Sunday, May 19, 2019

Fifth Sunday of Easter

Organ PreludeAiteachan Naomha (Trad.)

Words of Welcome and Announcements John Strawbridge

Choral IntroitChrist Is Risen! (Frederick Maker)

Christ is risen! Alleluia! Risen our victorious Head!  Sing His praises! Alleluia!
Christ is risen from the dead.

* Call to Worship

L: Praise the Lord who spoke the word which created the grandeur of the heavens,
P: For brilliant moon & countless stars, sun & rain and blue-skyed days we praise the Lord!

L: Praise the Lord who spoke the word which created the fragile beauty of the earth & the seas:
P: For changing seasons; the contours of land and sea; for heat and cold, wind and calm, we praise the Lord!
L: Praise the Lord who spoke the word which created trees and plants, animals and birds, and multi-colored people:
P: For the environment which sustains boys and girls, women and men;
poor and rich, young and old, we praise the Lord!
L: Praise the Lord, the Word who became flesh and who lived among us full of grace & truth:
P: We have seen his glory and from his fullness we have all received grace upon grace – praise the Lord, Hallellujah!

* Opening HymnIn Christ There Is No East or West UMH 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.

Prayer of Invocation (All)

Generous God, you bring light to our days and hope to our hearts. We are grateful for your care. You have invited us once more to this time of celebration. May we be raised up to embrace your way of love. Amen.

Sharing Joys and Concerns

Pastoral Prayer

Lord’s Prayer

Children’s Moment

AnthemChief of Sinners Though I Be (John Purifoy)

Chief of sinners though I be,
Christ is all-in-all to me;
All my wants to Him are known,
All my sorrows are His own.
Christ sustains me in my pain;
Grants me hope to live again.
O the heights of Jesus’ love!
Higher than the heavens above,
Deeper than the depths of sea,
Lasting through eternity.
Love that found me, wondrous thought,
Found me when I sought Him not.

Holy Savior, Shepherd, Lord,
Gently lead me by Your word.
When my wayward heart would stray,
Keep me in the narrow way;
Grace in time of need supply
While I live and when I die.

Reading from the Gospel – John 13:31-35   Carrie Harnick, Liturgist
When he had gone out, Jesus said, “Now the Son of Man has been glorified, and God has been glorified in him. If God has been glorified in him, God will also glorify him in himself and will glorify him at once. Little children, I am with you only a little longer. You will look for me; and as I said to the Jews so now I say to you, ‘Where I am going, you cannot come.’ I give you a new commandment, that you love one another. Just as I have loved you, you also should love one another. By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.”

Call to Confession Carrie Harnick, Liturgist

The God revealed to us in the pages of Scripture is a welcoming and inclusive God who directs us to love one another. So we gather to seek removal of all barriers to that love. Come to confess all that separates you from others and from your own best.

Prayer of Confession (All)

We admit, holy God, that we find it hard to hear your promise of new life. Even when we are dissatisfied with our lives, it is easier to cling to what we know than to risk the unknown. You challenge us to accept people who are different from us, but we are not eager to associate with them. You command us to love one another, but some people are not loveable. O God, melt our defenses so we can accept your love and let it flow through us. Grant us courage to embrace newness. Amen.

Words of Assurance Carrie Harnick, Liturgist

God promises to dwell with us, to ease our pain and wipe tears from our eyes. Dare to trust, for God accepts us as we are, that we might become all we are meant to be. God grant us the opportunity to repent. It is a gift that leads to new life. Accept God’s offer of new life in Christ. Amen.

* HymnHelp Us Accept Each Other UMH 560

1. Help us accept each other as Christ accepted us; teach us as sister, brother, each person to embrace. Be present, Lord, among us, and bring us to believe we are ourselves accepted and meant to love and live.

2. Teach us, O Lord, your lessons, as in our daily life we struggle to be human and search for hope and faith. Teach us to care for people, for all, not just for some, to love them as we find them, or as they may become.

3. Let your acceptance change us, so that we may be moved in living situations to do the truth in love; to practice your acceptance, until we know by heart the table of forgiveness and laughter’s healing art.

4. Lord, for today’s encounters with all who are in need, who hunger for acceptance, for righteousness and bread, we need new eyes for seeing, new hands for holding on; renew us with your Spirit; Lord, free us, make us one!

