THIRD SABBATH IN EASTERTIDE
Assemble in God’s Name
Welcome and Concerns of the Church
s Passing the Peace
s Bible Songs: “Christ Shall Have Dominion” #156
Lighting the Candles
Call to Worship (I John 3:1)
Leader: The Lord be with you.
People: And with you also.
Leader: See what love the Father has given us,
People:, That we should be called children of God;
All: And that is what we are.
Opening Prayer (in unison)
Gracious God, we are grateful for Jesus and his teachings which impel us to love one another — east, west, north, south, liberal and conservative, large and small, ordinary and extraordinary, rich and poor. Thank you, Lord, for your love that teaches us to love. Amen.
Prayer of Confession (in unison)
Holy One, we think you belong to us because we have definitions about you, descriptions about you, dogma about you. We think we are righteous because of such things. Yet we read in the verse: righteous people do right. How simple that is Lord, and how obviously true. You hate sin. Thus, as your people, we should hate our own sins. We beg forgiveness for our sins, Lord. Help us to be your gracious and humble people. Help us to live in righteousness and truth. Amen.
Declaration of Forgiveness
Leader: God is creating his kingdom from this world. Jesus lived and died and rose to new life so that we can participate in creating a reign of goodness and beauty.
People: We are gifted for the task; We are important to the process. Thanks be to God!
s Hymnbook: “In Christ There is No East or West” #479
s Gloria Patri #546
Presentation of Tithes and Offerings
s Doxology #544
Dismissal to Children’s Church (5 and Under)
Prayers of the People
First Scripture Lesson: I John 3:1-6
Second Scripture Lesson: I John 3:7
Sermon: "The Decline of Civility”
Go in God’s Name
s The Apostles' Creed
s Prayer of Thanksgiving
s The Lord's Prayer
s Hymnbook: “Blest Be the Tie That Binds” #473
s Extinguishing the Candles
s Charge and Blessing
s: all who are able, please stand.
"You have put gladness in my heart," wrote the author of Psalm 4:7 (NRSV). Let us all join in the same affirmation. As brothers and sisters in Christ, let us rejoice together in our worship of God. Welcome to all!
Wednesday Bible Study, 10:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m.
Those who are going to see the Dead Sea Scrolls at Discovery Place in Charlotte are reminded to pay their money to Linda Dickson. The van will leave the church at 7:45 a.m., Saturday.
The Session will meet next Sabbath, May 7, at 7:00 p.m. Please note change of date.
There will be a Christian Education Workshop at Tirzah ARP Church on May 9 (6:30-9:00 p.m.). This is applicable to everyone, and everyone is invited. If you want to go please sign the sheet in the narthex of the church.
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