May 14, 2017

Fifth Sunday of Easter

10:00 a.m.

Prelude: Prayer for Humanity                            Linda Lamb

Enduring Joy                              Cynthia Dobrinski

Chiming of the Hour

*Hymn: #307 God of Grace and God of Glory

Recognition of Pastor Diane’s Graduation


Joys and Concerns

Choral Introit: Come Christians, Join to Sing

 Call to Worship

One:    Gaze into heaven and see the glory of God.

Lift up your eyes to behold the risen Christ.

All:      God is our rock of refuge, a strong fortress.

            Christ leads us and guides us every day.

One:    Indeed, you have tasted the goodness of God.

You have known the presence of Christ, God’s chosen one.

All:      Every day we long for pure spiritual milk.

            Each day, we are inspired by the living Christ.

One:    Then let us lay our troubles at Christ’s feet.

Let us enter the sanctuary God prepares for us.

All:      We have come to find the way, the truth, and the

life. We are here to ask and receive and to serve.

One:    Come, let us worship God together!

 Prayer of Invocation (in unison)

Open your heavens to us, God of all worlds. We long for the pure spiritual milk you provide so we may grow into salvation. We are your people, sisters and brothers of your Chosen One. Let us this day be built into a spiritual house, a community of your faithful people. Keep us from judging those whose views differ from our own, or from throwing stones at those with whom we disagree. Incline your ear to us and rescue us from ourselves, we pray in Jesus’ name. Amen.

(* Please stand if able.)

Call to Confession

 Prayer of Confession (in unison)

We confess that sometimes we have covered our ears so we cannot hear your word of judgment, holy God. We seek to isolate ourselves from a world in pain. We become enemies and persecutors of Christ, who identified with poor, needy, and oppressed people. We reject the One you sent as the way, the truth, and the life. We do not pray, as Jesus prayed, trusting that you hear and respond. O God, deliver us from ourselves. Hear us now as we turn to you with our silent confessions, seeking your mercy, forgiveness and grace.

Moment of silent prayer

Assurance of God’s Love

Gloria Patri: 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.

 Responsive Reading – Psalm 31: 1-5, 15-16

(Page 622 HS in the pew bible)

Reading from the Early ChurchActs 7: 55-60

(Page 153 NT in the pew bible)

Children’s Message & Lord’s Prayer

(Children leave for Sunday School and Youth Discussion Group)

 *Hymn: #250 In the Bulb There Is a Flower

Offering of our Gifts

Anthem: Above All Else                                       Joel Raney

*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. Amen.

Prayer of Dedication

 Gospel ReadingJohn 14: 1-14

(Page 132 in the pew bible)

Sermon: “The Way, the Truth and the Life”

Reverend Diane Monti-Catania

Pastoral Prayer and Silent Prayer

Bell Choir Response: Hymn of Promise

arr. Martha Lynn Thompson

 *Hymn: #645 Sing Praise to God Who Reigns Above


Response: What Does The Lord Require of You?

Postlude: A Jubilant Rhondo                      Cynthia Dobrinski

(Please remain seated for the postlude)

 Welcome Statement

We, the Salisbury Congregational Church, seek to love God with all our hearts, souls and minds and love our neighbors as ourselves.

This Church declares itself to be Open and Affirming to all for participation, membership, leadership and employment regardless of race, ancestry, class, gender identity, physical/mental ability or sexual orientation.

We further declare ourselves to be Affirming of each individual as a child of God, celebrating the total identity of each person.

As a declared Open and Affirming Congregation, we commit ourselves to work toward ending ignorance, fear, hatred, prejudice and discrimination against any person.

No matter who you are or where you are on life’s journey, you are welcome here!

If you are visiting us today, Welcome!

Please sign the guestbook at the front door and introduce yourself to our Pastor or to one of the Deacons.

Please join us in the Parish Hall for refreshments and fellowship following worship. All are welcome.

Our host today is Sarah Rydingsword.

The offertory anthem was written in honor of the Rev. Dr. Richard Reifsnyder for his 21 years of loving service as Pastor of the First Presbyterian Church, Winchester, Virginia.

Please see an usher:

If you would like to use a hearing device;

If you would like to bring your child to the Nursery.

 Many thanks to:

Mary O’Neill for serving as lay reader

Kathy Mera & Sal Accardo for ushering

Prayer List

Ransom Larson, Emma Mae, Leonard Kaufman, Paul McAbee, Shirley Rogers, Jane Fitting, Nancy Tuckerman, Barbara Jacquette, Gloria Buckley, Petie Robinson, Gay Ayers, Sosnoff Family, Wilma Tillerman, Alex, John, Will, Nina, Jack and Linda, Tully family, those among us who struggle with anxiety, depression and addiction.


 Today:             Bells perform during Worship

2 pm PTU Lecture ~ Parish Hall

3 pm PTU Concert ~ Meeting House

Monday:          6 pm Debtors Anonymous Meeting in the Parish Hall Library

Wednesday:  7:15 pm Choir Rehearsal

Thursday:         4:30 pm Women’s Bible Study

7 pm HousaTonics Rehearsal

Friday:                4 – 5 pm Children’s Musical Rehearsal

Saturday:          9 – 10:30 am Children’s Musical Rehearsal

Next Sunday    8:30 – 9 am Children’s Musical Rehearsal

10 am Children’s Musical ~“God’s Family Tree”

11:30 am Church Council Meeting



You are invited to our Peace through Understanding Series this afternoon ~ Welcoming Our LGBTQ Friends. The dialogue will begin at 2 pm in the Parish Hall with Reverend Aaron Miller, Pastor of the Metropolitan Community Church, followed by a performance at 3 pm in the Meetinghouse by the Connecticut Gay Men’s Chorus. Admission is free.






























The Reverend Diane Monti – Catania, Pastor


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