Greeters: Lou and Fran Varner
Liturgist: Rod Overdorff
May 19, 2019
4th Sunday after Easter
Lord, we are slow to admit that too often we have been unfruitful branches of Your Vine. Too often we have forgotten the love and mercy we receive from You. Too often we have failed to share Your love with the world. Forgive us, Lord, and help us to accept Your loving pruning that we might bring forth much good and wonderful fruit for You.
Hymns are from the chorus book and the brown hymnal.
*indicates that congregation should stand, if able
PRELUDE WITH CANDLE LIGHTING
MEDITATION HYMN (Please remain seated)
“Oh How He Loves You and Me” Chorus 83
*CALL TO WORSHIP (read responsively)
L: We are branches, rooted in the vine of Christ.
P: We come because we seek to abide in Christ.
L: The branches that remain in the vine bear much fruit.
P: We come because we long to be spiritually vibrant, alive, productive.
L: If we abide in Christ, then Christ’s words will abide in us.
P: We come because we strive to be faithful disciples.
L: We gather for worship now to the glory of the One God:
Creator, Redeemer, Sustainer.
P: May we grow wildly as God tends us lovingly.
*OPENING PRAYER (unison)
God of love, plant us in the soil of your grace. Nurture us with the strength of Christ, the vine of everlasting life. Enlighten us with the wisdom of your Spirit, which flows through us today and all days. Abide in us, that we may abide in you and live in your love. In your holy name, we pray. Amen.
*HYMN: “Open the Eyes of My Heart” Chorus 111
FIRST LESSON: Hebrews 4:15-16 Pew Bible p. 1003
L: This is the Word of God for the people of God.
P: Thanks be to God.
SHARING OF JOYS AND CONCERNS
*Doxology Back cover of brown hymnal
*Prayer of Thanksgiving
*Lord’s Prayer p. x at front of red hymnal
*HYMN: “Take My Life and Let It Be” 152
SERMON TEXT: John 15:1-8 Pew Bible p. 901
SERMON: “Just a Trim, Don’t Buzz Me”
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*HYMN: “I’ll Live for Him” 150