Celtic Service of Worship

WELCOME AND ANNOUNCEMENTS

PRELUDE

*CALL TO WORSHIP

Leader: Welcome to this ancient place.
            All: House of prayer for many people;
            Home to all who come.
Leader: Welcome to this gathering place.
            All: Friend and stranger,
            saint and sinner in all who gather here.
Leader: Come with hope or hesitation; come with joy or yearning;
all who hunger, all who thirst for life in all its fullness.
            All: Generous God and generous Saviour,
            touch us through your Spirit.

*HYMN 450   Be Thou My Vision   SLANE

CELTIC PRAYER

O God, who gave to your servant Columba the gifts of courage, faith and cheerfulness, and sent people forth from Ireland and Iona to carry the word of your gospel to every creature; grant, we pray, a like spirit to your church, even at this present time.

Further in all things the purpose of our community, that hidden things may be revealed to us, and new ways found to touch the hearts of all.

May we preserve with each other sincere charity and peace, and, if it be your holy will, grant that this place of your abiding be continued still to be a sanctuary and a light.  Through Jesus Christ. Amen.

*PRAYER OF CONFESSION

Leader: Holy God, Maker of all –
            All: Lord forgive us.
Leader: Jesus Christ, Servant of the poor –
            All: Lord forgive us.
Leader: Holy Spirit, Breath of life –
            All: Lord forgive us.

Leader: Let us confess in silence our faults and admit our frailty.

Leader: Before God, with the people of God, we confess to our brokenness; to the ways we wound our lives, to the lives of others, and the life of the world.
            All: May God forgive us, Christ renew us, and the Spirit enable us
  to grow in love.
Leader: Let us, the children of God, greet each other with signs of peace, peace of Christ to you!
            All: Amen.

*HYMN 543  O Christ Surround Me  GREEN TYLER

PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE AND LIGHTING OF CANDLES

SCRIPTURE READING John 13:21-30

SERMON Andy Ward

*HYMN  Inspired by Love and Anger  (insert)  SALLEY GARDENS 

*CELTIC AFFIRMATION OF FAITH

We believe in God, whose love is the source of all life and the desire of our lives, whose love was given a human face in Jesus of Nazareth, whose love was crucified by the evil that waits to enslave us all and whose love, defeating even death, is our glorious promise of freedom. Therefore, though we are sometimes fearful and full of doubt, in God we trust; and, in the name of Jesus Christ, we commit ourselves, in the service of others, to seek justice and to live in peace, to care for the earth and to share the commonwealth of God’s goodness, to live in freedom of forgiveness and the power of the spirit of love, and the company of the faithful so to be the church, for the glory of God. Amen.

TITHES AND OFFERING  Amazing Grace

*DOXOLOGY

Let trumpets sound and voices sing!
Let all on earth their praises bring! Alleluia! Alleluia!
For Christ has conquered sin and death
And given life eternal breath.
Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia!

PRAYER OF THANKSGIVING

Lift up your hearts.
          We lift them up to God.
Let us give thanks to God.
          It is right to give God thanks and praise.

A Prayer of the Iona Community of Scotland:

Generous Creator,
You keep us waiting.
You, the God of all time,
want us to wait for the right time in which to discover
who we are, where we must go,
who will be with us, and what we must do.
So, thank you…for the waiting time.

You keep us looking.
You, the God of all space,
want us to look in the right and wrong places for signs of hope,
for people who are hopeless,
for visions of a better world that will appear among the disappointments of the world we know.
So, thank you…for the looking time.

You keep us loving.
You, the God whose name is love,
want us to be like you –
to love the loveless and the unlovely and the unlovable;
to love without jealousy or design or threat,
and most difficult of all, to love ourselves.
So, thank you…for the loving time.

And in all this you keep us,
through hard questions with no easy answers;
through failing where we hoped to succeed and making an impact when we felt useless;
through the patience and the dreams and the love of others;
and through Jesus Christ and his Spirit, you keep us. Amen. 

The prayer concludes by singing The Casa Del Sol Prayer of Jesus.
A copy of this prayer can be found on the seat of your pew.

*HYMN 100  Canticle of the Turning   STAR OF THE COUNTY DOWN

*CHARGE

POSTLUDE  Highland Cathedral  Korb/Roever

*Please rise in body or in spirit.

