Sunday, May 6, 2018

Sixth Sunday of Easter

11:00 a.m.

*Please Stand, As You Are Able

Prelude – In illo tempore (Gregorian)

Words of Welcome and Announcements

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.

PrayerSundays of Easter Hymnal 321

L: 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.

* Song Christo Vive (Christ is Risen) Hymnal 313

1. ¡Cristo vive, fuera el llanto, los lamentos y el pesar! Ni la muerte ni el sepulcro lo han podido sujetar. No busquéls entre los muertos al que siempre ha de vivir, ¡Cristo vive! estas nuevas por doquier dejad oír.

2. Que si Cristo no viviera vana fuera nuestra fe; mas se cumple su promesa:’ Porque vivo, viviréis.’ Si en Adán entró la muerte, por Jesús la vida entró; no temáis, el triunfo es vuestro: ¡El Señor resucitó!

3. Si es verdad que de la muerte el pecado es aguijón, no temáis pues Jesucristo nos da vida y salvación. Gracias demos al Dios Padre que nos da seguridad, que quien cree en Jesucristo vive por la eternidad.

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 MusicPsalm 100 Jubilate Deo (Robert Roth)                                                    Choir

O be joyful in the Lord all ye lands: serve the Lord with gladness and come before his presence with a song.
Be ye sure that the Lord he is God; it is he that hath made us and not we ourselves.
We are his people and the sheep of his pasture.
O go your way into his gates with thanksgiving, and into his courts with praise.
Be thankful unto him and speak good of his name.
For the Lord is gracious, his mercy is everlasting; and his truth endureth from generation to generation.
Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Ghost
as it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without end, Amen.

Scripture Reading – Acts 8:26-40                                                           Carol Curtis, Liturgist

Then an angel of the Lord said to Philip, “Get up and go toward the south to the road that goes down from Jerusalem to Gaza.” (This is a wilderness road.) So he got up and went. Now there was an Ethiopian eunuch, a court official of the Candace, queen of the Ethiopians, in charge of her entire treasury. He had come to Jerusalem to worship and was returning home; seated in his chariot, he was reading the prophet Isaiah. Then the Spirit said to Philip, “Go over to this chariot and join it.” So Philip ran up to it and heard him reading the prophet Isaiah. He asked, “Do you understand what you are reading?” He replied, “How can I, unless someone guides me?” And he invited Philip to get in and sit beside him. Now the passage of the scripture that he was reading was this:

“Like a sheep he was led to the slaughter,
and like a lamb silent before its shearer,
so he does not open his mouth.
In his humiliation justice was denied him.
Who can describe his generation?
For his life is taken away from the earth.”

The eunuch asked Philip, “About whom, may I ask you, does the prophet say this, about himself or about someone else?” Then Philip began to speak, and starting with this scripture, he proclaimed to him the good news about Jesus. As they were going along the road, they came to some water; and the eunuch said, “Look, here is water! What is to prevent me from being baptized?” He commanded the chariot to stop, and both of them, Philip and the eunuch, went down into the water, and Philip baptized him. When they came up out of the water, the Spirit of the Lord snatched Philip away; the eunuch saw him no more, and went on his way rejoicing. But Philip found himself at Azotus, and as he was passing through the region, he proclaimed the good news to all the towns until he came to Caesarea.

Sermon – “Wonder, Word, Water, and Wander”                            Rev. Dr. Patricia L. Sebring

* SongThis Is the Spirit’s Entry Now Hymnal 608

1. This is the Spirit’s entry now: the water and the word, the cross of Jesus on your brow, the seal both felt and heard.

2. Let water be the sacred sign that we must die each day, to rise again by his design as followers of his way.

3. Renewing Spirit, hear our praise for your baptismal power that washes us through all our days. Lord, cleanse again this hour.

Sacrament of Christian Baptism

Introduction, Presentation of Candidate, Renunciation of Sin and Profession of Faith

Congregational Covenant

Pastor:     Do you as Christ’s body the church,
reaffirm both your rejection of sin and your commitment to Christ?

People:   We do.

Pastor:     Will you nurture one another in the Christian faith and life
and include these persons now before you in your care?

People:   With God’s help we will proclaim the good news and live according to the example of Christ.  We will surround these persons with a community of love and forgiveness, that they may grow in their trust of God, and be found faithful in their service to others.  We will pray for them, that they may be true disciples who walk in the way that leads to life.

Affirmation of Faith

Pastor:     Do you believe in God the Father?

People:   I believe in God, the Father Almighty, Creator of heaven and earth.

Pastor:     Do you believe in Jesus Christ?

People:   I believe in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord,
Who was conceived by the Holy Spirit,
Born of the Virgin Mary,
Suffered under Pontius Pilate,
Was crucified, died, and was buried;
He descended to the dead.
On the third day he rose again;
He ascended into heaven,
Is seated at the right hand of the Father,
And will come again to judge the living and the dead.

Pastor:     Do you believe in the Holy Spirit?

People:   I believe in the Holy Spirit,
The holy catholic church,
The communion of saints,
The forgiveness of sins,
The resurrection of the body,
And the life everlasting.

Pastor:     The Lord be with you.

People:   And also with you.

Pastor:     Let us pray …to the land which you have promised.

People:   Sing to the Lord, all the earth.  Tell of God’s mercy each day.

Pastor:     In the fullness of time …and to make disciples of all nations

People:   Declare his works to the nations, his glory among all people.

Pastor:     Pour out your Holy Spirit …we may share in his final victory.

People:   All praise to you Eternal Father, through your Son Jesus Christ
who with you and the Holy Spirit lives and reigns forever.  Amen.

Baptisms and Laying on of Hands

Pastor:     Now it is our joy to welcome our new brother in Christ.

People:   Through baptism you are incorporated by the Holy Spirit into God’s new creation and made to share in Christ’s royal priesthood.  We are all one in Christ Jesus.  With joy and thanksgiving we welcome you into the family of Christ.

Song of Blessing – Child of Blessing, Child of Promise Hymnal 611

Pastoral Blessing

Glorifying God with our Gifts and Offerings

Invitation to Share in God’s Kingdom Work

Offertory – Draw Us in the Spirit’s Tether (Harold Friedell)                                         Choir

Draw us in the Spirit’s tether,
For when humbly in thy name,
Two or three are met together
Thou are in the midst of them;
Alleluia! Alleluia!
Touch we now thy garment’s hem. 

As the brethren used to gather
In the name of Christ to sup,
Then with thanks to God the Father
Break the bread and bless the cup,
Alleluia! Alleluia!
So knit thou our friendship up.

All our meals and all our living
Make as sacraments of thee,
That by caring, helping, giving
We may true disciples be.
Alleluia! Alleluia!
We will serve thee faithfully

Prayer of Dedication –

God you have blessed us beyond measure and we are grateful for every gift.
In gratitude for all that you’ve given and all that you promise,
we return to the use of your church these monetary gifts.
We also offer up our lives that together with these financial gifts,
you will add a blessing of your Spirit for your use and your glory.
May we be made as ready as Phillip to share Christ that others will know you.
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 out watching for those who are wondering about Jesus.

People:     We will keep our eyes and hearts open for those who need to hear the Gospel.

Leader:     May God grant you gifts of the Spirit to share the Good News.

People:     We will use our gifts at every opportunity that all may come to saving faith.

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 – Allegro molto (Graham)

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