5/5/2019 3rd Sunday of Easter with Holy Communion and Confirmation


Confirmation Sunday + 3rd Sunday of Easter

The Book of Common Worship (2018)



The disciples make a big splash and breakfast with the risen Jesus in the gospel. Wading in the water (remembering our baptism) and eating with Jesus (celebrating the holy communion) is our weekly encounter with the risen Christ. Jesus asks us, with Peter, again and again: Do you love me? And Jesus invites us, again and again, to follow him bringing the Easter life to others.


PRELUDE: Gather Us In- Marty Haugen, setting by Don Hodell Chilcote



The Lord is risen! Alleluia!

Alleluia! The Lord is risen indeed!

This is the day that the Lord has made;
let us rejoice and be glad in it.

Alleluia! The Lord is risen indeed!

This is the good news we have received,

in which we stand, and by which we are saved:

Alleluia! The Lord is risen indeed!

That Christ died for our sins, and was buried,
and rose again on the third day.

Alleluia! The Lord is risen indeed!

He appeared to Peter, and to the twelve,
and to many faithful witnesses.

Alleluia! The Lord is risen indeed!

At last he came to us, that we might come to believe
and proclaim this good news to the world.

Alleluia! The Lord is risen indeed!

Almighty God,

through your only Son you overcame death
and opened to us the gate of everlasting life.

Grant that we who celebrate our Lord’s resurrection,

may, through the renewing power of your Spirit,
arise from the death of sin to the life of righteousness;
through the same Jesus Christ our Lord,

who lives and reigns with you
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,

one God, now and forever. Amen.


HYMN # 401 Here in This Place (Gather Us In)




On behalf of the session I present N. and N. who have been received by confirmation of faith and today will be commissioned to ministry as active covenant members of Southminster and the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.).


You come to us as members of the one holy catholic church,

into which you were baptized,

and by which you have been nurtured.

We are one with each other,

sisters and brothers in the family of God.

We rejoice in the gifts you bring to us.

As you join with us in the worship and service of this congregation,

it is fitting that together

we all reaffirm the covenant into which we were baptized,

claiming again the promises of God

which are ours in our baptism.


Sisters and brothers in Christ,

our baptism is the sign and seal of our cleansing from sin,

and of our being grafted into Christ.

Through the birth, life, death, and resurrection of Christ,

the power of sin was broken

and God’s kingdom entered our world.

Through our baptism we were made citizens of God’s kingdom,

and freed from the bondage of sin.

Let us celebrate that freedom and redemption

through the renewal of the promises made at our baptism.

I ask you therefore, once again to reject sin,

and to profess your faith in Christ Jesus,

and to confess the faith of the church,

in which we were baptized.


Trusting in the gracious mercy of God,

do you turn from the ways of sin

and renounce evil and its power in the world?

I do.

Do you turn to Jesus Christ

and accept him as your Lord and Savior,

trusting in his grace and love?

I do.

Will you be Christ’s faithful disciple,

obeying his Word and showing his love?

I will, with God’s help.


With the whole church, let us confess our faith.


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.


You have publicly professed your faith.

Will you devote yourself to the church’s teaching and fellowship,

to the breaking of bread and the prayers?

I will, with God’s help.


Holy God,

we praise you for calling us to be a servant people,

and for gathering us into the body of Christ.

We thank you for choosing to add to our number

brothers and sisters in faith.

Together, may we live in your Spirit,

and so love one another,

that we may have the mind of Jesus Christ our Lord,

to whom we give honor and glory forever.


Welcome to this congregation and its worship and ministry.


OFFERING OF MUSIC: How Beautiful- words & music by Twila Paris

How beautiful the hands that served the wine and the bread and the sons of the earth. How beautiful the feet that walked the long dusty roads, and the hill to the cross. How beautiful, how beautiful, how beautiful is the body of Christ.

How beautiful the heart that bled, that took all my sin and bore it instead, how beautiful the tender eyes that choose to forgive and never despise. How beautiful, how beautiful, how beautiful is the body of Christ.

 And as he lay down his life, we offer this sacrifice, that we will live just as he died, willing to pay the price.

How beautiful the radiant bride who waits for her groom with his light in her eyes. How beautiful when humble hearts give the fruit of pure lives so that others may live. How beautiful, how beautiful, how beautiful is the body of Christ.

How beautiful the feet that bring the sound of good news and the love of the king.

How beautiful the hands that serve the wine and the bread and the sons of the earth. How beautiful, how beautiful, how beautiful is the body of Christ.





The Peace of Christ be with you all.

And also with you.


The people may exchange with one another, by words and gesture, signs of peace

and reconciliation.


