Seventh Sunday of Easter – Senior Recognition Sunday
May 16, 2021
Prelude – Tim Effler, organ
Welcome and Intention – Dr. Andy Stoker
*Hymn – Be Thou My Vision – SLANE
Be thou my vision, O Lord of my heart;
naught be all else to me, save that thou art.
Thou my best thought, by day or by night,
waking or sleeping, thy presence, my light.
Be thou my wisdom, and thou my true word;
I ever with thee and thou with me, Lord;
thou and thou only, first in my heart,
great God of heaven, my treasure thou art.
*The World Methodist Social Affirmation
Sofia Mares and Grant Gilker
We believe in God, creator of the world and of all people; and in Jesus Christ, incarnate among us, who died and rose again; and in the Holy Spirit, present with us to guide, strengthen, and comfort.
We believe; God, help our unbelief.
We rejoice in every sign of God’s kingdom:
in the upholding of human dignity and community;
in every expression of love, justice, and reconciliation;
in each act of self-giving on behalf of others;
in the abundance of God’s gifts entrusted to us that all may have enough;
in all responsible use of the earth’s resources.
Glory be to God on high;
and on earth, peace.
We confess our sin, individual and collective, by silence or action:
through the violation of human dignity based on race, class, age, sex, nation, or faith;
through the exploitation of people because of greed and indifference;
through the misuse of power in personal, communal, national, and international life;
through the search for security by those military and economic forces that threaten human existence; through the abuse of technology which endangers the earth and all life upon it.
Lord, have mercy;
Christ, have mercy;
Lord, have mercy.
We commit ourselves individually and as a community to the way of Christ:
to take up the cross;
to seek abundant life for all humanity;
to struggle for peace with justice and freedom;
to risk ourselves in faith, hope, and love,
praying that God’s kingdom may come.
Thy kingdom come on earth
as it is in heaven.
Ritmico (Rhythmic Rejoicing) Ron Mallory
Carillon Ringers directed by Jason Schayot
Isabella Sanders, Alex, Stoker, Julia Wilfong
Jesus loves me!
This I know, for the Bible tells me so.
Little ones to him belong;
they are weak, but he is strong.
Yes, Jesus loves me! Yes, Jesus loves me!
Yes, Jesus loves me! The Bible tells me so.
Pastoral Prayer – Alexandra Armer
The Lord’s Prayer – Trevor Rose
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.
Scripture – Acts 1: 1 – 11 Jack Johnson, Joe Jamison
This is the Word of God for the People of God
Thanks be to God
Sermon – Beginning Again – Dr. Stoker
Ministry Moment and Offertory Prayer
Owen Fifer, Maggie Moseley, Sydney Denison
Offertory – One Bread, One Body
Kay-Lee Rose Tharp with Grant Gilker, guitar
Blessing to the Senior Class – Dorian Albert
May the Road Rise to Meet You Jody W. Lindh
Postlude – Tim Effler, organ
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