CELEBRATION OF WORSHIP
THE PEOPLE GATHER
Bringing in the Light of Christ
Prelude (Chopin) and Holy, Holy, Holy (arr. Berry)
WELCOME AND ANNOUNCEMENTS
PRAYER OF PREPARATION
Rev. Kathy Brown
Leaning On the Everlasting Arms UMH #133
PASSING OF THE PEACE OF CHRIST
Saint Paul’s United Methodist Church welcomes and extends our love to all persons regardless of age, race, income, nationality, life experiences, sexual orientation, or gender identity. All are welcome into our family. You are invited to greet one another with signs of God’s peace.
Peace be with you.
ALL: And also with you.
**CALL TO WORSHIP
Come and hear the good news of our Savior Jesus Christ.
We thought he was dead, but he is risen from the dead and lives evermore.
Let us bow down and worship him.
Let us bring our praises and joyful hearts to our Lord.
We love the Lord, who has heard our cries and healed our souls.
We love the Lord, who lives and reigns with God. AMEN
**HYMN OF PRAISE
I Love You, Lord (2 times) TFWS # 2068
(spoken in unison)
enfleshed: Liturgy that Matters
Holy Stranger, at times we do not recognize you. We have inherited beliefs that narrow our perception. We rely on you, O God, to help us expand our understanding of the Sacred among us. Stretch us, that we might grow in faith. Challenge us, that we might deepen our commitment to love’s strange ways. Amen.
UMH # 70
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.
PROCLAMATION AND RESPONSE
Machele Dill and Henry D. Walrus
This, this is where children belong. Welcomed as part of the worshipping throng. Water, God’s word, bread and cup, prayer and song. This is where children belong.
A TIME OF PRAYER
Cares Chorus TFWS #2215
I cast all my cares upon you.
I lay all of my burdens down at your feet.
And any time that I don’t know what to do,
I will cast all my cares upon you.
PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE, PASTORAL PRAYER AND LORD’S PRAYER
Lord, in your mercy….hear our prayers.
READING FROM THE PSALTER
Psalm 116:1-4, 12-19
I Want Jesus to Walk with Me (Spiritual)
Steven Law, Clarinet
**READING FROM THE GOSPEL
Jesus is With Us Rev. Annie Lockhart-Gilroy, PhD
Assistant Professor of Christian Education and Practical Theology
Phillips Theological Seminary
HYMN OF RESPONSE
Open My Eyes, That I May See UMH #454
GIVING OF OUR TITHES AND OFFERING
When Love is Found (Callahan) Phyllis Swift
Praise God, from whom all blessings flow
Praise God, all creatures here below. Alleluia! Alleluia!
Praise God, the source of all our gifts.
Praise Jesus Christ, whose power uplifts
Praise the Spirit, Holy Spirit, Alleluia!
THE SENDING FORT
**HYMN OF INVITATION AND DISCIPLESHIP
In the Garden UMH # 314
Rev. Annie Lockhart-Gilroy, PhD
Taking Out the Light of Christ
At the Font We Start Our Journey (vs. 4) TFWS #2114
As we leave we are commissioned,
now the Easter victory’s won,
to restore a world divided
to the peace of Christ as one.
Easter’s work must still be done.
Recessional (Wesley) Phyllis Swift
As you leave today,
remember you are taking the light of Christ into the world.
Make it shine!
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