Worship Service

Fifth Sunday of Easter (May 2, 2021)

Service for the Worship of God

Art: Mosaic by Kathy Thaden (via; more information available at

The flowers today (arranged by Pamela Vetrini) are given to the glory of God and in memory of her parents, Richard and Elizabeth Shaw, and her brother, Chris Shaw, by Dottie Shaw.

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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Trio in D-flat Major, Op. 189, No. 1
Josef Rheinberger (1839‒1901)

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 Drumwright Family

We come together to praise and worship God,
the one who created us for love.
We come together to worship the true vine,
the one in whose love we abide.
Easter people, Christ is risen!
Christ is risen indeed!

Hymn 485
We Know That Christ Is Raised

1. We know that Christ is raised and dies no more.
Embraced by death, he broke its fearful hold,
and our despair he turned to blazing joy.

2. We share by water in his saving death.
Reborn, we share with him an Easter life
as living members of a living Christ.

3. The Father’s splendor clothes the Son with life.
The Spirit’s power shakes the church of God.
Baptized, we live with God, the Three in One.

4. A new creation comes to life and grows
as Christ’s new body takes on flesh and blood.
The universe, restored and whole, will sing:

Prayer of Confession
Rev. Ann Herlin

O Christ, you are the true vine, and you have made us your branches. In your grace, we find strength, and in your love, we are set free. Forgive us when we do not live as people who have been freed, when we act as if the Easter story did not turn the world upside down. Forgive us when we do not live as people who are your branches, when we forget that we are rooted in you and bound to one another by your Spirit. Forgive us and teach us to abide in you. Hear now the prayers we bring to you in silence …

Assurance of Pardon

God’s Word to Us


Abendlied (“Bleib bei uns”)
—Josef Rheinberger
Performed by the Meeting House Virtual Choir
Translation: Abide with us, for evening shadows darken, and the day will soon be over.
Text from Luke 24:29

Scripture Lesson
Mrs. Noelle Castin
John 15:1‒11

Time with Children
The Brewer Family

Dr. Robert R. Laha
“Abiding in Christ”

Our Response to God

Affirmation of Faith
Mrs. Mary Pratt Perry
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. Katherine A. Stanford

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 316
Where Charity and Love Prevail

1. Where charity and love prevail,
there God is ever found;
brought here together by Christ’s love,
by love we thus are bound

2. Let us recall that in our midst
dwells Christ, God’s holy Son.
As members of each body joined,
in him we are made one.

3. Let strife among us be unknown;
let all contentions cease.
Be God’s the glory that we seek;
be his our only peace.

4. Let us forgive each other’s faults
as we our own confess,
that we may love each other well
in Christian gentleness.

5. Love can exclude no race or creed
if honored be God’s name;
our common life embraces all
whose Maker is the same.

Charge and Benediction
Dr. Robert R. Laha

Choral Response

—Richard Smallwood
Performed by the Meeting House Virtual Choir


“March” from Progressive Pedal Studies
George Whitefield Chadwick (1854‒1931)