April 18, 2021

Call to Worship                     Abingdon
L: Answer us when we call, O God. Be gracious to us and hear our prayer.
P: When we are in distress, you make space for us. You put gladness in our hearts, as with a fine feast.
L: When we are disturbed, may we not sin, but ponder things on our beds, and be silent.
P: I will both lie down and sleep in peace. For you alone, O Lord, make me lie down in safety.

Opening Prayer                     Abingdon
Holy God, we give thanks that you often reveal yourself to be different from our expectations. When we long for the love we have known in the past, our eyes are dimmed to the beauty you reveal to us now. As your first followers struggled to see how a suffering savior could be the messiah, we strain to recognize you still today. Come, Spirit, make yourself known in the study of scripture, in our songs of praise, and especially in the grace and love we offer one another, Make yourself known in every friend we have yet to meet in your good and blessed name. Amen.

Hymn             For the Beauty of the Earth   YouTube

First Reading – Romans 12:1-2
I appeal to you therefore, brothers and sisters, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship. 2Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your minds, so that you may discern what is the will of God—what is good and acceptable and perfect.

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Offertory        Old Rugged Cross                   Shirley Pisano

Doxology                                                        Rick Weinhoffer
            Praise God from whom all blessings flow,
            Praise God, all creatures here below;
            Praise God above ye heavenly host;
            Praise Father, Son and Holy Ghost.

Offertory Prayer                               Abingdon
Generous God, you put love into human form in Jesus, who lived, died, and was raised to eternal life. Receive now these offerings, that your grace may live today through the work of your church.
We offer these gifts with our time, our commitment, and our love, that the world may witness, without doubt, that Christ is alive today. In your holy name, we pray. Amen.

Hymn              I Love to Tell the Story                       YouTube

Children’s Time                               

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The 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.

Second Reading – John 20:1-18
17When Pharaoh let the people go, God did not lead them by way of the land of the Philistines, although that was nearer; for God thought, “If the people face war, they may change their minds and return to Egypt.” 18So God led the people by the roundabout way of the wilderness toward the Red Sea. The Israelites went up out of the land of Egypt prepared for battle. 19And Moses took with him the bones of Joseph who had required a solemn oath of the Israelites, saying, “God will surely take notice of you, and then you must carry my bones with you from here.” 20They set out from Succoth, and camped at Etham, on the edge of the wilderness. 21The Lord went in front of them in a pillar of cloud by day, to lead them along the way, and in a pillar of fire by night, to give them light, so that they might travel by day and by night. 22Neither the pillar of cloud by day nor the pillar of fire by night left its place in front of the people.

Message                                  Pastor Mandy Miller

Hymn              Hymn of Promise                    YouTube

Benediction   

Hymns and Prayers used under CCLS# 2049575 / Hymns and Prayers for Streaming CCSL #20468685/ Bible readings from New Revised Standard Version. All response from Abingdon Worship