April 7, 2019 Online Bulletin



Community Joys & Concerns

Prelude – acolyte lights candles on altar

*Call to Worship

One: Breathe deep! Allow the fragrance of love to entice you.

All : We can sense a powerful presence among us.

One: Though death threatens to come soon, in this hour of worship, let us focus on what is alive!

All : The colors of morning stream though our windows – the world is humming in activity.

One: The warmth of our communion vibrates among us – we are One Body together.

All : And soon we will raise our voices in song, creating harmonies to sustain us on our journey toward the cross.

One: Come, people of God, breathe deeply and take in the vitality of this moment, and let us cherish it and be glad.

All : God’s extravagance surrounds us. Let us worship and give thanks.

*Opening Hymn

Come Away from Rush and Hurry”         copy

Opening Prayer

Holy One, you overwhelm us with your generosity. Like Jesus returning to be with his good friends, day after day you return to our presence with comfort and love. In our worship, we seek to honor you; we seek to cherish your presence in our lives. In our worship, may we be simply and wholly devoted to you. Amen.

Special Music

Children’s Moment Anointing Oil…smells good

Proclamation of the Word

Prayer for Illumination (liturgist only) 

Extravagant God, pour out your love and mercy on us this day. As we hear your Word proclaimed, open our hearts to know the joy of your presence and the joy of lavishing the gifts we receive from you upon others. Amen.

Reading of the Gospel  

Matthew 25:31-46               NT p. 29

Message The Fragrance of Life

John 12:1-8 NT p.106

Response to the Word

*Hymn of Response

As the Deer” TFWS 2025

*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.

Prayers of the People

Invitation to the Table UMH p. 12


*Doxology & Prayer

Praise God, from whom all blessings flow; praise God, all creatures here below: Alleluia! Alleluia! Praise God, the source of all our gifts! Praise Jesus Christ whose power uplifts! Praise the Spirit, Holy Spirit! Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia!

The Great Thanksgiving UMH p. 13

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. 

Receiving the bread and cup

*Sending Hymn

Where He Leads Me”     UMH 338


*Benediction Response

“Where ever He leads I’ll go, Where ever He leads I’ll go,

I’ll follow my Christ who loves me so,

Where ever He leads I’ll go.”


Everyone is invited for snacks in the 

fellowship hall following worship. 

UMH – United Methodist Hymnal found in your pew rack

TFWS –  The Faith We Sing (little black book in pew rack)

NT – New Testament, toward the back of the Bible

OT – Old Testament, toward the beginning of the Bible

*Please stand as able

Nursery available for children 3 and under.

Address: 6156 Studley Rd., Mechanicsville, VA 23116