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Seventh Sunday of Easter

Mother’s Day

Ascension Sunday

We Gather as the Body of Christ

PRELUDE              Erin Tellier

WELCOME, ANNOUNCEMENTS,

and FUNNY STORY

Pastor Bob

CENTERING WORDS

(Acts 1, Luke 24, John 17)

Pastor Bob

Why stare at the heavens to find God?

Look within, for God’s Spirit is there.

Look around, for Christ’s disciples are all around.

CALL TO WORSHIP   (John 17

MaryAnn Rees-Liturgist

In the gospel of John, when Jesus is praying for his disciples, he says, “I speak these things in the world so that they may have my joy made complete in themselves.” (NRSV)

Jesus’ desire for us is that we have complete joy. Not an unending happiness or a constant positive attitude. But the deeper and ongoing joy of a life immersed in God. Let us worship the Lord, opening our hearts and minds to the joy that is available to us, let us worship together in the name of Jesus Christ.

      

HYMN:    Christ the Lord Is Risen Today

UMC Hymnal    #302 vs. 1-4

OPENING PRAYER (Acts 1, John 17)

(Unison)     MaryAnn Rees

Risen Christ, be present in our lives and in our worship. Help us recognize and celebrate your presence. Grant us the power of your Holy Spirit, that we may answer the call to be your disciples and bring your message of love to the world. Amen.

EPISTLE READING          Acts 1: 1-11

MaryAnn Rees

CHILDREN'S TIME with Pastor Bob

PREPARATION to PRAYER

Surely the Presence of the Lord

UMC Hymnal    #328

LIFTING THE PRAYERS FROM THE HEART

PASTORAL PRAYER    Pastor Bob

LORD’S PRAYER

We Attend to the Word

HYMN:  Joy to the World

UMC Hymnal    #246

GOSPEL READING     John 17: 6-19

This is the Word of God for the People of God

Thanks be to God, Amen

MEDITATION          Pastor Bob

The JOY of Life

We Gather at Christ's Table

INVITATION to the OFFERING

   Pastor Bob

With songs of joy and hearts of love, let us bring our offerings and gifts in gratitude to God. 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

(Unison)    Pastor Bob

Glorious God may these gifts bring glory to you and grace to your world. May our lives and our ministry reflect your love, and may we spread your message of love throughout the world. Amen.

HYMN:    Crown Him with Many Crowns

UMC Hymnal    #327

We Are Sent in Ministry to the World

BENEDICTION    Pastor Bob

Go forth with JOY.

Go forth with HOPE.

Go forth with Christ’s LOVE leading the way.

SENDING FORTH HYMN

Let There Be Peace on Earth

UMC Hymnal #431

POSTLUDE           Erin Tellier

DEPART IN PEACE...SHALOM!

Worship Liturgy is taken from two sources:

Lectionary Liturgies and the Abingdon Worship Annual 2024.

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