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"ENCOUNTERING THE RISEN LORD" LUKE 24:13-35
SUNDAY • APRIL 11, 2021 11AM WORSHIP
WELCOME! Welcome to Centenary United Methodist Church. Thank you for worshiping with us today! We are grateful for your presence and invite you to participate in our worship, program and ministry life here at Centenary. We hope the worship will inspire and comfort you as we hear God’s message proclaimed. During this time, now more than ever, may the grace and love of Christ surround you.
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OUR MISSION “The mission of the church is to make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world.”
PARTICIPATING IN WORSHIP PREACHING
The Reverend Susannah Pittman
The Reverend Meg Gaston The Reverend Dr. P. Glenn Kinken III
Martha Bassett, vocals Matt Kendrick, bass Federico Pivetta, piano Ken Wilmot, trumpet John Wilson, drums
The Chancel flowers are given in loving memory of Jean Stockton by her husband Bishop Tom Stockton & her family; and also in loving memory of Mr. & Mrs. H. M. Ratcliff, Sr. and James Ratcliff, Sr. by the Ratcliff family.
Musical texts are printed with permission. One License A-707342 COVER PHOTO: The East Door 2020 by Doug Peninger.
LET US WORSHIP Second Sunday of Easter • April 11, 2021
THE COMMUNITY GATHERS GATHERING MUSIC GREETING CALL TO WORSHIP Psalm 116:1-4, 12-19 (In Unison)
HYMN (found on page six) AFFIRMATION OF FAITH
I love the Lord, for he heard my voice; he heard my cry for mercy. Because he turned his ear to me, I will call on him as long as I live. The cords of death entangled me, the anguish of the grave came over me; I was overcome by distress and sorrow. Then I called on the name of the Lord: “Lord, save me!” What shall I return to the Lord for all his goodness to me? I will lift up the cup of salvation and call on the name of the Lord. I will fulfill my vows to the Lord in the presence of all his people. Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of his faithful servants. Truly I am your servant, Lord; I serve you just as my mother did; you have freed me from my chains. I will sacrifice a thank offering to you and call on the name of the Lord. I will fulfill my vows to the Lord in the presence of all his people, in the courts of the house of the Lord— in your midst, Jerusalem. #309 On the Day of Resurrection — EMMAUS I believe in God, the Father Almighty, maker of heaven and earth; and in Jesus Christ his only Son, our Lord; who was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, dead, and buried; the third day he rose from the dead; he ascended into heaven, and sitteth at the right hand of God the Father Almighty; from thence he shall come to judge the quick and the dead. I believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy catholic church, the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and the life everlasting. Amen.
SACRAMENT OF HOLY BAPTISM AND RECEPTION OF NEW MEMBERS PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE THE LORD'S PRAYER
After each prayer, the leader may conclude: Lord, in your mercy. All may respond: Hear our 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 trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. For Thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, forever. Amen.
Just a Closer Walk with Thee — Traditional Gospel I am weak but Thou art strong. Jesus keep me from all wrong. I'll be satisfied as long as I walk, let me walk close to Thee. Just a closer walk with Thee. Grant it, Jesus, is my plea. Daily walking close to Thee, let it be, dear Lord, let it be. When my feeble life is o'er, time for me will be no more. Guide me gently, safely o'er to Thy kingdom's shore, to Thy shore. Just a closer walk with Thee. Grant it, Jesus, is my plea. Daily walking close to Thee, Let it be, dear Lord, let it be.
