Sunday, May 10, 2020

Fifth 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.

 

Call to Worship (All)

L: We gather in the presence of God, through whom all families on earth receive their life and their name.
All: We wish to be strengthened in our inner selves that Christ may dwell in our hearts.
L: We seek to be rooted and grounded in God’s love and in the love of Christ which surpasses understanding.
All: We come to worship and to praise the source of love and peace, Christ, to all generations forever and ever. Amen.

 

*Opening Hymn “Faith of Our Mother’s” Tune St. Catherine 8.8.8.8.8.8.

1. Faith of our mothers, living still, In cradle song and bedtime prayer; In nursery lore and fireside love, Thy presence still pervades the air: Faith of our mothers, living faith, We will be true to thee till death.
2. Faith of our mothers, loving faith, Fount of our childhood’s trust and grace, Oh, may thy consecration prove Source of a finer, nobler race: Faith of our mothers, loving faith, We will be true to thee till death.
4. Faith of our mothers, Christian faith In truth beyond our stumbling creeds, Lead us in service and save the Church, And breathe thy spirit thro’ our deeds; Faith of our mothers, Christian Faith, We will be true to thee till death.

 

Psalter Reading                                                                                            Psalm 31:9-16 (NIV)

9 Be merciful to me, Lord, for I am in distress;
my eyes grow weak with sorrow,
my soul and body with grief.
10 My life is consumed by anguish
and my years by groaning;
my strength fails because of my affliction,
and my bones grow weak.
11 Because of all my enemies,
I am the utter contempt of my neighbors
and an object of dread to my closest friends—
those who see me on the street flee from me.
12 I am forgotten as though I were dead;
I have become like broken pottery.
13 For I hear many whispering,
“Terror on every side!”
They conspire against me
and plot to take my life.
14 But I trust in you, Lord;
I say, “You are my God.”
15 My times are in your hands;
deliver me from the hands of my enemies,
from those who pursue me.
16 Let your face shine on your servant;
save me in your unfailing love.
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 14:1-12 (NIV)

14 “Do not let your hearts be troubled. You believe in God[a]; believe also in me. 2 My Father’s house has many rooms; if that were not so, would I have told you that I am going there to prepare a place for you? 3 And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am. 4 You know the way to the place where I am going.” 5 Tomas said to him, “Lord, we don’t know where you are going, so how can we know the way?”
6 Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. 7 If you really know me, you will know[b] my Father as well. From now on, you do know him and have seen him.” Philip said, “Lord, show us the Father and that will be enough for us.” 9Jesus answered: “Don’t you know me, Philip, even after I have been among you such a long time? Anyone who has seen me has seen the Father. How can you say, ‘Show us the Father’? 10 Don’t you believe that I am in the Father, and that the Father is in me? The words I say to you I do not speak on my own authority. Rather, it is the Father, living in me, who is doing his work. 11 Believe me when I say that I am in the Father and the Father is in me; or at least believe on the evidence of the works themselves. 12 Very truly I tell you, whoever believes in me will do the works I have been doing, and they will do even greater things than these, because I am going to the Father.
The Word of God for the people of God….Thanks be to God.

 

Sermon “Many Rooms”                                                                            Rev. Debbie Scott

 

Invitation to Offering

 

Offertory  “O Day Of Rest And Gladness” (Franklin Ritter, on “Mendebras”)

O day of rest and gladness,
O day of joy and light,
O balm of care and sadness,
Most beautiful, most bright;
On thee, the high and lowly,
Through ages joined in tune,
Sing “Holy, holy, holy,”
To the great God Triune.

Today on weary nations
The heavenly manna falls;
To holy convocations
The silver trumpet calls,
Where Gospel light is glowing
With pure and radiant beams,
And living water flowing
With soul-refreshing streams.

New graces ever gaining
From this our day of rest,
We reach the rest remaining
To spirits of the blessed;
To Holy Ghost be praises,
To Father, and to Son;
The Church her vocie upraises
To Thee, blessed Three in One.
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 Hymn Happy the Home When God Is There                              UMH 445

1. Happy the home when God is there,
And love fills every breast;
When one their wish, and one their prayer,
And one their heav’nly rest.
2. Happy the home where Jesus’ name
Is sweet to every ear;
Where children early speak His fame,
And parents hold Him dear.
3. Happy the home where prayer is heard,
And praise is wont to rise;
Where parents love the sacred Word
And all its wisdom prize.
4. Lord, let us in our homes agree
This blessed peace to gain;
Unite our hearts in love to Thee,
And love to all will reign.

 

Benediction

Leader: Go in love,
People: for love alone endures.
Leader: Go in peace,
People: for it is the gift of God.
Leader: Go in safety,
People: for we cannot go where God is not.

 

Choral Benediction Easter Alleluia (Vulpius)

Alleluia!

 

Ringing the Bicentennial Bell

 

Organ Postlude

 

Mother’s Day Flowers

Mother’s Day offers us an opportunity to express our thanks to our own mothers and to honor the devotion, dedication, and service of all mothers. “The mother’s love for her children is as tender as the petal of a flower, as sweet as the flower fragrance, as pure as a flower itself. Still, her love can neither be replaced nor comparable to anything else in the whole universe.” In memory and love for all mothers.

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