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Sunday April 18, 2021 – St. John’s UCC

Theme:  Christ Among Us

Sermon: Proof or Presence   

 Scripture: Luke 24: 36-48   


Prayer of Confession for April 18, 2021

Prayer of Confession: Loving God, we just celebrated Christ coming back from the dead and already, it can so easily feel like he has disappeared.  We get distracted and don’t feel him close by.  Our world becomes too loud and we don’t hear from You like we think we should.  Our time gets tight and our prayers just aren’t being answered fast enough or in the ways we expect.  When we fail to make space, to see, and to sense Christ around and among us, forgive us.  Help us to slow down, to pay attention, and to seek Christ where he is, not where we think he ought to be. Reminders of abundant Easter life are blooming all around us~ in the beauty of creation, in joy of relationships, in the hope of a brighter tomorrow. May we sense You wherever there is proof of or potential for new life, knowing deep within our souls, that Christ is here among us! 


Hymn Lyrics for Audio Service – Sunday, April 18, 2021

Music reproduced with permission under OneLicense # A-721709

Chime Hymn

Jesus, Sovereign, Savior (KING’S WESTON), Hymn 255


1 Jesus, Sovereign, Savior,
once for sinners slain,
crucified in weakness,
raised in power to reign,
dwelling now immortal,
endless in your days,
unto you be glory,
honor, blessing, praise.


2 Faithful ones, communing
towards the close of day,
desolate and weary,
met you on the way.
So, when sun is setting,
come to us and show
your truth, and within us
make our hearts to glow.


3 In the upper chamber,
followers, in fear,
gathered sad and troubled,
there you did appear.
Christ, be present with us,
bid our sorrows cease;
breathing on us, Savior,
say, “I give you peace.”



Be Now My Vision (SLANE)

Setting, Paul Manz


Opening Hymn

I Greet You, Sure Redeemer (TOULON), Hymn 251

Stanza 1: All in Unison

Stanza 2: All in Harmony

Stanza 3: All in Unison

Stanza 4: All in Harmony

Stanza 5: All in Unison 


1 I greet you, sure Redeemer, with my heart,
glad for the saving love that you impart,
Who pain did undergo for my poor sake;
I pray you from our hearts all cares to take.


2 You are the source of mercy and of grace,
reigning omnipotent in every place;
So rule in us and our whole being sway.
Shine on us with the light of your pure day.


3 You are the life, by which alone we live,
and all our substance and our strength receive.
Sustain us by your faith and by your power,
and give us strength in every trying hour.


4 You have the true and perfect gentleness,
no harshness have you and no bitterness;
Grant us the grace that flows in you so free
that we may dwell in perfect unity.


5 Our hope is all in you and you alone;
we trust the promise that your word makes known.
O dear Redeemer, make us calm and sure,
that in your strength we evermore endure.



Sing, My Tongue from St. John Passion

Arr. John Ferguson – Chancel Choir and Friends


Sermon Hymn

Be Now My Vision (SLANE), Hymn 451

Stanza 1: All in Unison

Stanza 2: Women in Unison

Stanza 3: Men in Unison

Stanza 4: All in Unison 


1 Be now my vision, O God of my heart;
nothing surpasses the love you impart.
You my best thought, by day or by night,
waking or sleeping, your presence my light.


2 Be now my wisdom, and be my true word;
ever within me, my soul is assured;
Mother and Father, you are both to me,
now and forever your child I will be.


3 Riches I need not, nor life’s empty praise,
you, my inheritance, now and always;
You and you only are first in my heart,
great God, my treasure, may we never part.


4 Sovereign of heaven, my victory won,
may I reach heaven’s joys, O bright heaven’s Sun!
Heart of my own heart, whatever befall,
still be my vision, O Ruler of all.



Postlude on KING’S WESTON – Setting, Robert Powell


Hymn Leadership

Grace Bruen, Anne Kinsey, David Furniss, Eric Kinsey