NEC Sunday Worship – 4 PM on 2020-04-26


Perhaps just a moment of cello music as we begin?


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?


MERLE – Psalm 116:1-4, 12-19
116:1 I love the LORD, because he has heard my voice and my supplications.
116:2 Because he inclined his ear to me, therefore I will call on him as long as I live.
116:3 The snares of death encompassed me; the pangs of Sheol laid hold on me; I suffered distress and anguish.
116:4 Then I called on the name of the LORD: “O LORD, I pray, save my life!”
116:12 What shall I return to the LORD for all his bounty to me?
116:13 I will lift up the cup of salvation and call on the name of the LORD,
116:14 I will pay my vows to the LORD in the presence of all his people.
116:15 Precious in the sight of the LORD is the death of his faithful ones.
116:16 O LORD, I am your servant; I am your servant, the child of your serving girl. You have loosed my bonds.
116:17 I will offer to you a thanksgiving sacrifice and call on the name of the LORD.
116:18 I will pay my vows to the LORD in the presence of all his people,
116:19 in the courts of the house of the LORD, in your midst, O Jerusalem. Praise the LORD!


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.


Sheri starts us on the Road to Emmaus

Luke 24:13-26
24:13 Now on that same day two of them were going to a village called Emmaus, about seven miles from Jerusalem,

24:14 and talking with each other about all these things that had happened.

24:15 While they were talking and discussing, Jesus himself came near and went with them,

24:16 but their eyes were kept from recognizing him.

24:17 And he said to them, “What are you discussing with each other while you walk along?” They stood still, looking sad.

24:18 Then one of them, whose name was Cleopas, answered him, “Are you the only stranger in Jerusalem who does not know the things that have taken place there in these days?”

24:19 He asked them, “What things?” They replied, “The things about Jesus of Nazareth, who was a prophet mighty in deed and word before God and all the people,

24:20 and how our chief priests and leaders handed him over to be condemned to death and crucified him.

24:21 But we had hoped that he was the one to redeem Israel. Yes, and besides all this, it is now the third day since these things took place.

24:22 Moreover, some women of our group astounded us. They were at the tomb early this morning,

24:23 and when they did not find his body there, they came back and told us that they had indeed seen a vision of angels who said that he was alive.

24:24 Some of those who were with us went to the tomb and found it just as the women had said; but they did not see him.”

24:25 Then he said to them, “Oh, how foolish you are, and how slow of heart to believe all that the prophets have declared!

24:26 Was it not necessary that the Messiah should suffer these things and then enter into his glory?”


SHERI – shares a prayer of her choosing, or this one


Amazing Grace – page 3

Amazing Grace  —  John Newton

Amazing grace,    how sweet   the sound,   that saved   a wretch   like me

I once   was lost,   but now   I’m found,   was blind,  but now   I    see

Twas grace  that taught   my heart   to fear,   and grace   my fears   relieved

How precious   did that grace  appear,  the hour  I first   believed

Through many   dangers  toils and snares,   I have   already   come

Tis grace   that brought us   safe thus far,   and grace   will lead   us   home

The Lord   has promised good   to me,    His word   my hope   secures

He will   my shield   and portion be,   as long   as life  en – dures

When we’ve   been there  ten thousand years,   bright shining   as the  sun

We’ve no  less days  to sing  God’s praise,   than when  we  first   be – gun

Amazing grace,    how sweet   the sound,   that saved   a wretch   like me

I once   was lost,   but now   I’m found,   was blind,  but now   I      see


BILL continues to Emmaus  Luke 24:27-35

24:27 Then beginning with Moses and all the prophets, he interpreted to them the things about himself in all the scriptures.

24:28 As they came near the village to which they were going, he walked ahead as if he were going on.

24:29 But they urged him strongly, saying, “Stay with us, because it is almost evening and the day is now nearly over.” So he went in to stay with them.

24:30 When he was at the table with them, he took bread, blessed and broke it, and gave it to them.

24:31 Then their eyes were opened, and they recognized him; and he vanished from their sight.

24:32 They said to each other, “Were not our hearts burning within us while he was talking to us on the road, while he was opening the scriptures to us?”

24:33 That same hour they got up and returned to Jerusalem; and they found the eleven and their companions gathered together.

24:34 They were saying, “The Lord has risen indeed, and he has appeared to Simon!”

24:35 Then they told what had happened on the road, and how he had been made known to them in the breaking of the bread.


One Day at a Time, Dear Jesus – Page 14

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?

 

BILL: Sharing of Joys & Concerns

Prayer – concluding with The Lord’s Prayer


I’ll Fly Away – Page 5

I’ll Fly Away            by Albert E. Brumley (1932)

Some glad morning when this life is o’er          I’ll    fly away.

To a home on God’s celestial shore,          I’ll    fly away.

I’ll   fly away,  O glory,                                 I’ll       fly away.

When I die,  hallelujah, by and by           Oh,  I’ll    fly away.

Now’s the time to live like Jesus asks,           I’ll      fly today.

Do for others, shed our human masks,            I’ll     fly today.

I’ll   fly away,  O glory,                                 I’ll       fly away.

When I die,  hallelujah, by and by           Oh,  I’ll    fly away.

When the shadows of this life have grown, I’ll     fly away.

Like a bird from prison bars have flown,     I’ll     fly away.

I’ll   fly away,  O glory,                                 I’ll       fly away.

When I die,  hallelujah, by and by           Oh,  I’ll    fly away.

Just a few more weary days and then        I’ll      fly away.

To a land where joy shall never end,           I’ll     fly away.

I’ll   fly away,  O glory,                                 I’ll       fly away.

When I die,  hallelujah, by and by           Oh,  I’ll    fly away.


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!