Third Sunday After Easter
April 26, 2020
First Presbyterian Church, Fargo
The Session and members of First Presbyterian Church, extend a sincere welcome to you! We welcome all persons regardless of race, nationality, disability, gender, or sexual orientation. This includes an open invitation to membership, the sacraments of baptism and the Lord’s Supper, marriage, funerals, memorial services, and to serve as an officer of the church.

Prelude and Preparation for Worship

Prayer of the Day
Almighty God, Jesus, our risen Lord, was made known to the disciples in the breaking of bread. Open the eyes of our hearts that we may recognize his presence, and with his disciples cry, “The Lord has risen, indeed!” Through Christ, who lives and reigns with you in the power of the Holy Spirit. Amen

Gathering in Christ’s Presence

Welcome and Concerns of the Church
Opening Sentences
Followers of Jesus, by his cross we are redeemed from the futility of sin.  
By his rising we are free from the fear of death.
By his love we are made new in the living and enduring Word of God.
Alleluia! Thanks be to God!

Hymn — Earth & All Stars
1 Earth and all stars! Loud rushing planets!
Sing to the Lord, a new song!
Hail, wind, and rain! Loud blowing snowstorm!  
Sing to the Lord, a new song!  
God has done marvelous things.  
We too sing praises with a new song!
2 Trumpet and pipes! Loud clashing cymbals!
Sing to the Lord, a new song!
Harp, lute, and lyre! Loud humming cellos!
Sing to the Lord, a new song!  
God has done marvelous things.  
We too sing praises with a new song!
3 Engines and steel! Loud pounding hammers!
Sing to the Lord, a new song!
Limestone and beams! Loud building workers!
Sing to the Lord, a new song!  
God has done marvelous things.  
We too sing praises with a new song!
4 Knowledge and truth! Loud sounding wisdom!
Sing to the Lord, a new song!
Daughter and son! Loud praying workers!
Sing to the Lord, a new song!  
God has done marvelous things.  
We too sing praises with a new song!

Call to Confession
God judges all people impartially according to their deeds. Trusting in God’s love in Jesus Christ, let us confess our sins before God and one another.

Prayer of Confession
Almighty God, our world is filled with corruption: power disguises itself as truth; convenience masquerades as goodness; selfish pleasure imitates love. We confess to you, O God, that we have been caught in the web of the world’s sin. By the power of the Holy Spirit, save us from these deceptions and free us for glad obedience, that we may see the joy of Jesus’ resurrection and receive the promise of everlasting life. Amen.
Assurance of God’s Forgiveness

Hearing God’s Word

Children’s Message
Prayer for Illumination
Lesson Luke 24:13-35
Now on that same day two of them were going to a village called Emmaus, about seven miles from Jerusalem, and talking with each other about all these things that had happened. While they were talking and discussing, Jesus himself came near and went with them, but their eyes were kept from recognizing him. And he said to them, ‘What are you discussing with each other while you walk along?’ They stood still, looking sad. Then one of them, whose name was Cleopas, answered him, ‘Are you the only stranger in Jerusalem who does not know the things that have taken place there in these days?’ He asked them, ‘What things?’ They replied, ‘The things about Jesus of Nazareth, who was a prophet mighty in deed and word before God and all the people, and how our chief priests and leaders handed him over to be condemned to death and crucified him. But we had hoped that he was the one to redeem Israel. Yes, and besides all this, it is now the third day since these things took place. Moreover, some women of our group astounded us. They were at the tomb early this morning, and when they did not find his body there, they came back and told us that they had indeed seen a vision of angels who said that he was alive. Some of those who were with us went to the tomb and found it just as the women had said; but they did not see him.’ Then he said to them, ‘Oh, how foolish you are, and how slow of heart to believe all that the prophets have declared! Was it not necessary that the Messiah should suffer these things and then enter into his glory?’ Then beginning with Moses and all the prophets, he interpreted to them the things about himself in all the scriptures.

As they came near the village to which they were going, he walked ahead as if he were going on. But they urged him strongly, saying, ‘Stay with us, because it is almost evening and the day is now nearly over.’ So he went in to stay with them. When he was at the table with them, he took bread, blessed and broke it, and gave it to them. Then their eyes were opened, and they recognized him; and he vanished from their sight. They said to each other, ‘Were not our hearts burning within us while he was talking to us on the road, while he was opening the scriptures to us?’ That same hour they got up and returned to Jerusalem; and they found the eleven and their companions gathered together. They were saying, ‘The Lord has risen indeed, and he has appeared to Simon!’ Then they told what had happened on the road, and how he had been made known to them in the breaking of the bread.
Sermon                   Emmaus
Hymn — Be Known to Us in the Breaking of Bread
1 Be known to us in breaking bread,
but do not then depart;
Savior, abide with us, and spread
your table in our heart.

2 Here share with us, in love divine,
your body and your blood,
that living bread, that heavenly wine
be our immortal food.

Responding to God’s Word

Statement of Faith                                       The Apostle's Creed

I believe in God, the Father almighty,
creator of heaven and earth.

I believe in Jesus Christ, God’s only Son, our Lord,
who was conceived by the Holy Spirit,
born of the Virgin Mary,
suffered under Pontius Pilate,
was crucified, died, and was buried;
he descended to the dead.
On the third day he rose again;
he ascended into heaven,
he is seated at the right hand of the Father,
and he will come to judge the living 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.

Prayers of the People, ending with the Lord’s 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 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.  Amen.

Call for the Offering, ending with the Prayer of Dedication

Bearing the Word into the World

Hymn— We know that Christ is Raised

1 We know that Christ is raised and dies no more.
Embraced by death he broke its fearful hold,
And our despair he turned to blazing joy.  
2 We hare by water in his saving death.
Reborn we share with hum an Easter life  
As living members of a living Christ.  
3 The Father’s splendor clothes the Son with life.
The Spirit’s power shakes the church of God.
Baptized we live with God the Three in One.
4 A new creation comes to life and grows  
As Christ’s new body take on flesh and blood.
The universe, restored and whole, will sing:  

Charge and Benediction