Words for Worship – 5/16/21
We gather for the seventh and final Sunday of the season of Easter. We’ll celebrate the promised unity that Jesus’s resurrection supplies. All the words that we’ll be using for worship are below. Or, you can download a copy to print here.
PRELUDE David Crowther
GREETINGS AND ANNOUNCEMENTS
CALL TO WORSHIP – Psalm 133
How very good and pleasant it is
when kindred live together in unity!
It is like the precious oil on the head,
running down upon the beard,
on the beard of Aaron,
running down over the collar of his robes.
It is like the dew of Hermon,
which falls on the mountains of Zion.
For there the Lord ordained his blessing,
life for evermore.
*HYMN #343 Blessed Be Your Name
PRAYER OF CONFESSION
Most High and holy God, unity promises to be an oil that soothes the cracks in our relationships. Unity offers us the possibility of refreshing us where our hearts have become dry. But, humanity seems steeped in hostility, defined by lines in the sand, and satisfied behind walls of division. We confess to our own part in it. Bless us with humility so that we let go of “my way” for the sake of “our way.” Bless us with courage to reach out, to welcome in, and to build up a new humanity where there is peace. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.
ASSURANCE OF PARDON
in Christ Jesus you who once were far off have been brought near by the blood of Christ.
For he is our peace; in his flesh he has made both groups into one and has broken down the dividing wall, that is, the hostility between us.
He has abolished the law with its commandments and ordinances, so that he might create in himself one new humanity in place of the two, thus making peace, and might reconcile both groups to God in one body through the cross, thus putting to death that hostility through it.
So he came and proclaimed peace to you who were far off and peace to those who were near;
for through him all of us have access in one Spirit to the Father.
ANTHEM My Lighthouse Jesus Loves Me
SCRIPTURE Galatians 3:1-9, 23-29
You foolish Galatians! Who has bewitched you? It was before your eyes that Jesus Christ was publicly exhibited as crucified! The only thing I want to learn from you is this: Did you receive the Spirit by doing the works of the law or by believing what you heard? Are you so foolish? Having started with the Spirit, are you now ending with the flesh? Did you experience so much for nothing?—if it really was for nothing. Well then, does God supply you with the Spirit and work miracles among you by your doing the works of the law, or by your believing what you heard?
Just as Abraham ‘believed God, and it was reckoned to him as righteousness’, so, you see, those who believe are the descendants of Abraham. And the scripture, foreseeing that God would justify the Gentiles by faith, declared the gospel beforehand to Abraham, saying, ‘All the Gentiles shall be blessed in you.’ For this reason, those who believe are blessed with Abraham who believed.
Now before faith came, we were imprisoned and guarded under the law until faith would be revealed. Therefore the law was our disciplinarian until Christ came, so that we might be justified by faith. But now that faith has come, we are no longer subject to a disciplinarian, for in Christ Jesus you are all children of God through faith. As many of you as were baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ. There is no longer Jew or Greek, there is no longer slave or free, there is no longer male and female; for all of you are one in Christ Jesus. And if you belong to Christ, then you are Abraham’s offspring, heirs according to the promise.
*HYMN #743 In Christ There Is No East Or West
PRAYERS OF INTERCESSION & THE LORD’S PRAYER
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.
Forgive us our sins
as we forgive those who sin against us.
Lead us not into temptation
But deliver us from evil.
For thine is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever, Amen.
OFFERTORY David Crowther
*SENDING SONG #516 Bless the Lord, O My Soul