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Join us for our April 19 Worship Service
Order of Worship April 19, 2020 2nd Sunday of Easter
For the Avent Ferry UMC Worship Video Click Here The worship video will be available at 11:30am.
Prelude ………………………………..Gregory Dixon
Call to Worship……………………….Pastor Gina & congregation
Christ is risen! Christ is risen indeed! Though we find ourselves isolated in homes, apartments, and residential places, yet, we would listen to the birds singing, reminding us that the whole creation rejoices in the love of our God. Though we cannot reach out and touch our friends and neighbors, we would rejoice that Jesus is in our midst, holding out hands of grace and hope to us! Though we have to stand at a safe distance from others, whispering hello through masks, we know that the Spirit is all around us, breathing peace on us in these moments, surrounding us with grace and hope. (20)Thom Shuman
Gregory Dixon, music director/pianist, accompanying Marcel Pietrus song leader/soloist.
1 Low in the grave he lay, Jesus my Savior, waiting the coming day, Jesus my Lord!
Refrain: 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]
Gospel Lesson: John 20:19-31…………Pastor Gina
Joys: Please post your joys and prayer concerns in the comments while the video airs on FB. Next week, Livestream on FB and YouTube live (we hope!)
Prayer Concerns: Lord, in your mercy. Hear our prayer. If you are using this order of worship at home but not joining in the video/Livestream, use this time to pray the Lord’s Prayer and then reflect on the scripture for today. If you would like a copy of today’s sermon, please email or text Pastor Gina and she will email it to you after the online worship.
For our online worshipers, skip to the Hymn of Preparation before the sermon.
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 trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, forever. Amen.
1 This is a day of new beginnings, time to remember and move on, time to believe what love is bringing, laying to rest the pain that’s gone.
2 For by the life and death of Jesus, God’s mighty Spirit, now as then, can make for us a world of difference, as faith and hope are born again.
3 Then let us, with the Spirit’s daring, step from the past and leave behind our disappointment, guilt, and grieving, seeking new paths, and sure to find
4 Christ is alive, and goes before us to show and share what love can do. This is a day of new beginnings; our God is making all things new.
5 In faith we’ll gather round the table to taste and share what love can do. This is a day of new beginnings; our God is making all things new.
Sermon: Once Upon a Time………….Pastor Gina Head Barrow
Giving of our tithes and offerings: You can do this with no fee through your bank’s online bill pay option. Or, you can use this link: Online Giving
Prayer #156 Worship and Song:
Almighty God, you gave us your commandments and asked us to live according to your will. As part of your design for honorable living, we participate in this simple act of giving. We dedicate ourselves to living lives of honesty and peace. Amen.
Announcements: Melrose Davies will announce the pastor who will be appointed to AFUMC the end of June. Phillip will send this info out in an email after the service for the ones not watching online.
(Stay on the video for Marcel’s lovely solo blessing at the end!)
Dismissal with blessing for our home worship without video:
#178 W & S: May the God who made heaven and earth, whom death could not contain, who lives to disturb and heal us, bless you with power to go forth and proclaim the gospel. The grace of God be with you all now and always.
Dismissal Blessing on Video: Song of Blessing……..Marcel Pietrus