29 April 2021

Gathering Music

“And Are We Yet Alive?”

Led by Prof. Mark Miller and Friends

Call to Worship

Dean Tanya Linn Bennett & Prof. Mark Miller

We bid you welcome, you who come with weary spirits seeking rest,
who come with troubles that are too much to bear,
and you who come hurt and afraid.

We bid you welcome, you who come with hope in your heart,
who come with anticipation in your step,
and you who come proud and joyous.

We bid you welcome, you who are seekers of new ideas,
who come to probe and explore,
and you who come to learn.

We bid you welcome, you who enter into this space with joy,
who have found here room for your spirit,
and you who find in this people a family

Whoever you are, whatever you are,
wherever you are on your journey.

We bid you welcome!

Hymn of Welcome

“Headed Home By Another Road”

Scripture

John 15:1-8 NRSV

Dr. Kenneth Ngwa

1 “I am the true vine, and my Father is the vinegrower. 2 He removes every branch in me that bears no fruit. Every branch that bears fruit he prunes to make it bear more fruit. 3 You have already been cleansed by the word that I have spoken to you. 4 Abide in me as I abide in you. Just as the branch cannot bear fruit by itself unless it abides in the vine, neither can you unless you abide in me. 5 I am the vine, you are the branches. Those who abide in me and I in them bear much fruit, because apart from me you can do nothing. 6 Whoever does not abide in me is thrown away like a branch and withers; such branches are gathered, thrown into the fire, and burned. 7 If you abide in me, and my words abide in you, ask for whatever you wish, and it will be done for you. 8 My Father is glorified by this, that you bear much fruit and become my disciples.

Homily

“Flowers, Fruit, and the Finish Line”

Rev. Dr. Jennifer Quigley

Anthem

“We Will Rejoice”

Julian Wamble

Prayer of the Day

God, we would grow with you
New shoots reaching out
Hands stretched upward
Like leaves newly formed
Soaking up your light and warmth
God, we would grow with you

God, we would grow with you
In sunshine and rain
In darkness and light
In cold days and summer days
From Springtime to Winter
God, we would grow with you

God, we would grow with you
And bring forth fruit
That is pleasing to you
Fed by your living water
Giving sustenance to others
God, we would grow with you
Amen

Blessing

Rev. Dr. Jennifer Quigley

Sending

“All My Days”

Drew Seminary Choir


Worship Notes: 

Call to Worship: adapted from the Rainbow Cathedral Call to Worship page.  http://rainbowcathedral.wordpress.com/category/calls-to-worship/

Prayer of the Day: adapted from contemporary Welsh prayer posted on A Place for Prayer. http://revgalprayerpals.blogspot.ca/

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