~ SERVICE OF WORD & SACRAMENT ~

May 02, 2021

Fifth Sunday Of Eastertide

This service includes the Sacrament of Holy Communion.

If you would like to partake, please take a moment prior to watching the service to prepare a small piece of bread or cracker as well as a cup of wine or juice. 

PRAYER IN PREPARATION FOR WORSHIP

Creator of the universe, you made the world in beauty, and restore all things in glory through the victory of Jesus Christ. May we abide in his risen live so that we may bear the fruit of love for one another and know the fullness of joy. Amen.

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PRELUDE MUSIC

 

GREETING & ANNOUNCEMENTS

 

SOLEMN DECLARATION & CALL TO WORSHIP

     Pastor:   Come to Christ, the true vine, and bear fruit.            

     People: We have come to abide in the vine, and to bear the fruit of salvation.

     Pastor:   Come to love one another, for love is of God.           

     People: We have come to the household of love, for God is love.

     Pastor:   Come to set aside your fears,  

     People: For perfect love drives out fear.

Sifres, Mary; Beu, B.J. Abington Worship Annual 2021 (p. 112). Abington Press. Kindle Edition.

 

GATHERING HYMN

“To God Compose A Song Of Joy”

 

To God compose a song of joy; to God make melody,

Whose arm of strength does wondrous things, 

Whose hand brings victory!

 

In every corner of the earth, God comes to save and free;

Break forth with shouts of holy joy;

All lands, make melody.

 

Let seas in all their fullness roar; Sing, people of all lands;

Let mountains join and sing for joy;

Let rivers clap their hands.

 

The God of justice comes to save; Let earth make melody;

For God will judge with righteousness

And rule with equity. 

RICHMOND

Ruth Duck,1986 / Thomas Haweis, 1792

 

CALL TO CONFESSION

 

UNISON PRAYER OF CONFESSION

Source of love and life, your glory knows no bounds. We yearn to set aside our fears, but we are often afraid. We long to love our sisters and brothers, but we often feel alienated from them. We desire to abide in you as you abide in us, but we can’t seem to figure out how. Show us once more how to love, for only love can cast out our fear. Show us how to love one another well, for only then can we truly know you. Show how to abide in your vine, for only then can we bear the fruit that glorifies your name. Amen.

Scifres, Mary; Beu, B.J. Abingdon Worship Annual 2021 (p. 113). Abingdon Press. Kindle Edition.

 

ASSURANCE OF GOD’S FORGIVENESS

 

SHARING OF GOD’S PEACE

     Pastor:  God’s peace is yours!

     People: And yours also!

(please safely share God’s peace with those around you)

ACT OF PRAISE

     Pastor:  Let us praise the Lord!

     People: The Lord’s name be praised!

     Response: “Glory Be To The Father”  

Glory be to the Father,

and to the Son, and to the Holy Ghost.

As it was in the beginning is now and ever shall be.

World without end! Amen. Amen.

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FIRST READING

1 John 4: 7-21 – God Is Love

Beloved, let us love one another, because love is from God; everyone who loves is born of God and knows God. Whoever does not love does not know God, for God is love. God’s love was revealed among us in this way: God sent his only Son into the world so that we might live through him. In this is love, not that we loved God but that he loved us and sent his Son to be the atoning sacrifice for our sins. Beloved, since God loved us so much, we also ought to love one another. No one has ever seen God; if we love one another, God lives in us, and his love is perfected in us.

 

By this we know that we abide in him and he in us, because he has given us of his Spirit. And we have seen and do testify that the Father has sent his Son as the Savior of the world. God abides in those who confess that Jesus is the Son of God, and they abide in God. So we have known and believe the love that God has for us. God is love, and those who abide in love abide in God, and God abides in them. Love has been perfected among us in this: that we may have boldness on the day of judgment, because as he is, so are we in this world. There is no fear in love, but perfect love casts out fear; for fear has to do with punishment, and whoever fears has not reached perfection in love.

 

We love because he first loved us. Those who say, “I love God,” and hate their brothers or sisters, are liars; for those who do not love a brother or sister whom they have seen, cannot love God whom they have not seen. The commandment we have from him is this: those who love God must love their brothers and sisters also.

 

GOSPEL READING

John 15: 1-8 – Jesus The True Vine

”I am the true vine, and my Father is the vinegrower. He removes every branch in me that bears no fruit. Every branch that bears fruit he prunes to make it bear more fruit. You have already been cleansed by the word that I have spoken to you. Abide in me as I abide in you. Just as the branch cannot bear fruit by itself unless it abides in the vine, neither can you unless you abide in me.

 

I am the vine, you are the branches. Those who abide in me and I in them bear much fruit, because apart from me you can do nothing. Whoever does not abide in me is thrown away like a branch and withers; such branches are gathered, thrown into the fire, and burned. If you abide in me, and my words abide in you, ask for whatever you wish, and it will be done for you. My Father is glorified by this, that you bear much fruit and become my disciples.

 

TEACHING TIME FOR CHILDREN AND ADULTS    

 

HYMN

“In The Bulb There Is A Flower”

In the bulb there is a flower; in the seed, an apple tree;

In cocoons, a hidden promise: butterflies will soon be free!

In the cold and snow of winter there’s a spring that waits to be, 

Unrevealed until its season, something God alone can see.


There’s a song in every silence, seeking word and melody;

There’s a dawn for every darkness, bringing hope to you and me.

From the past will come the future; what it holds, a mystery, 

Unrevealed until its season, something God alone can see.

 

In our end is our beginning; in our time, infinity;

In our doubt there is believing; in our life, eternity.

