Today’s guest speaker is CRE Nellie Baker.
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Gathering Around the World
Prelude Music Director Robert Senay
Choir Introit “The God of Abraham, Praise”
Call to Worship from Psalm 150
L: Christ is Risen!
P: Christ is risen indeed!
L: Alleluia!! Celebrate God in this sacred space!
Celebrate God in all places under heaven!
P: Give praise for God’s mighty deeds!
Give praise for God’s resurrecting power!
L: Praise God with a fanfare of trumpets!
P: Praise God with the harp and the cello!
L: Praise God with tambourines and dancing!
P: Praise God with flutes and guitars!
L: Praise God with cymbals and drums!
ALL: Let everything with life and breath praise God!
Prayer of Invocation: Nellie Baker CRE
God of all our beginnings, may this day and every day begin with our praise to You. Let every breath become a witness to Your Spirit, dwelling within and among us. Open our hearts to receive your saving gifts. Loosen our tongues to proclaim your unsurpassed greatness. May the noise of our celebration help your people to sense Your people to sense Your powerful presence and to claim the joy of serving You, in Christ’s name we pray. Amen
Hymn “Morning has broken” 5
PRAYER OF CONFESSION from John 20:19-27
forgive God of the empty tomb and our hearts, when we are afraid to speak our faith in the world, forgive us and help us to find our voice. When we are afraid to forgive and to love again, forgive us and give is the power to forgive. When we are afraid to stand up to misguided authority, join with the weak to make us all strong. When we are confined by our hurts, touch us with Your wounded hands and set us free. When we are locked behind our doubts and fears pass through our barricades, open our hearts, and give us peace. Amen.
Assurance of Pardon
*Passing the Peace
L: The peace of the Lord Jesus Christ be with you.
P: And also, with you.
Response – Gloria Patri
Prayer for Illumination
Scripture reading: John 20: 19-31
Jesus Appears to His Disciples
L: The Word of the Lord
P: Thanks be to God
Sermon “Prove it”
Hymn “Fairest Lord Jesus” 240
*Apostles Creed (found inside the back cover of the hymnal)
Presentation of our tithes and offering
Choir Anthem Organ Solo Robert Senay
Doxology (Hymnal page 382)
Prayer of dedication
Concerns and Celebrations
Prayers of the People Nellie Baker CRE
The Lord’s Prayer
Hymn “Be thou my vision” 468
Choir Postlude “God be with us till we meet again.”
BIRTHDAYS Eric Jackson, Melia King, Levi Miller, Shirley Taggart, Lucy Kime, Dave Diesel, Debbie Jochynek
ANNIVERSARIES Rick & Marlene McFeely, Christoper & Kathy Marton
JOYS AND CONCERNS
Prayers for our soldiers that have been deployed to help overseas and pray for the Ukraine people.
Continued Prayers for Susan Shrively, Melissa Pedigo, Aaron Blake, Chuck Dicks, June and Keith McGill, Tim Knabenshue, Frank Huffman, Tom Westfall, Mary Ann Durila, Elaine Belcascro, Sandy Stone, Diane Bednarski, Matt Petrola, Laura Davis, Nancy Hepinger, Betsy Masrtin, Ed Horne, Sarah Wilson, Robin Dirila, Bill Poland, Amy Ward, the Warlow Family, Pat Haggerty, Nancy Youmans, Jean Westfall, Don Cunningham, Carl, Vicky Byers, Betty Fisher, Billie Wilson, Haley Diedier and Casey Jenkins.
Remember our Food Collection. And Jesus said, “You give them something to eat.” Mark 6: 37
Please let Betty Fisher know if you are aware of anyone within the community that may be in need at this time.
Washington Presbytery Mission Outreach Committee would like congregations/individuals to participate in the creation of “Deployment Bags” for soldiers being deployed overseas. Information on this program and what to put in the bags is on the table in the back if you would like to participate.
A time of sharing fellowship; A Daughter’s Tea will be held at 2:00 PM Saturday, May 21st. There is a list on the table in the back of the sanctuary if you would like to attend. Please sign your name and how many you might bring with you. The committee would like to know an approximate number so they can continue planning for this time together.
SESSION HIGHLIGHTS FOR APRIL
At it’s April meeting session voted to purchase new hymnals for the church. Our current hymnal, “Hymn for the Family of God,” has served us well for many years. Published in 1976, however, it is not a specifically Presbyterian hymnal and many of our copies have become worn or torn. In more recent years the Presbyterian Church USA published a hymnal titled “Glory to God,” which contains both traditional and modern songs. It also features worship aids and liturgies for services throughout the Christian year.
The hymnals are possible because of a generous donation from the McAllister family, who will be honored on the inside cover of each hymnal.
Members may also make contributions toward the purchase of the hymnals in honor of loved ones. Donations should be made in increments of $18, the cost of each hymnal, and each contribution will also be noted on the inside covers. The hymnals are expected to arrive in the next few weeks.
The session also voted to present our new corporate bylaws at a congregational meeting, which is set for May 29. The bylaws are important and necessary to keep our congregation in compliance with state law.
The session is also in the process of updating our active members list and inviting all those who got out of the habit of attending worship in person during the pandemic to return to the sanctuary. Our church had two wonderful and well-attended Services on Easter a well as an Easter breakfast between services. We look for this to be the beginning of a long-awaited return to the worship and fellowship traditions that we love and that have made us a vital community of faith for so long.
We are a small, rural Presbyterian church in southwestern Pennsylvania.