OFFERING OF MUSIC: Run to the Garden- words by Roger Thornhill, music by Brad Nix

Run, run, run, run to the garden! Hear the music in the air. Come, come, come, come to the garden! There is glory everywhere. At the breaking of the day, an angel rolled the stone away. Death no longer has a say. Run to the garden of life!

Run, run, run, run to the garden! All creation greets the king. Come, come, come, come to the garden! Hear the alleluias ring. Now our hope has been restored, death has dropped its fearsome sword. Celebrate the risen Lord… come to the garden of life!

Come and see the garden, see the roses bloom. See the snow-bright angel guard the empty tomb. Christ is alive! Lift voices to the sky. Bring an alleluia, praise the Lord of life.

Run, run, run, run to the garden! Hear the music in the air. Come, come, come, come to the garden! There is glory everywhere. Christ the Lord is risen… come to the garden of life!



Living God, with joy we celebrate the presence of your risen Word. Enliven our hearts by your Holy Spirit so that we may proclaim the good news

of eternal and abundant life; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.


FIRST READING: Acts 9:1-20

Each of us has a story of meeting God’s grace. Saul (later called Paul) was an ardent persecutor of all who followed the Way of Christ. This reading recounts the story of his transformation, beginning with an encounter with Jesus Christ on the way to Damascus.


1Saul, still breathing threats and murder against the disciples of the Lord, went to the high priest 2and asked him for letters to the synagogues at Damascus, so that if he found any who belonged to the Way, men or women, he might bring them bound to Jerusalem. 3Now as he was going along and approaching Damascus, suddenly a light from heaven flashed around him. 4He fell to the ground and heard a voice saying to him, “Saul, Saul, why do you persecute me?” 5He asked, “Who are you, Lord?” The reply came, “I am Jesus, whom you are persecuting. 6But get up and enter the city, and you will be told what you are to do.” [7The men who were traveling with him stood speechless because they heard the voice but saw no one. 8Saul got up from the ground, and though his eyes were open, he could see nothing; so they led him by the hand and brought him into Damascus. 9For three days he was without sight, and neither ate nor drank.

10Now there was a disciple in Damascus named Ananias. The Lord said to him in a vision, “Ananias.” He answered, “Here I am, Lord.” 11The Lord said to him, “Get up and go to the street called Straight, and at the house of Judas look for a man of Tarsus named Saul. At this moment he is praying, 12and he has seen in a vision a man named Ananias come in and lay his hands on him so that he might regain his sight.” 13But Ananias answered, “Lord, I have heard from many about this man, how much evil he has done to your saints in Jerusalem; 14and here he has authority from the chief priests to bind all who invoke your name.” 15But the Lord said to him, “Go, for he is an instrument whom I have chosen to bring my name before Gentiles and kings and before the people of Israel; 16I myself will show him how much he must suffer for the sake of my name.” 17So Ananias went and entered the house. He laid his hands on Saul and said, “Brother Saul, the Lord Jesus, who appeared to you on your way here, has sent me so that you may regain your sight and be filled with the Holy Spirit.” 18And immediately something like scales fell from his eyes, and his sight was restored. Then he got up and was baptized, 19and after taking some food, he regained his strength.

For several days he was with the disciples in Damascus, 20and immediately he began to proclaim Jesus in the synagogues, saying, “He is the Son of God.”]


The word of the Lord.

Thanks be to God.


GOSPEL: John 21:1-19

The risen Christ appears again to his disciples by the sea where they were first called. After echoes of the fishing and feeding miracles, he gives a final reminder of the cost of a disciple’s love and obedience.


1After [he appeared to his followers in Jerusalem,] Jesus showed himself again to the disciples by the Sea of Tiberias; and he showed himself in this way. 2Gathered there together were Simon Peter, Thomas called the Twin, Nathanael of Cana in Galilee, the sons of Zebedee, and two others of his disciples. 3Simon Peter said to them, “I am going fishing.” They said to him, “We will go with you.” They went out and got into the boat, but that night they caught nothing.

4Just after daybreak, Jesus stood on the beach; but the disciples did not know that it was Jesus. 5Jesus said to them, “Children, you have no fish, have you?” They answered him, “No.” 6He said to them, “Cast the net to the right side of the boat, and you will find some.” So they cast it, and now they were not able to haul it in because there were so many fish. 7That disciple whom Jesus loved said to Peter, “It is the Lord!” When Simon Peter heard that it was the Lord, he put on some clothes, for he was naked, and jumped into the sea. 8But the other disciples came in the boat, dragging the net full of fish, for they were not far from the land, only about a hundred yards off.

