PRELUDE:  Prelude on “The Call” by Michael Burkhardt

WELCOME AND ANNOUNCEMENTS

CALL TO WORSHIP

PRAYER

INTROIT:  Go Ye Into All the World by Eugene Butler

Go ye into all the world and preach My gospel to every creature!  Jesus said, “This is the great commandment: that ye love one another as I have loved you.  Greater love hath no man than this; that he lay down his life for his friends.”  “Let not your heart be troubled, you believe in God, you believe in me!”  Go ye into all the world!  Go ye into all the world and preach My gospel!  Alleluia!  Go! [Adapted from Scriptures]

PRAYER

HYMN:  Go in Grace and Make Disciples [Wondrous Light]

 PRAYER

SCRIPTURE LESSON:  Luke 24:44-49

HYMN:  In Christ Called to Baptize [St. Denio]

SERMON:  “Giving Witness”

SOLO:  Witness Spiritual, arr. by Mark Hayes; Melissa Montañez, soprano

Who’ll be a witness for my Lord?  O I’ll be a witness for my Lord.  Now there was a man of the Pharisees.  His name was Nicodemus and he didn’t believe.  The same came to Christ by night, wanted to be taught out of human sight.  Nicodemus was a man desired to know how a man can be born when he is old.  Christ told Nicodemus as a friend, “Man, you must be born again.  Marvel not, man, if you want to be wise.  Repent, believe and be baptized.”  Then you’ll be a witness for my Lord.  Soul is a witness for my Lord.  You read about Samson, from his birth, he was the strongest man that ever lived on earth.  Way back yonder in ancient times, he killed ten thousand of the Philistines.  Then old Samson went wandering about; Samson’s strength was never found out ‘till his wife sat upon his knee.  She said, “Tell me where your strength lies, if you please.”  Now Samson’s wife, she talk so fair.  Samson said, “Cut off my hair.  Shave my head just as clean as your hand and my strength will come like a natural man.”  Samson was a witness for my Lord.  Soul is a witness for my Lord.  There’s another witness.  My soul is a witness for my Lord. [Traditional Spiritual]

PRAYER

HYMN:  My Life Flows On (How Can I Keep from Singing) [How Can I Keep from Singing]

BENEDICTION

RESPONSE:  I Will Sing the Wondrous Story by Dennis Allen

I will sing the wondrous story of the Christ who died for me.  How he left his home in glory for the cross of Calvary.  I was lost but Jesus found me, found the sheep that went astray, threw his loving arms around me, drew me back into his way.  I was bruised but Jesus healed me; faint was I from many a fall; sight was gone and fears possessed me but he freed me from them all.  Days of darkness still come over me, sorrow’s paths I often tread, but the Savior still is with me; by his hand I’m safely led.  He will keep me till the river rolls its waters at my feet; then he’ll bear me safely over where the loved ones I shall meet.  Yes, I’ll sing the wondrous story of the Christ who died for me, sing it with the saints in glory, gathered by the crystal sea. [Francis H. Rowley]

 

The flowers are given today by Diane Donaldson in celebration of new life!

Would you like to sponsor flowers on week for worship?  You can place your order for any Sunday throughout 2021 by using this link that takes you to Covenant’s Flowers for Worship form —  https://forms.gle/9C98VA1d17SPmTBV8

 

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