• Glebe Road United Church

Sunday Worship -- May 8, 4th Sunday of Easter



We Gather Together


Musical Prelude


Announcements


Promise of Divine Welcome


Call to Worship:


One: Celebrate our God, from the plains to the mountains!

All: Celebrate our God, from the waters and hills.


One: Sing to our God who designed creation.

All: Fill the air with song to the One who painted the world with love.


One: Let us praise our God, the author of grace.

All: Let us worship our God, the composer of joy.


Lighting of the Christ Candle


𝆕 Song: Open Your Hearts

Open your hearts to the light of God’s presence,

We will walk in the light,

we will walk in the light.


Listening in the Light of Reconciliation


Opening Hymn: Joyful, Joyful We Adore You, VU 232


Joyful, joyful we adore you, God of glory, life and love;

hearts unfold like flowers before you, opening to the sun above.

Melt the clouds of sin and sadness, drive the gloom of doubt away;

giver of immortal gladness, fill us with the light of day.


All your works with joy surround you, earth and heaven reflect your rays,

stars and angels sing around you, centre of unbroken praise.

Field and forest, vale and mountain, flowery meadow, flashing sea,

chanting bird and flowing fountain, sound their praise eternally.


You are giving and forgiving, ever blessing, ever blest,

wellspring of the joy of living, ocean depth of happy rest!

Source of grace and fount of blessing, let your light upon us shine;

teach us how to love each other, lift us to the joy divine.


Opening Prayer


Invitation to Confession (a moment of silence)


𝆕Song: Listen, God Is Calling, MV 97


Listen God is calling, through the Word inviting,

offering forgiveness, comfort, and joy. (2X)


Prayer of Confession


One: We have seen the face of the Risen Christ: bewildered, angry, despairing,

among those who have suffered loss.

All: Where we have failed to recognize Christ, forgive us.


One: We have seen the face of the Risen Christ: worried, unsure, lacking confidence,

downhearted, among those close to us.

All: Where we have failed to recognize Christ, forgive us.


One: We have seen the face of the Risen Christ: discouraged, powerless, defeated,

among the disadvantaged of our world.

All: Where we have failed to recognize Christ, forgive us.


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.


Children’s Hymn: Sing a Happy Hallelujah, VU 224


Sing a happy hallelujah, sing it out with heart and style,

we’re the echo of God’s laughter, we’re the image of God’s smile.

Hallelujah, all creation,hallelujah everyone!

Hallelujah, all creation, hallelujah everyone!


We’re the proof of God’s good humour, we’re the twinkle in God’s eye,

made to shine, reflect the glory, given light and space to fly.

Hallelujah, all creation,hallelujah everyone!

Hallelujah, all creation, hallelujah everyone!


Every day sing hallelujah! We are loved, though so absurd,

human, foolish, chosen people, God still takes us at our word!

Hallelujah, all creation,hallelujah everyone!

Hallelujah, all creation, hallelujah everyone!


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 148, with Response: Let the whole creation cry:

“Glory be to God on high.”


Praise God from the heavens; give praise in the heights!

Give praise, all you angels; praise God, all you hosts!

Praise God, sun and moon; give praise, stars and lights!

Praise God, farthest heavens, and all waters beyond heaven!R


Let all things praise the Holy One at whose command they were created,

who established them for all time, setting bounds, which cannot be passed.

Praise God from the earth, great sea creatures and ocean depths,

lightning and hail, snow and frost, gales that obey God’s decree,

all mountains and hills, all fruit trees and cedars,

wild animals and cattle, creatures winged and earth-bound,

sovereigns who rule earth and its people,

all who govern and judge this world,

young men and women alike,

old people and children together! R


Let all things praise the name of God,

the name above every other, whose splendour covers heaven and earth.

You give strength to your people, songs of praise to your faithful,

to Israel, the people dear to your heart. R



Acts 11:1-18


Now the apostles and the believers who were in Judea heard that the Gentiles had also accepted the word of God. So when Peter went up to Jerusalem, the circumcised believers criticized him, saying, ‘Why did you go to uncircumcised men and eat with them?’ Then Peter began to explain it to them, step by step, saying, ‘I was in the city of Joppa praying, and in a trance I saw a vision. There was something like a large sheet coming down from heaven, being lowered by its four corners; and it came close to me. As I looked at it closely I saw four-footed animals, beasts of prey, reptiles, and birds of the air. I also heard a voice saying to me, “Get up, Peter; kill and eat.” But I replied, “By no means, Lord; for nothing profane or unclean has ever entered my mouth.” But a second time the voice answered from heaven, “What God has made clean, you must not call profane.” This happened three times; then everything was pulled up again to heaven. At that very moment three men, sent to me from Caesarea, arrived at the house where we were. The Spirit told me to go with them and not to make a distinction between them and us. These six brothers also accompanied me, and we entered the man’s house. He told us how he had seen the angel standing in his house and saying, “Send to Joppa and bring Simon, who is called Peter; he will give you a message by which you and your entire household will be saved.” And as I began to speak, the Holy Spirit fell upon them just as it had upon us at the beginning. And I remembered the word of the Lord, how he had said, “John baptized with water, but you will be baptized with the Holy Spirit.” If then God gave them the same gift that he gave us when we believed in the Lord Jesus Christ, who was I that I could hinder God?’ When they heard this, they were silenced. And they praised God, saying, ‘Then God has given even to the Gentiles the repentance that leads to life.’


Sermon: “Between Them and Us”


Hymn: Deep in Our Hearts, MV 154


Deep in our hearts there is a common vision;

deep in our hearts there is a common song;

deep in our hearts there is a common story,

telling Creation that we are one.


Deep in our hearts there is a common purpose;

deep in our hearts there is a common goal;

deep in our hearts there is a sacred message,

justice and peace in harmony.


Deep in our hearts there is a common longing;

deep in our hearts there is a common theme;

deep in our hearts there is a common current,

flowing to freedom like a stream.


Deep in our hearts there is a common vision;

deep in our hearts there is a common song;

deep in our hearts there is a common story,

telling Creation that we are one.


Invitation to the Offering


Offertory Music


We Pray


Prayers of the People


Poem: A Time to Talk by Robert Frost


When a friend calls to me from the road

And slows his horse to a meaning walk,

I don’t stand still and look around

On all the hills I haven’t hoed,

And shout from where I am, What is it?

No, not as there is a time to talk.

I thrust my hoe in the mellow ground,

Blade-end up and five feet tall,

And plod: I go up to the stone wall

For a friendly visit.


Closing Hymn: The Church’s One Foundation, VU 331


The church’s one foundation is Jesus Christ our Lord;

we are his new creation by water and the Word;

from heaven he came and sought us that we might ever be

his living servant people, by his own death set free.


Called forth from every nation, yet one o’er all the earth;

one charter of salvation: one Lord, one faith, one birth.

One holy name professing and at one table fed,

to one hope always pressing, by Christ’s own Spirit led.


Mid toil and tribulation, and tumult of our war,

we wait the consummation of peace forevermore;

till with the vision glorious our longing eyes are blest,

and the great church victorious shall be the church at rest.


We now on earth have union with God the Three in One,

and share through faith communion with those whose rest is won.

Oh, happy ones, and holy! Lord, give us grace that we

like them, the meek and lowly, on high may dwell with thee.


Commissioning:


One: As the week begins again,

All: Let us dance as we celebrate God’s presence.


One: Go sing as you proclaim Christ’s love.

All: We will create as we embrace the Spirit’s vision.


One: Go and love boldly, care radically, and share courageously

All: We will glorify the Spirit of God in our midst.


Benediction


𝆕 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.


Postlude

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