Sunday Messages & Special Service
Worship Service for 5/1/22 or the video click on the following (20+) Facebook
WELCOME! The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ be with you. The risen Christ is with us. Praise the Lord! We are celebrating Holy Communion today. ANNOUNCEMENTS: The Preschool Board will meet this Tuesday at 6:15pm -The May newsletter is available by the lamp. This week we are hoping that people can help us deliver newsletters to save on postage, and it also gives you a chance to visit some of our folks who aren’t able to join us often or at all. That is once a month, and then we could use some folks to deliver transcripts of the worship service each week, during the week after they are printed, which is usually Mondays, but sometimes Tuesdays. There is a signup by the lamp for you to sign up to deliver to the different people. If you have any questions, please ask. –Today is Holy Communion. Those at home will need bread and juice for the end of the service. For those here, we are going back to coming forward to receive the elements. If you would rather wait in your seats for me to bring them to you, please stay there and I’ll be back soon. -We have RubberDucks tickets reserved for the game on Friday, June 24th at 7:00. They will be with the Doylestown Lions Club and Sterling UMC. The tickets will cost $10 each. Please signup if you want tickets, and we will let you know closer to the game about the process to get the tickets.
Lighting of the Christ Candle: Let’s be in an attitude of prayer, as we light our Christ candle. Almighty God, to You all hearts are open, all desires known, and from You no secrets are hidden. Cleanse the thoughts of our hearts by the inspiration of Your Holy Spirit, that we may perfectly love You, and worthily magnify Your holy name, through Christ our Lord. Lord, open our hearts and minds by the power of Your Holy Spirit, so that as the Scriptures are read and Your Word proclaimed, we may hear with joy what You say to us today. Amen.
Children’s Message: We’ve been talking about the importance of talking about Jesus and sharing Him with others. Telling others is so important in sharing Jesus’ love. A man in the Bible named Saul was mean to people who said they loved Jesus. Saul wanted to put them in jail. One day, Saul was on his way to a city named Damascus. While traveling to arrest some people, Saul saw a bright light flashing. He fell to the ground and heard a voice. The voice said, “Saul, why are you being mean to me?” Saul asked, “Who are you?” The voice said, “I am Jesus … the one you are opposing. Now get up and go to the city.” When Saul got up, he couldn’t see for three days. He also didn’t eat or drink anything. Once he got to the city, God sent a man named Ananias to see Saul. When Ananias put his hands on Saul, something that looked like scabs fell from Saul’s eyes, and he could see again! Saul completely changed from hating Jesus and wanting to hurt people who followed Him to loving Jesus and wanting to tell others about Him. We can deliver news to someone. How could you tell others about Jesus?… We could visit, write a note, send a card, call, smile, and tell them that Jesus loves them. We could draw a picture and put it in the envelope, couldn’t we? Then you could hand the envelope to someone or mail it to someone. From the time in our Bible that this story of Saul happened, Saul’s name was changed to Paul. His letters are found in our Bible. He wrote books named after people in that land; like Ephesians, Corinthians, and Galatians; because he sent those letters to them first. Maybe this week you could tell other people the good news of Jesus’ love for them. Maybe you would like to write a letter or draw a picture to tell them about Jesus. You could use this envelope for the letter you write. This envelope will also be a reminder each time you learn something new or exciting about God. Follow God and obey God wherever you are this week and always. Let’s Pray… Thank You, loving God, for loving us and changing us. Just like You changed Saul to Paul, help us to do what You want us to do, so we can tell others about Jesus like Paul did, and tell them who Jesus is for each of us. In His name we pray, Amen.
At this time in our service as we think about our tithes and offerings, we appreciate so much the gifts that are being given faithfully for God’s work. Let’s pray, as we dedicate the tithes and offerings that have been given this week to the Lord’s work… Redeeming God, we live in a world that is far too ready to say that You can’t be found, ready to choose punishment over mercy, judgment over compassion. Our world is too eager to put energy into exclusion rather than working to be inclusive of all Your children. We confess to you that, we have been blind, even in our sightedness, to what You are doing in the world. We need our eyes to be truly opened, Lord, to who you really are. Let our blindness fall away and let us see the good that we can do—through our prayers, presence, gifts, service and our witness—to help usher in Your kingdom here and now. May the gifts we give this morning be just the beginning of our availability to be Your tools for bringing about the world You desire. We pray it in the name of the risen Christ. Amen. Please stand as you’re able as we praise our God for our many blessings, as singing the Doxology; “Praise God from whom all blessings flow. Praise Him all creatures here below. Praise Him above ye heav’nly host. Praise Father, Son, and Holy Ghost! Amen”
It is now time to share our Joys & Concerns: Does anyone have joys or praises that you want to share?
