NEC Sunday Worship – 4 PM on 2020-04-19


Perhaps just a moment of organ music as we begin? ORGAN


In today’s worship we have leadership from Bill, Merle, Sheri, Steve and all those worshiping, including: Garnet, Lisa, Bev, Bob, Betty, Marilyn, …

Who have I not included in that list of people who is also attending?


SHERI – shares a little reminder from last week’s scripture: John 20:1-10

20:1 Early on the first day of the week, while it was still dark, Mary Magdalene came to the tomb and saw that the stone had been removed from the tomb.

20:2 So she ran and went to Simon Peter and the other disciple, the one whom Jesus loved, and said to them, “They have taken the Lord out of the tomb, and we do not know where they have laid him.”

20:3 Then Peter and the other disciple set out and went toward the tomb.

20:4 The two were running together, but the other disciple outran Peter and reached the tomb first.

20:5 He bent down to look in and saw the linen wrappings lying there, but he did not go in.

20:6 Then Simon Peter came, following him, and went into the tomb. He saw the linen wrappings lying there,

20:7 and the cloth that had been on Jesus’ head, not lying with the linen wrappings but rolled up in a place by itself.

20:8 Then the other disciple, who reached the tomb first, also went in, and he saw and believed;

20:9 for as yet they did not understand the scripture, that he must rise from the dead.

20:10 Then the disciples returned to their homes.


All Things Bright and Beautiful – Page 24

SONG – ALL THINGS BRIGHT AND BEAUTIFUL

 

REFRAIN

All things bright and beautiful,    all creatures great and small,

all things wise and wonderful,     the Lord God made them all.

 

Each little flow’r that opens,     each little bird that sings,

he made their glowing colors,     he made their tiny wings.

 

All things bright and beautiful,    all creatures great and small,

all things wise and wonderful,     the Lord God made them all.

 

The purple-headed mountains,     The river running by,

The sunset and the morning          That brightens up the sky.

 

All things bright and beautiful,    all creatures great and small,

all things wise and wonderful,     the Lord God made them all.

 

The cold wind in the winter,     The pleasant summer sun,

The ripe fruits in the garden,     He made them every one.

 

All things bright and beautiful,    all creatures great and small,

all things wise and wonderful,     the Lord God made them all.

 

He gave us eyes to see them,     And lips that we might tell

How great is God Almighty,      Who has made all things well.

 

All things bright and beautiful,    all creatures great and small,

all things wise and wonderful,     the Lord God made them all.


Bill – continues John story right after the disciples returned to their homes.  RETURNED TO THEIR HOMES? REALLY?

John 20:11-18

20:11 But Mary stood weeping outside the tomb. As she wept, she bent over to look into the tomb;

20:12 and she saw two angels in white, sitting where the body of Jesus had been lying, one at the head and the other at the feet.

20:13 They said to her, “Woman, why are you weeping?” She said to them, “They have taken away my Lord, and I do not know where they have laid him.”

20:14 When she had said this, she turned around and saw Jesus standing there, but she did not know that it was Jesus.

20:15 Jesus said to her, “Woman, why are you weeping? Whom are you looking for?” Supposing him to be the gardener, she said to him, “Sir, if you have carried him away, tell me where you have laid him, and I will take him away.”

20:16 Jesus said to her, “Mary!” She turned and said to him in Hebrew, “Rabbouni!” (which means Teacher).

20:17 Jesus said to her, “Do not hold on to me, because I have not yet ascended to the Father. But go to my brothers and say to them, ‘I am ascending to my Father and your Father, to my God and your God.'”

20:18 Mary Magdalene went and announced to the disciples, “I have seen the Lord”; and she told them that he had said these things to her.


BILL – shares this PRAYER after reading scripture

Living God,
long ago, faithful women
proclaimed the good news
of Jesus’ resurrection,
and the world was changed forever.
Teach us to keep faith with them,
that our witness may be as bold,
our love as deep,
and our faith as true. Amen.


Here I Am Lord – Page 3

Here I am Lord  —  Dan Schutte, S. J.

