Sixth Sunday of Easter


Community Advocate

PRELUDE

LIGTHING OF CHRIST CANDLE

GREETINGS

CHURCH CONCERNS

CALL TO WORSHIP

Leader:     We long for community and the Presence of God.

Response:  In whom we live and move and have our being.          

Leader:     This day Christ tells us that we will never be alone. An Advocate—spirit of Truth–will share our journey.

Response:  With whom we will live and create community and celebrate being.

Leader:      May love of God be with you.

Response:  And the joy of Christ surround you.

Leader:     May we know the presence of the Advocate as we gather in this community of peace, May your Truth lead us to the path of discipleship with deeds of bold mercy and courageous justice.

Response:  As an Easter People following a Risen Lord, may the life of Jesus live on in us and through us. Amen.

OPENING PRAYER (unison)

Ever-Present One, we have come here today for many reasons, each with our own story.

May these reasons and stories be immersed in your Sacred Story, finding ourselves caught up in the drama and beauty of Jesus’ teachings, life, and ministry. Enable us to move boldly into the future and to fulfill the hope of love that Jesus taught, even as we pray the prayer he taught us saying,

The Lord’s Prayer

♬**HYMN OF PRAISE 

“Joyful, joyful, We Adore Thee”  

Joyful, joyful, we adore Thee, 

God of glory, Lord of love;

Hearts unfold like flowers before Thee, opening to the sun above.

Melt the clouds of sin and sadness; 

drive the dark of doubt away;

Giver of immortal gladness, 

fill us with the light of day!

All Thy works with joy surround Thee, 

earth and heaven reflect Thy rays,

Stars and angels sing around Thee, 

center of unbroken praise.

Field and forest, vale and mountain, 

flowery meadow, flashing sea,

Singing bird and flowing fountain 

call us to rejoice in Thee.

Thou art giving and forgiving, 

ever blessing, ever blessed,

Wellspring of the joy of living, 

ocean depth of happy rest!

Thou our Father, Christ our Brother, 

all who live in love are Thine;

Teach us how to love each other, 

lift us to the joy divine.

Mortals, join the happy chorus, 

which the morning stars began;

Father love is reigning o’er us, 

brother love binds man to man.

Ever singing, march we onward, 

victors in the midst of strife,

Joyful music leads us Sunward 

in the triumph song of life.

PRAYER OF CONFESSION (Leader) 

Holy Advocate, It seems, at times, we forget that you know us at our very depth. We become anxious and afraid that you are not with us,

in these days of isolation and worry. Yet even now you call us to the work of imagination,

generosity and patience, which are possible when we remember Whose we are. By your mercy, help us to live out the commandments of Christ within these walls, beyond this hour.

WORDS OF ASSURANCE (Minister)

All of us have been created and called to be in community Which today takes many forms!

Know this, but more importantly, live this:

As God’s children we are loved and equipped for great ministry. Follow Jesus’commandment to love boldly, even in solitude, as you are held in the grace and love of God.

PASTORAL PRAYER

Response:  “Trust and Obey” 

Trust and obey, for there’s no other way

To be happy in Jesus, but to trust and obey.

SCRIPTURE READING: John 14:15-21

SERMON: 

CALL TO OFFERING

Today we call upon you as Children of God

to share in the love and work of Jesus.

We, as the gathered Church, the Body of Christ,

continue in our day to witness and work on behalf of our Lord, returning our gifts, tithes and offerings.

OFFERING OF OUR TITHES, PLEDGES AND OTHER OFFERINGS

OFFERTORY PRAYER (Unison)

May these gifts, O God, become action and intention, fulfilling Christ’s commandment to love and serve. Amen.

HYMN OF DEDICATION: 

“Savior, Like a Shepherd Lead Us”

Savior, like a shepherd lead us, 

Much we need Thy tender care;

In Thy pleasant pastures feed us, 

For our use Thy folds prepare:

Blessed Jesus, blessed Jesus, 

Thou hast bought us, Thine we are;

Blessed Jesus, blessed Jesus, 

Thou hast bought us, Thine we are.

We are Thine, do Thou befriend us, 

Be the guardian of our way;

Keep Thy flock, from sin defend us, 

Seek us when we go astray:

Blessed Jesus, blessed Jesus, 

Hear, O hear us when we pray;

Blessed Jesus, blessed Jesus, 

Hear, O hear us when we pray.

Thou hast promised to receive us, 

Poor and sinful though we be;

Thou hast mercy to relieve us, 

Grace to cleanse, and pow’r to free:

Blessed Jesus, blessed Jesus, 

Early let us turn to Thee;

Blessed Jesus, blessed Jesus, 

Early let us turn to Thee.

Early let us seek Thy favor, 

Early let us do Thy will;

Blessed Lord and only Savior, 

With Thy love our bosoms fill:

Blessed Jesus, blessed Jesus, 

Thou hast loved us, love us still;

Blessed Jesus, blessed Jesus, 

Thou hast loved us, love us still.

CLOSING PRAYER

BENEDICTION

Now leave this time of worship, refreshed and hopeful; let love be true and freely given.

And may you be encouraged and blessed by the Advocate whose love warms and surrounds you like the sun, believing that God is with us always, as close as our beating hearts. Amen.

Silent meditation


May 17, 2020

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