A Simplified Order of Worship April 24, 2020 7th Sunday of Easter

Last Thursday was Ascension Day. Some years we use readings for “Ascension Sunday” but this year we are using the readings for the Seventh Sunday of Easter with a nod toward the ascension, especially in the music.

Call to Worship
    Ascribe power to God, whose majesty is over all,
        God’s power is in the skies.
    Wondrous is God in the sanctuary,
        God gives us power and strength.

Opening Prayer
    Gracious God, who by Christ’s resurrection has brought us to eternal life:
    Raise us up to the Author of our salvation, who is seated at your right hand; that he who came to be judged for our sake, may come to judge in our favor; Jesus Christ your Son our Lord, who with you and the Holy Spirit lives and reigns for ever and ever. Amen.                                    [Gregorian Sacramentary; alt, TJC]

Prayer before the Word                                                                                                                                    Kay Bolin

First Lesson                                                                 Acts 1:6-14
                                                               The Word of the Lord. Thanks be to God.

Hymn                                                             “How Firm a Foundation” ✝

Second Lesson:                                                1 Peter 4:12-14; 5:6-11
                                                            The Word of the Lord. Thanks be to God.

Hymn                                                       “Christ the Lord Is Risen Today” ✝✝   

Message:                                                                         “When”                                                Pastor Gilbert Stones

Hymn                                                                  “The Hawaii Blessing” ✝✝✝

Prayers of the People

The Lord’s Prayer
    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 for ever.


Offertory                                                 “We Give Thee But Thine Own” ✝✝✝✝   

Prayer of Dedication

Benediction and Pass the Peace of Christ to one another today
    Join us on Zoom at 11:00 a.m. for fellowship.

Song of Blessing:                                                   “Shalom to You”

Passing the Peace of Christ

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Music Notes: To the best of our ability to check, all music is either Public Domain or used by permission.

✝ "How Firm a Foundation," from the worship service on Sunday April 29, 2018 at Trinity United Methodist Church in Big Stone Gap, Virginia.

✝✝ “Hail the Day that Sees Him Rise” is the traditional hymn for the Ascension, but it is not free of copyright issues, so I am happy to be able to use, “Christ the Lord Is Risen Today’ ”Christ the Lord Is Risen Today” is offered for use by the United Methodist Board of Discipleship. [Listen] as hundreds of United Methodists from across the globe join together to sing. The United Methodist Church produced this piece as a gift to the world, allowing all people to hear this hymn and celebrate Easter in their homes during the COVID-19 pandemic.

✝✝✝”A gift from the Churches of Hawai‘i, 'The Hawai‘i Blessing' was recorded during the first week of May 2020 by worship leaders from 25 churches across all 6 major islands of Hawai‘i,” [including a United Methodist Church on Oahu]... “This collaboration was a powerful a experience for every person involved. Each contributed the gift of him or herself, and the sum is far greater than the parts. We hope this will bless you.” It was recorded on behalf of HIM - Hawaiian Islands Ministries - to benefit the food bank. Here is their statement of need: “ Donate with HIM to Hawai‘i Foodbank, Hawai‘i’s  primary means for meeting the needs of the hungry throughout our islands. This is especially important during the continuing COVID-19 pandemic where one-third of our island family has filed for unemployment. Even before the coronavirus, many were living paycheck to paycheck to make ends meet. Now there is no paycheck.” If you feel moved to help, click here to go to their donation portal.

✝✝✝✝Recorded live at Trinity Methodist Church, Penang on April 12, 2009