Fifth Sunday of Easter


Mother’s Day

PRELUDE

GREETINGS/CHURCH CONCERNS

CALL TO WORSHIP

Leader: Jesus said, I go and prepare a place for you, and I will come again.

People: We gather in this place to know your presence and your love, now and always.

Leader: Jesus said, I am the way, and the truth, and the life. If you know me, you know God.

People: We pray to know you more deeply, that we may know God more intimately, now and always.

Leader: Jesus said, Ask me for anything, and I will do it.

People: Help us to ask for the right things, Lord Jesus Christ, that we may fulfill your will, now and always.

Leader: Jesus said, Believe in me, and Follow me.

People: Help us to worship you fully believing and following –now and always!

INVOCATION (Unison)

Ever-gracious, Way-Making God, we celebrate the gifts of your Spirit. You have not fed us a diet of shame or shrinking, but with the milk of your truth you have made us strong and faithful servants of Christ. You call us to take up the mantle of justice and to follow wherever faith leads us. You fill us with strength and hope, and you invite us to share in the cost and joys of discipleship. You promise us splendor and beauty in this life and in the world to come.

Meet us here  dear God, we pray, that your word will be fulfilled in our hearing and that your Spirit will fill us with courage. Amen.

HYMN OF PRAISE “How Great Thou Art” 

O Lord my God! When I in awesome wonder,

Consider all the worlds Thy hands have made,

I see the stars, I hear the rolling thunder, 

Thy power throughout the universe displayed:

Chorus:

Then sings my soul, my Savior God, to Thee;

How great Thou art, how great Thou art!

Then sings my soul, my Savior God, to Thee;

How great Thou art, how great Thou art!

When through the woods and forest glades I wander,

And hear the birds sing sweetly in the trees; 

When I look down from lofty mountain grandeur 

And hear the brook and feel the gentle breeze:

And when I think that God, His Son not sparing, 

Sent Him to die, I scarce can take it in;

That on the cross, my burden gladly bearing, 

He bled and died to take away my sin:

When Christ shall come with shout of acclamation

And take me home, what joy shall fill my heart! 

Then I shall bow in humble adoration, 

And there proclaim, my God, how great Thou art! 

PRAYER OF CONFESSION (Responsive)

Leader: Ever-gracious God, from generation to generation you call forth faithful women and men to be willing servants of truth You fill us with strength and hope, 

Response: Yet we find it is often not enough.   

Leader:   We pray both for great faith and for easy lives,         

Response: But we know these things seldom exist together      

Leader:     We pray only to avoid the time of trial

Response: When we need also to pray for strength and confidence to face the challenges that come with faithfulness. Forgive us, God, for our limited vision and our feeble trust. 

Leader:  Make us strong like Stephen, so that we may rejoice in your unending grace even in the times of deepest suffering. 

Response:  In Christ we pray.  Amen.

ASSURANCE OF PARDON 

Leader:        Do not let your hearts be trouble but share instead in Stephen’s vision of the heavens opened and Christ standing at the right hand of God. This glorious vision of hope is for all of us, for we are forgiven of all that separates us from the Holy One.

People:       Blessed be God, the giver of life, and blessed be God’s people,

who rejoice in Christ,

the way, the truth and the life.

Response: 

“Thank You, Lord, for Saving My Soul”

 Thank You, Lord, for saving my soul

 Thank You, Lord, for making me whole

 Thank You, Lord, for giving to me

 Thy great salvation so rich and free.

MOTHER’S DAY PRAYER – 

Response:  “God Answers Prayers”  

God answers prayer in the morning,

God answers prayer at noon, 

God answers prayer in the evening,

So keep your heart in tune. 

MESSAGE THROUGH 

THE READING OF THE SCRIPTURE: 

                                         John 14: 1-14

WORD

CALL TO OFFERING (Leader)

We have tasted of the Lord’s goodness

and the sweetness is still on our lips.

Now we permit ourselves to be living vessels

of God’s sweet, sweet Spirit, offering ourselves, our lives and our gifts to those who are most in need of Christ’s healing mercy.

PRAYER OF DEDICATION (Unison)

God, bless these tithes and offerings,

that they may heal and make whole the lives of all your children. And bless those who give and those who long to give, that we may become living stones of mercy, grace and justice

in the house of your creation. Amen.

CLOSING HYMN: “Make Me a Blessing”

Out in the highways and byways of life,

Many are weary and sad;

Carry the sunshine where darkness is rife,

Making the sorrowing glad.

Chorus: 

Make me a blessing, make me a blessing,

Out of my life may Jesus shine;

Make me a blessing, O Savior, I pray,

Make me a blessing to someone today.

Tell the sweet story of Christ and His love,

Tell of His pow’r to forgive;

Others will trust Him if only you prove

True, every moment you live.

Give as ’twas given to you in your need,

Love as the Master loved you;

Be to the helpless a helper indeed,

Unto your mission be true.

CLOSING PRAYER & BENEDICTION

Once you were not a people, but now you are a people bound together in God’s mercy

and united in Christ’s service. Depart from this place in peace and confidence, to love and serve in the name of Jesus the Christ,

the living representation of God

– our way, our truth, our life. Amen.

IRISH BLESSING

SILENT MEDITATION

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