Liturgy for Home Worship

The Second Sunday of Easter— April 11, 2021

Words for Reflection 

We are an Easter people living in a Good Friday world.

—Anne Lamott

If Christianity is mere method, a way of approaching reality, then it is inadequate; but if Christ is risen, trampling down death by death, then the world is a different place even when I do not experience it as such.

—Esau McCaulley

It takes time to learn to hope.

—Dale Bruner

The Call to Worship

Alleluia! Christ is risen. 
                   He is risen indeed. Alleluia!   
Bless the LORD, O my soul, and all that is within me,  
                    bless his holy name!
Bless the LORD, O my soul,
      and forget not all his benefits,
 who forgives all your iniquity,  
      who heals all your diseases,
who redeems your life from the pit,
            who crowns you with steadfast love and mercy,
who satisfies you with good
      so that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s.
Alleluia! Christ is risen. 
      He is risen indeed. Alleluia!

—Psalm 103:1-5 ESV

Hymn of Praise |  Praise My Soul, the King of Heaven

Praise, my soul, the King of heaven,
To His feet Thy tribute bring;
Ransomed, healed, restored, forgiven,  
Who, like me, His praise should sing?
Come and worship, come and worship
Praise the Everlasting King.
  

Praise Him for His grace and favor  
To our fathers in distress;
Praise Him, still the same forever,   
Slow to chide, and swift to bless;
Come and worship, come and worship
Glorious in His faithfulness.

Father-like, He tends and spares us;  
Well our feeble frame He knows;  
In His hands He gently bears us,
Rescues us from all our foes.
Come and worship, come and worship
Widely as His mercy goes.

Angels, help us to adore Him:
Ye behold Him face to face;
Sun and moon, bow down before Him,
Dwellers all in time and space,
Come and worship, come and worship
Praise with us the God of grace.


Opening Prayer & 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, the power, and the glory, forever. Amen.

Doxology

Praise God from whom all blessings flow;
Praise him, all creatures here below;
Praise him above, ye heavenly host;
Praise Father, Son, and Holy Ghost. Amen.

Confession of Sin

Most Merciful God, 
We praise You for the living hope of Jesus’ resurrection, which is ours in him. Yet, Lord, we confess how quickly we drift from him when our lives don’t go the way we want. We acknowledge the ways we are willfully blind to his gracious work in our lives and in our world. Forgive us for neglecting Your Word and for our hardheartedness towards it. Have mercy on us through Jesus, and enable us by Your Spirit to fix our eyes on our Resurrected Lord. In his name we pray. Amen.

Silent Confession

Assurance of Forgiveness

According to his great mercy, he has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead,to an inheritance that is imperishable, undefiled, and unfading, kept in heaven for you, who by God’s power are being guarded through faith for a salvation ready to be revealed in the last time.

—1 Peter 1:3-5 ESV


Hymn of Response | We Are Not Overcome

Flesh will fail, bones will break
Thieves will steal, the earth will shake
Night will fall, the light will fade
The Lord will give and take away.

Put no trust in the earth
In the sod you stand upon
Flowers fade into dust,
The Lord will make a place for us.

Because of His great love,
We are not overcome
Because of His great love,
We are not overcome


Have no fear for your life;
Turn your cheek, turn your cheek
Bear the yoke of love and death;
The Lord will give life and breath.
(Chorus)


Confession of Faith | The Apostles’ Creed

I believe in God the Father Almighty,
            Maker of heaven and earth.

I believe in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord,
            who was conceived by the Holy Spirit,
            and born of the virgin Mary.
            He suffered under Pontius Pilate,
            Was crucified, died, and was buried;
            he descended into hell.* 
            The third day he rose again from the dead.
            He ascended into heaven
            and is seated at the right hand of God the Father Almighty.
            From there 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.


