Second Sunday of Easter

April 28, 2019

Prelude: Lift Your Voice Rejoicing, Mary        Wilbur Held

Chiming of the Hour


*Hymn: #236 The Strife Is O’er


Joys and Concerns | Silent Prayer

Introit: #817 We Walk By Faith and Not By Sight (v.1)

Call to Worship

One: God is our strength and our salvation;

Let everything that breathes praise our God!

Many: This is the day that God has made;

We will rejoice and be glad in it!

One: Praise God for wondrous deeds and extravagant love. Praise God for loving care and for each breath.

Many: We will give thanks this day, for God is good.

The steadfast love of God endures forever.

One: Grace to all and peace, from the one who is

and who was and who is to come.

Many: We bear witness to the God of love and life!
Christ is risen: Alleluia!

Prayer of Invocation (in unison)

God of all our beginnings, may this day and every day begin with our praise to you. Let every breath become a witness to your Spirit, dwelling within and among us. Open our hearts to receive your saving gifts. Loosen our tongues to proclaim your unsurpassed greatness. May the noise of your celebration help your people to sense your powerful presence and to claim the joy of serving you, in Christ’s name. Amen.

Call to Confession

Unison Prayer of Confession

God of our ancestors, how easily we have made you a relic of the past. We act as if you were unreal, or at least irrelevant. By our inattention, we have rejected you and the one whom you sent to teach us. We are ruled by fears more than faith, by hostility more than peace, by a sense of failure more than feelings of accomplishment and victory. Forgive our misuse of the precious days you have entrusted to us. Help us to see the signs of your presence and to witness with joy to our Leader and Savior, Jesus Christ. Amen.

Moment of Silent Prayer

Assurance of God’s Love

Gloria: #583 Glory to God, glory to God, glory in the highest! Glory to God, glory to God, alleluia, alleluia!

Responsive Reading: Psalm 150

(Pg. 717 in the Old Testament in the pew Bible)

Reading from Hebrew Scriptures: Acts 5:27-32

(Pg.149 in the New Testament  in the pew Bible)

A Thought for Young Minds & Lord’s Prayer

(Children may go to Sunday School & Youth Group)

*Hymn (insert) Lo, In The Grave He Lay  

Offering of our Gifts

Anthem: A Classic Easter Alleluia           Mary McDonald       

*Doxology: #607

Praise God from whom all blessings flow;
praise Christ, all people here below;
praise Holy Spirit ever more;
praise Triune God whom we adore. Amen.

Prayer of Dedication

Gospel Reading: John 20:19-31

(Pg. 141  in the New Testament in the pew Bible)

Sermon: “The Last Laugh” Pastor John Nelson

Pastoral Prayer | Silent Prayer

Response: #817 We Walk By Faith and Not By Sight (v.1)

*Hymn: #246 Christ is Alive!


Response: #246 Christ is Alive!  (v.5 – sung by all)

Postlude: Welcome Happy Morning                 Wilbur Held

(* The congregation may stand.)

Welcome Statement

We, the Salisbury Congregational Church, seek to love God with all our hearts, souls and minds and love our neighbors as ourselves. This Church declares itself to be Open and Affirming to all for participation, membership, leadership and employment regardless of race, ancestry, class, gender identity, physical/mental ability or sexual orientation.

We further declare ourselves to be Affirming of each individual as a child of God, celebrating the total identity of each person. As a declared Open and Affirming Congregation, we commit ourselves to work toward ending ignorance, fear, hatred, prejudice and discrimination against any person. Whoever you are, wherever you are on life’s journey: you are welcome here!

If you are visiting us today, Welcome!

Please sign our guest book and introduce yourself to our Pastor or to one of the Deacons. Fill out a welcome card in the pew to be put on our email list!

Please join us in the Parish Hall for refreshments and fellowship following worship. All are welcome. Today’s host is the Christian Action Committee.

Please see an usher if:

You would like to use a hearing device

If you would like to bring your child to the Nursery

Many thanks to:

Kathy Mera for serving as our lay reader

Sarah Morrison & Jim Hussey for serving as ushers

Prayer List:

Sean Clegg, Bolton Hull, Jean Gallup, Roberta Fay, J. Kevin Carroll, Siddhi, Evan Adsit, Marty Sorenson,

Franny Yerkes, Terry Roy & family, Petee Robinson, Leonard Kaufman, Dick Taber,Tom Splaine, Joe K., Peter & Linda,

Paula & Herman, Anne & Bill, Jan & John Hazard, Pauline, Friends & Family of: Gail Weigel, Joe Scotto, Elizabeth Adam, Dan Cunningham & Alain


Sunday: 11 am 274th Annual Meeting Part II

                     1pm Choir Rehearsal

Monday: 1 pm Salisbury Duplicate Bridge

Tuesday: 5 pm SOAR Cooking Class

                    5:30 pm Bell Choir Rehearsal

Wednesday: 9 am Staff Meeting

                             7:15 pm Choir Rehearsal

Thursday: 6 pm National Day of Prayer ~ Town Hall/Rain ~ Meeting House

Friday: 7:45 am Men’s Bible Study

                 7 pm Choir Rehearsal

Saturday 9:30 am Choir Rehearsal

Next Sunday: 11:30 am Trustees Meeting

                               3 pm Elijah Concert





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