Trinity Sunday | Father’s Day

We begin and prepare for worship by centering ourselves, remembering the waters of baptism.

In baptism, we are joined to Christ and made members of one body— a people seeking to live faithfully into God’s purpose for us and for all creation.

PRELUDE

*CALL TO WORSHIP+

God of Delight,
your Wisdom sings your Word
at the crossroads where humanity and divinity meet.
Invite us into your joyful being
where you know and are known
in each beginning,
in all sustenance,
in every redemption,
that we may manifest your unity
in the diverse ministries you entrust to us,
truly reflecting your majesty
in the faith that acts,
in the hope that does not disappoint,
and in the love that endures. Amen.

*HYMN 1 Holy, Holy, Holy   NICEA

*INVITATION TO CONFESSION

Now the righteousness of God
has become manifest in Christ Jesus—
for everyone, without distinction.
In full assurance of faith,
let us make our confession before God.

*PRAYER OF CONFESSION

Eternal God,
the deep mystery of your being
remains forever beyond our comprehension.
But with our usual human arrogance,
we attempt to define exactly who and what you are,
using both familiar images and complex concepts,
in an effort to capture your ever-elusive reality.
Help us acknowledge our vain pretensions
and accept our creaturely limitations,
so that, empowered by your Spirit,
we might share more fully with others
the embodiment in Christ Jesus
of your redeeming love
for the whole of your Creation.
Amen

Silent confession.

*CONGREGATIONAL RESPONSE

*ASSURANCE OF GRACE

Hear the Good News!
We have not received a spirit of slavery,
that we might fall back into fear.
God’s own Spirit bears witness with our spirits
that we are children of God,
reconciled to God in Christ Jesus.

Believe the Good News of the Gospel.
In Jesus Christ we are loved and befriended by God.

*PASSING OF THE PEACE

And since we have been reconciled to God, let us also be reconciled to one another.

The peace of Christ be with you.
And also with you.

The congregation is invited to exchange signs of peace.

*CONGREGATIONAL RESPONSE  Glory, Glory Hallelujah

Glory, glory, hallelujah
Since I laid my burden down
Glory, glory, hallelujah
Since I laid my burden down
I feel better, so much better…

Glory, glory, hallelujah…

SCRIPTURE READING  Acts 3:1-9

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                 All I Have to Give…               Travis Chavis

*HYMN 774 There is Now a New Creation  STUTTGART

INVITATION TO THE OFFERING

OFFERING

*DOXOLOGY LASST UNS ERFREUEN

Praise God, from whom all blessings flow.
Praise God all creatures high and low.
Alleluia, alleluia!
Praise God in Jesus fully known:
Creator, Word, and Spirit one.
Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia!

PRAYER OF THANKSGIVING

Lift up your hearts.
We lift them up to God.
Let us give thanks to God.
It is right to give God thanks and praise.

We thank you, O God,
for you are gracious.
You have created us in love,
and you have remembered us
when we were in trouble.
We thank you, O God,
for you come to us in Christ Jesus,
redeeming with your wondrous love
the whole of your Creation.
We thank you, O God,
for with your Spirit
you strengthen and encourage us,
leading us in ways of goodness and truth.

Silent meditation.

We give thanks to you in all things, O God, as we pray together saying:

Our Father-Mother, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name; thy kingdom come, thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven; give us this day our daily bread; and forgive us our sins, as we forgive the sins of others; and lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil; for thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory forever. Amen.

*HYMN 11 Source and Sovereign, Rock and Cloud  ABERSTWYTH

*DISMISSAL

POSTLUDE

*Please rise in body or in spirit.

***

The Session of the Church:
Class of 2019: Mark Taylor, Brett Withers
Class of 2020: Alan Stephenson, Tom Eldridge
Class of 2021: Greg Gardner, Heidi Hall
Melinda Sanders, Moderator

We thank those who served in and prepared for worship today:

Travis Chavis, Preacher
Jeff Moles, Director of Music Ministries
Jude Romines, Liturgist
Octavia Battle and Jonathan Cain,Offering Takers

The Seventh Sunday of Easter

We begin and prepare for worship by centering ourselves, remembering the waters of baptism.

In baptism, we are joined to Christ and made members of one body— a people seeking to live faithfully into God’s purpose for us and for all creation.

PRELUDE

*CALL TO WORSHIP  From Psalm 97

The Holy One is God!
            Let the earth rejoice;
            let the many coastlands be glad!
The heavens proclaim God’s righteousness;
            and all the peoples behold God’s glory.
Zion hears and is glad,
and the towns of Judah rejoice,
            because of your judgments, O God.
For you, O Holy One, are most high over all the earth;
            you are exalted far above all gods.
Rejoice in the Holy One, all righteous,
            and give thanks to God’s holy name!

*HYMN 485 We Know That Christ is Raised  ENGLEBERG

*INVITATION TO CONFESSION

Let us approach the table of grace with boldness
knowing that we will receive God’s mercy.
With open hearts and minds and a spirit of boldness,
join me in this morning’s prayer of confession
Let us pray.

*PRAYER OF CONFESSION

Creator of the Universe,
you made the world in beauty,
and restore all things in glory
through the victory of Jesus Christ.
We pray that, wherever your image is still disfigured
by poverty, sickness, selfishness, war and greed,
the new creation in Jesus Christ

may appear in justice, love, and peace,
to the glory of your name. Amen.

Silent confession.

