St. Louis, Missouri

The Order for Worship

3rd Sunday of Easter

April 26, 2020


Thank you for worshiping with us today at Second Presbyterian Church.


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Preparation for Worship

We worship this third Sunday of Easter with planet Earth. We join the Psalmists and rejoice with Earth. We sing with Earth, our planet home spinning through space. We celebrate Earth as a sacred place, a sanctuary filled with God’s presence.



Prelude                                                   Easter Pastorale                               Leon Boëllmann




Call to Worship

   Planet Earth, spinning silently through space:

   Celebrate your beauty and your grace, your special place in our solar system.


   Planet Earth, gleaming green and blue:

   Rejoice in your ocean currents as they dance and swirl with hope.


   Planet Earth, pulsing with life:

   Join in praise with all your fauna and flora as they sing songs to the Lord.


   Planet Earth, enveloped in the breath of God:

   Bless all your creatures this day with the life-giving breath of God.


   Planet Earth, our precious, fragile home:

   Celebrate, with all your children, God’s presence in our planet home.


   We celebrate the song of our planet!

   Sing! Planet Earth! Sing!    


*Hymn #245                        Christ the Lord is Risen Today!                          Llanfair  

Call to Confession

   Almighty God, your word of creation caused the water to be filled with many kinds of
   living beings and the air to be filled with birds. We rejoice in the richness of your
   creation, and we pray for your wisdom for all life on this earth, that we may wisely
   manage and not destroy what you have made for us and for our descendants.


   Almighty God, hear us now as we confess our sins against God and our neighbor.


Prayer of Confession

   Good and gracious God, we are creatures of dust, ignorant of your revelation, 
   misunderstanding your life, death, and resurrection among us, needing forgiveness.
   We repent of our failure to give as you have given to us. We beg your mercy for our
   fallen world. We seek your Word, that we may live with the faith of Jesus. Be our solace
   in this life and always. We ask this as your own children, holy and incomplete. Forgive
   us and lead us, Amen.


Assurance of Pardon

   Friends, hear and believe the good news of the gospel:

   In Jesus Christ we are forgiven!  Thanks be to God!


Passing of Peace

   The peace of Christ be with you.

   And also with you.




Sacred Space for Children with Song                                                           Mary Donald

  Canticle of the Sun by Marty Haugen text:

  The heavens are telling the glory of God, and all creation is shouting for joy.

  Come, dance in the forest, come, play in the field and sing, sing to the glory of the Lord.


Children’s Recessional                                                                         Mfurahini Haleluya



Prayer for Illumination

   God, our Creator, as we reflect on the mystery of our fragile planet, we celebrate the
   wonders of Earth as our home. Help us to discern how we have polluted our planet and
   to empathize with the groaning of creation beneath us. Teach us to sense the presence     of God pulsing through Earth as a living green blue sanctuary. Teach us to love Earth as
   our home. In the name of Christ, the Word of God, who is the creative impulse in all
   creation. Amen.


Psalm                                                                                                                         Psalm 98


Gospel                                                                                                                Luke 24:13-35


Anthem                                    When Seed Falls on Good Soil                Frederick Jackisch

                                                                                                                Derek Dahlke, tenor solo

   When seed falls on good soil, it’s born through quiet toil,

   where soil receives, the earth conceives the blade, a stem, the fruit, the leaves.

   Good soil, oh, mother earth, the womb, where seed takes birth.


   God’s Word in Christ is seed; good soil its urgent need;

   for it must find in humankind a fertile soil in heart and mind.

   That we good soil may be. Begin, O Lord, with me!

                                                                                                                        -Norman Olsen


Homily                                                                                                        Reverend Winckler




Call to Commitment and Offering


Offertory                                         I Got Me Flowers                      Ralph Vaughan Williams

                                                                                                          Derek Dahlke, tenor solo

   I got me flowers to strew thy way; I got me boughs off many a tree:

   but thou wast up by break of day, and brought'st thy sweets along with thee.


   The Sun arising in the East, though we give light, and the East perfume;

   if they should offer to contest, with thy arising, they presume.


   Can there be any day but this, though many suns to shine endeavour?

   We count three hundred, but we miss. There is but one, and that one ever.

                                                                                                                     - George Herbert


*Easter Doxology                                                                                  Lasst Uns Erfreuen

   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!





The Sacrament of Holy Communion


         The Invitation

         The Prayer of Thanksgiving

                 The Lord be with you.

                 And also with you.

                 Lift up your hearts. 

                 We lift them to the Lord.

                 Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.

                 It is right to give our thanks and praise.


                 The Words of Institution


                 The Lord’s Prayer

                              Our Father in heaven,

                                         hallowed be your name,

                                         your kingdom come,

                                         your will be done,

                                         on earth as in heaven.

                              Give us today our daily bread.

                              Forgive us our sins

                                         as we forgive those who sin against us.

                              Save us from the time of trial

                                         and deliver us from evil.

                              For the kingdom, the power,

                                         and the glory are yours now and forever.  Amen.


         Breading the Bread

         Communion of the People

         Prayer after Communion


*Hymn #247                             Now the Green Blade Rises                          Noël Nouvelet

Postlude                                    Trumpet Tune in F Major                            Martha Sobaje




Pastor                          Reverend Travis Winckler
Children’s Music         Mary Donald
Soloist                         Derek Dahlke

Organist                      Andrew Peters

Music Videographer   Christine Peters




When Seed Falls text Norman P Olsen © 1976, Augsburg Fortress. All rights reserved. Broadcast and printed with permission under #A-714682

When Seed Falls tune Frederick F Jackisch © 1978, Augsburg Fortress. All rights reserved. Broadcast and printed with permission under #A-714682



Now the Green Blade Rises text: J M C Crum. Reproduced by permission of Oxford University Press. All rights reserved. Broadcast and printed with permission under #A-714682

Now the Green Blade Riseth music harmonization: Martin Shaw © 1928, Oxford University Press. All rights reserved. Broadcast and printed with permission under #A-714682

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