Bulletin for Sunday April 18, 2021

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This service will be livestreamed at 10 AM Sunday morning,
on the
St Paul’s YouTube channel 

Through Faith, we walk on the path Jesus set for us.
The People of St. Paul’s Belong … Believe … Love … Listen … Lead

PRELUDE

WELCOME

LIFE & WORK OF THE CONGREGATION

CALL TO WORSHIP
May the Peace of Christ be with you!
And also with you!
Whether gathered in a room full of friends or alone in our own homes God is with us.
God calls us to open our hearts and souls to God’s presence.
Gathered in the name of the Risen Christ we pause to worship.

WE GREET EACH OTHER WITH THE PEACE OF CHRIST
     ~  you are invited to use the chat box on YouTube to share words of Peace with each other

LIGHTING THE CHRIST CANDLE
In this Season of new growth, new life, new hope,
We light a candle to remind us of the Light which could not be put out, the light that shines from the Empty Tomb.
Let us centre ourselves for worship….

OPENING PRAYER
Source of Life, we gather in this virtual space for worship,
hoping that here we will meet the Risen Christ.
Source of Hope, we open ourselves in worship,
trusting that the Jesus will show up, speaking words of hope in the face of our fear and doubts, bringing us peace.
God of New Life, in this time of worship,
empower us to go back into the wider world to share the Good News of Resurrection,
to proclaim the promise of forgiveness,
to encourage others with the peace of Christ.
We pray in the name of the Risen Christ, who encourages us to pray saying…

LORD’S PRAYER

 Gathering Hymn     MV  30     It’s a Song of Praise to the Maker(1L)

 WE SHARE AS GOD’S CHILDREN THE BIBLE’S STORY IN WORD AND IN SONG:

A TIME FOR THE YOUNG AT HEART    Earth Day

PRAYER OF DOUBT AND BELIEF
God of life that conquers death, in this Easter season,
we are challenged to see life where we expect to see death. It seems to good to be true.
God we believe, help our unbelief.
God of surprises, we hear wondrous stories and have trouble believing they could be true.
Like the first disciples we are startled, scared by things we don’t quite understand
God we believe, help our unbelief.
God of wisdom, you give us an intellect and ask us to use it,
asking questions, challenging what we are told, seeking for answers
God we believe, help our unbelief.
Holy God who is Holy Mystery, you ask us to be open to the mysterious and mystical,
help us embrace the mystery that is part of our lives, help us see that we do not have to understand everything, help us remember that there are ways of knowing that go beyond the scientific and logical.
God we believe, help our unbelief. Amen.

SCRIPTURE LESSONS
     Luke 24:36b-48

A MOMENT OF REFLECTION
      ~ trusting that God is at work in our midst we allow the words we have heard to settle and stir in our souls

SERMON    Proof?

 Hymn     VU  185     You Tell Me That the Lord is Risen (1L)

WE EXPRESS OUR GRATITUDE TO GOD AND PREPARE FOR MINISTRY IN THE WORLD

THE OFFERING
            Mission Minute Building a World Where Everyone Belongs: Lynda’s Story
                                            https://youtu.be/pq9vJdrUt-8
             The Invitation:

Sharing of Celebrations and Concerns

Prayers of the People

 Hymn     VU  703     In the Bulb There is a Flower (1L)

COMMISSIONING:
We have paused our lives for a time of worship.
As we go into the rest of our day and the rest of our week, we carry our doubts and our faith,
our questions and our answers, our wariness and our trust,
and we use all of them to try and determine how God would have us live and love.
In all of it, God: Parent, Risen Christ, and Holy Spirit, is with us.
Thanks be to God. Amen

SUNG BENEDICTION:     Let Our Earth Be Peaceful (1L)

POSTLUDE

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Previous Bulletins
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March
Bulletin for March 7, 2021, Lent 3
Bulletin for March 14, 2021 – Lent 4 – P.I.E. Day
Bulletin for March 21, 2021 – Lent 5
Bulletin for March 28, 2021 – Palm Sunday

April
Bulletin for April 2, 2021 – Good Friday
Bulletin for April 4, 2021 – Easter Sunday
Bulletin for April 11, 2021 – Easter 2
Bulletin for April 18, 2021 – Easter 3