James Tissot - Emmaus
Welcome to Worship - Sunday April 12th, 2020
While dewdrops still glisten on the freshly moved stone,
You persuade us to be mindful to Your mysterious wonder!
In the face of the deep -
Miracle moments where once darkness dwelt -
Invoke us into your promised presence,
Grace our time and space to be your host,
This holy day,
drawn in to see with fresh hearts -
The grace spectacle which only your love can reveal.
Prelude: The Holy City
1 Christ the Lord is risen today, Alleluia!
Earth and heaven in chorus say, Alleluia!
Raise your joys and triumphs high, Alleluia!
Sing, ye heavens, and earth reply, Alleluia!
2 Love's redeeming work is done, Alleluia!
Fought the fight, the battle won, Alleluia!
Death in vain forbids him rise, Alleluia!
Christ has opened paradise, Alleluia!
3 Lives again our glorious King, Alleluia!
Where, O death, is now thy sting? Alleluia!
Once he died our souls to save, Alleluia!
Where's thy victory, boasting grave? Alleluia!
4 Soar we now where Christ has led, Alleluia!
Following our exalted Head, Alleluia!
Made like him, like him we rise, Alleluia!
Ours the cross, the grave, the skies, Alleluia!
Words: Charles Wesley
Tune: Lyra Davidica
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Prayer for Understanding
We, too, walk with our hands to our heads
failing to put together
how on earth
you brought life
out of death.
Please take our failings
and our limits
and treat them mercifully now
as we ponder anew
what it is you may do
with this moment
Scripture Reading: John 20
The Lord's Prayer
Hymn: He Lives
I serve a risen Saviour, He's in the world today
I know that He is living, whatever men may say
I see His hand of mercy, I hear His voice of cheer
And just the time I need Him He's always near
He lives (He lives), He lives (He lives), Christ Jesus lives today
He walks with me and talks with me
Along life's narrow way
He lives (He lives), He lives (He lives), Salvation to impart
You ask me how I know He lives?
He lives within my heart
In all the world around me I see His loving care
And though my heart grows weary I never will despair
I know that He is leading, through all the stormy blast
The day of His appearing will come at last
Rejoice, rejoice, O Christian Lift up your voice and sing
Eternal hallelujahs to Jesus Christ, the King
The Hope of all who seek Him, the Help of all who find
None other is so loving, so good and kind
Words & Music: Alfred Ackley
Sermon: fold, garden, eat, breathe
Prayers of the People:
From cruel day Friday to this morning’s dawn
From twisted thorn-crown to firstborn’s diadem
Fullness of Grace
Fullness of Time
Thou Great Spirit Soaring
to Life Anew
Chaos could not consume
Violence will not be the victor
For you Gentled into Grace
To issue forth
Thou who revels in our process and our rebirth
Patient like the shades of dawn’s horizon
Unhurried as spring petals op’ning greeting
Where once thorns thrived
Lilies paint the landscape
Where once nails drove
Sacred Space lets Light through
Break through to us whom you call beloved
Risen in peace
Rise within us
Rise within our vocations and family
Rise within our attitude and demeanor
May our conduct and our candor
be filled with the Risen Son
Take our thorny losses and reveal life’s blossoms
Gather our splintered selves
enfold them into your wholeness
Cradle our crushed spirits
Revel in our joy
Revel in our rebirth of gladness
Break forth into joy within our hearts this day
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Visit our Prayer Ministries page and join us in specific prayer. We are so grateful for your immediate engagement with the prayer request form.
Prayers for Roger Dart and Family: Roger's brother passed away Saturday morning.
Just in today from Sue J.:
Prayers for my niece and her husband who work a family-owned farm in Cattaraugus County in the souther tier. Due to slow-downs at the milk plants they had to dump milk this past week for the first time in their 35 years of farming. Prayers for all the farmers who are going through these hard times and having to make tough decisions daily.
Here's an update on Roxanne who I requested prayers for last week. Tests showed an aggressive malignant tumor in her brain. She is having surgery this Wednesday in Buffalo and no family is allowed in the hospital to be with her. She was able to come home for a few days and is glad to be with her children and husband. She has a strong faith and lots of support from family and friends and appreciates prayers.
Just in today from Judy D.
Please offer prayers for Judy's sister Bonnie, who is in rehab in Batavia, and waiting for results of a test of the virus. We wish her well.
Offertory: He Is There
We are so collectively grateful for God's gifts that are given back for use in ministering to the lives within our community-at-large. Should you choose to prayerfully give, mailing to the UMC of North Chili 2200 Westside Dr. Rochester, NY 14624 would be received with gratitude and employed with prayerful stewardship.
Praise God, from whom all blessings flow;
Praise Him, all creatures here below;
Praise Him above, ye heav’nly host;
Praise Father, Son, and Holy Ghost!
Prayer of Dedication:
Refreshing and rejuvenating Giver of all gifts, we offer back to you a token of our gratitude for the life of this community. May they be used to inspire hearts and awaken minds to your love. Amen.
Recessional Hymn: Hail The Day That Sees Him Rise
1 Hail the day that sees him rise, Alleluia!
to his throne beyond the skies. Alleluia!
Christ, the Lamb for sinners given, Alleluia!
enters now the highest heaven. Alleluia!
2 There for him high triumph waits; Alleluia!
lift your heads, eternal gates. Alleluia!
He has conquered death and sin; Alleluia!
take the King of glory in. Alleluia!
3 Highest heaven its Lord receives; Alleluia!
yet he loves the earth he leaves. Alleluia!
Though returning to his throne, Alleluia!
still he calls us all his own. Alleluia!
4 Still for us he intercedes; Alleluia!
his atoning death he pleads, Alleluia!
near himself prepares our place, Alleluia!
he the firstfruits of our race. Alleluia!
5 There we shall with you remain, Alleluia!
partners of your endless reign, Alleluia!
see you with unclouded view, Alleluia!
find our heaven of heavens in you. Alleluia!
Words: Charles Wesley
The Peace that raised Christ from the dead be within you.
The Hope that raised Christ from the dead be around you.
The Breath that raised Christ from the dead flow in and out of you.
Christ is risen!
Christ is risen indeed!