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Celebration  of     Worship

6rh Sunday after Resurrection                                          May 17, 2015


* * * Entering Into God’s Presence * * *


 (Please refrain from conversation during the Prelude as we quietly prepare to worship God)


Welcome and Announcements                  (Please Sign and Pass Fellowship Pads)


Sharing Our Joys and Concerns


* Call to Worship   adapted from Psalm 1    (Read responsively) 

Blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the wicked,

Nor stands in the way of sinners, nor sits in the seat of scoffers;

But his delight is in the law of the Lord,

And on His law he meditates day and night.

He is like a tree, planted by streams of water, that yields its fruit in its season.

Its leaf does not wither, in all that he does, he prospers.

The wicked are not so,

But are like chaff that the wind drives away.


* Affirmation of Faith        “The Apostle’s Creed”

I believe in God the Father Almighty, Maker of heaven and earth, And in Jesus Christ his only Son our Lord; who was conceived by the Holy Ghost, born of the Virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, dead, and buried; he descended into hell; the third day he rose again from the dead; he ascended into heaven, and sitteth on the right hand of God the Father Almighty; from thence he shall come to judge the quick and the dead. I believe in the Holy Ghost; the holy catholic* church; the communion of saints; the forgiveness of sins; the resurrection of the body; and the life everlasting.  AMEN                                         *universal


* Prayer of Invocation


* Hymn of Adoration         “Begin, My Tongue, Some Heavenly Theme”     Red Book # 29

Invitation to Confession


Admitting Our Sin to God

 O Lord who is from everlasting to everlasting, we have not followed Your Son as You command. We have not taken up our own cross­es. We have known the flush of shame at the sound of Christ's name and word. We have sought worldly profit and approval to the endan­gering of our souls. God of mercy, we confess our faults and meekly ask to be restored to open fellowship with You. We ask not for our own sake, but in the name of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.  (time of silent, personal confession)  AMEN


Assurance of Pardon     

    Leader   . . . Friends, believe the Good News of the Gospel! 

    ALL:            In Jesus Christ we are forgiven


* Responding with Praise                    “Gloria Patri”                      Blue Book # 579

Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Ghost. As it was in the beginning; is now and ever shall be. World without end, Amen! Amen!


Time with Young Disciples


Prayers of the People and the Lord’s Prayer

Our Father, Who art in Heaven, hallowed be Thy name. Thy kingdom come, thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. Forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. For Thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever.  AMEN.


* * * Responding to God’s Grace * * *


Bringing Our Tithes and Offerings


* Singing Our Praise and Gratitude         “The Doxology”           Blue Book   # 592

Praise God from Whom all blessings flow. Praise Him, all creatures here below. Praise Him above, ye heavenly host. Praise Father, Son, and Holy Ghost.  Amen!


* Prayer of Dedication    


* Hymn of Preparation        “Learning to Lean”   (Sing twice)        Red Book # 534


* * * Listening to God’s Word * * *


* GOSPEL LESSON                            John 17: 6-19                     pew Bible pg. 903


NEW TESTAMENT LESSON              1 John 5:9-13                   pew Bible pg.1023


MESSAGE TEXT                                 Acts 20:1-6                        pew Bible pg. 929


MESSAGE               “God’s Unseen, Preserving Hand”            Pastor Raymond M. Tear


* Hymn of Closing              “God Will Take Care of You”               Red Book # 692


* Receiving the Blessing


* Choral Response                   “Three-fold Amen”                         Blue Book # 586


* Postlude                       


* Please stand (if able) when prompted by the worship leader.


WHETHER you’re investigating the Gospel (Good News) of Jesus Christ, looking for a church home, or have been with us for a long time – welcome! God is real, God is present, and we hope you sense and experience the grandeur of God today in this morning’s worship. Please sign the blue attendance pad and join us in the Fellowship Hall for coffee and light refreshments following the worship service.

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