Forest Home Chapel
Wednesday, April 21, 2021
United Methodist Church, Ithaca New York

Worship
at the Chapel

There is NO in-person worship for the time being, but please contact Rev. Dolch if you have any spiritual concerns.

 

Rev. Rebecca Dolch 

Cell & Text: 
(607) 351-7416

Email: 
rebadolch@gmail.com

 
Linen and wool felt altar cloth designed and sewn by Margaret Robertshaw, Susan Brown Eyster, Carol Hockett, Robin Blair, Mary Bowes, Sara Haefeli and Susan Spear. Flowers given by Jack and Sue Reid. 

A Reconciling Congregation

224 Forest Home Drive, Ithaca, NY  14850 
+  (607) 257-4329

Virtual Sunday Worship

THE CHAPEL'S MISSION STATEMENT

Embracing God’s will for our community through education, compassion, and justice.
What does the Lord require of you? To act justly, to love mercy,
and to walk humbly with your God.”

~ Micah 6:8 ~ 


Join us for Worship and Communion
Bring bread and cup with you to worship.

April 18, 2021 10 a.m.
(meeting begins at 9:45)

https://zoom.us/j/92527132284
Meeting ID: 925 2713 2284

Find your local number: https://zoom.us/u/aVaWlMG9

ORDER OF WORSHIP

GREETINGS AND ANNOUNCEMENTS

Rebecca Dolch, Pastor

TIME WITH YOUNG CHRISTIANS 

Elizabeth McMahon

PRELUDE

Maria Rabbia, Music Director

CALL TO WORSHIP

Easter is not an event that has occurred,
it is an adventure that has begun;

not a place that we have visited
but a path on which we stand.

At Easter time the space between heaven and earth grows thin—
time and eternity are one.

As so we gather to celebrate and remember
in the company of the Risen Christ who names us and claims us,
not controlled by history, not confined by texts, not contained by death.

The One who walked alongside his disciples on the road to Emmaus,
still walks with us, hears our questions, offers guidance and comfort,
and invites us to be a community around his table.

Adapted from Craig Mitchell (2005)
& Iona Community

HYMN ~ Christ Has Risen (from The Faith We Sing #2115)

Christ has risen while earth slumbers,
Christ has risen where hope died.
As he said and as he promised,
as we doubted and denied.

Let the moon embrace the blessing;
let the sun sustain the cheer;
let the world confirm the rumor;
Christ is risen, God is here!

Christ has risen to companion
former friends who fear the night,
sensing loss and limitation,
where their faith had once burned bright.

They bemoan what is no longer,
they expect no hopeful sign,
till Christ ends their conversation,
breaking bread and sharing wine. 

SCRIPTURE READING ~ Luke 24:13-35, The Road to Emmaus

David and Lisa Lennox

SHARING JOYS AND CONCERNS
PASTORAL PRAYERS
LORD’S PRAYER

SPECIAL MUSIC

Kristy Shuck

SERMON ~ Enter Here

Rebecca Dolch

We Celebrate the Sacrament of Holy Communion

INVITATION

Christ invites you to this table if you hunger or thirst for a deeper faith, for a better life, for a fairer world, for a spiritual community-- know that you are most welcome here!

CONFESSION

God of us all, Your love for us is so very evident. Everywhere we look, we see tangible proof of Your great care for us.

 

Yet, when it comes to following You, we confess that we often don’t surrender our entire selves. We hold back portions of our lives that we would rather control instead of releasing them to Your loving care. Have mercy upon us, Lord.

 

Forgive us for frequently saying one thing and doing another. May our words and our actions line up.

May we turn to you in all things.

THE GREAT THANKSGIVING

On this night we recall that Jesus broke bread in that upper room with twelve disciples on the night before he died. Sitting at a meal table - plates and cups, conversations and jokes, friendship and betrayal - Christ said, 

take and eat, this is my body broken for you, 

take and drink this is a new covenant in my blood.

He broke bread a second time, not in a city temple with his devoted followers, but in a modest home in Emmaus with those who thought him a stranger.

 

Just as he had done before as a host, he offered welcome, making a meal into a holy moment 

So now we do as Jesus did

As we drink and eat simple food and drink, Jesus promises to be present. Christ himself offers to make us whole. 

 

And so we gather in thanks to the One who always welcomes us home to the table, from the dawn of Creation to the Easter sunrise.

 Let us be still and know that Christ is present to save and to serve, to guide and to call, to comfort and to heal.

Craig Mitchell (2005)

Send the power of your Holy Spirit upon these gifts of bread and cup, that we may experience the presence of Jesus.  Breathe your Spirit in us that we may be one body with him - living out his ministry in the world today and every day.

BREAKING THE BREAD
SHARING THE BREAD AND CUP

SPECIAL MUSIC

Maria Rabbia

PRAYER AFTER COMMUNION 

Christ’s food in our souls,
Christ’s life in our hands,
Christ’s love in our hearts,
Christ’s peace on our path.

 

May the blessing of God surround us.
May angels and friends share our journey
as we celebrate life and hope.
May the Gospel of life sustain us
All the days of our journey home.

HYMN ~ Christ Is Alive

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.

 

In every insult, rift, and war, where color, scorn, or wealth divide,
he suffers still, yet loves the more,
and lives, though ever crucified.

 

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.

BENEDICTION

POSTLUDE 

BREAKOUT GROUPS


Announcements

BIBLE STUDY resumes April 20 through the month of May.   https://zoom.us/j/95683491070

Meeting ID: 956 8349 1070

 

Upcoming Events at the Chapel

Sundays are in red.


Chapel in-person events are suspended at this time. Check center column at the bottom for Zoom events.