Virtual Worship for May 3, 2020

The Presbyterian Church, Coshocton, Ohio

Fourth Sunday of Easter

Pastor Karen Crawford

Musicians: Caroline Heading and Mark Wagner

Liturgists: Erin Jobes, Helen Wright and Matt Downing

Prelude: Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring Caroline Heading, Piano

Greeting/Announcements: Pastor Karen

Opening Sentences and Gathering Prayer: Matt Downing and Helen Wright

The Shepherd calls us by name and leads us to abundant life.

We hear your voice and hasten to follow.  

The Shepherd prepares a table and lavishly pours out grace.

We hear your invitation and take our place at the feast.

The Shepherd gathers us in and welcomes us to the house of the Lord.

We hear your call and give you praise. 

Hymn: The King of Love My Shepherd Is

The King of Love my Shepherd is whose goodness faileth never. I nothing lack if I am His and He is mine forever.

Where streams of living water flow My ransomed soul He leadeth, And, where the verdant pastures grow, With food celestial feedeth.

And so through all the length of day Thy goodness faileth never; Good Shepherd, may I sing Thy praise Within Thy house forever.

Confession and Pardon: Pastor Karen

We have gone astray, O Shepherd. You call us to follow, and we hear your voice. Yet, we choose to heed other voices—voices that promise status and comfort and a carefree life. But such promises are empty, and that life does not satisfy. Call to us again, O Shepherd. Summon us onto right paths to pursue justice in your name, to seek after the well-being of all. Lead us to the table you prepare for us—where rivals share both bread and blessings and discover there is enough for all. Amen.

Hymn: Heal Our Land by Jamie Rivera

If my people will humble themselves
Humble themselves and pray
If they seek my face and humble themselves
And turn from their wicked ways
I will hear from heaven and forgive their sins
I will hear from heaven and heal their land

Lord, heal our land
Father, heal our land
Hear our cry and turn our nation back to You
Lord, heal our land
Hear us oh, Lord, and heal our land
Forgive our sin and heal our broken land

Lord, we bow our knee, we humble ourselves
Humble ourselves and pray
Lord, we seek your face and humble ourselves
And turn from my wicked ways

Father in Your mercy, forgive our sins
Father in Your mercy, come heal our land

Lord, heal our land
Father, heal our land
Hear our cry and turn our nation back to You
Lord, heal our land
Hear us oh,…

Time with Children

Prayer for Illumination and 1 Peter 2:19-25: Erin Jobes

This is the good news which we have received, in which we stand, and by which we are saved. Thanks be to God. 

Scripture: John 10:1-10: Matt Downing

This is the gospel of the Lord. Praise to you, O Christ.

Hymn: Psalm 23: The Lord Is My Shepherd by Keith Green

The Lord is my Shepherd I shall not want. He makes me lie down in green pastures.
He leads me beside the still waters. He restore’th my soul. And guides my path in righteousness For His name’s sake.

Surely goodness and loving kindness Shall follow me all the days of my life.
And I will dwell in the house of the Lord Forever and ever and ever.

Though I walk through the valley Of the shadow of death,
I will not fear, Thou art with me. Thy rod and Thy staff they comfort me.
Thou prepar’est a table Before me in the presence of my enemies.

Thou anointest my head with oil; my cup’s overflowing. Surely goodness and lovingkindness Shall follow me all the days of my life. And I will dwell in the house of the Lord Forever and ever and ever.

The Lord is my Shepherd. I shall not want.

Message: Free from Want Pastor Karen

Hymn: Shepherd Me, O God by Marty Haugen

Shepherd me, O God, beyond my wants, beyond my fears, from death into life.

God is my shepherd, so nothing shall I want, I rest in the meadows of faithfulness and love,
I walk by the quiet waters of peace. [Refrain]

Gently you raise me and heal my weary soul, you lead me by pathways of righteousness and truth, my spirit shall sing the music of your name. [Refrain]

Though I should wander the valley of death, I fear no evil, for you are at my side,
your rod and your staff, my comfort and my hope. [Refrain]

You have set me a banquet of love in the face of hatred, crowning me with love beyond my power to hold. [Refrain]

Surely your kindness and mercy follow me all the days of my life;
I will dwell in the house of my God forevermore. [Refrain]

Affirmation of Faith Adapted from the Confession of 1967: Helen Wright

Let us say what we believe.

New life in Christ takes shape in a community in which people know that God loves and accepts them in spite of what they are. They therefore accept themselves and love others, knowing that no one has any ground on which to stand, except God’s grace.

Invitation to the Table and Great Thanksgiving Prayer

The Lord be with you. And also with you.

Lift up your hearts. We lift them to the Lord.

Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.

It is right to give our thanks and praise.

Blessed are you, O Lord our God: You are our shepherd, O Lord, and in you there is nothing we lack. ….. And we continue our prayer as Jesus taught us…

Lord’s Prayer

Our Father who art from 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 debts as we forgive our debtors. And lead us not into temptation but deliver us from evil. For thine is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever. Amen.

Breaking the Bread

Communion of the People

Prayer after Communion

Charge and Benediction

Postlude: Savior Like a Shepherd Lead Us Mark Wagner, Piano

Published by karenpts

I am the pastor of First Presbyterian Church of Smithtown, New York on Long Island. Come and visit! We want to share God’s love and grace with you and encourage you on your journey of faith. I have served Presbyterian congregations in Minnesota, Florida and Ohio since my ordination in 2011. I am a 2010 graduate of Princeton Theological Seminary and am working on a doctor of ministry degree with Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary. I am married to Jim and we have 5 grown children and two grandchildren in our blended family. We are parents to fur babies, Liam, an orange tabby cat, and Minnie, a toy poodle.

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