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We thank those who served in and prepared for worship today:

Andrew Ward, Preacher
Jeff Moles, Director of Music Ministries
Heidi Hall, Liturgist

A special thank you to today’s guest musicians:

Melissa DuPuy
John Mock
Jason Bunn
Bill Verdier

Announcements

Our next monthly potluck with Eastminster is Sunday, May 5.  Join us for food and fellowship in the downstairs dining room after worship. If you’re able, bring your favorite dish to share.

Let’s talk podcasts.  We are excited to announce that our next 9:45 book study is just two and a half weeks away! On May 12, we will kick off our Podcast study which will focus on a different series each week. Stay tuned for more details!

Easter Sunday

PRELUDE      “The Trumpet Shall Sound”  from Messiah  
Handel, arr. Hopson

*CALL TO WORSHIP

The tomb is empty!
          Christ is risen!
The soldiers have returned home.
          Christ is risen!
The anger of the crowds is gone.
          Christ is risen!
The time of grieving has ended.
          Christ is risen!
Violence, fear, and death have disappeared!
          Christ is risen!
Come, let us go to the house of the Holy One!
          Christ is risen! Indeed, Christ is risen!

VESTING THE SANCTUARY

*HYMN 232  Jesus Christ is Risen Today   EASTER HYMN

*INVITATION TO HOPE

*PRAYER OF HOPE IN CHRIST

Eternal God,
by the power of your redeeming love,
Christ Jesus is raised to new life.
We confess that even as we celebrate Jesus’ resurrection,
we do not wholly trust your redemptive power,
nor fully believe the Good News of Jesus.
Renew our faith and revive our hope,
that we might joyfully live
the new life you bring to all Creation,
as we share with others the risen life
of your Beloved, Anointed One.
Amen.

Silent confession.

*ASSURANCE OF HOPE  Matt. 28:5b–6

“Do not be afraid; I know you are looking for Jesus who was crucified.  He is not here; for he has been raised, as he said.”

Believe the Good News of the Gospel.
          In Jesus Christ we are loved and befriended by God.

PASSING OF THE PEACE

And since we have been reconciled to God,
let us also be reconciled to one another.

The peace of Christ be with you.
            And also with you.

CONGREGATIONAL RESPONSE  HYMN 243 Be Not Afraid

SCRIPTURE READING  John 20:1-18

SERMON    “Don’t Just Do Something, Sit There”    Mark DeVries

*HYMN 248  Christ is Risen! Shout Hosanna!  HYMN TO JOY

INVITATION TO THE OFFERING

OFFERING

*DOXOLOGY

Let trumpets sound and voices sing!
Let all on earth their praises bring! Alleluia! Alleluia!
For Christ has conquered sin and death
And given life eternal breath.
Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia!

HOLY COMMUNION

GREAT PRAYER OF THANKSGIVING

Lift up your hearts.
          We lift them up to God.
Let us give thanks to God.
          It is right to give God thanks and praise.

It is truly right and our greatest joy
to give you thanks and praise,
O God our Creator, Redeemer, and Sustainer.
Your hand has formed us from dust of the earth
and set us among all your creatures to love and serve you.

When we are unfaithful to you, you keep faith with us,
remaining steadfast in your love for us.
You break the bonds of our oppression,
bring us to live in freedom,
and make covenant with us to be our God.
In the prophets you teach us justice and compassion,
and in Jesus of Nazareth you embody among us
your eternal grace and truth.

Therefore, we join our voices and sing your praise:
HYMN 552

You are holy, O God of majesty,
and blessed is Christ Jesus, your Beloved One.
He came with healing in his touch
and was wounded for our sins.
He came with kindness in his voice
and was mocked by others.

He came with peace in his heart
but was met violence with death.
By your power he overcame the power of death
and opened the way to new life for all.
The one who was dead now lives,
the one who was humiliated is raised to glory,
the one who now lives with you is with us always.

          With thanksgiving, we take this bread and this cup,
          remembering Jesus’ suffering and death,
          proclaiming the Good News of his resurrection.

Gracious God,
pour out your Spirit upon us,
and upon these your gifts of bread and wine,
that the bread we break and the cup we bless
may be for us the body and blood of Christ Jesus.
Help us realize in the breaking of bread
the presence of your Beloved, Anointed One.
Give all who are fed at this table
grace to share bread with the hungry,
and Good News with the hungry of heart.
Nourished by his holy meal,
may we all grow to greater maturity in Christ.

