CELEBRATION OF WORSHIP
 THE PEOPLE GATHER

Bringing in the Light of Christ

    PRELUDE
Prelude (Chopin) and  Holy, Holy, Holy (arr. Berry)
Phyllis Swift

   WELCOME AND ANNOUNCEMENTS
Ed Dill

   PRAYER OF PREPARATION
Rev. Kathy Brown

 

**Gathering  Hymn
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

  **OPENING PRAYER
(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.

 **GLORIA PATRI
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. 
Amen

 

PROCLAMATION AND RESPONSE

CHILDREN’S TIME
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

SPECIAL MUSIC
I Want Jesus to Walk with Me
(Spiritual) 
Steven Law, Clarinet

**READING FROM THE GOSPEL
Luke 24:13-35

SERMON
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
OFFERTORY PRAYER

OFFERTORY MUSIC
When Love is Found   (Callahan)                 Phyllis Swift

 **DOXOLOGY
UMH #94

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! 
Alleluia!  Alleluia!

THE SENDING FORT

**HYMN OF INVITATION AND DISCIPLESHIP
In the Garden      UMH # 314

**BENEDICTION
Rev. Annie Lockhart-Gilroy, PhD

Taking Out the Light of Christ

DEPARTING CHORUS
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.
Alleluia! Alleluia!
Easter’s work must still be done.

 

POSTLUDE
Recessional    (Wesley)                           Phyllis Swift

As you leave today,
remember you are taking the light of Christ into the world.

Make it shine!

 

 

 

E-Mail Contact Information:
St. Paul’s UMC: heartofcherrystreet@gmail.com
Rev. Kathy Brown email: rev.kathybrown@gmail.com
Deaconess Sandy Wickberg email: deaconesssandy@gmail.com 
Steven LawDirector of Music Ministry:  midtulsa01@msn.com
Marti Law-Lowery Director of Children’s Ministry:  martilowery1968@gmail.com

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