Joys shared: -Martha Baillis shared that she has the honor today of giving 10 scholarships to young women who will be attending Mt. Union University. The Alumni Women’s Group will be presenting these. Then she will be traveling with her dog Missy to Ellen’s to spend Mother’s Day with the family. –Herb shared that it is his great-grandson Cole’s 5th birthday. Concerns shared:-Sue Baker shared that Leigh Litman’s younger sister Loretta just had a reoccurrence of breast cancer after 11 years. She asked for prayers for her to be able to fight this and for the family. Leigh is part of our women’s Bible study group. –Herb asked for prayers for the Jack Veronica family in his passing, who was the brother-in-law of Herb’s second wife Janet. He was 90 and died of heart failure. –Rod asked for prayers for Doug Bases, who is in the hospital and is very ill, and also for his wife Tammy and family. His grandson also attends our preschool.
-Traveling mercies for Martha. –Sheila Stoll asked for traveling mercies for Margaret Moedt as she returns to North Carolina to prepare to move back here. Also, prayers that she gets the help that she needs to get everything moved. -Traveling mercies for all who are traveling this week -Students and school personnel as the finish out the school year for safety and good decisions through this time of year -Continued for victims of violence, disasters, and wars -Elections decisions for Tuesday -Decisions of the leaders of our country and those around the world –Quite a few unspoken prayer requests Let’s take all of these to the Lord in prayer… Heavenly Father, we thank You for Your answers to our prayers and for the blessings that You’ve given us that bring us so much joy. For Martha and the joy that she has from giving out those scholarships, and we ask for a blessing on those students who will be attending Mount Union next year, for Cole and the blessing of his 5th birthday. We know that You love us and You hear all of our prayers. You answer each one according to Your will and in Your timing. We ask for Your healing touch to be on those who are sick or injured at this time; You’ve heard our request for Doug and for his family as they go through this with him, help them to deal with all that is before them. Lord, for those who are grieving the loss of loved ones, for Jack’s family as well as others, we ask for Your loving arms to be felt by each one as they are grieving at this time. Lord, we ask for Your hedge of protection around all who are traveling; for Martha and Margaret and others who we may not know about at this time, and others who we may know about. You know each one and we ask for protection and safe passage. Lord, for Your guidance to be followed by those who are making decisions for this country and this world, and for Your guidance for those going to the election polls. We ask for the proper decisions to be made. You know all of the needs of those who have been brought to You through spoken and unspoken requests. Please touch each life. For Margaret, You know the situation that she is in with this transition, and we ask for peace to be with her and for help to come where it is needed and for safety as she changes from one home to another. We place all of the spoken and unspoken requests into Your care, asking all of this in the name of our Lord Christ Jesus, our Savior, who reveals You to us, Amen.
Our Hymn of Preparation is UMH #620 “One Bread, One Body” (By John B. Foley). Chorus – One bread, one body, one Lord of all, one cup of blessings, which we bless. And we, though many throughout the earth, we are one body in this one Lord. Verse 1 – Gentile or Jew, servant or free, woman or man, no more. Chorus, Verse 2 – Many the gifts, many the works, one in the Lord of all. Chorus, Verse 3 – Grain for the field, scattered and grown, gathered to one, for all. Chorus. © John B. Foley and North American Liturgy Resources. CCLI License #1694213
Betty Winchell is sharing with us today’s Scripture and message.
