Bulletin – April 3, 2011

GATHERING

GREETING

Lord, you have been our dwelling place in all generations.

From everlasting to everlasting, you are God.

ANNOUNCEMENTS

PRELUDE                                                                              Patty Bell

*PRAISE MUSIC: “Jesus, Keep Me Near The Cross”          UMH 301

LITANY

Call: The people walking in darkness have seen a great light. On those living in the land of the shadow of death, a light has dawned.

Response: May Christ shine on us.

Call: He redeemed our souls from going down to the pit, and we will live to enjoy the light.

Response: May Christ shine on us.

Call: For once you were darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Live as children of light.

Response: May Christ shine on us.

Based on Isaiah 9:2: Job 33:28; Matthew 5:14; Ephesians 5:8,14.

OPENING PRAYER

Leader: Dear heavenly Father, our hearts ache. We are weary and worn. So, as

we gather together today, we are reminded of the sweet words of the psalmist.

And we pray together:

All: The Lord is my Shepherd, I shall not want. He makes me lie down in green pastures; he leads me beside quiet waters; he restores my soul.

He guides me in paths of righteousness for his name’s sake. Even though I walk through the Valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me. You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies. You anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows. Surely goodness and love will follow me all he days of my life, and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever. Amen.

—based on Psalm 23

HYMN:    “Lord, Whose Love Through Humble Service”     UMH 581

TIME WITH THE YOUTH

PROCLAIMING GOD’S WORD

PRAYER OF ILLUMINATION

Lord, open our hearts and minds by the power of your Holy Spirit,

that, as the Scriptures are read and your Word proclaimed,

we may hear with joy what you say to us today.

O Lord, our Rock and our Redeemer. Amen.

EPISTLE LESSON:       Ephesians 5:8-14                     PB, pg. 183NT

THE MESSAGE:                                                           Pastor Vicki Lerdahl

*HYMN RESPONSE:        “Just As I Am”                               UMH 357

PRAYERS AND OFFERING

PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE: Joys and Concerns

PASTORAL PRAYER

RECEIVING OUR OFFERING

* PRESENTATION OF OUR OFFERING

“Open Our Eyes, Lord”                                         Renew 91

COMMUNION AND SENDING FORTH

COFESSION AND PARDON                                                UMH 12

THE GREAT THANKSGIVING                                            UMH 13

THE LORD’S PRAYER                                                                   UMH 14

*CIRCLE SONG:          “Turn Your Eyes Upon Jesus”                   UMH 349

Turn your eyes upon Jesus, look full in His wonderful face, and the things of earth will grow strangely dim in the light of His glory and grace.

*BLESSING

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Bulletin and sermon used by permission from Homiletics.

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