 

I, the Lord of sea and sky,  I have heard my people cry

All who dwell in deepest sin,   my hand will save

I who made the stars of night,   I will make their darkness bright

Who will bear my light to them,   Whom shall I send

 

Here I am Lord,  Is it I Lord,  I have heard you calling in the night

I will go Lord, If you lead me,  I will hold your people in my heart

 

 

I, the Lord of snow and rain,   I have borne my people’s pain

I have wept for love of them,  they turn away

I will break their hearts of stone,   give them hearts for love alone

I will speak my word to them,  whom shall I send

 

Here I am Lord,  Is it I Lord,  I have heard you calling in the night

I will go Lord, If you lead me,  I will hold your people in my heart

 

 

I, the Lord of wind and flame,   I will tend the poor and lame

I will set a feast for them,    my hand will save

Finest bread I will provide,    till their hearts be satisfied

I will give my life to them,   whom shall I send

 

Here I am Lord,  Is it I Lord,  I have heard you calling in the night

I will go Lord, If you lead me,  I will hold your people in my heart

 


MERLE: continuing with John…

John 20:19-31
20:19 When it was evening on that day, the first day of the week, and the doors of the house where the disciples had met were locked for fear of the Jews, Jesus came and stood among them and said, “Peace be with you.”

20:20 After he said this, he showed them his hands and his side. Then the disciples rejoiced when they saw the Lord.

20:21 Jesus said to them again, “Peace be with you. As the Father has sent me, so I send you.”

20:22 When he had said this, he breathed on them and said to them, “Receive the Holy Spirit.

20:23 If you forgive the sins of any, they are forgiven them; if you retain the sins of any, they are retained.”

20:24 But Thomas (who was called the Twin), one of the twelve, was not with them when Jesus came.

20:25 So the other disciples told him, “We have seen the Lord.” But he said to them, “Unless I see the mark of the nails in his hands, and put my finger in the mark of the nails and my hand in his side, I will not believe.”

20:26 A week later his disciples were again in the house, and Thomas was with them. Although the doors were shut, Jesus came and stood among them and said, “Peace be with you.”

20:27 Then he said to Thomas, “Put your finger here and see my hands. Reach out your hand and put it in my side. Do not doubt but believe.”

20:28 Thomas answered him, “My Lord and my God!”

20:29 Jesus said to him, “Have you believed because you have seen me? Blessed are those who have not seen and yet have come to believe.”

20:30 Now Jesus did many other signs in the presence of his disciples, which are not written in this book.

20:31 But these are written so that you may come to believe that Jesus is the Messiah, the Son of God, and that through believing you may have life in his name.


One Day at a Time, Dear Jesus – Page 14

ONLY IF TIME ALLOWS

One Day at a Time, Dear Jesus 

Marijohn Wilkin and Kris Kristofferson (verse 3 lyrics, Steve Long 9/09)

 

I’m only human,               I’m just a man,

Help me believe               in what I could be            

and all that I am,

Show me the stairway     I have to climb,

Lord, for my sake,    teach me to take                 one day at a time.

 

One day at a time, dear Jesus,        That’s all I’m asking from You,

Just give me the strength to do ev’ry day

What I have to do;

Yesterday’s gone, dear Jesus,

And tomorrow may never be mine,

Lord, help me today,

Show me the way    one day at a time.

 

 

Do you remember            when you walked among men?

Well, Jesus, you know     if you’re looking below 

that it’s worse now than then.

Pushing and shoving,      crowding my mind,

So, for my sake,       teach me to take                one day at a time.

 

One day at a time, dear Jesus,        That’s all I’m asking from You,

Just give me the strength to do ev’ry day

What I have to do;

Yesterday’s gone, dear Jesus,

And tomorrow may never be mine,

Lord, help me today,

Show me the way    one day at a time.

 

 

But it don’t hurt Lord,        if we think past today

Help us to think,               that we’re not on the brink,

showin’ kindness each day,

And if we do Lord,            Pass along your good grace

Maybe we make,     the actions folk take         better day after day

 

One day at a time, dear Jesus,        That’s all I’m asking from You,

Just give me the strength to do ev’ry day

What I have to do;

Yesterday’s gone, dear Jesus,

And tomorrow may never be mine,

Lord, help me today,

Show me the way    one day at a time.

 


STEVE: What reflections do we have based on these scripture readings?

 

Sharing of Joys & Concerns

Prayer – concluding with The Lord’s Prayer


Blest Be the Tie That Binds – Page 7

Blest be the tie that binds      

Our hearts in Christian love;

The fellowship of kindred minds

Is like to that above.

Before our Father’s throne    

We pour our ardent prayers;

Our fears, our hopes, our aims, are one,

Our comforts and our cares.

We share our mutual woes,    

Our mutual burdens bear,

And often for each other flows

The sympathizing tear

Blest be the tie that binds      

Our hearts in Christian love;

The fellowship of kindred minds

Is like to that above.


STEVE – AS WE CLOSE… (in unison:) 

Friends, life is short and there is precious little time to gladden the hearts of those who travel with us…So let’s make haste to be kind, and be quick to love, for within every act of love and kindness, the God who first formed us, reforms us and transforms us again and again, now and forever! And certainly for all of these blessings, we – the people of God – say… AMEN!