Seventh  Sunday of Easter

 

We Gather as the Body of Christ

ANNOUNCEMENTS AND FUNNY STORY

CALL TO WORSHIP

Pastor: Clap your hands, all you people!

           People: Shout joyfully to God with a joyous shout!

Pastor: Clap your hands, all you people!

People: The Lord has ascended.

Pastor: Clap your hands, all you people!

People: For we have ascended.

Pastor: Clap your hands, all you people!

People: We have ascended through the transformative power of God. We are commissioned to be witnesses to this power. It is with joy that we live a life that bears witness to your love for all your people. We clap our hands and give you praise for you have given us unspeakable joy!

Pastor: LET US WORSHIP GOD TOGETHER!

HYMN: “Christ the Lord is Risen Today”

#302 UMC Hymnal vs 1-4

OPENING PRAYER (unison)

God, like the disciples, we too are gazing and in awe of

your ascension. We lift our hands to praise you. We lift our

hearts to be strangely warmed by you. We bear our souls

to be revived by you. Grant us the power to be witnesses

of your greatness. Amen.

A READING FROM THE ACTS OF THE APOSTLES

Acts 1: 1-11

CHILDREN'S TIME WITH PASTOR BOB

PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE

PASTORAL PRAYER

LORD’S PRAYER

PRAYER RESPONSE

“Surely the Presence of the Lord” 

#328 UMC Hymnal

HYMN: “Crown Him with Many Crowns”

#327 UMC Hymnal

GOSPEL READING                           Luke 24: 44-53

MEDITATION

“Why do you stand looking up

toward heaven?”

We Are Sent in Ministry to the World

HYMN: “America the Beautiful”

#696 UMC Hymnal

BENEDICTION

We are witnesses and testify to Christ’s resurrection in our midst. We are the body of Christ called to reveal Christ’s glory and love. We may be the only face of Jesus that others will see. Let us radiate the love and joy we have found in Jesus Christ.

HYMN: “Let There Be Peace on Earth”

#431 UMC Hymnal

DEPART IN PEACE and as it was for

John Wesley on May 24, 1738

MAY YOUR HEARTS BE STRANGELY WARMED!

Shalom!

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