Fifth Sunday of Easter
May 10, 2020
Gathering as the Body of Christ
“Gift of Love” - Hap Hopson (arr. John Carter)
Welcome and Sharing of Announcements
Call to Worship
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.
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.
“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
“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
- Acts 13:1-3, 14:8-18
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.
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
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.
Bind Us Together
The Blessing and Sending Forth