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May 24, 2020
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Ripples of Reconciliation
Romans 5: 1-11
God’s love has been poured out upon us through Jesus’ passion and witness, standing for the oppressed even until death on a cross. Our scriptures this day describe the love that continues to be poured out by the Holy Spirit upon us and through us as we seek reconciliation and peace among all people. Let us explore what it means to live in right relationship with neighbors and with God.
Order of Worship
Seventh Sunday of Easter
May 24, 2020

Gathering as the Body of Christ

Welcome and Sharing of Announcements

Call to Worship 
(Preeti Wesley)
Liturgist: The Spirit of God is here,
People: calling us to worship and praise.
Liturgist: The Spirit delights in our presence,
People: rejoicing alongside us .
Liturgist: The Spirit of Truth is still speaking,
People: granting wisdom for our lives today.

Opening Prayer
( Preeti Wesley )
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 - “Old Rugged Cross” - UMH #504 vss1,3,4

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 - Romans 5:1-11
(Melva-Jean Shepherd)
Therefore, since we are justified by faith, we[a] have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, 2 through whom we have obtained access[b] to this grace in which we stand; and we[c] boast in our hope of sharing the glory of God. 3 And not only that, but we[d] also boast in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, 4 and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, 5 and hope does not disappoint us, because God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit that has been given to us. 6 For while we were still weak, at the right time Christ died for the ungodly. 7 Indeed, rarely will anyone die for a righteous person—though perhaps for a good person someone might actually dare to die. 8 But God proves his love for us in that while we still were sinners Christ died for us. 9 Much more surely then, now that we have been justified by his blood, will we be saved through him from the wrath of God.[e] 10 For if while we were enemies, we were reconciled to God through the death of his Son, much more surely, having been reconciled, will we be saved by his life. 11 But more than that, we even boast in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have now received reconciliation. (NRSV)

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

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

Special Music
(Courtney Till, pianist)
“How Great Thou Art” - by Stuart K. Hine, arr by David Cullen

We Respond

Offering

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 - " Pass It On " - UMH #572

The Blessing and Sending Forth
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