[image: southwest corner of temple mount]
- BEFORE YOU BEGIN – prepare a space for worship.
~ Light a candle, the Light of the World has defeated death!
~ Have a cross in the room since we’ll be sending our problems to the Cross of Christ.
~ Put out a piece of cloth that is gold or white to commemorate the season.
~ If you’re alone, call someone and ask if you can worship Jesus together. Take turns reading each section of the service.
~ Have fun! Let children participate and be sensible with attention spans.
PREPARING FOR WORSHIP
Nothing you’ve done or anything that’s been done to you this week – even if it’s criminal – separated you from the love of the Creator in Christ Jesus. There may be consequences and sufferings to carry, but there is no condemnation in Christ. Let’s together say these truths:
Since Jesus has broken the chains of sin and death, He can rescue me and forgive my sins.
Jesus can heal me.
Jesus loves me as I am.
Jesus gives me Hope.
CALL TO WORSHIP – EASTER SEASON
Alleluia! Christ is Risen.
The Lord is Risen indeed! Alleluia!
UNITED IN TRUTH
As an act of public worship and public witness, let us confess the faith handed down once and for all
I believe in God the Father Almighty,— Apostles’ Creed
Creator of Heaven and Earth.
I believe in Jesus Christ His only Son, Our Lord,
Who was conceived by the Holy Spirit, and born of the virgin Mary.
He suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died, and was buried.
He descended to the dead.
The third day He rose again from the dead.
He ascended to heaven
and is seated at the right hand of God the Father Almighty.
From there He will come to judge the living and the dead.
I believe in the Holy Spirit,
the holy catholic Church,
the communion of saints,
the forgiveness of sins,
the resurrection of the body,
and the life everlasting. Amen.
PRAY-SING GOD’S WORD, PSALM 31.1-5, 14-17
To the tune “He Leadeth Me”
In You, O LORD, I take refuge, let me be never put to shame;
And in Your righteousness, O LORD, deliver me—I trust Your name.
O come and turn Your ear to me; come quickly and my rescue be;
And be my Rock of refuge sure, a Fortress strong to rescue me.
Since You’re my fortress and my Rock, for Your name’s sake, lead me and guide;
Free me from traps they set for me, for You’re the strength where I abide.
For I commit my spirit, Lord, into Your sovereign, steadfast hands;
Redeem me, Lord, O God of truth; my life before You ever stands.
But I will trust in You, O Lord; I say, “You are my God indeed.”
My times are in Your hands for sure; deliver me from enemies.
Let Your face shine upon Your child; in Your unfailing love, save me;
And let me not be put to shame, for I have cried out, Lord, to Thee.
HEARING GOD’S WORD
The Scripture passages are Acts 7:55-60; 1 Peter 2:1-10; John 14:1-14
“On Christ the Solid Rock I Stand”
My hope is built on nothing less
than Jesus’ blood and righteousness;
I dare not trust the sweetest frame,
but wholly lean on Jesus’ name.
On Christ, the Solid Rock, I stand;
all other ground is sinking sand,
all other ground is sinking sand.
When darkness veils His lovely face,
I rest on His unchanging grace;
in ev’ry high and stormy gale,
my anchor holds within the veil. [Refrain]
His oath, His covenant, His blood
support me in the whelming flood;
when all around my soul gives way,
He then is all my hope and stay. [Refrain]
When He shall come with trumpet sound,
O may I then in Him be found,
dressed in His righteousness alone,
faultless to stand before the throne. [Refrain]
“Lord Most High”
From the ends of the earth (echo)
From the depths of the sea (echo)
From the heights of the heavens (echo)
Your Name be praised!
From the hearts of the weak (echo)
From the shouts of the strong (echo)
From the lips of all people (echo)
This song we raise Lord:
Throughout the endless ages,
You will be crowned with praises
Lord Most High!
Exalted in every nation,
Sovereign of all creation,
Lord Most High be magnified!
PRAYING FOR THE GRACE CHILDREN
“Father, fill the children and youth of Grace with Your Spirit. May they never know a day outside the love of Jesus Christ.”
Say each name then picture the person before moving on.
Lois, Micah, Naomi, Emma, Nora, David, Sophia, Noelle, Jace, Sophia, Beckett, Easton, Iva James, Colton, Rose, Paul, Amaya, Miles, Lizzie Mae, Nezzie, Ira, Sofia, Simone, Samuel, Virginia, Evie, Thomas, Karli, Grant, Cailyn, Rayana, Jack, Greyson, Caroline, Travis, Ethan, Arin, Liam, Rachel, Sami, Thomas, Grant, Whernska, Levi, Judah, Natalie, Benjamin.
When we make an offering, we give what already belongs to Christ; Of Your own, O Lord, do we give. Money is not the only offering, we can also offer our talents, abilities, and gifts to the exclusive use of King Jesus and His Kingdom. We offer every bit of ourselves in service to Christ and His Creation. We don’t want to be tone-deaf about economic crisis facing some in our church, nor do we want to presume financial instability in our church. If you are facing an economic crisis today, please let Byron know your need so your church can support you in some way. If you have financial security and even abundance, share generously with those in need. $900 was raised to feed our friends in Uganda. Praise Christ that His Spirit from Acts 2.42-47 is still at work. Thank you for worshipping through tithes and offerings. Mail is received at 630 Richland Avenue, 70806, or give online at https://gracemidcity.churchcenter.com/giving
BEING SHAPED BY SCRIPTURE AND SPIRIT
Prayer: Almighty God, in Whom is everlasting life:
Grant us so perfectly to know your Son Jesus Christ to be the Way, the Truth, and the Life, that we may steadfastly follow His steps in the way that leads to eternal glory; through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord, Who lives and reigns with You, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.
PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE
Continue to ask the Spirit of Jesus what He is teaching us these days. Who is He shaping us to be as individuals and a church? Who will will be when we are able to gather together again? Will all the children and youth we pray for be present? Will all the adults we saw before be seen again? What will this local church look like? No one knows. But that doesn’t stop disciples from following Jesus. Life is not a problem to solve, it’s an adventure to be lived.
Quiet us in Your Love—with the confidence that You hear us and are near. May You lighten our hearts and enable us to take these strange days— however long they last—with the quiet resolve of people aligned with Your purposes and confident that Your will be done. Lord, send Your Spirit, full of comfort.
BEING NOURISHED WITH THE BODY AND BLOOD OF CHRIST
I plan to celebrate communion / Lord’s supper/ Eucharist (the New Testament word for “thanksgiving”) when we are gathered together again in one room. The very word “communion” speaks to our life together in community. We are physically scattered and cannot feast by faith together but we are spiritually gathered, hidden together in the life of Christ.
Face the Cross in your room and let’s cast our cares upon Him.
Lord Jesus, You are our Refuge and Fortress.— Kenyan Prayer
All our problems –
we SEND to the Cross of Christ!
All our difficulties –
we SEND to the Cross of Christ!
All the devil’s works –
we SEND to the Cross of Christ!
All our hopes –
we SET on the Risen Christ!
CALLING ALL CREATURES TO WORSHIP
Praise God from Whom all blessings flow,
Praise Him all Creatures here below,
Praise Him above, ye Heavenly Host
Praise Father, Son and Holy Ghost. A-men.
COMMISSIONED INTO ANOTHER WEEK
May the Grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Love of God, and the Fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you all.
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Happy First Day of the Week!