APRIL 16, 2023 BULLETIN SECOND SUNDAY OF EASTER
Hello Union Church Presbyterians,
Worship this Sunday, April 16, 2023 will be in-person and streamed on YouTube to view at home.
YouTube broadcast will begin at 10:25 AM, https://www.youtube.com/user/NewburghPresby
The bulletin is attached and posted on the church website, newburghpresby.org/blog
ORDER OF WORSHIP
April 16, 2023 10:30 AM
SECOND SUNDAY OF EASTER
USHERS today are Dan Olson and Dave Young.
FELLOWSHIP HOUR Is hosted today by Alana Gervais and Kathy Barry. Hosts are, as always, welcome and needed. Sign-up chart is in Fellowship Hall.
NEXT FOOD PANTRY OPEN MON, APRIL 24 and WED, APRIL 26 from 9:30-11:30 AM. Serving LOTS of people! If you would like to help, contact Kathy or Debby.
FALL FAIR Organization of the Barn will begin in May.
BINGO will be Friday, April 28, 6-8pm.
PICTORIAL DIRECTORY: If you have not picked up Union’s new Pictorial Directory, they are still in the office.
EAGLE SCOUT PROJECT: Liam Pickard will lead his Eagle Scout Project this spring and plant native pollinator plants here at the church in the raised bed on the side of the courtyard. The purpose of the project is to increase the plants that support the native pollinator population. Additionally, this project will make the existing plant beds more aesthetically pleasing. His aim is to start this project in early spring. He is asking for donations to help fund the project or if you would like to volunteer your time to help that would be appreciated. Yvette Colon-Pickard
SESSION MEETING today after Fellowship.
OFFICE HOURS are changing starting Monday, April 17. New office hours will be Monday-Thursday, 8:30 am to 1:30 pm and Friday the office will be closed.
HABITAT WALK Sign up to support the Pastor on the Habitat Walk for Housing on Sunday April 23. There is a form in the Narthex.
ORDER OF WORSHIP
April 16, 2023 10:30 AM
If you have individual prayer requests, please write them on prayer cards in the pews and bring them up or give them to an usher during the prelude.
**Kindly stand if you are able
PRELUDE “Great is Thy Faithfulness” Mary Lee Farris, Piano
WELCOME AND ANNOUNCEMENTS
CALL TO WORSHIP (Adapted from Psalm 16)
LEADER: Protect me, O God, for in you I take refuge.
PEOPLE: I say to the LORD, “You are my Lord; I have no good apart from you.”
LEADER: The LORD is my chosen portion and my cup; you hold my lot.
PEOPLE: I bless the LORD who gives me counsel; in the night also my heart instructs me.
LEADER: I keep the LORD always before me; because he is at my right hand, I shall not be moved.
PEOPLE:You show me the path of life. In your presence there is fullness of joy; in your right hand are pleasures forevermore.
**OPENING HYMN: “Thine is the Glory” Red #251
CALL TO CONFESSION
In the joy of Eastertide, let us remember the faith that brings us here and how the
dedication of Jesus and his disciples sustains our traditions and our beliefs. Let us confess together.
PRAYER OF CONFESSION
We cannot hide from your presence; our needs are all known to you. We are an open book to you who created us. Help us to awake to the assurance of Easter and be more attuned to your mercy and forgiveness as we journey ever closer to you and to our redeemer Jesus. Amen.
(moment for silent personal confession)
ASSURANCE OF FORGIVENESS
Friends, even as he defeated death Jesus brings us a new hope for our lives. By the grace of God and the Love of Jesus, we are forgiven.
HYMN OF PRAISE “Crown Him with Many Crowns” Red #92
PRAYER FOR ILLUMINATION
Prepare our hearts, O God, to accept your Word. Silence in us any voices but your own, so that we may hear your Word and also live it, through Christ our Lord. Amen.
NEW TESTAMENT READING: Acts 2: 22-32 Libby Szymanowicz
GOSPEL READING: John 20:19-31
SERMON DOUBTFUL? John Redman, CRE
PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE
And Lord we pray for those in our own hearts whose names you already know, for their own healing and comfort, in your name and that of our redeemer Jesus Christ, who taught to pray, saying:
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
OUR TITHES AND OFFERINGS
We can hoard the gifts with which you bless us, God of generosity, or we can share them with others. May what we offer in these moments be the very blessing, the very hope, the very peace others need. This we pray in the name of Jesus. Amen.
OFFERTORY ANTHEM: “The Gift of Love”
PRAYER OF THANKS
Lord God, we thank you for these gifts. As we follow in faith, may we find ways to honor you by giving of our treasure, our time and our talents to glorify you and our Lord Jesus Christ. Amen.
CLOSING HYMN: “Joyful, Joyful We Adore Thee” Red #20
POSTLUDE: “Nimrod, from the Enigma Variations” Edward Elgar
John Redman, CRE
Mobile: (914) 474-0722
44 Balmville Rd, Newburgh NY 12550
Phone: (845) 562-0954 Fax: (845) 562-0955