*ASSURANCE OF GRACE

Receive the Good News! There is no greater joy in the heart of God than in this moment. For in this moment, we call upon God to grant us new life in the center of our wounded hearts.  It is with great joy that God grants us new life and the grace of forgiveness.

Believe the Good News of the Gospel.
In Jesus Christ we are loved and befriended by God.

*PASSING OF THE PEACE

And since we have been reconciled to God, let us also be reconciled to one another.

The peace of Christ be with you.
And also with you.

The congregation is invited to exchange signs of peace.

*CONGREGATIONAL RESPONSE  Hymn 243, Be Not Afraid

Be not afraid; sing out for joy! Christ is risen, alleluia!
Be not afraid; sing out for joy! Christ is risen, alleluia!

SCRIPTURE READING

SCRIPTURE READING

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                      Title                       Kendra Ketter Chavis

*HYMN 772 Live into Hope  TRURO

INVITATION TO THE OFFERING

OFFERING

*DOXOLOGY

Let trumpets sound and voices sing!
Let all on earth their praises bring! Alleluia! Alleluia!
For Christ has conquered sin and death
And given life eternal breath.
Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia!

HOLY COMMUNION

INVITATION TO THE TABLE

PRAYER OF THANKSGIVING

Lift up your hearts.
We lift them up to God.
Let us give thanks to God.
It is right to give God thanks and praise.

God of all mercies, we give you humble thanks for all your goodness and loving-kindness to us and to all people. We bless you for our creation, preservation, and all the blessings of this life, but above all for your boundless love in the redemption of the world by Jesus Christ, for the means of grace, and for the hope of glory.

With thanksgiving we take this bread and this cup,
remembering Jesus’ suffering and death,
proclaiming the Good News of his resurrection.

Mighty God,
let your Spirit move in power over us,
and over these gifts of bread and wine,
that they may be for us
the communion of Christ’s body and blood.
Strengthened by this holy meal,
may we live for that day
when all peoples are free, all divisions healed,
and the whole of your creation
sings your praise together.

Silent meditation.

We give thanks to you in all things, O God, as we pray together saying:

Our Father-Mother, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name; thy kingdom come, thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven; give us this day our daily bread; and forgive us our sins, as we forgive the sins of others; and lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil; for thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory forever. Amen.

*HYMN Some There Are Who by Their Living RUSTINGTON

*DISMISSAL

POSTLUDE

*Please rise in body or in spirit.

***

The Session of the Church:
Class of 2019: Mark Taylor, Brett Withers
Class of 2020: Alan Stephenson, Tom Eldridge
Class of 2021: Greg Gardner, Heidi Hall
Melinda Sanders, Moderator

We thank those who served in and prepared for worship today:

Kendra Ketter Chavis, Preacher
Jeff Moles, Director of Music Ministries
Jenny Cook, Liturgist
Steve Fay and Cliff Mundy, Offering Takers

The Sixth Sunday of Easter

We begin and prepare for worship by centering ourselves, remembering the waters of baptism.

In baptism, we are joined to Christ and made members of one body— a people seeking to live faithfully into God’s purpose for us and for all creation.

PRELUDE

*CALL TO WORSHIP  Psalm 67:1-7

May God be gracious to us and bless us
and make God’s face to shine upon us,
            that your way may be known upon earth,
            your saving power among all nations.
Let the peoples praise you, O God;
            let all the peoples praise you.
Let the nations be glad and sing for joy,
            for you judge the peoples with equity
            and guide the nations upon earth.
Let the peoples praise you, O God;
            let all the peoples praise you.
The earth has yielded its increase;
            God, our God, has blessed us.
May God continue to bless us;
            let all the ends of the earth revere God.

*HYMN 254  That Easter Day with Joy Was Bright  

                                                              PUER NOBIS NASCITUR

*INVITATION TO CONFESSION

No matter where we have come from,
no matter where we are going –
God is for us and God is with us.
No matter what we have done,
No matter what we have left undone –
God is for us and God is with us.

*PRAYER OF CONFESSION

Gracious God,
Your redeeming love for all Creation
is embodied in Christ Jesus,
who also calls us to embody your all-inclusive love.
But we fail to listen, refuse to understand, or simply choose not to respond to your call.
Bring your Spirit to rest anew upon us,
that we might know more deeply your unconditional love for us—and knowing ourselves so loved,
might share more fully with others the life of your
Beloved One. Amen.

Silent confession.

*ASSURANCE OF GRACE

We do not need to let our hearts be troubled, nor do we need to let them be afraid. For in this moment and always, God extends grace and peace beyond our understanding to all people through the risen Christ.

Believe the Good News of the Gospel.
In Jesus Christ we are loved and befriended by God.

*PASSING OF THE PEACE

And since we have been reconciled to God, let us also be reconciled to one another.

The peace of Christ be with you.
And also with you.

The congregation is invited to exchange signs of peace.

*CONGREGATIONAL RESPONSE  Hymn 243, Be Not Afraid

Be not afraid; sing out for joy! Christ is risen, alleluia!
Be not afraid; sing out for joy! Christ is risen, alleluia!

SCRIPTURE READING  John 5:1-9

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                   I Carry My Mat                      Jenny Cook

*HYMN 796  We Come to You for Healing, Lord

                                                                                                          LAND OF REST

PRAYERS OF SUPPLICATION AND INTERCESSION

O God, in your loving kindness,
Hear our prayer

INVITATION TO THE OFFERING

OFFERING

*DOXOLOGY

Let trumpets sound and voices sing!
Let all on earth their praises bring! Alleluia! Alleluia!
For Christ has conquered sin and death
And given life eternal breath.
Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia!

