Friday, April 30, 2021

Sunday, May 2nd worship!

 All are welcomed! You can join Sunday, May 2nd, Worship in the Sanctuary or on Zoom (link below)! The Scriptures and bulletin for Sunday are in the comments.

Topic: Sunday Worship Time: This is a recurring meeting 10:45 to 12:15 Join Zoom Meeting

Bulletin for Sunday, May 2nd


Marshall Presbyterian Church

 May 2, 2021        5th Sunday of Easter

Carol Ann West, Pianist      Carol and Alex Brown, Liturgists

Rev. Melissa Upchurch, Pastor






One: In the wilderness, water brings life.

All:   Seek us out, O God, and take us to the water.

One: In the Word of God, the good news gives light.

All:   Seek us out, O God, and fill us with understanding.

One: In the bread and the wine, the body of our savior

         nourishes everyone.

All:   Here is the water of life, the word that feeds,

            and the food of eternity.  Come and praise the

            Vine that gives all goodness!


* Opening Prayer

 * HYMN       Purple Hymnal #630         Fairest Lord Jesus



Merciful God, in Jesus our risen Lord, we have seen your glory.  Yet our sinfulness often blocks out the light of Christ.  We are quick to accuse and slow to confess. We find faults easily in others, while ignoring our own shortcomings.  We have squandered your gifts; we have turned from your ways, and we have ignored your Word.  …Silent prayers of confession…Have mercy on us, God of Compassion.  Pour out your Holy Spirit on our sinful lives.  Wash us with your love and cleanse us with your grace, that day by day we move closer to the people you made us be. Amen.



One: The resurrection of Jesus shows us the grace of God is stronger than death and the love of God has no boundary. This is good news!  In Jesus Christ we are forgiven!

All:   Thanks be to God!


Glory be to the Father, and to the son, and to the Holy Ghost, as it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without end.  Amen.  Amen.


 SPECIAL MUSIC:  Purple Hymnal #611 Joyful, Joyful, We Adore Thee




New Testament:   Acts 8:26-40                          See Bulletin

Epistle                    1 John 4:7-21                              

Gospel:                   John 15:1-8                                 


One: The Word of God for the People of God!

All:   Thanks be to God!


MESSAGE                                              Rev. Melissa Upchurch

 * AFFIRMATION OF FAITH (from 1 Cor. 15:1-11)

 This is the good news which we received, in which we stand, and by which we are saved:  that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures, that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day, and that he appeared to Peter, then to the twelve, and to many faithful witnesses.  We believe he is the Christ, the Son of the living God.  He is the first and the last, the beginning and the end.  He is our Lord and our God.  Amen.

 * HYMN  Purple Hymnal #700    I’m Gonna Live So God Can Use Me

SHARING JOYS AND CONCERNS         (See bulletin insert)

Prayers of the People


Sharing the Gifts of God 


*Doxology (ca. 1500s)

  Praise God from whom all blessings flow;

  Praise him all creatures here below;

  Praise him above, ye heavenly host;

  Praise Father, Son and Holy Ghost.

* Prayer of dedication And thanksgiving

O God, with faith and hope, we offer these gifts.  Use them, even as you use us, to accomplish your purposes in Jesus Christ, the Head of the church and the Lord of our lives. Amen





One: May our Shepherd be with you.

All:   And also with you.

One: Come to the Table prepared for all of God’s


All:   We bring our hearts to be anointed with grace

and hope.

One: Join in singing praise to the One who leads us

through the kingdom.

All:   We hold hands with goodness and mercy in

giving thanks to God.

 The minister continues…The warmth of creation was breathed…we offer thanksgiving and praise:

All:   Holy, holy, holy are you, God of eunuchs and evangelists.

All creation bears fruit in glorifying you.

Hosanna in the highest!


Blessed is the One who comes to abide in us.

Hosanna in the highest!

The minister continues…Holy are you, God of wisdom and thanksgiving…we speak of that faith which is a mystery:

All:   Christ died, that we might live through him;

Christ was raised, that he might live through you;

Christ will come, that all might live through eternity

with you. 

The minister continues…Gracious God, you have prepared this Table for us…As our Savior Christ has taught us, we are bold to pray:

All:   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 debts, as we forgive our debtors; and

lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. 

For thine is the kingdom and the power and the glory, forever.  Amen.



COMMUNION OF THE PEOPLE (with special music)

God Sends Us Out


One: Go now, in the love of our God.

All:   We will live for others through our God.

One: Go now, in the grace of Jesus.

All:   We will forgive others, just as we have been forgiven.

One: Go now, in the community of the Spirit.

All:   We will serve others in every need, in every place, in

every heart.



* HYMN    Purple Hymnal #136      Go, Tell It on the Mountain







Scriptures for Sunday, May 2

Acts 8:26-40 


Philip and the Ethiopian eunuch


26An angel from the Lord spoke to Philip, “At noon, take the road that leads from Jerusalem to Gaza.” (This is a desert road.) 27So he did. Meanwhile, an Ethiopian man was on his way home from Jerusalem, where he had come to worship. He was a eunuch and an official responsible for the entire treasury of Candace. (Candace is the title

given to the Ethiopian queen.) 28He was reading the prophet Isaiah

while sitting in his carriage. 29The Spirit told Philip, “Approach this carriage and stay with it.”


30Running up to the carriage, Philip heard the man reading the

prophet Isaiah. He asked, “Do you really understand what you

are reading?”

31The man replied, “Without someone to guide me, how could I?” Then he invited Philip to climb up and sit with him. 32 This was the passage of scripture he was reading:

Like a sheep he was led to the slaughter
    and like a lamb before its shearer is silent
    so he didn’t open his mouth.
33In his humiliation justice was taken away from him.
    Who can tell the story of his descendants
        because his life was taken from the earth?

