The 2nd Sunday in Easter Service of Worship of the First Presbyterian Church of Ulysses April 11, 2021

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4-11-21 Bulletin

The Prelude

Words of Thanksgiving for Reflection

The Welcome, News and Announcements

One: Christ is Risen …

All: He is risen indeed!.

The Introit

The Call to Worship Jerry and Nancy VanOrden
Leader: A joyous mystery gathers us together.
Youth: We come to hear again the news.
Leader: So listen, friends: The tomb that was sealed now is open.
Youth: The grip of all that would box life in, is broken. The grave that was full now, is empty.
Leader: The power of all that would fill life with despair, is drained.
Youth: The one who was dead now lives again. The life-renewing power of love is loose in the world.
Leader: God’s power of new life works among us. We, too, can rise from the dark tomb of sorrow, the icy hold of fear, the sure death of not caring.
All: We, too, can rise to life, even as praise rises within us: Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia!

The Prayer of Invocation

Teacher and Healer, you brought the gift of yourself to those who benefitted from your work. You touched them with wellsprings of love. Remind me each day to do the same. Consecrate all I do today so my service to others brings a blessing. I open the door of my heart to you. I open the door. Amen.

The Hymn #244 “This Joyful Eastertide, Away with Sin and Sorrow”
1 This joyful Eastertide away with sin and sorrow!
My love, the crucified, hath sprung to life this morrow.
Had Christ, who once was slain,
ne’er burst his three-day prison,
our faith had been in vain.
But now hath Christ arisen,
arisen, arisen, arisen.
2 My flesh in hope shall rest and for a season slumber
till trumpets east to west shall wake the dead in number. [Refrain]
3 Death’s flood hath lost its chill since Jesus crossed the river.
Lover of souls, from ill my passing soul deliver. [Refrain]

The Hebrew Scripture Reading Song of Solomon 3:1-53 By night on my bed I sought the one I love;
I sought him, but I did not find him.
2 “I will rise now,” I said,
“And go about the city;
In the streets and in the squares
I will seek the one I love.”
I sought him, but I did not find him.
3 The watchmen who go about the city found me;
I said,
“Have you seen the one I love?”
4 Scarcely had I passed by them,
When I found the one I love.
I held him and would not let him go,
Until I had brought him to the house of my mother,
And into the chamber of her who conceived me.
5 I charge you, O daughters of Jerusalem,
By the gazelles or by the does of the field,
Do not stir up nor awaken love
Until it pleases.In the divine Scriptures, there are shallows and there are deeps; shallows where the lamb may wade, and deeps where the elephant may swim.This is the Word of the Lord, Thanks be to God.

The New Testament Lesson John 20:24-2824 Now Thomas (also known as Didymus[a]), one of the Twelve, was not with the disciples when Jesus came. 25 So the other disciples told him, “We have seen the Lord!” But he said to them, “Unless I see the nail marks in his hands and put my finger where the nails were, and put my hand into his side, I will not believe.” 26 A week later his disciples were in the house again, and Thomas was with them. Though the doors were locked, Jesus came and stood among them and said, “Peace be with you!” 27 Then he said to Thomas, “Put your finger here; see my hands. Reach out your hand and put it into my side. Stop doubting and believe.” 28 Thomas said to him, “My Lord and my God!”

The Hymn #235, “O Sons and Daughters, Let Us Sing”
Alleluia, alleluia,
alleluia, alleluia!
1 O sons and daughters of the King,
whom heavenly hosts in glory sing,
today the grave has lost its sting.
2 That Easter morn at break of day,
the faithful women went their way
to seek the tomb where Jesus lay.
3 An angel clad in white they see,
who sat and spoke unto the three,
“Your Lord has gone to Galilee.”
4 That night the apostles met in fear;
among them came their Lord most dear,
and said, “My peace be with you here.
5 On this most holy day of days,
to God your hearts and voices raise,
in laud and jubilee and praise.
Alleluia, alleluia,
alleluia, alleluia!

