Worship: May 17, 2020

“I am in my Father, and ye in me, and I in you.” John 14:20

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2020-05-17 6th Sunday of Easter

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Online meeting opens at 10:45 am
so we can greet each other as we gather
before the 11:00 am worship service.

WELCOME

BIRTHDAYS & ANNIVERSARIES
May 17-23

Birthdays:
Melissa Milam

ANNOUNCEMENTS

      • Wednesday Bible Study, 6 pm
      • On-site church gatherings suspended through May

The host will mute everyone except the leader during hymns and longer unison prayers so we can all sing and speak together without the distraction of various lag times. Otherwise, sound will be on for all participants so we can interact freely throughout the service (exception: disruptive background noises).

INVOCATION

HYMN OF PRAISE
“Immortal, Invisible, God Only Wise”

Verse 1:
Immortal invisible God only wise
In light inaccessible, Hid from our eyes
Most blessed most glorious, The Ancient of Days
Almighty victorious, Thy great name we praise

Verse 2:
Unresting unhasting, And silent as light
Nor wanting nor wasting, Thou rulest in might
Thy justice like mountains, High soaring above
Thy clouds which are fountains, Of goodness and love

Verse 3:  
To all life thou givest, To both great and small
In all life thou livest, The true life of all
We blossom and flourish, As leaves on the tree
And wither and perish, But naught changeth thee

Verse 4:
Thou reignest in glory; thou dwellest in light
Thine angels adore thee, All veiling their sight
All praise we would render, O help us to see
‘Tis only the splendor, Of light hideth thee


CCLI Song # 124466 CCLI License # 3194034
Walter Chalmers Smith
© Words: Public Domain

PRAISE AND TESTIMONIES
Briefly share your recent God-Sightings, joys, thankfulness, and good thoughts so the rest of us can rejoice with you.

PRAYER CONCERNS
We remain in solidarity with suffering children, immigrants, victims of war and storms, and everyone affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Bishop McAlilly requests prayer
at noon daily for health care workers.

Additions from Last Week

Rick Blanchard, Scottie Schaefer, Annette Deem, Haley Walker, Will Lawson, Dianne Stallion, David & Jackie Humphries
Teachers, Students, Essential Workers
Family of Frank Pruchette

Health Care Workers
Ron Fowler, Melissa Milam, Donna Smith, Greer Waldrop

Homebound
Freda & Dan Wyatt, Mary Lou Anderson, Betty Travis,
Carl Hamilton, Ruth Purvis, Will Lawson, Bruce Gillette

Military Families
Ron Fowler, Dylan Field, Kale Merrick, Matthew Petway, Sarah Petway,  Randy Bagwell, Christopher Telle, Brittany Jones, Bryar Fortner

Ecumenical Prayer Cycle for May 17-23:
Indian Ocean Islands: Comoros, Madagascar, Maldives, Mauritius, Seychelles

PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE

You have freed and empowered your Church and stirred us to action in your loving name: Let the peoples praise you, O God, that we may spread your light and your healing presence throughout the world.

Let your ways be known upon earth,
 your saving health among all nations! 

You bless the world with the light of your countenance: Empower us with your vision, O God, that we may speak to others of your goodness and grace and may draw them into your community.

Let your ways be known upon earth,
your saving health among all nations! 

PRAYER OF CONFESSION
AND RECONCILIATION
Brief silent consideration of how we have responded to our personal and congregational opportunities to do good, as we face ourselves honestly in the presence of the Almighty.

WORDS OF ASSURANCE
May Almighty God have mercy on us
to bless our good works
and forgive us our sins,
and lead us into everlasting life.

PASTORAL PRAYER

THE LORD’S PRAYER

Our Father which art in heaven,
Hallowed be thy name.
Thy kingdom come,
Thy will be done in 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,
for ever. Amen.

OFFERTORY
www.Briensburg.org/donate

We give thanks for those who are continuing their financial support of our ministries with online, mail-in, or drop-off tithes and offerings.

We offer to the Lord our prayers,
our presence, our gifts,
our service, and our witness,
praying they will be multiplied
for the upbuilding of God’s kingdom.

DOXOLOGY

Praise God from Whom all blessings flow!
Praise God all creatures here below!
Praise God above, ye Heavenly host!
Praise Father, Son, and Holy Ghost!

CCLI Song # 56204 CCLI License # 3194034
Louis Bourgeois | Thomas Ken
© Words: Public Domain Music: Public Domain

THE GOSPEL READING
John 14:15-21

15 If ye love me, keep my commandments.
16 And I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you for ever;
17 Even the Spirit of truth; whom the world cannot receive, because it seeth him not, neither knoweth him: but ye know him; for he dwelleth with you, and shall be in you.
18 I will not leave you comfortless: I will come to you.
19 Yet a little while, and the world seeth me no more; but ye see me: because I live, ye shall live also.
20 At that day ye shall know that I am in my Father, and ye in me, and I in you.
21 He that hath my commandments, and keepeth them, he it is that loveth me: and he that loveth me shall be loved of my Father, and I will love him, and will manifest myself to him.

