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Sunday, May 9, 2021

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———   ENTRANCE AND PRAISE   ———

We welcome you to this time of worship; we are glad you’re here. We invite you to either sit outside, socially-distanced, or to remain in your car. Bradley Hall restrooms are available if needed.

 ANNOUNCEMENTS      Rev. Amanda Bunce

OPENING HYMN  “O For a Thousand Tongues to Sing”

  1. O for a thousand tongues to sing my great Redeemer’s praise,
    the glories of my God and King, the triumphs of his grace!
  2. My gracious Master and my God, assist me to proclaim,
    to spread through all the earth abroad the honors of thy name.
  3. Jesus! the name that charms our fears, that bids our sorrows cease;
    ‘tis music in the sinner’s ears, ‘tis life, and health, and peace.
  4. He breaks the pow’r of canceled sin, he sets the pris’ner free;
    his blood can made the foulest clean; his blood availed for me.
  5. He speaks, and list’ning to his voice, new life the dead receive;
    the mournful, broken hearts rejoice, the humble poor believe.
  6. In Christ, your head, you then shall know, shall feel your sins forgiv’n;
    anticipate your heav’n below, and own that low is heav’n.

OPENING PRAYER

Sing to our God a new song!
God has done marvelous things!
Make a joyful noise to the Lord!
Break forth into joyous song and sing praises.
Let the sea roar and all that fills it.
Let the world and its people sing together for joy.
Let us pray…

Loving God, help us to love others as Christ has loved us. Bring us into the spiritual joy of living our lives as your friend, and teach us to abide in your love, that we may show that love to the world. Amen.

  ———   PROCLAMATION ———

CHILDREN’S SERMON Amy Takahashi

PRAYER FOR ILLUMINATION

The Lord be with you.

And also with you.

Let us pray:

Lord, open our hearts and minds by the power of your Holy Spirit, that as the Scriptures are read and your Word is proclaimed, we may hear with joy what you say to us today. Amen.

ACTS LESSON Acts 10:44-48 CEB

PSALTER Psalm 98 CEB

Sing to the Lord a new song because he has done wonderful things!

His own strong hand and his own holy arm have won the victory!

The Lord has made his salvation widely known;
he has revealed his righteousness in the eyes of all the nations.

God has remembered his loyal love and faithfulness to the house of Israel;
every corner of the earth has seen our God’s salvation.

Shout triumphantly to the Lord, all the earth!
Be happy!
Rejoice out loud!
Sing your praises!

Sing your praises to the Lord with the lyre—
with the lyre and the sound of music.

With trumpets and a horn blast,
shout triumphantly before the Lord, the king!

Let the sea and everything in it roar;
the world and all its inhabitants too.

Let all the rivers clap their hands;

let the mountains rejoice out loud altogether 9 before the Lord
because he is coming to establish justice on the earth!

He will establish justice in the world rightly;
he will establish justice among all people fairly.

 EPISTLE LESSON 1 John 5:1-6 CEB

GOSPEL LESSON John 15:9-17 CEB

SERMON No Greater Love Rev.  – Dr. Alan Swartz

———   RESPONSE TO THE WORD ———

SONG OF RESPONSE “Christ Is Risen” Maher & Fieldes

Verse 1

Let no one caught in sin remain inside the lie of inward shame.
We fix our eyes upon the cross, and run to Him who showed great love and bled for us;
freely You’ve bled for us.

Chorus

Christ is risen from the dead, trampling over death by death.
Come awake, come awake, come and rise up from the grave.

Christ is risen from the dead, we are one with Him again.

Come awake, come awake, come and rise up from the grave.

Verse 2

Beneath the weight of all our sin, You bowed to none but heaven’s will;

no scheme of hell, no scoffer’s crown, no burden great can hold You down.

In strength You reign; forever let Your church proclaim:

Bridge

O death, where is your string? O hell, where is your victory?

O church, come stand in the light; our God is not dead, He’s alive, He’s alive!

PRAYER OF CONFESSION

Loving God, we have not loved you or each other with our whole hearts. Forgive us, we pray, and lead us toward wholeness, that we may be filled with your joy. In Jesus’ name we pray.

 WORDS OF ASSURANCE AND PARDON

THE PEACE

The peace of Christ be with you.

And also with you.

 OFFERING

DOXOLOGY “Praise God, From Whom All Blessings Flow” old hundredth

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

 PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE

  ———   SENDING FORTH ———

CLOSING HYMN “Come, Thou Fount of Every Blessing”

  1. Come, thou Fount of ev’ry blessing; tune my heart to sing thy grace;
    streams of mercy, never ceasing, call for songs of loudest praise.
    Teach me some melodious sonnet, sung by flaming tongues above.
    Praise the mount! I’m fixed upon it, mount of thy redeeming love.
  2. Here I raise mine Ebenezer; hither by thy help I’m come;
    and I hope, by thy good pleasure, safely to arrive at home.
    Jesus sought me when a stranger, wand’ring from the fold of God;
    he, to rescue me from danger, interposed his precious blood.
  3. O to grace how great a debtor daily I’m constrained to be!
    Let thy goodness, like a fetter, bind my wand’ring heart to thee.
    Prone to wander, Lord, I feel it, prone to leave the God I love;
    here’s my heart, O take and seal it, seal it for thy courts above.

BENEDICTION   

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