April 24 Worship Bulletin

April 24 Worship Bulletin

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Welcome & Announcements

Prelude – “Rejoice, the Lord is King” – Arr. by James Mansfield

*Call to Worship – Psalm 150

  • L: Praise the Lord! Praise God in his sanctuary! Praise God in his fortress, the sky! Praise God in his mighty acts! Praise God as suits his incredible greatness! Praise God with the blast of the ram’s horn! Praise God with lute and lyre! Praise God with drum and dance! Praise God with strings and pipe! Praise God with loud cymbals! Praise God with clashing cymbals! Let every living thing praise the Lord!
  • P: Praise the Lord!

*Opening Hymn – “Praise to the Lord, the Almighty” – UMH #139

  1. Praise to the Lord, the Almighty, the King of Creation.
    O my soul, praise Him, for He is thy health and salvation.
    All ye who hear, now to His temple draw near.
    Join me in glad adoration.
  2. Praise to the Lord, who o’er all things so wondrously reigning,
    Bears thee on eagle’s wings, e’er in his keeping maintaining.
    God’s care enfolds all, whose true good he upholds.
    Has thou not known his sustaining?
  3. Praise to the Lord, who doth prosper thy work and defend thee.
    Surely His goodness and mercy here daily attend thee.
    Ponder anew what the Almighty can do
    who with His love doth befriend thee.
  4. Praise to the Lord, who doth nourish thy life and restore thee,
    Fitting thee well for the tasks that are ever before thee.
    Then to thy need God as a mother doth speed,
    Spreading the wings of grace o’er thee.
  5. Praise to the Lord, O let all that is in me adore Him.
    All that hath life and breath, come now with praises before Him.
    Let the amen sound from His people again,
    Gladly, forever adore Him.

*Unison Prayer

Breathe the breath of new life into us, O Lord, that we may fully feel the
power of your love and the awesome glory of the resurrection of your Son
Jesus Christ. Prepare us to receive your blessing and then to go from this
place to be a blessing to others in your name. Amen.

*Musical Response (final phrase from “Praise to the Lord, the Almighty”)

Let the amen sound from his people again; gladly forever adore him.

Time with the Children

Scripture Reading – Hebrews 4:12-16

12God’s word is living, active, and sharper than any two-edged sword. It penetrates to the point that it separates the soul from the spirit and the joints from the marrow. It’s able to judge the heart’s thoughts and intentions. 13No creature is hidden from it, but rather everything is naked and exposed to the eyes of the one to whom we have to give an answer.
14Also, let’s hold on to the confession since we have a great high priest who passed through the heavens, who is Jesus, God’s Son; 15because we don’t have a high priest who can’t sympathize with our weaknesses but instead one who was tempted in every way that we are, except without sin.
16Finally, let’s draw near to the throne of favor with confidence so that we can receive mercy and find grace when we need help.

  • L: The word of God; the word of Life.
  • P: Thanks be to God.

Greetings from the Gideons

Video – “A Gamer’s View of the Bible”

Message – “The Powerful Word of God”

*Hymn – “Deep in the Shadows of the Past” – FWS #2246

  1. Deep in the shadows of the past, far out from settled lands,
    some nomads traveled with their God across the desert sands.
    The dawning hope of humankind by them was sensed and shown;
    a promise calling them ahead, a future yet unknown.
  2. While others bowed to changeless gods they met a mystery,
    invisible, without a name: “I AM WHAT I WILL BE”;
    and by their tents, around their fires, in story, song and law,
    they praised, remembered, handed on a past that promised more.
  3. From Exodus to Pentecost the promise changed and grew,
    while some, remembering the past, recorded what they knew,
    or with their letters and laments, their prophecy and praise
    recovered, kindled and expressed new hope for changing days.
  4. For all the writings that survived, for leaders, long ago,
    who sifted, copied and preserved the Bible that we know,
    give thanks, and find its story yet our promise, strength and call,
    the model of emerging faith, alive with hope for all.

Invitation to Give and Prayer of Dedication

*Closing Hymn – “Wonderful Words of Life” – UMH #600

Refrain:
Beautiful words, wonderful words, wonderful words of life.
Beautiful words, wonderful words, wonderful words of life.

  1. Sing them over again to me, wonderful words of life;
    let me more of their beauty see, wonderful words of life;
    words of life and beauty teach me faith and duty. (Refrain)
  2. Christ, the blessed one, gives to all wonderful words of life;
    sinner, list to the loving call, wonderful words of life;
    all so freely given, wooing us to heaven. (Refrain)
  3. Sweetly echo the gospel call, wonderful words of life;
    offer pardon and peace to all, wonderful words of life;
    Jesus, only Savior, sanctify forever. (Refrain)

*Benediction

*Postlude – “Wonderful Words of Life”

Helping Lead Today’s Worship

  • Liturgist: Bernie Schneider
  • Organ/Piano: Kathy Cay
  • Rev. Elisabeth Danielsons, Deacon
  • Rev. Drew Hart