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Third Sunday of Easter

Christ Appears to Disciples

Salt Mines Cathedral of Bogucice, Poland

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Opening of Worship

[Leader:] The Lord be with you

[ALL:] And also with you

Today is the Third Sunday of Easter.

If Christ is not risen, nothing matters.
Our preaching is useless

our worship is pointless
and our faith too.
We are false witnesses about God,
for we have testified that God raised Christ from the dead.
We are still in our sins.
Those who have died are as dead as ever.
We who have pinned our hopes on Jesus
are then the most pitiable of all human beings.
But if Christ is risen, nothing else matters.
Though in Adam all may have died,
in Christ all will then be made alive.
He will destroy every dominion, power, and authority
and put every enemy under his feet.
Nothing will be able to separate us from the love of Christ—
trouble, hardship, persecution, famine,
nakedness, peril, sword,
angels, demons,
the present, the future, nor any powers.
Nothing whatsoever, in fact,
nothing in all creation,
neither height nor depth,
nothing either in life
or in death.
Christ, our Lord, is risen indeed!

Please stand in body or in spirit as we give praise to the Lord.

Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good;

[ALL:] His love endures forever.

In our anguish we cried to the LORD,
and he answered by setting us free.
Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good;

[ALL:] His love endures forever.

The LORD is our strength and our song;
he has become our salvation.
Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good;

[ALL:] His love endures forever.

We will not die but live,
and will proclaim what the LORD has done.

Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good;
[ALL:] His love endures forever.

The stone the builders rejected
has become the capstone;

[ALL:] The LORD has done this;
and it is marvelous in our eyes

This is the day the LORD has made;
[ALL:] Let us rejoice and be glad in it.

(from Psalm 118:1, 5, 14, 17, 22-24, NIV)

Let us pray,

Mighty God, in whom we know the power of redemption,
you stand among us in the shadows of our time.
As we move through every sorrow and trial of this life,
uphold us with knowledge of the final morning
when, in the glorious presence of your risen Son,
we will share in his resurrection,
redeemed and restored to the fullness of life
and forever freed to be your people. Amen.


Crown Him With Many Crowns (Diademata)

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Acts of the Apostles

Acts 3:12-19 (NLT)

Peter saw his opportunity and addressed the crowd. “People of Israel,” he said, “what is so surprising about this? And why stare at us as though we had made this man walk by our own power or godliness? For it is the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob—the God of all our ancestors—who has brought glory to his servant Jesus by doing this. This is the same Jesus whom you handed over and rejected before Pilate, despite Pilate’s decision to release him. You rejected this holy, righteous one and instead demanded the release of a murderer. You killed the author of life, but God raised him from the dead. And we are witnesses of this fact!

“Through faith in the name of Jesus, this man was healed—and you know how crippled he was before. Faith in Jesus’ name has healed him before your very eyes.

“Friends, I realize that what you and your leaders did to Jesus was done in ignorance. But God was fulfilling what all the prophets had foretold about the Messiah—that he must suffer these things. Now repent of your sins and turn to God, so that your sins may be wiped away.

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The Psalms // Sacred Songs

Psalm 4 (NLT)

  For the choir director: A psalm of David, to be accompanied by stringed instruments. 

Answer me when I call to you, 
      O God who declares me innocent. 
    Free me from my troubles. 
      Have mercy on me and hear my prayer. 

How long will you people ruin my reputation? 
      How long will you make groundless accusations? 
      How long will you continue your lies? 
You can be sure of this: 
      The LORD set apart the godly for himself. 
      The LORD will answer when I call to him. 

Don’t sin by letting anger control you. 
      Think about it overnight and remain silent. 
Offer sacrifices in the right spirit, 
      and trust the LORD. 

Many people say, “Who will show us better times?” 
      Let your face smile on us, LORD. 
You have given me greater joy 
      than those who have abundant harvests of grain and new wine. 
In peace I will lie down and sleep, 
      for you alone, O LORD, will keep me safe.

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- Our Father Has Won

- Build My Life

- Father, Son, Spirit

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Image by Tim Mossholder

Generosity & Giving

The tithes and donations you make to DreamHouse Church make a difference to our church, our community, the people of Newport News, and world missions. There are various ways you can donate. We pass a collection plate during services and electronic giving is available for 24/7 donations. “Honor the Lord with your wealth, with the firstfruits of all your crops” (Proverbs 3:9).

