Eastertide Worship
2 May 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. In May, we are looking at the ABCs of Spiritual Literacy, using a fun new online tool. Bring your playful spirit and your favorite letter with you to the 10 o'clock hour. All are welcome!


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

The worship reservation form includes a space to share your celebrations and prayer concerns. You can also send an email. For in-the-moment celebrations, please text Pastor Ken at 480-263-3308. In-person worshippers can also write a card with their celebration or prayer concern.

Musical Call to Worship - Companions on Our Journey

Call to Worship
One: Among us, the spirit of Creativity God conceives
new life.
All: And we feel the life within us.
One: In our history, Jesus the Sage makes gentle entry
All: And we see the light before us.
One: Within our dreams, the truth of our God is revealed.
All: We await the hope of the world.

Singing Our Faith - Gather Us In (verses 1 and 2)
by Marty Haugin

Opening Prayer

Song and Prayer Response - Gather Us In (verses 3 and 4)

Reading a Word About Life - Acts 8: 26-40
Then an angel of the Lord said to Philip, “Get up and go toward the south to the road that goes down from Jerusalem to Gaza.” (This is a wilderness road.) So he got up and went. Now there was an Ethiopian eunuch, a court official of the Candace, queen of the Ethiopians, in charge of her entire treasury. He had come to Jerusalem to worship and was returning home; seated in his chariot, he was reading the prophet Isaiah. Then the Spirit said to Philip, “Go over to this chariot and join it.” So Philip ran up to it and heard him reading the prophet Isaiah. He asked, “Do you understand what you are reading?” He replied, “How can I, unless someone guides me?” And he invited Philip to get in and sit beside him. Now the passage of the scripture that he was reading was this:

“Like a sheep he was led to the slaughter,
  and like a lamb silent before its shearer,
    so he does not open his mouth.
In his humiliation justice was denied him.
  Who can describe his generation?
    For his life is taken away from the earth.”

The eunuch asked Philip, “About whom, may I ask you, does the prophet say this, about himself or about someone else?” Then Philip began to speak, and starting with this scripture, he proclaimed to him the good news about Jesus. As they were going along the road, they came to some water; and the eunuch said, “Look, here is water! What is to prevent me from being baptized?” He commanded the chariot to stop, and both of them, Philip and the eunuch, went down into the water, and Philip baptized him. When they came up out of the water, the Spirit of the Lord snatched Philip away; the eunuch saw him no more, and went on his way rejoicing. But Philip found himself at Azotus, and as he was passing through the region, he proclaimed the good news to all the towns until he came to Caesarea.
Perceiving and Responding
Stewardship Moment and Offertory
Giving is the joyful act of a faithful people.

If you are worshipping in person this morning, please use the baskets offered by the ushers.

Reading Celebrations and Prayer Concerns with Music
  • Totals from our Lenten Special Offering, RIP Medical Debt
  • Gratitude for the Southwest Conference Annual Meeting delegates from Shadow Rock

Pastoral Prayer

Song - We Are All One
Shared by Forrest and Julie
Balancing Word and Deed
Word About Life for Today ~ Rev. Ken Heintzelman


Prayer for Communion
Spirit of Life and Love, as we anticipate the taking of this bread and cup, we give thanks for all the influences in our lives that have helped us see beyond the present and have called us to live in hope and trust whatever losses and endings we have experienced. We give thanks for the Spirit of New Life active in our lives and active in the world as it was in the life of Jesus of Nazareth. Amen.

Words for Mission
One: May the love that we share bring strength and joy to our hearts, and the peace of our spiritual family be with us until we meet again. These are the times.
All: We are the people.
One: All Creation is blessed.
All:  May we love all and serve all!
One: Peace be with you.
All: And also with you.
One: Amen.
All: Amen!

Postlude - Companions on Our Journey
~Community Continues~

Both in-person and online worshippers are invited to stick around for a discussion. In-person participants can head to the Multipurpose Room to meet up with Zoom congregants for the discussion immediately following worship. Today's Afterparty participants will tackle this challenge:

Resurrection communities embrace and are shaped by inclusion, justice, and spirituality. As we work on the core value of spirituality, who changes first and most... the one who includes or the one who is included?