PRAYER OF THANKSGIVING

Lift up your hearts.
We lift them up to God.
Let us give thanks to God.
It is right to give God thanks and praise.

Gracious God,
We thank you that with time comes growth
and a better understanding of who you are
and who you call us to be.
You have blessed us and continue to bless us.
You are gracious and shine your face upon us.
Thank you for giving us the space we need
to learn to love ourselves with your great love as our guide
so that we can love others in return.

Silent meditation.

We give thanks to you in all things, O God, as we pray together saying:

Our Father-Mother, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name; thy kingdom come, thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven; give us this day our daily bread; and forgive us our sins, as we forgive the sins of others; and lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil; for thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory forever. Amen.

*HYMN 377  I Want to Walk as a Child of the Light  HOUSTON

*DISMISSAL

POSTLUDE

*Please rise in body or in spirit.

***

The Session of the Church:
Class of 2019: Mark Taylor, Brett Withers
Class of 2020: Alan Stephenson, Tom Eldridge
Class of 2021: Greg Gardner, Heidi Hall
Melinda Sanders, Moderator

We thank those who served in and prepared for worship today:

Jenny Cook, Preacher
Mark Beall, Musician
Carrie Fraser, Liturgist
Ashlan Jackson and Jude Romines, Offering Takers

The Fifth Sunday of Easter

We begin and prepare for worship by centering ourselves, remembering the waters of baptism.

In baptism, we are joined to Christ and made members of one body— a people seeking to live faithfully into God’s purpose for us and for all creation.

PRELUDE

*CALL TO WORSHIP  Psalm 148:2-5

Praise the Holy One from the heavens;
            praise God in the heights!
Praise God, all God’s angels;
            praise God, all God’s host!
Praise God, sun and moon;
            give praise, all you shining stars!
Give praise, you highest heavens,
            and waters above the heavens!
Let them praise the name of the Holy One,
            for God commanded and they were created.

*HYMN 26 Earth and All Stars!  EARTH AND ALL STARS

*INVITATION TO CONFESSION

Join me in this morning’s prayer of confession
as we continue to ask for grace in our lives
and learn how to extend such grace and love to one another.
And as we do so, may we remember that the risen Christ
steps in when we feel inadequate, helpless,
and do not know what we are doing.
Let us pray.

*PRAYER OF CONFESSION+

Living God,
long ago, faithful women
proclaimed the good news
of Jesus’ resurrection,
and the world was changed forever.
Teach us to keep faith with them,
that our witness may be as bold,
our love as deep,
and our faith as true. Amen.

Silent confession.

*ASSURANCE OF GRACE

In John 13:34, Christ said: “I give you a new commandment, that you love one another. Just as I have loved you, you also should love one another.”

Believe the Good News of the Gospel.
In Jesus Christ we are loved and befriended by God.

*PASSING OF THE PEACE

And since we have been reconciled to God, let us also be reconciled to one another.

The peace of Christ be with you.
And also with you.

The congregation is invited to exchange signs of peace.

*CONGREGATIONAL RESPONSE  Hymn 243, Be Not Afraid

Be not afraid; sing out for joy! Christ is risen, alleluia!
Be not afraid; sing out for joy! Christ is risen, alleluia!

SCRIPTURE READING  Psalm 148

SCRIPTURE READING  Acts 11:1-18

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                         Title                           Emily Martin  

*HYMN 320 The Church of Christ in Every Age   WAREHAM

PRAYERS OF SUPPLICATION AND INTERCESSION

O God, in your loving kindness,
Hear our prayer.

INVITATION TO THE OFFERING

OFFERING

*DOXOLOGY

Let trumpets sound and voices sing!
Let all on earth their praises bring! Alleluia! Alleluia!
For Christ has conquered sin and death
And given life eternal breath.
Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia!

PRAYER OF THANKSGIVING  Don’t Hesitate, Mary Oliver

Lift up your hearts.
We lift them up to God.
Let us give thanks to God.
It is right to give God thanks and praise.

If you suddenly and unexpectedly feel joy,
don’t hesitate. Give in to it. There are plenty
of lives and whole towns destroyed or about
to be. We are not wise, and not very often
kind. And much can never be redeemed.
Still, life has some possibility left. Perhaps this
is its way of fighting back, that sometimes
something happens better than all the riches
or power in the world. It could be anything,
but very likely you notice it in the instant
when love begins. Anyway, that’s often the
case. Anyway, whatever it is, don’t be afraid
of its plenty. Joy is not made to be a crumb.

Silent meditation.

We give thanks to you in all things, O God, as we pray together saying:

Our Father-Mother, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name; thy kingdom come, thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven; give us this day our daily bread; and forgive us our sins, as we forgive the sins of others; and lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil; for thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory forever. Amen.

