Fourth Sunday of Easter

God-Consciousness

4th Sunday of Easter 

May 3, 2020

PRELUDE  

LIGHTING OF CHRIST CANDLE

GREETINGS/ SHARING OF CONCERNS

CALL TO WORSHIP

Leader: Let us pray these familiar words, 

recognizing in the Risen Christ our Good Shepherd:

All:  Jesus, you are our shepherd.  

We shall never want. You make us lie down in green pastures; you lead us beside the still waters. You restore our souls. You guide us in the paths of righteousness for your name’s sake. Even though we may walk through the valley of the shadow of death, we fear no evil, for you, Christ, comfort us. Jesus has prepared a table for us in the presence of our foes; 

Jesus has anointed us with the oil of salvation; 

our cup runs over!  Surely, goodness and mercy will follow us all the days of our lives, And we will dwell in the house of our Holy Savior forever and ever.  Amen. 

INVOCATION

Incarnate God, You are the one who comes to us in Jesus Christ. Holy One, You are the one who comes to us in the Holy Spirit. Sovereign of Earth and Heaven, You are the one who calls us to recognize you today and every day

As splendid Mystery. Gather our hearts and minds this day. Kindle our God-consciousness.

Let us worship you in awe and wonder!   Amen 

HYMN OF PRAISE:   

“Praise to the Lord, the Almighty” 

Praise to the Lord, the Almighty, the King of creation!

O my soul, praise Him, for He is thy health and salvation!

All ye who hear, now to His temple draw near;

Praise Him in glad adoration.

Praise to the Lord, who over all things so wondrously reigneth,

Shelters thee under His wings, yea, so gently sustaineth!

Hast thou not seen how thy desires e’er have been Granted in what He ordaineth?

Praise to the Lord, who doth prosper thy work and defend thee;

Surely His goodness and mercy here daily attend thee.

Ponder anew what the Almighty can do,

If with His love He befriend thee.

Praise to the Lord, O let all that is in me adore Him!

All that hath life and breath, come now with praises before Him.

Let the Amen sound from His people again,

Gladly for aye we adore Him.

Confession 

Leader:  Merciful and Loving God, we ask forgiveness because our consciousness of you is dimmed by everyday desires and needs.

ALL:  Raise our consciousness of you, O God.

Leader:  We forget that we are a reflection of your image.  We act as though you are a Sunday-only event.  

ALL:  Increase our mindfulness of you, O God.

Leader:  Help us to a greater common awareness of your deep mystery and infinite presence.  

ALL: Rouse our awareness of you, God.

Leader:  Open our eyes from surface focus to depth perception. Turn our heads from shallow concerns to eternal truths.  

ALL:  Awaken us from faint-heartedness, O God.

Leader:  Forgive us for our narrow and selfish ways.  Save us from cheap grace with your amazing grace.  

ALL:  Forgive us, O God.  We ask in Jesus’ precious name.  Amen.

WORDS OF ASSURANCE  

Holy, Forgiving God, we are your sheep.  

You keep us awake and aware.  

You can increase our God-consciousness every day of our lives.  Bless you and praise you for forgiving us when we are barely mindful enough to ask.  Help us to enter by the door when we hear the voice of the Good Shepherd. We hear your voice of pardon. 

Through Christ’s grace we are forgiven this morning, and we go in. Amen.  

PASTORAL PRAYER

Response: “Blessed Assurance” 

Blessed assurance, Jesus is mine! 

O what a foretaste of glory divine! 

Heir of salvation, purchase of God, 

Born of the Spirit, washed in Christ’s blood.

Refrain:  This is my story, this is my song, 

   Praising my Savior all the day long

SCRIPTURE READING John 10:1-10.

MEDITATION

OFFERTORY PRAYER

Good Shepherd of the Sheep, 

you have opened the door to new life for us 

through your dedication and your sacrifice.  

May we reflect your love for us 

by opening the doors of our hearts to you and your church in the act of giving our tithes and offerings.

OFFERTORY DEDICATION

Thank you, Risen Christ, 

for moving the hearts of the people to give of themselves. May our offerings of service and financial support give voice to your work for justice and peace in this world. May we grow more mindful of you through our giving and our living.  Amen.

THE SACRAMENT OF HOLY COMMUNION

The Invitation:

Hymn: “Let Us Break Bread Together”

Let us break bread together on our knees, 

(on our knees)

Let us break bread together on our knees. 

(on our knees)

When I fall on my knees with my face to the rising sun, O Lord, have mercy on me. 

Let us drink wine together on our knees, 

(on our knees)

Let us drink wine together on our knees. 

(on our knees)

When I fall on my knees with my face to the rising sun, O Lord, have mercy on me. 

Let us praise God together on our knees, 

(on our knees)

Let us praise God together on our knees. 

(on our knees)

When I fall on my knees with my face to the rising sun, O Lord, have mercy on me.

Prayer of Consecration

Words of Institution

Sharing of the Bread and the Cup

Prayer of Thanksgiving

CLOSING HYMN  

 “Savior, Like a Shepherd Lead Us”

Savior, like a shepherd lead us, much we need Your tender care;

In Your pleasant pastures feed us, for our use Your folds prepare.

Blessed Jesus, blessed Jesus, You have bought us, Yours we are;

Blessed Jesus, blessed Jesus, You have bought us, Yours we are.

We are Yours, in love befriend us, be the guardian of our way;

Keep Your flock, from sin defend us, seek us when we go astray.

Blessed Jesus, blessed Jesus, hear Your children when we pray;

Blessed Jesus, blessed Jesus, hear Your children when we pray.

Let us always seek Your favor; let us always do Your will;

Jesus Christ our only Savior, with Your love our spirits fill.

Blessed Jesus, blessed Jesus, You have loved us, love us still.

Blessed Jesus, blessed Jesus, You have loved us, love us still.

Benediction (from 1 Peter and John 10)

Leader: You are called for a purpose:  for the sake of knowing and drawing close toward God  a person bears up under sorrows.

All:      We are not here by chance.

Leader: You are choice and precious in the sight of God, and as living stones,                                                       your lives are being into a spiritual sanctuary where the justice and mercy and peace of the Risen Christ may dwell. 

All:  We are not here by chance.          

Leader: Jesus said, “My sheep hear my voice, and I know me and they follow me;  and I give eternal life to them, and they will never perish; and no one will snatch them out of my hand.

All:     Jesus, we are the sheep of your pasture.

           You have chosen us.

           We have chosen you.

           We are not here by chance. Amen

Response: 

Lord, Prepare Me to be a Sanctuary 

Lord prepare me, To be a sanctuary

Pure and holy, Tried and true

And with thanksgiving, I’ll be a living

Sanctuary, oh for You.


The JCC Choir (Repost)

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