Worship Bulletin for May 12, 2019

SUNDAY MAY 12, 2019

Fourth Sun­day of East­er

PRELUDE

Sav­ior, Like a Shep­herd Lead Us arr. by Mark Hayes

CHORAL INTROIT

Let Us Rejoice by John Yarring­ton

CALL TO WORSHIP                                                                                        

L: Come! Let us wor­ship and praise God.
P: The Lord is our shep­herd, our guardian and our guide.
L: Cel­e­brate the many ways in which God cares for our lives.
P: Green pas­tures and silent still waters beck­on us and com­fort us.
L: Even though dif­fi­cul­ties hap­pen in our lives, still God is with us.
P: Even when it seems that the world has noth­ing to offer but suf­fer­ing and pain, God sur­rounds us with God’s love and boun­ty.
L: Sure­ly God’s mer­cy accom­pa­nies us on our jour­ney.
P: And we will dwell in God’s house for­ev­er. Amen.

HYMN #102 Now Thank We All Our God

THE WORD Proverbs 31

Trans­po­si­tion by Dr. Bri­an Homan

HYMN #2189 (vers­es 1–3)A Moth­er Lined a Bas­ket

STEWARDSHIP MOMENT

by Mar­shall Bai­ley

CHORAL CALL TO PRAYER

Let the Words of My Mouth, by John Yarring­ton

PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE

THE LORD’S PRAYER

CHORAL ANTHEM

Fam­i­ly of Faith by Dale Peter­son 

GIVING OURSELVES TO GOD

What A Friend We Have In Jesus arr. by Mark Hayes

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 #364 (cho­rus) Because He Lives

Because he lives I can face tomor­row.

Because he lives all fear is gone.

Because I know he holds the future, and life is worth the liv­ing just because he lives.

THE WORD Acts 9. 36–43

In Jop­pa there was a dis­ci­ple named Tabitha (which, when trans­lat­ed, is Dor­cas), who was always doing good and help­ing the poor. About that time she became sick and died, and her body was washed and placed in an upstairs room. Lyd­da was near Jop­pa; so when the dis­ci­ples heard that Peter was in Lyd­da, they sent two men to him and urged him, “Please come at once!” Peter went with them, and when he arrived he was tak­en upstairs to the room. All the wid­ows stood around him, cry­ing and show­ing him the robes and oth­er cloth­ing that Dor­cas had made while she was still with them. Peter sent them all out of the room; then he got down on his knees and prayed. Turn­ing toward the dead woman, he said, “Tabitha, get up.” She opened her eyes, and see­ing Peter she sat up. He took her by the hand and helped her to her feet. Then he called the believ­ers and the wid­ows and pre­sent­ed her to them alive. This became known all over Jop­pa, and many peo­ple believed in the Lord. Peter stayed in Jop­pa for some time with a tan­ner named Simon.

QUESTIONS OF LIFE & FAITH

 • Why would God raise Tabitha but allow Stephen to die?

 • Was it the prayers of the wid­ows or the good works of Tabitha that war­rant­ed God’s inter­ven­tion?

 • What have you seen God do for oth­ers that you wished he would have done for you?

PRAYER OF PREPARATION

Open our ears to hear your Word pro­claimed in this place.
Open our hearts to know your Love offered in this con­gre­ga­tion.
Open our eyes to see your Pres­ence bless­ing us in this moment.

SPIRITUAL CONVERSATION

What Makes Us Deserv­ing of God’s Spe­cial Atten­tion?

Dr. Bri­an Homan

CHALLENGE & SENDING FORTH (tak­en from The Fam­i­ly Prayer Song)

Come and fill our home with Your pres­ence; You alone are wor­thy of our rev’rence

Lord we vow to live holy. Bow­ing our knees to You only

As for me and my house We will serve the Lord
As for me and my house We will serve the Lord
As for me and my house We will serve the Lord
Let us serve the Lord.

CLOSING HYMN #354 I Sur­ren­der All

POSTLUDE  

St Colum­ba (The King of Love My Shep­herd Is) by Healey Willan