CELEBRATION OF WORSHIP
THE PEOPLE GATHER
BRINGING IN THE LIGHT OF CHRIST
Schonster Herr Jesu (Keesecker) Phyllis Swift
WELCOME AND ANNOUNCEMENTS
Rev. Marcia Shoemaker
PRAYER OF PREPARATION
Rev. Kathy Brown
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)
(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.
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
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
Blessed Assurance (Crosby) Marcia Shoemaker
READING FROM THE HEBREW BIBLE
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
Rev. Marcia Shoemaker
Spirit Songs (selected) 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
Help Us Accept Each Other UMH # 560
Rev. Twila Gibbens
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.
Alleluia! Alleluia! Easter’s work must still be done.
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!
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