Welcome to Our Online Worship


Welcome to McMannen UMC Online worship.   Due to the Coronavirus and until further notice, we invite you to join us online for worship on Sunday mornings. We may not be able to meet together physically, but that’s not going to stop us from rallying together spiritually. Join us online for a special time of worship.


Easter Sermon Series

One of the distinctive elements of the teaching of Jesus is the way he expresses important truths in terms of his own personal character and mission. Unique to the Gospel of John are seven statements Jesus begins by saying I AM. 

The phrase I AM reflects Exodus 3:14, where God introduces himself to Moses with the expression “I am who I am.” This statement became a way to connect with God personally and was used throughout Israel’s history to convey that God always was, always is and always will be. In using this expression, Jesus is explicitly identifying himself as God, and bearing God’s presence on Earth.

During the Easter season, please join us as we explore these powerful statements from the book of John in the sermon series, I AM. The hope is to encounter Jesus in these I AM declarations and to experience Jesus in new and transformative ways.

Order of Worship


LOADING PLAYER…

Opening Prayer (BOW, 393)

The Lord be with you.

And also with you.

Let us pray:

Almighty God, through your only Son
you overcame death

   and opened to us the gate of everlasting life.

Grant that we who celebrate our Lord’s resurrection,

   by the renewing of your Spirit

   arise from the death of sin to the life of righteousness;

through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.


Opening Hymn

Savior, Like a Shepherd Lead Us 

(UMH, 381)

1 Savior, like a shepherd lead us, much we need thy tender care; in thy pleasant pastures feed us, for our use thy folds prepare. Blessed Jesus, blessed Jesus! Thou hast bought us, thine we are. Blessed Jesus, blessed Jesus! Thou hast bought us, thine we are.


2 We are thine, thou dost befriend us, be the guardian of our way; keep thy flock, from sin defend us, seek us when we go astray. Blessed Jesus, blessed Jesus! Hear, O hear us when we pray. Blessed Jesus, blessed Jesus! Hear, O hear us when we pray.


3 Thou hast promised to receive us, poor and sinful though we be; thou hast mercy to relieve us, grace to cleanse and power to free. Blessed Jesus, blessed Jesus! We will early turn to thee. Blessed Jesus, blessed Jesus! We will early turn to thee.


4 Early let us seek thy favor, early let us do thy will; blessed Lord and only Savior, with thy love our bosoms fill. Blessed Jesus, blessed Jesus! Thou hast loved us, love us still. Blessed Jesus, blessed Jesus! Thou hast loved us, love us still. 


5 Praise to the Lord! O let all that is in me adore him! All that hath life and breath, come now with praises before him! Let the amen sound from his people again; gladly forever adore him!


Prayer of Illumination

(UR, 35B)

Prepare our hearts, O Lord, to accept your word. Silence in us any voice but your own; that, hearing, we may also obey your will; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Scripture

John 10:1-10

Sermon


"I Am . . . The Gate"


Rev. Donna Banks

Hymn of Response

The King of Love My Shepherd Is

(UMH, 138)


1 The King of love my shepherd is, whose goodness faileth never. I nothing lack if I am his, and he is mine forever.


2 Where streams of living water flow, my ransomed soul he leadeth; and where the verdant pastures grow, with food celestial feedeth.


3 Pervase and foolish, oft I strayed, but yet in love he sought me; and on his shoulder gently laid, and home rejoicing, brought me.


THANKSGIVING AND COMMUNION

INTRODUCTION TO THE TABLE


PRAYER OF CONFESSION (UR, 37B)


God of all mercy,

   we confess that we have sinned against you,    opposing your will in our lives.

We have denied your goodness in each other,    in ourselves, and in the world you have created.

We repent of the evil that enslaves us,

   the evil we have done,

   an evil done on our behalf.

Forgive, restore, and strengthen us

   through our Savior Jesus Christ,

   that we may abide in your love

   and serve only your will. Amen.


In the name of Jesus Christ, we are forgiven people. Glory to God!

Alleluia, Amen.


THE GREAT THANKSGIVING


The Lord be with you.  And also with you.


Lift up your heats.  We lift them up to the Lord.


Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.  It is right to give our thanks and praise.


 . . . And so, with you people on earth and all the company of heaven, we praise your name and join their unending hymn: 
Holy, holy, holy, Lord, God of power and might, heaven and earth are full of your
glory. Hosanna in the highest Blessed is He who comes in the name of The Lord. 
Hosanna in the highest. 


. . . as we proclaim the mystery of faith; Christ has died, Christ has risen,
Christ will come again,


. . . all honor and glory is yours, Almighty God, now and forever.  Amen.


THE LORD’S PRAYER


GIVING THE BREAD AND THE CUP


PRAYER AFTER THE MEAL

Having been consumed into your Body by your love, send us to all who hunger for you sustaining Presence that we may gratefully share the Feast. Amen.

 

CLOSING HYMN

He Leadeth Me: O Blessed Thought

(UMH, 128)

1 He leadeth me; O blessed thought! O words with heavenly comfort fraught! Whate'er I do, where e'er I be, still 'tis God's hand that leadeth me. 


Refrain: He leadeth me, he leadeth me, by his own hand he leadeth me; his faithful follower I would be, for by his hand he leadeth me.


2 Sometimes mid scenes of deepest gloom, sometimes where Eden's bowers bloom, by waters still, o'er troubled sea, still 'tis his hand that leadeth me. (R)


3 Lord, I would place my hand in thine, nor ever murmur nor repine; content, whatever lot I see, since 'tis my God that leadeth me. (R)


4 And when my task on earth is done, when by thy grace the victory's won, e'en death's cold wave I will not flee, since God through Jordan leadeth me. (R)

Dismissal With Blessing

God’s blessing be with you,

Christ’s peace be with you,

The Spirit’s outpouring be with you,

now and always. Amen.


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