5th Sunday of Easter
May 10, 2020

PRELUDE
Petite Pastoral  (Carey)         Phyllis Swift

WELCOME AND ANNOUNCEMENTS
Rev. Earleen Reedy

PRAYER OF PREPARATION
Rev. Kathy Brown

 **Gathering  Hymn
The Church’s One Foundation                UMH #545

 

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

From the beginning, all life has been connected.
There is a holy thread that weaves our lives together.
At times, we hide from this truth.
Other times it is hidden from us.
It gets buried deep down beneath greed and isolation.
It is forgotten when fear comes close.
But there is a place where we find ourselves in each other.
A place where every living thing is valued.
We come to it on occasion. In brief and fleeting moments.
It is our home in the life of God. Our place of origin and return.
Let us go there together. Love has shown us the way.

**HYMN OF PRAISE
How Great Thou Art                               UMH # 77

**OPENING PRAYER
©enfleshed: Liturgy That Matters

Beloved One, in times of uncertainty, you are the ground that steadies us. When nothing feels stable or secure, the knowledge of your abiding presence is our strength and our comfort. Remind us, O God, that we need not look far for you. As close as our breath, our neighbor, and every living thing – you reach for us. Thanks be to you. 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
Rev. Earleen Reedy

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.

 

Litany for Mother’s Day
(responsive prayer by Rev. Patty Lawerence)

We remember Sarai who was taunted by others in the household because of her inability to have children.
All-encompassing God we pray for those who feel excluded when we
emphasize one kind of family as normal.
We remember Esther, who was adopted and raised by her cousin.
God who embraces us all, we pray for those who cannot be raised by their parents, for a short time or permanently.
We remember Jochebed, the mother of Moses, who placed him into a raft on the river.
Saving God, we pray for parents who struggle to raise their children in
oppressive circumstances.
We remember Hannah, who loved her child so much she handed him over tom another to raise.
Loving God, we pray for parents who have placed their child in the care of another family.
We remember Naomi, who grieved the death of her sons.
God, who grieves with us, we pray for parents who mourn the death of a child.
We remember Ruth, who gave up her family to be family to another.
Inclusive God, we pray for those who choose to be family to those isolated by culture or language or distance.
We remember Elizabeth, who had a child in old age and we remember Mary, who had a child as a teenager.
Ageless God, we pray that as a community we accept people of varying life stages and responsibilities and relationships.
We remember Rachel, crying for her children
God of justice and hope, we pray for those whose children are killed, and look to a time when children can live safely in their communities.
We remember Lois and Eunice, who taught Timothy faith by example.
Faithful God, we pray for those who teach us faith by their lives, may we remember that we also teach about you in the way we live.
We remember other people, not named in the Scriptures, like the mother of the prodigal son.
Companion God, we pray for those who wait for a phone call or a visit,
cut off from family and friends by distance and disagreement.
We remember and we pray.
Nurturing God, we give thanks for those who enrich our lives by their presence who teach us about your abundant love who encourage us to journey in faith. Amen

 

PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE, PASTORAL PRAYER AND LORD’S PRAYER

Lord, in your mercy….hear our prayers.

 

READING FROM THE PSALTER
Psalm 31:1-5, 15-16

 

SPECIAL MUSIC
The Gift of Love
(Hal Hopson)             Barry Solomon

**READING FROM THE GOSPEL
John 14:1-14

 

SERMON
God’s Welcome Mat                      Rev. Kathy Brown

 

HYMN OF RESPONSE
More Like You (2 times)                          TFWS # 2167

More like you, Jesus more like you.
Fill my heart with your desire to make me more like you.
More like you, Jesus more like you.
Touch my lips with holy fire, and make me more like you.

 

GIVING OF OUR TITHES AND OFFERING

OFFERTORY PRAYER

 

OFFERTORY MUSIC
Be Still, My Soul   (Sibelius)                          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
We Are Called     TFWS #2172

 

**BENEDICTION
Rev. Kathy Brown

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               Sing Praise to God Who Reigns Above   (Bell)           Phyllis Swift

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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