“the 5th Sunday of Easter”

 

GATHER IN GOD’S PRESENCE

 

Prelude                                           

The light of Christ enters our worship with the lighting of our candles.

 

Welcome and Announcements

 

Call to Worship

Leader: We gather in the name of the living Christ to worship God.

People: Surely, God is in this place and calls us to worship in spirit and in truth.

Leader: God’s love is for you and for all people everywhere.

People: That we may share God’s love and life, may we be renewed in the refreshing Spirit of the living Christ.

Leader: The living Christ is with us.

People: Praise the Lord!

 

*Hymn               “Holy, Holy”  PH# 140

 

Call to Confession

Prayer of Confession (in unison)

We confess, Glorious One, that we are quick to criticize what we don’t understand, and eager to judge what we can’t fully comprehend. You are the Alpha and the Omega, the beginning and the end of all things, and yet we pretend to have knowledge equal to yours. Who are we to hinder your movement in the world? Teach us, O God. Help us to humble ourselves, and open our eyes and ears and hearts and minds to your leading. Grant even to us the repentance that leads to life, and show us how we can be made new. In Jesus name we pray, Amen. (Please take a moment for silent reflection.)

 

Assurance of Forgiveness

 

*Glory Be to the Father                                                       PH#

 

*Passing the Peace

            The peace of Christ be with you.     And also with you.

 

LISTEN FOR GOD’S WORD

Prayer for Illumination                                    

Scripture Reading

First Reading: Acts 11:1-18

New Testament Reading: Revelation 21:1-6

This is the Word of the Lord.  Thanks be to God.

 

Gospel Reading: John 13:31-35

This is the Word of the Lord.  Thanks be to God.

 

Message:

RESPOND TO GOD’S WORD

*Affirmation of Faith ~ Apostle’s Creed – traditional           pg. 14

I believe in God the Father Almighty, Maker of heaven and earth, and in Jesus Christ his only Son our Lord; who was conceived by the Holy Ghost, born of the Virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, dead, and buried; he descended into hell; the third day he rose again from the dead; he ascended into heaven, and sitteth on the right hand of God the Father Almighty; from thence he shall come to judge the quick and the dead.

I believe in the Holy Ghost; the holy catholic church; the communion of saints; the forgiveness of sins; the resurrection of the body; and the life everlasting. Amen.

 

*Hymn:    “Joyful, Joyful, We Adore Thee” PH#464          

 

Sharing of Joys and Concerns, Prayer Wall

Prayers of the People & Lord’s Prayer

 

Offering Invitation/Offertory                       

*The Doxology                                                                    PH#592

*Prayer of Dedication (unison)

Holy God, bless the offerings we bring to you today, that through them we may share your love with the whole world. Bless us, too, to do your will and to do your work. Let us be the spring of the water of life, the new heaven and new earth, the messengers of your glory. Speak to us, o God, and make us new. We thirst for the waters of eternal life, we yearn to know ourselves as Resurrection People. Send your Holy Spirit upon us this day, and create in us your new heaven and new earth. Speak to us words of comfort and hope, words of challenge and courage. Come: move among us, we pray in Jesus’ name. Amen.

 

GO IN GOD’S NAME

 

*Hymn  God Who Weeps, When We Are Weeping” (insert) to the tune of “Joyful, Joyful, We Adore Thee”

 

*Charge and Blessing

 

*Going Forth   “He is Lord”

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

L:  And all God’s people said   C:  Amen!

*Postlude                                                          

 

We follow the light of Christ out into the world.