May 12, 2019
Fourth Sunday of Easter
Bell Choir Prelude
Chiming of the Hour
*Hymn: #726 Will You Come and Follow Me
Joys and Concerns | Silent Prayer
Introit: This is the Day
Call to Worship
One: Arise, people of God, to greet the One who calls us; come alive to the Spirit’s energy among us.
Many: God’s goodness and mercy are with us here. Come, Holy One, to awaken us and restore our souls!
The shepherd calls us to new ventures,
leads us to the richness of life.
Though fear may rise, though our way descend through shadowed valleys, our God abides with us everywhere.
Come to drink from springs of living water.
Gather to find comfort and blessing here.
God is in this holy place;
we open our souls to grace and wonder.
Prayer of Invocation (in unison)
Draw us together, Eternal One, from paths of aimless wandering. Lead us today toward the community you intend. Help us feel the hunger and thirst of others; then lead your church to make a caring response. Let your love fill us and overflow into our neighbors’ lives. Amen.
Call to Confession
Unison Prayer of Confession
O God, we look at events around us and cannot perceive you within them. We shed tears and find no comfort. We listen for your voice and are greeted by silence. The world seems full of troubles waiting to devour us. On every hand, there are problems too complicated for us to solve. We are caught between our desire for your reassurance and our reluctance to change how we live and move and have our being. Come, Holy One: restore our souls.
Moment of Silent Prayer
Assurance of God’s Love
Glory to God, glory to God, glory in the highest!
Glory to God, glory to God, alleluia, alleluia!
Responsive Psalter: Psalm 23
One: Almighty God cares for me,
Many: I am never in want.
God shepherds me into green pastures, to eat,
And guides me beside quiet waters, where I can drink.
God renews my life.
The Holy One leads me along paths free from danger;
God’s very nature is to keep me safe.
Even when I pass through death’s bleak landscape,
I will not fear;
For You are with me;
The signs of Your strength reassure me.
You prepare a feast for me
in full view of my enemies;
You anoint my head tenderly with fragrant oil;
You fill my cup to overflowing.
ALL: Surely God’s goodness and love
shall follow me all the days of my life,
And I shall dwell in the household of the Most High my whole life long!
Scripture Reading: Acts 9:36-43
(Pg. 156 in the New Testament in the pew Bible)
A Thought for Young Minds & Lord’s Prayer
(Children may go to Sunday School & Youth Group)
*Hymn: #802 The King of Love My Shepherd Is
Offering of our Gifts: Joy in the Morning Natalie Sleeth
Anthem: Alleluia, Christus Surrexit Fleice Anerio
Praise God from whom all blessings flow;
praise Christ, all people here below;
praise Holy Spirit ever more;
praise Triune God whom we adore. Amen.
Prayer of Dedication
Gospel Reading: John 10:22-30
(Pg. 127 in the New Testament in the pew Bible)
Sermon: Do You Hear What I Hear? John A. Nelson
Pastoral Prayer| Silent Prayer
Response: #205 Ubi caritas
*Hymn: #727 Today We Are Called To Be Disciples
Response: #601 Danish Amen
Postlude: Fugue in C Major Johann Sebastian Bach
(* The congregation may stand.)
Psalm 23 is adapted from The Psalms in Worship, Mary Susan Gast, © 2002; used by permission in this service of worship.
We, the Salisbury Congregational Church, seek to love God with all our hearts, souls and minds and love our neighbors as ourselves. This Church is Open to all for participation, membership, leadership and employment regardless of race, ancestry, class, gender identity, physical/mental ability or sexual orientation. We are Affirming of each individual as a child of God, celebrating the total identity of each person.
As an Open and Affirming Congregation, we commit ourselves to work toward ending ignorance, fear, hatred, prejudice and discrimination against any person.
Whoever you are, wherever you are on life’s journey,
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Join us in the Parish Hall for refreshments and fellowship following worship. All are welcome.
Bill Kellett, Marty Finkle, Sean Clegg, Bolton Hull, Jean Gallup, Roberta Fay, J. Kevin Carroll, Siddhi, Evan Adsit, Marty Sorenson, Franny Yerkes, Terry Roy & family, Petee Robinson, Leonard Kaufman, Dick Taber, Ruth Tyrol, Tom Splaine, Joe K., Peter & Linda, Paula & Herman, Anne & Bill, Jan & John Hazard, Pauline, Friends & Family of: Gail Weigel, Joe Scotto, Elizabeth Adam, Dan Cunningham & Alain.
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:
John Estabrook for serving as our lay reader;
Sal Accardo & Michael Voldstad for serving as ushers.
Monday: 1 pm Salisbury Duplicate Bridge
Tuesday: 6 pm Parish Hall in use
Wednesday: 9 am Staff Meeting
7:15 pm Choir Rehearsal
Thursday: 7 pm HousaTonics
Friday: 7:45 am Men’s Bible Study
4 pm Children’s Rehearsal
Saturday: 9 am Children’s Rehearsal
Sunday: 10 am Children’s Sunday
11:30 am Church Council Meeting
5 pm Torrington Community Dinner
SILVER LAKE CAMP
Registration for the 2019 Summer Camp Session at Silver Lake Conference Center is open! Our church’s annual budget allocates money to pay for our young people to attend Silver Lake Conferences free of charge. Please contact Barbara Collins for further information.
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