Words of Welcome 1 Peter 2:19-25
Opening Song “Here in This Place” (Christopher Grundy)
Silence and Centering Prayer
Psalm Meditation (from Psalm 23, compiled by Carolyn Willey)
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The Lord is my Shepherd.
The Lord is my constant companion.
I shall not want.
There is no need He cannot fulfill.
He makes me lie down in green pastures; He leads me beside still waters; He restores my soul. He leads me in right paths for His Name’s sake.
Whether my course points to the mountaintops of glorious ecstasy or to the valleys of human suffering, God is by my side. God is ever present with me.
Even though I walk through the darkest valley, I fear no evil, for You are with me, Your rod and staff, they comfort me.
God is close beside me when I tread the dark streets of danger, and even when I flirt with death itself, God will not leave me. When the pain is severe, God is near to comfort.
You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies; You anoint my head with oil; My cup overflows.
When the burden is heavy God is there to lean upon. When depression darkens my soul, God touches me with eternal joy. When I feel empty and alone, God fills the aching vacuum with His power.
Surely, goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life, and I shall dwell in the house of the Lord my whole life long (and forever).
My security is in God’s promise to be near to me always, And in the knowledge that God will never let me go.
Moment for Formation Pastor Craig
Song “The Lord’s My Shepherd, I’ll Not Want”
Scripture Reading John 10:1-10 (NRSV)
Sermon “Don’t Listen to Thieves and Bandits” Pastor Craig
Song “Be Thou My Vision”
Prayers for Our World and One Another
Let us enter now into a time of prayer for one another and for our world. We will do what is called a Bidding Prayer. I will open, and then I will bid your prayers based around various categories. During the silence after each category is bid, I invite you to add your own prayers, either aloud or in silence. I will then close with a prayer, then the Lord’s Prayer. Let us be in prayer.
Let us pray now for all who are ill, in hospital or at home, especially those affected by cancer or COVID-19.
Let us pray now for all medical and emergency services personnel who are responding to the best of their abilities with the resources that they have at hand.
Let us pray now for all those who are hungry or food insecure, and for all community and religious efforts to provide food and shelter.
Let us pray for the leaders of nations around the world, not only regarding their response to this pandemic, but also that they may do everything possible to assure the health and welfare of their citizens.
Let us pray for our friends, family, and neighbors for their health and well-being.
Let us also express our thanks to God for the expressions of love and caring that we have witnessed in our families, communities, and world.
Let us express our gratitude for life and the myriad things that gladden our hearts.
These prayers, spoken aloud or in silence, we lift into the universal embrace of the One who is Love, and we make them in the name of the One who showed us what Love looks like in the flesh, Jesus Christ our Lord, and we now join our voices in the prayer he taught us, saying:
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 and the power and the glory forever. Amen
Prayer Response “Leaning In” (by Christopher Grundy)
May the Lord bless you and keep you,
May the Lord unbind you and set you free.
May the Lord shine light upon your path,
And illuminate the Way of Christ before you.
Pdf of today’s worship service: https://umcgrove.org/worship/5-3-20-online-wo…ite-version-cgjc/
Pdf of today’s sermon: 5-3-20 Don’t Listen to Thieves and Bandits