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Words of Welcome
Confession and Forgiveness
Gathering Song - 
That Easter Day With Joy Was Bright - ELW 384

Hymn of Praise
Prayer of the Day
Children’s Time
First Reading: Acts 2:14a, 36-41
Today’s reading is the conclusion of Peter’s sermon preached following the giving of the Holy Spirit to the apostles on the day of Pentecost. The center of his preaching is the bold declaration that God has made the crucified Jesus both Lord and Christ.
Psalm 116
Second Reading: 1 Peter 1:17-23
The imagery of exile is used to help the readers of this letter understand that they are strangers in a strange land. Christians no longer belong to this age. Through the death of Christ we belong to God, so that our focus, faith, and hope are no longer on such things as silver or gold.
Alleluia Verse
Holy Gospel: Luke 24:13-35

Song of the Day - On the Journey to Emmaus

Affirmation of Faith: The Nicene Creed
We believe in one God, the Father, the Almighty, maker of heaven and earth, of all that is, seen and unseen.
We believe in one Lord, Jesus Christ, the only Son of God, eternally begotten of the  Father, God from God, Light from Light, true God from true God, begotten, not made, of one Being with the Father; through him all things were made. For us and for our salvation he came down from heaven, was incarnate of the Holy Spirit and the virgin Mary and became truly human. For our sake he was crucified under Pontius Pilate; he suffered death and was buried. On the third day he rose again in accordance with the scriptures; he ascended into heaven and is seated at the right hand of the Father. He will come again in glory to judge the living and the dead, and his kingdom will have no end. 
We believe in the Holy Spirit, the Lord, the giver of life, who proceeds from the Father and the Son, who with the Father and the Son is worshiped and glorified, who has spoken through the prophets. We believe in one holy catholic and apostolic church. We acknowledge one baptism for the forgiveness of sins. We look for the resurrection of the dead, and the life of the world to come. Amen.

Prayers of Intercession
The Peace

Communion Remembrance
Closing Prayer
The Lord’s Prayer

Post-Communion Prayer
Sending Song - Open the Eyes of My Heart
Pastor Notes....

This morning I read a short piece from what seemed to me an unlikely source—the Harvard Business Review. Yet the reflection shared a deeply spiritual perspective that speaks to our time.

David Kessler, author of Finding Meaning: The Sixth Stage of Grief, says that many people are experiencing a number of kinds of grief during the pandemic. Anticipatory grief imagines the worst about the future: focusing on present realities is the antidote. People are grieving over loss of normalcy, connections, and economic security. Collective grief is in the air. Naming and understanding the stages of grief—denial, anger, bargaining, sadness, acceptance, finding meaning—helps manage it, but the stages are not necessarily linear. Think about how you can let go of things you can’t control and stock up on compassion for others.

Jesus also taught about not being anxious about the future. He directs our attention to God’s care for the birds of the air and the beauty of the lilies of the field. And then he spoke of living in the present. As The Message biblical paraphrase renders Jesus’ words: "Give your entire attention to what God is doing right now, and don't get worked up about what may or may not happen tomorrow. God will help you deal with whatever hard things come up when the time comes (Matthew 6:33-34).

In this time of uncertainty, anxiety, and grief let us hold fast to Jesus’ promise of the presence of God’s love in all times—and as the article in the Harvard Business Review suggests—“stock up” on that compassionate love to share with others.

Pr. Richard
From the Prez....

Spring is on its way and I am thankful for many things.
Our Council and committees have stepped up in these un-normal times to have thoughtful conversations about challenging issues.
Your Worship committee, in particular, has worked to create and enhance our worship experiences by building on successes.
Many have faithfully maintained financial giving during this difficult time.
We are reconnecting with neighbors as we walk our neighborhoods (maintaining physical distancing).

We don’t have to look far to see needs in our community and beyond. We are seeing many people negatively impacted by Covid-19 and the resulting impacts of distancing. It seems clear that changes to the current restrictions are coming, probably sooner rather than later. As we move forward, we will have the opportunity to define some new normals. I look forward to conversations with everyone about what we have learned during this time and new possibilities.

Marshall Pihl
Our worship options have changed with the Shelter at Home order currently in effect. Please use the links listed here to join any of our worship services and Bible studies. We look forward to seeing you!
- Link to SUNDAY morning Zoom worship,
Sundays at 9:30 AM (this link will NOT change each week)
For telephone:  +1 669 900 6833 (San Jose)
Meeting ID: 935 001 016
– Link to WEDNESDAY Evening Zoom Service, 
Wednesdays at 7:00 PM
For telephone:  +1 669 900 9128 US (San Jose)
Meeting ID: 248 770 4658
- Link to FRIDAY morning Bible study,
Fridays at 10:30 AM (this link will NOT change each week) 
For telephone:  +1 669 900 6833 (San Jose)
Meeting ID: 552 129 433
- Link to SATURDAY morning Bible study,
Saturdays at 8:30 AM (this link will NOT change each week) 
For telephone:  +1 669 900 6833 (San Jose)
Meeting ID: 936 479 529

- Mt. Carmel YouTube channel, in case you missed a service.
Adult Forum
Immediately following the worship service

Join Bob Grosse for a brief history of how the Nicene Creed came about. Spoiler alert - it was a political move by Emperor Constantine to remove dissention in the Empire by having the Christian leaders get together and argue out what the Church believed (at least the majority of the church leaders - the winners made the rules). Then we'll read through the Creed to talk about any areas that are not clear - like why it is “WE” believe and not “I” believe.
Set your alarms for 1:00pm each day to spend a minute or two in conversation with God throughout this holy Easter season.
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