Betty: “I begged Ruthie to let me do this today. You may know that she is going to be taking a vacation, and be wondering if this is part of her vacation. But no, I begged her, because I bring you a message that I think is so important. Matthew 26:26-28, very short, but very important.26 While they were eating, Jesus took bread, blessed it, broke it, and gave it to the disciples and said, “Take and eat. This is my body.” 27 He took a cup, gave thanks, and gave it to them, saying, “Drink from this, all of you. 28 This is my blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many so that their sins may be forgiven. The Word of God for the people of God. Praise be to God! Good morning! Several months ago Lydia and I traveled to take a class called ‘Sacraments’ for our Lay Servant requirements. You may not know a whole lot about lay servants, or heard about it, but I thought that this is a chance to tell you a little bit more about them. As a lay servant we are to take classes to continue to be educated and updated on The United Methodist Church, but also to develop more spiritually. A lay servant is to serve in their local church in ministry, mission, and witness. We help out, especially when the pastor is away, or wherever it is needed. Both Lydia and I are Certified Lay Servants, which simply means that we have taken a lot of classes, and that we could possibly be working toward being Lay Speakers. That is something that we are praying about and seeing what it is that the Lord wants us to do. If we became Lay Speakers, then we would be able to fill in at other churches throughout The United Methodist community. So, when we returned from this class, we spoke with Pastor Ruthie, and we told her what we had learned and what the Lord had spoken to us about the sacraments. I was excited, because I wanted to talk to us about the importance of Communion. So I accepted Ruthie’s offer first. Lydia was number 2. I accepted the offer to bring a message about Communion for our church family. Before I begin to talk about Communion, we need to understand about sacraments. In The United Methodist Church, does anyone know (I’m not going to call on you, Martha, and I’m not going to call on Lydia.), does anyone know how many sacraments we have in The United Methodist Church? Just call that number out…. (2) Boy you’re good! Two is correct. Now when I was growing up in the Catholic faith, they had 7. So I thought we had 7. So the first thing I learned was that in The United Methodist Church we only have 2 sacraments. That of… What do you think?… (Communion and baptism) Communion and baptism are our 2 sacraments. Holy Communion absolutely is a sacrament! The early Church borrowed the word sacrament from the Roman army. A recruit in the Roman army became a soldier by undergoing a sacramentum or initiation, which included taking an oath of office and being branded behind the ear with a number of their region. Then the Church chose the word sacrament because Communion is a rite that is both spiritual and physical. A sacrament is an outward and visible sign of an inward change in a person’s life. I know you’ve heard that in Sunday School, but I’m going to say it again. A sacrament is an outward and visible sign of an inward change in a person’s life. A sacrament in The United Methodist Church is determined by one simple question, ‘Did Jesus do it?’ A sacrament is God’s gift to us; it’s unmeasurable. In sacraments God is unwilling to allow us to be less than we were created to be. We are to be God’s ministers sent by Him to server the world; to work for reconciliation, justice, and peace. A sacrament is very special to all of us in many different ways. Now Communion was first given to us by Jesus during the Passover celebration, and at that time He changed the meaning of the bread and the juice. And that was His last meal with His disciples. Notice that it was before He was crucified. And that’s an important point to remember that I will be talking about in just a minute. Jesus changed the meaning of the bread and wine to ‘Take and eat, this is My body.’ And then He gave the cup, saying, ‘Drink from it, all of you, and remember Me.’ From the outside looking in, Communion can be a little strange, frightening, confusing, and maybe even uncomfortable. Here a group of people stand in line, dip a piece of bread into some grape juice, and say that they are eating the body and blood of Christ. Now followers of Jesus have done this for more than 2000 years. Today, we’re going to take a real close look at Holy Communion. What is it, and what actually happens during this sacrament? There are actually three things that we need to appreciate when we take Communion. First, yes, as we all know and have always thought, it is participation in Christ’s death. Communion is something that we do in memory of Jesus, but somehow by receiving Communion we are caught back to the day of Jesus on the cross, right now, here in the present. When we take Communion we are responding to Jesus’ call to die to ourselves and sin. Therefore, one of the questions that we should ask ourselves when we come to the table is, ‘What needs to die in me,so that I may be more like Christ?’ ‘What needs to die in me,so that I may be more like Christ?’ … Secondly, When we come to the Communion table, we experience the presence of Christ. These ordinary elements become a very real presence of Jesus and His life, and meet us in a physical way. The Holy Spirit is always with us, but the mystery of Communion (and it really is called that, ‘a mystery,’) is that Jesus Christ meets us in the bread and the cup. Remember when I said earlier that I wanted you to remember that we actually remember Christ, and what He is in our lives, when we take Communion? He gave is to His disciples before He was crucified, and said to them, ‘Remember Me!’ This is before He is actually crucified. So as we come to the table, we are to think about Jesus in our life today, and who He is, and remember Him. When you think of it in that way, is there anywhere else you’d rather be?