Bulletin for May 3, 2020

May 3, 2020

Fourth Sunday of the Easter Season

Bold indicates congregational participation.

GATHERING IN GOD’S PRESENCE

PRELUDE

CALL TO WORSHIP

In the darkest valley,

at the banquet table; in the hard work of life,

at the moments of ease;

in our day-to-day reality,

at times set aside– like this time, now–

for worship, for listening, for paying attention; with every step we take:

goodness and mercy follow us; our cups overflow.

PRAYER OF THE DAY

Loving Shepherd,

you know our names; you care for us.

When we face darkness and death,

walk beside us. When we hunger for your love,

fill us with your presence. When we are fearful,

feed us at your table.

May we dwell in the house of goodness and mercy

all the days of our lives. Amen.

Opening Hymn #172 My Shepherd Will Supply My Need

CALL TO CONFESSION

SILENT CONFESSION

CONFESSION OF SIN

Lord, we would follow you wherever you might lead.

Lord, we would follow you. Forgive us when we stumble and when we stray.

Forgive us when, distracted, we lose our way.

Be the one to whom we turn,

whose hand we hold,

the Shepherd who leads us safely to the fold.

Lord, we would follow you wherever you might lead.

Lord, we would follow you.

DECLARATION OF FORGIVENESS

Friends, hear and believe the good news of the gospel:

“If God is for us (and God is), who can be against us?”

In the name of Jesus Christ, you are forgiven.

Thanks be to God!

THE WORD

PRAYER FOR ILLUMINATION

Almighty God,

through your only Son you overcame death

and opened to us the light of eternity.

Enlighten our minds and kindle our hearts

with the presence of your Spirit,

that we may hear your words of comfort and challenge

in the reading of the scriptures,

through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

FIRST READING Psalm 23 (KJV)

The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want.

He maketh me to lie down in green pastures:

he leadeth me beside the still waters.

He restoreth my soul:

he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness

for his name's sake.

Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death,

I will fear no evil: for thou art with me;

thy rod and thy staff they comfort me.

Thou preparest a table before me

in the presence of mine enemies: thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over.

Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me

all the days of my life:

and I will dwell in the house of the Lord for ever.

For the Word of God in Scripture

For the Word of God among us,

For the Word of God within us,

Thanks be to God

SECOND READING John 10:1-10

For the Word of God in Scripture,

For the Word of God among us,

For the Word of God within us,

Thanks be to God.

SERMON

RESPONDING TO THE WORD

DECLARATION OF CHRISTIAN FAITH Traditional Apostles' Creed

Prayers of the People

Lord, in your steadfast love,

Hear our prayer.

THE SACRAMENT OF THE LORD’S SUPPER

INVITATION

For Holy Communion this morning,

I invite you to lend Christ your table.

Lend Christ your table, your bread, your cup and your heart,

Prayer

We are one bread, one body, one cup of blessing.

Though we are many throughout the earth,

in your many kitchens, and living rooms

and this church community is scattered,

we are one in Christ.

Gentle Redeemer, there is no lockdown on your blessing

and no quarantine on grace.

Send your Spirit of life and love, power and blessing

upon every table where your child shelters in place,

that this Bread may be broken and gathered in love

and this Cup poured out to give hope to all.

Risen Christ, live in us, that we may live in you.

Breathe in us, that we may breathe in you.

Let us pray in thanksgiving for this meal of grace,

rejoicing that, by the very method of our worship,

we have embodied the truth that Christ’s love

is not limited by buildings made with human hands,

nor contained in human ceremonies,

but blows as free as the Spirit in all places.

Spirit of Christ, you have blessed our tables and our lives.

May the eating of this Bread give us courage

to speak faith and act love,

not only in church sanctuaries, but in your precious world,

and may the drinking of this Cup renew our hope

even in the midst of pandemic.

Wrap your hopeful presence around all

whose bodies, spirits and hearts need healing,

and let us become your compassion and safe refuge.

THE LORD’S PRAYER

WORDS OF INSTITUTION

We give you thanks that the Lord Jesus,

on the night before he died,

took bread,

and after giving thanks to you,

he broke it, and gave it to his disciples, saying:

Take, eat.

This is my body, given for you.

Do this in remembrance of me.

In the same way he took the cup, saying:

This cup is the new covenant sealed in my blood,

shed for you for the forgiveness of sins.

Whenever you drink it,

do this in remembrance of me.

Let us in our many places receive the gift of God, the Bread of Heaven.

We are one in Christ in the bread we share.

(We share the Bread of Life)

Let us in our many places receive the gift of God, the Cup of Blessing.

We are one in Christ in the cup we share.

(We share the Cup of Salvation)

PRAYER AFTER COMMUNION

Loving God, we thank you that you have fed us in this sacrament, united us with Christ, and given us a foretaste of the heavenly banquet in your eternal realm.

Send us out in the power of your Spirit to live and work to your praise and glory, for the sake of Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

CLOSING HYMN #455 All Creatures of our God and King

CHARGE AND BENEDICTION

Liturgical Resources from

Office of Theology and Worship, Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)

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