THE GATHERING AT BLUFF PARK

Belong | Grow | Serve

The Gathering at Bluff Park is a new modern worshiping community in the heart of Bluff Park. We exist to gather friends around God's table to find belonging, grow in faith, and serve the world. At our core is the belief that we are at our best when we are gathered around the table together, sharing a meal, and listening for God's voice in our lives. At the Gathering, there is space for you to discover deeper communion with God, your community, and the world. Come join us!

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Seventh Sunday of Easter
May 16th, 2021

God Gathers Us Together

Welcome

Song: Graves Into Gardens

Pastoral Greeting

We Listen for God’s Word

Song: Love So Great

Song: So Will I (100 Billion X)

Prayer and Scripture Reading
Acts 10:44-48

While Peter was still speaking, the Holy Spirit fell upon all who heard the word. The circumcised believers who had come with Peter were astounded that the gift of the Holy Spirit had been poured out even on the Gentiles, for they heard them speaking in tongues and extolling God. Then Peter said, “Can anyone withhold the water for baptizing these people who have received the Holy Spirit just as we have?” So he ordered them to be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ. Then they invited him to stay for several days.

The Word of God for the people of God. Thanks be to God.

Sermon

We Respond to God’s Word

Song: Living Hope

The Apostle’s Creed

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.

We Feast at God’s Table

Invitation, Confession, Pardon and Peace

Prayer of Confession

L: We have not believed you or trusted in your power.
ALL: Lord, help our unbelief.
L: We have stained our souls by our action and inaction.
ALL: Cleanse us, Lord.
L: We are broken by disease, bruised by the sins of others, weakened and unable to repair ourselves.
ALL: Heal us, Lord.
L: We ignore your call to center our lives in you, and so are deaf to the hopes and cries of the poor, the sick, the needy, and the earth.
ALL: Ground us, Lord!
L: When we confess our sinful ways, God abundantly pardons.
In the name of Jesus Christ, you are forgiven.
ALL: In the name of Jesus Christ, we are all forgiven. Glory to God!

L: The peace of our Lord Jesus Christ be always with you!
ALL: And also with you.

 

The Great Thanksgiving

L: The Lord be with you.
ALL: And also with you.

L: Lift up your hearts.
ALL: We lift them to you, Lord.

L: Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.
ALL: It is right to praise you, Lord.

L: It is right, and a good and joyful thing,
Always and everywhere to give thanks to you,
Holy Triune God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
From the rising of the sun to its setting
your name is praised among all peoples.

Therefore we praise you,
joining our voices with your people on earth
and all the company of heaven
who for ever sing this hymn to the glory of your name:

ALL: Holy, holy, holy, Lord,
God of power and might
Heaven and earth are full…
Full of your glory.
Hosanna in the highest!
Hosanna in the highest!
Blessed is the One who comes
In the name of the Lord.
Hosanna in the highest!
Hosanna in the highest!

L: You are holy, Almighty One!
Blessed are you, Jesus Christ!
In the power of the Spirit
you created all things, blessed them, and called them good.
You called to yourself a people
To make your mercy and truth known in all the world.
We betrayed your calling;
ALL: You were faithful.
L: We wandered from the way;
ALL: You called us to return, and led us home.

L: And still we turned from your ways,
abused your creatures,
and made ourselves slaves to sin and death.

At the right time
you came and dwelt among us,
as one of us,
bringing good news to the poor,
healing the sick, raising the dead,
sharing table with the unrighteous,
and teaching the way that leads to life.

By your incarnation, life, suffering, execution and resurrection
You gave birth to your church,
delivered us from slavery
and made a new covenant with us
by water and the Spirit.

On the night of your betrayal, Lord Jesus,
you took bread, blessed it, broke it, gave it to your disciples and said,
“This is my body which is given for you.
Do this in remembrance of me.”
You did the same with the cup after the supper, saying,
“This cup that is poured out is the new covenant in my blood.”

Blessed Trinity, in remembrance of all you have done to save us,
we offer ourselves to you in praise and thanksgiving
as a holy and living sacrifice, in union with Christ’s offering for us,
as we sing (proclaim) the mystery of our faith:

ALL:
Christ has come among us. Christ has died.
Christ has risen. Christ abides with us.
Christ will come again.

L: Pour out your Spirit on us
Pour out your Spirit on these gifts
Make these gifts the body and blood of Christ
ALL: Make us, through them, Christ’s body alive in the world.

L: We thank you, Father!
ALL: Let Your Kingdom come.

L: Come, Lord Jesus!
ALL: Be our daily bread.

L: Holy Spirit!
ALL: Send us to the world.

L: Holy, Blessed Trinity!
ALL: One God forever and ever! Amen.

Tithes and Offerings

Communion

Song: Living Hope

We are Sent Out to Love and Serve

Announcements

Benediction

VBS 2021 Sponsorship
Thanks to a wonderful donor, we no longer need to charge for VBS this year! We are still hoping to raise an additional $1000 to help pay for snacks and supplies. We have a suggested donation of $30 but we would be grateful for any amount you would like to donate! VBS traditionally costs us about $40 per child. If you would like to donate this year, please visit: https://bit.ly/3aUnyl9

Church of the Reconciler Volunteers
Church of the Reconciler (COTR) will train volunteers to help people access their critical government documents. COTR journeys with people to navigate the difficulties of life, and it’s fun to do it together, and they’ll teach you how to help. For more information on the Church of the Reconciler and the many ways to get involved, visit:  www.bluffparkumc.org/serve

First Things First
As we approach the summer months, please remember that giving during the summer often drops off as people are away on vacation.  During the summer, many vital ministries occur such as Vacation Bible School and mission trips.  If you can automate your giving through Realm or if you can prepay your summer giving before June, that will greatly help our ministries continue to bless and serve others!

Thank you for supporting the ministry and mission of our church family! Click the link below to give online safely and secure through Realm

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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:

Butch Hopper, Betsy Guy and family, Joe Bains, the family of Barbara Morgan, Kandis Scudder, James Hill, the family of June Baird, the family of Jean Clemons, the family of Fred Von Herrmann, the family of Bill and Peggy Best, Chip Cartledge, Sara Perry, Stokely Morgan, Preston Huddleston, Joel Miller, Ron Roegner, Peggy White, Jackie Fort, Jamie Howell, Jo Ann Freeman, Patty Elliott, Jim Ketchersid, Roberta Northington, Pony Green, Wayne and Peggy Williams, Lois Truss, Myra Gray, 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:

Let us remember John Elmore (our missionary in Chile) as he celebrates his birthday on Tuesday, May 18th. And let us continue to be in prayer for the people of Chile as they remain in Covid-19 lockdown.

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Our Staff

Rev. Mike Holly

Senior Pastor

J.T. Mercer

Director of Student Ministries, Worship Leader for The Gathering

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