… When we encounter the presence of Jesus Christ, it should excite us! And that’s why we call Communion a celebration! It’s celebrating who Jesus is today, yesterday, and in the future! Thirdly, Communion is to receive God’s grace. When we take the bread and drink from the cup, we are receiving the benefits offered through God’s grace and forgiveness. That’s why John Wesley called Communion a means of grace. It isn’t just to remember Jesus. Communion presents us with an encounter of grace offered to us through Jesus Christ in a real way. Now I’m just going to talk about grace for a minute, because when I was a Sunday School teacher, I learned what grace was and I taught to my children. G-R-A-C-E: God’s Riches At Christ’s Expense. Did they know what that meant? No, not really. Grace is a unmerited favor or an undeserved gift of love and forgiveness for you. It is given and not earned. The only way to experience it is to receive it, and we receive it when we take Communion. Grace blesses us when we don’t deserve it. Grace is received when we fall down and fail. When we fall flat on our faces, grace meets us. In all of our messes it frees us from all of our baggage. It empowers us to address our failures. In doing so, we should have no fear. When we come to this table, we admit we are broken, and we are all broken. And thus, make ourselves ready to receive God’s grace. Communion is our opportunity to have a fresh encounter with God. To be in His presence, to be reminded that we are loved and accepted, and made new; we receive grace that is greater than ourselves. This is why we take Communion, and I appreciate the fact that we do that monthly. There are many churches that do it on a quarterly basis or on special occasions. So it is a joy that we serve it monthly. Now I hope after I’ve talked today that you will think of Communion in a new and fresh way, a time of celebration! We don’t have to be so somber. My eyes were just opened brightly, because I had always thought Communion was just being about remembering what Jesus did on the cross, and so I was always upset in a way, because I had to remember my Savior going to the cross for me. Now I realize that it is much more than that! In Communion celebrate Jesus! Come up and celebrate Jesus, who is yours! How much more that touched my heart! I hope we celebrate more now within our church when we experience Communion, when we hear, ‘Do this in remembrance of Me!’ Let’s remember Jesus! What a glorious celebration we’re going to have today! Now with Communion there are many obstacles that I believe too many us allow to enter in and prevent us from celebrating with Jesus at the altar. Individuals think, ‘Oh, I’m unworthy.’ You most certainly are not! I believe that this is due to our lack of understanding and false fears, and not trusting Jesus. We need to be more aware that this is His gift to us. We need to learn about God’s unmerited love, not just in Communion but in all of our lives. Another obstacle is simply stated, Satan. He needs to get out of the way! And we need to fight off those voices in our heads that are telling us things that are not true! Jesus will gladly take those. Allow His power and strength in you. Other obstacles, simply getting up to the altar. As Ruthie mentioned, if anyone has any trouble with that, we will gladly take Communion to you, because I know we’re not so youthful anymore. Steps are an issue for some, or when we have children in a back room, and even our pandemic became an obstacle. We didn’t have it for so long and then we had to have everything individually wrapped and given to you in the pew. Don’t allow obstacles to prevent to celebration of Communion. I have said that in Communion we need to celebrate, but before we take Communion we should take time to get right with our Lord. There is no hurry to come up and come forw ard. Instead, take time to sit with Him where you are. Do a private prayer of confession and thanks before going forward. Remember that it is an act of His love, so we need to give Him back that love that He so richly deserves. Receive the elements as if Jesus Christ was handing them to you. I think you’ll look at it a whole lot differently. Receive the elements as if Jesus Christ was handing them to you. In a moment we are going to be receiving Communion and might be some of us that just didn’t understand God’s grace that is number 3. You’ve been trying to hold all the pieces of your life together on your own and it just keeps falling apart. Remember the first step to being put back together is admitting that you are broken, and as I said, We are all broken people. And Jesus is the only One who can make us new. One of the things that you need to release to God; your fears, your anxieties, your hurts, your habits, your failures. And what do you want to receive from God?… Jesus is right here waiting for us at the Communion table. Let us join together and celebrate Jesus! Amen.
Thank you, Betty, Let’s pray as we prepare for Holy Communion… Dear Lord, we thank You for the message of what this holy mystery is all about. And Lord, we thank You for the clarity that sometimes just isn’t there. We ask that You speak to each heart. We ask that You open us up to You, and help us celebrate this time of Holy Communion the way each one of us is supposed to do. And we give it to You, Lord. Amen.
HOLY COMMUNION: RESPONSE TO THE WORD: I believe in God, the Father Almighty, Creator of heaven and earth. I .believe in Jesus Christ, His only Son, our Lord, who was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died, and was buried; He descended to the dead. On the third day He rose again; He ascended into heaven, is seated at the right hand of the Father, and will come again to judge the living and the dead. I believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy catholic*(universal) church, the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and the life everlasting. Amen. INVITATION Christ our Lord invites to His table all who love Him, who earnestly repent of their sin and seek to live in peace with one another. Therefore, let us confess our sin before God and one another. CONFESSION AND PARDON Merciful God, we confess that we have not loved You with our whole heart. We have failed to be an obedient church. We have not done Your will, we have broken Your law, we have rebelled against Your love, we have not loved our neighbors, and we have not heard the cry of the needy. Forgive us, we pray. Free us for joyful obedience, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
(All pray in silence) Leader to people: Hear the good news: Christ died for us while we were yet sinners; that proves God’s love toward us. In the name of Jesus Christ, you are forgiven! People to leader: In the name of Jesus Christ, you are forgiven! Leader and people: Glory to God. Amen. OUR OFFERING As forgiven and reconciled people, Let us offer ourselves and our gifts to God.
