MUSIC WHILE WE GATHER
I was glad when they said unto me:
“Let us go up to the house of the Lord.”
Open our lips, O God, and
our mouths will proclaim Your praise!
Great is Your faithfulness, O Lord.
You have created all things and called them good.
You bring light from darkness and life from death.
You comfort the afflicted and afflict the comfortable.
You were pleased to dwell among us in Your Son,
Jesus of Nazareth. So, we join our voices with
those above, singing Your praise. Hear us as
we pray, Amen!
W – Ps 101 & 109
Keep us, Lord, in purity of heart and faithfulness to your commands, that your servants may walk before you in the way that is perfect; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
T – Ps 105:1–22;
God of our earthly pilgrimage, feed your Easter people with the bread of heaven, that we may hunger and thirst for righteousness until we reach our promised land; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
F – Ps 102;
S – Ps 107:33ff & 108;
Glory be to the Father, and to the Son and to the Holy Ghost,
as it was in the beginning, is now and ever shall be,
world without end. Amen. Amen!
THE WORD OF THE LORD
AFFIRMATION OF OUR FAITH
I believe in God, the Father Almighty, Creator of heaven and earth;
I believe in Jesus Christ, God’s only Son, our Lord, who was: Conceived by the Holy Spirit; born of the Virgin Mary; suffered under Pontius Pilate; Was crucified, died, and was buried. He descended to the dead. On the third day, He rose again; He ascended to heaven, is seated at the right hand of the Father, and will come again to judge the living and the dead.
I believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy catholic church, the communion of the saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and the life everlasting. Amen!
OUR PETITIONS TO THE LORD
W Our Outreach Ministries: Nursing Home, Sunshine Shop;
Clothing Room; Joey Wombles; Our Futuring Task Force
T Our Discipleship Ministries: Sunday School & Small Groups; Our Futuring Task Force
F Our Fellowship Ministries: UWoF & UMMen; Our Futuring Task Force
S Our Political Leaders: National, State, and Local; Our Futuring Task Force
The Collect of the Day
From the Collects of the Christian Year
Wednesday – A Collect for Grace
O Lord, our heavenly Father, almighty and everlasting God, You have brought us safely to the beginning of this day: Defend us by Your mighty power, that we may not fall into sin nor run into any danger; and that, guided by Your Spirit, we may do what is righteous in Your sight; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen!
Thursday – A Collect for Guidance
Heavenly Father, in You we live and move and have our being: We humbly pray You so to guide and govern us by Your Holy Spirit, that in all the cares and occupations of our life we may not forget You but may remember that we are ever walking in Your sight; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
Friday – A Collect for Endurance
Almighty God, whose most dear Son went not up to joy but first He suffered pain and entered not into glory before He was crucified: Mercifully grant that we, walking in the way of the Cross, may find it none other than the way of life and peace; through Jesus Christ Your Son, our Lord. Amen!
Saturday – A Collect for Sabbath Rest
Almighty God, who after the creation of the world rested from all Your works and sanctified a day of rest for all Your creatures: Grant that we, putting away all earthly anxieties, may be duly prepared for the service of Your sanctuary, and that our rest here upon earth may be a preparation for the eternal rest promised to Your people in heaven; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen!
Let the Redeemed Give Thanks and Praise
Let the redeemed give thanks and praise
To a forgiving God!
My feeble voice I cannot raise
Till washed in Jesus’ blood:
Till, at Your coming from above,
My mountain-sins depart,
And fear gives place to filial love,
And peace overflows my heart.
Prisoner of hope, I still attend
The appearing of my Lord,
These endless doubts and fears to end,
And speak my soul restored;
Restored by reconciling grace,
With present pardon blest,
And fitted by true holiness
For my eternal rest.
The peace which man can not conceive,
The love and joy unknown,
Now, Father, to Your servant give,
And claim me for Your own.
My God, in Jesus pacified,
My God, Yourself declare,
And draw me to His open side,
And plunge the sinner there.
Lead me; Guide me along the way
Lord, if you’ll lead me, I will not stray.
Just open my eyes that I might see.
Lead me, O God; won’t You lead me!