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Verse: I will enter his gates with thanksgiving in my heart, I will enter his courts with praise. I will say, “This is the day that the Lord has made.” I will rejoice, for he has made me glad. Refrain: He has made me glad, he has made me glad. I will rejoice, for he has made me glad. He has made me glad, he has made me glad. I will rejoice, for he has made me glad.
Repeat verse and refrain.
New Testament Lesson: 2 Corinthians 4:13-5:1.………Diane C.
Give thanks with a grateful heart, give thanks to the Holy One, give thanks because he’s given Jesus Christ his Son. Give thanks with a grateful heart, give thanks to the Holy One, give thanks because he’s given Jesus Christ his Son. And now let the weak say, “I am strong”; let the poor say, “I am rich because of what the Lord has done for us.” And now let the weak say, “I am strong”; let the poor say, “I am rich because of what the Lord has done for us.” Repeat Ending: Give thanks, give thanks.
CONFESSION & PARDON Pastor Juan: Merciful God, we confess that we have not loved you with our whole heart. We have failed to be an obedient church. We have not done your will, we have broken your law, we have rebelled against your love, we have not loved our neighbors, and we have not heard the cry of the needy. Forgive us, we pray. Free us for joyful obedience, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
All pray in silence.
Pastor Juan: Hear the good news: Christ died for us while we were yet sinners; that proves God’s love toward us. In the name of Jesus Christ, you are forgiven! All: In the name of Jesus Christ, you are forgiven! All: Glory to God. Amen.
THE PEACE Let us offer one another signs of reconciliation and love. All, including the pastor, exchange signs and words of God’s peace by crossing hands, wave to one another due to social distancing guidelines.
Pastor Juan: The Lord be with you. All: And also with you. Pastor Juan:Lift up your hearts. The pastor may lift hands and keep them raised. All: We lift them up to the Lord. Pastor Juan: Let us give thanks to the Lord our God. All: It is right to give our thanks and praise. Pastor Juan: And so, with your people on earth and all the company of heaven we praise your name and join their unending hymn: All: Holy, holy, holy Lord, God of power and might, heaven and earth are full of your glory. Hosanna in the highest. Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord. Hosanna in the highest. Pastor Juan: In union with Christ’s offering for us, as we proclaim the mystery of faith. All: Christ has died; Christ is risen; Christ will come again. Pastor Juan: All honor and glory is yours, almighty Father (God ), now and forever. All: Amen.
THE LORD’S PRAYER* Pastor Juan: And now, with the confidence of children of God, let us pray:
All: Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name, your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as in heaven. Give us today our daily bread. Forgive us our sins as we forgive those who sin against us. Save us from the time of trial, and deliver us from evil. For the kingdom, the power, and the glory are yours now and forever. Amen.
BREAKING THE BREAD Elements are consecrated by the Pastor at this point. Elements are also sealed and prepackaged for sanitations reasons and in accordance with CDC and state guidance on COVID-19.
GIVING THE BREAD AND CUP Ushers will call people one by one to come to the Lord’s table to grab the consecrated elements which are pre-packaged with grape juice on one side and wafer on the other side. You will walk back to your seat and partake in eating and drinking the body and blood of Christ.