*HYMN 231 Christ Has Risen While Earth Slumbers    Alternate Tune: NETTLETON

*DISMISSAL

POSTLUDE

*Please rise in body or in spirit.
+Reprinted from Revised Common Lectionary Prayers,
copyright © 2002 Consultation on Common Texts

***

The Session of the Church:
Class of 2019: Mark Taylor, Brett Withers
Class of 2020: Alan Stephenson, Tom Eldridge
Class of 2021: Greg Gardner, Heidi Hall
Melinda Sanders, Moderator

We thank those who served in and prepared for worship today:

Emily Martin, Preacher
Jeff Moles, Director of Music Ministries
Jenny Cook, Liturgist
Kim Smith and Melissa Vargas, Offering Takers

The Fourth Sunday of Easter

We begin and prepare for worship by centering ourselves, remembering the waters of baptism.

In baptism, we are joined to Christ and made members of one body— a people seeking to live faithfully into God’s purpose for us and for all creation.

PRELUDE

*CALL TO WORSHIP  Psalm 22:25-28

From you comes my praise in the great congregation;
my vows I will pay before those who revere you.
           The poor shall eat and be satisfied;
those who seek God shall praise the Holy One.
May your hearts live forever!
           All the ends of the earth shall remember
           and turn to the Holy One;
and all the families of the nations
shall worship before God.
           For dominion belongs to the Holy One,
            and God rules over the nations.

*HYMN 802  The King of Love My Shepherd Is  ST. COLUMBA

*INVITATION TO CONFESSION

May our time of confession
be what it’s like to approach still waters.
May it restore our souls.
May it center us,
offering a sense of calm amidst the clutter
and clamor in our lives.
May it open us to ourselves and to God –
a God who is always listening.

*PRAYER OF CONFESSION+


Creator of the Universe,
you made the world in beauty,
and restore all things in glory
through the victory of Jesus Christ.
We pray that, wherever your image is still disfigured
by poverty, sickness, selfishness, war and greed,
the new creation in Jesus Christ may appear in justice, love,
and peace, to the glory of your name. Amen.

Silent confession.

*ASSURANCE OF GRACE

By God’s great mercy
we have been born anew to a living hope
through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead.

Believe the Good News of the Gospel.
In Jesus Christ we are loved and befriended by God.

*PASSING OF THE PEACE

And since we have been reconciled to God, let us also be reconciled to one another.

The peace of Christ be with you.
And also with you.

The congregation is invited to exchange signs of peace.

*CONGREGATIONAL RESPONSE  Hymn 243, Be Not Afraid

SCRIPTURE READING  Psalm 23

SCRIPTURE READING  Revelation 7:2-17

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                      No More Tears                       Jeff Moles  

*HYMN 374  O Holy City, Seen of John  MORNING SONG

INVITATION TO THE OFFERING

OFFERING

*DOXOLOGY

Let trumpets sound and voices sing!
Let all on earth their praises bring! Alleluia! Alleluia!
For Christ has conquered sin and death
And given life eternal breath.
Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia!

PRAYER OF THANKSGIVING+

Lift up your hearts.
We lift them up to God.
Let us give thanks to God.
It is right to give God thanks and praise.

God of Comfort and Compassion,
we thank you that, through Christ Jesus,
you lead us to the water of life and table of your bounty.
May we who have received
the tender love of our Good Shepherd
be strengthened by your grace
to care for your flock
in all of the blessings of this life. Amen.

We give thanks to you in all things, O God, as we pray together saying:

Our Father-Mother, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name; thy kingdom come, thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven; give us this day our daily bread; and forgive us our sins, as we forgive the sins of others; and lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil; for thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory forever. Amen.

*HYMN 366 Love Divine, All Loves Excelling  HYFRYDOL

*DISMISSAL

POSTLUDE

*Please rise in body or in spirit.

+Reprinted from Revised Common Lectionary Prayers, copyright © 2002 Consultation on Common Texts

***

The Session of the Church:
Class of 2019: Mark Taylor, Brett Withers
Class of 2020: Alan Stephenson, Tom Eldridge
Class of 2021: Greg Gardner, Heidi Hall
Melinda Sanders, Moderator

We thank those who served in and prepared for worship today:

Jeff Moles, Preacher and Director of Music Ministries
Ashlan Jackson, Liturgist
Tracy Bell and Becky Goodman, Offering Takers

The Third Sunday of Easter

We begin and prepare for worship by centering ourselves, remembering the waters of baptism.

In baptism, we are joined to Christ and made members of one body— a people seeking to live faithfully into God’s purpose for us and for all creation.

PRELUDE

*CALL TO WORSHIP From Psalm 30

Sing praises to the Holy One, God’s faithful ones,
           and give thanks to God’s holy name.
Weeping may linger for the night,
           but joy comes with the morning.
You have turned my mourning into dancing;
           you have taken off my sackcloth
           and clothed me with joy,
so that my soul may praise you and not be silent.
           O Holy One my God,
            I will give thanks to you forever.

*HYMN 246  Christ is Alive!  TRURO

*INVITATION TO CONFESSION

*PRAYER OF CONFESSION+

Mighty God,
in whom we know the power of redemption,
you stand among us in the shadows of our time.
As we move through every sorrow and trial of this life,
uphold us with knowledge of the final morning
when, in the glorious presence of Christ Jesus,
we will share in his resurrection,
redeemed and restored to the fullness of life
and forever freed to be your people. Amen.

Silent confession.

*ASSURANCE OF GRACE

Believe the Good News of the Gospel.
In Jesus Christ we are loved and befriended by God.

*PASSING OF THE PEACE

And since we have been reconciled to God, let us also be reconciled to one another.

The peace of Christ be with you.
And also with you.

The congregation is invited to exchange signs of peace.

