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Easter Sunday


April 21, 2019 at 10:00 am

Easter Sunday!

 

Approaching God

 

Prelude

 

Welcome, Signing of Friendship Pads & Announcements

 

Call to Worship

Pastor: Is it true?

Congregation: (in a whisper) Christ is risen.

Pastor: Christ is risen?

Congregation: (decisive but not loud) Christ is risen.

Pastor: Christ is risen!

Congregation: (shout!) Christ is risen indeed!

 

 

Choir               Alleluia, Alleluia! Give Thanks

 

Litany for Easter

Pastor: This is the day that the Lord has made;

            Let us rejoice and be glad in it.

            Alleluia! The Lord has risen indeed!

Gathered People: This is the good news we have received, in

which we stand, and by which we are saved:

Alleluia! The Lord is risen indeed!

Pastor: Christ died for our sins, and was buried, and

            rose again on the third day.

            Alleluia! The Lord is risen indeed!

Gathered People: Christ appeared to Peter, and to the

twelve, and to many witnesses.

Alleluia! The Lord is risen indeed.

All: At last Christ came to us, that we might believe

            and proclaim this good news to the world.

            Alleluia! The Lord is risen indeed!

 

*Hymn   232             Jesus Christ is Risen Today

 

Prayer of Confession (unison)

Almighty God, in raising Jesus from the grave, you shattered the power of sin and death. We confess that we forget this. We remain captive to doubt and fear. We overlook the poor and the hungry. We are hide from the cries of the oppressed; we are indifferent to calls for peace. We look down on the weak and misuse the earth you made. Forgive us, God of mercy. Help us to remember your triumph over sin and evil. Help us to trust your power to change our lives and make us new. Then shall we know the joy of life abundant given in Jesus Christ, the risen Lord!

(a time for confessing our personal sins in silence)

 

Assurance of Pardon

Pastor: If anyone is in Christ, there is a new creation!

Gathered People: Christ is risen from the dead! The new creation has begun. Thanks be to Christ through whom we rise from our sins into new life!

 

*Gloria Patri

Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Ghost!

   As it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be

     world without end! Amen. Amen.

 

*Passing the Peace

Hearing God’s Word

 

First Gospel Lesson                         John 20:1-18             (p. 1052)

 

Children’s Time                

 

Second Gospel Lesson                    Luke 24:13-35          (p. 1025)

           

Sermon          The Big Reveal

 

Our Response to God

 

*Hymn #   248          Christ is Risen! Shout Hosanna!

 

*Affirmation of Faith (in unison)

We trust in Jesus Christ, fully human, fully God. Unjustly condemned for blasphemy and sedition, Jesus was crucified, suffering the depths of human pain and giving his life for the world. God raised this Jesus from the dead, vindicating his sinless life, breaking the power of sin and evil, delivering us from death to life eternal.       (from the Brief Statement of Faith)

 

Offertory and Offering

* Praise God from whom all blessings flow.

Praise God all creatures here below.

Praise God above ye heavenly host.

Praise Father, Son and Holy Ghost. Amen.

 

The Prayers of the People & The Lord’s Prayer

 

Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name.

   Your kingdom, come.

Your will be done on earth, as it is in heaven.

   Give us this day our daily bread.

Forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors.

   Lead us, not into temptation,

   but deliver us from evil.

For yours is the Kingdom, and the power,

   and the glory forever. Amen.

 

*Hymn (insert)   He Lives!

               During this final hymn we will process outdoors to share the

Good News with the world. Take your insert with you! We will gather at the front of the church outside. The Benediction will be outside (weather permitting!)

 

 

*Please stand in body or in spirit




Good Friday


April 19, 2019

Good Friday Service

“The Nails of the Cross”

7:00 p.m.

 

Introduction to the Service:

The “Nails of the Cross” service, an adaptation of a Tenebrae

service, was first written by Richard Fairchild in 1993. This

version was adapted by Hugh Hamilton in 2008, with further

adaptations by Merritt Schatz in 2019. The series of readings,

responses, silent reflection and prayer is designed to help us enter more deeply into the meaning of Good Friday. Note that special wording for “Were You There” has been written for this service.

