Sunday, April 29, 2018

Fifth Sunday of Easter

11:00 a.m.

*Please Stand, As You Are Able

Prelude – Vox Angelica (Roger Wilson)

Words of Welcome and Announcements John Strawbridge, Lay Leader

PrayerSundays of Easter Hymnal 321

Almighty God,

L: You give us the joy of celebrating our Lord’s resurrection.

L: Give us also the joys of life in your service,

L:     And bring us at last to the full joy of life eternal;

L: Through Jesus Christ our Lord.

ALL:     Amen.

Choral Introit – Your Voices Raise with One Accord (T. Allen Cleaver)                          Choir

Your voices raise with one accord
To bless and praise your risen Lord.

* Call to Celebration

Leader Come, people of God!  Feel the love of our Lord.

People: God listens when we cry out and rescues us when we call.

Leader:      God leads and guides us with unfailing love.

People:      You are our God; our lives are in your hands.

ALL:         Let’s worship God together!

* Song To God be the Glory Hymnal 98

1. To God be the glory, great things he hath done! So loved he the world that he gave us his Son, who yielded his life an atonement for sin, and opened the life-gate that all may go in. Praise the Lord, praise the Lord, let the earth hear his voice! Praise the Lord, praise the Lord, let the people rejoice! O come to the Father thru Jesus the Son, and give him the glory, great things he hath done!

2. O perfect redemption, the purchase of blood, to every believer the promise of God; the vilest offender who truly believes, that moment from Jesus a pardon receives. Praise the Lord, praise the Lord, let the earth hear his voice! Praise the Lord, praise the Lord, let the people rejoice! O come to the Father thru Jesus the Son, and give him the glory, great things he hath done!

3. Great things he hath taught us, great things he hath done, and great our rejoicing thru Jesus the Son; but purer, and higher, and greater will be our wonder, our transport, when Jesus we see. Praise the Lord, praise the Lord, let the earth hear his voice! Praise the Lord, praise the Lord, let the people rejoice! O come to the Father thru Jesus the Son, and give him the glory, great things he hath done!

Time of Morning Prayer

Prayer Song – He Is Lord Hymnal 177

He is Lord, he is Lord! He is risen from the dead and he is Lord! Every knee shall bow, every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord.

Pastoral Prayer

Lord’s Prayer: (You may pray either version printed below or another that you know.)

Methodist Version
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.

F
or thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory forever.  Amen.
Modern Ecumenical Version
Our God in heaven:
your holy name be honored,
your kin-dom come, your will be done,
on earth as in heaven.
Give us today our daily bread.
Forgive us our sins
as we forgive those who sin against us.
Save us from the time of trial
and deliver us from the evil one.
For the kingdom, the power, and the glory
are yours now and always.  Amen.

Prayer Song – He Is Lord Hymnal 177

He is Lord, he is Lord! He is risen from the dead and he is Lord! Every knee shall bow, every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord.

Pastor’s Time with Young Disciples Rev. Dr. Patricia L. Sebring

Special MusicIf Thou but Suffer God to Guide Thee (Georg Neumark, arr. Jody Lindh) Choir

If thou but suffer God to guide thee
And hope in Him through all thy ways,
He’ll give thee strength, whate’er betide thee,
And bear thee through the evil days.
Who trusts in God’s unchanging love
Builds on the Rock that naught can move. 

Only be still and await His leisure
In cheerful hope, with heart content
To take whate’er thy Father’s pleasure
And His discerning love hath sent,
Nor doubt our inmost wants are known
To Him who chose us for His own.

Sing, pray, and keep His ways unswerving,
Perform thy duties faithfully,
And trust His Word, though undeserving,
Thou yet shalt find it true for thee.
God never yet forsook in need
The soul that trusted Him indeed.

