Worship @ The Open Church
Sunday, April 7, 2013
The Second Sunday of Easter
A Centering Thought
“The joyful news that He is risen does not change the contemporary world. Still before us lie work, discipline, sacrifice. But the fact of Easter gives us the spiritual power to do the work, accept the discipline, and make the sacrifice.” ~Henry Knox Sherrill
Call to Worship
Leader: Christ is risen!
Congregation: The Lord is risen, indeed!
Leader: Glory and honor, dominion and power, be to God for ever and ever.
Congregation: Christ is risen! Alleluia!
Hymn of Praise: “He Lives”
Verse 1: I serve a risen Savior, He’s in the world today; I know that He is living, whatever people say; I see His hand of mercy, I hear His voice of cheer, and just the time I need Him He’s always near.
Prayers of the People: “Your Grace and Mercy”
Your grace and mercy brought me through, I’m living this moment because of You; I want to thank You and praise You too; Your grace and mercy brought me through.
Chorus: 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, salvation to impart! You ask me how I know He lives: He lives within my heart.
Verse 2: 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.
Our Congregational Vision
All: The Open Church is a sacred place where those who are hurting, confused, and in need can find healing and hope, regardless of color, culture, or creed.
One: It is a wide place where “Abraham’s family” – Christians, Jews, and Muslims – can dialogue with Buddhists and Bahá’is and where Hindus can dialogue with Humanists.
All: The Open Church is a joyful place where children, seniors, migrant workers, people experiencing homelessness, and scholars eagerly learn from and teach one another.
One: It is a safe place where varied ethnicities and capabilities, genders and sexual identities, social and economic groups gather in peace to break bread at Christ’s Communion Table, as we break down stereotypes.
All: As sacred siblings born to our Heavenly Father who is Divine Mother of us all, we practice radically inclusive love that proclaims and builds up the “kin-dom of God.”
Koinonia: A Care-Full Community (Koinonia is the New Testament word for “fellowship.”)
Congregational Song: “So Glad I’m Here”
So glad I’m here, So glad I’m here, So glad I’m here in Jesus’ name. Pray while I’m here….Sing while I’m here….Shout while I’m here….
Offering: We give with open-handed generosity because when we give, we are most like God.
Prayer of Thanksgiving: We thank you, Lord, for these gifts. Amen.
Communal Prayer after Communion
Lord, we bless and praise You for nourishing us with this Easter feast of redemption. Fill us with Your Spirit, and make us living signs of Your love; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
Wisdom from the Scriptures: Matthew 28:1-10
Song of Preparation
Sermon: “How to Deal with Doubt” (Matthew 28:16-20)
Invitation to Discipleship and Membership
*The Invitation to Discipleship and Membership takes diverse forms at The Open Church. Feel free to present yourself to our community during this time. You also may acknowledge your desire for commitment to God and membership in our congregation to any of our ministerial leaders during the
fellowship hour after the worship service.
Invitational Hymn: “Never Alone”
Verse 1: I’ve seen the lightning flashing and heard the thunder roll. I’ve felt sin’s breakers dashing, trying to conquer my soul. I’ve heard the voice of Jesus, telling me still to fight on. He promised never to leave me, never to
leave me alone!
Purpose Pledge: We live on purpose. We love on purpose. We lift on purpose.
Closing Song: “Christ Is Lord”
Christ is Lord. Christ is Lord. Christ is risen from the dead, and Christ is Lord. Every knee shall bow; every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord.
Refrain: No, never alone, no never alone; He promised never to leave me, never to leave me alone.
Verse 2: He died on Calvary’s mountain, for me they pierced His side. For me He opened that fountain, the crimson, cleansing tide. For me He’s
waiting in glory, upon His heavenly throne. He promised never to leave me, never to leave me alone!
Highlights from Today’s Worship Service
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