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THIRD SUNDAY OF EASTER

DOGWOOD ACRES SUNDAY

APRIL 18, 2021 | 10:00 AM

 

 

WELCOME TO ONLINE WORSHIP AT FIRST CHURCH!

Welcome to all who gather to worship online today! We hope you feel the warmth of God’s presence and welcome right where you’re at. If this if your first time joining us online, we are honored by your presence and hope to see you again soon! To stay informed, please subscribe to our weekly email.

Today's service was made using video from this week's sanctuary worship service. We invite you to join us in-person next Sunday at 10:00 AM.

 

ABOUT US

First, we’re not just friendly, we’re friends! Our primary belief is that everyone (no exceptions!) is created in the loving image of God, who is love itself.

Second, in everything we do, we strive to live our mission: By the power of Christ, we are blessed to be a blessing!

WE GATHER TO WORSHIP

(the people’s words in bold print)

 

PRELUDE

"Early American Hymn Tunes"

Brad Thoreson, piano

 

CHIMING THE HOUR

 

RISE & SHINE (aka WELCOME & ANNOUNCEMENTS)

 

CALL TO WORSHIP 

Praise, abundant praise, flows like a mighty stream,

Chanted by a chorus of thousands, echoing from mountain to shoreline!

Glory, God’s glory, shines like the noonday sun,

Sparkling like dew on grasses and flowers.

All creation praises God, reminding us to enjoy the world and be renewed by grace-filled relationships!

We are God’s people, let us praise the Lord!

Easter people, Christ is risen!

Christ is risen indeed!

OPENING PRAYER

Loving God, we come into your presence with glad hearts! You provide places and people for us to know you more deeply, and we are refreshed by your Spirit. Accept our praise and gratitude for the beauty of your creation and the people who guide us into it. In the name of Christ, our risen Lord, we pray, Amen!

MUSIC

"Tell Me the Story of Jesus"

(arr. Greg Howlett)

WE EXPERIENCE GOD’S WORD

 

Today we ask the question Who is Jesus? Learning about Jesus is one of the great ways to grow in faith at church and at camp! Who is Jesus to you?

WHO IS JESUS?

  • Jesus is God with Us     John 1:1-5, 14

  • Jesus is Friend     John 15:9-17

  • Jesus is Teacher     Mark 4:1-10

  • Jesus is Healer     John 5:2-9

  • Jesus is Savior     John 3:16-17

  • Jesus is Our Example     Luke 4:14-21

 

MUSIC

"Camp Medley"

(arr. Brad Thoreson)

WE RESPOND TO GOD’S WORD

 

DECLARATION OF OUR FAITH

We believe in God, who promises to be with us always, in all our seasons of life. We believe God created a most beautiful world and wants us to take care of it. We believe God wants to fill us with power to that we may be witnesses of divine love to our friends and to the ends of the earth. We believe in the risen Christ, who shows that God’s love is stronger than our fears, more enduring than our worries, and deeper than our despair. We believe in the Holy Spirit, the hidden power of God, working for good, bringing hope, encouraging justice, building peaceful relationships, promoting healing, and creating joy. We believe that God is at work in us and in this camp community of pray-ers and do-ers. Give God the glory!

PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE & 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 debts, as we forgive our debtors; and lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, forever. Amen.

 

WE DEPART TO SERVE

 

MUSIC

“Vespers Medley”

(arr. B. Thoreson)

BENEDICTION

 

POSTLUDE

“This Little Light of Mine”

(African American spiritual, arr. B. Thoreson)

GOD’S TITHES + OUR OFFERINGS

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810 Georgia Avenue

Lynn Haven, FL 32444.