THIRD SUNDAY

OF EASTER

April 18, 2021

Welcome

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Sin and death are defeated in the resurrection of Jesus Christ, making Easter the most celebrated feast in the Christian calendar!

Because this good news is so good, Easter Sunday marks the beginning of a fifty day season of celebration that ends on Pentecost Sunday.

The liturgical colors are white and gold.

Resurrection

by R. S. Thomas

Easter. The grave clothes of winter

are still here, but the sepulchre

is empty. A messenger

from the tomb tells us

how a stone has been rolled

from the mind, and a tree lightens

the darkness with its blossom.

There are travellers upon the road

who have heard music blown

from a bare bough, and a child

tells us how the accident

of last year, a machine stranded

beside the way for lack

of petrol, is crowned with flowers.

GOD CALLS US

Prelude

Call To Worship 

Pastor: O Lord our God, we praise you.

All: We cried to you for help 

and you answered us. 

You have restored our lives; 

You have rescued us from the grave. 

Grace, mercy, and peace

from God our Father

and the Lord Jesus Christ be with you.

All: and also with you.

What A Beautiful Name It Is

Hillsong

1. You were the Word at the beginning

One With God the Lord Most High

Your hidden glory in creation

Now revealed in You our Christ

Chorus

What a beautiful Name it is

What a beautiful Name it is

The Name of Jesus Christ my King

What a beautiful Name it is

Nothing compares to this

What a beautiful Name it is

The Name of Jesus

2. You didn't want heaven without us

So Jesus, You brought heaven down

My sin was great, Your love was greater

What could separate us now

Chorus

What a wonderful Name it is

What a wonderful Name it is

The Name of Jesus Christ my King

What a wonderful Name it is

Nothing compares to this

What a wonderful Name it is

The Name of Jesus

Bridge

Death could not hold You, 

the veil tore before You

You silenced the boast, of sin and grave

The heavens are roaring, 

the praise of Your glory

For You are raised to life again

You have no rival, You have no equal

Now and forever, God you reign

Yours is the Kingdom, Yours is the glory

Yours is the Name, above all names

Chorus

What a powerful Name it is

What a powerful Name it is

The Name of Jesus Christ my King

What a powerful Name it is

Nothing can stand against

What a powerful Name it is

The Name of Jesus

What a powerful Name it is

The Name of Jesus

What a powerful Name it is

The Name of Jesus

Prayer of Adoration / All

Gracious and faithful God,

We give you thanks for your love,

which you reveal and make known

in Jesus Christ, the Word of Life.

who suffered but rose from the grave!

He opens our minds

to understand what you have made.

His appearance among us brings peace.

He creates faith through touch and taste.

By your Spirit, show us the risen Jesus,

that our hearts may be filled with your love

and our lives may testify of your faithfulness

in all we do and say. Amen.

GOD SANCTIFIES US

Confession of Sin / All

Pastor: Jesus Christ, risen Master and triumphant Lord, 

We have lived by our own strength, 

And not by the power of your resurrection. 

In your mercy, forgive us.

All: Lord, hear us and help us.

Pastor: We have lived by the light of our own eyes, 

As faithless and not believing. 

In your mercy, forgive us.

All: Lord, hear us and help us.

Pastor: We have lived for this world alone, 

And doubted our place in your Kingdom. 

In your mercy, forgive us.

All: Lord, hear us and help us.

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Private Confession

Words of Comfort & Pardon / based on John 11:28, 43

Minister:  Hear the Good News: Jesus, the one who conquered sin calls you out of the grave of death and despair. All who believe in him, though they die, will live.

All: Thanks be to God! 

Passing of the Peace

The peace of the Lord be always with you.

All: And also with you.

The people greet one another, followed by news of the church’s life.

Alleluia, Sing To Jesus

Words by William C. Dix

Music by Rowland H. Prichard and Ralph V. Williams

1 Alleluia! Sing to Jesus!

His the scepter, His the throne.

Alleluia! His the triumph,

His the victory alone.

Hark! The songs of peaceful Zion

Thunder like a mighty flood:

"Jesus out of ev'ry nation

Has redeemed us by His blood."

2 Alleluia! Not as orphans

Are we left in sorrow now;

Alleluia! He is near us;

Faith believes, nor questions how.

