"The New Normal Is Always Normal"

Sunday, April 26, 2020
Third Sunday of Easter


Welcome and Announcements   

 Centering Moment

Jesus said, “I am the resurrection and I am the life.”

 Our Morning Prayer (Unison)

 Rev. Dr. Philip B. Wood

          God of all the ages, in your sight nations rise and fall, and pass through times of peril.  Now when our land is troubled, be near to judge and save.  May our leaders be led by your wisdom; may they search your will and see it clearly.  And if we have turned from your way, reverse our ways and help us to repent.  Give us your light and your truth, let them guide us; through Jesus Christ, who is Lord of this world, and our savior.  Amen.

 Children’s Moment     

Rev. Dr. Philip B. Wood

“Jesus Is Alive”
Children of God: Storybook Bible
Archbishop Desmond Tutu

Opening Hymn             

“And Are We Yet Alive”      UMH #553
verses 1, 3, 4, & 6

  1. And are we yet alive, and see each other’s face?
    Glory and thanks to Jesus give for his almighty grace!
  2. What troubles have we seen, what mighty conflicts past,
    fightings without, and fears within, since we assembled last!
  3. Yet out of all the Lord hath brought us by his love;
    and still he doth his help afford, and hides our life above.
  4. Let us take up the cross till we the crown obtain,
    and gladly reckon all things loss so we may Jesus gain.

Joys and Concerns

Prayer of Confession (Unison)   

Read by:  Sal & Deborah Butera

          O Lord, your wondrous birth means nothing unless we are born again, your death and sacrifice mean nothing unless we die to sin, your resurrection means nothing if you be risen alone. 

Raise and exalt us, O Savior, both now to the estate of grace and hereafter to the state of glory; where with the Father and the Holy Spirit you live and reign, God for ever and ever. Amen.

Pastoral Prayer

Lord’s Prayer                                  

Read by:  Karyn Moore, Rachel Gonsalves, George Leopold, David Grundies and Diane Schneider, and Diana Prat

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 trespasses,
      as we forgive those who trespass against us.
And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.
For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, forever. Amen.

The Good News                                

Rev. Lea M. Booth

Luke 24:36-53

While they were talking about this, Jesus himself stood among them and said to them, “Peace be with you.” They were startled and terrified, and thought that they were seeing a ghost. He said to them, “Why are you frightened, and why do doubts arise in your hearts? Look at my hands and my feet; see that it is I myself. Touch me and see; for a ghost does not have flesh and bones as you see that I have.” And when he had said this, he showed them his hands and his feet. While in their joy they were disbelieving and still wondering, he said to them, “Have you anything here to eat?” They gave him a piece of broiled fish, and he took it and ate in their presence.

 Then he said to them, “These are my words that I spoke to you while I was still with you—that everything written about me in the law of Moses, the prophets, and the psalms must be fulfilled.” Then he opened their minds to understand the scriptures, and he said to them, “Thus it is written, that the Messiah is to suffer and to rise from the dead on the third day, and that repentance and forgiveness of sins is to be proclaimed in his name to all nations, beginning from Jerusalem. You are witnesses of these things. And see, I am sending upon you what my Father promised; so stay here in the city until you have been clothed with power from on high.”

 Then he led them out as far as Bethany, and, lifting up his hands, he blessed them. While he was blessing them, he withdrew from them and was carried up into heaven. And they worshiped him, and returned to Jerusalem with great joy; and they were continually in the temple blessing God.

 Special Music             

“It Is Well With My Soul”    #UMH #377     verses 1, 2, & 4        

Sung by:  Lisa Corpron, Jayson Coleman, Bob Wuertz

  1. When peace, like a river, attendeth my way,
    when sorrows like sea billows roll;
    whatever my lot, thou hast taught me to say,
    It is well, it is well with my soul.


It is well (It is well) with my soul, (with my soul,)
it is well, it is well with my soul.

  1. Though Satan should buffet, though trials should come,
    let this blest assurance control,
    that Christ has regarded my helpless estate,
        and hath shed his own blood for my soul.


It is well (It is well) with my soul, (with my soul,)
it is well, it is well with my soul.

  1. And, Lord, haste the day when my faith shall be sight,
    the clouds be rolled back as a scroll;
    the trump shall resound, and the Lord shall descend,
               even so, it is well with my soul.


It is well (It is well) with my soul, (with my soul,)
it is well, it is well with my soul.


“The New Normal Is Always Normal!”  
The Rev. Dr. Philip B. Wood

Final Blessing


 “More Than Wonderful” 

Sung by:  Lisa Corpron, Jayson Coleman, Bob Wuertz