We Proclaim God’s Word

Prayer of Illumination

The Sermon “Thomas At the End of the Line, Be Our Guide”

Music for Meditation

We Respond to God’s Word

The Call to the Offertory

The Offertory Anthem

The Doxology # 606 Old Hundredth

The Dedication of the One Great Hour of Sharing Offering

The Unison Prayer of Dedication
We consecrate all we have brought to share, that the message of today may spread through the streets and across the lands, beginning within these walls and bursting out for all the world to hear and observe. May the glad songs motivate practical ministries. As forgiven and forgiving people, we take new life into the marketplace, into our jobs and schools, into our social life and leisure hours. May all we offer express true thankfulness in the name of our Lord, Jesus Christ. Amen.

The Joys and ConcernsThe People’s Prayer and the Lord’s Prayer
…Our Father, who art 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;
and forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors;and lead us not into temptation,but deliver us from evil.For thine is the kingdom,and the power, and the glory, forever. Amen

We Go Forth in God’s Name

The Charge and Benediction

The Sending Hymn #591, “Halle Halle,Hallelujiah!”

Halle, halle, hallelujah!
Halle, halle, hallelujah!
Halle, halle, hallelujah!
Hallelujah! Hallelujah!


Leaders for today’s Service of Worship

Many thanks to our liturgists Jerry and Nancy VanOrden
Thanks also do our tech team, Videographer, Stephen Little, Russell Peterson, Audiographer- Larry Beckwith, Recorder, Joe Pepper, Zoom Co-host, Marvin Pritts, Webmaster, Kristin Parry, and Projectionist – Ken McLeod.Attributions

Call to Worship adapted and reprinted from Breathing New Life Into Lent, V. 3, Pritchard, McKinstry & Powers; Invocation adapted and reprinted from Open Door, by Joyce Rupp; Unison Prayer of Dedication reprinted from Led by Love by Lavon Bayler. The hymns for today are from our hymnal “Glory to God: The Presbyterian Hymnal.

”News and Announcements

Do You Have Ideas You Would Like to Share with the Session? Comment cards are in the pews. One convenient way to get in touch with any Session member is to go to your e-news and click on the hyperlinked email address.

Helpful Information:
• Need a hearing device for Worship? – You can get one at the rear of the Sanctuary at the sound booth
• Prayer Requests and announcements for the Bulletin/FPCU Family News should be sent to Administrative Assistant Kristin Parry at
• Contact Information changes, should be sent to Kristin Parry

Creativity Wanted: We seek short inspirational texts, music and graphics to be shared weekly in our email check-in and also on our social media sights to keep things fresh and to check-in. Thank you in advance for sharing.

Kristin Parry, Administrative Assistant
Joseph Pepper, Music Director and Keyboardist
The Rev. Dr. Daniel J. Russell, Interim Pastor
69 East Main Street, P.O. Box 597, Trumansburg, NY 14886
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The Mission of the First Presbyterian Church of Ulysses
We are: An active Presbyterian Church dedicated to belief in the Holy Spirit, God the Creator, and Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior. We celebrate the Lord’s presence in music, word, and deed. We participate in mission efforts within and beyond our church walls and offer companionship to those in need.
We want to be and become: A warm congregation, welcoming and alive, vibrant with music and the Word, reaching out to share God’s love, visible in our community, attracting new disciples of all ages, nurturing and inspiring individuals and families at every stage of their Christian spiritual journey.

Other things important to us are: • Forgiveness • Lay leadership • Christian education • Sharing the peace of Christ • Commitment to volunteer service • Acceptance, compassion and respect for others • Learning from each other through intergenerational fellowship • Nurturing our youth to be active, Christian disciples • Ministering and receiving ministry • Active engagement in the life of the church • Being good stewards of our blessings • Being open to change, with respect for our traditions and history (adopted May, 2008)

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