Epistle Lesson – Acts 11:1-18
Now the apostles and the believers who were in Judea heard that the Gentiles had also accepted the word of God. So when Peter went up to Jerusalem, the circumcised believers criticized him, saying, “Why did you go to uncircumcised men and eat with them?” Then Peter began to explain it to them, step by step, saying, “I was in the city of Joppa praying, and in a trance I saw a vision. There was something like a large sheet coming down from heaven, being lowered by its four corners; and it came close to me. As I looked at it closely I saw four-footed animals, beasts of prey, reptiles, and birds of the air. I also heard a voice saying to me, ‘Get up, Peter; kill and eat.’ But I replied, ‘By no means, Lord; for nothing profane or unclean has ever entered my mouth.’ But a second time the voice answered from heaven, ‘What God has made clean, you must not call profane.’ This happened three times; then everything was pulled up again to heaven. At that very moment three men, sent to me from Caesarea, arrived at the house where we were. The Spirit told me to go with them and not to make a distinction between them and us. These six brothers also accompanied me, and we entered the man’s house. He told us how he had seen the angel standing in his house and saying, ‘Send to Joppa and bring Simon, who is called Peter; he will give you a message by which you and your entire household will be saved.’ And as I began to speak, the Holy Spirit fell upon them just as it had upon us at the beginning. And I remembered the word of the Lord, how he had said, ‘John baptized with water, but you will be baptized with the Holy Spirit.’ If then God gave them the same gift that he gave us when we believed in the Lord Jesus Christ, who was I that I could hinder God?” When they heard this, they were silenced. And they praised God, saying, “Then God has given even to the Gentiles the repentance that leads to life.”

Sermon – “Open to God”   Rev. Debbie Scott

The Offering of Gifts & Tithes

OffertoryLord, This Is My Desire (Kevin Mayhew)

O Lord, this is my desire: to walk along the path of life that You have appointed for me, in steadfastness of faith, in lowliness of heart, in gentleness of love. Let not the cares and duties of this life press upon me too heavily, but lighten my burden, that I may follow Your way in quietness, filled with thankfulness for Your mercy.

* Presentation of OfferingPraise God, from Whom All Blessings Flow UMH 95

Praise God, from whom all blessings flow; praise him, all creatures here below;
praise him above, yet heavenly host; praise Father, Son, and Holy Ghost. Amen.

Offering Prayer (All)

Thank you, gracious God, for making your home with us and claiming us as your own people. We dedicate ourselves and our gifts toward the new world you are creating among us – a world where peace emerges from mutual respect and honest encounters. May your love be reflected in our attitudes and actions when we are together and when we are scattered. Amen.

* Closing HymnForward Through the Ages UMH 555

1. Forward through the ages, in unbroken line, move the faithful spirits at the call divine; gifts in differing measure, hearts of one accord, manifold the service, one the sure reward. Forward through the ages, in unbroken line, move the faithful spirits at the call divine.

2. Wider grows the kingdom, reign of love and light; for it we must labor, till our faith is sight. Prophets have proclaimed it, martyrs testified, poets sung its glory, heroes for it died. Forward through the ages, in unbroken line, move the faithful spirits at the call divine.

3. Not alone we conquer, not alone we fall; in each loss or triumph lose or triumph all. Bound by God’s far purpose in one living whole, move we on together to the shining goal. Forward through the ages, in unbroken line, move the faithful spirits at the call divine.

* Benediction

L: Dare this week to follow where Jesus leads.
Dare to love the unlovable and care about others.
P: We want to follow in the footsteps of Christ.
We want the poor to eat and be satisfied.
L: Do not be ashamed to challenge values of our culture.
Dare to question all that denies God’s reign.
P: We want to live with faith, hope and love.
We want to extend God’s love to all people.
L: The promises of God are for you and for all.
God will make you exceedingly fruitful.
P: We will trust the promises of God.
We go out to live as covenant people. Amen.

* Choral ResponseHallelujah (Trad. Jamaican, arr. Moore)

Halleluia!

* Ringing of the Bicentennial Bell

* Organ PostludeAllegro Fiero (Thomson)

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