Though the cloud from sight received Him

When the forty days were o'er,

Shall our hearts forget His promise:

"I am with you evermore?"

3 Alleluia! Heavenly High Priest,

Here on earth our food, our stay!

Alleluia! Here the sinful

Flee to You from day to day.

Intercessor, friend of sinners,

Earth's redeemer, plead for me,

Where the songs of all the sinless

Sweep across the crystal sea.

GOD SPEAKS WITH US

The Old Testament Lesson / Ecclesiastes 9:1-12   (ESV)

9 But all this I laid to heart, examining it all, how the righteous and the wise and their deeds are in the hand of God. Whether it is love or hate, man does not know; both are before him. 2 It is the same for all, since the same event happens to the righteous and the wicked, to the good and the evil, to the clean and the unclean, to him who sacrifices and him who does not sacrifice. As the good one is, so is the sinner, and he who swears is as he who shuns an oath. 3 This is an evil in all that is done under the sun, that the same event happens to all. Also, the hearts of the children of man are full of evil, and madness is in their hearts while they live, and after that they go to the dead. 4 But he who is joined with all the living has hope, for a living dog is better than a dead lion.

5 For the living know that they will die, but the dead know nothing, and they have no more reward, for the memory of them is forgotten. 6 Their love and their hate and their envy have already perished, and forever they have no more share in all that is done under the sun. 

7 Go, eat your bread with joy, and drink your wine with a merry heart, for God has already approved what you do. 

8 Let your garments be always white. Let not oil be lacking on your head. 

9 Enjoy life with the wife whom you love, all the days of your vain life that he has given you under the sun, because that is your portion in life and in your toil at which you toil under the sun. 10 Whatever your hand finds to do, do it with your might, for there is no work or thought or knowledge or wisdom in Sheol, to which you are going. 

11 Again I saw that under the sun the race is not to the swift, nor the battle to the strong, nor bread to the wise, nor riches to the intelligent, nor favor to those with knowledge, but time and chance happen to them all. 12 For man does not know his time. Like fish that are taken in an evil net, and like birds that are caught in a snare, so the children of man are snared at an evil time, when it suddenly falls upon them.

This is the Word of the Lord. 

All: Thanks be to God!

 

Sermon

Ecclesiastes: The Way of True Joy

"The Gift of Longing"

Pastor Chris Hildebrand

The Profession of Faith / The Nicene Creed

We believe in one God, the Father Almighty,

maker of heaven and earth,

and of all things visible and invisible.

We believe in one Lord Jesus Christ, the only-begotten Son of God,

begotten of his Father before all worlds,

God of God, Light of Light,

very God of very God,

begotten, not made; of one substance with the Father.

Through him all things were made.

For us and for our salvation he came down from heaven,

and was incarnate by the Holy Spirit of the Virgin Mary, and was made man.

He was crucified for us under Pontius Pilate;

he suffered death and was buried.

On the third day he rose again in accordance with the Scriptures;

he ascended into heaven, and is seated at the right hand of the Father.

He will come again in glory to judge the living and the dead,

and his kingdom will have no end.

We believe in the Holy Spirit, the Lord, the giver of life,

who proceeds from the Father and the Son.

With the Father and the Son he is worshipped and glorified;

he spoke by the prophets.

And we believe in one holy catholic and apostolic church;

we acknowledge one baptism for the forgiveness of sins;

we look for the resurrection of the dead,

and the life of the world to come. Amen.

The Offering / The Offertory

We Will Feast In The House Of Zion - Sandra McCracken

The offering is a way for members and friends of Resurrection Park Slope to support the church’s mission and ministry. Make checks to “Resurrection Park Slope.” If you would prefer to make your gift online, please visit www.resurrectionparkslope.org to arrange one-time or recurring donations. To give via text message text “Give” to (718) 475-6778. Register your credit/debit card, and select “Park Slope.” Save this number for future giving.

Prayers of the People

In the waters of baptism, the church is called to be God’s family, to minister to one another and to serve the world. Therefore we pray for ourselves, for one another, and for all those in need of our prayers. 

Leader: Father God, you created the world in beauty and wholeness. We pray for our city, nation and world and ask you to bring justice where there is corruption and reconciliation where there is hatred and division. Where there is fear, may your Church sow love and joy.