WE HEAR THE WORD PROCLAIMED SCRIPTURE Luke 24:13-35
Now that same day two of them were going to a village called Emmaus, about seven miles[a] from Jerusalem. They were talking with each other about everything that had happened. As they talked and discussed these things with each other, Jesus himself came up and walked along with them; but they were kept from recognizing him. He asked them, “What are you discussing together as you walk along?” They stood still, their faces downcast. One of them, named Cleopas, asked him, “Are you the only one visiting Jerusalem who does not know the things that have happened there in these days?” “What things?” he asked. “About Jesus of Nazareth,” they replied. “He was a prophet, powerful in word and deed before God and all the people. The chief priests and our rulers handed him over to be sentenced to death, and they crucified him; but we had hoped that he was the one who was going to redeem Israel. And what is more, it is the third day since all this took place. In addition, some of our women amazed us. They went to the tomb early this morning but didn’t find his body. They came and told us that they had seen a vision of angels, who said he was alive. Then some of our companions went to the tomb and found it just as the women had said, but they did not see Jesus.” He said to them, “How foolish you are, and how slow to believe all that the prophets have spoken! Did not the Messiah have to suffer these things and then enter his glory?” And beginning with Moses and all the Prophets, he explained to them what was said in all the Scriptures concerning himself. As they approached the village to which they were going, Jesus continued on as if he were going farther. But they urged him strongly, “Stay with us, for it is nearly evening; the day is almost over.” So he went in to stay with them. When he was at the table with them, he took bread, gave thanks, broke it and began to give it to them. Then their eyes were opened and they recognized him, and he disappeared from their sight. They asked each other, “Were not our hearts burning within us while he talked with us on the road and opened the Scriptures to us?” They got up and returned at once to Jerusalem. There they found the Eleven and those with them, assembled together and saying, “It is true! The Lord has risen and has appeared to Simon.” Then the two told what had happened on the way, and how Jesus was recognized by them when he broke the bread. (NIV) This is the word of God for the people of God. Thanks be to God.
"Encountering the Risen Lord"
WE RENEW OUR COMMITMENT INVITATION TO OFFERING OFFERTORY
Because He Lives — Gloria and William J. Gaither God sent his Son, they called him Jesus; he came to love, heal, and forgive; he lived and died to buy my pardon, an empty grave is there to prove my Savior lives. Because he lives, I can face tomorrow; because he lives, all fear is gone; because I know he holds the future and life is worth the living just because he lives. And then one day I'll cross the river; I'll fight life's final war with pain; and then as death gives way to victory, I'll see the lights of glory and I'll know he reigns.
PRAYER OF THANKSGIVING
Receive these gifts, O Lord. May they be magnified by your Holy Spirit to teach your children about your love, to show the world your grace, to bring healing to the broken hearted, to comfort the grieving, to embrace the needy, and to praise your name. We offer ourselves as instruments of your peace to the world. We offer our talents, our time, and our gifts to you. Use us as you will. Deploy us for your benevolence. Transform our hearts as we transform the world. We pray this in your Holy name. Amen.
WE GO AS GOD'S PEOPLE INTO THE WORLD HYMN (found on page seven)
#613 O Thou Who This Mysterious Bread — LAND OF REST
May the Lord bless you and keep you. May the Lord make His face to shine upon you, and be gracious unto you. May the Lord lift up His countenance upon you and give you peace. Amen.
Emmanuel — Kenneth Wilmot, Sr. Emmanuel, Emmanuel, His name is called Emmanuel. God with us, revealed in us. His name is called Emmanuel. Let every heart prepare him room. O come, O come Emmanuel. God with us, revealed in us. His name is called Emmanuel.
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OUR WORSHIP BULLETIN IS INTERACTIVE Our worship bulletin is fully interactive. If you see a website address, simply click on the text and you will be redirected. Also, within our announcements, when you see text that is red and bold, it is a link to an email address or web page. Again, click on the text and you will be re-directed.
STEPHEN MINISTRY “The Heart is like a garden. It can grow compassion or fear, resentment or love, or feelings of hopelessness. What seeds will you plant there?” Does your life suddenly feel like you are caught in a tornado, and the planted expectations of your life are caught in destructive wind gales? A Stephen Minister is a trained congregant who will walk alongside you as a nonjudgmental friend. If you or someone you know could benefit from Stephen Ministry please sontact Deena Morgan (336-692-2314) Wilba Brady (336-723-6236), Rev. Craig Ford (336.724.6311 ext. 1353), or Rev. Susannah Pittman (336.724.6311 ext. 1357).
