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    Order of Worship

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    * Worshipers are invited to respond using the text in bold face.

     

    Welcome to this service of worship in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.

    You may follow the Easter liturgy and respond where the text is in bold print.

    Please pick up your communion elements as you enter the sanctuary located on the Narthex table.

    We care about the health of our community members, so we are following CDC guidelines for social distancing. Masks are required while in the sanctuary. Please sit in family clusters or by distancing yourself by sitting where X marks the spot. Unfortunately, we will not be singing.

    Thank you for your concern and care of others. May your find the presence of the risen Christ this Easter Season.

     

    PEALING OF THE BELLS

    PRELUDE

    PROCESSIONAL HYMN

    WELCOME AND ANNOUNCEMENTS

    OPENING SENTANCES

    The Lord is risen! Alleluia!

    Alleluia! The Lord is risen indeed!

     

    PRAYER OF ADORATION

    Glory to you, O God:
    you have won victory over death,
    raising Jesus from the grave,
    and giving us eternal life.

    Glory to you, O Christ:
    for us and for our salvation you overcame death
    and opened the gate to everlasting life.

    Glory to you, O Holy Spirit:
    you lead us into the truth.

    Glory to you O Blessed Trinity,
    now and forever. Amen.

     

    THANKSGIVING FOR BAPTISM

    The Lord be with you.
    And also with you.
    Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.
    It is right to give our thanks and praise.
    O Lord our God, we give you thanks for the new life you raise up in us
    through the mystery of our baptism–
    the sorrow of the heavy cross
    the surprise of the empty tomb,
    the love that death could not destroy.
    By the power of your Holy Spirit poured out upon us in baptism,
    fill us with the joy of resurrection, so that we may be a living sign of your new heaven and new earth, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

     

    LITANY FOR EASTER

    This is the day that the Lord had 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!

    O God, you gave your only Son
    to suffer death on the cross for our redemption,
    and by his glorious resurrection
    you delivered us from the power of death.
    Grant us so to die daily to sin,
    that we may live with him
    in the joy of his resurrection
    through Jesus Christ our Lord,
    who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
    one God, now and forever. Amen

     

    CONFESSION AND PARDON

    Christ himself bore our sins in his body on the cross, so that, free from sin, we might live for righteousness. (I Peter 2:24). Trusting in God’s grace, let us confess our sin.

    Almighty God, in raising Jesus from the grave, you shattered the power of sin and death. We confess that we remain captive to doubt and fear, bound by the ways that lead to death. We overlook the poor and the hungry, and pass by those who mourn; we are deaf to the cries of the oppressed, and indifferent to calls for peace; we despise the weak, and abuse the earth you made. Forgive us, God of mercy. Help us to trust your power to change our lives and make us new, that we may know the joy of life abundant given in Jesus Christ, the risen Lord.

    All of us, like sheep, have gone astray, but now we have returned to the shepherd and guardian or our souls. (I Peter 2:25)

    In the name of Jesus Christ, we are forgiven!

    Thanks be to God.

     

    PRAYER FOR ILLUMINATION

    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

    SCRIPTURE READINGS

              FIRST READING

              THE PSALM

              SECOND READING

              THE GOSPEL

     (To be read following the reading of scripture) Jesus said, I am the way, the truth, and the life. Believe in me. (Jn 14:1, 6) Thanks be to God. Amen.

    SERMON

    AFFIRMATION OF FAITH

    Let us confess the faith of our baptism

    I believe in God, the Father almighty, Maker of heaven and earth, and in Jesus Christ his only Son, our Lord: who was conceived by the Holy Ghost, born of the Virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, dead, and buried; he descended into hell; the third day he rose again from the dead; he ascended into heaven, and sitteth on the right hand of God the Father Almighty; from thence he shall come to judge the quick and the dead. I believe in the Holy Ghost; the holy catholic church; the communion of the saints; the forgiveness of sins; the resurrection of the body; and the life everlasting. Amen

    BAPTISM OR PASTORAL RITE

    HYMN

    PRAYERS OF INTERCESSION

    We offer our prayers through Christ, who is risen from the dead, who lives and reigns forever, and prays for us in heaven.

    Through Christ, we pray for the church. Let us be people of joy, living witnesses to the power of the resurrection, and the good news of your grace and peace.

