5th Sunday After Easter

May 2, 2021 Online Interactive Worship Bulletin

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Preparing for God's Word


“Give Thanks"

Choral Introit

“Open the Eyes of My Heart Lord”

Open the eyes of my heart Lord
Open the eyes of my heart
I want to see you
I want to see you

Open the eyes of my heart Lord
Open the eyes of my heart
I want to see you
I want to see you

To see You high and lifted up
Shinin' in the light of Your glory
Pour out Your power and love
As we sing holy, holy, holy

Holy, holy, holy
Holy, holy, holy
Holy, holy, holy

I want to see you

Call to Worship

[Psalm 47:5-8]

Leader: God has ascended amid shouts of joy, the Lord amid the sounding of trumpets.

People: Sing praises to God, sing praises; sing praises to our King, sing praises.

Leader: For God is the King of all the earth; sing to him a psalm of praise.

People: God reigns over the nations; He is seated on his holy throne.

Leader: Let us worship our great God!

Hymn of Adoration

“Here I am, Lord”

I, the Lord of sea and sky
I have heard my people cry
All who dwell in dark and sin
My hand will save
I who made the stars of night
I will make their darkness bright
Who will bear my light to them?
Whom shall I send?


Here I am, Lord
Is it I, Lord?
I have heard You calling in the night
I will go, Lord
If You lead me
I will hold Your people in my heart

I, the Lord of wind and flame
I will tend the poor and lame
I will set a feast for them
My hand will save
Finest bread I will provide
'Til their hearts be satisfied
I will give my life to them
Whom shall I send?

Prayer of Confession 

People: Almighty God, you have raised Jesus from death to life and crowned him Lord of all. We confess that we do not always bow before Christ or acknowledged his rule in our lives. Too often we go along with the ways of the world and fail to give him glory. Forgive us and raise us from sin, that we may be your faithful people, walking more in step with our Lord Jesus Christ, who rules the world and is head of the church, his body. Amen.

Assurance of Pardon

[based on Ephesians 2:4-7]

Leader: Hear the good news of the gospel: God, who is rich in mercy, out of the great love with which he loved us even when we were dead through our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ—by grace we have been saved.
People: We have been raised us up with Christ and seated with him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, so that in the ages to come he might show the immeasurable riches of his grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus. In Christ, by God’s grace, we are saved. 

Leader: Praise God, from whom all blessings flow!

Hearing God's Word

Children's Message

Hymn of Preparation 

“We are God’s People”

We are God’s people, the chosen of the Lord,
Born of His Spirit, established by His Word;
Our cornerstone is Christ alone,
And strong in Him we stand:
O let us live transparently
And walk heart to heart and hand in hand.

We are God’s loved ones, the Bride of Christ our Lord,
For we have known it, the love of God outpoured;
Now let us learn how to return
The gift of love once given:
O let us share each joy and care,
And live with a zeal that pleases Heaven.

We are the Body of which the Lord is Head,
Called to obey Him, now risen from the dead;
He wills us be a family,
Diverse yet truly one:
O let us give our gifts to God,
And so shall His work on earth be done.

We are a temple, the Spirit’s dwelling place,
Formed in great weakness, a cup to hold God’s grace;
We die alone, for on its own
Each ember loses fire:
Yet joined in one the flame burns on
To give warmth and light, and to inspire.

Prayer of Illumination

Gracious God, we do not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes from your mouth. Make us hungry for this your Word, that it may nourish us today in the ways of eternal life. Through Jesus Christ, the bread of heaven. Amen.


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Old Testament Reading: Genesis 11:1-9

1 Now the whole world had one language and a common speech.  2 As men moved eastward, they found a plain in Shinar and settled there. 

3   They said to each other, “Come, let’s make bricks and bake them thoroughly.” They used brick instead of stone, and tar for mortar.  4 Then they said, “Come, let us build ourselves a city, with a tower that reaches to the heavens, so that we may make a name for ourselves and not be scattered over the face of the whole earth.” 