          Through Christ, with Christ, in Christ,
          in the unity of the holy spirit,
          all glory, and honor are yours, Eternal God,
          now and forever. Amen.

We now pray together saying:

Our Father-Mother, 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 sins, as we
forgive the sins of others. And lead us not into temptation, but
deliver us from evil, for thine is the kingdom, and the power,
and the glory forever. Amen.

BREAKING THE BREAD

These are the gifts of God.
          For the people of God.

*HYMN 536  Rise, O Church, Like Christ Arisen   SURGE ECCLESIA

PRAYER AFTER COMMUNION

Gracious God,
you have made us one with all your people
in heaven and on earth.
You have fed us with the bread of life,
and renewed us for your service.
Help us follow more faithfully
the way of Christ Jesus,
so that our daily living may bear witness
to your undying love for all the world.  Amen.

*HYMN 249   Because You Live, O Christ   VRUECHTEN

*EASTER AFFIRMATION AND DISMISSAL

Christ is risen!
          Christ is risen indeed! Alleluia!
Let us go forth in the name and Spirit of Christ Jesus.
          Thanks be to God.

POSTLUDE    Trumpet Tune in G     Bankson

*Please rise in body or in spirit.

The Easter lilies in the sanctuary have been donated by individuals in honor or in memory of loved ones.

The lilies are dedicated to the following:

Bob Gardner by Greg Gardner
Jerry Jud by Mark DeVries
Janice Osborne, Grace and Glenn Mitchell by Becky Goodman
Janice Osborne by Bill Osborne
The David Hamilton Family by David Hamilton

We thank those who served in and prepared for worship today:

Mark DeVries, Preacher
Jeff Moles, Director of Music Ministries
Greg Gardner, Liturgist
Jenny Cook and Cliff Mundy, Offering Takers

A special thank you to today’s guest musicians:

Nicholas Rankin, ensemble coordinator
Laura Scheuemann, trumpet
Kevin Griffin, trumpet
Sammi Davenport, horn
Connor Naaden, trombone
Chris Colalillo, tuba
Chris Nelson, timpani

Announcements

Next week (April 28th) will be a Celtic-style worship! Join us for this special service featuring performances from musical guest, Melissa Duplie.

Our next 9:45 Book Study will begin May 12th! We will be discussing Podcasts and each week we will focus our discussion on a different series.

Welcome, Lillian Wakefield Armstrong! Eric and Kate Armstrong are happy to announce the birth of their daughter (born on April 12.)

The Fifth Sunday in Lent

We begin and prepare for worship by centering ourselves, remembering the waters of baptism.

In baptism, we are joined to Christ and made members of one body, a people seeking to live faithfully into God’s purpose for us and for all creation.

PRELUDE

*CALL TO WORSHIP  Isaiah 43:19-21

I am about to do a new thing;
            now it springs forth, do you not perceive it?
I will make a way in the wilderness and rivers in the desert.
            The wild animals will honor me,
the jackals and the ostriches;
            for I give water in the wilderness,
rivers in the desert,
            to give drink to my chosen people,
the people whom I formed for myself
            so that they might declare my praise.

*HYMN 440  Jesus, Lover of My Soul  ABERSTWYTH

*INVITATION TO CONFESSION

*PRAYER OF CONFESSION^

Loving God, how lavishly you pour out
the gift of your grace upon us.
Fill our homes and our lives
with the fragrance of your love,
so that we may show your glory
and serve your people;
through Christ Jesus, your Beloved One. Amen.

Silent confession.

*CONGREGATIONAL RESPONSE  Kyrie Eleison

A copy of this response can be found on the seat of your pew.

*ASSURANCE OF GRACE  Psalm 126:6

Those who go out weeping, bearing the seed for sowing, shall come home with shouts of joy, carrying their sheaves.

Believe the Good News of the Gospel.
In Jesus Christ we are loved and befriended by God.

*PASSING OF THE PEACE

And since we have been reconciled to God, let us also be reconciled to one another.

The peace of Christ be with you.
And also with you.

The congregation is invited to exchange signs of peace.

*CONGREGATIONAL RESPONSE  Hymn 435, verse 1

There’s a wideness in God’s mercy,
like the wideness of the sea.
There’s a kindness in God’s justice,
which is more than liberty.
There is no place where earth’s sorrows
are more felt than up in heaven.
There is no place where earth’s failings
have such kindly judgement given.