*CONGREGATIONAL RESPONSE  Hymn 243, Be Not Afraid

SCRIPTURE READING 2 Corinthians 12:9-10

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          The Elephant in the Room           Travis Chavis  

*HYMN 835  Just a Closer Walk with Thee  CLOSER WALK

INVITATION TO THE OFFERING

OFFERING

*DOXOLOGY

Let trumpets sound and voices sing!
Let all on earth their praises bring! Alleluia! Alleluia!
For Christ has conquered sin and death
And given life eternal breath.
Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia!

HOLY COMMUNION

INVITATION TO THE TABLE

PRAYER OF THANKSGIVING

Lift up your hearts.
We lift them up to God.
Let us give thanks to God.
It is right to give God thanks and praise.

God of all mercies, we give you humble thanks for all your goodness and loving-kindness to us and to all people. We bless you for our creation, preservation, and all the blessings of this life, but above all for your boundless love in the redemption of the world by Jesus Christ, for the means of grace, and for the hope of glory.

With thanksgiving we take this bread and this cup,
remembering Jesus’ suffering and death,
proclaiming the Good News of his resurrection.

Mighty God,
let your Spirit move in power over us,
and over these gifts of bread and wine,
that they may be for us
the communion of Christ’s body and blood.
Strengthened by this holy meal,
may we live for that day
when all peoples are free, all divisions healed,
and the whole of your creation sings your praise together.

And we give thanks to you in all things, O God, as we pray together saying:

Our Father-Mother, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name; thy kingdom come, thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven; give us this day our daily bread; and forgive us our sins, as we forgive the sins of others; and lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil; for thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory forever. Amen.

WORDS OF INSTITUTION

SHARING THE BREAD AND CUP

PRAYER AFTER COMMUNION

*HYMN 463  How Firm a Foundation  FOUNDATION

*DISMISSAL

POSTLUDE

*Please rise in body or in spirit.
+Reprinted from Revised Common Lectionary Prayers,
copyright © 2002 Consultation on Common Texts

***

The Session of the Church:
Class of 2019: Mark Taylor, Brett Withers
Class of 2020: Alan Stephenson, Tom Eldridge
Class of 2021: Greg Gardner, Heidi Hall
Melinda Sanders, Moderator

We thank those who served in and prepared for worship today:

Travis Chavis, Preacher
Jeff Moles, Director of Music Ministries
Elizabeth Welliver, Liturgist
Steve Fay and Cliff Mundy, Offering Takers

Celtic Service of Worship

WELCOME AND ANNOUNCEMENTS

PRELUDE

*CALL TO WORSHIP

Leader: Welcome to this ancient place.
            All: House of prayer for many people;
            Home to all who come.
Leader: Welcome to this gathering place.
            All: Friend and stranger,
            saint and sinner in all who gather here.
Leader: Come with hope or hesitation; come with joy or yearning;
all who hunger, all who thirst for life in all its fullness.
            All: Generous God and generous Saviour,
            touch us through your Spirit.

*HYMN 450   Be Thou My Vision   SLANE

CELTIC PRAYER

O God, who gave to your servant Columba the gifts of courage, faith and cheerfulness, and sent people forth from Ireland and Iona to carry the word of your gospel to every creature; grant, we pray, a like spirit to your church, even at this present time.

Further in all things the purpose of our community, that hidden things may be revealed to us, and new ways found to touch the hearts of all.

May we preserve with each other sincere charity and peace, and, if it be your holy will, grant that this place of your abiding be continued still to be a sanctuary and a light.  Through Jesus Christ. Amen.

*PRAYER OF CONFESSION

Leader: Holy God, Maker of all –
            All: Lord forgive us.
Leader: Jesus Christ, Servant of the poor –
            All: Lord forgive us.
Leader: Holy Spirit, Breath of life –
            All: Lord forgive us.

Leader: Let us confess in silence our faults and admit our frailty.

Leader: Before God, with the people of God, we confess to our brokenness; to the ways we wound our lives, to the lives of others, and the life of the world.
            All: May God forgive us, Christ renew us, and the Spirit enable us
  to grow in love.
Leader: Let us, the children of God, greet each other with signs of peace, peace of Christ to you!
            All: Amen.

*HYMN 543  O Christ Surround Me  GREEN TYLER

PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE AND LIGHTING OF CANDLES

SCRIPTURE READING John 13:21-30

SERMON Andy Ward

*HYMN  Inspired by Love and Anger  (insert)  SALLEY GARDENS 

*CELTIC AFFIRMATION OF FAITH

We believe in God, whose love is the source of all life and the desire of our lives, whose love was given a human face in Jesus of Nazareth, whose love was crucified by the evil that waits to enslave us all and whose love, defeating even death, is our glorious promise of freedom. Therefore, though we are sometimes fearful and full of doubt, in God we trust; and, in the name of Jesus Christ, we commit ourselves, in the service of others, to seek justice and to live in peace, to care for the earth and to share the commonwealth of God’s goodness, to live in freedom of forgiveness and the power of the spirit of love, and the company of the faithful so to be the church, for the glory of God. Amen.

TITHES AND OFFERING  Amazing Grace

*DOXOLOGY

Let trumpets sound and voices sing!
Let all on earth their praises bring! Alleluia! Alleluia!
For Christ has conquered sin and death
And given life eternal breath.
Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia!

PRAYER OF THANKSGIVING

Lift up your hearts.
          We lift them up to God.
Let us give thanks to God.
          It is right to give God thanks and praise.

