“Beautiful Things” and “My Favorite Things”
Call to Worship
One: Day by day, God leads us:
Many: to the deep, deep pools of peace, to the green, lush lawns of grace.
One: Day by day, Jesus calls us:
Many: to pour out ourselves in service, to anoint the stranger with hope.
One: Day by day, the Holy Spirit shows us:
Many: the community we could be, the family we are called to become.
One: Come, let us worship the one who makes all things new!
Hymn of Welcome
“Come Thou Fount”
Mark 13:1-13 NRSV
1 As he came out of the temple, one of his disciples said to him, “Look, Teacher, what large stones and what large buildings!” 2 Then Jesus asked him, “Do you see these great buildings? Not one stone will be left here upon another; all will be thrown down.”
3 When he was sitting on the Mount of Olives opposite the temple, Peter, James, John, and Andrew asked him privately, 4 “Tell us, when will this be, and what will be the sign that all these things are about to be accomplished?” 5 Then Jesus began to say to them, “Beware that no one leads you astray. 6 Many will come in my name and say, ‘I am he!’ and they will lead many astray. 7 When you hear of wars and rumors of wars, do not be alarmed; this must take place, but the end is still to come. 8 For nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom; there will be earthquakes in various places; there will be famines. This is but the beginning of the birth pangs.
9 “As for yourselves, beware; for they will hand you over to councils; and you will be beaten in synagogues; and you will stand before governors and kings because of me, as a testimony to them. 10 And the good news must first be proclaimed to all nations. 11 When they bring you to trial and hand you over, do not worry beforehand about what you are to say; but say whatever is given you at that time, for it is not you who speak, but the Holy Spirit. 12 Brother will betray brother to death, and a father his child, and children will rise against parents and have them put to death; 13 and you will be hated by all because of my name. But the one who endures to the end will be saved.
John 20:19-31 NRSV
19 When it was evening on that day, the first day of the week, and the doors of the house where the disciples had met were locked for fear of the Jews, Jesus came and stood among them and said, “Peace be with you.” 20 After he said this, he showed them his hands and his side. Then the disciples rejoiced when they saw the Lord. 21 Jesus said to them again, “Peace be with you. As the Father has sent me, so I send you.” 22 When he had said this, he breathed on them and said to them, “Receive the Holy Spirit. 23 If you forgive the sins of any, they are forgiven them; if you retain the sins of any, they are retained.”
24 But Thomas (who was called the Twin), one of the twelve, was not with them when Jesus came. 25 So the other disciples told him, “We have seen the Lord.” But he said to them, “Unless I see the mark of the nails in his hands, and put my finger in the mark of the nails and my hand in his side, I will not believe.”
26 A week later his disciples were again in the house, and Thomas was with them. Although the doors were shut, Jesus came and stood among them and said, “Peace be with you.” 27 Then he said to Thomas, “Put your finger here and see my hands. Reach out your hand and put it in my side. Do not doubt but believe.” 28 Thomas answered him, “My Lord and my God!” 29 Jesus said to him, “Have you believed because you have seen me? Blessed are those who have not seen and yet have come to believe.”
30 Now Jesus did many other signs in the presence of his disciples, which are not written in this book. 31 But these are written so that you may come to believe that Jesus is the Messiah, the Son of God, and that through believing you may have life in his name.
“This is a Sign”
Dean Melanie Johnson DeBaufre
One: We praise you, O God.
Many: All the earth worships you. Heaven and earth are full of the majesty of your glory.
One: Day by day we glorify you
Many: We worship your name forever without end.
We give you thanks, O God, for the mighty sweep of your love, embracing all people and all nations. Jesus Christ shows calls us to break down the walls of hostility that divide the earth’s people, and to reveal your all-encompassing love, connecting us all. Through the power of your Spirit, may this solidarity become reality.
Jesus on the night he was betrayed, took bread and when he had given thanks, he broke it and said, “This is my body broken for you. Do this in remembrance of me.” In the same way he took the cup after supper saying, “This cup is the new covenant sealed in my blood. Do this, as often as you drink of it, in remembrance of me.” As often as you eat this bread and drink this cup, you proclaim the Lord’s death until he comes.
Now, by your presence, make sacred this feast in memory of Jesus Christ. As this broken bread was scattered like grain on the hillsides, and then, when gathered together, became one loaf, so may we be gathered together from the ends of the earth into your eternal love. Like Christ, who went from death to life, and like this wine, poured out as a sign of new life, so may the lives of your people be poured out in compassion, and in solidarity with the poor, the oppressed, and the hungry of this world. For it is in the name of Jesus, we pray the prayer you taught us, singing …
Prayer After Communion
God of new life, with joy we have received this sacrament of bread and wine, giving you thanks for Jesus the Christ, our peace and our hope. Unite all throughout the world in living out Christ’s ministry of love and servanthood. Amen.
Music During Communion
“Ayudanos O Dios”
“Sing Alleluia to the Lord”
Dean Melanie Johnson DeBaufre
“All My Days”
Call to Worship adapted from: https://re-worship.blogspot.com/2012/04/contemporary-call-to-worship-easter-4.html
Table liturgy adapted by Kelsey Wallace from:
Ruth Duck. Bread for the Journey: Resources for Worship. Cleveland: United Church Press, 1981. 13, 52.