order of worship

5/2/21

Instrumental Prelude

Welcome

Adam Jones

Choral Call to Worship
“Prayer for the Gathering”

“Alleluia! Sing to Jesus”
Alleluia! Sing to Jesus!
His the scepter, His the throne.
Alleluia! His the triumph,
His the victory alone.
Hark! The songs of peaceful Zion
Thunder like a mighty flood:
"Jesus out of ev'ry nation
Has redeemed us by His blood."

Alleluia! Not as orphans
Are we left in sorrow now;
Alleluia! He is near us;
Faith believes, nor questions how.
Though the cloud from sight received Him
When the forty days were o'er,
Shall our hearts forget His promise:
"I am with you evermore?"

Alleluia! Bread of angels,
Here on earth our food, our stay!
Alleluia! Here the sinful
Flee to You from day to day.
Intercessor, friend of sinners,
Earth's redeemer, plead for me,
Where the songs of all the sinless
Sweep across the crystal sea.

Alleluia! King eternal,
You the Lord omnipotent we own;
Alleluia! Born of Mary,
Earth Your footstool, heav'n Your throne.
As within the veil You entered,
Robed in flesh, our great high priest;
Here on earth both priest and victim
In the eucharistic feast.

Prayer

Don Corley

“Desert Song"

This is my prayer in the desert
When all that's within me feels dry
This is my prayer in my hunger and need
My God is the God who provides

This is my prayer in the fire
In weakness or trial or pain
There is a faith proved
Of more worth than gold
So refine me Lord through the flame

Chorus:
I will bring praise
I will bring praise
No weapon formed against me shall remain
I will rejoice
I will declare
God is my victory and He is here

This is my prayer in the battle
When triumph is still on its way
I am a conqueror and co-heir with Christ
So firm on His promise I'll stand

Bridge:
All of my life
In every season
You are still God
I have a reason to sing
I have a reason to worship

And this is my prayer in the harvest
When favor and providence flow
I know I'm filled to be emptied again
The seed I've received I will sow

Scripture Reading
Isaiah 55:1-13
Romans 8:18-23

read by Carlisle and Ethan Davidhizar

“Thankful Hearts and Voices Raise”

Thankful hearts and voices raise
Tell everyone what God has done
Let everyone who seeks the Lord
Rejoice and bear the name of Christ.
Send us with Your promises
And lead Your people forth in joy
With shouts of thanksgiving
Alleluia, Alleluia

Sermon
Chad Eggleston
“Happy Little Trees”

“Look Who Gathers at Christ’s Table”
Look who gathers at Christ’s table! 
Hear the stories that they bring. 
Some are weeping, some are laughing, 
some have songs they want to sing. 
Others ask why they’re invited, 
burdened by the wrong they’ve done. 
Christ insists they all are welcome. 
There is room for everyone. 

Clouds of light surround the table; 
ancient followers appear. 
Saints confessing how they wrestled
with their guilt, their doubt, their fear. 
Peter tells of his denying Christ was ever in his sight; 
Paul relates his fruitless efforts to obliterate the light. 

Their sad stories are repeated
in a thousand different ways, 
but they share one thing in common: 
they all end in thanks and praise
for the host who has invited
north and south and east and west
to converge around this table, 
where all life is fed and blest.

Bring your joy and bring your sadness,
And prepare to be surprised
By the host whose hands are wounded,
Who will open wide your eyes
When he blesses bread and breaks it
Truth and manna from above
And then passes wine that wakens
In your heart the taste of love.

Communion
John Hunt and Ali Chappell DeHay
Communion Meditation — “This is My Father’s World”

Reminders
John Hunt

Spoken Benediction
Chad Eggleston

Sung Benediction
“You Shall Go Out with Joy”  

You shall go out with joy and be led forth with peace
The mountains and the hills will break forth before you
There’ll be shouts of joy, and all the trees of the field
Will clap, will clap their hands.
And all the trees of the field will clap their hands
The trees of the field will clap their hands
The trees of the field will clap their hands
While you go out with joy.

Organ Postlude