Third Sunday of Easter, Year A
Gathering Music “Are Not Our Hearts” Guitar and voice
Are not our hearts, burning within us, Are not our hearts lighted with fire. x2
Jesus is with us, is risen, is with us; Jesus is with us, is with us today. x2
Jesus is the Lord! Jesus is the Lord. x2
Are not our hearts, burning within us; Are not our hearts lighted with fire. x2
Welcome and Announcements
Prelude: “Give Me Jesus” by John Purifoy
Call to Worship
Followers of Jesus, by his cross and sacrifice we are redeemed.
By his rising, we are free from the fear of death, enjoined to him out of life’s dying moments and brought into new life.
Yes! By his love we are made new… in the living and enduring Word of God.
Alleluia! Thanks be to God!
Prayer of the Day
Almighty God, Jesus, our risen Lord, was made known to the disciples in the breaking of the bread. Open the eyes of our hearts that we may recognize his presence, and with his disciples cry, “The Lord has risen, indeed!” Through Christ, who lives and reigns with you in the power of the Holy Spirit, amen.
Hymn of Praise #396 “Brethren, We Have Met to Worship” Glory to God Hymnal
Invitation to Healing
Trusting in God’s love through Jesus Christ, let us humbly admit need for healing and seek wholeness together
Prayer Seeking Wholeness
Almighty God, our world is filled with corruption: power disguises itself as truth; convenience masquerades as goodness; selfish pleasure imitates love. We confess to you, O God, that we have been caught in the web of the world’s sin. By the power of the Holy Spirit, save us from these deceptions and free us for glad obedience, that we may see the joy of Jesus’ resurrection, wholly submit to God’s love for all and receive the promise of everlasting life. Specifically in my own life, I pray for … All join in silent personal prayer
Easter Petition #450 “Be Thou My Vision” Glory to God Hymnal
Assurance of God’s Presence and Offering a Sign of Peace
Friends, believe this Good News: God is One and God is Three – Love constantly flowing in, out, and through; the gift of Jesus Christ for me and for you. For this we say: Thanks be to God!
Since God has loved us through Christ, let us love one another. The Lord be with you! And also with you! Please share a sign of peace.
Hymn #628 “Praise, I Will Praise You, Lord” Guitar and voice – Glory to God Hymnal
“Fish Box Joys” Can continue to be collected for the One Great Hour of Sharing. You may convert coins to check made out to First Presbyterian Church and sent to: PO Box 210, Trout Lake, WA 98650. Alternately, save your fish boxes for a “grand catch” once we are able to be together again.
Sung Response #647 “Give Thanks” Guitar and voice – Glory to God Hymnal
Prayer of Illumination:
Lord, you opened the meaning of the Scriptures to the disciples on the road to Emmaus and set their hearts ablaze. By the power of your Spirit kindle our hearts as we hear your word proclaimed, that we may receive you with joy. Amen.
First Reading: Acts 2:14a, 36-41
“The Word of the Lord” “Thanks be to God”
Second Reading: 1 Peter 1:17-23
“The Word of the Lord” “Thanks be to God”
“The Gospel of the Lord” “Praise to you O Christ”
Reflection: “Our Emmaus Road” By Rev. Dr. Scott T. Crane
RESPONSE TO THE WORD
Hymn #626 “As the Deer” Guitar and voice – Glory to God Hymnal
Affirmation of Faith: Excerpt from A Brief Statement of Faith
“In a broken and fearful word the Spirit gives us courage to pray without ceasing, to witness among all peoples to Christ as Lord and Savior, to unmask idolatries in Church and culture, to hear the voices of peoples long silenced, and to work with others for justice, freedom, and peace.”
Intercessory Prayers of the People
Call and response: “God of resurrection,” “Hear our prayers.”
Let us unite our hearts in prayer, saying, God of resurrection, hear our prayers.
For the church throughout the world, that as we celebrate the great fifty days of Easter we may renew our faith and strengthen our witness in Jesus’ name. God of resurrection, hear our prayers.
For pastors, teachers, and ministers, that they recognize the risen Christ in Word and Sacrament and lead your church with wisdom, humility, and courage; God of resurrection, hear our prayers.
For the governments of the world and its leaders, that they may resist the corruption of sin and serve the common good; and for our planet Earth, that all people may be good stewards of its resources and share in its abundance; God of resurrection, hear our prayers.
For the poor and the stranger, that they may receive a place of refuge and hope, and that the church may offer the hospitality the first disciples offered to Jesus on the road to Emmaus; God of resurrection, hear our prayers.
For the sick and those in distress, that they may find healing for their pain and be restored to fullness of life; God of resurrection, hear our prayers.
For our neighbors, that we may live together in peace and share in our resources; and for our enemies, that they may receive good things, and that we, your servants, not return evil for evil; God of resurrection, hear our prayers.
Almighty God, receive these prayers we offer, and by the power of your Holy Spirit make us witnesses to the glorious resurrection of Jesus Christ, who taught his disciples to pray, saying:
The Lord’s Prayer
Page 35 (40, Español) in Glory to God Hymnal; “…debts…debtors…”
Invitation to Present Our Offerings
Bountiful are God’s gifts to us. In gratitude, let us offer our hearts and the fruit of our labor to God’s service.
Even though we are not meeting in our buildings, the church still has expenses totaling around $1900 a month. With true generosity of heart, please make checks out in the amount of your normal tithe (for official members traditionally this is anywhere from 3-10% of your income as you are able; or for nonmembers whatever God moves in your heart to be your offering) to: First Presbyterian Church of Trout Lake, PO Box 210, Trout Lake, WA 98650. We thank you for your continued commitment and support of our ministry.
Prayer of Thanksgiving/Dedication
Almighty God, by your grace accept the fruit of our labor and the offering of our lives. Let us be a sacrifice of thanksgiving in union with our risen Lord, who lives and reigns with you forever. We pray these things in the name of Jesus Christ our Lord, Amen.
Closing Hymn: #839 “Blessed Assurance, Jesus is Mine” Glory to God Hymnal
Blessing and Charge
Congregational Song “Let There Be Peace on Earth”
Lyrics found on the inside front cover of the TLPC Glory to God hymnal.
Question for Reflection
The disciples on the road to Emmaus were with Jesus for hours as he taught them the meaning of the scriptures. However, they finally recognized him as the risen Lord in “the breaking of the bread.” How does the Lord’s Supper enable you to recognize Jesus?
Household Prayer: Morning
Lord Jesus, your rising from tomb heralds the dawning of life eternal as the dawning of this day holds the possibilities of life anew. Open my eyes to the signs of your resurrection and confirm in my heart the power of your amazing love, that I may with confidence sing “Alleluia.” Amen.
Household Prayer: Evening
Loving God, you have upheld me with your love even when I have not been aware of your presence. As I rest from my labors let me sleep without fear of darkness or death and rise refreshed to begin a new day in humble service, through Jesus Christ. Amen.
Trout Lake Presbyterian Church Vision Statement
To provide a place for people of faith to be enlightened, renewed and challenged to go into the community and world to serve others by meeting physical and spiritual needs.
Trout Lake Presbyterian Church Mission Statement
Living our faith dedicated to all God’s people through worship and action.
Zoom Coffee Fellowship following worship in the church’s Zoom Room, Monday mornings at 8:00 AM and Friday mornings at 8:00 AM. Monday April 27 at 10 AM will be our first Zoom Bible study. We will be looking at Sunday’s Gospel: Luke 24:13-35.
 Sonja M. Stewart and Jerome W. Berryman, Young Children and Worship (Louisville, KY: Westminster John Knox Press, 1989) 196.