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ORDER OF WORSHIP, MAY 5, 2024

ORDER OF WORSHIP

MAY 5, 2024 10:30 AM

SIXTH 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                 “Ancient Words”                                                       Mary Lee Farris, Piano

 

WELCOME AND ANNOUNCEMENTS

 

CALL TO WORSHIP (Adapted from Psalm 98)

Leader: Make a joyful noise to the LORD, all the earth; break forth into joyous song and sing praises.

PEOPLE: Sing praises to the LORD with the lyre, with the lyre and the sound of melody.

Leader: With trumpets and the sound of the horn make a joyful noise before the King, the LORD.

PEOPLE: Let the sea roar, and all that fills it; the world and those who live in it.

Leader: Let the floods clap their hands; let the hills sing together for joy the presence of the LORD

PEOPLE: for he is coming to judge the earth. He will judge the world with righteousness, and the peoples with equity.

 

INVOCATION 

Most loving God, who cares for us as a parent and shows us the way to overcome obstacles that would prevent us from loving in return, may we feel even deeper affection for you and to the kind of faith that brings us closer to your will and to fuller lives for each of us, Amen.

 

**OPENING HYMN              “Blessed Assurance, Jesus Is Mine”                          Red #514                 

 

CALL TO CONFESSION

The Living God pours out the Holy Spirit before us and to us, so that we may see our limited rituals as responses to limitless love and blessing, not as prerequisites for them. Let us pray together.

 

PRAYER OF CONFESSION

Gracious God, We come to you asking for help in knowing that we should not, and indeed cannot, confine your divine activity to our own schedules and prejudices. Help us to remain open in our own faith journeys to being preempted by your Spirit. In his 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 - (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            “All Creatures of our God and King”                        Red #356        

PRAYER FOR ILLUMINATION

Gracious God, we do not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes from your mouth. Make us hungry for this heavenly food, that it may nourish us today in the ways of eternal life; through Jesus Christ, the bread of heaven.

 

SCRIPTURE READINGS

NEW TESTAMENT READING:                 Acts 10: 44-48                                               Dan Olson

EPISTLE READING:                                   1 John 5: 1-6

GOSPEL READING:                                   John 15: 9-17

 

SERMON:                             By the Water and the Blood                               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, as today we pray in a new way:

 

Dear Lord,

Let your Holy name be known.

Show us the way for our lives to follow.

Help us to receive what we really need, not just want.

Forgive our mistakes and help us forgive those that might hurt us.

Lead us on your path and keep us from harm.

The power is yours, always. Amen. **

 

** A recent re-discovery from my Confirmation Class at the First Presbyterian Church of LaSalle, Colorado, April 1964. This was a class project, so I can’t claim it’s completely mine.

 

**COMMUNION HYMN                  “We Come as Guests Invited”                              Red #784

 

SACRAMENT OF COMMUNION

Invitation to the Lord’s Table

Communion Liturgy & Prayer of Thanksgiving

Sharing of the Elements

Concluding Prayer

 

OUR TITHES AND OFFERINGS 

May what we offer here be of our own hearts and dedicated to the service of our faith and our

mission to others as they become the blessings and hope that others need and pray for in

their own lives. This we pray in the name of Jesus.  Amen

 

OFFERTORY                        “Take Me to the Water”

 

**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                          “To God Compose a Song of Joy”             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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