Todays Bulletin

Sunday, April 14
9:30 a.m. Worship Service

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PRELUDE

Christ Jesus Lay in Death’s Strong Bands
Johann Sebastian Bach

Chorale in A Minor
César Franck


INTROIT
“Clap Your Hands”
Sally Albrecht

Clap your hands all ye mighty people; shout unto the earth. Clap your hands all ye mighty people; sing out with joy and clap your hands! Let the seas roar; let the rivers clap their hands; let the mountains sing out for joy!


DOXOLOGY
Praise God, from whom all blessings flow; praise God, all creatures here below; praise God above, ye heavenly host; Creator, Christ, and Holy Ghost. Amen.


CALL TO WORSHIP AND PRAYER
One: Let us sing of God’s steadfast love forever!
All: We proclaim God’s faithfulness to all generations!
One:God’s steadfast love is established forever;
All: God’s faithfulness is as firm as the heavens.
One: Righteousness and justice are the foundation of God’s throne;
All: steadfast love and faithfulness go before our God.


HYMN
“In Christ Called to Baptize”


In Christ called to baptize, we witness to grace and gather a people from each land and race.
In deep, flowing waters, we share in Christ’s death, then, rising to new life, give thanks with each breath.


In Christ called to banquet, one table we share, a haven of welcome, a circle of care. Although we are many, we share in one bread. One cup of thanksgiving proclaims Christ, our head.


In Christ called to witness, by grace we will preach the life-giving gospel; God’s love we will teach.
By grace may our living give proof to our praise in costly compassion reflecting Christ’s ways.


Unite us, anoint us, O Spirit of love, for you are within us, around us, above. Equip us for service with gifts you bestow. In Christ is our calling. In Christ may we grow.


PRAYER OF CONFESSION
God of hope, God of joy, God of life, we come to you as a people hungry for good news. We have been so dead to miracles that we have missed the hope you have promised us.

We have preoccupied ourselves with small things and have overlooked the true joy you offer each one of us. We have been so concerned with making a living that we miss the new life you have given to us.

Forgive us, gracious God. Open our eyes and our minds to receive your promises, and open our hearts and hands to share them freely. We pray this in the name of Christ, our risen Lord. Amen. 


DECLARATION OF PARDON
One: Friends, believe the good news.
All: In Jesus Christ, we are forgiven.


SHARING THE PEACE OF CHRIST
Leader: The peace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all.
People: And also with you.

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WELCOME AND ANNOUNCEMENTS


THE SACRAMENT OF BAPTISM


PRAYER FOR ILLUMINATION


ANTHEM

“Ubi Caritas”
Ola Gjello

Where charity and love are, God is there. The love of Christ has gathered us together. Let us rejoice and be glad in it. Let us revere and love the living God, and from a sincere heart let us love one another. Amen.


PSALTER
Psalm 133

One: The Word of God for the people of God.
All: Thanks be to God.


GLORIA PATRI
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.


SCRIPTURE READING
Acts 9:36–43
One: The grass withers, and the flower fades,
All: but the word of our God shall stand forever.


SERMON
“The Miracle of Kindness”
Tom Are Jr.


HYMN
“For All the Faithful Women”


For all the faithful women who served in days of old, to you shall thanks be given; to all, their story told. They served with strength and gladness in tasks your wisdom gave. To you their lives bore witness, proclaimed your power to save.


We praise your name for Miriam, who sang triumphantly while Pharaoh’s vaunted army lay drowned beneath the sea; for Ruth, who left her homeland and ventured forth in faith, who pledged to serve and worship Naomi’s God till death.


We sing of busy Martha, who toiled with pot and pan while Mary sat in silence to hear the word again. We praise the other Mary, who hastened to the tomb and found her Lord arisen, dispelling doubt and gloom.


Lord, hear our praise of Dorcas, who served the sick and poor. Her hands were cups of kindness, her heart an open door. O God, for saints and servants, our fervent prayer we raise, that, faithful in your service, our lives may sing your praise.


CONFIRMATION


AFFIRMATION OF FAITH
We are not alone, we live in God’s world.

We believe in God: who has created and is creating, who has come in Jesus, the Word made flesh, to reconcile and make new, who works in us and others by the Spirit.
We trust in God.

We are called to be the Church: to celebrate God’s presence, to live with respect in Creation, to love and serve others, to seek justice and resist evil, to proclaim Jesus, crucified and risen, our judge and our hope. In life, in death, in life beyond death, God is with us.

We are not alone. Thanks be to God. Amen.


PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE


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.


OFFERING

Gifts supporting the ministry and mission of Fourth Church can be made online


OFFERTORY ANTHEM
“Take My Life, That I May Be”
Aaron David Miller
Take my life, that I may be consecrated, Lord, to thee; take my moments and my days, let them flow in ceaseless praise. Take my silver and my gold, not a mite would I withhold; take my intellect, and use every power as thou shalt choose. Take my voice and let me sing always, only, for my King; take my lips and let them be filled with messages from thee. Take my hands and let them move at the impulse of thy love; take my feet and let them be swift and beautiful for thee. Take my will and make it thine; it shall be no longer mine. Take my heart, it is thine own; it shall be thy royal throne. Take my love, my Lord, I pour at thy feet its treasure store; take myself, and I will be, ever, only, all for thee.


OFFERTORY RESPONSE
Christ has arisen, alleluia. Rejoice and praise him, alleluia. For our redeemer burst from the tomb, even from death, dispelling its gloom. Let us sing praise to him with endless joy. Death’s fearful sting he has come to destroy. Our sins forgiving, alleluia! Jesus is living, alleluia!


PRAYER OF DEDICATION
Holy God, we thank you for the abundant generosity, love, and kindness that you have showered on us. Receive now our offerings, that your love and grace may be expanded through our ministries of service, kindness, and justice. Amen.


HYMN
“Come, Great God of All the Ages”


Come, great God of all the ages; make your earthly mission known; speak through every deed and person; let your way and will be shown. Guide the church to true commitment; give direction now, we ask; fit us for the work of building; dedicate us to the task.


Come, Christ Jesus, flesh and spirit, sure foundation, cornerstone; help us form the church eternal; may your vision be our own. Send a message to each follower; lead all people to your way; urge us to strong faith and action as we build the church today.


Come, great Spirit, in and with us, tune our ears to hear your call; through the moving of your presence, let redeeming love recall ministry in dedication, love embodied in our deeds; challenge us to do your bidding, see your purpose, fill all needs.


Come, O come, in celebration, household of the one true God; in commitment and rejoicing let us go where Christ has trod; as we act in faith and reverence, let us, Lord, the future see; place us in the church triumphant, now and for eternity.


CHARGE AND BENEDICTION


POSTLUDE
Regal Parade
Tim Knight


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