Worship Bulletin for May 19, 2019

SUNDAY MAY 19, 2019

Fifth Sun­day after East­er

PRELUDE Bound For the Promised Land             Wes­ley Bell Ringers

CONGREGATIONAL INTROIT #405 Seek Ye First

CALL TO WORSHIP 

One: Praise the Lord from the heav­ens, praise him in the heights above.

All: Praise him, all his angels, praise him, all his heav­en­ly hosts.

One: Praise him, sun and moon, praise him, all you shin­ing stars.

All: Praise him, you high­est heav­ens and you waters above the skies.

One: Let them praise the name of the Lord, for he com­mand­ed and they were cre­at­ed. He set them in place for ever and ever; he gave a decree that will nev­er pass away.

All: Praise the Lord from the earth, you great sea crea­tures and all ocean depths,  light­ning and hail, snow and clouds, stormy winds that do his bid­ding, you moun­tains and all hills, fruit trees and all cedars, wild ani­mals and all cat­tle, small crea­tures and fly­ing birds,

One: Praise the Lord you rulers of the earth and all nations, young men and maid­ens, old men, women and chil­dren.

All: Let us praise the name of the Lord, for his name alone is exalt­ed; his splen­dor is above the earth and the heav­ens.

One: Praise the Lord all you whom he has called, for you are the peo­ple close to his heart. Praise the Lord.

HYMN #62 All Crea­tures of Our God and King (vers­es 1, 4–7)

OPENING PRAYER Alpha and Omega, you make your home with us, you dry our tears and quench our thirst, you are the ten­der love that wel­comes all peo­ple. Like a moth­er, you nur­ture your chil­dren, giv­ing them life, teach­ing them to love. Come and dwell among us, and make all things new. Amen.

CHILDREN’S MESSAGE & SONG This Lit­tle Light of Mine

AFFIRMATION OF FAITH We believe in God, Cre­ator of the shore­line and moun­tain range, who fash­ions a world of beau­ty, splash­es it with col­or, renews it with rain and bless­es it with sun; who made us to see and appre­ci­ate the vari­ety around us and calls us to delight and cher­ish; who turns dark­ness into day, despair into hope and dead ends into liv­ing options. We believe in the risen Christ still present to each of us, turn­ing our eyes from death to life, beck­on­ing us to look up and out to see beau­ty in cre­ation, to look into the eyes of anoth­er and know they too are God’s beloved, to look into a mir­ror and see our­selves loved and cher­ished. We believe in the Holy Spir­it, mys­te­ri­ous yet as real as the wind, a force for good, for jus­tice, for rec­on­cil­i­a­tion; blow­ing away hatred and fear, stir­ring up the dull and bored, kin­dling hope and joy. We believe. God, help us live as East­er peo­ple.

GLORIA PATRI #70  Glo­ry be to the Father and to the Son and to
the Holy Ghost; as it was in the begin­ning, is now, and ever shall be,
world with­out end. Amen. Amen!

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.

CHORAL CALL TO PRAYER Seek the Lord, by John Yarring­ton

PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE & THE LORD’S PRAYER

CHORAL ANTHEM Be Present, Spir­it of the Lord

STEWARDSHIP MOMENT Ron Peck­ham, Coun­cil Chair

MOMENT OF PRAYER & COMMITMENT Please prayer­ful­ly con­sid­er your sup­port of the church’s min­istry and com­plete your Esti­mate of Giv­ing Card to return with today’s offer­ing.

GIVING OURSELVES TO GOD Fuga B‑dur BWV 865 (WTC I)JS Bach

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!

WRITTEN WORD Acts 11. 1–18The apos­tles and the broth­ers through­out Judea heard that the Gen­tiles also had received the word of God. So when Peter went up to Jerusalem, the cir­cum­cised believ­ers crit­i­cized him and said, “You went into the house of uncir­cum­cised men and ate with them.” Peter began and explained every­thing to them pre­cise­ly as it had hap­pened: “I was in the city of Jop­pa pray­ing, and in a trance I saw a vision. I saw some­thing like a large sheet being let down from heav­en by its four cor­ners, and it came down to where I was. I looked into it and saw four-foot­ed ani­mals of the earth, wild beasts, rep­tiles, and birds of the air. Then I heard a voice telling me, ‘Get up, Peter. Kill and eat.’ “I replied, ‘Sure­ly not, Lord! Noth­ing impure or unclean has ever entered my mouth.’ “The voice spoke from heav­en a sec­ond time, ‘Do not call any­thing impure that God has made clean.’  This hap­pened three times, and then it was all pulled up to heav­en again. “Right then three men who had been sent to me from Cae­sarea stopped at the house where I was stay­ing. The Spir­it told me to have no hes­i­ta­tion about going with them. These six broth­ers also went with me, and we entered the man’s house. He told us how he had seen an angel appear in his house and say, ‘Send to Jop­pa for Simon who is called Peter. He will bring you a mes­sage through which you and all your house­hold will be saved.’ “As I began to speak, the Holy Spir­it came on them as he had come on us at the begin­ning. Then I remem­bered what the Lord had said: ‘John bap­tized with water, but you will be bap­tized with the Holy Spir­it.’  So if God gave them the same gift as he gave us, who believed in the Lord Jesus Christ, who was I to think that I could oppose God?” When they heard this, they had no fur­ther objec­tions and praised God, say­ing, “So then, God has grant­ed even the Gen­tiles repen­tance unto life.”  — NIV

QUESTIONS OF LIFE & FAITH

• Is there a “wrong crowd” we should avoid?

• How can we be sure the com­pa­ny we keep does not cor­rupt our val­ues?

• Where do we strike a bal­ance between relat­ing to unbe­liev­ers and the fam­i­ly of God?

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 Lov­ing Oth­ers FOR Jesus! Dr. Bri­an Homan

PRAYER OF CONFESSION God of all peo­ple, our hearts are too nar­row, our per­spec­tives are too small. We reject those who are not like us—those with dif­fer­ent polit­i­cal opin­ions, those who strug­gle with men­tal ill­ness, those who dis­agree with us. We neglect your call to love one anoth­er and those who are dif­fer­ent than us. For­give us, O God, for the many ways we have failed to be a peo­ple known by our love. Show us how to be more car­ing. Teach us how to love one anoth­er, and make us faith­ful dis­ci­ples. Amen.

CHALLENGE & SENDING FORTH

One: Jesus gave a new com­mand­ment: to love one anoth­er.
All: Because Jesus loves us, we should love one anoth­er.
One: Go forth to serve. Go forth to love.
All: We go with God’s love and bless­ing.

CLOSING HYMN #548 In Christ There Is No East or West

POSTLUDE Prae­ludi­um und Fuge C‑dur BWV 553 — J S Bach attrib