7th Sunday of Easter

Witnesses to Hope

UCCP Church Anniversary

PRELUDE

GREETINGS 

INTROIT: UCCP CHORISTERS

CALL TO WORSHIP 

Leader:   We shout for joy to God who rides upon the clouds!

Response:  We sing praises to our awe-inspiring God, before whom the earth quakes,

and whose abundant blessings provide for all in need!

Leader:    God is Sovereign over the earth,

Defender of the defenseless, and Parent to orphans; God creates families for those who are alone.

Response:  God leads captives to freedom and breaks the yoke of oppression.

Leader:   God goes forth before the people,

marching through the wilderness of their lives,

bringing forth restoration and justice.

Response:   Sing praise to God, Rider of the ancient skies, who dwells in holiness.

Leader:   Proclaim the power of God!

Response:  O God, how awesome you are in your sanctuary! You give power and strength to your people.

Leader:   Let us worship God!

INVOCATION 

God Most High, we gather to honor and glorify you. Receive our invitation to dwell with us.

Enfold us in your presence and fill us again with holy awe and mystery. We are yours and we claim you as our God. Amen.

HYMN OF WORSHIP   “O Worship the King”

O worship the King all-glorious above, 

O gratefully sing his power and his love:

our shield and defender, the Ancient of Days, pavilioned in splendor and girded with praise.

O tell of his might and sing of his grace, 

whose robe is the light, whose canopy space.

His chariots of wrath the deep thunderclouds form, and dark is his path on the wings of the storm.

Your bountiful care, what tongue can recite? 

It breathes in the air, it shines in the light;

it streams from the hills, it descends to the plain, and sweetly distills in the dew and the rain.

Frail children of dust, and feeble as frail, 

in you do we trust, nor find you to fail.

Your mercies, how tender, how firm to the end, our Maker, Defender, Redeemer, and Friend!

O measureless Might, unchangeable Love, whom angels delight to worship above!

Your ransomed creation, with glory ablaze, in true adoration shall sing to your praise!

CONFESSION (Unison)

Blessed One, you created human beings for your glory and pleasure. Forgive us for being self-absorbed and choosing to live solely for ourselves. Forgive us for ignoring the prompting of your Spirit, your purpose for our lives, and for placing our will above yours. Grant us courage to share in Christ’s sufferings, to be his witnesses, and to carry your loving compassion to a hurting world. Amen.

Response: 

Amazing grace! How sweet the sound, 

That saved a wretch like me!

I once was lost, but now am found; 

Was blind, but now I see.

WORDS OF ASSURANCE (Minister)

As the Body of Christ, we are empowered by the Holy Spirit to be Christ’s witnesses.

Each of us has our own story of what Jesus’ life means for us. Through our life-stories we can convey hope to the hopeless, joy to the downtrodden, and peace where there is turmoil. Therefore, let us “clothe ourselves in humility,” sharing the Good News of Christ, that we “may all be one.” In this God is well pleased.

CHURCH CONCERNS

PASTORAL PRAYER

SCRIPTURE READING:  John 17:1-11

MESSAGE IN SONG: UCCP CHORISTERS

MESSAGE

STATEMENT OF FAITH (UNISON)

WE BELIEVE

In one God: Creator, Redeemer and Sustainer, who provides order, purpose, meaning and fulfillment to all creation.  That in Jesus Christ, who was born of May God became human and is Sovereign Lord of Life and history.

That in the Holy Spirit God is present in the world, empowering and guiding believers to understand and live out their faith in Jesus Christ.

WE BELIEVE

That persons are created in the image of God and destined to live in community with God, 

with other persons and with all creation.

That, by disobedience, they have become sinful, but, by grace through faith, 

they are redeemed in Jesus Christ.

That being entrusted with God’s creation, they are called to participate in the establishment of a just and compassionate social order.

WE BELIEVE

That the Church is the one body of Christ, the whole community of persons reconciled to God through Jesus Christ and entrusted with God’s ministry.

WE BELIEVE

That the Holy Bible is a faithful and inspired witness to God’s self-revelation  in Jesus Christ and in history to illumine, guide, correct and edify believers in their faith and witness.

WE BELIEVE

God is at work, to make each person a new being in Christ, and the whole world,                             

God’s Kingdom — in which love, justice and peace prevail.

The Kingdom of God is present where faith in Jesus Christ is shared, 

where healing is given to the sick, where food is given to the hungry, 

where light is given to the blind, and where liberty is given to the captive and oppressed.

WE BELIEVE

The resurrection of Jesus Christ has overcome the power of death and give assurance                            

of life after death. And we look forward to His coming again in all fullness and glory        

to make all creation new and to gather all the faithful under God’s Kingdom. Amen.

CALL TO OFFERING (Leader )

The author of the First Letter to Peter encourages us to humble ourselves before God so that we may be exalted by God on “the appointed day.” Let us share in today’s offering with humble spirits and generous hearts.

OFFERING OF TITHES/ PLEDGES AND OTHER OFFERINGS

DEDICATION (Unison)

Ever-present and loving God,

your Word tells us to cast our cares on you because you care for us.

In faith and trust we present these gifts, and ourselves, to you.Bless and multiply them to meet the needs, both hidden and apparent, of your beloved ones. Inspire each of us to live as Christ’s witnesses, today and ever more.

By the power of the Holy Spirit, we pray. Amen.

HYMN OF COMMITMENT:   

“The Church’s One Foundation”  

The church’s one foundation, 

is Jesus Christ, her Lord;

she is his new creation, by water and the Word:

from heav’n he came and sought her, to be his holy bride; with his own blood he bought her, and for her life he died.

Elect from ev’ry nation, yet one o’er all the earth,

her charter of salvation, one Lord, one faith, one birth;

one holy name she blesses, partakes one holy food,

and to one hope she presses, with ev’ry grace endued.

Though with a scornful wonder, men see her sore oppressed,

by schisms rent asunder, by heresies distressed,

yet saints their watch are keeping, their cry goes up, “How long?”

And soon the night of weeping, shall be the morn of song.

The church shall never perish! 

Her dear Lord to defend,

to guide, sustain, and cherish, 

is with her to the end;

though there be those that hate her, 

and false sons in her pale,

against both foe and traitor, 

she ever shall prevail.

‘Mid toil and tribulation, and tumult of her war,

she waits the consummation, of peace forevermore;

till with the vision glorious, her longing eyes are blest,

and the great church victorious, shall be the church at rest.

BENEDICTION

Continue to be faithful, remain committed, be witnesses for Christ.

For the God of all grace has called you to eternal glory through Jesus Christ, 

and will fulfill, restore, strengthen, and establish you through suffering and struggle.

Go forth from this place, empowered by Christ’s love,with Christ’s name on your lips,

the Wisdom of the Holy Spirit in your mind,

God’s love in your hearts,

God’s beloved ones always in your sight, and

God’s still speaking voice in your ear.  Amen.

SILENT MEDITATION

May 24, 2020

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