Along the Road

Dr. Jennifer Blake reminds us that Easter DID happen, but it may be visible in more subtle ways that we need to be alert for. Look for the ways that God’s love is with us everyday wherever we are! Based on Luke 24:13-35

The Service for the Lord’s Day
April 19, 2020    10:30 am
 “Along the Road”
Luke 24:13-35

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Hymn                                            ”The Wonderful Cross”                                       C Tomlin

 When I survey the wondrous cross

On which the Prince of Glory died

My richest gain I count but loss

And pour contempt on all my pride

 

O the wonderful cross, O the wonderful cross

Bids me come and die and find that I may truly live

 

See from his head, his hands, his feet

Sorrow and love flow mingled down

Did ever such love and sorrow meet

Or thorns compose so rich a crown

 

O the wonderful cross, O the wonderful cross

Bids me come and die and find that I may truly live

O the wonderful cross, O the wonderful cross

All who gather here by grace draw near and bless

Your name

 

Love so amazing, so divine

Demands my soul, my life, my all

 

O the wonderful cross, O the wonderful cross

Bids me come and die and find that I may truly live

O the wonderful cross, O the wonderful cross

All who gather here by grace draw near and bless

Your name

 

Call to Worship                                                                                                       AJ Baratta

Leader:     We gather this morning feeling alone on our journey;

People:    but the Lord is with us!

Leader:     We don’t always recognize Him in our life;

People:    but He shows Himself when we need Him the most.                             

       Leader:     Many of us walk through life unaware that Jesus is at our side.  He

reveals Himself in so many ways, we simply need to watch and listen.

ALL:        Let us worship God!

 

Hymn                                              “I Can Only Imagine”                                       Mercy Me

I can only imagine what it will be like

When I walk by Your side

I can only imagine what my eyes will see

When Your face is before me

I can only imagine

 

Surrounded by Your glory

What will my heart feel?

Will I dance for You, Jesus

Or in awe of You be still?

 

Will I stand in Your presence

Or to my knees will I fall?

Will I sing hallelujah?

Will I be able to speak at all?

 

I can only imagine

I can only imagine

 

I can only imagine when that day comes

And I find myself standing in the Son

I can only imagine when all I will do

Is forever, forever worship You

 

I can only imagine

I can only imagine

 

Surrounded by Your glory

What will my heart feel?

Will I dance for You, Jesus

Or in awe of You be still?

Will I stand in Your presence

Or to my knees will I fall?

Will I sing hallelujah?

Will I be able to speak at all?

 

I can only imagine

I can only imagine

 

Surrounded by Your glory

What will my heart feel?

Will I dance for You, Jesus

Or in awe of You be still?

 

Will I stand in Your presence

Or to my knees will I fall?

Will I sing hallelujah?

Will I be able to speak at all?

 

I can only imagine

I can only imagine

I can only imagine

I can only imagine

I can only imagine

I can only imagine

 

I can only imagine

When all I will do

Is forever, forever worship You

 

I can only imagine

 

Prayer of Confession (Unison)

            Dear Lord, we often get angry or discouraged believing that You have deserted us when we need You the most.  We beg You to answer our prayers.  We wonder why You can’t, or won’t, ease our sorrows and burdens.  Continue to walk with us, even when we can’t see You right away.  Keep working in our lives until the time comes that we open our eyes to Your light.  Help us to be patient while our prayers are answered in Your time and in Your way. Be by our side, guiding us through life’s turmoil .… (Silent time of prayer)

 

Assurance of Pardon

Leader:     Along the road we will experience pain, insecurity and doubt;

however, Christ’s love, mercy and forgiveness lights our path and keeps us

moving closer to Him..

ALL:        Thanks be to God!

 

The Gloria Patri – Hymn Tune, 581

Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Ghost;

As it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without end.  Amen.

 

WE HEAR GOD’S WORD

Children’s Message

 

Message             “Along the Road”                Dr. Jennifer Blake

Luke 24:13-35

The Walk to Emmaus

13 Now on that same day two of them were going to a village called Emmaus, about seven miles from Jerusalem, 14 and talking with each other about all these things that had happened. 15 While they were talking and discussing, Jesus himself came near and went with them, 16 but their eyes were kept from recognizing him. 

