Order of worship

Christ is risen,

Christ has risen indeed!


Announcements and Life Together


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Call to Worship

Mighty Wind, who danced over the deep and surveyed the shapeless void,

dance over us now and ready us for your creative purpose.

Divine Word, who commanded unruly chaos and called forth light and life,

call to us now and open us to new expressions of grace.

Eternal Artist, who formed us in your likeness and claimed us as kin,

Re-form and refine us to be bearers of your blessing.

Holy Trinity—Creator, Christ, Spirit—who gathered the primeval waters,

gather us in, then send us out, our voices echoing creation’s song:

How majestic is your name in all the earth!


Prayer of Praise


Call to Confession

Lord Jesus, you send us to make disciples of all nations, but we focus our energies inward

and shy away from sharing the good news in word and deed.

You charge us to teach your commandments, but we struggle to obey them

and neglect to model them for others. You assure us of your abiding presence,

but we doubt this promise and disregard your Spirit, denying the power you give us

to do your work. Forgive us, Lord, and renew us to be the church you created us to be.

Wash us with your grace and commission us for service

in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, One God, Mother of us all.


Prayer of Confession

Lord Jesus, you send us to make disciples of all nations,

but we focus our energies inward and shy away from sharing the good news in word and deed. 

You charge us to teach your commandments, but we struggle to obey them

and neglect to model them for others.

You assure us of your abiding presence, but we doubt this promise and disregard your Spirit, 

denying the power you give us to do your work.

Forgive us, Lord, and renew us to be the church you created us to be.

Wash us with your grace and commission us for service

in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, One God, Mother of us all.

(hear now our silent prayers of confession)


Assurance of Grace

Children of God, in the waters of baptism, God the Parent claims us as beloved,

God the Son calls us as disciples, God the Spirit commissions us for service.

In the waters of baptism, the Triune God raises us to new life.

In the name of Jesus Christ, we are forgiven!

Thanks be to God.

Children’s Message


Prayer of Illumination


First Scripture Reading


Genesis 1:1-2, 4a (NRSV)

In the beginning when God created the heavens and the earth, the earth was a formless void and darkness covered the face of the deep, while a wind from God swept over the face of the waters. 

And God saw that the light was good; and God separated the light from the darkness.


This is the word of the Lord.

  Thanks be to God.

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Second Scripture Reading

Matthew 28:16-20 (NRSV)

Now the eleven disciples went to Galilee, to the mountain to which Jesus had directed them. When they saw him, they worshiped him; but some doubted. And Jesus came and said to them, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything that I have commanded you. And remember, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”


Sermon

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Prayers of the People


Offering and the Doxology

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THE SACRAMENT OF COMMUNION


Invitation to the Table


Prayer of Great Thanksgiving


The Lord be with you.

And also with you.

Lift up your hearts.

We lift them up to the Lord.

Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.

It is right to give thanks and praise…


Words of Institution


We Share the Bread and the Cup


The Lord's Prayer

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.


Benediction

Let all God’s people say…

Alleluia, Amen.


Passing of the Peace


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