Fourth Sunday of Easter
April 22, 2018
Gathering in God’s Name
*Please stand if you are able
Welcome / Life and Work of the Church
Lighting the Christ Candle:
Call to Worship:
We are welcomed into the family of God on this Fourth Sunday of Easter.
Let us worship God together in faith, hope and love.
We lift our eyes, thoughts and hearts to you, O God.
Your pastoral care of all of us brings us together. We offer our praise and thanks to you for shepherding our church family and indeed the whole United Church of Christ.
We pray for blessings, instructions and peace through our Welcoming Shepherd, Jesus. Amen.
*Hymn: “We praise you, O God”
Voices United # 218
[During the singing of this hymn please come forward and put your coins in the Mission and Service Piggy Bank to celebrate April birthdays, anniversaries and other special events.]
Call to Confession:
Let us come before God trusting that the Good Shepherd leaves none of us unattended.
Prayer of Confession:
remind us, that as a part of your family no one is unattended, or considered "less than," or left outside the fold of your realm.
Especially on this Good Shepherd Sunday, help us to recognize the strength we gain from one another.
Welcoming Shepherd, may we be ever mindful of the distinctive gifts we bring into our wider United Church of Canada family.
Forgive us when we forget. Create in us a renewed gratitude for relationships with all your people. Amen.
Congregational Sung Response:
Voices United # 948
O God, hear my prayer, O God hear my prayer:
when I call answer me.
O God, hear my prayer, O God hear my prayer: come and listen to me.
Assurance of Grace
Like the Good Shepherd, we can be led to know each other by name, to feed and to be fed by the other. May the Welcoming Shepherd lead us to stand with and up for one another in times of trials and difficulties. May God's mercy reach each of us. Amen.
Children’s Hymn: “Are You a Shepherd?”
More Voices # 126
Ministry of Music
Proclaiming God’s Word
Let us love, not in word or speech, but in truth and action.
1 John 3: 16 - 24
This is the Word of the Lord
Thanks be to God.
God is my shepherd.
Psalm 23 (sung) Voices United Page 747
Jesus is the good shepherd.
This is the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ
Thanks be to God
We Respond to God’s Call
*Hymn: ““You, Lord, Are Both Lamb and Shepherd”
Voices United # 210
Call to Offering
Embraced and enfolded into the family of God, in gratitude, let us respond generously with our time, talent, and finances to our church's resources.
May what we offer be shared with the whole family of God.
*Offertory Response: (Voices United #540)
Grant us, God, the grace of giving,
with a spirit large and free,
that ourselves and all our living
we may offer faithfully.
Dedication of Offering
Blessed and blessing God,
we bring you gifts from our hearts and lives.
May our gifts be used to bring forth light and life to those whom you call into your family. Amen.
Sharing Our Celebrations and Concerns
Prayers of the People / Lord’s Prayer
We Go Forth to Live as Christians in the World
*Closing Hymn: “He Leadeth Me”
Voices United # 657
May the God of Warm Embrace
fill you with joy and friendship as you go.
May the Welcoming Shepherd
go with us this day and forevermore. Amen.
*Choral Benediction: Voices United # 429
May the blessing of God be upon you.
May God’s love light all your way.
May the grace of Christ enfold you
and peace around you stay.
May the Spirit of God dwell within you.
May you live in joy each day.