Seventh Sunday of Easter
- The Ringing of the Bell
- Words of Welcome: Rev. Joel Weible, Pastor
- Prelude: “Hymn to the Fallen” – John Williams
- Call to Worship – Ed Staats and congregation
- Leader: We gather this morning to praise you, Eternal God.
- People: Before the mountains were brought forth, or ever you had formed the earth and the world…
- Leader: From everlasting to everlasting…
- People: … You are God
- Leader: Let the favor of the Lord be upon us,
- People: And prosper the work of our hands.
- ALL: LET US WORSHIP THE LORD TOGETHER!
- Hymn 265 – “Great God, We Sing That Mighty Hand” – WAREHAM
- Call to Confession and Prayer: Gracious God, whose very name is Love, we mean to do well, but our intentions are soon discarded. We try to be faithful, but we are diverted by so many things. We do not wish to harm anyone but, for lack of consideration, we sometimes hurt those we love the most. We sympathize for those who suffer, more often than we act with them. We refuse to accept the help of others because we are unwilling to admit our own needs. Forgive us when we fall short of anything but Jesus’ call to full life and wasteful love. In Christ’s name, hear our silent prayers of return …
- Assurance of Pardon: Ed Staats and congregation
- Leader: God loves us and frees us from all that we do to turn away from the transformative power of belief.
- People: God hears our cries and questions, and promises to remain in covenant with us.
- Leader: In the name of the Risen One, who came, who comes, and who is to come again, the heavy weight of our doubt is lifted.
- People: We are forgiven and may begin again to love as Christ loves.
- ALL: ALLELUIA! AMEN.
- Response 106 – “Alleluia, Alleluia! Give Thanks” – ALLELUIA NO. 1
- Time for Young Disciples: Mike Yelton
- Anthem: “O Taste and See” – Ralph Vaughan Williams
- The Summer Choir with James Bates, Tenor solo
- Scripture: John 21:20-25
- Sermon: – A STRANGE APPENDIX: THE BELOVED – Rev. Joel Weible, Pastor
- Download the sermon to play on your own audio device: 052817 sermon jw
- Hymn 359: “More Love to Thee, O Christ” – MORE LOVE TO THEE
- Affirmation of Faith: Ed Staats and congregation
- In life and death we belong to God. Through the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, the love of God, and the communion of the Holy Spirit, we trust in one triune God, the Holy One of Israel, whom alone we worship and serve. With believers in every time and place, we rejoice that nothing in life or death can separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord. Amen.
- Time of Giving Thanks: Rev. Joel Weible, Pastor
- Prayers of the People and the Lord’s Prayer
- Offertory: “A Prayer for Protection” – arranged by Robert Powell
- Doxology 592: “Praise God From Whom All Blessings Flow” OLD HUNDRETH
- Prayer of Dedication: Ed Staats and congregation
- Generous God, you are our portion and our cup. In you our hearts are glad, our souls rejoice, and our bodies rest. Bless and multiply our offerings this morning that they may bring the joy of your presence more deeply into the world. Amen.
- Hymn 561: “My Country, ‘Tis of Thee” – AMERICA
- Charge and Benediction: Rev. Weible
- Benediction Response
- The Ringing of the Bell
- Postlude: “A Mighty Fortress is Our God” – arranged by Don Hustad