Fifth  Sunday of Easter

 

We Gather as the Body of Christ

ANNOUNCEMENTS AND FUNNY STORY

CALL TO WORSHIP

Jesus said, “I Am the Way, the Truth and the Life.” As we

gather for worship this morning, I invite you to think about this sentence and what it might mean for you.

How might you need Jesus to show you the way?

What truth do you need to be reminded of, so that you can make the right decisions and choices?

Are you living the life that Jesus has invited you to lead?

Let us draw near to worship the God revealed in Jesus, who is the Way…the Truth…and the Life.

HYMN: “Here I Am to Worship”

#3177 Worship & Song Hymnal

EPISTLE READING                            1 Peter 2:2-10

CALL TO CONFESSION

In 1 Peter 2:9, we read that God has called us out of darkness into a marvelous light. As we join together in our prayer of confession, let us remember that God’s light shines in the midst of any darkness that we might stumble upon or create for ourselves. Let us pray together.

PRAYER OF CONFESSION (UNISON)

Gracious and generous God, we confess that we do not always lead the lives you desire for us. You want us to fill our lives with your light, yet we do not always do this willingly. You want us to walk along brightly lit paths, but we can be distracted by the shadows. You illuminate what is right and good, and call us to pay attention, but we can avert our gaze and cast down our eyes. Forgive us, O Lord, and shine the light of your love upon us. Forgive us, O Lord, in the name of Jesus. Amen.

ASSURANCE OF PARDON

God calls us out of darkness into a marvelous light. Brothers and sisters in Christ, hear and proclaim the good news:

In Jesus Christ, we are forgiven.

COMMUNION SCRIPTURE             Mark 14: 17-26

SHARING THE BREAD & CUP  Holy Communion

HYMN  “One Bread, One Body”

UMC Hymnal #620

LORD’S PRAYER

CHILDREN'S TIME WITH PASTOR BOB

PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE

PASTORAL PRAYER

PRAYER RESPONSE   “I Need Thee Every Hour” 

#397 UMC Hymnal vs 1 & 2

HYMN: “The Gift of Love”     #408 UMC Hymnal

GOSPEL READING                               John 14: 1-14

MEDITATION

“God as a Mother”

We Are Sent in Ministry to the World

BENEDICTION

Jesus said, “I am the Way, the Truth and the Life.”Jesus will show you the WAY if you are willing to be shown. Jesus will help you find the TRUTH if you are willing to seek it with him. And Jesus will offer you LIFE  in all of its abundance simply by turning to him with an open heart and willing spirit.

May the love and mercy of God be with you this day and always. Amen.

Shalom to You #666 UMC Hymnal

DEPART IN PEACE!

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