July 5 Service

Sunday July 5 Bulletin

FIFTH SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST

Bulletin (PDF)

FIFTH SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST

Northside Presbyterian Church - July 5, 2020

GATHERING MUSIC - “Patriotic Medley” – Pat Fullen

WELCOME AND CONCERNS OF THE CHURCH

INTROIT – “How Lovely, Lord”

CALL TO WORSHIP

I will sing of your steadfast love, O Lord,
And proclaim your faithfulness to all generations.

Come to me, Jesus says. All who are weary,
Come to me.

And you, who carry heavy loads,
Come to me.

For I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.
Let us draw near to Jesus, whose yoke is easy and whose burden is light.

HYMN – “Come, Thou Fount of Every Blessing”

1 Come, thou Fount of every blessing; tune my heart to sing thy grace;
streams of mercy, never ceasing, call for songs of loudest praise.
Teach me some melodious sonnet, sung by flaming tongues above;
praise the mount! I’m fixed upon it, mount of God’s unchanging love!

3 O to grace how great a debtor daily I’m constrained to be!
Let that grace now, like a fetter, bind my wandering heart to thee.
Prone to wander, Lord, I feel it, prone to leave the God I love;
here’s my heart; O take and seal it; seal it for thy courts above.

PRAYER OF PRAISE

CONFESSION

Lord, we marvel at the thought of a well-fitted yoke, a burden scaled to match our frames; we do not know how to rest in the promise of such labor. Some of us are weary from unceasing responsibility; others find no welcome in the marketplace. We confound your vision for our common life. Forgive our blind striving, our stifled concern, the judgments we cast on others. Make yourself known to us in the silence. Shape your children for the commonwealth of your love. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.

(silence)

GOSPEL – Matthew 11:16-19, 25-30 – Marshall Chaney

OFFERING OF MUSIC – “The Lord’s My Shepherd” – Walt Bostian

OLD TESTAMENT – Genesis 24:34-38, 42-49, 58-67

SERMON – “Discerning Love”

SACRAMENT OF THE LORD’S SUPPER/LORD’S PRAYER

You may prepare your own worship space at home with a candle, some bread, and a cup of wine or juice or other beverage, and commune with us virtually.

The Lord be with you.
And also with you.

Lift up your hearts.
We lift them to the Lord.

Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.
It is right to give our thanks and praise.

. . . we lift our voices, saying,
Holy, holy, holy are you, God of power and might. Heaven and earth are full of your glory. Hosanna in the highest! Blessed is the One who comes in the name of the Lord. Hosanna in the highest.

. . . we proclaim the mystery of faith:
Christ has died. Christ is risen. Christ will come again.

HYMN – “This is My Song”

1 This is my song, O God of all the nations, a song of peace for lands afar and mine.
This is my home, the country where my heart is; here are my hopes, my dreams, my holy shrine;
but other hearts in other lands are beating with hopes and dreams as true and high as mine.

3 This is my prayer, O Lord of all earth's kingdoms: thy kingdom come; on earth thy will be done.
Let Christ be lifted up till all shall serve him, and hearts united learn to live as one.
So hear my prayer, O God of all the nations: myself I give thee; let thy will be done.

CHARGE AND BENEDICTION

CLOSING SONG

God be the love to search and keep me; God be the prayer to move my voice;

God be the strength to now uphold me: O Christ, surround me; O Christ, surround me.

Please be in prayer for:

Revathi Balakrishnan
Susan Dickerson
Bonnie Church
Hazel Hale
Camille Hodges
Drew Taylor
Edd Stoops
Doug Garnett-Deakin
Andy Robeson

[Note: Select music and hymns used with permission under ONE LICENSE  712163-A]

June 28 Service

Sunday June 28 Bulletin

FOURTH SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST

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GATHERING MUSIC - Prayer

WELCOME AND CONCERNS OF THE CHURCH

INTROIT Land of Rest

CALL TO WORSHIP

I will sing of your steadfast love, O Lord,

And proclaim your faithfulness to all generations.

Your steadfast love endures forever.

Your faithfulness is as high as the heavens.

Happy are those who sing your praise

And extol your righteousness all the day.

HYMN The God of Abraham Praise

1 The God of Abraham praise, who reigns enthroned above,
the Ancient of Eternal Days, the God of love!
The Lord, the great I am, by earth and heaven confessed,
we bow before your holy name, forever blest.

4 You have eternal life implanted in the soul;
your love shall be our strength and stay, while ages roll.
We praise you, living God! We praise your holy name:
the first, the last, beyond all thought, and still the same!

PRAYER OF PRAISE

CONFESSION

O God, on lonely Mount Moriah you put your servant Abraham to the test. We confess that we have failed much lesser tests of our faith. We have allowed sin to run our lives, to shape how we act toward others, and to kill our relationship with you. In your great mercy, forgive us. Change even our bodies from implements of destruction to instruments of your peace; for the sake of the Lamb of God, Jesus Christ, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.

(silence)

GOSPEL Matthew 10:40-42 Paige West

OFFERING OF MUSIC The Lord Will Provide

OLD TESTAMENT Genesis 22:1-14

SERMON God Will Provide?

PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE/LORD'S PRAYER

HYMN O, Jesus, I Have Promised

1 O Jesus, I have promised to serve thee to the end;
be thou forever near me, my Master and my friend;
I shall not fear the battle if thou art by my side,
nor wander from the pathway if thou wilt be my guide.

3 O let me hear thee speaking in accents clear and still,
above the storms of passion, the murmurs of self-will;
O speak to reassure me, to hasten or control;
O speak, and make me listen, thou guardian of my soul.

