Sunday, May 22, 2022

Lovely Lane United
Methodist Church
Sixth Sunday of Easter
May 22, 2022



Organ Prelude


Welcome and Announcements   John Strawbridge, Lay Leader


Choral Introit   “Your Voices Raise With One Accord” (Cleaver)

Your voices raise with one accord

To bless and praise your risen Lord.


Call to Worship

L: We come together this day, drawn by the light of God’s love!
P: In God’s eternal kingdom, darkness and despair are vanquished.
L: In God’s eternal realm, peace and hope reign!
P: Let all the people praise God with their music and their voices!
L: Let all the people praise God with their deeds of loving-kindness!
P: Praise be to God. AMEN!


Opening Hymn   “In the Midst of New Dimensions”    TFWS 2238

1.In the midst of new dimensions, in the face of changing ways.

Who will lead the pilgrim peoples wandering in their separate ways?

REFRAIN: God of rainbow, fiery pillar, leading where the eagles soar,

We your people, ours the journey now and ever, now and ever, now and ever more.

2. Through the flood of starving people, warring factions and despair,

Who will lift the olive branches? Who will light the flame of care? REFRAIN

3. As we stand a world divided by our own self seeking schemes,

Grant that we, your global village might envision wider dreams. REFRAIN


Epistle Lesson   Acts 16:9-15   The Message

9-10 That night Paul had a dream: A Macedonian stood on the far shore and called across the sea, “Come over to Macedonia and help us!” The dream gave Paul his map. We went to work at once getting things ready to cross over to Macedonia. All the pieces had come together. We knew now for sure that God had called us to preach the good news to the Europeans.11-12 Putting out from the harbor at Troas, we made a straight run for Samothrace. The next day we tied up at New City and walked from there to Philippi, the main city in that part of Macedonia and, even more importantly, a Roman colony. We lingered there several days.13-14 On the Sabbath, we left the city and went down along the river where we had heard there was to be a prayer meeting. We took our place with the women who had gathered there and talked with them. One woman, Lydia, was from Thyatira and a dealer in expensive textiles, known to be a God-fearing woman. As she listened with intensity to what was being said, the Master gave her a trusting heart—and she believed!15 After she was baptized, along with everyone in her household, she said in a surge of hospitality, “If you’re confident that I’m in this with you and believe in the Master truly, come home with me and be my guests.” We hesitated, but she wouldn’t take no for an answer.

The Word of God….Thanks Be To God


Call to Reconciliation

How easy we can learn of God’s love – but how hard it is to live it! The world distracts us with its easy choices, while we know how intentional we must be to love one another. Join me as we confess our failures to love and we open our hearts to God, saying,

Unison Prayer of Confession

Because you dwell in our hearts, Eternal God, you know how the anger, the pain, the bitterness of our lives try to crowd you out. The noise of the world deafens us to that Word which can heal us. We want our children to be good, kind, and gentle to others, and then they hear us call others names, and speak of them with demeaning words. Our desire for revenge towards those who have hurt us shows that your peace, indeed, is not in us.
You promise a new heaven and a new earth, so create new spirits and new lives within us, Healing God. Shattered by our sin, your heart can still heal our brokenness. Your Spirit, living deep within our souls, can teach us faithful ways.  Your Word, Jesus Christ our Lord, whispers to us of your mercy, your hope, your love.


Assurance of Pardon

The Word which can transform us is not some idle gossip, but good news for us. It fills us with forgiveness, equips us for service, and sends us forth to love others as God loves us.
In our midst, the Holy Spirit teaches us all we need to know, gives us what we need in order to be faithful, and fills us with peace. Thanks be to God. 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 14:23-31 The Message

23-24 “Because a loveless world,” said Jesus, “is a sightless world. If anyone loves me, he will carefully keep my word and my Father will love him—we’ll move right into the neighborhood! Not loving me means not keeping my words. The message you are hearing isn’t mine. It’s the message of the Father who sent me.25-

27 “I’m telling you these things while I’m still living with you. The Friend, the Holy Spirit whom the Father will send at my request, will make everything plain to you. He will remind you of all the things I have told you. I’m leaving you well and whole. That’s my parting gift to you. Peace. I don’t leave you the way you’re used to being left—feeling abandoned, bereft. So don’t be upset. Don’t be distraught.28 “You’ve heard me tell you, ‘I’m going away, and I’m coming back.’ If you loved me, you would be glad that I’m on my way to the Father because the Father is the goal and purpose of my life.29-31 “I’ve told you this ahead of time, before it happens, so that when it does happen, the confirmation will deepen your belief in me. I’ll not be talking with you much more like this because the chief of this godless world is about to attack. But don’t worry—he has nothing on me, no claim on me. But so the world might know how thoroughly I love the Father, I am carrying out my Father’s instructions right down to the last detail. “Get up. Let’s go. It’s time to leave here.”

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


Sermon    “ God’s Gift of Peace”     Rev. Debbie Scott


Invitation to Offering

On-Line giving


Offertory    “Jesus, the Very Thought of Thee” (Thiman)

Jesus, the very thought of Thee

With sweetness fills the breast;

But sweeter far Thy face to see,

And in Thy presence rest.

Nor voice can see, nor heart can frame,

Nor can the memory find

A sweeter sound than Thy blest name

O Savior of mankind.


Jesus, our only joy be Thou,

As Thou our prize wilt be;

Jesus, be Thou our glory now,

And through eternity.


Offering Prayer (All)

We do not only offer our gifts to you, but our community to all who are lonely, our hearts to all who are grieving, our hope to all who have lost their way, our lives to all who are tossed aside by the world.  This we pray, in Jesus’ name.  Amen.


Closing Hymn “If We Just Talk of Thoughts and Prayers” (“Gift of Love” UMH 408 )


1. If we just talk of thoughts and prayers

And don’t live out a faith that dares,

And don’t take on the ways of death,

Our thoughts and prayers are fleeting breath.

2. If we just dream of what could be

And do not build community,

And do not seek to change our ways,

Our dreams of change are false displays.

3. If we just sing of doing good

And don’t walk through our neighborhood

To learn its hope, to ease its pain,

Our talk of good is simply vain.

4. God, may our prayers and dreams and songs

Lead to a faith that takes on wrongs —

That works for peace and justice, too.

Then will our prayers bring joy to you.



Beloved of God, go to be a blessing. Bring the good news of forgiveness and healing to this hurting, lonely world. Bring hope to all, for God’s love is poured out for all God’s people. AMEN.


Choral Benediction    “And His Glory Is Exalted” (Kirkpatrick)

And His glory is exalted

Far above the earth and sky.


Ringing the Bicentennial Bell


Organ Postlude

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
New Office Hours: Tuesday, Wednesday, & Thursday

9:00 AM to 5:00 PM


Pastor: Rev. Deb Scott

Phone Number: 301-641-4601



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