    Living God, Hear our prayer.

    Through Christ, we pray for the earth. From the dust of the damaged earth, raise up your new creation, full of beauty, wonder, and glory.

    Living God, Hear our prayer.

    Through Christ, we pray for all nations. Let the message of your saving power spread throughout the world; that the dominion of death is no more.

    Living God, Hear our prayer.

    Through Christ, we pray for Crystal River, and the communities represented by those present here today. Let the doors of this church be open wide as we go forth in love and service and other come in to find a home.

    Living God, Hear our prayer.

    Through Christ, we pray for loved ones (here it is appropriate to share prayers for families, friends, neighbors, and enemies).

    Give hope to those who wait for good news. Turn their mourning into dancing, and their sorrow into joy.

    Living God, Hear our prayer.

    God of all power and glory, receive these prayers, and continue your mighty work among us, through Jesus Christ, our living Lord. Amen.

    THE LORD’S PRAYER

    OFFERING

    DOXOLOGY

    __________________________________

    COMMUNION HYMN

    HOLY COMMUNION

    _________________________________

    BLESSING AND CHARGE

    POSTLUDE

    Easter comes from an old English word related to dawn and shining. At Easter we stand in light of the resurrection to see a new creation, transformed by the grace and glory of God. We celebrate the presence and power of the risen Christ in his church, proclaiming his good news through Word and Sacrament We rejoice in the gift of the Holy Spirit who is the Lord and giver of life. In the fullest sense, Easter is a new way of life, in which we are dead to sin and alive to God in Christ Jesus (Rom.6:11); for this reason, it is an especially appropriate time to celebrate the Sacrament of Baptism.ii

    ii Book of Common Worship, PCUSA, Westminster John Knox Press, Louisville, Kentucky,  2018, pgs. 316-323.

    ii Ibid. Pg. 316.

    * Worshipers are invited to respond using the text in bold face.

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    * Worshipers are invited to respond using the text in bold face.

     

    Welcome to this service of worship in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.

    You may follow the Easter liturgy and respond where the text is in bold print.

    Please pick up your communion elements as you enter the sanctuary located on the Narthex table.

    We care about the health of our community members, so we are following CDC guidelines for social distancing. Masks are required while in the sanctuary. Please sit in family clusters or by distancing yourself by sitting where X marks the spot. Unfortunately, we will not be singing.

    Thank you for your concern and care of others. May your find the presence of the risen Christ this Easter Season.

     

    PEALING OF THE BELLS

    PRELUDE

    PROCESSIONAL HYMN

    WELCOME AND ANNOUNCEMENTS

    OPENING SENTANCES

    The Lord is risen! Alleluia!

    Alleluia! The Lord is risen indeed!

     

    PRAYER OF ADORATION

    Glory to you, O God:
    you have won victory over death,
    raising Jesus from the grave,
    and giving us eternal life.

    Glory to you, O Christ:
    for us and for our salvation you overcame death
    and opened the gate to everlasting life.

    Glory to you, O Holy Spirit:
    you lead us into the truth.

    Glory to you O Blessed Trinity,
    now and forever. Amen.

     

    THANKSGIVING FOR BAPTISM

    The Lord be with you.
    And also with you.
    Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.
    It is right to give our thanks and praise.
    O Lord our God, we give you thanks for the new life you raise up in us
    through the mystery of our baptism–
    the sorrow of the heavy cross
    the surprise of the empty tomb,
    the love that death could not destroy.
    By the power of your Holy Spirit poured out upon us in baptism, fill us with
    the joy of resurrection, so that we may be a living sign of your new heaven
    and new earth, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

     

    LITANY FOR EASTER

    This is the day that the Lord had 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!

    O God, you gave your only Son
    to suffer death on the cross for our redemption,
    and by his glorious resurrection
    you delivered us from the power of death.
    Grant us so to die daily to sin,
    that we may live with him
    in the joy of his resurrection
    through Jesus Christ our Lord,
    who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
    one God, now and forever. Amen

     

    CONFESSION AND PARDON

    Christ himself bore our sins in his body on the cross, so that, free from sin, we might live for righteousness. (I Peter 2:24). Trusting in God’s grace, let us confess our sin.

