Grace Presbyterian Church WOrship Bulletin

May 15, 2022

Order of Worship

May 15, 2022
Rev. Dr. Sam Roberson, Guest Preacher
Rev. Dr. Joanne Sizoo, Pastor
4th Sunday of Easter
Brian Hartzog,  Elder on Call

Prelude             

Welcome and Announcements

Minute for Missions—Congregational Camping Retreat

Call to Worship
   adapted from John 13:31-35
Leader: Now is the Son of Man glorified, and in him God is glorified.
People: Jesus said, "A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another."
Leader: Jesus reminded us that even as he has loved us, we are to love one another.
People: By our loving others, all will recognize us as disciples of Jesus.

**Hymn #300 We Are One in the Spirit

** Affirmation of Faith
In life and death we belong to God.
We trust in Jesus Christ, fully human, fully God.
We trust in God, whom Jesus called Abba, Father.
In sovereign love God created the world good and
makes everyone equally in God’s image, male and female,
of every race and people, to live in one community.
We trust in God the Holy Spirit,
everywhere the giver and renewer of life.
With believers in every time and place,
we rejoice that nothing in life or in death can separate us
from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Special Music                       Thy Will                                  Tracy Harkins
 
Time with Young Disciples

Scripture                        Acts 11:1-18
Now the apostles and the believers who were in Judea heard that the Gentiles had also accepted the word of God.  So when Peter went up to Jerusalem, the circumcised believers criticized him, saying, "Why did you go to uncircumcised men and eat with them?"  Then Peter began to explain it to them, step by step, saying, I was in the city of Joppa praying, and in a trance I saw a vision. There was something like a large sheet coming down from heaven, being lowered by its four corners; and it came close to me.  As I looked at it closely I saw four-footed animals, beasts of prey, reptiles, and birds of the air. I also heard a voice saying to me, 'Get up, Peter; kill and eat.'  But I replied, 'By no means, Lord; for nothing profane or unclean has ever entered my mouth.' But a second time the voice answered from heaven, 'What God has made clean, you must not call profane.'  This happened three times; then everything was pulled up again to heaven. At that very moment three men, sent to me from Caesarea, arrived at the house where we were.  The Spirit told me to go with them and not to make a distinction between them and us. These six brothers also accompanied me, and we entered the man's house.  He told us how he had seen the angel standing in his house and saying, 'Send to Joppa and bring Simon, who is called Peter; he will give you a message by which you and your entire household will be saved.'  And as I began to speak, the Holy Spirit fell upon them just as it had upon us at the beginning. And I remembered the word of the Lord, how he had said, 'John baptized with water, but you will be baptized with the Holy Spirit.'  If then God gave them the same gift that he gave us when we believed in the Lord Jesus Christ, who was I that I could hinder God?"  When they heard this, they were silenced. And they praised God, saying, "Then God has given even to the Gentiles the repentance that leads to life."

Message              "Repentance Into Life"         Rev. Dr. Sam Roberson

Prayers of the People with the Lord’s Prayer

**Hymn #754 "Help Us Accept Each Other"

**Benediction

**Choral Response   #288 Spirit of the Living God

Postlude
**congregation standing in body or spirit