Sorrow â€“&â€“ Joy May 5, 2019 9:30 a.m., Sanctuary
Somehow, we Christians have come to believe the idea that when we follow Jesus, our life should be free from trouble. Yet Jesus, nor the Scriptures, ever make such a promise. In fact, the Bible tells us that to everything there is a season and a time to every purpose under the heaven, including both mourning and laughing. What if the full Christian life includes both sorrow and joy - sometimes at the same time?
CELEBRATION OF WORSHIP We Gather in God’s Name
OPENING PRAYER God, make the door of this house wide enough to receive all who need human love and fellowship, narrow enough to shut out envy, pride and strife. Make its threshold smooth enough not to be a stumbling block to children, nor to straying feet, yet rugged and strong enough to turn back evil’s power. Make the people inside this house a compassionate people, ready and willing to receive every person you place in our midst even if they don’t look, or act, or speak like us. God, make the door of this house a place of love and acceptance and make it a gateway to your kingdom. Amen. PRELUDE | This Joyful Eastertide Hal Hopson, arranger | Bells of St. Andrew; Lynn Hayes, conductor *OPENING HYMN | Crown Him With Many Crowns 327 | Diademata 1
Crown him with many crowns, 3 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.
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.
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.
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.
*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. WELCOME AND ANNOUNCEMENTS *Please rise in body or spirit. 2
+In this instance, catholic means universal.
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We Offer Our Gifts
OFFERTORY | Music of the Spheres Kevin McChesney, composer | Bells of St. Andrew
We Hear God’s Word
Sorrow –&– Joy Dr. Scott Engle & Rev. Arthur Jones
We Feast at the Lord’s Table ––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––
THE GREAT THANKSGIVING LORD’S PRAYER
HOLY COMMUNION Take It to the Lord in Prayer | Sandra Eithun, composer Let Us Break Bread Together | Michael Helman, arranger
We Go in God’s Name
INVITATION TO CHRISTIAN DISCIPLESHIP
*CLOSING HYMN | Ask Ye What Great Thing I Know 163 | Hendon Ask ye what great thing I know, that delights and stirs me so? What the high reward I win? Whose the name I glory in? Jesus Christ, the crucified. Who defeats my fiercest foes? Who consoles my saddest woes? Who revives my fainting heart, healing all its hidden smart? Jesus Christ, the crucified.
Who is life in life to me? Who the death of death will be? Who will place me on his right, with the countless hosts of light? Jesus Christ, the crucified. This is that great thing I know; this delights and stirs me so: faith in him who died to save, him who triumphed o’er the grave: Jesus Christ, the crucified. *BENEDICTION POSTLUDE | All Creatures of our God and King Vaclav Nelhybel, arranger | Bells of St. Andrew
CRUX Worship Series | Through May 25/26 | We tend to look for the satisfaction of conclusive answers. Yet, much of life persists as a mystery. Big questions of faith and life usually aren’t resolved with either/or arguments. For example, can Jesus be fully divine and yet fully human? How can Christians be in the world and yet not of the world? While we see problems from limited perspectives, Christ sits at the center. In every big question, don’t just reinforce the usual positions. Look for Jesus, even in the apparent contradictions. When you find the cross, you find the crux of the matter.
Love is not only pure joy, and delight, but also great and deep heaviness of heart and sorrow. But love too is full of joy and sweetness even in bitter sorrow, because it regards the misery and injury of others as its own. So also Christ was glowing with burning love in His last and greatest agony. According to St. Hilary, it was Christ’s greatest joy that He endured the greatest woe. Thus God “giveth strength and power unto His people” (Ps. 68:15). While they experience the greatest sorrow, their hearts overflow with joy. — Martin Luther
Need Prayer? No need is too big or too small for God. If you need help in this area of your life, our pastors and Prayer Team are available to pray for you. Please send your Prayer Request as directed below.
JOYS AND CONCERNS
Birth Keaton Alexander Jinright son of Justin and Beth Jinright (April 18) Hospital Jim Kline, Barbara Mallory and Mike Warren Long-Term Care Nancy Cates, Dan Cox, Glennys Damewood, John Elder, Mary Eubanks, John Hamilton, Carol Murphy, Jeff Simmons 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.
WHY I GIVE The St. Andrew community shares why they give to the ministries of the church. To bring joy to God by using the gifts I have been given to bless others.
TYPES OF GIVING | standrewumc.org/give
Help secure the vitality of St. Andrew with any of three types of giving.
SPECIAL GIFTS Includes specifically designated times of the year, such as Christmas and Easter offerings, and capital campaigns, like ChurchOne.
ANNUAL GIFTS Your weekly or monthly offerings that support the churchâ€™s operating budget.
FOREVER GIFTS Invest in the future of St. Andrew ministries, infrastructure, and leadership development.