9When they had gone ashore, they saw a charcoal fire there, with fish on it, and bread. 10Jesus said to them, “Bring some of the fish that you have just caught.” 11So Simon Peter went aboard and hauled the net ashore, full of large fish, a hundred fifty-three of them; and though there were so many, the net was not torn. 12Jesus said to them, “Come and have breakfast.” Now none of the disciples dared to ask him, “Who are you?” because they knew it was the Lord. 13Jesus came and took the bread and gave it to them, and did the same with the fish. 14This was now the third time that Jesus appeared to the disciples after he was raised from the dead.

15When they had finished breakfast, Jesus said to Simon Peter, “Simon son of John, do you love me more than these?” He said to him, “Yes, Lord; you know that I love you.” Jesus said to him, “Feed my lambs.” 16A second time he said to him, “Simon son of John, do you love me?” He said to him, “Yes, Lord; you know that I love you.” Jesus said to him, “Tend my sheep.” 17He said to him the third time, “Simon son of John, do you love me?” Peter felt hurt because he said to him the third time, “Do you love me?” And he said to him, “Lord, you know everything; you know that I love you.” Jesus said to him, “Feed my sheep. 18Very truly, I tell you, when you were younger, you used to fasten your own belt and to go wherever you wished. But when you grow old, you will stretch out your hands, and someone else will fasten a belt around you and take you where you do not wish to go.” 19(He said this to indicate the kind of death by which he would glorify God.) After this he said to him, “Follow me.”


The Gospel of Our Lord.

Praise to you, O Christ!





Trusting God’s promise of new life, we pray for the renewal of the church, the world, and all of creation.


A brief silence.


You call your disciples to follow the way of the cross by their words and works of love. Make your church a place of welcome and empathy for all people. Hear us, O God.

Your mercy is great.


Every creature in heaven and on earth sings your praise. Give us deep appreciation for the vibrant diversity of creation—flowers and streams, animals and bugs, sunsets and stormy skies. Help us to conserve the beauty around us. Hear us, O God.

Your mercy is great.


Come to the aid of those who are persecuted, oppressed, or imprisoned by hostile governments (especially). Walk with refugees and immigrants as they seek safe homes. Raise up leaders who are generous and hospitable to migrant families. Hear us, O God.

Your mercy is great.


Bring relief to bodies weary with pain or sickness. Bless doctors, nurses, hospice workers, home health care providers, therapists, social workers, and all caregivers who demonstrate your love in acts of healing and tenderness toward those in need (especially). Hear us, O God.

Your mercy is great.


You feed us at your holy table and send us out to feed others. Bless those who fish, bake, and cook, restaurant servers, grocery store workers, and food pantry volunteers. Open our eyes to your grace present in every meal that we share. Hear us, O God.

Your mercy is great.


Here other intercessions may be offered.


All honor and glory and blessing belong to you. We praise you for the faith of the saints. We commemorate this week: Hilary of Arles; Josef Mindszenty; Agnellus of Pisa; Julian of Norwich; William Bradford; Nicholas Zinzendorf; Job; and Aloysius Luis Rabata. Be near us as we await the day when we will feast with the risen Christ forever. Hear us, O God.

Your mercy is great.


We commend these and all our prayers to you, O God. Come near to us with your saving help, for the sake of Jesus Christ, our risen Lord.


OFFERING (Acts 2:44–46)

In the spirit of the first believers,

we are called to share our goods in common

and contribute to the needs of the poor

with glad and generous hearts.

Let us lift up the cup of salvation and call on the name of the Lord.


OFFERTORY: How Beautiful- Twila Paris, setting by Kristin Coleman Campbell


During this time of the offering, you are encouraged to take a moment to be in prayer with God and reflect on what it means to be a student or disciple of Jesus Christ. The Gospel understanding of discipleship is a way of being in the world that affects every relationship. Disciples shape one another according to the action of the Spirit in their lives. The energy of the disciples flows from faith in what is unseen yet believed. At its very core, discipleship is a call to love so radical that it never gives up on God, one’s neighbor, or one’s self. How is God calling you to use your gifts, talents, time and resources to love radically, especially as a part of this worshipping community?


Offerings will be collected by the ushers in the Narthex (the great entrance hall) following worship. If you would like to make an offering using your smartphone or tablet, go to www.SouthminsterChurch.org and click on the Donate link.


Children bring in elements and help set the communion table



Risen One, as you broke bread with the disciples on the shore, meet us now in this meal. Nourish us to follow you, using our gifts to feed the hungry and tend the weary, and all for your love’s sake. Amen.



Jesus Christ, risen from the dead,

gives everyone a place at the welcome table.

Alleluia! Let us feast!


The Lord be with you. And also with you.

Lift up your hearts. We lift them to the Lord.

Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.

It is right to give our thanks and praise.

It is truly right and our greatest joy

to give you thanks and praise,

eternal God, creator and ruler of the universe.

