April 26 - Pastor Lou

April 26, 2020 – Pastor Lou

Call to Worship

Travelers on the Way, what shall we do?
We shall praise God
who hears our prayers, 
who draws near to us, 
and brings new life out of death.

Dear Ones, how shall we live? 
With the confidence of God’s beloved children, 
with security and joy of God’s saving grace.

Friends old and new, what is the promise?
New life, forgiveness of sin, the Spirit as gift!
Beloved Siblings, how shall we praise? 
We lift our voices and our hearts in love, thanks, and praise!
We will praise the Lord as long as we live!

Opening Prayer

Loving God, we welcome your living presence in our midst. 
Share our joy and our thanks for the life you give us. 
with us! Dance among us! Pray with us! 
Shower us with your love! Amen!

Prayer of Confession

Heavenly Stranger, our Companion on the Way,
we yearn for your love and grace. We seek your wisdom and guidance. 
We relish the joy which burns within our hearts when you are with us. 
Yet, sometimes we would cling to you, 
hoard the blessings of relationship with you,
and not share your love with others. 
Forgive us, Dear One. 
Remind us that your love is to be carried throughout the world. 
Press us to share the hope and joy of your love, 
so that someone who hungers for spiritual food 
may be filled by our witness to your grace.
Shine the light of your Spirit through us, 
so that we may show your Way those who long for peace
and help to revive those in whom hope has died.  Amen.

Silent Reflection

Assurance of Pardon

God may come to us, unrecognized, as a stranger. 
The Risen Christ reaches out to us in unexpected ways 
as we travel our own Emmaus roads. 
May the Word of our Still speaking God 
continue to burn in our hearts.

Scripture Readings

Psalter Lesson:                                                              Psalm 116:1-4, 12-19

Gospel Lesson:                                                                        Luke 24:13-35                     

The Apostles Creed

I believe in God the Father Almighty, maker of heaven and earth:

And in Jesus Christ His only Son, our Lord; who was conceived

by the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary, suffered under

Pontius Pilate, was crucified, dead and buried; He descended into hades;

the third day He rose again from the dead; He ascended into heaven,

and sitteth on the right hand of God, the Father Almighty;

from thence he shall come to judge the quick and the dead.

I believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy Christian church,

the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins,

the resurrection of the body, and the life everlasting. Amen.

Benediction

Friends, rejoice in the mothering and fathering love of God!
Rejoice in the victorious life of our Risen Savior!
Rejoice in the power of the Spirit!
Go, living in the love of Christ!
Go, serving in the name of Christ!
Let your love of God embrace 
Your children
Your family
Your enemies
Those who are afar off
Those who are strangers met on the road
May your lives praise the Lord!