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Third Sunday of Easter
April 18th, 2021

Altar Flowers

The Altar flowers are dedicated to the Glory of God, and in appreciation for our members who volunteer for Pantry on the Bluff by Sylvia Sumners.

The rosebud placed on the altar is in honor of the birth of James Robert Word, Jr. to parents Erin and James Word.

A personal prayer to help you prepare your heart and mind for worship this morning:

Almighty God, your power makes the lame walk and the dead rise to new life. We give you thanks for the love poured into our world through Christ Jesus. Show us Jesus, even now, through the mystery of your threefold presence, one God, abiding now and forever. Amen.

Prelude
Welcome and Announcements
*Opening Hymn No.577

God of Grace and God of Glory

God of grace and God of glory,
on the people pour thy power;
crown thine ancient church’s story,
bring her bud to glorious flower.
Grant us wisdom, grant us courage,
for the facing of this hour,
for the facing of this hour.

Lo! the hosts of evil round us
scorn thy Christ, assail his ways!
Fears and doubts too long have bound us;
free our hearts to work and praise.
Grant us wisdom, grant us courage,
for the living of these days,
for the living of these days.

Cure thy children’s warring madness,
bend our pride to thy control;
shame our wanton, selfish gladness,
rich in things and poor in soul.
Grant us wisdom, grant us courage,
lest we miss thy kingdom’s goal,
lest we miss thy kingdom’s goal.

Save us from weak resignation
to the evils we deplore;
let the search for thy salvation
be our glory evermore.
Grant us wisdom, grant us courage,
serving thee whom we adore,
serving thee whom we adore.

*Affirmation of Faith “The Apostles’ Creed” No. 881

I believe in God, the Father Almighty, maker of heaven and earth; And in Jesus Christ his only Son, our Lord; who was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, dead, and buried; the third day he rose from the dead; he ascended into heaven, and sitteth at the right hand of God the Father Almighty; from thence he shall come to judge the quick and the dead. I believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy catholic church, the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and the life everlasting. Amen.

*The Gloria Patri No. 70

Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Ghost; as it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without end. Amen.

Anthem

“We Are/It Is Well with My Soul”
Elementary Choir
directed by Stephanie Davidson

When peace like a river attendeth my way
When sorrows like sea billows roll
Whatever my lot, You hath taught me to say
It is well, it is well with my soul

It is well (it is well)
With my soul (with my soul)
It is well, it is well with my soul

Prayer for Illumination

Holy God, by your Spirit reveal your radical, surprising love; come to us through your holy word, and let us hear what you are saying. Amen.

Scripture Reading: John 10:11-18

“I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep. The 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. The hired hand runs away because a hired hand does not care for the sheep. I am the good shepherd. I know my own and my own know me, just as the Father knows me and I know the Father. And I lay down my life for the sheep. I 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. For this reason the Father loves me, because I lay down my life in order to take it up again. No 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.”

L: The Word of God for the people of God.
All: Thanks be to God.

Sermon 

It’s A Race

Silent Prayer/Pastoral Prayer
The Lord’s 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 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, and the power and the glory forever. Amen.

Offering and Missions Giving
Offertory
*Doxology
No. 95

Praise God, from whom all blessings flow; praise him, all creatures here below; praise him above, ye heavenly host; praise Father, Son, and Holy Ghost. Amen.

*Closing Hymn No.381 Verses 1, 2, & 4

“Savior, Like a Shepherd Lead Us”

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.

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.

*Sending Forth with Blessing
Postlude

Thank You!  BPUMC’s Easter Love Offering Reached Its $10,000 Goal!
Thanks to your donations to BPUMC’s Easter Love Offering, we will be able to support each of the following ministries as they provide vital services to the communities they serve. For 2021, the local missions include: Church of the Reconciler, Fair Haven – Fountain of Love, McCoy Adult Day Care, Urban Ministry, BPUMC’s Chile Mission Team, Rise Against Hunger. Please help us support these missions. Thank you!  BPUMC’s Mission Committee.

VBS 2021 Needs Your Support
The pandemic turned last year’s VBS into a Virtual experience. In-person VBS is back this year (very scaled-down, but it’s back!) Covid also forced us to cancel one of our biggest Children’s Ministry Fall fundraising events – Bargains on the Bluff. As a result we will need to charge each child $10 ($30 family max) to help offset the cost. We typically spend about $40 per child for VBS. If you would like to help us cover the additional cost of VBS for our sweet kids this year, we would be very grateful. You can make a donation online: https://bit.ly/3uevNQe

 

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We would love to pray you. Submit a prayer request below and our team with be praying for you. You can also pray for other needs posted below.

Prayer List:

Chip Cartledge, Sara Perry, Stokely Morgan, Preston Huddleston, The family of Larry Myers, Joel Miller, The family of Alli Powell, The family of Jack Pearson,  Ron Roegner,  Peggy White,  Jackie Fort, Jamie Howell, The family of Rollina Oglesbay,  Jo Ann Freeman, Patty Elliott, Jim Ketchersid, Roberta Northington,  Pony Green, Wayne and Peggy Williams, Lois Truss, Jennie Alley, Myra Gray,  Ray Williams, Rosalie Rasco,  Ann Gilliland, Matt and Pat Reeder, Joan Cook, Derilda Joiner, Maya Wright,  Buck Sullivan, Frank and Marilyn Williams, Carolin Platt, Carolyn Arthur,  Roxie Langham,  Dot Watterson, Bob Moore, Wayne Freeman, Jackie Causey, Mary McCullough,  Joe Thomas, Bob Rogers,  Lisa Avant,  Sue Crunk, Charlotte Word, Connie Steele.

Prayers for Our World:

Pray for the people of Central America, especially those in Honduras, Guatemala, and El Salvador; that there will be a humanitarian response which helps in mitigating the impact of recurrent drought, severe food insecurity, and the Covid-19 pandemic especially in communities still recovering from back-to-back hurricanes.

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