 

Prelude

 

Call to Worship       (based on Isaiah 52: 13-15)

Pastor: God has promised: just watch for my servant to blossom with wisdom! He will be raised and greatly admired!

Gathered People: Once there were many who were appalled – his appearance was so disfigured that he did not even look

human! His face and body were damaged so badly that it was hard to tell that he was a person.

Pastor: Nations all over the world will be in awe, taken aback. Sovereigns and presidents, rulers of all kind, will be shocked into silence when they see him.

Gathered People: What was unheard of, what they had not been told, they will see with their own eyes. What was

unthinkable will be right before them, and they will

understand.

 

*Hymn 216 Beneath the Cross of Jesus

 

Prayer of Approach (unison)

O merciful God, you did not spare your only Son, but offered him up for us all, that Jesus might bear our sins upon the cross. Grant that we might so examine ourselves that we might realize our own sinfulness. In seeing our sinfulness, let us acknowledge that with our sins we spiritually crucify Jesus anew with each sin. Help us to recognize those nails which we drive into his cross today, and transform us into more faithful

disciples in Christ’s name. Amen.

The Nails of the Cross

 

The Nail of Pride                              Mark 12:38-40

          Extinguishing the Light

Sung response

            Were you there when they crucified my Lord?

            Were you there when they crucified my Lord?

            O! Sometimes it causes me to tremble, tremble, tremble;

Were you there when they crucified my Lord?

 

Pastor: O God, help us consider our own pride and where it leads.

All:      O God, do not let us deceive ourselves. Our pride

            hurts us and creates walls between us and others.

Pastor: O God, we know, too, that our pride hurts you.

 

Meditation and Prayer

            Silence

  

The Nail of Betrayal               Matthew 26:47-56

            Extinguishing the Light

Sung response

            Were you there when he walked the road alone?

            Were you there when he walked the road alone?

            O! Sometimes it causes me to tremble, tremble, tremble;

            Were you there when he walked the road alone?

 

Pastor: O God, help us to consider how we betray others,

            how we abandon them in their time of need, how we

            think of ourselves first.

All:      O God, do not let us deceive ourselves. Our acts of

            betrayal hurt us and create walls between us and

            others.

Pastor: O God, we know, too, that our betrayal hurts you.

 

Meditation and Prayer

            Silence

 The Nail of Envy                    Matthew 20:20-28

          Extinguishing the Light

Sung response:

            Were you there when they stripped him of his clothes?

            Were you there when they stripped him of his clothes?

            O!, Sometimes it causes me to tremble, tremble, tremble;

            Were you there when they stripped him of his clothes?

 

Pastor: O God, help us to consider how we envy others, how

            we desire more than we receive, and how we seek to

            influence and rule over others.

All:      O God, do not let us deceive ourselves. Our envy hurts

us and creates walls between us and others.

Pastor: O God, we know, too, that our envy hurts you.

 

Meditation and Prayer

            Silence

 

 

The Nail of Indecision             Matthew 27:20-24

            Extinguishing the Light

Sung response:

            Were you there when they nailed him to the cross?

            Were you there when they nailed him to the cross?

            O! Sometimes it causes me to tremble, tremble, tremble;

            Were you there when they nailed him to the cross:

 

Pastor: O God, help us consider how we waver, how we seek to

            avoid responsibility and to blame others for our actions.

All:      O God, do not let us deceive ourselves. Our indecision

            hurts us and creates walls between us and others.

Pastor: O God, we know, too, that our indecision hurts you.

 

Meditation and Prayer

            Silence

 

The Nail of Cruelty              Matthew 27:27-31, 39-42

          Extinguishing the Light

Sung Response

            Were you there when they mocked the Son of God?

            Were you there when they mocked the Son of God?

            O! Sometimes it causes me to tremble, tremble, tremble;

            Were you there when they mocked the Son of God?

 

Pastor: O God, help us to consider how cruel we are to others,

            how we speak ill of others and ad to the evil that comes

            upon them.

