Pre-Recorded Worship Service
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May 16, 2021
Order of Worship
Seventh Sunday of Easter
BOLD indicates congregational SPEAKING participation
Gathering as the Body of Christ

Welcome and Sharing of Announcements

Call to Worship
Liturgist:Welcome to worship this day!  
People: We have come seeking God’s blessings and love.
Liturgist: They shall be given to you.
People: We have come seeking forgiveness and healing.
Liturgist: These will be offered to you. Open your hearts to receive God’s Good News.
People: We open our hearts to all of God’s words and ways for us. AMEN.

*Opening Prayer
Most wonderful God, foolish and flawed though we are, we too delight in your beloved Son. As in his name we gather in the house of many praises, may the heavens be opened for us, that we may catch a glimpse of that Light and Love that transforms our common days with a beauty not of our making. Through Christ Jesus our Lord. Amen!
(Bruce Prewer, http://www.bruceprewer.com/DocA/10BAPTIS.htm)

Opening Hymn
Lord, I Lift Your Name on High
TFWS #2088 (2 times)

Pastoral Prayer and Lord’s Prayer

Prayer Response
"Lord, Be Glorified"
(TFWS #2150)

In our lives, Lord, be glorified, be glorified
In our lives, Lord, Be glorified today.

In your church, Lord, be glorified, be glorified
In your church, Lord, Be glorified today.

Message in Music
“Lead me, Lord in Thy Righteousness”
Samuel Sebastian Wesley
Adult Choir (singing from our homes)*

Attention to the Word of God

Scripture Readings

Matthew 3:13-17; 11:1-6

13 Then Jesus came from Galilee to John at the Jordan, to be baptized by him. 14 John would have prevented him, saying, “I need to be baptized by you, and do you come to me?” 15 But Jesus answered him, “Let it be so now; for it is proper for us in this way to fulfill all righteousness.” Then he consented. 16 And when Jesus had been baptized, just as he came up from the water, suddenly the heavens were opened to him and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and alighting on him. 17 And a voice from heaven said, “This is my Son, the Beloved,[d] with whom I am well pleased.”

Now when Jesus had finished instructing his twelve disciples, he went on from there to teach and proclaim his message in their cities. 2 When John heard in prison what the Messiah[a] was doing, he sent word by his[b] disciples 3 and said to him, “Are you the one who is to come, or are we to wait for another?” 4 Jesus answered them, “Go and tell John what you hear and see: 5 the blind receive their sight, the lame walk, the lepers[c] are cleansed, the deaf hear, the dead are raised, and the poor have good news brought to them. 6 And blessed is anyone who takes no offense at me.”

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

Message
"Jesus Before Christianity (2) John the Baptist and Jesus" 
Pastor Seok-Hwan

We Respond

Offertory Prayer 
Bless these gifts, O Lord of all, that we might worship you with great joy and serve your people with great love. In Christ’s name, Amen.

Closing Hymn
“He Touched Me”
UMH #367

The Blessing and Sending Forth
Go forth joyfully. God is with you. Bring peace and hope to all you meet. And may God’s eternal love shine through you always. Amen.


Servers
Organist: Matt Cron
Liturgist: Bev Welsh
Video: Spencer Murata


*Adult Choir Singers:
Marge Barnett
Jane Beatty
Mark Beatty
Morgan Bott
Beth Fowler
Bella Guilmartin
Larry Guilmartin
Claire Hall
Scott Hall
Mark Johnson
Ken Muzykewicz
Louise Provan
Marilyn Seymour
Our Mission Statement
“God calls us to be disciples of Jesus, building community through service and fellowship and sharing the love of Christ with all.”

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“The United Methodist Church of Westford is an open and welcoming community of Christian Faith. Without any exceptions, we welcome anyone who seeks to love and to serve God.”
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