James Tissot - The Appearance of Christ at the Cenacle
Welcome to Worship - Sunday April 19th, 2020
1st Sunday of Eastertide
Breath of all breaths,
Come and breathe into us once more
and we will be mindful that our life is sustained by you.
Fill us anew
that we may rest
and wait upon you
and we remember
that life is alive
because of you.
1. Come, ye faithful, raise the strain
of triumphant gladness;
God hath brought forth Israel
into joy from sadness;
loosed from Pharaoh's bitter yoke
Jacob's sons and daughters,
led them with unmoistened foot
through the Red Sea waters.
2. 'Tis the spring of souls today;
Christ hath burst his prison,
and from three days' sleep in death
as a sun hath risen;
all the winter of our sins,
long and dark, is flying
from his light, to whom we give
laud and praise undying.
3. Now the queen of seasons, bright
with the day of splendor,
with the royal feast of feasts,
comes its joy to render;
comes to glad Jerusalem,
who with true affection
welcomes in unwearied strains
4. Neither might the gates of death,
nor the tomb's dark portal,
nor the watchers, nor the seal
hold thee as a mortal;
but today amidst the twelve
thou didst stand, bestowing
that thy peace which evermore
passeth human knowing.
5. "Alleluia!" now we cry
to our King immortal,
who, triumphant, burst the bars
of the tomb's dark portal;
"Alleluia!" with the Son,
God the Father praising,
"Alleluia!" yet again
to the Spirit raising.
Translator:John Mason Neale (1859)
Author:John of Damascus
Composer:Arthur S. Sullivan (1872)
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Great job keeping in touch this week!
Prayer for Understanding
In this upper room of mind and heart
we confess that we, too, are still trying to process
what it means
for our Master and Teacher
to be risen from the dead
we affirm the benediction of Christ upon us
that we are blessed because we believe
and have not yet seen
our Lord and our God
May the unveiling of your scripture this morning
breathe peace into our very being.
The Lord's Prayer
Hymn: Up From the Grave He Arose
1 Low in the grave he lay, Jesus my Savior,
waiting the coming day, Jesus my Lord!
Up from the grave he arose,
with a mighty triumph o'er his foes;
he arose a victor from the dark domain,
and he lives forever, with his saints to reign.
He arose! He arose! Hallelujah! Christ arose!
2 Vainly they watch his bed, Jesus my Savior;
vainly they seal the dead, Jesus my Lord! [Refrain]
3 Death cannot keep its prey, Jesus my Savior;
he tore the bars away, Jesus my Lord! [Refrain]
Author: Robert Lowry (1874)
Tune: CHRIST AROSE
Prayers of the People: This New Moment
Creator of The Way -
The Way from fear into love,
the Way from despair into hope.
We praise you for this new...
This New Moment.
not just a new moment
a new hour, a new day, a new season, a new year, a new... Life!
Life with a bright, new outlook!
Life with a fresh, innovative gleam
toward the sun-dappled horizon of a glorious grace!
So here we are this Easter Morning,
circled in the sounds of anthems triumphant,
reassured in the reverberations of resurrection hymns,
persuaded by the proclamation of peace,
surrounded by the completion of redemption,
secure in life, everlasting in scope.
We know all too well.
We know when we leave this Holy Place,
we’ll move from the Easter Garden Glory
with the sound of trumpets and the fragrance of lilies,
to the upper room reality
where the stark opposition lurks outside our gates.
We know there’s a world out there... full of fear;
fear of oppressive power by those held in bonds beyond comprehension,
fear of equalizing change by those who dictate dominion for self-promotion,
fear of demoralizing death by those who lack the will to live.
And so we pray,
for a Resurrection resolve
A resolve that moves us to living the gospel.
With no fear to live life abundantly... with no holds barred!
A life that boldly proclaims that... Life is alive!
Open our hearts to let each moment be,
filled with an awareness of you,
Let there be
your “Let there be life”s
constantly within our hearts,
from this time forth and forevermore.
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Offertory: In The Garden
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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: In This Upper Room We've Gathered
1. In this upper room we’ve gathered
Full of doubt and fear within
Lord, we’ve prayed for peace and safety
yet our hopes ebb strangely thin
Then we witness in our darkness
Holy Light come shining through
Past locked doors and cloistered chaos
Risen Christ! You’re born anew!
2. Word of God, appear before us
speak your comfort to our pains
Show you’re flesh and dwell among us
offer us your feet and hands
While we marvel at the myst’ry
scratching heads in disbelief
deep our burning hearts we offer
Risen Christ! You bring relief!
3) Breath, O breathe, our Lord and Master!
Fill this space with life again!
Breathe the Peace on all us gathered
Holy Spirit, enter in!
Breathe the Peace our minds doth long for
still our stormy seas within
Life eternal! Death forgotten!
Risen Christ, you breathe again!
Words: Phil Phaneuf
Tune: Beach Spring
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!