    Almighty God, in raising Jesus from the grave, you shattered the power of sin and death. We confess that we remain captive to doubt and fear, bound by the ways that lead to death. We overlook the poor and the hungry, and pass by those who mourn; we are deaf to the cries of the oppressed, and indifferent to calls for peace; we despise the weak, and abuse the earth you made. Forgive us, God of mercy. Help us to trust your power to change our lives and make us new, that we may know the joy of life abundant given in Jesus Christ, the risen Lord.

    All of us, like sheep, have gone astray, but now we have returned to the shepherd and guardian or our souls. (I Peter 2:25)

    In the name of Jesus Christ, we are forgiven!

    Thanks be to God.

     

    PRAYER FOR ILLUMINATION

    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

    SCRIPTURE READINGS

              FIRST READING

              THE PSALM

              SECOND READING

              THE GOSPEL

     (To be read following the reading of scripture) Jesus said, I am the way, the truth, and the life. Believe in me. (Jn 14:1, 6) Thanks be to God. Amen.

    SERMON

    AFFIRMATION OF FAITH

    Let us confess the faith of our baptism

    I believe in God, the Father almighty, Maker of heaven and earth, and in Jesus Christ his only Son, our Lord: who was conceived by the Holy Ghost, born of the Virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, dead, and buried; he descended into hell; the third day he rose again from the dead; he ascended into heaven, and sitteth on the right hand of God the Father Almighty; from thence he shall come to judge the quick and the dead. I believe in the Holy Ghost; the holy catholic church; the communion of the saints; the forgiveness of sins; the resurrection of the body; and the life everlasting. Amen

    BAPTISM OR PASTORAL RITE

    HYMN

    PRAYERS OF INTERCESSION

    We offer our prayers through Christ, who is risen from the dead, who lives and reigns forever, and prays for us in heaven.

    Through Christ, we pray for the church. Let us be people of joy, living witnesses to the power of the resurrection, and the good news of your grace and peace.

    Living God, Hear our prayer.

    Through Christ, we pray for the earth. From the dust of the damaged earth, raise up your new creation, full of beauty, wonder, and glory.

    Living God, Hear our prayer.

    Through Christ, we pray for all nations. Let the message of your saving power spread throughout the world; that the dominion of death is no more.

    Living God, Hear our prayer.

    Through Christ, we pray for Crystal River, and the communities represented by those present here today. Let the doors of this church be open wide as we go forth in love and service and other come in to find a home.

    Living God, Hear our prayer.

    Through Christ, we pray for loved ones (here it is appropriate to share prayers for families, friends, neighbors, and enemies).

    Give hope to those who wait for good news. Turn their mourning into dancing, and their sorrow into joy.

    Living God, Hear our prayer.

    God of all power and glory, receive these prayers, and continue your mighty work among us, through Jesus Christ, our living Lord. Amen.

    THE LORD’S PRAYER

    OFFERING

    DOXOLOGY

    __________________________________

    COMMUNION HYMN

    HOLY COMMUNION

    _________________________________

    BLESSING AND CHARGE

    POSTLUDE

    Easter comes from an old English word related to dawn and shining. At Easter we stand in light of the resurrection to see a new creation, transformed by the grace and glory of God. We celebrate the presence and power of the risen Christ in his church, proclaiming his good news through Word and Sacrament We rejoice in the gift of the Holy Spirit who is the Lord and giver of life. In the fullest sense, Easter is a new way of life, in which we are dead to sin and alive to God in Christ Jesus (Rom.6:11); for this reason, it is an especially appropriate time to celebrate the Sacrament of Baptism.ii

    ii Book of Common Worship, PCUSA, Westminster John Knox Press, Louisville, Kentucky,  2018, pgs. 316-323.

    ii Ibid. Pg. 316.

    * Worshipers are invited to respond using the text in bold face.

     Life Tree Presbyterian Church of Crystal River, Florida

    First Presbyterian Church of Crystal River, Florida

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    * Worshipers are invited to respond using the text in bold face.

     

    Welcome to this service of worship in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.

    You may follow the Easter liturgy and respond where the text is in bold print.

    Please pick up your communion elements as you enter the sanctuary located on the Narthex table.

    We care about the health of our community members, so we are following CDC guidelines for social distancing. Masks are required while in the sanctuary. Please sit in family clusters or by distancing yourself by sitting where X marks the spot. Unfortunately, we will not be singing.

