4th Sunday After Easter

April 25, 2021 Online Interactive Worship Bulletin

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Preparing for God's Word

Prelude

“My Savior Lives, My Savior Loves"

Choral Introit

"To God be the Glory"

To God be the glory, great things He has done,
So loved He the world that He gave us His Son,
Who yielded His life an atonement for sin,
And opened the life gate that all may go in.

Refrain:
Praise the Lord, praise the Lord, let the earth hear His voice!
Praise the Lord, praise the Lord, let the people rejoice!
Oh, come to the Father, through Jesus the Son,
And give Him the glory, great things He has done.

Oh, perfect redemption, the purchase of blood,
To every believer the promise of God;
The vilest offender who truly believes,
That moment from Jesus a pardon receives.

Great things He has taught us, great things He has done,
And great our rejoicing through Jesus the Son;
But purer, and higher, and greater will be
Our wonder, our transport, when Jesus we see.

Call to Worship

[Based on Psalm 118:1, 19-23, 29]

Leader: Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good;

People: his steadfast love endures forever!

Leader: The Lord opens the gates of righteousness; so all can enter and give him praise.

People: Lord we will give you thanks, for you answer our prayers; you are our salvation.

Leader: The stone the builders rejected has become the capstone; His work is marvelous for our eyes.

People: This is the day that the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it.

Leader: Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good;

People: his steadfast love endures forever!

Opening Prayer

Almighty God, you have built your Church on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, with Jesus Christ himself  being the chief cornerstone. Join us together in unity of spirit by their teaching, that we may become a holy temple, acceptable to you: through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.

Hymn of Adoration

“My Hope is Built on Nothing Less”

My hope is built on nothing less
Than Jesus' blood and righteousness
I dare not trust the sweetest frame
But wholly lean on Jesus' name

Refrain:

On Christ the solid rock I stand
All other ground is sinking sand
All other ground is sinking sand

 

When darkness hides his lovely face
I rest on His unchanging grace
In every high and stormy gale
My anchor holds within the veil

His oath, his covenant, his blood
Supports me in the 'whelming flood
When all around my soul gives way
He then is all my hope and stay

When He shall come with trumpet sound
Oh may I then in Him be found
Dressed in his righteousness alone
Faultless to stand before the throne

Prayer of Confession 

People:  Gracious God, There are many times we think that our love in you is strong and bold. But upon hearing your call to love you with all our hearts, with all our mind, and all our strength, we confess that too often our love is a diluted love, made flat by other loyalties and our divided heart. Our love for you seems pure only for brief moments; because of how our affections so quickly are drawn away. How easily our devotion dies. Forgive us, God; in your deep mercy spare us; and in your grace rekindle that love for you as we remember anew your great acts love for us. In Christ's name we pray. Amen.

Assurance of Pardon

[based on Romans 5:8-9]

Leader: Hear the Good News!​ God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us. Since we have now been justified by his blood, how much more shall we be saved from God’s wrath through him!

People: Through Christ and in Christ, we are forgiven! Thanks be to God!

Hearing God's Word

Children's  Message

https://vimeo.com/541081762

Hymn of Preparation 

“I Danced in the Morning”

I danced in the morning
When the world was begun,
And I danced in the moon
And the stars and the sun,
And I came down from heaven
And I danced on the earth,
At Bethlehem
I had my birth.

Refrain:

Dance, then, wherever you may be,
I am the Lord of the Dance, said he,
And I'll lead you all, wherever you may be,
And I'll lead you all in the Dance, said he

I danced for the scribe
And the pharisee,
But they would not dance
And they wouldn't follow me.
I danced for the fishermen,
For James and John
They came with me
And the Dance went on.

I danced on the Sabbath
And I cured the lame;
The holy people
Said it was a shame.
They whipped and they stripped
And they hung me on high,
And they left me there
On a Cross to die.

I danced on a Friday
When the sky turned black
It's hard to dance
With the devil on your back.
They buried my body
And they thought I'd gone,
But I am the Dance,
And I still go on.

They cut me down
And I leapt up high;
I am the life
That'll never, never die;
I'll live in you
If you'll live in me -
I am the Lord
Of the Dance, said he.

Prayer of Illumination

Shine within our hearts, loving Lord, with the true light of your divine knowledge, and open the eyes of our minds,
that we may comprehend the message of your Word, through Jesus Christ, our Lord. Amen.

**Click here to listen to the Scripture and Sermon**

https://vimeo.com/541082435

New Testament Reading: Acts 4: 1-13

4:1   The priests and the captain of the temple guard and the Sadducees came up to Peter and John while they were speaking to the people.  2 They were greatly disturbed because the apostles were teaching the people and proclaiming in Jesus the resurrection of the dead.  3 They seized Peter and John, and because it was evening, they put them in jail until the next day.  4 But many who heard the message believed, and the number of men grew to about five thousand. 

