The Sixth 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: (Adapted from Psalm 66)

Leader: Praise our God, all peoples, let the sound of his praise be heard;

People: He has preserved our lives and kept our feet from slipping.

Leader: Come and hear, all who fear and love God;

People: We thank our loving God all he has done for me.

*Hymn            “Just a Closer Walk with Thee”     SF #2158

 

Call to Confession

Prayer of Confession (in unison)

Living God, we confess that we look for the living among the dead. We are foolish and slow to believe the promise of the prophets. We are frightened and full of doubt, even when you stand among us. Forgive us, God of grace. Open our hearts to receive your word, and feed us with the bread of life, the life that death cannot destroy; through Jesus Christ our Lord. 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

New Testament Reading: Acts 17: 22b- 31

Epistle Reading: 1Peter 3: 13-22

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

 

Gospel Reading:John 14:15-21                                 

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

*Hymn:    “My Hope Is Built on Nothing Less” PH# 379

 

Sharing of Joys and Concerns, and Prayer Wall Requests

Prayers of the People & Lord’s Prayer

 

Offering Invitation/Offertory                       

*The Doxology                                                                    PH#592

*Prayer of Dedication (unison)

Great God, to you we give our thanks; your steadfast love endures forever. With gratitude we bring our gifts to you. Bless us and our gifts, that our lives and our resources may be a source of healing and hope, of joy and justice in our world. Amen.

 

GO IN GOD’S NAME

 

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

*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.