There are two ways to gain wisdom, the “the quality of having experience, knowledge, and good judgment,” according to Google. The first is the world’s way, the way of common sense and mom-isms and the philosophers. Then there is God’s way. Two paths; no other. According to the book of Proverbs, these two paths are the ways of Folly and Wisdom, for the only way to true wisdom is through God. We all have to choose. Which path will you take?
April 8, 2018 9:30 a.m., Sanctuary
C E L E B R AT I O N O F W O R S H I P We Gather in God’s Name –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––
*OPENING PRAYER Gracious and Holy God, give us diligence to seek you, wisdom to perceive you, and patience to wait for you. Grant us, O God, a mind to meditate on you, eyes to behold you, ears to listen for your word, a heart to love you, and a life to proclaim you, through the power of the spirit of Jesus Christ, our Lord. Amen. PRELUDE | Prelude in G Major, BWV 541 Johann Sebastian Bach, composer | Dr. Jonathan M. Gregoire, organist *CALL TO WORSHIP This is a day of new beginnings, time to remember, and move on, time to believe what love is bringing, laying to rest the pain that’s gone. Christ is alive, and goes before us to show and share what love can do! This is a day of new beginnings; our God is making all things new! *OPENING HYMN | Crown Him With Many Crowns 327 | Diadamata
1 Crown him with many crowns, the Lamb upon his throne. Hark! how the heavenly anthem drowns all music but its own. Awake, my soul, and sing of him who died for thee, and hail him as thy matchless King through all eternity.
3 Crown him the Lord of peace, whose power a scepter sways from pole to pole, that wars may cease, and all be prayer and praise. His reign shall know no end, and round his pierced feet fair flowers of paradise extend their fragrance ever sweet.
2 Crown him the Lord of life, who triumphed o’er the grave, and rose victorious in the strife for those he came to save. His glories now we sing, who died, and rose on high, who died, eternal life to bring, and lives that death may die.
4 Crown him the Lord of love; behold his hands and side, those wounds, yet visible above, in beauty glorified. All hail, Redeemer, hail! For thou hast died for me; thy praise and glory shall not fail throughout eternity.
*Please rise in body or spirit.
*AFFIRMATION OF FAITH 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. SPECIAL MUSIC | Every Move You Make Alpha and Omega Choirs | Julie Prudhomme and Rachel Kortum, directors WELCOME AND ANNOUNCEMENTS
We Offer Our Prayers –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––
CALL TO PRAYER PASTORAL PRAYER & LORD’S PRAYER CHORAL RESPONSE
We Offer Our Gifts –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––
OFFERTORY | Hallelujah Ludwig van Beethoven, composer | Chancel Choir Hallelujah! unto God’s Almighty Son. Praise the Lord, ye bright angelic choirs, In holy songs of joy. Man, proclaim His grace and glory! Hallelujah! unto God’s Almighty Son. Praise the Lord in holy songs of joy. MIDDLE HYMN | Christ Is Risen 307 | W Zlobie Lezy Christ is risen! Shout Hosanna! Celebrate this day of days. Christ is risen! Hush in wonder; all creation is amazed. In the desert all-surrounding, see, a spreading tree has grown. Healing leaves of grace abounding bring a taste of love unknown. Christ is risen! Raise your spirits from the caverns of despair. Walk with gladness in the morning. See what love can do and dare. Drink the wine of resurrection, not a servant, but a friend; Jesus is our strong companion. Joy and peace shall never end.
In this instance, catholic means universal.
Christ is risen! Earth and heaven nevermore shall be the same. Break the bread of new creation where the world is still in pain. Tell its grim, demonic chorus: “Christ is risen! Get you gone!” God the First and Last is with us. Sing Hosanna everyone!
We Hear God’s Word –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––
Listen to Jesus
Dr. Scott Engle & Rev. Arthur Jones
We Go in God’s Name –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––
INVITATION TO CHRISTIAN DISCIPLESHIP *CLOSING HYMN | Joyful, Joyful We Adore Thee 89 | Hymn To Joy 1 Joyful, joyful, we adore thee, God of glory, Lord of love; hearts unfold like flowers before thee,opening to the sun above. Melt the clouds of sin and sadness; drive the dark of doubt away. Giver of immortal gladness, fill us with the light of day! 2 All thy works with joy surround thee, earth and heaven reflect thy rays,stars and angels sing around thee, center of unbroken praise.Field and forest, vale and mountain,flowery meadow, flashing sea,chanting bird and flowing fountain,call us to rejoice in thee.
3 Thou art giving and forgiving, ever blessing, ever blest, well-spring of the joy of living, ocean depth of happy rest! Thou our Father, Christ our brother, all who live in love are thine; teach us how to love each other, lift us to the joy divine. 4 Mortals, join the mighty chorus which the morning stars began; love divine is reigning o’er us, binding all within its span. Ever singing, march we onward, victors in the midst of strife; joyful music leads us sunward, in the triumph song of life.
*BENEDICTION POSTLUDE | Final from “Organ Symphony No. 2” Charles-Marie Widor, composer | Dr. Jonathan M. Gregoire, organist
PRAYER FOCUS Having Surgery? Our Pastors are available to come and pray with you at the hospital prior to your surgery. Please email Donna Fenwick, firstname.lastname@example.org the week before your scheduled surgery.
