Second Sunday of Easter Worship
April 19, 2020
Welcome and News in the life of the church
Dear sisters and brother in Christ,
Welcome to online worship at Contoocook United Methodist Church. Although we can't get together to worship at church, we can't stop worshipping our Lord, God no matter where we are.
I hope and pray that we can keep putting our hearts, mind, and soul to worship God today and continually.
All the doubt in the world cannot wash away our inheritance from God—an inheritance of love, refuge, and strength.
Introit / UMH #328 Surely The Presence of the Lord
: Invite the Holy Spirit to come in the midst of our hearts.
Prayer Response / FWS #2193
Invitation to Worship
L: Come into God’s presence with joy. P: In God, we have an inheritance that is imperishable.
L: Come into God’s presence with hope. P: In Christ, we have an inheritance that cannot be defiled.
L: Come into God’s presence with longing. P: In the Spirit, we have an inheritance that never fades.
L: Come into God’s presence with love. P: In God, we have an inheritance that brings new life.
God of signs and wonders,
breathe new life into us this day,
that our spirits may awaken
to the joy and the hope
of our glorious inheritance
through the living Christ.
Clear our vision, Holy One,
that we may see the promise of Easter
in the stirrings of this precious earth
and in the life energy
flowing through our bodies.
Help us find the faith to believe
where we have not seen,
that others may see,
in our living and our loving,
the glory of the risen Christ.
In Jesus' name, we pray. Amen.
Ministry of Music
Scripture: John 21:15-17 (NIV)
15 When they had finished eating, Jesus said to Simon Peter, “Simon son of John, do you love me more than these?” “Yes, Lord,” he said, “you know that I love you.” Jesus said, “Feed my lambs.” 16 Again Jesus said, “Simon son of John, do you love me?” He answered, “Yes, Lord, you know that I love you.” Jesus said, “Take care of my sheep.” 17 The third time he said to him, “Simon son of John, do you love me?” Peter was hurt because Jesus asked him the third time, “Do you love me?” He said, “Lord, you know all things; you know that I love you.” Jesus said, “Feed my sheep.
Semon: Jesus is the expert of the death
If you are able to send your weekly pledge by mail, would you do so, please? Our church address is Contoocook United Methodist Church PO Box 356, Contoocook, NH 03229.
Praise God from whom all blessings flow;
Praise him, all creatures here below;
Praise him above, ye heavenly host:
Praise Father, Son, and Holy Ghost.
Blessings of the Offering / Pastor Gil
O God, our refuge and our strength, we rejoice that you are our chosen portion, you are our cup that overflows to eternal life. As we celebrate your Easter miracle of bringing life out of death, we express our gratitude and joy for the new life budding within us and all around us. Bless the gifts we offer you this day, that they may bring hope and new life to a world that clings even now to the illusion of death’s victory over the Lord of Life.
In the name of the resurrected Jesus Christ, we pray. Amen.
Closing Hymn / "Living Hope"
L: Through Christ, God has given us a new birth
into a living hope.
P: God has given us an inheritance
that is imperishable, undefiled, and unfading—
an inheritance protected by the power of God.
L: Rejoice, therefore, even if for a while
we suffer various trials.
P: For life is stronger than death,
love is stronger than hate,
joy is stronger than sorrow,
and the promises of God are sure.