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ORDER OF WORSHIP * Please stand if you are able Bold print denotes congregational response "No matter who

you are or where you are on life's journey, you are welcome here."

* * * * April 21, 2013 PRELUDE

* * * * Fourth Sunday of Easter

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: Love me when I least deserve it, because thats when I really need it. Swedish Proverb WELCOME SHARING OF THE PEACE Liturgist: Welcome one another, just as Christ has welcomed you. Let us greet one another with signs of peace, just as Christ has welcomed you with the blessings of Gods peace. The peace of Christ be with you. All: And also with you. (Share the sign of peace with each other.) INTROIT: Hallelu, Hallelu, Hallelu, Hallelujah! Hallelu, hallelu, hallelu, hallelujah; Praise ye the Lord! Hallelu, hallelu, hallelu, hallelujah; Praise ye the Lord! Praise ye the Lord! Hallelujah; Praise ye the Lord, Hallelujah, Praise ye the Lord, Hallelujah, Praise ye the Lord!

CALL TO WORSHIP Liturgist: Come, be restored! the Lord, our Shepherd, urges us. As we come where God leads us, our lives are made whole. People: God leads us in right paths. When we follow as God leads, we shall not lack. When we lie down with God in green pastures and beside still waters, our souls are refreshed. Liturgist: Come be restored! The Lord, our Shepherd, urges all who journey through the valley of shadows, God guides us to a table of abundant goodness for us and is ready to anoint us with the oil of overflowing mercy.

People: When we journey as God leads us, we need not fear any evil for God is with us, guiding, strengthening, and comforting us. Therefore, we come to dwell in the house of the Lord today and forever. Liturgist: Come, be restored! All: Let us worship God! * HYMN: Holy, Holy, Holy #41 Praise

ANNOUNCEMENTS and NEWS OF THE CHURCH PRAYER OF APPROACH (in unison) All: O God, our Shepherd and our guide, thank you for your open invitation to us. You invite us to journey with you through the seasons of our lives. You invite us to love you, and to know your joy. You invite us to hear your voice, and to know the right paths for us to follow. You invite us to be confident in your guidance and so to accept risk and struggle that lead to new life. As we worship, grant that we may seek and find you in this place, through Your Holy Word, and in one another. May we know your peace, your joy, your guidance and follow in the paths that you lead us. In Jesus name. Amen. SCRIPTURE READINGS Psalm 23 Revelation 7:9-17 *GLORIA

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Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Ghost; as it was in the beginning, is now and ever shall be, world without end. Amen. Amen. MESSAGE FOR ALL AGES ANTHEM/SPECIAL MUSIC Tears in Heaven Eric Clapton Soloist: Carrie Butrimas

CALL TO CONFESSION Liturgist: God is present to guide our journey and eager to forgive us when we go astray; therefore, in humility and faith, let us confess our sins against God and neighbor. PRAYER OF CONFESSION All: Holy God, we confess that we have strayed from your paths of right relationship and peace, and we have dishonored you, ourselves, and your creation; we repent of these hurtful ways. Forgive us, we pray, as we learn to forgive others, and guide our feet into the way of peace. Amen. DECLARATION OF FORGIVENESS Liturgist: Gods mercy overflows as a healing spring to cleanse us of our offenses; therefore, know that you are forgiven and receive new life in Christ. All: Thanks be to God! * HYMN He Leadeth Me: O Blessed Thought #364 Praise

SCRIPTURE FROM THE GOSPEL John 10:22-30 MESSAGE CELEBRATIONS AND CONCERNS OF THE CONGREGATION Silent Prayer Pastoral Prayer The Lords Prayer Our Father, who art in Heaven, Hallowed be thy Name. Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done on earth as it is in Heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. For thine is the kingdom, the power, and the glory, forever. Amen.

