Sunday Worship

@ Nelson Memorial United Methodist Church

 

8:00 AM & 10:20 AM

every Sunday

 

April 22

 

Gathering Music “God With Us”

 

Scripture John 10:11-18

11“I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep. 12The hired hand, who is not the shepherd and does not own the sheep, sees the wolf coming and leaves the sheep and runs away—and the wolf snatches them and scatters them. 13The hired hand runs away because a hired hand does not care for the sheep. 14I am the good shepherd. I know my own and my own know me, 15just as the Father knows me and I know the Father. And I lay down my life for the sheep. 16I have other sheep that do not belong to this fold. I must bring them also, and they will listen to my voice. So there will be one flock, one shepherd. 17For this reason the Father loves me, because I lay down my life in order to take it up again. 18No one takes it from me, but I lay it down of my own accord. I have power to lay it down, and I have power to take it up again. I have received this command from my Father.”

 

Sermon “The Good Shepherd”

 

Thinking about the Text

There is an old proverb which says that “temptation is a promise of bliss, in exchange for the heaven you’ll miss.”  We are tempted whenever we believe that the way to the kingdom of God comes “if only.”  If only everyone took personal responsibility, then there would be peace.  If only everyone was equal, then there would be justice.  If only everyone had everything they needed, then there would be community.  If only my issue was resolved, then there would be joy.  If only, if only, if only. 

 

What is missing in each of those “if only's” is Jesus.  Even if everyone took personal responsibility, it would not be the kingdom of God.  Even if everyone was treated equally, it would not be paradise.  Even if everyone had everything they needed, it would not be the Garden of Eden.  The kingdom comes when everyone has Jesus.  And that starts with us, when we have Jesus in our hearts as Lord and Savior. – Nick Campbell, “Go Pastures”

 

Hymns (8:00)

UMH 75           “All People That on Earth Do Dwell”

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-AT6iIkGDUc

All people that on earth do dwell,
sing to the Lord with cheerful voice.
Him serve with mirth, his praise forth tell;
come ye before him and rejoice.

Know that the Lord is God indeed;
without our aid he did us make;
we are his folk, he doth us feed,
and for his sheep he doth us take.

O enter then his gates with praise;
approach with joy his courts unto;
praise, laud, and bless his name always,
for it is seemly so to do.

For why! the Lord our God is good;
his mercy is forever sure;
his truth at all times firmly stood,
and shall from age to age endure.

 

UMH 128         “He Leadeth Me: O Blessed Thought”

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yoOyGOpcjNM

He leadeth me: O blessed thought!
O words with heavenly comfort fraught!
Whate'er I do, where'er I be,
still 'tis God's hand that leadeth me.

Refrain:
He leadeth me, he leadeth me,
by his own hand he leadeth me;
his faithful follower I would be,
for by his hand he leadeth me.

Sometimes mid scenes of deepest gloom,
sometimes where Eden's bowers bloom,
by waters still, o'er troubled sea,
still 'tis his hand that leadeth me. (Refrain)

Lord, I would place my hand in thine,
nor ever murmur nor repine;
content, whatever lot I see,
since 'tis my God that leadeth me. (Refrain)

And when my task on earth is done,
when by thy grace the victory's won,
e'en death's cold wave I will not flee,
since God through Jordan leadeth me. (Refrain)

 

UMH 381         “Savior, Like a Shepherd Lead Us”

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1AT777BMjP0

Savior, like a shepherd lead us,
much we need thy tender care;
in thy pleasant pastures feed us,
for our use thy folds prepare.
Blessed Jesus, blessed Jesus!
Thou hast bought us, thine we are.
Blessed Jesus, blessed Jesus!
Thou hast bought us, thine we are.

We are thine, thou dost befriend us,
be the guardian of our way;
keep thy flock, from sin defend us,
seek us when we go astray.
Blessed Jesus, blessed Jesus!
Hear, O hear us when we pray.
Blessed Jesus, blessed Jesus!
Hear, O hear us when we pray.

Thou hast promised to receive us,
poor and sinful though we be;
thou hast mercy to relieve us,
grace to cleanse and power to free.
Blessed Jesus, blessed Jesus!
We will early turn to thee.
Blessed Jesus, blessed Jesus!
We will early turn to thee.

Early let us seek thy favor,
early let us do thy will;
blessed Lord and only Savior,
with thy love our bosoms fill.
Blessed Jesus, blessed Jesus!
Thou hast loved us, love us still.
Blessed Jesus, blessed Jesus!
Thou hast loved us, love us still.

 

UMH 672         “God Be With You till We Meet Again”

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A-I1kyGq5z8

God be with you till we meet again;
by his counsels guide, uphold you,
with his sheep securely fold you;
God be with you till we meet again.

Refrain:
Till we meet, till we meet,
till we meet at Jesus' feet;
till we meet, till we meet,
God be with you till we meet again.

God be with you till we meet again;
neath his wings securely hide you,
daily manna still provide you;
God be with you till we meet again. (Refrain)

God be with you till we meet again;
when life's perils thick confound you,
put his arms unfailing round you;
God be with you till we meet again. (Refrain)

God be with you till we meet again;
keep love's banner floating o'er you,
smite death's threatening wave before you;
God be with you till we meet again. (Refrain)

 

“By These Signs” video “Fearless Fellows: Yvonne”

 

Worship Leaders

Liturgist: Hessie Watts

Communion Servers: Brian Jackson and John Tincher

Hospitality Hosts: Dorothy Whitten

Prayer and Counsel Team: Tom & Betty Maxwell

 

 

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Celebration of Life Worksheet

 

Help your loved ones be prepared to celebrate your life, when the time comes for you to join the Church Triumphant.

This worksheet can help you organize your thoughts, history, and preferences for your service.

You can download the form, fill it out, and keep a copy where your family can access it,

and you can keep a copy on file in the church office.

 

 

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A note about receiving communion

All are welcome at the Lord’s Table!

 

There will be two stations for receiving the elements of communion.

 

The west and center sections of the sanctuary will come to the station in front of the choir loft by way of their common aisle, and then return by the west wall or center/east aisle (after going to the altar railing, if desired.)

 

The east section and east wing will come to the station below the organ by their common aisle, and then return by the center/east aisle or the north aisle of the east wing (after going to the altar railing, if desired.)

 

Those coming to the altar by wheelchair or walker will be asked to come first, before others have started to return by the center/east aisle.

 

 

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