THANKSGIVING AND COMMUNION: THE GREAT THANKSGIVING The Lord be with you. And also with you.Lift up your hearts. We lift them up to the Lord.Let us give thanks to the Lord our God. It is right to give our thanks and praise.It is right, and a good and joyful thing, always and everywhere to give thanks to You, Father Almighty, Creator of heaven and earth. You formed us in Your image and breathed into us the breath of life. When we turned away, and our love failed, Your love remained steadfast. You delivered us from captivity, made covenant to be our sovereign God, and spoke to us through the prophets. And so, with Your people on earth and all the company of heaven we praise Your name and join their unending hymn: Holy, holy, holy Lord, God of power and might, heaven and earth are full of Your glory. Hosanna in the highest. Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord. Hosanna in the highest. Holy are You, and blessed is Your Son Jesus Christ. Your Spirit anointed Him to preach good news to the poor, to proclaim release to the captives and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty those who are oppressed, and to announce that the time had come when You would save Your people. He healed the sick, fed the hungry, and ate with sinners. By the baptism of His suffering, death, and resurrection You gave birth to Your Church, delivered us from slavery to sin and death, and made with us a new covenant by water and the Spirit. When the Lord Jesus ascended, He promised to be with us always, in the power of Your Word and Holy Spirit.On the night in which He gave Himself up for us, He took bread, gave thanks to You, broke the bread, gave it to His disciples, and said: “Take, eat; this is My body which is given for you. Do this in remembrance of Me.”When the supper was over, He took the cup, gave thanks to You, gave it to His disciples, and said: “Drink from this, all of you; this is My blood of the new covenant, poured out for you and for many for the forgiveness of sins. Do this, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of Me.”And so, in remembrance of these Your mighty acts in Jesus Christ, we offer ourselves in praise and thanksgiving as a holy and living sacrifice, in union with Christ’s offering for us, as we proclaim the mystery of faith. Christ has died; Christ is risen; Christ will come again. Lord, Pour out Your Holy Spirit on us gathered here, and on these gifts of bread and wine. Make them be for us the body and blood of Christ, so that we may be for the world the body of Christ, redeemed by His blood. By Your Spirit make us one with Christ, one with each other, and one in ministry to all the world, until Christ comes in final victory and we feast at His heavenly banquet. Through Your Son Jesus Christ, with the Holy Spirit in Your holy Church, all honor and glory is Yours, Almighty Father, now and forever. Amen. THE LORD’S PRAYER: And now, with the confidence of children of God, let us pray: Our Father in heaven, hallowed be Your name, Your kingdom come, Your will be done, on earth as in heaven. Give us today our daily bread. Forgive us our sins as we forgive those who sin against us. Save us from the time of trial, and deliver us from evil. For the kingdom, the power, and the glory are yours now and forever. Amen. BREAKING THE BREAD ** Because there is one loaf, we, who are many, are one body, for we all partake of the one loaf. The bread which we break is a sharing in the body of Christ. **The cup over which we give thanks is a sharing in the blood of Christ. GIVING THE BREAD AND CUP: The body of Christ, given for you. Amen. The blood of Christ, given for you. Amen.Let’s pray… Eternal God, we give you thanks for this holy mystery in which you have given yourself to us. Grant that we may go into the world in the strength of your Spirit, to give ourselves for others, in the name of Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
Let’s sing our closing song, which is UMH #664 – “Sent Forth by God’s Blessing.” (By Omer Westendorf) Verse 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. Verse 2 – With praise and thanksgiving to God ever living, the tasks of our every day 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. 1964, World Library Publications, Inc. CCLI License #1694213
Benediction: Go forth in peace. The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the communion of the Holy Spirit be with you all. Amen.
Worship Service for 4/24/22 or the video click on the following (20+) Facebook
WELCOME! It’s good to see everyone here today, both in the sanctuary and online. ANNOUNCEMENTS: Thank you to everyone who showed up to help with Food Pantry and the Community Dinner! We had a good team. However, we will need more help for set-up on the night before in the future. Thank you to Martha & Herb who set-up this week. The more people who are there the less time has to be spend doing the work. 2 people isn’t enough to do this easily. There are about 5-6 major jobs that have to be done on set-up nights, or they can be done during the day, if that works better for you. Please check with Mark, Lynn, Martha or I, if you are interested in helping so we can fill you in on the jobs. Set-up is a very important part! -The Trustees meet this Tuesday evening at 7:00.