All:      O God, do not let us deceive ourselves. Our cruelty

            hurts us and creates walls between us and others.

Pastor: O God, we know, too, that our cruelty hurts you.

 

Meditation and Prayer

            Silence

 

 

The Nail of Hatred                           Luke 6:22, 32-35

          Extinguishing the Light

Sung response:

            Were you there when the sun refused to shine?

            Were you there when the sun refused to shine?

            O!, Sometimes it causes me to tremble, tremble, tremble;

            Were you there when the sun refused to shine?

 

Pastor: O God, help us consider how we show hate to others, how

            we fail to care for others and how we make distinctions       among them.

All:      O God, do not let us deceive ourselves. Our hatred

            hurts us and creates walls between us and others.

Pastor: O God, we know, too, that our hatred hurts you.

 

Meditation and Prayer

            Silence

The Response

Act of Confession                              Isaiah 53:4-6

Pastor: Surely he has borne our griefs and carried our sorrows, yet

            we esteemed him stricken, smitten by God and afflicted.

All:      He was wounded for our transgressions and he was

            bruised for our iniquities. Upon him was the

            chastisement that made us whole.

Pastor: All we like sheep have gone astray; each of us has turned

            to our own way; and the Lord has laid upon him the

            iniquity of us all.

 

The Promise of Mercy                       Isaiah 53:7-13

Pastor: He was oppressed, and he was afflicted, yet he did not

            open his mouth; like a lamb that is led to the slaughter,

            and like a sheep that before its shearers is silent, so he did

            not open his mouth.

All:      By a perversion of justice he was taken away. Who

            could have imagined his future? For he was cut off

            from    the land of the living, stricken for the

            transgression of my people.

                        Extinguishing the Light

Pastor: They made his grave with the wicked and his tomb with

                the rich, although he had done no violence, and there

                was not deceit in his mouth.

All:      Yet it was the will of the Lord to crush him with pain.

            When you make his life an offering for sin, he shall see

            his offspring, and shall prolong his days; through him

            the will of the Lord shall prosper.

Pastor: Out of his anguish he shall see light; he shall find

                satisfaction through his knowledge.

All:      The righteous one, God’s servant, shall make many

            righteous, and he shall bear their iniquities.

Pastor: Therefore I will allot him a portion with the great, and he

                shall divide the spoil with the strong; because he poured

                out himself to death, and was numbered with the

                transgressors; yet he bore the sin of many, and made

            intercession for the transgressors.

 *Hymn 223    When I Survey the Wondrous Cross

 

Prayer of Dedication and the Lord’s Prayer

Pastor: Lord God, you have given us everything.

All:      You have not withheld anything back, not even your

            only begotten son.

Pastor: With humble hearts we thank you.

All:      In new hope we offer to you and for the work of

            salvation our every gift and our very selves.

Pastor: Be pleased, O God, in the name of Jesus, to accept all

            that we offer at this time. Look upon the intentions of our

            hearts. Hear our prayers and, in your love, answer us

            according to your holy will.

                        Silent prayer

Pastor: We ask all these things through Jesus Christ who taught

            us to pray together, saying:

All:      Our Father in heaven,

hallowed be your name.

Your kingdom, come.

Your will be done on earth, as it is in heaven.

Give us this day our daily bread.

Forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors.

Lead us, not into temptation,

but deliver us from evil.

For yours is the Kingdom, and the power,

            and the glory forever. Amen.

 

 

Dismissal – Continue to pray silently as you need, then please depart in silence

Our Good Friday service leads us into the Saturday of

reflection. As the disciples and followers of Jesus kept the Sabbath, their hearts were discouraged and pained. Though Jesus had warned them of this tragedy, and given them the

promise of the resurrection after three days, they could not yet believe it. What had the last three years been about? What would they do now? Would the authorities come for them next? How could this happen?

 

Our lives often have times of discouragement, pain, and confusion. Christ’s time in the tomb, and the disciples

turmoil during this time, allows us to face the difficult times in our lives with the courage that comes from knowing that God is present with us in them. In the words of Jesus, “Do not be afraid.” Face whatever you have to face, and seek God’s guidance in your life, know God is present.

