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