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Sunday, May 28, 2017
GREETING AND PRELUDE In silence, please prepare your heart for worship.
Adagio For Strings op 11 — Samuel Barber
INTROIT Come, Let Us Join Our Friends Above Chancel Choir
Charles Wesley and Ralph Vaughn Williams
CALL TO WORSHIP
L: Welcome! We are gathered here to celebrate the great promise Jesus made just before he ascended to heaven.
P: Our hearts are ready to receive this good news. What was it?
L: He promised to send the Spirit of truth to be with us always, reminding us of God’s love.
P: That’s good news for us at all times: God is with us!
L: Jesus asked all of his friends to live to reflect and proclaim the power of love of God’s love.
P: We are numbered among these friends!
L: Open your hearts today. Hear God’s special word just for you!
P: Lord, help us to be ready to receive your word and to live in your love. AMEN.
O Risen Lord, you have conquered the grave. How we need your power to overcome the obstacles we face for living the abundant life you claim for us all. We struggle within ourselves and with the world so burdened with violence, addiction and suffering. We look toward the hope in your promise to be with us and bring to us the power of your Spirit to ascend above the limitations of our experience. We need assurance of your presence and guidance to live the words of challenge you give us of being your witnesses by word and action to this community and to the world. Show yourself in our worship that we might be inspired to greater things than we have known or allowed for ourselves. Amen!
*HYMN No. 312 Hail the Day That Sees Him Rise
CHILDREN’S MESSAGE (9:30)
SPIRITUAL SONG Open the Eyes of My Heart
CHORAL CALL TO PRAYER Jesus, Remember Me
Jacques Berthier, Taize Community
PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE & THE LORD’S PRAYER
ANTHEM Precious Lord, Take My Hand Chancel Choir
Thomas A. Dorsey, Arr. by Jack Schrader
OFFERING OUR GIFTS and OURSELVES TO GOD
Down A Country Lane - Aaron Copland
*PRESENTING OUR GIFTS No. 2070 He Is Exalted
*PASSING THE PEACE OF CHRIST
*FELLOWSHIP CHORUS He Is Here
He is here! He is here!
My heart tells me that Jesus, Jesus is here!
THE WRITTEN WORD Acts 1. 1–11
QUESTIONS OF LIFE & FAITH
What are you waiting for Jesus to do?
What is your biggest struggle in waiting?
How will you know when it is time to act?
How certain are you that he will give you the power you need to witness?
QUESTIONS OF LIFE & FAITH
MEDITATION When is the Time Right? Rev. Dr. Brian Homan
TIME CONFESSION and COMMITMENT
GIFT OF MUSIC You’ll Never Walk Alone Nancy B. James
Rogers & Hammerstein
BLESSING and SENDING
BENEDICTION Go Now In Peace
POSTLUDE God Bless America - Irving Berlin
Please join us in Fellowship Hall for continued fellowship and refreshments