Fourth Sunday in Easter, Year A
Gathering Music ~ Pastor Scott: “My Shepherd” by Michael Card – Sing along as you learn it!
Welcome and Announcements
Prelude:“My Shepherd Will Supply My Need” Arr. by Mark Hayes ~ Doug and Janet Anderson
Call to Worship
The Shepherd calls us by name: We hear your voice and hasten to follow.
The Shepherd prepares a table laden with grace. We hear and take our place at the feast.
The Shepherd gathers us in and welcomes us We hear your call and give you praise.
Let us pray together:
Prayer of the Day
Good Shepherd, you call us by name, and we know your voice. Open the gate for us, that we may come and go freely, have life, and have it abundantly. Amen.
Hymn of Praise #802 “The King of Love My Shepherd Is” ~ Doug and Janet Anderson
Invitation to Healing
Trusting in God’s love through Jesus Christ, let us humbly admit need for healing and seek wholeness together. Together, let us pray:
Prayer of Wholeness
Holy One, we confess to you and one another that we have not always followed Christ’s example. You call us to follow, and we hear your voice. Yet, we choose to heed other voices – lead us back into your fold and guard our souls in Jesus’ name. Specifically in my life, I pray… Please continue in silent prayer for a moment … And all God’s children say: Amen.
Easter Petition #471 “O Lord Hear My Prayer” ~ Pastor Scott (Repeat 3x; 3rd: “…our prayer…us.”
Assurance of God’s Presence and Passing of the Peace
Friends, believe this Good News: God is One and God is Three – Love constantly flowing in, out, and through; the gift of Jesus Christ for me and for you. For this we say: Thanks be to God!
Since God has loved us, let us also love one another. The Peace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all.
And also with you! You are invited to share God’s Peace.
Hymn #628 “Praise, I Will Praise You, Lord” ~ Pastor Scott
Celebrating Joys – Where we have seen God at work
“Fish Box Joys” Can continue to be collected for the One Great Hour of Sharing. You may convert coins to check made out to First Presbyterian Church and sent to: PO Box 210, Trout Lake, WA 98650. Alternately, save your fish boxes for a “grand catch” once we are able to be together again.
Sung Response #647 “Give Thanks” ~ Pastor Scott
Prayer of Illumination:
O Lord, may the words of your mouth be our daily bread, and may the leading of your Spirit reveal to us the hidden mystery of your love. Strengthen our faith, we pray, that we may walk the road ahead with Christ. Amen.
First Reading: Acts 2:42-47
“The Word of the Lord” “Thanks be to God”
Epistle Reading: Peter 2:19-25
“The Word of the Lord” “Thanks be to God”
Gospel Reading: John 10:1-10
“The Gospel of the Lord” “Praise to you O Christ”
Reflection: “A Kingdom for Quadrupeds” ~ Pastor Scott
Please spend several moments in silent reflection
RESPONSE TO THE WORD
Hymn of Response: #418 “Softly and Tenderly Jesus Is Calling” ~ Doug and Janet Anderson
Affirmation of Faith: Adapted from the Confession of 1967, 9.21
In the experience of the reconciling work of Jesus, his cross and resurrection become personal crisis and present hope for women and men when the gospel is proclaimed and believed. In this experience, the Spirit brings God’s forgiveness to all, moves people to respond in faith, repentance, and obedience, and initiates new life in Christ.
Intercessory Prayers of the People followed by the Lord’s Prayer
Call and response: “Lord in your mercy,” “Hear our prayers.”
The Lord’s Prayer
Page 35 (p. 40, Español) in Glory to God Hymnal; “…debts…debtors…”
CELEBRATING THE LORD’S SUPPER
Invitation to Present Our Offerings
Bountiful is our God. In gratitude, let us offer our hearts and the fruit of our labor to God’s service.