The Offering

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The Prayers of the People



The Reading of the Word – Luke 24:13-35

24:13 That very day two of them were going to a village named Emmaus, about seven miles from Jerusalem, 14 and they were talking with each other about all these things that had happened. 15 While they were talking and discussing together, Jesus himself drew near and went with them. 16 But their eyes were kept from recognizing him. 17 And he said to them, “What is this conversation that you are holding with each other as you walk?” And they stood still, looking sad. 18 Then one of them, named Cleopas, answered him, “Are you the only visitor to Jerusalem who does not know the things that have happened there in these days?” 19 And he said to them, “What things?” And they said to him, “Concerning Jesus of Nazareth, a man who was a prophet mighty in deed and word before God and all the people, 20 and how our chief priests and rulers delivered him up to be condemned to death, and crucified him. 21 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 happened. 22 Moreover, some women of our company amazed us. They were at the tomb early in the morning, 23 and when they did not find his body, they came back saying that they had even seen a vision of angels, who said that he was alive. 24 Some of those who were with us went to the tomb and found it just as the women had said, but him they did not see.” 25 And he said to them, “O foolish ones, and slow of heart to believe all that the prophets have spoken! 26 Was it not necessary that the Christ should suffer these things and enter into his glory?” 27 And beginning with Moses and all the Prophets, he interpreted to them in all the Scriptures the things concerning himself. 
    28 So they drew near to the village to which they were going. He acted as if he were going farther, 29 but they urged him strongly, saying, “Stay with us, for it is toward evening and the day is now far spent.” So he went in to stay with them. 30 When he was at table with them, he took the bread and blessed and broke it and gave it to them. 31 And their eyes were opened, and they recognized him. And he vanished from their sight. 32 They said to each other, “Did not our hearts burn within us while he talked to us on the road, while he opened to us the Scriptures?” 33 And they rose that same hour and returned to Jerusalem. And they found the eleven and those who were with them gathered together, 34 saying, “The Lord has risen indeed, and has appeared to Simon!” 35 Then they told what had happened on the road, and how he was known to them in the breaking of the bread.

Reader: The Word of the Lord.
People: Thanks be to God.

The Preaching of the Word

“The Road Towards Hope”
Pastor Brian Davis

The Celebration of Holy Communion

Pastor:   The Lord be with you.
People:   And also with you.    
Pastor:   Lift up your hearts!
People:  We lift them up to the Lord.
Pastor:   Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.
People:  It is right to give him thanks and praise.

Prayer of Thanksgiving and Words of Institution

Pastor:    Let us proclaim the mystery of the faith:
People:  Christ has died. Christ is risen. Christ will come again. Hallelujah!
Pastor:   Christ, our Passover, has been sacrificed for us. Hallelujah!
People:  Therefore, let us keep the feast.
Pastor:   The gifts of God for the people of God.

Hymns for Communion | Anchor of Hope

Marvelous, wonderful, infinite God  
Author of all that is good
Faithful provider and giver of life
Source of all power and love.

Great is the Lord, and most worthy of praise
Refuge of strength to the end
Righteous Redeemer and mighty to save
He’s the anchor of hope for the souls of men.

Gracious, compassionate, merciful God
Radiant, holy delight
Beautiful Father, victorious Son
Source of unchangeable light.
(Chorus)

Powerful, constant, unwavering God
Shepherd who comes for the lost
Rock of salvation, remarkable love
Savior who died on the cross.
(Chorus)

Life at Trinity

Departing Hymn | Thy Mercy, My God

Thy mercy, my God, is the theme of my song,
The joy of my heart. and the boast of my tongue;
Thy free grace alone, from the first to the last,
Hath won my affections, and bound my soul fast.

Without Thy sweet mercy I could not live here;
Sin would reduce me to utter despair;
But, through Thy free goodness, my spirits revive,
And He that first made me still keeps me alive.

Thy mercy is more than a match for my heart,
Which wonders to feel its own hardness depart;
Dissolved by Thy goodness, I fall to the ground,
And weep to the praise of the mercy I’ve found.

Great Father of mercies, Thy goodness I own,
And the covenant love of Thy crucified Son;
All praise to the Spirit, Whose whisper divine
Seals mercy, and pardon, and righteousness mine.

The Benediction

Now may the God of peace who brought again from the dead our Lord Jesus, the great shepherd of the sheep, by the blood of the eternal covenant, equip you with everything good that you may do his will, working in us that which is pleasing in his sight, through Jesus Christ, to whom be glory forever and ever. Amen.

The Sending

Pastor: Let us go forth to serve Fort Worth and the world as those who love our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.
People: Thanks be to God!

* CCLI #5043663 – all songs used by permission

Announcements

Women’s Retreat
Ladies, registration is open for our 2021 Women’s Retreat! Due to Covid, we are foregoing our annual trip to Possum Kingdom; instead we are booked at the Omni in downtown Fort Worth for the day! April 24, 830am-6pm, $65. Scholarships are available. Please register soon, as space is limited and the deadline is April 11. Covid protocols will be observed inside our meeting space (distancing and masks while not eating). Contact Susan (susan@trinitypresfw.org) for more info or questions. We are excited to welcome Vanessa Hawkins who will speak on, “Invisible Women & the God Who Sees.”

Youth Group
Today after worship we will have youth small groups for Middle School and High School from 530-630pm to build community and unpack our sermon series together. 

Five Six
5th and 6th graders, join us for teaching, songs, and snacks directly after worship until 630pm.

Mission Spotlight | The Net

The Net is having Trafficking Training on May 1, 9AM – 3PM at Watermark Church. Cost is $20. The training is to educate the community and train volunteers on the reality of the sex industry in Fort Worth. You are not committed to volunteer by attending but you can’t volunteer with the Net unless you attend. The registration link can be found in our Weds emails or you can email Brendan Reagan (reagan.brendan@gmail.com).


—Hebrews 13:20-21 ESV