Virtual Worship for April 19, 2020

The Presbyterian Church, Coshocton, Ohio

Pastor Karen Crawford

 Mark Wagner and Caroline Heading, Pianists

Liturgists: Mason Gano, Ashley Bryant, Ethan Swigert, Courtney Snyder


Prelude: Shall We Gather at the River? Caroline Heading, piano

Shall We Gather at the River

Greeting/Announcements: Pastor Karen

Choral Introit: Deep and Wide Vintage Carol Choir

Opening Sentences:  Ashley Bryant   

Gathering Prayer: Mason Gano

Hymn 399   We Walk By Faith and Not By Sight

Lyrics by Henry Alford; Sung by Marty Haugen

  1. We walk by faith, an not by sight: No gracious words we hear of him who spoke as none e’er spoke, but we believe him near.
  2. We may not touch his hands and side, nor follow where he trod; yet in his promise we rejoice, and cry, “My Lord and God!”
  3. Help then, O Lord, our unbelief, and may our faith abound; to call on you when you are near. and seek where you are found:
  4. That when our life of faith is done in realms of clearer light We may behold you as you are in full and endless sight.
  5. We walk by faith, an not by sight: No gracious words we hear of him who spoke as none e’er spoke, but we believe him near.

Call to Confession/ Prayer of Confession/Assurance (Pastor Karen)

Risen Lord, you have breathed the Spirit upon us, and sent us forth to testify to what we have heard and seen. Yet we resist this calling, huddling behind locked doors rather than stepping out with confidence. We yearn for more—more proof, more courage, more guidance, more faith—and forget that you have given us all we need: the gift of the Holy Spirit. Forgive us, we pray. Free us from fear and send us forth to proclaim: “We have seen the Lord!” Amen.

Time with Children

Prayer for Illumination: Ethan Swigert

Scripture: 1 Peter 1:3-9 : Courtney Snyder

This is the Word of the Lord. Thanks be to God!

Anthem: Lord, I Have Seen by John D. Cooper

Video courtesy of First United Methodist Church, Pittsfield, MA. Song played and sung by Music Director Joshua Birns-Sprague, July 9, 2017

Scripture: John 20:19–31

This is the Gospel of the Lord. Praise to you, O Christ!

Message  Known By the Scars  Pastor Karen

Hymn  495   We Know That Christ Is Raised

Video courtesy of First Plymouth Church, Lincoln Nebraska, July 24, 2016. Tom Trenney, Organist.

  1. We know that Christ is raised and dies no more.
    Embraced by death, he broke its fearful hold,
    and our despair he turned to blazing joy. Alleluia!
  2. We share by water in his saving death.
    Reborn, we share with him an Easter life
    as living members of our Savior Christ. Alleluia!
  3.  The God of splendor clothes the Son with life.
    The Spirit’s fission shakes the church of God.
    Baptized, we live with God the Three-in-One. Alleluia!
  4. A new creation comes to life and grows
    as Christ’s new body takes on flesh and blood.
    The universe, restored and whole, will sing: Alleluia

Text: John Brownlow Geyer (b. 1932)

Affirmation of Faith: Apostles’ Creed (Traditional) 

Let us say what we believe.

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.

Invitation to the Offering/Prayer of Thanksgiving/Lord’s Prayer

Generous God, you are our portion and our cup. In you our hearts are glad, our souls rejoice, and our bodies rest. Bless and multiply our offerings and pledges that they may bring the joy of your presence more deeply into the world. And we continue our prayer as Jesus taught us. Our Father who art in heaven hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come, thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our debts as we forgive our debtors. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. For thine is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever. Amen.

Hymn 108   Christ Is Alive!

Sanctuary Choir, Cynthia Douglas, Director; John Gearhart, organist; Jonathon Saint-Thomas, pianist; First Methodist Houston, Downtown May 5, 2019

  1. Christ is alive! Let Christians sing. His cross stands empty to the sky. Let streets and homes with praises ring. His love in death shall never die.
  2. Christ is alive! No longer bound to distant years in Palestine. He comes to claim the here and now and dwell in every place and time.
  3. Not throned afar, remotely high, Untouched, unmoved by human pains, but daily, in the midst of life, our Savior in the Godhead reigns.
  4. In every insult, rift, and war, where color, scorn, or wealth divide, He suffers still, yet loves the more, and lives, though ever crucified.
  5. Christ is alive, and comes to bring good news to this and every age, till earth and all creation ring with joy, with justice, love and praise.


Postlude: Sing Praise to God Who Reigns Above

Mark Wagner, Piano

Published by karenpts

I am the pastor of First Presbyterian Church of Smithtown, New York on Long Island. Come and visit! We want to share God’s love and grace with you and encourage you on your journey of faith. I have served Presbyterian congregations in Minnesota, Florida and Ohio since my ordination in 2011. I am a 2010 graduate of Princeton Theological Seminary and am working on a doctor of ministry degree with Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary. I am married to Jim and we have 5 grown children and two grandchildren in our blended family. We are parents to fur babies, Liam, an orange tabby cat, and Minnie, a toy poodle.

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