    Thank you for your concern and care of others. May your find the presence of the risen Christ this Easter Season.

     

    PEALING OF THE BELLS

    PRELUDE

    PROCESSIONAL HYMN

    WELCOME AND ANNOUNCEMENTS

    OPENING SENTANCES

    The Lord is risen! Alleluia!

    Alleluia! The Lord is risen indeed!

     

    PRAYER OF ADORATION

    Glory to you, O God:
    you have won victory over death,
    raising Jesus from the grave,
    and giving us eternal life.

    Glory to you, O Christ:
    for us and for our salvation you overcame death
    and opened the gate to everlasting life.

    Glory to you, O Holy Spirit:
    you lead us into the truth.

    Glory to you O Blessed Trinity,
    now and forever. Amen.

     

    THANKSGIVING FOR BAPTISM

    The Lord be with you.
    And also with you.
    Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.
    It is right to give our thanks and praise.
    O Lord our God, we give you thanks for the new life you raise up in us
    through the mystery of our baptism–
    the sorrow of the heavy cross
    the surprise of the empty tomb,
    the love that death could not destroy.
    By the power of your Holy Spirit poured out upon us in baptism,
    fill us with the joy of resurrection, so that we may be a living sign of your new heaven and new earth, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

     

    LITANY FOR EASTER

    This is the day that the Lord had 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!

    O God, you gave your only Son
    to suffer death on the cross for our redemption,
    and by his glorious resurrection
    you delivered us from the power of death.
    Grant us so to die daily to sin,
    that we may live with him
    in the joy of his resurrection
    through Jesus Christ our Lord,
    who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
    one God, now and forever. Amen

     

    CONFESSION AND PARDON

    Christ himself bore our sins in his body on the cross, so that, free from sin, we might live for righteousness. (I Peter 2:24). Trusting in God’s grace, let us confess our sin.

    Almighty God, in raising Jesus from the grave, you shattered the power of sin and death. We confess that we remain captive to doubt and fear, bound by the ways that lead to death. We overlook the poor and the hungry, and pass by those who mourn; we are deaf to the cries of the oppressed, and indifferent to calls for peace; we despise the weak, and abuse the earth you made. Forgive us, God of mercy. Help us to trust your power to change our lives and make us new, that we may know the joy of life abundant given in Jesus Christ, the risen Lord.

    All of us, like sheep, have gone astray, but now we have returned to the shepherd and guardian or our souls. (I Peter 2:25)

    In the name of Jesus Christ, we are forgiven!

    Thanks be to God.

     

    PRAYER FOR ILLUMINATION

    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

    SCRIPTURE READINGS

              FIRST READING

              THE PSALM

              SECOND READING

              THE GOSPEL

     (To be read following the reading of scripture) Jesus said, I am the way, the truth, and the life. Believe in me. (Jn 14:1, 6) Thanks be to God. Amen.

    SERMON

    AFFIRMATION OF FAITH

    Let us confess the faith of our baptism

    I believe in God, the Father almighty, Maker of heaven and earth, and in Jesus Christ his only Son, our Lord: who was conceived by the Holy Ghost, born of the Virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, dead, and buried; he descended into hell; the third day he rose again from the dead; he ascended into heaven, and sitteth on the right hand of God the Father Almighty; from thence he shall come to judge the quick and the dead. I believe in the Holy Ghost; the holy catholic church; the communion of the saints; the forgiveness of sins; the resurrection of the body; and the life everlasting. Amen

    BAPTISM OR PASTORAL RITE

    HYMN

    PRAYERS OF INTERCESSION

    We offer our prayers through Christ, who is risen from the dead, who lives and reigns forever, and prays for us in heaven.

    Through Christ, we pray for the church. Let us be people of joy, living witnesses to the power of the resurrection, and the good news of your grace and peace.

    Living God, Hear our prayer.

    Through Christ, we pray for the earth. From the dust of the damaged earth, raise up your new creation, full of beauty, wonder, and glory.

    Living God, Hear our prayer.

    Through Christ, we pray for all nations. Let the message of your saving power spread throughout the world; that the dominion of death is no more.

    Living God, Hear our prayer.

    Through Christ, we pray for Crystal River, and the communities represented by those present here today. Let the doors of this church be open wide as we go forth in love and service and other come in to find a home.

    Living God, Hear our prayer.

