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Worship Service

Fourth Sunday of Easter (April 25, 2021)

Service for the Worship of God

Today’s flowers are arranged by Anne Hobbs.

To learn more about today’s choir and organ music, click here for notes from Musical Director and Organist Dr. Steven Seigart.

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Prelude

Sheep May Safely Graze
J. S. Bach (1685‒1750), arr. Virgil Fox

Welcome
Dr. Robert R. Laha

The Lord be with you.
And also with you.
Let us worship God!

Preparing to Hear God’s Word

Call to Worship
The Edwards Family

We gather to worship the Good Shepherd,
who lays down his life for his sheep.
We gather to worship Jesus Christ,
who calls us to lay down our lives for others.
Easter people, Christ is risen!
Christ is risen indeed!

Hymn 394
Christ Is Made the Sure Foundation
westminster abbey

1. Christ is made the sure foundation,
Christ the head and cornerstone,
chosen of the Lord and precious,
binding all the church in one;
holy Zion’s help forever,
and our confidence alone.

2. To this temple, where we call you,
come, O Lord of hosts, and stay;
come, with all your loving-kindness;
hear your people as we pray,
and your fullest benediction
shed within these walls today.

3. Here bestow on all your servants
what they seek from you to gain;
what they gain from you, forever
with the blessed to retain;
and hereafter in your glory
evermore with you to reign.

4. Laud and honor to the Father,
laud and honor to the Son,
laud and honor to the Spirit,
ever three and ever one:
one in might and one in glory
while unending ages run!

Prayer of Confession
Dr. Robert R. Laha

O God, you have called us to love, not in speech, but in truth and action. You have laid down your life for us and commanded us to lay down our lives for one another. Still, O Lord, we offer empty thoughts and prayers when the world needs our hands and feet. Still, O Lord, we fail to share our lives with the world, hiding behind a myth of independence. Forgive us, we pray, and by your faithfulness, raise us to new life in you. Hear now the prayers we bring to you in silence …

Assurance of Pardon

God’s Word to Us

Anthem

The Lord is My Shepherd
—Will Todd (b. 1970)
Performed by the Meeting House Virtual Choir
Text from Psalm 23

Scripture Lesson
Mrs. Mary Pratt Perry
John 10:11‒18

Time with Children
The Cucinelli Family

Sermon
Dr. Robert R. Laha
“The Shepherd’s Way”

Our Response to God

Affirmation of Faith
Mrs. Noelle Castin
Adapted from A Declaration of Faith (1977)

We are certain Jesus lives. He lives as God with us, touching all of human life with the presence of God. Because he shares our humanity and has bound us to himself in love, we have an advocate in the innermost life of God.

We declare that Jesus is Lord. His resurrection is a decisive victory over the powers that deform and destroy life. His lordship is hidden. The world appears to be dominated by people and systems that do not acknowledge his rule. But his lordship is real. It demands our loyalty and sets us free from the fear of all lesser lords who threaten us. We maintain that ultimate sovereignty belongs to Jesus Christ in every sphere of life. Jesus is Lord! He has been Lord from the beginning. He will be Lord at the end. Even now he is Lord.

Invitation to Discipleship
Rev. Ann Herlin

Presentation of Our Tithes and Offerings

Prayers of the People and 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 debts, as we forgive our debtors; 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 182
I Heard the Voice of Jesus Say
kingsfold

1. I heard the voice of Jesus say,
“Come unto me and rest;
lay down, O weary one, lay down
your head upon my breast.”
I came to Jesus as I was,
so weary, worn, and sad;
I found in him a resting place,
and he has made me glad.

2. I heard the voice of Jesus say,
“Behold, I freely give
the living water, thirsty one;
stoop down and drink and live.”
I came to Jesus, and I drank
of that life-giving stream;
my thirst was quenched, my soul revived,
and now I live in him.

3. I heard the voice of Jesus say,
“I am this dark world’s light;
look unto me, your morn shall rise,
and all your day be bright.”
I looked to Jesus, and I found
in him my star, my sun;
and in that light of life I’ll walk
till traveling days are done.

Charge and Benediction
Dr. Robert R. Laha

Choral Response

Amen
—Richard Smallwood
Performed by the Meeting House Virtual Choir

Postlude

Redeemed
Fanny Crosby (1820‒1915), arr. Craig Curry (b. 1966)