Worship from May 3, 2020

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The Order for Worship – Fourth Sunday of Easter

Prelude – Nicky Wilson, Organist

Call to Worship – Pastor Todd

Welcome, Announcements & Greeting – Pastor Todd 

Ministry Moment – Rev. Frank Broyles

† Hymn of Praise: No. 98  “To God Be the Glory”

  1. To God be the glory, great things he hath done!  So loved he the world that he gave us his Son, who yielded his life an atonement for sin, and opened the life-gate that all may go in.

Refrain – Praise the Lord, praise the Lord, let the earth hear his voice!  Praise the Lord, praise the Lord, let the people rejoice!  O come to the Father thru Jesus his Son, and give him the glory, great things he hath done!

2. O perfect redemption, the purchase of blood, to every believer the promise of God; the vilest offender who truly believes, that moment from Jesus a pardon receives.

Refrain – Praise the Lord, praise the Lord, let the earth hear his voice!  Praise the Lord, praise the Lord, let the people rejoice!  O come to the Father thru Jesus his Son, and give him the glory, great things he hath done!

3. Great things he hath taught us, great things he hath done, and great our rejoicing thru Jesus the Son; but purer, and higher, and greater will be out wonder, out transport, when Jesus we see.

Refrain – Praise the Lord, praise the Lord, let the earth hear his voice!  Praise the Lord, praise the Lord, let the people rejoice!  O come to the Father thru Jesus his Son, and give him the glory, great things he hath done!

† Affirmation of Faith –  For the Self-Exiled During the COVID-19 Pandemic

We believe in God the Almighty who hovered in love over the primeval chaos and uttered creation into existence out of a holy mess.  

We believe in the One who breathed the breath of life into human and engendered the primal family and community into being.

We believe in the magnificent signature of God’s image in every human being, signed in infinite variety, and sewn in multicolored splendor, even when it is humanly difficult to experience it in our damaged bodies.

We believe in the self-revelatory signature of God in Jesus Christ who came to restore healing and wholeness into every fiber of our existence.

We believe in Jesus Christ who came to show that salvation is healing and wholeness, and who opened our eyes that we may see each other into God’s image– beyond the troubling stereotyping and systemic use of race, ethnicity, class, sexuality, disability, and other identity markers to divide and fragment us.

We believe in Jesus who came to open our hearts to the God who so-loved-the- world, and who calls forth discipleship from among us to the alleviation of human suffering. That we may see the whole world of ours, as never before, as a God-loved, God-breathed, and God-reconciled world.

We believe in the Crucified God who embraces with his wounded arms those who die alone at this time.

We believe in the Resurrected Savior who invites us to touch his wounds, if we lack belief during these times of paralyzing fear and numbing trauma.

We believe in the Holy Spirit who fosters connected relationships across the divides, while we sit with ourselves.

We believe in the Holy Spirit who always pushes the church to reach out to the margins, and enter into the exilic homes through the gifts of technology, nudging each of us to birth hope and resilience. We, also, believe that the digital divide is human-created and greed-sponsored, and the front-line workers embody flesh-and-blood communication.

We believe that beyond the ravages of time and this pandemic, we will be restored into wellness and wholeness, with different understandings of what it is to be the Church in the world.

We believe that one day, we will be fully restored into God’s image and God’s healed Body. Then wholeness will be the theme of the great orchestral music of the Church and the cosmos.

Until then, we will build bridges of healing and reconciliation with each other and God’s creation.

 Therefore, we will commit ourselves every day to healing and wholeness until that day. Amen.

† Gloria Patria 

Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Ghost; As it was in the beginning is now and ever shall be, world without end. Amen. Amen.

Children’s Moment – Kelly Priest

Congregational Prayer – Pastor Todd 

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

† Hymn of Praise: No. 660 “God Is Here”

  1. God is here!  As we your people meet to offer praise and prayer, may we find in fuller measure what it is in Christ we share.  Here, as in the world around us, all our varied skills and arts wait the coming of the Spirit into open minds and hearts.

2. Here are symbols to remind us of our life long need of grace; here are table, fond and pulpit; here the cross has central place.  Here in honesty of preaching, here in silence, as in speech, here, in newness and renewal, God the Spirit comes to each.

3. Here our children find a welcome in the Shepherd’s flock and fold; here as bread and wine are taken, Christ sustains us, as of old.  Here the servants of the Servant seek in worship to explore what it means in daily living to believe and to adore.

