Sunday, May 16, 2021

Seventh Sunday Of Easter

Milestone Celebration

With Bishop LaTrelle Easterling

And D.S. Wanda Bynum Duckett

May 16, 2021


Gathering Music         JoyAnne Amani Richardson, Pianist and Jessika Williams, Soloist


Organ Prelude            William Murphy, Organist


Welcome and Announcements           John Strawbridge, Lay Leader


Choral Introit “Rejoice, the Lord is King” (Darwall)

Rejoice, the Lord is King!
Your Lord and king adore;
Rejoice, give thanks and sing, and triumph evermore.
Lift up your heart, lift up your voice:
Rejoice, again, I say, rejoice!


Call to Worship

L: We are here to remember together the story we share – here to remind each other of who we are –
and to whom we belong.
P: We claim this rich heritage with thanksgiving and joy – acknowledging how who we’ve been,
has brought us to where we are, and affirming that it is knowing who we are that with excitement, we anticipate what God is yet to do.
L: Our memories serve to light the path ahead of us not in duplicating the past, but in making real our trust in the faithfulness of God for the future.
P: We are children of God who remembers each one of us and celebrates the passages in our lives.
L: Passages of moving on to new states of life, each presenting new possibilities.
P: We affirm that through every passage, into each new situation in life, God goes with us.
So, let us prepare for the possibilities of tomorrow by worshiping God today! Amen!


Opening Hymn “For the Beauty of the Earth” UMH 92 Vs. 1, 2, 5,& 6

1. For the beauty of the earth,
For the glory of the skies,
For the love which from our birth
Over and around us lies.
Refrain: Lord of all to Thee we raise, this our hymn of grateful praise.

2. For the wonder of each hour,
Of the day and of the night,
Hill and vale, and tree and flower,
Sun and moon, and stars of light.(Refrain)

5. For the church, that evermore
Lifteth holy hands above,
Offering up on every shore
Her pure sacrifice of love.(Refrain)

6. For Thyself, best Gift Divine.
To our race so freely given,
For that great, great love of Thine,
Peace on earth and joy in Heaven.(Refrain)


Litany in Celebration of this Day       Rev. Debbie Scott

L: A community of faith conveys God’s good news of love,
P: And leads its members along pathways of faith.
L: It sows seeds of life in the soil of our hearts,
P: Causing faith and hope to sprout in our souls.
L: This congregation has been a vehicle of God’s grace,
P: Shining God’s marvelous light across the years;
L: A place for growing in relationship with the Lord,
P: For living, loving, and forgiving in the spirit of Christ.

Sung Response: “What Gift Can We Bring,” stanza 2
Give thanks for the past, for those who had vision,
who planted and watered so dreams could come true.
Give thanks for the now, for study, for worship,
for mission that bids us turn prayer into deed.

L: We celebrate the many members of this family of faith,
P: Who have walked with the Lord through their years.
L: We remember how they have blessed us so richly,
P: Conveying God’s gift of love from their hearts to our hearts.
L: We celebrate the gift we are to one another,
P: As we learn and grow along this spiritual journey.
L: We give thanks for the togetherness we feel with one another,
P: Sharing in all of life’s joys and sorrows, its victories and defeats.

Sung Response: “What Gift Can We Bring,” stanza 3
Give thanks for tomorrow, full of surprises,
for knowing whatever tomorrow may bring,
the Word is our promise always, forever;
we rest in God’s keeping and live in God’s love.

L: It is a day of great joy in the life of this congregation,
P: As we celebrate the many lives it has already touched.
L: We give thanks for the body of Christ that we are today
P: And for what God will inspire us to become tomorrow. Amen and Amen!

Sung Response: “What Gift Can We Bring,” stanza 4
This gift we now bring, this present, this token,
these words can’t convey it, the joy of this day!
when grateful we come, remembering, rejoicing,
this song we now offer in honor and praise!


Sharing Joys and Concerns      Rev. Debbie Scott

Pastoral Prayer                         Rev. Dr. Wanda Duckett, District Superintendent

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.


Psalter Reading Psalm 1     The Message    Rev. Wanda Duckett

1 How well God must like you—
you don’t walk in the ruts of those blind-as-bats,
you don’t stand with the good-for-nothings,
you don’t take your seat among the know-it-alls.
2-3 Instead you thrill to God’s Word,
you chew on Scripture day and night.
You’re a tree replanted in Eden,
bearing fresh fruit every month,
Never dropping a leaf,
always in blossom.
4-5 You’re not at all like the wicked,
who are mere windblown dust—
Without defense in court,
unfit company for innocent people.
6 God charts the road you take.
The road they take leads to nowhere.
The Word of God for the people of God….Thanks be to God.


Sermon    “Planted, Yielding, Prospering”     Bishop LaTrelle Easterling


Invitation to Offering         John Strawbridge

On-Line giving


Offertory “How Firm A Foundation” (arr. Birchwood)

1.How firm a foundation, ye Saints of the Lord,
Is laid for your faith in his excellent word!
What more can he say than to you he hath said,
Who unto the Savior, who unto the Savior,
Who unto the Savior for refuge have fled?

2. Fear not, I am with thee; oh, be not dismayed,
For I am thy God and will still give thee aid.
I’ll strengthen thee, help thee, and cause thee to stand,
Upheld by my righteous, upheld by my righteous,
Upheld by my righteous, omnipotent hand.

3. When through fiery trials thy pathway shall lie,
My grace, all sufficient, shall be thy supply.
The flame shall not hurt thee; I only design
Thy dross to consume, thy dross to consume,
Thy dross to consume and thy gold to refine.

4. The soul that on Jesus hath leaned for repose
I will not, I cannot, desert to his foes;
That soul, though all hell should endeavor to shake,
I’ll never, no never, I’ll never, no never,
I’ll never, no never, no never forsake!


Offering Prayer (All)    John Strawbridge

God of rainbow promises, and of majestic forests; God of babbling brooks, and of fertile fields; God of grace-filled journeys, and hope-filled activities – You nudge us into a new awareness of your world, and encourage us to seek to be present for those who are our neighbors. Your call to us is clear, and so we give out of a need to respond to your call.
Accept these gifts, we pray, and may you bless us in our ongoing ministry in this community and beyond. May our vision not be limited by the limitations of these offerings, but may we always see new opportunity for service and commitment as your people. AMEN.


Closing Hymn “Great Is Thy Faithfulness” UMH 140

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)


Words of Appreciation           Rev. Debbie Scott


Benediction     Bishop LaTrelle Easterling


Choral Benediction “Lord, Dismiss Us With Thy Blessing” (Sicilian Mariners)

Lord, dismiss us with thy blessing;
Fill our hearts with joy and peace.
Let us each, thy love possessing,
Triumph in redeeming grace.
Oh, refresh us, oh, refresh us,
Traveling thru this wilderness.
Oh, refresh us, oh, refresh us,
Traveling thru this wilderness.


Ringing the Bicentennial Bell


Organ Postlude


Today’s flowers are given to the Glory of God; in memory of foundations of past Lovely Lane congregations, in honor of the present Lovely Lane family, in hope for those who enter in days ahead. By Emora and Nancy Brannan


***Please remain seated throughout the service until directed to move outside.


We thank each of you for joining us in worship today as we celebrate this first milestone of our rehabilitation and restoration project. We are grateful for your ongoing support of Lovely Lane UMC, the Mother Church of American Methodism.


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