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3rd Sunday of Easter

PRELUDE            Erin Tellier

We Gather as the Body of Christ

WELCOME, ANNOUNCEMENTS,

and Funny Story

Sharon Stewart

CENTERING WORDS

(Acts 3, Psalm 4, 1 John 3, Luke 24)

Sharon Stewart

Trust God.

Trust the miracles you have known.

Trust the miracle you can be.

CALL TO WORSHIP

Alli Ray– Liturgist

Weary? Come to worship, for here you will find rest.

Struggling? Come to worship, for here you will find help.

Distracted? Come to worship, for you will find your center, which is God.

Empty? Come to worship, for here you will be filled.

Come. … … … Let us worship God.

HYMN:    Open My Eyes, That I May See

UMC Hymnal    #454

OPENING PRAYER

(Unison)    Alli Ray

Open our ears, O Lord,

that we might hear you, in the music,

in prayer, in scripture, in this community

gathered in the name of Jesus.

Open our eyes, O Lord, that we might

see you, in the midst of the ministry

and mission at the heart of who we are

as your church.

Open our minds, O Lord, that we might

know you, in the reading of scripture,

and through our grappling with what

ancient words might mean for us today.

Amen.

EPISTLE READING

Acts 3: 12-19      Alli Ray

CHILDREN'S TIME with Sharon

PREPARATION to PRAYER

Turn Your Eyes upon Jesus

UMC Hymnal    #349

LIFTING THE PRAYERS FROM THE HEART

Sharon Stewart

PASTORAL PRAYER

LORD’S PRAYER

We Attend to the Word

HYMN:    He Touched Me

UMC Hymnal #367

GOSPEL READING      Luke 24: 36b-48

Alli Ray

This is the Word of God for the People of God

Thanks be to God, Amen

MEDITATION          Sharon Stewart

You Are Witnesses of These Things

INVITATION to the OFFERING

   (1 John 3)      Sharon Stewart

As we have been loved, we are invited to love. As God has given generously to us, we are invited to give generously to God and to God’s church. May our hearts brim with love and generosity for all as we enter this time of offering. Give as you are called and as you are able.

OFFERTORY    Erin Tellier

DOXOLOGY

Praise God from Whom all Blessings Flow

UMC Hymnal    # 94

BLESSING of the OFFERING

(Acts 3, 1 John 3, Luke 24)

(Unison)    Sharon Stewart

Generous God of love and grace,

bless these gifts with your

abundant love and your life-giving grace.

Bless us as we bear witness to your

love and grace in all that we say,

all that we give, and all that we do.

Amen.

We Are Sent in Ministry to the World

HYMN:    Great Is Thy Faithfulness

UMC Hymnal  #140

BENEDICTION    (Luke 24)    Sharon Stewart

The risen Christ stood among the disciples and said, “Peace be with you.” The risen Christ stands among us still and offers us a deep and abiding peace. May the peace of Christ be with you, as you walk into the rest of your day and the coming week. Amen.

SENDING FORTH HYMN

Let There Be Peace on Earth

UMC Hymnal #431

DEPART IN PEACE...SHALOM!

POSTLUDE            Erin Tellier

Worship Liturgy is taken from two sources:

Lectionary Liturgies and the Abingdon Worship Annual 2024.

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