SUNDAY WORSHIP

Sunday, May 16, 2021,  10:00 am

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5-16-21

Ascension Sunday

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HERE IS THE ADVANCE BULLETIN FOR OUR FULL CHURCH SERVICE.  The Bulletin is being updated regularly so check back in for newer information as it becomes available.

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CHECK-IN:  

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ANNOUNCEMENTS:  Please unmute yourself if you have an announcement.

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WHERE HAVE YOU SEEN GOD AT WORK?  Please unmute yourself if you have seen God at work.

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PRAYER BREATHING:(From Psalm 47)

In: “Sing praises to God…”

Out: “… for he is exalted.”

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PRELUDE:  LET US PREPARE OUR HEARTS AND MINDS TO WORSHIP GOD.

 

CALL TO WORSHIP:

L: Shout to God with songs of great joy!
P: Great is the Lord and greatly to be praised!
L: God has made us whole.
P: God has called us to a ministry of hope and love.
L: Come, let us celebrate the love of God!
P: Let us praise God’s name and serve God joyfully. AMEN.

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OPENING HYMN: He Is Exalted  TFWS #2070 (2X)

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JOYS AND CONCERNS:  Unmute yourself and share

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OPENING PRAYER:  Lord of amazing visions, prepare our hearts and our spirits this day to receive your glad tidings of an Advocate. Help make us ready to be your disciples in all that we do, say, and think. For we ask this in the name of our beloved Savior Jesus Christ. AMEN.

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PASTORAL PRAYER: Go back to Jerusalem and wait, Jesus said to his disciples. Lord, we are not good at waiting for anything. We want to know what to do right now, right here. We want the plan all laid out for us so that we can project the end results. We have some real control issues to overcome, Lord. Take our spirits and release the need for control for them. Help us place our total trust in your abiding love and presence. Give us patience and persistence in our ministries and mission. As we bring to you the names of dear ones whose lives are in need of your healing mercy and comfort, remind us that we also stand in need of those same mercies. Give us courage to accept your love and strength to witness to your love in all that we do. In Jesus’ Name, we pray together…

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 trespasses,
as we forgive those who trespass against us.
And lead us not into temptation;
but deliver us from evil.
For thine is the kingdom,
the power and the glory,
for ever and ever.
Amen.

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SPECIAL MUSIC:

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SCRIPTURE READING:  Acts 1:1-11

1 Theophilus, the first scroll I wrote concerned everything Jesus did and taught from the beginning, right up to the day when he was taken up into heaven. Before he was taken up, working in the power of the Holy Spirit, Jesus instructed the apostles he had chosen. After his suffering, he showed them that he was alive with many convincing proofs. He appeared to them over a period of forty days, speaking to them about God’s kingdom. While they were eating together, he ordered them not to leave Jerusalem but to wait for what the Father had promised. He said, “This is what you heard from me: John baptized with water, but in only a few days you will be baptized with the Holy Spirit.”

As a result, those who had gathered together asked Jesus, “Lord, are you going to restore the kingdom to Israel now?”

Jesus replied, “It isn’t for you to know the times or seasons that the Father has set by his own authority. Rather, you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.”

After Jesus said these things, as they were watching, he was lifted up and a cloud took him out of their sight. 10 While he was going away and as they were staring toward heaven, suddenly two men in white robes stood next to them. 11 They said, “Galileans, why are you standing here, looking toward heaven? This Jesus, who was taken up from you into heaven, will come in the same way that you saw him go into heaven.”

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SERMON TITLE: Out of Sight

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CLOSING HYMN: Hymn of Promise UMH #707

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SENDING FORTH PRAYER:  Lord of love and light, you have called us to this place and have fed our souls as we gathered in your light. You have spoken to us through your Word and Spirit. Now send us on our way in joyful service and peace in your world. AMEN.

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SENDING FORTH HYMN: SHALOM TO YOU

Shalom to you now, shalom my friends.

May God’s full mercies bless you, my friends.

In all your living and through all your loving

Christ be your shalom. Christ be your shalom.

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BENEDICTION

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POSTLUDE

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Unmute yourself if you would like to say goodbye to everyone.

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Video of today’s worship can be found at indioumc.com