April 29, 2018 Online Bulletin



Community Joys & Concerns

Prelude – acolyte lights candles on altar

*Call to Worship

One: In some parts of the world, today feels like spring.

All : We worship the God of new life.

One: In some parts of the world, today feels like summer.

All : We worship the God of growth.

One: In some parts of the world, today feels like autumn.

All : We worship the God of the harvest.

One: In some parts of the world, today feels like winter.

All : We worship the God of rest.

One: We worship the God that is with us around the globe and here in this place.

All : We worship the God of all seasons.

*Opening Hymn

“Be Thou My Vision” UMH 451

Opening Prayer 

Guide us in our worship today, Holy Spirit. As we hear words of love and challenge, move through us calling us to act upon them. As we sing praises, may our hearts be lightened. Inspire us to reconnect with you in ways we never imagined possible; to be changed because we have been here to worship our God. Amen.

Special Music

Children’s Moment Stay On the Vine

Proclamation of the Word

Prayer for Illumination (liturgist only) 

Give us open ears and hearts to hear your words today, Loving God. Through the gift of your word, may we hear your call to us to love all of your children. Give us deep roots, grounded in your love as we continue to heed the call to follow you. Amen.

Scripture Reading  

Acts 8:26–40        NT p. 127

Message Love Abides

1 John 4:7–21 NT p. 241

John 15:1–8 NT p. 109

Response to the Word

*Hymn of Response

“In Unity We Lift Our Song”             TFWS 2221

The Apostle’s Creed

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 Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, dead, and buried. The third day he arose from the dead, he ascended into heaven, and sitteth at 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 Spirit, the holy catholic church, the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and the life everlasting. Amen.

Pastoral Prayer


*Doxology & Prayer

The Lord’s Prayer

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; and forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil, for thine is the kingdom, and the power and the glory forever. Amen.

Sending Forth

*Sending Hymn

“Abide With Me”           UMH 700


*Benediction Response

Blest Be The Tie That Binds “ v. 1 UMH 557


UMH – United Methodist Hymnal found in your pew rack

NT – New Testament, toward the back of the Bible

OT – Old Testament, toward the beginning of the Bible

*Please stand as able

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