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OFFERING OFFERTORY * DOXOLOGY Praise God from whom all blessings flow; Praise God, all creatures here below; Praise God for all that love has done; Creator, Christ and Spirit, One. Amen. * PRAYER OF DEDICATION (in unison) All: Holy God, Divine Shepherd, you anoint us with the oil of gladness; your love overflows our hearts. Accept our offering for the good of the world as we joyfully give thanks for our life in you. In Jesus name we pray. Amen. * HYMN Savior, Like a Shepherd Lead Us #365 Praise

* BENEDICTION All: May we go forth to follow paths of righteousness and peace; may Gods goodness
and mercy follow us as we serve the Risen Lord; and may Christ the Good Shepherd bless and guide us this day and always.

Pastor: Go and be a blessing to God. All: Amen. POSTLUDE * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * Please join us for refreshments and fellowship after worship. * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * *

Today's worship leaders: Ministers: All members of the church Ushers: Jane & Bob Welch Liturgist: Jean Butler-Smith Coffee Hour: Ann Reed Deacon of Month: Dorothy Terwilliger Acolyte: Paul Brown, Jr.

Organist: Stu James Worship Leader: Rev. Pat Jackman CALENDAR FOR THE COMING WEEKS Brown Bag Lunch Tues. May 21 Council Tues. April 21 Music Committee Sun. April 21 Brown Bag Lunch Tues. May 21 Pastoral Relations Tues. April 23 Knit Wits Weds. April 24 Choir Thurs. April 25 Church-wide Stewardship Mtg. Sun. April 28 Deacons Tues. May 7 Trustees Tues. May 14 Christian Ed Sun. May 19 SW Assoc. Annual Mtg. Sun. May 19 Brown Bag Lunch Tues. May 21

11:30-1:00 7:00 PM after worship 11:30-1:00 7:00 PM 7:00 PM 6:30 PM 5:00 PM 4:30 PM 7:00 PM after worship 2:30 PM 11:30-1:00

Rev. Pat Jackmans office hours: Tuesdays and Fridays from 9:00 - 12:00 noon. Home phone: 802-725-8119; Cell phone: 802-770-4003; Church Office: 483-6408. DID YOU KNOW . . . That we are told in Acts 3:6-7 that Peter performed his first miracle after Jesus ascended into heaven. ANNOUNCEMENTS Prayers The churches of the UCC Southwest Association are praying this week for the Federated Church of Castleton and their pastors, the Rev. Rob Noble and the Rev. Steve Berry. Music Lovers If you or someone that you know would like to participate in our special music each Sunday, please contact Jean Butler-Smith at 459-2754. April Soloists 7th Jean Butler-Smith 14th Matt Harvey 21st Carrie Butrimas

28th - Full Choir May Soloists 5th Elizabeth Frost 12th Jocelyn Frost

19th Kelly Lyon

26th Full Choir

Food Shelf The Feinstein Challenge in underway at the Food Shelf. Lets work together and help them achieve their goal. Canned vegetables, fruits, protein items, cereals, and paper goods are all wonderful items to help them meet their needs. See Bob and Jane Welch if you have questions. Bible Study The group will continue the conversation about forgiveness on Tuesday, April 23rd at 4:00 PM. Church-wide Stewardship Meeting & Pot Luck Please join us for an evening of information on stewardship. Members of the Vermont Conference Stewardship Committee have requested time to visit and share ideas with us on stewardship. They will make a short presentation then have questions and answers. The evening will be followed by a pot luck dinner. All members of the church community are encouraged to attend. The meeting will begin at 5:00 PM on April 28th. Blankets for Church World Service Help us provide blankets for those in need around the U.S. and the world through a donation of $10, $15, or $20 in the name of a mother or father. We will be collecting donations and dedications in time to list the names of those honored in the bulletin for Mothers Day and Fathers Day. Help us keep someone warm through this mission project. SW Association Annual Meeting The Southwest Association Annual Meeting will be held on May 19th from 2:30 5:00 PM at the Dorset and E. Rupert Church in Dorset. There will be a program of information followed by the business meeting to elect officers and committee members. All are welcome. Prayer Request - Forms are located in the pew racks. Written requests may be placed in the offering plate or in the prayer box. You may also request prayers by calling Bobbi Mills (438-5653). Praying the Directory - For the month of April please keep our church family members from Q - Z in the directory in your prayers.

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