    Through Christ, we pray for loved ones (here it is appropriate to share prayers for families, friends, neighbors, and enemies).

    Give hope to those who wait for good news. Turn their mourning into dancing, and their sorrow into joy.

    Living God, Hear our prayer.

    God of all power and glory, receive these prayers, and continue your mighty work among us, through Jesus Christ, our living Lord. Amen.

    THE LORD’S PRAYER

    OFFERING

    DOXOLOGY

    __________________________________

    COMMUNION HYMN

    HOLY COMMUNION

    _________________________________

    BLESSING AND CHARGE

    POSTLUDE

    Easter comes from an old English word related to dawn and shining. At Easter we stand in light of the resurrection to see a new creation, transformed by the grace and glory of God. We celebrate the presence and power of the risen Christ in his church, proclaiming his good news through Word and Sacrament We rejoice in the gift of the Holy Spirit who is the Lord and giver of life. In the fullest sense, Easter is a new way of life, in which we are dead to sin and alive to God in Christ Jesus (Rom.6:11); for this reason, it is an especially appropriate time to celebrate the Sacrament of Baptism.ii

    ii Book of Common Worship, PCUSA, Westminster John Knox Press, Louisville, Kentucky,  2018, pgs. 316-323.

    ii Ibid. Pg. 316.

    * Worshipers are invited to respond using the text in bold face.

    pdf version >>

    * Worshipers are invited to respond using the text in bold face.

     

    Welcome to this service of worship in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.

    You may follow the Easter liturgy and respond where the text is in bold print.

    Please pick up your communion elements as you enter the sanctuary located on the Narthex table.

    We care about the health of our community members, so we are following CDC guidelines for social distancing. Masks are required while in the sanctuary. Please sit in family clusters or by distancing yourself by sitting where X marks the spot. Unfortunately, we will not be singing.

    Thank you for your concern and care of others. May your find the presence of the risen Christ this Easter Season.

     

    PEALING OF THE BELLS

    PRELUDE

    PROCESSIONAL HYMN

    WELCOME AND ANNOUNCEMENTS

    OPENING SENTANCES

    The Lord is risen! Alleluia!

    Alleluia! The Lord is risen indeed!

     

    PRAYER OF ADORATION

    Glory to you, O God:
    you have won victory over death,
    raising Jesus from the grave,
    and giving us eternal life.

    Glory to you, O Christ:
    for us and for our salvation you overcame death
    and opened the gate to everlasting life.

    Glory to you, O Holy Spirit:
    you lead us into the truth.

    Glory to you O Blessed Trinity,
    now and forever. Amen.

     

    THANKSGIVING FOR BAPTISM

    The Lord be with you.
    And also with you.
    Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.
    It is right to give our thanks and praise.
    O Lord our God, we give you thanks for the new life you raise up in us
    through the mystery of our baptism–
    the sorrow of the heavy cross
    the surprise of the empty tomb,
    the love that death could not destroy.
    By the power of your Holy Spirit poured out upon us in baptism, fill us with
    the joy of resurrection, so that we may be a living sign of your new heaven
    and new earth, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

     

    LITANY FOR EASTER

    This is the day that the Lord had 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!

    O God, you gave your only Son
    to suffer death on the cross for our redemption,
    and by his glorious resurrection
    you delivered us from the power of death.
    Grant us so to die daily to sin,
    that we may live with him
    in the joy of his resurrection
    through Jesus Christ our Lord,
    who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
    one God, now and forever. Amen

     

    CONFESSION AND PARDON

    Christ himself bore our sins in his body on the cross, so that, free from sin, we might live for righteousness. (I Peter 2:24). Trusting in God’s grace, let us confess our sin.

    Almighty God, in raising Jesus from the grave, you shattered the power of sin and death. We confess that we remain captive to doubt and fear, bound by the ways that lead to death. We overlook the poor and the hungry, and pass by those who mourn; we are deaf to the cries of the oppressed, and indifferent to calls for peace; we despise the weak, and abuse the earth you made. Forgive us, God of mercy. Help us to trust your power to change our lives and make us new, that we may know the joy of life abundant given in Jesus Christ, the risen Lord.

    All of us, like sheep, have gone astray, but now we have returned to the shepherd and guardian or our souls. (I Peter 2:25)

    In the name of Jesus Christ, we are forgiven!

