Fourth Sunday of Easter: 30 April 2023

Prelude Sonata for Clarinet and Piano, mvt. 1 (Camille Saint-Saëns)

Congregational Welcome

Choral Introit Hymn to the Trinity (Paul Sjolund)

Responsive Call to Worship

Leader: Christ is Risen!

All: He is risen indeed!

*Opening Hymn #461 God is Here!

*Unison Prayer of Eastertide

One Voice: Hear the words of Luke, from Acts: “Peter and the apostles (told the Council) ‘We must obey God rather than any human authority. The God of our ancestors raised up Jesus… And we are witnesses to these things, and so is the Holy Spirit…” Let us pray together:

All: Uniting God, reaching from heart to heart and home to home, gather us for holy worship now. God, who moves beyond Jesus’ tombstone and empowers his new life, inspire us now. God, for whom the sting of death is vanquished, renew us now. Be with us by leading our minds, our hearts and our spirits to your next place of revelation and mission. Fill us with hope, perseverance, and lovingkindness, to reach out to others as Jesus’ body risen indeed, Amen.

*Assurance of Forgiveness

*Response in Praise

Christ is Risen! Shout Hosanna! Celebrate this day of days!

Christ is Risen! Hush in wonder; All creation is amazed.

In the desert all-surrounding, see, a spreading tree has grown.

Healing leaves of grace abounding, Bring a taste of love unknown.

*Sharing of Peace All: And also with you.

The Day’s Psalm Psalm 23

The Children’s Time Wendy Donnell

*The Shepherd’s Hymn #171 The King of Love my Shepherd is

(Children proceed to Church School)

The History of the Church Acts 2: 42-47

The Morning Meditation The Rev. Kenneth F. Baily

Call to Offering

Choral Offering My Shepherd Will Supply My Need (Virgil Thompson)


Praise God from whom all blessings flow,

Praise Christ the word in flesh born low,

Praise Holy Spirit evermore,

One God, Triune, whom we adore. Amen.

Pastoral Prayer and Lord’s Prayer

“Our father and mother… trespasses…”

*Hymn of Departure #540 God be With You Till We Meet Again


*Benediction Response Your Will be Done (Paul Sjolund)

Postlude Festival March (Humphrey Stark)

* Those who are able please rise


Our worship is “masks optional.” We continue to be careful,

our leaders are vaccinated, and our choir continues with masks.

We have returned to passing plates for our offering. Meanwhile,

you are welcome to use our website for special offerings; and thank you.

Thanks to worship leaders Kenneth Baily, Wendy Donnell,Yevgenia Semeina, Jan Zimmerman, Susanna Boberg (Clarinet), Isabelle Draper, Joy Huber, Yumiko Masuoka, Melissa Dietrich, and Misha Hill.

NHCC is an Open and Affirming, Still Speaking congregation where all are welcome regardless of the divisions or separations that some in society would impose: whoever you are, you are welcome in God’s house. “In Christ we are a new creation,” so we are blessed to be together in Christ’s name.

Stay after worship today to support the

Family Promise walk to support homeless families.

Learn more at

Confirmation meets after worship as well.

Would you like to learn more about membership at NHCC?

Contact Ken Baily or any Deacon (readers and welcomers).

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