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PRELUDE
Sonata No. 1, Movement 1               Charles W. Ore

 WELCOME & ANNOUNCEMENTS
Please fill out the CONNECTION CARD in your bulletin or online at fpclincoln.org/Sunday
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Cards will be collected later in the service.
Pastor Sue Coller

CHORAL INTROIT
“Sing a New Song unto the Lord”

Refrain:
Sing a new song unto the Lord;
let your song be sung from mountain’s high.
Sing a new song unto the Lord, singing hallelujah!

Shout with gladness! Dance for joy! O come before the Lord.
And play for God on glad tambourines,
and let your trumpet sound. (Refrain)

CALL TO WORSHIP
Paul Jasa

One:     In worship we tell a story:
All:      A story of an unfettered love that changed the world.
One:     In worship we tell a story:
All:      A story of how we live and how we long to live.
One:     In worship we tell a story:
All:      Because we are forgetful people.
One:     So may we remember who we are.
All:      May we release the narratives that trap us.
One:     May we reimagine this world to see what God sees.
All:      And may we work toward restoration.
One:     It’s all that easy, and it’s all that hard.  Let us worship!

*OPENING HYMN #41
“O Worship the King, All Glorious Above!”

(Hymns are in the purple “Glory to God” hymnal in the pews)

1 O worship the King, all glorious above!
O gratefully sing God’s power and God’s love:
our shield and defender, the Ancient of Days,
pavilioned in splendor and girded with praise.

2 O tell of God’s might; O sing of God’s grace,
whose robe is the light, whose canopy space,
whose chariots of wrath the deep thunderclouds form;
and bright is God’s path on the wings of the storm.

3 The earth with its store of wonders untold,
Almighty, your power has founded of old;
established it fast by a changeless decree,
and round it has cast, like a mantle, the sea.

4 Your bountiful care what tongue can recite?
It breathes in the air; it shines in the light;
it streams from the hills; it descends to the plain,
and sweetly distills in the dew and the rain.

5 Frail children of dust, and feeble as frail,
in you do we trust, nor find you to fail;
your mercies, how tender, how firm to the end,
our Maker, Defender, Redeemer, and Friend.

PRAYER OF CONFESSION
Paul Jasa

Holy God, to restore is to bring back; so today we bring our hearts back to you, our thoughts back to love, and our prayers back to peace. We try to stay in this place, but we confess, it’s never been that easy for us.  We flirt with reconciliation and then back away.  We come face-to-face with an opportunity for justice, but get scared.  We are offered an opportunity to re-write our story, but we lose our way.  Bring us back to this moment.  Bring us back to your story where siblings extend grace to one another and even the one who denied it was forgiven.  Bring us back. Restore us. Forgive us.  Gratefully we pray,

A time for silent prayer

ASSURANCE OF FORGIVENESS
Paul Jasa

One:     When Peter denied Christ, Christ created space for them to be reconciled and have a new beginning.  Christ does that for us, too.  Accept that offer, and find peace.  Hear the good news, in Jesus Christ, you are forgiven.

All:      Thanks be to God.

 CHILDREN’S MESSAGE
Dr. Kris Brammer

JOHN 21:4-17
Paul Jasa

Just after daybreak, Jesus stood on the beach; but the disciples did not know that it was Jesus. Jesus said to them, “Children, you have no fish, have you?” They answered him, “No.” He said to them, “Cast the net to the right side of the boat, and you will find some.” So they cast it, and now they were not able to haul it in because there were so many fish. That disciple whom Jesus loved said to Peter, “It is the Lord!”

When Simon Peter heard that it was the Lord, he put on some clothes, for he was naked, and jumped into the sea. But the other disciples came in the boat, dragging the net full of fish, for they were not far from the land, only about a hundred yards off. When they had gone ashore, they saw a charcoal fire there, with fish on it, and bread. Jesus said to them, “Bring some of the fish that you have just caught.” So Simon Peter went aboard and hauled the net ashore, full of large fish, a hundred fifty-three of them; and though there were so many, the net was not torn. Jesus said to them, “Come and have breakfast.” Now none of the disciples dared to ask him, “Who are you?” because they knew it was the Lord. Jesus came and took the bread and gave it to them, and did the same with the fish. This was now the third time that Jesus appeared to the disciples after he was raised from the dead.

When they had finished breakfast, Jesus said to Simon Peter, “Simon son of John, do you love me more than these?” He said to him, “Yes, Lord; you know that I love you.” Jesus said to him, “Feed my lambs.” A second time he said to him, “Simon son of John, do you love me?” He said to him, “Yes, Lord; you know that I love you.” Jesus said to him, “Tend my sheep.” He said to him the third time, “Simon son of John, do you love me?” Peter felt hurt because he said to him the third time, “Do you love me?” And he said to him, “Lord, you know everything; you know that I love you.” Jesus said to him, “Feed my sheep.”

