Eastertide Worship
11 April 2021
Welcome to Worship! Whether you are getting ready to come to the campus or you're preparing to participate via Zoom, you are loved. Our experience of the Spirit is not complete without you.
We Covenant One With Another
Adult Spiritual Formation - 10:00 am
Spiritual formation meets in person and on Zoom this week - 10 o'clock in the Multipurpose Room. Our topic is Inventive Faith. We'll explore creative practices connected to spirituality. Creativity is a way of bringing new life to our journeys. All are welcome!

Prelude - Let There Be Peace On Earth

Greeting and Announcements
No matter who you are, or where you are on life's journey, you are welcome here!

Celebrations and prayer concerns will be read from the pulpit. Share your celebrations when you make a reservation to attend worship or send a quick email. For in-the-moment celebrations, you can text Pastor Ken at 480-263-3308.

This time together is part of our identity as a community. We celebrate connection and abiding grace in times both easy and difficult.

Musical Call to Worship - We Are the Family

Call to Worship
One: We live at mystery's edge watching for a startling luminescence or a word to guide us.
All: In fragile occurrence the Holy One presents oneself and we must pause...
One: Daily, there are glimmers, reflections of a seamless mercy revealed in common intricacies.
All: These circles of grace spill out around us and announce that we are part of this mystery.

Singing Our Faith - Draw the Circle Wide
by Ruth C. Duck and Jim Strethdee

Opening Prayer

Song - Alleluia

Reading a Word About Life - Acts 4:32-37 
Now the whole group of those who believed were of one heart and soul, and no one claimed private ownership of any possessions, but everything they owned was held in common. With great power the apostles gave their testimony to the resurrection of the Lord Jesus, and great grace was upon them all. There was not a needy person among them, for as many as owned lands or houses sold them and brought the proceeds of what was sold. They laid it at the apostles’ feet, and it was distributed to each as any had need. There was a Levite, a native of Cyprus, Joseph, to whom the apostles gave the name Barnabas (which means “son of encouragement”). He sold a field that belonged to him, then brought the money, and laid it at the apostles’ feet.
Perceiving and Responding
Giving and Stewardship
Giving brings joy and strength. Good things pour into the world, and we are part of them!

If you are worshipping in person this morning, please use the baskets in the Narthex. Heidi's Corner, our weekly financial update is available here.

Reading Celebrations and Prayer Concerns with Music

Pastoral Prayer

Song - Every Morning Is Easter Morning
Balancing Word and Deed
Word About Life for Today ~ Rev. Ken Heintzelman
"A Resurrection Person or A Resurrection People?"

Words for Mission
One: Hold in your heart the certainty that the spirit of life is with you always.
All: When our hearts are torn asunder or when we soar with sweet joy, we are never alone, never apart from the spirit that resides within us, that guides our lives and cherishes us always.
One: These are the times.
All: We are the people.
One: All of Creation is blessed!
All: May we love all and serve all!
One: May God be with you.
All: And also with you.
One: Amen.
All: Amen.

Postlude - Draw the Circle Wide
~Zoom Community Continues~

Zoom worshippers are invited to stick around for a discussion based on the sermon topic. Today we're getting underneath the surface with this question:

When you listen to a sermon are you listening for a 
good word of encouragement and healing for yourself, 
or a good word of encouragement and edification 
for how we as a community can be a resurrection force in the world?