At your word the earth was made

and spun on its course among the planets.

Your hand formed us from the dust of the earth

and set us among all your creatures

to love and serve you.

When we were unfaithful to you

you kept faith with us.

When we were slaves in Egypt,

you broke the bonds of our oppression,

brought us through the sea to freedom,

and made covenant to be our God.

By a pillar of fire

you led us through the desert

to a land flowing with milk and honey,

and set before us the way of life.

You spoke of love and justice in the prophets,

and in the Word made flesh you lived among us,

manifesting your glory.

He died that we might live,

and is risen to raise us to new life.

Therefore we praise you,

joining our voices with angels and archangels

and with all the faithful of every time and place,

who forever sing to the glory of your name:

ALL SING # 559 Holy, Holy, Holy


You are holy, O God of majesty,

and blessed is Jesus Christ, your Son, our Lord,

whom you sent to save us.

He came with healing in his touch,

and was wounded for our sins.

He came with mercy in his voice,

and was mocked as one despised.

He came with peace in his heart,

and met with violence and death.

By your power he broke free from the prison of the tomb,

and at his command the gates of hell were opened.

The one who was dead now lives.

The one who humbled himself is raised to rule over all creation,

the Lamb upon the throne.

The one ascended on high is with us always, as he promised.


Remembering all your mighty and merciful acts,

we take this bread and this wine

from the gifts you have given us,

and celebrate with joy

the redemption won for us in Jesus Christ.

Accept this our sacrifice of praise and thanksgiving

as a living and holy offering of ourselves,

that our lives may proclaim the One crucified and risen.

ALL SING # 560 Christ Has Died; Christ is Risen


Gracious God,

pour out your Holy Spirit upon us

and upon these your gifts of bread and wine,

that the bread we break

and the cup we bless

may be the communion of the body and blood of Christ.

By your Spirit make us one with Christ

that we may be one with all who share this feast,

united in ministry in every place.

As this bread is Christ’s body for us,

send us out to be the body of Christ in the world.


Nourished at this table, O God,

may we know Christ’s redemptive love

and live a new life in him.

Give us who are fed at his hand,

grace to share our bread with the hungry

and with the hungry of heart.

Keep us faithful in your service

until Christ comes in final victory,

and we shall feast with all your saints

in the joy of your eternal realm.

Through Christ, with Christ, in Christ,

all glory and honor are yours, almighty God,

with the Holy Spirit in the holy church,

now and forever.

ALL SING # 561 Amen


As our Savior Christ has taught us,

we are bold to pray:

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.



Christ has prepared the feast.

Come to the table where all are welcomed home.


Breaking of bread, and pouring of the cup


Jesus, Lamb of God, have mercy on us.

Jesus, bearer of our sins, have mercy on us.

Jesus, redeemer of the world, grant us peace.



All are welcome to the Lord’s Table. As a matter of hospitality, all communion bread is gluten-free and the wine is non-alcoholic. Please come to the Table by the center aisle, receive a piece of bread, dip it into the cup, commune, and then return to your pew by the outer aisles. If you are not able to comfortably come forward for communion, a server will come to you.



Living God, you have greeted us in our brokenness and nourished us with the body of Christ, broken for us. Risen to new life with you, send us now to bear your healing love into the wounded world, in the name of our risen Savior and Lord. Amen.


Eternal God, whose glory is revealed in the crucified and risen Lord,

bless those who go forth to share your word and sacrament with our sisters and brothers who are sick, homebound, or imprisoned. In your love and care, nourish and strengthen those to whom we bring this communion in the body and blood of your Son, that we may all feast upon your abundant love

made known in Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.


The blessing of the living God, Father, + Son, and Holy Spirit, surround and sustain you, keep you from harm, and fill you with courage. Amen.


HYMN # 238 Thine Is the Glory




POSTLUDE: Thine is the Glory- hymntune TRURO attributed (probably erroneously) to G. F. Handel; setting by Chuck Marohnic


NOTES: Order of service and content is in accord with the Presbyterian Church’s Directory for Worship. Prayers are from the Sundays and Seasons (Year C), Glory to God Hymnal on-line, and the Presbyterian Book of Common Worship (2018).


MUSIC CONTRIBUTORS: The Children’s Choir








5        Hilary of Arles (c. 400– 449)

6        Josef Mindszenty (1892– 1975)

7        Agnellus of Pisa (1194– 1235)

8        Julian of Norwich (c. 1342– 1423)

9        William Bradford (1590– 1657)

Nicholas Zinzendorf (1700– 1760)

10      Job (Book of Job, written c. 6th century BCE)

11      Aloysius Luis Rabata (c. 1430– 1490)


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