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Opening Words of Gratitude

When flowers bloom in the desert,
Christ is risen!  Alleluia, Alleluia!
When enemies sit around tables and talk about peace,
Christ is risen!  Alleluia, Alleluia!
When people stand up for what is right in the face of great evil,
Christ is risen!  Alleluia, Alleluia!
When, despite hardship and struggle, people sing and dance,
Christ is risen!  Alleluia, Alleluia!
When prison bars are shattered by the cry of “Freedom!”
Christ is risen!  Alleluia, Alleluia!
When in our wounded and broken world,
life triumphs over death, peace over war,
hope over fear, freedom over captivity, love over hate,
Christ is risen!  Alleluia, Alleluia!

Opening Prayer

Almighty Creator God, unto whom all hearts are open, all desires known, and from whom no secrets are hid: cleanse the thoughts of our hearts by the inspiration of your Spirit, that we may perfectly love you and worthily magnify your holy name this morning; through Christ our Sovereign. Amen.

Song of Praise
Praise God for Easter Flowers
Words: Carl Dixon    
Tune: DARWALL’S 148th

Praise God for Easter flow’rs that cover all the earth,
their vibrant glowing colours, a promise of new birth.
Praise God for all his love and care, his glory displayed everywhere.

Praise God for morning dew that sparkles all around,
with myriad shimmering hues refreshing thirsty ground.
Praise God for all his love and care: his glory displayed everywhere.

Praise God for risen life with each and every breath;
and praise the living Christ who conquers fear and death.
Praise God for all his love and care: his glory displayed everywhere.

Psalm 22:25-31
Common English Bible

I offer praise in the great congregation because of you;
   I will fulfill my promises in the presence of those who honor God.
Let all those who are suffering eat and be full!
   Let all who seek the Lord praise him!
  I pray your hearts live forever!
Every part of the earth will remember and come back to the Lord;
    every family among all the nations will worship you.
Because the right to rule belongs to the Lord,
    he rules all nations.
Indeed, all the earth’s powerful will worship him;
    all who are descending to the dust will kneel before him;
    my being also lives for him.
Future descendants will serve him;
    generations to come will be told about my Lord.
They will proclaim God’s righteousness to those not yet born 
    telling them what God has done.

Song of Praise
What Wonderous Love is This
Words: Cluster of Spiritual Songs, 1823   
Tune: WONDROUS LOVE

What wondrous love is this, O my soul! O my soul?
What wondrous love is this! O my soul?
What wondrous love is this that caused the Lord of bliss
To bear the dreadful curse for my soul, for my soul,
To bear the dreadful curse for my soul.

To God and to the Lamb I will sing, I will sing,
To God and to the Lamb I will sing,
To God and to the Lamb who is the great I Am,
While millions join the theme, I will sing, I will sing,
While millions join the theme, I will sing.

And when from death I’m free I’ll sing on, I’ll sing on,
And while from death I’m free, I’ll sing on.
And while from death I’m free, I’ll sing and joyful be,
And through eternity I’ll sing on, I’ll sing on,
And through eternity I’ll sing on.

Prayer for Others

Choral Anthem
Christ the Vine
by Robert J. Powell

Christ, the vine, and God, the gardener,
we, the branches bearing fruit.
We can bring forth shoots of promise
when our lives in Christ take root.

Christ, the fruit from Jesse springing,
you fulfilled the prophet’s trust.
And you pray that we, your body,
will fulfill your trust in us.

Christ, may we submit to pruning
that we bear more grapes for wine.
Help us, when we’re overburdened,
draw new strength from you, the vine.

You invite us to be partners,
growing Spirit’s fruit anew.
Keep us one in love together:
you in us, and we in you!

John 15:1-8
Common English Bible

[Jesus said,] “I am the true vine, and my Father is the vineyard keeper. He removes any of my branches that don’t produce fruit, and he trims any branch that produces fruit so that it will produce even more fruit.You are already trimmed because of the word I have spoken to you. Remain in me, and I will remain in you. A branch can’t produce fruit by itself, but must remain in the vine. Likewise, you can’t produce fruit unless you remain in me. I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, then you will produce much fruit. Without me, you can’t do anything.If you don’t remain in me, you will be like a branch that is thrown out and dries up. Those branches are gathered up, thrown into a fire, and burned. If you remain in me and my words remain in you, ask for whatever you want and it will be done for you.My Father is glorified when you produce much fruit and in this way prove that you are my disciples.”

Reflection on the Gospel
Rev. Jeffrey Vickery

Prayer of Thanksgiving
Thank you, God for constant love. Please help our church family grow deeper and deeper in your love. Amen.

Song of Reponse
Like the Murmur of the Dove’s Song
Words: Carl P. Daw, Jr.     
Tune: BRIDEGROOM (Cutts)

Like the murmur of the dove’s song, like the challenge of her flight
like the vigor of the wind’s rush, like the new flame’s eager might:
Come, Holy Spirit, come.

To the members of Christ’s body, to the branches of the Vine,
to the church in faith assemble, to our midst as gift and sign:
Come, Holy Spirit, come.

With the healing of division, with the ceaseless voice of prayer,
with the pow’r to love & witness, with the peace beyond compare:
Come, Holy Spirit, come.

Sending Out

Go in peace to love and serve the Lord,
   In the name of Christ. Amen.

Closing Song
Blest Be the Tie
Words: John Fawcett   
Tune: DENNIS (Nägeli)

Blest be the tie that binds our hearts in Christian love. 
The fellowship of kindred minds is like to that above.

When we are called to part, it gives us inward pain; 
but we shall still be joined in heart, and hope to meet again. 

This glorious hope revives our courage by the way; 
while each in expectation lives and waits to see the day.  

Acknowledgements
The opening words of gratitude were written by Liz Delafield from Summer: Liturgical Resources for May, June, and July, ed. Ruth Burgess. Wild Goose Publications, the publishing arm of the Iona Community, ©2019.  Used by permission. 

Permission to print the words and lead lines to the music in this service obtained from ONE LICENSE with license #A-724755. All rights reserved. All writings have been used by permission from the posting sites or authors.

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