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May 10, 2020
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Ripples of God's Likeness
Acts 13:1-3, 14:8-18
As the followers of Jesus continue to build the church, they also continue to move out into a world that was much like our own–full of diversity in language, beliefs and world-views. Paul and Barnabas find themselves in many places– most with synagogues and people for whom the message of the One Holy Living God was familiar. But this week we find them in Lystra–a city that only knew the many gods of the Gentiles and Paul and Barnabas are mistaken for these gods. But they firmly offer the message “we are humans like you.” No matter the names given to the holy, we are all connected by the One who created us all in God’s likeness.
Order of Worship
Fifth Sunday of Easter
May 10, 2020
Mother's Day

Gathering as the Body of Christ

Prelude - “Gift of Love” - Hap Hopson (arr. John Carter)

Welcome and Sharing of Announcements

Call to Worship 
(Louise Provan)
Liturgist: God loves us.
People: God cares for us.
Liturgist: God blesses us.
People: God tends to us.
Liturgist: We are God’s precious fruit and faithful seed.
People: God hears us.
Liturgist: God helps us.
People: God trusts us.
Liturgist: God tries us.
People: Sometimes we are more faulty seeds than precious fruit.
Liturgist: But, no matter what, we are God’s.
People: Let us come together to our gracious God.

Opening Prayer
( Louise Provan )
Spirit of God, breathe your wisdom into our thoughts this day. Inspire and strengthen us, that we may be people of faith and hope. In your Holy Spirit, we pray. Amen.

Opening Hymn - “For the Beauty of the Earth” - UMH #92 (vss 1, 4, 5, 6)
1. Amazing grace! How sweet the sound that saved a wretch like me!
I once was lost but now am found; was blind, but now I see.
3. Through many dangers, toils, and snares, I have already come;
‘tis grace hath brought me safe thus far, and grace will lead me home.
4. The Lord has promised good to me, his word my hope secures;
he will my shield and portion be, as long as life endures.

Pastoral Prayer and Lord’s Prayer
Prayer Response - “Holy, Holy, Holy” - TFWS #2007 (2 times)
Holy, holy, holy. My heart, my heart adores you! 
My heart knows how to say to you: You are holy, Lord! 

Attention to the Word of God

Scripture Reading - Acts 13:1-3, 14:8-18
(Louise Provan)
Now in the church at Antioch there were prophets and teachers: Barnabas, Simeon who was called Niger, Lucius of Cyrene, Manaen a member of the court of Herod the ruler, and Saul. While they were worshiping the Lord and fasting, the Holy Spirit said, “Set apart for me Barnabas and Saul for the work to which I have called them.” Then after fasting and praying they laid their hands on them and sent them off. (NRSV)

In Lystra there was a man sitting who could not use his feet and had never walked, for he had been crippled from birth. He listened to Paul as he was speaking. And Paul, looking at him intently and seeing that he had faith to be healed, said in a loud voice, “Stand upright on your feet.” And the man sprang up and began to walk. When the crowds saw what Paul had done, they shouted in the Lycaonian language, “The gods have come down to us in human form!” Barnabas they called Zeus, and Paul they called Hermes, because he was the chief speaker. The priest of Zeus, whose temple was just outside the city, brought oxen and garlands to the gates; he and the crowds wanted to offer sacrifice. When the apostles Barnabas and Paul heard of it, they tore their clothes and rushed out into the crowd, shouting, “Friends, why are you doing this? We are mortals just like you, and we bring you good news, that you should turn from these worthless things to the living God, who made the heaven and the earth and the sea and all that is in them. In past generations he allowed all the nations to follow their own ways; yet he has not left himself without a witness in doing good—giving you rains from heaven and fruitful seasons, and filling you with food and your hearts with joy.” Even with these words, they scarcely restrained the crowds from offering sacrifice to them. (NRSV)

Liturgist: The word of God for the people of God.
People: Thanks be to God.

Message - " Ripples of Likeness" - Pastor Seok-Hwan

Message in Music
(Joanna Ness, Flutist)
“What a Friend We Have in Jesus" - by Joseph M. Scriven &
Charles C. Converse

We Respond

Offertory Prayer 
Thank you, Holy Spirit, for delighting in creation and inspiring us with your gifts. As we share these gifts of joy and love with Christ’s holy church, bless these gifts with your presence, that they may bring your hope and wisdom to God’s beautiful, created world. Amen.

Closing Hymn - " Bind Us Together " - TFWS #2226

The Blessing and Sending Forth
Invitation to Participate in Online Worship from Home
We are looking for people who would like to take part in our online worship services by recording yourself and/or your family members at home. There are several ways to participate. For example, you could serve as a liturgist, read a passage of scripture, read a responsive reading as a family, light a candle, sing a song, or play an instrument. Opportunities may vary each week. Please let us know how you would be willing to participate.  Click here to sign up!
You Are Not Alone

Is this pandemic an especially difficult time for you? Even during this time of isolation, Stephen Ministers are available to walk beside you. There is no need for you to feel alone because through a phone call or online visit with a Stephen Minister, you will feel the support of another caring Christian. All care receiver/caregiver relationships are confidential. 
Contact Nancy Kendall ( 978-392-0235 ), Louise Provan ( 978-821-3775 ), Bev Welsh ( 978-692-7797 ), or Pastor Seok-Hwan (401-585-7027) for more information.
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