April 12, 2020
Welcome to on-line, at-home worship. Melrose Chapel United Methodist Church seeks to provide worship opportunities that will encourage connectedness and growth during times of separation.
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Welcome & Announcements
Thank you for worshipping remotely with us. This resource is meant to help the Melrose Chapel family share in worship even though we can't be together in person. May you be blessed today and always.
Call to Worship
How joyful it is, to celebrate the good news of God’s love!
We are called to be Easter people!
Darkness cannot claim us!
Fear cannot bind us!
Christ is risen!
Christ is risen, indeed!
O God of all our days, we come this morning with eager anticipation. We seek to know you, to see you, to touch you. Open our hearts, that we might experience you anew. Open our lives, that we may be faithful witnesses to your resurrection. May we, with shouts of joy, proclaim your steadfast, liberating love to all people, everywhere. Amen.
Be sure to join us on Zoom at 9:00 am on April 12 as we gather for a time of greeting, friendship, prayer, reflection and sharing of Holy Communion. Find the link to join at the bottom of this online worship page. Did you miss that time? Not to worry! A recording will be made and placed on this page as well.
Here's our very own Gayle Gottman and Connie Bergman sharing "What the Lord Has Done in Me" (Words and music by Reuben Morgan. CCLI # 2582803)
Joys & Concerns
What's on your heart today? Do you have worries or concerns? Do you find things to be thankful for? Whatever is in your heart, God wants to hear it. Take this time to prayerfully reflect on your needs and those things for which you are thankful. When you've shared this in prayer and allowed God to sit with you a bit in this time, close your time of prayer with the Lord's Prayer or other words that are upon your heart:
Our Father, which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy Name. Thy Kingdom come. Thy will be done in earth, As it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our trespasses, As we forgive them that trespass against us. And lead us not into temptation, But deliver us from evil. For thine is the kingdom, The power, and the glory, Forever and ever. Amen.
If you have a prayer need that you would like to share, please consider submitting a prayer request here. Please ensure that you have appropriate permission to submit the need. If you need to speak with the pastor concerning this request, please indicate that in your request.
Tithes & Offering
Until we return to in-person worship, please consider mailing in your tithes and offerings. God still seeks to bless others through the gifts you provide. We've been blessed that we might be a blessing to others.
It's Easter Sunday! If we were to consider the circumstances surrounding the death and resurrection of our Lord, we would be mystified? Where did Jesus go? What happened to his body? Had it been stolen, like the guards said? People are encountering him. What are we to believe? Join in viewing our message, "CSI: Jerusalem" where we attempt to solve the mystery once and for all. Our gospel text is Matthew 28:1-20. (If you click the link, it will open up the reading for today and you can read along.)
Watch the Worldwide Easter Choir! Hundreds of United Methodists from around the world sing “Christ the Lord is Risen Today." Enlarge for best effect (last symbol on right).
Consider listening to the following songs/hymns that echo our message for today:
Easter Version of Leonard Cohen's Hallelujah (Kelley Mooney)
Easter Medley (Anthem Lights)
Blessings to all of you! May we truly follow Jesus as he knows the true and perfect way. This we ask and seek in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Amen!
How has God been speaking to you in the message and the songs? Continue to open your heart and mind to God's will for you and for Melrose Chapel. To God be the glory! CHRIST HAS RISEN!!
SUNDAY, APRIL 12, 9:00 AM