May 8 Worship Bulletin

May 8 Worship Bulletin

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Today is the second in our 4-week sermon series entitled, “Now and Forever: Viewing the Church Through the Lens of Charles Wesley.” The theme for each Sunday will be based on the days’ lectionary reading from either Acts or Revelation, and supported by the lyrics of a hymn by Charles Wesley. The hymn which will get special focus is “And Can It Be that I Should Gain?” one of Wesley’s most beloved but lesser-sung hymns. Today’s theme is a lifestyle of worship. The main point is that reaching the place wherein every action and circumstance becomes an opportunity to give glory to God is an important goal for every Christian.

Welcome & Announcements

Prelude – “Holy, Holy, Holy! Lord, God Almighty” – Arr. by Hugh S. Livingston

*Call to Worship – Based on Revelation 7:12

  • L: Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! Through the resurrection of his Son, Jesus Christ, we have been born anew into a living hope; we have been given an inheritance that will never pass away!
  • P: Blessing and glory and honor and power and might be to our God forever and ever! Amen.

*Opening Hymn – “Maker, in Whom We Live” – UMH #88

  1. Maker, in whom we live, in whom we are and move,
    the glory, power, and praise receive for thy creating love.
    Let all the angel throng give thanks to God on high,
    while earth repeats the joyful song and echoes to the sky.
  2. Incarnate Deity, let all the ransomed race
    render in thanks their lives to thee for thy redeeming grace.
    The grace to sinners showed ye heavenly choirs proclaim,
    and cry, “Salvation to our God, salvation to the Lamb!”
  3. Spirit of Holiness, let all thy saints adore
    thy sacred energy, and bless thine heart-renewing power.
    Not angel tongues can tell thy love’s ecstatic height,
    the glorious joy unspeakable, the beatific sight.
  4. Eternal, Triune God, let all the hosts above,
    let all on earth below record and dwell upon thy love.
    When heaven and earth are fled before thy glorious face,
    sing all the saints thy love hath made thine everlasting praise.

*Unison Prayer

God, we worship you with a joyful noise – with words of praise and reverence, spoken and sung in the name of Jesus who brought your love song to us in person. According to your will, he puts new words in our mouths and new intentions in our hearts. His life and death demonstrated how your love has the power to transform a life from the inside out. We gather today to celebrate your rule of love which Jesus has put into our hearts. In the name of Jesus we pray. Amen.”

*Hymn – “And Can It Be that I Should Gain” – UMH #363 (vs. 1-2)

  1. And can it be that I should gain an interest in the Savior’s blood!
    Died he for me? who caused his pain! For me? who him to death pursued?
    Amazing love! How can it be that thou, my God, shouldst die for me?
    Amazing love! How can it be that thou, my God, shouldst die for me?
  2. ‘Tis mystery all: th’ Immortal dies! Who can explore his strange design?
    In vain the firstborn seraph tries to sound the depths of love divine.
    ‘Tis mercy all! Let earth adore; let angel minds inquire no more.
    ‘Tis mercy all! Let earth adore; let angel minds inquire no more.

Scripture Reading – Revelation 7:9-17

9After this I looked, and there was a great crowd that no one could number. They were from every nation, tribe, people, and language. They were standing before the throne and before the Lamb. They wore white robes and held palm branches in their hands. 10They cried out with a loud voice:

“Victory belongs to our God
        who sits on the throne,
            and to the Lamb.”

11All the angels stood in a circle around the throne, and around the elders and the
four living creatures. They fell facedown before the throne and worshipped
God, 12saying,

“Amen! Blessing and glory
        and wisdom and thanksgiving
        and honor and power and might
            be to our God forever and always. Amen.”

13Then one of the elders said to me, “Who are these people wearing white robes, and where did they come from?”

14I said to him, “Sir, you know.”

Then he said to me, “These people have come out of great hardship. They have
washed their robes and made them white in the Lamb’s blood. 15This is the reason they are before God’s throne. They worship him day and night in his temple, and the one seated on the throne will shelter them. 16They won’t hunger or thirst anymore. No sun or scorching heat will beat down on them, 17because the Lamb who is in the midst of the throne will shepherd them. He will lead them to the springs of life-giving water, and God will wipe away every tear from their eyes.”