4 O Jesus, thou hast promised to all who follow thee
that where thou art in glory there shall thy servant be.
And, Jesus, I have promised to serve thee to the end;
O give me grace to follow, my Master and my friend.

CHARGE AND BENEDICTION

CLOSING SONG

God be the love to search and keep me; God be the prayer to move my voice;

God be the strength to now uphold me: O Christ, surround me; O Christ, surround me.

Please be in prayer for:

Revathi Balakrishnan
Susan Dickerson
Bonnie Church
Hazel Hale
Camille Hodges
Drew Taylor
Edd Stoops

[Note: Select music and hymns used with permission under ONE LICENSE  712163-A]

June 21 Service Opening by Ann Marie Connor

June 21 Service

Sunday June 21 Bulletin

THIRD SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST

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GATHERING MUSIC - “Native American Flute” – Ann Marie Conner

WELCOME AND CONCERNS OF THE CHURCH

INTROIT – “This Is My Father’s World”

CALL TO WORSHIP

To you, O Lord, we lift our souls; to you we offer our lives.
For you are good and forgiving, and abounding in steadfast love.

In heaven, on earth, there is none like you. Your works are beyond compare.
For you are great; you work wonders. You alone are God.

HYMN – “Children of the Heavenly Father”

Children of the heav’nly Father Safely in His bosom gather;
Nestling bird nor star in Heaven Such a refuge e’er was given.

Neither life nor death shall ever From the Lord, His children sever;
Unto them His grace He showeth And their sorrows all He knoweth.

Lo, their very hairs He numbers And no daily care encumbers;
Them that share His ev’ry blessing And His help in woes distressing.

PRAYER OF PRAISE

CONFESSION

God of Abraham, Sarah, and Isaac, God of Hagar and Ishmael, who gave us your Son, Jesus Christ the crucified, send your Holy Spirit to help us confess and truly repent of our sins. We turn against one another; we fail to care for the weak and poor among us. We pay no heed to the cries of the powerless; we seek our own advantage. Your Son emptied himself upon a Roman cross and revealed your eternal, self-giving love. Forgive us, merciful God. Wipe sin from our lives and let us find ourselves wholly in Jesus Christ, our Savior. It is in his name that we pray. Amen.

(silence)

GOSPEL – Matthew 10:24-39 – Tina McMahan

OFFERING OF MUSIC – “Harp Solo” – Ann Marie Conner

OLD TESTAMENT – Genesis 21:8-21

SERMON – “Promise Out of Pain”

PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE/LORD’S PRAYER

HYMN – “Great Is Thy Faithfulness”

1 *Great is thy faithfulness, O God my Father; there is no shadow of turning with thee.
Thou changest not; thy compassions they fail not. As thou hast been thou forever wilt be.

Refrain:
Great is thy faithfulness! Great is thy faithfulness! Morning by morning, new mercies I see.
All I have needed thy hand hath provided. Great is thy faithfulness, Lord unto me!

2 Summer and winter, and springtime and harvest, sun, moon, and stars in their courses above
join with all nature in manifold witness to thy great faithfulness, mercy, and love.
(Refrain)

3 Pardon for sin and a peace that endureth, thine own dear presence to cheer and to guide,
strength for today and bright hope for tomorrow: blessings all mine, with ten thousand beside!
(Refrain)

CHARGE AND BENEDICTION

CLOSING SONG

God be the love to search and keep me; God be the prayer to move my voice;

God be the strength to now uphold me: O Christ, surround me; O Christ, surround me.

[Note: Select music and hymns used with permission under ONE LICENSE  712163-A]

June 14 Service

Sunday June 14 Bulletin

SECOND SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST

Bulletin (PDF)

GATHERING MUSIC - “Kelvingrove”

WELCOME AND CONCERNS OF THE CHURCH

INTROIT – “Land of Rest”

CALL TO WORSHIP

Jesus Christ summons us to answer God’s call of mercy.
Christ gathers us and gives us power

to be healed and to heal,

to be forgiven and to forgive,
to be freed from sin and to set others free,

to tell one another and the world:
God’s presence is at hand.

HYMN – “Gather Us In”

 Here in this place the new light is streaming; now is the darkness vanished away;
see in this space our fears and our dreamings brought here to you in the light of this day.
Gather us in, the lost and forsaken; gather us in, the blind and the lame;
call to us now, and we shall awaken; we shall arise at the sound of our name.

2 We are the young; our lives are a mystery. We are the old who yearn for your face.
We have been sung throughout all of history, called to be light to the whole human race.
Gather us in, the rich and the haughty; gather us in, the proud and the strong;
give us a heart, so meek and so lowly; give us the courage to enter the song.

4 Not in the dark of buildings confining, not in some heaven, light years away:
here in this place the new light is shining; now is the kingdom, and now is the day.
Gather us in and hold us forever; gather us in and make us your own;
gather us in, all peoples together, fire of love in our flesh and our bone.

PRAYER OF PRAISE

CONFESSION

Triune God, Holy Three, Holy One, we confess that we do not know how to look for you. We do not sense your nearness, and if there are angels among us, we are unaware. We do not show the hospitality to strangers that Abraham showed to you. We do not trust that our hardships can be transformed by your Spirit. O Covenant-keeper, forgive us. Let us laugh with joy because your grace has made peace among us. Send us out with this good news so that others will also receive your blessing; through Jesus Christ, our Lord. Amen.

(silence)

GOSPEL – Matthew 9:35-10:15 – Caryl Gray

OFFERING OF MUSIC – “Come Home”

OLD TESTAMENT – Genesis 18:1-15

SERMON – “Creative Hospitality”

PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE/LORD’S PRAYER

HYMN – “Will You Come and Follow Me?”