Lighting of the Christ Candle: Let’s be in an attitude of prayer, as we light our Christ candle, calling on Him to light our paths. “Light of Christ, shine on our path. Chase away all darkness. Illuminate our pathways. And Lead us to the heart of God.” Amen
Children’s Message: Have you ever been made fun of by someone? (Yes) Have you ever been made fun of for believing in Jesus? (Yes) How did you feel when that happened?… Did it make you feel sad?… I feel sad when that happens because the people don’t know Jesus, or how good life with Jesus is. The Bible says that some of the disciples, who were followers of Jesus, were teaching people about Him. I brought something with me today. What is this? (A pen.) Yes, what does a pen make you think about? (Writing something.) Yes. Some of the disciples, who spent time with Jesus while He was here ministering to people, began writing about Jesus, the things that He did and said. They wanted other people to know all they could share about Jesus, so that others could know Jesus, too. The disciples were teaching others about Jesus already, but there were people in those days who didn’t like what the disciples were saying, and they didn’t believe Jesus was God’s Son. These people were Jewish leaders, who were called Sadducees, and they decided to arrest the disciples and put them in jail. They were being punished for following Jesus. They each ended up writing a lot about Jesus. These men were Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John. We have what they and many others wrote about Jesus, and what they wrote is part of the Bible. There were many others that wrote things that we need to know too. The Bible is what God wanted written. And it teaches us what we need to know about following God. This is a really good way to learn more about Jesus and the way He lived and what He did for us and others. We are supposed to share what we know about Jesus with other people, too. It can be scary to talk about Jesus in front of people sometimes. It becomes easier the more we tell others about Jesus. It is important to remember that Jesus has told us to tell about Him and what He has taught. Let’s Pray… Loving God, thank You for helping our faith grow stronger, even when we may be nervous. Guide us when it may become difficult to talk about Jesus to others. Make us confident and strong. We pray this in Jesus’ name. Amen.
Choir – “Holy Is the Lord” ~ Lippencott
At this time in our service as we think about our tithes and offerings, we appreciate so much the gifts that are given faithfully for God’s work. Let’s pray, as we dedicate the tithes and offerings that have been given this week to the Lord’s work… O God of our Salvation, we are witnesses to your amazing deeds! By the resurrection of your Son Jesus, you have opened the gate to eternal life. We are grateful for your gifts of forgiveness and a new start. Let the obedience of Christ, the righteous one, become the chief cornerstone of our lives. Help us to use our spiritual gifts and monetary blessings to be a testimony to your glory. We dedicate ourselves and our offerings through Christ our risen Lord. Amen. Please stand as you’re able as we praise our God for our many blessings, as singing the Doxology; “Praise God from whom all blessings flow. Praise Him all creatures here below. Praise Him above ye heav’nly host. Praise Father, Son, and Holy Ghost! Amen”
It is now time to share our Joys & Concerns: Does anyone have joys or praises that you want to share? Joys shared: -Margaret shared that today is Sheila’s birthday, and Sheila shared that it is also Chad’s birthday. We sang to them.-Margaretalso shared that she will be moving back her from North Carolina. She has found a condo in Wooster, which she will be moving to soon. Brett shared that Zach had a birthday yesterday. – Herb shared that he was sad that he has lost family members and glad to know that they are now with the Lord. –Bruce shared that their family came yesterday and helped them with yardwork. Lee shared that he has a joy and a concern. Lisa has a new puppy, but want prayer for her as they adjust to each other, because this is the 1st puppy she has had since she has lived on her own. –We will have 2 new puppies in our daughter and her family’s home, which is a joy and also a concern, as we all get adjusted to each other and our dog adjusts, too. Concerns shared: -Traveling mercies for those away who are traveling this week. – Prayers for the Ray Miller family. This is Sandy B’s daughter Tammy’s father-in-law, who passed away last weekend, and the services for him are Weds. –Prayers for the Tyler Robinson family, through his death. –Prayers also for the Highland Local Schools family as they deal with a situation there; Students, teachers, parents, and administrators. -Continued for victims of violence, disasters, and wars -Elections decisions which will be made soon -Decisions of the leaders of the countries of the world. –And quite a few unspoken prayer requests. Let’s take all of these to the Lord in prayer… Heavenly Father, we thank You for Your many answers to our prayers and for our blessings that bring us so much joy. We know that You hear our prayers and You answer them according to Your will and in Your timing. We ask for Your healing touch to be on those who are sick or injured. For Your loving arms to be felt by those who are grieving at this time, for Your hedge of protection around all who are traveling, And Lord, for Your guidance to be followed by those who are making decisions for this country and this world. You know all of the needs of those who have been brought to You through spoken and unspoken requests. We ask all of this that has come before us and You, through the name of Christ Jesus, our Savior, who reveals Your will to us and who taught us to pray to you as one family, saying, Our Father, who art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name. Thy Kingdom come, Thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread, and forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil, for Thine is the Kingdom, and the power, and the glory, forever, Amen.