We invite you to prayerfully consider how your gifts may help us live out our call to be passionate servants of Christ, now and in the future. 5
GROUPS | standrewumc.org/news Young Adults Common Grounds | Today, 10:40-11:00 a.m., Parlor | Grab a cup of coffee and visit with other young adults. Meet new people, and learn more about Young Adult events and activities. Women’s Spiritual Growth Group | Beginning May 7, 1st/3rd Tuesdays, 6:30 p.m., Room 120 | Fight Back with Joy by Margaret Feinberg. This DVD study teaches us how to use joy to fight life’s battles. Contact Dawn Conner, email@example.com. Childcare request, contact Defae Weaver, firstname.lastname@example.org. standrewumc.org/adults United Methodist Women | Visit a group this year. All are welcome. standrewumc.org/women LIFT | Today, 6:30 p.m. Dinner at Ida Claire in Addison Rachel Group | May 13, 6:30 p.m., Dinner at Lekka’s, 17606 Preston Rd, Dallas Contact Kathy Henson, 972-979-0856 PALS (People with Active Lifestyles) | Wednesdays (Except First of Month), 10:00 a.m. Room 131 | Senior adults connect through educational, cultural, and social opportunities. Contact Allison, email@example.com. standrewumc.org/pals MAY 8 | ChurchOne Construction Update; Forrest Pool, St. Andrew Chief Operating Officer 15 | Clark Gardens Botanical Park, Weatherford, TX. Bus leaves St. Andrew at 10:00 a.m. 22 | Discovering our Labyrinth, led by Holly Blais, St. Andrew Student Ministry Associate Director 29 | Game Day Career Care Ministry | Mondays, 7:00-9:00 p.m., Room 131 | This free, weekly support/ coaching group helps those who are out of work or “mis-employed” and seeking a career change. New Member Orientation at 6:00 p.m. in Room 133. standrewumc.org/support “A Little Deeper” Book Club | Wednesday, May 15, 11:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m., Room 126 | Our book discussion in May is I Always Loved You by Robin Oliveira. A light lunch will be served and please bring your own drink. All are welcome. standrewumc.org/adults United Methodist Men’s Breakfast | Second Saturday of Every Month, 8:00-10:00 a.m., Room 126 | United Methodist Men (UMM) endeavors to awaken, inspire, challenge, train, and support men as they strive to become more Christ-like in their daily living. standrewumc.org/men Scripture FIT | Tuesdays, 5:30 p.m., Andy’s Place | A fun aerobic workout for women to contemporary Christian music that will energize your body and soul. Bring yourself and a friend; no registration required. Contact Patti Loftin, firstname.lastname@example.org. Childcare available; contact Defae, email@example.com. standrewumc.org/adults
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DRIVE A Celebration of Mother’s Day with Gary’s Angels | May 10, 6:30 p.m., Piro Hall | Join us for a fashion show, music and more, honoring mothers of special needs children and their families. Learn more about Gary’s Angels. standrewumc.org/News/Angels
Blood Drive | Today, 8:00 a.m.1:00 p.m., Front of Sanctuary | Carter BloodCare provides life-saving blood components and transfusion services that give hope to people in need. Give life by donating blood. standrewumc.org/News/BloodDrive
Student Mission Trip Registration Oklahoma City, June 9-15 | We will serve communities in the Oklahoma City area during the day, and grow together with worship and small groups at night. standrewumc.org/News/ StudentMissionTrip
Children’s Choir Musical | Today, 4:00 p.m. Sanctuary | Join the Children’s Choir for a fun, heartwarming musical exploration of Bartimaeus the Blind Beggar and Zacchaeus the Tax Collector. Admission is free. standrewumc.org/ News/ChildrensMusical
Starting Point is the fastest way to get connected into deeper fellowship and growth at St. Andrew. This series of classes is held monthly on the first 3 Sundays of each month at 9:30 a.m. in Room 131. standrewumc.org/starting-point
Young Adults Rangers Game | May 19 Take in an afternoon with friends at Globe Life Park as the Rangers face the St. Louis Cardinals. Cost is $35 and includes transportation. Deadline to register is May 12. standrewumc.org/News/Rangers 7
Charles Stokes Golf Tournament | Tomorrow, Prestonwood Country Club | Helps future United Methodist Church leaders afford seminary education. Support the mission of the church by playing in or sponsoring the tournament. standrewumc.org/CharlesStokesGolf
VBS and Science Camp | Learn how God is good when life is wild, at this year’s Vacation Bible School – “Roar!” Explore the five senses through hands-on experiments at Science Camp. Register online. standrewumc.org/News/VBSRegistration
Family Ministries | Wherever you are in your faith journey, Family Ministries would love to walk alongside you. From birth through college age, children and students at St. Andrew feel Christ’s love, find a spiritual home, and explore God’s calling in their lives. standrewumc.org/family
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