Second Sunday of Easter
Prelude Concerto in G-Major, mvt. 1 (Vivaldi/Bach)
Responsive Call to Worship
Leader: Christ is Risen!
All: He is risen indeed!
*Opening Hymn No. 122 Thine is the Glory
*Prayer of Invocation and Resurrection
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… God exalted him at his right hand… 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. Extending God, who moves beyond Jesus’ tombstone and empowers his new life, inspire us now. Resurrecting God, for whom the sting of death is vanquished, renew us now. Be with us in our many places of worship by leading our minds, our hearts and our spirits to your next place of revelation. By leading our community to the world’s next place of need. We pray that you teach us your new song this Eastertide. Fill us with hope and perseverance, as well as 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 Response: And also with you.
The Gospel Reading John 20: 19-31
The Children’s Time Wendy Donnell
The Epistle Reading 1 Peter 1: 3-9
The Doubting/Believing Meditation The Rev. Kenneth F. Baily
*Hymn Response (Insert) We Live by Faith and Not by Sight
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 #108 Christ is Alive!
Postlude Concerto in G-Major, mvt. 3 (Vivaldi/Bach)
* 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, Amanda Ketchpaw, Ted Palés, Hope Wallace Hill, Anneliese Hill, Melissa Dietrich, Sam Higgins, 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.