The Service for the Lord’s Day
Discipleship Recognition Sunday
April 28, 2019 10:30 a.m.
WE GATHER TO PRAISE GOD, THE LORD OF LIFE
Prelude “Alleluia! Alleluia! Let the Holy Anthem Rise” arr. T Beaney
“Russian Easter” Rimsky-Korsakov
News of the Church
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*The Greeting and Welcoming of One Another
(There are no strangers in God’s House, just friends we have not yet met.
Greet your neighbor with Christian love and let them know that you’re glad to see them!)
*Hymn “Celebrate Jesus”
Call to Worship AJ Baratta
Leader: We gather this morning to enhance our walk with Jesus;
People: as He reveals Himself to us through the Scriptures.
Leader: We gather this morning to strengthen our bond with Jesus
People: as He gives Himself to us through worship.
Leader: Even when we struggle to find Jesus in our lives, He will open the eyes of
our minds and our hearts to ensure us that He is with us always, until the
end of days.
ALL: Let us worship God!
*Hymn “Great Is the Lord”
*Prayer of Confession (Unison)
Dear Lord, we know You are ever present in our lives, revealing Yourself in so
many ways, but we still fail to recognize You. We are so often surprised at
how You make Yourself known to us, yet we expect others to know
immediately. Help us to be aware of Your presence in both the large and
small, to share of and witness to Your mighty works. Keep us humble so we
accept that we are not the only people worthy of You…(Silent time of prayer)
*Assurance of Pardon
Leader: Jesus knows the doubts we hold inside, He knows we are held back by
fear and weakness, sin and disobedience; He makes a path for us. He
takes from us all that prevents us from truly knowing Him and gives to us
His mercy and forgiveness.
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
After the Children’s Message, children 7 and younger may continue to Millard Hall for Children’s Church. All other children are asked to remain in worship.
Anthem “Come, Now Is the Time to Worship“ B Doerksen
Chancel Choir arr. M Hayes
Message “Walking with Jesus” Dr. Jonathan Sloan
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, 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 SEAL AND RESPOND TO GOD’S WORD
*Hymn #757 “Today We Are All Called to Be”
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.
Offering Anthem “Come, Thou Fount of Every Blessing” arr. J Purifoy
*Doxology (The Hymnal, p. 606)
*Prayer of Dedication
WE GO FORTH TO SERVE
*Hymn #296 “Go in Grace and Make Disciples”
Postlude “Redemption Song” C Gounod
*Please stand, in body or in spirit