May 7, 2022

Dear Beloved St. Paul’s UMC and Wesley Foundation Family,

Grace and peace to you all! May you continue to remember that we are Easter people! We are people who are practicing resurrection in this season and always! One of the ways we do that is to follow Jesus not in the way we expect, but in the way he is actually leading us. Our worship this weekend will remind us that the way of following Jesus is not a mystery, but that he has in fact shown us the way. We will hear a mission moment about the St. Paul’s Shoe Bank, celebrate our mothers, and offer a blessing to the college graduates in our midst, including the following graduates: 

  • Mollie Albert: University of Oklahoma, Bachelor of Business Administration in Marketing and Management Information Systems
  • Justin Frear: Duke University, Master of Divinity
  • Simon Hebert: The Pennsylvania State University, Bachelor of Arts in History, Bachelor of Arts in English, Schreyer Honors College
  • Mikael Hiestand: The Pennsylvania State University, Ph.D, Geography 
  • Kelly Hooper: The Pennsylvania State University, Bachelor of Arts in Music; Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, Schreyer Honors College
  • Drew Linnes: Lock Haven University, Bachelor of Science in Sport Management
  • Daniel Wesloh: The Pennsylvania State University, Ph.D, Meteorology and Atmospheric Science

Here is the schedule for tomorrow, May 8th:
9:00 AM
In-person Sunday School for children and adults

9:00 AM
In-person Service of Word and Table in the sanctuary

10:30 AM
Hybrid worship service, in-person and livestreamed here.
*Please remember that since this service is filmed and live-streamed,
you or your family members may be on our worship recording,
which is streamed and archived on our YouTube channel.

11:30 AM
Discussion Group in-person and on Zoom
(Join by clicking here, or use Meeting ID- 859 0584 5591 and Passcode- stpauls)
IMPORTANT NOTE: Please remember that masks are now optional at our in-person worship services. While making this adjustment, we continue to affirm that masks are one of the best ways to stop the spread of disease, so some folks may want to continue to wear a mask as a way of protecting themselves and others. In all of this, let us show kindness to others as they make their own decisions. Finally, as one way to continue to show love to one another, and since we are continuing to livestream our 10:30 service, please do not come to in-person worship if you are feeling symptomatic of something that could be contagious.

Grace|Peace,
Pastor Greg
Order of Worship
Prelude: “Prelude and Fugue in A Minor”  (J.S. Bach)
Ryan Ditmer

Greeting
Rev. Greg Milinovich

Call to Worship
One: Arise, friends, let us practice resurrection together today!
All: Alleluia! We give thanks to the risen Christ!
One: Let us worship the one who brings forth life from everything:
All: Alleluia! We praise the name of God!
One: Let us sing of our Easter hope and joy:
All: Alleluia! Alleluia!

Opening Hymn: “Alleluia, Alleluia” (UMH 162)

Creed: Affirmation from 1 Timothy 2:5-6; 1:15; 3:16 (UMH 889)
Rev. Sarah Coker Voigt
One: There is one God and there is one mediator, Christ Jesus, who came as a ransom for all, to whom we testify.
All: This saying is sure and worthy of full acceptance: That Jesus Christ came into the world to save sinners and was manifested in the flesh, vindicated in the Spirit, seen by angels, proclaimed among the nations, believed in throughout the world, taken up in glory. Great indeed is the mystery of the gospel. Amen. 

Passing the Peace

Scripture: John 10:22-30 (NRSV)
Leann Mohr

Message: “Doing What We Are Told”
Rev. Greg Milinovich

Anthem: “Be Thou My Vision”
Chancel Choir

Pastoral Prayer

The Lord’s Prayer (as written by our Sunday School Children)
Our shepherd who is always close to us, 
may we always praise your name.
God, bring heaven down to earth.
Give us faith, food, water and worth
and forgive our sins, as we forgive those who sin against us.
Let us run from anything that is tempting,
for great is your power and glory forever. Amen.

Offering

Closing Hymn: “O Jesus, I Have Promised” (UMH 396)

Mission Moment: St. Paul’s Shoe Bank
Jan Becker

Benediction

Postlude: “All Glory Be to God on High” (Johann Pachelbel)
Ryan Ditmer, organ
  • Have you ever thought about Jesus being maternal before? What are some ways that you see Jesus being like a mother?

  • Are there ways that Jesus has been telling us who he is, or who we are, or to what we are being called, but like children we are not really listening? How does this ring true for you?

  • We’ve been talking about practicing resurrection, but maybe we aren’t always sure how to do that. How might what we have shared together today help give shape to that practice? 
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