April 23 – Breaking Bread

Whoever you are, wherever you are on life’s journey; you are welcome here. God loves all people, and God requires us to do the same.


PRELUDE – Adagio Cantabile – Mendelssohn

One: It’s springtime; and things are coming alive!
All: As life blossoms, we rejoice in earthly beauties of God.
One: Spring is a worldly rebirth. God blesses us with life eternal.
All: Imagine all the possibilities for life with God!
One: Jesus of Nazareth once walked the earth.
All: Love was when God became human.
One: Jesus died on the Cross to bless all people with forgiveness and hope.
All: Jesus rose to walk with his disciples.
One: Christ is alive!
All: This very moment, God is walking with us.

*HYMN – Come, Christians, Join to Sing – #70

Come, Christians, join to sing Alleluia! Amen!
Loud praise to Christ our King; Alleluia! Amen!
Let all, with heart and voice, Before his throne rejoice;
Praise is His gracious choice: Alleluia! Amen!

Come, lift your hearts on high, Alleluia! Amen!
Let praises fill the sky; Alleluia! Amen!
He is our Guide and Friend, To us He’ll condescend;
His love shall never end: Alleluia! Amen!

Praise yet our Christ again; Alleluia! Amen!
Life shall not end the strain; Alleluia! Amen!
On heaven’s blissful shore, His goodness we’ll adore,
Singing forevermore, “Alleluia! Amen!”

Risen Savior, you fill us with life! Especially when no one else can, you raise our spirits. Even when our lives seem to be colored by only dullness and despair, you transform us! In your uplifting, renewing way, God, you clothe people with lasting joy. You fill empty souls with life!
Christ Jesus, you are the Lamb who takes away the sins of the world. You invite us to live boldly as your people. This may be our greatest challenge! Still we are empowered to give your ‘Way’ a try, for we know that you do not expect perfection out of us. When we fail, you are the One who helps us, who picks us up, and who encourages us to try again. This is the beauty of Christian discipleship. With you, it is never too late to make a new start. Thank you, Jesus. You give us hope. Amen.

*PRAISE RESPONSE – I Want Jesus to Walk with Me (Verses 1, 2 and 3) – #480

I want Jesus to walk with me.
I want Jesus to walk with me.
All along my pilgrim journey,
Lord, I want Jesus to walk with me.

In my trials, Lord, walk with me.
In my trials, Lord, walk with me.
When my heart is almost breaking,
Lord, I want Jesus to walk with me.

When I’m in trouble, Lord, walk with me.
When I’m in trouble, Lord, walk with me.
When my head is bowed in sorrow,
Lord, I want Jesus to walk with me.

GOD’S WORD – Psalm 116:1-9, 12-14 & 1 Peter 1:3, 13-16

SPECIAL MUSIC – Coming Home – Martin

GOD’S WORD – Luke 24:13-35

SERMON – Pastor Dan


*HYMN – O Master, Let Me Walk with Thee – #542

O Master, let me walk with thee
In lowly paths of service free;
Tell me thy secret, help me bear
The strain of toil, the fret of care.

Help me the slow of heart to move
By some clear, winning word of love;
Teach me the wayward feet to stay,
And guide them in the homeward way.

Teach me thy patience; still with thee
In closer, dearer company,
In work that keeps faith sweet and strong,
In trust that triumphs over wrong.

In hope that sends a shining ray
Far down the future’s broad’ning way,
In peace that only thou canst give,
With thee, O Master, let me live.


*POSTLUDE – Toccata – Seger

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