Order of Worship – Easter IV, April 25, 2021

Ward Hill Church of Christ the KingA Christ-Centered Community of Faith, Hope, & Love

The Lord’s Day, April 25, in the Lord’s Year 2021 – Fourth Sunday of Easter – Christ the Good Shepherd Sunday

Please speak bold words and sing italicized words; * we invite you to stand as able.

Meeting God

Prelude & Quiet Prayer – five minutes before service (9:55-10:00 am)

In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

Christ is Risen!  He is risen indeed! Alleluia! Alleluia! Amen!

* Hymn 184   The King of Love My Shepherd Is                                DOMINUS REGIT ME

* Invocation

Being Reconciled to God and One Another

* Confession of Sin:  Gracious God, Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, you have promised to receive us when we come to you. We confess that we have sinned against you in thought, word, and deed, by what we have done, and by what we have left undone. We have not loved you or our neighbors as we should. Forgive us, O God, and grant that in the Holy Spirit we may live and serve you in newness of life; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

* Declaration of Forgiveness in Christ: If you have repented of your sin and turned in faith to Jesus Christ, I can declare through Christ’s atoning death and life-giving resurrection that you are forgiven in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

New Life in Christ: If you love God, keep his commandments. Jesus said, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind. This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself. On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets.”

Response (Hymn 494, verse 4)                                                                                         DOVE OF PEACE

Lord, cleanse the depths within our souls, and bid resentment cease; then, reconciled to God and man our lives will spread your peace.

O Lord, open our lips, and our mouths shall show forth your praise.

*Gloria Patri (Hymn 735)                                            GLORIA PATRI (GREATOREX)

Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Ghost; as it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without end. Amen, amen.

* The Peace of Christ    Christ is Risen! He is risen indeed!

  The peace of the Risen Christ be with you. And also with you.

Announcements, Scripture Memory, & Catechism – see Bell Ringer

Preparing to Hear God

Song

You are my strength when I am weak, You are the treasure that I seek, You are my all in all.  Seeking You as a precious jewel, Lord, to give up I’d be a fool, You are my all in all.

Refrain: Jesus, Lamb of God, Worthy is Your Name (2x).

Taking my sin, my cross, my shame, rising again I bless Your Name, You are my all in all. When I fall down You pick me up, when I am dry You fill my cup, You are my all in all.  Refrain: Jesus, Lamb of God, Worthy is Your name (2x).

Collect for Easter IV:  O God, whose Son Jesus is the good shepherd of your people; Grant that when we hear his voice we may know him who calls us each by name, and follow where he leads; who, with you and the Holy Spirit, lives and reigns, one God, forever and ever.Amen.

Hearing God in the Holy Scriptures

Acts 4:5-12

Psalm 23 – Hymn 87  The Lord’s My Shepherd, I’ll Not Want                     CRIMOND

1 John 3:16-24

John 10:11-18                                The Word of the Lord. Thanks be to God.

Sermon – “By what authority?”     – Sermon Series: Episodes in Acts

Answering God in Faith, Prayer, and Giving

The Apostles’ Creed – hymnal page 845

Prayers of the People, concluding with The Lord’s Prayer (saying ‘debts’)

Offering Ourselves and Our Gifts

Offertory (Hymn 729)                                                                            HERR JESU CHRIST

All things are thine; no gift have we, Lord of all gifts, to offer thee; and hence with grateful hearts today, thine own before thy feet we lay.

* Doxology (Hymn 731)                                                                           OLD HUNDREDTH

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.

* Offertory Prayer

Being Sent with God’s Blessing into the World

* Hymn 599   Savior, Like a Shepherd Lead Us                                               SHEPHERD

* Benediction

Postlude

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