Instructions: The words and videos below are meant to be read and played in sequence, together forming one complete worship service. Begin by pressing play on the first video.
Last week, we celebrated the resurrection.
We celebrate still.
And we are tempted to leave it there, to pretend that the story ends there.
We are tempted to see salvation as an achievement, a race to be run, a prize won – and then, DONE.
We are tempted to see salvation as a gift, given once and for all to us, by God – and then, DONE.
We are tempted to let things end on Easter morning, to say that God has won victory over death, and therefore, we are now, DONE.
Today, we are called to remember that we are still living in this world . . .
that God is still working in this world . . .
that each one of us is still NEEDED in this world . . .
that we are NOT done . . .
And Let Us Pray…
Lord God, Creator, Redeemer,
We lift before you the concerns that we share with our world…
… with our nation …
… with our communities …
… our families …
… our friends …
… our neighbors …
… and ourselves …
Watch over us, and guide us in these times of uncertainty and fear, into your promise and your future.
Forgive us for all the wrong that we have done,
Willingly and unwillingly,
Knowingly or unknowingly.
Give us your grace, to resist tomorrow whatever temptation we have given into today,
To persevere in challenges we have yet to face,
To live beyond fear.
In the name of the victorious Christ, Amen.
Now, I’m pleased to introduce my father, Pastor Norman Bude, and his message for this Sunday morning.
We are the people of God, called to ask hard questions – and more than ask, to live out the answers.
We are the people called to make a difference in this world.
So go this week to ask the hard questions: How will your life make a difference, here and now.