1 “Will you come and follow me if I but call your name?
Will you go where you don’t know and never be the same?
Will you let my love be shown; will you let my name be known;
will you let my life be grown in you and you in me?”

2 “Will you leave yourself behind if I but call your name?
Will you care for cruel and kind and never be the same?
Will you risk the hostile stare should your life attract or scare?
Will you let me answer prayer in you and you in me?”

5 Lord, your summons echoes true when you but call my name.
Let me turn and follow you and never be the same.
In your company I’ll go where your love and footsteps show.
Thus I’ll move and live and grow in you and you in me.

CHARGE AND BENEDICTION

CLOSING SONG

God be the love to search and keep me; God be the prayer to move my voice;
God be the strength to now uphold me: O Christ, surround me; O Christ, surround me.

[Note: Select music and hymns used with permission under ONE LICENSE  712163-A]

June 7 Trinity Sunday Service

Sunday June 7 Bulletin — Trinity Sunday

TRINITY SUNDAY

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GATHERING MUSIC - “Bread and Fishes”

WELCOME AND CONCERNS OF THE CHURCH

INTROIT – “The New Day”

CALL TO WORSHIP

Mighty Wind, who danced over the deep and surveyed the shapeless void,
dance over us now and ready us for your creative purpose.

Divine Word, who commanded unruly chaos and called forth light and life,
open us to new expressions of grace.

Eternal Artist, who formed us in your likeness and claimed us as kin,
Re-form and refine us to be bearers of your blessing.

Holy Trinity—Creator, Christ, Spirit—who gathered the primeval waters,
gather us in, then send us out, our voices echoing creation’s song:
How majestic is your name in all the earth!

HYMN – “Holy, Holy, Holy!”

1 Holy, holy, holy! Lord God Almighty! Early in the morning our song shall rise to thee.
Holy, holy, holy! merciful and mighty! God in three persons, blessed Trinity!

3 Holy, holy, holy! though the darkness hide thee,
though the eye of sinfulness thy glory may not see,
only thou art holy; there is none beside thee, perfect in power, in love and purity.

4 Holy, holy, holy! Lord God Almighty!
All thy works shall praise thy name, in earth and sky and sea.
Holy, holy, holy! merciful and mighty! God in three persons, blessed Trinity!

PRAYER OF PRAISE

CONFESSION

Presence, Life, Fire, God who is Three in One, we too often have turned away from you. We take your creation into our hands, not to love, but to use and then to discard. We go to the people of the land, not to serve, but to press them into our service. We do not deserve that you would even notice us, but we pray for mercy because you are merciful. Flame of Love, purify us from sin; Eternal Now, lead us to your truth; Risen One, baptize us into union with you. Transform us into faithful disciples who worship you alone, God who is Trinity. Amen.

(silence)

GOSPEL – Matthew 28:16-20 – Kolter Bradshaw

OFFERING OF MUSIC – “Crystal River”

OLD TESTAMENT – Genesis 1:1-2:4a

SERMON – “Spoken into Creation”

SACRAMENT OF THE LORD’S SUPPER/LORD’S PRAYER

The Lord be with you. And also with you.

Lift up your hearts. We lift them to the Lord.

Let us give thanks to the Lord our God. It is right to give our thanks and praise.

… with all creation we sing your praise, saying,

Holy, holy, holy, God of power and might, Heaven and earth are full of your glory.
Hosanna in the highest.
Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord. Hosanna in the highest.

… We declare the mystery of faith,

Christ has died, Christ is risen, Christ will come again.

Lord’s Prayer

Sharing of Bread and Cup

Prayer: Gracious God, you have gathered us at this table with all your people in heaven and on earth. We have been nourished by the living bread, Jesus Christ, and we have been refreshed by the power of your Holy Spirit. May we now go out as glad disciples of our Lord, following in his way, proclaiming his truth, and living his love for the world. Amen.

HYMN – “God, the Sculptor of the Mountains”

1 God the sculptor of the mountains, God the miller of the sand,
God the jeweler of the heavens, God the potter of the land:
you are womb of all creation; we are formless; shape us now.

2 God the nuisance of the Pharaoh, God the cleaver of the sea,
God the pillar in the darkness, God the beacon of the free:
you are fount of all deliverance; we are aimless; lead us now.

3 God the dresser of the vineyard, God the planter of the wheat,
God the reaper of the harvest, God the source of all we eat:
you are host at every table; we are hungry; feed us now.

4 God the unexpected infant, God the calm, determined youth,
God the table-turning prophet, God the resurrected truth:
you are present every moment; we are searching; meet us now.

CHARGE AND BENEDICTION

CLOSING SONG

God be the love to search and keep me; God be the prayer to move my voice;

God be the strength to now uphold me: O Christ, surround me; O Christ, surround me.

[Note: Select music and hymns used with permission under ONE LICENSE  712163-A]

May 31 Pentecost Service

Sunday May 31 Bulletin

PENTECOST SUNDAY

GATHERING MUSIC - “Abide With Me”

WELCOME AND CONCERNS OF THE CHURCH

INTROIT – “Spirit Divine, Attend Our Prayers”

CALL TO WORSHIP

Wind of God, who awakened creation and stirred dry bones to life—
sweep through this day and enliven our worship.

Wind of God, who descended as tongues of flame and gave birth to the church—
sweep through this day and ignite our hearts.

Wind of God, who guides our ministry and equips us for service—
sweep through this day and empower our witness.

HYMN – “Spirit, Spirit of Gentleness”

Refrain:
Spirit, spirit of gentleness, blow through the wilderness, calling and free.
Spirit, spirit of restlessness, stir me from placidness, wind, wind on the sea.

