Sunday, May 22

Technical difficulties resulted in an abridged recording of the Service

Welcome and Announcements 

 
Trinity Chimes
 
Prelude                               “Earth and All Stars” and “This Is My Father’s World”
Janet Tolman, organ by John Leavitt
 
Call to Worshipbased on Psalm 67

One: May God be gracious to us and bless us and make God’s face
to shine upon us,

All: That God’s way may be known upon earth, God’s saving
power among all nations.

One: Let the nations be glad and sing.

All: Let the peoples praise You, O God; let all the peoples
praise You.

One: May God continue to bless us;

All: Let all the ends of the earth revere God.
 
Opening Hymn UMH #189                         “Fairest Lord Jesus” (all verses)                        ST. ELIZABETH
     1. Fairest Lord Jesus, ruler of all nature,
     O thou of God and man the Son, thee will I cherish,
     thee will I honor, thou, my soul’s glory, joy, and crown.
 
     2. Fair are the meadows, fairer still the woodlands,
     robed in the blooming garb of spring:
     Jesus is fairer, Jesus is purer, who makes the woeful heart to sing.
 
     3. Fair is the sunshine, fairer still the moonlight,
     and all the twinkling starry host: Jesus shines brighter,
     Jesus shines purer than all the angels heaven can boast.
 
     4. Beautiful Savior! Lord of all the nations! Son of God and Son of Man!
     Glory and honor, praise, adoration, now and forevermore be thine.
 
Scripture
Revelation 21:10, 21:22-22:5; John 14:23-29 NRSV
 
Music of Preparation                                 “Amazing Grace”                                          Bruce Stevenson
Lichi Acosta, cello; The Chancel Choir
 
Sermon                                                      Renew: A New Spirit                                 Rev. Beth Rambikur
 
Invitation to Respond
 
Musical Response UMH #347                          “Spirit Song”                                                   SPIRIT SONG
 
Prayers of the People
If you have a prayer you would like addressed during this time, please submit it to us via a prayer card.
 
Confession and Pardon
 
All: Merciful God, we confess that we have not loved you with our whole heart. We have failed to be an obedient church. We have not done your will, we have broken your law, we have rebelled against your love, we have not loved our neighbors, and we have not heard the cry of the needy. Forgive us, we pray. Free us for joyful obedience, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
 
Please take a moment of silence.
 
Pastor: Hear the good news:
Christ died for us while we were yet sinners; That proves God’s love toward us.
In the name of Jesus Christ, you are forgiven!
 
All: In the name of Jesus Christ, you are forgiven! Glory to God. Amen
 
Lord’s Prayer
 
Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name.
Thy kingdom come, thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread and forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us, and lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil, for thine is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever. Amen.
 
Closing Hymn UMH #428            “For the Healing of the Nations” (1, 2 & 4)                   CWM RHONDDA
 
     1. For the healing of the nations, Lord, we pray with one accord;
     for a just and equal sharing of the things that earth affords;
     To a life of love in action help us rise and pledge our word,
     help us rise and pledge our word.
 
     2. Lead us forward into freedom; from despair your world release,
     that, redeemed from war and hatred, all may come and go in peace.
     Show us how through care and goodness fear will die and hope increase,
     fear will die and hope increase.
 
     4. You, Creator God, have written your great name on humankind;
     for our growing in your likeness bring the life of Christ to mind,
     that by our response and service earth its destiny may find,
     earth its destiny may find.
 
Benediction
 
Postlude                                                   “Festive Processional”                                            David Lasky
Janet Tolman, organ
 
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“Fairest Lord Jesus”
Translator: Joseph August Seiss, 1873 Arranger: Richard Storrs Willis, 1850
“Spirit Song”
Words and Music: John Wimber, 1979
“For the Healing of the Nations”
Words: Fred Kaan, 1965 Music: John Hughes, 1907


Easter, April 17

Welcome and Announcements

 
Trinity Chimes
 
Prelude                                                             “Easter Joy”                                                       M. Helman
The Christ Church Ringers
 
Call to Worship
One: Christ is risen!
All: Christ is risen indeed! Alleluia, Amen!
One: Today is the first day of creation, a new day dawning in the
garden of the world.
All: Let heaven be glad; Let the whole earth Sing Glory.
One: Today death is undone and all things are reconciled to the
Creator.
All: Let heaven be glad; Let the whole earth Sing Glory, for
Christ, is risen, let us tell the story.
 
Opening Hymn UMH #304         “Easter People, Raise Your Voices” (all vs.)                             LLANFAIL
                                                                                                              
     1. Easter people raise your voices
     Sounds of heaven in earth should ring
     Christ has brought us Heaven’s choices
     Heavenly music let it ring
     Alleluia. Alleulia. Easter people let it sing
 
     2. Fear of death can no more stop us
     From our pressing here below
     For our Lord empowered us
     To triumph over every foe
     Alleluia. Alleluia. On to victory now we go
 
     3. Every day to us is Easter
     With its resurrection song
     When in trouble move the faster
     to our God who rights the wrong
     Alleluia. Alleluia. See the power of heavenly throngs.
 
