Fourth Sunday of
We Gather as the Body of Christ
WELCOME, ANNOUNCEMENTS, AND
FUNNY STORY with Pastor Bob
CENTERING WORDS (Acts 4, 1 John 3)
When we love with our lives, we become reflections of God for all to see.
CALL TO WORSHIP
Debbie Young - Liturgist
In scripture, the metaphor of God as shepherd is used many times. But in our world, where our only experience with sheep might be seeing them in a field while we are out for a drive in the country, it might be hard for us to grasp what this means.
As we worship this day, allow God, our Shepherd, to lead you…to guide you…and to protect you. Let us worship God together!
HYMN: We Are God’s People
The Faith We Sing Hymnal #2220
OPENING PRAYER (unison)
Our Good Shepherd, you have called us your own. We come today, celebrating your love for us. We come today, thanking you for loving us to the point of laying down your life for us. Shepherding Spirit, move through us, connect us to our identity as ones belonging to you with renewed passion for you and your work. Amen.
CHILDREN'S TIME with Pastor Bob
OLD TESTAMENT READING Psalm 23
EPISTLE READING 1 John 3: 16-24
PREPARATION FOR PRAYER
Surely the Presence of the Lord
UMC Hymnal #328
PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE Pastor Bob
HYMN: Gentle Shepherd
Worship & Song Hymnal #3096
GOSPEL LESSON John 10: 11-18
MEDITATION Pastor Bob
“Jesus, The Good Shepherd”
OFFERTORY Hand of Our God
choir from May 19, 2019
BLESSING THE OFFERING (unison)
Generous God, it is our desire to be generous like you, and to share in your name with our brothers and sisters in need. We present these gifts to you, our tithes and offerings, as a way to show our love and to live out our faith, in the name of Jesus Christ. Amen.
HYMN: Built on A Rock
Worship & Song Hymnal #3147 vs. 1-4
May you abide in our Good Shepherd, the most beautiful, excellent, commendable, and admirable one who knows us one-by-one and lays down his life for us, so that we may be an extension of the Good Shepherd by loving one another, just as he loved us. Be a reflection of the Good Shepherd and in doing so you shine God’s light into the world!
DEPART IN PEACE…Shalom!
HYMN: Change My Heart, O God
The Faith We Sing Hymnal #2152