Today’s Scripture Readings come from Psalm 150, John 20: 19-31, & Acts 5:27-32. Psalm 150 Praise the Lord! Praise God in his sanctuary! Praise God in his fortress, the sky! 2 Praise God in his mighty acts! Praise God as suits his incredible greatness! 3 Praise God with the blast of the ram’s horn! Praise God with lute and lyre! 4 Praise God with drum and dance! Praise God with strings and pipe! 5 Praise God with loud cymbals! Praise God with clashing cymbals! 6 Let every living thing praise the Lord! Praise the Lord! John 20: 19-31 19 It was still the first day of the week. That evening, while the disciples were behind closed doors because they were afraid of the Jewish authorities, Jesus came and stood among them. He said, “Peace be with you.” 20 After he said this, he showed them his hands and his side. When the disciples saw the Lord, they were filled with joy. 21 Jesus said to them again, “Peace be with you. As the Father sent me, so I am sending you.” 22 Then he breathed on them and said, “Receive the Holy Spirit. 23 If you forgive anyone’s sins, they are forgiven; if you don’t forgive them, they aren’t forgiven.” 24 Thomas, the one called Didymus, one of the Twelve, wasn’t with the disciples when Jesus came. 25 The other disciples told him, “We’ve seen the Lord!” But he replied, “Unless I see the nail marks in his hands, put my finger in the wounds left by the nails, and put my hand into his side, I won’t believe.” 26 After eight days his disciples were again in a house and Thomas was with them. Even though the doors were locked, Jesus entered and stood among them. He said, “Peace be with you.” 27 Then he said to Thomas, “Put your finger here. Look at my hands. Put your hand into my side. No more disbelief. Believe!” 28 Thomas responded to Jesus, “My Lord and my God!” 29 Jesus replied,
“Do you believe because you see me? Happy are those who don’t see and yet believe.” 30 Then Jesus did many other miraculous signs in his disciples’ presence, signs that aren’t recorded in this scroll. 31 But these things are written so that you will believe that Jesus is the Christ, God’s Son, and that believing, you will have life in his name. Acts 5:27-32 27 The apostles were brought before the council where the high priest confronted them: 28 “In no uncertain terms, we demanded that you not teach in this name. And look at you! You have filled Jerusalem with your teaching. And you are determined to hold us responsible for this man’s death.” 29 Peter and the apostles replied, “We must obey God rather than humans!
30 The God of our ancestors raised Jesus from the dead—whom you killed by hanging him on a tree. 31 God has exalted Jesus to his right side as leader and savior so that he could enable Israel to change its heart and life and to find forgiveness for sins. 32 We are witnesses of such things, as is the Holy Spirit, whom God has given to those who obey him.” The Word of God for the people of God. Praise be to God!