A Prayer of the Iona Community of Scotland:

Generous Creator,
You keep us waiting.
You, the God of all time,
want us to wait for the right time in which to discover
who we are, where we must go,
who will be with us, and what we must do.
So, thank you…for the waiting time.

You keep us looking.
You, the God of all space,
want us to look in the right and wrong places for signs of hope,
for people who are hopeless,
for visions of a better world that will appear among the disappointments of the world we know.
So, thank you…for the looking time.

You keep us loving.
You, the God whose name is love,
want us to be like you –
to love the loveless and the unlovely and the unlovable;
to love without jealousy or design or threat,
and most difficult of all, to love ourselves.
So, thank you…for the loving time.

And in all this you keep us,
through hard questions with no easy answers;
through failing where we hoped to succeed and making an impact when we felt useless;
through the patience and the dreams and the love of others;
and through Jesus Christ and his Spirit, you keep us. Amen. 

The prayer concludes by singing The Casa Del Sol Prayer of Jesus.
A copy of this prayer can be found on the seat of your pew.

*HYMN 100  Canticle of the Turning   STAR OF THE COUNTY DOWN

*CHARGE

POSTLUDE  Highland Cathedral  Korb/Roever

*Please rise in body or in spirit.

***

We thank those who served in and prepared for worship today:

Andrew Ward, Preacher
Jeff Moles, Director of Music Ministries
Heidi Hall, Liturgist

A special thank you to today’s guest musicians:

Melissa DuPuy
John Mock
Jason Bunn
Bill Verdier

Easter Sunday

PRELUDE      “The Trumpet Shall Sound”  from Messiah  
Handel, arr. Hopson

*CALL TO WORSHIP

The tomb is empty!
          Christ is risen!
The soldiers have returned home.
          Christ is risen!
The anger of the crowds is gone.
          Christ is risen!
The time of grieving has ended.
          Christ is risen!
Violence, fear, and death have disappeared!
          Christ is risen!
Come, let us go to the house of the Holy One!
          Christ is risen! Indeed, Christ is risen!

VESTING THE SANCTUARY

*HYMN 232  Jesus Christ is Risen Today   EASTER HYMN

*INVITATION TO HOPE

*PRAYER OF HOPE IN CHRIST

Eternal God,
by the power of your redeeming love,
Christ Jesus is raised to new life.
We confess that even as we celebrate Jesus’ resurrection,
we do not wholly trust your redemptive power,
nor fully believe the Good News of Jesus.
Renew our faith and revive our hope,
that we might joyfully live
the new life you bring to all Creation,
as we share with others the risen life
of your Beloved, Anointed One.
Amen.

Silent confession.

*ASSURANCE OF HOPE  Matt. 28:5b–6

“Do not be afraid; I know you are looking for Jesus who was crucified.  He is not here; for he has been raised, as he said.”

Believe the Good News of the Gospel.
          In Jesus Christ we are loved and befriended by God.

PASSING OF THE PEACE

And since we have been reconciled to God,
let us also be reconciled to one another.

The peace of Christ be with you.
            And also with you.

CONGREGATIONAL RESPONSE  HYMN 243 Be Not Afraid

SCRIPTURE READING  John 20:1-18

SERMON    “Don’t Just Do Something, Sit There”    Mark DeVries

*HYMN 248  Christ is Risen! Shout Hosanna!  HYMN TO JOY

INVITATION TO THE OFFERING

OFFERING

*DOXOLOGY

Let trumpets sound and voices sing!
Let all on earth their praises bring! Alleluia! Alleluia!
For Christ has conquered sin and death
And given life eternal breath.
Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia!

HOLY COMMUNION

GREAT PRAYER OF THANKSGIVING

Lift up your hearts.
          We lift them up to God.
Let us give thanks to God.
          It is right to give God thanks and praise.

It is truly right and our greatest joy
to give you thanks and praise,
O God our Creator, Redeemer, and Sustainer.
Your hand has formed us from dust of the earth
and set us among all your creatures to love and serve you.

When we are unfaithful to you, you keep faith with us,
remaining steadfast in your love for us.
You break the bonds of our oppression,
bring us to live in freedom,
and make covenant with us to be our God.
In the prophets you teach us justice and compassion,
and in Jesus of Nazareth you embody among us
your eternal grace and truth.

Therefore, we join our voices and sing your praise:
HYMN 552

You are holy, O God of majesty,
and blessed is Christ Jesus, your Beloved One.
He came with healing in his touch
and was wounded for our sins.
He came with kindness in his voice
and was mocked by others.

He came with peace in his heart
but was met violence with death.
By your power he overcame the power of death
and opened the way to new life for all.
The one who was dead now lives,
the one who was humiliated is raised to glory,
the one who now lives with you is with us always.

          With thanksgiving, we take this bread and this cup,
          remembering Jesus’ suffering and death,
          proclaiming the Good News of his resurrection.

Gracious God,
pour out your Spirit upon us,
and upon these your gifts of bread and wine,
that the bread we break and the cup we bless
may be for us the body and blood of Christ Jesus.
Help us realize in the breaking of bread
the presence of your Beloved, Anointed One.
Give all who are fed at this table
grace to share bread with the hungry,
and Good News with the hungry of heart.
Nourished by his holy meal,
may we all grow to greater maturity in Christ.

          Through Christ, with Christ, in Christ,
          in the unity of the holy spirit,
          all glory, and honor are yours, Eternal God,
          now and forever. Amen.