1 You moved on the waters; you called to the deep;
then you coaxed up the mountains from the valleys of sleep;
and over the eons you called to each thing,
"Awake from your slumbers and rise on your wings." (Refrain)

3 You sang in a stable; you cried from a hill;
then you whispered in silence when the whole world was still.
And down in the city, you called once again
when you blew through your people on the rush of the wind. (Refrain)

4 You call from tomorrow; you break ancient schemes;
from the bondage of sorrow the captives dream dreams.
Our women see visions; our men clear their eyes.
With bold new decisions your people arise. (Refrain)

PRAYER OF PRAISE

CONFESSION

Holy God, Holy Breath, Wind, Flame, Spirit: Set our hearts on fire. Burn off all that is dry and lifeless, and grow us anew. Let your Spirit dance within our spirits, uprooting us when we have been unmoved, and refreshing all that is stale in our lives. Breathe on us your peace, that we will share that peace with all we meet. And hear the silent prayers of our hearts.

(silence)

GOSPEL – John 20:19-23 – Clark Gaylord

OFFERING OF MUSIC – “Spirit Song” (Haines)

NEW TESTAMENT – Acts 2:1-21

SERMON – “We’re In This Together”

Prayer for Pentecost

Holy Spirit, Lord and Giver of Life: At the beginning of time you moved over the face of the waters;
you breathe into every living being, the breath of life.

Come, Creator Spirit, and renew the whole creation.

Holy Spirit, voice of the prophets: You enflame men and women with a passion for your truth,
and through them call your people to the ways of justice and compassion.

Come, Spirit of Righteousness, and burn in our hearts.

Holy Spirit, Spirit of Jesus: By your power Jesus came to bring good news to the poor
and release to those held captive.

Come, Liberating Spirit, and free us from the powers of sin and death.

Holy Spirit, Advocate, Teacher: You speak to us of our Lord, and show us the depth of his love.
Come, Spirit of Truth, abide in us and lead us in the way of Jesus Christ.

Holy Spirit, wind and flame: You filled disciples with joy and courage,
empowering them to preach your word and to share your good news.

Come, Spirit of Power, make us bold witnesses of your redeeming love.

Holy Spirit, Spirit of Peace: You break down barriers of language, race, and culture,
and heal the divisions that separate us.

Come, Reconciling Spirit, and unite us all in the love of Christ.

Holy Spirit, Lord and Giver of Life: At the close of the age all creation will be renewed to sing your praises.
Come, Creator Spirit, and make us new creations in Jesus Christ.

LORD’S PRAYER

HYMN – “Breathe on Me, Breath of God!”

1 Breathe on me, Breath of God; fill me with life anew,
that I may love what thou dost love, and do what thou wouldst do.

2 Breathe on me, Breath of God, until my heart is pure,
until with thee I will one will, to do and to endure.

3 Breathe on me, Breath of God, till I am wholly thine,
until this earthly part of me glows with thy fire divine.

CHARGE AND BENEDICTION

CLOSING SONG

In my life, Lord, be glorified; be glorified. In my life, Lord, be glorified today.

In your world, Lord, be glorified; be glorified. In your world, Lord, be glorified today.

[Note: Select music and hymns used with permission under ONE LICENSE  712163-A]

May 24 Service

Sunday May 24 Bulletin

SEVENTH SUNDAY OF EASTER

Bulletin (PDF)

GATHERING MUSIC – “Vorspiel” by Hesse – Andrew Thomas on organ

WELCOME AND CONCERNS OF THE CHURCH

INTROIT – “God Is My Strong Salvation” (Sacred Harp)

CALL TO WORSHIP

We have gathered over the internet—new followers and lifelong disciples,
the powerful and the powerless, those who have too little and those who have too much.

We have gathered, for we are one in Christ.

We have come—seekers and skeptics, sinners and saints, the poor in spirit and the rich in faith.
We have come, for we are eager to hear God’s word.

We are here, together in spirit, if not in body.
Let us glorify the one true God.

HYMN – “Thine Is the Glory”

Thine is the glory, risen, conquering Son;
endless is the victory thou o'er death hast won.
Angels in bright raiment rolled the stone away,
kept the folded grave-clothes where thy body lay.

Refrain:
Thine is the glory, risen, conquering Son;
endless is the victory thou o'er death hast won.

Lo! Jesus meets us, risen from the tomb;
lovingly he greets us, scatters fear and gloom.
Let the church with gladness hymns of triumph sing,
for the Lord now liveth; death hath lost its sting. (Refrain)

No more we doubt thee, glorious Prince of life!
Life is naught without thee; aid us in our strife.
Make us more than conquerors through thy deathless love;
bring us safe through Jordan to thy home above. (Refrain)

PRAYER OF PRAISE

CONFESSION

Loving God, we do not always bring honor and glory to your name. We are rebellious and weak; we flee before your goodness. Forgive, restore, and strengthen us by the grace and mercy of Christ, that we may rise up again in peace to love and serve your world.  Amen.

(silence)

GOSPEL – John 17:1-11 – Lucian Robinson

OFFERING OF MUSIC – “Deep, Settled Peace”

NEW TESTAMENT – Acts 1:6-14

SERMON – “Waiting”

PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE/LORD’S PRAYER

HYMN – “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! he 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"?

CHARGE AND BENEDICTION

CLOSING SONG

Chorus (sing twice)

Call Down a blessing, call down a blessing, call down a blessing, call down.

Peace before us, peace behind us, peace within us, and around us.

