As we continue through this time of physical distancing, we're providing this worship service for you and your family to use. After the Sunday morning Zoom gathering, you can go through the parts of the worship service and watch the service below.


At 11am CT Sunday Morning we gather with Pastor Kim via Zoom for worship and a chance to say 'Hi!'. Everyone is invited to join us!

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Order of worship

Christ is risen.

Christ has risen indeed!


Announcements and Life Together


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Call to Worship

We gather to praise and worship God,

   the one who created us for love.

We gather to worship the true vine,

   the one in whose love we abide.

Easter people, Christ is risen!

   Christ is risen indeed!


Prayer of Praise


Call to Confession

The Spirit of God helps us in our weakness, interceding with sighs too deep for words.

Trusting in God’s grace, let us confess all that separates us from God and from one another.


Prayer of Confession

O Christ, you are the true vine, and you have made us your branches.

In your grace, we find strength, and in your love, we are set free.

Forgive us, O God, when we do not live as people who have been freed,

when we act as if the Easter story did not turn the world upside down.

Forgive us, O God, when we do not live as people who are your branches,

when we forget that we are rooted in you and bound to one another by your spirit.

Forgive us, O Christ, our one true vine, and teach us to abide in you.


Assurance of Grace

Hear the good news of God's promise. In the waters of creations, God has claimed you as Gods own. We belong to the God of love whose forgiveness is limitless, whose mercies are new each day. In the name of Jesus, we are forgiven.

Thanks be to God!


Children’s Message

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Prayer of Illumination


Scripture Reading


1 John 4:7-21 (NRSV)

Beloved, let us love one another, because love is from God; everyone who loves is born of God and knows God. Whoever does not love does not know God, for God is love. God’s love was revealed among us in this way: God sent his only Son into the world so that we might live through him. In this is love, not that we loved God but that he loved us and sent his Son to be the atoning sacrifice for our sins. Beloved, since God loved us so much, we also ought to love one another. No one has ever seen God; if we love one another, God lives in us, and his love is perfected in us. By this we know that we abide in him and he in us, because he has given us of his Spirit. And we have seen and do testify that the Father has sent his Son as the Savior of the world. God abides in those who confess that Jesus is the Son of God, and they abide in God. So we have known and believe the love that God has for us. God is love, and those who abide in love abide in God, and God abides in them. Love has been perfected among us in this: that we may have boldness on the day of judgment, because as he is, so are we in this world. There is no fear in love, but perfect love casts out fear; for fear has to do with punishment, and whoever fears has not reached perfection in love. We love because he first loved us. Those who say, “I love God,” and hate their brothers or sisters, are liars; for those who do not love a brother or sister whom they have seen, cannot love God whom they have not seen. The commandment we have from him is this: those who love God must love their brothers and sisters also.


This is the word of the Lord.

  Thanks be to God.

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Second Scripture Reading

Acts 8:26-40 (NRSV)

Then an angel of the Lord said to Philip, “Get up and go toward the south to the road that goes down from Jerusalem to Gaza.” (This is a wilderness road.) So he got up and went. Now there was an Ethiopian eunuch, a court official of the Candace, queen of the Ethiopians, in charge of her entire treasury. He had come to Jerusalem to worship and was returning home; seated in his chariot, he was reading the prophet Isaiah. Then the Spirit said to Philip, “Go over to this chariot and join it.” So Philip ran up to it and heard him reading the prophet Isaiah. He asked, “Do you understand what you are reading?” He replied, “How can I, unless someone guides me?” And he invited Philip to get in and sit beside him. Now the passage of the scripture that he was reading was this: 

“Like a sheep he was led to the slaughter, 

and like a lamb silent before its shearer, s

o he does not open his mouth. 

In his humiliation justice was denied him. 

Who can describe his generation? 

For his life is taken away from the earth.”

The eunuch asked Philip, “About whom, may I ask you, does the prophet say this, about himself or about someone else?” Then Philip began to speak, and starting with this scripture, he proclaimed to him the good news about Jesus. As they were going along the road, they came to some water; and the eunuch said, “Look, here is water! What is to prevent me from being baptized?” He commanded the chariot to stop, and both of them, Philip and the eunuch, went down into the water, and Philip baptized him. When they came up out of the water, the Spirit of the Lord snatched Philip away; the eunuch saw him no more, and went on his way rejoicing. But Philip found himself at Azotus, and as he was passing through the region, he proclaimed the good news to all the towns until he came to Caesarea.


Sermon

'You Belong'

Rev. Kim Smith-Stanley

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Prayers of the People


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…


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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…

Amen.


Passing of the Peace


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