We now pray together saying:

Our Father-Mother, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name;
thy kingdom come, thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread; and forgive us our sins, as we
forgive the sins of others. And lead us not into temptation, but
deliver us from evil, for thine is the kingdom, and the power,
and the glory forever. Amen.

BREAKING THE BREAD

These are the gifts of God.
          For the people of God.

*HYMN 536  Rise, O Church, Like Christ Arisen   SURGE ECCLESIA

PRAYER AFTER COMMUNION

Gracious God,
you have made us one with all your people
in heaven and on earth.
You have fed us with the bread of life,
and renewed us for your service.
Help us follow more faithfully
the way of Christ Jesus,
so that our daily living may bear witness
to your undying love for all the world.  Amen.

*HYMN 249   Because You Live, O Christ   VRUECHTEN

*EASTER AFFIRMATION AND DISMISSAL

Christ is risen!
          Christ is risen indeed! Alleluia!
Let us go forth in the name and Spirit of Christ Jesus.
          Thanks be to God.

POSTLUDE    Trumpet Tune in G     Bankson

*Please rise in body or in spirit.

The Easter lilies in the sanctuary have been donated by individuals in honor or in memory of loved ones.

The lilies are dedicated to the following:

Bob Gardner by Greg Gardner
Jerry Jud by Mark DeVries
Janice Osborne, Grace and Glenn Mitchell by Becky Goodman
Janice Osborne by Bill Osborne
The David Hamilton Family by David Hamilton

We thank those who served in and prepared for worship today:

Mark DeVries, Preacher
Jeff Moles, Director of Music Ministries
Greg Gardner, Liturgist
Jenny Cook and Cliff Mundy, Offering Takers

A special thank you to today’s guest musicians:

Nicholas Rankin, ensemble coordinator
Laura Scheuemann, trumpet
Kevin Griffin, trumpet
Sammi Davenport, horn
Connor Naaden, trombone
Chris Colalillo, tuba
Chris Nelson, timpani

The Fifth Sunday in Lent

We begin and prepare for worship by centering ourselves, remembering the waters of baptism.

In baptism, we are joined to Christ and made members of one body, a people seeking to live faithfully into God’s purpose for us and for all creation.

PRELUDE

*CALL TO WORSHIP  Isaiah 43:19-21

I am about to do a new thing;
            now it springs forth, do you not perceive it?
I will make a way in the wilderness and rivers in the desert.
            The wild animals will honor me,
the jackals and the ostriches;
            for I give water in the wilderness,
rivers in the desert,
            to give drink to my chosen people,
the people whom I formed for myself
            so that they might declare my praise.

*HYMN 440  Jesus, Lover of My Soul  ABERSTWYTH

*INVITATION TO CONFESSION

*PRAYER OF CONFESSION^

Loving God, how lavishly you pour out
the gift of your grace upon us.
Fill our homes and our lives
with the fragrance of your love,
so that we may show your glory
and serve your people;
through Christ Jesus, your Beloved One. Amen.

Silent confession.

*CONGREGATIONAL RESPONSE  Kyrie Eleison

A copy of this response can be found on the seat of your pew.

*ASSURANCE OF GRACE  Psalm 126:6

Those who go out weeping, bearing the seed for sowing, shall come home with shouts of joy, carrying their sheaves.

Believe the Good News of the Gospel.
In Jesus Christ we are loved and befriended by God.

*PASSING OF THE PEACE

And since we have been reconciled to God, let us also be reconciled to one another.

The peace of Christ be with you.
And also with you.

The congregation is invited to exchange signs of peace.

*CONGREGATIONAL RESPONSE  Hymn 435, verse 1

There’s a wideness in God’s mercy,
like the wideness of the sea.
There’s a kindness in God’s justice,
which is more than liberty.
There is no place where earth’s sorrows
are more felt than up in heaven.
There is no place where earth’s failings
have such kindly judgement given.

SCRIPTURE READING John 12:1-8

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                           
In the Middle of Affliction                         Travis Chavis  

*HYMN 201  A Prophet-Woman Broke a Jar  

                                                    HOW CAN I KEEP FROM SINGING

INVITATION TO THE OFFERING

OFFERING

*DOXOLOGY  Hymn 223, verse 4

Were the whole realm of nature mine,
that were a present far too small;
love so amazing, so divine,
demands my soul, my life, my all.

HOLY COMMUNION

INVITATION TO THE TABLE

PRAYER OF THANKSGIVING

Lift up your hearts.
We lift them up to God.
Let us give thanks to God.
It is right to give God thanks and praise.

God of all mercies, we give you humble thanks for all your goodness and loving-kindness to us and to all people. We bless you for our creation, preservation, and all the blessings of this life, but above all for your boundless love in the redemption of the world by Jesus Christ, for the means of grace, and for the hope of glory.

With thanksgiving we take this bread and this cup,
remembering Jesus’ suffering and death,
proclaiming the Good News of his resurrection.

Mighty God,
let your Spirit move in power over us,
and over these gifts of bread and wine,
that they may be for us
the communion of Christ’s body and blood.
Strengthened by this holy meal,
may we live for that day
when all peoples are free, all divisions healed,
and the whole of your creation sings your praise together.

The prayer concludes by singing the Casa del Sol Prayer of Jesus.  A copy of this can be found on the seat of your pew.

