• Glebe Road United Church

Sunday Worship -- May 15, 5th Sunday of Easter

We Gather Together

Musical Prelude: Sheep May Safely Graze by J. S. Bach


Promise of Divine Welcome

𝆕 Centering Song: Spirit, Open My Heart, MV 79


Spirit, open my heart to the joy and pain of living.

As you love may I love, in receiving and in giving,

Spirit, open my heart.

Write your love upon my heart as my law, my goal, my story.

In each thought, word, and deed, may my living bring you glory.


Call to Worship:

One: We gather once more as a great multitude,

From various peoples and places, we’ve come.

All: Blessing and glory, wisdom, and thanksgiving,

Honor and power be to our God.

One: We gather once more to shout “Alleluia!”

Salvation belongs to the Holy One.

All: Blessing and glory, wisdom, and thanksgiving,

Honor and power be to our God.

One: We gather to worship day and night

The one who guides us to the springs of life.

All: Blessing and glory, wisdom, and thanksgiving,

Honor and power be to our God.

Lighting of the Christ Candle

Listening in the Light of Reconciliation

Opening Hymn: Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring, 328

Jesu, joy of our desiring, holy wisdom, love most bright;

drawn by you, our souls aspiring soar to uncreated light.

Word of God, our flesh that fashioned, with the fire of life impassioned,

striving still to truth unknown, soaring, dying round your throne.

Through the way where hope is guiding, hark, what peaceful music rings;

where the flock, in you confiding, drink of joy from deathless springs.

Theirs is beauty’s fairest pleasure; theirs is wisdom’s holiest treasure.

You, forever, lead your own in the love of joys unknown.

Opening Prayer

Invitation to Confession

𝆕 Song: Listen, God Is Calling, MV 97

Listen God is calling, through the Word inviting,

offering forgiveness, comfort, and joy.

Prayer of Confession

Invitation to Confession

One: God, we confess that we often let hopelessness

have too much power over our lives.

All: In the face of crisis, our faith has frequently faltered.

One: In the midst of calamity, our fearlessness has faded.

All: In the presence of tribulation, our worry has weakened

our ability to act justly.

One: Help our unbelief, O God!

All: Bring us back to you, Great Redeemer.

One: Remind us of the unfailing treasure that is in your love

and care for all of creation—

All: For your grace is sufficient, from the valley of death

to the tables you’ve prepared for us.

One: Embolden us, again, and revive our spirits.

All: Amen.

Words of Assurance

𝆕 Song: Behold, I Make All Things New, MV 115

Behold, behold, I make all things new,

beginning with you and starting from today.

Behold, behold, I make all things new,

my promise is true, for I am Christ the way.

Choral Anthem: The Lord Is My Shepherd by Allen Pote

Children’s Hymn: I Can Feel You Near Me, God, MV 48

I can feel you near me, God, I can feel you near;

yes, I know you’re with me, God, I feel you here.

I can feel you near me, God, I can feel you near;

yes, I know you’re with me, God; Heaven is here.


And I’ll jump for joy, I’m singing Alleluia,

jump for joy for you.

I will jump for joy, I’m singing Alleluia,

jump for joy for you.(2X)

I can feel you loving me, yes, I know you care;

God, I know you’re loving me always everywhere.

I can feel you loving me, yes, I know you care;

God, I know you’re loving me; I know you’re there.

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, the power, and the glory

forever and ever. Amen.

Children’s Prayer:

God, be in my eyes and in my looking.

God, be in my ears and in my listening.

God, be in my mouth and in my speaking.

God, be in my heart and in my understanding. Amen.

God Calls and We Respond to the Word

Psalm 23: The Lord’s My Shepherd, VU 747

The Lord’s my Shepherd, I’ll not want; he makes me down to lie

in pastures green; he leadeth me, the quiet waters by.

My soul he doth restore again; and me to walk doth make

within the paths of righteousness, even for his own name’s sake.

Yea, though I walk in death’s dark vale, yet will I fear no ill;

for thou art with me; and thy rod and staff me comfort still.

My table thou has furnished in presence of my foes;

my head thou dost with oil anoint, and my cup overflows.

Goodness and mercy all my life shall surely follow me,

and in God’s house for evermore my dwelling-place shall be.

John 10:22-30

At that time the festival of the Dedication took place in Jerusalem. It was winter, and Jesus was walking in the temple, in the portico of Solomon. So the Judeans gathered around him and said to him, ‘How long will you keep us in suspense? If you are the Messiah, tell us plainly.’ Jesus answered, ‘I have told you, and you do not believe. The works that I do in my Father’s name testify to me; but you do not believe, because you do not belong to my sheep. My sheep hear my voice. I know them, and they follow me. I give them eternal life, and they will never perish. No one will snatch them out of my hand. What my Father has given me is greater than all, and no one can snatch it out of the Father’s hand. The Father and I are one.’

Sermon: Eternal Sheep

Hymn: Great Shepherd of Your People, VU 398 (to the tune of ”Belmont”)

Great Shepherd of your people, hear! your presence now display;

as you have given a place for prayer, so give us hearts to pray.

Within these walls let holy peace and love and friendship dwell;

here give the troubled conscience ease, the wounded spirit heal.

May we in faith receive your word, in faith present our prayers;

and in the presence of our God unburden all our cares.

The hearing ear, the seeing eye, the contrite heart bestow;

and shine upon us from on high, that we in grace may grow.

Invitation to the Offering

Offertory Music: “Domine Deus” from Gloria by Antonio Vivaldi

performed by Melanie Conly, soprano

Doxology: Grant Us, God, the Grace, VU 540

Grant us, God, the grace of giving,

with a spirit large and free,

that ourselves and all our living

we may offer faithfully.

We Pray

Prayers of the People

𝆕 Song: God, Enfold Us

God, enfold us in your heart,

and keep us safe, keep us whole,

keep us in the palm of your hand.

Poem: Love by Czeslaw Milosz, trans. Robert Hass

Love means to learn to look at yourself

The way one looks at distant things

For you are only one thing among many.

And whoever sees that way heals his heart,

Without knowing it, from various ills.

A bird and a tree say to him: Friend.

Then he wants to use himself and things

So that they stand in the glow of ripeness.

It doesn't matter whether he knows what he serves:

Who serves best doesn't always understand.

Closing Hymn: God, Make Us Servants of Your Peace, VU 676

God, make us servants of your peace:

where there is hate, may we sow love;

where there is hurt, may we forgive;

where there is strife, may we make one.

Where all is doubt, may we sow faith;

where all is gloom, may we sow hope;

where all is night, may we sow light;

where all is tears, may we sow joy.

May we not look for love’s return,

but seek to love unselfishly.

For in our giving we receive,

and in forgiving are forgiven.

Dying, we live and are reborn

through death’s dark night to endless day;

God, make us servants of your peace

to wake at last in heaven’s light.


One: Go forth knowing that you are led and sheltered by God.

All: God never leaves nor forsakes us even in the bleakest valley.

One: Go in God, hunger and thirst no more.

All: The peace that surpasses all understanding abides with us,

now and forever!


𝆕 Song: I Am Walking A Path of Peace, MV 221

I am walking a path of peace; (3x)

lead me home, lead me home.

I am walking a path of hope; (3x)

lead me home, lead me home.


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