September 26, 2021

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Welcome & Announcements

Call the Worship & Invocation

Opening Hymns

All Praise to Thee, for Thou, O King Divine

1. All creatures of
Our God and King
Lift up your voice
And with us sing
O praise ye
O brother sun
With golden beam
O sister moon
With silver gleam

O praise ye
O praise ye
Alleluia Alleluia

4. Dear mother earth
Who day by day
Unfoldest blessings
On our way
The flowers and fruits
That in thee grow
Let them God’s
Glory also show

5. All ye who are
Of tender heart
Forgiving others
Take your part
O praise ye
Ye who long 
Pain and sorrow bear
Praise God and on
Him cast your care


God Whose Love is Reigning o'er us

1 God whose love
Is reigning o’er us 
Source of all
The ending true
Hear the
Universal Chorus
Raised in joyful
Praise to You
Worship ancient
Worship new

4. Covenant new
Again in Jesus
Starchild born
To set us free
Sent to heal us
Sent to teach us
How love’s children
We might be
Risen Christ
Our Savior He

5. Lift we then
Our human voices
In the songs that
Faith would bring
Live we then in
Human choices
Lives that like
Our music sing
Joined in love
Our praises ring

I Need Thee Every Hour

1. I need thee every hour, most gracious Lord;
no tender voice like thine can peace afford.

I need thee, O I need thee;
every hour I need thee;
O bless me now, my Savior, I come to thee.

2. I need thee every hour; stay thou nearby;
temptations lose their power when thou art nigh.

3. I need thee every hour, in joy or pain;
come quickly and abide, or life is vain.

Children's Moment

Don't Hold it Against Me

Prayers and Praises


Let us Break Bread Together

1 Let us break bread together on our knees, (on our knees)
let us break bread together on our knees. (on our knees)
When I fall on my knees with my face to the rising sun,
O Lord, have mercy on me. (on me)

2 Let us drink wine together on our knees, (on our knees)
let us drink wine together on our knees. (on our knees)
When I fall on my knees with my face to the rising sun,
O Lord, have mercy on me. (on me)

3 Let us praise God together on our knees, (on our knees)
let us praise God together on our knees. (on our knees)
When I fall on my knees with my face to the rising sun,
O Lord, have mercy on me. (on me)

Praise Song

Here oh Lord, Your Servants Gather

Sugar Creek Sanctuary Choir


Acts 7:54-60

The Stoning of Stephen

54 When they heard these things, they became enraged and ground their teeth at Stephen.[a] 55 But filled with the Holy Spirit, he gazed into heaven and saw the glory of God and Jesus standing at the right hand of God. 56 “Look,” he said, “I see the heavens opened and the Son of Man standing at the right hand of God!” 57 But they covered their ears, and with a loud shout all rushed together against him. 58 Then they dragged him out of the city and began to stone him; and the witnesses laid their coats at the feet of a young man named Saul. 59 While they were stoning Stephen, he prayed, “Lord Jesus, receive my spirit.” 60 Then he knelt down and cried out in a loud voice, “Lord, do not hold this sin against them.” When he had said this, he died.[b]

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  1. Acts 7:54 Gk him
  2. Acts 7:60 Gk fell asleep


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ACTS of Christ's Church (pt. 2): GOAT Christians


Merciful God, we confess that we have not loved you with our whole heart. We have failed to be an obedient church. We have not done your will, we have broken your law, we have rebelled against your love, we have not loved our neighbors, and we have not heard the cry of the needy. Forgive us, we pray. Free us for joyful obedience, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

…you are forgiven!
In the name of Jesus Christ, you are forgiven!

The Lord be with you.
And also with you.

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

Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.
It is right to give our thanks and praise.


Holy, holy, holy Lord, God of power and might,heaven and earth are full of your glory. Hosanna in the highest. Blessed is the One who comes in the name of the Lord. Hosanna in the highest.


Christ has died; Christ is risen; Christ will come again.


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 trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, forever. Amen.





