ORDER OF WORSHIP – APRIL 19- SECOND SUNDAY OF EASTER
PRELUDE– It is Well With My Soul
WELCOME AND ANNOUNCEMENTS
CALL TO WORSHIP
Peace be with you. Jesus stands among us
Peace be with you. The risen Lord is here.
Leader: Christ is Risen!All: He is risen indeed!
Call to Reconciliation
When we keep our faults and failures locked safely away, we have no need to confess. But God comes into our hearts when we least expect, so we can be filled with forgiveness, with hope, with peace. Please join me as we pray together, saying,
Unison Prayer for Forgiveness
God of empty tombs and emptier people: when we hesitate to speak of your hope, forgive us, and give us a voice. When we find it difficult to love one another, forgive us, and give us fresh compassion. When we want to stand with the high and mighty, forgive us, and seat us next to the poor and oppressed. When we stay locked behind our fears and doubts, forgive us, and send us out to share you grace. When we cannot believe your Word of new life, forgive us, and fill us with your joy.
Silence is kept
Assurance of Pardon
Christ comes into every shadowed corner of our lives with the light of Easter. Christ comes into the locked rooms of our faults and gifts us with grace and hope.
Christ comes to fill us with peace, so we may proclaim the good news of mercy and forgiveness for all. Thanks be to God. Amen.
Pastoral Prayer and Lord’s Prayer
“Praise song for a pandemic” by Christine Valters Paintner
Church Members and Family
Victoria Mitchell, Donnie McIntyre, Deb Young, Juanita Wilburn, Cordie Daughtry, Jean McLaurin, Scottie Godwin, Danielle Rea, Tracey Gardner, Vann Gurganus, Vernon Williford, James Carter, Glen Godwin, Wesley Turner, Randy Gillmore, Frankie McLaurin, Roye Bostick, Tonya Young, Johnny Carter, Margaret Barnes, Barbara Lloyd, Tommy Menefee
Doris Starling, Faye Lucas
Sybil Lucas (Hillside, Wake Forest), Doris Moore (Bethesda, Eastover), Mac Williams (Elmcroft, Hillsborough)
Friends of the Church
Allen Hudson, Sarah Burchett, Waylon Mitchell, Lois McLamb, Bill Norman, Ronnie Whitman, Michelle Fitzgerald, Ben Buchanan, Wilda Mae Stewart, Phyllis Matthews, Wingate Collier, Richard Crunkleton, Pam Thompson, Wade Hall, Norman Hall, Vivian Smith, Camrin Hales, Janet Collier, Lynne Laber, Becky Hill, Andy Lepper, Judy Burge, Nancy Watts, Theresa Hall, Clark Young, Eula Hall, Lamar Smith, Gary Thornton, Donnie White, Anna Corbin, Barry Helms
Ashleigh Aponte (FTCC), Ashlyn Hall (ECU), Katie Murphy (William Peace), Casey Williford (FTCC)
Tripp Lloyd (Army), Joshua Taylor (Afghanistan)
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 debts as we forgive our debtors. Lead us not into temptation but deliver us from evil for thine is the kingdom and the power and the glory for ever. Amen.
Scripture Reading: John 20:19-31
When it was evening on that day, the first day of the week, and the doors of the house where the disciples had met were locked for fear of the Jews, Jesus came and stood among them and said, “Peace be with you.” After he said this, he showed them his hands and his side. Then the disciples rejoiced when they saw the Lord. Jesus said to them again, “Peace be with you. As the Father has sent me, so I send you.” When he had said this, he breathed on them and said to them, “Receive the Holy Spirit. If you forgive the sins of any, they are forgiven them; if you retain the sins of any, they are retained.” But Thomas (who was called the Twin), one of the twelve, was not with them when Jesus came. So the other disciples told him, “We have seen the Lord.” But he said to them, “Unless I see the mark of the nails in his hands, and put my finger in the mark of the nails and my hand in his side, I will not believe.”
A week later his disciples were again in the house, and Thomas was with them. Although the doors were shut, Jesus came and stood among them and said, “Peace be with you.” Then he said to Thomas, “Put your finger here and see my hands. Reach out your hand and put it in my side. Do not doubt but believe.” Thomas answered him, “My Lord and my God!” Jesus said to him, “Have you believed because you have seen me? Blessed are those who have not seen and yet have come to believe.” Now Jesus did many other signs in the presence of his disciples, which are not written in this book. But these are written so that you may come to believe that Jesus is the Messiah, the Son of God, and that through believing you may have life in his name
Sermon – “Peace” – Rev. Meg Lindsay Dudley
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OFFERTORY/ANTHEM- “Peace I Leave With You” – Sung by Donna Jo Mangus And Scarlet Hall, piano by Bonnie McIntyre. Thanks to our special guests for the message during the song!
Prayer of Dedication
We could keep our treasures locked up where they never see the light of your love, or we can offer them back to you so that those who live in the shadows of poverty might be fed, those who walk the streets of loneliness find a community, and those who long for peace will bind an end to the violence in their lives. And so we open our hearts and our gifts in joyous praise to you. Amen.