Welcome! We are glad that you are worshiping with us.
Tolling of the Hour
Means of Grace
Welcome and Announcements
*Songs of Gathering
“Great Is The Lord”
“He Is Exalted”
Prayer of Confession
The Lord shelters and protects us. The Lord gives us Life! Yet, we need to bring our burdens and Sin and leave them at the foot of the cross. Let us pray:
Merciful God, you reach across every boundary, even death itself, and draw us into loving intimacy with You. Forgive us for resisting Your love. You call us friends, yet we act like minor acquaintances or even strangers. You send us into the world to proclaim Your love, yet we become confused when You include all people in Your love. The light of Your resurrection conquers the darkness in our lives, yet we act as if Your love is a burden. Give us Easter lives, we pray, for You alone have the power to save us.
(Let us confess in silence to God the burdens of our hearts)
Hear the Good News! The mercy of the Lord is from everlasting to everlasting. I declare to you, in the name of Jesus Christ, you are forgiven. Thanks be to God.
Moments with the Children
- 1 John 5:1-6
- John 15:9-17
Sermon Sing a New Song
Song of Response
“Joy to the World”
*Affirmation of Faith
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 the 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.
Prayers of the People and the Lord’s Prayer
Our Father, who are 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 debts, as we forgive our debtors. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, forever. Amen.
Offering of Gifts
Prayer of Gratitude
Song of Sending
“Come, Christians, Join to Sing””