One:     A Word of God that is still speaking.
All:      Thanks be to God.

GENESIS 33:1-11
Rev. Dr. Sue Coller

 Now Jacob looked up and saw Esau coming, and four hundred men with him. So he divided the children among Leah and Rachel and the two maids. He put the maids with their children in front, then Leah with her children, and Rachel and Joseph last of all. He himself went on ahead of them, bowing himself to the ground seven times, until he came near his brother. But Esau ran to meet him, and embraced him, and fell on his neck and kissed him, and they wept.

When Esau looked up and saw the women and children, he said, “Who are these with you?” Jacob said, “The children whom God has graciously given your servant.” Then the maids drew near, they and their children, and bowed down; Leah likewise and her children drew near and bowed down; and finally Joseph and Rachel drew near, and they bowed down.

Esau said, “What do you mean by all this company that I met?” Jacob answered, “To find favor with my lord.” But Esau said, “I have enough, my brother; keep what you have for yourself.” Jacob said, “No, please; if I find favor with you, then accept my present from my hand; for truly to see your face is like seeing the face of God—since you have received me with such favor. Please accept my gift that is brought to you, because God has dealt graciously with me, and because I have everything I want.” So he urged him, and he took it.

One:  A Word of God that is still speaking.
All:  Thanks be to God.

 BREAKING OPEN THE WORD 
Restoring Healthy Relationships
Rev. Dr. Sue Coller

*HYMN #372
“O For a World”

1 O for a world where everyone respects each other’s ways,
where love is lived and all is done with justice and with praise.

2 O for a world where goods are shared and misery relieved,
where truth is spoken, children spared, equality achieved.

3 We welcome one world family and struggle with each choice
that opens us to unity and gives our vision voice.

4 The poor are rich; the weak are strong; the foolish ones are wise.
Tell all who mourn: outcasts belong, who perishes will rise.

5 O for a world preparing for God’s glorious reign of peace,
where time and tears will be no more, and all but love will cease.

AFFIRMATION OF FAITH
Pastor Sue Coller

One:     We believe in a restoring God,
All:      Who restores our bodies through the gift of Sabbath.
One:     We believe in a restoring God,
All:      Who restores our souls through the gift of grace and second chances.
One:     We believe in a restoring God,
All:      Who restores this hurting world through the gift of mercy and God’s son Jesus Christ.
One:     And we believe in a restoring God who invites us to join in this restoration work.
All:      As people of faith, we seek to restore creation to God by feeding the hungry, loving our neighbors, forgiving seventy times seven, welcoming the children, seeing all, loving all, and living like we belong to all.
One:     And so we will work until God’s promised day.
All:      This we believe.  Amen.

BREAKING OPEN OUR HEARTS IN PRAYER
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Pastor Sue Coller

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;
lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil,
for thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, forever. Amen.

 BREAKING OPEN OUR HEARTS WITH GENEROSITY
Text: MissionPossible to 73256  Online: www.OnRealm.org/FPCLincoln/Give
Please put your Connection Card in the Offering Plate.
Dianne Frydendall-Smith

OFFERTORY
“The Size of Your Heart”        Music by Eleanor Daley, text by Charles Miller
Chancel Choir

The size of your heart is the size of your life;
for out of your heart comes the kind of your life;
the way you reach out to the world all around,
is first in your heart to be found.

So if in your heart there is plenty of room,
for love and compassion to come into bloom;
their fragrance flows out through all that you do,
healing the hurt and making new.

The ones who this know have helped all of us grow,
as those who spread light to God’s great delight;
dispelling the dark and then freeing the heart,
‘till each one becomes God’s daughter, son.

The size of your heart is the size of your life…

*SONG OF PRAISE #607
“Praise God, from Whom All Blessings Flow”

Praise God, from whom all blessings flow;
praise Christ, all people here below;
praise Holy Spirit evermore;
praise Triune God, whom we adore. Amen.

 PRAYER OF DEDICATION
Dianne Frydendall-Smith

*HYMN #714
“God of the Fertile Fields

1 God of the fertile fields, shaper of earth that yields
our daily bread: forth from your bounteous hand
come gifts your love has planned,
that all in every land be clothed and fed.

2 We would be stewards true, holding in trust from you
all that you give; help us in love to share,
teach us like you to care
for people everywhere, that all may live.

3 As grows the hidden seed to fruit that serves our need,
so your reign grows. Let all our toil be used,
no gift of yours abused,
no humble task refused your love bestows.

4 God of the countryside, dear to the Christ who died
to make us one: we pledge our lives anew
in faithful love to you.
Guide all we say and do. Your will be done.

 BENEDICTION
Pastor Sue Coller

CHORAL BENEDICTION
“The Lord Bless You”

POSTLUDE
Sonata No. 2, Movement 2             Felix Mendelssohn

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