5th Sunday After Easter

May 2, 2021 Outdoor Worship Bulletin

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Gathering for God’s Word

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

Welcome & Announcements

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!

Preparing for God's Word

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 snow and rain,
I have borne my people's pain.
I have wept for love of them.
They turn away.
I will break their hearts of stone,
Give them hearts for love alone.
I will speak my word to them.
Whom shall I send?

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


Prayer of Illumination

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

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


Prayer of Thanksgiving

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 sing:


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!

Union Presbyterian Church

5615 Union Road, Gastonia, NC 28056

Phone: 704-864-7681    Fax: 704-864-7594

Email: unionpc5615@gmail.com