May 15 Worship
Hello Union Church Presbyterians,
Worship this Sunday, May 15 will be in-person and streamed on YouTube to view at home. We will share prayers, songs, and reflections.
YouTube broadcast will begin at 10:25 am, https://www.youtube.com/user/NewburghPresby
ORDER OF WORSHIP
May 15, 2022 10:30 am
FIFTH SUNDAY OF EASTER
USHERS today are Richard Smith and Robert Beams. If you would like to usher, contact Dan Olson.
FELLOWSHIP HOSTS today are Diane Kay, Sue S. and Donna. Hosts needed for June. Signup chart in the Fellowship Hall.
When Sue Young went in to collect the Prom Dresses from church, there were 7 more for a total of 22 lovely prom dresses! We are thrilled with this success, and we thank all who donated to this project. We extend our appreciation and thanks to Sue Young for her work in organizing, contacting, and getting the prom dresses to NFA!
SAVE THE DATE: Sunday, June 5 following Church Services!
End of School Year Celebration & Old-Fashioned Potluck Luncheon
Bring your favorite dish to share and be ready to enjoy visits with friends and family, play games, and honor Pastor John for his hard work on behalf of our congregation. All are welcome! Plus, we would like each of you to extend this invitation to a family or friend and bring them along (they do not need to bring food). We will have invitations available for guests in the Narthex soon. Don’t forget to sign up and tell us what dish you are bringing and how many will be attending with you. Sign-up sheet is on the bulletin board in the Narthex.
We look forward to seeing you! The Outreach Committee, Deacons, & Christian Ed
FOOD PANTRY: NEXT OPEN Monday, May 16 and Wednesday, May 18 from 9:30-11:30 am. Serving LOTS of people! If you would like to help, contact Kathy or Debby.
ORDER OF WORSHIP
**Kindly stand if you are able
PRELUDE “Beautiful Savior” arr. Dale Wood
WELCOME and ANNOUNCEMENTS
CALL TO WORSHIP (Adapted from Psalm 148) Leader: Praise the LORD! Praise the LORD from the heavens; praise him in the heights! PEOPLE: Praise him, all his angels; praise him, all his host! Leader: Praise him, sun and moon; praise him, all you shining stars! PEOPLE: Praise him, you highest heavens, and you waters above the heavens! Leader: Let them praise the name of the LORD, for he commanded and they were created. PEOPLE: He established them forever and ever; he fixed their bounds, which cannot be passed. Leader: Kings of the earth and all peoples, princes and all rulers of the earth! PEOPLE: Young men and women alike, old and young together! Leader: Let them praise the name of the LORD, for his name alone is exalted; his glory is above earth and heaven. PEOPLE: Praise the LORD!
Dearest Lord, we continue this season of Eastertide with readings from the Book of Acts, and visions from Revelations as we struggle with the message of resurrection and the gift of eternal life as we navigate these wonderful days of spring warmth amid the promise of summer and the never-ending love of our Creator God. In this we pray, Amen.
**OPENING HYMN “Glorious Things of Thee Are Spoken” Red #694
CALL TO CONFESSION
Even though we often fail ourselves and each other, our God never fails us. Let each of us draw closer to him as we confess together.
PRAYER OF CONFESSION
God of Mercy, we do confess that we are often more fond of sharing your Word among ourselves and with those most like us than in obeying the great commission to spread your Gospel throughout the world. Forgive us our timidity and our prejudices. Lead us by your Holy Spirit to bring the joy we have found in you to the world around us. In Christ’s name we pray. Amen. (A moment for silent personal confession)
ASSURANCE OF FORGIVENESS
Our Creator knows each of us better than we know ourselves, and continues to reach to us through unending love; and thus, by the grace of Jesus, we are forgiven. Amen.
**PASSING OF THE PEACE
**AFFIRMATION OF FAITH (Apostles Creed, adapted by John Redman)
I Believe in God the Father Almighty, Maker of heaven and earth, And in Jesus Christ his only Son our Lord, who was born of a young peasant woman, trained as a carpenter, and baptized by His cousin John. He taught many, He healed many, and He angered many. He suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, dead, and buried. He defeated death and He offers us grace and love in the name of God the Father Almighty; from that time through all time to come. I believe in the power of the Holy Spirit; the universal Church of Christ; the Communion of sharing our gifts with others; the forgiveness of our sins; the Grace of God’s love, and that each soul may have life everlasting. Amen.
**HYMN OF PRAISE “Jesu, Jesu, Fill Us with Your Love” Red # 436
PRAYER FOR ILLUMINATION
Calm us now, O Lord, into a quietness that heals and listens. Open wounded hearts to the balm of your Word. Speak to us in clear tones so that we might feel our spirits leap for joy and skip with hope as your resurrection witnesses. Amen.
READING FROM ACTS Acts 11: 1-18 John Safran
NEW TESTAMENT Revelation 21: 1-6
GOSPEL John 13: 31-35
SERMON The Sermon in Search of a Title John Redman, CRE
PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE & 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. Amen.
OUR TITHES AND OFFERINGS
Let us all consider what we have been blessed with and how we can best share it with those in greater need, even as we gift our church for its greater work to the Glory of God and the undying love of Jesus.
OFFERTORY “Love Consecrates the Humblest Act” setting by Robert Hobby
PRAYER OF THANKS
We thank you, our Lord for those gifts to us that we send to you for your work and ours in congregation, community, and culture. Guide us in good use as we ask in Jesus’ name. Amen.
**HYMN OF PARTING “May the Grace of Christ Our Savior” Red #841
POSTLUDE “Holy God, We Praise Your Name” setting by Michael Burkhardt
John Redman, CRE
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