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Today, April 15 Native American Ministries Offering 9:25am Celebration of Worship followed by Coffee Fellowship 2:30pm begin sanctuary renovation 7:00pm VBS Meeting Wednesday, April 18 Bulletin info due Thursday, April 19 10:00am Bible Study Saturday, April 21 8:00-6:00pm Lay Servant Ministries Training in Griswold Sunday, April 22 8:30am Bible Study 9:25am Celebration of Worship followed by Coffee Fellowship

Sunday, April 15, 2018 ~ 9:25am Worship

Alleluia! Christ Is Risen!

Application forms for the Jim Hartman Memorial Scholarship are available in the narthex. An electronic form is also available on the Epworth UMC web site. Deadline for submission is April 29, 2018. Scholarships will be awarded on May 20, 2018. Please note that there have been some changes made to the scholarship criteria. A revised sanctuary update information sheet is available in the Narthex and north entrance foyer. Please take a copy and contact any of the trustees if you have questions. Thank you, Bill Goodwin, Trustee Chairman PLEASE NOTE: The Catterlin Room is scheduled to be used to store chairs from Wednesday, April 11, through Saturday, April 21. The Sanctuary is scheduled to undergo renovation from Sunday, April 15, 2:30 in the afternoon, through Saturday, April 21. Candlelighters: Emma & Joseph Salnicky Greeters: Mark & Linda Kessinger Ushers: Marlene Joens, Bob & Eva Pettepier, Beth Porter Lector: Beth Porter Coffee: Marlene Joens, Barb Sealock, Bev Showers Flowers: in honor of Mary Lidgett’s birthday by Gerald & Connie Rief Eternal Flame: In Honor of Joyce Grauer’s Birthday

Epworth United Methodist Church 2447 Avenue B, Council Bluffs, IA 51501 Pastor Dan Grauer, 712-310-2831

Prelude, Lighting the Candles Please Sign the Attendance Registers found at the end of each pew. If you have a prayer request or joy to share, please, complete those slips as well.

Children’s Time: “Is It Jesus or a Ghost?” Tithes and Offerings

Welcome, Informal Moments, Announcements: Sheri Watson

**Response: “Jesus, Name Above All Names” TFWS #2071

Praise Team: “He Looked Beyond My Faults”

**Blessing of the Gifts

**Call to Worship: L: P: L: P: L: P:

We are called to be God’s children. God’s love has been poured on us through Jesus Christ! Fear and doubt are gone! Joy and celebration ring in our hearts! Come, let us raise our voices in song! Let us offer our hearts and souls to God in prayer and praise. Amen.

**Opening Prayer: Gracious God, you give to us your greatest gift, your Son Jesus Christ, yet we still don’t get it. You call us to be people of courage and hope—yet we run and hide, doubting and fearing. You challenge us to proclaim our faith—but we huddle in darkness, whispering words of discouragement. Please shake us up, Lord! Forgive us when we seem to need prodding over and over again. Help us to see the presence of Jesus in our lives and remind us of all that He taught us to help us live as disciples, serving you by serving others. Please change us! Remold us! Make us truly the disciples you have called us to be. Amen.

Music: “He Touched Me” UMH #367 New Testament Readings: Acts 3:12-19, 1 John 3:1-7 **Gospel Reading: Luke 24:36-48 Sermon: “Would We Recognize Jesus?” Music: “Tis So Sweet to Trust in Jesus” UMH #462 **Benediction: Go in courage and peace, proclaiming the Risen Lord to all! Be those who bring hope and justice to a hungry and hurting world! The peace of the Lord is with you now and forever. Amen.

** Indicates please stand as you are able.

Collection of Attendance & Prayer Sheets: by Ushers during song Music: “God of Grace and God of Glory” UMH #577 Pastoral Prayer **Passing of the Peace (after greeting those around you, join hands around the outer edge of the sanctuary) Music: “Surely the Presence of the Lord” UMH #328

**Lord’s Prayer

Bible in a Year Readings: Sunday, April 15: Genesis 41-42 Tuesday, April 17: Genesis 46-47 Thursday, April 19: Exodus 1-3 Saturday, April 21: Exodus 7-9

Monday, April 16: Genesis 43-45 Wednesday, April 18: Genesis 48-50 Friday, April 20: Exodus 4-6

PLEASE NOTE: New email for the office:

Epworth UMC Worship Service, 4-15-18  
Epworth UMC Worship Service, 4-15-18