Marshall Presbyterian Church
May 16, 2021 7th Sunday of Easter
Carol Ann West, Pianist
Rev. Melissa Upchurch, Pastor
ASSEMBLING IN GOD’S NAME
* CALL TO WORSHIP (from Psalm 1)
One:Happy are those who do not ridicule and scoff
but who delight in God’s teachings and meditate
on them day and night.
All:They are like trees planted by streams of
water. They yield fruit in due season,
and their leaves do not wither.
Let us worship God!
* OPENING PRAYER
* HYMNRed Hymnal #14For the Beauty of the Earth
CALL TO CONFESSION
UNISON PRAYER OF CONFESSION
We pray, O Lord, not due to our own wisdom, insight and strength, but through you. You intercede for us because we do not know how to pray as we ought. You even hear and know our sighs, which are too deep for words. Forgive us, O Lord, when our prayers are filled with empty phrases and meaningless platitudes. Forgive us, O Lord, when our prayers fail to express our love for you and our neighbors in need. Forgive us, O Lord, when our prayers do not lead to engagement with justice and peace. Fill us with your word and grant us a new beginning in you. Through Jesus Christ, your Son, we pray. Amen.
* ASSURANCE OF PARDON
One:In Christ Jesus, God has promised to forgive us and reconcile us to God and each other. Accept this good news with joy and be at peace.
All:Thanks be to God; Amen!
* GLORIA PATRI
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.
* PASSING THE PEACE
SPECIAL MUSIC: ???
HEARING AND RESPONDING TO GOD’S WORD
PRAYER FOR ILLUMINATION
New Testament:Acts 1:15-17, 21-26
Epistle1 John 5:9-13
One:The Word of God for the People of God!
All:Thanks be to God!
TIME WITH YOUNG DISCIPLES
MESSAGE Rev. Melissa Upchurch
* AFFIRMATION OF FAITH (from 1 Cor. 15:1-11)
This is the good news which we have received, in which we stand, and by which we are saved, if we hold it fast: 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 first to the women, then to Peter, and to the Twelve, and then to many faithful witnesses. We believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of the living God. Jesus Christ is the first and the last, the beginning and the end; he is our Lord and our God. Amen.
* HYMN Red Hymnal #321 When I Survey the Wondrous Cross
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 THANKSGIVING AND DEDICATION
Christ has made the name of the Lord known to us, so we give thanks. In your name, O Lord, use these gifts, and the time, talents and very lives they represent, for your glory as your kingdom breaks forth in this world. Amen
GOING FORTH IN GOD’S NAME
* HYMNPurple Hymnal #313Lord, Make Us More Holy