Worship Service May 21


Call to Worship
Response to Call: Majesty 176
Welcome and Service Overview
Worship Moment
Lighting the Christ Candle on Ascension Sunday
Prayer of Illumination
Song of Faith: Wonderful Merciful Savior
Responsive Reading: Psalm 47 #781
Apostles Creed: hymnal #881
Gloria Patri – hymnal #71
Offering Dedication and Offertory
Doxology – hymnal #95
Announcements – Life of the Church
Centering Music: It Was for Me
Prayers of the People and the Lord’s Prayer
Scripture: 1 Corinthians 1:18-25; 2:1-5
Sermon: The Church Proclaims the Cross
Hymn of Response: How Great Thou Art 77 all
Commissioning and Benediction

Prayers of the People and the Lord’s Prayer

Pastor: Almighty God whose blessed Son, our Savior Jesus
Christ, ascended far above the heavens that he might fill all
things. Mercifully give us faith to perceive that, according to his
promise, he abides with his Church on earth, even to the end of
the ages.
People: God of light and truth, you are beyond our grasp or
conceiving. We acclaim your glory and sing your praise, for you
have shown us your truth and love in Jesus Christ our Savior.
Send your Spirit of revelation and wisdom that we may witness
to your grace and forgiveness, freedom and hope, joy and
Pastor: Gracious God, forgive us for the sins that so often
entangle us. Guide as we seek your wisdom and mercy.
People: Lord hear our prayers. Help us to love kindness,
becoming a people who forgive and accept forgiveness, a
people who show mercy and live in charity. Help us to walk
humbly with you.
Pastor: We pray for all who are persecuted for their faith. Grant
them your mercy and strength. Hear our prayers for the Church
Universal. Lead us with holy power that brings revival to the
world. We pray for our nation’s leaders and the leaders of all
peoples. Most gracious Lord, where confusion reigns, grant us
holy clarity. Where there is divisiveness, send your peace.
People: Hear our prayers for Alexander Chapel UMC. We long
to be your faithful people – ready and able to share in your
mission that takes the gospel to this community and the world.
Be our protection and guide. Give our leaders your wisdom as
they lead us forward in ministry. Encourage us to worship You
through our faithful obedience in following Jesus and loving our
Pastor: Sovereign Lord, Father of all, in the power of the Spirit,
we continue to pray for those who have suffered the
devastation of war, disasters and great loss. For those on the
frontline of service who protect and care for us while placing
themselves in danger and their families, give the peace and
faith that clings to your promises at all times.
People: Lord for all who are sick, grieving and in need of your
tender care, bring your mercy, restoration, and hope. Hear our
prayers for those who have placed requests on the prayer
chain. Meet their needs according to your amazing grace!
Pastor: Help us, despite our uncertainty in difficult times to
hold firm to the great truth of Christ Jesus that goes far
beyond anything we can ever imagine. In that faith lead us to
live each day to the glory and honor of your kingdom.
People: Lord be with Pastor Ray and Pastor Marjory. Touch
them afresh with your Holy Spirit as they pastor our church.
Settle us to listen and receive in ways that strengthens our
faith and sends us out ready to be your witness.
Pastor: We pray this in the name of Jesus Christ, who lives and
reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever,
as we continue to pray saying:
All: Lord’s Prayer
Our Father who art in heaven, hallowed be your name. Your
kingdom come, your 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 our trespassers. And lead us not into temptation,
but deliver us from evil. For thine is the kingdom and the
power and the glory forever! Amen

Announcements – Life of the Church

ABCCM FOOD DONATIONS: Donation Basket at Front Door.
We’ll dedicate our gifts on June 4th
Daily Devotions From Pastor Marjory: If you are not
receiving and would like to receive them, send Pastor Marjory
an email.
Upper Room Devotionals are available by the front door.
Medical Lending Closet Flyers are available to distribute to
friends and places that will post them. Please help advertise our
Do you know someone who needs a Prayer Shawl? Please
contact Pastor Marjory or you can notify Elizabeth, Sheri, or
Pastor Ray at church on Sunday.
Prayer Chain: Contact Pastor Marjory if you would like to be added.
We welcome Victoria and Anastasia for providing our special
music today!