3rd Sunday of Easter

We Gather as the Body of Christ

WELCOME AND FUNNY STORY

Karen Cassidy, CLM

CENTERING WORDS  (Acts 9, John 21)

Jean Kelly – Liturgist

We think we know what will happen and how things will turn out. But then God’s Spirit surprises us. Trust the Spirit at work in you now.

CALL TO WORSHIP (responsive reading)

(Psalm 30)    Jean Kelly – Liturgist

L:  Sing praises to God, you people of faith.

P:  We give thanks to God, who heals and restores.

L:  Praise God who transforms us, who heals us and loves us.

P: Praise God who, clothes us with joy.

L:  Do not be silent. Praise the Lord!

P:  We give thanks to our God, today and always.

OPENING PRAYER (Unison)  (Acts 9)

Jean Kelly – Liturgist

Wisdom of God, come and dwell among us. We gather to hear your word, and to sing your praise. We come as we are, trusting that your grace will perfect us. Interrupt our lives with your vision of truth and love. We praise you now and always. Amen.

HYMN:    Crown Him With Many Crowns

UMC Hymnal    #327

NEW TESTAMENT READING

(Hebrews 11: 1-3 GNT)

Jean Kelly – Liturgist

CHILDREN'S TIME with Miss Karen

PREPARATION FOR PRAYER

Lord Listen to Your Children

The Faith We Sing Hymnal    #2193

PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE    Karen Cassidy

PASTORAL PRAYER

LORD’S PRAYER

HYMN:    Blessed Assurance

UMC Hymnal    #369

NEW TESTAMENT LESSON

Acts 9: 1-6, 7-20 GNT

MEDITATION      Karen Cassidy, CLM

“You Want Me to Do What?”

INVITATION TO OFFERING   

(Matthew 6)    Karen Cassidy

Knowing how much God has given us, let us come with grateful hearts

to offer out tithes and offerings.

 

OFFERTORY  

Awesome God

Barbara House - soloist

BLESSING OF THE OFFERING   

(Revelation 5, John 21)    (Unison)

O God, you have power and wisdom and might. You deserve honor and glory. We come to you, Holy One, blessed by your abundant life, to offer ourselves as your faithful workers. We bring our gifts this day, trusting that they will serve your people. Amen.

HYMN:      Trust and Obey

UMC Hymnal    #467

BENEDICTION (John 21)  Karen Cassidy

Go forth to feed and tend God’s people. Do so because you love Jesus, and because Jesus loves and needs you. May the abundant blessings of God’s love surround and feed you, as God renews you day by day.

DEPART IN PEACE... SHALOM

Old Testament Reading & Gospel Lesson are from the

Good News Translation.

Today’s liturgy is from “The Abingdon Worship Annual – 2022”