Fifth Sunday of Easter
Morning Worship at 11 o’Clock
The metaphor of the king as the shepherd of his people goes back to ancient Egypt. Perhaps the use of this particular convention is due to the fact that, being stupid, affectionate, gregarious, and easily stampeded, the societies formed by sheep are most like human ones.
- Northrop Frye
The Church Gathers
Organ Prelude: “For He Has Saved” Gelineau
Words of Welcome and Announcements (by the minister)
† Choral Introit: “O Raise Your Glad Voices” Welsh hymn, 1839
O raise your glad voices, all people, and sing:
Bring sweet Easter praises to Jesus, the King.
† Call to Worship
As a shepherd seeks a lost sheep,
so God seeks and saves the lost
Like a woman who searches for a lost coin until it is found,
so God rejoices over one soul restored to wholeness.
As a father receives a returning wayward son
so God welcomes us, and lets the past be the past.
Therefore let us praise God in thanksgiving that we are received
Let us receive and welcome and rejoice over one another in the name of Jesus Christ. - Ruth Duck, USA, 20th Cent, alt.
† Hymn: “The King of Love My Shepherd Is” No. 138
The King of love my shepherd is, whose goodness faileth never. I nothing lack if I am his, and he is mine forever.
Where streams of living water flow, my ransomed soul he leadeth; and where the verdant pastures grow, with food celestial feedeth.
Perverse and foolish, oft I strayed, but yet in love he sought me; and on his shoulder gently laid, and home, rejoicing, brought me.
In death’s dark vale I fear no ill, with thee, dear Lord, beside me; thy rod and staff my comfort still, thy cross before to guide me.
Thou spreadst a table in my sight; thy unction grace bestoweth; and oh, what transport of delight from thy pure chalice floweth!
And so through all the length of days, thy goodness faileth never; Good Shepherd, may I sing thy praise within thy house forever.
Morning Prayer (unison) For Guidance No. 366
O God, just as we look into a mirror to see any soiled spots on our face, so let us look to you in order to understand the things that we have done amiss. We are like a reed shaken in the wind; we are inexpressibly weak. Leave us not to ourselves, but dwell in our hearts and guide our thoughts and actions. Amen
To Hear the Word
From the Acts: Acts 9:36-43
Carol Curtis is the Liturgist.
Now in Joppa there was a disciple whose name was Tabitha, which in Greek is Dorcas. She was devoted to good works and acts of charity. At that time she became ill and died. When they had washed her, they laid her in a room upstairs. Since Lydda was near Joppa, the disciples, who heard that Peter was there, sent two men to him with the request, “Please come to us without delay.” So Peter got up and went with them; and when he arrived, they took him to the room upstairs. All the widows stood beside him, weeping and showing tunics and other clothing that Dorcas had made while she was with them. Peter put all of them outside, and then he knelt down and prayed. He turned to the body and said, “Tabitha, get up.” Then she opened her eyes, and seeing Peter, she sat up. He gave her his hand and helped her up. Then calling the saints and widows, he showed her to be alive. This became known throughout Joppa, and many believed in the Lord. Meanwhile he stayed in Joppa for some time with a certain Simon, a tanner.
The Psalter: Psalm 23 (unison, no response) No. 137
The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want.
He maketh me to lie down in green pastures;
He leadeth me beside the still waters.
He restoreth my soul:
He leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name’s Sake.
Yea, thou I walk through the valley of the shadow of death,
I will fear no evil: for thou art with me;
Thy rod and thy staff they comfort me.
Thou preparest a table before me
In the presence of mine enemies:
Thou anointest my head with oil;
My cup runneth over.
Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me
All the days of my life:
And I will dwell in the house of the Lord for ever.
Anthem: “Crown Him” Mary McDonald
Behold the cross; behold the Lamb.
Behold the sacrifice of God’s salvation plan.
The Son of God, He came, Sin of man to claim.
Crown Him, Crown Him! Savior, Lord Most Holy!
Crown Him, Crown Him! Christ, the Lord of all.
Rejoice, the King! Rejoice, the Savior! Sing high the praise of God in Christ,
Jesus, the Son, Whose death on Calvary Was victory!
Crown Him, Crown Him! Savior, Lord Most Holy!
Crown Him, Crown Him! Christ, the Lord of all.
Hosanna in the highest; Hosanna to the King!
From the Revelation: Revelation 7:9-17
After this I looked, and there was a great multitude that no one could count, from every nation, from all tribes and peoples and languages, standing before the throne and before the Lamb, robed in white, with palm branches in their hands. They cried out in a loud voice, saying, “Salvation belongs to our God who is seated on the throne, and to the Lamb!” And all the angels stood around the throne and around the elders and the four living creatures, and they fell on their faces before the throne and worshiped God, singing, “Amen! Blessing and glory and wisdom and thanksgiving and honor and power and might be to our God forever and ever! Amen.” Then one of the elders addressed me, saying, “Who are these, robed in white, and where have they come from?” I said to him, “Sir, you are the one that knows.” Then he said to me, “These are they who have come out of the great ordeal; they have washed their robes and made them white in the blood of the Lamb. For this reason they are before the throne of God, and worship him day and night within his temple, and the one who is seated on the throne will shelter them. They will hunger no more, and thirst no more; the sun will not strike them, nor any scorching heat; for the Lamb at the center of the throne will be their shepherd, and he will guide them to springs of the water of life, and God will wipe away every tear from their eyes.”
