Worship for 4-19-2020

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We are trying something new. This is our virtual service for FPCU. You will see that this post looks similar to a bulletin but with media. Please worship along with Pastor Dan, Jesse and Ginny Miller, Allison Pritts and music from Joe Pepper



Announcements and Pastoral Welcome


Leader:           Oh, how good and pleasant it is, when the community lives together in unity.

People:          It is like fine oil upon the head that runs down upon the beard,

Leader:           Upon the beard of Aaron, and runs down upon the collar of his road. It is like to dew of Herman that falls upon the hills of Zion.

All: (Unison) For there the Lord has ordained a blessing: life forever more. Creator of the universe, from whom all things come, to whom all things return, give your people such unity of heart and mind, that all the world may grow in the life of your eternal kin-dom; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

*HYMN#229 “In the Darkness of the Morning”

In The Darkness of Morning

Prayer of Confession and Forgiveness

Leader: Jesus became a partner, a builder, and a teacher.  He was a son, a brother, and a friend. He prepared and presented his public ministry.

People: Let us rejoice in the gladden it.

Leader: Jesus’ ministry was one of love, justice and healing.  It was a ministry to challenge the status quo.  Jesus proved that nothing can separate us from the love of God.  Christ’s life, death, and resurrection call us to live as transformed people, Easter people.

People: Let us rejoice in the gladden it

Leader: The stone which the builders rejected has become the cornerstone.

People: Let us rejoice in the gladden it. 

Moment of Silent Prayer

Assurance of Pardon

Leader: Friends, hear the good news.  In Jesus Christ we are forgiven.

People: Thanks be to God.   

*HYMN #286 “Breathe on Me, Breath of God”


*HYMN#221 “O Sacred Head Now Wounded”


New Testament Reading

John 20:19-20, 24-29 The Message

To Believe

19-20 Later on that day, the disciples had gathered together, but, fearful of the Jews, had locked all the doors in the house. Jesus entered, stood among them, and said, “Peace to you.” Then he showed them his hands and side.


24-25 But Thomas, sometimes called the Twin, one of the Twelve, was not with them when Jesus came. The other disciples told him, “We saw the Master.”

But he said, “Unless I see the nail holes in his hands, put my finger in the nail holes, and stick my hand in his side, I won’t believe it.”

26 Eight days later, his disciples were again in the room. This time Thomas was with them. Jesus came through the locked doors, stood among them, and said, “Peace to you.”

27 Then he focused his attention on Thomas. “Take your finger and examine my hands. Take your hand and stick it in my side. Don’t be unbelieving. Believe.”

28 Thomas said, “My Master! My God!”

29 Jesus said, “So, you believe because you’ve seen with your own eyes. Even better blessings are in store for those who believe without seeing.”

Sermon “A Contrast Begging to be Sorted”

*HYMN #246 “Christ is Alive”

Christ is Alive

Pastoral Prayer


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; Forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors.  Lead us not into temptation but deliver us from evil.  For thine is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever.  Amen.

Psalm Reading

Offertory Prayer

Leader:            O King of the Universe, we beseech you. When we view your handiwork,  the work of the stars in the vast universe it gives us pause.

People:           We ask that you bless our questions.

Leader:            Who like astronomers, who tarry with telescopes, watching and recording.

People:           We ask you to accompany us in a faith that challenges us.

Leader:            Who like physicists, with electron optics, keep vigil in the world of quarks and beings.

People:           We ask that you bless our questions.

Leader:            Who like epidemiologists, bend over microscopes for hours and hours through every question, into each new venture.

People:           As we journey, may we meet you God as the One who goes with us,

Leader:            And we offer these gifts to you, O God, that they may serve your purposes in the world. We offer ourselves as witnesses to your love.

All:                  Help us to witness in Christ’s name and on Christ’s behalf in our living each day.  We ask this in and through the name of the Prince of the Universe.


*HYMN #606   “Praise God, from Whom All Blessings Flow”

           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.


The Benediction

Leader: Praise Ye the Lord,
People: Alleluia.
Leader: Praise Ye the Lord,
People: Alleluia.
Leader: Praise Ye the Lord,
People: Alleluia.
All: Praise Ye the Lord!


*”The Call to Worship, and Prayers of the People from The Whole People of God, ca. Jan. 2008.”

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