Fourth Sunday of Easter
- The Ringing of the Bell
- Words of Welcome: Rev. Joel Weible, Pastor
- Prelude: “The ‘St. Anne’ Fugue,” BWV 552 – J.S. Bach (1685 – 1750)
- Call to Worship – Reverend Weible and congregation
- Leader: God is good …
- People: … All the time.
- Leader: All the time …
- People: … God is good.
- ALL: LET US WORSHIP GOD TOGETHER!
- Hymn 455 – “All Creatures of Our God and King,” verses 1, 3 & 5 – LASST UNS ERFREUEN
- Call to Confession and Prayer: (unison) Lord and loving God, have mercy on us. We talk about love but our actions betray us. We talk about love, but we neglect the poor. We talk about love, but we fail to love one another. Forgive us, and abide in us by the power of your Spirit so that our lives may show our love for Christ, in whose body we live and in whose name we pray. Hear our silent prayers of return …
- Assurance of Pardon: Rev. Weible 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: Connie Vice
- Musical Offering: “Down to the River to Pray/Lord, Listen to Your Children Praying” – arranged by Mary McDonald (1956 – )
- The Men’s Quartet: James Bates, Richard Ray, Matt Killion, Bob Borders
- Scripture: Matthew 25:1-13
- Sermon: – KEEP YOUR LAMPS TRIMMED AND BURNING – Brandon Ouelette, Seminarian Minister
- Download the sermon to play on your own audio device: 050717 sermon bo
- Hymn 15: “Rejoice! Rejoice, Believers” – LLANGLOFFAN
- Affirmation of Faith: Reverend Weible 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
- A Litany of Thanksgiving and Farewell
- Prayers of the People and the Lord’s Prayer
- Offertory: “I Can Only Imagine” – Bart Mallard (1972 – )
- Doxology 592: “Praise God From Whom All Blessings Flow” OLD HUNDRETH
- Prayer of Dedication: Judy Hall 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.
- Sacrament of Communion
- Communion Settings:
- “Children of the Heavenly Father” – arranged by Dale Wood (1934 – 2003)
- “AR HYD Y NOS” – arranged by Dale Wood (1934 – 2003)
- Hymn 460: “Holy God, We Praise Your Name” GROSSER GOTT
- Charge and Benediction: Brandon Ouellette
- Benediction Response
- The Ringing of the Bell
- Postlude: “Reprise on ‘Lord, Listen to Your Children Praying'” – arranged by Mary McDonald (1956 – )