Sweetwater Presbyterian

Small in size, Big in Faith and Love

Sweetwater Presbyterian Church
The Church at Worship
April 15, 2018 3rd Sunday of Easter

Gathering Words:
This is the day the Lord has made
People: Let us rejoice and be glad in it!
May the peace of the Lord Jesus Christ be with you.
People: And also with you

Welcome and Announcements
Lighting of the Candles

Verses of Silent Reflection
The fool says in his heart, ‘There is no God.’ They are corrupt, their deeds are vile, there is no one who does good. The Lord looks down from heaven on all people to see if there are any who understand, any who seek God. Psalm 14:1-2

*Call to Worship (Psalm 19)
Leader: Look at the heavens!
People: They are shouting the glory of God. Leader: The days and nights declare the magnificence of God’s creative words.
People: Their voice goes through all the earth and their words reach the ends of the world.
Leader: Let our words of praise be acceptable to you.
People: O Lord, our rock, our redeemer.

*Opening Hymn: God of Grace and God of Glory #435
Celebration Hymnal

*Opening Prayer

Gospel Lesson Matthew 28:11-15

Call to Confession
Prayer of Confession (Unison)
You have called us, O God, and we have refused to listen; you have stretched out your hand for us and we have not taken it. We have refused the benefit of your wisdom. (
Moment of silent confession) Forgive our inability to recognize you and live out the reality of your gospel. Give us the insight we need to understand your place in our lives so that our words and actions reflect the glory of God in the lives of others. In the name of the risen Messiah we pray. Amen.
The Assurance of Pardon
Leader: Hear and believe the good news of the gospel
People: In Jesus Christ we are forgiven!

Choral Response: Good Christian Friends, Rejoice #28 V3

Christian Greetings

Children's Moment
Our children will leave for the nursery.

I Love to Tell the Story #444
Celebration Hymnal
Congregational Prayer with Lord’s Prayer

Epistle Lesson Romans 1:28-32

Prayer of Illumination Open My Eyes that I May See V2 #324

Sermon The Report of the Guard
Declaration of Faith
The Apostle’s Creed

Invitation to the Offering
*Doxology and Prayer of Thanksgiving

*Closing Hymn:
We’ve a Story to Tell the Nations #446
Celebration Hymnal

Leader: When people ask, “Who is this Jesus?”
People: Do not be ashamed of the gospel.
Leader: Share with them that Jesus loved the world so much
People: He lived for us, suffered for us, died for us and rose from the grave
for us.
Leader: And then invite them to follow him.
People: With God’s help, we will spread the gospel of Jesus Christ!

Choral Benediction The Day of Resurrection V3 #118