APRIL 30, 2023 BULLETIN, FOURTH SUNDAY OF EASTER
Updated: May 4
ORDER OF WORSHIP
April 30, 2023 10:30 AM
FOURTH SUNDAY OF EASTER
If you have individual prayer requests, please write them on prayer cards in the pews and bring them up or give them to an usher during the prelude.
**Kindly stand if you are able
PRELUDE “Jesus Walked This Lonesome Valley” Mary Lee Farris, Piano
WELCOME AND ANNOUNCEMENTS
CALL TO WORSHIP (Psalm 23)
Leader: The LORD is my shepherd, I shall not want.
PEOPLE: He makes me lie down in green pastures; he leads me beside still
Leader: he restores my soul. He leads me in right paths for his name’s sake.
PEOPLE: though I walk through the darkest valley, I fear no evil; for you are with me; your rod and your staff-- they comfort me.
Leader: You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies; you anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows;
PEOPLE: Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life, and I shall dwell in the house of the LORD my whole life long.
**OPENING HYMN: “Leaning on the Everlasting Arms” Red #609
CALL TO CONFESSION
Our Lord has given the name above all names for our redemption, for the divine
presence it signifies. Let us learn to tap into that wealth of love and grace so that our work here may be truly redemptive. Let us pray together.
PRAYER OF CONFESSION
Compassionate God we confess our difficulty in believing in, much less trusting your divine power. We seem to be more willing to trust our own devices to accomplish whatever good we may, and to call upon you only as a last resort. Forgive us and convince us yet again that the true source of healing and redemption rests only with you and in your Son, in whose we name we pray, Amen.
A moment for silent personal confession
ASSURANCE OF PARDON
Friends in faith, our Lord knows us, understands us, and loves us and therefore he always forgives us. Amen.
PASSING OF THE PEACE
GLORIA PATRI Traditional
HYMN OF PRAISE: “Savior, Like a Shepherd Lead us” Red #552
PRAYER FOR ILLUMINATION
God, source of all light, by your Word you give light to the soul. Pour out on us the spirit of wisdom and understanding that our hearts and minds may be opened. Amen
OLD TESTAMENT READING: Ezekiel 34: 11-16 Cathy McCarty
GOSPEL READING: John 10:1-10
SERMON Like a Shepherd John Redman, CRE
PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE and THE LORD’S PRAYER:
And Lord we pray for those in our own hearts whose names you already know, for their own healing and comfort, in your name and that of our redeemer Jesus Christ, who taught to pray, saying:
Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name.
Thy kingdom come, thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread, and forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors.
And lead us not into temptation but deliver us from evil.
For thine is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever
OUR TITHES AND OFFERINGS
We give freely from the bounty we have been given by our Gracious God. May what we offer in these moments help to become the very blessing and hope that others need. This we pray in the name of Jesus. Amen.
OFFERTORY: “Reflection” by Mark Hayes
PRAYER OF THANKS
Lord God, we thank you for these gifts. As we follow in faith, may we find ways to honor you by giving of our treasure, our time and our talents to glorify you and our Lord Jesus Christ. Amen.
Closing hymn: “There’s a Sweet, Sweet Spirit” Red #291
Leader: Let us go out together into the world
PEOPLE: With the joy of Jesus in our hearts.
Leader: We go now, in his name!
PEOPLE: And we bring his name to all we know.
Leader: Let our love show to all we meet and bring that message
PEOPLE: To all we meet in this world. Amen.
POSTLUDE. “Peace Like a River” Mary Lee Farris, Piano
John Redman, CRE
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