Order of Service, Sunday, May 10, 2020

Order of Service, Sunday, May 10, 2020

WORSHIP AT OLD FIRST REFORMED UNITED CHURCH OF CHRIST, 

SUNDAY, MAY 10, 2020 AT 11 O’CLOCK

 

Rev. Michael Caine, Pastor; Holly Phares, Music Director; William Lowden, Organist

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Welcome

 

Prelude                                       The Good Shepherd

                                                          Dom Paul Benoit

                                                          William Lowden, organ

 

Words of Gathering                (adapted from Andrew King’s poem “FACE OF GOD”)

 

Somehow the veil was parted:

we gained glimpses 

of the glory

of the nearness 

of your love —

as the hurting were healed,

the outcast befriended,

the lost restored,

and the powers of death 

had their dominion challenged, 

by this Jesus 

and then by his followers. 

 

Hymn                                                    Fairest Lord Jesus

(Silesian Folk Song; Munster Gesangbuch, 1677)

Anna Sherr, Alexa Sherr, Sarah Sherr, Suzanne Cole, vocal leaders

Fairest Lord Jesus, 

Ruler of all nature, 

Son of God and son of all!

Thee will I cherish, Thee will I honor,

Thou, my soul’s glory, joy, and crown.

 

Fair are the Meadows,

Fair are the Woodlands,

Robes in the blooming garb of spring:

Jesus is fairer, Jesus is purer,

Who makes the woeful heart to sing.

 

Fair is the sunshine,

Fair is the moonlight,

And all the twinkling starry host:

Jesus shines brighter,

Jesus shines purer

Than all the angels heav’n can boast.

 

Confession 

Good God, we have looked the other way; 

we have failed to see you in our neighbors, 

even our neighbors in need. 

We have preferred ourselves to others. 

We have thought our own ways better. 

Put ourselves first. 

Met our desires rather than the needs around us. 

Forgive us. Call us to be like Jesus: 

living mercy, reaching out in love and concern, 

laying down our lives for others. 

In his name who is still our Way, 

we pray. Amen.

 

Silence for personal confession 

 

Assurance 

 

A Time with the Children           Appearances

 

Passing the Peace    Do You Have A Promise / Sentence about God’s Peace to Share? 

 

The Scripture Lesson             John 14:1-14

 

The Sermon Series                          This Season’s Choreography:                                                 

a lot of movement to get everyone in the right places, 

and doing the right step for what God means to be a long dance

 

Sermon 1: We See God When We Look at Jesus

 

Affirmation of Faith            Jesus Has Come to Your House

 

Offering

    Offertory         The Call

Ralph Vaughan Williams

Audra Casebier, soprano

    Dedication

 

Prayers of the People

     (We will break up in smaller prayer rooms; the response after each person’s prayer is

     “Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.” When the one minute notice comes up (that you

     are about to be returned to the main room or our Sanctuary), please say the Lord’s

     Prayer together slowly)

 

Community Life

  1. Today is Blanket Sunday (Kris F.)
  2. A Shower of Letter’s for Aaron (Beth)
  3. Giving Tuesday for our 24 / 7 Shelter (Billi) 
  4. Weekly Bible Study, starting this Wed. @ 1 pm (Bob R.)
  5. WISE congregations training, Sat., May 16 from 9 am to 12 noon

 

Benediction 

 

Postlude   Think About His Love

arr. Mark Hayes