Worship Bulletin • May 1, 2022


For Sunday, May 1, 2022
In-Person • 1:00 pm
Mount Soledad Presbyterian Church • Worship Center
The Third Sunday of Easter

Series — Image of colorful doors in an apartment complex with text overlaid, "Who is my neighbor"

Presider: Sejun Park
Guest Preacher: Kathy Pham



Call to Worship

From the Presbyterian Church in Canada

In life, in death,
and in life beyond death,
The Risen Christ is Lord.
In success and discouragement,
in fear and in hope,
The Risen Christ is Lord.
Of the poor and broken,
of the sinner and the sinned against,
The Risen Christ is Lord.

In Church and community,
in our hearts and our homes,
The Risen Christ is Lord,
and so we gather to worship
in Jesus’ name.



Worship Song

Expectation

You redeem our past…
You take what’s old and broken
You’re breathing in new life

Rhythms of Your grace…
moving us to freedom
From darkness in……to light

You will make all things new
You’ll bring Your Kingdom here
We wait in expectation

We lift our eyes to You
Salvation’s drawing near
We wait in expectation

You have overcome…
the troubles we are facing
You’re standing here… with us

Oppression cannot win…
and anxious thoughts are broken
By the pow’r of Jesus’ name



Prayer of Confession

Adapted from re:worship

We are hesitant to confess, Holy God,
how hard it is to love as You wish.
It is easy to love You with all that we are,
except when You ask us
to love our neighbor with all that we have.

We find it hard to love our neighbor,
when it is linked to the way we love ourselves.
And it is difficult to love anyone—even You—
more than we love ourselves.

— Moment of silent prayer & confession —

Forgive us, Love Eternal.
As You took a risk in creating us,
help us to take risks to love others compassionately,
to love ourselves genuinely,
and to love You as completely as You love us
in Jesus Christ, our Lord and Savior.
Amen.



Assurance of Forgiveness

Led by Presider

Friends, hear and believe the Good News of the Gospel.
In Jesus Christ, we are forgiven
and set free from sin and sorrow.
In Jesus Christ, God offers us the gift of peace.
May the peace of our Lord Jesus Christ
fill our hearts this day and always.
Thanks be to God. Amen.



Prayers of the People

Adapted from Acts of Faith

We thank You, God,
for coming to us as a neighbor,
a stranger, an immigrant, a refugee,
binding our wounds and carrying us to safety,

so that we might love You
with all our heart, soul, and mind,
and welcome the stranger,
loving our neighbor as ourselves.

We lift up in prayer to You our neighbors,
those You have shown us
to be our neighbors through Your Word.

— Moment of silent prayer & intercession —

God of grace and abundant love,
Help us so that we,
as individuals and together as a church,
May love our neighbor as ourselves
Empower us by Your Spirit
So that we might be able to love and serve boldly
In all the ways that You call us to.
Amen.



Passing of the Peace

Together

Greet one another and/or send a text message to someone either from our Anchor City Community or someone who needs God’s peace this day!



Family Praise

Led by Ian Kim



Blessing of the Children

Led by Presider

Children hold out their hands to receive the blessing

Go in peace and go in joy
Filled with wonder for this day
Go in faith and go in love
God will guide you on your way!



Scripture Reading

Read by Cynthia Gonzalez

John 11:32-44

32 When Mary came where Jesus was and saw him, she knelt at his feet and said to him, “Lord, if you had been here, my brother would not have died.” 33 When Jesus saw her weeping, and the Jews who came with her also weeping, he was greatly disturbed in spirit and deeply moved. 34 He said, “Where have you laid him?” They said to him, “Lord, come and see.” 35 Jesus wept. 36 So the Jews said, “See how he loved him!” 37 But some of them said, “Could not he who opened the eyes of the blind man have kept this man from dying?”

38 Then Jesus, again greatly disturbed, came to the tomb. It was a cave, and a stone was lying against it. 39 Jesus said, “Take away the stone.” Martha, the sister of the dead man, said to him, “Lord, already there is a stench because he has been dead four days.” 40 Jesus said to her, “Did I not tell you that if you believed, you would see the glory of God?” 41 So they took away the stone. And Jesus looked upward and said, “Father, I thank you for having heard me. 42 I knew that you always hear me, but I have said this for the sake of the crowd standing here, so that they may believe that you sent me.” 43 When he had said this, he cried with a loud voice, “Lazarus, come out!” 44 The dead man came out, his hands and feet bound with strips of cloth, and his face wrapped in a cloth. Jesus said to them, “Unbind him, and let him go.”

Presider: This is the Word of the Lord.
All: Thanks be to God!



Worship Song

Gracefully Broken

Take all… I… have in these hands
And multiply… God… all that I am
And find my heart… on… the altar again
Set me on fire, set me on fire

Here I am, God
Arms wide open
Pouring out my life

Gracefully broken

My heart… stands… in awe of Your name
Your mighty love… stands… strong to the end
You will fulfill.. Your… purpose for me
You won’t forsake me, You will be with me

All to Jesus now, all to Jesus now
Holding nothing back, holding nothing back
I surrender… I surrender…



Sermon

Guest Speaker: Kathy Pham

Series — Image of colorful doors in an apartment complex with text overlaid, "Who is my neighbor"


Announcements

Youth Group

The Youth Group gathering for the month of May will be in-person! Please talk to Grace for details.


Mother’s Day Food Preparation

As a blessing to the mothers and mother-figures of our church community, our fathers and father-figures will prepare refreshments for next Sunday. Please talk to Sejun for more details!


Reset Sunday

The month of May has 5 Sundays — the final Sunday of the month (May 29th) will be a Reset Sunday. Instead of gathering together at the Mount Soledad Presbyterian campus, we will provide a worship guide for you and encourage you to experience connection with God and others outside of the walls of the church building!


Pastors’ Sabbatical

PJ & PD will be gone on sabbatical for the entire month of May. Please keep Pastors Jeya & Dan in your prayers. Thanks to everyone who is helping out each Sunday while the pastors are on sabbatical!



Prayers of Blessing

Let’s send out our sister Anna with prayers of God’s blessing and guidance as she deploys (and send lots of care packages too!).



Worship Song

Act Justly, Love Mercy, Walk Humbly

It all comes down to this
What You require of me
Love my neighbor as myself
and You above all things

Act justly, love mercy
Walk humbly, with You God
In all things, in all ways
Walk humbly, with You God

It all comes down to this
To be Your hands and feet
Good News to all the world
The truth will set us free

It’s beauty for ashes
It’s mourning to dancing
It’s closer and closer
The Kingdom of heaven

Years from now we’ll see
the fruit our hands have sown
Faith just like a seed
The only way it grows



Benediction

Led by Kathy Pham

Being sent with God’s blessing into the world
to join Jesus’ mission of redemption



Fellowship and Conversation

Together

We will hang out if you’re available!



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