Worship – April 26th

How to use this resource:
Set aside intentional time to read the words below, watch the videos, listen to the music, and be in prayer. Gather together everyone in your house for this time. Treat the time and space as sacred: shut of electronics, silence the cell phones, and minimize distractions.

As you move through the service, share the leadership! If you have kids or youth in your household, invite them to do a piece or two of the service.

The kids’ bulletin, which is based upon the Acts reading, can be found here for this week!

Time for Silence, Reflection, and Confession
During this season of Easter, we are taking time to quiet our hearts in preparation of worship. Set aside this time, at the beginning of worship, to be silent and have your house be silent. Call to mind the places where you feel like your doubt or disbelief have held you back from living out a new life. Hold those for a moment and then raise them up to God, saying aloud or in your heart, “Take my doubt and transform it.”

[Silence]

Call to Worship
We enter a virtual gathering space once again this season.
We worship together in spirit and in truth, though not in person.

We pray, sing, and listen to God’s Word despite the fear that pervades our community.
We trust Christ’s peace, a peace given freely, despite our doubts and fears.

We know the Holy Spirit is among us, blowing with a hopeful wind of change.
We feel the presence of Christ,the one who died and rose again, and brings us eternal life.

We submit to God’s leading in this time of transformation.
We experience the joy of Easter morning when we celebrate all God has in store for us.

Gathering Song – Praise the One Who Breaks the Darkness
Performed by members of the SOTH Worship Team
Lyrics for the song can be found here.

Scripture Readings

Psalm 40:1-10  – Read Responsively/Together
I waited patiently for the Lord;
    he inclined to me and heard my cry.
He drew me up from the desolate pit,
    out of the miry bog,
and set my feet upon a rock,
    making my steps secure.

He put a new song in my mouth,
    a song of praise to our God.
Many will see and fear,
    and put their trust in the Lord.
Happy are those who make
    the Lord their trust,
who do not turn to the proud,
    to those who go astray after false gods.

You have multiplied, O Lord my God,
    your wondrous deeds and your thoughts toward us;
    none can compare with you.
Were I to proclaim and tell of them,
    they would be more than can be counted.
Sacrifice and offering you do not desire,
    but you have given me an open ear.
Burnt offering and sin offering
    you have not required.

Then I said, “Here I am;
    in the scroll of the book it is written of me.
I delight to do your will, O my God;
    your law is within my heart.”

I have told the glad news of deliverance
    in the great congregation;
see, I have not restrained my lips,
    as you know, O Lord.
10 I have not hidden your saving help within my heart,
    I have spoken of your faithfulness and your salvation;
I have not concealed your steadfast love and your faithfulness
    from the great congregation.

Reading – Acts 2:14a, 36-41Peter calling for repentance and baptism.
The reading can be found here. This is the scripture for our children’s resources for this week!

Gospel Reading – Luke 24:13-35 – The Road to Emmaus
The reading can be found here.
And you can listen to it read by Greg Ring below:

Message by Pastor Adam

Questions for Reflection
When you think of the resurrection story, what stories and scenes from the Bible come to mind for you?

Why are these stories important to you and how do they bring you hope?

When have you found God in a common and ordinary place?

How might the story of the Road to Emmaus influence our lives as we live during the time of pandemic?

Centering Songs

Traditional Song – Christ is Alive! Let Christians Sing!
Performed by the Colvard Family
Lyrics can be found here.

Contemporary Song – Nobody
By Casting Crowns

Centering Prayer
Loving God,
If we are ill, strengthen us.
[Silence for Reflection]

If we are tired, fortify our spirits.
[Silence for Reflection]

If we are anxious, help us to consider the lillies of the field and the birds of the air.
[Silence for Reflection]

Help us not to stockpile treasures from supermarkets in the barns of our larders.
Don’t let fear cause us to overlook the needs of others more vulnerable than ourselves.
Fix our eyes on your story and our hearts on your grace.
Help us always to hold fast to the good,
See the good in others,
And remember there is just one world, one hope,
One everlasting love, with baskets of bread for everyone.
[Silence for Reflection]

In Jesus we raise up our prayers,
The one who suffered, died and was raised to new life,
In whom we trust these days and all days,
And, who taught us to pray…

Our Father,
who art in heaven,
hallowed be thy name,
thy kingdom come, thy will be done,
on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread;
and forgive us our trespasses,
as we forgive those who trespass against us;
and lead us not into temptation,
but deliver us from evil.
For thine is the kingdom,and the power, and the glory,
forever and ever.
Amen.

Blessing – Go Now
Go now as those who have met with Christ along the road of life!
Go now as those who hearts have burned within them, as the Scriptures were explained!
Go now as those who have been touched by resurrection!

And may the blessing of God
be upon you, body, mind and spirit,
as you leave this place,
Alleluia! Amen!

Offering and Giving
Shepherd of the Hills will continue to provide worship, support and outreach as the COVID-19 situation progresses. Of course, your giving helps support these efforts. As your finances allow, please consider continuing to support our shared ministries. There are two ways to give:
– Mail your tithe or offering to the church office. The office will remain open for normal business hours.
– Give online! Our online giving is secure and fully operational. It can be found here.
Thank for helping us continue to spread God’s Word and help those in need during these challenging times.

Call to Worship written by Rev. Dr. Libby Grammar
Centering Prayer written by Rev. Barbara Glasson
Blessing written by Ann Siddall