17 And he said to them, “What are you discussing with each other while you walk along?” They stood still, looking sad 18 Then one of them, whose name was Cleopas, answered him, “Are you the only stranger in Jerusalem who does not know the things that have taken place there in these days?” 19 He asked them, “What things?” They replied, “The things about Jesus of Nazareth,[c] who was a prophet mighty in deed and word before God and all the people, 20 and how our chief priests and leaders handed him over to be condemned to death and crucified him. 21 But we had hoped that he was the one to redeem Israel. Yes, and besides all this, it is now the third day since these things took place. 22 Moreover, some women of our group astounded us. They were at the tomb early this morning, 23 and when they did not find his body there, they came back and told us that they had indeed seen a vision of angels who said that he was alive. 24 Some of those who were with us went to the tomb and found it just as the women had said; but they did not see him.” 25 Then he said to them, “Oh, how foolish you are, and how slow of heart to believe all that the prophets have declared! 26 Was it not necessary that the Messiah should suffer these things and then enter into his glory?” 27 Then beginning with Moses and all the prophets, he interpreted to them the things about himself in all the scriptures.

28 As they came near the village to which they were going, he walked ahead as if he were going on. 29 But they urged him strongly, saying, “Stay with us, because it is almost evening and the day is now nearly over.” So he went in to stay with them.

 30 When he was at the table with them, he took bread, blessed and broke it, and gave it to them. 31 Then their eyes were opened, and they recognized him; and he vanished from their sight. 32 They said to each other, “Were not our hearts burning within us while he was talking to us on the road, while he was opening the scriptures to us?” 33 That same hour they got up and returned to Jerusalem; and they found the eleven and their companions gathered together. 34 They were saying, “The Lord has risen indeed, and he has appeared to Simon!” 35 Then they told what had happened on the road, and how he had been made known to them in the breaking of the bread.

 

WE RESPOND TO GOD’S WORD

Hymn #737                        “Lord Jesus, You Shall be my Song”

Lord Jesus, you shall be my song as I journey;

I’ll tell everybody about you wherever I go:

You alone are our life and our peace and our love.

Lord Jesus, you shall be my song as I journey.

 

Lord Jesus, I’ll praise you as long as I journey.

May all of my joy be a faithful reflection of you.

May the earth and the sea and the sky join my song.

Lord Jesus, I’ll praise you as long as I journey.

 

As long as I live, Jesus, make me your servant,

To carry your cross and to share all your burdens and tears.

For you saved me by giving your body and blood

As long as I live, Jesus, make me your servant.

 

I fear in the dark and the doubt of my journey;

but courage will come with the sound of your steps by my side.

And with all of the family you saved by your love,

I fear in the dark and the doubt of my journey.

 

Prayers of the People and The Lord’s Prayer (Unison)

Our Father who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name.  Thy kingdom come, thy

will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.  Give us this day our daily bread; and forgive us our debts as we forgive our debtors; and lead us not into temptation but deliver us from evil.  For thine is the kingdom and the power and the glory, forever. Amen.

 

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WE GO FORTH TO SERVE

Hymn  #246                                    “Christ Is Alive!”

Christ is alive! Let Christians sing.

The cross stands empty to the sky.

Let streets and homes with praises ring.

Love, drowned in death,

shall never die.

 

Christ is alive! No longer bound

to distant years in Palestine,

but saving, healing, here and now,

and touching every place and time.

 

In every insult, rift, and war

where color, scorn, or wealth divide,

Christ suffers still, yet

loves the more, and lives,

where even hope has died.

 

Women and men, in age and youth,

can feel the Spirit, hear the call,

and find the way, the life, the truth,

revealed in Jesus, freed for all.

 

Christ is alive, and comes to bring good news

to this and every age, till earth and sky

and ocean ring with joy,

with justice, love, and praise.

 

Benediction

Benediction Response    “Blest Be the Tie that Binds”                               arr. L Mason

 

Blest be the tie that binds     

our hearts in Christian love.

The fellowship of kindred minds

is like to that above.

 

When we are called to part,

it gives us inward pain;

but we shall still be joined in heart,

and hope to meet again.

 

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