At Home Worship Service for 5/3/20, Fourth Sunday of Easter:
Interlude, A time of prayer: “In Christ Alone” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nXjORYEiHuc
Call to Worship: Psalm 23 Read Aloud Together
1 The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not be in want.
2 He makes me lie down in green pastures and leads me beside still waters.
3 He revives my soul and guides me along right pathways for his Name's sake.
4 Though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I shall fear no evil; for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me.
5 You spread a table before me in the presence of those who trouble me; you have anointed my head with oil, and my cup is running over.
6 Surely your goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life, and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever.
Hymn of Praise: “Do Something” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b_RjndG0IX8
Invocation & Lord’s Prayer: O God, whose Son Jesus is the good shepherd of your people: Grant that when we hear his voice we may know him who calls us each by name, and follow where he leads; who, with you and the Holy Spirit, lives and reigns, one God, forever and ever as we pray together:
Our Father, which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy Name. Thy Kingdom come. Thy will be done in earth, As it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our trespasses, As we forgive them that trespass against us. And lead us not into temptation, But deliver us from evil. For thine is the kingdom, The power, and the glory, For ever and ever. Amen.
Hymn of Prayer: “Thank You” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ipl90tNonTk
The First Lesson: Acts 2:42-47
Those who had been baptized devoted themselves to the apostles' teaching and fellowship, to the breaking of bread and the prayers.
Awe came upon everyone, because many wonders and signs were being done by the apostles. All who believed were together and had all things in common; they would sell their possessions and goods and distribute the proceeds to all, as any had need. Day by day, as they spent much time together in the temple, they broke bread at home and ate their food with glad and generous hearts, praising God and having the goodwill of all the people. And day by day the Lord added to their number those who were being saved.
Children Worship & Wonder Video (all ages encouraged to watch and participate):
“The Good Shepherd and the Lord’s Supper Part 1” Video Available on our youtube channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCvv_dOWdLvA4Tx3E79cVSrQ
Readings from the Epistles and the Gospel:
1 Peter 2:19-25
It is a credit to you if, being aware of God, you endure pain while suffering unjustly. If you endure when you are beaten for doing wrong, what credit is that? But if you endure when you do right and suffer for it, you have God's approval. For to this you have been called, because Christ also suffered for you, leaving you an example, so that you should follow in his steps.
“He committed no sin, and no deceit was found in his mouth.”
When he was abused, he did not return abuse; when he suffered, he did not threaten; but he entrusted himself to the one who judges justly. He himself bore our sins in his body on the cross, so that, free from sins, we might live for righteousness; by his wounds you have been healed. For you were going astray like sheep, but now you have returned to the shepherd and guardian of your souls.
Jesus said, “Very truly, I tell you, anyone who does not enter the sheepfold by the gate but climbs in by another way is a thief and a bandit. The one who enters by the gate is the shepherd of the sheep. The gatekeeper opens the gate for him, and the sheep hear his voice. He calls his own sheep by name and leads them out. When he has brought out all his own, he goes ahead of them, and the sheep follow him because they know his voice. They will not follow a stranger, but they will run from him because they do not know the voice of strangers.” Jesus used this figure of speech with them, but they did not understand what he was saying to them.
So again Jesus said to them, “Very truly, I tell you, I am the gate for the sheep. All who came before me are thieves and bandits; but the sheep did not listen to them. I am the gate. Whoever enters by me will be saved, and will come in and go out and find pasture. The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have life, and have it abundantly.”
Please remember to support our church and its ministries (Food Pantry, Samaritan Fund, Children & Youth, etc.) during this time with your tithes & offerings.
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Doxology: (Words below, for an interesting modern take on this song, click here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MGPtYkaT6-o)
Praise God from whom all blessings flow Praise Him all creatures here below Praise Him above ye heavenly hosts Praise Father, Son, and Holy Ghost
Communion Hymn: “What a friend we have in Jesus” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Prthhmly0Gg
At this time, We encourage all to prepare their own Sacraments for communion to share as a family. Reverently and prayerfully prepare the bread and the cup.
Communion Service Video with Rev. Bob Lane: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vlVUCoIC3uE
Sermon Video “Learn, Pray, Give, & Praise” from Rev. Bob: https://youtu.be/fA0pqRimevU
Audio Sermon from Rev. Paul Simrell (Elpis): https://igw3.blog/
Hymn of Commitment: “Wonderful Grace of Jesus” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=exE5YQNewv8
Go Now in Peace Holly Grove, Speak God’s word and Do God’s Work. Amen.