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May the Peace

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The Second Testament // The Epistles

1 John 1:1-2:2; 3:1–7 (NRSV)

1 John 1:1–2:2

1 We declare to you what was from the beginning, what we have heard, what we have seen with our eyes, what we have looked at and touched with our hands, concerning the word of life— 2 this life was revealed, and we have seen it and testify to it, and declare to you the eternal life that was with the Father and was revealed to us— 3 we declare to you what we have seen and heard so that you also may have fellowship with us; and truly our fellowship is with the Father and with his Son Jesus Christ. 4 We are writing these things so that our joy may be complete. 

5 This is the message we have heard from him and proclaim to you, that God is light and in him there is no darkness at all. 6 If we say that we have fellowship with him while we are walking in darkness, we lie and do not do what is true; 7 but if we walk in the light as he himself is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus his Son cleanses us from all sin. 8 If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. 9 If we confess our sins, he who is faithful and just will forgive us our sins and cleanse us from all unrighteousness. 10 If we say that we have not sinned, we make him a liar, and his word is not in us.

2:1 My little children, I am writing these things to you so that you may not sin. But if anyone does sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous; 2 and he is the atoning sacrifice for our sins, and not for ours only but also for the sins of the whole world.

1 John 3:1-7

1 See what love the Father has given us, that we should be called children of God; and that is what we are. The reason the world does not know us is that it did not know him. 2 Beloved, we are God’s children now; what we will be has not yet been revealed. What we do know is this: when he is revealed, we will be like him, for we will see him as he is. 3 And all who have this hope in him purify themselves, just as he is pure. 

4 Everyone who commits sin is guilty of lawlessness; sin is lawlessness. 5 You know that he was revealed to take away sins, and in him there is no sin. 6 No one who abides in him sins; no one who sins has either seen him or known him. 7 Little children, let no one deceive you. Everyone who does what is right is righteous, just as he is righteous.

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The Second Testament // The Gospel

Luke 24:36-48 (NLT)

And just as they were telling about it, Jesus himself was suddenly standing there among them. “Peace be with you,” he said. But the whole group was startled and frightened, thinking they were seeing a ghost!

“Why are you frightened?” he asked. “Why are your hearts filled with doubt? Look at my hands. Look at my feet. You can see that it’s really me. Touch me and make sure that I am not a ghost, because ghosts don’t have bodies, as you see that I do.” As he spoke, he showed them his hands and his feet.

Still they stood there in disbelief, filled with joy and wonder. Then he asked them, “Do you have anything here to eat?” They gave him a piece of broiled fish, and he ate it as they watched.

Then he said, “When I was with you before, I told you that everything written about me in the law of Moses and the prophets and in the Psalms must be fulfilled.” Then he opened their minds to understand the Scriptures. And he said, “Yes, it was written long ago that the Messiah would suffer and die and rise from the dead on the third day. It was also written that this message would be proclaimed in the authority of his name to all the nations, beginning in Jerusalem: ‘There is forgiveness of sins for all who repent.’ You are witnesses of all these things.

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The Lord's Supper // Communion

Hear the words of the institution
of the Holy Supper of our Lord Jesus Christ:

Jesus said to his disciples,
“I have eagerly desired to eat this Passover with you before I suffer.
For I tell you, I will not eat it again until it finds fulfillment
in the kingdom of God.”

After taking the cup, he gave thanks and said,
“Take this and divide it among you.
For I tell you I will not drink again of the fruit of the vine
until the kingdom of God comes.”

And he took bread, gave thanks and broke it,
and gave it to them, saying,
“This is my body given for you;
do this in remembrance of me.”
In the same way, after the supper he took the cup, saying,
“This cup is the new covenant in my blood,
which is poured out for you.”

  —based on Luke 22:15-20, NIV

O taste and see that the LORD is good;
happy are those who take refuge in him.
  —Psalm 34:8, NRSV

We, your people, Lord,
are scattered around the world today.
Yet when we gather at your table, we become one.
Like grain from many fields becomes one loaf,
and grapes from many vines become one cup,
so we become one body here today.

For as we partake of one bread
and drink from one cup,
we are united together.
Remove the divisions that separate us,
heal the brokenness that too often marks us.
Make this time of sacrament
a celebration of our oneness with Christ
and with one another,
that the world may believe. Amen.

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Doxology and Benediction // The Sending & the Blessing

As you leave this place this day,
may God’s love sustain you,
and may you love those who surround you.
May God’s Spirit empower you,
and may you empower all those you meet.
May God’s joy fill your hearts,
and may this joy overflow
to the ends of the earth for God’s glory,
now and forever. Amen.

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