SCRIPTURE READING John 12:1-8

For the word of God in scripture, for the word of God among us, for the word of God within us, thanks be to God.

SERMON                           
In the Middle of Affliction                         Travis Chavis  

*HYMN 201  A Prophet-Woman Broke a Jar  

                                                    HOW CAN I KEEP FROM SINGING

INVITATION TO THE OFFERING

OFFERING

*DOXOLOGY  Hymn 223, verse 4

Were the whole realm of nature mine,
that were a present far too small;
love so amazing, so divine,
demands my soul, my life, my all.

HOLY COMMUNION

INVITATION TO THE TABLE

PRAYER OF THANKSGIVING

Lift up your hearts.
We lift them up to God.
Let us give thanks to God.
It is right to give God thanks and praise.

God of all mercies, we give you humble thanks for all your goodness and loving-kindness to us and to all people. We bless you for our creation, preservation, and all the blessings of this life, but above all for your boundless love in the redemption of the world by Jesus Christ, for the means of grace, and for the hope of glory.

With thanksgiving we take this bread and this cup,
remembering Jesus’ suffering and death,
proclaiming the Good News of his resurrection.

Mighty God,
let your Spirit move in power over us,
and over these gifts of bread and wine,
that they may be for us
the communion of Christ’s body and blood.
Strengthened by this holy meal,
may we live for that day
when all peoples are free, all divisions healed,
and the whole of your creation sings your praise together.

The prayer concludes by singing the Casa del Sol Prayer of Jesus.  A copy of this can be found on the seat of your pew.

WORDS OF INSTITUTION

SHARING THE BREAD AND CUP

PRAYER AFTER COMMUNION

*HYMN  226  There in God’s Garden  SHADES MOUNTAIN

*DISMISSAL

POSTLUDE

*Please rise in body or in spirit.
^From the PCUSA Revised Common Lectionary

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The Session of the Church:
Class of 2019: Mark Taylor, Brett Withers
Class of 2020: Alan Stephenson, Tom Eldridge
Class of 2021: Greg Gardner, Heidi Hall
Melinda Sanders, Moderator

We thank those who served in and prepared for worship today:

Travis Chavis, Preacher
Jeff Moles, Director of Music Ministries
Brett Withers, Liturgist
Steve Fay and Cliff Mundy, Offering Takers

Woodland Presbyterian Church is an inclusive community of faith seeking to share God’s love for all Creation, welcoming everyone to full and equal participation in the church without regard to race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender and gender identity, seeking to embody in our lives the love of God embodied in Christ Jesus.

The East Nashville Training Hub:

In this chapter of Woodland’s life together, our church is engaged in an innovative partnership called the East Nashville Training Hub. The Training Hub, made up of mostly young adults, carry much of the day-to-day responsibilities for the church, including preaching and worship planning, service and fellowship events, and children’s ministry.  We are grateful for the energy, creativity, and engaging wisdom of this team!

Announcements

A Note on Lent

During the 40-day season of Lent, the words we sing, say and pray invite us to leave the seemingly safe space of our heads, to unclench our grip on our finite lives and our limited intellect, to step beyond our illusion of control, and to enter the seemly risky space of uncertainty and mystery.

In sum, Lent is an invitation to honest self-examination and to becoming more aware of the attitudes and behaviors that keep us from living the life God gives us in the way God desires of us and as revealed in the life, teachings and example of Christ Jesus.  The word “lent” itself comes from the Old English work len(c)ten, meaning “spring season,” thus, through the stillness and attentiveness we prioritize in this season, we begin seeing more clearly the approaching light of spring and the promise of renewal and resurrection.


Upcoming Dates

April 14 is the last Sunday we will meet for our Lenten book study on Barbara Brown Taylor’s book, Learning to Walk in the Dark.  Meet in the Assembly Room at 9:45am.

Our next Church Work Day is Saturday, April 13 from 10am-1pm.  Join us as we spruce up our space in preparation for Easter. Contact Tracy Bell at 502-645-9563 if you are attending.

Our Palm-Passion Sunday service is April 14.  It is from 11-12am and a joint service with our friends at Eastminster.  Our monthly potluck will follow worship in the dining room.

Our Maundy Thursday service is April 18. Join us for a brief service from 6:30-7:30pm.

Our Easter service is Sunday, April 21. It will be a joint service with Eastminster.  We are collecting donations for Easter lilies and music.  If you would like to make a donation in memory or honor of a loved one, contact Travis Chavis.