3rd Sunday of Easter – 4/26/20

Too Good To Be True – Acts 2.14a, 36-41
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GATHERING

Prayer:
Lord, whose blessed Son made himself known to his disciples in the breaking of bread and cutting them to the heart: Open the eyes of our faith, that we may behold him in all his redeeming work; who lives and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.

Announcements:
In keeping with Governor Northam and Bishop Lewis, we will not be gathering in-person so long as there is a stay-at-home order. Which, as of today, is at least until June 10th. The cases of COVID-19 continue to rise in our community and across the country so please, as much as is possible, maintain social distancing, excellent hygiene, and don’t be afraid to ask for help. Until we are back together in person, online giving can be made on our About page on the church website, cokesburyumc.church, which will be linked in the video description for live worship as well as checks through the mail.
We’ve been sending out regular emails from the church about opportunities for online Bible Studies, devotionals, prayer requests, and updates on our local community. If you are not receiving those emails, and would like to, please send an email to cokesburyumc@gmail.com.

Prayer:
Lord, direct us in all our doings with your most gracious favor, and further us with your continual help; that in all our works begun, continued, and ended in you, we may glorify your holy Name, and finally, by your mercy, obtain everlasting life…

And as you taught us, so now we 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. Amen.

PROCLAIMING

Scripture: Acts 2.14a, 36-41
But Peter, standing with the eleven, raised his voice and addressed them, “Therefore let the entire house of Israel know with certainty that God has made him both Lord and Messiah, this Jesus whom you crucified.” Now when they heard this, they were cut to the heart and said to Peter and
to the other apostles, “Brothers, what should we do?” Peter said to them, “Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ so that your sins may be forgiven; and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. For the promise is for you, for your children, and for all who are far away, everyone whom the Lord our God calls to him.” And he testified with many other arguments and exhorted them, saying, “Save yourselves from this corrupt generation.” So those who welcome his message we baptized, and that day about three thousand persons were added.

Hymn 140 – Great Is Thy Faithfulness
V1. Great is thy faithfulness, O God my Father;
there is no shadow of turning with thee;
Thou changes not, they compassions, they fail not;
As thou hast been, thou forever wilt be.
Refrain
Great is thy faithfulness! Great is thy faithfulness!
Morning by morning new mercies I see;
All I have needed thy hand hath provided;
Great is thy faithfulness, Lord, unto me!
V2. Summer and winter and springtime and harvest,
Sun, moon, and stars in their courses above
Join with all nature in manifold witness
To thy great faithfulness, mercy, and love.
Refrain
V3. Pardon for sin and a peace that endureth,
Thine own dear presence to cheer and to guide;
Strength for today and bright hope for tomorrow,
Blessings all mine, with ten thousand beside!
Refrain

Sermon: Too Good To Be True

RESPONDING

Prayer:
Lord, in the mystery of dying and rising with Christ you have upended the world and brought life, new life, to your church. Breathe upon us again with your Spirit and give new life to your people, be with those who are not able to be with their families and friends this day, give us the strength and the wisdom to be the kind of people you’ve called us to be, and give us the hope to rejoice knowing that death has been defeated in you. Amen.

Offering – Reminder for online giving, through the mail, or the drop slot at the church.

Apostles’ Creed:
I believe in God the Father Almighty, maker of heaven and earth; And in Jesus Christ his only son our Lord: who was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, dead, and buried; the third day he rose from the dead; he ascended into heaven, and sitteth at the right hand of God the Father Almighty; from thence he shall come to judge the quick 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.

The Jesus Prayer:
“Lord Jesus Christ, Son of God, have mercy on me, a sinner.”
That is a short and formulaic prayer that is used by Christians across the world (particular those from the Eastern Orthodox tradition). Its origin can be traced to the Desert Father and Mothers in the Egyptian desert from the 5th century. It is often repeated over and over again. While praying it over and over again we will start to emphasize different words without even realizing it. For instance, we might say the word “Lord” or “Mercy” or “Me” louder than any of the others and that can speak a word about how we are feeling in the midst of this crazy and bewildering time. So, this week, take time to say the prayer every day. Repeat it as many times as it feels
comfortable and take notice of how it shifts and changes. Say it while washing dishes, or walking the dog, or simply sitting on the sofa.
“Lord Jesus Christ, Son of God, have mercy on me, a sinner.” That prayer, short as it is, tells us who Jesus is, who we are, and points at Gospel that often appears too good to be true.

SENDING FORTH

Blessing and Benediction