Fear Not! Peace Be With You!

THE SECOND SUNDAY AFTER EASTER

CALL TO WORSHIP: 
We are gathered in various places this day to worship God. 
Physically, we may be separate, but spiritually, we are very
much together. We come to find insight, to seek comfort, 
and to look for the presence of The Risen Lord in our world 
and in our lives.

In Christ Alone
A PRAYER OF CONFESSION: 
Almighty God, you raised Jesus from death to life, giving us 
the confidence we need to trust you with our deepest wants
and our worst failures. We admit that we have not always 
lived for you. You invite us to a new life, but we choose the 
path of uncaring. You call us to reconciliation, but we often 
turn away from others. You challenge us to be generous, but
we would prefer to keep to ourselves.  

Enter our lives, O Lord, and release us from being so self-
centered. Create in us a renewed openness to your Spirit, that
we might share your love with the world around us. In Christ’s 
name we ask these things, Amen.
 

AN ASSURANCE OF PARDON:
The Good News of the Gospel is this: in the life, death, and 
resurrection of Jesus Christ, we learn once and for all, that 
God’s love has no bounds.  Each and every day, in Christ 
we are forgiven, freed, and empowered to begin anew.
Thanks be to God!
Welcome and Scripture
Meditation

AN AFFIRMATION OF FAITH
“Let the same mind be in you that was in Christ Jesus, who
though He was in the form of God, did not regard equality with
God as something to be exploited, but emptied Himself, taking
the form of a slave, being born in human likeness. And being
found in human form, He humbled himself and became obedient
to the point of death – even death on a cross.
 
Therefore, God also highly exalted Him and gave Him the name
that is above every name, so that at the name of Jesus every knee

should bend, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and
every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory
of God the Father.”
 
(Taken from Philippians 2:6-11, New Revised Standard Version.
Quoted here by the Apostle Paul, and thought to perhaps be one
of the earliest beginnings of a Creed found in the New Testament.)

How Firm a Foundation

A BENEDICTION TO TAKE WITH YOU 
Peace I leave with you. My peace I give to you. Not as the world
gives, do I give to you. Let not your hearts be troubled, neither let
them be afraid.  (Jesus speaking to the Disciples at the Last Supper,
John 14:27.)