Bulletin for May 28

We are glad to have you wor­ship with us!

Hear­ing devices and large print bul­letins are avail­able; our ush­ers are hap­py to assist you.

Please silence all devices dur­ing wor­ship. (*) indi­cates please stand, as you are able

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.

OPENING PRAYER

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