Weekly Bulletin for April 22, 2018

SUNDAY APRIL 22, 2018

Fourth Sunday of Easter

*indicates a request to stand

 

PRELUDE                A time to reflect and prepare to hear God

                  Præludium G-dur op 37/2 – Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy

 

GREETING & AFFIRMATION

One:       Who are we who gather in this place?

All:         We are disciples of Jesus Christ, sharing his
Love through Worship, Works, and Witness

 

CONGREGATIONAL INTROIT #328 Surely the Presence of the Lord

 

CALL TO WORSHIP                              

One:       God has called each of us to a journey. It is the journey of being a disciple of Jesus. It is a journey for an adventurer. Have you heard the call? Are you willing to accept the journey? It is not for the weak of heart!

All:          The true adventurer is willing to walk through sunshine or rain, when the going is good, or the ground slips away from beneath their feet.

One:       The true adventurer delights in the glory of each mountain peak, yet does not fear the danger of forest or swift flowing stream.

All:          The true adventurer listens to the words of one who knows the way intimately, having already walked the path they travel on.

One:       Come, let us worship. Let us be challenged; let us be encouraged; let us follow him who died and rose again, who is the Way, the Truth, and the Life

 

HYMN #577   God of Grace and God of Glory

 

OPENING PRAYER

If we had a fraction of the faith in you that you have in us then this world would be transformed, Lord. If we showed a fraction of the love that you show to us then this world would be transformed, Lord. If we possessed a fraction of the patience that you display with us then this world would be transformed, Lord. If we shared just a portion of the blessings that we have received from you then this world would be transformed, Lord. If we showed as much trust in others as you have shown in us then this world would be transformed, Lord. If we claimed just a fraction of the power you promised to your Church then this world would be transformed, Lord. Transform us first, Lord, that we might transform this world through your love and your power. Amen.

 

CHILDREN’S MESSAGE

 

SPIRITUAL SONG       I Can Only Imagine

by Brent McCorkle & MercyMe

 

MISSION MOMENT   Hospitality & Witness Teams

 

CHORAL ANTHEM   We Are Called  by Mary MacDonald

 

CONGREGATIONAL CALL TO PRAYER #389 Freely, Freely

 

PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE

 

THE LORD’S PRAYER

 

*GIVING OURSELVES TO GOD

Fuga Im mäßigen Tempo op 72/4 – Robert Schumann

 

*PRESENTATION OF OUR GIFTS Majesty, Worship His Majesty

Majesty, worship His majesty! Unto Jesus be all glory, honor and praise. Majesty, kingdom authority, flow from His throne unto His own, His anthem raise! So exalt lift up on high the name of Jesus. Magnify, come glorify, Christ Jesus the King. Majesty, worship His majesty! Jesus who died, now glorified, King of all kings!

*PASSING THE PEACE OF CHRIST

                                                    

*FELLOWSHIP CHORUS (Chorus, #364)   Because He Lives

 

THE WRITTEN WORD        Matthew 28:16-20

16 Then the eleven disciples went to Galilee, to the mountain where Jesus had told them to go. 17 When they saw him, they worshiped him; but some doubted. 18 Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. 19 Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very
end of the age.” — NIV

One:       The Word of God for the people of God                           All:   Thanks be to God

 

SPIRITUAL CONVERSATION

Can You Imagine being a Disciple?      Dr. Brian Homan

 

THE CHALLENGE

I am no longer my own, but yours. Put me to what you will, place me with whom you will. Put me to doing, put me to suffering. Let me be put to work for you, praised for you or criticized for you. Let me be full, let me be empty. Let me have all things, let me have nothing. I freely and fully surrender all things to your glory and service. I will not stumble, for your hand will guide, and in your footsteps I will tread. I will not grow weary, for your spirit sustains, and my soul shall be renewed. I will not be weak, for your truth strengthens, and no evil shall defeat me. From the depths of the earth, I shall soar upward on wings like eagles, spread the news throughout the world, run the race against all odds, and shall prevail. And now, O wonderful and holy God, Creator, Redeemer, and Sustainer, you are mine, and I am yours. So be it. And the covenant, which I have made on earth, Let it also be made in heaven. Amen.

 

HYMN #2129 (The Faith We Sing) I Have Decided to Follow Jesus

 

THE SENDING

 

POSTLUDE

  1. Fuga (Sonate op 65/2) – Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy

 

 

DAILY BIBLE READINGS FOR APRIL 22 – 28

Monday: Acts 4. 23-37                     Tuesday: Acts 5. 1-16

Wednesday: Acts 5. 17-42            Thursday: Acts 6. 1-15

Friday: Acts 7. 1-29                            Saturday: Acts 7. 30-60

 

Reading for Sunday, April 29:      Colossians 3. 12 – 14