Welcome to Our Online Worship


Welcome to McMannen UMC Online worship.   Due to the Coronavirus and until further notice, we invite you to join us online for worship on Sunday mornings. We may not be able to meet together physically, but that’s not going to stop us from rallying together spiritually. Join us online for a special time of worship.


Lenten Sermon Series

COVENANT

  Learning to trust God's everlasting covenant with us

As adults, many of us have experienced signing a contract or other legal documents.  To borrow money, rent and apartment, or buy a car, we are asked to sign on the dotted line.  Contracts are built on distrust, protecting ourselves from liability if the other person does not hold up her or her end of the bargain.  Yet healthy human development and relationships are built on trust.  Trust becomes possible only when we willfully and lovingly yield all authority and power and make ourselves vulnerable.  The deepest and most eternal trust that undergirds our souls comes from a relationship with God, who has given all to be with us and keeps not only God’s promises, but ours as well, in an unbreakable love known as covenant.


Order of Worship


LOADING PLAYER…

CALL TO WORSHIP

Christ is risen!

The Lord is risen indeed!

Glory and honor, dominion and power, 
be to God forever and ever!

Christ is risen! Alleluia!


Opening Prayer (BOW, 340)


Let us pray:

Almighty God,
    by raising Christ your Son, you conquered the power of death and opened to us the way of eternal life.  Let our celebration today raise us up and renew our lives by the Spirit that is within us.  May this be granted through our Lord Jesus Christ, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, forever and ever.  Amen.

Opening Hymn

Christ the Lord is Risen Today

(UMH, 302)

1 Christ the Lord is risen today, Alleluia!
Earth and heaven in chorus say, Alleluia!
Raise your joys and triumphs high, Alleluia!
Sing, ye heavens, and earth reply, Alleluia!


2 Love's redeeming work is done, Alleluia!
Fought the fight, the battle won, Alleluia!
Death in vain forbids him rise, Alleluia!
Christ has opened paradise, Alleluia!


3 Lives again our glorious King, Alleluia!
Where, O death, is now thy sting? Alleluia!
Once he died our souls to save, Alleluia!
Where's thy victory, boasting grave? Alleluia!


4 Soar we now where Christ has led, Alleluia!
Following our exalted Head, Alleluia!
Made like him, like him we rise, Alleluia!
Ours the cross, the grave, the skies, Alleluia!

Prayer of Illumination


Open our eyes and soften our hearts, O God, through the work of your Holy Spirit,
that in the hearing of your Word we may
receive new life.  
Amen.


Scripture

Mark 16:1-8

Sermon


"He Is Not Here"


Rev. Donna Banks

Hymn of Response

Christ is Alive

(UMH, 318)

1 Christ is alive! Let Christians sing.

The cross stands empty to the sky.

Let streets and homes with praises ring.

Love, drowned in death, shall never die.


2 Christ is alive! No longer bound

to distant years in Palestine,

but saving, healing, here and now,

and touching every place and time.


3 In every insult, rift, and war,

where colour, scorn or wealth divide,

Christ suffers still, yet loves the more,

and lives, where even hope has died.


4 Women and men, in age and youth,

can feel the spirit, hear the call,

and find the way, the life, the truth,

revealed in Jesus, freed for all.


5 Christ is alive, and comes to bring

good news to this and every age,

till earth and sky and ocean ring

with joy, with justice, love and praise.

THANKSGIVING AND COMMUNION

INTRODUCTION TO THE TABLE


PRAYER OF CONFESSION


All-knowing, all-powerful God,

we confess that, even on this most holy day,

we are unable to believe in the victory over death

shown to us in the resurrection of
Jesus Christ, our Lord.

We confess our utter dependence on you not only for life but also for faith, hope, and love.

Without your astonishing appearance to our ancestors and your stunning presence throughout the ages, we would be lost.

Forgive us and transform us,

that in every way our work and prayer will

make whole what is broken and give peace on earth. Amen.


THE GREAT THANKSGIVING


The Lord be with you.  And also with you.


Lift up your heats.  We lift them up to the Lord.


Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.  It is right to give our thanks and praise.


 . . . And so, with you people on earth and all the company of heaven, we praise your name and join their unending hymn: 
Holy, holy, holy, Lord, God of power and might, heaven and earth are full of your
glory. Hosanna in the highest Blessed is He who comes in the name of The Lord. 
Hosanna in the highest. 


. . . as we proclaim the mystery of faith; Christ has died, Christ has risen,
Christ will come again,


. . . all honor and glory is yours, Almighty God, now and forever.  Amen.


THE LORD’S PRAYER


GIVING THE BREAD AND THE CUP


PRAYER AFTER THE MEAL

 

CLOSING HYMN

Thine Be the Glory

UMH, 308)

1 Thine is the glory, risen, conqu'ring Son;
Endless is the victory, Thou o'er death hast won;
Angels in bright raiment rolled the stone away,
Kept the folded grave clothes where Thy body lay.


Refrain:
Thine is the glory, risen conqu'ring Son,
Endless is the vict'ry, Thou o'er death hast won.


2 Lo! Jesus meets us, risen from the tomb;
Lovingly He greets us, scatters fear and gloom;
Let the church with gladness, 

hymns of triumph sing;
For her Lord now liveth, death hath lost its sting. Refrain


3 No more we doubt Thee, glorious Prince of life;
Life is naught without Thee; aid us in our strife;
Make us more than conqu'rors, 

through Thy deathless love:
Bring us safe through Jordan to Thy home above. Refrain

 

Dismissal With Blessing

Christ is Risen!  Alleluia!

Go forth with the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ;

The love of God;

And the communion of the Holy Spirit

be with you now and forever.  Amen.



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