Growing in faith, serving with love
Order for Worship - 2nd Sunday of Easter
April 12, 2020
GATHER
Christ is risen! Gather with everyone in your household. Take a deep breath as you bring yourself into a place of worship. Leave behind the worries and responsibilities you face today and come into the presence of the Lord. Invite God into this space by praying the following:
 
One: Christ is risen!
All: He is risen, indeed!
One: Christ has defeated the powers of sin and death.
All: He is risen, indeed!
One: Christ has paved the way for reconciliation with God
All: He is risen, indeed!
One: Christ shows us how to reconcile with one another.
All: He is risen, indeed!
One: Christ ushers a new way of to live, to serve, and to worship.
All: He is risen, indeed!
One: Come, all who believe in the miracle of Easter, and worship Christ, for he is risen!
All: He is risen, indeed!
 
PRAISE
Sing aloud the wonderful love of Jesus Christ! Lyrics are provided in the description on the YouTube page.
CONFESS
Easter is a moment for us to proclaim victory. With Christ’s resurrection, we are assured that God’s love, grace, and forgiveness is more powerful than our brokenness…and is more powerful than death itself. With that confidence, let us confess our ways of death so that Christ can bring us to life again!
 
Pray aloud in unison with others who are gathered, both in body and spirit.
Lord, Easter Sunday comes once a year. Too often, we let it pass without changing us. Throughout the year, we confess that we forget to celebrate Easter every day. We forget to embrace your way shown to us in the way Christ lived on earth. We forget to embrace your love and grace shown to us in the way Jesus died on the cross. We forget to embrace the transformation you offer us through Christ’s resurrection and the empty tomb.
 
Forgive us when we forget about Easter. Help us to hold Christ’s love near to us every day, and to let him transform us each step we take. Show us how to be Easter people, so that we can share Jesus’ love as much as we embrace it!
 
RECEIVE PEACE
Family, receive this Good News. Easter is real, and so is God’s love and grace. Be at peace what God and one another, for in Christ, we are all forgiven.
 
CHILDREN’S SERMON
PRAYER REQUESTS
If you would like to share a joy or prayer concern, please email Pastor Dan at dan@tequestapres.org and your request will be shared in next week’s worship packet. Prayer requests will remain for 3 weeks unless updated.
 
  • For all impacted by the COVID-19 virus. For our medical professionals, paramedics, firefighters, and police officers. For those suffering from illness or facing treatment.
  • Our leaders at every level, for wisdom and discernment as they make difficult decisions, for our Session and deacons.
  • For those burdened with stress and anxiety during this time, as well as those who facing financial uncertainty.
  • For all of our students, teachers, and parents who transitioned into virtual learning this week.
  • Kenly Drummond, Mia Villegas, Ginny Willoughby, Linda Frank, Joan and Ken Stuart, Families who have lost loved ones; Blue (Lynn Weidman's friend), Adrian Salsman (cousin of Candace Morgan).
  • We rejoice with Matt and Virginia Rippe, who welcomed their new son Amos, this week! Everyone is healthy, and Scott and Jill are overjoyed to be new grandparents.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY!
Rachel Commerford - Apr 22, Maritsa Greyvensteyn - Apr 22, Matt Rippe - Apr 22, Mellissa Sloan - Apr 22, Sally Stafford - Apr 23, Matt Melendy - Apr 24, Biby Jacoby - Apr 25

 
READ GOD’S WORD
Isaiah 43:15-19
I am the LORD, your Holy One, the Creator of Israel, your King. Thus says the LORD, who makes a way in the sea, a path in the mighty waters, who brings out chariot and horse, army and warrior; they lie down, they cannot rise, they are extinguished, quenched like a wick: 
 
Do not remember the former things, or consider the things of old. I am about to do a new thing; now it springs forth, do you not perceive it? I will make a way in the wilderness and rivers in the desert.
 
1 Peter 1:3-9
Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! By his great mercy he has given us a new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, and into an inheritance that is imperishable, undefiled, and unfading, kept in heaven for you, who are being protected by the power of God through faith for a salvation ready to be revealed in the last time. In this you rejoice, even if now for a little while you have had to suffer various trials, so that the genuineness of your faith—being more precious than gold that, though perishable, is tested by fire—may be found to result in praise and glory and honor when Jesus Christ is revealed. Although you have not seen him, you love him; and even though you do not see him now, you believe in him and rejoice with an indescribable and glorious joy, for you are receiving the outcome of your faith, the salvation of your souls.
 
EASTER SERMON SERIES - A NEW THING
How does Easter change our lives, our relationships, and the world in which we live? For four weeks beginning Easter Sunday, we will explore what it means to embrace the new life Jesus gives us on Easter Morning.
 
SERMON
Sermon Series: A New Thing
Sermon: New Normal
 LORD’S PRAYER
 
GIVE
In this season, we rely on your generosity more than ever. With gratitude, let us return to the Lord a portion of what God has given us. You can give by clicking the “give online” button or by mailing a check to our church office at:

 
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Tequesta, FL 33469
CHARGE & BENEDICTION
We are living in a new normal, and that normalcy is the reality of Christ’s love available to all of us. It is in this love that we can face whatever we endure on earth, even death itself. It is in this love that we are empowered to shine a light onto the darkness around us. It is in this love that we are given a hope that endures for eternity. Go, and live into this new normal!
 
As we embrace the miracle of Easter every day of our lives, may the peace of our Lord Jesus Christ, the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit guide and sustain us until the day Christ comes again. Amen!
Announcements
Gather with us via ZOOM!
We have begun a Bible study on hope, and you are invited! Join us via ZOOM every Wednesday at 10am.
 
If you would like to connect to Pastor Dan and others, join us every Wednesday at 1pm and 7pm via ZOOM for our Connect & Pray sessions. This is a time to see one another, to catch up or process what is happening, and to pray for one another. 
 
For all the links to our ZOOM gatherings, click  here.
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