Sunday, May 1, 2016

6th Sunday of Easter
Morning Worship at 11 o’Clock

“Strange is our situation here upon earth. Each of us comes for a short visit, not knowing why, yet sometimes seeming to a divine purpose. From the standpoint of daily life, however, there is one thing we do know: That we are here for the sake of others…for the countless unknown souls with whose fate we are connected by a bond of sympathy. Many times a day, I realize how much my outer and inner life is built upon the labors of people, both living and dead, and how earnestly I must exert myself in order to give in return as much as I have received and am still receiving.” ― Albert Einstein, Living Philosophies

The Church Gathers

Organ Prelude: “Ionracas”        Lauren McColl

Words of Welcome and Announcements (by the minister)

† Choral Introit: “Hear Our Prayer, O Lord”       George Whelpton

Hear our prayer, O Lord; incline Thine ear to us, and grant us Thy peace. Amen.

† Call to Worship

Who is good enough to approach the throne of God?
No one, no not one!
Who is strong enough to stand before God?
No one, no not one!
Who is beyond the reach of God’s grace and forgiveness?
No one, no not one!
Who should neglect to praise God for his mercy and love?
No one, no not one!

† Hymn: “Freely”                        No. 389

God forgave my sin in Jesus’ name, I’ve been born again in Jesus’ name, and in Jesus’ name I come to you, to share his love as he told me to. He said, “Freely, freely you have received, freely, freely give. Go in my name, and because you believe, others will know that I live.”

All power is given in Jesus’ name, in earth and heaven in Jesus’ name, and in Jesus’ name I come to you, to share his power as he told me to. He said, “Freely, freely you have received, freely, freely give. Go in my name, and because you believe, others will know that I live.”

Morning Prayer (unison)      An Invitation to the Holy Spirit  No. 335

O God, the Holy Spirit, come to us, and among us; come as the wind, and cleanse us; come as the fire, and burn; come as the dew, and refresh; convict, convert, and consecrate many hearts and lives to our great good and to thy greater glory; and this we ask for Jesus Christ’s sake.  Amen.

To Hear the Word

† The Psalter: Psalm 148 (sung response)        No. 861-2

Emora Brannan is the Liturgist.

Response: Let all things their creator bless: Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia!
Praise the Lord!
Praise the Lord from the heavens,
Praise the Lord, in the heights!
Praise the Lord, all his angels,
Praise the Lord, all his hosts!
Praise the Lord, sun and moon,
Praise the Lord, all shining stars!
Praise the Lord, highest heavens,
And all waters above the heavens!
Response: Let all things their creator bless: Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia!
Let them praise the name of the Lord,
Who commanded and they were created,
Who established them for ever and ever,
And fixed their bounds which cannot be passed.
Praise the Lord from the earth,
Sea monsters and all deeps,
Fire and hail, snow and smoke,
Stormy wind fulfilling God’s command!
Response: Let all things their creator bless: Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia!
Mountains and all hills,
Fruit trees and all cedars!
Beasts and all cattle,
Creeping things and flying birds!
Kings of the earth and all peoples,
Princes and all rulers of the earth!
Young men and maidens together,
Old men and children!
Let them praise the name of the Lord,
Whose name alone is exalted,
Whose glory is above earth and heaven.
God has raised up a horn for his people,
Praise for all his faithful ones,
For the people of Israel who are near their God.
Praise the Lord!
Response: Let all things their creator bless: Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia!

Anthem: “Gratitude and Praise”   Kenn Mann

Gratitude and praise unto the great “I am”!
We have overcome by the blood of the Lamb.
Gratitude and praise for all that You have done;
You have set us free through the power of Your Son.

For new mercies every day we give you gratitude and praise!
With a thankful heart we lift our hands to You,
for each and every storm that You have brought us through.
And now we’ll live our lives for the rest of our days
Giving you gratitude and praise.

You have seen our tears, You have heard our cries,
You have healed our hearts as You have born our stripes.
And now we testify, bring glory to Your name,
Giving you gratitude and praise.

From the Gospel: John 13:31-35

When he had gone out, Jesus said, “Now the Son of Man has been glorified, and God has been glorified in him. If God has been glorified in him, God will also glorify him in himself and will glorify him at once. Little children, I am with you only a little longer. You will look for me; and as I said to the Jews so now I say to you, ‘Where I am going, you cannot come.’ I give you a new commandment, that you love one another. Just as I have loved you, you also should love one another. By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.”

Sermon: “Draw the Circle Wide” Rev. Travis Knoll

Acts 11:1-18

To Respond in Faith

† Hymn: “Come, Thou Fount”    No. 400

Come, thou Fount of every blessing, tune my heart to sing thy grace; streams of mercy, never ceasing, call
for songs of loudest praise. Teach me some melodious sonnet, sung by flaming tongues above. Praise the mount! I’m fixed upon it, mount of thy redeeming love.

Here I raise mine Ebenezer; hither by thy help I’m come; and I hope, by thy good pleasure, safely to arrive at home. Jesus sought me when a stranger, wandering from the fold of God; he, to rescue me from danger, interposed his precious blood.

O to grace how great a debtor daily I’m constrained to be! Let thy goodness, like a fetter, bind my wandering heart to thee. Prone to wander, Lord, I feel it, prone to leave the God I love; here’s my heart, O take and seal it, seal it for thy courts above.

The Collection of Tithes and Offerings

Offertory: “O Sing Unto the Lord”            Peter Aston

O sing unto the Lord a new song, all the earth.O sing unto the Lord, bless His Name. Show forth His salvation from day to day. For the Lord is great, and greatly to be praised.
Declare His glory among the heathen, declare His wonders among all the people.

† Presentation of Tithes and Offerings: (unison) No. 393

Spirit of the living God, fall afresh on me.  Spirit of the living God, fall afresh on me.  Melt me, mold me, fill me, use me.  Spirit of the living God, fall afresh on me.

Pastoral Prayer

To Receive the Sacrament

The Invitation

† The Great Thanksgiving: (with Musical Setting A: pp. 17-18)

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.

Breaking the Bread

Giving the Bread and Cup

Prayer Following the Receiving of the Sacrament (unison)

Eternal God, we give thanks to you for this holy mystery
in which you have given yourself to us.
Grant that we may go into the world
in the strength of your spirit,
to give ourselves for others,
in the name of Jesus Christ our lord,
Amen.

And Scatters to Be the Church in the World

† Hymn: “I’m Goin’a Sing When the Spirit Says Sing”       No. 333

I’m goin’a [sing] when the Spirit says sing, I’m goin’a sing when the Spirit says sing, I’m goin’a sing when the Spirit says sing, and obey the Spirit of the Lord.
[Substitute on each verse]
I’m goin’a [pray]…
I’m goin’a [moan]…
I’m goin’a [shout]…

 

† Dismissal with Blessing

Go now, to welcome those not like you to God’s family.
We go now, to be God’s people.

† Choral Response: “Amen”            Orlando Gibbons

Amen.

† Ringing of the Bicentennial Bell

† Organ Postlude: “Allegro Vivo”  Souter

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