Bright Sunday - April 17, 2020

Second Sunday of Easter

Simplified Worship Service for Bright Sunday, April 19, 2020

Call to Worship   (After Psalm 16)

  Our hearts are glad and our spirits rejoice;

    Our bodies will also dwell secure,

  For the Lord has shown us the path of life;

    In God’s presence there is fullness of joy.


Opening Song                                        “Jesus Lives, the Victory Won”

                             Chapel of the Cross Evangelical Lutheran Church Choir, St. Louis, MO

Opening Prayer

Almighty and everlasting God, who in the fulness of this day’s mystery has continued the work of the resurrection: Grant that we who have been made your children may obtain that same peace which our Lord Jesus Christ left to us when he came to you;   Through the same Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.                                                                          [Gregorian Sacramentary; alt, TJC]

Prayer before the Word                                                                                                    Cathy Bonnett

First Lesson    1 Peter 1:3-9

Psalm    Psalm 16

Gospel    John 20:19-23

                           L: The Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ.  P: Praise to you, Lord Christ.

Message                               “Resurrection: The Power to Forgive”                The Rev. Jim Powell

                                                                ∙    The Power of Joy

                                                                ∙    The Power of Peace

                                                                ∙    The Power of Forgiveness

Song                                                       “The Storm Is Passing Over”

                                                             Hollywood First UMC Virtual Choir

Prayers of the People

The Lord's Prayer

  Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name, your kingdom come,

  your will be done, on earth as in heaven.

  Give us today our daily bread. Forgive us our sins as we forgive those who sin against us.

  Save us from the time of trial and deliver us from evil.

  For the kingdom, the power, and the glory are yours now and for ever.




Prayer of Dedication

Benediction - and Pass the Peace of Christ to one another today

Song of Blessing    “Shalom to You”

Music Notes: To the best of our ability to check, all music is either Public Domain or used by permission.

The Storm is Passing Over Hollywood UMC Virtual Choir, used by permission

Jesus Lives! The Victory’s won!    Christian Fürchtegott Gellert, 1715-69

Chapel of the Cross  Evangelical Lutheran Church Choir, St. Louis, MO

Jesus lives! The victory's won!

Death no longer can appal me;

Jesus lives! Death's reign is done!

From the grave Christ will recall me.

Brighter scenes will then commence;

He shall be my confidence.

Jesus lives! To Him the throne

High o'er heaven and earth is given.

I shall go where He is gone,

Live and reign with Him in heaven.

Gopd is faithful. Doubtings, hence!

This shall be my confidence.

Jesus lives! For me He died,

Hence will I, to Jesus living,

Pure in heart and act abide,

Praise to Him and glory giving.

Freely God doth aid dispense;

This shall be my confidence. Jesus lives! I know full well

Naught from me His love shall sever;

Life nor death nor powers of hell

Part me now from Christ forever.

God will be a sure defense;

This shall be my confidence

Jesus lives! and now is death

But the gate of life immortal;

This shall calm my  trembling breath

When I pass it's gloomy portal.

Faith shall cry, as fails each sense,

Jesus is my confidence!