Sunday, April 14, 2024


WORSHIP

PRELUDE

Kim Peeples

WELCOME & CALL TO WORSHIP

Rev. Teresa Bensch

One: God has set apart those who are faithful. Our creator will hear us when we call.
All: God puts gladness in our hearts and minds. We will lie down in safety and sleep in peace.
One: Beloved, we are God’s Children now. What we will be has not yet been revealed.
All: We are here to remember Jesus Christ. We want to be like the One who lived by love.
One: Our faith strengthens us for each day’s living. God empowers our ministries of caring.
All: We trust God whose children we are. We look forward to what God will reveal in us.

PRAISE MEDLEY

  • All Hail The Power of Jesus’ Name (Chalice Hymnal #91, v. 1 and 5)
  • Crown Him with Many Crowns (Chalice Hymnal #234, v. 1 and 4)
  • Rejoice, The Lord Is King (Chalice Hymnal #699, v. 1 and 3)

OPENING PRAYER

Rev. Teresa Bensch

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!

SPECIAL MUSIC: “He Leadeth Me”

Chancel Choir

SCRIPTURE: Luke 24: 36b – 53

Mabel Simmons

SERMON: “What a Day! What Now?”

Rev. Dr. Diane Bales

HYMN OF INVITATION: “Savior, Like a Shepherd Lead Us” (Chalice Praise #558, v. 1 and 3)

COMMUNION MEDITATION

Elizabeth McElhanon

COMMUNION
The table is set. Come with your doubts, come with your hopes, come with your inadequacies and with your strengths. Come, for this is a table where all are invited and all are welcome.

Elders: Rod Baker and Hoyt Huff
Deacons: Dennis Higdon and Jeanie Morgan

OFFERING INVITATION

Rev. Teresa Bensch

DOXOLOGY (tune: “All Creatures of our God and King”)

Praise God from whom all blessings flow;
Praise God, all creatures here below;
Alleluia! Alleluia!
Praise God, the source of all our gifts!
Praise Jesus Christ, whose power uplifts!
Praise the Spirit, Holy Spirit,
Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia!

OFFERING PRAYER

Rev. Teresa Bensch

ANNOUNCEMENTS

Rev. Teresa Bensch

BENEDICTION

Rev. Dr. Diane Bales

CLOSING CHORUS: “Wherever You Go”

POSTLUDE

Kim Peeples


UPCOMING EVENTS

Sunday, April 14
Camp Christian Giving Tree

9 am: Choir practice
10 am: No Sunday school! (set-up for potluck)
11:00 am: Worship (Diane Bales preaching)
12 pm: Church potluck

Monday, April 15
6:30 pm: Finance and Facilities Team on Zoom

Tuesday, April 16
6:30 pm: Let’s Eat! at Los Hermanos

Sunday, April 21
9 am: Choir practice
10 am: Sunday school
11 am: Worship (Teresa Bensch preaching)
2 pm: Blessing of Pets


ANNOUNCEMENTS

POTLUCK DINNER: We will have a potluck dinner after worship today, organized by the Congregational Care and Connect Team. Please plan to stay and enjoy food and fellowship with us!

BLESSING OF PETS: Next Sunday, April 21, we will hold a Blessing of Pets at 2 pm outside. You are welcome to bring your pet if they get along with other animals, or bring a picture of your pet to be blessed. As part of the Blessing of Pets, the Outreach Team is collecting old blankets/towels, dog and cat treats, and dog and cat toys to donate to the animal shelter. You can drop your items in the collection boxes in the gathering space any time between now and next Sunday afternoon.

WEEKLY CALL TO PRAYER FOR OUR CHURCH: During this time of transition for LFCC, all of us are needed to participate in a time of intentional prayer for our congregation. Each Monday at 6 pm, you are encouraged to pause for a few minutes to pray for God’s guidance as we continue the work of discerning God’s path for our church. You can pray wherever you are, in whatever way feels most comfortable for you. If you are not able to pause and pray Mondays at 6 pm, please choose a different time to set aside for intentional prayer for LFCC. We need all of our prayers to guide our church forward. 


SCRIPTURE

Luke 24: 36b – 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 worshipped him, and returned to Jerusalem with great joy; and they were continually in the temple blessing God.