Fourth  Sunday of Easter

 

We Gather as the Body of Christ

ANNOUNCEMENTS AND FUNNY STORY

CALL TO WORSHIP

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 immediately grasp what this means.

The spiritual invitation of the metaphor – God is our shepherd – is

to consider how it is that we need someone to lead us, guide us, and protect us. Someone to show us the best place to lie down for rest and the better place to find life-sustaining nourishment.

As we worship this day, allow God, our Shepherd, to lead

you…guide you…and protect you…Let us worship God together.

HYMN: “The Lord’s My Shepherd, I’ll Not Want”

#136 UMC HYMNAL

OPENING PRAYER

Divine Shepherd, we come to you, in worship, like sheep, which need to be led. We are hungry, O God. Lead us to good grazing land, where we can be nourished in your love and grace. We are weary, O God. Lead us to the green pastures where we can lie down and find our spiritual rest. We are weak, O God. Lead us with your strength into your goodness and mercy. In the name of Jesus, we pray. Amen.

A READING THE THE PSALMS                 Psalm 23

CHILDREN'S TIME WITH PASTOR BOB

PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE

PASTORAL PRAYER

LORD'S PRAYER

PRAYER RESPONSE     “I Need Thee Every Hour” 

#397 UMC Hymnal vs 1 & 2

HYMN: “The Spirit Song”      #347 UMC HYMNAL

GOSPEL READING                                John 10: 1-10

MEDITATION

“The Voice of the Good Shepherd”

We Are Sent in Ministry to the World

HYMN“Where He Leads Me”

#338 UMC HYMNAL vs 1

BENEDICTION

Know that while we experience the suffering and struggles of

this world, we do not have to endure it alone. Christ has both suffered for us and has been an example to us, so that we should follow in his footsteps.

May the grace of Jesus remind you that by his wounds we are

healed. May the love of God reassure you that you are not alone, no matter how difficult or overwhelming the circumstances. And may the power of the Holy Spirit renew you this day and every day. Amen.

Shalom to You #666 UMC Hymnal

DEPART IN PEACE!

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