April 24, 2016

Liturgy Reflection & Benediction 04.24.2016


Blessed be the God and Father
of our Lord Jesus Christ,

who chose us in Christ before the foundation
of the world, who destined us for adoption as
his children through Jesus Christ,

who has forgiven our sins according to
the riches of his grace, and has made
known to us the mystery of his will.

This is our God who loves us. This is our
story through our Risen Savior. This is why
we worship him as a community,

and why we give thanks and pray in the name
of the Father,
of the Son
and of the Holy Spirit.

Community Confession

O Lord, forgive us when we
fail to remember and respond
to your call with faith.
Through your Spirit, may we stand
in the assurance of your acceptance.

Forgive us when we are shackled by our
narrow understandings of discipleship
and our clouded sense of purpose.

Through your Spirit, may you illuminate
our faith with your empowering love.

Forgive us when we lose ourselves
in worrying of the future or pull back
from the demand of your calling.

Forgive us when we fail to sense your
presence in our past, to acknowledge
your grace in the present moment,
and to trust you for our future.

Through your Spirit we offer ourselves in
discipleship. We join in community as your
followers. We seek renewed and renewing faith.

We remember you, praying
in the name of the Father,
of the Risen Son
and of the Holy Spirit.

Sermon and Reflection

Sermon Podcast 4.24.16 -Pattern of Resurrection

What is a beautiful question you can ask about an un-beautiful moment this season?
Is it hard to be fully known and loved? Why or why not?


Go now, and wherever people will hear you,
proclaim the life-changing love of God.

Do not fear your weakness,
for when you are weakest,
Christ’s strength is known.
Travel lightly, live simply,
and honor those who
welcome the gospel.

And may God be your protection
and safe haven; may the power of
Christ Jesus dwell in you; and may
the Holy Spirit be your guide forever.

We go in the name
of the Father,
of the Risen Son
and of the Holy Spirit.

Go in peace and live the church.
See you throughout the week.

[Photo by Tim Robison @ Flickr]

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