Chorus (sing twice)

[Note: Select music and hymns used with permission under ONE LICENSE  712163-A]

May 17 Service

Sunday May 17 Bulletin

SIXTH SUNDAY OF EASTER

Bulletin (PDF)

GATHERING MUSIC

WELCOME AND CONCERNS OF THE CHURCH

INTROIT

CALL TO WORSHIP

O people, praise our God—the Artist of creation, the Lord of heaven and earth.
We worship our Maker with resounding praise!

In God we live and move and have our being; it is the Lord who gives us life and breath.
God has kept us among the living and not let our feet slip.

God formed all people to seek the Lord; indeed, our Creator is never far away.
Bless the Lord, who is faithful to us!

HYMN – “Love Divine, All Loves Excelling”

Love divine, all loves excelling, Joy of heaven, to earth come down,
fix in us thy humble dwelling; all thy faithful mercies crown.
Jesus, thou art all compassion; pure, unbounded love thou art;
visit us with thy salvation; enter every trembling heart.

Come, Almighty, to deliver; let us all thy life receive;
suddenly return, and never, nevermore thy temples leave.
Thee we would be always blessing, serve thee as thy hosts above,
pray, and praise thee without ceasing, glory in thy perfect love.

Finish then thy new creation; pure and spotless let us be;
let us see thy great salvation perfectly restored in thee:
changed from glory into glory, till in heaven we take our place,
till we cast our crowns before thee, lost in wonder, love, and praise.

PRAYER OF PRAISE

CONFESSION

Loving God, we do not always keep your commandments; we fail to love you; our conscience is not clear. Wash us in the water of life that we may live again through the grace and mercy of Jesus, our risen Savior. Amen.

(silence)

NEW TESTAMENT – Acts 17:22-31 – Jane Jones

OFFERING OF MUSIC – “Make Me a Channel of Your Peace”

GOSPEL – John 14:15-21

SERMON – “Orphans?”

PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE/LORD’S PRAYER

HYMN – “O For a World”

O for a world where everyone respects each other’s ways,
where love is lived and all is done with justice and with praise.

O for a world where goods are shared and misery relieved,
where truth is spoken, children spared, equality achieved.

 O for a world preparing for God’s glorious reign of peace,
where time and tears will be no more, and all but love will cease.

CHARGE AND BENEDICTION

CLOSING SONG

Chorus (sing twice)

Call Down a blessing, call down a blessing, call down a blessing, call down.

Love before us, love behind us, love within us, and around us.

Chorus (sing twice)

[Note: Select music and hymns used with permission under ONE LICENSE  712163-A]

May 10 Service

Sunday May 10 Bulletin

FIFTH SUNDAY OF EASTER

Bulletin (PDF)

GATHERING MUSIC

WELCOME AND CONCERNS OF THE CHURCH

INTROIT

CALL TO WORSHIP

Jesus says, “Do not let your hearts be troubled.”
We long for abiding peace and friendship that renews our souls.

Jesus says, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life.”
We seek wisdom that endures and guidance for our journey.

Jesus says, “Where I am, there you may be also.”
We come to encounter Christ. Let us worship our God!

HYMN – “The Church’s One Foundation”

The church's one foundation is Jesus Christ her Lord.
She is his new creation by water and the word.
From heaven he came and sought her to be his holy bride.
With his own blood he bought her, and for her life he died.

Mid toil and tribulation, and tumult of her war,
she waits the consummation of peace forevermore:
till with the vision glorious her longing eyes are blest,
and the great church victorious shall be the church at rest.

Yet she on earth has union with God, the Three in One,
and mystic sweet communion with those whose rest is won:
O happy ones and holy! Lord, give us grace that we,
like them, the meek and lowly, may live eternally.

PRAYER OF PRAISE

CONFESSION

Loving God, your word offers freedom from sin, but we have not always obeyed your word. We have harbored malice toward our enemies; we have often not been honest in our relationships; we have been insincere in our commitments; through gossip we have slandered our friends. Forgive us and lead us to genuine repentance. Help us long for your pure, spiritual milk, that we may grow into the joy of salvation. Amen.

(silence)

GOSPEL John 14:1-14— Joe Hunnings

OFFERING OF MUSIC

NEW TESTAMENT—1 Peter 2:2-10

SERMON – “Living Stones”

PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE/LORD’S PRAYER

HYMN—“God of Our Life”

God of our life, through all the circling years, we trust in thee.
In all the past, through all our hopes and fears, thy hand we see.
With each new day, when morning lifts the veil,
we own thy mercies, Lord, which never fail.

God of the past, our times are in thy hand. With us abide.
Lead us by faith to hope's true promised land. Be thou our guide.
With thee to bless, the darkness shines as light,
and faith's fair vision changes into sight.

God of the coming years, through paths unknown we follow thee.
When we are strong, Lord, leave us not alone. Our refuge be.
Be thou for us in life our daily bread,
our heart's true home when all our years have sped.

CHARGE AND BENEDICTION

CLOSING SONG

Chorus (sing twice)

Call Down a blessing, call down a blessing, call down a blessing, call down.

Love before us, love behind us, love within us, and around us.

Chorus (sing twice)

May 3 Service

Sunday May 3 Bulletin

FOURTH SUNDAY OF EASTER

Bulletin (PDF)

GATHERING MUSIC

INTROIT – “The Lord Is My Shepherd”

WELCOME AND CONCERNS OF THE CHURCH

CALL TO WORSHIP

The Shepherd calls us by name and leads us to abundant life.
We hear your voice and hasten to follow.

The Shepherd prepares a table and lavishly pours out grace.
We hear your invitation and take our place at the feast.