In our death, a resurrection, at the last, a victory,

Unrevealed until its season, something God alone can see.  

PROMISE

Natalie Sleeth, 1985

 

TEACHING TIME

 

OFFERING

     Invitation

     Response: “Doxology”                                        

Praise God from whom all blessings flow!

Praise Him, all creatures here below.

Praise Him above ye heav’nly host.

Praise Father, Son, and Holy Ghost! Amen.

     Dedication Of The Offering

INVITATION TO COMMUNION

Pastor: Luke the evangelist wrote of our risen Savior, who at the table with two of the disciples took bread and blessed and broke it and gave it to them.  Their eyes were opened and they recognized the risen Christ in the breaking of the bread.

People: In company with all believers, in every time and beyond time, we come to this table to know Christ in the breaking of the bread.

 

COMMUNION PRAYER

     Pastor:  God be with you.

     People: And also with you.

     Pastor:  Lift up your hearts.

     People: We lift them to God.

     Pastor:  Let us give thanks to God most High.

     People: It is right to give God thanks and praise.

 

We give you thanks, O God, for the mighty sweep of your love, embracing all people and all nations. We thank you that you have sent Jesus Christ to us to break down the walls of hostility which divide the earth’s people, and to reveal your all-encompassing love, making us all one. Through the power of your spirit, may this unity become reality. Now, by your presence, make sacred this feast of our Savior Jesus Christ. As this broken bread was scattered like grain on the hillsides, and then, when gathered together became one loaf, so may your church be gathered together from the ends of the earth into your eternal kingdom. May our lives be poured out in compassion, and in solidarity with the poor, the oppressed, and the hungry of this world.  

from Bread for the Journey by Ruth C. Duck

Response: “Holy Holy Holy”

 

Holy, holy, holy, Lord God of Sabaoth;

Heaven and earth are full, are full

Of the majesty of Thy glory.

Hosanna, Hosanna, Hosanna in the highest!

Blessed is He that cometh in the name of the Lord,

Hosanna, Hosanna, Hosanna in the highest!

WORDS OF INSTITUTION

We remember that on the night of betrayal and desertion, Jesus took bread, gave thanks, broke the bread, and gave it to the disciples, saying: “This is my body which is broken for you. Do this in remembrance of me.” In the same way, Jesus also took the cup, after supper, saying: “This cup is the new covenant in my blood. Do this, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of me. By eating the bread and drinking of the cup, we proclaim Christ’s death, celebrate Christ’s resurrection, and await Christ’s coming again.

THE LORD'S PRAYER

Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread, and forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. For Thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory forever. Amen. 

PRAYER OF CONSECRATION

Consecrate now by your Holy Spirit these gifts of bread and cup, and bless us, that as we receive them here at this table, we may offer you our faith and our praise, we may be united with Christ and with each other, and we may continue faithful in all things. 

 

BREAKING OF THE BREAD AND POURING OF THE WINE

The bread which we break is the communion of the body of Christ.

The cup of blessing which we bless is the communion of the blood of Christ.

                                                                                                   

INVITATION

These are the gifts of God for the people of God.  All things are now ready.

 

SHARING OF THE ELEMENTS

Take and eat, this is the body of Christ broken for you.

(You may partake of the bread at this time and pause for a moment of prayer and reflection)

Take and drink, this is the blood of Christ shed for you.

(You may partake of the wine at this time and pause for a moment of prayer and reflection)

         

UNISON PRAYER OF THANKSGIVING

We thank you, God, for inviting us to this table where we have known the presence of your son Jesus Christ.  Strengthen our faith, increase our love for one another, and send us forth into the world in courage and in peace, rejoicing in the power of the Holy Spirit, through Jesus Christ our Savior.  Amen!

 

PARTING HYMN

“For The Beauty Of The Earth” 

 

For the beauty of the earth, for the splendor of the skies,

For the love which from our birth over and around us lies,

God of all, to you we raise this our hymn of grateful praise.

 

For the wonder of each hour of the day and of the night,

Hill & vale, & tree & flower, sun & moon, & stars of light, 

God of all, to you we raise this our hymn of grateful praise.

 

For the joy of human love, brother, sister, parent, child, 

Friends on earth & friends above, for all gentle thoughts & mild,

God of all, to you we raise this our hymn of grateful praise.

 

For the good that love inspires, for a world where none exclude,

For a faith that never tires, and for every heart renewed,

God of all, to you we raise this our hymn of grateful praise.

DIX

St. 1-3 Folliott S. Pierpoint, 1864, St. 4 Miriam Therese Winter, 1993 / Conrad Kocher, 1838

COMMISSION & BENEDICTION

     Response: Amen, Amen, Amen”

 

CHIMES & POSTLUDE MUSIC

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  ~ UPCOMING SERVICES & MEETINGS ~

 

Today, May 02

10:15AM - Joyful Ringers rehearsal

 

Tuesday, May 04

6:00PM – Spiritual Council

Thursday, May 06

3:00PM - Property Team

 

Mother's Day / Sunday, May 09

9:00AM – Worship Service

~ ANNOUNCEMENTS ~

 

The May/June Upper Rooms are available in the Narthex.

 

Reminder: All sticky bun orders and money must be returned no later than next Sunday, May 09. You may pick up your orders Tuesday, May 25 after 5PM, Wednesday, May 26 9AM-4PM, or Thursday, May 27 during office hours. Proceeds will support the ministry at Saint John’s. Please help support this mission of our church. Orders and payment may be given to the Mission Team, Heidi, Micki, Winnie, Fiona, or Sue.