Welcome! to Self-Guided Worship from Grace Community Church in Kyle of Lochalsh (International Presbyterian Church.) “Self-Guided” means you, and any family members who are with you, will read the scriptures and form and pray the prayers. Click on the links for the hymns, both the music and words will be there. Click on the YouTube link for the sermon. This is our fourth week at this; we hope to continue to make it better each week as we worship apart from each other during this global virus crisis. Remember, CHURCH is the people.
This sort of Easter Sunday has not been shared by the Church for a century – since the time of the Spanish Flu. COVID19, like the 1918-1920 Spanish Flu, is an unknown journey, but it will end. In the meantime, we are all doing what we can through self-isolation to slow and stop the spread of the virus. Easter, like every Sunday, is about the resurrection of Jesus Christ. Even apart, we join the Global Church in this time of a global pandemic and celebrate that Life triumphs over death. I have included more music in today’s service to mark our praise for and joy at the resurrection.
Listen to this Keith Green’s classic Easter Song to inspire your heart for Easter worship –
Opening Hymn: Come, People of the Risen King
Call to Worship: From Psalm 149:1-4
Praise the LORD! Sing to the LORD a new song, his praise in the assembly of the godly! Let Israel be glad in his Maker; let the children of Zion rejoice in their King! Let them praise his name with dancing, making melody to him with tambourine and lyre! For the LORD takes pleasure in his people; he adorns the humble with salvation.
Give Glory to the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit Thank God that we can come into his presence because of the shed blood of Jesus, the Lamb of God, the Great High Priest Give thanks that in the time of this pandemic, we can join the global church and our sister churches here in the Highlands before the throne of Grace
Confession of Sin: From Psalm 106
Praise the LORD! Oh give thanks to the LORD, for he is good, for his steadfast love endures forever! 6 Both we and our fathers have sinned; we have committed iniquity; we have done wickedness. They did not remember the abundance of your steadfast love. They made a calf in Horeb and worshiped a metal image. They exchanged the glory of God for the image of an ox that eats grass. They forgot God, their Savior, who had done great things in Egypt. Save us, O LORD our God, and gather us from among the nations, that we may give thanks to your holy name and glory in your praise. Blessed be the LORD, the God of Israel, from everlasting to everlasting! And let all the people say, “Amen!” Praise the LORD!
Prayers of Repentance (Silent personal prayers)
Assurance of Pardon: From John 1:29, 36
The next day he saw Jesus coming toward him, and said, “Behold, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world!… and he looked at Jesus as he walked by and said, “Behold, the Lamb of God!”
Musical Response: Listen to I know that my Redeemer Liveth, from Messiah by George Frideric Handel
Sermon Scripture: John 20: 19 – 23
19 On the evening of that day, the first day of the week, the doors being locked where the disciples were for fear of the Jews, Jesus came and stood among them and said to them, “Peace be with you.” 20 When he had said this, he showed them his hands and his side. Then the disciples were glad when they saw the Lord. 21 Jesus said to them again, “Peace be with you. As the Father has sent me, even so I am sending you.” 22 And when he had said this, he breathed on them and said to them, “Receive the Holy Spirit. 23 If you forgive the sins of any, they are forgiven them; if you withhold forgiveness from any, it is withheld.”
Prayers of Intercession
Benediction: Romans 16:25-27
25 Now to him who is able to strengthen you according to my gospel and the preaching of Jesus Christ, according to the revelation of the mystery that was kept secret for long ages 26 but has now been disclosed and through the prophetic writings has been made known to all nations, according to the command of the eternal God, to bring about the obedience of faith— 27 to the only wise God be glory forevermore through Jesus Christ! Amen.
Doxology: – Come Together
As we end this Easter Celebration, I want to share with you two songs written by my good friend James Ward, a classmate from Covenant College.
As for your tithes and offerings to God: If you are accustomed to bringing them to worship, we are working on an on-line donation scheme.
Remember to keep in touch with each other by whatever technological means you have – telephone, text, twitter, email.
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