HYMN OF CELEBRATION
“O God in Christ You Call Us”
Tune: The Church’s One Foundation

Verse 1:
O God, in Christ you call us
to witness to your grace —
To share the life you give us
in every time and place.
So many things divide us —
yet we are not our own;
For we belong to Jesus
who prayed, “May they be one.”

Verse 2:  
In Christ is our salvation;
in him you’ve set us free —
We make this proclamation
in bold humility.
Your image is in others
who follow different ways;
Together, seeking justice,
we offer you our praise.

Verse 3:
In Christ, we’re bound together;
in him we find your peace.
Yet even as we gather,
the wounds of war increase.
Where terror brings division,
God, make us brave to say
Our churches share a vision
of Jesus’ peaceful way.

Verse 4:
In Christ, the poor and hungry
are shown they matter, too —
And where your church has plenty,
you give us work to do.
Now may we put in practice
the faith that we declare,
Seek economic justice,
and find new ways to share.

Verse 5:
In Christ, you bless creation
and show this planet’s worth;
May every congregation
find ways to tend the earth.
Now fill us with your Spirit,
that we, as one, may be
A faithful, loving witness
to all humanity .


Words by Carolyn Winfrey Gillette © 2010 by Carolyn Winfrey Gillette
Music by Samuel Sebastian Wesley, 1864, Public Domain
Biblical References:
Luke 24:48; John 17:21; Luke 10:36-37; Matthew 5:9; Luke 4:16-19; John 3:16

PASSING THE PEACE

May the peace of Christ be with you all!
And also with you!

PRAYER FOR ILLUMINATION

CONVERSATIONAL SERMON
“A Promise to Anticipate”
Everyone is invited to share as the Pastor leads a discussion of these sermon points.

Always Looking Forward
I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Helper,
who will stay with you forever. (John 14:16, GNT)

Because He Lives, We Live
You’re going to see me because I am alive
and you’re about to come alive.  (John 14:19, MSG)

Jesus is in the Father, We are in Jesus, and Jesus is in Us
When that day comes, you will know that I am in my Father
and that you are in me, just as I am in you.    (John 14:20, GNT)

Know and Follow the Precepts of Jesus
The person who knows my commandments and keeps them,
that’s who loves me. .   John 14:21a, MSG)

Everything will be Revealed to Us
My Father will love those who love me; I too will love them
and reveal myself to them .  John 14:21b, GNT)

HYMN OF DEDICATION
“Trust and Obey”

Verse 1:
When we walk with the Lord,
In the light of His Word
What a glory He sheds on our way.
While we do His good will
He abides with us still,
And with all who will trust and obey

Trust and obey, For there’s no other way
To be happy in Jesus, But to trust and obey

Verse 2:
Not a shadow can rise,
Not a cloud in the skies
But His smile quickly drives it away.
Not a doubt nor a fear
Not a sigh nor a tear,
Can abide while we trust and obey

Trust and obey, For there’s no other way
To be happy in Jesus, But to trust and obey

Verse 3:
Not a burden we bear, Not a sorrow we share
But our toil He doth richly repay, Not a grief nor a loss
Not a frown nor a cross, But is blessed if we trust and obey

Trust and obey, For there’s no other way
To be happy in Jesus, But to trust and obey

Verse 4:
But we never can prove,
The delights of His love
Until all on the altar we lay,
For the favor He shows
And the joy He bestows,
Are for those who will trust and obey

Trust and obey, For there’s no other way
To be happy in Jesus, But to trust and obey

Verse 5:
Then in fellowship sweet,
We will sit at His feet
Or we’ll walk by His side in the way,
What He says we will do
Where He sends we will go,
Never fear only trust and obey

Trust and obey, For there’s no other way
To be happy in Jesus, But to trust and obey

CCLI Song # 22094 CCLI License # 3194034
Daniel Brink Towner | John Henry Sammis
© Words: Public Domain Music: Public Domain

“Go ye into all the world,
and preach the gospel to every creature.”
Jesus, Mark 16:15

INVITATION TO CHRISTIAN DISCIPLESHIP
We invite you, your friends, and your family to a relationship with God in Jesus Christ, and to full participation and membership in our congregation. 

GOING FORTH TO LOVE OTHERS
AS CHRIST LOVES US

CHORAL BENEDICTION
“Beloved, Let Us Love One Another”

Beloved let us love one another
For love is of God and ev’ryone that loveth
Is born of God and knoweth God
He that loveth not knoweth not God for God is love
Beloved let us love one another
First John four seven and eight

CCLI Song # 26344; CCLI License # 3194034
Dennis Ryder
© 1974 Universal Music – Brentwood Benson Publishing (Admin. by Brentwood-Benson Music Publishing, Inc.)

 


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