The United Methodist Church of Enfield
Monday, April 19, 2021
Open Hearts. Open Minds. Open Doors.

The United Methodist Church of Enfield

 

Easter   April 4, 2021 

 

Guide for Online Worship

 

Click HERE for a PDF of the Worship Guide

 

We Gather in God’s Name

 

Welcome

Christ is risen!

Christ is risen indeed! Alleluia!

 

Our Desire for God’s Grace

 

Musical Offering Celebrate Jesus – UMCE Virtual Choir

 

Prayer for Change

O God, we know our transgressions are ever before us –

all of the ways we have ignored your word, rejected your love,

Have mercy on me, O God, according to your steadfast love

hurt our neighbor, neglected to speak for the least and the lost

Have mercy on me, O God, according to your steadfast love

 

Gracious Savior –

we need your mercy, we desire your forgiveness,

Create in me a clean heart, O God.

We pray for renewal in our spirit, in our relationship with you,

in our relationship with the world.

Create in me a clean heart, O God.

 

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Change my heart, O God, make it ever true.

Change my heart, O God, may I be like you.

You are the Potter, I am the clay.

Mold me and make me, that is what I pray.

Change my heart, O God, make it ever true.

Change my heart, O God, may I be like you.

 

O God, we rejoice in our cleansed hearts!

O God, we rejoice in our new spirits!

O God, we rejoice in our salvation!

 

The Means of God’s Grace

 

New Testament Reading – Acts 10:34-43

34Then Peter began to speak to them: “I truly understand that God shows no partiality, 35but in every nation anyone who fears him and does what is right is acceptable to him. 36You know the message he sent to the people of Israel, preaching peace by Jesus Christ—he is Lord of all. 37That message spread throughout Judea, beginning in Galilee after the baptism that John announced: 38how God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and with power; how he went about doing good and healing all who were oppressed by the devil, for God was with him. 39We are witnesses to all that he did both in Judea and in Jerusalem. They put him to death by hanging him on a tree; 40but God raised him on the third day and allowed him to appear, 41not to all the people but to us who were chosen by God as witnesses, and who ate and drank with him after he rose from the dead. 42He commanded us to preach to the people and to testify that he is the one ordained by God as judge of the living and the dead. 43All the prophets testify about him that everyone who believes in him receives forgiveness of sins through his name.”

 

Musical Offering of God’s Love – Change My Heart – UMCE Virtual Choir

*Gospel Reading – Mark 16:1-8

1When the sabbath was over, Mary Magdalene, and Mary the mother of James, and Salome bought spices, so that they might go and anoint him. 2And very early on the first day of the week, when the sun had risen, they went to the tomb. 3They had been saying to one another, “Who will roll away the stone for us from the entrance to the tomb?”4When they looked up, they saw that the stone, which was very large, had already been rolled back. 5As they entered the tomb, they saw a young man, dressed in a white robe, sitting on the right side; and they were alarmed. 6But he said to them, “Do not be alarmed; you are looking for Jesus of Nazareth, who was crucified. He has been raised; he is not here. Look, there is the place they laid him. 7But go, tell his disciples and Peter that he is going ahead of you to Galilee; there you will see him, just as he told you.” 8So they went out and fled from the tomb, for terror and amazement had seized them; and they said nothing to anyone, for they were afraid.

 

Sermon – “Not the End”

 

*Hymn – Up From the Grave (verses 1&3) – UMCE Virtual Choir

Low in the grave he lay, Jesus my Savior, waiting the coming day, Jesus my Lord! 

[Refrain]
Up from the grave he arose; with a mighty triumph o'er his foes; 
he arose a victor from the dark domain, and he lives forever, with his saints to reign. 
He arose! He arose! Hallelujah! Christ arose!

 

Death cannot keep its prey, Jesus my Savior; he tore the bars away, Jesus my Lord!

[Refrain]

Prayers of the People

Grant, almighty God,

that all who confess your name may be united in your truth,  

live together in your love, and reveal your glory in the world.

Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

 

Guide the people of this land, and of all the nations,  

in the ways of justice and peace;

that we may honor one another and serve the common good.

Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

 

Give us all a reverence for the earth as your own creation, 

that we may use its resources rightly     

in the service of others and to your honor and glory.

Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

 

 

 

Bless all whose lives are closely linked with ours,

and grant that we may serve Christ in them,

and love one another as Christ loves us.

Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

 

Comfort and heal all those who suffer in body, mind, or spirit;

for those impacted by the coronavirus,

give them courage and hope in their troubles,

and bring them the joy of your salvation.

Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

 

We commend to your mercy all who have died,

that your will for them may be fulfilled;

and we pray that we may share with all your saints in your eternal kingdom.

Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

 

We offer these prayers through Jesus Christ our Lord, who taught us to pray together…

 

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 trespasses,

as we forgive those who trespass against us.
And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.

For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, forever.

Amen.

 

“God is Holding Your Life” 

Lift up your eyes, behold the hills. From where will help and rescue come?

We call on One who made the earth, who blessed the stars, the moon and sun.

 

God is holding your life, God is holding your life, God is holding your life, we believe.

God is holding your life, God is holding your life, God is holding your life, we believe.

 

Our Thanks for God’s Grace

 

Offering to God the Means for Change in the World

 

Blessing Upon the Offerings

Thank you, God,

for the gift of this amazing day of resurrection!

Our hearts are overflowing with the joy and excitement of Easter.

Use these gifts to empower

our work with those who have not yet seen the risen Lord,

and our calling to carry your incarnate love into the world.

Amen.

 

 

 

 

 

We Leave to Share God’s Grace

 

*Closing Hymn – He Lives (verses 1&3) – UMCE Choir

I serve a risen Savior, he’s in the world today;

I know that he is living, whatever foes may say.

I see his hand of mercy, I hear his voice of cheer,

and just the time I need him, he’s always near.

[Refrain]

He lives, he lives, Christ Jesus lives today!

He walks with me and talks with me along life’s narrow way.

He lives, he lives, salvation to impart!

You ask me how I know he lives? He lives within my heart.

[Refrain]

Rejoice, rejoice, O Christian, lift up your voice and sing

eternal hallelujahs to Jesus Christ the King!

The hope of all who seek him, the help of all who find;

none other is so loving, so good and kind.

[Refrain]

 

Carrying God’s Peace & Grace Into the World

Benediction

Go forth renewed and strong,

     knowing that the Lord is alive, almighty, and present.

Look for the blessings that await you this week.

Now may the truth of the empty tomb—

     the astonishing reality of Jesus’ resurrection—

     keep you fearless and sure.

May the power of God’s endless love surround you

     and guide you, this day and always.

Alleluia!

 

Sending Music – Christ the Lord is Risen Today

 

 

*Please stand if you are able.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Credits:  Prayers and litanies adapted from The United Methodist Book of Worship (© 1992 The United Methodist Publishing House); Feasting on the Word Worship Companion (Year B, Volume 1) (© 2014, Westminster John Knox Press); used with permission.  Other litanies written by Rev. Janet Deranian, based on Psalm 51. “Celebrate Jesus” written by  Gary Oliver, arranged by Lloyd Larson.  “Up From the Grave”  (verses 1 & 3) # 322,  “He Lives” (verses 1 & 3)  # 310 from The United Methodist Hymnal (Nashville: The United Methodist Publishing House, 1989).   “Change My Heart O God” #2152 from The Faith We Sing (© Abingdon Press, 2000). “Change My Heart, O God” (choir anthem), arranged by Eddie Espinosa/Joel Raney. “God is Holding Your Life” written by Richard Bruxvoort·Colligan (Sharing the Road: The Psalm Project © 2007 Augsburg Fortress).  Backing tracks for “Up From the Grave” UMH 322,“He Lives” UMH 310, “Christ the Lord is Risen Today”  (Postlude)  and “This Joyful Eastertide” (Prelude) from smallchurchmusic.com.   CCLI Licenses: Copyright License #2543459; Streaming License # 20471775.