April 28 Worship Bulletin

April 28 Worship Bulletin

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Today we begin a 2-part sermon series entitled “How Shall We Love?” The night before his death, Jesus gave his Disciples a “new” commandment: to love one another. This naturally begs the question, What does this love look like? This short series will only begin to unpack what active love looks like. Today’s worship theme is living to glorify God, not self. The main point is that the best fruit we can bear is the fruit God wants, not what we want or what we think God wants.

Welcome & Announcements

Prelude – “Sweet Hour of Prayer” – Arr. by James M. Stevens

Call to Worship

  • L: Easter people, we have been saved by the Risen Christ, the life-giving Vine.
  • P: We abide in Love, the life-giving Vine.
  • L: We are branches of the Vine—sustained, nurtured, and pruned by Love.
  • P: We have no life apart from Love, the life-giving Vine.
  • L: When we make our home in the Vine, and the Vine makes a home in us, we bear the fruit of Love.
  • P: We produce the fruit of Love, the life-giving Vine.
  • L: Easter people, how shall we bear the fruit of Love, the life-giving Vine?
  • P: We will love and learn to love as we rest, play, work, and build community with God and one another. Amen.

*Hymn – “Gather Us In” – FWS #2236

  1. Here in this place new light is streaming,
    Now is the darkness vanished away,
    See in this space our fears and our dreaming,
    Brought here to you in the light of this day.
    Gather us in, the lost and forsaken,
    Gather us in, the blind and the lame;
    Call to us now and we shall awaken,
    We shall arise at the sound of our name.
  2. We are the young, our lives are a mystery,
    We are the old who yearn for your face,
    We have been sung throughout all of history,
    Called to be light to the whole human race.
    Gather us in, the rich and the haughty,
    Gather us in, the proud and the strong;
    Give us a heart so meek and so lowly,
    Give us the courage to enter the song.
  3. Here we will take the wine and the water,
    Here we will take the bread of new birth,
    Here you shall call your sons and your daughters,
    Call us anew to be salt for the earth.
    Give us to drink the wine of compassion,
    Give us to eat the bread that is you,
    Nourish us well and teach us to fashion,
    Lives that are holy and hearts that are true.
  4. Not in the dark of buildings confining,
    Not in some heaven, light years away,
    But here in this place the new light is shining,
    Now is the kingdom, now is the day.
    Gather us in and hold us forever,
    Gather us in and make us your own;
    Gather us in, all peoples together,
    Fire of love in our flesh and our bone.

Time with the Children and Youth

Anthem – “I Am Not My Own” – By Craig Courtney

Scripture Reading – John 15:1-8

1“I am the true vine, and my Father is the vineyard keeper. 2He removes any of
my branches that don’t produce fruit, and he trims any branch that produces
fruit so that it will produce even more fruit. 3You are already trimmed because
of the word I have spoken to you. 4Remain in me, and I will remain in you. A
branch can’t produce fruit by itself, but must remain in the vine. Likewise, you
can’t produce fruit unless you remain in me. 5I am the vine; you are the
branches. If you remain in me and I in you, then you will produce much fruit.
Without me, you can’t do anything. 6If you don’t remain in me, you will be like a
branch that is thrown out and dries up. Those branches are gathered up, thrown
into a fire, and burned. 7If you remain in me and my words remain in you, ask
for whatever you want and it will be done for you. 8My Father is glorified when
you produce much fruit and in this way prove that you are my disciples.

  • L: The Word of God, the Word of Life.
  • P: Thanks be to God!

Sermon – “We Bear Fruit”

Pastoral Prayer and Lord’s Prayer

  • Sing: In our lives, Lord, be glorifed, be glorified.
    In our lives, Lord, be glorified today.
  • L: For all the blessings of this life, we give thanks to You, Creator God. For families, friends, colleagues, neighbors, and strangers, who nurture us, that the love of God may grow within. That Your love, your Word, like a seed, may grow to produce in us, good fruit.
  • P: May your love be like a seed, taking root and growing strong.
  • L: For the leaders of various nations and cities, that they may lead with strong hearts and gentle hands and generous spirits, with compassion and mercy, with wisdom and grace. May they reflect your will guiding all their actions and decisions.
  • P: May your love be like a seed, taking root and growing strong.
  • L: For those who serve in harm’s way, those who live in dangerous places, those who live in areas of war and strife, those who live in fear, those who worry about employment, bills, food, and struggle just to find dignity in life. May your grace bring peace and safety to all people, one to another.
  • P: May your love be like a seed, taking root and growing strong.
  • L: For those who suffer from any illness or dis-ease—of mind, body, or spirit. Restore these, and all those we carry in our hearts, to fullness of health—health as only you, O God, can bring. May your mercy shower each of us with healing mercy and love.
  • P: May your love be like a seed, taking root and growing strong.
  • L: For those who are dying, and for those who have died. Send forth your comforting love. Give solace to those who mourn. Console those who grieve. May your grace surround us like a mantle upon our heads, a shawl upon our shoulders, a hand, to hold our hand.
  • P: May your love be like a seed, taking root and growing strong. Amen

