The Risen Jesus is the True Vine. We must abide in him. He nurtures us and sustains our soul. The life beyond the empty grave requires us to leave behind the old shell that we have been attached to. Our attachment to the old shell prevents us from abiding in the Risen Jesus who gives us true life. So, abide in him.
Order of Worship Service | May 2, 2021
Prelude: “Holy Manna” J. Wayne Kerr
Introit: MV 21 “Open Our Hearts”
Call to Worship: Psalm 22:25-31 (The Message)
Here in this great gathering for worship I have discovered this praise-life. And I’ll do what I promised right here in front of the God-worshipers. Down-and-outers sit at God’s table and eat their fill. Everyone on the hunt for God is here, praising him. “Live it up, from head to toe. Don’t ever quit!”
From the four corners of the earth people are coming to their senses, are running back to God. Long-lost families are falling on their faces before God. God has taken charge; from now on he has the last word.
All the power-mongers are before him —worshiping! All the poor and powerless, too —worshiping! Along with those who never got it together —worshiping!
Our children and their children will get in on this as the word is passed along from parent to child. Babies not yet conceived will hear the good news— that God does what God says.
Hymn: VU 703 “In the Bulb There Is a Flower”
Scripture Reading: John 15:1-8
Solo: “I Am the Vine” from John:15; Allen Pote
Sermon: Abide in Him
Communion Hymn: VU 460 “All Who Hunger”
Prayers of the People and the Lord’s Prayer (VU 960)
Meditative Music: “Eat This Bread”, arr. Charles Callahan
Commissioning and Benediction
Hymn: VU 671 “I Need Thee Every Hour”
Postlude: “Trumpet Minuet”, Jeremiah Clarke; Trumpet Tune in C, Henry Purcell
Plan to join us next Sunday for Mother’s Day when our series Life Beyond The Empty Grave continues with “Love HIM” .
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