Virtual Worship: Shepherd

In this time when we cannot gather as a traditional worshipping community next to one another, I invite you to take a few minutes of personal worship time in front of your screen. Use the parts that contribute to your connection with God and move to the next section, skipping those things that do not. I also invite your feedback.

We Gather

PRELUDE: During the candle, light a candle as the music plays.

CALL TO WORSHIP

Pray: We gather together in the presence of our Shepherd God,
who calls us each by name,
who restores our souls,
who leads us in the way of righteousness,
and whose goodness and love never stops pursuing us.
This is the God we have come to worship!

(based on Psalm 23 and John 10)

We Praise

OPENING HYMN: Savior, Like a Shepherd Lead Us

AFFIRMATION OF FAITH: The Apostles’ Creed

SPEAK: 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.

GLORIA PATRI

We Listen

PSALM OF PRAISE: The Lord is My Shepherd (Goodall)

OLD TESTAMENT LESSON: Ezekiel 34:11-16 (NIV)

11 “‘For this is what the Sovereign Lord says: I myself will search for my sheep and look after them. 12 As a shepherd looks after his scattered flock when he is with them, so will I look after my sheep. I will rescue them from all the places where they were scattered on a day of clouds and darkness. 13 I will bring them out from the nations and gather them from the countries, and I will bring them into their own land. I will pasture them on the mountains of Israel, in the ravines and in all the settlements in the land. 14 I will tend them in a good pasture, and the mountain heights of Israel will be their grazing land. There they will lie down in good grazing land, and there they will feed in a rich pasture on the mountains of Israel. 15 I myself will tend my sheep and have them lie down, declares the Sovereign Lord.16 I will search for the lost and bring back the strays. I will bind up the injured and strengthen the weak, but the sleek and the strong I will destroy. I will shepherd the flock with justice.

The word of God for you and me, the people of God. (Thanks be to God.)

We Pray

PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE

(For a link to the source, click HERE.)

We Offer

OFFERING PRAYER: Good Shepherd, you generously give us all that we need. You guide us to safe places where you feed and heal us, giving rest and renewal. Thank you for taking care of us and restoring our spirits. In gratitude for your abundant blessings, we respond by sharing these tithes and offerings for the work of your church. May our ministries bring the new life that you intend for all people. We ask this in the name of Christ our Lord. Amen. (Psalm 23)

(For a link to the source, click HERE.)

(If you are looking to donate, you are invited to take a moment and give online to Kingwood United Methodist Church by clicking HERE.)

OFFERTORY SOLO: Loving Shepherd of Thy Sheep (K. Lee Scott)

We Hear the Word Proclaimed

CHILDREN’S SERMON

NEW TESTAMENT LESSON: John 10:7-10 (NIV)

Therefore Jesus said again, “Very truly I tell you, I am the gate for the sheep. All who have come before me are thieves and robbers, but the sheep have not listened to them. I am the gate; whoever enters through me will be saved. They will come in and go out, and find pasture. The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.

SERMON: Dr. Burt Palmer

We Depart

DISMISSAL: FIRST SONG OF ISAIAH

Published by Matt

Creative Arts developer, planner, husband, and father. I direct choirs, make graphic art, and film, photograph and work daily to foster an experience with the Holy.

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