Sunday, May 7, 2017

4th Sunday of Easter
Morning Worship at 11 o’clock

When I have lost my way, and thick fog has shrouded from my view the familiar path and the lights of home;

When with deliberate intent I have turned by back on truth and peace;

When in the midst of the crowd I have sought refuge among strangers;

When things to do have peopled my days with mounting anxiety and ever-deepening frustration;

When in loneliness I have sat in the thicket of despair too weak to move, to lift my head;

Thou hast searched for and found me! I cannot escape Thy Scrutiny! I would not escape Thy Love!

-Howard Thurman, The Inward Journey

The Church Gathers

Organ Prelude “Ce fut en Mai” Gace Brule, 13th Cent. melody

Words of Welcome and Announcements (by the Lay Leader)

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

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

Call to Worship Dr. Emora Brannan

Open the gate! The Shepherd is coming!

We hear his glad voice! O, call us by name!

Lead us, O Shepherd, into green pastures!

We follow that Shepherd who brings home his sheep.

One door, one flock; one fold, one Shepherd.

Open the gate! The good Shepherd comes!

He is our living Lord!

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

Loving and compassionate God,

we thank you that you have come to us in Jesus Christ,

sharing our common lot.

As the shepherd seeks a lost sheep,

you seek us when we wander.

Finding us, you receive us with rejoicing.

you have claimed us for your own,

and you know us each by name.

Fill us with your Spirit, that we might be channels

of your tender care for others

who are brokenhearted or wandering.

We pray in the name of the risen Lord

and the Shepherd of our souls. Amen .

To Hear the Word

From the Letters of the Early Church 1 Peter 2:19-25

Eleanor Packard is the Liturgist.

For it is a credit to you if, being aware of God, you endure pain while suffering unjustly. If you endure when you are beaten for doing wrong, what credit is that? But if you endure when you do right and suffer for it, you have God’s approval. For to this you have been called, because Christ also suffered for you, leaving you an example, so that you should follow in his steps.

“He committed no sin, and no deceit was found in his mouth.”

When he was abused, he did not return abuse; when he suffered, he did not threaten; but he entrusted himself to the one who judges justly. He himself bore our sins in his body on the cross, so that, free from sins, we might live for righteousness; by his wounds you have been healed. For you were going astray like sheep, but now you have returned to the shepherd and guardian of your souls.

The Psalter Psalm 23 with Sung Response #2             No. 754

Response: My shepherd is the Lord, nothing indeed shall I want.

The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want.

The Lord makes me lie down in green pastures,

Leads me beside still waters,

Restores my life,

Leads me in right paths

For the sake of the Lord’s name.

Even though I walk through the darkest valley,

I fear no evil;

For you are with me;

Your rod and your staff,

They comfort me.

Response: My shepherd is the Lord, nothing indeed shall I want.

You prepare a table before me

In the presence of my enemies;

You anoint my head with oil,

My cup overflows.

Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me

All the days of my life;

And I shall dwell in the house of the Lord

As long as I live.

Response: My shepherd is the Lord, nothing indeed shall I want.

Anthem “Shout to the Lord”       Darlene Zschech

My Jesus, my Savior, Lord, there is none like You.
All of my days I want to praise
The wonders of Your mighty love.
My comfort, my shelter, Tower of refuge and strength,
Let every breath, all that I am, never cease to worship You.

Shout to the Lord! All the Earth, let us sing,
Power and majesty, praise to the King!
Mountains bow down and the seas will roar
At the sound of your Name!

I sing for joy at the work of Your hands;
Forever I’ll love You, forever I’ll stand;
Nothing compares to the promise I have in You.

My Jesus, my Savior, there is none like You.

