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4th Sunday of Easter

PRELUDE            Mindi Hu

We Gather as the Body of Christ

WELCOME, ANNOUNCEMENTS,

and Funny Story

Karen Cassidy

CENTERING WORDS    (Acts 4, Psalm 23)

Karen Cassidy

Be bold before God, for Christ,

the rejected one, has become the

cornerstone of our faith.

Through the Good Shepherd,

you are found, comforted, and loved.

CALL TO WORSHIP

(written by Brian Draper-

Christian Aid website)

Donna McCoy    (responsive reading)

The Suffering Servant
becomes the healing source.
The stone rejected
becomes hope’s cornerstone.
The Crucified One
is raised to new life.
The God of healing, hope and life is in our midst:
Let us celebrate and worship our good God!

OPENING PRAYER

(Unison)    Donna McCoy

Thank you, loving God, for bringing us to this time of worship. Refresh us and heal us again. Remind us of the many ways in which you have blessed our lives with your abundant love and your presence. Guide our hearts and our spirits that we may hear your words and our souls may be stirred into active service to your people. In the name of the Good Shepherd, who leads us to life, we pray. AMEN.

HYMN:

"O For a Thousand Tongues to Sing"

UMC Hymnal    #57 vs. 1-5, & 7

OLD TESTAMENT READING

Psalm 23 - NIV      Donna McCoy

CHILDREN'S TIME with Miss Karen

PREPARATION FOR PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE

"Turn Your Eyes Upon Jesus"

UMC Hymnal    #349

PASTORAL PRAYER

LORD’S PRAYER

We Attend to the Word

HYMN:    "O How I Love Jesus"

UMC Hymnal #170

EPISTLE READING      Acts 4: 5-12    NIV

This is the Word of God for the People of God

Thanks be to God, Amen

MEDITATION          Karen Cassidy, CLM

“The Challenge, Our Challenge”

INVITATION to the OFFERING

   (Matthew 6)      Karen Cassidy

Knowing how much God has given us,

let us come with grateful hearts to offer

out tithes and offerings.

Give as you are called and as you are able.

OFFERTORY      Mindi Hu

DOXOLOGY

Praise God from Whom all Blessings Flow

UMC Hymnal    # 94

BLESSING of the OFFERING

(Psalm 23, John 10)

(Unison)    Karen Cassidy

As the Good Shepherd lays down his life for his sheep, may we, too, strive to serve our neighbor. Whether next door, across town, or around the world, may God bless our prayers, our gifts, and our ministries, In Christ’s name, we present these gifts. Amen.

We Are Sent in Ministry to the World

HYMN:    “Sent Forth by God’s Blessing”

UMC Hymnal  #664

BENEDICTION    (1 John 3, John 10)

Karen Cassidy

SENDING FORTH HYMN

“Let There Be Peace On Earth”

UMC Hymnal #431

DEPART IN PEACE...SHALOM!

POSTLUDE            Mindi Hu

Today’s liturgy is from

“The Abingdon Worship Annual – 2024”

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