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First Presbyterian Church

“Called to Grow, Share, Serve”

Second Sunday of Easter

April 11, 2021  

8:45 & 11:00 AM Worship

Welcome & Announcements                                                                                      Steve Marks

The Prelude                                           He Leadeth Me                                      arr. Greg Howlett

Gathering to Worship God

Responsive Call to Worship                           Psalm 100                                           Will Sabillo

Leader:            Make a joyful noise to the LORD, all the earth.  Worship the LORD with gladness; come into his presence with singing. 

People:           Know that the LORD is God.  It is he that made us, and we are his; we are his people, and the sheep of his pasture. 

Leader:            Enter his gates with thanksgiving, and his courts with praise.  Give thanks to him, bless his name. 

All:                 For the LORD is good; his steadfast love endures forever, and his faithfulness to all generations.  Let us worship the King of Kings!

Hymn of Praise                                    The Day of Resurrection!                                       #233

Confessing Our Sin to God

Prayer of Confession                                                                                                   Steve Marks

Merciful God, we come before you today acknowledging that too often we follow the ways of the world, rather than in your ways.  Our delight is in the desires of our hearts, rather than your desires for us.  We prefer the easy road, rather than the narrow road that leads to life.  Lord, forgive our foolish ways.  Help us walk the road less traveled that we might faithfully follow where you lead us.  For we offer our prayer to you in the strong name of Jesus Christ our Lord and our Savior.  Amen. 

Declaration of Pardon

Leader:                Friends, believe the Good News of the Gospel!

All:                       In Jesus Christ we are forgiven.  Thanks be to God!

Congregational Response                       Because He Lives                                               

Because He lives, I can face tomorrow

Because He lives, all fear is gone

Because I know He holds the future

And life is worth the living just because He lives 

Passing The Peace                                                                                                      Steve Marks

You are encouraged to text one another and pass Christ’s peace.

Proclaiming God’s Word

Sharing with our Children                                                                                         Erin Fowler

Choral Anthem                                      Death was Arrested                      arr. Paul Taylor Smith

Listening to the Word of God                                                         

First Reading:             Matthew 7:13-14 (Unison)                     Will Sabillo

Second Reading:         Luke 9:22-27                                         Steve Marks

Leader:            The Word of the Lord.

People:           Thanks be to God!

Word of God Proclaimed                                                                                   Mr. Austin Eggers

“The Road Less Traveled”

Responding to the Word of God

Affirmation of Faith           Apostles’ Creed        

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 saints; the forgiveness of sins; the resurrection of the body; and the life everlasting. Amen.

Prayers of the People and the Lord’s Prayer                                                            Will Sabillo

Responding as Faithful Stewards of God’s Good Gifts

Our Tithes and Offerings: As we give to the Lord, we encourage you to give one of two ways:

  • You may send a check to the church: 131 Big Valley St. Boone, NC 28607
  • You may go to and click on the “Giving” button                                                 

Offertory                                             Holy, Holy, Holy!                                              FPC Handbells                                                                                           

Doxology                           To the tune of All Creatures of our God and King

Praise God from whom all blessings flow;

Praise God, all creatures here below: Alleluia! Alleluia!

Praise God, the source of all our gifts!

Praise Jesus Christ whose power uplifts!

Praise the Spirit, Holy Spirit!  Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia!

Prayer of Dedication                                                                                                 Steve Marks

Going to Love and Serve the Lord

Going to Serve                        The Joy of the Lord is my Strength                    arr. Chris Tomlin

Being Blessed to Be a Blessing                                                                         Mr. Austin Eggers

Being Sent Into The World                       

The Postlude                               God of Grace and God of Glory