RACIAL HEALING AND THE GOSPEL OF RECONCILIATION: An Online Workshop on the Ministry of Reconciliation Saturday • April 24 • 9:00am-Noon Rooted in 2 Cor. 5:16-20, this workshop will teach reconciliation as spirituality, highlighting biblical examples of reconciliation and share how each of us can create an environment of reconciliation as followers of Christ. You will learn a 6-step process of reconciliation that can be used as a resource tool to engage this work in your home, at work and within our community. The facilitators are Rev. Vincent Howell, Centenary UMC, Clemmons, NC, and Cindy Thompson, Boundless Impact, and Christ UMC, Greensboro, NC. For more information contact Rev. Bret Cogan or Suzanne Epermanis (336-830-3471). This workshop is sponsored by the Western North Carolina Conference. REGISTER FOR WORKSHOP
APRIL PROGRAM Thursday • April 15 • 11:30am • Zoom Our keynote speaker will be Linda Lewis, who serves as the co-leader of the Shepherd's Center of reater Winston-Salem. This program will be online using Zoom. You can plan to join the Zoom conference call as early as 11:30am, with remarks scheduled to begin at noon. Information you’ll need to join the Zoom call will be emailed to all recipients of the senior adult newsletter. If you are new to Centenary or new to our senior adult programs, please contact Rev. Craig Ford (336-724-6311 ext. 1353) so we can make sure you receive that information.
APRIL SUNDAY SCHOOL Our theme for Zoom Sunday School in April is Reconnect where we’ll be learning about making peace. Each age group will meet with Kate and Jeanette for 20 minutes. Preschool will meet at 8:30 am, K-2nd will meet at 9 am, and 3rd - 5th will meet at 9:30 am. We hope you and your kids will join us!
APRIL 11 10:00 am Sunday school (Via Zoom) 11:00 am Worship (Via Live Stream)
To love youth on behalf of Jesus in hopes of loving them to Jesus.
APRIL 14 7:00 am 6th Grade Bible Study. All 6th graders are invited for breakfast & short Bible Study before school! (Make sure to dress warm & wear your mask!) 6:00 pm Confirmation
SPRING CHECK-IN Tuesdays • April 20 – May 25 • Noon - 1 pm • Zoom Rev. Susannah Pittman invites you to six, stand-alone sessions where we will Check-in with one another. Each session will offer a Scripture passage to center and guide the conversation as we seek to offer support and care during this season. To register, CLICK HERE. For more information, contact Rev. Susannah Pittman.
THROUGH CENTENARY WINDOWS MAGAZINE Our magazine, Through Centenary Windows, recently received a firstplace award for an Electronic Publication Category, Annual Conference/ Local Church Division. Our entry included the January/February, March/ Arpil and July/August issues from 2020. Currently, our magazine is on hiatus until a return for September/October. This makes our magzine a first place winner for two consecutive year. For question regarding the magazine, please contact Doug Peninger.
We welcome Lauren McNames into membership and celebrate the baptism of Price Gray McNames, son of Lauren and John McNames, brother of Parker McNames, and grandson of Dennis & Martha McNames.
In Memoriam Allan Clements Hollan Womble March 24, 2021 The ministers and members of Centenary Church extend their deepest sympathy to the bereaved family and pray they may know the comfort and peace of our Heavenly Father.
OPEN FLOWER DATES May 16 & June 6 A wonderful way to honor or remember a loved one, friend, group, or anniversary is by providing flowers in our Sanctuary for Sunday morning services. Our Flower Calendar has open dates available on May 16, 2021 and June 6, 2021. This is a first come basis and it can be for one family or shared by 2 or 3 families who wish to honor or remember different family members or other people. If you are interested, please contact Paige Morgan Foy.
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