May 6, 2018 Online Bulletin



Community Joys & Concerns

Prelude – acolyte lights candles on altar

*Call to Worship

One: “Sing to the Holy One, sing a new song! The One who has done marvelous things!”

All: We sing with our hearts as we love one another. God’s love creates ripples of love.

One: “God remembered the covenant of love and fidelity toward the house of Israel.”

All: We rejoice with our lives as we love one another. God’s love creates ripples of love.

One: “Sing to the Holy One… Let the sea roar…and the mountains shout together…”

All: We give praise to God with our hearts and our lives as we love one another. God’s love creates ripples of love.

*Opening Hymn

Sweet, Sweet Spirit” UMH 334

Opening Prayer 

Loving God, as we worship you, open our hearts and make our only concern you rather than us. Open our mouths to sing your praise. Open our minds to think only of you and your glory. As we worship, transform our hearts to be nearer your perfect Son, our Lord, Jesus Christ. Make this hour, only about you. Amen.

Special Music

Proclamation of the Word

Prayer for Illumination (liturgist only) 

Creator God, draw us into your spirit of compassion. We grow closer to one another as we show compassion and service. With open hearts, we welcome your presence as we hear and see your word made alive. Speak to us in this time of reflection on the word. Amen.

Scripture Reading  

  Psalm 98         OT pp. 551-552

Message Fruitful Love

John 15:9-17   NT pp. 109-110

Response to the Word

*Hymn of Response

This Is My Song  UMH 437

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



Please turn in your hymnals to page 12 as we prepare to celebrate Holy Communion.  You will be reading in unison the boldfaced type.


Move to table and wash hands.  Pastor stands behind the Lord’s table.

Christ our Lord invites to his table all who love him,

who earnestly repent of their sin

and seek to live in peace with one another.

Therefore, let us confess our sin before God and one another.


Merciful God,

we confess that we have not loved you with our whole heart.

We have failed to be an obedient church.

We have not done your will,

we have broken your law,

we have rebelled against your love,

we have not loved our neighbors,

and we have not heard the cry of the needy.

Forgive us, we pray.

Free us for joyful obedience,

through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

All pray in silence.

Leader to people:

Hear the good news:

Christ died for us while we were yet sinners; 

that proves God’s love toward us.

In the name of Jesus Christ, you are forgiven!

People to leader:

 In the name of Jesus Christ, you are forgiven!

Leader and people:

 Glory to God. Amen.





The Lord be with you.

And also with you.

Lift up your hearts. 

The pastor may lift hands and keep them raised.

We lift them up to the Lord.

Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.

It is right to give our thanks and praise.

It is right, and a good and joyful thing,

always and everywhere to give thanks to you,

Almighty God, creator of heaven and earth.

You formed us in your image

and breathed into us the breath of life.

When we turned away, and our love failed,

your love remained steadfast.

You delivered us from captivity,

made covenant to be our sovereign God,

brought us to a land flowing with milk and honey,

and set before us the way of life.

And so,

with your people on earth

and all the company of heaven

we praise your name and join their unending hymn:

The pastor may lower hands.

Holy, holy, holy Lord, God of power and might,

heaven and earth are full of your glory.

Hosanna in the highest.

Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord.

Hosanna in the highest.

 The pastor may raise hands.

Holy are you, and blessed is your Son Jesus Christ.

By the baptism of his suffering, death, and resurrection 

you gave birth to your church,

delivered us from slavery to sin and death,

and made with us a new covenant by water and the Spirit.

By your great mercy we have been born anew

to a living hope through the resurrection of your Son from the dead and to an inheritance that is imperishable, undefiled, and unfading.

Once we were no people, but now we are your people,

declaring your wonderful deeds in Christ,

who called us out of darkness into his marvelous LIGHT!

When the Lord Jesus ascended, he promised to be with us always,

in the power of your Word and Holy Spirit.

The pastor may hold hands, palms down, over the bread, or touch the bread, or lift the bread.

On the night in which he gave himself up for us,

he took bread, gave thanks to you, broke the bread,

gave it to his disciples, and said:

“Take, eat; this is my body which is given for you.

Do this in remembrance of me.”

The pastor may hold hands, palms down, over the cup, or touch the cup, or lift the cup.

When the supper was over, he took the cup,

gave thanks to you, gave it to his disciples, and said:

“Drink from this, all of you; 

this is my blood of the new covenant,

poured out for you and for many

for the forgiveness of sins.

Do this, as often as you drink it,

in remembrance of me.”

 The pastor may raise hands.

On the day you raised him from the dead

he was recognized by his disciples in the breaking of the bread,

and in the power of your Holy Spirit your church has continued in the breaking of the bread and the sharing of the cup.

And so,

in remembrance of these your mighty acts in Jesus Christ,

we offer ourselves in praise and thanksgiving

as a holy and living sacrifice,

in union with Christ’s offering for us,

as we proclaim the mystery of faith.

Christ has died; Christ is risen; Christ will come again.

The pastor may hold hands, palms down, over the bread and cup.

Pour out your Holy Spirit on us gathered here,

and on these gifts of bread and cup.

Make them be for us the body and blood of Christ,

that we may be for the world the body of Christ,

redeemed by his blood.

The pastor may raise hands.

By your Spirit make us one with Christ,

one with each other,

and one in ministry to all the world,

until Christ comes in final victory

and we feast at his heavenly banquet.

Through your Son Jesus Christ,

with the Holy Spirit in your holy Church,

all honor and glory is yours, almighty Father,

 now and forever. Amen.


The pastor’s hands may be extended in open invitation.

And now, with the confidence of children of God, let us pray:

The pastor may raise hands.

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.

Forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us.

Lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.  

For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, forever.  



The pastor, still standing behind the Lord’s table facing the people, breaks the bread in silence, or while saying:

Because there is one loaf,

we, who are many, are one body, for we all partake of the one loaf.

The bread which we break is a sharing in the body of Christ.

The pastor lifts the cup in silence, or while saying:

The cup over which we give thanks is a sharing in the blood of Christ.


All are now invited to come to the Lord’s table as the ushers direct.  Kneel as you are able.  

When all have received, the Lord’s table is put in order.

The following prayer is then offered by the pastor or by all:

Let us pray:

Eternal God, we give you thanks for this holy mystery

in which you have given yourself to us.

Grant that we may go into the world

in the strength of your Spirit,

to give ourselves for others,

in the name of Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Sending Forth

*Sending Hymn

Gather Us In                    TFWS 2236


*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

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