Order of Worship for Third Sunday in Easter

For Families: Here is the FABULOUS resources from Illustrated Ministry. It even includes a coloring page that says “Thinking of You” so you can send it to friends and church members! I think I say this every week, but I think even the adults in our midst will love these.

If you want to take some time before worship tomorrow to go over the story from Luke, you can check out the Sparkhouse Family Sunday School, which features a video and some activity sheets.

We are suspending in person worship at least through next Sunday, and the Session will meet on May 4 to decide any future steps. If you have any questions or ideas, please talk to the elders before that meeting.


ORDER OF WORSHIP – APRIL 19- SECOND SUNDAY OF EASTER

PRELUDE

CALL TO WORSHIP

Leader: When Jesus speaks, our hearts burn within us;

All: Our eyes are opened when he breaks the bread 

Leader: Christ is Risen!
All: He is risen indeed!

Leader:  Alleluia!

All: Alleluia!

Call to Reconciliation

When we confess our lives, we are calling on God who promises, not only to hear us, but to heal us with forgiveness and hope.  Join me, as we pray together saying,

Unison Prayer for Forgiveness

     God, Given the chance to reflect your love and grace in our lives, do those around us see these gifts? We can offer words of healing and hope but tend to hold them close to us in these times. We had hoped to find Jesus but often never notice him in the folks driving trucks, stocking shelves, and others we overlook.  Oh, how foolish we are to think we can go on without your mercy, Lord God.  Through Jesus Christ, our Lord and Savior, you judge us impartially from the depths of your heart, so we may be born anew by your grace, to continue the journey into your future.

Silence is kept

Assurance of Pardon

This we know for certain – we are forgiven by our gracious God.  This good news never ceases to astound us!

This promise is passed on to us, so we may share it with everyone we meet.  Thanks be to God.  Amen.

Pastoral Prayer and Lord’s Prayer

Church Members and Family
Bonnie Jones Coates, 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
Homebound Members
Doris Starling, Faye Lucas
Nursing Home
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
College Students
Ashleigh Aponte (FTCC), Ashlyn Hall (ECU), Katie Murphy (William Peace), Casey Williford (FTCC)
Armed Services 
Tripp Lloyd (Army), Joshua Taylor (Afghanistan)

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 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: Luke 24:13-35 

Now on that same day two of them were going to a village called Emmaus, about seven miles from Jerusalem, and talking with each other about all these things that had happened. 

While they were talking and discussing, Jesus himself came near and went with them, but their eyes were kept from recognizing him. 

And he said to them, “What are you discussing with each other while you walk along?” 

They stood still, looking sad. Then one of them, whose name was Cleopas, answered him, “Are you the only stranger in Jerusalem who does not know the things that have taken place there in these days?” 

He asked them, “What things?” 

They replied, “The things about Jesus of Nazareth, who was a prophet mighty in deed and word before God and all the people, and how our chief priests and leaders handed him over to be condemned to death and crucified him. But we had hoped that he was the one to redeem Israel. Yes, and besides all this, it is now the third day since these things took place. Moreover, some women of our group astounded us. They were at the tomb early this morning, and when they did not find his body there, they came back and told us that they had indeed seen a vision of angels who said that he was alive. Some of those who were with us went to the tomb and found it just as the women had said; but they did not see him.” 

Then he said to them, “Oh, how foolish you are, and how slow of heart to believe all that the prophets have declared! Was it not necessary that the Messiah should suffer these things and then enter into his glory?” Then beginning with Moses and all the prophets, he interpreted to them the things about himself in all the scriptures.

As they came near the village to which they were going, he walked ahead as if he were going on. 

But they urged him strongly, saying, “Stay with us, because it is almost evening and the day is now nearly over.” 

So he went in to stay with them. When he was at the table with them, he took bread, blessed and broke it, and gave it to them. Then their eyes were opened, and they recognized him; and he vanished from their sight. 

They said to each other, “Were not our hearts burning within us while he was talking to us on the road, while he was opening the scriptures to us?” 

That same hour they got up and returned to Jerusalem; and they found the eleven and their companions gathered together. 

They were saying, “The Lord has risen indeed, and he has appeared to Simon!” Then they told what had happened on the road, and how he had been made known to them in the breaking of the bread.

Sermon – “Along the Way” – Rev. Meg Lindsay Dudley

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OFFERTORY/ANTHEM- “My Redeemer Lives” – Soloist, Donna Jo Mangus

Prayer of Dedication

Blessing and Benediction

Postlude

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