April 26, 2020
4th Sunday of Easter
As a community of faith following God’s awesome example in Jesus,
we welcome, affirm and extend our love to all persons regardless of age, race, income, nationality, life experiences, sexual orientation or gender identity and expression.
We celebrate God’s inclusive love and invite all to join the faith journey at St. Paul’s United Methodist Church on Cherry Street.
CELEBRATION OF WORSHIP
THE PEOPLE GATHER
BRINGING IN THE LIGHT
Praise to the Lord (Mawby)
Suzy Law and Phyllis Swift
WELCOME AND ANNOUNCEMENTS
PRAYER OF PREPARATION
Rev. Kathy Brown
Come, Share the Lord TFWS #2269
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
Jesus the Good Shepherd calls our names to come and follow him.
His voice, speaking our names, draws us to him.
We follow without fear, for the shepherd cares for us.
Our hearts rejoice and we can place our trust in the Good Shepherd.
Come, let us enter the gate with thanksgiving!
Let us go forth confidently with songs of praise! AMEN.
**HYMN OF PRAISE
Savior, Like a Shepherd Lead Us UMH #381
(spoken in unison)
Loving Shepherd, we are standing at the gate, not sure about the journey. But you have called our names, and in your voice we hear such love and surety. Bring us safely on the journey and strengthen us that we may serve you in all that we do. 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.
PROCLAMATION AND RESPONSE
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 AND PASTORAL PRAYER
Lord, in your mercy….hear our prayers.
READING FROM THE PSALTER
Psalm 23 (NEB)
The Lord’s My Shepherd, I’ll Not Want (arr. T. Pritchard)
Cindy Solomon, Soloist
**READING FROM THE GOSPEL
The Voices in My Head Rev. Kathy Brown
HYMN OF RESPONSE
In the Garden (refrain only) UMH #314
And he walks with me, and he talks with me,
and he tells me I am his own;
And the joy we share as we tarry there,
none other has ever known.
HOLY COMMUNION THE GREAT THANKSGIVING
The Great Thanksgiving for Eastertide
Adapted from the United Methodist Book of Worship, 1992
The Lord be with you.
And also with you.
Lift up your hearts.
We lift them up to the Lord.
Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.
It is right to give our thanks and praise.
It is right, and a good and joyful thing,
always and everywhere to give thanks to you,
Almighty God, creator of heaven and earth.
You formed us in your image and breathed into us the breath of life.
When we turned away, and our love failed,
your love remained steadfast.
You delivered us from captivity,
made covenant to be our sovereign God,
brought us to a land flowing with milk and honey,
and set before us the way of life.
And so, with your people on earth and all the company of heaven we praise your name and join their unending hymn:
Holy, holy, holy Lord, God of power and might,
heaven and earth are full of your glory.
Hosanna in the highest. Blessed is the one who comes
in the name of the Lord. Hosanna in the highest.
Holy are you, and blessed is your Son Jesus Christ. By the baptism of his suffering, death, and resurrection you gave birth to your Church, delivered us from slavery to sin and death, and made with us a new covenant by water and the Spirit.
By your great mercy we have been born anew to a living hope through the resurrection of your Son from the dead and to an inheritance that is imperishable, undefiled, and unfading.
Once we were no people, but now we are your people, declaring your wonderful deeds in Christ, who called us out of darkness into his marvelous light.
When the Lord Jesus ascended, he promised to be with us always, in the power of your Word and Holy Spirit.
On the night in which he gave himself up for us, he took bread, gave thanks to you, broke the bread, gave it to his disciples, and said:
“Take, eat; this is my body which is given for you. Do this in remembrance of me.”
When the supper was over he took the cup, gave thanks to you, gave it to his disciples, and said:
“Drink from this, all of you; this is my blood of the new covenant, poured out for you and for many for the forgiveness of sins. Do this, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of me.”
On the day you raised him from the dead he was recognized by his disciples in the breaking of the bread, and in the power of your Holy Spirit your Church has continued in the breaking of the bread and the sharing of the cup.
And so, in remembrance of these your mighty acts in Jesus Christ, we offer ourselves in praise and thanksgiving as a holy and living sacrifice, in union with Christ’s offering for us, as we proclaim the mystery of faith.
Christ has died; Christ is risen; Christ will come again.
Pour out your Holy Spirit on us gathered here, and on these gifts of bread and wine. Make them be for us the body and life of Christ, that we may be for the world the body of Christ, redeemed by his love.
By your Spirit make us one with Christ, one with each other, and one in ministry to all the world, until Christ comes in final victory, and we feast at his heavenly banquet. Through your Son Jesus Christ, with the Holy Spirit in your holy Church, all honor and glory is yours, almighty God, now and forever.
And with the confidence of the children of God, let us pray: The Lord’s Prayer
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 trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us. And lead us not into temptation but deliver us from evil. For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, forever.
HYMM OF INVITATION TO COMMUNION
Come to the Table of Grace
Come to the table of grace.
Come to the table of grace.
This is God’s table it’s not yours or mine.
Come to the table of grace
(Vs. 2 Come to the table of peace; vs. 3 love; )
GIVING OF OUR TITHES AND OFFERING
Let Us Be Bread TFWS # 2260
Let us be bread, blessed by the Lord,
broken and shared, life for the world.
Let us be wine, love freely poured.
Let us be one in the Lord.
Shepherd, Lead Us (Schram) 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! Alleluia! Alleluia!
THE SENDING FORT
**HYMN OF INVITATION AND DISCIPLESHIP
The Summons TFWS # 2130
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.
I Come With Joy (Webb) Phyllis Swift
As you leave today, remember you are taking the light of Christ into the world.
Make it shine!
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