Sunday, April 25, 2021

Fourth Sunday Of Easter
April 25, 2021


Organ Prelude


Welcome and Announcements


Choral Introit    Now Raise Your Voice With One Accord (Cleaver)

Your voices raise with one accord

To bless and praise your risen Lord.


Prayer of Invocation (All)

Oh God, we are so preoccupied with counting sheep that we forget how much we need a shepherd. We are so occupied with numbers and statistics that we forget to leave the counting to you. You already know the sum of the hairs on the very heads that you have anointed. You know our days, our challenges, our successes and our needs. Today, we know that our greatest need is for a shepherd and the lesson we have yet to learn is how to be your sheep. Amen.


Opening Hymn   ”Lord, You Are My Shepherd”     Words Carolyn Winfrey Gilette
TO GOD BE THE GLORY with Refrain (UMH 98)

1. Lord, you are my shepherd and so I am blessed;
You make me lie down in green pastures to rest.
You lead me beside the still waters, O Lord;
In you I find peace and my soul is restored.
In this world, there is much that can tempt me away,
Yet in you, I’m content, as you guide me each day.
O Lord, I don’t need to feel lost or alone;
For you are my Shepherd and I am your own.

2. You lead me to do what is just, in your name;
You guide me through valleys of death and deep pain.
I’ll fear nothing evil with you by my side;
Your rod and your staff, Lord, will comfort and guide.

3. You set me a table right here by my foes;
You bless me with joy till my cup overflows.
Your goodness and mercy will follow me through;
I’ll live in your presence, forever with you.


Litany Based on Psalm 23

L: The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want; We believe in the goodness of God.
We believe God hears and responds to our needs.
We believe God responds to all children everywhere.
L:He makes me lie down in green pastures.
He leads me beside still waters, he restores my soul.
We are grateful that we’ve been blessed with enough water.
But we know that many do not have enough.
Not enough water, not enough food, not enough peace.
L: He leads me in paths of righteousness for his name’s sake.
Too many children do not see God’s righteousness.
Too many children watch violence, taste hunger, feel fear.
Too many children cry from the unspeakable horror of war.
L: Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death,
I will fear no evil; for thou art with me;
thy rod and thy staff, they comfort me.
To become involved is risky. Pain is often contagious.
Our hearts may be broken and our lives may be threatened.
Yet we hear God calling and we can no longer hide.
L: Thou preparest a table for me in the presence of my enemies;
thou annointest me head with oil, my cup overflows.
Our steps may be small and timid.
We may read a book, write a letter, or make a gift.
But each tiny step is blessed by God and multiplies.
L: Surely goodness and mercy
shall follow me all the days of my life;
and I shall dwell in the house of the Lord forever.
God is more relentless than war.
God is more pervasive than hatred.
God is more insistent than despair. Amen


Sharing Joys and Concerns
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 10:11-18 New International Version

11 “I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep. 12 The hired hand is not the shepherd and does not own the sheep. So when he sees the wolf coming, he abandons the sheep and runs away. Then the wolf attacks the flock and scatters it. 13 The man runs away because he is a hired hand and cares nothing for the sheep.
14 “I am the good shepherd; I know my sheep and my sheep know me— 15 just as the Father knows me and I know the Father—and I lay down my life for the sheep. 16 I have other sheep that are not of this sheep pen. I must bring them also. They too will listen to my voice, and there shall be one flock and one shepherd. 17 The reason my Father loves me is that I lay down my life—only to take it up again. 18 No one takes it from me, but I lay it down of my own accord. I have authority to lay it down and authority to take it up again. This command I received from my Father.”
The Word of God for the people of God….Thanks be to God.


Sermon “In Need of a Shepherd”                               Rev. Debbie Scott


Invitation to Offering

On-Line giving


Offertory “The Lord’s My Shepherd” (“Brother James,” arr. BSM)

The Lord’s my shepherd, I’ll not want.

He makes me down to lie

In pastures green; he leadeth me

The quiet waters by.

My soul he doth restore again,

And me to walk doth make

Within the paths of righteousness,

E’en for his own name’s sake.

Yea, though I walk in death’s dark vale,

Yet will I fear none ill,

For thou art with me and thy rod

And staff me comfort still.

My table thou hast furnished

In presence of my foes.

My head thou dost with oil anoint,

And my cup overflows.

Goodness and mercy all my life

Shall surely follow me,

And in God’s house forevermore

My dwelling place shall be.


Offering Prayer (All)

As we offer our gifts to you, Gentle Shepherd, may we lay down our prejudices towards others, so they might find a welcome in our hearts; may we set aside our fears of the future, so you might lead us into your future, may we become the goodness and mercy for which others have been looking all their lives. This we pray in Jesus’ name, Amen.

Closing Hymn “Savior Like a Shepherd Lead Us”     UMH 381 Vs. 1-3

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.

3. Thou hast promised to receive us, poor and sinful though we be;
Thou hast mercy to relieve us, grace to cleanse and pow’r to free.
Blessed Jesus, blessed Jesus! We will early turn to Thee.
Blessed Jesus, blessed Jesus! We will early turn to Thee.



L: May those of you who have been on Christ’s road a long time, and perhaps start to take much for granted, remember to feed your hope.
P: Amen!
L: May those of you who are taking the early steps of discipleship, allow hope be like a rod and staff to you.
P: Amen!
L: May those of you who have come to a stop, and feel weary, again find hope rising up within you with all the love of the rising Christ.
P: Amen!
L: May the grace of Christ Jesus, the Good Shepherd, the love of God, the Shepherd of all time and eternity, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit, the Shepherd within you, bless all your going out and your coming in, and prepare for you a place in the house of the Lord forever.
P: Amen!


Choral Benediction “Hallelujah!” (Trad. Caribbean, arr. Moore)



Ringing the Bicentennial Bell


Organ Postlude



The flowers are in memory of Danny Curtis and in honor of Nadine Haenlein, Allison Haenlein, and John Hutchinson for their birthdays and all the April birthdays.


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