Sermon: “Shepherd” Rev. Travis Knoll
Bible Lesson John 10:22-30
To Respond in Faith
† Hymn: “Savior, Like a Shepherd Lead Us” No. 381
Savior, like a shepherd lead us, much we need thy tender care; in thy pleasant pastures feed us, for our use thy folds prepare. Blessed Jesus, blessed Jesus! Thou hast bought us, thine we are. Blessed Jesus, blessed Jesus! Thou hast bought us, thine we are.
We are thine, thou dost befriend us, be the guardian of our way; keep thy flock, from sin defend us, seek us when we go astray. Blessed Jesus, blessed Jesus! Hear, O hear us when we pray. Blessed Jesus, blessed Jesus! Hear, O hear us when we pray.
Thou hast promised to receive us, poor and sinful though we be; thou hast mercy to relieve us, grace to cleanse and power to free. Blessed Jesus, blessed Jesus! We will early turn to thee. Blessed Jesus, blessed Jesus! We will early turn to thee.
Early let us seek thy favor, early let us do thy will; blessed Lord and only Savior, with thy love our bosoms fill. Blessed Jesus, blessed Jesus! Thou hast loved us, love us still. Blessed Jesus, blessed Jesus! Thou hast loved us, love us still.
† Affirmation (unison) A Statement of Faith of the KMC No. 884
We believe in the one God,
Creator and sustainer of all things, Father of all nations,
The source of all goodness and beauty, all truth and love.
We believe in Jesus Christ,
God manifest in the flesh,
Our teacher, example and Redeemer, the Savior of the world.
We believe in the Holy Spirit,
God present with us for guidance, for comfort, and for strength.
We believe in the forgiveness of sins,
In the life of love and prayer,
And in grace equal to every need.
We believe in the Word of God
Contained in the Old and New Testaments
As the sufficient rule both of faith and of practice.
We believe in the church,
Those who are united in the living Lord
For the purpose of worship and service.
We believe in the reign of God
As the divine will realized in human society,
And in the family of God,
Where we are all brothers and sisters.
We believe in the final triumph of righteousness
And in the life everlasting. Amen.
The Collection of Tithes and Offerings
Offertory: “O God, Have Mercy” Mendelssohn
Tod Myers, Bass
O God, have mercy upon me, and blot out my transgressions, yea, even for Thy mercy’s sake. Deny me not, O cast me not away from Thy presence, and take not Thy spirit from me, O Lord.
Lord, a broken heart, and a contrite heart, is offered before Thee. O God, have mercy upon me according to Thy loving kindness, yea, even for Thy mercy’s sake.
† Presentation of Tithes and Offerings: (unison) No. 95
Praise God, from who m all blessings flow; praise him, all creatures here below; praise him above ye heavenly host; praise Father, Son and Holy Ghost. Amen.
The Lord’s Prayer (unison)
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 trespasses,
as we forgive those who trespass against us.
And lead us not into temptation but deliver us from evil.
For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, forever. Amen.
And Scatters to Be the Church in the World
† Hymn: “He Leadeth Me” No. 128
He leadeth me: O blessed thought! O words with heavenly comfort fraught! Whate’er I do, where’er I be, still’ tis God’s hand that leadeth me. He leadeth me, he leadeth me, by his own hand he leadeth me; his faithful follower I would be, for by his hand he leadeth me.
Sometimes mid scenes of deepest gloom, sometimes where Eden’s bowers bloom, by waters still, o’er troubled sea, still’ tis his hand that leadeth me. He leadeth me, he leadeth me, by his own hand he leadeth me; his faithful follower I would be, for by his hand he leadeth me.
Lord, I would place my hand in thine, nor ever murmur nor repine; content, whatever lot I see, since’ tis my God that leadeth me. He leadeth me, he leadeth me, by his own hand he leadeth me; his faithful follower I would be, for by his hand he leadeth me.
And when my task on earth is done, when by thy grace the victory’s won, e’en death’s cold wave I will not flee, since God through Jordan leadeth me. He leadeth me, he leadeth me, by his own hand he leadeth me; his faithful follower I would be, for by his hand he leadeth me.
† Dismissal with Blessing
Go Now, to follow your shepherd wherever he leads
We go now, to be God’s people.
† Choral Response: “Hallelujah!” Caribbean, arr. Donald Moore
† Ringing of the Bicentennial Bell
† Organ Postlude: “Finale in A” Blake