Sunday, May 17, 2020

6th 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) “Somewhere someone:”

The kingdom of love is coming because:
somewhere someone is kind when others are unkind,
somewhere someone shares with another in need,
somewhere someone refuses to hate, while others hate,
somewhere someone is patient – and waits in love,
somewhere someone returns good for evil,
somewhere someone serves another, in love,
somewhere someone is calm in a storm,
somewhere someone is loving everybody.

Is that someone you? (Binkley. & McKeel/jke)

 

*Opening Hymn Love Divine, All Loves Excelling                                  UMH 384 (Vs. 1-3)

1 Love divine, all loves excelling,
Joy of heav’n to earth come down:
fix in us thy humble dwelling,
all thy faithful mercies crown:
Jesus, thou art all compassion,
pure, unbounded love thou art;
visit us with thy salvation,
enter ev’ry trembling heart.

2 Breathe, O breathe thy loving Spirit
into ev’ry troubled breast;
let us all in thee inherit,
let us find the promised rest:
take away the love of sinning;
Alpha and Omega be;
End of faith, as its Beginning,
set our hearts at liberty.

3 Come, Almighty to deliver,
let us all thy life receive;
suddenly return, and never,
nevermore thy temples leave.
Thee we would be always blessing,
serve thee as thy hosts above,
pray and praise thee without ceasing,
glory in thy perfect love.

 

Epistle Lesson                                                                                                 1 Peter 3:13-18

13 Who is going to harm you if you are eager to do good? 14 But even if you should suffer for what is right, you are blessed. “Do not fear their threats[a]; do not be frightened.”[b] 15 But in your hearts revere Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect, 16 keeping a clear conscience, so that those who speak maliciously against your good behavior in Christ may be ashamed of their slander. 17 For it is better, if it is God’s will, to suffer for doing good than for doing evil. 18 For Christ also suffered once for sins, the righteous for the unrighteous, to bring you to God. He was put to death in the body but made alive in the Spirit.
The Word of God…Thanks be to God

 

Sharing Joys and Concerns                                                                         John Strawbridge

 

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 14:15-21

15 “If you love me, keep my commands. 16 And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another advocate to help you and be with you forever— 17 the Spirit of truth. The world cannot accept him, because it neither sees him nor knows him. But you know him, for he lives with you and will be in you. 18 I will not leave you as orphans; I will come to you. 19 Before long, the world will not see me anymore, but you will see me. Because I live, you also will live. 20 On that day you will realize that I am in my Father, and you are in me, and I am in you. 21 Whoever has my commands and keeps them is the one who loves me. The one who loves me will be loved by my Father, and I too will love them and show myself to them.”
The Word of God for the people of God….Thanks be to God.

 

Sermon “If You Love Me”                                                                              Rev. Debbie Scott

 

Invitation to Offering

 

Offertory

God of Grace and God of Glory (Purifoy)

God of grace and God of glory,
On Your people pour Your power.
Crown Your ancient church’s story,
Bring her bud to glorious flower.
Grant us wisdom, grant us courage for the facing of this hour;
God of grace and God of glory, on Your people pour your power.

Lo! the hosts of evil round us
Scorn Your Christ, assail His ways;
Fears and doubts too long have bound us;
Free our hearts to work and praise.
Grant us wisdom, grant us courage for the living of these days;
Fears and doubts too long have bound us,
Free our hearts to work and praise..

Set our feet on lofty places,
Gird our lives that they may be
Armored with all Christ-like graces
In the fight to set men free.
Grant us wisdom, grant us courage for the facing of this hour;
God of grace and God of glory, on Your people pour your power. Amen.

 

Offering Prayer (All)

Giver of all gifts, we are grateful for your every blessing and for your presence through all of life— in our joys and fears, and in our hopes and dreads. We pray for those who do not know the consolation of your presence in their lives, asking that you reveal yourself to them through the gifts we have given and through the lives we live. Reveal yourself, O God, that all your children may find their true home in you. Amen.

 

Closing Hymn Grace Alone                                                                          TFWS 2162

1. Every promise we can make
Every prayer and step of faith
Every difference we can make
Is only by His grace.
Every mountain we will climb
Every ray of hope we shine
Every blessing left behind
Is only by His grace
Grace alone Which God supplies
Strength unknown He will provide
Christ in us, our cornerstone
We will go forth in grace alone.

2. Every soul we long to reach
Every heart we hope to teach
Everywhere we share His peace
Is only by His grace.
Every loving word we say
Every tear we wipe away
Every sorrow turned to praise
Is only by His grace.

 

Benediction

May the blessings of the Holy One be upon us and upon our community.
May the memories we gathered here give us hope for the future.
May the love we have shared bring strength and joy to our hearts.

 

Choral Benediction Easter Alleluia (Vulpius)

Alleluia!

 

Ringing the Bicentennial Bell

 

Organ Postlude

 

 

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