Eternal God, we give you thanks for this holy mystery in which you have given yourself to us. Grant that we may go into the world in the strength of your Spirit, to give ourselves to others. In the name of Jesus Christ our Lord, we pray. Amen.

Closing Hymn

Where Cross the Crowded Ways of Life

1. Where cross the crowded ways of life,
where sound the cries of race and clan,
above the noise of selfish strife,
we hear your voice, O Son of man.

4. The cup of water given for you still
holds the freshness of your grace;
yet long these multitudes to view
the sweet compassion of your face.

6. Till all the world shall learn your love
and follow where your feet have trod,
till, glorious from your heaven above,
shall come the city of our God!

Blessing & Sending Forth

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Welcome & Announcements

Call & Invocation


Matthew 21:6-9

The disciples went and did as Jesus had directed them; they brought the donkey and the colt, and put their cloaks on them, and he sat on them. A very large crowd[a] spread their cloaks on the road, and others cut branches from the trees and spread them on the road. The crowds that went ahead of him and that followed were shouting, “Hosanna to the Son of David! Blessed is the one who comes in the name of the Lord! Hosanna in the highest heaven!”


Crown Him with Many Crowns

1. Crown him with many crowns,
the Lamb upon his throne.
Hark! how the heavenly anthem drowns
all music but its own.
Awake, my soul, and sing
of him who died for thee,
and hail him as thy matchless King
through all eternity.

2. Crown him the Lord of life,
who triumphed o’er the grave,
and rose victorious in the strife
for those he came to save.
His glories now we sing,
who died, and rose on high,
who died, eternal life to bring,
and lives that death may die.

4. Crown him the Lord of love;
behold his hands and side,
those wounds, yet visible above,
in beauty glorified.
All hail, Redeemer, hail!
For thou hast died for me;
thy praise and glory shall not fail
throughout eternity.

Rejoice, the Lord is King

1. Rejoice, the Lord is King!
Your Lord and King adore;
mortals, give thanks and sing,
and triumph evermore.
Lift up your heart, lift up your voice;
rejoice; again I say, rejoice.

2. Jesus the Savior reigns,
the God of truth and love;
when he had purged our stains,
he took his seat above.
Lift up your heart, lift up your voice;
rejoice; again I say, rejoice.

3. His kingdom cannot fail;
he rules o’er earth and heaven;
the keys of earth and hell
are to our Jesus given.
Lift up your heart, lift up your voice;
rejoice; again I say, rejoice.

Time with the Children

Surprise! It's Empty


Matthew 26:36

Then Jesus went with them to a place called Gethsemane; and he said to his disciples, “Sit here while I go over there and pray.”


At the Name of Jesus

Confession and Community


Amazing Grace

. Amazing grace! How sweet the sound
that saved a wretch like me!
I once was lost, but now am found;
was blind, but now I see.

3. Through many dangers, toils, and snares,
I have already come;
’tis grace hath brought me safe thus far,
and grace will lead me home.

4. The Lord has promised good to me,
his word my hope secures;
he will my shield and portion be,
as long as life endures.

6. When we’ve been there ten thousand years,
bright shining as the sun,
we’ve no less days to sing God’s praise
than when we’d first begun.


We Shall Behold Him


Mark 16:1-8

When the sabbath was over, Mary Magdalene, and Mary the mother of James, and Salome bought spices, so that they might go and anoint him. And very early on the first day of the week, when the sun had risen, they went to the tomb. They had been saying to one another, “Who will roll away the stone for us from the entrance to the tomb?” When they looked up, they saw that the stone, which was very large, had already been rolled back. As they entered the tomb, they saw a young man, dressed in a white robe, sitting on the right side; and they were alarmed. But he said to them, “Do not be alarmed; you are looking for Jesus of Nazareth, who was crucified. He has been raised; he is not here. Look, there is the place they laid him. But go, tell his disciples and Peter that he is going ahead of you to Galilee; there you will see him, just as he told you.” So they went out and fled from the tomb, for terror and amazement had seized them; and they said nothing to anyone, for they were afraid.[a]


Moving Ahead and Beyond Doom and Gloom

Holy Communion

The Lord is risen!
We have seen the Lord!

