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United Methodist Church of East Berlin

“Ordinary people with extraordinary faith”

 

139 Main Street PO Box 265

East Berlin, CT 06023

860-828-9254

www.umc-eastberlin.org

Pastor Rev. Dr. Chinma Uche

District Superintendent Rev. Alpher Sylvester

Bishop Rev. Thomas J. Bickerton

May 15, 2022  

FIFTH SUNDAY OF EASTER! YEAR C

 

Prelude

Welcome & Announcements

Moments of Grace-----

*Call to Worship    Doris

L: May God be gracious to us and bless us.

P: May God’s face shine upon us and bring us peace!

L: Let all people praise you, O Lord.

P: Let all people shout their joy to your holy name.

L: God blesses us continually throughout all our lives.

P: Thanks be to God, for God’s eternal love and blessing. AMEN.

 

*Hymn-64 “Holy, Holy, Holy! Lord God Almighty” 

Please be seated

Prayer of Confession Doris

Lord, You know how easy it is for us to sit here, tethered to our darkness and fear. We get bound up by chains of mistrust. We dare not to hope, for so many times before we have been disappointed. So we sit here and wonder where you are. We are not unlike the disciples who wondered also, who feared. Lord, come to us in our darkness. Flood us with your powerful light of love and mercy. Help open our eyes to the good news of your eternal glory. Give to us visions of the place in which love and hope will reign. Forgive our stubborn resistance to your mercy and your love. For we ask this in Jesus’ Name. Amen!

Words of Assurance Pastor

Let the light of God’s eternal love flood into your hearts this day. Feel the healing presence of God in your lives. Accept God’s love and hope for you. This is the gift freely given for you by Jesus Christ, God’s risen Son our Lord. AMEN.

Prayer for Illumination Doris

Draw us close, Holy Spirit, as the Scriptures are read and the Word is proclaimed. Let the word of faith be on our lips and in our hearts, and let all other words slip away. May there be one voice we hear today — the voice of truth and grace. Amen.

Scripture Reading- Acts 16:9-15 Doris

Children’s Sermon                 Pastor

*Hymn –TFWS 2203 “In His Time, In His Time”

*Gospel Reading- John 14:23-29 Doris

Sermon- Pastor

*Hymn –UMH 128 “He Leadeth Me: O Blessed Thought”

Prayers of the People Pastor

Lord’s Prayer- 

Offertory Music  - 

 *Hymn 94

Prayer of Dedication Pastor led

Breathe the breath of new life into us, O Lord, that we may fully feel the power of your love and the awesome glory of the resurrection of your Son Jesus Christ. Use these gifts toward your holy work of peace, justice, and service in the world. Amen.

*Hymn 467 “Trust and Obey”

Benediction Pastor

Beloved of God, go to be a blessing. Bring the good news of forgiveness and healing to this hurting, lonely world. Bring hope to all, for God’s love is poured out for all God’s people. Amen.

Postlude

*Standing if able