The Shepherd gathers us in and welcomes us to the house of the Lord.
We hear your call and give you praise.

HYMN – “The King of Love My Shepherd Is”

The King of love my shepherd is, whose goodness faileth never;
I nothing lack if I am his and he is mine forever.

In death's dark vale I fear no ill with thee, dear Lord, beside me;
thy rod and staff my comfort still, thy cross before to guide me.

 And so through all the length of days thy goodness faileth never;
Good Shepherd, may I sing thy praise within thy house forever.

PRAYER OF PRAISE

CONFESSION

Holy One, we confess to you and to one another that we have not always followed Christ’s example. When we have been abused, we have been abusive in return. We have gone astray. Lead us back into your fold and guard our souls in Jesus’ name. Amen.

(silence)

OLD TESTAMENT – Psalm 23 – Sandy Hancock

OFFERING OF MUSIC – “Samanthra” – Simple Gifts

GOSPEL – John 10:1-10

SERMON – “Someone to Watch Over You”

SACRAMENT OF THE LORD’S SUPPER/LORD’S PRAYER

You may prepare your own worship space at home with a candle, some bread, and a cup of wine or juice or other beverage, and commune with us virtually.

The Lord be with you. And also with you.

Lift up your hearts. We lift them to the Lord.

Let us give thanks to the Lord our God. It is right to give our thanks and praise.

HYMN – “They’ll Know We Are Christians By Our Love”

We are one in the Spirit; we are one in the Lord;
we are one in the Spirit; we are one in the Lord,
and we pray that all unity may one day be restored:

Refrain:
And they’ll know we are Christians by our love, by our love;
yes, they’ll know we are Christians by our love.

We will walk with each other; we will walk hand in hand;
we will walk with each other; we will walk hand in hand,
and together we’ll spread the news that God is in our land: (Refrain)

We will work with each other; we will work side by side;
we will work with each other; we will work side by side,
and we’ll guard human dignity and save human pride: (Refrain)

All praise to the Father, from whom all things come,
and all praise to Christ Jesus, God’s only Son,
and all praise to the Spirit, who makes us one: (Refrain)

CHARGE AND BENEDICTION

CLOSING SONG

Chorus (sing twice)

Call Down a blessing, call down a blessing, call down a blessing, call down.

Love before us, love behind us, love within us, and around us.

Chorus (sing twice)

April 26 Service

Sunday April 19 Bulletin

THIRD SUNDAY OF EASTER

Bulletin (PDF)

GATHERING MUSIC

INTROIT – “How Beautiful is the Green Earth”

WELCOME AND CONCERNS OF THE CHURCH

CALL TO WORSHIP

As the sun set over the village of Emmaus, Jesus took bread, blessed and broke it, and gave it to his friends.
Then their eyes were opened and they recognized him.

Today we gather around table, font, and pulpit—hoping, trusting to behold the risen Lord.
May our eyes be open to recognize Jesus in our midst.

HYMN – “We Know That Christ is Raised”

We know that Christ is raised and dies no more.
Embraced by death he broke its fearful hold,
and our despair he turned to blazing joy. Alleluia!

We share by water in his saving death.
Reborn we share with him an Easter life
as living members of a living Christ. Alleluia!

A new creation comes to life and grows
as Christ's new body takes on flesh and blood.
The universe, restored and whole, will sing: Alleluia!

PRAYER OF PRAISE

CONFESSION

Almighty God, our world is filled with corruption: power disguises itself as truth; convenience masquerades as goodness; selfish pleasure imitates love. We have been caught in the web of the world’s sin. By the power of your Holy Spirit, save us from these deceptions and free us for glad obedience, that we may see the joy of Jesus’ resurrection and receive the promise of everlasting life. Amen.

(silence)

OLD TESTAMENT – Psalm 116

OFFERING OF MUSIC – “Beauty of the Lord” (Amidon)

GOSPEL – Luke 24:13-35

SERMON – “Seeing Jesus”

PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE/LORD’S PRAYER

Response: God of resurrection, hear our prayer.

HYMN – “Open My Eyes, That I May See”

Open my eyes, that I may see glimpses of truth thou hast for me.
Place in my hands the wonderful key that shall unclasp and set me free.
Silently now I wait for thee, ready, my God, thy will to see.
Open my eyes; illumine me, Spirit divine!

Open my ears, that I may hear voices of truth thou sendest clear.
And while the wave notes fall on my ear, everything false will disappear.
Silently now I wait for thee, ready, my God, thy will to see.
Open my ears; illumine me, Spirit divine!

Open my mouth, and let me bear gladly the warm truth everywhere.
Open my heart, and let me prepare love with thy children thus to share.
Silently now I wait for thee, ready, my God, thy will to see.
Open my heart; illumine me, Spirit divine!

CHARGE AND BENEDICTION

CLOSING SONG

Chorus (sing twice)

Call Down a blessing, call down a blessing, call down a blessing, call down.

Peace before us, peace behind us, peace within us, and around us.

Chorus (sing twice)

April 19 Service

Sunday April 19 Bulletin

SECOND SUNDAY OF EASTER

Bulletin (PDF)

April 19, 2020

GATHERING MUSIC – “Crystal River”

INTROIT – “Christ Has Risen, Alleluia!”

WELCOME AND CONCERNS OF THE CHURCH

CALL TO WORSHIP

With Mary, whose glad tidings signaled hope and summoned joy, we proclaim:

We have seen the Lord!

With the disciples, whom Jesus greeted with peace and freed from fear, we declare:

We have seen the Lord!

Behold! The risen Lord is among us!

Let us worship God!

