Sunday, May 21, 2017

Sixth Sunday of Easter
Heritage Sunday

Morning Worship at 11 o’clock

Out of a great need
We are all holding hands and climbing.
Not loving is a letting go.
Listen, the terrain around here
Is far too dangerous for that.


The Church Gathers

Organ Prelude “Andante Piacevole”                           Gurney


Words of Welcome and Announcements (by the Lay Leader)


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

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


†  Call to Worship Dr. Emora Brannan

The disciples met the risen Christ

as they went about their daily tasks-

eating, fishing, preparing a meal.

We have gathered because we too want to know

the presence of Jesus among us.

We come together to know him in community.

We will return to the world, seeking to know

and to make known his presence there.

Glory be to God, Creator, Christ, Spirit of life,

in whom we live and move and have our being.


†  Hymn “I Sing the Almighty Power of God”        No. 152

1. I sing the almighty power of God, that made the mountains rise, that spread the flowing seas abroad, and built the lofty skies. I sing the wisdom that ordained the sun to rule the day; the moon shines full at God’s command, and all the stars obey.

2. I sing the goodness of the Lord, who filled the earth with food, who formed the creatures thru the Word, and then pronounced them good. Lord, how thy wonders are displayed, where’er I turn my eye, if I survey the ground I tread, or gaze upon the sky.

3. There’s not a plant or flower below, but makes thy glories known, and clouds arise, and tempests blow, by order from thy throne; while all that borrows life from thee is ever in thy care; and everywhere that we can be, thou, God, art present there.


Morning Prayer

We come before you, eternal God, in Easter joy,

seeking to be people of resurrection.

Grant us the assurance of your presence,

Your love and your renewing power.

Through your word and spirit,

reveal to us your purpose in our lives.

We confess that there are many hours

when we are not mindful of your presence.

we avoid the challenge that comes from you.

Forgive us and restore the joy of knowing you.

May Christ be known among us in our daily lives. Amen.

To Hear the Word

From the Letters of the Early Church 1 Peter 3:13-18

Michael Rouse is the Liturgist.

Now who will harm you if you are eager to do what is good? But even if you do suffer for doing what is right, you are blessed. Do not fear what they fear, and do not be intimidated, but in your hearts sanctify Christ as Lord. Always be ready to make your defense to anyone who demands from you an accounting for the hope that is in you; yet do it with gentleness and reverence. Keep your conscience clear, so that, when you are maligned, those who abuse you for your good conduct in Christ may be put to shame. For it is better to suffer for doing good, if suffering should be God’s will, than to suffer for doing evil. For Christ also suffered for sins once for all, the righteous for the unrighteous, in order to bring you to God. He was put to death in the flesh, but made alive in the spirit.


†  From the New Testament Acts 17: 22-31

(responsive reading with sung response #2, UMH Pg. 764)

Response:  Let all things their creator bless:

Alleluia!  Alleluia! Alleluia!


Then Paul stood in front of the Areopagus and said,

“Athenians, I see how extremely religious you are in every way.

For as I went through the city and looked carefully at your objects

Of worship, I found among them an altar with the inscription

‘To an unknown God’. What therefore you worship as unknown,

This I proclaim to you.

The God who made the world & everything in it, the one who is Lord

of heaven and earth, does not live in shrines made by human hands,

nor is God served by human hands, as needing anything, since God

gives to all mortals life and breath and all things.

Response:   Let all things their creator bless:

Alleluia!  Alleluia! Alleluia!


From one ancestor God made all nations to inhabit the whole earth,

allotting times of their existence and boundaries of the places

where they would live, so that they would search for God

and perhaps grope and find God—

though indeed God is not far from each one of us.

For ‘In God we live & move & have our being’; as even some of your

Own poets have said, ‘For we too are his offspring.’

Since we are God’s offspring, we ought not to think that the deity is like gold, or silver, or stone, an image formed by the art and imagination of mortals.

While God has overlooked the times of human ignorance, now God

Commands all people everywhere to repent, having fixed a day on which the world will be judged in righteousness by the one appointed,

And of this God has given assurance to all by raising that one from the dead.” Thanks be to God!

Response:   Let all things their creator bless:

Alleluia!  Alleluia! Alleluia!


Anthem “Lord, My God, Hear Now My Pleading”         Mendelssohn

Lord, my God, hear now my pleading,
Turn your gracious ear to me;
As I ask of You, my helper,
Never more my sins to see.

Will my sins forever hold me?
Must I bow before my fear?
Weak and helpless, I beseech You,
Let your grace be always near.


From the Gospel John 14: 15-21

“If you love me, you will keep my commandments. And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Advocate, to be with you forever. This is the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees him nor knows him. You know him, because he abides with you, and he will be in you.

“I will not leave you orphaned; I am coming to you. In a little while the world will no longer see me, but you will see me; because I live, you also will live. On that day you will know that I am in my Father, and you in me, and I in you. They who have my commandments and keep them are those who love me; and those who love me will be loved by my Father, and I will love them and reveal myself to them.”


Sermon “One”   Rev. Roberta Scoville

To Respond in Faith

†  Hymn “In Christ There Is No East or West”        No. 548

1. In Christ there is no east or west, in him no south or north; but one great fellowship of love throughout the whole wide earth.

2. In Christ shall true hearts everywhere their high communion find; his service is the golden cord close binding humankind.

3. In Christ is neither Jew nor Greek, and neither slave nor free; both male and female heirs are made, and all are kin to me.

4. In Christ now meet both east and west, in him meet south and north; all Christly souls are one in him throughout the whole wide earth.


An Easter Litany

We celebrate you, Risen Christ.
We join every creature in proclaiming that you are worthy
to receive glory and honor and power forever and ever.
We celebrate you, Risen Christ,
for those who worship you through their wonder
in your world’s sights and sounds and movements.
We celebrate you, Risen Christ,
for those who seek your presence in the beauty of creation
and your compassion in the voices of others.
We celebrate you, Risen Christ
for those whose lives are psalms of praise
through their words and works.
We celebrate you, Risen Christ,
for those who fill their lives with faith, their voices with song,
their hands with offerings, and their words with gratitude.
We celebrate you, Risen Christ,
who was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be,
world without end. Alleluia!


The Collection of Tithes and Offerings


Offertory “Day By Day”    Martin How

Day by day, day by day,
O, dear Lord, three things I pray:
To see thee more clearly,
Love thee more dearly,
Follow thee more nearly, day by day.


†  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 No. 895

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.


And Scatters to Be the Church in the World

†  Hymn “Love Divine, All Loves Excelling”           No. 384

1. Love divine, all loves excelling, joy of heaven, to earth come down; fix in us thy humble dwelling; all thy faithful mercies crown! Jesus, thou art all compassion, pure, unbounded love thou art; visit us with thy salvation; enter every trembling heart.

2. Breathe, O breathe thy loving Spirit into every troubled breast! Let us all in thee inherit; let us find that second rest. Take away our bent to sinning; Alpha and Omega be; end of faith, as its beginning, set our hearts at liberty.

3. Come, Almighty to deliver, let us all thy life receive; suddenly return and never, nevermore thy temples leave. Thee we would be always blessing, serve thee as thy hosts above, pray and praise thee without ceasing, glory in thy perfect love.

4. Finish, then, thy new creation; pure and spotless let us be. Let us see thy great salvation perfectly restored in thee; changed from glory into glory, till in heaven we take our place, till we cast our crowns before thee, lost in wonder, love, and praise.


†  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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