April 16, 2023
Welcome and Announcements
Call to Worship:
Then our mouth was filled with laughter, and our tongue with shouts of joy; then it was said among the nations, ‘The Lord has done great things for them.’ The Lord has done great things for us, and we rejoiced.
O God of the Resurrection,
we come into your presence with joy and longing to be surprised.
We thank you that you have given to us the gift of laughter and delight.
May they reveal your purpose for us and for all the earth.
May we find that in giving up to laughter
there is healing and hope for us. and abundance and blessing.
Tickle our souls with the brush of your Spirit
to renew our worship and our living. Amen.
(from the United Church of Canada’s Bay of Quinte Conference website. http://www.bayofquinteconference.ca/, used with permission).
Hymn 364. Sing Alleluia, Christ Does Live (verses 1 and 3)
Liturgy for Celebration pg. 43.
Prayers of the People
Pastoral Prayer and Lord’s Prayer
Sharing our Offerings
Hymn 819. “For the Life that You Have Given”
Scripture 1 Peter 1:3-9, John 20:19-31. Cheryl Ferrich
Sermon. “Carrying Easter Sunday into a Season: Rejoice”.
Hymn 662. Jesus Makes my Heart Rejoice.
May the God of surprises
bring smiles and joys to the everyday and ordinary.
May the God of love
be seen in all we do and say.
Go forth rejoicing,
for the good work has just begun!