JOYS AND CONCERNS Births Lily Catherine Lamb, daughter of Michael and Lori Lamb and granddaughter of Ron and Cathy Goddard (Mar 20) Jude Hampton Stroud, son of Jonathan and Jessica Stroud (Mar 28) Wedding Eli Ratliff and Shannon Parnitke (Apr 7) Hospital Wilma White Sympathy Julie and Laura Clegg in the death of their mother, Gretchen Clegg (Mar 27) John Crooks and Mike, Julie, Connor, Katelyn and Kamryn Chisum in the death of wife, mother and grandmother, Chris Ann Crooks (Mar 30) Long-Term Care Nancy Cates, Dan Cox, John Elder, Mary Eubanks, Marie Haynie, Mary McAndrew, Jeff Simmons, Judy Stafford, and Betty White
You may share a joy, a concern or a sorrow by visiting our website at standrewumc.org/ prayer or by calling our prayer line at 214.291.8044. Your requests are lifted up by our Pastors and Prayer Team each week.
Worship Series | April 7/8-May 12/13 | When Jesus invites us to become like little children, he doesnâ€™t intend for us to stay there. Instead, he wants us to grow up, the right way-to not just acquire knowledge but to become full in spirit and truthâ€“mature in thought and action. 5
GROUPS | standrewumc.org/News Adult Summer Softball, Teams for Young Adults (18-35) and Adults (36+) | Sign Up by April 23 | Season begins the week of May 14. Questions? Contact Allison Jean, ajean@ standrewumc.org. standrewumc.org/News/Softball Young Adults Ministry | Through social events, small groups, and serving opportunities, we invite men and women between the ages of 18 and 35 to form relationships and deepen their faith in Christ. standrewumc.org/young-adults Womenâ€™s Monday Morning Bible Study-Spring Study | April 9-May 21, 10:00 a.m., Room 131 | Hebrews: the Nearness of King Jesus by Lisa Harper. Jesus is supreme yet approachable. He is our up-close Redeemer. Contact Kathleen, email@example.com. Childcare available. standrewumc.org/adults United Methodist Women | Visit one of these groups. All are welcome. standrewumc.org/adults LIFT Group | Sunday, April 8, 6:30 p.m., Room 126 | Speaker: Janet Collinsworth with Agape House Rachel Group | Monday, April 9, 7:00 p.m., Room 126 | Speaker: Hayley Dick, Plano Police Dept., Social Media Safety Tips for Parents/GrandParents Prayer Shawl Ministry: Tuesday, April 17, 10:00 a.m., Room 120 | Prayer Shawls are knitted or crocheted for individuals experiencing devastating illness or loss. Donâ€™t knit or crochet? We will teach you. You may also knit or crochet on your own and donate shawls to the ministry. PALS (People with Active Lifestyles) | Wednesdays, (except 1st of month) | 10:00 a.m., Room 131 | A group offering senior adults educational, cultural, and social opportunities. standrewumc.org/adults APRIL 11 | Paul Markowitz, Sr. Living Associates, speaks about current trends in senior living and what you need to know 18 | British Flight Museum and Lunch, in Terrell, TX via church bus 25 | Game Day-BINGO MAY 9 | VIP Tour of The Star in Frisco, Home of the Dallas Cowboys, and lunch, via church bus Single Purpose | Bible Study, 9:30 a.m., Sundays, Room 122; Social Gathering, 7:00 p.m., 2nd Friday Every Month at Katy Trail Outpost (Plano) | A new singles group offering friendship and support to connect with one another. Singles of all ages are welcome. Contact Ashlee, firstname.lastname@example.org. Childcare reservation for Fridays, contact Defae, email@example.com. standrewumc.org/adults
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Starting Point is the fastest way to get connected into deeper fellowship and growth at St. Andrew. April classes will be held on the 8th, 15th and 22nd at 9:30 a.m. in Room 131. standrewumc.org/starting-point
Evening of Empowerment | April 13, 4:00-9:00 p.m., Festival Hall | For victims of crime and their families, we will host this night of relaxation, pampering, and equipping. standrewumc.org/News/ Empowerment
Summer Camps | VBS: June 18-21, 9:00 a.m.-Noon; Science Camp: July 23-27, 9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. | Come Get Shipwrecked at VBS this summer and explore your five senses at Science Camp! standrewumc.org/News/ SummerFun
Jewish History Class | Begins April 8, 11:00 a.m., Smith Worship Center Faculty from the Center for Holocaust Studies at UT Dallas and Holocaust survivor Dr. Zsuzsanna Ozsvรกth will teach a six-week series. standrewumc.org/News/JewishHistory
Bells, Brass & Pipes | April 29, in Traditional Worship | Bells of St. Andrew will join with Imperial Brass and Dr. Jonathan Gregoire at the magnificent Letourneau organ to present a musical tapestry of American favorites. standrewumc.org/News/Bells 7
Begins April 8, Every Sunday, 10:30 a.m., Festival Hall | Students and parents come together between Sunday School hours to hang out, play games, and eat with friends and family. standrewumc.org/News/TheCrossover
New Worship Times Beginning April 7 & 8
Worship Together With Your Children on April 29 | Parents, bring your children to either the Sanctuary or Smith Worship Center on the fifth Sunday of the month and experience worship as a family. standrewumc.org/News WorshipTogether
Saturday 5:30 p.m., Sanctuary | Traditional Sunday 9:30 a.m., Smith Worship Center Contemporary 9:30 a.m., Sanctuary | Traditional 11:00 a.m., Sanctuary | Contemporary
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