HYMN – “That Easter Day With Joy Was Bright”

That Easter day with joy was bright; the sun shone out with fairer light
when, to their longing eyes restored, the apostles saw their risen Lord.

He bade them see his hands, his side, where yet the glorious wounds abide,
the tokens true which made it plain their Lord indeed was risen again.

From every weapon death can wield, your own redeemed forever shield;
O Lord of all, with us abide in this our joyful Eastertide.

PRAYER OF PRAISE

CONFESSION

God, you have made known to us the ways of life. Yet, too often, we put other things above you and turn away toward the ways of death. Forgive us and guide us back into your presence, that we may know the fullness of joy.

(silence)

NEW TESTAMENT – 1 Peter 1:3-9

OFFERING OF MUSIC

GOSPEL – John 20:19-31

SERMON – “Behind Closed Doors”

PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE/LORD’S PRAYER

HYMN – “Breathe on Me, Breath of God”

Breathe on me, Breath of God; fill me with life anew,
that I may love what thou dost love, and do what thou wouldst do.

Breathe on me, Breath of God, till I am wholly thine,
until this earthly part of me glows with thy fire divine.

Breathe on me, Breath of God, so shall I never die,
but live with thee the perfect life of thine eternity.

CHARGE AND BENEDICTION

CLOSING SONG

Chorus (sing twice)

Call Down a blessing, call down a blessing, call down a blessing, call down.

Peace before us, peace behind us, peace within us, and around us.

Chorus (sing twice)

Easter Sunday Service

Easter Sunday Bulletin

THE RESURRECTION OF OUR LORD

Bulletin (PDF)

April 12, 2020

Northside Presbyterian Church

GATHERING MUSIC“The Garden Hymn”

INTROIT“Were you There?”

WELCOME AND CONCERNS OF THE CHURCH

CALL TO WORSHIP

Whom do you seek, people of God?

We seek Jesus Christ, who was crucified.

Do not be afraid. He is not here; for he has been raised, as he said.
Go quickly and tell his disciples: Christ is risen!

He is risen indeed! Alleluia! Alleluia! Amen!

HYMN“Jesus Christ is Risen Today”

Jesus Christ is risen today, Alleluia! our triumphant holy day, Alleluia!
who did once upon the cross, Alleluia! suffer to redeem our loss. Alleluia!

Hymns of praise then let us sing, Alleluia! unto Christ, our heavenly King, Alleluia!
who endured the cross and grave, Alleluia! sinners to redeem and save. Alleluia!

But the pains which he endured, Alleluia! our salvation have procured. Alleluia!
Now above the sky he's King, Alleluia! where the angels ever sing. Alleluia!

Sing we to our God above, Alleluia! praise eternal as God's love. Alleluia!
Praise our God, ye heavenly host, Alleluia! Father, Son, and Holy Ghost. Alleluia!

PRAYER OF PRAISE

CONFESSION

Lord Jesus, through the Holy Spirit, we have been raised from the waters of baptism to share in your glorious resurrection. Yet often we do not live as Easter people. We are unsure of your promise, confused about your will, and afraid in the face of danger. Like Mary, we weep at the tomb, but do not recognize your presence. Call us by name, risen Lord, that we may know you with confidence. When we are afraid, give us courage to confess your Easter victory. When we are overwhelmed, reveal again to us your triumph over the powers of evil and oppression. Forgive us our sin and let our lives be a testimony to your salvation, through the love of God and by the power of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

(silence)

NEW TESTAMENT—Acts 10:34-43

OFFERING OF MUSIC“Bright Morning Stars”

GOSPEL—John 20:1-18

SERMON—“Grief on Easter?”

PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE/LORD’S PRAYER

HYMN“Alleluia, Alleluia, Give Thanks”

Chorus: (at beginning and after each verse)

Alleluia, alleluia! Give thanks to the risen Lord.
Alleluia, alleluia! Give praise to His name.

Jesus is Lord of all the earth, He is the king of creation. Chorus

Spread the good news o’er all the earth: Jesus has died and has risen. Chorus

We have been crucified with Christ. Now we shall live forever. Chorus

Come, let us praise the living God, Joyfully sing to our Savior. Chorus

CHARGE AND BENEDICTION

CLOSING SONG

Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia

He is risen, He is risen. Alleluia, Alleluia. He is risen, He is risen. Alleluia, Alleluia.

Maundy Thursday Service

Maundy Thursday Bulletin

A Service Of The Office Of Tenebrae And The Sacrament Of The Lord’S Supper

Bulletin (PDF)

April 9, 2020 7:30 pm

And this is the judgment, that the light has come into the world, and people loved darkness rather than light because their deeds were evil. ~ John 3:19

PRELUDE

WELCOME AND EXPLANATION OF TENEBRAE

CALL TO WORSHIP—Isaiah 53

Who has believed what we have heard? . . . . he was despised, and we held him of no account.
Surely he has borne our infirmities and carried our diseases;
yet we accounted him stricken, struck down by God, and afflicted.

But he was wounded for our transgressions, crushed for our iniquities;
upon him was the punishment that made us whole, and by his bruises we are healed.

All we like sheep have gone astray; we have all turned to our own way,
and the Lord has laid on him the iniquity of us all.

HYMN“Ah, Holy Jesus”

Ah, holy Jesus, how has thou offended, that we to judge thee have in hate pretended?
By foes derided, by thine own rejected, O most afflicted.

Lo, the Good Shepherd for the sheep is offered; the slave hath sin-ned, and the Son hath suffered;
For our atonement, while we nothing heeded, God interceded.

For me, kind Jesus, was thine incarnation, thy mortal sorrow, and thy life’s oblation,
Thy death of anguish and thy bitter passion, for my salvation.

