Sunday Worship. April 11. Easter 2. In-Person & Online
It is with our best diligence and care that we open our pews for your in-person attendance at both services. Our commitment to safe gathering doesn’t diminish. Between the 8 and 10 services, added is to spray a safe disinfectant registered on the EPA List N for use against Covid-19.
Of course, we can worship anywhere and anytime. However, corporate worship in a space that is set aside for such sacred gatherings leads each of us to a deeper experience of God’s presence
as it helps us make room for the Spirit to speak into our hearts and transform our lives.
Easter is not over. Easter is not a single day. We have begun an extended celebration of Christ’s Resurrection.
In the season of Easter, we rejoice and experience what it means when we say Christ is risen.
This Sunday with our new series: God and Gardens, let’s take time to feel that our risen Savior is with us in the garden
Your sanctuary is open for your participation in corporate worship at 8 & 10AM in a safe environment,
where wearing a face mask is expected, social distancing is practiced,
and UV lights in the duct with the improved air ventilation is running to disinfect air in the gathering space.
Between the two service, sprays a disinfectant registered on the EPA List N for use against COVID-19 virus.
Both services continue to be livestreamed https://www.facebook.com/LodiUMC
and are available on FM 103.5 channel at the locations within a half mile away from the church.
Please observe a day of worship and reflection on Sunday wherever you are.
Order of Worship
April 11, 2021
Reader 1: When the day is quiet, and the world still sleeps,
Reader 2: and the morning is crisp, and love breathes again,
All: we praise you, O God of resurrection.
Reader 1: When the day is new, and the sun is fresh,
Reader 2: and the light is clean, and the stone has rolled,
All: we praise you, O God of empty tombs.
Reader 1: Tombs were sealed; Now they are open.
Reader 2: Death was yesterday; New life is today.
Reader 1: Love was dead; Now it is alive again.
Reader 2: Death has been given a make-over; Endings have a new perspective.
Readers 1&2: Things work differently now.
All: When the shouting has stopped, and the suffering ended,
and the betrayal complete, and the darkness stolen, now we praise you, O God of life.
You take our endings and you make a new beginning.
You bless us to reconsider what is possible to the believers.
The time is now, the moment is on us, and the place is here.
There is a new creation, and by your grace our souls live in it. Alleluia! Amen
HYMN OF ADORATION Morning Has Broken (United Methodist Hymn #145)
1 Morning has broken like the first morning;
blackbird has spoken like the first bird.
Praise for the singing! Praise for the morning!
Praise for them, springing fresh from the Word!
2 Sweet the rain’s new fall sunlit from heaven,
like the first dewfall on the first grass.
Praise for the sweetness of the wet garden,
Sprung in completeness where his feet pass.
3 Mine is the sunlight! Mine is the morning,
born of the one light Eden saw play!
Praise with elation, praise every morning,
God’s re-creation of the new day!
SHARING JOYS AND CONCERNS Please share your prayer requests and joys. Type them in the comment section.
TIME OF DEDICATION This is our commitment to following Jesus. Thank you for living your faith by sharing your gifts with God’s world through your church.
Doxology (United Methodist Hymn #94)
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!
Prayer of Dedication
Thank you, O God, that you give the gift of abundant, eternal life. As we bring our offerings to you, we give back to you from the bountiful blessings you have given us. May we give freely, sacrificially and cheerfully towards the work of your church. May we be filled with all the fullness of God. Through Jesus Christ, our Lord, Amen.
SPECIAL MUSIC In the Garden Peggy Falkenstein & Adele Van Ness, duet
SCRIPTURE READING John 20:11-18
Mary stood outside near the tomb, crying. As she cried, she bent down to look into the tomb. She saw two angels dressed in white, seated where the body of Jesus had been, one at the head and one at the foot. The angels asked her, “Woman, why are you crying?” She replied, “They have taken away my Lord, and I don’t know where they’ve put him.”
As soon as she had said this, she turned around and saw Jesus standing there, but she didn’t know it was Jesus. Jesus said to her, “Woman, why are you crying? Who are you looking for?” Thinking he was the gardener, she replied, “Sir, if you have carried him away, tell me where you have put him and I will get him.”
Jesus said to her, “Mary.” She turned and said to him in Aramaic, “Rabbouni” (which means Teacher). Jesus said to her, “Don’t hold on to me, for I haven’t yet gone up to my Father. Go to my brothers and sisters and tell them, ‘I’m going up to my Father and your Father, to my God and your God.’” Mary Magdalene left and announced to the disciples, “I’ve seen the Lord.” Then she told them what he said to her.
MESSAGE Our Life: To, In, and From the Garden
SONG OF COMMITMENT In the Garden (United Methodist Hymn #314)
1 I come to the garden alone while the dew is still on the roses,
and the voice I hear falling on my ear the Son of God discloses.
Refrain And he walks with me, and he talks with me, and he tells me I am his own;
and the joy we share as we tarry there, none other has ever known.
2 He speaks, and the sound of his voice, is so sweet the birds hush their singing,
and the melody that he gave to me within my heart is ringing. Refrain
3 I’d stay in the garden with him though the night around me be falling,
but he bids me go; thru the voice of woe his voice to me is calling. Refrain
DISMISSAL WITH BLESSING
One: This is the news: All: Jesus is risen!
One: This is the moment: All: Jesus is alive!
One: This is the gospel: All: Jesus is with us!
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