April 11, 2021: “The Lord is Risen Indeed”

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Welcome & Call to Worship

Follow along with Steve K. and family as he welcomes us and they lead us in the following call to worship, taken from 1 John 1.

Leader:  Your messengers, O Lord, have declared to us from the beginning, what they heard, what they saw and what they touched.

All:  That life is revealed also to us, we also have seen, and now declare the eternal life God has for us.

Leader:  We too declare what we have seen and heard so that we together may have fellowship with God and each other.

All:  Our fellowship with God and with his Son Jesus Christ brings us joy in its fullness. We embrace the message that God is light, and in God there is no darkness at all. Praise the Lord.

Songs of Praise

Join in singing STJ 95 I Want to Walk as a Child of the Light, accompanied by Loretta T. You may use the song book or follow the lyrics below.

I want to walk as a child of the light.
I want to follow Jesus.
God set the stars to give light to the world.
The star of my life is Jesus.
In him there is no darkness at all.
The night and the day are both alike.
The Lamb is the light of the city of God.
Shine in my heart, Lord Jesus.

I want to see the brightness of God.
I want to look at Jesus.
Clear Sun of Righteousness, shine on my path,
and show me the way to the Father.
In him there is no darkness at all.
The night and the day are both alike.
The Lamb is the light of the city of God.
Shine in my heart, Lord Jesus.

I’m looking for the coming of Christ.
I want to be with Jesus.
When we have run with patience the race,
we shall know the joy of Jesus.
In him there is no darkness at all.
The night and the day are both alike.

The Lamb is the light of the city of God.
Shine in my heart, Lord Jesus.

Let’s continue singing with STJ 3 Jesus Calls Us Here to Meet Him, accompanied by Dianne H. and Michael P. You can use the songbook or follow the lyrics below.

Jesus calls us here to meet him as
through word and song and prayer,
we affirm God’s promised presence
where God’s people live and care.

Praise the God who keeps their promise;
praise the Son who calls us friends;

praise the Spirit who, among us,
to our hopes and fears attends.

Jesus calls us to confess him
Word of Life and Lord of all,

sharer of our flesh and frailness
saving all who fail or fall.

Tell his holy human story;
tell his tales that all may hear;

tell the world that Christ in glory
came to earth to meet us here.

Jesus calls us to each other:
vastly diff’rent though we are;

race and colour, class and gender
neither limit nor debar.

Join the hand of friend and stranger;
join the hands of age and youth;

join the faithful and the doubter
in their common search for truth.

Jesus calls us to his table
rooted firm in time and space,

where the church in earth and heaven
finds a common meeting place.

Share the bread and wine, his body;
share the love of which we sing;

share the feast for saints and sinners
hosted by our Lord and King.

Offering

Thank you for your faithful giving! Please continue this act of worship in support of the church’s ongoing ministries. You can send a cheque to the church office by mail, or you can give through an Access Credit Union branch or their online banking services (see the information here).

Community Life & Prayer

For announcements related to our church community, please see the eBulletin emailed to those on the weekly email list. You can also stay updated by checking the church Facebook page and this website.

This week in our prayers we especially remember:

  • Dr. Song, a peace worker imprisoned in South Korea, where our mission partners, Bock Ki Kim and Sook Kyoung Park work. Dr. Song works for Frontiers, a peace organization working closely with the Anabaptist Center and MCC in their peace building efforts in South Korea. He trespassed to pray in an area where a large military base is to be built — an example of the increased militarization of countries in the area in light of the rise in Chinese power.
  • Those in our church family who are grieving the loss of loved ones, including people related to Margaret T., who passed away on April 5th. The video will be available to watch on Wiebe’s Funeral Home website on Monday.
  • To thank God for the simple joys we experience, like the beautiful weather of the past week.
  • All of us, that our eyes might be open, to recognize Christ among us. (Luke 24:31)

Congregational Prayer

Let’s pray together with Steve K.

Prayer Song

Let’s continue in a spirit of prayer as we sing STS 98 On the Journey to Emmaus, accompanied by Loretta T.

On the journey to Emmaus with our hearts cold as stone
the One who would save us had left us alone.
Then a stranger walks with us and, to our surprise,
he opens our stories and he opens our eyes.

And our hearts burned within us as we talked on the way,
how all that was promised was ours on that day.
So we begged him, “Stay with us and grant us your word.”
We welcomed the stranger and we welcomed the Lord.

And that evening at the table as he blessed and broke bread,
we saw it was Jesus aris’n from the dead;
though he vanished before us we knew he was near
the life in our dying and the hope in our fear.

On our journey to Emmaus, in our stories and feast,
with Jesus we claim that the greatest is least:
and his words burn within us let none be ignored
who welcomes the stranger shall welcome the Lord.

Scripture Reading

Steve K. reads Luke 24:13-35 for us today. May we have ears to hear what the Spirit is saying to us as a church.

Children’s Story

Children’s Song

Meditation

Ben provides the meditation for us today, entitled “Proof? That Jesus is Alive? The 3 m.p.h Gospel.”

Song of Response

Let’s respond to the meditation with HWB 472 I am the Bread of Life, (verses 1,2,4,5) accompanied by Loretta T.

I am the Bread of life.
You who come to me shall not hunger,
and who believe in me shall not thirst.
No one can come to me unless the Father beckons.
And I will raise you up,
and I will raise you up,
and I will raise you up on the last day.

The bread that I will give is my flesh for the life of the world,
and if you eat of this bread, you shall live forever,
you shall live forever.
And I will raise you up,
and I will raise you up,
and I will raise you up on the last day.

I am the resurrection, I am the life.
If you believe in me, even though you die,
you shall live forever.
And I will raise you up,
and I will raise you up,
and I will raise you up on the last day.

Yes, Lord, I believe that you are the Christ,
the Son of God,
who has come into the world.
And I will raise you up,
and I will raise you up,
and I will raise you up on the last day.

Benediction

Steve K. offers the benediction for us.

Sending Song

Let’s go from our time of worship together with this song on our lips and in our hearts: HWB 278 Christ is Alive! Let Christians Sing, accompanied by Loretta T.

Christ is alive! Let Christians sing!
His cross stands empty to the sky.
His cross stands empty to the sky.
Let streets and homes with praises ring.
His love in death shall never die.

Christ is alive!
No longer bound to distant years in Palestine,
he comes to claim the here and now
and conquer ev’ry place and time.

Christ is alive! His Spirit burns
through this and ev’ry future age,
till all creation lives and learns his joy,
his justice, love, and praise.

Songs: I Want to Walk as a Child of the Light by Kathleen Thomerson ©1970, 1975 Celebration; On the Emmaus Road by Bryan Moyer Suderman; Jesus Calls us Here to Meet Him by John L. Bell and Graham Maule ©WGRG The Iona Community/GIA Publications; On the Journey to Emmaus by Marty Haugen ©1995 GIA Publications; I am the Bread of Life by Suzanne Toolan ©1970 GIA Publications; Christ is Alive! Let Christians Sing by Brian Wren ©1975 Hope Publishing
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