It has been so wonderful to gather once again in our Sanctuary for worship. An added blessing yesterday was the opportunity for us to sing hymns in worship indoors (while masked and socially distanced) for the first time since the COVID-19 restrictions were implemented.
Now that we are worshipping in-person and indoors once again, we experimented with recording yesterday’s live worship service to edit and post for the online service, so this week’s video will look different from our usual online offerings. We are in the process of refining the process and figuring out what will work best, so please be patient as we try some new things to help us streamline the production of the online service.
Please find the Online and Worship by Phone Order of Worship below.
We look forward to seeing everyone back in worship soon!
5th Sunday of Easter May 2, 2021 Online and Worship by Phone Order of Worship (CCLI #11149131)
Gathering for Worship
WORDS OF WELCOME/ENTER THE LIGHT OF CHRIST
(You may light a candle at home if you wish)
PRELUDE Life-Giving Bread ~ Monalo
*CALL TO WORSHIP
Come, let us worship our God who has revealed His love through Jesus Christ, our Lord.
We come to worship God Almighty, to sing joyful praises to our God!
Our God of love welcomes us and invites us to abide in His holy presence.
We come rejoicing that though Christ, we can live in God’s love.
Thanks be to God!
*HYMN OF PRAISE Love Divine, All Loves Excelling #384
*OPENING PRAYER Loving God, open our hearts to your love; open our minds to your will; open our lives to your grace; open our church to your world. We come together as your people to learn of You. We come because we need the Good News ourselves so that we can share it with others. We seek to know your Word and to be led by it. Fill us with your love and grace this hour as we lift our hearts to you. May our worship glorify your name and be pleasing unto you. Through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
*AFFIRMING OUR FAITH The Apostles’ Creed #881
PRAYER HYMN I Need Thee Every Hour (v. 1) #397
PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE
Proclaiming and Responding to God’s Word
THE EPISTLE LESSON I John 4:4-21
THE GOSPEL LESSON John 15:1-8
This is the Word of God for the people of God. Thanks be to God.
AN OFFERING OF MUSIC The Gift of Love ~ Duet: Bessie Kirkwood/Janette Mears
BLESSING OF GOD’S TITHES and OUR OFFERINGS
*THE DOXOLOGY (Praise God from Whom All Blessings Flow) #95
*PRAYER OF DEDICATION
REMEMBERING THE LORD’S SUPPER
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. Amen.
Going Forth to Serve
*HYMN OF DISCIPLESHIP My Jesus, I Love Thee #172
Hymn and Service Information
Hymns for this service are from The United Methodist Hymnal, (Nashville: The United Methodist Publishing House) 1989 as follows:
Love Divine, All Loves Excelling, #384; Words: Charles Wesley, 1747; Music: John Zundel, 1871.
Prayer Hymn: I Need Thee Every Hour, v. 1, #397; Words: Annie S. Hawks, 1872; Music: Robert Lowry, 1873.
My Jesus, I Love Thee, #172; Words: William R.Featherstone, 1864; Music: Adoniram J. Gordon, 1876.
Remembering the Lord’s Supper is adapted from Great Thanksgiving Four by Heather Murray Elkins in The Book of Offices and Services of The Order of Saint Luke, OSL Publications, 2012, pp. 22ff. Permission granted for reproduction in print or on the web by including this permission statement. ©2020 by The Order of Saint Luke. Prepared by Beth Fender, OSL; Elizabeth Moore, OSL; and Dwight Vogel, OSL.