~ SERVICE OF THE WORD ~
May 09, 2021
Sixth Sunday Of Eastertide
PRAYER IN PREPARATION FOR WORSHIP
We’ve come to worship God, who loved us before we were yet born, who knows us even better than we know ourselves, whose presence never leaves us, and whose love for us never ceases. Amen.
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GREETING & ANNOUNCEMENTS
SOLEMN DECLARATION & CALL TO WORSHIP
Pastor: Sing a new song, a song of love for all.
People: Sing of the Spirit of love, the Spirit who loves us all.
Pastor: Sing of God’s abiding love, that we might love one another and all of the world.
People: Sing a new song, a song of love for all.
Sifres, Mary; Beu, B.J. Abington Worship Annual 2021 (p. 117). Abington Press. Kindle Edition.
“Love Divine, All Loves Excelling”
Love divine, all loves excelling, joy of heav’n on earth be found,
Fix in us a humble dwelling, all your faithful mercies crown,
Jesus, you are all compassion, pure, unbounded love impart.
Visit us with your salvation, enter every trembling heart.
Breathe, O breathe your loving Spirit into every troubled breast;
Let us all in you inherit, let us find your promised rest;
Take away our love of sinning; Alpha and Omega be;
End of faith, as its beginning, set our hearts at liberty.
Finish, then, your new creation; pure and spotless may we prove;
Let us see your great salvation perfectly restored in you;
Changed from glory into glory, till in heav’n we take our place,
Crowned as saints we ever shall be lost in wonder, love, and grace.
Charles Wesley, 1747 / John Zundel, 1870
CALL TO CONFESSION
UNISON PRAYER OF CONFESSION
Spirit of love, we come in search of love and in the hope of learning how to love as you love us. Help us to see others with your eyes of love. Help us to forgive and accept forgiveness as fully and confidently as you forgive. Love us, dear God, with the mercy and grace we need to abide in your love each and every day. In your love and grace, we pray. Amen.
Scifres, Mary; Beu, B.J. Abingdon Worship Annual 2021 (p. 108). 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.
1 John 5: 1-5
Faith Conquers The World
Everyone who believes that Jesus is the Christ has been born of God, and everyone who loves the parent loves the child. By this we know that we love the children of God, when we love God and obey his commandments. For the love of God is this, that we obey his commandments. And his commandments are not burdensome, for whatever is born of God conquers the world. And this is the victory that conquers the world, our faith. Who is it that conquers the world but the one who believes that Jesus is the Son of God?
John 15: 9-17
Love One Another
As the Father has loved me, so I have loved you; abide in my love. If you keep my commandments, you will abide in my love, just as I have kept my Father’s commandments and abide in his love. I have said these things to you so that my joy may be in you, and that your joy may be complete. “This is my commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you. No one has greater love than this, to lay down one’s life for one’s friends. You are my friends if you do what I command you. I do not call you servants any longer, because the servant does not know what the master is doing; but I have called you friends, because I have made known to you everything that I have heard from my Father. You did not choose me but I chose you. And I appointed you to go and bear fruit, fruit that will last, so that the Father will give you whatever you ask him in my name. I am giving you these commands so that you may love one another.
TEACHING TIME FOR CHILDREN AND ADULTS
“God Made From One Blood”
God made from one blood all the families of earth,
The circles of nurture that raise us from birth,
Companions who join us to work through each stage
Of childhood and youth and adulthood and age.
We turn to you, God, with our thanks and our tears
For all of the families we’ve known through the years,
The intimate networks on whom we depend
Of parents and partners and children and friends.
Through families we’ve tasted the value of trust
And felt what it means to be loving and just,
Yet families have also betrayed their best goals,
Mistreating their members and bruising their souls.
Help families in all of their various forms
To face with integrity struggles and storms;
Grant peace to our homes that will nurture the bud
Of peace for the families you made from one blood.
Thomas H. Troeger, 1988 / Welsch Ballad, Caniadaeth y Cysegr, 1839
AFFIRMATION OF FAITH
“The Apostles’ Creed”
I believe in God, the Father almighty,
Creator of heaven and earth.
I believe in Jesus Christ, God’s only Son, our Lord,
He was conceived by the Holy Spirit,
Born of the Virgin Mary,
Suffered under Pontius Pilate,
Was crucified, died, and was buried;
He descended to the dead.
On the third day he rose again;
He ascended into heaven,
He is seated at the right hand of the Father,
And he will come to judge the living and the dead.
I believe in the Holy Spirit,
The holy catholic Church
The communion of saints,
The forgiveness of sins,
The resurrection of the body,
And the life everlasting. Amen.
MORNING PRAYERS & LORD’S PRAYER
Pastor: Let us turn our hearts to God in our morning prayers…the Lord be with you.
People: And with you also.
Pastor: Let us pray…
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.
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.
Prayer Of Dedication
“We Love Your Realm, O God”
We love your realm, O God, all places where you reign.
We recognize, with hope and joy, the world as your domain.
We love your church, O God, for Christ has given life
To form communities of love that seek to heal our strife.
Beyond our brokenness, we seek to know your ways
Of deep communion, solemn vows, and hymns of love & praise.
We know your truth will last. We trust your reign is sure.
Equip us for those daily tasks that help your world endure.
Timothy Dwight, 1801, adapt. Lavon Bayler, 1992 / New Universal Psalmodist, 1770
COMMISSION & BENEDICTION
Response: “Amen, Amen, Amen”
CHIMES & POSTLUDE MUSIC
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~ UPCOMING SERVICES & MEETINGS ~
Wednesday, May 12
4:30PM - Worship & Music Team
Sunday, May 16
9:00AM - Worship Service
10:15AM - Joyful Ringers rehearsal
Pentecost Sunday, May 23
9:00AM – Sacrament of Holy Communion
Sunday, May 30
9:00AM – Worship Service
10:15AM – Joyful Ringers rehearsal
Sunday, June 96
9:00AM - Worship Service
~ ANNOUNCEMENTS ~
Sticky bun orders may be picked up on Tuesday, May 25 after 5PM, Wednesday, May 26 9AM-4PM, or Thursday, May 27 during office hours. Proceeds will be used to pay for shipment to items to the Philippines. Remaining money after shipment is paid will go toward continued ministry at Saint John’s. Please help support this mission of our church.