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