*Hymn – “The Lord of Life, a Vine is He” – FWS #3155

  1. The Lord of Life, a vine is he
    and grafted to him we must be;
    and thus we yield abundantly
    sweet fruit for all to taste and see.
  2. If we be joined to him we know
    his strength and power will help us grow.
    His Spirit’s grace through us will flow
    to prune and shape us as we go.
  3. The vine is he, the branches we
    for now and to eternity.
    His word sown deep in us will be
    both sun and rain . . . sufficiency.
  4. The Lord of Life, the Source Divine
    calls us to come, with him entwine.
    Will we, unhearing, dare decline
    the call of Christ, the One True Vine?

Invitation to Give
Offertory – “Each and Every Day” – By Jay Althouse

Doxology
*Prayer of Dedication

*Closing Hymn – “Sent Forth by God’s Blessing” – UMH #664

  1. Sent forth by God’s blessing, our true faith confessing,
    the people of God from this dwelling take leave.
    The service is ended, O now be extended
    the fruits of our worship in all who believe.
    The seed of the teaching, receptive souls reaching,
    shall blossom in action for God and for all.
    God’s grace did invite us, and love shall unite us
    to work for God’s kingdom and answer the call.
  2. With praise and thanksgiving to God ever living,
    the tasks of our everyday life we will face.
    Our faith ever sharing, in love ever caring,
    embracing God’s children of each tribe and race.
    With your grace you feed us, with your light now lead us;
    unite us as one in this life that we share.
    Then may all the living with praise and thanksgiving
    give honor to Christ and that name which we bear.

*Benediction

*Postlude – “Glorify Thy Name” – By Donna Adkins

Lyrics to Special Music

I Am Not My Own
I am not my own, I am not my own, not in body, not in soul, in life, nor even death. I am not my own, I am not my own. I belong unto my faithful Savior, Jesus Christ. I am not my own. I am not my own, I am not my own, not in body, not in soul, in life, nor even death. I am not my own, I am not my own. His own blood has ransomed me, from evil set me free. I am not my own. For my salvation all things work together, in eternal life He gives me hope. By the power of His Holy Spirit, I will live for Him. I am not my own, I am not my own. I belong unto my faithful Savior, Jesus Christ. I belong to Him, I belong to Him, in life, in death, my only comfort, I belong to Him, I will live for Him. Forever and ever, forever and ever, forever more.

Each and Every Day
Each and ev’ry day we come to praise the Lord. Each and ev’ry day we come to praise the Lord. Each and ev’ry day we come to praise the Lord. Hallelujah! We praise the Lord praise the Lord. Each and ev’ry day we come to serve the lord. Hallelujah! Each and ev’ry day we come to serve the Lord. Hallelujah! Each and ev’ery day we come to serve the Lord. Oh, Hallelujah! We praise the Lord, praise the Lord. Each and ev’ry day in each and ev’ry way, we glorify and praise the Lord. Each and ev’ry day we come to praise the Lord. Hallelujah! Each and ev’ry day we come to praise the Lord. Hallelujah! Each and ev’ry day we come to praise the Lord. Hallelujah! We praise the Lord, praise the Lord. Each and ev’ry day we celebrate the Lord. Each and ev’ry day we celebrate the Lord. Each and ev’ry day we celebrate the Lord. Hallelujah! We praise the Lord, praise the Lord. Each and ev’ry day in each and ev’ry way we glorify and praise the Lord. Praise the Lord. Each and ev’ry day we come to praise the Lord. Each and ev’ry day we come to praise the Lord. Each and ev’ry day we come to praise the Lord. Sing hallelujah! Hallelujah! Sing hallelujah! We praise the Lord, Hallelujah. Hallelujah! Hallelujah! Hallelujah! Hallelujah! Hallelujah! Hallelujah! Each and ev’ry day we praise the Lord.

Helping Lead Today’s Worship

  • Pastor: Rev. Drew Hart
  • Liturgist: Sheila Bland
  • Choir Director: Steve Grattan
  • Organ: Kathy Cay
  • Sanctuary Choir
  • Tympani: Evan Crawford
  • Suspended cymbal : Cathy Grattan
  • Audio Tech: Klare Carr
  • Streaming Tech: Brian Miller