Even though we are not meeting in our buildings, the church still has expenses totaling around $1900 a month. With true generosity of heart, please make checks out in the amount of your normal tithe (for official members traditionally this is anywhere from 3-10% of your income as you are able; or for nonmembers whatever God moves in your heart to be your offering) to: First Presbyterian Church of Trout Lake, PO Box 210, Trout Lake, WA 98650. We thank you for your continued commitment and support of our ministry. If you would like to become an official member of our community of worship and practice, please contact the church directly and we will organize a membership class for your needs. The church email address is: email@example.com.
Prayer of Dedication
Invitation to the Lord’s Table
This is the joyful feast of the people of God!
People will come from north and south and from east and west to sit at table in the kingdom of God.
According to Luke, when our risen Lord was at table with his disciples, he took bread, blessed and broke, and gave it to them.
Their eyes were opened, and they recognized him.
This is the Lord’s table. Our Savior invites those who trust him to share the feast that he has prepared.
The Lord be with you. And also with you. Lift up your hearts. We lift them up to the Lord.
Let us give thanks to the Lord our God. It is right to give our thanks and praise.
How can we thank you, O God? For sun and moon and stars, for breath and life and all things good, for your steadfast promise and your faithful love, for the day that is surely coming when all things will be made new.
With saints, with angels, and with the whole creation, we join the ancient and eternal hymn:
Hymn #552 “Holy, Holy, Holy” ~ Pastor Scott
We give you thanks, Holy God, for Jesus, who came to be your living Word, to baptize us with Spirit and fire, to feed the hungry, to humble the mighty, and to announce the good news of your coming realm. With thanksgiving, we remember how, when the hour had come, Jesus took his place at the table with the apostles. He said to them, I will not eat this Passover again until it is fulfilled in the kingdom of God.
Then Jesus took bread, and when he had given thanks, he broke it and gave it to them, saying, this is my body, which is given for you. Do this in remembrance of me. After supper, he took a cup, saying, this cup that is poured out for you is the new covenant in my blood. I will not drink of the fruit of the vine until the kingdom of God comes.
Hymn #553 “Christ Has Died; Christ Is Risen” ~ Pastor Scott
Pour out your Holy Spirit upon us – this bread, this cup, these people – Christ’s body and blood, given in love for the world. Make us one in the Spirit, one in the church, and one with Christ our Lord.
Make us gentle, joyful, thankful people, serving our neighbors, worshiping you alone. Keep us in the peace of Christ until you gather us at your table in glory.
Through Christ, with Christ, in Christ, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, all glory and honor are yours, almighty God, now and forever.
All has been prepared and the table awaits. These are the gifts of God for the people of God.
Thanks be to God.
Communion of the People
Please break bread within your own household, dip it in the cup, and offer to one another saying: “This is Christ’s body, broken for you.” “This is Christ’s blood, shed for you.” We invite all ages to give and receive, for together, we all are the body of Christ.
Hymn of Reflection: #523 “You Satisfy the hungry Heart” ~ Doug and Janet Anderson
Prayer following Communion
Let us pray together:
We give you thanks, Lord Jesus Christ, for the gifts of grace we have received from your hand. Now send us forth to reflect your light, proclaiming your saving death and resurrection until you come again in glory. Amen.
Closing Hymn #743 “O God, You Are My God” ~ Pastor Scott
Blessing and Charge
Congregational Song “Let There Be Peace on Earth” ~ Doug and Janet Anderson
Lyrics found on the inside front cover of the TLPC Glory to God hymnal.
Postlude: ~ Doug and Janet Anderson
Question for Reflection:
Acts 2:42-47 describes what life was like in the early church. How do these words guide today’s church?
Household Prayer: Morning
Generous God, thank you for the gift of this new day. Help me to watch for your signs and wonders in the world today, and fill my heart with gladness and generosity, that I may generate good will wherever I go. Amen.
Household Prayer: Evening
Thank you, God, for shepherding me through this day. As I lie down to sleep this night help me to imagine green pastures and still waters, and to remember all the ways you have set a table before me and filled my cup to overflowing. Amen.