CONFESSION OF SIN (Unison)

Loving God, Crucified Christ, Living Spirit, to what lengths you go to show your caring for sinners! Forgive our apathy as you take upon yourself the sins of all of humanity. Forgive our sins both deliberate and unknowing, for without you we have no hope. Hear us now as in silence we bring to our minds the sins we can bear to confront . . . . .
Save us from ourselves, O God. In the name of the One who bears our sins and carries our sorrows, even Jesus Christ, we pray. Amen.

(silence)

THE SHADOW OF BETRAYAL Matthew 26:20-30 The First Light is Extinguished

SACRAMENT OF THE LORD’S SUPPER
(You are invited to gather some bread and wine/juice or other beverage and participate at home.)

The Invitation
The Great Prayer of Thanksgiving / Lord’s Prayer
The Words of Institution
The Sharing of Bread and Cup (at home)

THE SHADOW OF GETHSEMANE Mark 14:32-42 The Second Light is Extinguished

THE SHADOW OF DESERTION Matthew 26:47-56 The Third Light is Extinguished

THE SHADOW OF DENIAL Luke 22:54-62 The Fourth Light is Extinguished

THE SHADOW OF ACCUSATION Mark 15:1-15 The Fifth Light is Extinguished

SPECIAL MUSIC“All Shall Be Well”

THE SHADOW OF REJECTION Matthew 27:32-44 The Sixth Light is Extinguished

THE SHADOW OF DEATH Luke 23:44-49 The Seventh Light is Extinguished

HYMN “Were You There?”

Were you there when they crucified my Lord? Were you there when they crucified my Lord?
O, sometimes it causes me to tremble, tremble, tremble,
Were you there when they crucified my Lord?

Were you there when they nailed him to the tree? Were you there when they nailed him to the tree?
O, sometimes it causes me to tremble, tremble, tremble,
Were you there when they nailed him to the tree?

THE SHADOW OF THE GRAVE Mark 15:33-39 The Christ Candle is Removed

THE STRIPPING OF THE SANCTUARY

WORDS OF DISMISSAL

April 5 Service

Palm/Passion Sunday

April 5, 2020, 10:00 am

Chiming Of The Hour

WELCOME AND CONCERNS OF THE CHURCH

PRELUDE—“Moravian Hallelujah”

CALL TO WORSHIP (adapted from Psalm 118)

I wait for the Lord, my soul waits.
My soul waits for the Lord, more than those who watch for the morning.

Hope in the Lord

For with the Lord there is steadfast love.

With the Lord there is great power to redeem.

Thanks be to God!

HYMN—“Hosanna, Loud Hosanna”

Hosanna, loud hosanna, the little children sang;
through pillared court and temple the joyful anthem rang.
To Jesus, who had blessed them, close folded to his breast,
the children sang their praises, the simplest and the best.

From Olivet they followed ’mid an exultant crowd,
the victor palm branch waving, and chanting clear and loud;
the Lord of earth and heaven rode on in lowly state,
nor scorned that little children should on his bidding wait.

“Hosanna in the highest!” That ancient song we sing,
for Christ is our Redeemer; the Lord of heaven, our King.
O may we ever praise him with heart and life and voice,
and in his blissful presence eternally rejoice.

CONFESSION OF SIN (UNISON)

O God, we come to you because you are the Creator of all that is good, and we praise you for all your goodness. We come to you as broken and bound human beings. Forgive us when we fail to see our neighbor and your earth as you see them. Restore us to yourself with your blessing of new life. We pray in the name of Jesus who is the resurrection and the life. Amen.

ASSURANCE OF PARDON / PASSING OF THE PEACE*

NEW TESTAMENT EPISTLE—Philippians 2:5-11—Clark Gaylord

THE WORD WITH THE YOUNGER CHURCH

GOSPEL—Matthew 21:1-11

SERMON - “Who Is He?”

PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE/LORD’S PRAYER

HYMN - “Ride On, Ride on in Majesty”

Ride on! ride on in majesty! Hark! all the tribes hosanna cry;
thy humble beast pursues its road with palms and scattered garments strowed.

Ride on! ride on in majesty! The hosts of angels in the sky
look down with sad and wondering eyes to see the approaching sacrifice.

Ride on! ride on in majesty! In lowly pomp ride on to die;
bow thy meek head to mortal pain; then take, O God, thy power, and reign.

CHARGE AND BENEDICTION

CLOSING SONG

God, be the love to search and keep me.
God, be the prayer to move my voice;
God, be the strength to now uphold me;
O Christ, surround me; O Christ, surround me.

March 29 Service

March 29 Bulletin

PRELUDE

WELCOME

CALL TO WORSHIP

O mortal, can these bones live?
Only the Lord knows.
O people, hope in the Lord.
With the Lord there is steadfast love and great power to redeem.

PRAYER OF CONFESSION

O Lord, if you held our sin against us, who could live, who could stand? We seem to have more faith in death than hope in your promise of life. And even so, you love us; still there is forgiveness with you! We worship you, for you alone can save us from death and redeem us from our sin. Amen.

GOSPEL – John 11:1-45

CHILDREN’S TALK

SPECIAL MUSIC – “Dry Bones”

OLD TESTAMENT – Ezekiel 37:1-14

SERMON

SPECIAL MUSIC – “Wings of a Dove”

PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE

Please lift up silently your prayers or post them in the comments during the prayer.

CHARGE AND BENEDICTION

CLOSING SONG

God, be the love to search and keep me.
God, be the prayer to move my voice;
God, be the strength to now uphold me;
O Christ, surround me; O Christ, surround me.

March 22 Sunday Service

March 15 Service