LITURGY & ORDER OF WORSHIP
Sunday, May 22nd, 2022 Worship Service
The Sixth Sunday of Easter
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CALL TO WORSHIP
God, you have called each and every one of us
We are called into community with one another
Help us to pray for one another
Help us to encourage one another
Inspire us and empower us as we work together
We thank God for one another
Come, let us worship God
Together, Beloved Community, let us worship God.
HYMN 366 Love Divine, All Loves Excelling
PRAYER OF CONFESSION
Holy God, we confess that sometimes we feel like we are in competition. Sometimes we feel our work is not good enough or that we are not meeting standards or expectations. We want to proclaim your love, but we hesitate. There are times when we sit back and rest in judgment or in apathy. Forgive us. Remind us that we are created good in your image. Through the power of your Holy Spirit, empower us to continue the good works you began in each and every one of us. Help us to keep at it, to have courage and to bring joyful service to everything we say and do. In Christ’s name, we humbly pray, Amen.
ASSURANCE OF FORGIVENESS and SHARING OF GOD’S PEACE
May the peace of Christ be with you, and also with you.
The waters of baptism remind us that we are all part of God’s family. In God’s Beloved Community, the utopia of the gospel is made real, the table is set for a banquet that welcomes all, and together we can rejoice and be at peace through the gift of love from Christ Jesus our Lord.
Glory Be To God, Text: Crabtree, Tune: Lord of the Dance
To God, the Creator who gave life to us,
God, the Redeemer who died upon the cross,
and God, the Sustainer who can set us free,
Blessing, Honor, and Glory be!
Praise God, the Father and the Son,
Praise to the Spirit the Three in One,
As it was and is and evermore shall be,
Give Praise to God eternally!
And Jesus said, “Let the little children come to me, All: And do not stop them!”
ANTHEM Come to the Waters, written and sung by Sue Strachan
FROM PAUL AND TIMOTHY, WHO SERVE CHRIST Jesus, To all the holy ones in Christ Jesus at Philippi, together with their bishops and deacons: 2 Grace and peace be yours from our Abba God and from Jesus Christ, our Savior. 3 I thank my God every time I think of you. 4 In every prayer I utter, as I plead on your behalf, I rejoice 5 at the way you have all continually helped promote the Good News from the very first day. 6 And I am sure of this much: that God, who has begun the good work in you, will carry it through to completion, right up to the day of Christ Jesus. 7 It’s only right that I should entertain such expectations about you, since I hold all of you dear—you who are all partakers of grace with me, even when I lie in prison or am summoned to defend the solid ground on which the Good News rests. 8 God knows how much I long for each of you with all the affection of Christ Jesus! 9 My prayer is that your love may abound more and more, both in understanding and in wealth of experience, 10 so that with a clear conscience and blameless conduct you may learn to value the things that really matter, up to the very day of Christ. 11 It’s my wish that you be found rich in the harvest of justice which Jesus Christ has ripened in you, to the glory and praise of God. 12 I’m glad to announce to you, sisters and brothers, that what has happened to me has actually served to advance the Good News. 13 Consequently it has become clear throughout the Praetorium and everywhere else that I am in chains for Christ. 14 Because of my chains, most of our sisters and brothers in Christ have been encouraged to speak the word of God more fearlessly. 15 It’s true that some preach Christ out of envy and rivalry, but others do so with the right intention. 16 These latter act out of love, aware that I am here in the defense of the Good News. 17 The others, who proclaim Christ for selfish or jealous motives, don’t care if they make my chains heavier to bear. 18 All that matters is that in any and every way, whether from specious or genuine motives, Christ is being proclaimed!
This is the Word of the Lord, thanks be to God.
MOMENT FOR SILENT REFLECTION
ANNOUNCEMENTS AND INVITATION TO OFFERING, PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE, concluding with 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, and forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors. Lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. For Thine is the Kingdom, the power and the glory, forever. Amen.
HYMN 468 In My Life (Lord, Be Glorified)
CHARGE AND BENEDICTION
BENEDICTION RESPONSE Great Work Has God Begun in You
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