5   The next day the rulers, elders and teachers of the law met in Jerusalem.  6 Annas the high priest was there, and so were Caiaphas, John, Alexander and the other men of the high priest’s family.  7 They had Peter and John brought before them and began to question them: “By what power or what name did you do this?” 

8   Then Peter, filled with the Holy Spirit, said to them: “Rulers and elders of the people!  9 If we are being called to account today for an act of kindness shown to a cripple and are asked how he was healed,  10 then know this, you and all the people of Israel: It is by the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, whom you crucified but whom God raised from the dead, that this man stands before you healed.  11 He is “‘the stone you builders rejected, which has become the capstone.’  12 Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to men by which we must be saved.” 

13   When they saw the courage of Peter and John and realized that they were unschooled, ordinary men, they were astonished and they took note that these men had been with Jesus.

Sermon

"Early Church Acts in Acts... Standing on the Cornerstone"

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Responding to God’s Word

Affirmation of Faith: [The Apostles' Creed]

All:  I believe in God, the Father almighty, maker of heaven and earth;

And in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord;
who was conceived by the Holy Ghost,

born of the Virgin Mary,
suffered under Pontius Pilate,
was crucified, dead, and buried.
He descended into hell.
The third day he rose again from the dead.
He ascended into heaven, and sitteth on the right hand of God the Father almighty.
From thence he shall come to judge the quick and the dead.

I believe in the Holy Ghost,
the holy catholic Church,
the communion of saints,
the forgiveness of sins,
the resurrection of the body,
and the life everlasting. Amen.

Hymn of Response

"Be Thou My Vision”

 

Be thou my vision, O Lord of my heart
Naught be all else to me, save that thou art
Thou my best thought, by day or by night
Waking or sleeping, thy presence my light

Be thou my wisdom, and thou my true word
I ever with thee and thou with me, Lord
Thou my soul’s shelter and thou my high tower                  
Raise thou me heavenward, O Power of my power     

    

Riches I heed not, nor vain, empty praise
Thou mine inheritance, now and always
Thou and thou only first in my heart
High King of heaven, my treasure thou art

High King of heaven, my victory won
May I reach heaven's joys, O bright heaven's sun
Heart of my own heart, whatever befall
Still be my vision, O Ruler of all

Prayer of the People 

Leader: The Lord be with you.

People: And also with you.

Leader: Lift up your hearts.

People: We lift them up to the Lord.

Leader: Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.

People: It is right for us to give thanks and praise.

Heavenly Father, as we sit here we must admit that our hearts are far from quiet.

Some here are wrestling with doubts and fears,

Others are longing for answers,

Some are hoping against hope

Some are needing your strength

We are hungry, Lord,

For warm sunshine

For healed bodies

For rest from tears. 

But God, we know that your word says that the hungry will be filled. 

So we ask today for you to fill us.

Fill us with the breath of life,

Fill us with thankful hearts

Fill us with your peace, with courage to be bold and most of all, with the knowledge of your presence.

Hear us now, Lord, as we name in the silence of our hearts... those we know who are in special need of your help. 

[silent prayers for those on our hearts]

God, there are others we know and love who are ill 

and we ask O God that you would surround them with your strong healing presence.  

Grant wisdom to those who need answers to difficult questions. 

Grant hope to those who despair  and friendship to those who feel lonely. 

Most of all O Lord God, may we know your love, 

the great love you have for each one of us. 

You know the hairs on our head, you count each beat of our heart. 

You knit us together when we were being formed, 

We know that there is no place we can hide from you.

You were there at our beginning and you will be with us through to the end. 

Help us not lose sight of your constant care.

We look to you O God to be present in our communities and in our world. 

Continue to show us how we at Union can be part of your work in the world. 

Teach us how we can grow into faith, and become more and more like Jesus.

We also ask O Lord that you would bless the work of our hands. Bless all that we offer today – 

not only what we give of our money, but the offerings of our time and our talents.

And now we gather all our prayers together, the spoken and the unspoken 

and pray the prayer that you taught us…our Father…

[various prayers]

Leader: Gracious God, hear our prayer. 

People: And in your love answer.

The Lord's Prayer

All: Our Father who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. Forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil, for thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, forever. Amen.

Offering 

Offering Dedication (If you would like to give online, go to our home page, and see the link below our church picture for                                          online giving or select https://www.unionpresbyterianchurch.com/online-giving )

Anthem: "The Lord Bless You and Keep You"

Benediction

As we leave this place, may the God of hope fill us with all joy and peace in believing, so that we may abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit. Alleluia, Amen!

Benediction Response

"He is Lord"

He is Lord!

He is Lord!

He is risen from the dead

And He is Lord!

Every knee shall bow, every tongue confess

That Jesus Christ is Lord!

Postlude

"In Christ Alone"

Union Presbyterian Church

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