Worship Bulletin for May 26, 2019

SUNDAY, MAY 26, 2019

Sixth Sunday of Easter

GREETING

PRELUDE Adagio for Strings op 11 by Samuel Barber (arr Rosen)

CHORAL INTROIT O Be Joyful by John Yarrington

HYMN #475 Come Down, O Love Divine 

CALL TO WORSHIP
Leader: Let the peoples praise you, let all the peoples praise you, O God. 

People: We praise you, O God, for your mighty acts; we praise you for your saving power among all nations.

Leader: Let the peoples praise you, let all the peoples praise you, O God.

People: We praise you, O God, for your loving kindness; we praise you for unending mercy.

Leader: We your people praise you, we your people praise you, O God. 

All: We lift our hands to praise you; we lift our voices to sing for joy!

OPENING PRAYER 

Source of all creation, maker of the world and everything in it, you are never far from each one of us. We come into your house seeking you, O giver of life and breath. Reveal yourself to us; dwell with us; and abide in us. We live because of you. We hope because of you. In the name of Jesus Christ in whom we live, and the Spirit of Truth who abides in us. Amen.

CHILDREN’S MESSAGE (9:30 am)      Zeke Gonzalez   

HYMN #2218 (FWS) You Are MineCHORAL CALL TO PRAYER

Let the Words of My Mouth by John Yarrington

PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE

THE LORD’S PRAYER 

CHORAL ANTHEMPeace I Leave With You by Donald Moore

OFFERING OUR GIFTS & OURSELVES TO GOD Down a Country Lane by Aaron Copland

PRESENTING OUR GIFTS #176 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!

BRINGING FORTH MEMORIAL DAY FLOWERS

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.

WRITTEN WORD John 14:23-29

Jesus answered him, “If a man loves me, he will keep my word, and my Father will love him, and we will come to him and make our home with him. He who does not love me does not keep my words; and the word which you hear is not mine but the Father’s who sent me. “These things I have spoken to you, while I am still with you. But the Counselor, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, he will teach you all things, and bring to your remembrance all that I have said to you. Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid. You heard me say to you, ‘I go away, and I will come to you.’ If you loved me, you would have rejoiced, because I go to the Father; for the Father is greater than I. And now I have told you before it takes place, so that when it does take place, you may believe.

  Leader:     The word of God for the People of God

  People:     Thanks be to God

QUESTIONS OF LIFE & FAITH

 • What does it look like to “keep” or “obey” Jesus’ word or teachings?
 • How does God’s love necessitate our actions?
 • What does it mean to you to be sent by the Holy Spirit? How do you recognize the Spirit’s promptings? 

MEDITATION Sent By A Loving God Sharon Hartman

CLOSING PRAYER

Ever-present God, who continues to be present with us through the Holy Spirit, grant us your abiding presence and peace that, in any circumstance we face, we will be able to trust your empowering grace. Help us to embody the good news of abundant life to all those we encounter this week. Amen. 

HYMN #408 The Gift of Love

BLESSING

SENDING Go Now in Peace 

Go now in peace. Never be afraid. God will go with you each hour of every day. Go now in faith, steadfast, strong and true. Know He will guide you in all you do. Go now in love, and show you believe. Reach out to others so all the world can see. God will be there watching from above. Go now in peace, in faith, and in love.

POSTLUDE God Bless America by Irving Berlin