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"Resurrection Reality Check"

3rd Sunday of Easter, April 18, 2021

THE GATHERING

“We Bring the Sacrifice of Praise"

Kirk Dearman

We bring the sacrifice of praise

Into the house of the Lord.

We bring the sacrifice of praise

Into the house of the Lord.

And we offer up to You

The sacrifices of thanksgiving;

And we offer up to You

The sacrifices of joy.

© 1984 John T. Benson Publishing Company

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ANNOUNCEMENTS

 

SHARING OF PRAISES AND CONCERNS

 

WORSHIP INVOCATION

Holy God, help us to be present in worship this day, even as you are present.

 

CENTERING MOMENT/BRINGING IN THE LIGHT 

“Turn Your Eyes Upon Jesus"

Helen H. Lemmel

 

Turn your eyes upon Jesus,

Look full in his wonderful face,

And the things of earth

will grow strangely dim

In the light of his glory

and grace.

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CALL TO WORSHP: Glenda Eastridge

We have been freed! Fear and death have no claim on us! Christ the Lord is risen! Even though we have not touched his wounded hands, yet we believe. Even though we have not heard him speak our names, yet we believe. Let us celebrate God’s love through the life of Jesus Christ.

Amen.

 

OPENING PRAYER

Lord of Light and Mercy, be with us this day as we again hear the stories of faith and sight. Help us to believe in your abiding presence with us, both in our darkness and in the light which you bring. Give us courage and strength to witness to your resurrection. For we offer this in Jesus’ Name, and let all God’s people say, “Amen.”

SONGS

“Through It All”

Andrae Crouch

Through it all,

Through it all,

I’ve learned to trust in Jesus,

I’ve learned to trust in God.

Through it all,

Through it all,

I’ve learned to depend upon His Word.

"'Tis So Sweet to Trust in Jesus"

Louisa M.R. Snead

‘Tis so sweet to trust in Jesus,

Just to take Him at His Word,

Just to rest upon His promise,

Just to know:

“Thus saith the Lord.”

Chorus

Jesus, Jesus, how I trust Him!

How I’ve proved him o’er and o’er!

Jesus, Jesus, precious Jesus!

O for grace to trust Him more!

O how sweet to trust in Jesus,

Just to trust His cleansing blood,

Just in simple faith to plunge me

’Neath the healing, cleansing flood!

Chorus

I’m so glad I learned to trust Thee,

Precious Jesus, Savior, Friend;

And I know that Thou art with me,

Wilt be with me to the end.

Chorus

PRAYER OF ILLUMINATION Glenda Eastridge

Almighty God, you built your church upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, with Jesus Christ himself as the cornerstone. Join us together by their teaching so that we may be a holy temple in whom your Spirit dwells; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

THE NEW TESTAMENT

1 John 3:1-7

HYMN

“O How He Loves You and Me”

Kurt Kaiser

 

O how He loves you and me!

O how He loves you and me!

He gave His life.

What more could He give?

O how He loves you;

O how He loves me;

O how He loves you and me!

Jesus to Calv'ry did go;

His love for sinners to show.

What he did there

brought hope from despair.

O how He loves you;

© 1975 Word Music Inc.

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* THE GOSPEL STORY

Luke 24:36b-48

THE MESSAGE: Pastor Buzz Trexler

"Resurrection Reality Check"

 

PASTORAL PRAYER

 

GIVING OF TITHES AND OFFERINGS

"The Way"

PRAYER OF THANKSGIVING

Mighty God who brings life and hope out of death and despair, help us hear the invitation Christ offered to the disciples, “Touch me and see!” Make us bold to grab hold of the risen Christ – not for this day but for all our days. May we offer our gifts this morning not to the church historical — the church that was — but to a church that is becoming, that is still being born, that Christ will bring into the future. May our eyes and ears and hearts continue to hold on to him as we help Christ lead his church forward! In his name, we pray. Amen. (Luke 24:36b-48)

THE LORD'S PRAYER

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.

CLOSING SONG

"Christ Is Alive"

Brian Wren

 

Chris is alive!

Let Christians sing.

His cross stands empty

to the sky.

Let streets and homes

With praises ring.

His love in death

Shall never die.

Christ is alive!

No longer bound

To distant years in Palestine,

He comes to claim

The here and now

And dwell in every place and time.

Not throned afar,

Remotely high,

Untouched, unmoved by human pains,

But daily in

the midst of life,

Our Savior in the Godhead reigns.

In every insult,

rift, and war,

Where color, scorn, or wealth divide,

He suffers still,

yet loves the more,

And lives, though ever crucified.

© 1975 Hope Publishing Co.

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BENEDICTION

 

SENDING FORTH

YOU ARE WELCOME HERE ...

Whether you label yourself a "Christian," or are uncertain whether you believe in anything any more, you are welcome to worship at Green Meadow United Methodist Church. Single, married, partnered, divorced, gay, rich, poor, USAmerican, or immigrant, you are welcome here. Burned out on religion -- whether organized, or disorganized -- bedraggled and hungover, addicted or in recovery, just out of jail, you are welcome here. Have no idea about Holy Communion, hymnals, or when to stand or sit? Don't worry, the pastor didn't either when he first stepped into a United Methodist Church as an adult -- and he was welcomed, too. 

We're glad you're here! 

ABOUT OUR CHURCH

We are a United Methodist Community of Worship, serving in the Smoky Mountain District of the Holston Conference. Our mission is to be an open gathering place to nurture Christians in training who, equipped by the Holy Spirit, go into the world and share the light of Jesus Christ.

A MISSIONAL CHURCH

Whether it's building mission kits for flood victims, sending food buckets to Zimbabwe, working with Family Promise of Blount County, helping the Salvation Army's lunch ministry, or gathering peanut butter for the Community Food Connection, "Meadow Folk" are engaged in the missio Dei ... God's mission of love.

SUNDAY ACTIVITIES

Sunday mornings at Green Meadow are, in a way, much of what you would expect when you come to a United Methodist Church: we gather for Sunday School and we worship together. We also share a breakfast once a month, and in months where we have a fifth Sunday, we have a potluck dinner.

ABOUT US

We are a United Methodist Community of Worship, serving in the Smoky Mountain District of the Holston Conference. 

CONTACT US

1633 Louisville Road

Alcoa, TN 37701

Phone: 865-982-5800

Email: greenmeadowpastor@gmail.com

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