Lord, in your mercy:

All: Hear our prayer.

Leader: Christ the King, you humbled yourself for us and call us friends. We pray for our community, Resurrection Park Slope. Grant us a spirit of unity and nurture our friendships as we spur one another on towards love and good deeds. May we always seek the good of our neighbors and bless our brothers and sisters that proclaim your name.

Lord, in your mercy:

All: Hear our prayer.

Leader: Holy Spirit, you make all things new. As we wait for that day when your redemption of all things is complete, let us live with faith and hope. And as we wait, open our eyes to all the ways you are already renewing the world that we may be quick to give you thanks and praise.

Lord, in your mercy:

All: Hear our prayer.

Leader: For what else shall we pray and give thanks?

You are invited to add your own intercessions silently or out loudly. When praying out loudly, finish by saying “Lord, in your mercy” so that all may respond, “Hear our prayer.”

GOD STRENGTHENS US

The Eucharistic Prayer of Thanksgiving & Consecration

Minister: The Lord be with you.

All: And also with you.

Lift up your hearts!

We lift them up to the Lord!

Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.

It is right to give him thanks and praise.

All join in the hymn (the Sanctus) when the pastor says: “and so we join our voices….

The pastor continues, and all conclude with the Lord’s Prayer.

The Lord’s Prayer / All

Our Father, who art in heaven,

hallowed be thy name.

Thy kingdom come,

thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven.

Give us this day our daily bread,

and forgive us our debts as we forgive our debtors.

And lead us not into temptation,

but deliver us from evil;

for thine is the kingdom

and the power and the glory,

forever and ever. Amen.

Words of Institution

Minister: Therefore we proclaim the mystery of the faith:

People: Christ has died! Christ is risen! Christ will come again!

Prayer of Thanksgiving / All

God of Life, we thank you for meeting us and nourishing us in this meal. As Christ burst forth from the tomb, may new life burst forth from us and show itself in acts of love and healing to a hurting world. Alleluia!

In Christ Alone

Words and music by Keith Getty and Stuart Townend

1. In Christ alone my hope is found,

He is my light, my strength, my song

This Cornerstone, this solid Ground

Firm through the fiercest drought and storm.

What heights of love, what depths of peace

When fears are stilled, when strivings cease

My Comforter, my All in All

Here in the love of Christ I stand.

2. In Christ alone! - who took on flesh,

Fullness of God in helpless babe.

This gift of love and righteousness,

Scorned by the ones He came to save

Till on that cross as Jesus died,

The wrath of God was satisfied

For every sin on Him was laid

Here in the death of Christ I live.

3. There in the ground His body lay,

Light of the world by darkness slain:

Then bursting forth in glorious day

Up from the grave He rose again

And as He stands in victory

Sin's curse has lost its grip on me,

For I am His and He is mine

Bought with the precious blood of Christ

4. No guilt in life, no fear in death,

This is the power of Christ in me

From life's first cry to final breath,

Jesus commands my destiny

No power of hell, no scheme of man,

Can ever pluck me from His hand

Till He returns or calls me home

Here in the power of Christ I'll stand.

Benediction 

Minister: As Christ burst forth from the tomb, may new life burst forth from us and show itself in acts of love and healing to a hurting world. And may that same Christ, who lives forever and is the source of our new life, keep your hearts rejoicing and grant you peace this day and always. Alleluia! Christ is risen! 

All: He is risen, indeed! Alleluia!

Dismissal 

Minister: Let us go forth in the Name of Christ 

People: Thanks be to God! 

To connect more deeply to Jesus and faith: Approach or contact a pastor for spiritual direction. Members of our Prayer Team are also available to pray with you.

To connect to Christian community: For prayer, counseling or fellowship opportunities, contact Pastor Chris Hildebrand. For in-house and community service opportunities, contact Rebecca Trevethan. Please visit our website for more information.

For more information about our life together, please visit our website:

www.resurrectionparkslope.org.

Hymns are reprinted from Trinity Hymnal (© 1990, Great Commission Publications).

Used by permission. Sanctus from This Far By Faith ( ©Augsburg Fortress Press, 1999).

Used by permission. Copyrighted songs covered under CCLI #1250499.

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