Message: Easter isn’t over! Today we are going to the second lesson of Eastertide, which is that Jesus has sent us into the world just like God, the Father sent Jesus into the world. So many times we tuck all the lessons from the weekend away with all the decorations, but the lessons live on forever. And as Psalm 150 tells us to praise God, we should be praising the Lord with everything that exists, and all that we are and believe. We are also to live in the world but not be of the world. Sometimes we don’t always understand what that is saying. David said to let everything living thing praise the Lord! This line is also said in other translations, to let everything that has breath praise the Lord. Many things we don’t think about as having breath; besides people, animals breathe, and plants breathe. If you don’t understand that, then check it out in some science books or online. We might be very surprised to find out all that is living on earth! You may want to do some research. But through this statement, we know for sure that we are to be praising the Lord, because we have breath. How are we supposed to be praising Him?… softly?… With just our voices?… The answer to these questions is, No, we are to be praising Him as loudly as possible with everything that is available to make sound. This passage in Psalms mentions many musical instruments and could probably mention many other things, if David had wanted to continue. Think about that as we praise the Lord today and in the future. We had a few scripture passages today that relate to each other. The next is John 20:19-31. Here Jesus was joining the disciples after He had risen from the dead. The disciples were in a room staying away from the Jewish leaders. These verses said that they were afraid. It was Monday evening following Resurrection Sunday, and Jesus appeared in the room where the door was closed. He showed them His hands and feet and they were rejoicing that He was there. He told them “Peace be with you.” This was another way of telling them to not be afraid. Jesus breathed on them giving them the Holy Spirit, and told them that He was sending them just as the Father has sent Him. They were to forgive others their sins. If they forgave, then the person was forgiven, and if they didn’t forgive the person wasn’t forgiven. We find that the disciple Thomas wasn’t with them at this time. When Jesus had left them and Thomas returned; they told Thomas about Jesus coming, and that He was alive. Thomas doubted this news and said that unless he could see Jesus himself and touch the wounds in His hands and side, He would not believe. Eight days later Jesus returned to them in a locked house. Thomas was with them, and Jesus had Thomas touch His hand and side, telling Him to believe. Thomas called Him Lord, and Jesus asked him if he only believed because he saw Jesus, because those who believe without seeing are happy and blessed. It seems as if Jesus may not have been too happy that Thomas didn’t believe without seeing and touching His wounds. We do know that others who believe without proof are blessed. John wrote about these appearances of Jesus to the disciples and all that He said and did so that we could believe in Jesus, who is the Christ and the Son of God. John reminded that by believing we can have life in Jesus Christ’s name. Remember that just as the Father sent Jesus, Jesus sends His disciples. This includes the disciples that He called to be with Him during His ministries, and it includes all of His disciples that have believed since then. God, the Father sent Jesus to serve His people by dying for all of our sins. And He sent Jesus to give all of us a chance to be reconciled with God and to be back in right relationship with Him. God loves us so much that He gave Jesus to die for us, and Jesus loves us so much that He did. Jesus called and sent each one who believes in Him to serve Him and our neighbors. You are called and sent, not if…But where and how you fulfill the Great Commission, which is to make disciples for Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world, and baptizing them in the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Jesus’ 11 disciples, who were ministering and witnessing to all they had seen after He had sent them out, were doing as Jesus had instructed for them to do. However, the Jewish leaders weren’t happy with this and had told them to stop teaching about Jesus. When they didn’t stop they were arrested and taken before the religious council. The high priest told them that they had been ordered to stop teaching, and they hadn’t. The priests were also angry because they were teaching that the Jewish leaders were the ones who had killed Jesus. Peter and the other disciples told the high priest, “We must obey God rather than men or humans! The wording depends on the translation that is read. The disciples continued to witness about Jesus by telling the high priest that “the God of our ancestors raised Jesus from the dead—whom [they] killed by hanging Him on a tree. God has exalted Jesus to his right side as leader and Savior so that He could enable Israel to change its heart and life and to find forgiveness for sins.” The disciples also said that they are “witnesses of these things, as is the Holy Spirit, whom God has given to those who obey him.” As you can imagine the Jewish leaders weren’t happy with being told these things, and they know that the witnessing had been shared all over Jerusalem. The Christians weren’t happy with the Jewish leaders, because they thought that the leaders were responsible for Jesus’ death. The leaders were concerned what the Christians might do to them. John R. W. Stott who is a former evangelical preacher said this about Jesus sending us into the world. “We are sent into the world, like Jesus, to serve. For this is the natural expression of our love for our neighbors. We love. We go. We serve.” In Romans 12:9-10, Paul tells us, “Don’t just pretend to love others. Really love them. Hate what is wrong. Hold tightly to what is good. Love each other with genuine affection, and take delight in honoring each other.” We should do everything possible to praise and honor Christ by being the kind of witness that He has called us to be. We are to share all that we know about Him from scripture and from our own hearts.
Let’s pray … O living Christ, as the good news of Easter energized Your first disciples to build dynamic Christian communities, energize us to dynamic life within our congregation. As Your Spirit gave them courage to stand tall before the powers of this world, empower us to proclaim Your gospel and struggle for justice and peace all around us, Lord. By Your presence with us now, make us one in love and mission. In Your name we pray, Amen.
Personal Reflection: There has been a lot here. The message from God has come in words, songs, scripture, pictures, and prayers. What’s He said to you today?… Are you breathing?… If so, you should be praising, you should be sharing, as loudly as you possibly can, with whatever it takes.
Benediction: Go from here as witnesses of what you have seen and heard. Share God’s love with those you meet. Bring hope to those who are in despair. Live lives of gratitude and praise. And may the love of God, the peace of Jesus Christ, and the ongoing presence of the Holy Spirit be within you and among you until we meet again. Go into the world with peace! Amen.
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