4. Lord of all, of church and kingdom, in an age of change and doubt keep us faithful to the gospel; help us work your purpose out. Here, in the day’s dedication, all we have to give, receive, we who cannot live without you, we adore you!  We believe!

Giving of Tithes and Offerings: Click here to give online OR mail checks to 2102 Epworth Dr., Huntsville, AL 35811

† Doxology

Praise God, from whom all blessings flow; praise him, all creatures here below; praise him above, ye heavenly host; praise Father, Son, and Holy Ghost. Amen.

Scripture –  Acts 2:42-47   – Pastor Todd

Sermon – “15 Characteristics of the True Church.  How many does your church have?  The quiz that 9 out of 10 pastors don’t want you to take.”  – Pastor Todd

 † Hymn of Dedication: No. 261  “Lord of the Dance”

  1. I danced in the morning when the world was begun, and I danced in the moon and the stars and the sun, and I came down from heaven and I danced on the earth.  At Bethlehem I had my birth.

Refrain – Dance, then, wherever you may be; I am the Lord of the Dance, said he.  And I’ll lead you all wherever you may be, and I’ll lead you all in the dance, said he.

2. I danced for the scribe and the Pharisee, but they would not dance and they would not follow me; I danced for the fisherman, for James and John, they came to me and the danced went on.

Refrain – Dance, then, wherever you may be; I am the Lord of the Dance, said he.  And I’ll lead you all wherever you may be, and I’ll lead you all in the dance, said he.

3. I danced on the sabbath when I cured the lame, the holy people said it was a shame; they whipped and they stripped and the hung me high; and they left me there on the cross to die.

Refrain – Dance, then, wherever you may be; I am the Lord of the Dance, said he.  And I’ll lead you all wherever you may be, and I’ll lead you all in the dance, said he.

4. I danced on a Friday and the sky turned black; it’s hard to dance with the devil on our back; they buried my body and though I’d gone, but I am the dance and I still go on.

Refrain – Dance, then, wherever you may be; I am the Lord of the Dance, said he.  And I’ll lead you all wherever you may be, and I’ll lead you all in the dance, said he.

5. They cut me down and I leapt up high, I am the life that’; never, never die; I’ll live in you if you’ll life in me; I am the Lord of the Dance, Said he.

Refrain – Dance, then, wherever you may be; I am the Lord of the Dance, said he.  And I’ll lead you all wherever you may be, and I’ll lead you all in the dance, said he.

† Benediction         

 † You are invited to stand. Yes, we know you are at home, but you are still invited to stand!         

ANNOUNCEMENTS

EASTER LILIES.  Thank you for ordering Easter Lilies in honor or memory of a loved one.    The lilies have been moved outside the main entrance of the church for pick-up.   Any lilies not picked up by the end of April will be planted on the church campus

MEMORIALS.

  • In memory of Joan Diggs, given by Bill and Karen Houston.
  • In memory of Robert (Bob) Turner, given by Judy Raaf.
  • In memory of Carolyn Olivier, given by Gwyn and Shirley Faile.
  • In memory of Caroline Feagley, given by Gwyn and Shirley Faile.

UPPER ROOM.  Upper Rooms (May-June) are now available.   If you would like a small or large print mailed to you, please email eumc@hiwaay.net or leave a message on the church answering machine 256-536-1559.   We will get one out to you early next week. 

VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL.   Mark your calendar for VBS this summer!   We will journey into the Wilderness, June 15th-18th, 9:30am-11:30am.  If you would like to volunteer to help, please contact Kelly.

NOTARY.  The church office now has the ability to notarize official documents.  This service is available to all church members, family, teachers, and MDO families.  If you need a document notarized, please contact Lynn at 256- 698-7258.  

BLESSING OF THE ANIMALS MINISTRY INITIATIVE.  There will be a initial planning meeting Sunday, Marth 29th after worship in the Homemakers Room. We will announce a new meeting time/date when pandemic precautions have been lifted.

BOTTLED WATER DRIVE.  The mission team will start collecting bottled water for the homeless community as soon as we return to our regular Sunday worship service.   If you need assistance bringing in the water, please contact the church office.  Donations may be left in the narthex coat area.

 PRAYER LIST.  Please take a moment to look over the prayer list.  If you placed a loved one or friend on the list and may now be removed, please notify the church office by email at lynn@epworthumc.net. The prayer list is in an image file to prevent names from being indexed in search engines.

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