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UPCOMING SUNDAY WORSHIP:

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May 9, 2021–Fifth Sunday of Easter
We Come Together as God’s People

Prelude
Grand Dialogue
Louis Marchand  
Dr. John Allegar, organist (1669-1732)

Welcome Rev. Christopher A. Henry

* Call to Worship Rev. Brian S. Shivers

One:   The God who brought forth creation, calls each of us to this time,

All:      To this day of resurrection where we come seeking re-creation.

One:    We remember the miraculous power of Christ,

All:      And ask the Spirit to raise our weary souls again.  

One:   This is the day of resurrection, 

All:      Let us rejoice and be glad in it! 

* Prayer of Adoration

* Opening Hymn #464
Joyful, Joyful, We Adore Thee
HYMN TO JOY

Call to Confession  

   Silent Confession

   Prayer of Confession

One: God of grace and mercy, there have been times when we’ve felt scattered about, disjointed, dried up, all our energy gone. There have been times when we’ve been out of joint with your Spirit, lifeless and immobile. Not trusting in your forgiveness or your power, we trust only in ourselves, and our lives become dry and brittle. 

All: Fill us with your Spirit, O God, that we may be transformed. May what was dead, scattered, and disjointed become alive that we may be one body in Christ, equipped to be your people in the world. Amen.

    Assurance of Pardon

* Response of Praise Hymn #106
Alleluia, Alleluia!  Give Thanks
ALLELUIA NO. 1

* Passing of the Peace
 

We Experience God’s Word

Time with Children  

Prayer for Illumination Deacon Bradley Getts

First Scripture Lesson Psalm 108:1-6

Anthem
Justorum anime
Charles Villiers Stanford 
Sanctuary Choir; Dr. Michelle Louer, Director
(1852-1925)

[recorded in worship March 18, 2019]  

Justorum animae in manu Dei sunt,
The souls of the just are in the hand of God,

et non tanget illos tormentum mortis.
And the torment of death shall not touch them.

Visi sunt oculis insipientium mori,
in the sight of the unwise they seemed to die;

illi autem sunt in pace.
But they are at peace.

—Wisdom 3:1-2a,3b

Second Scripture Lesson Acts 20:7-12

Sermon Rev. Christopher A. Henry

“Awakening” "But Paul went down, and bending over him took him in his arms, and said,  'Do not be alarmed, for his life is in him.'" (Acts 20:10)
 

Moment of Silent Meditation

We Give Thanks to God

* Affirmation of Faith by James T. Fatzinger Rev. Karen L. Lang

One: In faith, we acknowledge that God has acted in the past, in a holy history. 

All: In faith, we confess that God seeks to rule our lives today. 

In faith, we affirm that God continues to send prophets and speaks 

through willing vessels to guide the course of all history toward its end. 

One: In faith, we imagine that end to be characterized by the traits we find in Jesus Christ:

compassion, justice, and love. 

All: In faith, we long to be part of that purpose. Amen. 

 

Invitation to Discipleship and Generosity

Offertory Sketch in Db Major, Op. 58
Robert Schumann
Dr. John Allegar, organ
(1810-1856)

Prayers of the People
Let Us Build a House
TWO OAKS

The Lord’s Prayer

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. 

We Go Forth to Serve
 

* Closing Hymn #525
Here I Am, Lord
Daniel L. Schutte 

* Charge and Benediction

Postlude     
Fugue sur le thème du Carillon des Heures de la Cathédrale de Soissons, Op 12
Maurice Duruflé (1902-1986)