Lift up your hearts, people of God.
We lift them to the Risen Lord.

Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.
We offer our thanks and praise to the One who gives us new life.

How good it is on this day of joy to lift our glad songs of praise to you, Redeemer of the lost. You planted your steadfast love in the gardens of creation, but we ate the bitter fruit of idolatry and sin.

Prophets came in your name, bringing your gracious word, but we could not hear them call our name. When we were about to perish, when we could have died, you sent the One who could bear that threat away.

Therefore, on this day and every day, with those in heaven and those on earth, we lift our glad cries to you:
Holy, holy, holy Lord, God of power and might, All creation is blessed with new life on this day. Hosanna in the highest!

Blessed is the One who comes bringing your resurrection power. Hosanna in the highest!

Holy are you, God of Easter, and blessed is Jesus Christ, our Lord and Savior, sent by you to bring us salvation. Your right hand, he releases us from sin’s grip; walking through the darkness of death, he leads us into the kingdom’s light; confounding the practitioners of evil, he did good for others; humbling himself to experience our pain and suffering, he is raised to rule over all.

As we believe what we may not understand, we trust that mystery we call faith:
Christ has died, but death does not have the final word;

Christ is risen, and Easter begins for us when Christ calls us by name.

Christ will come again and lead us into God’s glory.

Pour out your Holy Spirit upon the Bread and the Cup, Resurrecting God, and upon us who seek to be your children. When we are done eating and drinking with the Risen Lord, send us forth to feed the hungry.

Served at the Table by the One who freed us from death, we would go out to be servants of the poor and oppressed in our world.

Called to proclaim the good news of Easter, we would do so with our hands and hearts, not just our lips

Through Christ, glory and honor, praise and thanksgiving are yours, God of new life, with the Holy Spirit, in your holy people, on this first day of the week and in all the days to come. Amen.

Let us pray aloud the prayer Jesus taught us 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 trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us. Lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. For thine is the Kingdom, and the power, and the glory, forever. Amen.

The minister breaks the bread in silence, or while saying:

Because there is one loaf, we, who are many, are one body, for we all partake of the one loaf. The bread we break is a sharing in the broken body of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.


The minister lifts the cup in silence, or while saying:

The cup over which we give thanks is a sharing in the shed blood of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.

Let us gather now around our Lord’s Table to eat of the bread and drink from the cup. We come seeking rescue and refuge, not as strangers, but as brothers and sisters in Christ’s holy family.

We come with a gracious spirit and a loving heart to share in this sacrament of Holy Communion.

Prayer after receiving:

Bountiful God, we give thanks that you have refreshed us at your holy Table by granting us rescue and refuge in the presence of Christ Jesus, our Lord, and Savior.

Strengthen our faith, increase our love for one another, and send us forth into the world in courage, assurance, hope, and peace, rejoicing in the rescuing and renewing presence and power of the Holy Spirit. Amen.


He Rose Triumphantly

Crown Him
with Many Crowns


Up from the Grave He Arose

1 Low in the grave he lay, Jesus my Savior,
waiting the coming day, Jesus my Lord!

Up from the grave he arose,
with a mighty triumph o’er his foes;
he arose a victor from the dark domain,
and he lives forever, with his saints to reign.
He arose! He arose! Hallelujah! Christ arose!

3 Death cannot keep its prey, Jesus my Savior;
he tore the bars away, Jesus my Lord! [Refrain]

Christ the Lord is Risen Today

1. Christ the Lord is risen today, Alleluia!
Earth and heaven in chorus say, Alleluia!
Raise your joys and triumphs high, Alleluia!
Sing, ye heavens, and earth reply, Alleluia!

3. Lives again our glorious King, Alleluia!
Where, O death, is now thy sting? Alleluia!
Once he died our souls to save, Alleluia!
Where’s thy victory, boasting grave? Alleluia!

4. Soar we now where Christ has led, Alleluia!
Following our exalted Head, Alleluia!
Made like him, like him we rise, Alleluia!
Ours the cross, the grave, the skies, Alleluia!