Sunday, May 14, 2017

Fifth Sunday of Easter
Morning Worship at 11 o’clock

Stumbling Blocks and Stepping Stones:

Unsure, when what was bright turns dark,

and life, it seems, has lost its way,

we question what we once believed

and fear that doubt has come to stay.

We sense the worm that gnaws within

has withered willpower, weakened bones,

and wonder whether all that’s left

is stumbling blocks or stepping stones.

-  A Song from Wild Goose of Iona

The Church Gathers

Organ Prelude “Hee Ryseth”   Medieval Mystery Play melody

Words of Welcome and Announcements John Strawbridge

Choral Introit “Christ Is Risen, Alleluia!”            Charles Fillmore

Christ is risen, Alleluia! Christ is risen from the dead.

Call to Worship Dr. Emora Brannan

Come all who seek the holy love of God

that we may become whole and loving.

As Jesus Christ has shared the life of earth,

so through Christ we may share the life of God,

growing in holiness, justice, and love.

We gather in faith and thanksgiving

to rejoice in God’s  presence and share God’s life!

Let us worship God, offering our lives in loving service!

Hymn “Praise, My Soul, the King of Heaven” No. 66

Praise, my soul, the King of heaven, to the throne thy tribute bring; ransomed, healed, restored, forgiven, evermore God’s praises sing. Alleluia! Alleluia! Praise the everlasting King.
Praise the Lord for grace and favor to all people in distress; praise God, still the same as ever, slow to chide, and quick to bless. Alleluia! Alleluia! Glorious now God’s faithfulness.
Fatherlike, God tends and spares us; well our feeble frame God knows; motherlike, God gently bears us, rescues us from all our foes. Alleluia! Alleluia! Widely yet God’s mercy flows.
Angels in the heights, adoring, you behold God face to face; saints triumphant, now adoring, gathered in from every race. Alleluia! Alleluia! Praise with us the God of grace.

Morning Prayer

God of the resurrection and of the new day,

bring Easter into our loving, our hearing, our seeing,

our very living this day.

You are the source of our life.

Gather us now, we pray.

Form us into a holy community of your own people.

Mold us by your spirit, reveal in us the face of Christ.

We pray in the name of our risen Lord. Amen.

To Hear the Word

From the Letters of the Early Church 1 Peter 2: 2-10

Dan Bailey is the Liturgist.

Like newborn infants, long for the pure, spiritual milk, so that by it you may grow into salvation— if indeed you
have tasted that the Lord is good.

Come to him, a living stone, though rejected by mortals yet chosen and precious in God’s sight, and like living stones, let yourselves be built into a spiritual house, to be a holy priesthood, to offer spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ. For it stands in scripture:

“See, I am laying in Zion a stone, a cornerstone chosen and precious;
and whoever believes in him will not be put to shame.”

To you then who believe, he is precious; but for those who do not believe,

“The stone that the builders rejected has become the very head of the corner,” and

“A stone that makes them stumble, and a rock that makes them fall.”

They stumble because they disobey the word, as they were destined to do.

But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s own people, in order that you may proclaim the mighty acts of him who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light.

Once you were not a people, but now you are God’s people;
once you had not received mercy, but now you have received mercy.

The Psalter Psalm 138 with Sung Response                       No. 853

Response: I sing your praise for steadfast love; fulfill your purpose for me.
I give you thanks, O Lord, with my whole heart;
Before the gods I sing your praise;
I bow down toward your holy temple
And give thanks to your name for your steadfast
Love and faithfulness;
For you have exalted your name
And your word above everything.
On the day I called, you answered me,
You strengthened my life.
Response: I sing your praise for steadfast love; fulfill your purpose for me.
All the rulers of the earth shall praise you, O Lord,
For they have heard the words of your mouth;
And they shall sing of the ways of the Lord.
For great is the glory of the Lord.
For the Lord is high, but regards the lowly;
Yet knows the haughty from afar.
Response: I sing your praise for steadfast love; fulfill your purpose for me.
Though I walk in the midst of trouble,
You preserve my life;
You stretch out your hand against the wrath of my enemies
And your right hand delivers me.
O Lord, fulfill your purpose for me;
O Lord, may your steadfast love endure for ever.
Do not forsake the work of your hands.
Response: I sing your praise for steadfast love; fulfill your purpose for me.

Anthem “When I Survey the Wondrous Cross”     Lani Smith, on Hamburg

When I survey the wondrous cross
On which the Prince of glory died,
My richest gain I count but loss,
And pour contempt on all my pride.

Forbid it, Lord, that I should boast,
Save in the death of Christ my God!
All the vain things that charm me most,
I sacrifice them to His blood.

See from His head, His hands, His feet,
Sorrow and love flow mingled down!
Did e’er such love and sorrow meet,
Or thorns compose so rich a crown?

There on the cross was the sacrifice made;
There in the tomb was my Lord’s body laid;
There in this act was the hand of death stayed
By love so amazing, love so divine.