Scripture
1 Corinthians 15:19-26
 
Choral Anthem                                        “I’ve Just Seen Jesus”                                arr. Michael Parks
 
Gospel Reading
Luke 24:1-12

One: The Living Word for the People of God!
All: Thanks be to God!
 
Children’s Moment
 
Music of Preparation                       “Variations on DUNLAP’S CREEK”                                    Robert Lind
Janet Tolman, organ

Sermon
Listen! Living Word
 
Choral Anthem                                       “An Easter Celebration”                                    Craig Courtney
Joseph Chen, trumpet; Hannah Rose Hutchins, percussion
 
Katherine’s Communion Litany – from California Pacific
 
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 our thanks and praise.
 
O God, you created the universe with a shout of joy,
A word of delight, and a big bang.
Shooting stars and sapphire blue planets.
You filled the ocean with sharks, dolphins and killer whales.
You filled the air with doves and hawks, songbirds and hummingbirds. You covered the land with shimmering aspen and weathered pine. And You blessed all the creatures of the earth.
And you blessed all the children of the earth every shape and size,
Every color and complexion, every makeup and mood,
every style and substance.
 
But we, O God, preferred to go our own way.
We messed things up. We wanted to be in charge.
We wanted to be in control.
We thought everything belonged to us.
We polluted the environment. We destroyed each other.
We turned playgrounds into battlefields, schoolyards into mine fields, hospitals into death camps; neighbors into enemies.
 
But You, O God, you never gave up on us.
You never walked away or walked out.
You always honored your promises.
You always welcomed us home.
 
When we walk through sorrow and chaos,
You are with us.
When we live through moments of violence and acts of terror,
You walk with us.
And so, with your people on earth and all the company of heaven, we praise Your name and join their unending hymn:
 
Holy, Holy, Holy, Lord, God of power and might,
Heaven and earth are full of your glory, Hosanna in the highest. Blessed is the One who comes in the name of the Lord.
Hosanna in the highest.
 
In the right time, in the fullness of your time,
In the nick of time, you sent your Son to bring us back to life.
He opened a window into your new creation.
He showed us a vision of your way: where everyone has enough
to eat, and can sleep safely all through the night,
Where every graveyard is a front porch of heaven,
Where the untouchable and unlovable are given the seats of honor, where tears of mourning become tears of laughter,
where grievous wrongs and horrid sufferings are made right and fair, where children hunt Easter eggs on playgrounds made from battlefields, and where everyone is welcomed and loved.
 
In the dead ends of our lives, Jesus clears a way ahead.
In the dead spots of our relationships, Jesus speaks words of hope and renewal. In the dead zones of our cities, Jesus calls forth a new kingdom. When we are dead tired, Jesus picks us up and carries us.
 
And so, on the night in which he gave himself up for us,
Jesus took bread, gave thanks to you, broke the bread,
Gave it to his disciples and said,
“Take, eat; this is my body of grace which is given for you.
Do this in remembrance of me.”
 
When the supper was over, he took the cup, gave thanks to you,
Gave it to his disciples, and said,
Drink from this, all of you; This is my blood of the new covenant
of love, poured out for you and for all for the forgiveness of sins.
Do this, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of me.”
And so, in remembrance of these your mighty acts in Jesus Christ, we offer ourselves in praise and thanksgiving as a holy and living sacrifice, in union with Christ’s offering for us, as we proclaim the mystery of faith:
 
Christ has died. Christ is risen. Christ will come again.
 
Pour out Your Holy Spirit on us gathered here,
And on these gifts of food and drink.
Make them be for us the grace and love of Christ,
That we may be for the world the body of Christ, redeemed.
 
Renew our communion with all,
As you have refreshed our souls from the waters of life,
Help us refresh and renew others.
Since you have given us strength for the journey,
Help us to strengthen others on theirs.
 
Send your Spirit to renew our faith and transform our souls
So that we may hear your music, work for justice, delight in heavenly food, and strengthen one another in love and grace. Thanks be to God. Amen.
 
Communion Hymn UMH #307                    “Christ is Risen” (vs. 2)                                    W ZLOBIE LEZY
 
     2. 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.
 
Lord’s Prayer
 
     Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name.
Thy kingdom come, thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. 
Give us this day our daily bread and forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us, and lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil, for thine is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever. Amen.
 
Closing Hymn UMH #318                            “Christ is Alive” (vs. 1 & 5)                                            TRURO
 
     1. Christ is alive! Let Christians sing.
     His cross stands empty to the sky.
     Let streets and homes with praises ring.
     His love in death shall never die.
 
     5. Christ is alive, and comes to bring
     good news to this and every age,
     till earth and all creation ring
     with joy, with justice, love, and praise.

Benediction
 
We are sent forth in the power of Christ’s resurrection. Alleluia!
The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God,
And the communion of the Holy Spirit be with you all. Amen.
 
Postlude                                       “Good Christians All, Rejoice and Sing”                             arr. J. Krug
The Christ Church Ringers