adore

Rejoice, give thanks and sing 

And triumph evermore

Lift up your heart lift up your voice

Rejoice, again I say rejoice



Call to Worship


He is risen!

He is risen indeed!



Invocation



Hymn     # 388     Christ the Lord is Risen Today          (Gray Psalter Hymnal)


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. 



Words of Assurance

Prayer for Illumination          Erin Ward


Old Testament Reading     Jonah 1:17-2:10


       17But the Lord provided a large fish to swallow up Jonah; and Jonah was in the belly of the fish three days and three nights.

       2 Then Jonah prayed to the Lord his God from the belly of the fish, 2saying,

       “I called to the Lord out of my distress, and he answered me; out of the belly of Sheol I cried, and you heard my voice. 3You cast me into the deep, into the heart of the seas, and the flood surrounded me; all your waves and your billows passed over me. 4Then I said, ‘I am driven away from your sight; how shall I look again upon your holy temple?’ 5The waters closed in over me; the deep surrounded me; weeds were wrapped around my head 6at the roots of the mountains. I went down to the land whose bars closed upon me forever; yet you brought up my life from the Pit, O Lord my God. 7As my life was ebbing away, I remembered the Lord; and my prayer came to you, into your holy temple. 8Those who worship vain idols forsake their true loyalty. 9But I with the voice of thanksgiving will sacrifice to you; what I have vowed I will pay. Deliverance belongs to the Lord!”

       10Then the Lord spoke to the fish, and it spewed Jonah out upon the dry land.


Lector: This is the Word of the Lord.


Congregation: Thanks be to God for His Word. 



Choral Anthem     Christ is Risen, He is Risen Indeed


How can it be the one who died 

Has borne our sin through sacrifice 

To conquer every sting of death

Sing, sing hallelujah


For joy awakes as dawning light

When Christ's disciples lift their eyes

Alive he stands their friend and king

Christ, Christ he is risen


Chorus:

Christ is risen, he is risen indeed

Oh sing hallelujah

Join the chorus, sing with the redeemed

Christ is risen, he is risen indeed


Where doubt and darkness once had been

They saw him and their hearts believed

But blessed are those who have not seen

Yet sing hallelujah


Once bound by fear now bold in faith

They preached the truth and power of grace

And pouring out their lives they gained

Life, life everlasting


The power that raised him from the grave

Now works in us to powerfully save

He frees our hearts to live his grace

Go tell of his goodness


He is risen, he's alive

Heaven's gates are opened wide

He is risen, he's alive

Now in heaven glorified

Christ is risen, he is risen indeed



Children’s Sermon



Hymn     Insert     See, What a Morning 



New Testament Reading     Luke 24:13-35


       13Now on that same day two of them were going to a village called Emmaus, about seven miles from Jerusalem, 14and talking with each other about all these things that had happened. 15While they were talking and discussing, Jesus himself came near and went with them, 16but their eyes were kept from recognizing him. 17And he said to them, “What are you discussing with each other while you walk along?” They stood still, looking sad. 18Then one of them, whose name was Cleopas, answered him, “Are you the only stranger in Jerusalem who does not know the things that have taken place there in these days?” 19He asked them, “What things?” They replied, “The things about Jesus of Nazareth, who was a prophet mighty in deed and word before God and all the people, 20and how our chief priests and leaders handed him over to be condemned to death and crucified him. 21But we had hoped that he was the one to redeem Israel. Yes, and besides all this, it is now the third day since these things took place. 22Moreover, some women of our group astounded us. They were at the tomb early this morning, 23and when they did not find his body there, they came back and told us that they had indeed seen a vision of angels who said that he was alive. 24Some of those who were with us went to the tomb and found it just as the women had said; but they did not see him.” 25Then he said to them, “Oh, how foolish you are, and how slow of heart to believe all that the prophets have declared! 26Was it not necessary that the Messiah should suffer these things and then enter into his glory?” 27Then beginning with Moses and all the prophets, he interpreted to them the things about himself in all the scriptures. 

       28As they came near the village to which they were going, he walked ahead as if he were going on. 29But they urged him strongly, saying, “Stay with us, because it is almost evening and the day is now nearly over.” So he went in to stay with them. 30When he was at the table with them, he took bread, blessed and broke it, and gave it to them. 31Then their eyes were opened, and they recognized him; and he vanished from their sight. 32They said to each other, “Were not our hearts burning within us while he was talking to us on the road, while he was opening the scriptures to us?” 33That same hour they got up and returned to Jerusalem; and they found the eleven and their companions gathered together. 34They were saying, “The Lord has risen indeed, and he has appeared to Simon!” 35Then they told what had happened on the road, and how he had been made known to them in the breaking of the bread.



Sermon     Does Easter Matter?          Pastor Andrew Winter

 
 

Communion Hymn     # 61     In Christ Alone             (Supplemental Hymnal)


Confession of Faith: The Apostle’s Creed

 

I believe in God, the Father almighty, creator of heaven and earth. I believe in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord, who was conceived by the Holy Spirit and born of the virgin Mary. He suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died, and was buried; he descended to hell. The third day he rose again from the dead. He ascended to heaven and is seated at the right hand of God the Father almighty. From there he will come to judge this living and the dead. I believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy catholic church, the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and the life everlasting. Amen.  



The LORD’s Supper


Invitation to the Table


Prayer of Thanksgiving


Giving & Receiving the Bread and the Cup


Prayer of Consecration:


Almighty Lord: we are thankful for all the benefits given us in this bread and wine, this body and blood. As the grain was harvested and the grapes gathered for this food, so may your church in every place be gathered into your household. And as the grain was ground and the grapes crushed, so may our lives be spent in your service, until you return in triumph to gather to yourself the harvest and call us to the marriage feast of the lamb. Amen.



Hymn     # 410     Crown Him with Many Crowns          (Gray Psalter Hymnal)



Benediction     


Go forth in joy to love and serve God in all that you do. 

We are sent in the name of the risen Christ.

Let us bless our Lord.

Thanks be to God. Alleluia!


May the God of peace, who raised to life the great shepherd of the sheep, make us ready to do his will in every good thing, through Jesus Christ, to whom be glory forever and ever. 

Alleluia! Amen.



Postlude     Gigue Fugue in G Major          J. S. Bach