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5th Sunday of Easter

PRELUDE            Erin Tellier

We Gather as the Body of Christ

WELCOME, ANNOUNCEMENTS,

and Funny Story

Pastor Bob

INTROIT    To God be the Glory

UMC Hymnal    #98

CENTERING WORDS    (1 John 4, John 15)

Pastor Bob

Connected to Christ through the power

of love, we become the presence of

God for the world.

CALL TO WORSHIP      (1 John 4)

Marianne Rees– Liturgist

Where does love come from? That inexplicable, irrepressible, undefinable feeling that wells up in us. Love takes over. Parental love. Romantic love. Friendship love. Family love. It takes over and guides our choices and our priorities. Where does love come from? In 1 John 4:7 we learn that love comes from God, for God is love. Created in God’s image, we too have the capacity to love. In fact, it is when we love that we show God to others. So let us join together in worship, united in love for God and love for one another. Let us worship God!

HYMN:      I Need Thee Every Hour

UMC Hymnal    #397

OPENING PRAYER

(Acts 8, 1 John 4, John 15)

(Unison)    Marianne Rees

Loving God, send your Spirit among us now.

Bind us to you in love this day, that we

may worship in unity and friendship.

Bind us to you in love this hour,

that we may be strengthened to bring

abundant love to your world.

In love and gratitude, we pray. Amen.

EPISTLE READING

1 John 4: 7-21      Marianne Rees

CHILDREN'S TIME with Pastor Bob

PREPARATION TO PRAYER

"Turn Your Eyes Upon Jesus"

UMC Hymnal    #349

LIFTING THE PRAYERS FROM THE HEART

PASTORAL PRAYER    Pastor Bob

LORD’S PRAYER

PASSING THE PEACE OF CHRIST

(1 John 4)      Pastor Bob

Abiding in God’s love, let’s share signs

of love and peace with one another.

We Attend to the Word

HYMN:    Bind Us Together

The Faith We Sing Hymnal

#2226  (sing twice)

GOSPEL LESSON        John 15: 1-8

This is the Word of God for the People of God

Thanks be to God, Amen

MEDITATION      Rev. Taesung Kang

Granite District Superintendent

Remain in My Love

INVITATION to the OFFERING

   (1 John 4, John 15)      Pastor Bob

Connected in love, let us share our love

offerings with Christ’s church and God’s world.

May our hearts brim with love and generosity

for all as we enter this time of offering.

Give as you are called and as you are able.

OFFERTORY      Erin Tellier

DOXOLOGY

Praise God from Whom all Blessings Flow

UMC Hymnal    # 94

BLESSING of the OFFERING

(1 John 4, John 15)

(Unison)    Pastor Bob

Loving God, bless these gifts with love. Transform lives with our ministries, that your people everywhere might know your grace, abide in your love, and connect with Christ, the vine of life. Amen.

We Are Sent in Ministry to the World

HYMN:

They’ll Know We Are Christians by Our Love

The Faith We Sing Hymnal  #2223

BENEDICTION    (1 John 4)

Pastor Bob

God is love. Go out into the world as a reflection of that love, with your families, with your coworkers, with others in the community, and with neighbors and friends. And may God’s love sustain you and bring you peace. Amen.

SENDING FORTH HYMN

Let There Be Peace On Earth

UMC Hymnal #431

DEPART IN PEACE...SHALOM!

POSTLUDE            Erin Tellier

TWorship Liturgy is taken from two sources:

Lectionary Liturgies and the Abingdon Worship Annual 2024

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