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Bulletin for April 8, 2018
Morningside Staff
 

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WORSHIP APRIL 8 2018
11 A.M. WORSHIP

 

THE GATHERING  Rev. Dr. Baron Mullis 

Leader: The Lord be with you. 

People: And also with you. 

 

THE PRELUDE  Welcome, Happy Morning  Setting by Wilbur Held 

Rev. Dr. Jonathan Crutchfield, organist 

 

*THE CALL TO WORSHIP 

Leader: How good and pleasant it is when God's people live together in unity! 

People: It is as if the dew were falling on God's mountain. 

Leader: For there the Lord bestows his blessing, even life forevermore. 

People: How very good and pleasant it is when kindred live together in unity! 

Leader: Let us worship our God together. - Psalm 133 

 

*THE PROCESSIONAL HYMN 104  Christ is Risen! Shout Hosanna!  HYMN TO JOY 

 

THE CALL TO CONFESSION 

 

THE PRAYER OF CONFESSION 

God of mercy, we come celebrating our unity, but we confess the many ways that we are divided. Too often we allow our differences to obscure the common calling we share in Christ’s name. Forgive our tendency toward separation and division, and remind us that we are your Easter people. Open our eyes to see the many signs of your love for us. Lead us from self-interest to love of neighbor, so we may build communities that witness to your love. Amen. 

 

A MOMENT OF SILENCE (for examination of conscience and personal prayers of confession) 

 

THE ASSURANCE OF PARDON 

Leader: If anyone does sin, we have an advocate with God in Jesus, who is perfectly righteous. 

People: Christ is the atoning sacrifice for our sins, and not for ours only but also for the sins of the whole world. 

Leader: Believe the good news! 

People: In Jesus Christ, we are forgiven. 

 

*THE CONGREGATIONAL RESPONSE (Hymn 113) 

Lives again our glorious King: Alleluia! Where, O death, is now your sting? Alleluia! Jesus died, our souls to save; Alleluia! Where your victory, O grave? Alleluia! 

 

*THE PASSING OF THE PEACE 

Leader: The peace of the Lord Jesus Christ be with you all! 

People: And also with you. 

 

THE CONCERNS OF THE CHURCH 

(Visitors and members are invited to sign the blue friendship register pad and pass it down the pew.) 

 

THE ANTHEM  Honor and Glory  J.S. Bach 

Megan Mashburn, Shannan O’Dowd, sopranos; Nan Nowell, alto; 

Alex Masten, tenor; Brandon Odom, baritone 

Honor and glory be to God in the highest. Hallelujah! 

 

THE GOSPEL LESSON  John 20:19-31  (page 108 in the pew Bible, NT) 

 

THE SERMON  “The Thomas Question”  Rev. Dr. Baron Mullis 

 

THE HYMN 119  The Strife Is O’er  VICTORY 

 

*THE AFFIRMATION OF FAITH AND THE LORD’S PRAYER 

We believe in the triune God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit, who gathers, protects and cares for the church through Word and Spirit. This, God has done since the beginning of the world and will do to the end. We believe in one holy, universal Christian church, the communion of saints called from the entire human family. We believe that God's lifegiving Word and Spirit has conquered the powers of sin and death, and therefore also of irreconciliation and hatred, bitterness and enmity, that God's lifegiving Word and Spirit will enable the church to live in a new obedience which can open new possibilities of life for society and the world. To the one and only God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit be the honor and the glory for ever and ever. – The Confession of Belhar, adapted 

 

THE PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE AND 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. 

 

THE OFFERTORY  Fanfare  Jacques Lemmens 

 

*THE DOXOLOGY AND PRAYER OF DEDICATION  OLD HUNDREDTH 

Praise God, from whom all blessings flow. Praise God, all creatures here below. Praise God above, ye heavenly host. Praise Father, Son, and Holy Ghost. Amen. 

 

*THE HYMN  In Times of Great Decision  AURELIA 

1. In times of great decision, be with us, God, we pray! Give each of us a vision of Jesus’ loving way. When louder words seem endless and other voices sure, remind us of your promise: your love and truth endure. 

2. O God, who’s gifts are countless, you send us bearing peace. You fill our dreams with justice for all communities. You give us global neighbors that all may justly live. May those we choose as leaders reflect the life you give. 

3. O God, you bridged the distance; you opened wide your door. You call us by our presence to reach and serve the poor. You teach us: welcome strangers! Seek justice on the earth! May those we choose as leaders see every person’s worth. 

4. You call on every nation to put aside all greed, to care for your creation and for your ones in need, to care for those in prison, for children, for the ill. In times of great decision, may we choose leaders well. 

 

*THE CHARGE AND BENEDICTION 

 

*THE CHORAL RESPONSE  Amen  Joseph Roff 

 

THE POSTLUDE  Improvisation  Jonathan Crutchfield 

 

*(The asterisk indicates parts of the worship when the congregation is invited to stand as they are able.

 
 
Last Published: April 22, 2018 7:52 PM