From the Gospel: John 10: 1-10

“Very truly, I tell you, anyone who does not enter the sheepfold by the gate but climbs in by another way is a thief and a bandit. The one who enters by the gate is the shepherd of the sheep. The gatekeeper opens the gate for him, and the sheep hear his voice. He calls his own sheep by name and leads them out. When he has brought out all his own, he goes ahead of them, and the sheep follow him because they know his voice. They will not follow a stranger, but they will run from him because they do not know the voice of strangers.” Jesus used this figure of speech with them, but they did not understand what he was saying to them.

So again Jesus said to them, “Very truly, I tell you, I am the gate for the sheep. All who came before me are thieves and bandits; but the sheep did not listen to them. I am the gate. Whoever enters by me will be saved, and will come in and go out and find pasture. The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have life, and have it abundantly.

Sermon “The Gate”            Rev. Roberta Scoville

To Respond in Faith

Hymn “You Satisfy the Hungry Heart”               No. 629

You satisfy the hungry heart with gift of finest wheat. Come, give to us, O saving Lord, the bread of life to eat. As when the shepherd calls his sheep, they know and heed his voice, so when you call your family, Lord, we follow and rejoice.

You satisfy the hungry heart with gift of finest wheat. Come, give to us, O saving Lord, the bread of life to eat. With joyful lips we sing to you our praise and gratitude, that you should count us worthy, Lord, to share this heavenly food.

You satisfy the hungry heart with gift of finest wheat. Come, give to us, O saving Lord, the bread of life to eat. Is not the cup we bless and share the blood of Christ out-poured? Do not one cup, one loaf, declare our oneness in the Lord?

You satisfy the hungry heart with gift of finest wheat. Come, give to us, O saving Lord, the bread of life to eat. The mystery of your presence, Lord, no mortal tongue can tell; whom all the world cannot contain comes in our hearts to dwell.

You satisfy the hungry heart with gift of finest wheat. Come, give to us, O saving Lord, the bread of life to eat. You give yourself to us, O Lord; then selfless let us be, to serve each other in your name in truth and charity.

The Invitation

Prayer of Confession

Eternal God,

who by your love has made us,

and through your love has kept us,

and in your love would make us perfect:

We humbly confess that we have not loved you

with all our heart and soul and mind and strength,

and we have not loved one another as Christ has loved us.

Your life is within our souls,

but our selfishness has hindered you.

Forgive what we have been,

help us to amend who we are,

and in your Spirit direct what we shall be;

through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen

The Collection of Tithes and Offerings

Offertory      “Anthem for Communion”        Gilbert Martin

Thee we adore, O hidden Savior, Thee,
Who in Thy sacrament art pleased to be.

Draw nigh and take the Body of the Lord,
And drink the holy Blood for you outpoured.
Saved by that Body, hallowed by that Blood,
Whereby refreshed, we render thanks to God.

Both flesh and spirit in Thy presence fail,
Yet here Thy presence we devoutly hail.

Here, O my Lord, I see Thee face to face;
Here would I touch and handle things unseen;
Here grasp with firmer hand eternal Grace,
And all my weariness upon Thee lean.

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!

To Receive the Sacrament

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

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, and the power, and the glory, forever. Amen.

Receiving the Bread and Cup

Prayer Following Receiving of the Sacrament

Eternal God, we give you thanks for this holy mystery

In which you have given yourself to us.

We go in the strength of your Spirit and Grace,

To give ourselves for others, in Jesus’ name. Amen

And Scatters to Be the Church in the World

Hymn “O Master Let Me Walk With Thee”       No. 430

O Master, let me walk with thee in lowly paths of service free; tell me thy secret; help me bear the strain of toil, the fret of care.

Help me the slow of heart to move by some clear, winning word of love; teach me the wayward feet to stay, and guide them in the homeward way.

Teach me thy patience; still with thee in closer, dearer company, in work that keeps faith sweet and strong, in trust that triumphs over wrong;

In hope that sends a shining ray far down the future’s broadening way, in peace that only thou canst give, with thee, O Master, let me live.

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 “Hosanna”         Peake

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