34The eunuch asked Philip, “Tell me, about whom does the prophet say this? Is he talking about himself or someone else?” 35Starting with that passage, Philip proclaimed the good news about Jesus to him. 36As they went down the road, they came to some water.


The eunuch said, “Look! Water! What would keep me from being baptized?” 38He ordered that the carriage halt. Both Philip and the eunuch went down to the water, where Philip baptized him. 39When they came up out of the water, the Lord’s Spirit suddenly took Philip away. The eunuch never saw him again but went on his way rejoicing. 40Philip found himself in Azotus. He traveled through that area, preaching the good news in all the cities until he reached Caesarea.


1 John 4:7-21 – New International Version (NIV)


God’s Love and Ours


7Dear friends, let us love one another, for love comes from God. Everyone who loves has been born of God and knows God. 8Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love. 9This is how God showed his love among us: He sent his one and only Son into the world that we might live through him. 10This is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins. 11Dear friends, since God so loved us, we also ought to love one another. 12No one has ever seen

God; but if we love one another, God lives in us and his love is made complete in us.


13This is how we know that we live in him and he in us: He has given us of his Spirit. 14And we have seen and testify that the Father has sent his Son to be the Savior of the world. 15If anyone acknowledges that Jesus is the Son of God, God lives in them and they in God. 16And so we know and rely on the love God has for us.


God is love. Whoever lives in love lives in God, and God in them. 17This is how love is made complete among us so that we will have confidence on the day of judgment: In this world we are like Jesus. 18There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears is not made perfect in love.


19We love because he first loved us. 20Whoever claims to love God yet hates a brother or sister is a liar. For whoever does not love their brother and sister, whom they have seen, cannot love God, whom they have not seen. 21And he has given us this command: Anyone who loves God must also love their brother and sister.



John 15:1-8 

I am the true vine


151“I am the true vine, and my Father is the vineyard keeper. 2He removes any of my branches that don’t produce fruit, and he trims any branch that produces fruit so that it will produce even more fruit. 3You are already trimmed because of the word I have spoken to you. 4Remain in me, and I will remain in you. A branch can’t produce fruit by itself, but must remain in the vine. Likewise, you can’t produce fruit unless you remain in me. 5I am the vine;

you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, then you will produce much fruit. Without me, you can’t do anything. 6If you don’t remain in me, you will be like a branch that is thrown out and dries up. Those branches are gathered up, thrown into a fire, and burned. 7If you remain in me and my words remain in you, ask for whatever you want and it will be done for you. 8My Father is glorified when you produce much fruit and in this way prove that you are my disciples. 

Friday, April 23, 2021

Worship online and in the sanctuary April 25th

 Worship this Sunday will be in the Sanctuary or on Zoom (link below)! The Scriptures and bulletin for Sunday are in the comments.

Topic: Sunday Worship Time: This is a recurring meeting 10:45 to 12:15 Join Zoom Meeting

Bulletin For Sunday April 25

 Marshall Presbyterian Church

April 25, 2021 4th Sunday of Easter
Carol Ann West, Pianist
Rev. Melissa Upchurch, Pastor

* CALL TO WORSHIP (Psalm 23)

One: The Lord is our shepherd, we shall not want.
All: God leads us into green pastures and beside
still waters;
One: in right paths.
All: Even though we walk through the difficult valley,
we fear no evil; for you are with us; your rod
and your staff — they comfort us.
One: You prepare a table before us in the presence of
our enemies; you anoint our head with oil; our cup
All: Surely goodness and mercy shall follow us all the
days of our life, and we shall dwell in the house
of the Lord our whole life long.


* HYMN Purple Hymnal #401 Gather Us In


O God, you are the Good Shepherd who attend to our needs, but we fail to see your abundant life in our midst.
We tend to focus on scarcity. Our consumer culture has engraved upon us the message that we are “not enough” — not beautiful or handsome enough, not smart enough, not wealthy enough. At the core of our being, we believe
that we are “not enough.” .…silent prayers of confession…

Forgive us, Lord. Help us to see that we are your beloved children, created in your image, and that you love us as we are. Then help us to live out of your goodness. Amen


One: The psalmist tells us that God’s goodness and mercy will follow us all the days of our lives. Friends, believe this good news! Believe that God’s mercy is sure, and that God’s goodness will fill our lives and empower us to love God and neighbor as ourselves.
All: Thanks be to God; Amen!


Glory be to the Father, and to the son, and to the Holy Ghost, as it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without end. Amen. Amen.


SPECIAL MUSIC: Carol Ann’s Choice



New Testament: Acts 4:5-12
Epistle 1 John 3:16-24
Gospel: John 10:11-18

One: The Word of God for the People of God!
All: Thanks be to God!

MESSAGE Rev. Melissa Upchurch

(Fr. A Brief Statement of Faith, PC [USA].)

In life and in death we belong to God. Through the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, the love of God, and the communion of the Holy Spirit, we trust in the one triune God, the Holy One of Israel, whom alone we worship and serve. With believers in every time and place, we rejoice that nothing in life or in death can separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.

* HYMN Purple Hymnal #733 We Are All One in Mission

SHARING JOYS AND CONCERNS (See bulletin insert)
PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE (The Lord’s Prayer is located
at the bottom of page 35 in the purple hymnal.)


*DOXOLOGY (ca. 1500s)
Praise God from whom all blessings flow;
Praise him all creatures here below;
Praise him above, ye heavenly host;
Praise Father, Son and Holy Ghost.


Creator, Liberator and Redeemer God, we pray for the wisdom to be good stewards the gifts you have given
to us. Take these gifts, we pray, bless and use them to
benefit others and to empower our work for justice in
the church and in the world. Amen.


* HYMN Purple Hymnal #741 Guide My Feet