5   But the Lord came down to see the city and the tower that the men were building.  6 The Lord said, “If as one people speaking the same language they have begun to do this, then nothing they plan to do will be impossible for them.  7 Come, let us go down and confuse their language so they will not understand each other.” 

8   So the Lord scattered them from there over all the earth, and they stopped building the city.  9 That is why it was called Babel — because there the Lord confused the language of the whole world. From there the Lord scattered them over the face of the whole earth. 


"Coming Together & Leaving- Shaken but not Stirred "


Responding to God’s Word

Celebrating the Lord's Supper

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Thanksgiving for the Work of Christ

Let us pray. Almighty God, you loved the world so much that in the fullness of time you sent your only Son to be our Savior. Incarnate by the Holy Spirit, born of the virgin Mary, he lived as one of us, yet was without sin. To the poor he proclaimed the good news of salvation; to prisoners, freedom; to the sorrowful, joy. To fulfill your purpose, he gave himself up to death and, rising from the grave, destroyed death and made the whole creation new. 

People: Lord, use this meal to take us from where we are, to where you want us to be; make us not merely people who know of you, but living signs of your coming Kingdom; set us afire with passion for your Word; fill us with the faith, hope and love which embody the Gospel; and through the power of the Holy Spirit make us one. So that the world may come to know you and your name may be enthroned in all nation and that your church may more effectively be your body. Gracious God, we commit ourselves to love you, serve you, and follow you as pilgrims not strangers. Amen

Words of Institution

Prayer for the Work of the Holy Spirit

God of all power, send your Holy Spirit upon us, that in sharing the bread we may share in the body of Christ, that in sharing the cup we may share in his blood. Grant that, being joined together in Christ Jesus, we may become united in faith
and in all things become mature in the one who is our head.


Prayer of Thanksgiving

Lord God, in deep gratitude for this moment, this meal, these people, we give ourselves to you. Take us out to live as changed people because we have shared your living bread and cannot remain the same. Ask much of us, expect much from us, enable much by us, encourage many through us. Help us Lord, to live to your glory, both as inhabitants of earth and citizens of the commonwealth of heaven. Amen.

Hymn of Response

“Bind Us Together”

Bind us together, Lord,

Bind us together
With cords that cannot be broken.
Bind us together, Lord,
Bind us together,
Bind us together with love.

There is only one God,
There is only one King;
There is only one Body,

That is why we can sing:

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.


Gracious God, in Psalm 51 the Psalmist cries out to you,

“Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a right spirit within me.”

Lord, we pray that same prayer to you today

We pray for leaders of the Church, both here and throughout the world. 

May they serve as examples to those who would come to believe in Christ for eternal life.  

May the Church place its hope in you, O God, and not in human wisdom.


We pray for the leaders of the nations.  May they show mercy and care for their people.  

May they, like Moses, seek the greater good rather than their own interests. 

We pray for the people in our lives.May we learn to love the stiff-necked, the sinners. May they learn to love us when are the stiff-necked sinners. God we are all in such great need of your mercy. Make us instruments of your peace. We pray for the sick, the anxious and the sorrowful. Help them hear your joy and gladness. Allow broken bodies and broken spirits to rejoice in you.  


God, we truly ask that you would Create in us a clean heart, O God, and renew a right spirit within us. We ask this in the name of Christ, who taught us to pray saying...

[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 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: "Let it Rise"


[based on 2 Corinthians 13:13]

May the grace of Christ, which daily renews us, and the love of God, which enables us to love all, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit, which unites us in one body, make us eager to obey the will of God until we meet again, through Jesus Christ, our Lord.

Benediction Response

"The Spirit Sends Us Forth to Serve"

The spirit sends us forth to serve; we go in Jesus' name to bring glad tidings to the poor, God's favor to proclaim.
We go to comfort those who mourn and set the burdened free: where hope is dim, to share a dream and help the blind to see.
We go to be the hands of Christ, to scatter joy like seed and all our days, to cherish life, to do the loving deed.
Then let us go to serve in peace, the Gospel to proclaim. God's Spirit has empowered us; we go in Jesus' name. 



"Give Us Clean Hands"

Union Presbyterian Church

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