The Lord’s Day
May 24th, 2020
Ten-Fifteen A. M.
Jesus came and stood in their midst, and said to them,
“Peace be with you.”
CELEBRATING IN OUR GREETING
Welcome to Worshipers
Responsive Call to Worship
based on the poem by Christopher Villiers
Leader: Christ rises from the earth; His risen body above the sun ascended.
People: The time on earth has ended; we stand gazing into the empty skies.
Leader: We are commissioned to go and preach the gospel in every nation,
People: Making disciples in hostile and strange lands and cultures.
Leader: We must rise up from our fears and hesitations,
People: To be our Savior’s hands and feet and voice.
Leader: We shall not be lonely, for the Spirit nears,
People: Breathing divine energy into us to be passed on to others.
Leader: The debris of the crucifixion clears and fears of the resurrection subside;
People: It is time to build up Christ’s body now that He is ascended.
Leader: Jesus greets us this morning, He who conquered death and who has risen to the place of honor and glory.
People: At the right hand of the Most High God Jesus is now our heavenly Priest who intercedes for us.
Leader: Jesus has ascended amid shouts of joy and the sounding of trumpets.
People: Sing praises to our King above all kings. Jesus is our Savior! Jesus is Lord!
A Hymn of Celebration – “Alleluia! Sing to Jesus”
Alleluia! Sing to Jesus, His the scepter, His the throne;
Alleluia! His the triumph, His the victory alone.
Hark! The songs of peaceful Zion thunder like a mighty flood,
“Jesus, out of every nation, has redeemed us by His blood.”
Alleluia! Not as orphans are we left in sorrow now;
Alleluia! Christ is near us, faith believes, nor questions how;
Though the cloud from sight received Him when the forty days were o’er,
Shall our hearts forget His promise, “I am with you evermore.”
Alleluia! Bread of Heaven, Christ on earth our food and stay;
Alleluia! Here the sinful rest in You from day to day;
Intercessor, friend of sinners, earth’s redeemer, plead for me,
Where the songs of all the sinless sweep across the crystal sea.
The Exchange of Christ’s Peace
The Children’s Message
CELEBRATING IN OUR PRAYERS AND PROCLAMATION
Special Music – “In the Presence of Jehovah”
Doris Pearce, Soloist
The Morning Prayer
Scripture Readings with Responses
The Old Testament Lesson
Leader: This is the Word of the Lord.
People: And may the Lord add His richest blessing to the reading of the Holy Word.
The New Testament Lesson
Leader: This is the word of God for the people of God.
People: Thanks be to God!
The Gospel Reading
Leader: The Gospel of the Lord.
People: Praise to You, Lord Jesus Christ!
Praise God from whom all blessings flow!
Praise Him all creatures here below!
Praise Him above ye heavenly host!
Praise Father, Son and Holy Ghost! Amen!
Sermon – “Spiritual Forces in the Heavenly Places”
Invitation to Discipleship
Hymn of Commitment – “The Head That Once Was Crowned with Thorns”
The head that once was crowned with thorns is crowned with glory now;
A royal diadem adorns the mighty victor’s brow.
The highest place that heaven affords is His, is His by right,
The King of kings and Lord of lords, and heaven’s eternal light.
The joy of all who dwell above, the joy of all below,
To whom He manifests His love and grants His name to know.
The cross He bore is life and health, though shame and death to Him;
His people’s hope, His people’s wealth, their everlasting theme.
Choral Benediction – “Beautiful Savior”
Beautiful Savior, Lord of all nations, Son of God and Son of Man!
Glory and honor, praise, adoration, now and forevermore be Thine!