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ORDER OF WORSHIP, MAY 12, 2024



ORDER OF WORSHIP

MAY 12, 2024 10:30 AM

SEVENTH SUNDAY AFTER EASTER

ASCENSION SUNDAY * MOTHERS’ DAY

 

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     “As Longs the Deer for Cooling Streams “                        Mary Lee Farris, Piano

 

WELCOME AND ANNOUNCEMENTS

 

CALL TO WORSHIP (Adapted from Psalm 1)

Leader: Happy are those who do not follow the advice of the wicked, or take the path that sinners tread, or sit in the seat of scoffers;

PEOPLE: but their delight is in the law of the LORD, and on his law they meditate day and night.

Leader: They are like trees planted by streams of water, which yield their fruit in its season, and their leaves do not wither. In all that they do, they prosper.

PEOPLE: The wicked are not so but are like chaff that the wind drives away.

Leader: Therefore the wicked will not stand in the judgment, nor sinners in the congregation of the righteous;

PEOPLE: for the LORD watches over the way of the righteous, but the way of the wicked will perish.

 

INVOCATION 

Dear Lord, today we each turn to you to give thanks for own mothers. With your own gift of life, she bore me in her womb and gave me life. She tenderly, patiently cared for me and taught me to walk and talk. She read to me and made me laugh. No one delighted in my successes more; no one could comfort me better in my failures. I am so grateful for how she mothered me and mentored me. And for those whose mothers have passed into your kingdom Lord, we know that they are greeted always with your love and grace. In the name of Jesus, our Lord and Savior forever and ever. Amen

 

**OPENING HYMN              “My Jesus, I Love Thee”                                   Red #100                  

 

CALL TO CONFESSION

Even in this glory of springtime, we are reminded of our shortcomings as we reflect on the gifts of our God and our often poor attempts at reconciliation. Let us confess our sins together.

 

PRAYER OF CONFESSION

Most merciful God, it grieves us to realize admit to you how often we place limits or time or place on your presence among us and gracious love for us. Forgive us we pray. Teach us to remain open in all our reverence for you, not hindered by schedule or calendar, but guided by your unwavering Spirit. In Jesus name, we pray, Amen.

(moment for silent personal confession)

 

ASSURANCE OF FORGIVENESS

Friends, even death could not silence the message of love and grace brought to us in the life of Jesus. By the grace of God and the Love of Jesus, we are forgiven Amen.

 

**GLORIA PATRI                                                                                                      Red #805

 

**PASSING OF THE PEACE

 

**AFFIRMATION OF FAITH - (From the Confession of 1967)

In Jesus Christ, God was reconciling the world to himself. Jesus Christ is God with man. He is the eternal Son of the Father, who became man and lived among us to fulfill the work of reconciliation. He is present in the church by the power of the Holy Spirit to continue and complete his mission. This work of God, the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, is the foundation of all confessional statements about God, man, and the world. Therefore, the church calls men to be reconciled to God and to one another.

 

**HYMN OF PRAISE            “Great is Thy Faithfulness”                                   Red #60          

 

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.

 

SCRIPTURE READINGS

NEW TESTAMENT READING:                 Acts 1: 15-17, 21-26                            John Safran

EPISTLE READING:                                   1 John 5: 9-13

GOSPEL READING:                                   John 17: 6-19

 

SERMON:                             In the Name of the Father                                   John Redman, CRE

 

PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE

Gracious God, keep in our hearts all those whose names you already know and who ask for healing in their own quiet ways, let us pray together as our redeemer taught us, 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 

It is right to share our abundance with those who have less or need more. May what we offer here help to be the answer of the prayers of others in the name of Jesus, Amen.

 

OFFERTORY                        “It is Well with My Soul”                                         Choral Ensemble

 

**DOXOLOGY                      Traditional                                                                  Red #809

 

**PRAYER OF THANKS 

Gracious God, accept our gifts that they may be used wisely in your service for those who hunger, or thirst, or merely seek a greater understanding of your love. This we gratefully pray in Jesus’ name, Amen.

 

**HYMN OF PARTING        “God Be with You”                                             Red #840 (Verse 1)  

 

BENEDICTION

To those who have been called and are loved by God the Father and kept by the grace of Jesus Christ. May mercy, peace and love be yours in abundance, on this day and those to come. Amen

 

POSTLUDE                          “Take Up Your Cross, the Savior Said”                 Mary Lee Farris, Piano

 

Blessings!

 

 

John Redman, CRE

Mobile: (914) 474-0722

Union Church

44 Balmville Rd, Newburgh NY 12550

Phone: (845) 562-0954

 

 

Session

Moderator: John Redman

Co-Clerks of Session: Libby Syzmanowicz & Mary Whidden

President of Corporation: James Phillips

 

Class of 2024                         Class of 2025                         Class of 2026

Janice Anderson                    Merle Hennessey                  Nancy Thomas

Jeff Bousche                          Dave Young                           Mary Whidden

Rob Ferguson                        Brittany Brooks                      Sheila O’Donnell

 

Deacons

Moderator: Alana Gervais

Co-Moderator: Cathy McCarty

 

Class of 2024                         Class of 2025                         Class of 2026

Alana Gervais                        Jane Miller                              Donna Trafagander

Arminda Porretto                   Bob Beams                            Sue Sloat                               

Sue Young                             Gayle McKenzie                    Cathy McCarty

                            

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