Then, follow the women to the tomb on Sunday, and come to worship with us this Easter Sunday as we celebrate the

resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, God’s victory over death and sin!

 

 

We worship at 10:00 a.m. each Sunday morning celebrating the resurrection which enlivens and empowers us every day through the Holy Spirit. We give thanks to God for this

marvelous gift of grace and new life; listen to God’s Word for us this day and for our daily lives; and respond to God’s mercy with the dedication of our lives to service in Christ’s ministry in thanksgiving for all that God has done.

 

We welcome all to join us!



Maundy Thursday

 

April 18, 2019 at 7:00 p.m.

Maundy Thursday

 

 

Prelude

 

The Tension of the Night 

 

*Hymn 92  Beneath the Cross of Jesus

 

The Disciples Gather with Jesus

 

Solo:  Don’t Be Afraid    (written by John Hall)

 

The Meal and  Judas

 

The Lord’s Supper

 

            Invitation

            Prayer of Thanksgiving

            Words of Institution

            Sharing of Bread and Cup (by intinction)

            Prayer

 

Congregation sings Don’t Be Afraid

 

            Don’t be afraid, my love is stronger

            My love is stronger than your fear.

            Don’t be afraid, my love is stronger

            And I have promised,

promised to be always near.

 

 

The Garden of Gethsemane

 

Solo – Don’t Be Afraid

 

Hymn 220       Go to Dark Gethsemane   verse 1 only

    (please remain seated)

 

Betrayal more than once

 

*Congregation sings adaptation of Don’t Be Afraid (sing twice)

 

            Don’t be afraid, Christ’s love is stronger

            Christ’s love is stronger than our fear.

            Don’t be afraid, Christ’s love is stronger

            And Christ has promised,

promised to be always near.

 

 

 

The service closes with our reminder in song of Christ’s power of love and promise to be near. Please leave the sanctuary in silence.

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Nottingham Presbyterian Church

 

We the people of Nottingham Presbyterian Church strive to be Christ-centered, friendly and faithful followers of Jesus Christ. We are called to surrender our individual desires in order to do God’s will. We are led by God to be a light in this world by:

•              Bringing the love of Jesus to our community with an accepting, nurturing and compassionate environment.

•              Expanding our missions and worship experiences to meet the needs of the community and the world.

•              Passionately and enthusiastically developing opportunities for personal and spiritual growth.

•              Seeking to develop partnerships with local and global organizations in pursuit of God’s vision.

497 West Christine Road

Nottingham, PA 19362

610-932-0556

 

Email– office4npc@gmail.com">office4npc@gmail.com

Website: www.nottinghampc.org

Facebook page: Facebook.com/nottinghampc

Rev. Merritt N. Schatz, Pastor

merritt.schatz@gmail.com

 

April 18, 2019 at 7:00 p.m.

Maundy Thursday

 

 

Prelude

 

The Tension of the Night

 

*Hymn 92 Beneath the Cross of Jesus

 

The Disciples Gather with Jesus

 

Solo: Don’t Be Afraid   (written by John Hall)

 

The Meal and Judas

 

The Lord’s Supper

 

            Invitation

            Prayer of Thanksgiving

            Words of Institution

            Sharing of Bread and Cup (by intinction)

            Prayer

 

Congregation sings Don’t Be Afraid

 

            Don’t be afraid, my love is stronger

            My love is stronger than your fear.

            Don’t be afraid, my love is stronger

            And I have promised,

promised to be always near.

 

 

The Garden of Gethsemane

 

Solo – Don’t Be Afraid

 

Hymn 220      Go to Dark Gethsemane   verse 1 only

   (please remain seated)

 

Betrayal more than once

 

*Congregation sings adaptation of Don’t Be Afraid (sing twice)

 

            Don’t be afraid, Christ’s love is stronger

            Christ’s love is stronger than our fear.

            Don’t be afraid, Christ’s love is stronger

            And Christ has promised,

promised to be always near.

 

 

 

The service closes with our reminder in song of Christ’s power of love and promise to be near. Please leave the sanctuary in silence.

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