May 24, 2020
7th 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
BRING IN THE LIGHT OF CHRIST
Nicea (arr. Mawby) Phyllis Swift and Suzy Law
WELCOME AND ANNOUNCEMENTS
PRAYER OF PREPARATION
Rev. Kathy Brown
Come, Thou Fount of Every Blessing UMH # 400
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 prayed for his disciples, giving them into God’s eternal care.
Jesus prays for us, giving us into God’s care.
Know that you have been blessed with the love of the Savior.
We live in that love and seek to serve God.
Open your hearts and spirits now to hear God’s word.
May our lives be open to God’s Spirit and reflect God’s love. AMEN.
**HYMN OF PRAISE
Loving Spirit TFWS #2123
**Memorial Day Litany
written by Rev. Rob McCoy
Let us continue our time of worship with a moment of remembrance.
We remember fallen soldiers and the sacrifice
they made for the sake of others.
Let us continue our time of worship with a moment of thanksgiving.
We thank God for brave men and women that have given their lives so
that we may worship without fear.
Let us continue our time of worship with a moment of silence; for a moment is the least we can do for those that gave their lives for us.
(Moment of Silence)
Prayer in unison:
God of every nation, as we remember those that gave their life for our sake, let us be stirred to action in their memory. We confess that we have not done all that is possible to promote peace and justice in our world. We have not loved our neighbors, let alone our enemies. Forgive us for failing to live up to your commandments. Empower us to work for your Kingdom in this world, and welcome us by your grace into your Kingdom in the next. 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.
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
Wayfaring Stranger (Spiritual—arr. Keveren)
Suzy Law, Piano Solo
**READING FROM THE GOSPEL
John 17:1-11, 13
From the Lips of Jesus to the Core of our Heart
Rev. Kathy Brown
HYMN OF RESPONSE
Make Us One (2 times) TFWS #2224
GIVING OF OUR TITHES AND OFFERING
Christ Whose Glory Fills the Skies (Havergal) 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!
THE SENDING FORT
**HYMN OF INVITATION AND DISCIPLESHIP
UMH # 560 Help Us Accept Each Other
Rev. Kathy Brown
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.
Sent Out in Jesus’ Name (Pena) 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: email@example.com
Rev. Kathy Brown email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Deaconess Sandy Wickberg email: email@example.com
Steven Law Director of Music Ministry: firstname.lastname@example.org
Marti Law-Lowery Director of Children’s Ministry: email@example.com