From the Gospel John 14:1-14

“Do not let your hearts be troubled. Believe in God, believe also in me. In my Father’s house there are many dwelling places. If it were not so, would I have told you that I go to prepare a place for you? And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and will take you to myself, so that where I am, there you may be also. And you know the way to the place where I am going.” Thomas said to him, “Lord, we do not know where you are going. How can we know the way?” Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. If you know me, you will know my Father also. From now on you do know him and have seen him.”

Philip said to him, “Lord, show us the Father, and we will be satisfied.” Jesus said to him, “Have I been with you all this time, Philip, and you still do not know me? Whoever has seen me has seen the Father. How can you say, ‘Show us the Father’? Do you not believe that I am in the Father and the Father is in me? The words that I say to you I do not speak on my own; but the Father who dwells in me does his works. Believe me that I am in the Father and the Father is in me; but if you do not, then believe me because of the works themselves. Very truly, I tell you, the one who believes in me will also do the works that I do and, in fact, will do greater works than these, because I am going to the Father. I will do whatever you ask in my name, so that the Father may be glorified in the Son. If in my name you ask me for anything, I will do it.

Sermon “The Way”                  Rev. Roberta Scoville

To Respond in Faith

Hymn “This Is a Day of New Beginnings”          No. 383

This is a day of new beginnings, time to remember and move on, time to believe what love is bringing, laying to rest the pain that’s gone.
For by the life and death of Jesus, God’s mighty Spirit, now as then, can make for us a world of difference, as faith and hope are born again.
Then let us, with the Spirit’s daring, step from the past and leave behind our disappointment, guilt, and grieving, seeking new paths, and sure to find.
Christ is alive, and goes before us to show and share what love can do. This is a day of new beginnings; our God is making all things new.
In faith we’ll gather around the table to taste and share what love can do. This is a day of new beginnings; our God is making all things new.

The World Methodist Social Affirmation No. 886

We believe in God, creator of the world and of all people;

And in Jesus Christ, incarnate among us,

Who died and rose again;

And in the Holy Spirit,

Present with us to guide, strengthen, and comfort.

We believe;

God, help our unbelief.

We rejoice in every sign of God’s kingdom:

In the upholding of human dignity and community;

In every expression of love, justice, and reconciliation;

In each act of self-giving on behalf of others;

In the abundance of God’s gifts

Entrusted to us that all may have enough;

In all responsible use of the earth’s resources.

Glory be to God on high;

And on earth, peace.

We confess our sin, individual and collective,

By silence or action:

Through the violation of human dignity

Based on race, class, age, sex, nation, or faith;

Through the exploitation of people

Because of greed and indifference;

Through the misuse of power

In personal, communal, national, and international life;

Through the search for security

By those military and economic forces

That threaten human existence;

Through the abuse of technology

Which endangers the earth and all life upon it.

Lord, have mercy;

Christ, have mercy;

Lord, have mercy.

We commit ourselves individually and as a community

To the way of Christ:

To take up the cross;

To seek abundant life for all humanity;

To struggle for peace with justice and freedom;

To risk ourselves in faith, hope, and love,

Praying that God’s kingdom may come.
Thy kingdom come on earth as it is in heaven. Amen.

The Collection of Tithes and Offerings

Offertory “The Goodness of God”               C.P.E. Bach

Tod Myers, Bass
How great is the goodness of God Almighty!
Is there any man who has not known His goodness?
For all gifts come from God Almighty.
All praise and honor belongeth to Him.
Let all consider what He hath given.
All that we have are gifts from God above.
The Lord hath not forgotten us,
And we should not forget this love.

Presentation of Tithes and Offerings No. 94

Praise God, from whom all blessings flow;
praise God, all creatures here below: Alleluia! Alleluia!
Praise God, the source of all our gifts!

Praise Jesus Christ, whose power uplifts!

Praise the Spirit, Holy Spirit! Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia!

Pastoral Prayer

The Lord’s Prayer

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, & the power, & the glory, forever. Amen.

And Scatters to Be the Church in the World

Hymn “Go Forth for God”         No. 670

Go forth for God, go to the world in peace; be of good courage, armed with heavenly grace, in God’s good Spirit daily to increase, till in the kingdom we see face to face. Go forth for God, go to the world in peace.
Go forth for God, go to the world in love; strengthen the faint, give courage to the weak; help the afflicted; richly from above God’s love supplies the grace and power we seek. Go forth for God, go to the world in love.
Go forth for God, go to the world in strength; hold fast the good, be urgent for the right; render to no one evil; Christ at length shall overcome all darkness with his light. Go forth for God, go to the world in strength.
Go forth for God, go to the world in joy, to serve God’s people every day and hour, and serving Christ, our every gift employ, rejoicing in the Holy Spirit’s power. Go forth for God, go to the world in joy.

Dismissal with Blessing

Choral Response “And His Glory Is Exalted”          William Kirkpatrick

And His glory is exalted, far above the earth and sky.

Ringing of the Bicentennial Bell

† Organ Postlude “Allegro Marcato”          Thomson

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