Worship for May 2, 2021



A prayer for preparing to worship:

Startle us, O God, with your truth, and open our minds to your Spirit, that we may be one with Christ our Lord, and serve as your faithful disciples, through Jesus Christ. Amen.



Welcome: Jeff Foels



Call to Confession, Prayer of Confession, and Assurance of Pardon

Let us confess our sins before God, our help in times of trouble.


Loving God, we have asked for your righteous judgment against others, but we have not acknowledged the sin in our own lives. We have worshiped you with our lips, but have dishonored you with our actions. We have prayed for you to end the suffering in our world, yet we have not practiced compassion and generosity toward others. Forgive our self-righteousness and give us integrity of heart, that we may shine forth the light of your salvation, through Christ our Lord. Amen.

 

In mercy God forgives us our sin and grants us genuine repentance through the grace and power of the Holy Spirit. In Jesus Christ, we are forgiven and set free to live the new life. Thanks be to God.



Prayer of the Day Penny Blankenship is our worship leader for the Prayer of the Day and First Scripture



Almighty and eternal God, you are the strength of those who believe and the hope of those who doubt. May we, who have not seen, have faith and receive the fullness of Christ’s blessing, who is alive and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever, Amen. 



First Scripture: 1 John 4:7-11

7Beloved, let us love one another, because love is from God; everyone who loves is born of God and knows God. 8Whoever does not love does not know God, for God is love. 9God's love was revealed among us in this way: God sent his only Son into the world so that we might live through him. 10In this is love, not that we loved God but that he loved us and sent his Son to be the atoning sacrifice for our sins. 11Beloved, since God loved us so much, we also ought to love one another.




Second Scripture: John 15:1-8

1“I am the true vine, and my Father is the vinegrower. 2He removes every branch in me that bears no fruit. Every branch that bears fruit he prunes to make it bear more fruit. 3You have already been cleansed by the word that I have spoken to you. 4Abide in me as I abide in you. Just as the branch cannot bear fruit by itself unless it abides in the vine, neither can you unless you abide in me. 5I am the vine, you are the branches. Those who abide in me and I in them bear much fruit, because apart from me you can do nothing. 6Whoever does not abide in me is thrown away like a branch and withers; such branches are gathered, thrown into the fire, and burned.

7If you abide in me, and my words abide in you, ask for whatever you wish, and it will be done for you. 8My Father is glorified by this, that you bear much fruit and become my disciples.

Sermon: Jeff Foels


Music: Christ Is Alive! 
Music: Musica Sacra (, c. 1778) 
Jusun Kim, Piano 


Prayers of the People and The Lords Prayer 

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 debts,
as we forgive our debtors; and lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.
For thine is the kingdom and the power and the glory, forever. Amen.



Sending 


Wherever you are, and wherever you go, hold this with you:

Be in the world in peace;

Have courage;

Hold onto what is good;

Return no one evil for evil;

Support the weak;

Help the suffering;

Honor all God’s children;

Love and serve the Lord, 

Rejoicing in the power of the Holy Spirit.


May God, who creates, redeems, and sustains, keep you steadfast in faith, buoyant in hope and abounding in love. And the blessing of God, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, be among you and remain with you always. Amen.









Thank you for what you can give, joyfully, to God!

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Plymouth Presbyterian Church
3755 Dunkirk Ln N
Plymouth, MN 55446

Office: 763-559-2946
Email: Office@PlymouthPC.org



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