WORDS OF INSTITUTION

SHARING THE BREAD AND CUP

PRAYER AFTER COMMUNION

*HYMN  226  There in God’s Garden  SHADES MOUNTAIN

*DISMISSAL

POSTLUDE

*Please rise in body or in spirit.
^From the PCUSA Revised Common Lectionary

***

The Session of the Church:
Class of 2019: Mark Taylor, Brett Withers
Class of 2020: Alan Stephenson, Tom Eldridge
Class of 2021: Greg Gardner, Heidi Hall
Melinda Sanders, Moderator

We thank those who served in and prepared for worship today:

Travis Chavis, Preacher
Jeff Moles, Director of Music Ministries
Brett Withers, Liturgist
Steve Fay and Cliff Mundy, Offering Takers

Woodland Presbyterian Church is an inclusive community of faith seeking to share God’s love for all Creation, welcoming everyone to full and equal participation in the church without regard to race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender and gender identity, seeking to embody in our lives the love of God embodied in Christ Jesus.

The East Nashville Training Hub:

In this chapter of Woodland’s life together, our church is engaged in an innovative partnership called the East Nashville Training Hub. The Training Hub, made up of mostly young adults, carry much of the day-to-day responsibilities for the church, including preaching and worship planning, service and fellowship events, and children’s ministry.  We are grateful for the energy, creativity, and engaging wisdom of this team!

The Fourth Sunday in Lent

We begin and prepare for worship by centering ourselves, remembering the waters of baptism.

In baptism, we are joined to Christ and made members of one body, a people seeking to live faithfully into God’s purpose for us and for all creation.

PRELUDE

*CALL TO WORSHIP  2 Corninthians 17-18

If anyone is in Christ, there is a new creation
            Everything old has passed away;
            see, everything has become new!
All this is from God,
who reconciled us to himself through Christ
            and has given us the ministry of reconciliation.

*HYMN 215  What Wondrous Love Is This     WONDROUS LOVE

*INVITATION TO CONFESSION

Let us join in this morning’s prayer of confession knowing
that we are invited into the ministry of reconciliation, trusting
that in all things, we are made new and deserving of renewal.
Let us pray.

*PRAYER OF CONFESSION^

God of the lost, the least, and all who long for home,
when we wander from your ways
and waste the gifts you have given us,
welcome us back, we pray,
so that we may celebrate and rejoice
in your presence forever;
through Christ Jesus,
Your Beloved One. Amen.

Silent confession.

*CONGREGATIONAL RESPONSE  Kyrie Eleison

A copy of this response can be found on the seat of your pew.

*ASSURANCE OF GRACE+

Return to the Holy One your God, for God is gracious and merciful, slow to anger, and abounding in steadfast love.

Believe the Good News of the Gospel.
In Jesus Christ we are loved and befriended by God.

*PASSING OF THE PEACE

And since we have been reconciled to God, let us also be reconciled to one another.

The peace of Christ be with you.
And also with you.

The congregation is invited to exchange signs of peace.

*CONGREGATIONAL RESPONSE  Hymn 435, verse 1

There’s a wideness in God’s mercy,
like the wideness of the sea.
There’s a kindness in God’s justice,
which is more than liberty.
There is no place where earth’s sorrows
are more felt than up in heaven.
There is no place where earth’s failings
have such kindly judgement given.

SCRIPTURE READING Psalm 32

SCRIPTURE READING  Luke 15:1-3, 11b-32

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          
It’s Time to Get Up and Go            Meredith Cox  

*HYMN 771  What Is the World Like     NEW WORLD

PRAYERS OF SUPPLICATION AND INTERCESSION

O God, in your loving kindness,
Hear our prayer

INVITATION TO THE OFFERING

OFFERING

*DOXOLOGY  Hymn 223, verse 4

Were the whole realm of nature mine,
that were a present far too small;
love so amazing, so divine,
demands my soul, my life, my all.

PRAYER OF THANKSGIVING^

Lift up your hearts.
We lift them up to God.
Let us give thanks to God.
It is right to give God thanks and praise.
(The prayer continues.)

The prayer concludes by singing the Casa del Sol Prayer of Jesus.  A copy of this can be found on the seat of your pew.

*HYMN 22  God of the Sparrow    ROEDER

*DISMISSAL

POSTLUDE

*Please rise in body or in spirit.
^From the PCUSA Revised Common Lectionary
+From the Book of Common Worship

***

The Session of the Church:
Class of 2019: Mark Taylor, Brett Withers
Class of 2020: Alan Stephenson, Tom Eldridge
Class of 2021: Greg Gardner, Heidi Hall
Melinda Sanders, Moderator

We thank those who served in and prepared for worship today:

Meredith Cox, Preacher
Jeff Moles, Director of Music Ministries
Cliff Mundy, Liturgist
Carrie Fraser and Ashlan Jackson,Offering Takers

Woodland Presbyterian Church is an inclusive community of faith seeking to share God’s love for all Creation, welcoming everyone to full and equal participation in the church without regard to race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender and gender identity, seeking to embody in our lives the love of God embodied in Christ Jesus.

The East Nashville Training Hub:

In this chapter of Woodland’s life together, our church is engaged in an innovative partnership called the East Nashville Training Hub. The Training Hub, made up of mostly young adults, carry much of the day-to-day responsibilities for the church, including preaching and worship planning, service and fellowship events, and children’s ministry.  We are grateful for the energy, creativity, and engaging wisdom of this team!