Sunday, May 3, 2020

4th SUNDAY of EASTER

 

Organ Prelude

 

Welcome and Announcements                                                 John Strawbridge

 

Choral Introit Your Voices Raise With One Accord (Allen Cleaver)

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

 

Opening Prayer (All)

We are standing at the gate, O loving Shepherd, not sure about the journey. But you have called our names, and in your voice we hear such love and surety. Bring us safely on the journey and strengthen us that we may serve you in all that we do. Amen.

 

Opening Hymn Savior, Like A Shepherd Lead Us                   (Vs. 1,2 & 4)

1. Savior, like a shepherd lead us
Much we need Thy tender care
In Thy pleasant pastures feed us
For our use Thy folds prepare
Blessed Jesus, blessed Jesus
Thou hast bought us, Thine we are
Blessed Jesus, blessed Jesus
Thou hast bought us, Thine we are

2. We are Thine, Thou dost befriend us
Be the guardian of our way
Keep Thy flock from sin defend us
Seek us when we go astray
Blessed Jesus, blessed Jesus
Hear, O hear us when we pray
Blessed Jesus, blessed Jesus
Hear, O hear us when we pray

4. Early let us seek Thy favor
Early let us do Thy will
Blessed Lord and only Savior
With Thy love our bosoms fill
Blessed Jesus, blessed Jesus
Thou hast loved us, love us still
Blessed Jesus, blessed Jesus
Thou hast loved us, love us still
Blessed Jesus, blessed Jesus
Thou hast loved us, love us still


Psalter Lesson – Psalm 23

A Psalm of David

1 The Lord is my shepherd, I lack nothing.
2 He makes me lie down in green pastures,
he leads me beside quiet waters,
3 he refreshes my soul.
He guides me along the right paths
for his name’s sake.
4 Even though I walk
through the darkest valley,[a]
I will fear no evil,
for you are with me;
your rod and your staff,
they comfort me.
5 You prepare a table before me
in the presence of my enemies.
You anoint my head with oil;
my cup overflows.
6 Surely your goodness and love will follow me
all the days of my life,
and I will dwell in the house of the Lord
forever.
The Word of God…Thanks be to God

 

Sharing Joys and Concerns                                                        Rev. Debbie Scott

 

Pastoral Prayer

 

Lord’s Prayer

 

Choral Response Cares Chorus                                                   TFWS 2215

I cast all my cares upon You
I lay all of my burdens down at Your feet
And any time I don’t know just what to do,
I will cast all my cares upon You.

 

Gospel Lesson                                                                             John 10:1-10 (NIV)

The Good Shepherd and His Sheep
10 “Very truly I tell you Pharisees, anyone who does not enter the sheep pen by the gate, but climbs in by some other way, is a thief and a robber. 2 The one who enters by the gate is the shepherd of the sheep. 3 The gatekeeper opens the gate for him, and the sheep listen to his voice. He calls his own sheep by name and leads them out. 4 When he has brought out all his own, he goes on ahead of them, and his sheep follow him because they know his voice. 5 But they will never follow a stranger; in fact, they will run away from him because they do not recognize a stranger’s voice.” 6 Jesus used this figure of speech, but the Pharisees did not understand what he was telling them.
7 Therefore Jesus said again, “Very truly I tell you, I am the gate for the sheep. 8 All who have come before me are thieves and robbers, but the sheep have not listened to them. 9 I am the gate; whoever enters through me will be saved. They will come in and go out, and find pasture. 10 The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.
The Word of God for the people of God….Thanks be to God.

 

Sermon “A Familiar Voice”                                                          Rev. Debbie Scott

 

Invitation to Offering

 

Offertory “My Shepherd Will Supply My Need” (arr. Larson)

My Shepherd will supply my need,
The God of love supreme;
In pastures fresh He makes me feed
Beside the living stream.

You bring my wand’ring spirit back
When I forsake Your ways,
And lead me, for Your mercy’s sake,
In paths of truth and grace.

When I walk thru the shades of death,
Your presence is my stay;
One word of Your supporting breath
Drives all my fears away.

Your hand, in sight of all my foes,
Does still my table spread;
My cup with blessings overflows;
Your oil anoints my head.

The sure provisions of my God
Attend me all my days;
O may Your house be my abode,
And all my work be praise!

There would I find a settled rest
While others go and come,
No more a stranger or a guest,
But like a child at home.

My Shepherd will supply my need,
The God of love supreme.

 

Offering Prayer (All)

Lord Jesus, you have risen to bring life in all its fullness to all who will turn to you in simple trust. We make this offering to share in your resurrecting work as it continues in this world among nations and peoples, bring healing where there is woundedness, justice where there is oppression, and hope where there is futility. Use our gifts for building your Easter kingdom. Amen.

 

Closing Hymn Great Is Thy Faithfulness

1. Great is thy faithfulness, O God my Father;
there is no shadow of turning with thee;
thou changest not, thy compassions, they fail not;
as thou hast been thou forever wilt be.
Refrain:
Great is thy faithfulness!
Great is thy faithfulness!
Morning by morning new mercies I see:
all I have needed thy hand hath provided–
Great is thy faithfulness, Lord, unto me!

2. Summer and winter and springtime and harvest,
sun, moon, and stars in their courses above
join with all nature in manifold witness
to thy great faithfulness, mercy, and love. [Refrain]

3. Pardon for sin and a peace that endureth,
thine own dear presence to cheer and to guide,
strength for today and bright hope for tomorrow,
blessings all mine, with ten thousand beside! [Refrain]

 

Benediction

We have been refreshed and restored.
We have been called and guided.
Let us go forth knowing who our true shepherd is,
following his path, secure in the knowledge
that goodness and mercy will follow us
all the days of our life. Amen.

 

Choral Benediction Easter Alleluia (Vulpius)

Alleluia!

 

Ringing the Bicentennial Bell

 

Organ Postlude

 

 

 

 

 

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