Last week we celebrated that our friend Jesus was raised from the dead. But what difference does that make to our own lives? Everything! Today we see, celebrate, and give thanks that as he was changed through his resurrection, we are changed in exactly the same ways! Worship along with Shawn Erb and the worship team, then watch the message from Jo Ann and Tony.
This week we’re starting out the worship set with a prayer: a song praying for the Church. These are certainly unique and unprecedented times for all of us, and also for the Church. It is good to be reminded that although church currently looks different than what we’re used to in the traditional sense, we are still the Church nonetheless. Even in times of hardship, crisis, and pandemics, and perhaps especially in these times, we are called to continue to bring hope, healing, and restoration. May we, the Church, demonstrate courage and be salt and light on the earth, and may we be one.
Virtual Foyer Meeting
Join us Sunday, April 19, 2020 from 11:00AM – 12:00PM (Eastern Time) for some fellowship around the virtual coffee table and catch up with some familiar faces!
We…and most of the world in the past few weeks… have experienced our own Good Friday… a time of darkness, despair, and dying… and we have waited through our own Holy Saturday, wondering if or when things will change for the better. In so doing, we have, perhaps without even being aware of it, walked the path with Jesus to the cross and the tomb. But that journey was not over for him… or for us! Easter Sunday rose with glory… and so did he! He is risen! Today is a day to celebrate! To help us do that, we’ve reversed our usual order of service today. Begin with the message from Jo Ann and Tony, and then move onto the worship video prepared by Shawn and the worship team. Gather some bread and drink to take communion along the way. And prepare your heart to celebrate. Our Friend is alive!
He is risen! He is risen indeed!
This is a glorious call to worship – not just because we declare it on Easter Sunday, but because we can declare it together every day.
But life doesn’t always feel like a victorious declaration. In fact, there are times when it feels like the lights have gone out and darkness claims the victory.
But resurrection comes out of death.
We are closing out the worship set today with a special song called Egypt.
It is such a powerful story of how God steps into our “Egypt”, our slavery, bondage, and pain, and delivers us through the seas and settles us in a land filled with His goodness and promises.
This is what Jesus has done for us. By coming to earth and living among us, He stepped into our Egypt, parted the waters by tearing apart the veil that separated us from God, and leads us to a land filled with so much of His goodness that it’s hard to contain it all. Let’s all sing together, “All hail King Jesus!”
As the global pandemic worsens, the economic falters, and isolation begins to wear on us, what we need most is courage for hard times. But where does that come? And what does it look like? Today’s service will provide musical encouragement, teaching, prayers, and wisdom to help us find and live out the courage Christ offers us for moments like this. We invite you to watch these videos for worship and the message, and join us in the virtual foyer.
Worship: Shawn Erb
So often I try to create a worship set in which the songs are thematically related to one another. This allows us to focus on one or two attributes of God or a central focus on the circumstances of life that we may find ourselves in. In today’s worship set, the message in each song can stand alone. You may identify more with one than another, depending on where you are at personally today. Listen to the entire set and sing your prayers and praises along with them, or pick just a few to sit with. I think you’ll find at least one that will meet you where you’re at.
Greater: A reminder that God is greater than all other gods and He deserves all the glory
Way Maker: Our God is able to make a way where there seems to be no way.
Lord I Need You: A simple prayer of confession and dependence on God for every aspect of life.
Nearer My God to Thee: A powerful prayer longing to draw closer to God, for we can only find true rest in Him.
Whom Shall I Fear (Psalm 27): When the coldness of night appears, and when our food day and night are our tears, He is here. Whom shall we fear?
Message: Tony Blair and Jo Ann Kunz
Virtual Foyer Zoom Meeting
Do you miss chatting in the foyer after the service? We do, too! Join us Sunday, April 5, 2020 from 11:00AM – 12:00PM (Eastern Time) for some fellowship around the virtual coffee table.
What’s the meaning of all of this? How does this week’s experience of social distancing and isolation, fear and anxiety, fit into God’s intention that we should be connected in love? And how can we connect with God and each other when we can’t be in the same room? This page includes a number of reflections and resources to help us answer those questions, including
How do you participate in a live event online? It’s actually fairly easy with the technology we’ve chosen. You don’t have to download any software or install any app, and you can participate on your computer, your tablet, or even your smartphone. You can even call in!… although it would be so much better if you’re able to go online, so you can share video with the rest of us and we can see you! Just click on the link and a “Zoom” room will open. Click on “full screen” to see best, and then look in the bottom left hand corner for a camera icon. Click on that, and if your device camera is working, you’ll see yourself on the screen… and you’ll see others too! Then look next to the camera icon for a microphone icon. Click on that, and you’ll be able to talk. It’s best, once the meeting is started, to keep that mic turned off until or unless you want to speak. Your host or others in the room may be able to help with any other questions or challenges, but hopefully this will work well for most of us.