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

Time with the Children

Anthem – “We Will Rejoice Again” – By Dale Peterson

Sermon – “Praises Beyond Sunday”

Pastoral Prayer and Lord’s Prayer

*Hymn – “Ye Servants of God” – UMH #181

  1. Ye servants of God, your Master proclaim,
    and publish abroad his wonderful name;
    the name all-victorious of Jesus extol,
    his kingdom is glorious and rules over all.
  2. God ruleth on high, almighty to save,
    and still he is nigh, his presence we have;
    the great congregation his triumph shall sing,
    ascribing salvation to Jesus, our King.
  3. “Salvation to God, who sits on the throne!”
    Let all cry aloud and honor the Son;
    the praises of Jesus the angels proclaim,
    fall down on their faces and worship the Lamb.
  4. Then let us adore and give him his right,
    all glory and power, all wisdom and might;
    all honor and blessing with angels above,
    and thanks never ceasing and infinite love.

Invitation to Give and Prayer of Dedication

Offertory – “A Home of Grace”

*Closing Hymn – “All Hail the Power of Jesus’ Name” – UMH #155

  1. All hail the power of Jesus’ name!
    Let angels prostrate fall, let angels prostrate fall;
    bring forth the royal diadem, and crown him, crown him,
    crown him, crown him, and crown him Lord of all.
  2. Ye chosen seed of Israel’s race,
    ye ransomed from the fall, ye ransomed from the fall,
    hail him who saves you by his grace, and crown him, crown him,
    crown him, crown him, and crown him Lord of all.
  3. Sinners, whose love can ne’er forget
    the wormwood and the gall, the wormwood and the gall,
    go spread your trophies at his feet, and crown him, crown him,
    crown him, crown him, and crown him Lord of all.
  4. Let every kindred, every tribe
    on this terrestrial ball, on this terrestrial ball,
    to him all majesty ascribe, and crown him, crown him,
    crown him, crown him, and crown him Lord of all.
  5. Crown him, ye martyrs of your God,
    who from his altar call, who from his altar call;
    extol the Stem of Jesse’s Rod, and crown him, crown him,
    crown him, crown him, and crown him Lord of all.
  6. O that with yonder sacred throng,
    we at his feet may fall, we at his feet may fall!
    We’ll join the everlasting song, and crown him, crown him,
    crown him, crown him, and crown him Lord of all.

*Benediction

*Postlude – “God’s Matchless Gift of Love” – By Richard Alan Martens

Lyrics to Special Music

A Home of Grace
O, thank you, Lord, for fam’ly, how precious your design. That through the gift of parents we know your love divine. They lead us and they teach us. They help us find our place. And working all together, we build a home of grace. O, thank you, Lord, for fam’ly, no two of them the same. For all who care for children though never share their name. O, teach us, Lord, compassion and help us grow our faith, ‘til ev’ry home is cherished and built upon your grace. O, thank you, Lord, for fam’ly. This is our earnest prayer for mothers and for fathers, for the hearts of all who care. And though sometimes imperfect and though we lose our way, today we pledge and promise to build a home of grace. Build a home of grace.

We Will Rejoice Again!
We have come again, O Lord, to this place where we have met before to lift our voice in praise. We have come again, O Lord, to this place to lift our prayer, to lift our voice, to lift our hearts in praise! We will rejoice again today in the Lord. We will lift up our voice again to the Lord. We lift our voice and sing to you, our Lord and King. Our melodies we raise in our unending praise for your love, praise for your love, praise for your endless love. So in your Name we gather, and in your Name we pray, and in your Name we lift our praise, singing through all our days. We will rejoice again today in the Lord. We will lift up our voice again to the Lord. We will rejoice again! We have come again, O Lord, to this place where we have met before to lift our voice in praise. We have come again, O Lord, to this place to lift our prayer, to lift our voice, to lift our hearts in praise, in praise! We will rejoice again today in the Lord. We will lift up our voice again to the Lord. We will rejoice again today in the Lord! We will rejoice again! We will rejoice again! We will rejoice again! We will rejoice!

Helping Lead Today’s Worship

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