    Thanks be to God.

     

    PRAYER FOR ILLUMINATION

    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

    SCRIPTURE READINGS

              FIRST READING

              THE PSALM

              SECOND READING

              THE GOSPEL

     (To be read following the reading of scripture) Jesus said, I am the way, the truth, and the life. Believe in me. (Jn 14:1, 6) Thanks be to God. Amen.

    SERMON

    AFFIRMATION OF FAITH

    Let us confess the faith of our baptism

    I believe in God, the Father almighty, Maker of heaven and earth, and in Jesus Christ his only Son, our Lord: who was conceived by the Holy Ghost, born of the Virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, dead, and buried; he descended into hell; the third day he rose again from the dead; he ascended into heaven, and sitteth on the right hand of God the Father Almighty; from thence he shall come to judge the quick and the dead. I believe in the Holy Ghost; the holy catholic church; the communion of the saints; the forgiveness of sins; the resurrection of the body; and the life everlasting. Amen

    BAPTISM OR PASTORAL RITE

    HYMN

    PRAYERS OF INTERCESSION

    We offer our prayers through Christ, who is risen from the dead, who lives and reigns forever, and prays for us in heaven.

    Through Christ, we pray for the church. Let us be people of joy, living witnesses to the power of the resurrection, and the good news of your grace and peace.

    Living God, Hear our prayer.

    Through Christ, we pray for the earth. From the dust of the damaged earth, raise up your new creation, full of beauty, wonder, and glory.

    Living God, Hear our prayer.

    Through Christ, we pray for all nations. Let the message of your saving power spread throughout the world; that the dominion of death is no more.

    Living God, Hear our prayer.

    Through Christ, we pray for Crystal River, and the communities represented by those present here today. Let the doors of this church be open wide as we go forth in love and service and other come in to find a home.

    Living God, Hear our prayer.

    Through Christ, we pray for loved ones (here it is appropriate to share prayers for families, friends, neighbors, and enemies).

    Give hope to those who wait for good news. Turn their mourning into dancing, and their sorrow into joy.

    Living God, Hear our prayer.

    God of all power and glory, receive these prayers, and continue your mighty work among us, through Jesus Christ, our living Lord. Amen.

    THE LORD’S PRAYER

    OFFERING

    DOXOLOGY

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    COMMUNION HYMN

    HOLY COMMUNION

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    BLESSING AND CHARGE

    POSTLUDE

    Easter comes from an old English word related to dawn and shining. At Easter we stand in light of the resurrection to see a new creation, transformed by the grace and glory of God. We celebrate the presence and power of the risen Christ in his church, proclaiming his good news through Word and Sacrament We rejoice in the gift of the Holy Spirit who is the Lord and giver of life. In the fullest sense, Easter is a new way of life, in which we are dead to sin and alive to God in Christ Jesus (Rom.6:11); for this reason, it is an especially appropriate time to celebrate the Sacrament of Baptism.ii

    ii Book of Common Worship, PCUSA, Westminster John Knox Press, Louisville, Kentucky,  2018, pgs. 316-323.

    ii Ibid. Pg. 316.

    * Worshipers are invited to respond using the text in bold face.

  • The new in-person worship in the Contemporary Service has begun!

     

    The new in-person worship in the Contemporary Service has begun!

    Crystal Gilmer leads this service at 6pm on Saturday evenings in the Fellowship Hall.

    CDC advisories will be followed. The Hall has been thoroughly cleaned for these services.

     Life Tree Church

    First Presbyterian Church of Crystal River, Florida

    The new in-person worship in the Contemporary Service has begun!

    Crystal Gilmer leads this service at 6pm on Saturday evenings in the Fellowship Hall.

    CDC advisories will be followed. The Hall has been thoroughly cleaned for these services.

  • Upcoming: In-person Sanctuary Worship starting April 4th (Easter Sunday) at 11am

     

    The wearing of masks and social distancing will be followed. 

    The sanctuary has been thoroughly cleaned for this event. Rev. Dr. Jeffrey Guild leads this traditional Presbyterian service. 

    For the month of March, Sunday morning traditional service continues to meet under the sanctuary Portico at 11am.

     Life Tree Presbyterian Church of Crystal River, Florida

    First Presbyterian Church of Crystal River, Florida

    The wearing of masks and social distancing will be followed. 

