Worship Bulletin – May 6, 2018

Worship Bulletin – May 6, 2018

FIRST CONGREGATIONAL CHURCH

WELCOME TO OLDTOWN
North Attleborough, MA — May 6, 2018

I Chose You. I Wanted You. I Appointed You. I Set You Where You Are.

Pastor & Teacher: The Rev. Kelly Thibeault
Pianist: Mrs. Joyce Sheppard

Welcome to the Oldtown Church!
We are so glad that you have chosen to worship with us today. We invite you to join in on the bold print in the bulletin and to stand as you are able any time you see a “*”. The restrooms are out the back door of the sanctuary to the right, as is the nursery in case your little one needs a walkabout. Don’t be afraid to ask questions, and please join us for coffee and refreshments after worship!
Please remember to mute your devices during worship.


WE PREPARE

PRELUDE

INTROIT — “God, You Call Us to This Place”

WELCOME / TIME OF CENTERING

CALL TO WORSHIP
We are all one family
Made in the image of God.
We are all one family
Each unique, each special.
We are all one family
Brothers and sisters on a journey of faith.
We are all one family
Given gifts and talents to share.
We are all one family
United in the love of God.

PRAYER OF INVOCATION

*HYMN C#277 — “Christians, We Have Met to Worship”

*SHARING THE PEACE OF CHRIST
Open our eyes, Lord, we want to see Jesus,
To reach out and touch Him and say that we love Him.
Open our ears, Lord, and help us to listen.
Open our eyes, Lord, we want to see Jesus.

WE LISTEN

STORYBOOK — A Bad Case of the Stripes by David Shannon

SCRIPTURE — John 15:9-17

SERMON

WE RESPOND

PREPARING OURSELVES FOR PRAYER
In moments like these, I sing out a song,
I sing out a love song to Jesus.

In moments like these, I lift up my hands.
I lift up my hands to the Lord.

Singing, “I love you, Lord.”
Singing, “I love you, Lord.”

Singing, “I love you, Lord. I love you.”

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.
CHORAL RESPONSE

OFFERING OF OUR GIFTS
SONG OF PRAISE— “Don’t Laugh At Me”
*THE DOXOLOGY (Old Hundredth)
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!
*PRAYER OF DEDICATION

CELEBRATION OF HOLY COMMUNION

SONG OF PREPARATION — “Come Away from Rush and Hurry”
THE SACRED STORY
THE INVITATION
THE BLESSING OF THE ELEMENTS
SHARING OF THE BREAD & CUP

PRAYER OF THANKSGIVING
Gracious God, we thank you for this meal and for all of the ways you nourish us. Grow in us that we may nourish others. Sustain us as we press toward the goal of your call in Christ Jesus. Amen.

TIME OF ANNOUNCEMENTS

*SENDING HYMN C#422 — “Let Us Talents and Tongues Employ”

*BENEDICTION
*BENEDICTION RESPONSE
Sent forth by God’s blessing, our true faith confessing
The people of God from this dwelling take leave.
The service is ended, O now be extended
The fruits of our worship in all who believe.
The seed of the teaching, receptive hearts reaching,
Shall blossom in action for God and for all.
God’s grace did invite us, and love shall unite us,
To work for God’s realm and to answer the call.

POSTLUDE


Please join us for coffee and fellowship in Maxcy Hall following worship!

Read this week’s Oldtown Message

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