CELEBRATION OF WORSHIP
THE PEOPLE GATHER

 BRINGING IN THE LIGHT OF CHRIST

    PRELUDE
Schonster Herr Jesu (Keesecker)                 Phyllis Swift

WELCOME AND ANNOUNCEMENTS
Rev. Marcia Shoemaker

PRAYER OF PREPARATION
Rev. Kathy Brown

**Gathering  Hymn
Morning Has Broken                           UMH #145

 

  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
God, our help in times of trouble, gathers us together.
We come in search of Wisdom.
Through the Sacred testimonies of our faith, God feeds us.
For the nourishment of our souls, we come.
In the quiet of prayer, God speaks to us.
We come to listen.
The seeking. The doubting. The skeptical. The sure.
God’s love welcomes us all.

 **HYMN OF PRAISE
Love Divine All Loves Excelling         UMH # 384
(Sung to the tune of Come Thou Fount of Every Blessing  UMH #400)

  **OPENING PRAYER
(spoken in unison)
enfleshed: Liturgy that Matters

Our Creator, who binds our lives together, make us brave in our love for one another. When evil seeks to turn us against our neighbors, give us the strength to choose another way. When fear lures us towards trying to take control, remind us of the power of vulnerability. Let courage rise up among us and pride be cast aside. Through Christ we pray, 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. Marcia Shoemaker and Wrinkles

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 ACTS OF THE APOSTLES
Acts 17:22-28

SPECIAL MUSIC
Blessed Assurance
(Crosby)              Marcia Shoemaker

READING FROM THE HEBREW BIBLE
Genesis 4:1-9

 SERMON
God Keeps Us and Others                    Rev. Twila Gibbens

 HYMN OF RESPONSE
When Cain Killed Abel                     TFWS #2135 
(Sung to the tune of The Gift of Love)

 

GIVING OF OUR TITHES AND OFFERING

 OFFERTORY PRAYER
Rev. Marcia Shoemaker

OFFERTORY MUSIC
Spirit Songs   (selected)                               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
Help Us Accept Each Other                                 UMH # 560
    

**BENEDICTION
Rev. Twila Gibbens

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
Glorious Things of Thee Are Spoken    (Haydn)              Pyllis 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 Law Director of Music Ministry:  midtulsa01@msn.com
Marti Law-Lowery Director of Children’s Ministry: martilowery1968@gmail.com

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