    The sanctuary has been thoroughly cleaned for this event. Rev. Dr. Jeffrey Guild leads this traditional Presbyterian service. 

    For the month of March, Sunday morning traditional service continues to meet under the sanctuary Portico at 11am.

  • What is Per Capita and How You Can Help

    Per Capita is a fundamental way in which all of the nearly 10,000 congregations and mid councils of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A) connect, participate, and share in the work of the wider church.

    Per Capita is the primary source of funding for the Office of the General Assembly, and is how Presbyterians mutually and equitably share the costs of coming together to discern the Spirit’s leading for the future.

    All Presbyterians are called to take part in the ecclesiastical and administrative work shared by the whole church through per capita giving. All congregations – large and small – are encouraged to participate, either through an annual budget item or through a special direct appeal to their congregations.

    Office of the General Assembly, Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)

    2021 Per Capita is $32.23.

         Presbytery of Tampa Bay…. $21.75

         Synod of the Southeast…… $1.50

         General Assembly……………. $8.98

    Per capita is per person and can be paid through online giving or in-person at one’s church. Those who are Friends of the church are welcome to donate to the Per Capita funding.

  • 2021 STEWARDSHIP CAMPAIGN

    2021 Session Pledge

     LifeTree Presbyterian Church of Crystal River, Florida

    First Presbyterian Church of Crystal River, Florida

    November 3, 2020

    Dear Members and Friends,

    Our church is coming to life again!

    This letter officially kicks off our 2021 Stewardship Campaign. Enclosed in this mailing you will find: 1. A letter from our pastor; 2. A proposed 2021 ministry budget; 3. A pledge card. Please take the time to prayerfully consider your financial support of our Church.

    For you who prefer to pledge electronically, you may also make a pledge by going to our web site and doing one of the following: Click the donation button and follow the instructions, or click the contact button and indicate your pledge.

    During the Pandemic, our doors have never been totally closed! Because of your generosity our Community Food Pantry has been able to feed a hungry community increasing in number.  We believe we are doing the work of Jesus Christ by meeting the food needs of the community.

    We have made our church buildings more usable and energy efficient by installing LED lighting and new air-conditioning in both buildings. It’s up-to-date and ready to use. Our new web site is up and running: www.lifetreechurch.org.

    In-person worship begins November 29 at 11 am with a service under the sanctuary portico and parking area. Worshippers may stay in their cars and tune into the designated radio station or bring their own chairs to sit closer. All CDC safety guidelines will be strictly followed. Our pastor, the Rev. Dr. Jeff Guild will lead the worship service.

    Peace and Blessings,

    Members of LifeTree Presbyterian Session

    1501 SE US Hwy. 19 (Suncoast Boulevard), Crystal River, Florida 34429

    2020 Stewardship Letter From The Pastor

     LifeTree Presbyterian Church of Crystal River, Florida

    First Presbyterian Church of Crystal River, Florida

    November 9, 2020

    …and the leaves of the tree are for the healing of the nations” (Rev. 22:2b)

    Dear Members and Friends,

    During this time of illness and division, it is true we can turn to Jesus Christ and his church for healing and reconciliation. This has been so true of Life Tree Church during the uncertain months of 2020. In a year marked by transition and at times crisis, our Lord has been very present as the Healer to our community of faith. We are experiencing healing in so many ways at Life Tree Church:

    In the joy of our “on-line” worship and fellowship.

    From the feeding ministry of the Food Pantry.

    By the prayers we share with and for each other.

    With the sharing of our sorrows.

    Through the resolution of conflict and in reconciliation with our sisters and brothers.

    Enclosed with my letter is a letter from your Session members introducing the 2021 Stewardship Campaign, and describing the many ministries of your Church. As I read through the first draft of their letter, I was struck by the joy and enthusiasm of the writers. New life is often the response to healing!

    I hope you will join in the celebration of life as together we seek healing for our Church, community, nation, and world.

    As we look to 2021 our Annual Stewardship Campaign I hope you will consider pledging your time, talents, and treasures to Life Tree Presbyterian Church.

    Grace and peace,

    Jeffrey G. Guild, M.Div, D.Min
    Pastor

    1501 SE US Hwy. 19 (Suncoast Boulevard), Crystal River, Florida 34429