Scripture Reading –1 John 4:7-21

Beloved, let us love one another, because love is from God; everyone who loves is born of God and knows God. Whoever does not love does not know God, for God is love. God’s love was revealed among us in this way: God sent his only Son into the world so that we might live through him. In this is love, not that we loved God but that he loved us and sent his Son to be the atoning sacrifice for our sins. Beloved, since God loved us so much, we also ought to love one another. No one has ever seen God; if we love one another, God lives in us, and his love is perfected in us.

By this we know that we abide in him and he in us, because he has given us of his Spirit. And we have seen and do testify that the Father has sent his Son as the Savior of the world. God abides in those who confess that Jesus is the Son of God, and they abide in God. So we have known and believe the love that God has for us.

God is love, and those who abide in love abide in God, and God abides in them. Love has been perfected among us in this: that we may have boldness on the day of judgment, because as he is, so are we in this world. There is no fear in love, but perfect love casts out fear; for fear has to do with punishment, and whoever fears has not reached perfection in love. We love because he first loved us. Those who say, “I love God,” and hate their brothers or sisters, are liars; for those who do not love a brother or sister whom they have seen, cannot love God whom they have not seen. The commandment we have from him is this: those who love God must love their brothers and sisters also.

Sermon – “The Heart of the Matter is Love”                                   Rev. Dr. Patricia L. Sebring

* SongThe Gift of Love Hymnal 408

1. Though I may speak with bravest fire, and have the gift to all inspire, and have not love, my words are vain, as sounding brass, and hopeless gain.

2. Though I may give all I possess, and striving so my love profess, but not be given by love within, the profit soon turns strangely thin.

3. Come, Spirit, come, our hearts control, our spirits long to be made whole. Let inward love guide every deed; by this we worship, and are freed.

* Affirmation of Faith

We believe in God,
who is love, whose love is manifest
in all Creation, in our lives, and in all people.

We follow Christ, who embodied God’s love.
In his life and ministry, his death and resurrection,
and his granting to us of his Spirit,
he filled us with that love as well.

We live by the Spirit, the presence of God’s love in us.
In that love we participate in the Church, the Body of Christ,
in loving God by loving our neighbors
through our prayers, our presence, our gifts, our service, and our witness.

Love is our faith, and it is a gift from God.
We thank God, and ask God’s blessings,
that we may love in the name of Christ
and the power of the Spirit, to God’s glory. Alleluia! Amen.

Glorifying God with our Gifts and Offerings

Invitation to Share in God’s Kingdom Work

Offertory – Adoramus Te, Christe (Theodore Dubois)                                                  Choir

We adore you, O Christ, and bless you, for on your holy Cross you have redeemed the world.

Prayer of Dedication –

Gracious God, you are the source of all we have and we belong to you.
Thank you for loving us, especially in difficult times.
You provide what we need in order to grow as disciples of Jesus.
Help us to abide in Christ— our way, our truth, our life.

May we love others as you have loved us.
May these offerings and our lives bring glory to you.
We pray in the name of our risen Savior.
Alleluia and Amen

*      Song to Present the Offering – Majesty Hymnal 176

Majesty, worship his majesty; unto Jesus be all glory, honor, and praise. Majesty, kingdom authority, flow from his throne unto his own; his anthem raise. So exalt, lift up on high the name of Jesus. Magnify, come glorify Christ Jesus, the King. Majesty, worship his majesty, Jesus who died, now glorified, King of all kings.

* Words for Sending Us into the World

Leader:     Go now, and wherever people will hear you,
proclaim the life-changing love of God.

People:     We leave to love as we have been loved by Christ.

Leader:     May the peace and love of Christ companion you as you serve the Lord,

People:     May God be our protection and safe haven.
May the power of Christ Jesus dwell in us.
May the Holy Spirit be our guide forever.

ALL: alleluia! AMEN.

* Choral Response – And His Glory Is Exalted (William Kirkpatrick)                                 Choir

And his glory is exalted far above the earth and sky.

* Ringing of the Bicentennial Bell

* Postlude – Nun Danket (Van Denman Thompson)

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