Sunday, May 15, 2022

May 15, 2022

10:15 A.M.

Organ Prelude


Welcome and Announcements


Choral Introit   He Is Lord! (Trad, arr. Moore)

He is Lord! He is Lord! He is risen from the dead, and He is Lord!

Every knee shall bow, every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord!


Call to Worship

L: Jesus reminded the disciples
P: Love one another as I have loved you.
L: Jesus taught and witnessed to God’s love
P: Love one another as I have loved you.
L: Jesus encourages us to love each other with tenderness, compassion, and hope.
P: Let us love one another as Christ loved us. AMEN.


Opening Hymn      “In Christ There is no East or West”  UMH 548    Vs. 1, 2 & 3

1. In Christ there is no east or west, in him no south or north,
but one great fellowship of love throughout the whole wide earth.

2. In Christ shall true hearts ev’rywhere their high communion find.
His service is the golden cord close binding humankind.

3. In Christ is neither Jew nor Greek, and neither slave nor free;

Both male and female heirs are made, and all are kin to me.


Gospel Lesson    John 13:31-35  NIV

31 When he was gone, Jesus said, “Now the Son of Man is glorified and God is glorified in him. 32 If God is glorified in him, God will glorify the Son in himself, and will glorify him at once. 33 “My children, I will be with you only a little longer. You will look for me, and just as I told the Jews, so I tell you now: Where I am going, you cannot come. 34 “A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. 35 By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.”

The Word of God….Thanks be to God


Call to Reconciliation

We show others who we are by the lives we lead, the words we speak, the actions we undertake.  Let us confess how we have not been God’s little children, when we fail to love as we have been loved.


Unison Prayer for Forgiveness

Who are we to get in your way, Holy God?  We put people into neat, little boxes, but you rip them open, so folks can dance in your joy. We imprison others with our unmet expectations, and you set them free with a Word. We build walls around those we don’t know, and you tear them down, so they can run wild in the kingdom.
Who are we to get in your way, Saving Power, especially in the way of your forgiveness offered to all! Give us your vision that sees everyone as equal – forgiven, graced, loved – even as we seek to follow our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.


Assurance of Pardon

We know who God is by the love shown to us in Christ Jesus.
We will show others who we are – and Whose we are – by the loved poured out by our lives.  Thanks be to God, we are forgiven! 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.


Epistle Lesson    Acts 11:1-18  J.B. Phillips New Testament

11 1-3 Now the apostles and the brothers who were in Judea heard that the Gentiles also had received God’s message. So when Peter next visited Jerusalem the circumcision-party were full of criticism, saying to him, “You actually went in and shared a meal with uncircumcised men!” 4 But Peter began to explain how the situation had actually arisen. 5-17 “I was in the city of Joppa praying,” he said, “and while completely unconscious of my surroundings I saw a vision—something like a great sheet coming down towards me, let down from heaven by its four corners. It came right down to me and when I looked at it closely I saw animals and wild beasts, reptiles and birds. Then I heard a voice say to me, ‘Get up, Peter, kill and eat.’ But I said, ‘Never, Lord, for nothing common or unclean has ever passed my lips.’ But the voice from Heaven spoke a second time and said, ‘You must not call what God has cleansed common.’ This happened three times, and then the whole thing was drawn up again into heaven. The extraordinary thing is that at that very moment three men arrived at the house where we were staying, sent to me personally from Caesarea. The Spirit told me to go with these men without any misgiving. And these six of our brothers accompanied me and we went into the man’s house. He told us how he had seen the angel standing in his house, saying, ‘Send to Joppa and bring Simon, surnamed Peter. He will give you a message which will save both you and your whole household.’ While I was beginning to tell them this message the Holy spirit fell upon them just as on us at the beginning. There came into my mind the words of our Lord when he said, ‘John indeed baptized with water, but you will be baptized with the Holy Spirit.’ If then God gave them exactly the same gift as he gave to us when we believed on the Lord Jesus Christ, who was I to think that I could hinder the working of God?” 18 When they heard this they had no further objection to raise. And they praised God, saying, “Then obviously God has given to the Gentiles as well the gift of repentance which leads to life.”

The Word of God for the people of God….Thanks be to God.


Sermon    “ By This Everyone Will Know”       Rev. Debbie Scott


Invitation to Offering

On-Line giving


Offertory   “Living Lamb of God” (Larson)

The Shepherd was stricken, the sheep roamed away.

In death’s confinement, the Holy Jesus lay.

Day into evening, night into day,

in fear we waited, alone we prayed.


Then on the third day at breaking of dawn,

from death’s dark shadow His body was gone!

What now had happened? Did he survive?

Our fallen shepherd was now alive!


Living Lamb of God, slain for the sins of all,

Risen up victorious! Again we hear his call.

In death he scattered darkness, in life he gathers all,

He is the Living Lamb of all.


The stone that was rejected has become my solid rock,

The dying gentle Shepherd is now the Loving Lamb of God!

Praise the Lamb of God, the Holy Lamb of God!


Offering Prayer (All)

You bless us in so many ways and with so many gifts, Loving God.  As we praise you, may we offer our gifts so those who have so little may be fed, clothed, healed, restored, and graced.  In Jesus’ name, we pray.  Amen.


Closing Hymn    “Help Us Accept Each Other”  UMH 560   Vs. 1, 2 & 4

1. Help us accept each other as Christ accepted us;
teach us as sister, brother, each person to embrace.
Be present, Lord, among us and bring us to believe
we are ourselves accepted, and meant to love and live.

2. Teach us, O Lord, your lessons, as in our daily life
we struggle to be human and search for hope and faith.
Teach us to care for people, for all, not just for some,
to love them as we find them, or as they may become.

4. Lord, for today’s encounters with all who are in need,
who hunger for acceptance, for righteousness and bread,
we need new eyes for seeing, new hands for holding on;
renew us with your Spirit, Lord, free us, make us one!



L: Dare this week to follow where Jesus leads.

Dare to love the unlovable and care about others.

P: We want to follow in the footsteps of Christ.

We want the poor to eat and be satisfied.

L: Do not be ashamed to challenge values of our culture.

Dare to question all that denies God’s reign.

P: We want to live with faith, hope and love.

We want to extend God’s love to all people.

L: The promises of God are for you and for all.

God will make you exceedingly fruitful.

P: We will trust the promises of God. We go out to live as covenant people. Amen.


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



Ringing the Bicentennial Bell


Organ Postlude



  • We will be holding a confirmation rally on May 21st at 1:30 PM. We would like to have as many people as possible to support this annual event.
  • Office hours starting the week of the 24th will be Tuesday, Wednesday, & Thursday from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM



We are grateful that you have come to be with us this morning.  It is our hope that you experience the love of Christ this morning and his presence during our worship. Please find our contact information below if you would like to reach out to us:


Church Office Number: 410-889-1512
Office Hours Starting the Week of the 24th: Tuesday, Wednesday, & Thursday

9:00 AM to 5:00 PM



Pastor: Rev. Deb Scott

Phone Number: 301-641-4601




















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